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81  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO-ARPGs?? on: June 27, 2016, 10:32:22 PM
Hadn't heard of Devilian...looks interesting.  May have to check it out.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 27, 2016, 04:47:53 PM
I have Star Ocean preordered, will be keeping an eye on Technomancer as well.

EDIT:  After reading a couple import reviews on Star Ocean, I may put that $$ towards FF XV instead.  The reviews and impressions are...not kind.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/24/16 Can't believe they did it editiion on: June 27, 2016, 02:30:13 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 24, 2016, 02:40:54 PM

Having to constantly keep an eye on the new 9-week-old puppy who is not yet housetrained is seriously cutting into my gaming time.   disgust

That aside, I'm going to try and push through and finish Bravely Second.  I'm liking it less and less the further I go, but I think I'm pretty close to the end and want to get something actually on the "finished" list.  I'm sure I'll run some FF XIV dailies and spend some time with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (I'm wrapping up the first of 5 character stories now).  I picked up Unravel this week (FFXIV was doing a promotion where ordering a game on Amazon gives a mount and some cosmetic gear), so I may jump into that.  I also grabbed Stellar Wanderers on iOS, but I find it mostly just makes me want to go back and play Elite Dangerous.  I also really need to get back into Dreamfall Chapters since it's finally complete, but I may wait on that until life is a little less hectic.

-  Finally got a group together to run the new Aquapolis RNG dungeon in FFXIV, which was a blast.
-  Tried to continue with Bravely Second, but it pissed me off enough that I'm done for good.   finger
-  Started Cornelius' story in Odin Sphere.  It's a great game, but I don't know if it'll have the longevity to basically play through the same game 5 times to complete the entire story.
-  Played the first couple chapters of Unravel, with Little B watching.  It looks amazing, but the actual gameplay and puzzles leave a lot to be desired.
-  Tried Starpoint Gemini 2.  After spending nearly an hour simply getting it to run, I found out pretty quickly that I didn't care for it much.
-  Ran through a few checkpoints in Doom.  It's fun in small doses, but I can't play for long without getting a headache.
-  Started up FFXIII - Lightning Returns again.  We'll see if I can stick to it without getting distracted this time.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/24/16 Can't believe they did it editiion on: June 26, 2016, 02:08:26 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 26, 2016, 11:31:54 AM

I'm continuing to follow Gratch's lead in Bravely Second.  I don't think I'll be able to get 100% completion the way that he does, but I have finished my New Game + run and picked up all the optional and hidden summons.  I've also taken his advice to max out my Chompcraft skills and acquired the Growth Egg so I can start working everyone towards max level in all the jobs.  Earning 999 JP from even incidental battles makes the leveling process fly by!

Bizzaro world Gratch is impressed with your progress.
85  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: June 25, 2016, 11:37:04 PM
I wanted to try and push through because I figured I was close to the end and wanted to cross it off the list.  But y'know what?  Fuck this game...I'm done.

On three separate occasions now, it has given me the "make sure you do everything because there's no turning back" message.  And on all three occasions, not only was it not a "point of no return", but it didn't even change what and where I could access.  But because I got the message and assumed that I was headed into some sort of final boss fight, I used up a whole bunch of my one-time and limited use items trying to beat it.   finger

This game just drags on and on and on and on, feeling like the end of a LOTR film.  We're done now!  Haha, just kidding.  Now we're really done!  Nope, keep going.  OK, this is the ending for sure!  LOL, try again.   After the 4th such "feels like it should be an ending but really isn't", I finally just looked at an FAQ to see how much further I had to go.  Turns out I have at least another 4 major dungeons and half a dozen boss fights.  Seeing as how the story is such a pile of hot garbage at this point (I'm honestly just skipping dialog and cutscenes, which is something I never do in JRPG's...it's that lame), I just don't care enough to keep pushing through.

