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 31 
 on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:51 PM 
Started by Razgon - Last post by Autistic Angel

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 24, 2016, 08:09:13 PM

So this launched today.  Anybody picking it up?


I had a special voucher from Green Man Gaming that took 27% off the price, so I decided to give it a go.  I started a "short" Dwarven campaign because they're ranked as an Easy Start and the Total War games are filled with mechanics I don't really understand.

So far I've won a few tutorial battles, recruited a second Lord who can act as a general for his own army, and found some unique magical gear to enhance my Lords' attributes.  My special helmet, for example, gives a hefty bonus against Fire damage and a nice boost to his Leadership skill in combat.  I also won my first Quest Battle in a huge underground cavern where retreat was impossible and I still got all my units out to resupply.

Dwarves start out with access to Quarrellers for ranged attacks, Axemen for melee fighting, and Miners for...more melee fighting.  They're cheaper to recruit, so I think they might be the equivalent of a Peasant brigade from the earlier Total War games.  My leader also has a battery of catapults with him that really mess up enemy forces, so the orcs have needed to close distance at maximum speed to avoid getting bouldered to death.  I also like the fact that Dwarves don't cast magic spells -- it's one less mechanic to learn while figuring out the basics of provincial management.

I don't yet have a good enough sense of the economy or enemy AI to comment on those things, but at least in the fights I've seen so far, the enemy will fan out to attack your flanks and charge in if you don't maneuver defenders to intercept them.  First impressions are pretty solid.

The world map and units are nicely detailed and the game runs great at Ultra settings, but the lighting seems really flat.  The lack of shadowing during battles really stands out, though I suppose it's a necessary cost of animating several hundred character models at once.  I think I encountered a weird graphical bug where shadows weren't showing during my first session -- when I played again last night, there was normal shadowing during the battles.  It'll be interesting to see how the experience evolves once I get access to some more exotic unit types.

A few things I don't understand yet:

  • a pop-up informed me that I've acquired a retinue guy who will increase empire-wide research speed by 10%.  It suggested I could assign him to one of my leaders, but I haven't found where to do that yet.
  • I also acquired a Hero by winning a Quest Battle.  Heroes can act independently on the strategic map or be attached to a military unit to enhance their capabilities, but I haven't had time to experiment with his skill set yet.
  • An Orc Hero tried several times to hinder the progress of my armies.  He failed every time, but although I could see his position on the strategic map, I wasn't able to attack him directly.  It's possible I needed a Hero of my own to chase him off, but he seems to have left of his own accord.

My first impression is: if you like the idea of the Total War games but haven't felt up to educating yourself on ideological gradients driving the power struggle feudal Japan, Warhammer might be right up your alley.  "We're Dwarves.  We don't like Orks.  Kill the Orks!"  Sure, man: works for me!

-Autistic Angel

 32 
 on: May 24, 2016, 10:44:30 PM 
Started by Gratch - Last post by Gratch
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.

 33 
 on: May 24, 2016, 10:36:24 PM 
Started by Razgon - Last post by Lordnine
I'm getting really bad screen tearing so far.  Turn on V-Sync and it gets even worse with interface flickering.  Quite a few people reporting the problem in the support forums.

On the other hand, there is an option after winning a battle to eat the captives, which I wholeheartedly approve of.

 34 
 on: May 24, 2016, 08:42:18 PM 
Started by Razgon - Last post by TiLT

Quote from: TiLT on December 06, 2012, 06:09:02 PM

And don't forget that Games Workshop is extremely restrictive with its license.

It's interesting to read myself writing that 3 1/2 years ago. Suffice to say things changed dramatically overnight, and Games Workshop has been anything but restrictive with its Warhammer licenses since then. These days they'll allow just about anyone to create a game in their settings.

 35 
 on: May 24, 2016, 08:35:40 PM 
Started by EngineNo9 - Last post by Bullwinkle
Sorry to hear it, Engine.  It's always a blow when this kind of thing happens.  It may take a while for it to really settle in for you, which may be why you posted.  To get some perspective.  I hope we can give some.

 36 
 on: May 24, 2016, 08:24:36 PM 
Started by EngineNo9 - Last post by EngineNo9
I just found out that I lost a good friend the other night.  Apparently he died of a heart attack over night.  He was only 36.   icon_cry

Besides being a friend I had worked very closely with him on 3 different projects over the last several years and he was one of the best people I've worked with.  Really smart and always just the most happy-go-lucky, cheery, and fun to be around guy even in the worst of crunches.  He kept me sane on more than one occasion.

I don't really know what the purpose of this post is, but I guess I'm just trying to process things.  Kind of surreal to lose a friend like that who is a year younger than me. 


 37 
 on: May 24, 2016, 08:09:13 PM 
Started by Razgon - Last post by EngineNo9
So this launched today.  Anybody picking it up?

They released this really cool 360 degree launch trailer gameplay footage video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSBWwnOHvM8
I love these sort of interactive trailers for games, as it really gives you a much better idea of what the game looks like in real time.  Be sure to pick a resolution larger than you normally would, otherwise it seems to end up looking like crap (and still never looks greatly detailed). 

 38 
 on: May 24, 2016, 06:16:13 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Caine
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 39 
 on: May 24, 2016, 06:07:06 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by th'FOOL
No idea. I designed that logo for them like 12 years ago though

 40 
 on: May 24, 2016, 05:43:48 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by forgeforsaken

Quote from: th'FOOL on May 24, 2016, 04:59:03 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 24, 2016, 01:24:58 PM

How are people like him still possible?

Go check out evilavatar.com. It's pretty much a gaming haven for people like that.

Man, I haven't been there in like a decade. Sort of surprised it's still around.

The GamerswithJobs guys started as mods there and had a big falling out didnt they?

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