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Title: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 16, 2017, 04:36:33 PM
Looks like we don't yet have a thread for general gaming updates.

I grabbed a second hand Wii U yesterday for... reasons.  I only have Mario Kart 8 right now which is an absolute blast, but there are a few other games I definitely want to pick up - Breath of the Wild for one.

Most of my time right now however is spent playing Witcher 3.  I'm only about 20 or so hours in, but this is an absolutely engrossing game.  I can't think off hand of an open world RPG I've enjoyed more and I know I'm probably not even 10% through it because I'm really taking my time with it.  It probably helps that I read all 7 novels before starting playing so I'm really invested in the world.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 17, 2017, 01:18:21 PM
I really want to find the time to get into Witcher.  I tried playing the first one recently but it is pretty dated.  Might preserve with it on the easiest setting to get through it.

Right now I am mostly playing ME:A which I will be posting about somewhere else.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 17, 2017, 02:28:30 PM
The problem with The Witcher is... the witcher. As in, Geralt. The world and everything else about the series is great but Geralt is an absolute tool of a character. He's flat, uninteresting, even downright boring. It's just a chore to play as him. He has zero redeeming/interesting qualities.

Give me the same series with a better protagonist and I would play the shit out of it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 17, 2017, 04:09:38 PM
I think that is a problem with the way the game is portraying him.  Or worse still, the fact the game is giving you choice and thus can't give Geralt a character.  From the books, he is a character with a lot of nuance, but book Geralt would resolve many of the quest options in a particular way.

I would argue the criticism could be levelled at most western RPGs though, but the fact you can't customise the looks of Geralt in the same way you can a character in something like Mass Effect makes it feel more like Shephard is you than Geralt is you.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 17, 2017, 04:32:05 PM
I can't customize Aloy, or Lara, or Nilin, or any of a hundred other characters and they manage to be interesting and demonstrate growth and development and have personalities... none of which Geralt manages to do.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 18, 2017, 01:53:39 AM
I only recognize Lara from that list but that doesn't appear to me a fair comparison. They could write Lara's script in it's entirety knowing you would play that out and can't deviate. In the Witcher Geralts character and choices are left in the hands of the player. He's closer to Shepherd or the Inquisitor in that regard, and I would argue those are equally characterless.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 22, 2017, 09:34:12 PM
Been playing World of Final Fantasy.  It's pretty average for the most part, with relatively boring turn-based combat (not as strategic as it could be), although I'm starting to where they put effort into the game.  For the most part it's a Pokemon/Ni-No-Kuni clone with Final Fantasy characters, though since it was designed by Tetsuya Nomura the backstory is ridiculous and crazy ala Kingdom Hearts.  Thankfully, whoever did the translation/writing of the textual information in the game did an amazing job of not only making it sound interesting, but making it funny.    The voiced dialogue is nothing special and the new characters are uninteresting at best, and terribly annoying at worst, but they did make an effort to bring back the original voice actors for the FF characters and they do a fine job.

Here's an example of some of the writing:
"Maybe you've heard the expression the conductor used - 'peachy keen'- once or twice before.  Did you know where it comes from though?  About fifty years ago, 'keen' was another word for 'cool.'  And fifty years before that, folks called cool things 'peachy.'  Makes you wonder if people a century from now will be saying things like 'phat diggity' or 'totes bodacious' or 'carpe YOLO." (cringe) Let's just hope we're not around to see the worst of the fallout."

"Shiva tried to march right on home once she saw that Sherlotta and Refia weren't accompanied by a cadre of hunky guys--but what exactly would she have done if there were men present?  Freeze 'em up and use 'em to decorate her room?  Does she have an icebox somewhere filled with frozen beefcake?"
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on May 03, 2017, 09:10:52 PM
no more steam inventory gifts (http://steamcommunity.com/games/593110/announcements/detail/1301948399254001159)

Can't say I like this.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 03, 2017, 10:51:29 PM
Yeah, they've done fucked steam gifting up haaaaard.  No more stockpiling your inventory full of games during a sale to give away later. Ugh.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 04, 2017, 03:31:01 AM
Ok, so it means you have to know WHO you are giving it to as you gift?  I'm not quite sure I'm over all the details.  I've done a bit of this but not much, so possibly out of the loop here.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 06, 2017, 01:07:21 AM
Picked up a bunch of games.  Abzu and Tales from the Borderlands were the free games on PS+ this month which I've heard good things about.  There was also a sale on I Am Setsuna, Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, and Nier:Automata so I picked those up.  Now to decide what to play first.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on May 09, 2017, 01:54:28 PM
Nier: Automata is definitely a game I'm going to grab at some future point.  I loved Valkyria Chronicles so hope you enjoy it too!

I'm now 55 hours into Witcher 3 and still exploring the first area outside the tutorial.  I think this may be my favourite open world RPG of all time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 09, 2017, 02:46:41 PM
Still making my way through ME:A.  Enjoyable enough so far.  When done I will try to compile my thoughts.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 09, 2017, 05:16:13 PM
I lost it somewhere in ME:A. I'm a bit heartbroken about it, but it just... got boring. I still plug away at it here and there though.

I need to get back to NieR but my 360 controller is on the fritz so I'm waiting until I can buy a new one.

In the meantime, I'm back to playing (modding) Fallout 4. Playing a STR build, all melee and big guns. A "Wounding Minigun" is loltastically broken.

Also, the new Prey is freaking amazing. By all accounts, it's basically System Shock 3 but since I never played 1 or 2, I can't vouch for that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 13, 2017, 01:18:28 AM
Finished Tales from the Borderlands.  Overall pretty good, although that's mostly because I recognized almost all of the voice actors and are some of my favorites.  First time playing a Telltale game and I definitely won't play any others though (would never have played this one if it wasn't free), since I favor mechanics and their stuff barely count as games.

Started I Am Setsuna.  A few interesting gameplay mechanics, but also some really bad design philosophies and misleading tips.  Got into a battle where one character had story-wise become a lot more powerful, so I switch them into the party, and they're 4 levels lower than the rest of my party, with only 1 ability that did nothing special to the boss, and when the boss died he did a dying AoE attack that one-shotted that character which resulted in a game over even though he wasn't a main character, other characters survived, and nothing in the description suggested he needed to be protected for that battle (when it was optional for me to use him anyway).  I lost 2.5 hours of progress, since there are no auto-saves, no inns, and no save points in most areas.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2017, 07:55:35 AM
I favor mechanics and their stuff barely count as games.

Insert epic eyeroll here.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 13, 2017, 10:20:18 AM
Hey...I think he is entitled to be wrong...no need to roll your eyes at him.  :P  <-- I need a better tongue in cheek emoji. :)

BTW max, the best game in Tell Tales arsenal is Walking Dead.  It is also more 'gamey' than there other ones.  And yes, the game mechanics are rather more simple, but it is still a game.  It is obviously about the story immersion that those games achieve that makes them notable. Walking Dead is probably in my top five games that I have played this decade.  Not every game can be ME:2, that has a great story and in depth game mechanics.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 13, 2017, 12:32:19 PM
There's a particular mental itch I need to scratch with mechanics, something I can dive into and absorb so my brain will finally stop thinking about work or other annoying things.  I would be surprised if any of you didn't understand that considering our shared obsession with Diablo 2, unless you're the opposite and "slogged" through the gameplay just to finish the story (if so then hats off to you because that's quite a slog comparably).  Playing a Telltale game is essentially like watching a good movie but one that turns off every few minutes unless you hit a random button on the screen.  Or, if you prefer, the story and voice acting is way out of proportion better than the "game" around it, which other series have problems with sometimes too (Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, Bioshock, etc.).  They're still games I'm happy to "have played" when I'm done, but I don't get a lot of enjoyment "during" them and will never go back to.  If there is no effort put into designing the gameplay, there's a certain cutoff point at which I'd rather it just be a movie. 

I would be hyped for a Borderlands 3 with the same characters though. 

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2017, 02:55:48 PM
Sounds like the problem is with you, not with the definition of what counts as a game. ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 13, 2017, 09:59:02 PM
What is your definition then? 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 14, 2017, 05:39:19 AM
From what you read, it sounds like just being immersed to forget about "real life dramas".  A shame the breaks get in the way for you. Some people really get into the dialog, the puzzles etc, and try to think about all the possible paths, and how they would try to do something different next time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 15, 2017, 12:09:52 AM
When Steam trading cards first came out, I got a foil for Half life 2.  I could have sold it for $17 but didn't .. something about it seeming so shiny and rare.   Some years later I decided to finally get the other 7 cards.  I've acquired 6 more and have sold some other cards from booster packs.  The price to buy has seemed just out of reach.  Recently I've managed to get a few sales, but as other ones sell, it seems the price is still just out of reach which is quite annoying!

I now have $1.45 NZ, but need $1.52.

I see others have sold recently for $1.34, $1.35, $1.37, $1.39!!

Call me obsessed but I must have it!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 15, 2017, 03:38:51 PM
Bitching always works, I wake up and my buy order at a lower price went through.  I have 11 cents to spare :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 15, 2017, 06:28:21 PM
I got talked out of selling my xbox one out of spite, but I'm still dismayed at the recent "story based games have no place here" comments :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 15, 2017, 08:08:05 PM
I got talked out of selling my xbox one out of spite, but I'm still dismayed at the recent "story based games have no place here" comments :(

I think thats going a bit far, he is just saying it doesn't float his boat, and its only one person.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: narsica on May 16, 2017, 12:04:07 AM
Telltale games look boring as shit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 16, 2017, 06:08:40 AM
Telltale games look boring as shit.


Thanks Tim. That's actually good news.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 16, 2017, 06:56:54 AM
The telltale sign its from an angry Canadian is it says "Narsica" next to the post, not my name.  I've had some fun .. haven't actually finished one yet (started 3 different ones so far)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 16, 2017, 07:31:44 AM
Oh man I LOVED the Telltale Walking Dead games. The plots and branching storylines were awesome.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on May 16, 2017, 09:29:43 AM
TBF, I don't mind "narrative" games (loved Gone home, Heavy Rain mixed tedious and absolutely brilliant, Beyond : Two Souls was a disaster) but Walking Dead was just quite poor I found. The thing with narrative games is that they're only just as strong as their story, and WD felt like a collection of overplayed zombie clichťs, only decent chapter was the one with the farm which had a reasonably original twist.

Branching is an illusion : none of the choices have any lasting impact whatsoever, you largely have the same chars dying in the same situations, you will switch which char dies to situation A and which to situation B. Choices with no consequences are no choices at all (recent major disappointment on this topic : Quantum Break). While it is obviously still limited, I LOVED how Heavy Rain dealt with this situation and had extremely interesting replay value, if you didn't get to play it and you do like narrative games, it has its (big) defaults, but deals with some of these aspects better than any game I've seen; go play it.

And I've heard they have cut out those parts since in other games, that WD was the first and they were still unsure they wanted to ditch the point & click heritage, but the very little gameplay there was actually detracted from the game : most puzzles were absolutely trivial, and GOD THE CHARACTER WALKED SLOWLY. Seriously, watch in hand, it took more than two or three minutes to navigate the farm I mentioned earlier just to go talk to character B after character A. I felt I spent more time walking than actually having anything happen, it drove me mad. Well, madder.

I got Tales of Borderland for free too since I do have a PSN subscription, but most likely will skip it too (not having played any Borderlands game doesn't really help).

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on May 16, 2017, 09:32:37 AM
Heck, that reminds me that I had gotten the Telltale game from Fables because I love the comic series (at least the first half, quality nosedived soon after with major Deus Ex Machina solving from nowhere crisis which should have been major events), and WD was such a disappointment I never got to launch it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on May 16, 2017, 12:01:50 PM
It shows how people's tastes vary.  For me Walking Dead is probably one of my favourite games of all time.  I thought it was absolutely brilliant and very few games have invoked the kind of feelings in me that Walking Dead did.  That said, I would concede that a lot of the puzzle elements were not great and got in the way of the narrative.

Tales from the Borderlands is also an absolutely fantastic game, probably my second favourite of the Telltales.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 16, 2017, 03:23:49 PM
Like them or not, my problem is people saying "they're not games." It especially drove me batty when this mantra got thrown around left and right after Gone Home came out (in that particular case, the bile was multiplied by the wailing of the deeply threatened MRA crowd).

It's interactive? You engage with it? It's a game, bottom line. Doesn't matter if all you do is press the SPACEBAR to continue every 5 minutes. It's a game. Shooters? Games. Puzzles? Games. Point-n-Clicks? They're games. Walking simulators? They're games. Visual Novels? Games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on May 16, 2017, 04:02:34 PM
Oh it is definitely a game.  Otherwise how can it be one of my favourite games of all time? :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 16, 2017, 04:25:37 PM
This reminds me of two things.  That feeling I got with the Back to the Future game.  It has THE music.  It started with the iconic scene in the garage plugging into the amplifier.

That stuff was GOLD.  Some bits of it didn't follow the movies and were a bit weird with different characters and settings.  I think I got stuck, or didn't fire it back up.

Similar with TWD.  At that farm point you had to get in the barn.  I hadn't worked it out, never bothered to fire it up again to try again in about 4 years.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 16, 2017, 09:06:29 PM
Just starting a run-through of Dragon Age: Origins. As much as I've played it I've only beat it twice, never with a melee character. God, I had forgotten what RPG fucking perfection this game is. Dual-wielding thief is pretty fun so far. No plans for the character, just going to go with whatever seems natural to her at any given moment. Dalish elf.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 16, 2017, 09:11:13 PM
Dalish Elf origin is my favorite, despite the fact that "The Internet" hates it.

That moment when s/he looks back on the clan for the last time while heading out with Duncan? The Feels!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 16, 2017, 10:08:23 PM
Dalish Elf origin also has possibly the most interesting lore tidbit that might come into play heavily in whatever Dragon Age 4 might be, that the ruins you go through were actually built by both Humans and Elves together, worshipping their gods side by side.  Parts of DA:I go into this as well, hinting at some of the history of the world not being what everyone there thinks it is, which I find quite interesting.

Also, Merrill in DA:O > Merrill in DA2.  :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 17, 2017, 04:44:25 PM
I really need to reinstall DA:O and just play all the beginnings.

I have only done City Elf, and human noble (I think -- it has been a while).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Dust on May 24, 2017, 02:54:07 AM
Has anyone got in on this months Humble bundle? (https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=HIB18_Announce_Boost) It has a few things im intrigued by...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 24, 2017, 06:44:02 AM
never bothered with a monthly bundle. Goat simulator is fun
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 26, 2017, 11:12:53 PM
Finished I Am Setsuna, Tokyo RPG Factory's Chrono Trigger clone (by their own description).  Probably a 6/10.  Doesn't do anything particular well, but doesn't do anything particular bad either.  Average story, average character development, battle system has depth but most of that depth is unnecessary, some interesting mechanics, which is about all that can be expected as a first major game from a new small studio.  Glitchless speedruns run about 4 hours, so it's not terribly long, if the initial price were lower it'd probably be more popular (it's $40, I got it on sale for $24).

Now on to Nier: Automata.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 26, 2017, 11:42:08 PM
I've been playing Tales of Berseria pretty much exclusively now for the last 10 days or so. It's so darn good. I'm not generally a fan of JRPGs for lots of reasons, but this one has really clicked for me. And I'm in love with the characters.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Dust on May 27, 2017, 02:55:34 AM
Has anyone got in on this months Humble bundle? (https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Link&utm_campaign=HIB18_Announce_Boost) It has a few things im intrigued by...

I got the first tier, although I was sorely tempted to see if Kentucky Route Zero is as good as I've been led to believe. Now of course, I'm looking at the Game On Bundle (https://www.humblebundle.com/gameon-bundle) for 80 days, remastered Grim Fandango and Day of the Tentacle. Hmm.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 27, 2017, 05:47:18 AM
Stanley Parable is recoommended by me, quite different.  Borderslands Prequel was made by an Aussie team.  Lots of aussie accents and slang in it.  Plays like another Borderlands game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on May 27, 2017, 07:14:27 AM
I'm still investing most of my gaming time into Witcher 3.  Probably at 80-90 hours so far and still probably only between half and two thirds of the way through the game judging solely on the level of some of the quests in my log and the fact I'm currently level 20.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 27, 2017, 08:52:56 AM
Kentucky Route Zero is "All that and more" according to everyone I know who has played it.

Goat Simulator is good stupid fun for an hour.

Her Story gets nothing but rave reviews from friends.  Ditto for Stanley Parable and Grim Fandango.

Borderlands Presequel is... more Borderlands.

The Broken Sword series is good but it seems weird to only offer #5.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 27, 2017, 03:30:18 PM
My survival mode FO4 is still going.  I am now level 64.  Doing BOS quests.  Getting closer to the end.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 28, 2017, 12:28:12 AM
I've been playing Tales of Berseria pretty much exclusively now for the last 10 days or so. It's so darn good. I'm not generally a fan of JRPGs for lots of reasons, but this one has really clicked for me. And I'm in love with the characters.

I've been thinking of picking it up.  I picked up Tales of Xillia after seeing a review for it and was surprised how likable the characters were.  Bought the sequel and enjoyed it too. 

A couple hours into Nier: Automata and it hasn't really clicked yet.  The game taking over the camera control constantly is still bugging me, especially when it does it in the middle of a boss fight.  It can be fun exploring the world since movement is quick and gravity is not an obstacle, though the collect-a-thon seems to be strong with this one since a single weapon upgrade takes 5-10 of 4 different items that you can only find singles of scattered around the world (or as semi-rare drops from enemies).  It's not really clear what areas you are supposed to be in for your level, as I've run into NPCs I talked to before while there were level 10 enemies around, and those NPCs triggered quests with level 35 enemies.  Skill is still more important than stats, so I haven't died yet, but it takes soooooooo long to kill things above your level so it's not super fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on May 28, 2017, 05:59:50 AM
Mostly playing Dragon's Dogma, which took me a little while to get into but that I'm now loving, and when I want something mindless, Vanquish, which despite being a typical third-person shooter, a genre I'm usually not really keen on, is so over the top and reasonably easy that I'm having a great time.
Oh, still playing some GTA online too when friends are available.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on May 28, 2017, 08:33:22 AM
Started playing FO4 again, after nearly a year off.  Very fun.  I am too much of a scrounger and it makes progress slow.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 30, 2017, 01:16:46 PM
Started playing FO4 again, after nearly a year off.  Very fun.  I am too much of a scrounger and it makes progress slow.

I have hit lvl 71...see if you can catch up.  :P

Overall I think the Brotherhood of Steel collectively have a broom shoved up their ass.  That said it is shaping up to be the most interesting story line.  Closing in on the end (finally).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on May 30, 2017, 02:04:15 PM
I have hit lvl 71...see if you can catch up.  :P
That isn't going to happen anytime soon.  I'm only lvl 26.  How do you like survival mode?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 30, 2017, 04:29:39 PM
I have hit lvl 71...see if you can catch up.  :P
That isn't going to happen anytime soon.  I'm only lvl 26.  How do you like survival mode?

It is a mixed bag.  Some of it gets incredibly tedious.  But the fights all have an extra edge that makes in fun.  But it seems you can carry less.  You get sick all the f*ing time.  I now have 10 endurance and I still get sick a lot.  You are always hunting for water and a place to sleep.  And nothing is worse than spending thirty minutes on some mission only to die at the very end.

It certainly is a challenged unmodded.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 30, 2017, 05:52:17 PM
I have hit lvl 71...see if you can catch up.  :P
That isn't going to happen anytime soon.  I'm only lvl 26.  How do you like survival mode?

It is a mixed bag.  Some of it gets incredibly tedious.  But the fights all have an extra edge that makes in fun.  But it seems you can carry less.  You get sick all the f*ing time.  I now have 10 endurance and I still get sick a lot.  You are always hunting for water and a place to sleep.  And nothing is worse than spending thirty minutes on some mission only to die at the very end.

It certainly is a challenged lot like punching yourself in the dick unmodded.

FTFY.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 30, 2017, 08:23:23 PM
Punching your self in the dick is less painful.  :p
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 30, 2017, 09:12:53 PM
If you have small hands it would be less painful
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on May 31, 2017, 07:57:05 AM
LOL!!  Sounds like the same kind of fun Darkness had with doing set dungeons in Diablo 3.  ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 02, 2017, 11:14:15 PM
Well I think I am done with FO4 for a while.  Completed the main quest at level 78.

Brotherhood was a bit more interesting than Railroad.

A small part of me is interested in playing melee character.  If I did it I would go the Institute plot line.  Good lord I don't like the institute.

I loved the commonwealth, but good lord it was a lousy main plot line.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 03, 2017, 11:04:36 AM
Not sure Bethesda knows how to make a good main plot line ;), but yeah, the journey around their worlds are usually worth it.  I found the Brotherhood final mission to be the most fun, but I felt like only the Minutemen let you see any noticeable difference in the world. 

This is one of the best videos explaining the philosophy behind Star Wars, as shown through Kreia from KOTOR 2.  Watched it 3 times now, and it's brilliant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Z0S0Z8lUTg

Finished Ending "A" in Nier: Automata.  Gameplay still bugs me, hopefully playing as a different character now will make it more interesting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 03, 2017, 10:00:27 PM
I reinstalled Morrowind. Not ESO Morrowind. TES3 Morrowind. With the Morrowind Overhaul.

It's freaking beautiful (for a 15-year-old game in particular). Still my favorite TES game, too.

It also made it clear just how faithfully Elder Scrolls Online reproduced it...

This is getting off the boat in Seyda Neen for the first time in TES3. (http://i.imgur.com/jCKf8do.png)
This is the exact same spot in ESO Morrowind. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/777281904895622594/AFEAFF815F1112E1962BAB4F917EFD2E96C1684A/)

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: narsica on June 07, 2017, 09:49:05 PM
The Story Behind Mass Effect's Troubled Five Year Development (http://kotaku.com/the-story-behind-mass-effect-andromedas-troubled-five-1795886428)

Really interesting article, that goes a long way towards explaining why ME:A wasn't nearly what fans were expecting.

tl;dr version - Many of the major parts of the game were built in the 18 months prior to release, including the story, characters, major worlds, etc. Originally ME:A was intended to be a story driven version of No Man's Sky with hundreds of procedurally-generated planets where you piloted a star ship through space to find them. Way too ambitious, and they didn't start scaling back the vision until it was much, much too late.

It's actually seriously amazing how well it turned out for basically being done in a year and a half.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on June 08, 2017, 03:37:07 AM
This does sound like epic-proportion project management fail. Getting out of preproduction without having at all stabilized your production pipeline, clearly identified the work needed given the imposed game engine or even dtermýined whether they could work with generated plantes should have raised all kind of red flags already.
It does give some context to the many key departures Bioware has seen these last few years.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 11, 2017, 06:29:44 PM
In gaming, like in life we sometimes put something up on a pedestal that doesn't deserve it.  On the weekend I had a reality check for one of those things, and I realise its actually possible and won't take too much effort.   It's gone from unachievable pipe dream to something I should finish before the end of the month!

In one of the Serious Sam games I'm missing just one achievement, you have to frag 100 different people.  I thought the MP was dead (turns out its not!).  I thought it would take a long time. Turns out there is a lot of waiting, but I just do something else until randoms join my game.  I've gone from 31 done to 60 now.  Part of that was a group who setup an event.

A good reminder to test or relook at some assumptions to see if things are still valid!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 13, 2017, 01:00:39 AM
Platinum-ed Nier:Automata, which was easier than most games because there's actually a way to buy all of the trophies using in-game money (yay for skipping the grind).  Overall I'd say it deserves most of the praise it has been getting, although I don't think it quite excels at any particular part as some other games do, it's just very solid all around.  The story has some pretty dark moments and an interesting spin on some standard sci-fi tropes, the music is good throughout, the combat is fun, the world is fun to explore, although exploring and fighting can get pretty repetitive since the areas don't expand much as the game progresses, and the bullet-hell shooter and hacking sections stay roughly the same.  It's certainly a unique game that's worth playing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 20, 2017, 09:30:55 PM
Just finished What Remains of Edith Finch. Holy cow. In the genre of Gone Home and the like, this one is the best yet. It totally deserves its 90 metacritic score and maybe more. Heartbreaking and beautiful and masterfully presented. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 20, 2017, 09:32:34 PM
I still don't know what remains of her?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 20, 2017, 09:48:45 PM
That's the mystery to be solved by playing the game. :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 21, 2017, 11:06:49 AM
Played Rise of the Tomb Raider again and enjoyed it.  Completed it on Survival mode.  During the toughest fights I generally went full melee and it worked pretty well.  Fully maxed melee and healing is the ticket to survive survival mode.  I bought and played the Baba Yaga DLC and overall it was pretty meh.

Tooling around in Titan's Quest Anniversary right now.  Play is pretty slow so I am not sure how far I will get in the game.  It is also a pretty tough game.  I forgot that you hit walls pretty hard in the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 21, 2017, 07:54:39 PM
I bought it months after it came out, so had the season pass.  Baba Yaga seemed to fit naturally when you were out of the intro phases but still fairly noobish.  I could have continued on the main story but chose to investigate it.  I enjoyed it in this context, the initial meeting felt very odd, reminded me of Max Payne being drugged.  The gameplay experience was quite similar.

The 2nd bit had more exploring/puzzle solving before the "boss" fight which took me a few goes to get hold of the flow of it.  I got the items from that, and used them in the normal game after (partly for achievements) but it was fun to do.

Actually in January I almost finished the game .. then the Diablo3 season came out.  I need to go back and finish it ..  I have so many fun games I should get back to.

On a different topic.  I bought a Steam Link today.  A friend gave me a tip off a bricks and mortar store had it at 70% off! I can't refuse that deal.  Should be fun playing in the living room with the heat pump in the dead of winter :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 22, 2017, 03:38:46 PM
Looks like the Steam Summer Sale has started.

Need to see if there is any must have items.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 22, 2017, 04:12:00 PM
There is something to do with stickers this time.  Something about quests.  First one is just to bring up your activity page which is my default for browsing.  Don't forget to go through the discovery queue for free trading cards and money or the badge!

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 22, 2017, 04:47:13 PM
As usual the Steam store is shit at sale launch. The difference is -  this time, it's still shit 5 hours later too.

Welp, time to see my backlog  explode some more...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on June 22, 2017, 06:06:14 PM
make sure to check isthereanydeal before buying anything
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 22, 2017, 06:22:22 PM
make sure to check isthereanydeal before buying anything

or in your web browser use Enhanced Steam which gives price history ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on June 22, 2017, 06:29:53 PM
that just fetches itad data, right

that'd work
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 24, 2017, 11:54:13 PM
Finished Valkyria Chronicles Remastered on PS4.  I ended up liking this game a lot more than I expected.  The game reminds me a lot of Final Fantasy Tactics, and not just because Hitoshi Sakimoto did the soundtrack for both games (and it shares many voice actors with FF12 which is another Ivalice game).  Both involve very strategic gameplay where you use characters one by one towards an objective, where they are able to move a certain distance and do one action each turn.  Instead of a fantasy world with a grid-based system from an isometric perspective, now it's a fictional-WW2 world with a 3D-map from a 3rd-person and top-down perspective, with guns and tanks instead of bows and magic, and you get to manually aim and take each shot instead of relying entirely on numbers.  The semi-serious war-based story coupled with some pretty stellar character development meant that the possibility of permadeath for any of my people was something I worried about constantly.  The art style was charming, the battles were challenging, and it has one of the more believable love stories in any game (with a satisfying payoff).  The game is also on PC.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 01, 2017, 09:39:00 PM
Summer Games Done Quick (https://gamesdonequick.com/schedule) starts tomorrow.  Something to watch at least.

The Mini SNES was announced and looks to be a much better package than the Mini NES.  Star Fox 2 is the real surprise, as the game had never been officially released before.  Final Fantasy 6, Secret of Mana, Super Mario RPG and Earthbound are probably the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th best RPGs on the system (1st being Chrono Trigger, which may have been skipped due to 3DS, PS1, and PSN releases).  Mega Man X, Contra 3, F-Zero, Street Fighter 2 Turbo, Super Mario Kart, Yoshi's Island, it's got quite the nice collection.  Comes out September 29th, assuming anyone can find one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 01, 2017, 10:57:49 PM
I will never understand the appeal of GDQ. Ever.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 02, 2017, 12:40:42 AM
I don't watch the whole thing, or even 20% of it, but there are some games and players that are entertaining enough for me to check it out.  It gets a little too commercial sometimes, with the constant requests for money like a PBS special, but the most donations tend come in when something happens that requires genuine skill, which is what I appreciate too.  I do plan on watching the Diablo 2 Any% Normal Assassin run next Saturday morning, and various other runs on Thursday-Saturday, though most of the games up until then I don't really care about.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 02, 2017, 05:22:43 PM
I will never understand the appeal of GDQ. Ever.

Watching 1million plus be raised to fight cancer, help good charities.  Some games, its good to watch, others are awful (including some you like to play)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 02, 2017, 06:54:26 PM
Nope, still don't see the appeal in watching people "play" games that way.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 02, 2017, 07:51:38 PM
If you're specifically against speedrunning as a style of play, then I kinda agree.  I'm more of a completionist myself, don't see myself ever trying to time myself during runs, even on games I'm an absolute expert on.  I can recognize and appreciate both types of skills though, the hypergodmode I-can-see-the-matrix dudes (like the Tetris: GrandMaster Edition runners), or the planners who see absolutely everything a game has to offer in every category with every character (and often provide the strats the speedrunners use).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 02, 2017, 10:54:14 PM
I've enjoyed seeing 2 or more people race in a game.  Sure you can't do this in a text heavy story based game.   But imagine something like Tomb Raider, seeing 2 or 4 people race, its not always one person in front.   Can be great in a non linear game where different people go different ways .. who will end up in front! or will random luck stop someone?  I spent a while watching some console game I've never seen before, and will never play.  It was fun to watch though (for me).

I saw the Diablo speedrun, that had lucky/perfect spawns where the person just went down to the next level, and the entrance/exit were always next to each other.  They glitched some stuff for no challenge mode.  That was boring to watch.

Others where you see amazing skill, or tricks that a normal person struggles to pull of can be great to watch.

For me, this reminds me when I was a kid and there was one computer in a school room.  People would play before class. If you weren't playing, you were watching and cheering them on, maybe getting some ideas when you had a chance yourself.  This type of thing, its much more fun watching someone efficient, or doing something fun, than slow

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 28, 2017, 01:22:05 PM
Not a lot of chatter here...

Mostly just been replaying older stuff.  Since the original Starcraft is now free (Remastered costs money but whatever), been replaying that.  When I was younger and inexperienced with RTSs I couldn't beat a lot of the missions in Brood War without cheats, so I'm plowing through now without help, although the last few Zerg missions have been pretty hard.

After watching EpicNameBro play through Dark Souls 2:SotfS and actually enjoy it again, picked it up and have gotten pretty far towards Platinuming it again (already did the original version on PS3).  Didn't really find any of the DLC areas that fun, except for the Old Chaos battle in Crown of the Ivory King, as there isn't any other battle like it in Soulsborne (where you can have 6+ allied NPCs helping you).  I can see why some people hate the optional areas; Cave of the Dead, Iron Passage and the Frigid Outskirts are pretty unfair areas, although I did beat the Iron Passage first try thanks to the boss being a reskin of one I'm very very familiar with.

Once I'm done with those I'll move on to Shadow of Mordor and Street Fighter V, as I got them both pretty cheaply.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 28, 2017, 03:28:17 PM
I played, and very much enjoyed Shadow of Mordor.  I found it got a bit repetitive but ultimately it was hugely enjoyable.  The fighting in particular was enjoyable and really flowed well.  I hope you enjoy it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 02, 2017, 03:29:31 AM
Finished the (2nd) platinum of DS2: Sotfs.  Pretty easy to blaze through with a Hexer build, despite the nerfs to many of the spells I used the first time I platinumed it (mainly all the lightning spear variants are garbage now and you can only cast them 3 times instead of 22).  Not a huge fan of the ridiculous number of NPC invaders, somewhere around 30 in a single playthrough, which mainly just slow progress and don't offer much of a challenge, although a few in the DLCs were interesting (one "invades" you without a message and pretends to be a helpful white phantom until he backstabs you, then he runs away and heals or hides behind other enemies).  Lore-wise I think I prefer DS2 to any of the other Souls games though, in that it at least tries to address the purpose of your end game choice and bring up questions about the human condition (especially through Lucatiel).  Sadly DS3 largely abandoned DS2's lore so none of the interesting questions get answered, in fact I don't think any NPC in DS3 talks about Curses at all, when that was a freaking big deal in DS1 and 2.

Started up Street Fighter V to see if it has improved with all the additions since it's too-early release, and it seems that it is.  The tutorial system is pretty good, better than any other Street Fighter game at least.  There are 20 trials per character, a very quick story mode for each character and an overarching story (which has to be downloaded separately apparently).  Thankfully all of the characters they keep coming up with do not require real money to unlock, they can be bought with in-game money, and from what I can tell after an hour or so the only items that require real money are costumes (for people that like to play dress up with their waifus I guess).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 04, 2017, 04:49:40 AM
Tbf I really didn't miss lightning spear on a hexer build given that the basic dark spell, dark orb, has many casts and while it isn't sunlight spear, it's  still more than powerul enough to still be extremely useful end-game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 04, 2017, 12:28:21 PM
Exactly, I usually used 3-4 sets of Dark Orb which was enough to clear multiple areas without resting, a few sets of Great Resonant Soul for quicker kills on invaders (I had heard it had been nerfed but not really), and Dark Fog for poison kills on slower enemies. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 05, 2017, 02:58:07 AM
Many Dark spells are quite original, and are absolutely stunning... in PvP : silence spell and the DLC spell which raises your encumbrance by a set percentage can really mess up people's builds and expectations, affinity gives you some breathing room to cast other spells, dark fogs get people out of safe zones... I had never really dipped in PvP in the Souls games until my Hexer, and loved it.

It's been a while since my last Souls run (a Bloodborne run with a friend early this year), it may be time for me to start Dark Souls III.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 05, 2017, 02:11:11 PM
in PvP : silence spell and the DLC spell which raises your encumbrance by a set percentage

Oh, you mean the 2 spells that the Astrologists in the Iron Passage and several DLC NPC invaders spam constantly?  >:(  I can see how they'd be pretty useful in PvP.

DS3 is worth playing.  I don't enjoy most of the areas in it, or its lore, but the boss battles are overall way better than 2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 15, 2017, 06:29:04 AM
I reinstalled Hellgate London with the Revival Mod.

Forgot how much I loved this game.

There's a fan-made multiplayer version in the works (currently in a closed alpha mode, I believe). Color me intrigued.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on September 15, 2017, 10:59:26 AM
I reinstalled Hellgate London with the Revival Mod.

Forgot how much I loved this game.

There's a fan-made multiplayer version in the works (currently in a closed alpha mode, I believe). Color me intrigued.

I had a steam pop-up saying that were playing this.  I thought to myself, whoa, now there's a game I haven't thought about in awhile.  I really liked the game too.  Let me know if you think it's worth trying out again.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 15, 2017, 10:04:50 PM
Well, it's still pretty great fun even after all this time. If you don't mind that it's single player only, go for it. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 17, 2017, 11:50:52 PM
I played, and very much enjoyed Shadow of Mordor.  I found it got a bit repetitive but ultimately it was hugely enjoyable.  The fighting in particular was enjoyable and really flowed well.  I hope you enjoy it.

I don't think I enjoyed it as much as you, but it was alright.  It's actually pretty short for an open-world game, had 95% completion in less than 20 hours.  Lots of annoying little things kept it from flowing well, such as getting stuck for no reason on clearly flat terrain, the climbing not always working, and Orcs spawning out of thin air all the time everywhere (to a ridiculous extent).  The game got more fun after unlocking the Brand ability, but that's a while into the game.  Probably one of the few games I won't try to get all achievements, as some are a pain to set up (like trying to set up a Warchief with 5 branded bodyguards, they never seem to get more than 2 normally).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 18, 2017, 11:59:05 AM
I almost never get all achievements in a game so I certainly never look at a game from that vantage point.  I also don't remember those glitches but it is too bad you experienced them.

Hellgate -- I really liked the game.  I even played the second version of the game that came out.  It is a pity how they were never able to iron out the problems with the game as the mechanics of the classes and story had so much potential.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 18, 2017, 04:01:20 PM
I got all the achievements in The Walkikng Dead season 1. However there are only two that you can possibly miss.  I'm keeping my telltale thing going by continuing Tales from the Borderlands.  I got up to the first achievement and got distracted by other shinies in the past.

@Maxbeedo, have you heard of this site? http://metagamerscore.com/

Personally with my amount of gaming time, I like to see myself climb my countries ladder, but dont push things.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 18, 2017, 04:48:46 PM
My weekly RPG gaming group is starting up a pen-n-paper RPG this week based on the Hellgate London setting. Using the Savage Worlds rule system. This seems like it could be a lot of fun. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 18, 2017, 05:24:26 PM
My weekly RPG gaming group is starting up a pen-n-paper RPG this week based on the Hellgate London setting. Using the Savage Worlds rule system. This seems like it could be a lot of fun. :D

That does sound cool.  I never played Hellgate London but the setting looked awesome.  I've been in a group playing through the D&D 5E Out of the Abyss campaign which has a few similar elements (Demon Lords invasion instead of Devils, madnesses, etc.), which we have maybe 2 more sessions for before the climax.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 18, 2017, 08:44:49 PM
That actually sounds pretty epic.  I hope you have a great time with it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on September 19, 2017, 02:35:50 PM
So, I feel like I've finally ascended to the PC Master Race. I got the final piece of my new computer today, and now I've risen! Or should that by Ryzen? Either way, I'm digging my new build!

Now, coming from an old 1gb graphics card I was never able to get into a game with top-notch graphics. Now, I have a GTX 1070 and need some suggestions of what I should play! I have Diablo 3 and Rocket League installed on my computer, and that's it. I've never been a huge fan of big, open world RPGs like Skyrim, but I'm definitely open to suggestions of good games that have come out in recent years.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 19, 2017, 06:04:46 PM
Tomb Raider!

Very pretty and fun game.  There are a bunch of fun ones out there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 19, 2017, 06:13:12 PM
I haven't gotten around to Witcher III but that should  be a good one.  Prey is a newer FPS that is pretty as is the new Doom.  Hellblade is another to put on your list.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 19, 2017, 07:06:56 PM
What genres float your boat?  Your Steam Profile needs new games, you have only two on there :P  Wait till the sale. 

I think you've done most of what you'll do in D3.  It will run faster, but its still D3. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 20, 2017, 08:26:32 AM
You probably should limit the otherwise infinite choice by genre, but for the "WOW, MY EYES" effect of your 1070, you can look into Tomb Raider indeed, Witcher 3, the latest Doom which are three solid games (at the very least) and will make you enoy the benefits of a new CG.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 20, 2017, 05:14:55 PM
Hellblade is off the charts for the WOW MY EYES factor, too. It's the best looking game I've thrown at my PC yet.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on September 21, 2017, 03:47:32 PM
I'll probably check out Tomb Raider for now - and maybe PUBG, as a co-worker has that and wants me to play it.