I'll give this game a very generous "C-" grade and cut my losses around the 36 hour mark.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/24/16 Can't believe they did it editiion on: June 24, 2016, 02:40:54 PM
Having to constantly keep an eye on the new 9-week-old puppy who is not yet housetrained is seriously cutting into my gaming time.   disgust

That aside, I'm going to try and push through and finish Bravely Second.  I'm liking it less and less the further I go, but I think I'm pretty close to the end and want to get something actually on the "finished" list.  I'm sure I'll run some FF XIV dailies and spend some time with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir (I'm wrapping up the first of 5 character stories now).  I picked up Unravel this week (FFXIV was doing a promotion where ordering a game on Amazon gives a mount and some cosmetic gear), so I may jump into that.  I also grabbed Stellar Wanderers on iOS, but I find it mostly just makes me want to go back and play Elite Dangerous.  I also really need to get back into Dreamfall Chapters since it's finally complete, but I may wait on that until life is a little less hectic.
87  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 21, 2016, 03:45:14 PM
A few new additions this week.

The Vision Bleak - The Unknown.  One part Edge of Sanity, one part Type O Negative, and one part Sisters of Mercy.  While it probably falls closer to the "goth" than "metal" label, The Unknown is a fantastic album.  The lyrics are a bit (ok...a lot) silly, I love, love, love the vocals...both clean and harsh. A strong album of the year contender here.


Ghost Bath - Moonlover.  If you're a fan of Deafheaven's brand of death metal meets shoegaze, you'll love Ghost Bath.  Fantastic melodies with eerie howling lyrics.  I enjoyed this one far more than I was expecting to.


Gojira - Magma.  I was excited for this one after reading a number of stellar reviews, but much like their previous album, this one has fallen a bit flat for me.  There's a few great standout tracks (I really like Silvera...even though it sounds a bit like it belongs on a SOAD album), but the overall album just feels sorta meh.  Maybe my expectations got too high, but Magma certainly hasn't blown me away.  Need to give it a few more listens.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/21/16) on: June 20, 2016, 04:08:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 20, 2016, 01:59:15 PM

Pac-Man 256 is great on a phone.  I'm not sure it'll be nearly as interesting on a console.

My thoughts as well.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/17/16 edition -Forums back on: June 19, 2016, 02:17:19 AM
Anniversary date last night (18 years  icon_eek), brought home a 9 week old puppy today, and Father's Day get togethers at both sets of parents tomorrow.

If I do happen to get any gaming in the midst of that insanity, it'll probably be Odin Sphere. Also looking to start on Dreamfall Chapters since it's finally finished, but that will probably have to wait until life settles down a bit
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/10/16 on: June 13, 2016, 03:46:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 10, 2016, 05:50:13 PM

Probably lots of FFXIV and a little Overwatch

Played quite a bit of FFXIV, finishing up the main story quest through the 3.3 patch.  Ran the two new dungeons and the 8-man trial...still haven't tackled the new raid yet.

Spent a bunch of time with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir.  It's an stunningly beautiful game, and has been fun so far (through 4 hours).  We'll see how it holds up in the long run, as I can see the combat getting a bit too twitchy for me to handle.

Played a couple Overwatch matches, but that was it.
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: June 11, 2016, 08:40:54 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 11, 2016, 11:47:49 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 31, 2016, 09:08:18 PM

I'm confused. You are nearing the end of the game, but it forces you into beginning a new game+ ?   I know you are probably trying to avoid spoilers, but is this some weird Metal Gear-esque strangeness where the game is trying to outsmart the player?


There's a point in the main adventure where the characters realize they can no longer progress and the NPCs start heavily hinting that you should save and quit to the title screen.  Once there, the screen itself gives you instructions on how to advance.

I must have missed those instructions entirely then.  Mine just gave me the "New Game +" option, then dumped me back to the opening cutscene.

