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Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: February 22, 2018, 02:24:27 AM »
If anyone has any good tips about Planescape: Torment I'd welcome them, as I'm not sure I'll have a lot of fun playing it, but I need it for inspiration for the D&D planar campaign I'm writing.

Int and Wis are key stats for getting the best possible ending as well as accessing a lot of quests.

Although there is combat it is a less combat focused game than the BG series. Early on combat is quite tough until you've recruited additional characters. I advise acquiring Dakon asap.

Dakon has been acquired.  I like that beyond the "tutorial" combat at the beginning the game in the opening is mostly talking, and you get quite a lot of XP by talking.  Rewarding the player for exploring its characters and lore is something more games should do.

Music / Re: Podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2018, 04:13:26 PM »
I mostly listen to gaming podcasts:

Easy Allies -  The former crew now independent.  They actually have multiple podcasts, though this is their main one that covers gaming news.  "Frame Trap" covers in-depth into the games they are playing (very long freeform discussions), Friend Code covers Nintendo and their games, and Reaction Shots covers movies/TV.
Retronauts -  They've been going for over 10 years, first as part of, now independent.  They mostly cover older games or companies that are forgotten now.
Co-optional Podcast - On TotalBiscuit's Youtube channel.  The quality has dipped over the years but it's fun to watch Dodger and Jesse derail the show so much just to piss TB off.  They have some interesting guests on sometimes and cover the week's gaming releases at the end.
Axe of the Blood God -  Usgamer's RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey and Nadia Oxford (yes, a gaming podcast hosted by 2 ladies)
Transporter Room 3 - IGN's Star Trek podcast.  I haven't listened to it much lately due to them trying very hard to like Star Trek Discovery, but they do know quite a bit about the series and can make you laugh at some of the worst ST episodes.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: February 20, 2018, 12:40:25 AM »
Picked up Darkest Dungeon and Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition over the weekend.  Darkest Dungeons seems like it'll be fun for one go but the RNG is pretty heavy and requires much more of a grind than other Rogue-lites I've played.

If anyone has any good tips about Planescape: Torment I'd welcome them, as I'm not sure I'll have a lot of fun playing it, but I need it for inspiration for the D&D planar campaign I'm writing.

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: February 14, 2018, 06:32:11 PM »
The How It Should Have Ended for The Last Jedi

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: February 07, 2018, 07:45:21 PM »
I platinumed I Am Setsuna, mostly because of the interesting mechanics.  I wouldn't consider it above average in story, graphics, design or music (although a few songs were great), but it wasn't terrible either.  I would expect a 5-7 out of 10 game.
My brother loves that game. I haven't messed with it much, but I feel it has a nice SNES-vibe. Music definitely appears to be hit or miss. BTW, do you play SFV? I seem to remember you throwing down on SFIV.

I do play it occasionally.  The online is wonky sometimes with bad connections all over the place, so I quickly get tired of playing when I do go online even if I only accept 5 bars.  I log in weekly to do the fight money missions so I won't have to pay for characters, although very few people do it this way.  I've unlocked everyone except Alex, Ibuki, Ed and Sakura through all the single player stuff, though that's almost impossible for new players now since all the fight money bonuses for trials, survival and story are gone.  Cammy is my main.  I'm only in low-end Silver league, but I've only played like 180 matches or so.  I'm looking forward to some of the season 3 characters, as I think they did they great job with Kolin, Menat, Abigail, Zeku, etc..  Watching Infiltration win EVO Japan using mostly just his waifu Menat was pretty cool (her and Juri of all characters).

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: January 23, 2018, 04:27:40 PM »
Looking at getting Lost Sphear this weekend, though it was only released yesterday and the reviews aren't stellar. Did anyone here play I Am Setsuna, which was the (sort of) prequel to Lost Sphear?

I platinumed I Am Setsuna, mostly because of the interesting mechanics.  I wouldn't consider it above average in story, graphics, design or music (although a few songs were great), but it wasn't terrible either.  I would expect a 5-7 out of 10 game.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: January 20, 2018, 03:10:29 AM »
Mostly just been doing NG+ and NG++ with Persona 5, killing time until Monster Hunter World, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT, and Lost Sphear come out later this month (not sure if I'll buy any of those right away but I'm interested).

