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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [Android/iOS] Final Fantasy Brave Exvius on: June 29, 2016, 11:02:55 PM
http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=287471

I believe this is the first "brand new" FF RPG for mobile, free to try so that should be interesting.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 27, 2016, 11:19:44 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 27, 2016, 08:43:54 PM

Quote from: rittchard on June 27, 2016, 08:40:39 PM

Wow, what a season finale!  So much happened and I love how pretty much everyone got some major plot action.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My favorite scene was Arya's.  Totally caught me off guard, absolutely loved it.  Still I hope they have more planned for her that will make a greater impact to the finale.  Will she be the one who ultimately kills Cersei?

Speaking of which, loved loved loved everything about Cersei in this episode.  She deserves an Emmy.  That dress was freaking fantastic but every expression on her face was awesome, from the thrill of vengeance to the knowing, bitter acceptance of losing her last child, to finally claiming her spot as Queen of Thrones.  Awesome.  I was sad to lose Margeary in such an unceremonious way, but what are ya gonna do?  Also wished she had got to torture Jonathan Pryce's smarmy ass instead of the nun, but beggars can't be choosers.  SHAME!!!  SHAME!!!

Dany + Tyrion moment, brought a tear to my eye when he bows at the end.

All teh shipz, oh my!  With dragon entourage to boot.

Jon Snow heritage reveal.  Honestly it was way too confusing and complicated for me and I had to read the explanations so I wonder how much of an impact it will have for the audience at large.  I suspect it will get more play next season when Dany meets Jon.  Hopefully Bran will spill the beans before they get their incest on.

Last but not least.  Someone please fix Bran's freaking legs.  That poor girl can't be expected to drag his huge ass around the rest of the show!  Thanks for the horse, Uncle Benjen!!  NOT!

Bran spilling the beans will just make it more likely, they were a house known for inbreeding.

And also they are the two hottest people on the show lol.
3  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / MMO-ARPGs?? on: June 27, 2016, 08:56:51 PM
This would be a hybrid between a standard MMORPG (a la WoW) and Diablo-ish perspective (2.5D), more focused on hack/slash/loot/level.  Amazingly nothing ever really came of this sub-genre in the US.  I guess you could argue Path of Exile kind of fits.  I had hopes for Mythic/Torchlight but those guys just seemed to crash and burn out.  Blizzard would be the obvious choice to do this "right" but aside from a World of Diablo announcement I don't think they have any interest.  It's too bad because I feel like it's one of the few spaces that just hasn't been filled quite right yet.

I have tried Devilian and ELOA (Korean games), both of which are fairly similar and do a decent job of mixing the genres.  They are both pretty decent games and F2P, but are a little too linear in the early going and the loot is just not very interesting.  I think they worked too hard to make the game feel like WoW in terms of following bread crumbs and quest lines.  I would like to see someone venture further into the Diablo space instead.  There's another one from Taiwan I'm going to try to take a look at (Embergarde or something like that).

Does anyone play or have any others to recommend?  My biggest hopes are for Lost Ark Online (presuming it makes it over here next year).

http://www.trionworlds.com/devilian/en/
www.eloa.webzen.com
http://www.runewaker.com/en/product/index/EG
www.lostarkworld.com


4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 27, 2016, 08:42:52 PM
I pre-ordered Technomancer.  Now I'm curious to know what exactly "janky" means  icon_biggrin
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 27, 2016, 08:40:39 PM
Wow, what a season finale!  So much happened and I love how pretty much everyone got some major plot action.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My favorite scene was Arya's.  Totally caught me off guard, absolutely loved it.  Still I hope they have more planned for her that will make a greater impact to the finale.  Will she be the one who ultimately kills Cersei?

Speaking of which, loved loved loved everything about Cersei in this episode.  She deserves an Emmy.  That dress was freaking fantastic but every expression on her face was awesome, from the thrill of vengeance to the knowing, bitter acceptance of losing her last child, to finally claiming her spot as Queen of Thrones.  Awesome.  I was sad to lose Margeary in such an unceremonious way, but what are ya gonna do?  Also wished she had got to torture Jonathan Pryce's smarmy ass instead of the nun, but beggars can't be choosers.  SHAME!!!  SHAME!!!

Dany + Tyrion moment, brought a tear to my eye when he bows at the end.

All teh shipz, oh my!  With dragon entourage to boot.