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I thought about it, but ultimately decided to take Gratch's advice to replay the entire game first.  I'm glad I did: since New Game+ imports all your equipment, jobs, and experience levels but doesn't scale the enemies at all, you can effectively one-shot every boss in the game.  It's basically a chance to run through and collect all the jobs you didn't take the first time around.  Turn off random encounters and skip the dialogue sequences, and you can finish half an Act during a TV commercial break.  The only small disappointment is that there's no new dialogue where the characters comment on how enemies that *should* present a challenge are falling over dead at the first attack.  That's the sort of meta-commentary the first game did really well.

If you use the Bravely Second ability in the very first fight after starting New Game+, it continues the story from where it left off, bringing in all your companions (see the 2:38 mark here) and picking up right where you ended prior to New Game+.  It also allows you to pick up all the additional jobs without going through and replaying the entire game again.  I'm guessing you didn't do that, and just started replaying the entire game instead?

And for the record, replaying the entire game was absolutely not my advice.  Quite the opposite, actually.  It bugs the hell out of me that the game is unclear to the point where you could inadvertently start the game over and be forced to play through it all again unless you happen to use the Bravely Second ability in the very first battle of New Game+.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/10/16 on: June 10, 2016, 05:50:13 PM
Probably lots of FFXIV and a little Overwatch
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: June 06, 2016, 11:42:35 PM
Holy hell, I am just awful at this game.

I've tried all the classes, and am pretty much an abject failure across the board.  Most of the time I can't even tell what the hell happened, I'm just staring at an "Eliminated by" screen before I can even blink...usually accompanied by a kill-cam of someone sniping me from across the map. When I play a damage class, I consider a game a success if I happen to get a single kill. Yeah, I'm that guy. I "get" how all the classes work...I just flat-out suck at them when playing against real people.

While I'm sure this is more forgiving that other games in the genre, I'm reasonably sure that I just don't have the twitch reflexes or patience to have even the smallest measure of success. I'm going to stick with it for a few days (told myself I have to give it at least 6 hours if I'm going to spend $40), but I'm not expecting much.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: June 06, 2016, 06:44:44 PM

Quote from: farley2k on June 06, 2016, 02:28:11 PM

This one wins though because it has a screenshotFran

FTFY
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XII Remaster on: June 06, 2016, 02:19:59 PM
What, my thread wasn't good enough for you?   icon_razz
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Final Fantasy XII HD remake confirmed on: June 06, 2016, 01:15:25 PM
Such awesome news for a Monday morning!  Bummed about "sometime in 2017, but thrilled that it's on the way.  Especially with this:
 
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Hardcore Final Fantasy fans in the US may remember that an International Version of the game was released that included a new character growth system, as well as various other improvements to the game’s interface. We are happy to report that The Zodicac Age integrates all of these features and updates, so North American fans can finally experience them for themselves. Modern advancements including PlayStation 4 Trophy support and Share functionality, auto-save, shortened loading times, overlaid location map and more are new!

And the return of my favorite FF duo.  smile

97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/7/16) on: June 06, 2016, 12:01:03 PM
Definitely Odin Sphere, will wait and see on Mirror's Edge.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/3/16 Edition on: June 06, 2016, 04:09:09 AM
Played quite a bit of FFXIV, getting my full set of i230 gear.

Played through a few more levels in Dragon Quest Heroes.  Probably won't dump much more time into that one...it's really quite boring.

Got to the last boss (I think) in Sword Coast Legends, only to find out the way I built my party means he'll be damn near impossible to take down (I was mainly melee, he pretty much requires ranged).  I was able to spec one of my reserve characters I hadn't used much, but I'd been giving away all my ranged gear over the last 30 hours, and now don't have anything that will do much damage.  Oh well...guess that'll go on the "close, but unfinished" pile as well.

Finally tried Bloodborne.  Hahahahaha...no.  Made it about 2 hours in before ragequitting.  I simply don't need that level of frustration in my life.

Gave Overwatch a shot.  Never having played a team-based shooter before, I have no idea what to think.  It seemed ok I guess, but I don't have the first clue what the hell I'm doing.