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: January 12, 2018, 12:37:49 AM »
I might also mention that one of the love interests in Persona 5 is super smart, perceptive, friendly to everyone, uses martial arts, wears spiky Biker gear, rides a nuclear motorcycle that becomes a Transformer, has an ability called "Shadow Calculus", and asks you to take her to an arcade as a first date.  I mean, holy f***ing sh**.  8)  As she wants to become a police commissioner, and you sneak around in a mask and black cape, she's Barbara Gordon to your Batman.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: January 08, 2018, 04:46:05 PM »
Just finished up Persona 5 last night.  Quite a ride.

Art Style - I'm not a huge fan of anime art in general, but the details they put into a lot of the characters and monsters make it clear they put a LOT of work into it.  Since the characters are "Phantom Thieves" it makes sense for their garb and animations to be flashy as hell.
UI - Every menu is meticulously crafted with custom art, and many of the stores have their own special music and animations.
Soundtrack - Mostly Jazz, R&B, with some Rock for boss battles, but the way they are used is what is excellent.
Tone - The game's primary theme of breaking chains/reforming society/helping others stays consistent throughout the story and is enhanced by the music, art style and transitions.

Time Constraints - A little too strict, especially when 30-70% of your "days until deadline" are completely taking up by cutscenes that shouldn't logically take all day like they do.  There's a part of the story where you are no longer in school yet you still get the same amount of time per day to do things (basically you sleep until school would be out for no reason).
Final Area/Boss - As cliche as it gets for JRPGs lately. 
Mixed Character Development - Your party members are slowly introduced throughout the story, and thus you are extremely limited on time with some of the later ones to learn their personal stories.  Other than talking about the missions at hand, there are very few lines between your confidants with each other to add more depth to their relationships (as in many RPGs you are the "hub").
Dungeons - There are 2 types, ones that is randomly generated, and ones that are specially crafted.  Both are repetitive to a frustrating degree, though at least the crafted ones give you special set pieces and environmental puzzles.

Gaming General / Re: Your newest games
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:26:58 AM »
Picked up Persona 5 last week.  Pretty fun art-style, decent story, but it's wrapped up in one of the most grindy/linear JRPGs even compared to other JRPGs.  Roughly halfway done and I'm at 60 hours played (I've done little else this week).

General Discussion / Re: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
« on: December 26, 2017, 08:55:18 AM »
Merry Christmas!

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: December 20, 2017, 10:23:37 AM »
So curious then, what would you have wanted Episode 8 to be? or what changes?

I didn't have any specific things I "absolutely had to see" in the film.  I think Ep.7 and the first half of this film set up things to be interesting, but it intentionally avoids any significant risks. 

The Kylo and Rey conversations set up their relationship fairly well, and I could have believed any major change they did with them.  Rey could've turned Kylo, Kylo could've turned Rey, they could've become kind of an odd couple duo without really changing their allegiance, they could've run off together to elope and disappear from the story, whatever.  Instead, they don't change whatsoever.  This is ultimately why Snoke's death sucks.  Whatever you think about the theories about Snoke, THIS MOVIE sets up Snoke as an interesting badass, by itself, and then squashes that.  He's less interesting than Kylo as the pure force of evil, but he's a good source of conflict.  Snoke is now dead, and Kylo is now Snoke, so you've killed off one character while making another less interesting.  Kylo using Rey's parentage to turn her to the dark side would've made sense too (whether it was a lie or not), but sadly they're setting them up to be the eternal good-versus-evil struggle so they can make infinity more movies. 

The only death in the movie that has any meaning whatsoever was Rose's sister, since that is her motivation for her actions.  Ackbar dies and it's a throwaway line.  Phasma dies and no one cares (she's the new Boba Fett).  Luke dies but Rey and Leia are totally ok with it, plus it doesn't matter anyway because Force Ghosts (that can now affect the universe normally as per Yoda).  Leia DOESN'T die which would've been a dramatic moment for many characters (Kylo, Luke, Poe, all of the Resistance).  Finn DOESN'T die which would've also been dramatic and been "the spark" for the Resistance.  In every case, this movie chooses the least interesting option.  This is what I meant by this being a Troll film.  This movie does not take ENOUGH risks (I'm being completely consistent with my problems with Ep. 7), but dangles the possibilities in front of us just to piss us off.

The humor as a whole is terrible.  The Poe/Hux conversation at the beginning belittles Hux in a way that makes us not fear the First Order whatsoever.  "Chrome Dome" and "Yeah, Rebel Scum" do the same to Phasma.  Humor has its place in Star Wars, but not to kill the tension in battle scenes.  They had no clue how to separate the serious bits from the humor.  The milking scene was awkward, Finn in the bacta suit was meh, though I did chuckle at Luke teasing Rey with the branch.