Jon Snow heritage reveal.  Honestly it was way too confusing and complicated for me and I had to read the explanations so I wonder how much of an impact it will have for the audience at large.  I suspect it will get more play next season when Dany meets Jon.  Hopefully Bran will spill the beans before they get their incest on.

Last but not least.  Someone please fix Bran's freaking legs.  That poor girl can't be expected to drag his huge ass around the rest of the show!  Thanks for the horse, Uncle Benjen!!  NOT!
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: June 20, 2016, 07:35:44 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on June 20, 2016, 12:44:02 PM

Last nights episode  eek

That was awesome from beginning to end.  Some of the best dragon effects I've seen in any media ever.  And then that war battle, wow.

I might have said it before, but I have to wonder how George RR Martin feels these days.  On the one hand it must be incredibly exciting to see such awesome content come to life.  But on the other I can't imagine how bittersweet it is to have all these massive plot points and reveals he's held in his pocket for over 20 years being revealed by someone else.  I really thought that alone would have motivated him to get his ass in gear and finish, but at this point he might as well just take his time and finish the series in 2030 lol.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: June 14, 2016, 11:05:06 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 14, 2016, 02:26:29 PM

That's nice of them offering the device for free to people who sign up, but holy crap, $50 for what amounts to a USB adapter? 

Anyone currently thinking of upgrading?  I would consider it for a larger HD option (500gb seemed like such a big number back then, didn't it?), but my current contract is up in the air, so I may not have a guaranteed income to spend on luxuries.

I pre-ordered from Amazon but will make my final decision in August.  Seems like a good upgrade all around, particularly for the 4K capabilities.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac] Duelyst on: June 09, 2016, 08:58:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 09, 2016, 11:36:54 AM

I enjoyed both this and Labyrinth

Hadn't heard of that one either, but definitely looks interesting:

http://labyrinthccg.com/
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/Mac] Duelyst on: June 09, 2016, 12:16:18 AM
Has any one heard of or tried this?

www.duelyst.com

Looks like a mash of TBS + CCG that would be right up my alley, but I never heard of it, just happened to hit a random ad that took me to this review:

http://www.pcgamer.com/duelyst-is-my-favorite-new-card-game-since-hearthstone/?DUELYSTPCGAMER
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 31, 2016, 05:39:42 PM
I'm about halfway through (which is the most I've ever played of any game of this type FWIW) and agree the production values are fantastic.  I just wish I had more time to devote, I feel like I need a major block of time because it's so intense for me while playing.

I do have to say that I still find some parts of this genre puzzling (no pun intended), particularly the prevalence of jumping "puzzles" and content.  Some times I see spots I think look perfect to jump to but I'm not allowed.  And then other spots I don't think I'd ever see where/how to jump to the place they want you to go without a walkthrough.  I've played enough that I know a lot of the tricks they do and I can figure out the majority of the jumps on my own, but every few sequences I get stuck and it really kills the momentum.

I'm curious do all of you just figure out all these things yourselves?  I usually keep trying til I die about 4-5 times and then I look up the solution.  I hate relying on those crutches but honestly I don't have the patience to figure out exactly what the designers intended. 
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What am I buying this week? on: May 31, 2016, 05:30:01 PM
What a dud week!

For mobile fans, Mika Mobile (Battleheart series) is releasing a fantasy western themed TBS called Lost Frontier:

http://www.mikamobile.com/lost-frontier/
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] X-Men: Apocalypse on: May 31, 2016, 05:27:09 PM
Wow, this thread began in 2013 by CK?!??!  Yikes.

Anyway... I saw it twice over the weekend, second time in giant (IMAX-ish) 3D.  A few of the sequences were pretty spectacular in 3D, but for the most part it didn't make much difference.

While I certainly enjoyed the movie, I felt like it arrived too soon after Captain America, and thus did not come across strong in comparison.  It's a shame because I love these X-Men characters more, but the Avengers movies are just so much better written/produced and thought out. 

I think ultimately the biggest mistake they made, and I don't consider this much of a spoiler (but be warned just in case you are a real stickler), is insisting on having the 4 Horsemen be a set of otherwise well-known good guys.  It might have sounded good on paper to compete with Civil War, but from a writing standpoint I think it was a huge mistake.  It forced them to have to devote a significant amount of time "developing" plotlines and story arcs for how these characters are recruited and become horsemen... 

Spoiler for Hiden:
...and then how they un-become horsemen just as quickly... I think they were too enamored with creating a "deeper" subplot for Magneto, and while it was interesting how they played out the deaths of his family, it was just a bit ridiculous how quickly he turned back and forth.  I guess they could have played it up as more of a "momentary insanity" but either way between his change and Storm's even lesser developed change, it just seemed a poor choice.