Also started messing around with Tera Battle again on iOS as well.  It's a fun game, even if I'll never dedicate the time required to actually be successful at it.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: June 05, 2016, 06:52:06 PM
I had no interest in this until reading this article which talks about how even washed-up gamers (like me) can have some fun with it.

Have to admit, I'm pretty intrigued now.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/3/16 Edition on: June 03, 2016, 02:36:04 PM
Need to get my last piece of 230 gear before the FF XIV patch next week, probably half a dozen(ish) dungeon/raid runs.  Side note:  I read the patch notes this morning, and they're giving Bards a major buff.  Yay!  

Will keep plugging away at Sword Coast Legends.  I'm in the final area, but it just freaking exploded with sidequests.  Trying to decide how motivated I am to get through them all.

Still messing around with Dragon Quest Heroes:  Overly long title about trees.  I'm not sure how much legs it'll have, as once the overwhelming charm of the overall package wore off, I find the gameplay to be a bit dull.  Still, it's some mindless fun.

And I'm sure something else entirely unexpected will jump into the mix, as it always does.  nod
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: June 03, 2016, 01:20:29 PM
Vainaja - Verenvalaja .  Overabundance of the letter "v" aside, this is a fantastic album.  Aggressive, sludgy, nasty doom metal that reminds me a lot of Vallenfyre but with more weight (best word I can use to describe it).  Full album is up on their Bandcamp page.


At The Games - At War With Reality.  My impressions of At The Gates shifted completely after seeing (and meeting) them on the 70K cruise.  I had always seen Slaughter of the Soul pop up on those "10 Most Influential Metal Albums" lists, but I never really paid it much attention even though it had been in my collection for years.  After seeing them absolutely tear up two sets, I committed to giving them a more serious look.  SotS has since become one of my favorite albums, and I think it is fully deserving of every bit of the praise that gets heaped on it...even if it did spawn a thousand awful copycat bands.  I'd go so far as putting it in my personal top 10 (more on that in a minute).

I liked the songs I had heard them perform from At War With Reality, so I figured I should give the full album a listen.  Unfortunately, it doesn't come across nearly as well when it's not live.  It's not a bad album by any means, but I find that every time I turn it on, I end up just going back to SotS.  Tomas' voice doesn't have the "peel the paint from the walls" power that it did 19 years ago, which takes AWWR down a peg or two.  Good album, but certainly not in the same league as their classic.


Messa - Belfry.  I heard Hour of the Wolf and absolutely loved it.  The strong 70's vibe combined with that ethereal voice was just fantastic.  Unfortunately, the rest of the album isn't nearly as good.  There's a couple decent tracks, but there's also a bunch of drone/ambient nonsense that is simply boring filler.  I'd suggest just listening to this track and calling it good.


The Dread Crew of Oddwood - Lawful Evil.  I suppose it's not technically "metal", but god damn if it's not a blast.  And besides...pirates!


Ahab - The Boats of the Glen Carrig.  Funeral doom inspired my Moby Dick.  Beautiful and crushing.


To cap off this update, someone asked me what my top 20 albums of all time were the other day.  I had a chance to think on it, and came up with a list.  The top 10 are entirely solid, with the bottom 10 perhaps fluctuating based on my mood.  Give it some thought...would love to see other folks lists as well.  smile

1.   Skinny Puppy – Too Dark Park
2.   Opeth – Ghost Reveries
3.   Sigh – In Somniphobia
4.   David Bowie – Ziggy Stardust
5.   Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden
6.   Turisas – The Varangian Way
7.   Agalloch – Ashes Against the Grain
8.   At the Gates – Slaughter of the Soul
9.   Bad Religion – No Control
10.   The Ocean – Pelagial
11.   Metallica – Master of Puppets
12.   David Bowie – Hunky Dory
13.   NIN – The Downward Spiral
14.   Unexpect – Fables of the Sleepless Empire
15.   Wilderun – Sleep at the Edge of Earth
16.   Type O Negative – October Rust
17.   Amorphis – Skyforger
18.   Bauhaus – The Sky’s Gone Out
19.   Frontline Assembly – Implode
20.   Jethro Tull – Aqualung


102  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 31, 2016, 09:53:44 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 31, 2016, 09:08:18 PM

I'm confused. You are nearing the end of the game, but it forces you into beginning a new game+ ?   I know you are probably trying to avoid spoilers, but is this some weird Metal Gear-esque strangeness where the game is trying to outsmart the player?

