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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 05, 2016, 01:59:08 PM
This came out yesterday, anyone tried it yet?  I'm on the road until Friday, but I'll definitely give it a look when I get back.  Initial reviews seem to be decent, but not great.  About the same reception the Tenchu games received.

Any game that is billed as a spiritual successor to Tenchu (one of my favorite PS1/PS2 series) is certainly worth a look.  smile
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/30/16 Edition on: October 03, 2016, 02:57:07 AM
A thread about Thief over at OO gave me the itch to revisit that series.  Found the Sneaky Upgrade for Thief 3, which is an unofficial patch which ups the resolution, takes out the mid-mission loading screens, and adds a bunch of bug fixes.  Played through the first few missions (up through the first Pagan mission and the Hammerite Cathedral, which is one of my all-time favorites), and had a blast.  Such a brilliantly designed game.

Spent a bit of time with Ember, but not as much as I was hoping.  However, I have a couple of 4 hours flights this week, so I'm sure both it and Banner Saga 2 will get plenty of time.

Also picked up the Witcher 3 Complete Edition.  I wanted to try some of the DLC, and am really irritated that it won't recognize my completed save game file.   icon_evil  Maybe I'll just play through it all again...
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 02, 2016, 04:46:34 PM
In case anyone needs a last minute Christmas gift idea for me.  smile

(yes, it's a real thing that you can buy)
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: October 02, 2016, 04:18:40 PM

Quote from: Xmann on October 02, 2016, 05:21:15 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM

New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
What a great album this is.

I'm really not into Prog normally, but this is just damn good music. Some heavy riffs mixed into the Proggy stuff.

I've been a fan of Opeth for years and knew this all along. But these guys are about as talented as it comes in my opinion.

Disappointed they aren't coming to Denver this fall/winter. Hoping they make it during the spring.

Agreed.  It's easily the strongest of their recent prog trilogy.  It's far more Jethro Tull or Yes than Bloodbath, but the songs are really, really good.  I don't even know if you'd call it metal, really.

I find I have to be in the right mood, but it's a great fit when I am.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/30/16 Edition on: September 30, 2016, 02:43:22 PM
I'll likely stick with Ember and Banner Saga 2 on iPad.  I'm also still half-heartedly playing Tera, but my IRL friends who convinced me to jump back in have already lapped me in terms of progression, and it's not particularly interesting running through the grind by myself.
86  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 29, 2016, 04:14:06 PM
Banner Saga 2 stealth released for iOS last night.

I'm going to force myself to like this series if it kills me.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: September 29, 2016, 01:11:34 PM
New Opeth album is streaming here, one day before release.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: September 28, 2016, 06:16:00 PM
NMS is officially being investigated for false advertising in the UK.  Hoo boy.

The UKís Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Manís Sky. An RPS source filed complaints to the ASA regarding the trailers and screenshots used to sell No Manís Sky on Steam, arguing that they are unrepresentative of the product being sold. That source Ė and the ASA have confirmed to us Ė that the regulator agrees and has contacted both Valve and No Manís Sky developers Hello Games for their response.

Seems this could have some fairly far-reaching influence on the industry as a whole.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 08:59:38 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 23, 2016, 05:14:40 PM

Earlier this week I decided to reinstall Skyrim and start from scratch. Yeah, my life is already draining away. But I will say the second time is already much more fun because I don't have an overwhelming obligation to my ever-expanding quest log. If I want to do something, cool. If I want to explore somewhere and see what's there, fine. It's a relief to just sit back and find myself enveloped by the game world and as a result I'm enjoying it so much more. As an added bonus, the more time I sink into Skyrim, the less chance there is of me spending money on other games. smile

I'm probably going to jump back into this once the "definitive edition" hits PS4. 
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 02:53:33 PM
Very little, I expect.  A very rainy and cold Utah game against USC tonight, two plays tomorrow ("Beauty and the Beast" with Little B 7.6 in the afternoon, "The Last Ship" with Mrs. Gratch at night), and puppy training class on Sunday. 

I do have a couple friends who want to start Tera, so I'll probably jump back into that if I get a spare moment.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 22, 2016, 06:19:16 PM
EDIT:  Whoops...never mind.  I was confusing Road Rage (the game Engine mentioned) with Road Redemption (a game currently on early access on Steam).  If you're curious about Road Redemption, read on...I know nothing about Road Rage.  smile


I broke my personal "no early access" rule, and picked this one up because I have a huge soft spot for the old Road Rash games.  As of about 3 weeks ago, it's simply awful.