In the comics it was cool and interesting to see the transition from Angel to Archangel/Death, but in this series Angel was a nothing character (in fact doesn't he appear in one of the original trilogy?) and so the transformation has zero impact from a character standpoint.  Psylocke, one of my all-time favorite characters, was pretty much a complete waste.  I think they would have been better served with just some badass evil horsemen and then introduce Storm and Psylocke differently as good guys.  They could have ran a similar Magneto storyline without having him be a Horseman.  Oh well.

All that said, there are plenty of excellent moments, and a couple as I mentioned definitely worth seeing on the big screen (and 3D if you like 3D).  The second audience I was with seemed pretty happy with the movie (applause and pretty much everyone stayed through the end credits) so YMMV.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Quicksilver "Sweet Dreams" sequence pretty much steals the entire movie.  Worth the price of admission IMHO.  And of course the Wolverine cameo going full feral was fantastic.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: May 30, 2016, 06:34:12 PM

Quote from: Arclight on May 29, 2016, 10:21:25 AM

I'm in the same boat as Ritt. Always wanted to play the FPS genre games, but its the same ole, same ole, when I do. Run..Jump...die...fall...run..jump..die...fall..ad-nauseum.
The essence of the FPS genre is always going to be the same. Run and gun. The genre would need a paradigm shift to change it from the way it is. It would then probably alienate the die-hard fps fans. So, guys like us Ritt, need a whole new Genre.
I don't even think about FPS games as viable for me. I just ignore the whole genre. Makes for better gaming.  slywink


LOL - that's kind of what I was doing until some of these newer games started touting "redefining the genre" and being more inclusive of different play styles.  This one failed miserably at that for me.  But as I mentioned in some of the other threads, Battleborn actually was very playable, at least the co-op portion, so if you're ever really desperate for some FPS action there's an option. 
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 20, 2016, 09:10:56 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 20, 2016, 07:17:27 PM

My favorite thing about Black Panther was listening to him land.

Everyone else makes a decent amount of noise for their Superhero LandingsTM, but Panther just drops down, for want of a better phrase, on little cat feet.  There's a little noise, but it's soft and perfect.

Did you mean.... purrrrrrfect?  Sorry I couldn't resist  icon_biggrin
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 20, 2016, 05:20:39 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 20, 2016, 01:51:25 PM

And then you have Spider-Man namechecking "Empire Strikes Back" to Tony Stark and my brain melts from nerd glee.

I thought I would have too high expectations and be disappointed for the big team fight sequence, but it exceeded all my hopes and put me in pure nerdgasm mode.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Everything they did with Ant Man/Giant Man was absolutely fantastic, from going big to going tiny and messing with Iron Man's suit, to the Empire moment to Tony's "anyone else have spectacular powers" line.  Ant Man vs. Black Widow?  Yes please!  Giant Man vs. Spiderman?  Hell yeah!
16  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 08:22:20 PM
Just started but so far I like what I see.  Being able to drop in for a few minutes to a game of this type and quality is pretty amazing.  No more load times, just jump in and start playing.  The content is virtually identical to the original, and it looks fantastic on the small screen.  It feels like a much richer world compared to what you're used to with mobile ARPGs.

In place of the mouse click interface, they've gone with a virtual joypad which is not necessarily the best I've encountered, but is certainly good enough.  I've tried it on a standard iPad screen and a mini, and for me the mini is perfect.  The larger screen is a little harder to work with and I suspect anything smaller would be tough to see.

I'll comment more after I get some more time with it.

17  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Titan Quest on: May 19, 2016, 12:03:47 AM
$6.99!  Coming to Android soon too, apparently.

http://toucharcade.com/2016/05/18/titan-quest-out-now/

This is the first really "major" PC port for me.  I know there have been a few other big titles, but this one has a special place in my heart so I'm really hoping it is well done.  It's not quite Diablo 2/3, but TQ is/was one of the best PC ARPGs of all time.  Fingers crossed.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: May 17, 2016, 08:20:23 PM

Quote from: Punisher on May 17, 2016, 01:38:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 16, 2016, 05:27:46 PM

For the record, I'm from LA and I do NOT regularly stab people in their head.   icon_biggrin
Do you irregularly stab people in the head?

