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41  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 06:31:44 PM
Let's check in on Trump transition team and see how they're handling the logistics of an administration changeover...oh God.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 15, 2016, 05:54:57 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 31, 2016, 10:42:02 PM

I agree that the single player campaign is well made. I was nervous splurging for Titanfall 2, as the focus is obviously multiplayer, and that is a part of the game I will never play. But I'm satisfied so far. I'll finish it this week, and get a healthy trade in price to soften the blow.

What...what?

Although the idea of stomping around in giant mechs absolutely fascinates me, I had ignored Titanfall 2 completely because I thought it was MP only like the first game (something I have zero interest in).  If there's a good single player campaign, I'll definitely check it out at some point, after a few price drops.
43  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 05:27:03 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on November 15, 2016, 04:34:38 PM

The rise of nationalism

This is why it's scary, not because Trump won, but how.

While I don't agree with everything in there (the idea that Obama's entire legacy is "putting Trump in the White House" seems a little extreme), it's a pretty fascinating read.  Thanks.
44  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 15, 2016, 05:05:49 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 15, 2016, 03:32:26 PM

In the end Milo is a shock jock anti-PC guy that pushes the edges. Unpleasant maybe.

Here in the real world, we call that a racist misogynist who is worthy of every bit of scorn and derision we can muster.  But I suppose ymmv...

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In the end Breitbart doesn't dictate what their contributors can write about like we have found so many websites do and it makes little sense to infer the words of them all equal his.

And yet we've heard for years now how Obama is solely responsible for, well, everything that has happened during his terms in office.  And how Clinton is entirely responsible for the actions of every employee of the State Department under her tenure.  Funny how that works.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 15, 2016, 03:01:19 PM
I'm always curious why game companies are eager to have Conan do these.  If I knew nothing about FF XV, that segment would have done absolutely nothing to get me interested, and would probably encourage me to actively avoid it. 
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 15, 2016, 01:19:30 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 14, 2016, 02:43:24 PM

PS4, XB1, PS4 Pro video comparison.

https://youtu.be/wDa8venns9E

Summed up:  Negligible difference between PS4 and PS4 Pro, and XBONE looks the worst.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 14, 2016, 08:52:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 14, 2016, 07:18:22 PM

Shoot, for some reason I thought Final Fantasy was coming out this week!  Bah!

I finally got my shiny (or not so shiny) PS4 Pro set up in anticipation, but I guess I have a few more weeks to wait.  I'll look into those new VR games but other than that probably nothing.

29th.  smile
48  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 14, 2016, 08:00:12 PM

Quote from: Rip on November 14, 2016, 07:39:13 PM

Haven't visited this neighborhood in awhile but I have to say I like this Dante guy.

You're invading my safe space.

49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation on: November 14, 2016, 02:45:04 PM
The preview video made my brain hurt.  That all just looks so...messy. 

Then again, I'm not much of a strategy guy to begin with, so YMMV.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - "Oh dear God, What Have We Done" 11/11 Edition on: November 14, 2016, 04:52:52 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on November 13, 2016, 02:49:30 PM

Still playing Rise of the Tomb Raider on the PS4 and am finally back to the 43% completion point where I eventually quit on the PC, trying to sneak back through the occupied village in the Geothermal Valley.  ninja

Oh, and perhaps some Tyranny.

I also went back to Rise of the Tomb Raider, and also got to the exact same spot I left off on PC.  For some reason, most of the stuff that was bugging the shit out of me the first time around didn't bother me at all this time.  About 25% of the way through.

I tried some Dishonored 2, but it wasn't really clicking.  I think I'm just "stealthed out" right now, having just come from Aragami and Thief 3.  Will come back to it a little later, probably after FFXV.
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 12, 2016, 04:32:58 AM
Let's take a look at what a potential Trump cabinet might look like

Sarah Palin as Secretary of the Interior
Joe Arpaio as Director of Homeland Security
Rudy Giuliani as Attorney General
Newt Gingrich as Sec of State

Two thoughts:
1.  Jesus Christ...someone please make this nightmare stop. This is utterly horrifying.
2.  I thought the whole appeal of Trump was that he was going to "drain the swamp".  He would bring in people who aren't career politicians to run government "like a business".  I guess not?
52  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 11, 2016, 11:19:25 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 11, 2016, 11:04:00 PM

So say all states are eligible to receive 10 votes but only if the percentage of eligible voters who also voted in every ballot from the previous Presidential up to the next is 90%. Then 80 for 9 and so on till anything below 15 will get 1. Reward the states that have the most turnout. Make it a point of pride to be a state that votes.