I wasn't really giving a genre because I've been fairly disinterested in gaming lately, and wanted to try new things that catch my interest. I got hooked into Zelda: BotW recently, but other than that it's been basically D3 and that's it. I guess a new ARPG would be good - Grim Dawn or PoE perhaps?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 21, 2017, 03:53:51 PM
The 2013 Tomb Raider isn't as shiny but is still a cool game.  The new Tomb Raider MAY still be $12 at humble bundle as the monthly thing .. go check it out
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on September 22, 2017, 11:23:16 AM
Thanks for the heads up on that, Tim. Is that the $12 monthly subscription thing?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 22, 2017, 11:36:07 AM
Been trying to league up in SFV for achievement purposes, keep hitting a wall where I get one match away and then always get matched up with people 10000+ miles away with bad connections (regardless of settings), or someone 3-4 leagues higher than me.  Oh well.  Probably not many people playing it right now anyway since Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite just came out.

Trying to get into Divinity: Original Sin, but damn does this game make it hard to get into.  No good plot hook, guards keep saying I'm not high enough level to leave the initial town, quest log already has 18 quests in it with no real direction on any of them even after talking to every NPC twice.  Guess it's time to run off into the wilderness.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 22, 2017, 08:02:32 PM
Been trying to league up in SFV for achievement purposes, keep hitting a wall where I get one match away and then always get matched up with people 10000+ miles away with bad connections (regardless of settings), or someone 3-4 leagues higher than me.  Oh well.  Probably not many people playing it right now anyway since Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite just came out.

Trying to get into Divinity: Original Sin, but damn does this game make it hard to get into.  No good plot hook, guards keep saying I'm not high enough level to leave the initial town, quest log already has 18 quests in it with no real direction on any of them even after talking to every NPC twice.  Guess it's time to run off into the wilderness.

Yeah, the first Div:OS was terrible for story and it never gets better. Mechanically great but tough to plow through. I gave up.

Div:OS2 on the other hand, starts strong and keeps going. It's a pretty brilliant game. I started playing it on a weekend day and it absorbed every minute of the weekend without me realizing it. I'd say skip the first game and go straight to the second.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Dust on September 24, 2017, 03:07:57 AM
Quote from: maxbeedo

Trying to get into Divinity: Original Sin, but damn does this game make it hard to get into.  No good plot hook, guards keep saying I'm not high enough level to leave the initial town, quest log already has 18 quests in it with no real direction on any of them even after talking to every NPC twice.  Guess it's time to run off into the wilderness.

Oh god, I thought it was just me. Between that and the fixed camera angle I was finding it so frustrating
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 24, 2017, 05:17:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up on that, Tim. Is that the $12 monthly subscription thing?

yeah, i dont think you are stuck on the monthly thing, just this month it has that. Read the fine print :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 24, 2017, 07:06:11 AM
You can suscribe, and cancel before thenext month starts, I did it at some point, I think it was for X-COM 2
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on September 24, 2017, 08:01:31 AM
Thanks! I saw that you can cancel - I may keep it for a few months just to try new games and get a base of games built up. Glad I didn't spend the $20 or whatever it is for an older Tomb Raider too!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on September 24, 2017, 03:25:18 PM
Unless you're committing to one of the longer term purchase options (which I wouldn't recommend), you're better off thinking of it as just a $12 bundle available for an entire month at a time.

You can game the system a bit to save extra money; the first Humble Monthly purchase on any given account is eligible for a 10% off coupon with purchase of virtually any other Humble PC game bundle, so you can save a bit of money by making a new account every month. If there's a bundle showing up during the month that you're interested in, buy it on the dummy account and buy the Monthly on that account to save the $1.20. If there isn't, you can buy the $1 tier of whatever bundle is available and it'll still give you the coupon.

There may also be a referral option available in your main account for Monthly purchases; if your second account uses that link to purchase the monthly it'll give your main account $5 of credit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 27, 2017, 06:43:29 PM
Yeah, the first Div:OS was terrible for story and it never gets better. Mechanically great but tough to plow through. I gave up.

Div:OS2 on the other hand, starts strong and keeps going. It's a pretty brilliant game. I started playing it on a weekend day and it absorbed every minute of the weekend without me realizing it. I'd say skip the first game and go straight to the second.

Here's a list of things I've found so far that are bullshit in Div:OS1:
Combat is turn-based, but out of combat is REAL-TIME with NO PAUSING.  Meaning that if you have ANY status effects of any kind that might kill you, you have to NOT KILL ENEMIES in order to have a chance to heal them before the battle is over, because otherwise it's an automatic death (your character will take the damage on literally frame 1 once combat ends).
Undead enemies are HEALED by Poison, generate Poison blotches on the ground which automatically heal themselves and all their buddies every turn, AND carry healing scrolls AND resurrection scrolls which ALSO work on undead, for whatever reason (yes, they constantly spam heals and resurrects on each other).
There is no resting of any kind, whether through action, an inn, or otherwise.  You can only find or buy items to heal (or when you level).
Even the weakest elemental spell changes the terrain for over 5 minutes in real time, minimum.  If you create a wall of fire to block your enemies path and then defeat them, be prepared to wait a long time before you can loot.
Already ran into a completely bugged quest that cannot be completed.  In Arhu's Failed Experiment, the commands do nothing, the dialogue triggers correctly saying it's disabled or weakened but it still instantly kills my party, this is apparently a known bug based on several guides.
The "running" speed is incredibly slow.
Fleeing a battle ONLY saves the ONE character, and NPCs you hire cannot flee.  Thus, fleeing any battle means every NPC dies permanently (until you level up so high you can crush the enemies surrounding their bodies).

So yeah, not exactly a fun time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on September 27, 2017, 09:31:43 PM
Has anyone played Disgaea 5? Bought it for Switch last night for something to sink a bit of time into until I buy a PS4. I tend to skew more toward the items/loot aspects of RPGs, rather than story, so the weak story doesn't really concern me.

Never played a tactics RGP before, so not even sure how the gameplay works etc but had a look at a few videos and reviews and it looks pretty good.

Any feedback from you fine folks would be good!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 27, 2017, 09:52:34 PM
Here's a list of things I've found so far that are bullshit in Div:OS1:
Combat is turn-based, but out of combat is REAL-TIME with NO PAUSING.  Meaning that if you have ANY status effects of any kind that might kill you, you have to NOT KILL ENEMIES in order to have a chance to heal them before the battle is over, because otherwise it's an automatic death (your character will take the damage on literally frame 1 once combat ends).

I don't think I follow. But this doesn't sound like anything I've experienced in Div2.

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Undead enemies are HEALED by Poison, generate Poison blotches on the ground which automatically heal themselves and all their buddies every turn, AND carry healing scrolls AND resurrection scrolls which ALSO work on undead, for whatever reason (yes, they constantly spam heals and resurrects on each other).

Div2, poison still heals undead. But regular healing does crazy damage to them. This also applies to undead in your party...

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There is no resting of any kind, whether through action, an inn, or otherwise.  You can only find or buy items to heal (or when you level).

Div2, as long as you have a bedroll in your backpack (which is an unlimited use item that you find in the very beginning), you can rest whenever you want for instant full healz.

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Even the weakest elemental spell changes the terrain for over 5 minutes in real time, minimum.  If you create a wall of fire to block your enemies path and then defeat them, be prepared to wait a long time before you can loot.

You... are supposed to use your own elements in conjunction with each other or to counter this stuff. You should always have someone with a Rain spell, which makes the aforementioned scenario barely even an inconvenience.

The interaction of elements is like 90% of the strategy of the game.

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Already ran into a completely bugged quest that cannot be completed.  In Arhu's Failed Experiment, the commands do nothing, the dialogue triggers correctly saying it's disabled or weakened but it still instantly kills my party, this is apparently a known bug based on several guides.

Not surprised.

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The "running" speed is incredibly slow.

Not a thing I've noted in Div2.

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Fleeing a battle ONLY saves the ONE character, and NPCs you hire cannot flee.  Thus, fleeing any battle means every NPC dies permanently (until you level up so high you can crush the enemies surrounding their bodies).

I don't believe this is the case in 2, either, but then I've never had to flee a battle...

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So yeah, not exactly a fun time.

Seriously. Drop 1 and play 2. It's so much better...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 27, 2017, 11:24:10 PM
That's good to hear.  The DOT thing is regarding effects like Burning or Poison that do damage to you per turn (and early on it's like >25% of your life per tic).  While in battle everything is turn-based so if you have someone with an anti-poison or anti-burning ability you can use them to stop the damage, but once combat ends you immediately start taking the damage every 2-3 seconds, which can't be stopped (except by the save/load menu), so you have to scramble to heal before all your characters die, and the healing animations usually take so long that you take 1-2 tics more before the heal kicks in.  The elements thing I understand, but it's not an easy thing to cover all your bases within 1-2 hours of starting, especially when the tutorial forces you to use most or all of the water elemental stuff it gives you and neither of the default characters have any elemental magic, nor did the first 4 hirable NPCs I found (my options at the time were a Fighter, 2 Knights, 2 Rogues and a Ranger).  May have to restart entirely using only magic since that's what the game wanted me to do but didn't say... or just never play it again.  It's kinda similar to what happened in my first Dragon Age: Origins playthrough where I did the Mage's Tower last and tried to do all of the Deep Roads without a healer, the difference being I had plenty of time to learn how to play since that was much later on, and I actually cared about that story but don't care here.  I likely won't play 2 until it drops drastically in price (I only bought 1 because it dropped below $15).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 28, 2017, 07:28:15 AM
Has anyone played Disgaea 5? Bought it for Switch last night for something to sink a bit of time into until I buy a PS4. I tend to skew more toward the items/loot aspects of RPGs, rather than story, so the weak story doesn't really concern me.

That's not how Disgaea really works. I do like tactical-RPGs, and Disgaea is a fantastic one, but it actually tends to be... too much. It's full of qualities, but there are IMO literally too many things to do and systems to explore, it's a game played in hundreds of hours, and I find it hard to find this kind of time now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on September 28, 2017, 02:43:01 PM
Has anyone played Disgaea 5? Bought it for Switch last night for something to sink a bit of time into until I buy a PS4. I tend to skew more toward the items/loot aspects of RPGs, rather than story, so the weak story doesn't really concern me.

That's not how Disgaea really works. I do like tactical-RPGs, and Disgaea is a fantastic one, but it actually tends to be... too much. It's full of qualities, but there are IMO literally too many things to do and systems to explore, it's a game played in hundreds of hours, and I find it hard to find this kind of time now.
Everything you've said here is true... even after just 2 hours and only barely scratching the surface of some of the systems, I feel overwhelmed. For me, gameplay and story are always secondary to fiddling with items and skills etc, but it's fucking nuts how much there is to play with and the story is so bad/cheesy/kitschy that it's almost painful. Having never played a Disgaea title or any tactical RPG previously, diving into this is like deciding to go for your first mountain hike and starting with Everest.

In saying that, I still got up at 5.30 this morning and played for 45 minutes while I waited for my coffee to, uh, do it's thing, so I could go for a run without fear of crapping myself and am already thinking about playing tonight (12 hours away...), so it's at least got some sort of hold on my attention. I guess I will probably do what I do with all games which is sink all my free time into it for like a month or two and then burn out. If I get 100 hours play time out of it for $100, that's a hell of an ROI, so I'll be happy. I got less play time out of Zelda: BotW and still consider that one of the best gaming investments I ever made.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 09, 2017, 02:54:05 AM
Been trying to persevere in Div:OS1, got further than 90% of people who have played the game on PS4 (just got a mandatory story trophy that only 9% have earned), which is only like 70% the way through the game.  Combat has still had a lot of bullshit, but the rarity of loot seems to go up quite a bit after a certain point so I'm regularly finding Divine/Legendary items.  Unfortunately I will likely not play any further since I finally found the end of a voiced hireling NPCs sidequest, and find out that she betrays you based on decisions from 40+ hours ago (strictly based on my demeanor, not anything I did against her), and then puts me in an essentially impossible battle, so my only choice is to basically... never do that sidequest I guess?  I mean, I don't have much reason to keep playing anyway, since the story has not improved (although having Alix Wilton Reagan voice several characters AND do the narration has helped a lot).  Maybe time to start Yakuza Zero.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on October 13, 2017, 09:22:06 PM
Woo

Finished XCOM2!

Really great game. I don't often actually finish a game, but the this one totally grabbed me, as a lover of turn based strategy, sci-fi and explosions.

I want the DLC now...but USD$40 is a bit rich :(

Can anyone comment on the value of the DLC?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 14, 2017, 03:20:39 AM
I really liked Xcom2, and the expansion is meant to improve it hugely.  That said, I agree it is absurdly priced.  I am waiting for a deal on it as I don't believe it will hold that price that for long.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: narsica on October 23, 2017, 01:16:18 PM
Finished both Assassin's Creed Unity and Assassin's Creed Rogue. Of the two, I thought Rogue was infinitely better. Much more variety, story line was more compelling. Was fun to see the background to other AC games (especially AC3 which remains my favourite).

I was interested to play an AC game set in the French Revolution, but I thought they wasted a lot of the potential for the setting. The whole Assassin's Council thing was interesting, but ultimately wasted. And some of the gameplay mechanics were weird - Arno was basically Spiderman, scrambling up walls he shouldn't have been able to (even for an AC game!).

Now to go through my backlog and pick something new to play!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on October 30, 2017, 11:38:22 PM
I really liked Xcom2, and the expansion is meant to improve it hugely.  That said, I agree it is absurdly priced.  I am waiting for a deal on it as I don't believe it will hold that price that for long.

Decided against buying the DLC (yet). But I have installed the mod A Better Advent, which adds a variety of different enemies and adds some difficulty; definitely recommend it.

Other than that I picked up Wolfenstein: The New Order and I am really enjoying the gameplay and setting. I find some of it underwhelming...like the dual wielding mecahnic, bleh.  Ovrall great game so far though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 31, 2017, 03:40:43 AM
Started playing Yakuza 0, having not played any other game in the series.  The cutscenes can be a little long at times, but otherwise the story has been pretty great so far.  The main story has enough twists and turns that it's not obvious where it's going to go, and the side missions often have ridiculous setups or content (I've had to teach a dominatrix how to... be a dominatrix, pretend to be a boyfriend to get a nagging father to leave his daughter alone only to get hit on by the father, retrieve pants from a pants thief, etc.).  There are a bunch of mini-games as side content like a casino, karaoke, dancing, batting cages, mahjong, pool, darts, etc., so there's a lot to do even if it's not all original, and thankfully there are challenges for each that give you money or points towards global benefits. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on October 31, 2017, 06:32:09 PM
Couldn't see a game sales thread, do we still have one?

Anyways, I'll post here for now:

Humble Jumbo Bundle 10 (https://www.humblebundle.com/jumbo-bundle-10) has Wasteland 2 at the $10 tier, for those interested. Considering getting it myself.

There is also Prototype 2, which I am not familiar with anyone played it?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: TheMikrobe on November 07, 2017, 06:33:59 AM
In a blast from the past I dug out my old CD of Quake III Arena and installed it - nearly 20 years old, but amazingly it runs on my modern computer! I played the crap out of Q3A back in the day and I'd recently started thinking about the purity of it as an FPS experience after playing ESO with its FPS-like qualities. I remember the graphics used to be too much for my machine, but now they look pretty rough and I had to run it in a small window. I still have my config and script files including the in-game achievements, so it was kind of fun to see all those.

My view and movement were pretty wild at first but I had some control by the end of the session and I got a couple of nice long-shot railgun kills. I was still really slow though and couldn't strafe run at all, let alone doing that while aiming, firing, hitting pick-ups, and monitoring life and ammo. And I was only playing the bots on the lowest two difficulty levels, I'd just get slaughtered on those Nightmare level maps I used to play on.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 07, 2017, 01:48:56 PM
did you play Team Arena too?  As you mentioned, you have the cdss, did you hear of Quake Live?  Basically Q3 that ran in a browser and was free for many years, they did some other updates on it, now its released as siomething you could buy http://store.steampowered.com/app/282440/Quake_Live/

Since I'd played the game while free I got auto put to the newer version.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on November 07, 2017, 02:26:40 PM
Quake Live is dead, but Quake Champions is playable right now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 07, 2017, 03:59:32 PM
99.89% of games with MP are dead.  Of course anything older than 6 months that still has a community alive is special.

I remember RTB was quite skilled at the cool tricks you could do.  I miss that guy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on November 07, 2017, 05:42:51 PM
99.89% of games with MP are dead.  Of course anything older than 6 months that still has a community alive is special.
What an oddly specific percentage...

I had to buy a new Switch and games since my old one got stolen a couple months back. Other than Disgaea (which I burnt out on without completing - zero story and hollow loot/character progression systems), I've been re-playing Zelda and messing around with Wonderboy 3 (which is awesome). I need a new RPG and have my eye on two which are out in about 3 weeks: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

Has anyone here played previous Xenoblade games or Battle Chasers on PS4? Worth getting?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 07, 2017, 06:03:36 PM
73% of things on the internet are made up - Abraham Lincoln.

Also, was it really stolen, or did your defacto wife remove it from you?  Like this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb6MalVtago
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: TheMikrobe on November 07, 2017, 06:39:09 PM
did you play Team Arena too?  As you mentioned, you have the cdss, did you hear of Quake Live?  Basically Q3 that ran in a browser and was free for many years, they did some other updates on it, now its released as siomething you could buy http://store.steampowered.com/app/282440/Quake_Live/

I might have played TA a few times but not so I remember very much. I think I heard of Quake Live but probably wouldn't have been interested in it by then so I don't know any details.

I always had a crappy internet connection so properly getting into MP communities was hard, I'd log into games and just get wasted because I couldn't move. But I remember some great sessions with housemates and on the university network and Q3A still seems to me like a perfect game. Most of the base level designs and the weapon balance are outstanding.

I actually have a 3-pack of CDs with Quakes 1-3, not sure 1 or 2 would run without a lot of work but the Q1 disc plays in an audio CD player so you can listen to that cool NIN soundtrack. All games played to death in their time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 07, 2017, 09:21:39 PM
I can tell you Quake1 runs fine on Win7/10.  Sometimes you will run a slightly newer EXE than what was on the CD, GLquake or something fancier and newer, "winquake" probably still works well.  Quake2 goes too, i have them on steam. and CD
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: TheMikrobe on November 08, 2017, 03:54:52 AM
Nice, I'll have to try it. I'd played a little bit of Doom 2 and maybe Duke Nukem 3D came earlier too, but the originals of Quake and Diablo are what I remember as my first proper gaming experiences.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 08, 2017, 02:10:30 PM
Last year I played The Final Doom (from Steam)  and actually finished those campaigns properly on Ultra Violence.  It was worth the effort and ran well.   Lots of older 90s things which previously were unable to find are popping up online which is cool.

I still have a small list I'm looking for.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on November 08, 2017, 02:20:43 PM
99.89% of games with MP are dead.  Of course anything older than 6 months that still has a community alive is special.
What an oddly specific percentage...

I had to buy a new Switch and games since my old one got stolen a couple months back. Other than Disgaea (which I burnt out on without completing - zero story and hollow loot/character progression systems), I've been re-playing Zelda and messing around with Wonderboy 3 (which is awesome). I need a new RPG and have my eye on two which are out in about 3 weeks: Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Battle Chasers: Nightwar.

Has anyone here played previous Xenoblade games or Battle Chasers on PS4? Worth getting?

I absolutely loved Xenoblade Chronicles on Wii.  It was a total JRPG though so if that isn't your bag then it's hard to recommend.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 08, 2017, 03:25:49 PM
I found out I have played and really enjoyed a Visual Novel style game in the past.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic_Department_2192  It mixed a lot of dialogue between top down missions.  I see that game came out as freeware 10 years ago
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on November 08, 2017, 10:46:39 PM
Finished Yakuza 0 at around 130 hours played.  Game's got a lot of content, although the quality is somewhat imbalanced.  There are lots of really gripping dramatic moments early on, but they tail off by the end (or just get more predictable), and since it's a prequel to the rest of the series it was fairly clear how things would turn out.  Some of the mini-games are quite fun like the karaoke, the cabaret club, bowling, and pool, but then some are so hard (like the batting cages, or the scantily-clad-women cage fighting) or so dull (like fishing, or the weapon/gear searching) that getting 100% completion is not a fun prospect.  The game includes original arcade versions of Outrun, Space Harrier, FantasyZone and Super Hang-On, as well as using likenesses and videos of real-life Japanese models/idols for most of the female NPCs.  The tone is intentionally all over the place with the cutscenes and battles being especially brutal and serious, whereas the sidequests are crazy like bowling a turkey to win a chicken and then making it a manager of your businesses, or protecting Michael Jackson from zombies while he shoots a music video.  There's a mini-game for talking to women on the phone.  Heh, Japan.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 18, 2017, 02:57:07 PM
Elex: (http://store.steampowered.com/app/411300/)

What happens when a German game developer says "we should combine Fallout, Mass Effect, and Skyrim into one game."

It's pretty awesome. A bit janky but not as bad as previous Piranha Bytes games (Gothic, etc).

Axes, swords, plasma weapons, explosives, magic, psi powers, and chems all in one open-world RPG? Sign me up!

Worth checking out.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 18, 2017, 09:36:50 PM
Another game to add to wish list it seems.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 18, 2017, 11:03:57 PM
I just played it for like 8 straight hours.

It's purty good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 08, 2018, 04:46:05 PM
Just finished up Persona 5 last night.  Quite a ride.

Good:
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.

Bad:
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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on January 20, 2018, 02:33:46 AM
What y'all playing lately?

I've been mostly in D3 and some FTL. Getting bored now though and want a new game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 20, 2018, 03:18:45 AM
Been playing a game Plantera and having fun. I like the fact you can benefit by closing the game and coming back later
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 20, 2018, 09:03:59 AM
Rented a private server and my kids and I are playing Conan Exiles. Tons of fun! :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 20, 2018, 10:58:47 AM
Never played that game.  Sounds like a good way to bond with you kids.  Right now I would have to be playing PubG if I wanted to do the same.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 20, 2018, 10:20:25 PM
Ewwww... I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on January 21, 2018, 09:20:49 AM
Still playing Horizon Zero Dawn (I have more or less discovered the whole map now, so I expect progression to now be very fast), and some GTA online (the new Heists they released are quite fun). Probably going to start Nioh after I'm done with Horizon.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on January 21, 2018, 05:03:28 PM
Started Hidden Agendas on PS4 with some friends and it's a cool party game where not everyone has to be a good gamer to enjoy it. If you can round up a handful of buddies (I think up to 6 since you can use phones as controllers) to play in your living room, it's a good time.

I'll occasionally play a SNES game or something, but mostly I'm into Street Fighter V these days. I even built my kid a fight stick (with a slimy, Ecto-cooler theme for those suh-weet style points) so he can get in on the action as well. https://imgur.com/a/981Yz
SFV: Arcade Edition and the Season 3 balance changes just dropped last week, so I've got to learn some new setups and new character matchups. Not sure how I'm liking some of my main's changes just yet, but I'll definitely make it work. I'm still the epitome of a character loyalist.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 22, 2018, 09:54:03 AM
Ewwww... I'm so sorry.

I haven't tried the game but it sounds pretty fun.  Last night they set up a private server and they got almost thirty friends to play together.  They put themselves into a three person squadrons and played for a couple of hours.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 22, 2018, 02:05:18 PM
Really enjoying plantera, one of those idle clicker games.  I can let them work for up to 13 hours, i get my money, reinvest and close it.  It won't take too much more effort to get all the achievements, and its fun to click on the critters and collect loot.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on January 23, 2018, 03:12:00 PM
Started Hidden Agendas on PS4 with some friends and it's a cool party game where not everyone has to be a good gamer to enjoy it. If you can round up a handful of buddies (I think up to 6 since you can use phones as controllers) to play in your living room, it's a good time.

I'll occasionally play a SNES game or something, but mostly I'm into Street Fighter V these days. I even built my kid a fight stick (with a slimy, Ecto-cooler theme for those suh-weet style points) so he can get in on the action as well. https://imgur.com/a/981Yz
SFV: Arcade Edition and the Season 3 balance changes just dropped last week, so I've got to learn some new setups and new character matchups. Not sure how I'm liking some of my main's changes just yet, but I'll definitely make it work. I'm still the epitome of a character loyalist.
<3. That controller looks awesome too - good to see your little fella will be stomping faces in style, just like his old man.

I've just completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I basically just skipped all cut scenes for the 2nd half of the game because the story, dialogue and voice acting are absolutely painful. Had to play with the sound off the entire game, as the characters say the same five insufferable lines over and over and over during fights ("Let's win using the power of friendship"... kill me now) and it made me want to superglue my ears shut. Supposedly you can turn their voices off, but it never worked for me. It's a shame because the music is great. Anyway, don't buy this game unless you love cringey anime-style crap. Battle system was fun, but the menus and overworld mechanics are so poorly designed that it's a chore to play. One review said it was all breadth and no depth, which is exactly right. I put 75 hours into it, but I recommend that you don't.

Finally finished Zelda BotW as well. God what a revelation it was going back to that game after playing XBC2. So accessible and so many great quality of life features, plus it's fun as hell. Downloaded the DLC and have been chipping away at that, but don't want to burn through it too fast.

I also downloaded Hammerwatch on Switch. Fun little 16-bit top-down dungeon crawler. Super basic, but the combat is enough fun to keep me interested. Only put 3-4 hours into it, but at the same price as a movie ticket, it's paid itself off already.

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?

Might wait for something better to come along, though there's a bit of a lull in Switch RPGs over the next few months. Skyrim maybe? Kiss my life goodbye for a couple of months?

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 23, 2018, 03:45:35 PM
I've just completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I basically just skipped all cut scenes for the 2nd half of the game because the story, dialogue and voice acting are absolutely painful. Had to play with the sound off the entire game, as the characters say the same five insufferable lines over and over and over during fights ("Let's win using the power of friendship"... kill me now) and it made me want to superglue my ears shut. Supposedly you can turn their voices off, but it never worked for me. It's a shame because the music is great. Anyway, don't buy this game unless you love cringey anime-style crap. Battle system was fun, but the menus and overworld mechanics are so poorly designed that it's a chore to play. One review said it was all breadth and no depth, which is exactly right. I put 75 hours into it, but I recommend that you don't.

Damn.  I bought this just before Christmas but haven't started it yet.  Did you play the first Xenoblade Chronicles?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on January 23, 2018, 08:16:56 PM
I've just completed Xenoblade Chronicles 2. I basically just skipped all cut scenes for the 2nd half of the game because the story, dialogue and voice acting are absolutely painful. Had to play with the sound off the entire game, as the characters say the same five insufferable lines over and over and over during fights ("Let's win using the power of friendship"... kill me now) and it made me want to superglue my ears shut. Supposedly you can turn their voices off, but it never worked for me. It's a shame because the music is great. Anyway, don't buy this game unless you love cringey anime-style crap. Battle system was fun, but the menus and overworld mechanics are so poorly designed that it's a chore to play. One review said it was all breadth and no depth, which is exactly right. I put 75 hours into it, but I recommend that you don't.

Damn.  I bought this just before Christmas but haven't started it yet.  Did you play the first Xenoblade Chronicles?
No, this was my first time playing a Xeno-game of any sort. All the feedback I have seen is that it's pretty true the series, so if you liked the earlier games, you'll probably like this.

What pisses me off about this game is that if they spent some time polishing it (making the menus more streamlined, improving the map/navigation, other general QoL improvements), it would have been a 10/10 for me from a gameplay perspective (story/voice-acting = 0/10 still, but that might just be an aversion to anime cheese). But they didn't and it feels rushed and poorly thought-out a lot of the time.

The battles are fun though and some of the item/character progression elements are good. And again, I still put 75+ hours into it. I'd give it a 6/10 overall, scoring 8/10 in some areas, but 0/10 in others.

@Maxbeedo: Good to know - thanks. More reviews seem to be coming out now and I am leaning toward not getting it. One review said you could beat it inside of 20 hours, which probably makes it not worth the investment.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 27, 2018, 11:48:13 PM
I can't stop playing Conan: Exiles every single free minute I have. Holy crap, this game has grabbed me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on February 03, 2018, 04:40:01 PM
No, this was my first time playing a Xeno-game of any sort. All the feedback I have seen is that it's pretty true the series, so if you liked the earlier games, you'll probably like this.

What pisses me off about this game is that if they spent some time polishing it (making the menus more streamlined, improving the map/navigation, other general QoL improvements), it would have been a 10/10 for me from a gameplay perspective (story/voice-acting = 0/10 still, but that might just be an aversion to anime cheese). But they didn't and it feels rushed and poorly thought-out a lot of the time.

The battles are fun though and some of the item/character progression elements are good. And again, I still put 75+ hours into it. I'd give it a 6/10 overall, scoring 8/10 in some areas, but 0/10 in others.

I really liked Xenoblade Chronicles, so I think I'm immune to some of the terrible story tropes.  The voice acting was a mess though, and I think I'll download the Japanese voice pack for this one.

I've been playing an absolute tonne of Mario Odyssey, but I think I'm finally done with it.  There is one crazy post-game challenge I just can't do after an hour and I've almost launched my Jon-cons across the room!  Incredible game though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 03, 2018, 06:48:46 PM
I see torchlight has a mobile game out now called guardians. Iíve spent a few minutes but need to do more to see if itís worth it
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on February 03, 2018, 07:28:26 PM
Liq: That stick is awesome!!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on February 04, 2018, 08:05:26 PM
for you RPG players: https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/2018/02/05/update-19-crpg-book-released/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on February 07, 2018, 06:56:32 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.

sam/Ray- Hey, thanks guys! It was definitely a fun project. 24 mm buttons for small toddler fingers on that one. I do dig me some fight sticks.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 07, 2018, 10:02:15 PM
Anyone else notice it took a super blue blood moon to bring Liq back out of hiding?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on February 09, 2018, 04:12:17 PM
Woop, got all 880 moons on Mario Odyssey so think I'm drawing a line under that!  Next I think I'll go back to Witcher 3 and maybe sprinkle in some Uncharted Lost Legacy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 09, 2018, 04:33:24 PM
I just bought a GTX 1080 video card. Should be here Tuesday.

Need to figure out what the most demanding game is that I own (besides ARK which is just demanding because it's a pathetically optimized POS) so I can revel in kicking-its-ass... :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 09, 2018, 10:13:05 PM
Witcher III?

Sounds like a fun problem!  Enjoy!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 09, 2018, 10:59:36 PM
Witcher 3 does seem like a candidate!

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on February 10, 2018, 09:54:23 PM
Anyone else notice it took a super blue blood moon to bring Liq back out of hiding?
It was a nice visit. I'll see you all again on January 31, 2037.

@ maxbeedo- Add me on SFV if you want to throw down sometime. I don't play much ranked, but I screw around in casual mode fairly often. Find "Euthanasia" on Capcom Fighters' Network to add me as a friend.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 13, 2018, 07:43:07 PM
1080 installed.

Mother of god.

All the FPS ever.

:o
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 13, 2018, 08:04:17 PM
Are you going to start exporting the extra FPS?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 14, 2018, 05:49:35 AM
Maybe I can bank them for the future?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on February 14, 2018, 07:26:59 AM
*card envy*
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 14, 2018, 04:49:03 PM
I can email you some FPS. Would that make you feel better?   8)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on February 15, 2018, 06:26:38 AM
I DON'T NEED YOUR PITY FPS!!!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on February 15, 2018, 06:29:50 AM
Discovered Endless Sky on Steam, which is currently free. Nice game and easy to get into. Can't tell if combat is overly simplistic or has depth which I haven't worked out yet. Scratches an itch for a hybrid between Elite and EvE style gameplay.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on February 20, 2018, 01:48:27 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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo 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.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on February 22, 2018, 03:27:40 AM
  Rewarding the player for exploring its characters and lore is something more games should do.
It's why Planescape: Torment is one of the all time greats. It focuses on story and what a story it is.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on February 25, 2018, 02:59:12 PM
Still hot and heavy into the fighting games atm so I got myself a new stick. Full album up on imgur: https://imgur.com/a/sTYFD
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on March 01, 2018, 07:39:09 PM
Got a copy of Secret of Mana for PS4. Surprisingly, not one I played on SNES as a kid. Will probably save it for when my brother is over since it looks like a game (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nmCnFUiYZKc) that should be up his alley.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 01, 2018, 08:12:24 PM
I've watched a couple streamers play it.  I beat it like 10 times as a kid and seeing that the remake has basically 0 new content (and that it's $40) made it an easy pass for me.  It does at least have some decent new cutscenes between the characters whenever sleeping at an inn.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on March 01, 2018, 10:03:59 PM
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.

I love Darkest Dungeon.

Been playing it a LOT and the RNG can be...frustrating. Took me a long time to finish the game the first time on 'Darkest' difficulty. Now I am doing that same difficulty with Crimson Court, after which I will do a Stygian run. The CC DLC makes the game somewhat harder.

Once you get a feel for party compositions and what skills to use where (for example, bleed is largely useless is The Ruins), the game gets easier and you actually feel like you can progress, rather than getting destroyed.

There's a huge amount of info available (I used the DD sub-Reddit) and I recommend using it to learn the basics, at least. Overall though, it's about mitigating RNG rape and bringing the best and most useful team to the dungeon you're tackling.

It IS grindy until you understand how to win, but later you can get through much faster, as such Stygian has a time and death limit, which I forget offhand. I honestly enjoy the grinding in this game though. :)

If anyone else is playing and wants to discuss/ask questions/etc, we could start a thread!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on March 02, 2018, 07:54:29 PM
Discovered Endless Sky on Steam, which is currently free. Nice game and easy to get into. Can't tell if combat is overly simplistic or has depth which I haven't worked out yet. Scratches an itch for a hybrid between Elite and EvE style gameplay.

thanks for posting this. it's basically Escape Velocity redone, as far as i can tell. haven't stumbled across much in the way of story in this one yet, but it's been some good mindless fun building up a fleet, so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on March 04, 2018, 07:03:27 AM
I loved Darkest Dungeon, but indeed some streaks of bad luck lead to absolutely impossible to avoid deaths (like when despite being at 90% light, you get surprised by enemies who proceed to land crit + death blow on your healer...) which immediately converts to a looooong grind to level new heroes.
Still, excellent game, a little bit grindy.

Currently playing Nioh which I a liking quite a bit (vaguely Dak Soulsesque, with less exploration and world-building but more combat depth), and after having many friends explain to me that it completely broke the genre convention, I have decided to give a try to Doki Doki Litterature Club despite me not being a huge fan of visual novels. No spoiler yet, I've just begun (and it is still very much a classic VN AFAICS so far).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on March 04, 2018, 02:09:46 PM
DDLC is... not nearly as original as western media makes it out to be.

It's alright though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on March 05, 2018, 07:51:20 AM
I finished DDLC this week-end, and it may be that I don't know visual novels that well, but damn, that was largely original enough for me.
It certainly twisted any assumptions I had going in. Do take the warnings very seriously though.

EDIT : hmm, am I being silly, or are we missing a spoiler tag ?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: lemming on March 05, 2018, 02:11:49 PM
I think this article is the best take I've seen on it from a western outlet: https://waypoint.vice.com/en_us/article/kzp7gy/doki-doki-literature-club-history-visual-novels

It's not to say that it's a bad game or plagiarized or anything, but it's frustrating to see the demographic that's normally dismissive of Japanese media in general and especially VNs tout DDLC as something bigger than it actually is; the implication that it took an American to revolutionize the genre past decades of stagnancy in its homeland is uncomfortable, at best.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 05, 2018, 04:42:57 PM
Yeah, no functional spoiler tag Godji. :(

I have had DDLC installed for a while but haven't gotten around to playing. Numerous friends praise the shit out of it, though, so I will..... soon... ish.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 06, 2018, 09:59:12 PM
The Witcher 3 at max settings with a perfect and never-wavering 60fps... is a fucking beautiful thing.


That will be all. Carry on.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 07, 2018, 04:48:35 AM
Go fu-enjoy yourself. ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 07, 2018, 04:50:42 PM
I will absolutely fu-enjoy myself! At 60fps. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 08, 2018, 09:42:13 AM
That is a game I want to get to.  I will have to wrap up playing d3 soon.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 08, 2018, 03:29:13 PM
Finished Planescape: Torment.  Pretty trippy, I can see where the ideas for Kreia from KOTOR2 came from, and how most of the descriptions of D&D planar locations this game shows haven't changed at all in 20 years (though the next 2 books for 5E will be focused on the Planes).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 08, 2018, 10:50:15 PM
Yep. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/937184731424073094/9350131338FF07872617885FE8EC0CF73F093DE2/) It really does just look fantastic. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/937184731424073320/A251685B086B908474A41F8D558545349642D8FE/)

I am wearing out my screenshot key.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on March 12, 2018, 06:48:45 AM
I quite liked the first, it scratched my L4D itch nicely, so I've done something which is getting more and more exceptional for me, I got Vermintide 2 day one, and first contact is good. Ping me on Steam if you feel like playing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 12, 2018, 04:20:44 PM
I'm kinda interested in Vermintide 2, but will wait for a better sale. 25% off isn't enough to tempt me yet...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 20, 2018, 06:02:13 AM
Anyone here know if Deathwar redux 3030 is as good as it looks? A game that combines Lucasarts/SCUMM system point and click gameplay with an Elite style open space exploration, seems potentially really, really good and it has positive reviews.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 23, 2018, 05:27:24 AM
I got 3030 Deathwar Redux because it was only £7.

Early impressions are its not quite as much "Monkey Island" style point and clickery as I'd like but, the quirkiness is there and I like the graphics a lot. Not sure about space combat yet. Better than I thought it would be but, I've only had one fight so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 26, 2018, 05:01:12 AM
Sunk many hours in 3030 Deathwar Redux at the weekend.

I really, really like this game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 26, 2018, 10:25:57 AM
Well I finally gave in and started playing FC4.  Which is basically FC3 with shinier graphics and more stuff.  Does it make for a better game?  So far no.  I will reserve comment until I finish FC4 but the story/progression is not as good as the first one.  I am also not a fan of the FC4 big bad guy voice acting.  FC3 first/main bad guy was pretty fantastic in comparison.  FC4's bad guy just seems off with an ultra polished English accent.

All that said I am enjoying the game as a whole.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 26, 2018, 04:25:30 PM
The prevailing opinion among my Steam circle is that FC4 is weaker overall than FC3, but generally just "more of the same"... so if you liked 3, you'll probably have fun with 4.

On that note, I have Far Cry 5 preloaded and am anxiously awaiting my chance to shoot some cult members this week. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 26, 2018, 04:46:43 PM
About 20% into FC4 and I would agree with that assessment.

Let me know how FC5 goes.  I should be able to get to it with in the next four years.  :P

BTW what is the consensus with Primal?  I am guessing more of the same as compared to FC4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 26, 2018, 05:50:48 PM
Primal is my favorite Far Cry. It takes itself more seriously than the others. And it's just a shitload of fun. Taming/collecting animals is a hoot, and something about riding a saber-toothed tiger or cave bear into battle against other cavemen is delightful. I played the hell out of it and still have it installed to go back to here and there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Geep on March 27, 2018, 01:01:08 AM
Anyone on Overwatch or Fortnite?  Consuming most of my free time nowadays...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 27, 2018, 08:49:18 PM
Far Cry 5 is a great deal of fun.

It's also borderline (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/936060672189548410/0FBCE9FAC42043493F2960952CC87ACEF48622FC/) freaking photorealistic (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/936060672189275085/E649DD23542C0C55EB98D6BC4B992B34B82A72B1/), if you ask me.