Yes, but only using my Apple Pencil  icon_twisted
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 05:43:19 PM
Nothing on the list for me this week, but I thought I'd mention that the iOS version of Titan Quest is due out this week.  Looks really good so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH2NyviHtn8

20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 05:40:01 PM
I'm about 6 chapters in and agree this game is absolutely fantastic in presentation.  You may think 6 doesn't sound like much but it's the furthest I've played in an adventure game of this type ever.  I generally have low tolerance for stealth games and jumping puzzles, and this game is pretty much filled with them.  But the overall production is just so excellent it keeps me enthralled.  There have been a number of places I got stuck, so I had to check the walkthru.  On a side note, I still feel kind of creepy about it, but I honestly get turned on by the main guy animation, so they've clearly done a great job creating the character.  I kind of think of him as a perfect blend between Nathan Fillion and Chris Evans.

One thing I do find amusing is how everyone seems to have these great Spiderman like jumping and climbing abilities, regardless of age or size. 
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 16, 2016, 05:33:17 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 16, 2016, 05:25:47 PM

The show is great but suffers from too many story lines trying to advance in a 10 episode arc.  No Arya?  No Dragons?  and worst of all
Spoiler for Hiden:
Osha comes back and Ramsey offs her in two seconds, I loved her character in the books and it is sad to see her go out so quickly and with no real impact on the story
.  I also don't care for the whole High Sparrow story but we do see lots of pieces starting to move at last.

I think what we're seeing is that they tried as best they could to include as much as possible from the books.  Maybe due to respect for the material/author, and/or to fill each season up with content.  They likely had faith that George would tie it all together but it seems fairly clear now that even as a book series, it's just over-bloated with extra characters and plotlines.  So now the producers are kind of forced to speed up certain storylines (and eliminate side characters) in order to complete everything. 

I presumed the dragons were coming last ep to save Dany but I love what they did in place of that.  What a show of power.  And boobies.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: May 16, 2016, 05:27:46 PM
Interesting turn of events now that they reached Mexico.  Nick and Strand are kind of growing on me, but the rest of the characters still aren't.  I liked Luis but he didn't last long lol.  Madison was originally my favorite but now she's annoying the crap out of me. 

I'm still a little annoyed at how "leveled up" the group is in terms of being able to immediately stab people/zombies in the brain or through the eyeballs or whatever.  TWD showed most "normal" people having trouble with it in their first few tries, yet everyone here seems like a professional.  My friend said it's because they are from LA, lol.  For the record, I'm from LA and I do NOT regularly stab people in their head.   icon_biggrin
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 16, 2016, 05:19:22 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
THIS GIRL IS ON FIRE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Spectacular conclusion to last night's episode.

This season is so wonderful in the sense that the writers/producers are finally unshackled by George R R Martin's slow-ass pacing.  Main characters allowed to interact!! Plot advancement and movement!!  Blasphemy!! 

The books are my favorite series of all time but I've long grown weary hearing all the excuses about artistry or whatever, it's taken too freaking damn long.  Seriously do you think if he actually needed the income it would take 5-6 years to finish a single book?  Anyway, one of us is going to be dead before he finishes, most likely me.  Happily now I only need to survive 2-3 years to see how the story told in the TV series ends.   Tongue
24  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Heroes and Castles (1 and 2) on: May 12, 2016, 08:29:48 PM
FYI they released a major new update which added a New Game + mode with better loot, etc and the ability to summon your other heroes into battle with you.  Awesome!
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 10, 2016, 05:43:22 PM
Uncharted 4 on its way, fingers crossed that it won't be too hard for me to get past some inane jumping puzzle lol.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 10, 2016, 05:41:34 PM
Yikes is this the only Civil War thread?  Surprised at how little interest there is here.

Anyway I already saw it twice and loved pretty much everything about it.

I was skeptical about the need for yet another reboot of Spiderman, but I totally fell in love with Tom Holland and the way they introduced Spider Man was fantastic.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 10, 2016, 05:36:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 29, 2016, 05:34:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 29, 2016, 05:25:59 AM

Don't kid yourself, the suits don't give a shit how these movies do here.  They're dumbing these things down on purpose.  Less dialogue=less to get lost in translation.

I don't think that was the problem with this movie.  It wasn't dumbed down so much as bloated up.  As Punisher said it was more like they tried to mesh 3 movies into one.      Introduction to Justice League.  Death of Superman.  Batman vs. Superman.  Any one of these would have made a strong movie on its own, but they clearly wanted to jumpstart the franchise to compete with Marvel.  Should be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for them over the long haul.  Personally I'm enjoying the DC TV series universe(s) more than these endlessly "dark" movies.

