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161  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 14, 2014, 07:20:25 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 14, 2014, 01:25:04 PM

I also finished all the demo upgrades and beat the ???? at the end, so I'm ready to jump into the full game.  Hopefully I'll have a chance to start later today!

I don't think this is a spoiler but you will see all the assets from the demo in the main game, including the ???? at the end and various ???? maps lol.

The one thing that is nice about the demo is you get to experiment with the different jobs without needing to wait to unlock them as you do in the full game.  The bad thing is you might get spoiled by having access to those classes and in the real game you have no idea when you'll get a chance to get them.
162  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 13, 2014, 09:09:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 13, 2014, 04:37:37 PM

My god, I can't believe I avoided reading about this game until now.  I had no idea it had that timer-based village restoration aspect.  I'm such a sucker for those.

I'm sold on buying the full game, but I think I'll still finish the demo before doing so.  Can I start adding all y'all with friend codes while I'm on the demo version, or can I only do that from the full game?

I'm pretty sure that all transfers - I think 20 friends transfer from the demo.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 13, 2014, 09:08:06 PM
I signed up too, nice find!
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 13, 2014, 09:06:14 PM
The "goal" discussion is kind of interesting.  Honestly I just don't think this is *that* show, so if you're looking for specific goals or closure, you'll never find it.  The first season's CDC plotline was a huge departure from anything in the original story, and likely why there was a schism in the production/writing team.  

The comic book is coming close to 200 issues now, and this is just pretty much the way the story is written.  Things just keep happening, and Rick and Carl and whoever they happen to have around them find ways to survive it.  In that sense, yes it is repetitive, but that's pretty much how they've chosen to tell this particular story.  This season is arguably more faithful to the comic than the previous ones, YMMV.

Ultimately it hinges on how much you care about the characters and what happens to them.  If you don't like Rick or Carl or the actors who portray them, it's no surprise you're losing interest because it's really their story for the most part.  

One thing I am wondering about is how they will handle the passage of time in relation to how Carl (the actor) grows.  In the comic Carl still looks pretty much like he did in the beginning,
Spoiler for Hiden:
but missing an eye of course lol
but in the TV show he's growing up physically much faster than the amount of time that's passing in the show.  Always difficult to make those kinds of adjustments.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MTV] Are You the One? on: February 12, 2014, 05:54:15 PM
Mastermind!!  I used to play that all the time with my sister, thanks for reminding me about it  thumbsup

Quick update: the show is pretty much the mess you'd expect from MTV.  Hookups, nasty exes, plenty of bitching, skinny dipping, foul language, it's all there!  But like a train wreck, I keep watching hoping for that glimmer of when they turn things around.  I just can't imagine the producers will allow the conclusion of the show to be an utter failure. 

So far their success rate was 2, 4, 2 and 2.  But since it didn't seem like they were playing a Mastermind like strategy, I don't know if they've learned a thing.  You'd figure for $50,000 each somebody would step up.  It really doesn't seem like it should be that difficult. 
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Amazon] The After on: February 11, 2014, 09:47:12 PM
I watched about 90% of it last night.  I really really wanted to like it but ultimately I found it grating on the nerves and overall annoying.  Every character is irritating or cliche in their own way, and the whole thing just seems like a mess.  Maybe it's just me but I just hated this entire group of people.  The only thing I found vaguely interesting was the gratuitous titties and the gay clown's big package.  But as rshetts mentioned, it really just did not flow well at all.  One might hope they were pacing it strangely on purpose to disorient the viewer, but honestly I think it was more just poor editing.

Might give it another chance, but I don't see much potential here to win me over.

167  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 11, 2014, 09:39:41 PM
Speaking of jobs - is it better to keep focused on single jobs or try to branch out more?  Seems like job levels are really slow to advance, and unless you read the guides you have no idea what you might get in the later levels.  So while I'd prefer to just kind of explore the game as it comes to me, the other part of me thinks I should be planning out which jobs to level up to which levels.  Seems optimal would be to choose 2 complimentary jobs for each character to maximize diversity, but I really don't know.  Adding the Friend Abilink factor throws another twist to it; theoretically you could just wait for Gratch to level all the jobs and then get all his skillz lol.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:08:02 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 10, 2014, 09:02:49 PM

The funny thing about Michonne is on the post-show talk show, the way she and director-co exec producer Nicotero explained it sounded very thoughtful and dramatic and character-developing to me. But when I was watching it earlier, I honestly didn't know why she was doing the things she was doing (didn't help I missed the dream sequence while I was driving home). She just seemed to go batshi* for no particular reason. Once I understood what she and the director/showrunner were going for, it made more sense to me. So either I'm dumb (could be icon_razz) or the script was a bit too vague in explaining her behavior.