And it's beautifully optimized. I'm running it at 2560x1440, maxed out, and getting an unwavering 60fps. Reports from across the board are that it runs very well for a range of hardware.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 28, 2018, 10:32:04 AM
Is it the same game as previous two?  Meaning climb tower...clear fog...get weapon...find enemy bases...take over enemy base...have new safe house...hunt animals...craft larger/better storage equipment.  Rinse...repeat.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 28, 2018, 11:35:38 AM
Is it the same game as previous two?  Meaning climb tower...clear fog...get weapon...find enemy bases...take over enemy base...have new safe house...hunt animals...craft larger/better storage equipment.  Rinse...repeat.

And more side quests that you can shake a stick at.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 28, 2018, 04:28:01 PM
It's definitely more Far Cry, if that's what you're asking.

But better. Okay, the story is the usual FC drivel. But the gameplay and gunplay are fantastic.

Also, you can have a Grizzly Bear companion. Named Cheeseburger. Who has a skill called "Bear Arms" which he uses to "exercise his right to attack."  There's also the faithful dog, Boomer, who is revived from a downed state by giving him belly rubs.

Personally, I'm traveling with a mountain lion named Peaches who prefers the same sneaky murderkilling approach I do, which works out well.

Also, turkeys are savage. :o
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 02, 2018, 10:53:00 PM
Haven't been playing anything new lately.  Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen was on sale on PS4, a game I already platinumed on PS3, but felt like playing it again so I've been going through that with a different playstyle.  The classes and combat in that game are just plain fun.  First time I was all martial/strength switching between Fighter/Warrior/Magick Knight/Assassin, this time I've been mostly spellcasting, summoning giant tornados to throw enemies around, dropping meteors left and right, and now just switched to Magick Archer after having used mostly Sorcerer to boost magic so my DPS is ridiculous.  Been one-shotting 2-3 boss enemies with one casting of Ricochet Hunter, which is like the old pre-1.10 D2 Pierce+Guided Arrow on crack.  I really, really want Capcom to give this series another go, and it's been 5+ years.  Dragon's Dogma Online is still Japan-only and will never get localized, and the PC port for DD:DA sold really well for them.  The director did say he has a new game to announce this year, but most people are expected a return to Devil May Cry since he directed 2-4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on April 03, 2018, 07:18:09 AM
I played Dragon Dogma only last year and really had a great time too. As for announcements at this stage I'd be very happy both with a new Dragon's Dogma and a new DMC (and, despite DmC not being bad at all, hopefully a true DMC 5).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on April 06, 2018, 11:49:43 AM
Haven't been playing anything new lately.
The SFV season 3.5 patch dropped this week and your homegirl Cammy avoided meaningful nerfs and got some (minor?) buffs. Season of the 'beedo.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 06, 2018, 12:20:48 PM
Yeah, I saw, although the changes to fight money and the lack of new ways to earn it have made me somewhat salty.  Saying "everything can be earned in-game" is pointless if no one will ever earn enough to buy half of what they put out.  0.9% of players have earned 1 million fight money, and 1.4 million is needed to unlock the 14 characters they've put out so far (plus another million+ for stages, million+ for costumes, etc.).  Halving all fight money earnings through missions and completely removing all fight money earned through trials, survival and story mode was a giant smack to the face saying "yeah, we lied, buy everything with real money or get out."  I've mostly gone back to playing CvS2, since that game is much deeper, has more characters, and has a lot of little touches like special intros that show some characterization.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 06, 2018, 02:32:41 PM
Well I am about 60% done with FC4.  It is an enjoyable game but FC3 was much better.  Which is strange because it is almost the same game.  But FC3 has better characters, better story lines, better pacing and skill progression.  It just about every way possible FC3 is better than FC4.  Hopefully FC5 doesn't fall into the same issues.

BTW the award for awesome background music used in a trailer goes to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Whl28r8dVMU

The song is Red Sex by Vessel.  The actual song goes a little off the rails half way through but is still awesome.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on April 06, 2018, 07:14:32 PM
Yeah, I saw, although the changes to fight money and the lack of new ways to earn it have made me somewhat salty.  Saying "everything can be earned in-game" is pointless if no one will ever earn enough to buy half of what they put out.  0.9% of players have earned 1 million fight money, and 1.4 million is needed to unlock the 14 characters they've put out so far (plus another million+ for stages, million+ for costumes, etc.).  Halving all fight money earnings through missions and completely removing all fight money earned through trials, survival and story mode was a giant smack to the face saying "yeah, we lied, buy everything with real money or get out."  I've mostly gone back to playing CvS2, since that game is much deeper, has more characters, and has a lot of little touches like special intros that show some characterization.
Looks like the Golden Shadaloo Soldier quest comes back on April 12th with a payout of 18K after entry fees if you're concerned about fight money, but yeah, I too, wish that SFV had unique character intros and such.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 13, 2018, 10:31:11 PM
Looks like the Golden Shadaloo Soldier quest comes back on April 12th with a payout of 18K after entry fees if you're concerned about fight money, but yeah, I too, wish that SFV had unique character intros and such.

Even if there were 10 GSSs every week (there hasn't been one for over 2 months) that wouldn't be enough to pay for what's available.  The one this week also seemed to be invincible during various regular moves and his forward dash (he dashed forward through fireballs, my crouching MK passed through him while he whiffed a crouching MP, etc.), and can combo overhead dive kick into multiple dash punches into uppercut (over 40% health).  It's basically betting against the house. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on April 14, 2018, 12:48:37 PM
Even if there were 10 GSSs every week (there hasn't been one for over 2 months) that wouldn't be enough to pay for what's available.  The one this week also seemed to be invincible during various regular moves and his forward dash (he dashed forward through fireballs, my crouching MK passed through him while he whiffed a crouching MP, etc.), and can combo overhead dive kick into multiple dash punches into uppercut (over 40% health).  It's basically betting against the house.
I wish there were more opportunities for fight money and these golden guys weren't so few and far between as well. However, if you're having a hard time beating them in a standard 1v1, then you could just cheese the AI to make sure you end up winning. For whatever reason, the computer has a very hard time dealing with Vega's FBA, Abigail's run into flip, and Rashid's Eagle Spike if you are just wanting some easy fight money. Maybe something to consider for next time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_votbOxMPkk&feature=youtu.be

In other news, my friends and I are looking to get into a new MP game just to screw around once a week or so. We haven't officially settled on a title yet, but I think we're leaning toward Forza Horizon 3 or Ultimate Chicken Horse. Our common system is Xbox One, so it's gotta be on that particular platform. Both look like fun dink-around games when we are wanting something different from our usual. Ignoring FPS games since we've already done a lot of those, the common ground among our favorite games is relatively small (Respective favorites we play individually include SF, LoL, Fable series, Lego series). If you can comment on the fun factor of FH3 or UCH or even come up with a better game for our purposes, I'm all ears.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 17, 2018, 06:07:21 AM
Completed 3030 Deathwar Redux last week. Thoroughly enjoyed it, although the game didn't deliver the "Monkey island" puzzle solving experience alongside space combat as I'd hoped it would. The story remained satisfying until the end, with the lead character refusing to let go of his principle gripe until the last moment. The game has replay value as well, having started a second play through and been able to do things differently this time around, in terms of experiencing story content. A worthwhile buy for the price.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 17, 2018, 10:13:28 AM
Finished FC4.  Overall disappointed.  There literally is no payoff for having completed any of the tasks.  And all the NPCs are assholes.  Every single one, with one exception.  Longinus is the one stand out in this train wreck.  Interesting story.  Very weird in its own way, but ultimately it has a pay off.

The only redeeming factor in this game is the game play.  It is your standard fare for FC.  Sneak around taking out the bad guys.  Or just go in guns blazing and rip everything to shreds.  Even this had flaws as the Shangri-La missions where just annoying as f*.  Especially the last one.  It sucked moose balls.  Running around in circles trying to kill that f**king bird thing as annoying as hell.  And then there is no payoff.

So is FC5 like FC4 or FC3 or somewhere in between?  If it is like FC4 I might not bother.

At this point I have moved on to Andromeda.  I am going to give this one another try.  Finished the opening sequence which is too long without the ability to save.  I can already see some improvements that they made to the graphics.  Hopefully I will see more as I progress.  Character creation is still pretty lousy. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 25, 2018, 03:09:57 AM
Picked up Yakuza Kiwami last week (the remake of Yakuza 1 from the PS2), figured I'd at least try to catch up a bit in the series now that 6 has come out.  The improvements they added from 0 help a lot in keeping it interesting, with all of the fighting styles intact, and some of the better mini-games.  The story is much simpler and shorter, but the pricetag was correspondingly lower (base is $30, but it's on sale for $18 on PSN right now).

Speaking of PSN sales, there's some decent stuff on sale this week.  Monster Hunter World for $45 and Tales of Berseria for $20 peaked my interest.  Nice of them to put a sale on considering this week has been all about God of War, which has never really interested me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on May 02, 2018, 11:21:36 PM
I had a maaaaassive itch for a good JRPG, but since I only own a Switch and no computer at the moment, I downloaded FFIV and FFVII on my phone and gave them a play-through. FFIV sucks, FFVII is still great. /review you can all go home now. Will be buying a PS4 for the remake.

With nothing else to play I decided to finish off Zelda BotW. Got all 120 shrines and did the DLC. Love that game so much, just fun to pick up for an hour and run around doing not much. Graphics are lovely, the controls are great - highly recommend.

After that I needed something else, so I was tossing up between Mario Odyssey and Splatoon 2. Decided to go with Splatoon 2, even though I hate shooters and it looks childish as hell. And it's great. An awesome, light-hearted game with enough complexity to be interesting. The battle modes are pretty varied and there's one "main" mode, plus 4 others which are on a cycle, changing every two hours. This could be annoying but it seems to work, forcing you into trying something different and condensing the player base so you're not waiting 5 minutes to get enough people to play a less popular mode.

I didn't really expect to like this game (why did I buy it? F*cking good question...), but man, it's fun. And I find a lot of the time that I game more out of habit than enjoyment. Normally I go through long periods of frustration followed by some emotional pay-off that gives satisfaction, beating a boss, finding the item you were looking for. But there's not a lot of actual "fun".

But this game has been a much different experience. Even when I lose in Splatoon it doesn't really seem to matter. I still get pissed when my team blows what should have been an easy win, but it passes by the time the next game begins. Or if I am playing like garbage and dying repeatedly, I re-spawn and run off firing ink or turn into a squid and then, the frustration is immediately gone. It's a really hard game to stay mad at because it's just so damn ridiculous.

Nintendo's online systems are absolute shite, but that's another story for another day.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 04, 2018, 11:26:22 PM
I had a maaaaassive itch for a good JRPG

That must have been disappointing.


:P

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on May 06, 2018, 04:35:20 PM
I had a maaaaassive itch for a good JRPG

That must have been disappointing.


:P
You're not wrong.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 07, 2018, 11:56:14 PM
Sadly Nintendo hasn't really done a good job maintaining relationships with the companies that make most of the JRPGs, so it's been slim pickings since the SNES.  Project Octopath Traveler will be coming out on the Switch in July though, and that looks really promising if you like 16-bit aesthetics (same director as Bravely Default).

Been playing Monster Hunter World for the last week or so.  So far, not very fun.  The story is extremely minimal, it's very much a grindy, repetitive loot/combat fest.  The movesets of the weapons are interesting, and the world is colorful and dense, but combat in general is really slow, and your animations on being hit are rage-inducing game-killing soliloquies where a big monster's entire frame turns into a hitbox instantaneously as it decides to move somewhere near you and hits you (sometimes the animations between just moving and "charging" you are identical, one will harm you, the other won't), sometimes even if they clearly missed you, and you fly backwards and do about 10 rolls and wake up stunned, meaning you can't play the game for about 20 seconds.  And this can happen 10-20 times per fight unless you play perfectly.  Hitboxes are a big problem, and while the Souls games had a few enemies with this problem of them deciding to charge and do massive damage with the tip of their toes or wings or whatever, they were the rare exception there, whereas here it's literally every fucking monster.  I haven't had many problems actually completing quests (haven't failed any yet out of the 70 I've done), but it feels like they all take 4x as long as they should since every step, every swing, every animation you take is at a snail's pace, no matter what weapon I try.  You can't use items or run unless you completely holster your weapon and wait 3-5 seconds.  That's fucking ridiculous.  The trophy guide says "minimum 300 hours to platinum", which might be on the low side.  Everything seems to be designed to be a waste of time.  It got massively popular because it's multiplayer focused (and the first Monster Hunter game on a non-portable console in a while), but everything seems more fun in co-op than it actually is. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 08, 2018, 05:37:07 AM
Conan Exiles comes out of Early Access today. Woo! Much hype. I <3 this game.

195 hours in it so far. Time to start over!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on May 08, 2018, 03:53:36 PM
Sadly Nintendo hasn't really done a good job maintaining relationships with the companies that make most of the JRPGs, so it's been slim pickings since the SNES.  Project Octopath Traveler will be coming out on the Switch in July though, and that looks really promising if you like 16-bit aesthetics (same director as Bravely Default).

Absolutely fizzing for this game. Have played the demo and it's just such a nice looking game, can't wait to get it. You're spot on re: the relationship between Nintendo and 3rd-party devs being poor, though thankfully this seems to be changing since the Switch has been so popular. Nearly everything is getting a Switch port and it seems as though devs are looking at it as a legit 4th platform (after Xbox, Playstation and PC), so hopefully it gets included in the big releases in the future.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 08, 2018, 04:01:27 PM
I've been doing some Rise of the Tomb Raider after 14 months of not playing.  I finished the campaign, go to 100% game completion and now i've started on Ultimate Survivor.  I think one of the hardest bits is  you can only save at a camp fire.  I've already fallen into a spike pit on level 1 and had to redo things. 

So far its fun and not annoying.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 22, 2018, 05:56:35 PM
State of Decay 2 is everything I wanted it to be.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 22, 2018, 11:24:20 PM
I hate to admit that I couldn't get into the original.  Maybe I should give it another try.

Ultimate Survivor is fun.  I remember a couple hard points.  My suggestion...don't die.  :-P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 23, 2018, 03:01:17 AM
Well, I've been plowing through Monster Hunter despite my problems with it, as I tend to do with most games.  Several monsters still have the problem of you never knowing if they are just moving or if they are "charging/making their entire frame a hitbox", but the Elder Dragon fights near the end don't have this problem as much and were quite fun.  The game still has zero story, and it's still 100% a grind-fest, with less than 30 monsters, most of which are palette swaps or extremely similar to each other, but at least the weapon movesets are fun, and you start getting a weapon/armor customization later in the game letting you add skill gems for bonus effects.  It's doubtful I'll continue all the way to Hunter Rank 100 though since I'm only Rank 50 now (after about 140 hours) and there are NO NEW MONSTERS to face past Rank 15 other than "tempered" varieties which basically just means they have more health/damage.

Next up: Tales of Berseria
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 23, 2018, 06:12:24 AM
I hate to admit that I couldn't get into the original.  Maybe I should give it another try.

Ultimate Survivor is fun.  I remember a couple hard points.  My suggestion...don't die.  :-P

I couldn't get into it the first time I tried playing. I reinstalled it some time later and for some reason it just clicked, and I played it for well over 100 hours and fell in love. It's my favorite zombie survival game (well, until now).

Not everyone likes it. It's definitely got some rough edges. It is, after all, not a AAA game.

The sequel is exactly what I wanted, though: lots more of the same, but better. They didn't go out and rewrite the formula like so many sequels do. They improved on the best features and fixed other things and added some stuff while keeping it the same basic game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 23, 2018, 06:12:40 AM
Next up: Tales of Berseria

I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 23, 2018, 09:38:51 AM
So you are saying that I should look into the second but skip the first?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 23, 2018, 12:02:23 PM
Next up: Tales of Berseria

I'm so sorry.

My expectations aren't high.  I played Tales of Xillia 1 and 2 and they had surprisingly strong character development (like, some of the best in any game).  If Berseria has the same, it'll at least be a welcome change from MHW that has 0 story or character development. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on May 23, 2018, 03:45:36 PM
I found Xillia to be excellent. I never did get around to playing the second.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 23, 2018, 04:38:44 PM
So you are saying that I should look into the second but skip the first?

There's no real reason to play the first at this point. They're not sequels in any meaningful way. No shared places, characters, etc.

Next up: Tales of Berseria

I'm so sorry.

My expectations aren't high.  I played Tales of Xillia 1 and 2 and they had surprisingly strong character development (like, some of the best in any game).  If Berseria has the same, it'll at least be a welcome change from MHW that has 0 story or character development. 

Berseria has a few interesting characters, one awesome one, and a couple annoying ones. Overall, the characters are good, though, and the story is reasonable (as jrpgs go). It dives headfirst into a pile of melodrama that it never emerges from. But its worst transgression is how far it outstays its welcome. The combat/mechanics are not interesting in any way and it just gets SO TIRESOME, even if you crank it down to easy/casual so you can just blow through it. And the back-and-forth across the map gets old. It's a few nuggets of good wrapped with hours of tedious filler.

Basically, it would be ten times better if it were 25% of the length.

Magilou, however, is still one of my favorite characters from any game ever.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 27, 2018, 08:21:24 PM
Magilou, however, is still one of my favorite characters from any game ever.

I literally just met her, and I'm like "Yeah, I know that voice."  Erica Lindbeck.  She's in pretty much every game I've played recently.  Futaba in Persona 5, Menat in Street Fighter V, the handler in Monster Hunter World.  She certainly knows how to bring adorable energy to a character.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on May 29, 2018, 03:39:08 PM
Finished a playthrough of Thimbleweed Park (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRmh1aFHHQQ). It was an interesting point-and-click style adventure game. It was just okay. The ending got weird and meta, and it just sort of fizzled out for me.

Also we've got SFV releasing a new costume for Vega finally (I think the last one was Halloween 2016). Capcom took about zero risks in the design, but I'm still grabbing it up. When they'll finally release his nostalgia costume, we may never know.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 04, 2018, 04:55:12 AM
Finished Tales of Berseria.  Kinda meh.  Very predictable, not much changes from beginning to end.  They try very hard to make you like every character, but unlike Xillia I think they failed in some cases.  The premise was not as strong, and I don't think even with the conversations unlocked after beating the game explaining more of Artorias' background that he is ever that interesting or sympathetic.  I don't necessarily mind some backtracking in games, but I think the biggest problem is that most areas are like 5x bigger than they need to be, and the fast travel stuff isn't unlocked until way later.  When you first unlock your "base", it takes almost 90 seconds of running to get from the harbor to the "inn" to sleep.  It takes over 5 minutes of just running to traverse most dungeons after clearing them.  The "Back to the Future 2 Hoverboard" you unlock only speeds you up maybe 25%, although the ability to essentially ignore encounters helped a lot. 

A few other issues:
The subtitles are consistently wrong, like at least every other sentence is either misspelled or missing several words of what they actually said (and this is English voice + English subtitles).
Because of the way status effects remove your "soul" action pool, and almost every enemy from about an hour in onward will automatically stun and/or hit you with status effects on THE FIRST HIT, the only way to get through the game in a timely manner is to abuse Velvet's Break Soul ability over and over and over since it makes you immune and unstaggerable (playing any other character usually ends up with me getting stunned on any stray hit and then gang-stomped to death in <2 seconds, at least until later in the game).
The Xillia cameo went on for way too long.  And they spent way too much of the dialogue trying to justify a reason for them to be there instead of just having fun with the mashup.
I had only unlocked maybe 5 trophies out of 51 when I was ready to go to the final dungeon.  10-15 can be unlocked very quickly thereafter as the game shoves all of its "sidequests" in at the end.  The rest are grindy as hell.  I've earned 2.3 millon "gald", but need 20 million for the trophy.  I've earned 13000 out of 200000 Tales Coins, used about 30-70 Mystic Artes per character out of the 250 needed, level 77 out of 200, 6000 out of 11800 collectable "Katz souls", etc..  A second playthrough with some accelerators can help, but there's no other reason to play NG+ other than trophy grinding.
The antagonists were not interesting. 
Most of the PCs try way too hard to be simultaneously caring/uncaring, or doubtful/self-assured, without much reason to swap between them.  They tend to be a little too objective about their own feelings, and commentate "well, I might care or not care about this, depending on the situation, that's what being a human is all about", way too early in the game, and way too often.  Self-awareness is a good trait but introduced too early (especially with Rokorou) robs them of any emotional growth. 
Almost all of the mini-games are garbage.

The good:
As usual for a Tales game, the characters are written as "normal people".  They mostly behave, react, and talk like as you'd expect out of rational people.  They brood, they crack jokes, they rationalize scary situations away with humor, they try to console each other, the good guys have done bad things, the bad guys have done good things, etc. It makes it really hard to hate any of them.
Eleanor is a top-tier waifu.  She's the best kind of Lawful Good Paladin/Team Mom.  Every time Velvet got into an argument with her it just made Velvet look worse and Eleanor look better, since Velvet seemed to just hate her for no reason while Eleanor was usually friendly, non-judgmental, or generally looked to blame herself before blaming others.
Magilou is the contrarian of the group, and that usually means she stands out as the one super emotional character since everyone else is fairly even-keeled (and the voice of reason when they start going crazy), and the VA's performance destroys everyone else's.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 04, 2018, 11:09:50 AM
Finished replaying Tomb Raider.  I enjoy this style of game and I will probably play through Rise one more time before the new game comes out.

Not sure what I am going to play now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 07, 2018, 12:26:43 PM
I have finished playing Walking Dead: Michonne.  I was under the impression that people thought it wasn't a very good game.  All I can say is that I liked it.  It is short and pretty damn vicious, and maybe that is why people didn't like it.  I thought it offered up some tough decisions and was pretty unforgiving.  Overall I thought the game had a story that was worth seeing.

At this point I am thinking of giving Witcher 1 a play through.  I have heard it said that it is not worth playing.  That I should just read the story online.  I would like to give it a try so I can get into the spirit of the game.  I want to eventually play 2 and 3 and it seems crazy to skip 1.  I might change my tune after 10 hours, we shall see.  I plan on trying to get through it quickly and on easy mode.  Hopefully that will make the game play more bearable.  Any advice that people have would be appreciated.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 07, 2018, 12:45:15 PM
The Witcher 1 and 2 have not aged well when it comes to "playing" them, but your choices do actually matter within those games in changing what you play, so watching a playthrough doesn't give the same experience unless it covers every option.  Even though your choices matter within each game, your choices absolutely do not matter between games (unlike Mass Effect/Dragon Age).  1 does not have much to do with 2 or 3, although the arc of a particular character mirrors an important one in 3 (and one of the romance options reappears in a DLC in 3).  There are definitely points in which you must do a specific thing at a specific place or talk to a specific person and pick a specific dialogue option in order for a quest to progress (like many older RPGs), so use a guide if needed to avoid frustration.  I played them on Easy mode as well, because the combat felt clunky as hell.  I played 1 and 2, then read 5 of the books, then played 3, which turned out to be a pretty good order since 3 is tied heavily to the book series (the games take place chronologically after the books).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on June 07, 2018, 01:22:59 PM
I mostly agree with the above, but your choices in W2 do have an impact in W3 in that different side quests and such are available.  In the grand scheme of the plot though, no those choices don't matter (I think).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 07, 2018, 02:00:50 PM
Good to know.  Is there a build that will make the play through easier?

I will have to see if I can get the books cheaply.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on June 07, 2018, 02:46:50 PM
The books are well worth reading.  I thoroughly enjoyed them and they do add a lot to playing W3.  I don't have much to say on builds though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 07, 2018, 04:04:29 PM
Step 1: Don't play Witcher 1. It's awful. Really awful. Even on easy mode it's awful.

Step 2: Play Witcher 2 if you want, but skip it if you're not super enthused because it doesn't really matter either way.

Step 3: Play Witcher 3, which is fantastic.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 09, 2018, 07:53:50 PM
Holy crap.  Witcher 1 is unplayable.  Even 'enhanced'.  Just walking around is a chore.  Started Witcher 2 and it seems better.  I really want to get into this game but we will see.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 09, 2018, 10:25:16 PM
I mostly agree with the above, but your choices in W2 do have an impact in W3 in that different side quests and such are available.  In the grand scheme of the plot though, no those choices don't matter (I think).

My biggest problem was that the major choice I made in W2 (the one that affects an entire chapter) was treated 100% as though I'd made the other decision in W3.  None of the characters I met show up in W3, and the people involved in the choice I DIDN'T make were chummy with me even though I dissed them.  There was even DLC added in the Enhanced Edition that added even more quests on the side that I played, so I assumed they would play an important part in W3, but nope.  Probably the only story-related problem I had with W3 overall.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on June 10, 2018, 11:45:22 AM
I have been having a blast with West of Loathing on the ol' Switch as of late.

That'll probably keep me occupied until S14 of D3 fires up on Friday.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 11, 2018, 02:10:07 PM
So I am playing, and mostly enjoying, Witcher 2.

I do have a couple of problems with this game.  The tutorials suck.  Usually a game helps you figure out how the game works.  Not this one.

The quest tracking system sucks.  I am in chapter one where you have to kill this squid thing.  It has a poison that you need to brew a potion to protect yourself.  Supposedly you need to find a moss, gods knows where to brew this potion.  Somehow I found the necessary ingredients and brewed the potion.  The quest to find the ingredient is still active.  There are a bunch of these types of things.

Playing on normal is stupid hard.  I regularly get pwnd by fights.  I am getting better but there are some that I just don't see how I can win.  Switching to Easy mode is just that though; too easy.  Kind of annoying.

That said the story is building nicely which is fun.  Hopefully these other issues won't diminish my enjoyment too much.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on June 23, 2018, 10:04:25 AM
Stunned today to find out I couldn't sell any cards on steam because I haven't bought anything in Steam in over a year!  Was hoping to get rid of some cards and pick up Slay the Spire, which looks like exactly my kind of game and is getting all kinds of awesome ratings.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on June 25, 2018, 11:43:19 AM
Stunned today to find out I couldn't sell any cards on steam because I haven't bought anything in Steam in over a year!  Was hoping to get rid of some cards and pick up Slay the Spire, which looks like exactly my kind of game and is getting all kinds of awesome ratings.

I haven't launched it yet, but that's what a few co-workers spend their lunch break on and the game does look indeed very fun. I just refuse to play games in Early access, I already get more games than I can play (still not winning this battle of will), I may as well wait for them to be mostly finished before I play them.

For a completely different take on card games, very intrigued by Cultist Simulator too.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 25, 2018, 04:36:28 PM
Cultist Simulator and Slay the Spire have both been getting rave reviews in my rather-large Steam group. They seem to be pretty solid, entertaining games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 26, 2018, 07:50:05 PM
Anyone hear about Raft? I saw it pop up in my discovery queue in steam and I actually put it in my wishlist.  I just watched a video for it, seems fun

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5NjJQ3EKgM
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 26, 2018, 09:53:16 PM
Yeah, looks fun. I wishlisted it a couple days ago. May pick it up at some point.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on July 04, 2018, 05:00:40 PM
Titan Quest comes out on Switch at the end of the month and it looks like it might be worth a buy. It's old AF, but that's fine. Has anyone here played it (I assume so) and would you recommend it? Basically - how does it compare to D2/D3 in reagrd to gameplay, replayability, loot hunting, etc etc.

Edit: I see there's a whole sub-forum on the old GO. I'll read that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on July 04, 2018, 06:49:56 PM
Titan Quest comes out on Switch at the end of the month and it looks like it might be worth a buy. It's old AF, but that's fine. Has anyone here played it (I assume so) and would you recommend it? Basically - how does it compare to D2/D3 in reagrd to gameplay, replayability, loot hunting, etc etc.

Edit: I see there's a whole sub-forum on the old GO. I'll read that.
Does it really? Awesome!!
I'm just starting a Mass Effect Trilogy playthrough. In addition to Skyrim and Mario Oddessy on the switch.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 04, 2018, 06:51:54 PM
Titan Quest comes out on Switch at the end of the month and it looks like it might be worth a buy. It's old AF, but that's fine. Has anyone here played it (I assume so) and would you recommend it? Basically - how does it compare to D2/D3 in reagrd to gameplay, replayability, loot hunting, etc etc.

Edit: I see there's a whole sub-forum on the old GO. I'll read that.

TQ is good. Bonus! They only recently, after like 10 years, added another expansion for it - Ragnarok - with a new class and all. It's even betterer now. Very recommended.

It's better than D3, not as good as D2. YMMV.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on July 04, 2018, 07:56:00 PM
Excellent. Ragnarok isn't included in the initial Switch release, but no doubt will be released in the future. Seems like an odd decision not to include it, but hey, if they can get people to pay more money for it separately, more power to them. I'm a sucker, so that sort of approach works on me.

Regardless, after your feedback and reading the old GO forum, I'm now all the way in on this. There's nothing like it on Switch currently. Been a quiet few months for decent Switch games, but Paladins, Fortnite and Crash Bandicoot (nostalgia+) all dropped in the past few weeks; Octopath and this are out in July and Monster Hunter: Generations at the end of August. Happy days.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 10, 2018, 12:56:37 AM
Every now and then I'd get some gaming nostalgia, but this is close to 30 years ago.  A game I played in primary school on Apple II computers I believe.  Initially I remembered the idea of it, and while searching for it, I found MANY other people who had found memories and were also looking at various times.  It was kinda cool to be a part of that.  Then I finally found the name.

Raft Away River

(http://www.ourdigitalheritage.org/archive/playitagain/wp-content/uploads/Raft-Away_River.png)

Then recently I thought about how there are websites where you can play old games in your browser.  After a quick search I had it working!

https://archive.org/details/RAFT_AWAY_RIVER#

So much nostalgia!  At first I was a bit disorganised, but had another go and finished it on the basic difficulty.  There was once a time I had memorised all the commands and what they did :)  This might have been one of the first games I really enjoyed.  You have 2-6 players and randomly get 2 out of 4 items.  You need to communicate and plan to not all die :)    It is a basic game as its designed for kids as edutainment, but great trip down memory lane.

Now if only I could find this 2d platformer game we also played around the same time. I have a vague memory what it looked like .. its not much to go on
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 15, 2018, 10:07:42 AM
I blame Tim.

He goaded me to play Rise of the Tomb Raider in Extreme Survivor Mode.  Just finished it.  Don't do it, not that I am really worried that you would.  The game play was a bit tougher than Survivor Mode.  The annoying thing is that if you die you go back to your last campfire.  For the most part this is not that big of a deal.  There are a couple points though were you have a long quest, followed by a battle, followed by hard jumping or quick time events.  It is the last thing that is miserable.  Screw that up and you have to go back to the beginning are do the whole thing again.  The biggest pain as the final battle which ends with some quick time events against the boss Konstantine.  I did that several times.  I got really good at defeating the helicopter.

Well I am done with Tomb Raider until the next one comes out in September.  Can't wait for that one.

Oh...another annoying side affect is that my Steam Profile was using the rare achievement display.  It would showcase the rarest achievements that you have done.  Because I did this all my achievements that are showing up there are for Rise of the Tomb Raider.  For what it is worth, the only 0.7% of players have the Extreme Survivor Mode achievement.  Gone are the other fun ones I had, like Zombie Chopper from HL2.  Ah well.  I need a new showcase (again, not that anyone ever looks at those things).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 15, 2018, 08:31:57 PM
You are welcome that I pushed you.  For only 44 more Steam EXP you can get to level 20 and get a new profile showcase.  The easiest will be to do the last of the 3 community ambassador tasks.

1) Post a status to your friends
2) View a guide in the Steam Overlay

Those 2 are very quick to do, you might get the new badge just on that. Otherwise you need

3) Post a video.  Thats a bit more complex, you need a youtube account, link to steam account.  I think I had short thing of serious sam.

You can get a showcase where you CHOOSE the achievements you want to show off.  The "rare" ones aren't the best depending which games you might play and the overall community.


Anyway, for your next challenge ;)  You have quite a few story based DLC things you could do, eg the Blood Ties bit

I see you playing some Borderlands 2, here are some non grindy things to try for:

Goliath, Meet David
Allowed a Goliath to level up four times before killing him
That one can happen normally and is both fun and very freaky ..  RECOMMENDED!

Then, go visit the places, do the things, hit level 50 at least :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on July 16, 2018, 03:24:18 AM
Always at the cutting edge of video game releases, I'm spending most of my time on... Binding of Isaac (Rebirth, and extensions), which I had somehow never played, and got during Steam sales. Quite enjoying it, and how different layers of gameplay reveal themselves. It seems purely random at the beginning, but you learn how to actually manipulate and do get thebest out of what you're given.

Along this, after my initial run where I mastered Dark Souls III with caestus (ys, admire the masochism) I'm doing a run with a pyro which seems kind of easy mode compared to the first one, and a coop run with a friend with Paired Ringed Greatswords, which are completely silly, hence extremely fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 16, 2018, 10:20:16 AM
You can get a showcase where you CHOOSE the achievements you want to show off.  The "rare" ones aren't the best depending which games you might play and the overall community.

Good to know.  I had no clue that there was a benefit to leveling up your steam profile and that sounds like a nice showcase to use.

As Tim noted I am playing BL2 again.    Going with Maya because she is hot.  Just kidding, in an FPS it really doesn't matter. :p  I just had the itch to play the game again.  Not sure how far I will get. 

BTW that link you gave me with the ability to look at Steam achievements organized in different ways was pretty interesting.  Not sure how they figure some of those rankings out.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 16, 2018, 10:58:25 AM
Leveling up your steam profile gives you more showcases and allows you to have more friends. It's actually pretty useful in a stupid sort of way.

I actually have more showcases than I know what to do with now, but it is fun coming up with interesting uses for them! (https://steamcommunity.com/id/Pixelated_Pixie/)

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on July 17, 2018, 03:01:23 AM
Have fallen down the rabbit hole that is Starbound.  :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 17, 2018, 03:48:06 PM
Finally got around to replaying Bloodborne + DLC since I hadn't played Old Hunters.  Waited until the very end game to start it, which helped a lot with the advertised extreme difficulty.  Only 1 death to Orphan of Kos while I learned the parry timing, otherwise all first-time kills.  Unfortunately, I screwed up and was "going too fast" and missed the cutoff for getting the Holy Moonlight Sword from Ludwig's corpse, so I have to go through half of NG+ to get the last trophy for getting all weapons (luckily Ludwig is the first boss in the DLC).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 17, 2018, 03:52:36 PM
I'm waaay down the Slay the Spire hole.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on July 18, 2018, 07:06:55 AM
I'w way down the Binding of Isaac's h... no, not falling for that one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 19, 2018, 08:35:16 PM
Speaking of Rabbit Holes ..

(https://i.ytimg.com/vi/lm9LGi4J7SI/hqdefault.jpg)

I've been watching a few videos of Doom (90s Doom) recently and I remembered I hadn't gone back to the 9 level mission "No Rest for the Living" which came with the BFG edition.  I'd had a blind playthrough in late 2012.  I died a LOT back then.  I got ambushed but had a great time and eventually won.  This time I went back and played through the levels to the best of my ability, then looked up a guide for the missing monsters and MANY missing secrets.

Also this meant last time I saw the powerful weapons teased but couldn't get them to later levels.  Now I've been better equipped, but reaching whole areas of tough baddies I missed in the past, including the secret level which was a whole new challenge.

2 levels to go.. Then I'll try going back to the last of the Master Levels which I rage quit on a few years back.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 19, 2018, 11:01:40 PM
Relevant

(https://scontent.fakl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/37423501_2358732867601076_2828428864282165248_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=113cd993d040185767f38ee65e7ecfdf&oe=5C141F81)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 28, 2018, 12:14:45 AM
After finishing Bloodborne again, I realized that I had never once built a character to use the Moonlight Greatsword in any souls game, even though I've beaten all of them 4+ times (they tend to need high strength and magic/arcane which is just not a combo I've done).  So I started a new character and rushed to Ludwig as fast as I could.  Yep, it was worth it, if only for the transform animation.

(https://vignette.wikia.nocookie.net/bloodborne/images/f/fa/Holy_Moonlight_Sword_Bloodborne.gif/revision/latest?cb=20171128023254)

Only thing I'm debating is whether or not I want to deal with the Defiled Chalice again in order to get to the last dungeon to farm for the best gems and runes.  As cool as the sword is, it doesn't save me from being one-shot by almost everything in there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on July 28, 2018, 01:18:21 PM
Got Zelda and Mega Man collection for the Switch for my birthday. Looking forward to playing them. Still in the middle of a Mass Effect playthrough. Just been a busy week  :o
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on July 29, 2018, 08:38:00 PM
Played 88 Heroes (https://88heroes.com/) (a platformer with 88 different heroes and 88 seconds to complete each of its 88 levels...) with a group of friends where we alternated the controller at each death. The new guy gets a new, random hero and a shot at completing the level before passing it on to the next guy. Great social game. I doubt I'd play it alone though.

I also played Street Fighter V at a Red Bull Conquest (https://www.redbull.com/us-en/events/conquest) tournament this weekend. It was my first "real" tournament with 50+ participants. I ended up going out 3-2 (I think tying for 17th place with a half dozen other guys), but my losses weren't blowouts where my opponent was substantially better, so that was reassuring and I felt I was "hanging in there" with some of the area's better dudes. That said, there were some real killers there and after I was eliminated, I practiced with a Diamond FANG player to get some insight into that matchup, and that was a pretty good time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 29, 2018, 10:37:02 PM
This sounds like clickbait, but the #1 on this top 10 might sound familiar ;)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqU7X3rOacg&

I happened to have been watching a few of this guys videos, but hadn't run into that one at the time.  I was also looking back into a few speedrun things, then found some of my previous work on other people's youtube channels.  Some gave me credit by name, some didn't.  One had almost 7000 views for something pretty abstract.  I then found talk about someone wanting to beat my time as it was unoptimised and talking about a video.

So possibly 90 000 people have seen something I did about 17 years ago that I thought would be long forgotten.  The internet can be strange at times :P 

Also its not the oldest. The website they looked at is missing some older ones.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 30, 2018, 12:13:50 AM
I always knew you were crazy.

Still nicely done having the record.

I never did get the joy of speed runs as i prefer playing the opposite way.    How come you don't have the records for Serious Sam?  Get to it slacker.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 30, 2018, 02:41:03 PM
Mr. World Record Holder notice me senpai ;).  I bet the culture of speedrunning has changed a whole bunch since then.  Now everyone wants to get a world record in something, so it's kinda surprising no one has taken it from you yet.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 30, 2018, 07:54:34 PM
I just went to Urban Dictionary and learnt a new term!

Now my dilemma, do I follow the meme and do some ignoring?

However yes I'd say speedrunning has changed a whole bunch.  I'm sure each community has run their games for as long as they can, and have compared highlights, but from the mid 2000s, various sites have allowed gaming on any and all plaforms to contribute together.  Not being fractured has let things grow and helped the Awesome Games Done Quick and others take off.  I just see the Europeans have their own events too!

When it was just the Quake community only, you I knew ALL the regular names, talked to most of them.  The minute it expanded, there were 98% of games I'd never heard of, people I'd never heard of and types of goals that were different.  It was great to browse other games I knew. At times you'd take a punt on something else, but it generally helps to understand a bit about the game to get any context.   Eg why are they running backwards? It makes it hard to see things.  Why are they running into a wall, now through the wall?  How hard was that?  However if you know that they have just skipped a level, or skipped 30 minutes, then your mouth drops to the floor.


Sssith, this is normally for people who are a bit OCD, they have already played the game (and unlike you, they won't just move on to the next), they try to optimise things, eg, how fast can I get to the end, what can I skip out?   Sometimes things are found by accident! 