There would be lots of systemic work that would need to be done (especially around voting access for lower income and minority voters) before we could or should even start thinking about implementing that sort of system.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 11, 2016, 11:13:23 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 11, 2016, 11:01:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.

I was really excited for the game, but I think playing World of Final Fantasy may cool my desire for another Final Fantasy so soon. I'm really enjoying WoFF so far. I absolutely recommend turning off turn based and going with the active battle system set to 4 or 5. It transforms a game that was far too easy into one that is much more difficult, but still far from frustrating. No party wipes, but I've come close multiple times. Once I finish the stellar Gears of War 4, I'll be back to WoFF.

And maybe then XV....if the craving is still there.

I didn't like WoFF at all.  It even completely missed the nostalgia itch I was expecting it to scratch.  I found it to mostly just be an overly cutsey (and I have a high tolerance for JRPG cutseyness), generally annoying, very mediocre, boring RPG with a collect/evolve system that wasn't even remotely interesting.  I put in about 4 hours, then traded it in towards my FFXV pre-order.

To be fair, I'm not a fan of Pokemon-ish games to begin with, so WoFF didn't have much of a chance to succeed with me from the get-go.
54  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 11, 2016, 06:26:59 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 11, 2016, 05:25:22 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:54:36 PM

Who am I kidding...they'll blame it all on Obama.

Just like you guys spent the last 8 years blaming bush.  

1. Can you PLEASE for once realize that partisanship goes both ways and nearly everyone on this forum- even though you're all marching as one- are just as guilty as the other side.  Stop comparing "their" worst with "your" best or you'll get nowhere.

Fine, I won't argue this.  I will say that I'm encouraged to hear leaders saying "we'll try to find ways to work together" instead of "our goal is to block everything he does", so...progress?

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2. I actively campaigned against trump so he's not my candidate, but here we go again with the left hand-wringing and worst case scenario nonsense.  

Nonsense?  Trump is proposing to make a climate change denier the head of the EPA.  He has proposed to make an oil company CEO head of the Dept of Interior.  He wonders aloud why we have nukes if we don't use them.  These things may be "nonsense" to you, but they are very real concerns to many of us, and will have massive impact on this country, the environment, and the world.

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3. Great quote here and I want each of you to internalize it and maybe re-assess your smug self-righteousness, end of the world platitudes and maybe realize that your agenda is not as tolerant and forward thinking as you seem to think it is.

"Leftists today are searching for answers to explain their defeat. They arrived at a conclusion pretty quickly, it seems. Clinton lost because Americans are sexist, racist, bigoted, awful, stupid, and hateful."

Clinton lost because she was not a good candidate, and the majority of us know that.  Look at the numbers, it's not like there was some sort of massive groundswell of support for Trump, he got 1.5% less votes than Romney in 2012 (at last count).  Clinton, by comparison, received just over 10% less support than Obama in 2012.  It requires introspection on where to go next, and anyone who blames it entirely on Americans being "sexist, racist, bigoted, and awful" is a moron.  I can only speak for myself though, so maybe that perception is more widespread than I realize.

But to deny that Trump's entire campaign (and, frankly, his personal character) is part and parcel to these elements is no less moronic.  Look, I can understand people not getting on board with Clinton because of her baggage.  But to champion Trump when he spews racist, misogynistic, and xenophobic garbage because he's somehow "telling it like it is" is absurd.  He absolutely pandered to and riled up a subset of people who hold this deplorable beliefs.  Is it why he won?  No.  But that doesn't mean it didn't happen and isn't part of who he is.

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4. Keep clinging to the popular vote number. She's got a lead of something like .2%.  Insignificant. 200k out of 110 million votes.  Let's tear down the electoral college over this!

I haven't seen that suggested here.  It is a data point, however, which I hope those in power remember as they make policy decisions.  

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5. Keep being offended! It's useful.