I think they didn't want to hit you over the head with it and let the audience interpret it as they wanted.  Without the post show stuff I don't think I had thought about it exactly they way she explained, but overall I think it was clear she was going through an intensely personal journey to figure out if life was still worth living in the aftermath of the previous episode.

And ditto for Carl, he has to come to terms with possibly losing *everyone*, including his dad, and deciding if it's still worth living.  In many ways the apocalypse is most interesting from the younger point of view, because they are the ones who lose the most. Not just their loved ones, but their innocence and childhood.  How that shapes them is one of the most fascinating things about this kind of story IMHO.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 09:02:38 PM
I'm pretty demanding with my child actor expectations, and I continue to think Chandler Riggs is one of the best I've seen on TV - ever.  So I guess to each his own.  That episode when he was almost dying and doing that crazy convulsion still sticks out in my mind.  I also like what he does without dialog, he can convey a lot of different emotions in a single scene, something which many adult actors have trouble with.  

I'm curious those of you who think he's so bad, exactly what child actors in this age range (12-14) are you using as your baseline?  

...and yeah, I'd expect Rick to die before Carl lol.
170  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 10, 2014, 06:16:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2014, 04:58:03 AM

I typically don't play 3DS games when I travel.  I've got a mental hang up about the social stigma of a nearly-40-year-old playing games in public.  Stupid, I know.  I'm so captivated by this game that I spent nearly 4 hours in the airport and on my flight today playing.  That's never happened before.

If it makes you feel better I'm 45 and I brought it with me to Denny's to play lol.  Haven't done that in ages!!!

Definitely loving the game.  Oh sure I have many minor nits (like some the voice acting, eek) but in general it's just a ton of old school fun mixed with new school features to let you play the game with as much or little frustration as you want.  That's something the traditional JRPGs never did. 
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: February 10, 2014, 06:08:35 PM
Personally I thought this was one of the most brilliant single episodes of the entire series.  Maybe not what I'd been expecting or hoping for so much in terms of finding out what happened to everyone, but absolutely fantastic regardless.  For fans of the comic, they adhered to issues 49-50 (I think that's what they said in the aftershow) very closely, even in terms of the scenes/imagery and framing of the direction.  The director said he purposely chose a wild-west-ish direction style, Carl alone in the wild west.

This was very much a character journey episode for Carl and Michonne, keeping in tune with the theme they established from the first half of the season (individual journeys for the key characters).  While some of the plot details might have been a little incongruous, I don't think that's necessarily the point of the show.  Some people seem to want a constantly 100% "realistic" depiction of the zombie apocalypse.  This is not that show, they've already been inconsistent with their mythology and handling of zombies, you either roll with it or don't.  

Watching the after show sheds a lot of light on at least what the director and actors' intents were.  Andrew Lincoln was quoted as saying watching Chandler Riggs (Carl) in the episode was like watching an actor become a man, or something like that.  Yes he's bratty and annoying at times, but he's a freaking 14yo in the apocalypse.  He had to personally kill his mother and his father figure, and his baby sister is likely dead (or not?).  He's lost everything except for his decrepit dad; how do you want him to act?  I loved everything they did with him this episode, from the "I Win" arrogance to the kidlike exuberance with the pudding to that simple moment where he gets excited by the X-Box for only a second, and then immediately goes into survival mode and grabs the power cord to tie the door.  Just some brilliant acting and direction.  

Similar deal with Michonne, this was her "journey" episode back to life.  Why could she travel with the zombie pack so easily?  Because she was effectively dead inside.  Perhaps this is not a satisfying answer for purists, but that's what they were trying to convey.  Seeing her doppleganger shocked her back to life and she decides to return to the living, starting by getting rid of her "fall back" of emotionlessness and living effectively as a zombie.  Loved what the actress did in the dream sequence, as well as the kickass action and then back to the emotional breakdown when she sees Carl and Rick.  Just a beautiful moment.