Some of the speedrunners only really play one game ever .. but of course there are all types out there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 06, 2018, 10:29:08 AM
I am back playing Borderlands 2. I started a siren and I have completed the first play through and right now I have her in Tiny Tina's DLC. 

It is odd that you complete the first play through without getting to the bottom of a tree.  Still it is a fun 'RPG' and loot finding game.  There are times I get frustrated with the backtracking that this game makes you do, but all in all a very fun FPS.

I really hope they do something interesting with BL3.  Not sure why but I have no real interest in the Prequel.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 06, 2018, 01:52:15 PM
The Aussie accent grates for me among things. They say borderlands one may be remastered for newer consoles. But it works fine on pc.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 06, 2018, 01:54:38 PM
What Aussie accent?  BL1 does not need a remake.  It was a fine game but the pacing wasn't right.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 06, 2018, 03:57:51 PM
Pre sequel made by aussies.  I found of all the Borderlands games that after finishing, and I went for 100% so all the areas, side quests etc, that there was no way in hell I could do a 2nd character beyond the minimum i needed for achievements. 

I think they need some armour type loot, sure guns are good, but how often do you really get upgrades?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 06, 2018, 04:23:36 PM
I never really minded the loot grind that much in BL1 or 2, being used to it from D2 after all.  The areas just aren't that interesting for the most part, and I genuinely hated where the story went for the last half of BL2 (partly because I mained Roland in BL1).  I've beaten BL2 twice but never stuck with it long enough to finish a 2nd playthrough to get to the level cap.

Not sure what I want to play now.  Been trying to find a group to fight the Behemoth crossover in Monster Hunter World, but every group seems to die insanely fast, even with me doing nothing but healing (been running a Light Bowgun with max level Wide-Range so my potions work on everyone).  SFV final yesterday at EVO was insanely good, with Problem X from the UK winning with Bison (against Tokido), making him only the 2nd UKer to win EVO in any game (last one in 2008), and they announced that the last 2 characters from this season, G and Sagat, would be released today.  Of course, that release comes with a hefty 13.4GB patch which is taking forever to download.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 07, 2018, 10:43:46 AM
I am having a good time with my Siren so I will keep going.  Armor would be a good thing to have in the game.  At least in some form, other than just a shield.  Right now I in the Tiny Tina DLC and I am constantly upgrading my guns and trying to find the right balance.  One of the things that they got right is that, at least up to now, there is no perfect gun.  There seemingly is a negative for all of them.  It is not always more damage equals a better gun.  How fast, how accurate, does it block your vision as shoot, reload speed, magazine.  So many factors in what is a good gun.

The dialog in the game is fantastic.  Handsome Jack's way of thinking sadly mirrors how the GOP operates these days.  Don't like the narrative flip the script. 

As for not liking that they killed Roland, I would have been pissed if that had been Mordecai, as he was my character in the first.  I was pissed enough with Bloodwing biting it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 07, 2018, 04:23:35 PM
Oh there's definitely one perfect gun.

Play Gaige. Put everything in anarchy. Use a shotgun with just one shot per reload. Nothing else about it matters.

Pure, absolute, primal joy. Everything just melts in front of you.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 07, 2018, 05:04:01 PM
yeah...that is the character I played the first time through and it was a blast.  Not very nuanced, but fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 07, 2018, 05:36:50 PM
yeah...that is the character I played the first time through and it was a blast.  Not very nuanced, but fun.

I see what you did there...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 08, 2018, 04:52:15 PM
I heard a rumour Red Dead Redemption 2coming to PC .. apparently its a good game series ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 09, 2018, 10:20:53 AM
A series implies more than one: :P

That is a game I wish I had a chance to play.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on August 09, 2018, 11:15:05 PM
Haven't played Red Dead but everyone I follow online seems to think RDR2 is going to be very, very good. Looks nice. There's a poker mini-game too, which is pretty cool.

Anyone here with a Switch who's planning to buy Monster Hunter:Generations Ultimate? Would be great to team up and kill some baddies together when it comes out.

Personally I have just finished Octopath Traveller, which was a fine game but the lack of a cohesive story ended up being a bit of a drawback. I generally don't care too much about story but by the 3rd or 4th chapter of each character it got quite disjointed. Having the characters stories all take place in the same towns was a bit of a misstep as well, as the best part of the game was exploration, but being able to fast-travel to the next chapter added to the repetitiveness. It's a fine game, but it fell a bit flat about half-way.

Anyone played Hollow Knight? Or Dead Cells? Since Titan Quest is a buggy mess, I am really just treading water until the 28th when MH:GU comes out, so I'm looking for something to fill the void.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 10, 2018, 02:42:04 PM
I just got around to playing and finishing Doom (the 2016 one).  I'm generally not much of a fan of FPS these days, but Doom is absolutely fantastic!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 11, 2018, 04:47:31 PM
Picked up Monster Hunter World for PC yesterday.

Spent a bazillion hours making a character but pretty happy with how she turned out (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/975479613212413500/45DDB8F4849624211CD7FC972ED19115A602B021/). Now to see if the game is any good. I can say that out of the 14 (?) weapon choices, like 11 or 12 of them are stupid japanime oversized bullshit like buster swords and 150 pound axes, so that makes my weapon decision easier!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 13, 2018, 05:35:40 PM
I did a thing yesterday... I reinstalled D2 :o. Hadn't played in 8-9 years, surprised to find my CD keys still worked, able to register it and download a newer version that works pretty well.  Started a Freezeadin, first unique I found was a Manald Heal, which was quite nice.  Found 4 Breast Plates, 5 Full Helms and 3 Broad Swords so far, farming Baal for Nightmare gear.  Feels like old times.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 13, 2018, 06:16:03 PM
Found 4 Breast Plates


... PTSD twitching commences ...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on August 14, 2018, 08:13:37 AM
Found 4 Breast Plates


... PTSD twitching commences ...
Sssith would beg to differ
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 14, 2018, 09:35:49 AM
Those things are AWESOME!!

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 14, 2018, 05:28:40 PM
It's been a while since I've felt that nervousness of going into Nightmare with possibly subpar gear.  Thankfully most of my mediocre gear has MF on it, so I'm finding some decent stuff early in NM, like a Ribcracker (guess I need to play a Druid now).  It's kinda fun starting from scratch, it makes every find precious (well... almost).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on August 15, 2018, 07:36:52 PM
Looks like D3 is coming to Switch, which is literally the greatest news I have ever heard.

http://www.ign.com/articles/2018/08/15/forbes-leaks-that-diablo-iii-is-headed-to-the-nintendo-switch?abthid=5b74b6b62ac0c320360007e2
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 15, 2018, 09:01:11 PM
Yeah I heard this rumour the day of "multiple projects".  But Sam, did you burn out of D3? Or did you just not like playing it on a pc?  Do you want to play as you take a dump etc?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 15, 2018, 10:54:46 PM
Glad you are happy with this. 

Doesn't move the needle for me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on August 16, 2018, 03:39:56 PM
I have newer games to play, but can't seem to tear myself away from Skyrim on my switch, and I just beat 2 and started Mass Effect 3 on my ps3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 16, 2018, 04:38:33 PM
But have you played Skyrim on Alexa?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: sam_manzanza on August 16, 2018, 04:40:02 PM
Yeah I heard this rumour the day of "multiple projects".  But Sam, did you burn out of D3? Or did you just not like playing it on a pc?  Do you want to play as you take a dump etc?
My laptop was garbage and couldn't run it smoothly (i.e. I basically couldn't play with other people or the framerate would hit 0), plus our internet was trash and would lag me out all the time. Despite all of that, I still clocked up well over 1000 hours and was still playing (with breaks in between) when my laptop was stolen. Didn't replace my laptop, so no D3...

Tim, playing games while having a bog is one of life's great pleasures - just this morning I was having my morning coffee, playing Dead Cells and getting rid of last nights dinner at the same time. Absolute joy. And before anyone says that drinking coffee on the john is gross, let me remind you that I'm just a pretty gross sort of person.

Lego - Skyrim on the Switch was fantastic. I'd never played it before but I really enjoyed it. For an old game, it holds up extremely well and the port was very good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 16, 2018, 06:10:09 PM
Actually I do think I remember you randomly crashing out of games as your laptop overheated the sun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 20, 2018, 10:42:10 AM
Well I have hit level 49 in Borderlands.  Level 50 is the cap without purchasing expansions.  I believe there are two of them that raise the level cap by 10 each.  A bit torn if I want to do that.  Overall I am enjoying the game still, but it is getting a bit grindy.  Though the big problem is that different quests make you redo the same areas multiple times.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 21, 2018, 12:02:40 AM
Ding! 50.

Just like my age...*sigh*
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 21, 2018, 04:19:33 PM
I suggest picking up the DLC on special.  From worst to best

The Arena one, you get no loot, its more of a cock punching epeen thing where you are in an area, waves of enemies and you can get an achievement but not much else. Not recommended.
Zombie Dr Ned one.  Imagine the monsters reskinned as zombies.  A bit of new story, YMMV
The Claptrap one.  Do you hate claptrap? Do you want to shoot them?  This is for you.  The boss is a super claptrap. Definitely recommended.  When I went for all the achievements, it was a horrible grind with low spawning items, but just going through the story bit is great.  Awesome set of loot chests at the end


Then General Knoxx.  I put in a few lines as its far and away better than all the others.  The story is amazing for BL1 standards, you have a jaded general trying to do his best while a 7 year old or so is in charge and trying to order him around.  You have a quest where you gather then build a brand new vehicle that is great.  And the ending loot room is something that nothing comes close to  (I'm yet to finish the pre-sequel).  You get into a room with perhaps 100 massive chests.  You will NOT be able to pick up everything.  you will not have time for everything .. its the equivalent of a dash around a supermarket for 1 minute to get as many groceries as you can, but you have maybe 5 minutes.  You'll be possibly checking stats quick or just grabbing as much as you can.  There are some ways to get back in there .. can't remember the details.


If you only get one DLC, get Knoxx, but I suggest claptrap too. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on August 22, 2018, 06:43:30 PM
Got CRS when I got to the apartment in ME3. Realized I wanted to be there with Tali, which meant being a male Shep, so... Otherwise eating up everything D3 on the switch. It's perfect for the platform. It'll be nice to have a way to do seasons again as I can't stand it on PC/Mac, and the PS3 version is frozen at 2.9 and no more support.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 23, 2018, 12:16:32 PM
I wonder if D2 is trying to tell me something this time around.  The first exceptional unique I found was a Fleshrender, and the first elite unique I found was a Fleshripper.  It does feel kinda weird having a Paladin Zealing with a Dagger, but hey, whatever it takes to survive. 

Excited for Yakuza Kiwami 2 next week.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on August 25, 2018, 05:33:53 PM
Diablo 2 session while mildly buzzed...
#GloryDays (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vQpW9XRiyM)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 27, 2018, 09:54:21 AM
lol....friends don't let friends drink and quest


I am in UVHM now in Borderlands 2.  Holy cow, it is like a different game.  When I play these games you always wonder why the bad guys never have good equipment.  Or at least decent equipment as, as we know, it is pretty damn easy to get equipment.  Well wonder no longer, just play UVHM and have enemies snipping you with elemental weapons while sporting equipment that gives them good shield and health regeneration.  Every battle takes a little thought and you have to be able to move and gun or you will be planted in the ground.

I am not yet sure how to feel about this mode, as it is tough.  Most of the times I really like it, and then you get to the scenario where you are planted four times in a row.  Moving more slowly.  Boss running to get better gear.  Slowly making head way.  Right now I am level 53.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 29, 2018, 01:34:19 AM
Been trying to farm gear to survive gear with at least one character going into D2 Hell again (who can then farm for everyone else).  Had a Mace Frenzybarb kill NM Diablo and get a near-perfect Serpentskin Armor (35 resist, 12 MDR), and then when going through the Bloody Foothills had a group of 3 champion Demon Imps that dropped a Repeating Crossbow, Gothic Axe, and War Maul.  Not all super useful but pretty cool to see 3 uniques from the same champion pack.  Put the armor on my lightning Sorc, did a NM Baal run with her and a Seraph's Hymn dropped (a first for me).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on August 31, 2018, 11:31:40 AM
Seraph's Hymn is pretty rare, so that's a nice find.  I started again with a sorceress to use as a magic finder for everyone else.  It's worked out pretty good so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 31, 2018, 11:43:08 AM
I continue to really enjoy playing Borderlands 2.  Humble Bundle had a sale and it was cheaper for me to buy the game of the year edition then but one of the DLCs.  The GOTY edition mean while had all the DLCs. 

So right now I am going through the pirate DLC for the first time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 31, 2018, 11:53:16 AM
I continue to really enjoy playing Borderlands 2.  Humble Bundle had a sale and it was cheaper for me to buy the game of the year edition then but one of the DLCs.  The GOTY edition mean while had all the DLCs. 

So right now I am going through the pirate DLC for the first time.

And I should note that I picked up the Legendary Siren Class mod...which seems just freakin' awesome.  Even better I got in a random loot chest in the Pirate DLC.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 03, 2018, 03:33:57 AM
Been doing more Mausoleum runs to get the Hell gear I need.  Found an Ohm rune, the only "high end" rune I've found so far, but then took a break to get some other characters up to where they could maybe do the runs faster than my Pally.  Brought my Lightning Sorc into Hell to do Mausoleum runs (granted, she's using Blizzard for that since everything there is lightning-immune), and on her 2nd run she gets a near-perfect Crown of Ages (2 sockets, all resist +29, damage reduced by 15%), which I think is my first TC87 unique.  My Pally (or Barb) should find Hell much easier now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 04, 2018, 10:33:30 AM
I have mostly finished the Pirates DLC.  I am a bit annoyed in that I can't kill the Leviathan.  He is considered easy to beat and I get how to do it but he is doing massive damage with the rocks that he throws.  One hit brings my health all the way down and the next one kills me.  I think this is a factor in that I am doing this in UVHM.  I will try again when I get better equipment.

I also farmed two infinity pistols just so I have a weapon that won't run out of ammo.  Unfortunately both of them are base versions of the weapon and one day I might go back and try to farm a better one.

I am currently level 59 and rapidly approaching the level cap for the expansion that I have.  One more level expansion to buy if I want to continue.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on September 04, 2018, 11:59:42 AM
Been doing more Mausoleum runs to get the Hell gear I need.  Found an Ohm rune, the only "high end" rune I've found so far, but then took a break to get some other characters up to where they could maybe do the runs faster than my Pally.  Brought my Lightning Sorc into Hell to do Mausoleum runs (granted, she's using Blizzard for that since everything there is lightning-immune), and on her 2nd run she gets a near-perfect Crown of Ages (2 sockets, all resist +29, damage reduced by 15%), which I think is my first TC87 unique.  My Pally (or Barb) should find Hell much easier now.
Wow, nice finds...an Ohm and a CoA!  I found a Sur rune in Lower Kurast yesterday.  I only need 1 more Sur, or 1 Ber to make the Infinity runeword.  That will really speed things up for my sorceress.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 04, 2018, 02:10:02 PM
I have mostly finished the Pirates DLC.  I am a bit annoyed in that I can't kill the Leviathan.  He is considered easy to beat and I get how to do it but he is doing massive damage with the rocks that he throws.  One hit brings my health all the way down and the next one kills me.  I think this is a factor in that I am doing this in UVHM.  I will try again when I get better equipment.

I also farmed two infinity pistols just so I have a weapon that won't run out of ammo.  Unfortunately both of them are base versions of the weapon and one day I might go back and try to farm a better one.

I am currently level 59 and rapidly approaching the level cap for the expansion that I have.  One more level expansion to buy if I want to continue.

End end fame bosses like that and all pathetic for the reasons you mention. Some of them you have to stand in damagaibg material so have to coop. Poor design for a so experience. The fights all took freaking ages. Canít remember anything good dropping
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 04, 2018, 03:54:49 PM
The only time the uber bosses in BL were fun for me was when I was with a friend that had been given a bugged shield with basically infinite regen, so they could stay alive while the rest of us died over and over.  We did this on Crawmerax in BL1 over and over just to see the 500+ items drop so we could spend 20+ minutes combing the field for cool stuff.  Never found a group to get through any of them in BL2.  No matter what gear I found I always died in 2 hits.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 05, 2018, 05:30:08 PM
This is the first time that I haven't been able to beat a boss in BL2.  Though I guess the DLCs have a bunch that I haven't tried.

It is not much fun when this happens.  I am close to get past this but it has been an absolute pain.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 05, 2018, 06:22:05 PM
This isnít a boss. Itís an u er boss or a raid one they expected a big partyís to swoop onto. Not just one player where the ai will concentrate only on you ... and you are dead
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 07, 2018, 02:53:18 AM
More drops this week: Giant Skull from the Ancient Tunnels (+258 defense, 2 sockets, +27 STR), Ethereal 4 socket Dusk Shroud, regular 3 and 4 socket Dusk Shrouds, 4 socket Archon Plate, and a Djinn Slayer.  Still not sure how I've found a Giant Skull and a Crown of Ages before finding any other Exceptional or Elite Unique helm (besides one Peasant Crown).  Also my Paladin found a 2 socket Crown Shield pretty early on, which was great for a Rhyme, but I hadn't found a 2 socket paladin shield with decent resists with ANY character until I found one with +32 resist with no sockets that I luckily rolled 2 sockets with the cube, so now it can be a "better" Rhyme. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on September 08, 2018, 06:45:55 PM
In D2 I found a Sur rune on a pit run, so I was able to cube a Ber.  I now have the runes to make Infinity!  However, I don't have a good weapon to put it in and I'm not going to waste those runes on something that isn't just right.  On the hunt for a 4 socket eth thresher, great poleaxe, or cryptic axe.  I've attempted to use the cube to add sockets to 3 or 4 plain eth threshers, but never got a 4 socket one.  I found a Stormspire too!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 08, 2018, 08:50:01 PM
Gg mn4nu. Ironic d2 bigger than d3 at the moment. But it deserves to be so.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 09, 2018, 03:15:30 PM
I think D2 is telling my Sorc to move on from farming Act 1/2 Hell stuff.  She got a 149/33/10 Gheed's from Duriel, then my first Griswold's Redemption from a unique blood lord pack in Durance lvl 3, another Ohm from one of the Council minions, and a Baranar's Star from Mephisto.  Looks like the River of Flame/Chaos Sanctuary is going to be a problem though, since Abyss Knights are lightning immune and have a ridiculous amount of health for my Blizzard to chew through without me or my merc dying (or getting bored from dodging their shots for 2-3 minutes).  I suppose I could respec if it gets too annoying.

Edit - Did about 10 more Meph runs.  Got several neat things, like a Thundergod's Vigor and a Naj's Puzzler.  The last one I did netted an Azurewrath (267% ED, +10 attributes, lvl 10 aura).  I didn't even know Mephisto could drop it, and I've never seen a Lightsabre either.  Of course, I don't have any lvl 85 characters yet (Sorc is 84, Paladin 83), so it's just sitting there, but it seems pretty rare.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 10, 2018, 10:29:20 AM
Hit level 62 in BL2.  I have finally killed the Leviathan and I will soon be finishing Pirate DLC.  I finished the Torque DLC which was pretty fun.  I had to cheese two of the bosses but it still managed to be fun.  The Torque DLC ends with the Badassasaurus which was ridiculous.  It had a hidden reflect damage on the damn thing.  Only way to kill was to use a Torque weapon, which is silly if you think about it.  I hid behind a concrete barrier to kill that boss.  I am ok with Bosses being tough but it is crazy that you have to cheese them to beat them.   That said I am still enjoying leveling up my character and looking for gear.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 10, 2018, 07:17:20 PM
SSsith, I'm looking at what achievements you still have open, some suggestions, some you might be close:

Completed Level 1 on all non-level specific challenges.  This one you need to look at and see what is left.  Some are hidden and you have to finish level 5 of one, to open the hidden ones, eg shotgun to the face I think.  It can be a grind, but can be good, have a look how close you are.

Blight Explorer
Discover 3 named places (you might already have some)

World Travellor, get the above

Sabre Rattler
Just start the guy with the turrets, 100 turret kills and you are there which doesn't take too long

Definitely An Italian Plumber
Just go to the right place from memory, I think it was easy.

What does it mean?
Just a thing to do

Friendship Rules
get someone to get hurt, help them up, easy!

Did It All
A cool thing to say you did All THE THINGS

Visit some pirate areas
Do pirate side missions
carnage side missions

pick up pictures of moxi

Do the hammerlock stuff
get amulet in the DLC you finished

beat that murderlin temple now you are awesome!




Gunzerk for 90 seconds .. this was tricky, i did it in a certain area, had to get my guy up to a certain level to have enough points, and some of its just luck about where the monsters spawn and where you go.

Unseen Predator
A tough one, you have to be a certain level to try this. but then its simple.

Raid bosses .. if you have a good friend who can help, do this, else perhaps skip


I hope to see you mimise this list, or finish it :D  I finished it and basically dont want to touch BL 2 again!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 10, 2018, 10:26:50 PM
Yeah...I will probably try to get some of these off.

I doubt I will to the MP ones as no one is playing the game.  I have opened my game to public and no one has joined.  Not a big deal.  Also might be a while since Tomb Raider is Pre-Loaded and I start my journey on Wednesday.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 12, 2018, 03:38:54 AM
This is the first time that I haven't been able to beat a boss in BL2.  Though I guess the DLCs have a bunch that I haven't tried.

For Borderlands 2 the absolute must play DLC is Tiny Tina's Assault on Dragon Keep. The story is superb and had me in absolute bits at the end. It's really the only Borderlands 2 DLC that actually has a story that meaningfully, really meaningfully, is about the story of the main game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 12, 2018, 09:55:29 AM
Agreed.  I have played through it twice and they nailed this DLC like few DLCs have been nailed in any game.  During regular story progression, when you visit Tina,  checkout her book case where you will see a picture of her riding on Roland's shoulder.  Both with wide smiles.  Roland never smiles.  Also during the Wildlife quests you can find echos that tell the tragic story of Tina's parents.  Tortured to death in slag experiments, which Tina witnessed.  Some people think, I don't agree, that Krieg is actually Tina's father.  There are a couple points in favor and several against this line of thinking.  In many ways Tina is one of best, and most fleshed out, characters in the BL universe.

I am close to wrapping up my first play through of the Pirate DLC.  I have already completed Torgue and I will move on to Sir Hammerlock at some point.  I am going to try to complete all the content in UVHM which has been a real challenge.  The only think that have truly sucked in UVHM are some of the bosses.  I also do not think I will do any Raid bosses solo.

All of this will have to wait a bit as Tomb Raider unlocks TODAY.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on September 12, 2018, 03:21:53 PM
Since my PC is still somewhere above the Atlantic (hopefully ABOVE is a valid statement here) I keep my evenings at the hotel busy by attacking my PS4 backlog. I finished Detroit, which I quite enjoyed. A few cringy moments, but many scenes work really well. And I've now started God of War. Which certainly isn't bad at all, may have been a bit overhyped where I'm concerned. I really don't think God of War benefits much from having become an open world, and I find fight system to be messier than it used to be.

Buth then when it comes to combat systems, I know I have Devil may Cry 5 on the horizon to keep me happy ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 14, 2018, 09:31:55 PM
Finds for the week so far: Steel Carapace (sadly not ethereal), 2x Wizardspike, Windhammer, Shadowkiller, a +1 Passive and Magic Skills (Amazon)/+38 Life Grand Charm, and a +2 Traps, All Resists +19, +22% MF, +35 Life, 22 Teleport charges Amulet.  Also finally found an Immortal King's Will even though I'd found everything else of the set except the Armor before it, so I respec-ed my Frenzybarb to a WW/Concentrate build using the set and the Steel Carapace for great defense (although still mediocre resists right now).  Been mostly MF-ing with my Sorc in the Ancient Tunnels and killing Hell Andariel looking for jewelry, since I still haven't found any unique ring above a Manald's, so Cannot Be Frozen stuff has been hard to find (been mostly using upped-Hawkmails on my melee characters). 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on September 17, 2018, 10:16:04 PM
Hey lads and laddettes!

I have been spending most of my time in Civ 5 lately. Currently working on improving my play on Immortal, with the intent to play on Deity at some point. Mostly just enjoying the game though, as well as trying different Civs to try and get the achievements for winning with each of them. Very time consuming. Would love to do some MP but finding it difficult to set aside 5-6 hours for it.

I also got a very nice set of Fallout drinking glasses for Father's Day and that got me sucked back into Fallout 4. However all my installed mods were out of date, and I couldn't remember what a lot of them actually did, so I started new without mods and have been adding some in as I go.

Haven't played D3 for a while now, might be done with it, or might get back into it, who knows? D2 has been entering my thoughts occasionally too....
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 19, 2018, 04:51:53 AM
Sssith inspired me to dust off BL2 again to see if I could make it to level 72. Playing through the main game was painfully slow going so I looked at a few guides and decided to try farming Sir Tinder Snowflake again, something I'd tried previously and not done too well at.  Having already cleared the zone, the boss was ready to farm. Using a handy video guide on how to cheese the boss, I realised I didn't have the damage output to kill him with the weapons I had. A few golden tokens later, I had some better weapons and finally some success. It took me quite a few rounds of killing him before I got into a rhythm that enables me to do it quickly each time. Reaching lvl 58 on my Zero and unlocking critical ascensi0n makes the kills go so much faster.

No decent loot for my Zer0 yet, although I did get a gunzerker legendary from the train.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 19, 2018, 10:05:42 AM
You are up to lvl 58 already?! I am going to need to watch your videos.  Of course I didn't have a lot of the content until recently.  Before a month ago the only DLC I had was Tiny Tina.

I am taking a break to play Tomb Raider but I am itching to get back to BL2.  I am working on my Maya build and I am trying out different things at this point.  The next thing I am going to try is a combination of Scorn/Ruin with her. 

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is pretty awesome, if you people hadn't figured that out.  Highly recommend it and the rest of the series.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 21, 2018, 03:51:44 AM
You are up to lvl 58 already?! I am going to need to watch your videos.
I'd gotten to lvl 54 on my zer0 before taking a break.

Level 60 now having got through one of the more frustrating parts of the game, Bright Lights Flying City. The gluttonous thresher with the beacon was a pain to kill until I watched a video guide that made the process easier, although it still killed me a few more times. The final defend the beacon part of the quest was made soooooooooooo much easier by reading up and realising that......you don't have to rush to repair the beacon. Ignore Angel's noise and just kill all the mobs you see, then repair the beacon, which spawns more Hyperion bots, rinse and repeat. Keeps the number of enemies manageable and the whole thing becomes a doddle.

Also got my first zero legendary class mod from the train after Sir Tinder Snowflake. Yay!

Now for the wildlife preservation centre..............urrggghhh.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 21, 2018, 09:48:02 AM
Defending the beacon is a bit of a pain but doable.  I assume you are TVHM?

Have you farmed Savage Lee for a Unkempt Harold?  If not you might want to pick one up.  That is one of the easier farms in the game.  People also farm wildlife preservation for the legendary midgets which can drop anything in the game.  Though I think it might only be worth doing in UVHM, not sure.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 21, 2018, 06:38:25 PM
Defending the beacon is a bit of a pain but doable.  I assume you are TVHM?

UVHM - as TVHM only goes up to level 50, although with the quests in the expansion content I suppose you could crawl up to lvl 52 in TVHM but, it would be a slog and equipment won't level up 50.

Have you farmed Savage Lee for a Unkempt Harold?  If not you might want to pick one up.  That is one of the easier farms in the game.  People also farm wildlife preservation for the legendary midgets which can drop anything in the game.  Though I think it might only be worth doing in UVHM, not sure.

I've not done that farm yet, really should I suppose. I'm presently farming the Good, the Bad and the Mordecai for the various Lyuda sniper rifle types.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 22, 2018, 07:06:43 AM
I'm also beginning to appreciate what people mean when they say UHVM can be easier than TVHM. In the former you can't be underlevelled for an area, only undergeared. In TVHM you can often be both, depending on how quickly you plough through the main storyline. Case in point, did the Wildlife Preservation Reserve with Axton on TVHM last night and it was a real slog. Then I died to Bloodwing a lot before finally and nervously taking her down.

With my Zer0 on UVHM, the reserve was less of a slog and Bloodwing was one shotted, partially thanks to the power of Lyudas.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 23, 2018, 02:29:59 PM
Well I about half, to three quarters, the way through the Hunt DLC.  I am in the middle of a long stretch without new equipment.  I think I am level 63 or 64.  Looking forward to having my full build done.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 23, 2018, 04:23:24 PM
I am in the middle of a long stretch without new equipment.  I think I am level 63 or 64.  Looking forward to having my full build done.

Just run Marcus Mercenary Day a few times. That's what I do each level to keep my equipment topped up.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 23, 2018, 04:31:10 PM
I remember Sigilstun saying he farmed someone 200 times and didn't get a legendary.  I struggle with replayability in this game.  I'm not quite sure why, maybe its similar to early D3 when the chance of something good dropping didn't feel worth playing.  The journey to the target is a drag at least for me.

I do mean to get back into the pre sequel one day when my computer is repaired
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 24, 2018, 01:41:13 AM
Not too many great D2 drops this week: near perfect Steelrend (+206 defense, perfect 60%ED, +19 Str), Tal Rasha's Guardianship, Boneflame (near minimum on all rolls though), an 8%LL Carrion Wind, a Reaper's Toll, 2x Ethereal Edges, and a 23% DR Leviathan.  Sadly still very few high-end runes, although I am just an Ist away from making a Call to Arms.  Getting bored again with it, might finally take the plunge into something else new soon (probably Yakuza Kiwami 2).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 24, 2018, 03:35:45 AM
I remember Sigilstun saying he farmed someone 200 times and didn't get a legendary.  I struggle with replayability in this game.  I'm not quite sure why, maybe its similar to early D3 when the chance of something good dropping didn't feel worth playing.  The journey to the target is a drag at least for me.

A lot of the legendaries won't drop until you're close to max level. I didn't start seeing legendaries regularly drop from the train chests after Tinder Snowflake until I hit level 61 and there are some I won't see until I hit level 72.

Farming for the Lyuda, I get a legendary drop one in every five kills. So I can quickly build up a selection of Lyuda's that way. Farming Boll for the Fast Ball grenade mod is similarly quick. Not tried Savage Lee for the Harold yet or the Treants for the Bee but, they're both relatively quick farms to do. Same for the Wattle Gobbler.

Some of the best items in BL2 come from quest rewards as well.

I started a Maya yesterday, as I've not played her yet. Got a Legendary drop from the first mini-boss, Knuckledragger. That'll make the first few levels very easy for her to do. After that, I'll bin it as there's no way of getting it to a starting character for it to be useful to them.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 24, 2018, 09:55:33 AM
The knuckledragger drop is a great weapon.

Did Marcus and got a crap unique grenade mod.  Also found a red text jacobs gun that was also crap.  After I am done with Sir Hammerlock I will farm for a bee.  And do some more Marcus.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 25, 2018, 02:38:44 AM
Completed TVHM with Axton last night and made a start on UVHM. Got to the first fast travel in Liar's Berg and then straight to Marcus Mercenary Shop to clear Gingerton, which was a little bit of a struggle as I didn't have many lvl 50 weapons. Tinder Snowflake took a few attempts to kill but, nailed him eventually and got some reasonable upgrades from him. Will try again tonight.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 25, 2018, 09:14:32 AM
The biggest problem that I have with this game is that the quests continually make you go through the same area again and again.  Other than that the game is excellent.  Lots of loot.  Lots of varients to the loot.  Great characters with many different builds.  Great dialog.  A couple of DLCs that are actually fun additions to the game instead of content that really belonged in the main game.  I could go on

I am still trying to clear Sir Hammerlock's DLC.  I like the DLC but don't love it.  One of the weapons I really want is in this DLC but farming of it is insane by all accounts, so I don't think I will do this.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 25, 2018, 10:44:18 AM
The biggest problem that I have with this game is that the quests continually make you go through the same area again and again.
Yes and the way the game hands out quests in a not entirely sensible order, so sometimes you get the optional quests after you've cleared an area for a main quest. That doesn't happen for every zone but, it does for some and the extent to which that irritates me dependent on the zone. Some side quests take you to parts of the zone the main storyline doesn't touch (such as most of the optional quests in the Dust) and I don't mind that, as it is new content. But, having to retread the same ground over and over  for side quests isn't much fun. Lynchwood and Sawtooth Cauldron are the two worst offenders. I really hate Sawtooth Cauldron.

  Other than that the game is excellent.  Lots of loot.  Lots of varients to the loot.  Great characters with many different builds.  Great dialog.  A couple of DLCs that are actually fun additions to the game instead of content that really belonged in the main game.  I could go on
Yeah, the loot is good and you only sell/throw stuff away because it isn't as useful as what you already have, as opposed to it being completely useless. And unless you have something really good for your level, you might find a white or green drop to be better than what you have. Something I tend to find with normal damage sniper rifles quite often. Everything that drops is worth a look unless you already have a legendary or pearlescent item for your level equipped.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on September 25, 2018, 01:48:29 PM
I picked up 'Into the Breach' on the Switch over the weekend as I wanted something I could play mobile in short bursts and Slay the Spire isn't out yet! What an absolutely incredible game, definitely glad I picked it up.  Between this, Slay the Spire, Mario Odyssey and Zelda BOTW it is going to be really tough for me to pick my GOTY this year.

I've also decided based on my aging 970 and the price of the 20xx series that I'm going to give new PC games a break and try and clear my old console backlog - mainly PS3 and vita stuff.  I finished Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time and have now started God of War: Ascension.  After that I have a bunch of RPGs to think about, including Suikoden I & II, Persona 3&4, Tales of Symphonia and Tales of Graces F.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 26, 2018, 09:50:24 AM
Hit level 65 in Bl2, and immediately started having problems with some of the boss monsters.  Time to update my gear so I head over to kill run the train and kill Snowflake.  Except my gear at this point is so bad that I was able to do that either.  So I went back and started running Boll and Lee for the Fastball and Unkempt Harlold.  Somewhere between the 20th to 30th run Savage Lee finally coughs up an Unkempt Harold.  Boll never did give the Fastball.  The Harold was level 66 which is good except I need more experience to get there so I decide to run Scorch.  On my second run of him I got my Hellfire.  I also picked up two nice Lascaux which was a bonus.  This also got me to level 66 and I visited Snowflake again and this time I punished him twice.  I might run him a couple more times before I go questing.  I got Krieg's legendary COM even though I can't use it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on September 27, 2018, 02:47:51 AM
Yeah, anything more than a three level difference between weapons and mobs. I use golden keys to try and plug any holes in my gear, even if they're only ever purple or e-tech quality gear. They're usually good enough to get me back on track.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 13, 2018, 01:48:48 AM
Now playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

Or more accurately, Far Cry: Assassin's Odyssey. ;)

Is good.

Really good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 13, 2018, 02:50:07 PM
Now playing Assassin's Creed: Odyssey.

Or more accurately, Far Cry: Assassin's Odyssey. ;)

Is good.

Really good.

It looks great.  I play most of the AC games but I'm one behind and honestly, I'm not sure I have time for this new super open world RPG direction the series is taking :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on October 14, 2018, 12:55:20 PM
I've gotten into reading PC and console gaming magazines from the early 80s to the late 90s on the internet archive. It's very interesting to see and be reminded how far we've come (and regressed). Certainly reading "but you're going to need a high-powered 486 system to enjoy the graphics" is fun :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 14, 2018, 05:21:31 PM
link?  I loved PC Zone mag from the UK, much better than PC Gamer I found.  The mag folded for some reason though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on October 14, 2018, 08:52:41 PM
https://archive.org/details/gamemagazines


Just browse thru there. Next Generation is a good one for the 90's, and Computer Gaming World is a good one for the 80's.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on October 17, 2018, 05:20:04 PM
I still can't seem to stay away from Skyrim.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 17, 2018, 09:09:57 PM
I still can't seem to stay away from Skyrim.

Are you saying that you are to Skyrim what genital warts is to ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 18, 2018, 03:09:18 AM
Been playing quite a bit of Yakuza Kiwami 2 this week.  About 2/3rds of the way through, just now getting to some of the really good references to the previous 2 games.  Laughed out loud several times during the Cabaret Club mini-game, such as the description of playing dress-up with the girls saying "You know you love it."  (How did they know?!  :o  ;))  And I just reached a point where a character from Yakuza 0's version of that game returns in glorious, jaw-dropping fashion that forced me to learn how to take screenshots on my PS4.  Combat-wise it's a little less stiff than 0 or Kiwami but also less precise and less deep since there aren't multiple combat styles, though you can move a lot faster and there are a lot more weapons and destructible items around.  The biggest upgrade between 0/Kiwami and this one is that the upgrade to Yakuza 6's system which cuts out almost all loading times and makes the world almost completely seamless.  You can walk in and out of any restaurant or activity building without loading, and even bring fights inside of them (though they aren't too happy about that).  The side stories have been good, but most aren't quite as ridiculously memorable as those in 0.  Haven't done too much with the Clan Creator yet, which is kind of a top-down real-time strategy game where you try to defend your construction equipment against enemies, though the victory theme (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHL_ByLsXZo) is kinda catchy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on October 18, 2018, 10:29:18 AM
I still can't seem to stay away from Skyrim.

Are you saying that you are to Skyrim what genital warts is to ..
I am to Skyrim what genital wars are to hookers.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 24, 2018, 12:04:28 AM
Finished Yakuza Kiwami 2.

The Good:
1. Always wondered why more games don't try out the timed dialogue response route that Alpha Protocol tried to great effect, and they finally do here, although only in a few specific group-oriented conversations.
2. Story has a few pretty good twists and turns near the end.
3. Majima's story was short, but pretty satisfying.  He finally gets some closure from his story from 0, though I wished it could've been under different circumstances.
4. Some of the more annoying completion tasks from 0 and Kiwami were toned down or were given easier ways to circumvent them like several more cheater items for the gambling games.
5. The Cabaret Club mini-game alone was worth it, especially for all the ways it continued the story from 0.  The new golf game was pretty solid too.

The Bad:
1. The Platinum grind is still extremely insane, which is not too uncommon with Japanese games.  Winning 30 hands of Mahjong took a little while but wasn't too bad, but getting 3400+ points in the Batting Cages to buy the primers was ridiculous considering you only got a maximum of 150 per game.  Even the bonus competition where you "can earn a ton of points" gives you far less than 150 per round of pitches, so I ended up just repeating the same Expert challenge 20+ times.  The real roadblock to the platinum though is the damn Bouncer missions, which are basically just combat runs where you kill several dozen enemies without being able to heal.  I have the stats to make them relatively easy, but they take 4-7 minutes at a time, and I have to complete 78 of them, and there are THREE trophies tied to this (PLUS the platinum).  Something I'll have to go back to later when I'm really bored I think.
2. There were 3-4 twists in a row at the end, which is at least one too many to really care about.  The final battle itself also made very little sense, and the pairing that ends the game is also questionable considering what happened.
3. The Amon superboss fights were kinda bad, and the combat has some heavy exploits.  One of them has a step-back invincible dodge where he immediately fires like 200 rockets into my face, which nearly instakilled me even with above S-rank defense.  I then drank a defense-boosting drink which apparently put me just above the "cap" I guess and then I was essentially invincible (took several rockets to the face for no damage), which I then repeated in later fights.
4. Three games into the series and I usually end up wishing that the antagonists would stick around a bit longer, as they tend to be pretty interesting, but circumstances happen to either get them arrested or die by other hands.
5. There is no indication from anything in the game that one specific weapon dealer gains a giant increase in his inventory if you sell weapons and armor to him, had to read that from a guide. 
6. Since Yakuza 3-6 are already out (3-5 might get remastered soon so all 7 games would be on PS4), I already know that at least one of the best characters in this game basically never returns, with no reasoning behind it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 26, 2018, 12:41:33 AM
Hellgate: London coming to steam mid November
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on October 26, 2018, 08:12:55 AM
Hellgate: London coming to steam mid November
I'm going to have to look into this.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 26, 2018, 09:48:16 AM
HA WAT!