People aren't offended, they're fucking scared.  Mainly because we're seeing shit like this done while invoking the name of the newly elected President.  It becomes incumbent on us to call this out as unacceptable at every single turn, and let people know that we are willing to stand up for, support, and protect them at all costs.  And yes, that goes just as equally for the assholes who were beating up the Trump supporter.  I'm hopeful that things settle down once the initial emotion has passed, but I absolutely don't fault my minority friends and colleagues for being terrified right now.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - "Oh dear God, What Have We Done" 11/11 Edition on: November 11, 2016, 04:32:24 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 11, 2016, 04:26:24 PM

Thanks Gratch smile Much better title than what I was going to use.  Anyway, more Overwatch for me and if I can get my PC working again I probably play some Tyranny too

Tyranny is pretty high on my list, but I'm going to wait until after FF XV to give it a go.  It's been proven many times that my brain can't handle multiple RPG's at once. Plus, it'll hopefully have a patch or two by then...it is still an Obsidian game, after all.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - "Oh dear God, What Have We Done" 11/11 Edition on: November 11, 2016, 03:54:16 PM
Relax...it's a joke.   icon_biggrin

Probably some Dishonored 2 for me, started it up last night.  Coming from two stealth games that were on a light/shadow based system (Aragami and Thief 3), going back to Dishonored's more line-of-sight system has been really damn hard.  Hoping some practice will help me wrap my brain around it. 

Been futzing with Mini Metro and Pinout (endless runner pinball) on iPad as well.

You?
57  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 03:33:11 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 10, 2016, 01:49:54 AM

Apologies, Gratch. I thought you were speaking in generalizations. On civil liberties, you are on point.

All good man.  smile

While I don't agree with many (ok, any) of Trump's economic or foreign policy positions, those are all a matter of opinion.  Basic human rights are something different entirely.  Those are unalienable and trying to subvert them goes against everything this country stands for.  And it is the responsibility of the majority on both sides to ensure that those rights are maintained for the minority.  No American should be willing to stand aside - whether actively or out of silent collusion - and allow discrimination against any group to be codified into law, and I'm very concerned that is where we could be headed. 

Hopefully I'm wrong, and there are enough Republicans and Independents that we can stop that from happening.
58  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 01:38:03 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 10, 2016, 01:32:24 AM

And you subscribe to the philosophy that 'one side is good'? If you do, you aren't looking closely enough. Take a good look at Democratic corruption. Read a little bit about my home state, Illinois. The Democratic Party did not build the shining city upon the hill.

Not at all, I'm talking  specifically about civil rights here.  In that respect, one party has the market on abhorrent behavior cornered.  In most other aspects, I'd agree that both parties have about equal levels of shittyness.

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Regarding your civil liberties question, the answer to you is "no". There are not enough vocal members in the party to move that needle as quickly as desired. But the number is growing. I have no qualms about admitting to the faults of the Republican Party.

That's unfortunate, but I expect that will continue to evolve as the demographics of the country change. 
59  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 12:55:58 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 10, 2016, 12:33:21 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM

Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.

Trust me rittch, we care.  A lot.  I've just chosen to express most of my frustration elsewhere, as this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

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Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

Yes, protect them.  With all the passion and energy we can muster.

When the President campaigns on a platform which includes "minority group X or minority group Y are not deserving of the same rights, dignity, or respect" and the majority of the people vote to ratify that viewpoint, then it requires protection from the rest of us, not creating a fucking "understanding of their point of view".  There is no alternate point of view to understand that is acceptable.

The ONLY point of view to understand that is acceptable is to avoid fear mongering rhetoric, and collaborate with the new leader of the free world for the next four years. I don't point this criticism solely at the Democrats. Many Republicans were quite insistent that Satan himself had been elected to the presidency 8 years ago. All that rhetoric did was divide the country even further. The Democrats are now taking their turn to kick the can down the road.

My point is this. Neither Clinton nor Trump are statesmen, but that is because the general population on both sides has reduced the race to this. To say "I will protect you from the President" is nothing but inflammatory and devisive. The answer is "We find a way to change his mind." For example, Apparently Obama and his wife changed the mind of Glen Beck, if his commentary was sincere. People are not inanimate edifices that cannot be swayed.