It's buggy as hell, the environments are bland and boring, there's very few shortcuts on the tracks, the upgrade system alternates between 'meh' and 'WTF?', the bike and character models feel like nothing more than Hot Wheels cars (there's no damage modeling, and your bike basically feel glued to the road), and the opponent AI is laughably bad.  Maybe my rose colored glasses of the original are affecting my judgement, but there's honestly nothing engaging about it at all.

I mostly just came away horribly disappointed.  
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/18/16) on: September 19, 2016, 03:52:38 PM
Jazzpunk is delightfully insane.  If you missed it on PC, I'd highly recommend grabbing it for PS4.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 19, 2016, 02:08:19 PM
After realizing Skyforge isn't my thing, I played a bunch of Neverwinter, getting my toon up to 60 (70 is the cap).  I'm getting to the point where it's become a grind of extremely minor incremental improvements in gear, and I'm not sure I'm interested enough to actually stick around for the end-game.  I'd like to at least cap my toon and finish the main story, but I doubt I'll keep going after that.  Partly because it's the most anti-social MMO I've ever seen.  I've literally never seen a single thing in the chat channels except for LFG calls or gold sellers.  I've run about 30 dungeons and skirmishes at this point, and have never even seen as much as single "hello" from another person.   I know a lot of that is because it's a PS4-only server, but it all just feels very solo.

Played a little bit of Amber on iOS, and mostly just came away wanting to play Icewind Dale or Baldur's Gate 2.  So I jumped back over to both of those, completing the opening dungeon in BG2 (god, it's so bad) and getting to about the midway point in Icewind Dale, both on iPad.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 17, 2016, 03:39:20 PM
Skyforge's uninspired sci-fi/fantasy setting wore thin very quickly, as did the mediocre gameplay.  Felt like it was trying really damn hard to be like Destiny, and mostly coming up short.  I might see if I can get my Neverwinter toon unstuck and keep going with that.  A few nitpick aside, it's pretty enjoyable.

Quote from: YellowKing on September 17, 2016, 03:52:33 AM

Life got put on hold as I got sucked into Elder Scrolls Online. Don't know why this one grabbed me all of a sudden after two previous failed attempts to get into it, but I've been rolling alts like mad and playing nothing else.

It really is a fun game.  I find myself drawn back to it every few months for another whirl.

95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 16, 2016, 06:35:54 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on September 16, 2016, 06:13:32 PM

I'll be playing Vacation: San Diego. Trips to the USS Midway, the zoo, and Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

I heard the IAP for that game is a bitch.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/16/15 Edition on: September 16, 2016, 12:07:14 PM
I started messing around with Skyforge, a fantasy/sci-fi MMO from Team Allods and Obsidian (yes, that Obsidian).  It's surprisingly fun, feeling like the love child of WoW and Destiny.

Will probably spend some time with either Ember or Icewind Dale on iOS as well.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XBone] Everspace (roguelike space shooter w/ persistent progression) on: September 16, 2016, 12:20:08 AM
Looks very cool, thanks for thr impressions Blackjack.

Does this support HOTAS?
98  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 09:23:28 PM
So I pick up a unique sword in the opening area which grants a "double strike" skill.  I equip the sword.  I click on the sword in my character sheet to see it's stats.  The weapon proceeds to unequip itself...and disappears.  It's not back in my inventory, it's not on the ground, and it's not equipped on my character.  I spent 15 minutes looking everywhere for it, and come up empty.  Decide just to move on.

I proceed to the first boss battle.  The huge, glowing hint outside the door of the boss battle is "Be sure to use your 'double strike' skill because it does significantly more damage".  You know, that skill I can't use because my weapon is now gone.  I go on to die multiple times to said boss.

We're not off to a very good start.   icon_confused
99  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 07:27:49 PM
Positive review from Gamezebo, with the major complaint being that the font is too small on iPhone.  Since I'll be playing on iPad, I'm not overly concerned about that.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: September 15, 2016, 07:02:01 PM
Damn, was hoping for a release date.
101  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 02:57:16 PM
Not RPG fatigue, per se, just having trouble finding one that "clicks".  Mainly because I need something that's not overly brain is typically mush by the time I actually have time to game at night.  I've been having a blast with Icewind Dale on iPad over the last couple weeks, and this looks to be kinda similar.