Yep, you think you're at the end, then you (sort of) end up starting again.  Some minor spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
It kicks you back to the battle which originally started the game, but doing a certain action during combat
Spoiler for Hiden:
Bravely Second
changes the outcome.  You then proceed from there and finish up the game in a alternate universe of sorts.

If you don't do that action (and the game doesn't make it particularly clear that's what you're supposed to do), you end up just starting the game over again with carryover skills and items...like a usual New Game+ would do.

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I own the game but haven't yet played it. From your periodic updates it seems like Bravely Second won't end up in your "Recommend" list.

It's a strange game.  If I look at it overall, the game is decidedly mediocre.  The story is lame, the artwork is nice but looks mostly recycled from the first game, the combat is pretty basic turn-based, the humor falls embarrassingly flat most of the time, etc. However, the job system has been compelling enough for me to spend 30+ hours with it. Probably the combination of nothing else that was screaming at me to play right now and lots of cross-country flights, tbh.  I doubt I would have stuck with it otherwise.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 edition (5/27) on: May 31, 2016, 02:24:12 AM
I thought I was just about finished with Bravely Second...no such luck.  After nearly restarting the game due to overly vague instructions, I have now hit the "go back and replay everything you've already played" portion of the game.  Not sure if I'm up for that or not...it wasn't all that interesting the first time around.

Made some good progress in Sword Coast Legends, and I think I'm on the homestretch there (just got to the Duergar city).  Still surprised at how much I'm enjoying this.  I can absolutely see why others hated it, but it's exactly the kind of CRPG I was looking for right now.

Ran a few dailies in FFXIV, and am now only one accessory short of a full set of i230 gear.  Got it all melded with Grade V materia as well, so my Bard is a walking, singing dealer of death.  I should have that final piece this week...right in time for the 3.3 patch which will probably introduce a higher set of gear.   crybaby

Best Buy had the "Day 1 Edition" of Dragon Quest Heroes:  The Earth Tree's Woe and the Blight Below for $30 today, so I picked that up as well.  I don't have much familiarity with either Dragon Quest (the only one I've really played is 8 ) or musou games (I played one of the Dynasty Warriors games way back on PS2, but that's it), so I'm coming in fairly blind.  Played a few hours and while it's certainly not a deep game, it just oozes personality and is lots of fun (ridiculous name aside).   I don't know how much longevity it'll have as I can see the button mashing getting rather tiresome, but it's been surprisingly enjoyable so far.
104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 30, 2016, 05:10:19 PM
So I'm about 30'ish hours in, I think I'm getting to the end, I get the "this is it, you can't turn back, better save" message...then the big bad runs off.  I'm then left with an incredibly vague set of directions on what to do next, which literally involve starting the game over (in new game +) and doing a very specific combat action during the first battle.  An action that I hadn't even used a single time during my previous 32 hours and I frankly didn't even remember was available as an option.  If you don't do this specific action, you simply...start the game over.  I came *this* close to unwittingly restarting from the beginning (and overwriting my previous save) but thankfully glanced at an FAQ that told me what to do. 

After avoiding that near-disaster, the game is now requiring me to backtrack over every area I've previously gone through and get the other half of the classes that I missed out on the first time.  Blech.  As with the first game, that might be the straw that broke the non-compelling-story camel's back.  It was only mildly engaging the first time through, I can't imagine keeping interest a second time.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 edition (5/27) on: May 28, 2016, 02:20:29 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on May 27, 2016, 10:52:34 PM

now you guys have me interested in Sword Coast Legends

Do it, you know you want to.  smile

I will say that enjoyment of SCL is entirely dependent upon your expectations.  If you want an accurate representation of the D&D ruleset in a deep & engaging game with a robust story...you will be sorely disappointed (hence most of the nerdrage directed at it).  If you don't mind a simplified version of the rules mixed with a light dungeon crawl, there's absolutely fun to be had here.