All of this hateful speech from both sides is an attempt to control hearts and minds to the point where people vote blindly for one party. And everyday citizens increasingly push this agenda. There are good Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the argument. A truly informed citizen crosses those lines when necessary, especially on a state and county level, depending upon the needs of the population, and the state of the landscape. But the fringes of the party, which now have the loudest voices, are terrified of thoughtful investigation into the spectrum of party candidates beyond the 1 minute sound clips.

My fiancee's niece (she is 13 or 14) thinks Republicans hate Mexicans. Period. And homosexuals too. Period. Yet somehow I'm a moderate, fiscally conservative Republican that will be marrying a wonderful Mexican-American woman. And as for the homosexual population goes, I don't give a flying f!ck if they can marry. Let them join the rest of America in divorce court. I'm hardly the only moderate Republican that thinks this way. But that isn't the picture painted in the media, or by the DNC. And the Republicans are often just as culpable. Cooler heads must prevail.

America awaits the next great stateman. Will either party ever deliver on that hope? Not with this United States, where neither side wants to give an inch.

Then perhaps they should stop proposing and running on the promise of legislation that is directly discriminatory to minority groups.  I know you like the "both sides are bad" argument, but only one side is actively supportive of legislation which codifies discrimination against minority groups into law.  Until we see the same practice from Democrats, that argument carries zero water.

My sincere hope is that there are enough Republicans who recognize the value of civil liberties to put enough pressure on the new leadersship that they won't be tempted to roll back civil rights protections 50 years. 
60  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 09:54:36 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 09, 2016, 01:53:18 PM

Yep. It's this ^^^^ kind of self righteous arrogance and empty reductionism that We The People just revolted against.

Do you REALLY think trump is a white supremacist? Do you REALLY think that everyone who voted for him is a Klan member and that this is somehow a referendum on equality? It's a referendum on media and political elites telling the hardworking average american what they think is wrong and what they should think and do. It's saying, guess what: we built this country and we still have a voice...and guess what it's not your manicured masturbatory false narrative that paints anyone who IS in the majority as the bad guy.  

It's about being told that they suddenly hate everyone when they don't actually hate anyone.

Fine, I'll bite.  

No, I don't think everyone who voted for Trump is a Klan member, but it absolutely is a referendum on equality.  A huge part of Trump's platform revolved around denigrating minority groups while playing into the fears of angry white people.  "The Mexicans are coming for your jerbs!"  "ISIS is coming to kill you!"  "Be afraid.  Be very afraid."  The fact so many people bought into it - especially without any actual plan to fix it other than "trust me" - is what horrifies me the most.

When all those manufacturing jobs Trump has promised fail to materialize (partly because the world has moved on to a different economic model and partly because Trump has never had any actual plan to create them), and they see a huge increase in cost of living (due to import tariffs and/or Trump's insane economic policies) that same angry anti-establishment voter is going to quickly realize that he's just as fucked as he was before...if not moreso.  Then what?  How long do you think it will take for the pitchforks to come out?

Who am I kidding...they'll blame it all on Obama.
61  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM

Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.

Trust me rittch, we care.  A lot.  I've just chosen to express most of my frustration elsewhere, as this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

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Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

Yes, protect them.  With all the passion and energy we can muster.

When the President campaigns on a platform which includes "minority group X or minority group Y are not deserving of the same rights, dignity, or respect" and the majority of the people vote to ratify that viewpoint, then it requires protection from the rest of us, not creating a fucking "understanding of their point of view".  There is no alternate point of view to understand that is acceptable.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 6, 2016) - Fate of the free world edition on: November 07, 2016, 01:44:21 AM
Will get Dishonored 2 eventually, but probably not this week
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/4/16 US Pre-Election of Doom Edition on: November 07, 2016, 01:10:33 AM
Spent lots of time with Skyrim (I'm at about the 20 hour mark), and I'm hitting the same point I did when I played it on PC.  Everything is pretty much starting to look and feel the same.  The dungeons, the towns, the NPC's...it all just kinda starts to blend together after a while.  It'll probably tide me over until FF XV hits, but I'm mostly just 'meh' with it.