Loved it.
172  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 3DS Friend Codes on: February 08, 2014, 07:20:43 PM
If any of you who posted codes happen to see this I'd really appreciate a friend code entry.  Apparently Bravely Default requires a full entry before it counts new friends to use in the game.  Don't worry I'm not trying to stalk you.  ninja
173  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 3DS Friend Codes on: February 08, 2014, 03:20:58 AM
Need more delicious friends for my town!!!

174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 08, 2014, 03:11:11 AM
Thanks Grue!  Here's mine:  5129-0595-9119
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 08, 2014, 12:11:41 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 07, 2014, 01:56:11 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 07, 2014, 01:07:57 AM

Don't buy Meditation, it's a crutch much like it's LoL equivalent was (though I know Ritt bought Clarity a lot any way Tongue )

I finally got him to stop that at some point.

heehee.  I still refuse to use Flash though.  That's for cheaters! 

And also I suck at it smile
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 07, 2014, 11:42:35 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 07, 2014, 02:29:59 AM

Hmm. Newegg already tends to ship items to me in 2 business days no matter the shipping option I choose. Why would I pay money for that feature?

Is it also free shipping like Amazon?
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Amazon] The After on: February 07, 2014, 11:41:40 PM
Just read about it, didn't realize it was from X-Files' Chris Carter, so I'll give it a chance this weekend.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 07, 2014, 11:02:06 PM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on February 07, 2014, 08:53:58 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 07, 2014, 07:41:51 PM

A bit of a snag for me.  My SD card didn't have enough room to download BD so I downloaded to a new card.  I thought it would be easy to transfer the data over but for some reason it's not seeing the old programs and save data on the new one.  It's not a big deal, just a little annoying I can't access the demo reward goodies.

Other than that, the game itself still seems pretty fantastic.  Hope to get some quality time this weekend.

It should be easy to do that. I have done it several times before.

My procedure to switch to new SD:

1. Unplug old SD.
2. Copy all content of the SD to a folder on my PC.
3. Insert an empty new SD.
4. Copy all content from the folder to the new SD.
5. Plug in the new SD.

Thanks - unfortunately I kind of screwed it up myself.  I had already downloaded it to a new card last night, and then tried copying the old files over onto the new card.  Apparently it didn't like that.  If I was desperate I believe I'd have to clear the new card and do what you suggested and then re-download BD, but at this point it's probably not worth it. 

Another question though, how do we add each other as internet friends?

P.S.  Really lovin the game so far, though I'm only an hour in lol.  Something about the graphical style and dialog is just all around comforting.
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 07, 2014, 07:41:51 PM
A bit of a snag for me.  My SD card didn't have enough room to download BD so I downloaded to a new card.  I thought it would be easy to transfer the data over but for some reason it's not seeing the old programs and save data on the new one.  It's not a big deal, just a little annoying I can't access the demo reward goodies.

Other than that, the game itself still seems pretty fantastic.  Hope to get some quality time this weekend.
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 07, 2014, 12:52:59 AM

Quote from: disarm on February 06, 2014, 01:29:24 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 06, 2014, 12:52:37 AM

Nice idea Newegg, but until they start selling books, toilet bowl seats and diabetic food items on top of electronics, I'll probably just stick with Amazon Prime.

Toilet Seats
Diabetes Management

It's not exactly what you said, but they're definitely branching out beyond electronics...

LMAO!!!  Thanks for that, now I have to eat my words.   thumbsup thumbsup thumbsup
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP - Supernatural on: February 07, 2014, 12:51:54 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 06, 2014, 04:43:30 PM

The humor is what sets it apart from other CW shows.  It feels natural and is definitely from the school of the goofy and self-referential.

My personal favorite has always been the meta episodes where they step outside themselves and into a world in which they realize they're on a tv show.  But they do it in a less than obvious manner that's rather clever.