I loved that game.

Difficult to believe it would have aged well.  I wonder if it is the Korean or original version.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on October 26, 2018, 10:34:57 AM
Sounds like it is going to be single player with some new expansion content that was planned for Hellgate: Tokyo but never actually was put out.  Hanbitsoft (Korean company) owns it now, so it probably isn't the "original" version from 2007.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 26, 2018, 03:21:34 PM
I saw screenshots and it includes the 'end game' content that I saw in the the Tokyo version.

This is a game that deserves a reboot.  Just not a rehash of the old version.  There is a small part of me that is tempted to get the game but I will probably pass.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 26, 2018, 04:22:08 PM
I still have it installed, and played it not long ago using the Hellgate Revival mod. It was pretty solid, still fun. I'll definitely get it on Steam, too, because why not.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 26, 2018, 04:30:54 PM
If I knew that buying on steam was a solid vote for someone making a version 2 then I would buy two.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on November 01, 2018, 06:19:58 PM
Got on Amazon and got ready to order D3 for the Switch.


$59.99


That's just waaaay too much money for me to pay for Diablo at this point. I already have it on PS3.


I was really expecting $39-49. I can afford it, but I just can't justify it.


Damn.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 08, 2018, 04:08:55 PM
I think I'm up to about 80% completion in Rise of the Tomb Raider on the toughest difficulty setting.  I'm pretty powerful and its normally jumping puzzles where I die.  Looking forward to the end of it!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 08, 2018, 04:28:26 PM
Does 'Looking forward to the end of it!' mean you just want to get it done?  Or you are having fun and looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Personally I like the end.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 08, 2018, 04:38:39 PM
Iíve seen the game end before.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on November 15, 2018, 06:12:03 PM
Hellgate London is now available on Steam for $9.74 (25% off the regular price of $12.99).  That's pretty cheap.

EDIT:
I just bought it and I am installing now.  I won't have much time to play it tonight, but I should over the weekend.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on November 16, 2018, 07:13:42 AM
OK, so I played this new Hellgate London a little bit last night.  I didn't even clear the first zone, so I was basically just messing around, talking to NPCs and getting used to the gameplay again.  It is definitely different from the original.  The start is really different (station is not the same, quests are different, new things to do, etc.).  I think it is going to be fun getting back into this game after not playing it for so long.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 16, 2018, 11:09:03 AM
I have to say that I am tempted to dip my toe back into these waters.  I really wish they would make a sequel.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 18, 2018, 09:30:06 PM
I blame Tim.

He goaded me to play Rise of the Tomb Raider in Extreme Survivor Mode.  Just finished it.  Don't do it, not that I am really worried that you would.  The game play was a bit tougher than Survivor Mode.  The annoying thing is that if you die you go back to your last campfire.  For the most part this is not that big of a deal.  There are a couple points though were you have a long quest, followed by a battle, followed by hard jumping or quick time events.  It is the last thing that is miserable.  Screw that up and you have to go back to the beginning are do the whole thing again.  The biggest pain as the final battle which ends with some quick time events against the boss Konstantine.  I did that several times.  I got really good at defeating the helicopter.

Well I am done with Tomb Raider until the next one comes out in September.  Can't wait for that one.

Oh...another annoying side affect is that my Steam Profile was using the rare achievement display.  It would showcase the rarest achievements that you have done.  Because I did this all my achievements that are showing up there are for Rise of the Tomb Raider.  For what it is worth, the only 0.7% of players have the Extreme Survivor Mode achievement.  Gone are the other fun ones I had, like Zombie Chopper from HL2.  Ah well.  I need a new showcase (again, not that anyone ever looks at those things).

I blame Sssith for inspring me.  I'm up to the helicopter bit, but I've only had one failed attempt so far.  I've pretty much done 100% of everything else apart from some baba yaga documents.  I think I'll see if I can get some last upgrades.  I know I'm not too far off, and like Sssith, not looking forward to the QTE which got me in the noob difficulty last time.

I would recommend others give it a go.  Dying at a jumping puzzle or combat and having to go back to the campfire does suck but I've got this far.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 19, 2018, 07:08:18 AM
Well good luck.
 
Hopefully you are fully ready for the fight ahead.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on November 19, 2018, 10:14:08 AM
Played a lot of HGL over the weekend.  There are a lot of things that are the same, but there are a lot of differences too.  Some of the quests and the overall map are different.  I think it's totally worth $10 or $12.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on November 21, 2018, 02:26:51 PM
Getting ready to start my Red Dead journey. Picked it up for $1.99 at Gamestop for the PS3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 21, 2018, 02:59:01 PM
Getting ready to start my Red Dead journey. Picked it up for $1.99 at Gamestop for the PS3.

i'm part tempted to see if i can pick it up cheap for 360.  I got one years ago for rockband
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 01, 2018, 11:47:46 AM
Bought Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition on the Steam sale after seeing a bunch of updates to it (pretty buggy launch from what I saw).  I've been using parts of the campaign as inspiration for quests in my D&D campaign, so my trip down memory lane has a bit more function to it.  It's still got several graphical glitches, but it hasn't crashed after 20+ hours and loads pretty quickly, so I'm having fun strolling through the main campaign again, though it does get tedious at times in Ch. 1 and 2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on December 02, 2018, 12:51:33 PM
I just love reading these old Computer Gaming World magazines. Reading a letter to the editor that states 48k ram gams are clearly superior to 16k ram games due to variability and enhanced AI, and which that the Apple 2 is better than the Atari 400. It's so interesting to me to see how far we've come.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 02, 2018, 03:11:29 PM
Mutant Year Zero is amazing. That will be all, thank you.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 03, 2018, 10:05:10 AM
Finished the first boss (which is very early on) in the Spiderman game on PS4.  I haven't yet got the hang of all the swinging and fighting, but so far it seems good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on December 04, 2018, 03:06:54 PM
Giving Neverwinter Nights: Enhanced Edition a try when I get home from work tonight. Has anyone here played it? What did you think?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 04, 2018, 04:24:33 PM
It's Neverwinter Nights: More of the Same.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 04, 2018, 05:48:51 PM
LOL, I just posted about like 4 posts back.  So far I've just completed the main campaign and about to finish SoU, haven't tried the premium modules though.

The good:  It hasn't crashed once in 40+ hours.
Load times are mostly good.

The bad: Certain areas that had major performance issues in the original still have them here even with great hardware (desert area and wall puzzle in Shadows of Undrentide especially).  Dropped to <10 fps when several creatures appeared at once, went back up after a few died.
The graphics aren't any better, but it still tries to make my GPU work semi-hard.
Pathfinding is still extremely bad.  Basically no improvements have been made except to get it to run on newer computers.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on December 04, 2018, 09:41:13 PM
It's Neverwinter Nights: More of the Same.


You're so cheerful.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 04, 2018, 10:29:33 PM
I mean, it is though. If you liked it then, you'll probably still like it now. If you did not, it isn't going to be any different...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on December 06, 2018, 09:00:28 AM
I just love reading these old Computer Gaming World magazines. Reading a letter to the editor that states 48k ram gams are clearly superior to 16k ram games due to variability and enhanced AI, and which that the Apple 2 is better than the Atari 400. It's so interesting to me to see how far we've come.

Man, I loved CGW. I think I have a stash of those in a box somewhere, and I'm hoping to discover them during the big move later this year.

As for gaming, I'm sporadically playing D3 on the PC and Switch, and I'm trying to learn Civ6 on the Switch. I'm also looking forward to getting destroyed by my son when Smash launches tomorrow.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on December 06, 2018, 08:58:14 PM
Mutant Year Zero is amazing. That will be all, thank you.

I've been ogling that myself. Looks good. Bit pricey atm.
Does it actually play like XCOM as Ive heard?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 07, 2018, 05:55:55 PM
Mutant Year Zero is amazing. That will be all, thank you.

I've been ogling that myself. Looks good. Bit pricey atm.
Does it actually play like XCOM as Ive heard?

It absolutely does. The HUD is even practically ripped straight out of XCOM. You will be in very familiar ground, mechanically.

The game is stupidly gorgeous. The voice-acting is great. The story is engaging so far. The mechanics are solid. Super highly recommended.

Pic 1! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/964231063352603400/7C86A7859D4A231655DE48F1B52BA386DF3CCF13/)
Pic 2! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/963104528648436584/FC18191A852CAEF9349A45AA7E564FFE55AC3394/)
Stylish visor on a duck! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/963104528648477142/DD5D94E0B2CF8CB923C5CB6037331581812D5A10/) (it's actually called "Stylish Visor")
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on December 09, 2018, 07:18:42 PM
Mutant Year Zero is amazing. That will be all, thank you.

I've been ogling that myself. Looks good. Bit pricey atm.
Does it actually play like XCOM as Ive heard?

It absolutely does. The HUD is even practically ripped straight out of XCOM. You will be in very familiar ground, mechanically.

The game is stupidly gorgeous. The voice-acting is great. The story is engaging so far. The mechanics are solid. Super highly recommended.

Pic 1! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/964231063352603400/7C86A7859D4A231655DE48F1B52BA386DF3CCF13/)
Pic 2! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/963104528648436584/FC18191A852CAEF9349A45AA7E564FFE55AC3394/)
Stylish visor on a duck! (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/963104528648477142/DD5D94E0B2CF8CB923C5CB6037331581812D5A10/) (it's actually called "Stylish Visor")

Looks good, thanks for screenshots.
Definitely on my list for when I finish my current XCOM2 obsession
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 11, 2018, 03:21:00 PM
Started playing Titanfall 2.  I don't generally play many shooters but this is awesome.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 14, 2018, 04:12:31 AM
I've now finished Titanfall 2.  Probably the best FPS campaign I've ever played.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 14, 2018, 09:50:48 AM
I assume you played it single player?  How long was it?  I also assume you played it on your PC?  If you can't tell you piqued my interest.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 14, 2018, 10:25:56 AM
Yes, played it on PC.  It only lasted about 5-6 hours but there is no padding in there at all.  Each mission introduces some kind of new element that in generally it pretty much throws away by the end of the mission so the game feels really varied.  Shooting is really satisfying and the set pieces are fantastic.

I only paid £5 for it so only a few awesome hours is worth it to me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on December 27, 2018, 03:12:38 PM
This popped up on my queue in steam today.  Very fun to watch the trailer. https://store.steampowered.com/app/671620/Beast_Battle_Simulator/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on January 24, 2019, 08:06:45 AM
Completed the main storyline of Gundam Breaker 3 (I've honestly no idea what the ending was about) and unlocked extreme mode for the DLC and a second playthrough. Having messed with this a bit, I'm discovering that this is where the real game is and where action and build optimisation starts to come into play. I need to start looking seriously at the bonuses on my Gundam parts, replacing less useful ones with more useful ones and trying to decide exactly how I want my melee build Gundam 00 to work. I've also started unlocking MG parts, which is making me rebuild my existing HG builds just to make them shiny.

I do like that the game supports a wide variety of builds and the different ranged and melee builds I've tried have a different playstyle to them.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 04, 2019, 03:31:30 PM
Chinese new year sale on Steam.  I see Black Ops 3 40% off, however they increased the list price first  to $150 NZD .. WTF
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 04, 2019, 04:48:27 PM
Elder Scrolls Online.

Anyone have any recent experience? I know at launch it was a steaming pile of FO76-level shit. I'm wondering if it's any good now?
It's on sale on Steam for the base game, Morrowind and Summerset chapters for 30 bucks. It's the rare game that works on Mac so I'm curious.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 04, 2019, 05:19:05 PM
Pixie seems to really like it.  I have been tempted from time to time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 04, 2019, 09:18:05 PM
It has come a long, long, long way since beta. It is now a very solid, meaty, fun MMO that has enough content to keep you going for an insane number of hours without ever repeating a quest... and the quests are rarely the usual "bring me 10 bear asses" MMO grindy quests.

Also, if you liked Morrowind at all (the 2002 Morrowind), you will adore how faithfully they rebuilt it - almost building for building - in ESO.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on February 06, 2019, 12:49:26 PM
If you own a PS4 and haven't yet played God of War you need to rectify this immediately.  I now understand why it won so many GotYs.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 06, 2019, 01:54:01 PM
I recently bought GoW 3.  I need to finish that first then I will think about the newer one.  But I am looking forward to it.

Games on PS4 I am really looking forward to on PS4:
No shortage of great games ahead of me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 24, 2019, 12:59:23 PM
So the new laptop came yesterday. I'm pretty stunned how much more detail and better graphics are in games compared to their PS3/Switch counterparts. Comparing Fallout 3 at 1080p/ultra is insane. Guild Wars 2 at 1080p/Ultra is just beautiful. I really had no idea how good looking PC games were compared to consoles. Even Skyrim is a huge jump up, and I've not even tried it at 1080p yet. Stunning.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 24, 2019, 02:56:50 PM
I really had no idea how good looking PC games were compared to consoles.

*cough*I've been trying to tell you this for years*cough*
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 24, 2019, 03:12:08 PM
I know. I suck lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 24, 2019, 03:15:46 PM
I mean

I have a PS3 and a PS4. I play them for exclusives. But if a game is available on both? I'll only ever play it on PC. It just looks so much better.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 26, 2019, 10:54:59 PM
So the successor to the graphics card my laptop has was literally announced the day my laptop was delivered. Is this what it feels like to be a PC gamer? lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on February 27, 2019, 07:06:22 AM
So the successor to the graphics card my laptop has was literally announced the day my laptop was delivered. Is this what it feels like to be a PC gamer? lol
It's like buying a new car.  :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 27, 2019, 09:48:05 AM
After I buy/build a computer I ignore all news about parts for about six months.  It is always frustrating to keep up with it after purchase.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 28, 2019, 03:26:37 PM
So about my laptop graphics card. I was wondering why I can pull 30+ FPS in ultra at 1080 in all the games I've tried, and why youtube videos show it at medium settings at most. It turns out there's 2 variants, a 10 watt and a 25 watt version, with the 25 watt version 33% more powerful. Most of the youtube videos are on the 10 watt version. So pretty happy about that. Next stop, getting 2 8GB sticks, because the laptop came with one 8 GB stick so I'm running in single-channel.


Second thing that made me happy, the MX250 card that replaces the MX150 is actually slower, so now I don't feel bad about an "upgrade" being released.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on February 28, 2019, 03:27:22 PM
Oh, also finding out just how fast a 256 gb ssd can fill up lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 06, 2019, 06:30:36 AM
Unpopular opinion - the Witcher 3 sucks. I'm so bored and the combat is lame.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 06, 2019, 06:58:02 AM
Also, looking at what kind of tower I could have built for the price of this laptop is depressing  :-X
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 06, 2019, 07:57:21 AM
Also, looking at what kind of tower I could have built for the price of this laptop is depressing  :-X

*cough*youshouldhaveaskedme*cough*
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 06, 2019, 11:58:34 AM
Unpopular opinion - the Witcher 3 sucks. I'm so bored and the combat is lame.

You're not wrong.  I didn't find any of the Witcher games particularly fun to play.  The story usually made up for it, and in 3's case especially after I had read several of the books, since 3 far more than 1 or 2 has dozens of references that they assume you know.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 06, 2019, 09:18:56 PM
So I'm finding out I prefer frames per second over resolution. 1366x768@60FPS looks better to me than 1080p@30FPS.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 06, 2019, 10:33:43 PM
Also, looking at what kind of tower I could have built for the price of this laptop is depressing  :-X

*cough*youshouldhaveaskedme*cough*


Oh, i don't have anywhere to put one or i would have. Still depressing tho :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 07, 2019, 09:46:26 AM
Stop looking up equipment specs.  Love the one you're with.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2019, 02:33:41 PM
Stop looking up equipment specs.  Love the one you're with.

 ;D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2019, 02:35:02 PM
I've played all 3 Witcher games. Never finished any of them. I just can't stand  Geralt as a character and the games bore me after a while. Witcher 3 was the best of them but still couldn't keep my interest very long.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 10, 2019, 02:50:58 PM
Just don't say that on Reddit ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 10, 2019, 02:52:40 PM
So I just downloaded Fallout 4 last night while I was at work. Got it on sale for $14 on Steam. I've only had a few minutes to play with it so far but it seems fun. My brother swears it's the greatest game not called Mass Effect ever, so I had to try it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2019, 02:59:32 PM
So I just downloaded Fallout 4 last night while I was at work. Got it on sale for $14 on Steam. I've only had a few minutes to play with it so far but it seems fun. My brother swears it's the greatest game not called Mass Effect ever, so I had to try it.

I love Fallout 4 despite its warts but I wouldn't go nearly as far as your brother...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on March 10, 2019, 03:00:06 PM
I finished God of War a few days ago and, unusually for me, I also platinum'd it.  Absolutely bloody incredible.  I can't see how anything else I play this year is going to be able to compete with it for my GOTY.  It might have ruined gaming for me because other things are just going to feel boring in comparison.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 10, 2019, 03:13:23 PM
Interesting. Do you need to play the previous ones to understand the game?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 11, 2019, 09:57:29 AM
I bought GoW3 on the cheap.  I played all of 2 and most of 1.  So once I get through 3 I will have to tackle the latest one.  Annoying that it is called GoW instead of GoW4 which is what it really is.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on March 11, 2019, 12:01:31 PM
I can see why they did it though and it kind of answers Lego's question.  If you play 3 without playing 2 or 1 you are going to be totally lost.  4 however can be played pretty much completely without knowing about 1-3.  Sure there are references back to those games so you'll get more out of it if you have, but it is perfectly playable without.  As such, by slapping a 4 on it they may have lost the audience who haven't played 1-3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 12, 2019, 09:38:42 PM
So researching games to play, and then messing about with settings and editors/toolsets is almost more fun than actually playing them.


I don't know if this is a thing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 13, 2019, 11:39:46 AM
I don't know if this is a thing.

Pixie might be able to answer that question.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on March 13, 2019, 07:01:06 PM
So researching games to play, and then messing about with settings and editors/toolsets is almost more fun than actually playing them.


I don't know if this is a thing.

Not only IS it a thing, it's the best thing.

Easily the most time consuming, fun and often frustrating part, of any Fallout or Elder Scrolls game.

My fondest memory of Fallout 3 is learning how to make a mod because the specific mod I wanted for a character roleplay I was doing, did not exist.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on March 14, 2019, 06:58:30 AM
It sounds like searching for something to watch on Netfilx.  Not necessarily fun, but you can spend more time looking for something than actually watching something.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 14, 2019, 09:49:57 AM
So researching games to play, and then messing about with settings and editors/toolsets is almost more fun than actually playing them.


I don't know if this is a thing.

Not only IS it a thing, it's the best thing.

Easily the most time consuming, fun and often frustrating part, of any Fallout or Elder Scrolls game.

My fondest memory of Fallout 3 is learning how to make a mod because the specific mod I wanted for a character roleplay I was doing, did not exist.

I just don't see how that is fun.  I buy a game to play it not reprogram it.  To each their own.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 14, 2019, 12:04:18 PM
Since my job for 10+ years was fixing computers, I tended to avoid such hassles when I got home, so I mostly stayed a console gamer during that time.  I do spend a lot more time listening to/watching gaming coverage (streams, podcasts, etc.) than actually playing games now though, but that's more to do with saving money by not buying everything as it comes out.  Just in gaming podcasts alone I've been consistently consuming 15-20 hours a week, though of course I can be doing other things or playing a game at the same time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 14, 2019, 12:47:39 PM
Similar for me in the sense that I program for a living.  Do not want to do that when sit down to game.  I am enjoying my time on the PS4 but still prefer the PC.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 15, 2019, 10:28:53 PM
Can't wait to get my laptop paid off and buy another stick of ram. I didn't realize it was single-channel when I bought it. The benchmarks are showing a 30ish FPS difference between single and dual channel. I'm barely pulling 50-60 FPS on Fallout 4 and Skyrim at 1080p Ultra. I could definitely use another 30 FPS.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 16, 2019, 03:18:49 PM
Bayonetta - worth $4.99 on Steam?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 16, 2019, 04:08:52 PM
If you already like Bayonetta, yes.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 19, 2019, 06:27:51 PM
My PS3 is bricked. What a longtime companion. SO many games for it, if anybody wants them. I'm now desperately trying to keep myself from buying an Xbox One S.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 19, 2019, 06:48:21 PM
Sorry to hear that.  My PS3 is still running.  Mainly used for Netflix at his point.  Impressive that they last this long.

Why would go with an X-Box?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 19, 2019, 06:53:19 PM
Watching YouTube, they seem to keep a more consistent frame rate. I have a freind who'd give me some games as well - Skyrim, ME: Andromeda, a couple of others.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 19, 2019, 07:04:57 PM
If you were anywhere close to Texas I'd offer to fix your PS3.  I had enough experience taking apart 3 of mine as well as several customers, with moderate success.

Be very careful sinking a ton of money into a new console right now, as it's likely both Microsoft and Sony will be announcing their new consoles this year (though neither are likely to come out soon, Microsoft's will probably be first).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 19, 2019, 07:14:34 PM
How much longer do you think they'll be supported?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 19, 2019, 08:08:17 PM
Pretty much any good game you can get on xbox is also on PC. I don't think there's really any good reason to get one.

PS4, on the other hand, has so many good exclusives...

If you have PS3 games you don't want, however, I know someone (me) who'd maybe take them off your hands. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 19, 2019, 08:10:45 PM
PM me your address mate.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 19, 2019, 10:01:49 PM
Also, what exclusives does the PS4 have that the Xbox doesn't?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 19, 2019, 11:29:22 PM
Non-exhaustive list of PS4 Exclusives (Metacritic Score):
Bloodborne (92)
Marvel's Spider-Man (87)
God of War 2018 (94)
Horizon Zero Dawn (89)
The Last of Us Remastered (95)
Yakuza 0 (85), Kiwami (80), Kiwami 2 (85) and 6 (83) (0 and Kiwami are also on Steam)
Persona 5 (93)
Infamous Second Son (80)
Tetris Effect (89)
Detroit: Become Human (78)

There are also a ton of games on PS4/PC not on the other consoles, as well as exclusives still to come out in 2019/2020 such as Days Gone, Death Stranding, The Last of Us 2, Ghost of Tsushima, etc.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 20, 2019, 10:30:26 PM
So Fallout 4 sucks. It's boring for starters. Then, the Brotherhood of Steel quests broke, and then I accidentally shot a Diamond City guard, so the entire town is hostile to me, which means I can't complete the main quest either. Meh.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 21, 2019, 05:52:16 AM
Fell down the Path of Exile rabbit hole. I've nothing to say about this game that those of you have played it didn't know already.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 21, 2019, 06:19:49 AM
Fell down the Path of Exile rabbit hole. I've nothing to say about this game that those of you have played it didn't know already.

I'm so sorry.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 21, 2019, 08:27:00 AM
Every day its the same question.

HOW CAN YOU DO THIS BETTER THAN BLIZZARD DID WITH THEIR OWN IP? HOW?!?!
FOR FREE!
Yes I'll buy more stash spaces, I need them for all the worthwhile shit this game drops.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 21, 2019, 09:41:27 AM
I enjoyed the game but the story bugged me.

I also wish ARPGs would get out of the, you need to complete the game three times in order to get to end game.  That is one thing that Blizzard finally got right.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 21, 2019, 10:23:00 AM
I'm enjoying the story, it's delivery and scope puts me in mind of the Malazan BotF books. It certainly doesn't dumb things down with its exposition and there is an impressive amount of lore material in game which provides necessary context. I also appreciate that the main story is much longer than that of D3, rather than being relatively short and then essentially just the same content over and over.

I've not yet completed the main story but, at level 62, I'm not getting a sense I'll need to repeat the same content over and over to get to the end game. So its leaps ahead of Blizzard in that regard so far.

I think it is the complexity of builds and itemisation harkening back to D2 which does it for me. Having to worry about resistances again, rather than just what my set-build +legendary optimisation will be, is refreshing. I don't necessarily think it is "better" than D3s approach post ROS in that regard, just different.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 21, 2019, 04:21:44 PM
I refuse to give the time of day to any ARPG in 2019 that still believes class should be gender based.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on March 21, 2019, 07:36:23 PM
So Fallout 4 sucks. It's boring for starters. Then, the Brotherhood of Steel quests broke, and then I accidentally shot a Diamond City guard, so the entire town is hostile to me, which means I can't complete the main quest either. Meh.

FO4 didnt grab like previous installments did, though I still enjoy it immensely. That said, I often prefer to make my own fun in sandbox games, rarely do I finish the main quest.

BOS quests are definitely buggy, need to use the Unoffical Patch mod (https://www.nexusmods.com/fallout4/mods/4598) to fix the quest (and many other bugs).

As for the NPC hostility, if you sleep 24 (or 48?) hours in a different cell (like Sanctuary home or whatever you use), they should reset to neutral.

I refuse to give the time of day to any ARPG in 2019 that still believes class should be gender based.
Yes, time for that system to go. Bothered me way back when I played D2, glad they fixed it in D3. Some developers still haven't caught on though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on March 22, 2019, 05:47:05 AM
I refuse to give the time of day to any ARPG in 2019 that still believes class should be gender based.

Legit!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 22, 2019, 05:50:20 AM
Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 is real! (https://store.steampowered.com/app/532790/) It's a thing! It's coming in Q1 2020!

Official website. (https://www.bloodlines2.com/)

OMG SQUEEEEE!


Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 22, 2019, 09:51:37 AM
The first has been on my Wish List for so long.  I haven't gotten it because I have heard mixed things about how it has aged.

Something to keep an eye on.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 22, 2019, 01:00:16 PM
I'm going to give Andromeda another try. I haven't played it with the QOL patches. I'll probably uninstall it after a half hour, but we'll see.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 22, 2019, 01:36:22 PM
It is a serviceable game.  I guess it depends on what pissed you off about it in the first place.  I finished the game last year after a long hiatus.  I still had issues with the game but overall I enjoyed it.  It is disappointing, especially when compared to what Mass Effect was. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 22, 2019, 02:51:32 PM
Please be kind enough to click my VTMB2 link. (https://www.bloodlines2.com/?ref=a3e1cd635623) I'll be super grateful.  :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 22, 2019, 04:55:14 PM
Please be kind enough to click my VTMB2 link. (https://www.bloodlines2.com/?ref=a3e1cd635623) I'll be super grateful.  :D

I did...are you getting a referral bonus?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 22, 2019, 06:08:56 PM
If you make a paradox account (or log in if you have one already) I do. I get 50 blood points toward unlocking game goodies! :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 22, 2019, 08:24:23 PM
So GeForce Experience is retarded. I was satisfied with how they optimized Skyrim, Fallout 4, Guild Wars 2.


But I installed Andromeda. It "optimized" it to low everything at 1024x768. There are videos on youtube of the underclocked version of my card doing medium at 1366x768 and low at 1080p. I now have to run fraps and fuck around with settings to get them how I want them.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 22, 2019, 09:42:43 PM
Never let a game or Geforce Experience or AMD's equivalent configure your settings. They'll fuck it up every time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 23, 2019, 02:19:39 PM
Well I signed up...hope you got the points.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 23, 2019, 06:18:38 PM
Well I signed up...hope you got the points.

I did not. :(

Oh well. Thanks for trying!

I'm 10 points from the next unlock, which isn't even revealed yet. Heh.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 24, 2019, 12:25:51 PM
The lack of saves is already grinding my gears in Andromeda. We'll see if I can hang in there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 24, 2019, 12:53:27 PM
Lack of saves?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 24, 2019, 12:59:07 PM
Yeah, how you can only save at certain points.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 24, 2019, 05:15:39 PM
Is... is that a console thing? I don't recall ever not being able to save where I wanted.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 24, 2019, 09:01:20 PM
Nah, I'm playing on my laptop. I'm at the Nexus, and since the game started I haven't been allowed to save. I finally just turned it off and figure I'll backtrack from wherever it auto-saved.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 24, 2019, 09:23:19 PM
Nah, I'm playing on my laptop. I'm at the Nexus, and since the game started I haven't been allowed to save. I finally just turned it off and figure I'll backtrack from wherever it auto-saved.

Oh. You can't manually save during priority missions (such as the tutorial), yeah. But the other 97% of the time, you can save whenever you want.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 25, 2019, 10:00:07 AM
Once you get past the huge prologue it isn't that bad for saves.  Like Pixie said...only go into a priority mission when you know you have time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 25, 2019, 10:30:31 PM
I downloaded OpenMW. Pretty nice. Give HD resolution, increases the view distance a bit, adds anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, and some optional QoL enhancements. I think I'll use it for my playthrough. I checked amazon for the Morrowind Strategy Guide. i used it back in the OG Xbox days. I have one in storage but I thought for a couple bucks I wouldn't have to go dig through boxes. It's $190 on there. Apparently I'm sitting on a gold mine and had no idea.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 25, 2019, 10:41:30 PM
I downloaded OpenMW. Pretty nice. Give HD resolution, increases the view distance a bit, adds anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering, and some optional QoL enhancements. I think I'll use it for my playthrough. I checked amazon for the Morrowind Strategy Guide. i used it back in the OG Xbox days. I have one in storage but I thought for a couple bucks I wouldn't have to go dig through boxes. It's $190 on there. Apparently I'm sitting on a gold mine and had no idea.

My Morrowind strategy guide is sitting right here on my desk...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 25, 2019, 10:42:36 PM
Not sure what you were looking at but uhhh... I see them for two bucks. (https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/0929843312/ref=tmm_pap_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid=1553571707&sr=8-4)

(that said, like any strategy guide, they're outdated the day the game comes out. You're better off with the wiki.)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 25, 2019, 10:50:22 PM
Good idea.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on March 28, 2019, 11:06:11 PM
My wife surprised me with an Xbox One S tonight for our anniversary. I love that gal.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 29, 2019, 06:23:01 AM
Please be kind enough to click my VTMB2 link. (https://www.bloodlines2.com/?ref=a3e1cd635623) I'll be super grateful.  :D

I'm 10 blood points from the next unlock. C'mon... be a pal. Clicky the linky and sign up. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on March 29, 2019, 09:29:10 AM
I've been off the D3 drug for about a week, and I've been playing Grim Dawn instead. I'm still very clueless, but I finally made it through the first difficulty level and so far I'm doing well in Elite difficulty playing my summoner necro. A new expansion just dropped this week, so check it out if you need a slower-paced ARPG in your life.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 01, 2019, 09:07:20 PM
Morrowind is on Xbox One. Bought and installed. It's how I played it back in the day, on an original Xbox. Just how I remember it. The nostalgia is large.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 02, 2019, 09:27:40 PM
Downloaded Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, so the next time I have a moment I get to start it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 04, 2019, 02:08:45 PM
Downloaded Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice, so the next time I have a moment I get to start it.

This game is amazing beyond words. Just be sure you use a good surround headset or surround speakers. The sound is the most important thing in the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 05, 2019, 10:34:41 AM
Will do.


Played some Kotor 2 last night on the Xbox. That thing is a nostalgia machine.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 07, 2019, 03:18:40 PM
Started playing the Resident Evil 2 Remake. It's pretty damn good. It's also damn pretty.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 16, 2019, 09:03:08 PM
About to start a Mass Effect playthrough, methinks. The Xbox one is such a nostalgia machine.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 16, 2019, 09:05:26 PM
Mass Effect needs to be played on PC.

Mods, man. Mods. There's a total hi-res texture overhaul for ME1, for instance, and it is glorious.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 16, 2019, 09:28:28 PM
I'll have to check that out, thanks.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 16, 2019, 09:33:07 PM
https://www.nexusmods.com/masseffect/mods/1/

I mean really. Look at the difference in Garrus. (https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/mods/237/images/1/1-1517990262-1828996591.jpeg) Worth it for that alone! ;)

Or the N7 armors. (https://staticdelivery.nexusmods.com/mods/237/images/1/1-1517990245-1076966496.jpeg)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 16, 2019, 10:30:02 PM
Well, I have finished my BL1 play through.  With Brick, I smashed my way through the main story and then I did Claptrap's Revolution and General Knoxx's DLC.

At this point I have no interest in a second run through or getting to level 61.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 16, 2019, 10:40:37 PM
I watched Zero Punctuation's reviews of BL1 and 2. He was not kind.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 17, 2019, 05:51:52 AM
I watched Zero Punctuation's reviews of BL1 and 2. He was not kind.

He's an idiot. :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 17, 2019, 07:18:23 AM
Playing Sniper Elite 4 because it was on sale on steam. It is a fun game but, not quite the stealth-em-up sniper game I was expecting. Stealth is important but, not so important that you can't murder everyone on your way to the target. I was expecting more of a sneaking to the right location, one shot take down of key objectives and then sneak away. You can play the game like that and it is fun to do so but, you can also murder everyone between you and your objective will little consequence.

For example: taking out a forward position by blowing up a truck by shooting the fuel tank and creating an explosion, does not put the entire area on alert.

Still it is pretty and fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 17, 2019, 09:49:52 AM
Zero Punctuation often misses the mark by a wide margin.  What Diablo did for action RPG, Borderlands did to FPS.  And yes BL got the loot mechanic from Diablo, but they nailed the loot system in BL2 like few games ever have.  BL2 is beloved by many for good reason.  This last weekend it was in the top 5 most played games on steam, thanks to the graphics upgrade. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 17, 2019, 08:02:22 PM
So while I'm off work for this chest cold, or whatever it is, I thought I'd watch a let's play of the Witcher 3 since I couldn't be arsed to play it far. It's even boring as fuck to watch someone who knows what they're doing. I do not understand the love of this game. I'd much rather watch wilburgur glitch out Skyrim and Oblivion.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 17, 2019, 08:56:10 PM
I've played all three Witcher games. I've never finished one. Geralt is one of the most boring, tedious protagonists ever, and I just can't stand to play him. The games themselves are slow and unexciting. I keep saying I'll go back to W3 and try to finish it and... I just can't. I have too many good games in my library demanding my attention.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 18, 2019, 03:03:55 AM
Started God of War yesterday.  It's... ok, so far.  The exploration is pretty limited, and there are a pretty large number of puzzles, all of which have been very simple.  The combat is "cinematic", but it's also heavily stat-based, meaning very early on it's easy to run into random enemies that one-shot me because they are a significantly higher level, even though they're surrounded by guys I can take just fine.  There are also a crap ton of gatekeeping measures all over the places, several different types of chests and doors I can't open, can't get more health/rage or improve my weapons/armor unless I advance the story, etc. It's a pretty game, and I'm happy to see it go into Norse mythology with the 9 realms and all that, so we'll see how it goes. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 18, 2019, 07:12:50 PM
Monster Hunter World. Anyone play/played it? It's free now on Xbox Game Pass, so I have it downloading. Probably take a day for that. I've heard alot of good things about it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 18, 2019, 07:27:30 PM
Monster Hunter World. Anyone play/played it? It's free now on Xbox Game Pass, so I have it downloading. Probably take a day for that. I've heard alot of good things about it.

It's pretty fun. Grindy as fuck, so if you don't like the "kill a thing to wear its body as armor so you can kill a bigger thing so you can wear its body as armor so you can kill a thing..." circle of life, it's probably not for you. Also, if you dislike silly anime-style oversized weapons, it may not be for you (I manage to grimace and bear it and use the least offensive-looking weapons I can). Other than that - the world is pretty, there's a bazillion challenging things to fight, it's apparently shitloads of fun to co-op (I only solo'd it), the dress-up is fun, etc.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 18, 2019, 11:54:49 PM
So I got so close to the end of the main quest in Fallout 4. I'm almost there. And then, it wants to make me do base-building bullshit. I've ignored it the whole game for a reason. Jokes on them, I'm not going to play it any further. I'll just look up the ending on youtube or something and delete it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 19, 2019, 09:34:22 AM
You don't have to do base building to finish the game.  I followed the minutemen quest line and I hate base building.  The minimal is really not that bad.  But if you play any of the other factions I don't think there is any base building.

In other news, I have started a Zero BL2 playthrough.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 22, 2019, 11:20:09 AM
Getting near the end of God of War.  Not too thrilled with the combat, as it relies on a flash system to tell you if an attack is unblockable, will break your guard, or not, but about half the time the flash doesn't come until after the attack is already hitting you, and a lot of blockable attacks are undodgeable, meaning you get punished either way for guessing wrong.  Lots of attacks that should be blockable aren't for no reason, and lots of attacks that shouldn't be blockable are (why am I able to block ground shockwaves with a shield?).  I've currently taken out 4 Valkyries which are optional bosses and have interesting movesets, but they are some of the most problematic in regards to how the combat is "supposed to work" as above. The exploration has been very good for the most part, with a lot of treasures shown but without any obvious way of getting to them, hence needing to investigate and solve some puzzles.  The lore has been solid regarding the 9 realms, but the main story has taken some somewhat unrealistic turns in the Kratos/Atreus dynamic that I'm still waiting to see get resolved. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 22, 2019, 12:58:02 PM
Interesting that you are not as impressed as most with this game.  When I hear people talking about it it is as if it is a masterpiece.

Finished the main game of Spiderman.  A very good game that misses in various areas.  There are too many repeated quests in this game.  Go to an area, fight wave after wave of enemies. Rinse and repeat.  Combat is interesting overall.  And eventually, I got to the point where I felt I wasn't just mashing buttons.  Most of the boss fights were good and the story was standard superhero fare.  Ultimately this is a good game that really didn't excel in any one area. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 22, 2019, 03:39:12 PM
Definitely missing not having Spiderman on Xbox. Although I dipped into May's game budget today to get Jade Empire. Monster Hunter World is on Gamepass now so finally got that downloaded. Next step is to download Doom (2016). 60 gigs on my shit internet should take a couple of days by itself.


Max, yeah that's suprising. Most people talk about it like it's GOTY/The Second Coming of Geralt of Rivia.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 22, 2019, 07:23:34 PM
One thing about Doom is there are 13 "classic levels' you can unlock. It looks mostly like some of Doom 1/2 but has new monsters in it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 22, 2019, 07:45:36 PM
I've fallen back into Conan Exiles. I guess the first 560 hours wasn't enough.

Now I'm in the process of learning the Unreal Editor so I can mod the damn thing. First successful mod created tonight. It's all downhill from here....
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 22, 2019, 07:54:34 PM
I've fallen back into Conan Exiles. I guess the first 560 hours wasn't enough.

Now I'm in the process of learning the Unreal Editor so I can mod the damn thing. First successful mod created tonight. It's all downhill from here....