World of Final Fantasy is yet another reminder that my love of all things FF can't overcome my disinterest and/or dislike of particular game styles.  I didn't like the Monster Hunter formula any more when it had a FF skin (FF Explorers), I didn't like tower defense when it had a FF skin (Crystal Defenders), and now I can confirm I don't like the gotta-catch-em-all style even when I'm tracking down adorable versions of my favorite monsters.  Doesn't help that once you get past the "OMG...SO CUTE!!" stage, the actual game itself is really pretty boring.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: November 06, 2016, 04:31:41 PM
Final chapter is yet another lame and poorly designed boss battle.  Spent 2 hours trying to beat it last night, finally threw in the towel.  Guess I'll add this to the ever growing "didn't finish" list for 2016.  Oh well, at least I got close.  frown

I'd give the gameplay an A-, but the boss battles a very generous D.  Shame they're so ridiculous and un-fun, as the rest of the game really is a blast once you wrap your head around the mechanics.  Wait for a sale, but stealth fans should for sure give it a look at some point.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/4/16 US Pre-Election of Doom Edition on: November 06, 2016, 04:25:57 PM
Interesting side note:  Steam gave me a refund on Civ VI, even though my playtime was 2 hours 17 minutes. 

Seems that 2 hour rule isn't quite as set in stone as many suspected.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/4/16 US Pre-Election of Doom Edition on: November 04, 2016, 02:15:40 PM
Will continue my Skyrim journey on PS4.  Might get further in World of Final Fantasy as well.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 30, 2016) - Halloween edition on: October 31, 2016, 01:06:53 PM
Nothing.  Spent way too much last week.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -10/27/16 Halloween Edition on: October 31, 2016, 01:06:08 PM
Played a couple hours of World of Final Fantasy.  It's kinda interesting, but might be a little too cutesy, even for me.  Monster-collecting games are always hit and miss for me, so the jury is still out on this one.  Plus, one of the primary characters has the most annoying speech pattern I've ever heard in video game history, randomly inserting "the" before half their words.  I.E.  "You the-need to go and the-defeat the big monster the-who lives in that the-giant mountain."  It's so gorram bad.

Most of my time was spent with Skyrim Special Edition.  While the landscape looks amazing, they didn't do anything to improve the janky character models, which significantly decreases the immersion factor.  Still, it's fun to jump back in.

Also gave the final boss in Aragami a couple tries before getting frustrated.  We'll see if I actually get around to actually beating that one.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 28, 2016, 02:40:17 PM
Three amazing new albums that should be on everyone's radar.

Khemmis - Hunted.  Stoner/doom metal done oh so right.  Sludgy, grindy, and catchy as hell. A little short with only 5 songs, but each one is fantastic.


Thy Catafalque - Meta.  I've always loved TC's vastly different take on metal.  Highly experimental and always interesting, Tamas creates some truly unique soundscapes.  A wonderful juxtaposition o of beautiful melodies interspersed with black metal craziness.  Take this album's 21-minute opus Malmak Jarnak, as a prime example of this mix.  A truly enjoyable listen.


Anaal Nathrak - The Whole of the Law.  AN is always pushing the boundaries of "extreme metal", and this album is no exception.  Holy shit, this album will beat the shit out of you, leave you bloody, and have you coming back begging for more.  As one review put it, it's the sonic equivalent of someone shoving a cattle prod in your brain while screaming at you through a megaphone.  Obviously not everyone's cup of tea, but for those of us who tend towards to more extreme, it doesn't get much better than this.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -10/27/16 Halloween Edition on: October 28, 2016, 12:21:28 PM
Hoping to finish up Aragami (for reals this time...on the final chapter).

Deciding between World of Final Fantasy or Skyrim Special Edition (PS4).  Maybe I'll just grab both.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 25, 2016, 03:51:42 AM
Through maybe the most trial and effort I've ever put into a video game in my entire life, Chapter 12 is finally complete.  3 hours and 54 minutes...for what is essentially a 9 minute level.

Of course, I was missing two of the skills which made that run look easy (the "blind" skill) and the far teleport.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/21/16 Edition on: October 24, 2016, 01:53:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 21, 2016, 12:58:26 PM

Hoping to wrap up Argami, which would be the first game I've completed since April.  Maybe play some of the SWTOR story as well.