The premise of the film is a huge problem.  I was already in "WTF" mode when the FIRST LINE of the text crawl says "THE FIRST ORDER RULES THE GALAXY".  What?  This movie takes place 5 seconds after TFA.  The First Order just lost their main base, and only blew up a few planets, so how do they RULE THE GALAXY?  I don't want to go too much into the Canto Bight stuff because pretty much everyone hates that part.  The "Now it's worth it" line was the cringiest in the film.  The bigger problem is the whole space chase/Poe-Holdo thing.  If Holdo tells Poe her plan (keep in mind that the Resistance trusted him with finding the map to Luke BY HIMSELF), then 3/4ths of the movie doesn't need to exist, and she refuses to do so even after he mutinies.  They literally could've taken her out of the film and it would've made more sense.  There would've been a power vacuum while Leia was incapacitated which Poe would've tried to fill, and then Leia returns to "teach Poe his lesson" when Poe makes the more-rash-than-necessary decision.  Then you have Leia staying behind on the ship to zip it through the fleet (as mentioned, this scene looked cool but it has weird implications for the rest of the series), which further cements the lesson Poe learns and forces him to grow into the leader the Resistance needs.  The whole "Holdo and Leia were totally in cahoots with a great plan, the audience should feel bad for doubting her, Poe should learn to obey his superiors without question" setup is garbage.  The First Order is again shown to be bumbling idiotic Disney villains by not trying ANYTHING to stop the Resistance.  They don't launch hundreds of TIEs (even after Kylo takes out their hangar), don't send any other ships to cut them off, nothing.  They also decide not to fire on Finn/Rose while they have their little moment (though they really should both be dead, especially with open canopies on those things).  They also conveniently forgot how to deal with snub fighters (that they've been fighting for 30+ years), when they had homing missiles to shoot down the stolen TIE in the last film.  Nothing involving a Resistance/First Order battle in the next film with have any tension whatsoever.

I'm not completely against what they did with Luke in this film.  It does crush me that Mark Hamill hates what they did so much.  We don't get to see what changed him from the "pure, never willing to give up on my family" farmboy who refused to kill Vader in the hopes of turning him to the bitter old man willing to kill his nephew at the first sign of evil, which is a pretty big change.  I would've liked to see Luke actually teach Rey something.  Rey being this perfect light side force user is simply to promote Disney's message of "Anyone can be a Jedi if they BELIEEEEEVE".  She doesn't struggle with anything (except her parentage, which is squashed in this film).  Luke teaching her some true humility like the "That is why you fail" line from Yoda would've helped her character a lot.  Good thing she learned how to move rocks so she can show up at the end to save the day by moving some rocks!  I do like that Luke decided not to solve everything at the end through violence though.

Ultimately, this film kills off forces of conflict in Snoke, Phasma and Luke, and makes everyone else less interesting by taking away or resolving unsatisfactorily conflicts they had.  Why should anyone care about Ep. 9?  Or Ep. 7 for that matter?  This movie provides nothing on its own, marginalizes its predecessor, and hamstrings its successor.  If you found the one person on Earth who hated Star Wars the most and forced them to make this film, I'm not sure they could've done any worse.

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: December 19, 2017, 07:18:44 PM »
I've been tearing this movie apart up and down the internet, so I didn't want to make the thread here.  I'll sum up in that this is basically a Troll film.  It waves off mysteries Ep. 7 set up that could've led somewhere, and when it offers up a plot choice, it takes the most uninteresting one every time.  Almost every character in the film ends up the same way they started (Kylo and Rey in particular), the humor falls flat on 90% of the jokes, and the premise has so many holes that this movie basically didn't need to exist at all.  It's a bad film, and a bad Star Wars film, and a bad sequel, all at once. 

General Discussion / Re: Marijuana
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:20:59 AM »
I also donít play wow or drink coffee. Iíve never started some things and donít intend to start.  I have a bit of an addictive personality and already have enough vices to deal with

My thoughts as well. 

Gaming General / Re: Games of the Year 2017
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:09:44 PM »
I guess I should add FFXII: The Zodiac Age, but that's a rerelease of a 2006 game so that probably doesn't count.  Loved it then, love it now, extra speed boost option added helped a LOT on my platinum trophy run.

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