That sounds like something I'd really like.  Maybe I'll make this my summer catch-up show this year.  Definitely LTTP!!!!
182  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 07, 2014, 12:50:37 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 06, 2014, 11:06:19 PM

Man at Arms is a ton of fun, but sadly it crashes more than half the times I try to load a level. frown

Booooo!  Hopefully they'll fix it soon.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Final Fantasy 6 and possibly 7 on iOS/Android on: February 07, 2014, 12:50:07 AM
It's definitely pricey if you've already played it and don't have any particular urge to replay it.  But all in all I think all the negativity was unfounded.  The sprites are what I thought were the bone of contention.  They might seem too "clean" in some sense and out of style as compared to the more pixelated backgrounds.  Personally, I'm playing on the Mini, and honestly it didn't bother me at all even on the larger screen.  This is probably a very individual thing, depending on just how nostalgic you are about this game.

I really like the way the combat system is done with the touch interface.  It's essentially a traditional JRPG timer system but the way it is implemented, your character options kind of shimmy up from the bottom of the screen until the options light up and become available.  It's just a nuance of the UI but I like that it's different.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 07, 2014, 12:40:52 AM
I finally got in last night.  I chose Chang E (sp?) since she was listed as "Very Easy" to play but promptly got pwned in a 1v1 match.  I'm not sure if it was a humn or AI that toasted me lol.

Any recommendations on which gods to play?  Also which mode - I'm thinking ARAM is probably the best bet for me, since that's about all I do now in LoL.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LTTP - Supernatural on: February 06, 2014, 12:55:23 AM
What is LTTP?

I don't watch Supernatural, but have heard a lot of good things about it.  Seems like it would be my kind of show but I never got into it.  It does seem to be heavily favored by my female friends fwiw. 
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 06, 2014, 12:52:37 AM
Nice idea Newegg, but until they start selling books, toilet bowl seats and diabetic food items on top of electronics, I'll probably just stick with Amazon Prime.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Subway to remove chemical from bread on: February 06, 2014, 12:51:22 AM
Now all I can think about is that how many shoe soles and yoga mats I've eaten.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: February 05, 2014, 06:48:44 PM
Big reveal and plot moves last night - not sure about "season changing" but pretty cool stuff.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Deathlok, whoa!!!!!!  And Skye is.... Illyria?!?!  She was kind of blue wasn't she?  Kidding!!!  Or will she die and her body be sent in that chamber to the bottom of the ocean, only to be reborn as a.... phoenix?!?!  Also kidding, yeah yeah they can't use X-characters.  Soooo I searched around and didn't see any other interesting theories, besides one saying she is Lady Sif's daughter (fallen from the "sky").  

I don't get the "season changing" description - if she had actually died I could see it being a game changer, but she wasn't dead and her story is far from complete so it's not that big a deal is it?  I guess everyone on the team is super pissed their precious little Skye got stabbed so now the show will be "darker"?  Or was the big thing Deathlok?  As much as I like them, I think a more dramatic turn would have been to actually kill off either Fitz or Simmons, possibly making room for a cooler character to join them.  Kind of like when 7 of 9 joined Voyager or Dark Wesley joined Angel.  

Also read more about Bill Pullman coming in, as well as Lady Sif (aka Jessi XY) guest starring soon too!  So the "back half" of the show looks like it could be pretty exciting.

The unfortunate WTF news is apparently the next episode airs in March, so it looks like the idiotic tools at ABC are trying to Lost-fuck the show's ratings/fans.  (Hey did I just coin a cool new term?)  Hey, we've got an episodic show that relies heavily on plot points happening from episode to episode, so... let's air them one at a time randomly each month!!!!!  So aggravating.
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Upcoming ios/android games you are looking forward to on: February 05, 2014, 06:36:07 PM
There are some really promising ones coming fairly soon:

Second Chance Heroes (just submitted for approval)
Uhr - Warlords (mentioned in a separate thread, also just submitted)
Dungelot 2 (recently submitted)
Bug Heroes 2 (2/20 release)
Lionheart Tactics (3D-ish FFT-like game, soft launched in NZ, not sure what the delay is here)
Fates Forever (Touch-based MOBA, also soft launched for a while now)

...and in the works but looking really good:

Battleheart Legacy
World Zombination

Mobile gaming is pretty crazy good these days, it's starting to dominate my gaming time.
190  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Final Fantasy 6 and possibly 7 on iOS/Android on: February 05, 2014, 06:29:30 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 05, 2014, 12:52:19 PM

Looks like this hits tonight.  Might try to grab it for my flight home tomorrow...see how bad it really is.  smile

I read a review from some super fan (he's apparently played it over 5 times and has a FF6 related tattoo on him lol) and he gave the Android version a really good review, FWIW.  I really shouldn't get it since Bravely Default is coming out Friday and should easily eat up my JRPG time, but I probably won't be able to resist.
191  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 04, 2014, 06:13:37 PM
If you like Tower Defense games, I recommend Man at Arms.  There's an iPhone version and a more expensive "HD" iPad version.

Gameplay is similar to other TD games, but there is a CCG element that is really well done and really changes the traditional TD feel quite a bit.  Instead of fixed buildings and upgrades, everything you bring to each map is under your control via your card deck.  The deck is limited by a total card score number, as each card requires a certain amount of points to limit what you put in the deck.  There are a number of spell cast type cards as well as passive effect cards that you can include.  The max point number is of course upgradeable as well (via gameplay or IAP).  So you can theoretically bring only a single type of unit and a mess of spells and passive boosts if you felt like it.  The more you play, the more cards you get to choose from, which opens up what you can play during a map.  Cards can be sacrificed to buy more cards, or to create a new card, and there are card rarities, etc.  Deck formation is a lot of fun and not necessarily as complex or intimidating as some other CCGs.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NBA2k14 on: February 04, 2014, 06:04:41 PM
So with the latest patch installed (I assume it was installed given the amount of time I waited for it to start), I was able to get out of the game crash I was stuck in.  At my request, I was traded - to the Raptors, bleh.  Definitely not one of my top choices, so I demanded another trade.  Soon I was traded again - to the RAPTORS lol!  I thought the guy had misspoke but sure enough I'm still on the freaking Raptors.  Funnily the GM had changed to a different guy making the presentation to me. 

I really love the whole MyCareer thing, but man is it ever buggy and filled with issues.  This is the 4th patch already and from what I see online there are still plenty more things to fix.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 03, 2014, 09:21:16 PM
Bravely Default!  Looks like lots of friends here to join each others' villages smile
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: February 03, 2014, 06:55:38 PM

Quote from: kratz on January 31, 2014, 07:59:57 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 31, 2014, 05:42:38 PM

Don't care. Will still pay.

This.  Another $1.66 a month, or $3.33 a month... there is no difference there.

Yeah me too, I pay way more a month for crappy porn.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bitcoin explained on: February 03, 2014, 06:54:29 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 30, 2014, 11:41:17 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 30, 2014, 06:51:26 PM

I still don't "get" what a bitcoin is or how it has value.

This. If it can't be converted to US dollars or euros or some other common currency, how is it ultimately worth anything? Can a bitcoin billionaire pay the rent with them?

Nope but you can buy lots of drugz once you hit the Silk Road!!!

196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [tv] 24: Live Another Day on: February 03, 2014, 06:50:14 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 03, 2014, 04:43:22 AM

Woohoo!  Bring on Dark Chloe!!!!

So what if Kiefer only has two acting modes (mumbly voice and screamy voice), it's like comfort food.  With explosions.
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 03, 2014, 06:46:30 PM
One thing I will definitely recommend against is Sleep Number.  A while back when I was dealing with insomnia I switched to one of these and while at first it seemed to be a really cool solution with all sorts of unique features for variation, now it just seems annoying.  Not to mention the horrendous amount of money I spent on it, but I was so desperate at that point I would have paid anything.  Maybe I'm just unlucky or need to get it repaired, but it seems to deflate and give inconsistent feeling, even after I "reboot" it (refill to 100% and then shift down to my number).  And since it's got two sides, there's often like a rift in the middle and sometimes it feels like it sinks me into it lol.  

Long story short, I'm probably also in the market for a new bed too, so I'm curious to hear what people are recommending.  
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: February 03, 2014, 06:40:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 31, 2014, 11:18:47 PM

Kotaku did a really interesting article about how Bravely Default fits within the "big boys" at Squeenix (Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest).