It's interesting that I tried to make excuses for this movie doing too much, but then along comes Civil War which essentially does very similar things, and MORE, but just does them successfully.  Establishment of the conflict, tie ins to the whole suite of Marvel movies' lore, individual character "origin" issues, plus introduction of not one but TWO major new characters in the universe. 

Speaking of which why is there no Civil War thread? 
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: May 02, 2016, 11:33:31 PM
Hey I remember this thread!

I do encourage some of you to take a look at Battleborn (comes out coincidentally tomorrow!).  It's got a lot of the atmosphere (and perspective) of a FPS/TPS, but with the sensibility of a MOBA (more in a second) and a strong focus on co-op gameplay.  As I mentioned in the other thread, it gave me, as a super sucky player, plenty of latitude to get into the game and learn it and not get bitched at.  In fact I'm guessing the "better" players actually like having some n00bs in the party so they can rack up more points and stuff.  But the game still rewards you even if you are technically in last place.

The MOBA influence when injected into a CO-OP game is a great feature as well.  In a single play session/mission, you will level up a character/class to max (or close) and get to experience many different facets of it.  Unlike other games where an unskilled player may never see a character's coolest features, here you will more than likely get to try a character out to the full extent.  If you hate it, move on to another character.  If you like it, you can play it again and keep learning the nuances.  But again, at least from what I experienced in beta, if you are learning while in co-op, players tend to be much more lenient and even helpful at times.

If anyone wants to suck it up with me, I'll be playing on PC (Steam).
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: May 02, 2016, 11:19:51 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 02, 2016, 07:27:56 PM

Fun bit of trivia, the bad guy that betrayed earth to the aliens name is Hark  ninja

I can totally see Hark selling humanity out to the aliens.  And then killing all the aliens afterwards.  icon_twisted
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 06:32:45 PM
Battleborn on PC already ordered through Steam.  I didn't realize Hark and Kato were doing XB1  mad
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: May 02, 2016, 06:13:14 PM
No comments at all??? Come on people!!!!!

Honestly not much of a surprise, but it was nice to see it finally done so that we can now see how it plays out story-wise. 

On a side note, I really think they did themselves a disservice by not combining this episode with last week's for the premiere, I think it would have made for an awesome 2-hour premiere.  Not that the content itself suffered, but just piecing everything that happened together into one episode would have been a masterpiece.
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2016, 11:19:33 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.

Little more detail of this addictive gem.  The game is actually a mash-up of constant clicker-ish games with an action shooter and something like Missile Command using the Heroes and Castle 3D engine.  Just trying to describe it is a game in itself.  The core gameplay has you sitting on a tank/tortoise shooting at stuff through a cross-hair.  You keep making money which you can use to buy upgrades both to your tortoise and its weaponry as well as buying and upgrading support.  You'll have to switch between weapons occasionally to snipe things with extra health, and you will constantly be upgrading your arsenal and support, kind of similar to many clicker games.  Also like those games, you are encouraged to do full resets and start over with a bonus, and doing these resets also helps to unlock and grant access to more weapons and support things to unlock during the core game.  You will also continue to accrue money while out of game, similar to other clickers.  So essentially you are pretty much constantly going through the cycle of upgrading, saving, fighting and upgrading some more.

It's a fantastic system and the game is free to play.  You can spend real money on additional bonuses but similar to other Forsaken games you really don't need to and in some ways the game might be more fun/challenging if you avoid spending money.  This is one of the few companies I feel like I absolutely have to support, I just love their work, so I'll eventually buy something as long as it doesn't unbalance the gameplay.
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM
Two fun new games came out today (both free to try), I don't think you can wrong with either or both:

http://toucharcade.com/games/spellbinders

Spellbinders is kind of like Clash Royale, sort of a MOBA-lite game with lane defense style gameplay plus a little bit of Hearthstone "feel".  I'm only in the middle of the tutorial fights right now (haven't done real PvP) but it's a lot of fun so far.  While it's similar to a number of games I've played in the past, somehow it just seems to have that extra something that sets it apart for me.

A little more detail: it's a 1v1 fight (3 battle lanes), you are trying to destroy your enemy's castle.  Individual units can do damage if they make it across, but the main fight is in the center of the field, where there are cannons that can be flipped by your units to face and shoot at the opponent.  Turning the cannons is a key part of the game strategy.  If you control all 3, they combine and take out 10 points (instead of just 1) and then reset to neutral again.  So you have to balance between turning the cannons, using spells to fry opponents, spells to help your troops, etc etc.  I suspect game balancing in PvP will become an issue, but playing against the AI thus far has been a blast.