Dood did you ever fall out of it? Whenever I have steam running it's "Pixie is playing Conan Exiles".
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 22, 2019, 08:09:04 PM
Yeah I took about a 2 month break until this weekend. Played a few other things in that time. Most recently, just finished the remake of Resident Evil 2, which was amazing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 22, 2019, 08:24:28 PM
Have a horrible headache, and layed back and gave Borderlands 2 a spin. Have to say I was non-plussed so far. Have to see if the upcoming multi-player with Sssith can drag me in.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 23, 2019, 12:11:02 AM
You do know what company is behind the Unreal Editor right? :P just checking
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 23, 2019, 05:55:40 AM
You do know what company is behind the Unreal Editor right? :P just checking

Yeah but I'm not giving them money to use their tool.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 24, 2019, 12:09:50 AM
Finished God of War (plus the platinum).  Kinda disappointed that the game sticks with the very simple and very small stakes, despite all the references to everything going on with some of the "greater" gods.  The goal within the first 5 minutes of the game remains the goal all the way through the ending, which is perhaps a bit TOO simple (but maybe why it's so widely praised by the masses).  It was a nice touch that the ending credits started while still in control of Kratos.  The ending and kinda-mid-credits scene set up several things for a sequel, along with a big twist, but given how powered up my Kratos was by the end, having done all of the Niflheim and Muspelheim trials and grinding, where the final boss literally couldn't hurt me, it's hard to imagine Kratos or Atreus being threatened by anything.  Getting the collectables for the platinum did require a guide, since I couldn't be bothered to stand in every spot in every area of the game looking around for ravens, or for one random item I didn't pick up, but thankfully the map does label each "region" with a list of what you've found there, which made it go much quicker.  If you're a fan of the Marvel Thor films and like the idea of the Byfrost, this game's version of that looks 10x better, and it was pretty cool to explore "most" of the realms (and is a good excuse to have some visual variety).  Overall it's a solid game, with several things I'd tweak to make it better, but I can see why it got so many GOTYs, since it is often "cinematic". 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 25, 2019, 10:31:45 AM
In the tutorial phase of Monster Hunter World. They introduce crafting. God DAMN it. I HATE crafting in games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 25, 2019, 01:35:42 PM
Isn't half of Monster Hunter crafting? The other half being killing monsters in order to get crafting materials.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 25, 2019, 04:22:55 PM
In the tutorial phase of Monster Hunter World. They introduce crafting. God DAMN it. I HATE crafting in games.

I mean

I fucking told you:

Monster Hunter World. Anyone play/played it? It's free now on Xbox Game Pass, so I have it downloading. Probably take a day for that. I've heard alot of good things about it.

It's pretty fun. Grindy as fuck, so if you don't like the "kill a thing to wear its body as armor so you can kill a bigger thing so you can wear its body as armor so you can kill a thing..." circle of life, it's probably not for you. Also, if you dislike silly anime-style oversized weapons, it may not be for you (I manage to grimace and bear it and use the least offensive-looking weapons I can). Other than that - the world is pretty, there's a bazillion challenging things to fight, it's apparently shitloads of fun to co-op (I only solo'd it), the dress-up is fun, etc.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 29, 2019, 05:57:23 PM
One of my favourite ever platformers has come to steam! https://store.steampowered.com/app/628720/GODS_Remastered/

They want $20 which sorta sucks, but the nostalgia might make me get it anyway.    I played this pre internet, it had no game saving, so you pushed on, and if you failed you had to start over, but by that time you'd been on the computer too long and had to come back another day.  It took quite some time to beat the game as there was a lot of trial and error. 

Its not the best platformer I've ever played but every now and then I've looked for this game on steam, so amped to see it finally turn up!
Its 30 years old now and looks it.  Sounds like a few new features, screw the new graphics.  The music from the intro is gone which is a massive shame.

Just a matter of time til I get this!  oh and it has achievements! I haven't actually got any new steam achievements in almost 6 months but this has me excited.

Apparently it has leaderboards and a speedrun mode too!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 30, 2019, 07:41:12 AM
I'm rather stressed with a university assignment .. time for some classic doom!  Completed two of the master levels today I'd never tried/beaten before. Only 4 left now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on April 30, 2019, 09:13:34 AM
It's hard to beat Doom, to this day. When I had the PS3, I bought Doom 3 just to have the classic game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on May 01, 2019, 05:32:28 AM
The music from the intro is gone which is a massive shame.

That's a shame and has somewhat put me off the idea of this now, even though fundamentally the intro music doesn't matter a damn to the game content. So maybe I'll get over that.

I imagine the music change is due to a licensing issue in getting rights to use Nation 12's 'Into the Wonderful' track.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 01, 2019, 07:05:48 AM
My first computer that did this had no sound card, just PC speaker.  This is what I first heard those formative years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOn1vUo_DyI

I then found the actual music version inferior to the higher quality version ..

What can I say .. nostalgia is weird ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on May 01, 2019, 07:53:03 AM
What can I say .. nostalgia is weird ..

Legit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 02, 2019, 11:32:03 AM
Fun to revisit KOTOR2 from time to time.  Did a Dark Side playthrough, Sentinel/Assassin, with the Restored Content Mod.  Being really dark side seems to break several quests, as apparently I bypassed several ways to get lightsaber parts and they can't drop from enemies until you build your own, so I was without one until I had basically completely finished Dantooine and Nar Shaddaa.  Focused mostly on getting Hanharr's influence up so I could trigger the "Lesson of Strength (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2y51Fu7lGo)" lines from him and Kreia, which are some of the best in the game.  The restored HK Factory can be a slog combat-wise, as only HK-47 is involved and he's far from the strongest, but the dialogue is excellent (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhp1Q2vg0xQ), listening to the HK droids teach torturing methods to each other ("Exclamation: I will tell you nothing!  Electrocute me, dismantle me, as many times as you want, and I shall permit it!").  Interesting that Zez-Kai Ell is the only Master that you aren't forced to fight if you're Dark side (at least until you go back to Dantooine later), Kavarr and Vrook force you to fight immediately, which makes some sense given that he is the most like the Exile, having almost given up the force himself.  Always lots to think about after each playthrough, with all of the direct criticism of the Jedi, the Sith, and even the so-called Grey Jedi ("Apathy is Death (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlcaAVUF1uU)").
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 05, 2019, 06:49:10 PM
Thinking of getting Final Fantasy 7 for the Xbox One. Never finished it back in the day. I have so many games started, tho.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 05, 2019, 08:32:54 PM
More classic Star Wars games have been put on Origin, including Racer, BF 1 and 2 OG, and Republic Commando.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2019, 11:52:25 AM
I have A Plague Tale preloaded and set to unlock at 6PM tonight... and RAGE 2 preloaded for tomorrow. It's gonna be a good bit of gaming for two days! :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 13, 2019, 12:32:44 PM
I will be curious as to what you think of both games.  I played the first Rage a bit but it was mostly meh.  Tried to be Borderlands but failed.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2019, 01:52:26 PM
I will be curious as to what you think of both games.  I played the first Rage a bit but it was mostly meh.  Tried to be Borderlands but failed.

I didn't really think it tried to be Borderlands at all. It was leaning into the same sort of violent-comedy vibe that many games were around then (see also, Bulletstorm), but it was doing its own thing. It was decently popular, reviewed well enough. I think it's more fun than BL myself, but opinions.

Anyway, RAGE 2 looks awesome. And if the countdown on my Bethesda launcher is accurate, it actually unlocks at 7 tonight so... hrm. Gonna be some decision-making tonight what game to play first!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 13, 2019, 06:11:05 PM
Rage came out in late 2011, but I don't think they said "hey lets copy borderlands!"  This is a game from id who were making FPS games before Randy Pitchford was a grade A douchebag.  I admit I haven't played it much, and some of it seems similar to Borderlands, but its just different.  I found a good line that it is basically 90% Doom, 10% RPG, and has only so many fixed guns vs the bagillions of possible ones.

Looking in the Steam forums, you see people comparing it to Borderlands a bit. Others compare it to Fallout or other post apocalyptic games.   

I need to play it as I've been a big iD fan going back a long way.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2019, 07:52:12 PM
90 minutes into A Plague Tale. Just beat the first boss.

This game is off the charts amazing. 10/10 so far. I daresay, flawless so far.

Stupidly gorgeous. Fantastic voice acting. Compelling story. Great stealth. Fun mechanics in general. Absolutely ridiculous attention to detail on making the 14th century setting come to life - as a medievalist, I'm *impressed* as hell.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 13, 2019, 10:02:46 PM
Screenshot dump!

https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812095284/D7C2678927CAF54EEE45FC872445AD40E4C68812/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217811614001/BFA90D800B620DDBE554D4F7740A95C463AAC102/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217811881777/0E76D2354031E1FCDA2FE03192DA8360AB4DCFD3/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217811896037/02E0B44E9DA0938BC2FFC1A1132B9C9CDF818039/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812013403/4735870677FA84F7A8E74A306229A2AC669EB319/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812011100/3EED97CE20E25416BB21BC4B3211ED3D36ED6525/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812076415/5CC04D254D9B5BD5C1AFE86E4016DEF66C1CEB91/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812095471/06059A543DE9F2E6B34DDBD727E3178C1AB066BA/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812211050/7C1490C1B677DBE7199F7386B29A50C6DB253B3E/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812211283/FFE782282A45C42E50E4FB3DF0BD021A41A98F23/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812300330/F84D155B3E995EEACF8A6EF910559B1C7C857417/
https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/809997217812300766/5C7513511260E9B7B7B8A45E4AB6BF1CD9ED5541/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 14, 2019, 10:12:33 AM
Nice.  But is it good?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 14, 2019, 11:20:46 AM
 ???
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 14, 2019, 05:25:36 PM
lol...somehow I missed your post above the links.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 14, 2019, 05:38:06 PM
5 hours in. It's still absolutely phenomenal.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 18, 2019, 06:54:59 PM
I've been playing Titan Quest again, since they just kicked out yet another expansion last week. Who'd've thunk, 10 years ago, we'd be playing a new expansion for TQ in 2019?  ;D

Having more fun with it now than I did then.....
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 18, 2019, 07:59:14 PM
The character moves so slowly in TQ.  I tried to replay it about a year ago and found it painful.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 18, 2019, 10:05:18 PM
The character moves so slowly in TQ.  I tried to replay it about a year ago and found it painful.

Play a build with faster movement. :D

But really, I don't think it's any slower than Diablo 3?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 18, 2019, 11:40:28 PM
Just played for another hour. Yeah, my character definitely moves as fast as I ever did in D3. I know they've patched a shitload and made some significant QoL changes... perhaps move speed was among them? You should give it another try.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 19, 2019, 01:36:05 AM
Tonight I finally finished a game first released at the end of 1995. The Master Levels for Doom2.
Iíve owned this since some time in the late 90s and itís only 22 levels but it comes in a horrible form where most of the levels arenít connected. They want you to play one then go back and do another. Over half of the levels are fine to play.  Some are challenging  and some are just stupid verging on pathetic, at least with keyboard only movement.   The Mephisto level made me stop for 2 years and the express elevator to help was my last one. Those narrow corridors with no room to dodge or hide just sucks.
Fuck Cranium. Almost of all his maps have some creative bits but are just shot to play

I see one of the authors John Anderson aka dr sleep recently died. I enjoyed his maps as I did Tim willits who is now the boss of Id software.

Itís a bit weird to finally have it done. I was going for 100% kills and secrets and while a YouTube video shows you where things are, to actually do it yourself is something else.

I think Iíll do it again one day but with the maps knitted together so there is only one pistol start.

Iíve got a bunch of other 90s ones  Iíll work on one day
 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 19, 2019, 04:25:17 PM
Doom is definitely a mixed bag. The earlier levels are creative, but later levels tend to be over-sprawling messes that make you memorize the clusterfucks. Still amongst my favorite games of all time but the shareware levels really nailed it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 19, 2019, 07:31:14 PM
Doom is definitely a mixed bag. The earlier levels are creative, but later levels tend to be over-sprawling messes that make you memorize the clusterfucks. Still amongst my favorite games of all time but the shareware levels really nailed it.

it is interesting watching live streams of 30 levels, especially when others are part of a voice chat and sharing their thoughts for which levels they really dislike.  But as you say, if you know the levels, sometimes that can be half the battle.  Knowing a good order of where to go and when.  Otherwise you get tired of the monster closets and ambushes.

The difference between being lost and or face stomped with rage quits or performing is massive.  They don't make games how they used to :)

I've got this idea in the back of my head if I get an entire uninterrupted day, stream from Doom1 and see how far I could go ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on May 20, 2019, 03:26:25 AM
Playing 'Ruiner' on the PS4 following giving it a go on y friends Xbox. Refreshingly challenging for a console title and just on the right edge of frustration. It is quite frantic in places but, the bossfights require strategy and a few attempts to get them right. Great cyberpunk atmosphere and soundtrack.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 20, 2019, 09:26:38 PM
So Epic goes for their first sale and actually has a cool idea to give them some credit "get $10 off its if more than $15 which is nice, but the more expensive the game, the less it is as a %". 
However then getting the devs saying, actually no, remove me from your sale, or take my game out of your store for a while .. FAIL lol


Shit this gets funnier!
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2019/05/epic-games-store-will-block-your-account-if-you-buy-too-many-games-too-quickly/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 21, 2019, 05:02:44 PM
What a clusterfuck of a store.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Lego on May 26, 2019, 07:59:49 AM
You know, I figured Path of Exile would be more popular here, amidst a bunch of D2 players.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 26, 2019, 09:33:23 AM
Path of Exile is poop on a stick.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 26, 2019, 06:48:59 PM
You know, I figured Path of Exile would be more popular here, amidst a bunch of D2 players.

Quite a lot has changed for me between the heyday years of D2 and now with PoE. 
Then:
no job, no kids, girlfriend for only part of that, and mostly long distance.  With my study which I failed a few things and didn't try to hard, I had a LOT of D2 time.  Also this was in the days before Steam.  There were other games to fight for attention, but less shiny things.

These days.
Full time job, 2 kids, wife who I discovered isn't a big fan if I game too much vs the time I spend with her.  i'm also currently doing some study again.  Oh and Steam, it says I currently have 762 products in my library, even if you say half is stuff I won't play, thats a lot of competition for my gaming time.

And its from my country which is cool.  I really do want to give it a try, but its partly why I haven't played Grim Dawn, even Torchlight 2 back in its day.  I'd want a good 100 or more hours to do it properly.  Thats a big ask.

If PoE had released back then, I'm sure I'd play it to death.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 26, 2019, 06:57:15 PM
Different topic: While Epic is banning people's accounts for trying to use it, Steam comes up with a small 4 day event to remind us of the history we all have with them in their "Spring Clean" event. 

1) Give people access to certain games free for the weekend
2) A nice meta event with a badge/items available for little effort.  Something many people enjoy and of course Epic won't have for a while (shit they don't even have a proper shopping basket)
3) A reminder of games you have in your account that you might have forgotten about, some of the suggestions I had fun firing up
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 27, 2019, 03:36:52 PM
Kept seeing Burnout Paradise Remastered on sale for less than $5, which is a game I enjoyed a lot 10 years ago.  The trophy requirements have been lessened quite a bit, as the collectables all require only doing "half" of them instead of "100%".  I figured I wouldn't even try doing the online ones, since they require 8 people to cooperate for some of them, but I joined one today and everyone was actually really nice and helpful, and in about 30 minutes I randomly got the platinum.  It's generally my type of racing game, where crashing is not really a huge deal and doing "cool" things is rewarded.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 30, 2019, 07:08:03 PM
So new CoD for the year is announced.  Going to have a single player campaign again (good) some of it can be coop (good) no season pass (good).  buy it on Battle net ..  meh, not ideal but I do have an account.  I'm glad its Infinity Wards turn.  I seem to prefer their output, even their badder ones.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on May 31, 2019, 04:41:16 AM
Playing Metro 2033 and reading the book. I'm enjoying the game, very atmospheric, reasonably challenging and has an interesting story which justifies the game being linear rather than open world, wandery, wandery like S.T.A.L.K.E.R.  I'm in a Russian setting, shooting people and mutants with a VSS Vintorez, so I'm happy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 03, 2019, 12:55:16 PM
So I bought Divinity: Original Sin 2 for the PS4.  My wife and I created characters have started playing.  Took an hour and we are still on the ship.  I think, at this pace, it will take us 20 to 30 hours just to get done with the beginning city.

So far very impressed but also feeling a bit overwhelmed by all there is to learn.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 10, 2019, 03:10:23 AM
So Bethesda pick up the beloved, but neglected commander keen series and are turning it into a mobile game. It looks awful.

Tom hall the guy behind the original wanted to work on it. They said nah. Then throw this shit out :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 10, 2019, 05:57:19 AM
Meanwhile Cyberpunk 2077 adds Keanu to the already ridiculous hype train.

Prediction: it will be the best-selling video game ever.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 10, 2019, 09:43:51 AM
I am not planning on buying right out of the gate.  I am certainly interested.  I still need to finish Witcher 2 and then start 3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 10, 2019, 12:52:25 PM
Keanu was pretty sweet, although I think most people were already all-in on Cyberpunk.  The Bethesda conference was mostly ruined by the audience screaming at every word, so they were obviously employees and/or paid to be there.  I've never bought a Devolver game, but I appreciate their meta-style of announcements, and that they announced a new arcade cabinet of all things.  All of the conferences so far (besides EA) have shown a few new things that looked interesting, but none of them have really taken advantage of Sony's absence either.  I know people interested in Phantasy Star Online 2, but that game came out in Japan in 2012, and finally jumping into an MMO 8 years after its release doesn't seem that enticing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 10, 2019, 04:35:04 PM
The Bethesda conference was mostly ruined by the audience screaming at every word, so they were obviously employees and/or paid to be there.


ROFLMAO

(https://i.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/newsfeed/000/044/778/hatersgonnacat.jpg?1318992465)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 10, 2019, 04:37:31 PM
I am not planning on buying right out of the gate.  I am certainly interested.  I still need to finish Witcher 2 and then start 3.

I've been a Cyberpunk fan since I played the RPG in the late 80s. And although I didn't like The Witcher because I dislike Geralt, I also appreciate that the last one was a phenomenal game and CDPR has proven they can do justice to Cyberpunk. And then Keanu? In my Cyberpunk? As Johnny Silverhand? FFS, I have no words. I just know that I have so much hype for this I can't stand myself. I'll totally be buying it in a few weeks.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 10, 2019, 05:18:24 PM
Just watched the trailer and it looks good.  But trailer != gameplay.

Still it was a good sign.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 10, 2019, 09:24:47 PM
FF7 Remake stuff looked great.  3/3/2020, showed off several bosses, combat with Cloud/Barret/Aerith/Tifa.  Also FF8 finally getting a remaster.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 11, 2019, 12:04:39 PM
The Nintendo Direct was pure fire.  Breath of the Wild is getting a sequel (eventually).  Dragon Quest protagonists and Banjo-Kazooie in Smash.  The Dark Crystal (yes, the movie) is getting a Tactics game.  Seiken Densetsu 3 is being remade as Trials of Mana, as well as the original in the Mana Collection being out for Switch today.  No More Heroes 3 and Luigi's Mansion 3 look cool.  I haven't bought a Nintendo console since the SNES, but I have to admit they arguably had the best E3 showing (besides maybe Square-Enix).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 11, 2019, 04:28:18 PM
The Nintendo Direct was pure fire.  Breath of the Wild is getting a sequel (eventually).  Dragon Quest protagonists and Banjo-Kazooie in Smash.  The Dark Crystal (yes, the movie) is getting a Tactics game.  Seiken Densetsu 3 is being remade as Trials of Mana, as well as the original in the Mana Collection being out for Switch today.  No More Heroes 3 and Luigi's Mansion 3 look cool.  I haven't bought a Nintendo console since the SNES, but I have to admit they arguably had the best E3 showing (besides maybe Square-Enix).

... not counting the one with Keanu, of course. ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 11, 2019, 05:42:14 PM
... not counting the one with Keanu, of course. ;)

;) I'm counting the conferences as a whole.  Keanu might be the best moment for many, and understandably so, but not every game at the Microsoft conference was as well presented as that.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 13, 2019, 06:03:00 PM
Played through What Remains of Edith Finch, which was free on PS+ last month (or the month before?).  Interesting game, or rather "interactive story".  At least there are no fail states, so what little gameplay there is doesn't distract from the story.  Very somber tone overall though, and not every mini-story was explained very well so the impact wasn't as strong as it could've been (or maybe I missed some details).  Not sure if it would be a great game to play when dealing with family tragedy or a terrible one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 13, 2019, 08:13:18 PM
Oh man, I loved Edith Finch. What an amazing experience. Right up there with Gone Home.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 17, 2019, 05:02:35 PM
Played through Everybody's Gone To The Rapture.  Needs a mod that lets you move at 500% speed and it'd be fine.  The swirl of light that is supposed to guide you along gets lost sometimes too.  Was kinda hoping that more of the character backstories you unfold would focus more on what they thought was actually happening instead of their rather boring domestic issues, and most of the characters end up being very unlikeable.  While I think they were going for ambiguity in what is causing the "Rapture", it swung a little too obviously towards one direction to "really make me think" after playing it. Love the music and the graphics though.

After playing so much of Burnout Paradise: Remastered, starting playing Onrush (yet another free PS+ game), which has the same boost/takedown arcade racer mechanics, just in a different style.  Not as interesting as exploring a big city or trying to cause as much collateral damage as possible, but good for some quick kinetic fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on June 18, 2019, 09:22:45 PM
I've playing [/b]Starcrawlers[/b], which is a sci-fi mostly-procedurally-generated 1st person turn-based dungeon crawler. Gets compared to Legend of Grimrock, which I havent played. Its quite fun and cheap on GOG atm
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 24, 2019, 05:25:21 PM
Played a bit of Lovers In A Dangerous Spacetime (another free PS+ game), mostly just because of the name.  Pretty cool concept, in that it's primarily a 2-player co-op spaceship game where each person has to switch around several stations to fire guns, move the ship, divert shields, etc.  Not super fun to play alone though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 07, 2019, 01:03:42 PM
(https://us.v-cdn.net/5018289/uploads/editor/6d/aanb5ct21uyj.png)

Yep, the Steam sale meta-game worked out okay for me I guess.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 07, 2019, 07:04:15 PM
wow!  Personally I used them to boost the badge and my steam profile.  I got a new showcase.  I wasn't going to play games to boost it
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 07, 2019, 08:41:44 PM
wow!  Personally I used them to boost the badge and my steam profile.  I got a new showcase.  I wasn't going to play games to boost it

You didn't have to play any games to boost it... At the end of the metagame, all the points accumulated became tokens automatically. It was in the FAQ that it would happen but like, nobody I know actually read it. LOL
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 07, 2019, 10:29:29 PM
Steam Grand Prix 2019
7,600 XP
Unlocked 8 Jul @ 12:08pm

That is where the majority of my tokens went.  I started with 4000 tokens unspent from Lunar New Year.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 08, 2019, 09:56:00 AM
Sadly I did not have time for messing around with the sale this time.  Ah well.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 08, 2019, 12:43:59 PM
Sadly I did not have time for messing around with the sale this time.  Ah well.

Neither did I. That's what was cool about it. I got all these coupons and never played the metagame at all. Woo, best metagame ever!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 20, 2019, 06:38:11 AM
On Amazon right now, until July 26, with your Twitch Prime account, you can get one of these games (https://www.amazon.com/b?node=19520441011) for $14.99 and then get a $15 Amazon credit added to your account.

Hey, free game, so why not?

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 21, 2019, 07:12:00 PM
One of my favourite ever platformers has come to steam! https://store.steampowered.com/app/628720/GODS_Remastered/

They want $20 which sorta sucks, but the nostalgia might make me get it anyway.    I played this pre internet, it had no game saving, so you pushed on, and if you failed you had to start over, but by that time you'd been on the computer too long and had to come back another day.  It took quite some time to beat the game as there was a lot of trial and error. 

Its not the best platformer I've ever played but every now and then I've looked for this game on steam, so amped to see it finally turn up!
Its 30 years old now and looks it.  Sounds like a few new features, screw the new graphics.  The music from the intro is gone which is a massive shame.

Just a matter of time til I get this!  oh and it has achievements! I haven't actually got any new steam achievements in almost 6 months but this has me excited.

Apparently it has leaderboards and a speedrun mode too!

Well there was  sale, I had time so I bought it, played it, and did ALL the things I did in the past and didn't know how to do before.  It was WONDERFUL!  Ended up with 100% achievements after 15 hours.  The first hour was pretty awful as they change the controls.  Previously you had the arrow keys and one button to do everything else (shoot, jump, levers).  Having different buttons meant in my head I knew what I wanted to do .. but then found myself jumping into monsters.  The second hour took a it of time where I would basically try to say out loud "ok I want to shoot, so I need to press CTRL" then did it and then got into the groove and never looked back.

So frustrating .. but very much worth it.

The speedrun thing I did last, it was fun and not frustrating to see if I could get through the 12 levels in less than 60 minutes.  In the end I was 51 and a bit minutes so had some time to spare.  I ended up 4th on the speedrun ladder so far.

@Darkness: if you find yourself with a few pounds that need to be spent, I'd suggest you try it at the next sale :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 23, 2019, 07:33:15 PM
Epic can't stop fucking up, can they? (https://www.dsogaming.com/news/despite-being-an-epic-games-store-exclusive-tetris-effect-requires-steam-in-order-to-run/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 23, 2019, 07:48:59 PM
Its almost as if all the money is in Sales/Marketing types who pay publishers without any actual tech people having any say or control in anything.  Best to avoid that Dogturd_in_a_bag_on_fire
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 24, 2019, 09:56:49 AM
Well the developers are more at fault here IMO.  They made the game with Steam VR what did they expect?  Of course Epic does deserve some blame as they should have guidelines for what works or doesn't work on their platform.

Replayed Batman Arkham Asylum.  Over all it has aged pretty well. 

I am going to try my hand at Wolfenstein: New Order.  No clue where this game sits in the Wolfenstein universe.  Can't imagine that the story is that important.  One of the very first games I ever loved was Castle Wolfenstein so I am hoping I will enjoy it. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 25, 2019, 10:11:55 AM
Started Wolfenstein.  So far so good.  Not the twitch fest that was the latest Doom game.  Of course it is early but enjoying it so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 25, 2019, 04:32:19 PM
Ah yes, that came out today didn't it? I may install it this weekend and give it a quick whirl.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 25, 2019, 04:35:45 PM
He is playing ďthe new orderĒ from 2014 not the 2019 games.

Assist thatís one Iíve been meaning to go back to.  I started it. Enjoyed others from the series
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 25, 2019, 05:31:26 PM
Yeah...I am playing the older one.  Need to get some Nazis.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 26, 2019, 07:01:08 PM
Starting last night, Monster Hunter World has all of their previous events going over the next 5 weeks up to the Iceborne launch, so anyone that has the game that missed the weekly events can go back and get all the unique armor and weapons, plus there's a free (super rare) Attack decoration for logging in at least once.  Fun to see everything I missed, and to get the perspective of how many crossovers they've had.  Assassin's Creed, Horizon Zero Dawn, Mega Man, Street Fighter, Devil May Cry, Final Fantasy XIV, The Witcher 3, quite the assortment.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 29, 2019, 10:25:51 AM
I have made it to the Moon base in W:NO.  Overall I am enjoying the game.  I am playing it on an easier setting which I think is making the game more enjoyable.  There is a surprising amount of stealth to the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 29, 2019, 04:24:11 PM
New Wolfenstein with the twin redneck girls is a lot of fun. I'm awful at it, like I am with any shooter, but the sisters are entertaining enough to keep me at it. I'm only playing solo because I'm allergic to co-op, and I don't have any issues with the AI sister or anything, so that's a plus.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 30, 2019, 10:19:25 AM
Well keep me up to date with how playing that game is solo.  I have enjoyed W:NO.  Grant you I am playing on an easier setting than I normally do but still pretty fun.  I will probably make my way up the chain of Wolfenstein games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 30, 2019, 09:59:33 PM
Well keep me up to date . . .

I would but... well, I just got sucked into Outward (https://store.steampowered.com/app/794260/), and Outward might just be the RPG I've been pining for...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on August 06, 2019, 01:10:28 PM
Went to EVO just recently (biggest fighting game tournament in the world, held in Las Vegas) and it was a good time. I got out of the day 1 pools in Street Fighter V and did okayish (2-2) in Samurai Shodown which is a game I have very little time playing. Really cool experience and it's neat how accessible all of the pro players are. You could go up and say hi in between sets or grab a picture with them or whatever. All in all, a worthwhile experience!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 06, 2019, 03:29:51 PM
I accidentally ended up in Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Conference (a couple of years ago).  Unsurprisingly the participants were not as accessible as that.

Finished Wolfenstein, which I enjoyed as a whole.  Nothing earth shattering but it was a good time.

I also finished Detroit Becoming Human.  That was an interesting experience.  I am actually trying it again hoping for some different results.  Not sure if I will be able to make it through a whole second play through.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 06, 2019, 04:33:23 PM
Always wanted to go to EVO, although I'm not sure I'd be confident enough to play any of the current games (maybe SFV, but I'd be lucky to win 1 game), so I'd probably just enter a few of the side tournaments like for CVS2.  Thankfully EVO is pretty good about giving space to a bunch of older games, and most of them end up with at least 50-100 competitors each, even really obscure ones.

Kinda sad about Honda/Poison/Lucia being leaked right before EVO, leading Capcom to have basically nothing to announce there, other than "more will be coming in December" around Capcom Cup.  They needed something huge to get back a lot of the audience they've lost, and 3 characters isn't going to cut it after 8 months of nothing.  Capcom has been doing almost everything right the past 2 years or so EXCEPT with fighting games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on August 07, 2019, 02:21:33 PM
Anyone check out Age of Wonders: Planetfall yet? Looks like it would scratch my itch, probably once the price comes down.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on August 07, 2019, 06:18:13 PM
I accidentally ended up in Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Conference (a couple of years ago).
Accidentally.  OK.  :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 07, 2019, 06:48:51 PM
I accidentally ended up in Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Conference (a couple of years ago).
Accidentally.  OK.  :P

what/who else did he accidentally end up in? ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on August 07, 2019, 08:17:09 PM
Anyone check out Age of Wonders: Planetfall yet? Looks like it would scratch my itch, probably once the price comes down.

I haven't played it, but I too am waiting for it to drop in price  8)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 08, 2019, 10:49:31 AM
I accidentally ended up in Vegas during the Adult Entertainment Conference (a couple of years ago).
Accidentally.  OK.  :P

what/who else did he accidentally end up in? ;)

Easy there!  lol

In my defense one of my college buddies set up the schedule.  STOYA!  :-P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on August 08, 2019, 11:45:34 AM
Always wanted to go to EVO, although I'm not sure I'd be confident enough to play any of the current games (maybe SFV, but I'd be lucky to win 1 game), so I'd probably just enter a few of the side tournaments like for CVS2.  Thankfully EVO is pretty good about giving space to a bunch of older games, and most of them end up with at least 50-100 competitors each, even really obscure ones.

Kinda sad about Honda/Poison/Lucia being leaked right before EVO, leading Capcom to have basically nothing to announce there, other than "more will be coming in December" around Capcom Cup.  They needed something huge to get back a lot of the audience they've lost, and 3 characters isn't going to cut it after 8 months of nothing.  Capcom has been doing almost everything right the past 2 years or so EXCEPT with fighting games.
You look pretty up on the FGC news! Yeah, it was a bummer for Capcom about the leak. Ono clearly took it very hard. I challenged some friends to some Week 1 characters. I'm repping Poison to see if I can shut down their Honda and Lucia respectively. I'm a Vega main and there are some definite similarities to Poison, but SFV is a pretty aggressive game, so mid-long range whip slashes that don't knock opponents down may make for a rough time (and she's pretty different from SF4 where she was basically a shoto). Anyway, we'll see if I can make her work, but definitely not interested in replacing my main. As far as the state of SFV, more characters isn't *really* what's needed imo. I was hoping for new V-skills over new characters, but that's probably just my own wishful thinking.

Quote from: Sith
I also finished Detroit Becoming Human.
Yeah, I picked that one up too (before it was free on PSN  :-\) and it looks like a fun playthrough and cool concept. Will have to make some time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 08, 2019, 11:48:08 AM
I liked Heavy Rain better which hopefully you got along with Becoming Human.  Not sure how well Heavy Rain aged but it was one of my favorite PS3 games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 08, 2019, 12:21:06 PM
You look pretty up on the FGC news! Yeah, it was a bummer for Capcom about the leak. Ono clearly took it very hard. I challenged some friends to some Week 1 characters. I'm repping Poison to see if I can shut down their Honda and Lucia respectively. I'm a Vega main and there are some definite similarities to Poison, but SFV is a pretty aggressive game, so mid-long range whip slashes that don't knock opponents down may make for a rough time (and she's pretty different from SF4 where she was basically a shoto). Anyway, we'll see if I can make her work, but definitely not interested in replacing my main. As far as the state of SFV, more characters isn't *really* what's needed imo. I was hoping for new V-skills over new characters, but that's probably just my own wishful thinking.

Yeah, I've been watching streams getting a feel for the new characters.  Lucia looks to be the best (and has the best accent ;)), as her fireball is can be tricky to work around and she has several extended combos, although a lot of her pressure will probably get stopped by matchup knowledge as it's not all safe.  Honda is the defensive wall he always has been, which works well in some matchups and not others.  Poison may take some time to perfect, and I'm not sure she has all the tools she needs, but her neutral seems decent (standing MK being cancelable is really nice).  As far as changes, I was hoping for some type of extended story mode that would link SF4->SF5->SF3 together properly, as SF5 is basically a big meaningless gap in the story where nothing happens and no one has changed.  The season 3 and 4 characters have hinted at that change (Cody becoming Mayor, Sakura graduating and getting a job, G eventually becoming Q), but we've yet to see it come together.  It would be nice to have a good story for once, but then they'd probably try to force every character in there in awkward ways and bumble it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on August 09, 2019, 11:34:42 AM
I liked Heavy Rain better which hopefully you got along with Becoming Human.  Not sure how well Heavy Rain aged but it was one of my favorite PS3 games.
Ha! Actually it did come with it! I sort of wrote it off as an unnecessary add-on (and I think someone told me it had gratuitous torture scenes or something?), so never had any intention of playing. Maybe I'll have to add it to the backlog list since it has such high Sssith praise though.

Quote from: maxbeedo
Lucia looks to be the best (and has the best accent ;))
I haven't messed with her at all yet, but the two guys I'm throwing down with on Saturday to put our W1 skills to the test, have both voiced complaints on her voice and changed her to the Japanese voice actor. Different strokes I guess, but I have no opinion. Something I'm not digging at the moment is Poison's st.HP x QCB LP~LK stance cancel nonsense. I'm sure I'll get it consistently if I continue to play her, but forced stance cancels add an unnecessary execution barrier to truly play her to the fullest. Maybe it will be second nature soon, but right now it feels very unintuitive.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 09, 2019, 11:52:14 AM
I think one thing that can show how good a game Heavy Rain is the completion rate.  According to an article I read the completion rate of a game is generally around 25%.  At one point Heavy Rain had a completion rate of 72%.  What I remember from the game is story that really hooked me.  The subject matter is dark, but I don't remember a torture scene.  Of course it has been a really long time since I first played that game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on August 09, 2019, 12:12:16 PM
I think one thing that can show how good a game Heavy Rain is the completion rate.  According to an article I read the completion rate of a game is generally around 25%.  At one point Heavy Rain had a completion rate of 72%. 
That's super interesting. This piqued my curiosity, so I googled some more just to check out some other examples. Didn't turn up much in the way of recent posts, but 72% does seem crazy high. I imagine game completion rates will get lower and lower too as time goes on. I don't use steam so probably not as easy to track my own playthroughs, but I imagine my own completion rate for owned games is fairly low as well. Immersive, single-player, story-driven games are probably the best in terms of completion rates, but I wonder what genre of games are the worst in this area.

"9 out of 10 will not finish the game they are playing" - Kotaku article  (https://kotaku.com/nine-out-of-10-will-not-finish-the-game-they-are-playin-5832450)
"Statistically, most players donít finish games. Weíve all seen numbers that say something like a third [do finish games], on average" - IGN article (https://www.ign.com/articles/2014/03/17/gdc-most-players-dont-finish-games)

Quote from: old post from like 8 years ago
Call of Duty 4 - 58.20 %
Hannah Montana - 58.33% 
Mass Effect 1 - 58.73%
Call of duty 6 (MW2) - 59.14 %
Assassin's Creed II - 59.45 %
Call of duty 7 (BO) - 63.86% 
Dead Space 2 - 65.76%
Portal -  65.82 %
Mass Effect 2 - 66.45%

Quote from: IGN list
The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1 - 66%
 Mass Effect 2 - 56%
 BioShock Infinite - 53%
 Batman: Arkham City - 47%
 Portal - 47%
 Mass Effect 3- 42%
 The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 - 39%
 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 32%
 Borderlands 2 - 30%

I haven't played any of the games on either list I don't think.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Ray Patean on August 09, 2019, 12:17:08 PM
Don't lie to us. We all know you've played the shit out of the Hannah Montana game!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on August 09, 2019, 12:26:44 PM
BUSTED!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 09, 2019, 12:38:06 PM
It is also difficult because what constitutes finishing a game.  In Borderlands does doing one play-through with one character meet that mark?  I think a game like Heavy Rain it is probably easier to define.

I generally finish a game that I start.

Quote from: old post from like 8 years ago
Call of Duty 4 - 58.20 % <--I played one CoD game not sure if this one but whichever one it was I completed the SP side of the game.
Hannah Montana - 58.33%  <-- Never played it.  I swear
Mass Effect 1 - 58.73% <--completed multiple times
Call of duty 6 (MW2) - 59.14 %  <-see above
Assassin's Creed II - 59.45 % <-- never played it
Call of duty 7 (BO) - 63.86%  <-- see above
Dead Space 2 - 65.76% <-- completed 1,2,3
Portal -  65.82 % <- completed
Mass Effect 2 - 66.45% <-completed multiple times

Quote from: IGN list
The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 1 - 66% <- completed
 Mass Effect 2 - 56% <-see above
 BioShock Infinite - 53% <-- completed 1, 2, 3
 Batman: Arkham City - 47% <- completed
 Portal - 47% <- see above
 Mass Effect 3- 42% <-completed multiple times
 The Walking Dead: Season 1, Episode 5 - 39%
 The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - 32% <- completed main game -- never finished the DLC
 Borderlands 2 - 30% <-completed the shit out of this
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 09, 2019, 02:25:33 PM
Something I'm not digging at the moment is Poison's st.HP x QCB LP~LK stance cancel nonsense. I'm sure I'll get it consistently if I continue to play her, but forced stance cancels add an unnecessary execution barrier to truly play her to the fullest. Maybe it will be second nature soon, but right now it feels very unintuitive.

I agree, I probably won't pick her up for that reason (I've been holding on to just over 100k fight money to pick up one character... will probably pick Lucia, but I haven't decided).  However, that does mean that fewer players will really master Poison, which means she'll be exciting to watch should any top players actually pick her up.  Seeing Menat doing optimal V-trigger-1 combos, consistent and optimal Karin launches, etc., differentiates the true execution pros from the randoms. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 09, 2019, 04:16:57 PM
I even finished Heavy Rain. And I almost never finish a game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 09, 2019, 07:06:04 PM
EVEN PIXIE FINISHED THAT GAME!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on August 09, 2019, 07:20:00 PM
Lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 17, 2019, 04:38:26 PM
Anyone remember Hellgate: London?