At this point, I'm just killing some time until the next batch of FF games (World of FF next month and FFXV in Nov) hits anyways.  This could fit the bill nicely.  smile
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: September 15, 2016, 01:56:21 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 15, 2016, 01:31:23 PM

This trailer almost makes me want to pre-order again but I know I have too much stuff to play anyway and it is better to wait for reviews.

Still you should watch this trailer (small story spoilers)

That trailer was fantastic...can't wait for this. 

I have already scheduled to have release day off work and have told Mrs. Gratch I'm locking myself in my mancave all day to play.  smile
103  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 01:53:27 PM
This looks really cool.  All indications point to a "less complicated Baldur's Gate" with random loot elements (a la Diablo), which is something that would be right up my alley.  Grabbing it this morning, will report back later.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: September 15, 2016, 01:46:03 PM
Lots of new stuff.  Here we go.

Ghost - Meliora.  I loved Ghost's debut, but was far less enthusiastic about their sophomore album.  (that's putting it nicely...I thought it was utter shite)  As a result, I gave Meloria a cursory listen when it came out, and never went back to it.  Picked up tickets to see them on 10/8 and figured I should give it another shot, and now I simply cannot stop listening to it.  They managed to recapture the fun "sing along with Satan" vibe from the first album, but made it far more dark and menacing.  Glad I went back to this, as I'm truly enjoying it.  The cover art is fantastic as well.

Allegaeon - Proponent for Sentience.  This album doesn't technically come out until 9/23, but I have it pre-ordered and have listened to it multiple times via streams now.  Two words:  fucking brilliant.  Their last two albums have been really good, but haven't quite crossed over to "great" territory.  This one makes a massive leap, and has blown me away.  Rather than just go straight-up tech death, they have mixed in multiple influences, including a phenominal flamenco feel to a couple songs.  The new singer brings a bit more power and fury, and it a great fit for what they're doing.  I can't recommend this one highly enough.

Uada - Devoid of Light.  A powerful cross between atmospheric and melodeath, chock full of pagan themes and imagery.  A really good "put on the headphones and listen in a dark room" sort of album.

The Gorge - Thousand Year Fire.  These guys are opening up for The Ocean on their upcoming NA tour (which isn't stopping in SLC  crybaby), and have a very, very similar style.  Very technical, with lots of unique rhythms and odd structural shifts.  A really fun album, kinda what I was hoping we'd get from the new Gojira.

Revocation - Deathless.  They'll be on the 70K boat, so I figured I better at least give them a shot.  Saw this album pop up on a few "best of" lists from last year, and it's well deserved.  Pretty straight up tech-death that'll keep your head banging.

Draconian - Sovran.  I've always liked Draconian's brand of doom, but was a bit leery when they replaced their female vocalist.  Turns out there was no need to worry, as Heike does an absolutely stellar job on Sovran.  Something fantastic to listen to on those dark, cloudy days.

Skeletonwitch - The Apothic Gloom EP.  A very distinct stylistic shift with the new vocalist, much more atmospheric than their typical frenzied shredding.  Not that it's bad, mind you, just not what I expected at all.  It's a decent EP, but with just a 4-song sample size, it's hard to tell if this will be a success or not.

Serenity - Codex Atlanticus.  Another 70K band that came highly recommended from a friend.  I must be getting soft in my old age, as this is now the fourth "power metal" album I've purchased in the past year.  It falls more on the "guilty pleasure" side of things, but damn if it isn't catchy as all hell.  I'll definitely be catching them on the cruise, but might hide in the back as I do.  smile

105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 14, 2016, 03:01:36 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 14, 2016, 02:26:12 AM

Pac-Man is disappointing

Championship DX was all sorts of awesome, and I was hoping for more of the same.  That not the case?
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 08:25:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 13, 2016, 07:47:00 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2016, 07:34:43 PM

I keep hoping I'll log onto PSN one of these days and have the old Tenchu games pop up for sale.

Flawed as they were, I so miss that series.

You and me both!  Have you paid attention to Arakami at all?  It's a new game made by an indie team and was Kickstarted last year and should be hitting this fall on PC and PS4.  I was skeptical at first but as time has gone on I get more and more excited by how good it looks!

Wow, that does look cool...definitely on my radar now.  Thanks for the heads-up.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 07:34:43 PM
I keep hoping I'll log onto PSN one of these days and have the old Tenchu games pop up for sale.