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: April 27, 2016, 05:18:41 PM
Played a little of this last night, pretty fun.  The dual stick aiming/trigger shooting is kind of tough for me, I definitely prefer the way Diablo was implemented for an ARPG, but other than that the game is very cool.  I like how easy they made it to jump into an MP game with strangers, as it definitely feels like it's more fun with more people.

The environments and maps are cool, lots of interesting aliens to blast and the pacing proceeds well with bursts of difficulty.  I had to play on Rookie and even then I died a couple of times.  The loot system seems decent, though since the game never pauses in MP, you may not get a chance to do much upgrading until a mission is completed. 
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 26, 2016, 11:30:47 PM
She's in the cast list for the rest of the season on IMDB so I presume she'll make it back somehow.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] Game of Thrones Season 6 (Spoiler Alert!) on: April 25, 2016, 09:15:16 PM
So begins a new season!  This one brings with it the excitement that it is more or less unbound from the books.  As much as previous seasons took liberties, I think this is the point chronologically where it pretty much has covered all the main book material and has to strike out on its own.

So, a pretty good episode all around, but I think we really needed/deserved a 2 hour premiere.  Arya barely had any screen time and Sam, Bran and others weren't seen at all.  In fact it kind of felt like every major character was only given a minute or two to catch up.

I'm not sure what to think about Jon.  I was hoping he would roll underneath a nearby garbage dump  icon_wink or Ghost would save him or that Red lady would do something useful.  She did say her vision saw him fighting in Winterfell, so that's still some hope for some form of resurrection.  I have no idea what that creepy true form was all about, but it didn't seem to involve Jon, unless she was going to allow herself to die and merge her soul with his or something like that.

I enjoyed seeing Brienne and my boy Podrick rescue Sansa, and I'm hoping she (Sansa) will start stepping it up a bit in terms of not being a whiny little bitch.  I just found out she is the new (young) Jean Grey so I'm expecting bigger and better things from her. 
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: April 25, 2016, 08:58:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 18, 2016, 04:47:36 PM

I was happy to see Flight 562 being addressed next week, but looks like my cute boy is not going to make it, or at least he looked pretty messed up in the clip.  I had hoped they would add him and the Asian lady as full cast members but I suspect they are just going to die.  Well maybe the Asian lady will make it to add diversity lol.

Well that was a pretty annoying ending.  Interestingly Asian lady was included in the main cast list while cute boy was in the guest cast, so I thought she was in.  I suppose she still has a chance but either way it seemed needlessly harsh, all things considered.  On a side note, it also seems like these survivors are "leveling up" much faster than the cast did in Walking Dead in terms of being able to make sacrifices and killing both zombies and humans.  Maybe it's because they are from LA lol?  I guess it's hard to strike a balance for viewers, given what we are used to in TWD.  I just feel like it kind of undermines some of the stories in TWD such as Eugene and the doctor lady when these idiots are making clean zombie kills in their first or second fight. 

I'll probably keep watching the show just because it's in the TWD "universe" but honestly I'm not feeling particularly drawn in.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 05:13:10 PM
Alienation sounds like a lot of fun!
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 22, 2016, 06:02:02 PM
I was pretty much obsessed with Prince in the 80s and 90s, but kind of lost track of him later.  Went on Amazon last night and seeing each album/single brought back tons of great memories.  I had forgotten just how many amazing songs he had, and just how unique many of them were. 

Very sad.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 11:58:02 PM
I guess everyone sees what they want to see.  Personally Superman was my favorite part of the movie, particularly the (sadly few) Clark Kent moments.  (On a side note, this is by far the sexiest Clark that's ever been on screen.  That bathtub scene was worth the price of admission!  For sheer adorable-ness I'd go with Brandon Routh, but for overall attractiveness, it's Henry Cavill.)

As I mentioned before, I would have much preferred a full Superman movie delving into the "Superman as God" motif, and seeing how he does or doesn't understand the way people react to him.  And then maybe have that all lead up to the Death of Superman Doomsday stuff.  Also I like what someone earlier had mentioned about keeping Superman as a beacon of hope.  (Incidentally they covered a lot of these themes, though a bit cheesily, in the Supergirl TV series.)
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