So, I've been playing Remnant: From the Ashes (https://store.steampowered.com/app/617290/Remnant_From_the_Ashes/) and this is like playing a fevered dream in which Hellgate: London and Dark Souls got together and spawned a demon child and that demon child grew up playing Fallout games. It is a glorious thing and I highly recommend taking a look. It's a $40 game with every bit of the appearance and polish of a AAA game. Lengthwise, it's said to be 15-20 hours, with at least 3 playthroughs needed to see all the things.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 17, 2019, 04:50:46 PM
Anyone remember Hellgate: London?

So, I've been playing Remnant: From the Ashes (https://store.steampowered.com/app/617290/Remnant_From_the_Ashes/) and this is like playing a fevered dream in which Hellgate: London and Dark Souls got together and spawned a demon child and that demon child grew up playing Fallout games. It is a glorious thing and I highly recommend taking a look. It's a $40 game with every bit of the appearance and polish of a AAA game. Lengthwise, it's said to be 15-20 hours, with at least 3 playthroughs needed to see all the things.

Colour me intrigued!

I've mostly been playing around with PC settings, but now I'm mostly happy I've finally started Rise of the Tomb Raider.  Not particularly far through but I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 18, 2019, 07:08:00 PM
Given that I love Hellgate despite its flaws I think I will have to look into this game.  Thanks for the heads up.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on August 27, 2019, 12:48:36 PM
After finishing the 90s shadow warrior, Iím now playing duke3d. I have a feeling a long time back I did the original campaign. I have extra levels in the two versions I have on steam so doing both those and getting achievements as I go. Might finally try to finish duke nuke forever after!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on August 27, 2019, 03:36:08 PM
i've dumped way too much time this last week into Stellaris. seems like it's probably replaced my need to play alpha centauri/alien crossfire any more. definitely easy to lose track of time with this one, as my wife has let me know...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 27, 2019, 04:36:03 PM
Just upgraded my PC so now I'm just eagerly awaiting Cyberpunk 2077 (is preordered!) so I can put it to the test. Nothing else out right now is stressing the hardware even a little. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 28, 2019, 03:07:50 PM
i've dumped way too much time this last week into Stellaris. seems like it's probably replaced my need to play alpha centauri/alien crossfire any more. definitely easy to lose track of time with this one, as my wife has let me know...

Stellaris is really rather good.  I haven't given it nearly the level of attention it deserves.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on September 02, 2019, 03:24:08 PM
Got totally distracted from Rise of the Tomb Raider by Frostpunk.   Damn this is a great game.  It probably isn't the most replayable, but it certainly has enough of an experience in it to justify its price tag!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 13, 2019, 07:47:22 PM
Steam profile of one of the princes of Saudi Arabia (https://steamcommunity.com/id/Archangel_Yuji/)... he's a weeb. And drops $TEXAS on Steam items.

I am amused.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 18, 2019, 12:30:16 AM
So now there is a Rockstar launcher, ... what we need, more launchers.  you can get GTA San Andreas currently for free which is great, but 15 years old now.

Also it supports some, but not all Rockstar games .. https://support.rockstargames.com/articles/360035474314/Rockstar-Games-Launcher-supported-titles

So not the first 2 GTAs from the top down .. but you can do the 3/VC/SA trilogy. .. but not 4 and Episodes.. but yes to 5.

Sounds odd ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 18, 2019, 10:35:40 AM
Every company having their own launcher is a shitty situation.  Not sure what the solution is but I hate when I have to install uPlay as an example.  I keep Origin on the computer but only use it every once and a while.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 18, 2019, 04:23:48 PM
What we need is one launcher to combine all the launchers...


>.>
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 18, 2019, 05:22:25 PM
What we need is one launcher to combine all the launchers...


>.>

(https://support.apple.com/library/content/dam/edam/applecare/images/en_US/ipad/ipad/apple_logo.png)

Dear god no, i'd rather have 100 launchers than that ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on September 19, 2019, 03:46:19 PM
Finished Rise of the Tomb Raider.  Enjoyed it a lot as I expected to, but I'm a bit Tomb Raider'd out now so will probably wait some time before I play the final one in the trilogy.  It's not like I don't have a huge backlog of other things to play :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 23, 2019, 09:54:57 AM
I played the crap out of that game.  The third is good but 1 >>>>> 2 >>> 3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 23, 2019, 09:56:55 AM
I played the crap out of that game.  The third is good but 1 >>>>> 2 >>> 3.

This. I've beat the first one 2 or 3 times, the 2nd one once, and I still haven't gotten all the way through 3. I keep getting bored.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on September 23, 2019, 01:26:38 PM
Good to know. I won't rush to playing 3 then.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 23, 2019, 10:22:36 PM
Been slowing going through the endgame of Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.  The final main boss of the expansion was pretty awesome, and a whole new area opens up with several new monsters, though it requires a ton of grinding to get them to appear.  All of the monsters have a ton more health, and like 50 hours in I still haven't found any weapon I like more than my Taroth Assault Glutton heavy bowgun from the base game, despite it being far outclassed in "base damage" rating.  Armor options have been really good aesthetically but subpar with skills until late game.  The expansion kinda has that D2 NM->Hell feeling where the base stats of your weapons and armor are designed to just not cut it in the higher difficulty (even the worst expansion armor has 25% more defense than the absolute best main game armor), but as you know from D2, it's not just the base defense or base attack that makes gear worth using, and everything else about the weapons and armor were garbage until very very late, so I'm still looking for what I want to use longterm.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 30, 2019, 08:49:55 PM
Finished Duke 3d Episode 3, had some rough levels in there! Onto the 4th episode now, currently playing the first level which was built by a Randall Pitchford II
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on October 03, 2019, 08:52:29 AM
I just got the new Dragon Quest XI super edition on the Switch and I'm having a blast.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 06, 2019, 06:24:02 PM
I think I"ll buy my first ever Humble Monthly, mainly just for Cod WW2, one of the last 2 steam releases that hadn't been cheap enough yet.  It also comes with trilogies of Spyro and Crash which is just gravy on the side and I might check them out. 

I think I'll pick up another bundle with Bridge Constructor portal
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on October 11, 2019, 11:38:46 AM
I've also just fired up Pillars of Eternity 2 on the ol' PC and I'm having fun with that. I went in blind to character creation, so we'll see if that hurts me down the road or not. I can't wait to get my pirate ship and hit the seas in search of glorious booty! :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 11, 2019, 01:31:11 PM
(https://2static.fjcdn.com/pictures/Pirates+booty+_bc9f23_5966765.jpg)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on October 11, 2019, 07:10:47 PM
Playing some couch co-op with a buddy to beat Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice. It started strong, but a lot of the enemy types got a bit repetitive by the end. Similarly, the run/glyph puzzles also started to feel lackluster. The plot seemed kind of neat with a mental illness angle, but some of the voices (the angry, super deep voice in her head, in particular) were hard to understand so I felt lost in some places. Anyway, it was a quick playthrough and ranked as a middling level of fun to me. Also playing some couch co-op of Bloodstained with another friend who's a big Castlevania fan. We're probably halfway through I'd guess. *Neither of those games is true co-op, so we just pass the controller. To remedy this and assemble all friends, I picked up Dragon's Crown Pro and pre-ordered Trine 4 so we can all play in the same room on the same screen at the same time. I'm looking forward to that. In other news, it looks like a fighting game scene is starting to take root not too far away, so hopefully it is capable of sustaining itself and the monthlies they are planning work out well with lots of attendance. The location seems pretty solid (like a pinball barcade place), so I'm cautiously optimistic. Will bring a fight stick for their first meetup and hopefully knock gloves with some fellow FGC enthusiasts.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 11, 2019, 08:23:40 PM
Hellblade needs to be played with good headphones or good surround sound. I assume the sound system was lacking if the voices were hard to understand.

Easily one of the best games I've ever played. Pure artistry brilliantly researched and executed.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on October 11, 2019, 08:49:33 PM
Oh yeah, it definitely wasn't a bad game by any stretch. It had a great tone and told a different story than most games of this type, so I really dug the aesthetic. A handful of the puzzles were really innovative so it also gets positive marks for that. I even had a character named Valravn back in Torchlight, so some of the bosses and environments were right up my alley. It was just some of the gameplay that made it seem like it quite couldn't live up to what it wanted to be. The enemy types were too few and far between, so it felt like once you'd mastered that parry and appropriate combo, they were no longer a threat. But they were there at every step along the way. Too much of the same plus a mini boss rush thing nearing the end pushed it toward stale. And in a game with so few enemy types, some truly different color palettes would have gone a long way in keeping down the repetition (Remember that shield guy? Did every single shield guy need a red and black shield? I get that modeling a brand new shield with spikes instead of antlers or in a different shape would cost more time/money, but surely a new coat of paint or three on some of the enemies could have been justified). I like the idea of Senua better than the game itself, but it was definitely not a bad game. If I ever do pick it back up for a future replay, I'll try the headphones route since I'm sure that does indeed kick the immersion up several notches with all the voice whisperings and such.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on October 12, 2019, 02:30:03 PM
What we need is one launcher to combine all the launchers...


>.>

was amused/irritated when the last patch for stellaris makes steam launch a paradox launcher rather than the game directly. launchers all the way down...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 14, 2019, 06:11:57 PM
https://twitter.com/AllGamesDelta_/status/1183835850196561921?

Volition found the source code for Saints Row 2, and we're getting a patch to fix the PC port.

Holy shit, I'm excited. Woooooo!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 14, 2019, 06:47:16 PM
should have said "adding Steamworks" not just "we are patching"  ooo excitement!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on October 18, 2019, 09:08:11 PM
Started in on Trine 4 with a couple of buddies. I hadn't heard of this game or series as of a month ago, but it has a real Lost Vikings vibe. Anyone remember that Blizzard classic? Anyway, it's a 2D puzzle platformer style game for three players. Each of the three characters is unique and necessary for progressing as a team, and although you could alternate as you go if you'd like, we've stuck exclusively to our respective dudes so far. We made it into Act II today, and I figure there's still several hours to go. Fun with friends, but I imagine this could be painful solo.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 19, 2019, 01:20:36 AM
Bought original red dead redemption for xbox360 to get an idea of it
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 24, 2019, 09:21:05 PM
The Outer Worlds is pretty okay. So far, nothing to write home about. It's Fallout in Space, for sure, so if you want that, there ya go. Character creation options are super limited, but it's first person so most people won't care.

The first dude I shot, I hit him in the head (with my "light pistol") and his head blew off, then his arms and legs blew off in all directions. So, there's that.

Corpses have an annoying tendency to get lost in the tall grass. I guess they learned that from playing Oblivion or something. ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 25, 2019, 03:16:47 AM
The Outer Worlds is pretty okay. So far, nothing to write home about. It's Fallout in Space, for sure, so if you want that, there ya go. Character creation options are super limited, but it's first person so most people won't care.

The first dude I shot, I hit him in the head (with my "light pistol") and his head blew off, then his arms and legs blew off in all directions. So, there's that.

Corpses have an annoying tendency to get lost in the tall grass. I guess they learned that from playing Oblivion or something. ;)

I'm kind of interested in Outer Worlds but it is an Obsidian game so I'll probably wait a year or two for the patches :D

What I'm really interested in recently and I had never heard of before is Disco Elysium!  It sounds fantastic.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 25, 2019, 05:58:11 AM
The Outer Worlds is pretty okay. So far, nothing to write home about. It's Fallout in Space, for sure, so if you want that, there ya go. Character creation options are super limited, but it's first person so most people won't care.

The first dude I shot, I hit him in the head (with my "light pistol") and his head blew off, then his arms and legs blew off in all directions. So, there's that.

Corpses have an annoying tendency to get lost in the tall grass. I guess they learned that from playing Oblivion or something. ;)

I'm kind of interested in Outer Worlds but it is an Obsidian game so I'll probably wait a year or two for the patches :D

What I'm really interested in recently and I had never heard of before is Disco Elysium!  It sounds fantastic.

By all reports and reviews, this one is decidedly unbuggy.

As for Disco Elysium, I have friends who are raving about it. Supposedly quite awesome.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 25, 2019, 10:50:42 AM
I'll get to Outer Worlds at some point.  At the very least I will wait for Steam version.

Fallout in Space is good enough for me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 25, 2019, 03:00:01 PM
I'll get to Outer Worlds at some point.  At the very least I will wait for Steam version.

Fallout in Space is good enough for me.

Steam version is a year away I think? I'm playing it on PC Gamepass. Do you have that? Worth a look. You can get it for a buck.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 26, 2019, 10:14:35 AM
Goddamn, I forgot how cult-y Obsidian fans are. I have been recently reminded. Yikes.  ::)


Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 26, 2019, 10:19:37 AM
Well apparently Microsoft let me do another £1 trial of xbox pass despite already doing it earlier in the year so I might try out Outer Worlds after all!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 26, 2019, 03:05:54 PM
So EA is coming back to Steam. I assume it'll work like Ubisoft games do - you can buy them on Steam, but they'll still launch Origin (like Uplay).

That sounds cool. Getting my Origin games to play nice with Steam is a PITA I'd rather avoid.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 26, 2019, 11:07:44 PM
I saw that and think its a lovely idea. My impression of them will go up if they do so.  Wonder how much back catalogue stuff never came to steam we might see?

Eg I have 3 need for speeds  that came to steam. I'd happily buy up more if I could (and assuming they actually let you play and not full of microtransactions lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 28, 2019, 10:24:31 AM
EA can suck my balls.

I am still mad that they control Bioware.

Having the games available in Steam is nice.  But forcing the launch of another launcher still sucks.  I guess it is a step in the right direction.

At some point we should have a discussion of which parent company sucks the most ******** (<- insert your own noun).

From least to most suckage?

Bandai > Nintendo > Warner Brothers >  Sony > Microsoft > Ubisoft > Take-Two >>>>>> NetEase >>>>>> Tencent >>>>> Activision >>>> EA

Not a very nuanced ranking but that was a quick stab at it.  Arguable that NetEase and Tencent should be higher (worse).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 28, 2019, 04:33:20 PM
EA can suck my balls.

I am still mad that they control Bioware.

Having the games available in Steam is nice.  But forcing the launch of another launcher still sucks.  I guess it is a step in the right direction.

At some point we should have a discussion of which parent company sucks the most ******** (<- insert your own noun).

From least to most suckage?

Bandai > Nintendo > Warner Brothers >  Sony > Microsoft > Ubisoft > Take-Two >>>>>> NetEase >>>>>> Tencent >>>>> Activision >>>> EA

Not a very nuanced ranking but that was a quick stab at it.  Arguable that NetEase and Tencent should be higher (worse).

Fuck Bandai.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 28, 2019, 05:20:39 PM
Bandai > Nintendo > Warner Brothers >  Sony > Microsoft > Ubisoft > Take-Two >>>>>> NetEase >>>>>> Tencent >>>>> Activision >>>> EA

Net Ease: Diablo Immortal at this point is vapourware to me.  Of course I mainly hate Blizzard/Activision more but lets see if it comes out, and if so how bad it is.

Bandai/Warner Brothers/Tencent doesn't produce anything that I play from what I know.
Nintendo/Sony hasn't made anything that has made me want to buy things in their walled garden.  Also when games I know get there, its normally a bunch of years later.

Activision is a company I've gone off more as time has gone on.   I've bought every CoD game (when it drops to a certain price) but the 4 year old Black Ops 3 has never hit the right price.  Black Ops 4 they ditched Steam for Battlenet (not helping my decision), but then killed it by not having a campaign!   This years Modern Warfare is also Battlenet only, but has a campaign.  I see some content is exclusive to playstation for an entire year!  I'm in no hurry to give them any money.  Besides I still have Infinite Warfare and WW2 to play!  Blizzcon **May** spark some future excitement but i'm quite over them at the moment.

Take 2 is mixed.  On one side you have Borderlands 3/Epic shitstorm.  On the other .. Red Dead is coming to PC and Steam!  It feels like the spouse you don't know if they will take you for an exotic holiday or beat you up.

Ubisoft has some things I play, but not much I'm in a massive hurry to.  Having to use their launcher is one thing, its not going to make me pay them money to get a pass or look there. I feel about neutral with them.

EA is something that I've hated but less so recently.  I enjoyed when they would put out free stuff on Origin but I never played any of that.  Later why I never really bothered with anything free on Epic, or Humble Trove.  I used to really hate how they put out the yearly thing and just killed off multiplayer or certain features after a while.  I understand it in a way but just breaking games as they aren't as popular really helps fully kill the game.  But .. hey the tease of them coming back to Steam is great .. lets see what eventuates, but its a great sign and I'm sure they will get some $ out of it. 

Microsoft has gone from being needed (Windows) to begrugdingly needed (remember the BS that was making Valve look into SteamOS.  Also the joke that was Games for WindowsLive ..  at least that died off.   Windows Store is a joke I've looked at .. but recently they have really redeemed themselves to one of my favourite parent companies now.  Halo which used to be a couple years late to PC, then NEVER on PC is finally getting not just to PC, but on Steam. Not just that, but remastered content and a lot of effort.    Look at Age of Empires getting remastered (that was on the Windows Store), now on Steam, and AOE2 (2nd remaster) also coming out on Steam.  2013 had a remaster, they are putting in even more effort in a 20 year old game!  They'd rather have people playing their product than caring 100% about the way people are going in to buy it etc.  They are giving people choice.  And people can play together no matter what store its bought from. 


Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 28, 2019, 05:51:45 PM
Can't really talk about Microsoft without mentioning PC Gamepass too.

For a frigging buck you can play a bazillion awesome games. Brand new AAA titles. Stuff like Gears 5 and The Outer Worlds.

I'd rank MS pretty damn high on the list actually.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 29, 2019, 07:54:22 AM
Started playing Outer Worlds but couldn't get past the character creation boss.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 29, 2019, 09:52:55 AM
Why the hate on Bandai Pixie?  I put them that low as I can't think of any of their games that I play.  A company seemingly built on the foundation of Naruto and Dragonballz.  Kind of pathetic that most of their games originate from cartoons.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on October 29, 2019, 02:48:47 PM
you jump from I can't think of anything I play to kind of pathetic?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 29, 2019, 04:28:31 PM
Why the hate on Bandai Pixie?  I put them that low as I can't think of any of their games that I play.  A company seemingly built on the foundation of Naruto and Dragonballz.  Kind of pathetic that most of their games originate from cartoons.

Oh, no reason. It was mostly a joke just to poke at your list.

That said, they publish a few games I've played (Dark Souls, mostly). None that I consider very good. They are really good at doing really shitty PC ports, so there's that, I guess?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 29, 2019, 04:31:41 PM
Pathetic that their catalog is mostly Drangonballz and Naruto? Yes.  Not sure what is so puzzling about that.

I have played Tekken.  And I recognized Dark Souls which is obviously well regarded.  But shitty PC ports seems accurate enough.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 29, 2019, 06:43:00 PM
Started playing Outer Worlds but couldn't get past the character creation boss.

I'll admit I spent a good 20 minutes listening to all of the quotes when you select either a really low or really high stat.  Surprised how many of each there were.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 29, 2019, 08:29:02 PM
I have to give Obsidian credit for writing in a really solid/believable asexual character with an absolutely adorable personal quest line that had me just grinning by the end of it (or at least, the end of it so far.. maybe it picks back up).

Ace doesn't get a lot of representation in games, so it's a pretty cool thing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 30, 2019, 10:03:30 AM
I'm still stuck on the Character Creation boss.  Since you've a lot of play time into it now Pixie, any tips or pitfalls to avoid during character creation? I'm looking at something like this right now: http://www.rpg-gaming.com/tow/tow.html?A=024141&F=34 (http://www.rpg-gaming.com/tow/tow.html?A=024141&F=34)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 30, 2019, 04:43:51 PM
That looks a lot like my character (charm + intelligence, just being a smooth-talking leader of peoples - seriously, leadership is awesome) but taking the hit to carry capacity for lower strength is probably gonna drive you batty. This game will load you up on shit constantly.

The "talky" skills have combat functions, which is fantastic. I have a high persuade, for instance, which causes humans that I attack to cower for like 10 seconds at a time. Lie causes mechs to fight their allies. Intimidate terrifies "creatures." Between all that and the leadership skill giving me lots of boosts from my allies (and boosting them in turn), my team is just having a good ol' time.

Guns are all fun, though I'm partial to the assault rifle myself. Melee sucks from what I've read. I haven't tried it though.

Aside from that, I don't really have a lot of advice. I'm playing on "normal" difficulty and the game is easy enough you can probably make any build that seems fun and get through without a sweat. If you play on hard, things change but I have no idea what would be good then.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 30, 2019, 06:11:58 PM
Thanks Pix. Good point on carry capacity. That's always bugged me in Fallout games. I'll probably just drop the point in Dex and move it into Str then.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on November 02, 2019, 11:51:12 PM
Didn't have much to do today, so spent upwards of 12 hours getting as far as I can in Outer Worlds.  My character is +1 Str (probably not needed), +1 Dex (probably not needed), +3 Int (nice for the skill bonuses I wanted, didn't come up in conversations for a while), +1 Perception (comes up a good amount).  Going mostly Long Guns/Hack/Lockpick/Science/Persuade, though not sure if I plan to use any of the Science weapons I've found, as they seem "neat" but pretty weak and a waste of time, mostly because I am playing on Normal so most enemies die really fast.  I'm also a completionist so once I got to one area you're heavily warned not to go to (alternative "easier" routes are offered), I was so heavily armed/armored that I "accidentally" strolled straight through that area without taking any damage.  That's pretty typical for these games though, fairly easy to get overgeared/overleveled, which is fine, because the conversations and choices are the focus.

I have had at least two entire "combat" areas that I bypassed completely through Persuade/Lie dialogue options, so that's a plus.  It also seems pretty feasible to just let your companions do all the combat.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on November 04, 2019, 06:09:28 AM
I'm also still playing Outer Worlds.  Not too far in yet as I've only got off the first planet.  Sadly the thing is crashing like crazy now - mostly when transitioning between worlds but in a particular location it is whenever I open inventory or map up.  A quick google shows other people having the same problem in the same place so looks like I've just been Obsidian'ed.  Otherwise enjoying the game a lot though!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 04, 2019, 04:21:50 PM
I got to about level 15 or 16 and I might be done with Outer Worlds. I got bored. Went back to Fallout 76 yesterday and had a lot more fun with that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on November 04, 2019, 10:13:22 PM
Finished the game.  End comes relatively quickly, though the epilogue seems reasonably thorough.  If you're wondering if there's a "different" method you can use with the final boss... yes, yes there is.  Multiple things actually.  Had a weird... not really a bug, but more of a design quirk, where a quest that involved going into an area with hostile automechanicals, killing any of them resulted in a massive hit with my reputation, so when I got out the entire town I was in was hostile permanently.  Not sure if I missed out on quests and such because of that.  Achievement-wise I'm still missing quite a bit, so I may start looking up things I missed.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 11, 2019, 09:30:13 AM
I'm taking a break form BL3 and playing The Last of Us Remastered.  I never did the DLC which is supposed to be excellent.  I will get through the main game before I do it though.

The one thing that I find annoying is that Normal level is really hard and easy is just that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on November 13, 2019, 02:59:30 PM
I got to about level 15 or 16 and I might be done with Outer Worlds. I got bored. Went back to Fallout 76 yesterday and had a lot more fun with that.

I think I might be at about the same place.  Have hit level 17 and just reached an entirely new planet that looks pretty large.  I always find these sudden opening up points in games can cause me to feel a bit overwhelmed and do something else!  Will attempt to push through this wall.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 18, 2019, 11:03:00 AM
I finished Last of Us and the dlc Left Behind.  Both hugely enjoyable.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 18, 2019, 06:04:28 PM
(https://i.imgur.com/5boeJL8.png)

https://twitter.com/valvesoftware/status/1196566870360387584?

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 18, 2019, 09:52:02 PM
Lets cound the columns, Valve is 1, Steam VR is 2, HOLY SHIT a THIRD GAME IS COMING! 

I'm officially wet

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 19, 2019, 08:50:13 AM
Is it going to be VR only?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on November 19, 2019, 04:20:41 PM
Details out in 2 days time, but I think yes.  In saying that, while VR users are growing, the number of people who have a computer powerful enough to run VR is growing at a faster rate. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 21, 2019, 02:43:19 PM
Free BL3 weekend on consoles: https://www.vg247.com/2019/11/20/borderlands-3-will-free-play-ps4-xbox-one-weekend/

If anyone wants to check it out.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on November 29, 2019, 10:51:02 PM
Been playing Nioh, since it was free on PS+ this month.  Souls-like system, but maybe even deadlier, since I'm finding most enemies can still 1 shot me with some attacks 20 hours into the game.  Enemy AI is kinda lacking in spots, and the more difficult fights rely on enemies having hyperarmor.  On the plus side, it puts a lot more effort into the presentation of story and information than any Souls game, and there are many ways to cheese fights or thin out weak enemies.  Being "mission"-based has some benefits, and I like the fact that if you complete the objective, all the other enemies in the level either disappear or prostrate themselves before you, letting you explore for items freely.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on December 04, 2019, 04:44:53 AM
Been playing Nioh, since it was free on PS+ this month.  Souls-like system, but maybe even deadlier, since I'm finding most enemies can still 1 shot me with some attacks 20 hours into the game.
Oh good, its not just me finding this. I'm still not past the first boss although, I've only had three attempts so far.

Enemy AI is kinda lacking in spots, and the more difficult fights rely on enemies having hyperarmor.  On the plus side, it puts a lot more effort into the presentation of story and information than any Souls game, and there are many ways to cheese fights or thin out weak enemies.  Being "mission"-based has some benefits, and I like the fact that if you complete the objective, all the other enemies in the level either disappear or prostrate themselves before you, letting you explore for items freely.
This all sounds very positive and something to look forward to. I am enjoying the combat system, although the stand changing mechanic is something I've not yet mastered with any fluidity.
I like the revenant summoning system, particularly as an item farming mechanic. Some of the revenants are really challenging to fight.

I like the nod to William Adams by having the main character named William, even though he is Irish. I found the backstory of how he learned Japanese fighting styles to be as flangy as hell but, really, really enjoyed the opening Tower of London scenario, which was a really cool way of doing a prologue.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on December 05, 2019, 04:49:00 AM
First boss in NIOH down on my 4th attempt.

I think that is better than my average for Soul's bosses.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on December 08, 2019, 08:58:29 PM
Excited for the upcoming PoE expansion.  Reworked end game, complete with new bosses and a new Atlas system.  If you haven't played PoE for a while will be worth checking out!  New league starts next weekend at the same time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 09, 2019, 09:43:37 AM
I might have to POE when the new version comes out.  I did one play through a couple years ago.  Enjoyed it but there were some elements that were off putting.

Have you ever done anything from the Borderland series Grog?  It has a lot of the elements you enjoy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on December 12, 2019, 02:14:51 AM
I haven't played the boderland series at all.  I will have a look though!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 12, 2019, 09:24:53 PM
HELLBLADE 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJWI4bkD9ZM) OMG! SQUEEEEEEE!

WITH HEILUNG!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 13, 2019, 06:41:38 AM
Finished Outer Worlds and ended up really enjoying it.  It's always nice to see the impact the decisions you've made has on the world at the end of the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 19, 2019, 04:40:25 PM
Finished Nioh.  Pretty good overall, although not without its flaws.  I did the entire game solo, with 25 deaths, with almost zero uses of the apparently broken Living Weapon mechanic (based on online videos).  Story ended up being far more light than I expected given the early cutscenes, but it does do its best to highlight a few dozen actual historical figures from England and Japan from the Sengoku period.  It takes some liberties, especially with the mystical/demonic side of the game, but a lot of events play out or are referenced exactly as they actually happened.  So it's a Souls-like hardcore action RPG where you might learn something while dying a lot.  The loot system is pretty good overall, although tedious to deal with given the item limit.  Even with 500 slots, I found myself having to sell/disassemble/donate items quite frequently, since I found 50-100 of them every mission, but every item having a rarity, level, and mostly random abilities did provide some flavor.  Other than maybe the last 2, which were more siege-like against way-bigger-than-the-screen bosses, the Yokai bosses were not that enjoyable to me, with their ridiculously huge hitboxes on attacks and infinite hyperarmor.  The human bosses, however, were great fun, since they more closely followed the same combat rules as you (and actually react to being hit), with the same stamina system where you can wear them out to get a critical.  I've done 6-7 of the post-game missions, and tried 3-4 others where I'm basically like "Nope", because they're pretty much just challenges where you face multiple bosses simultaneously.  An entire rarity of loot exists only in postgame, and I believe one higher than that in late NG+ (or maybe just in the DLCs, which weren't included in the free PS+ version), but there are multiple NG+s worth of difficulty to grind for loot and levels even harder, if that's your thing.  It is tempting to keep playing for a while, though I do have other games waiting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 19, 2019, 07:24:48 PM
HELLBLADE 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJWI4bkD9ZM) OMG! SQUEEEEEEE!

WITH HEILUNG!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I finally got around to buying the first one.  Now I need to find the time to play it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on December 28, 2019, 09:33:15 AM
I bought Stardew Valley the other day and have been playing it a little bit.  It reminds me of playing a old Zelda game without the puzzles and combat.  It is pretty low stress, there isn't a quest line or anything, so you kind of just do whatever you want...raise crops, animals, explore the mine, interact with townsfolk, etc.  I think it is a nice change of pace game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on December 29, 2019, 12:55:09 AM
I bought Stardew Valley the other day and have been playing it a little bit.  It reminds me of playing a old Zelda game without the puzzles and combat.  It is pretty low stress, there isn't a quest line or anything, so you kind of just do whatever you want...raise crops, animals, explore the mine, interact with townsfolk, etc.  I think it is a nice change of pace game.

I bought it on sale too! Trying to recapture the magic of Harvest Moon on Super Nintendo, which it does quite well!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on December 29, 2019, 11:16:30 AM
Cool Melchior, have fun!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 01, 2020, 07:10:22 PM
Been playing Code Vein.

I hate anime.

I hate Dark Souls.

By all rights, I should *despise* Code Vein.

But ... I kind of love it?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on January 02, 2020, 09:25:52 AM
They recently released the 1.4 update for Stardew Valley on the ol' Switch, so I fired that up over Christmas break. This time around I went with a Grinch theme, and Whoville Acres is running fairly smoothly a couple days into Summer, Year 2.

A lot of fun and QOL went into 1.4, and I'm having a blast as usual. Hit me up if you fine folks have any questions!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on January 05, 2020, 12:15:35 PM
there's a solar system in Stellaris named Covfefe. made me lol...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 05, 2020, 10:00:21 PM
Did end up platinuming Nioh.  The late-game loot grind is actually fairly well done, even without the DLCs.  Weapons and amor can be upgraded further and further by finding multiple items at a certain bonus past the level cap (so if you find two "+1" weapons you can merge them into a +2, raising all base stats).  XP and gold also tend to rise at a comparable level in NG+ to your costs, and apparently the DLCs add 2 additional difficulties that go nuts with it.

Bunch of games on sale on PSN lately, so I purchased DMC5, Spiderman, Persona 5 Dancing All Night, and Torment: Tides of Numenera.  DMC5 was pretty disappointing, where the move speed and combat options paled in comparison to Nioh that I had just played, and it was extremely short, although the cutscenes were well done.  Starting P5:DAN and it's pretty fun so far, as far as rhythm games go.  It's really just an excuse to listen to the same voice actors/characters again, even more so than the pretty great music.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 13, 2020, 06:15:44 PM
An old friend friend gifted me the newest Tomb Raider.  It was funny I'd downloaded the demo, and it refused to run even with settings at the lowest, but the full game got to the menu screen.  I've go the trading cards secured now, was too busy to try to play it in slideshow mode last night
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on January 14, 2020, 02:20:55 AM
My GFX card died so I got stuck playing low res games for a couple weeks.

New AMD RX5700 just arrived though, time to make it hurt. Haven't had a new card in years!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 15, 2020, 08:52:41 PM
GTA IV isn't available for sale anymore as it was built with Games for Windows live, that cancer of a service that was back in Microsofts shitty days.  Many devs have patched their games but not Rockstar.  Hopefully now they aren't getting revenue for an old (but still great game) they will spend some resource to fix this. 

Hopefully we get full Steamworks and Steam achievements.  When it first came out, we needed as well as GFWL the Rockstar Social club.


Not sure how many of you played GTA IV, and the DLC packs The Lost and the Damned. Also The Ballad of Gay Tony.    Many excellent hours of content, I'd only played through it to 100% once, so this could be a great excuse to relive it.  There is only one achievement that was .. shitty, a grind to a max level which we worked out might be a 50 hour grind.  I remember some hacked player joined a game and it gave more reward than it should fixing the problem, a happy accident for us.

The game and the packs were great (from memory) especially a certain heist job which you saw from 3 different angles.  That was a cool touch.  There was a MP achievement to win a race of all types.  It was basically 100 different vehicles, but with a partner taking turns was more relaxing than grindy.    Hell even shooting 200 pigeons is something I'd do again.  Yep even all the "cousin lets go bowling" and you have the option in the story later to have him killed. 

I hope it comes and soon!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 16, 2020, 04:31:19 PM
Bad news! Cyberpunk 2077 delayed FIVE months.

Good news! Horizon Zero Dawn coming to PC!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 16, 2020, 06:28:36 PM
it doesn't clash with new Half Life that way ..sure its VR only, but the first half life in over a decade ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 16, 2020, 08:06:20 PM
I'm not sure very many people give a shit about Alyx? VR is still a very, very niche thing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 16, 2020, 08:17:37 PM
not many in comparison to PC gaming might care about VR for now, but there is a tonne that have been hanging out for half life 3 for ages.  This isn't half life 3, but it is in the half life world, it is a new step up and will be a big deal.  valves $1000 headset is sold out,  This could be something to give VR that next big kick

I've been contemplating asking a friend if i can go to his place to play it, watch him play with his setup or just check out a good Lets Play.  You only get one first experience though, so ideally i'd play it, but thats impossible with my current hardware.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on January 17, 2020, 08:44:37 AM
Any of you fine people ever play Undertale? I'm thinking of grabbing it for my Switch over the weekend.

No spoilers, please, just looking to see if you enjoyed it. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 17, 2020, 11:49:49 AM
Undertale is fantastic, and I absolutely love the soundtrack.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 17, 2020, 01:19:02 PM
I've not personally played Undertale but it is pretty universally loved among my friends who have played it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 20, 2020, 12:38:57 PM
I was flying solo for the weekend, so of course, I was super productive and got tons done.


Ha.

I played and finished two games and played as a shit ton more of BL3.  What a wastrel I am.

The two games I played were AWESOME!  The first is Journey, a Playstation exclusive that has been around for a long time.  I was always told how great it was, and they were right.  Very simple game on so many levels but still very rewarding.  Very much enjoyed it.

Then I played the Titan Fall 2 single-player campaign.  That was freaking awesome.  Best action FPS that I have played in a long time.  Pity it is short, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.  Gorgeous game.  Fantastic levels.  Good story, though a bit cliche at this point.  I actually prefered that time out of the mech to the time in it.  Though the mech personality was great.

Highly recommend all three games I played this weekend.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 20, 2020, 01:56:04 PM
So great games, but the best access is one before EA's Origin, a game that I'll never get unless I buy a playstation, and a game with no release date on a platform I use. 

How trollish of you to suggest how the grass is greener on the other side :P

As for me, over the weekend I finished Poker Night at the Inventory.  A telltale game ... so not for sale anymore.  I'm not a poker fan and for me "finished" was getting all the achievements.  I spent quite a few hours rerolling the start to get 3 kings and win.

Also recently I finished Keen Dreams on Steam (also not for sale anymore, the original developer melted down and posted lots of hate to GabeN for some reason ..  While the game isn't as fun as Keen 4-6, it was still fun, and the challenges of getting all points on each level made me play the game in a way I didn't originally back in the 90s.

One game that is still for sale and I "finished" recently was Day of Defeat Source which is an MP game and as we know almost all MP games die and this is ancient.  I was able to play with bots and had lots of fun killing them with the various weapons.  For my final achievement I couldn't arrange it with bots, so i asked for help. I had a guy from Germany offer to help me .. and he CHOSE to play on the Axis side .. lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 20, 2020, 05:08:39 PM
Titanfall 2 is on my to-play list since it was free on PS+.  Platinumed Persona 5 Dancing in Starlight, which I'm glad I got on sale, because it was pretty darn short (roughly 20 hours to get ALL trophies) with relatively few songs, but it was fun to revisit the characters I got to know so well in P5.  Currently playing through the DLCs of Marvel's Spiderman.  Overall I found the game to be kinda meh, but that's mostly because I'm pretty much done with the open-world checkbox-list-of-repetition style of game, and instant-gameover stealth sections are annoying.  The story was surprisingly good, and there are a lot of little touches that make it interesting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 20, 2020, 08:05:49 PM
Glad to hear that I am not the only one who was underwhelmed by Spiderman.  It just got so repetitive by the end.  I started the three DLC's and stopped after the first.  The main storyline was good but I got burnt out by the end of it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 20, 2020, 08:33:30 PM
Yeah, I have to say my interest in finishing and continuing through to the DLCs was mostly unrelated to the game, in that I'm a huge fan of Laura Bailey (who voices Mary Jane) and Erica Lindbeck (who voices Black Cat). 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 20, 2020, 09:23:33 PM
But is there any more content for Black Cat after the first DLC?  That storyline kept me engaged for DLC 1.  Halfway through DLC 2 I had enough of fighting mercenary thugs commanded by that woman.  It just became tedious.  Am I missing anything interesting?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 21, 2020, 05:57:13 PM
So uPlay (Ubisoft) is having a big sale.  Division 2 is on sale for $10.  It is only a year old.  I was interested in playing the first so I grabbed this one.

When I logged into uPlay to buy I saw that I had Assassin's Creed Unity in my account.  No clue how it got there, I would assume some free promotion.  Now I have two new games to play.  Looking forward to Division 2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 21, 2020, 06:53:14 PM
They gave away AC Unity when Notre Dame burned.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 21, 2020, 11:11:16 PM
But is there any more content for Black Cat after the first DLC?  That storyline kept me engaged for DLC 1.  Halfway through DLC 2 I had enough of fighting mercenary thugs commanded by that woman.  It just became tedious.  Am I missing anything interesting?

They wrap her story up very quickly in DLC3 at a surprising time but in an unsurprising way.  Not much is resolved that is satisfying overall, pretty much just setting up stuff for an assumed sequel.  The guy asking to be trained is being trained, the reporter is traveling to where the twin-gunner is from to cover a war, and a friend in the force goes rogue.  This is a well-known gripe about him (and Batman), but they were many points where it was painfully obvious that Spiderman is willfully ignorant of the faults of the criminal justice system in his universe.  He is very much "lawful stupid", and not in a "he'll learn eventually" kind of way.  By the 2000th or 3000th enemy I KOed, it became clear that being a criminal in his world is the best job, because you get the best super-advanced tech since your boss always has infinite money (they all do), and you never get punished by anyone ever except getting beat up by Spiderman if you make yourself an easy target (but then you immediately escape from the cops and/or jail).  Seems all upside, no risk, and masochistically Spiderman seems to like it that way.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 22, 2020, 09:44:03 AM
They gave away AC Unity when Notre Dame burned.

Damn...I forgot.  I only got half way through the first Assassin's Creed.  Hopefully this one is better.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 22, 2020, 03:42:54 PM
They gave away AC Unity when Notre Dame burned.

Damn...I forgot.  I only got half way through the first Assassin's Creed.  Hopefully this one is better.