Take a look at this review, which I think is 100% spot on.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - Memorial Day Weekend 2016 edition (5/27) on: May 27, 2016, 01:29:01 PM
I'm in the thick of two RPG's, which is never a good idea.  I think I'm getting near the end of Bravely Second, as I just got the typical "you can't go back after this point.  Do everything you need to before proceeding." message.  Given the first game, however, that probably just means I've hit the point where I have to replay the entire game a second time.  slywink

I'm also still thoroughly enjoying Sword Coast Legends on PC.  I wholly acknowledge it's an average game at best, but something about it has just clicked with me.Of all the recent isometric CRPG's, this one is by far my favorite.  I admit that that's a lot due to sentiment, as it reminds me so much of the first Neverwinter Nights, which a game that brings back very fond memories (both as a game and that for that particular point of my life in general).   

I really need to finish one or both of these before June 6, when the big FF XIV 3.3 patch drops.   ninja
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 03:34:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 25, 2016, 01:52:12 PM

It still hits me when I see metallicorphan's name pop up places, and I was never able to figure out for sure what happened to him.

 icon_frown
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 01:48:01 AM
Damn, sorry Engine.  frown
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / "I Am Setsuna" (alternate title "I'm not Chrono Trigger, honest") Squeenix JRPG on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:30 PM
I Am Setsuna comes out on July 19, and it looks fantastic.  As Kotaku said in their headline, it's Chrono Trigger in everything but name (trailer in link).

How this isn't getting more attention is beyond me...it really does look fantastic.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 23, 2016, 01:04:13 PM
Nothing for me.

Quote from: SeaMoosi on May 23, 2016, 03:34:32 AM

lso, Game of Thrones like the Telltale series? That ended last year so episode 4 is well and out already.

Was wondering that as well.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 22, 2016, 11:18:06 PM
Man, I was all over the gaming map this weekend.

Bravely Second:  Got all characters past 50, working through the storyline.  Man, that area with the invisible bridges is annoying.
Doom:  I actually made it through 3 checkpoints in one sitting.  Progress!  Still not all that enthused about it, but will probably keep messing with it off and on.
Tera:  Spent most of Fri night/Sat afternoon playing the new Ninja class.  Meh...see above.
Sword Coast Legends:  Thoroughly enjoying it so far.  My only gripe is that it's often very difficult to figure out what to do next.  There's a map marker if you happen to be standing near a quest-giving NPC, but nothing otherwise.  Been depending on some online walkthroughs to figure a few things out.
Guild Wars 2:  Tried to get back into it and finish my personal story.  Got bored again after about an hour.  Weird how I just hit such a massive wall on that one.
Ori and the Blind Forest Definitive Edition:  I liked this one when it came out originally, but couldn't get past the crazy difficulty.  They supposedly toned it down for this "Definitive" version, so I figured I'd give it another shot.  While the enemies are certainly easier, the precision platforming required certainly is not.  Not sure how far I'll get...I just suck at these Metroidvania types.
Tree of Savior:  I need to give this a dedicated look when I'm not quite so distracted.  Looks like it could be cool, the art style is simply beautiful.
New Super Mario Bros U:  I bought this mostly for Little B 7.2, and while she likes it, it's waaaaaaay harder than the Super Mario World game she's been playing.  Took me a bunch of tries to finish a few of the levels as well...might be a bit too much for her to handle.

Whew.  I'm exhausted.  smile
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: May 22, 2016, 04:10:56 PM
ARISE!!

A "definitive edition" of Ori was recently released.  It adds a lower difficulty level, as well as some fast travel options, and a couple new areas.  For owners of the original, it's just a $5 upgrade.