Flawed as they were, I so miss that series.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 03:55:53 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 13, 2016, 01:01:10 PM

Hot Shots Tennis (PS4)

109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 12, 2016, 07:35:00 PM
Maybe DQ VII, eventually.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 9/11 article. on: September 10, 2016, 06:55:00 PM
Tough read, thanks for sharing it.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/4/16) on: September 06, 2016, 04:59:09 PM
Resubbed to Blade & Soul yesterday, that's it for this week.
112  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blade and Soul on: September 06, 2016, 03:57:06 PM
So, I revisited B&S last weekend.  It was a game a really liked when it released, but I struggled with the overly twitchy feel of the combat.  It felt like it was taking ridiculously long to kill even single mobs, and any time I went up with multiple baddies, I was toast.

Turns out that Blade Dancer (the original class I rolled) is one of the more difficult classes to play, hence my struggle.  I rerolled a Summoner, and it feels like a completely different game.  I can send in my pet to tank, and can stand back and sling spells.  I don't know if they adjusted the balance or if Summoner is just OP, but it's taking about half as long (if that) to defeat mobs and finish missions.  I had an absolute blast with it last weekend, and actually got further in two days with a Summoner than I did in a couple weeks with the Blade Dancer.  The F2P elements aren't nearly as "in your face", and it feels much more polished overall.

If you had any interest or may have been on the fence about it, I'd recommend giving it another look.  A few months of updates and patches have done this game a world of good.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 06, 2016, 12:09:40 PM
I'm think I'm now officially done with WoW.  I've tried every class and race, and simply find myself bored with all of them by the time I hit level 15.  I think most of it is the dull questing structure, as there's really nothing except "kill 5 X" or "take X to Y".  It's just...boring.

On the other hand, I went back and revisited Blade and Soul Sunday night, and am completely hooked.  When I played it on launch, it felt like a good game, but I struggled with the overly complex combat system.  Turns out, I had chosen one of the most difficult classes to play.  I re-rolled a Summoner (a much easier class) and am having an absolute blast.  It did what I was hoping WoW could do, in that it really clicked with a new combination of race/class.  In two days, I've already made it further than I did when I played at launch.

Played the first couple hours of Jade Empire as well, but had to quit when my PC gamepad broke.  Going to put that one on hold until it either comes out on iPad or I find a new gamepad.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My amateur fighting career on: September 05, 2016, 03:24:14 PM

Grats dude.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 04, 2016, 08:45:24 PM
Go take a look at my games played vs. games finished list for 2016.   crybaby

Needless to say, I have a similar issue with getting games to "click" these days.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 03, 2016, 07:02:13 PM
Whelp, Tauren Warrior isn't the magic combo.  Next!  smile

Also grabbed Risen 3 from the Steam sale today.  It's one I've always wanted to try, as it looks fun in a B-movie sort of way.  Had to wait for it to hit that magic $5 price point though.

EDIT:  Glad it was only $5.  That game is awful.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend playlist - Labor Day 2016 edition on: September 02, 2016, 03:59:00 PM
I'm a glutton for punishment, and keep thinking that I'll find that right combination of race/class that keeps me interested for an extended period of time, so I resubbed to WoW for a month.  I have yet to make it past level 15, but something keeps drawing me back to it.

Will also spend some time with Icewind Dale EE on iPad.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 01, 2016, 08:12:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 01, 2016, 08:11:44 PM

I had a significant lull for a few months earlier this year where every new game I tried wouldn't keep my interest, but oddly I found myself back in the gaming groove with a bunch of old games:  Diablo 3, League of Legends and now WoW.  

I've been playing Icewind Dale on iPad and it's been far more fun than I remembered it to be.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gaming: Meh. on: September 01, 2016, 08:11:25 PM
While I'm not to the "sell it all" point, I have been struggling lately to find a game that really "grabs" me.  Put at least an hour into over a dozen different games from multiple genres over the last two weeks, and nothing has really stuck.  I just don't have the patience or time to really learn how to play most games any more.  That's OK though, I still find there's fun to be had in putzing around with different things.
120  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting WoW in 2016 on: September 01, 2016, 07:10:59 PM
Apparently my tolerance for WoW is right around 15 levels.  Ran three separate toons up to level 15 in June, then ended up just getting bored with it all.  smile

Funny thing is, I still have this weird urge to go back and try again (for a fifth time) to see if maybe it clicks if I try some different race/class combinations.   That happened with FFXIV, where I quit playing my Gladiator, but got hooked and spent 1,000+ hours with my Bard.  The overall aesthetic and lore of WoW really appeals to me, but the actual gameplay just ends up losing me very quickly. 
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