Nice article, very interesting read!  Personally I still think it's silly to essentially be creating a new "franchise" (ostensibly to set yourself apart from the old one), but then use 90% of the same conventions and details in the game itself, down to the names of spells.  Seriously this feels more like a straight FF (or FF Heroes of Light) sequel than Dragon Age 2 did to Dragon Age 1 lol.  And honestly I don't think there's a valid reason to try to distance yourself from FF, particularly if you align yourself with the more "classic" elements. 

- - -

Thanks David for the info on the Collector's Edition.  I can't seem to find it available anywhere which is kind of annoying.  Seems like it's sold out everywhere?

- - -

I finally finished the Demo last night.  Overall enjoyed it quite a bit.  I definitely like the old school feel to it, but love some of the new options like being able to shut off random encounters or adjust difficulty on the fly.
199  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: February 03, 2014, 06:25:14 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 02, 2014, 09:23:58 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2014, 09:19:39 PM

OK here's an update.  The game is less like HA than I originally thought; though there are many similarities, in some sense it's a much more strategic affair.  From what I can tell, there's very little (perhaps none) randomness involved.  I believe you and your opponent have access to the exact same pool of unit types, and the only difference would be you each have 2 spells which could be different.  From a map standpoint, it's a square grid, with the variation being where "power points" are located.

Here's how the game works.  Each turn you start with a set number of energy points, nominally 10.  These are used for summoning a unit, moving a unit, casting a spell, attacking, etc.  Holding a power point at the end of your turn increases the number you have available to you, so these are important spots.  The match is won by either killing enough of the enemy units (1 pt per kill) or destroying enough of their towers (2 pts per tower), or some combo in between (total of 10 points needed to win).  There are about 7 or 8 unit types; each has a different set of stats and move/attack capabilities.  Some units can only move diagonally, others can only move forward or to the side, ditto on attacking; range and energy points vary as well. Early on I suspect it's more about just getting used to the different units and understanding their limitations, and then as you become more experienced you'll understand what units counter what others the best, as well as different tactics/strategies to try.

Game modes are relatively straightforward.  Multi is either local or internet (not sure if it's async but I assume so).  Single is either campaign or custom.  Campaign is really just a series of matches unlocking using different exterior maps with different accessible spells for you and your opponent; there's not much variation as far as I can tell.  Each mission has different sub-goals if you are into that sort of thing (like only summoning a limited number of units, winning in an allotted time, etc).  Otherwise you may have more fun just creating the custom fight you want to try, since you can choose the map (both graphically and where power spots are located), which spells you each get, etc.  I haven't seen any different AI settings; I'm gonna ask about that.

Thanks for the update! Have they discussed a release date? Also, does it play somewhat similar to chess, ala Battle Chess?

They just finished v1.0 and sent it to the Apple Store for approval so probably a week or two to release.  The candidate I played is very well polished.

It's similar to chess in that there is almost no randomized elements, so it's almost 100% a tactical game of move and counter-move.  Also similar to chess, every "piece" has different movement and attack capability/limitation.  So for instance, the ranger moves diagonally but attacks at right angles with a large range.  

It's not like chess in that there are so many more permutations and variations that it's much more difficult to anticipate moves in advance, so the dev mentioned that was a limitation for AI.  It's completely your choice what units to play so while you start with a clean, even slate, you can potentially use completely different units.  And of course there are fantasy element "tactics" such as healing and hit points, as well as "spells" such as nuke/slow/acid (each player gets 2 which I believe can either be selected or randomly chosen).

If you played Hero Academy, it does share things in common with that game, but overall it's a much more tactical/strategic affair.  HA had a higher degree of luck involved in terms of what units you got (randomly drawn) and when.  Here you always have access to everything, but are limited by a set amount of action points.

I'm hoping we can get a group of people playing here again like we did with HA and get some fun matches going, as I believe the game is intended to be more for real players against each other.  It's nice to have a single player AI to practice against, though, and thus far this one seems pretty strong.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 03, 2014, 06:11:26 PM
I haven't been able to play.  For some reason my download is stuck at an excruciatingly slow speed, I've seen others have the same issue.  I've left it downloading for so many hours it's ridiculous, not sure what's going on.
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