I'm excited about giving it another look.  There was so much to like about it, but the plentiful bugs and the crazy difficulty pushed me away.  If those two things got fixed/adjusted, this could really be a on amazing game.  Here's hoping...downloading now, will report back later.

EDIT:  They definitely tuned down the enemy difficulty and being able to reuse Spirit Bond sites is helpful, but a level of precision platforming skill is definitely still required...and is sadly beyond my skill set.  frown
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 22, 2016, 03:13:09 AM
Tried the new Ninja class in Tera (up to level 23) and wasn't terribly impressed.

Tera has gone the SWTOR route and made leveling so ridiculously easy that it's really not much fun.  SWTOR could get away with having zero challenge because the story was really good.  Tera doesn't have that, so you end up grinding through trash mobs and doing endless fetch quests without any real reason for doing so. 
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 06:27:53 PM
Just read that Tera has released a new Ninja class.  Looks like I'll be giving that another look as well.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 05:12:29 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 20, 2016, 04:32:25 PM

I have a surfeit of options...

Oooooo, good word.   thumbsup
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 11:56:09 AM
Picked up Sword Coast Legends on a Steam sale this week, and am really enjoying it.  I know it got trashed for not being a "faithful" recreation of D&D, but I find that I really enjoy it's more simplified, streamlined approach.  The last few CRPG's I've played (Pillars of Eternity and Divinity Original Sin) have fallen completely flat because they were so damn complex...so SCL is exactly what I was looking for.  Helps that the writing is genuinely funny and engaging as well.

Will also probably put some time into Bravely Second and will hope that Doom grabs me more than it has after the first couple hours.  Also grabbed New Super Mario Bros U for Little B 7.2, so I'm sure that'll see some time as well.

This will be the first weekend in a long time that won't spend mostly with FFXIV.
117  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 08:30:17 PM
I'd be all over this if I hadn't already played through it 3 times on PC.  It's a good game, but that's probably enough.  smile
118  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 19, 2016, 03:21:27 PM
If you enjoy either pinball or "games as art", I would strongly recommend INKS.  At it's core, it's a simple pinball game that requires you to hit colored squares to complete each level.  When you hit the square, it explodes in a burst of colored ink, which can then be tracked around the board as your ball rolls through it.

While the bulk of the game isn't terribly challenging (you can probably finish all the levels in a day or two), the designs you make by splashing multiple colors together and tracking the ink are often stunningly beautiful.  As in "I wish I could frame that and hang it on my wall" beautiful.  You can get a sense for how it looks here

119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 19, 2016, 02:15:13 PM
Fixing the FOV helped with the nausea issue (thanks Tilt!), but I'm finding the game to be rather 'meh'.  I was hoping this would scratch the same ridiculous, ultra-violent itch that Bulletstorm did, but I just end up bored with it after 15-20 minutes.  I find myself playing one, maybe two checkpoints, then switching over to something else.
120  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Bravely Second: End Layer on: May 17, 2016, 03:36:46 PM
My lukewarm thumbs-up is becoming warmer as I've started unlocking more and more classes.  Just got access to the Ninja class last night, which is pretty awesome.  Each of the four characters (level 43) now has a variety of skills they can use to handle nearly any situation.  While the main story still sucks, the side mission stories are fantastic.  Not sure how crazy I am about having to choose between two classes though.  For example, the side story I did last night required me to choose to unlock either the Knight or Ninja class, and whichever one I didn't choose became unavailable (for the rest of the game, I assume).  Frustrating to have to make those sort of decisions blindly, since you don't really have any intel on whether or not the class you choose will be effective or not.  Still, I don't feel like I've made any horrible decisions, yet.  smile

It does feel like a few of the classes are a bit redundant.  White Mage and Bishop are nearly identical, as are Black Mage and Wizard.  There's a few nuances, but they both basically do the same thing.

I have finished my moon base and upgraded my ship to the point that wearing down the level 60 Ba'al monsters doesn't take forever.  I usually set everyone to start firing when I leave for work, and they're down to a decent target level by the time I get home.
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