So much for finishing Aragami.  Made it up to Chapter 12 (of 13) and simply cannot get past this boss battle.  Spent over 3 hours this weekend bashing my head against it, and got nowhere.  Unless you chose a specific set of abilities, the level is basically impossible.  

Picked up Civ VI, but am having all sorts of technical issues with it.  Might actually request a refund, since I can't even get the damn game to start.

Spent a little time with Jade Empire on iOS, and it's not grabbing me as much as I had hoped.  The virtual button combat feels really awkward.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 23, 2016) on: October 23, 2016, 08:22:33 PM
World of Final Fantasy comes out this week for PS4 and Vita.  I have it pre-ordered, but will keep an eye on reviews before grabbing it.  Feels a little too Pokemon-ish for my liking.

I grabbed Civ VI for PC this afternoon, and will eventually pick up Skyrim Special Edition on PS4.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 23, 2016, 04:46:07 AM
So I've spent the last 2+ hours trying to get past the Chapter 12 boss, and I simply can't do it.  In addition to having to sneak through an entire area crawling with guards, the boss is an archer who automatically knows where you are and can snipe you from anywhere in the map.  I've tried to replicate the multiple walkthroughs I've watched, and simply can't get past this.  It requires a combination of incredibly quick reflexes and a significant amount of luck.  One spot has you blindly doing a split-second warp to a tiny available safe spot.  The only way to not die is literally whether or not the guard sitting right next to it happens to be facing you when you warp in.  If he is, you die.  If he isn't, you can kill him.  It's a 50/50, complete luck proposition...and you start the level over if you fail.  There are two skill which, if you have them, make the level relatively easy.  The Kage skill (which allows you limited invisibility) and Kurosuna skill, which allows you to temporarily blind guards.  Guess which two skills I didn't take (and have never needed prior to this level).

While I'd give the rest of the game an A, the two boss battles I've faced have been utter steaming piles of shit.  Frustrating, unclear, and ridiculously difficult compared to the rest of the game.  If they had one or the other on this level (either the facility crawling with guards or the omnipresent sniper), it wouldn't be a big deal.  Trying to handle both is endlessly frustrating.

Setting it aside for tonight, hoping I might have more success after the frustration level subsides tomorrow.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/21/16 Edition on: October 21, 2016, 12:58:26 PM
Hoping to wrap up Argami, which would be the first game I've completed since April.  Maybe play some of the SWTOR story as well.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 04:00:51 PM
Looks kinda neat.  Does that game card slot play 3DS games?  That'd be an interesting twist.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: October 19, 2016, 12:20:34 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 18, 2016, 09:09:01 PM

I think the story got terribly convoluted in the second half, which I've come to expect in a Final Fantasy property. I still don't know why Nix didn't die in that pivotal scene near the end. He was special somehow and it totally went over my head why he was. Oh well.

Yeah, they kinda lost me with the whole demon vs. giant-living-statues-that-were-summoned-out-of-nowhere battle at the end.  Were those supposed to be the "kings" Nix talked to when he put on the ring?  No idea, but damn if it didn't look absolutely amazing.  Like, jaw dropping, "I've never seen CGI like that before" amazing.  That smoke demon was just...incredible.  Might watch it again tonight and see if I can catch a few things I may have missed.

It was cool to see some of the little FF touches they added as well.  Behemoths running wild in battle, ahriman's attacking, Speedy Chocobo, etc.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: October 18, 2016, 05:42:36 PM
Watched the Kingsglaive movie on the flight today.  Thought it was lots of fun, told a cool story, and looks absolutely incredible.  Aaron Paul did a great job as Nix, while Bean and Heady were merely ok.  It does a really good job of setting up the story for FFXV, so much so that I have a hard time seeing how they'll catch up people who don't watch it first.

Ignore the low critic ratings, as there is nothing here that they would enjoy. Its basically a 2 hour long, Square-quality cutscene that sets up the larger game.  Those of us who enjoy that sort of thing will love it, those who don't will probably find it boring.  I wasn't crazy about the climatic final boss battle, but that's really my only gripe.

If you enjoyed FFVII:  Advent Children, you'll likely enjoy this as well.  I'm now that much more excited for the actual game to hit.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 16, 2016) on: October 16, 2016, 11:36:20 PM
I resubbed to Star Wars: TOR for a month, that's good for this week.
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