Unfortunately Unity is one of the worst Assassin's Creed games :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 26, 2020, 03:23:12 PM
Well I have started playing Division 2, mainly when I can't have access to the PS4 and BL3.  So far I would say disappointing.

Horrible character customization.  Poor means of introducing you to the game and controls.  Horrible menus.  City layout and graphics is really good.  But unless the game gets better I don't think I will finish it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 26, 2020, 10:22:15 PM
Currently playing through Torment: Tides of Numenara.  Pretty trippy game, with like 90% of my 7 hours or so being dialogue trees about psychics, soul replacement, cannibalism, robot children, and civilization-destroying words.  It certainly follows a lot of the themes from Planescape: Torment, though the technical hiccups are immense and distracting.  Every zone takes 40-50 seconds to load, movement is slow, and every conversation or interaction with an object stutters while it's loading the text (this is on PS4).  Thankfully the game is a slow burn with all the text anyway, and the combat is turn-based, so it hasn't been a deal-breaker yet (although the trophy percentages tell me that the vast majority of people gave up on the game in the first 30 minutes).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on January 29, 2020, 09:58:01 AM
Anyone check out Warcraft 3 yet? I didn't know it was even coming out, but it appeared in the Battlenet launcher (or whatever they now call it) last night. I was definitely intrigued, but in looking at some of the early reviews, it is getting pounded pretty hard. I'll keep my eyes on it, though.

Any of you fine people give it a shot?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on January 29, 2020, 06:14:30 PM
Well I wanted to try Skyrim out with new textures, weathers, ENB, all that good stuff to test out my new GFX card and I got sucked back into Skyrim big time  ;D 

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on January 29, 2020, 07:58:16 PM
Didnít wc3 come out like ten (18, actually. time flies) years ago?

edit: nm; a remaster (yawn). sounds like blizzard stepped in it again, too. (https://www.polygon.com/2020/1/29/21113975/warcraft-3-reforged-downgrade-launch-issues-fan-response-cutscenes-performance-custom-games-dota)

edit2: and regarding giving this game a shot, no. i'm unlikely to play this. if i felt the urge to play a game like this, i'd just play sc2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on January 29, 2020, 10:04:32 PM
warcraft 2 was the best warcraft RTS, i struggled to get into 3 when it came out, i was playing other games .. it just never grew on me
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 30, 2020, 09:51:34 AM
I don't like the micro-managing generally associated with RTS so I never played Warcraft or Starcraft.  So far the only game of interest with Blizzard is Diablo. 

With D4 they seem to be heading in the right direction but obviously Blizzard as a whole has major issues and it would be surprising if they don't spill over into D4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on February 07, 2020, 09:30:42 PM
Finished Torment: Tides of Numenera.  Other than a few big quest hiccups, where the "current objective" was either bugged or intentionally lied where if you performed that act it failed the quest, the last half of the game was relatively straight forward in execution but complex in narrative.  The little girl Rhin has a standout storyline, which I won't completely spoil but it's very much like FF4 Rydia/Witcher 3 Ciri in the best ways.  Most fights can be avoided completely throughout the game, including the final boss, who is surprisingly clear about which of the like 7-8 final options it will accept without a fight, so the conversation focus is consistent.  It doesn't have the strong philosophical overarching themes present in Planescape: Torment, but a lot of the smaller quests were pretty solid.  Not sure I want to play through it again right now, but there were 3-4 companions I didn't bring along, and there are enough weird choices around that I'm interested to see what changes.

Since it's the Appreciation Festival in Monster Hunter World, I've been logging into that to do some quick dailies to catch up on event stuff I'd missed in the last 4+ months.  I haven't yet tried the new Safi'jiiva siege quest (a very aggressive red dragon that absorbs power from the earth), but it looks straightforward and fun, albeit lengthy.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on February 14, 2020, 12:27:41 AM
Working on The Swapper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evFsEw8xRYc) which is a puzzle platformer with a space isolation angle. You have the ability to clone yourself (and swap your consciousness into any of the clones in line-of-sight) to get through different areas. It's going along pretty quickly, but I'm enjoying the play as well as the story pieces you're constantly drip-fed when you come across little monitors on your quest. A friend and I are still playing through Detroit Become Human (we usually just have a single session a month, but I'd say we're probably halfway done). It's also been a good time. In regard to my main squeeze, SFV, well it's just released a recent championship update and two former boss characters were included. One of the bosses, Seth, actually just dropped in a patch today with a total character redesign. I haven't had a chance to boot up the game and play just yet, but I'm looking forward to trying Seth out. Maybe I'll actually commit to a secondary character to help me round out some bad matchups for my main. IDK, we'll see.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 14, 2020, 06:10:04 AM
Guys.

If you like ARPGs/Diablo-likes.... Wolcen is pretty amazing. Check it out.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 14, 2020, 09:58:39 AM
Working on The Swapper (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=evFsEw8xRYc) which is a puzzle platformer with a space isolation angle. You have the ability to clone yourself (and swap your consciousness into any of the clones in line-of-sight) to get through different areas. It's going along pretty quickly, but I'm enjoying the play as well as the story pieces you're constantly drip-fed when you come across little monitors on your quest.

I played half of Swapper.  I used to do it on my work laptop when in a hotel.  I switched jobs and never went back to it.  I remember an interesting game but very slow moving and it was starting to get tricky to figure out the puzzles.  I should go back to it.

A friend and I are still playing through Detroit Become Human (we usually just have a single session a month, but I'd say we're probably halfway done). It's also been a good time.

I really enjoyed Becoming Human.  I did two play throughs.  One of the paths I kept screwing up on and never saw the proper end to.  The QTE were pretty unforgiving.

If you like ARPGs/Diablo-likes.... Wolcen is pretty amazing. Check it out.


Know your audience brah.  No on here like's Diabloesque games.

I am curious if it is more like Diablo or Grim Dawn.  I wanted to like Grim Dawn.  I still have it installed. But it is so slow, that I got tired of it after a while.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 14, 2020, 04:42:21 PM
It's more Diablo than Grim Dawn. But with a Path of Exile-ish skill tree (but better, with a neat system of 3 wheels that you can turn independently to make a bazillion different kinds of builds).

Cutscenes, cinematics, voice acting, all stellar. And Diablo-ish in feel/epicness.

Combat is meaty and fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 14, 2020, 10:05:48 PM
Also, the characters are way cooler looking than Diablo 3. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792007786637632364/A80709B37AFBF1A62ABDBD3129AED71545771C9F/) :P

There's character customization (hair style/color, face shape, skin color, eye color), and a rich transmog/dye system.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 16, 2020, 10:13:48 PM
God I just love the armors and dyes in this game. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792008020398786164/A06D243C915B85C7218C390310388FEBE16AF794/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 16, 2020, 10:57:59 PM
Not enough pink
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 16, 2020, 11:06:20 PM
Not enough pink

TELL ME ABOUT IT!

I've gotten so many dye drops and not a single pink one. Meanwhile, friends keep posting pics of all the pink dyes they're finding. It's killing meeeeeeee! lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 18, 2020, 11:27:29 AM
A mix of Diablo PoE sounds good.  I will have to check it out. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 18, 2020, 04:29:48 PM
It's a bit on the buggy side right now.

Okay, a lot.

Okay, okay... it's the buggiest thing since Troika Games shut down.

But it's so damn fun. I've put 30 hours into it since Thursday. Can't stop playing. So fun. Such epic boss fights. Such great cosmetics. Great voice actors. Great cinematics.

Edit:
Here's the passive skill tree (https://wolcen-universe.com/builds/create), not to be confused with active skills. The three concentric rings of the passive tree can be rotated independently to create new/interesting skill pathways. Insane number of build possibilities here.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 18, 2020, 04:39:23 PM
lol that link "offline for maintenance"
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 18, 2020, 04:46:56 PM
So I take it that the "Mixed" reviews on steam are a result of said bug feast? The other day the review where on Mostly Positive.

I guess I should wait a bit.

And that passive tree is almost as crazy, or maybe more, than PoE.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on February 18, 2020, 05:02:23 PM
That skill tree scare the hell out of me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 18, 2020, 05:10:42 PM
So I take it that the "Mixed" reviews on steam are a result of said bug feast? The other day the review where on Mostly Positive.

I guess I should wait a bit.

And that passive tree is almost as crazy, or maybe more, than PoE.

Most of the review bombing (it went from like 98% positive to 62% in 2 days) is because they wildly underestimated the burst in popularity (they went from 1900 concurrent players to 62,000 on release day) and the servers shit all over themselves. And when they tried to fix it, they made things worse. They're still struggling with it.

I play offline, so this didn't really ever affect me.

But yes, a lot is the bugs, too.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 18, 2020, 05:41:42 PM
In some ways not too surprising.  I'd heard of the game many years ago, but had forgotten about it.  For all those who have burnt out of D3 and done a lot of PoE, Grim Dawn etc, having something fresh and new would be a big draw card.   Its a great time to release something in the genre. 

Hopefully in the next weeks and months the regular players tell a good story about it
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 18, 2020, 06:59:03 PM
It's a studio of 13 dudes who have been working on this thing forever now. I am willing to cut them a lot of slack.

Have I mentioned how much fun I'm having though? Just pure fun?

Also, these armors. My goodness. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792008333425953959/79CF2052F49A0CB1B98A59EE4350E76A414EAAAD/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 19, 2020, 08:47:22 AM
Agreed, Wolcen is definitely fun, if quite buggy. I think I made it to level 11 in both online and offline with a wizard and archer, respectively. I'm going to take a couple weeks off to see if they can squish some of the bugs.

On the Switch front I have been playing West of Loathing, which is great fun if you are after a low-key RPG with lots of amusing quests and flavor text.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 19, 2020, 10:29:33 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QChrPRqP4gc

That seems like a pretty good review.  I am going to get this, the question is when.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 19, 2020, 10:54:42 AM
Oh, I also pre-ordered Rune Factory 4 for the Switch, which comes out next week. I'm hoping that will keep me entertained until Animal Crossing drops next month.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 19, 2020, 04:42:24 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QChrPRqP4gc

That seems like a pretty good review.  I am going to get this, the question is when.

Yeah, seems like a fair review.

Comment: I alt-tab all the time. The game has never crashed. Reviewer needs to fix his PC. lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on February 19, 2020, 06:27:50 PM
It's a studio of 13 dudes...

I wonder if that is anything like binders full of women (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binders_full_of_women)?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 19, 2020, 08:58:02 PM
Wut
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 19, 2020, 09:01:06 PM
Just finished the Wolcen campaign. Now on to the endless post-game, which is really quite neat.

That, or start a new character. So many build possibilities...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 19, 2020, 09:48:32 PM
Just finished the Wolcen campaign. Now on to the endless post-game, which is really quite neat.

That, or start a new character. So many build possibilities...

Wait ... Wut? you finished a campaign?  What have you done with Pixie?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 19, 2020, 09:54:14 PM
I couldn't stop. It's really good!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 20, 2020, 08:32:47 AM
Just finished the Wolcen campaign. Now on to the endless post-game, which is really quite neat.

That, or start a new character. So many build possibilities...

Wait ... Wut? you finished a campaign?  What have you done with Pixie?

So what is the end game/post-game in Wolcen?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 20, 2020, 09:41:47 AM
Just bought the game.

I hope the bugs don't drive me insane.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 20, 2020, 11:20:23 AM
Just bought the game.

I hope the bugs don't drive me insane.

Watch out for those untargettable (is that a word?) bats in one of the early cave systems! Hopefully they patched that already.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 20, 2020, 11:25:23 AM
Sssith was killed by a bat.

That is totally something I would do.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 20, 2020, 04:28:54 PM
Just bought the game.

I hope the bugs don't drive me insane.

Watch out for those untargettable (is that a word?) bats in one of the early cave systems! Hopefully they patched that already.

I never experienced any untargettable (your word) bats.

The end game is a whole thing about rebuilding the city, so it's an endless mode of dungeons and missions designed to get more loots and moneys and build up resources and construct stuff so you can get more loots and moneys and stuff. Constructing different buildings gives you different benefits - one might be gold find, another magic find, another unlocks the 5th skill button, others do... lots of other things.

It's neat, and in true ARPG form, it exists just to keep the hamster wheel of kill-loot-level going. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 20, 2020, 05:30:27 PM
*gets off of the borderland hamster wheel*

*climbs on the Wolcen hamster wheel*

Not sure what that says about me.   :P  (<--rhetorical question.  Not an opening for you yahoos to answer.)

Any point to playing online.  Anything you can't do offline that you can online?  Other than mp?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 20, 2020, 05:41:37 PM
I only play offline. You can do everything that you can do online except the obvious.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 20, 2020, 08:04:30 PM

Not sure what that says about me.   :P  (<--rhetorical question.  Not an opening for you yahoos to answer.)


But but .. I've already copied the link just need to paste it ..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 20, 2020, 11:18:11 PM
So far very happy with the game.  I am still on my way toward my second main objective after you get to the starting point.  Crawling around some tunnels.  Everything seems smooth so far.  Though I did run into those Bats.  Very difficult to directly target.  That said a little AOE and they are gone.  Starting with a fighter based class and the first main attack they give you is AOE so not that difficult.  Not sure if other bases have more difficulty but I would guess no.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 21, 2020, 06:15:01 AM
GTA 4 on steam is soon getting steam achievements. Also the 2 dlc packs are in there too. I got 100% back in the games for windows live days and Iím super excited to do it all again on steam! Iíd never actually replayed GTA iv so great timing.

Mostly sadly there is no mp anymore and no mo achievements coming back. All apart from one were fine.

Considering there are GTA v single player achievements I havenít bothered to get and here o am being excited about 4!

This year seems full of replaying old great games!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 21, 2020, 09:11:22 AM
So far very happy with the game.  I am still on my way toward my second main objective after you get to the starting point.  Crawling around some tunnels.  Everything seems smooth so far.  Though I did run into those Bats.  Very difficult to directly target.  That said a little AOE and they are gone.  Starting with a fighter based class and the first main attack they give you is AOE so not that difficult.  Not sure if other bases have more difficulty but I would guess no.

Yeah, my archer couldn't target them at all, even with AOE attacks. There may be some YMMV in there. Have fun and keep on rockin'!

I'm hoping to get back to some offline play with said archer this weekend, if life cooperates.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: dave in the basement on February 21, 2020, 09:58:31 AM
Just bought the game.

I hope the bugs don't drive me insane.

Watch out for those untargettable (is that a word?) bats in one of the early cave systems! Hopefully they patched that already.

I never experienced any untargettable (your word) bats.

The end game is a whole thing about rebuilding the city, so it's an endless mode of dungeons and missions designed to get more loots and moneys and build up resources and construct stuff so you can get more loots and moneys and stuff. Constructing different buildings gives you different benefits - one might be gold find, another magic find, another unlocks the 5th skill button, others do... lots of other things.

It's neat, and in true ARPG form, it exists just to keep the hamster wheel of kill-loot-level going. :D

Thanks for the info! I've heard people mention the city, and now I know a little bit more about it. Cheers!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 21, 2020, 02:22:39 PM
I put my 2h warrior on hold and started a staff mage last night. So far, so good. Burninate the world!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 21, 2020, 02:33:57 PM
I am currently a 2H warrior.  Ideally I want to figure out how to do a speed based warrior.  The game keeps giving me two handed weapons and staff based skills.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on February 22, 2020, 10:35:04 AM
I feel I need to get onto this Wolcen train but right now I'm back on the FFXIV.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 22, 2020, 06:10:32 PM
So, pistols. How your basic pistol attack works depends on what you have in your offhand.

Pistol + nothing = basic fast gunslinging

Pistol + pistol = even faster shooting, but lower damage per shot

Pistol + dagger/sword = Shooting at range, stabby up close, with a lunging stab attack for closing distances. Great damage, but I prefer to keep distance. Also, can equip melee/warrior skills.

Pistol + shield = pistol fires in a spread while you keep your shield up for blocking

Pistol + catalyst = shooty-shooty plus you can equip and use sorcerer skills.

The actual base LMB skill changes in function/effects depending on offhand. This combined with the infinite arrangement of skills and passives is just... yikes. The depth of this game continues to astound.

I'm currently rocking dual pistols on a rogue and it's redonkulously fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 22, 2020, 06:23:26 PM
I just respeced my passives for the first time.  I cleaned up some of the things I was doing.  I found a skill that makes it so I am always regenning Fury and not the purple one. Trying to concentrate on Speed/Crit/Rend.  Still figuring this out.  Easy to F-up.  Not that big a deal to respec.  Though the passive cost can be a bit tricky if you try to do it too often.

The end of the first act boss was VERY TOUGH.  Holy Cow.  I might have died a couple of times. 

I just hit level thirty and I still feel like a nUb.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 22, 2020, 11:58:30 PM
I've acquired dodge gear.

The game has changed. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 10:11:42 AM
Meant to mention: I did discover the un-target-able bats with my gun/bow character. They were never an issue for my BIG HURTY SWORD melee lady. But goddamn they're annoying with a pistol.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 23, 2020, 01:15:51 PM
lol...AOE fixes it with a big hurty sword.

For anyone starting to play the spacebar is your friend.  You can naturally dodge attacks without doing anything but you can also physically roll in a direction with the click of the spacebar.  It uses a stamina point and it is gold it the tough fights.

Finding good gear is, ie legendary or unique, is really tough.  Once you find one you can run with it for many more levels than a normal one.  I just realized I was using a level 12 one when I was level 30. That was probably not a good idea but the legendary items have a lot of bonuses.  I have only had one drop naturally, the rest have been rewards.  Which brings up another point.  Go into all the side areas that you find.  Green (or is it blue) stairs on the map.  The way you find uniques is that there is a vendor who is guaranteed to see one for each time you find her.  Uniques can be game-changing.  I have not found one in the wild, only through that random vendor.

Does the storage chest get shared between characters? 

In the final act at this point.  I am probably going to do a spell caster next, before I start end game content.  Theoretically you only need one character but half the fun is leveling up and trying to figure out your build.

Great game.  Needs its own thread/forum.  :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 01:37:17 PM
Yes the chest is shared.

New thread is a jinx. As soon as we start one, no one will play the game. lol

My rogue is rocking through the game at warp speed compared to my warrior. Everything just melts in front of her, and she almost never takes any damage.

Interestingly, this playthrough I have not seen a single one of those special vendors... but last time they were everywhere. Of course, I also never had gold to buy the uniques they were selling.

So far I have one unique that I don't use and 7 or 8 legendaries that I also mostly don't use.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 01:37:51 PM
Also - all the armor/weapon styles you unlock and dyes you find are shared between all your characters, which is awesome. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 23, 2020, 01:44:10 PM
Sweet.  Good to know that I can stash the legendaries and uniques I find for subsequent playthroughs.  I have a unique dagger that I bought on the chance that I might be able to use it later.  I guess the lesson is to buy the unique on the chance that someone might be able to use it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 23, 2020, 01:58:43 PM
This is my passive set up.  Not quiet there. Almost.

https://wolcen-universe.com/builds/GXwMEO-sssith-fighter
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 01:59:08 PM
And.... 10 minutes after I post, a completely uninteresting mook drops a unique staff that is completely bonkers for level 15 (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792008635621670972/3F706171D493932190641469D24A0AE371C610FE/)... but of course, I'm playing a rogue. Guess I'll store it for the mage!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 02:02:18 PM
Look in the Ranger tree at Persistence Hunting for something that I find useful for a warrior. 25% extra damage to enemies suffering from a move speed affect (stasis, slow, freeze, or stun). Considering how easy/often warriors apply stun, it's some easy extra damage.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 23, 2020, 05:10:41 PM
Yeah.  I think I am heading there next, there are also some Crit bonuses on the way.

That was a drop. O-O.  Sweet.  Would've been better if you could use it right away.  But that is a thing that could last 15 levels.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 23, 2020, 05:15:26 PM
Level 34 Sssmashy (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/776246018928724543/612BAF389BD8E78EE7E6DE8DE4D1D0121574DE77/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 05:32:47 PM
So my rogue beat the act 1 boss on the first try without breaking a sweat. Definitely much stronger than my warrior was. Interesting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 05:46:21 PM
Level 34 Sssmashy (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/776246018928724543/612BAF389BD8E78EE7E6DE8DE4D1D0121574DE77/)

Spiffy Sssmashy. :D

Level 26 Aeia (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792008787915799491/1264E2BA885168247B3C6712DEF2FF25306556C9/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 23, 2020, 08:52:25 PM
I think this is where I'm headed with my rogue. (https://wolcen-universe.com/builds/g3ZXkG-aeia) May change. And if they fix the Alastor skills, it will certainly change.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on February 23, 2020, 09:39:07 PM
Tried to buy Control at a Gamestop (first time I'd shopped there in years) for much cheaper than I'd seen it on PSN, but the disc didn't work at all, so had to return it.  Guess I should have known.  May have to wait for it to go on sale again.

Been playing through some PS+ games to waste some time.  Some quickie reviews:
Qube: Director's Cut - First-person physics/platforming puzzle game ala Portal.  Extremely short, but seemed like the start of a decent puzzle game.
Trials Fusion - Not really a fan of the weird-ass physics they use as part of the required toolset to finish harder levels, but it was fun for an hour or two.
Horizon Chase Turbo - Very basic racing game with  semi-auto-turning.  Too many levels, and the setup is the same for every level (you start in 20th place and the other cars go out of their way to smash into you to prevent you from passing them), but still easy enough that I finished it in a few days.
The Witness - Puzzle exploration game.  70% of the puzzles are good and easy enough to understand, 20% are really hard, and 10% are basically impossible, or at least they are when you're used to the game being basically silent and suddenly several puzzles appear that use audio only. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 25, 2020, 12:28:04 PM
Level 26 Aeia (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/792008787915799491/1264E2BA885168247B3C6712DEF2FF25306556C9/)

The character design is pretty good in this game.

I think this is where I'm headed with my rogue. (https://wolcen-universe.com/builds/g3ZXkG-aeia) May change. And if they fix the Alastor skills, it will certainly change.

Looks good to me.  Though I am still feeling nUbish.  Not very happy with all my choices in my fighter build, but it is good enough at this point.

I actually finished the game.  I kill the Act III boss more easily than the other two.  Two things about that.  The first is that I ran into a bug during that fight were the boss became invulnerable when it hit 1/3 health.  I finally figured out that I was damaging the boss too quickly.  When I slowed things down I was able to get past that bug.

The second thing is that I really don't like the Act Boss fights.  It might be my build but I found them to be very tough.  There was three phases and if you failed at any point you have to start from the beginning.  So the fights became not just tough but also tedious.  You do have the option of lowering the difficulty for the fight but that is a pretty crappy option.  On the final boss not only did I run into the bug but one time I died right after the beginning of the third phase.  The cut scene ended and boom, dead.  That was pretty crappy.

Aside from the end boss fights I love the game.  I do think they need to figure out the overall difficulty balancing of them game.  There are large swaths of time when I just absolutely destroy things and then I will run into an area or boss and get stomped.  All of that said I highly recommend the game.

I have started a Wizard play through with a new character.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 25, 2020, 01:24:17 PM
My next update to my Fight passive: https://wolcen-universe.com/builds/GXwMEO-sssith-fighter
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on February 25, 2020, 01:53:53 PM
Hmm reminds me of early D3, I had lots of screenshots of my dead character and the boss close to but not dead.  I'm sure with patches, more knowledge things will change for the better
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 26, 2020, 10:22:51 AM
So Wizard...a bit strange how it works.

First thing to understand is that you have a bar that is divided between Wisdom and Rage.  Use a skill that uses Rage and you build up Wisdom.  Opposite is true.

Next thing to understand is that the weapon you use governs which skills you use.  So if you have a staff you can only cast spells that use wisdom.  So your Wisdom runs out quickly.  The base attack of a staff builds wisdom back up.  So that is how you can play a pure caster.

Lastly you have a catalyst which gets equipped in your off hand.  This allows you to cast spells.  In your main can you can equip either a dagger, pistol, or one handed weapon.  This is how you get to your hybrid builds of Battlemage and the like.  You cast spells with the catalyst which uses up Widsom and builds Rage.  You then need to use a skill that uses rage and builds up Wisdom.  You alternate attacks.

So being a pure wizard is tricky in that you don't get anything for your offhand and can only use Wisdom.  Being a Hybrid is trickier than it sounds as you really need to have the balance between Wisdom/Rage to be fully effective.  I have tried a couple times and failed at hybrid.  Still working on what I want to do.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 26, 2020, 04:39:20 PM
Pure mage is a bit broken right now because (a) a number of passives don't work/work right, and (b) spell damage doesn't scale with your weapon like rage skills do, so the game gets really hard later on.

... so I've been told. I abandoned my mage for now at low level after discovering the overpowered joy of rogues.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 26, 2020, 11:31:08 PM
I think I will try to see how far I get as a Wizard.

The last patch seems like a good step forward though end game people are pissed.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 29, 2020, 06:26:15 PM
I am making good progress with my Wizard.

Sexist Character Study in Blue (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/776246531183547100/F1770B4C84B1359950BE31296040743B3982EA2C/)

It is a pretty good character that, right now, stomps most things.  As mentioned earlier some areas I get stomped.  Mainly dealing damage with Fireballs.  Good ole reliable.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 02, 2020, 09:52:00 AM
So my Wizard hit the wall late act 2.  Things just became very difficult to kill which is disappointing.

I start a Shield/Pistol build and I am almost done with act 1.  I am trying to make this one be a tank.  We shall see if I am successful.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 02, 2020, 04:31:32 PM
Yeah, that matches what I'd read about mages. The spell scaling is bad.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 02, 2020, 04:32:17 PM
Shield/pistol is fun but the damage is awful in my experience. I could do like 50% more damage by unequipping my shield and just going single pistol, let alone adding a 2nd pistol.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 04, 2020, 10:03:02 AM
So far so good.  I am about half way through Act 2 with my Shotgun/Shield tank.  It is interesting how a rare can far outstrip a blue for many levels.  It has been tough getting new pistols.  I have been using the same one for at least 7 levels and the newer blues that drop still cannot touch the rare that I have found.  I finally pick up a decent rare shield.  My face tanking is getting pretty good.

I have also been slowly learning the passive tree and which skills to go after.  As an example there is one in the Warlock section that will give you +400 to rage/wisdom.  That is an investment that all classes should do.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2020, 04:37:53 PM
(https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/steam/apps/1151640/header.jpg)

Horizon Zero Dawn has a Steam page now. (https://store.steampowered.com/app/1151640/Horizon_Zero_Dawn_Complete_Edition/)

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 10, 2020, 05:34:43 PM
IMO that game made the purchase of a PS4 worth it.  So enjoyable.  It is open world sandboxy.  Find stuff.  Uncover the story.  Unlock skills.  A style of gaming that has certainly been done before.  Rarely has it been done this well.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on March 11, 2020, 10:46:29 AM
Command & conquer coming to steam and lesser platforms in June https://www.pcgamer.com/command-and-conquer-remastered-collection-is-coming-in-june/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on March 11, 2020, 11:24:19 AM
Command & conquer coming to steam and lesser platforms in June https://www.pcgamer.com/command-and-conquer-remastered-collection-is-coming-in-june/
Oh, I played this a lot back in the day.  Definitely interested in this.
EDIT:  It doesn't look like it includes Red Alert 2 or Yuri's Revenge, so I probably won't get something like this until those are included.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 20, 2020, 08:18:06 PM
Doom Eternal sure is pretty. Holy cow. Such graphics. But really well optimized - I get way better performance in that than in Borderlands 3 even though BL3 doesn't look remotely as good.

Rip n tear.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on March 20, 2020, 09:10:24 PM
Gta iv with steam achievements is fun. It ran slowly which gave me nostalgia as in 2008 on my single core cpu it was basically PowerPoint.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 21, 2020, 12:53:31 PM
I am ready to kill some demons... (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/795388892029194344/16C7CCA0A263F8D9D9B4B3BA0DAADF91E92D6347/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 21, 2020, 02:28:29 PM
Saw that Trials of Mana has a demo out (on Steam too).  While certainly not a AAA title, it's a remake 25 years in the making, and I'm definitely looking forward to playing it next month (April 24th), if I get done with FF7R by then anyway.  Looks like they added a few cool new features, like optionally getting to play through all 3 backstories of the characters you pick.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 23, 2020, 09:27:56 AM
Demons being curb stomped by a Unicorn.  lol

Back to playing BL3.  Leveling up Zane.  Just got to the last part of game in normal mode.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on March 24, 2020, 01:36:32 PM
Was still playing The Swapper and picked up The Sexy Brutale (and both are solid), but this past week, I've been throwing down on some Mega Man X (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2jszTy_iII) games with my kid. We are going through the collection on PS4, and we've completed the first two games and are halfway through the third. There is eight on this collection, but we'll probably stop at MMX4 or MMX5. I love watching him wince when we are going through a treacherous, spiky platforming section or while we're trying to avoid damage in a clutch boss fight. You can tell he's willing the character to succeed. The music still rocks and takes me back. I'm also signed up for some online Street Fighter V tourneys in April, so hopefully those are fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Dust on March 28, 2020, 08:16:23 PM
I did not think I would spend an hour of my sunday watching video game world record attempts.

I absolutely did not think it would be about the NES game Punch Out

And yet, here we are. This is bizarrely watchable for the most part, especialy considering I have zero interest in the game itself. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBR9ypSOTGQ#action=share)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on March 29, 2020, 10:16:51 AM
I started playing Book of Demons.  It's a weird mashup of Diablo but where all your powers are determined by cards rather than gear.  I highly recommend it for fans of the original Diablo since there is a lot of nostalgia in it!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 29, 2020, 12:34:31 PM
Yeah, Book of Demons is pretty neat.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 29, 2020, 05:22:28 PM
Monster Hunter World reenabled all their event quests for everyone for 2 weeks, so catching up on some I missed and trying to get closer to the all-crown trophies.  2 variants were added last week, with Raging Brachydios being the more relevant and definitely the more fun of the two to fight.

Started playing The Surge, which was free on PS+ a while back.  It's basically a Souls game (stamina depleting on attacks/dodges, rests respawn all enemies, drop your currency when you die, etc.) except with a techy theme.  Everyone's wearing a robotic skeletal rig, and you can target specific body parts to try to chop it off and gain that item or the schematics of it.  Only reason I had the notion of playing it was from watching a random Digital Foundry video about the best innovations in games back in 2017, and this was on their list because it's a big action RPG that is fairly good looking that only takes up like 6GB of space.  The load times are very short even on my regular PS4, which is nice.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on April 02, 2020, 08:07:51 PM
Beat Sky Force Anniversary (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqWhFFhwp-U). We don't have full stars on every single level, but we did pretty well. It's a fun little shmup and a lot more accessible than most of those bullet hell ones. It was a good time. Oh, and my kid and I are still on our Mega Man X kick and we've beat the first three games and now we're about halfway through the fourth. Man, the music (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBWl9p0fH28&t=119s) is so good in this series. Since he seems to enjoy those platforming sections in MMX, I decided to boot up some Super Meat Boy (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snaionoxjos). We've been playing that sort of casually, just knocking out a few stages here and there, but his reactions are priceless.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 02, 2020, 08:56:58 PM
Resident Evil 3 tomorrow! I'm hyped. I loved the RE2 remake so much.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 03, 2020, 09:33:32 PM
RE3 is good. Very good.

But intense. Oh my.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 07, 2020, 04:23:43 PM
Finished The Surge.  Relatively short for a souls clone, with one area reused several times.  Story is both incredibly stereotypical for near-future sci-fiand also lacking any payoff or explanation.  A little janky, but it does have some improvements over most souls games (some of these were in their previous game, Lords of the Fallen), such as an XP multiplier based on the number of enemies you defeat without resting, being able to skip upgrade tiers if you have the higher materials, making blocking cost stamina to initiate (not just when attacked) but also letting it cancel you out of other animations ("Oh crap! *block*), a distance indicator for how far away your dropped scrap is after death, and a timer to retrieve your scrap that extends with each kill (and if you retrieve your scrap with 2x the standard time left, it multiplies what you pick up).  As mentioned, it's also somewhat of a technical marvel, given how small the game files are and how fast it loads for this type of game.  Don't know if I'd be interested in The Surge 2 (which came out a while ago), but got some enjoyment out of this one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 07, 2020, 05:50:33 PM
By all my friends' accounts, The Surge 2 is waaaaayyyyyyyyyyyy better than the first one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 07, 2020, 10:10:52 PM
I finished RE3. It was good. But RE2 Remake was better.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 08, 2020, 05:44:10 AM
I'm playing Final Fantasy VII Remake and I haven't had this much joy playing a video game in decades. It's evoking such strong memories from school age me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 08, 2020, 06:17:42 AM
I'm enjoying the hell out of GTA IV with steam achievements.  Just taking my time, picking off things here and there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 11, 2020, 11:52:15 PM
I have to wait until Monday or Tuesday for my physical copy of FF7R since shipping was delayed.  Avoiding all spoilers... even though I already know the story.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 12, 2020, 11:57:55 AM
At this point can't see how FF7R won't be my GOTY. Absolutely loving it did far. Gonna be a difficult wait for the next part.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 14, 2020, 09:11:50 PM
So from what I've been told today (having never played FF7 or its remake) they cut 2/3 of the story out of the remake and padded the rest and sold it for $60, with plans to sell the other 2/3 of it later in $60 increments, too.

Peter Jackson School of Game Development?

Wild. LOL
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 15, 2020, 12:01:11 AM
You aren't wrong.  A lot of this hype depends on how much you already liked FF7.  In my case, I liked it a lot.  It's not my favorite FF, but I did play it when it was new, and unlike a lot of remakes these characters have stuck around in relevancy through other means for a long time, from Advent Children, the PS3 tech demo, Dirge of Cerberus, the Dissidia series, Kingdom Hearts, etc., so it's nice to have any excuse to hang out with them except now with even better VO and cutscene direction, but the game isn't THAT much more than that.  It'll be interesting to see the public judgment of this game after the hype dies down, given that it also has a lot of problems that people hated in other FF games, like super super long linear hallways, fetch quests, no fast travel, little control of your character between cutscenes, etc.  Even though I love action combat, I'm actually not a fan of how they've implemented it in a lot of ways, as there are way too many enemies that have unblockable/uncounterable/undodgeable moves that make no sense that they are (why have a block or dodge button if they're almost always useless?).  We'll see how satisfied I am with the story expansion by the end.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 15, 2020, 02:44:40 PM
I think all of us who are playing FF7R can agree we'd rather have had the whole game now rather than in parts, but I can't say it is bad value for money.  With a few exceptions, all the added content has been great - unlike what Peter Jackson did with The Hobbit :D

I'm always surprised by the linearity criticism.  FF games have almost always been this way.  Sure some of them conceal it better, but very few actually give you much choice in direction of exploration and such.  The exceptions are FFXII and FFXV and in my opinion those are probably the worst in the series since the NES games!

Certainly this isn't the best game of all time, probably not even the best game on the PS4, but thanks to nostalgia it will almost certainly be my favourite game on the PS4!  It's also interesting to see so many people on my friends list playing it simultaneously - I haven't seen this for any other PS4 release.  Judging by Facebook they are all having a blast too.  I just hope it sells well enough that we actually get the following parts and they put the same level of effort into them.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 15, 2020, 04:21:08 PM
It's also interesting to see so many people on my friends list playing it simultaneously

I love when my Steam friends list shows like 20-30 people all playing the same game. It's pretty cool.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 15, 2020, 05:56:46 PM
So I am starting to replay Shadow of the Tomb Raider. 

When done I am going to do RE2.  Really strong steam reviews.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 15, 2020, 06:36:43 PM
Hi Sssith. Are you just redoing the campaign? Or doing different stuff? Did you check out the dlc?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 15, 2020, 07:13:37 PM
For Tomb Raider I have the season pass or what ever it is called.  This time I will get to do all the new Tombs that weren't available when first released.  Something like 8 new tombs.  Visually I can already tell that things have also been cleaned up since the release.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 15, 2020, 08:37:48 PM
So I am starting to replay Shadow of the Tomb Raider. 

When done I am going to do RE2.  Really strong steam reviews.

RE2 was amazing.

RE3 was good, but not as good as 2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 17, 2020, 07:13:07 AM
I think all of us who are playing FF7R can agree we'd rather have had the whole game story now rather than in parts, but I can't say it is bad value for money.

FIFY, because this is an entire game.
And they've also managed to cram in more story in an episode than the original game did overall. So I think they're doing pretty well.

The weird low rez textures are a bit of a downer. I suspect that's the limitations of the current tech and providing Sony keep good on the backwards compatability of the PS5, I look forward to seeing how new architecture improves the look of the game. This is the main thing I'm excited for with the PS5, as I was with PS2, and will probably be what gets me to pre-order the console. The first time I've done so since the PS2 launched.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 17, 2020, 07:51:58 AM
That's fair. I didn't mean to suggest this isn't a full game. I'm 30 hours in and see there are plenty of hours left. That's for sure a full game's worth of content.

I'll probably grab the PS5 for when FF7RP2 launches. Likely I'll buy FF7R again on PC to give it the full graphical ooomph.  FFXV looks incredible on PC running at around 90fps.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 17, 2020, 02:53:21 PM
FF7R does get a lot of little things right, like having an abundance of NPC dialogue so it takes a while to hear the same thing twice (in some cases 10+ times), letting you immediately teleport back to a quest giver to complete them, letting you instantly swap all equipped materia to a new weapon, and letting you change/upgrade equipment/materia from PCs even when not in the party (since the party is almost always split this early in the story).  I have a few story gripes, and some pacing gripes (super long corridors with no items or enemies), but there have far more highs than lows.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 17, 2020, 06:16:19 PM
providing Sony keep good on the backwards compatability of the PS5

I thought that was already debunked? Like, it was never gonna be a thing, but some journalist somewhere misunderstood something and it blew up from there?

As for FF7R, when it comes to PC I'll probably pick it up (on a deep sale) to see it with all they eyecandies cranked up... and to see what all the fuss is about.

In PC gaming news: Fallout 76 with the new expansion is amazing. If it had released in this state, it wouldn't have any of the hate it gets. Even the downvote-brigaders on Steam can't keep it from being "mostly positive" in light of how good it is now. It is easily the best Bethesda-era Fallout (I can't speak to 1 & 2, never played them). It does the environmental storytelling that Bethesda does so well but cranked up to 11, with a great main quest, along with the return of really good branching dialogue (with consequences) with stat and perk checks built in (something people have been pining for since FONV). Throw in companions (romanceable, too) for added fun. It's probably my favorite open world game now and I expect to be playing for a long, long time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 18, 2020, 12:33:29 PM
I thought that was already debunked? Like, it was never gonna be a thing, but some journalist somewhere misunderstood something and it blew up from there?

https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/03/18/unveiling-new-details-of-playstation-5-hardware-technical-specs/ (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/03/18/unveiling-new-details-of-playstation-5-hardware-technical-specs/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 18, 2020, 12:58:47 PM
I thought that was already debunked? Like, it was never gonna be a thing, but some journalist somewhere misunderstood something and it blew up from there?

https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/03/18/unveiling-new-details-of-playstation-5-hardware-technical-specs/ (https://blog.us.playstation.com/2020/03/18/unveiling-new-details-of-playstation-5-hardware-technical-specs/)

So, yes? It's not backwards compatible with PS1/PS2/PS3 like people were claiming, but "mostly" with PS4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 19, 2020, 12:26:34 AM
Finished FF7R... consider my mind blown. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 19, 2020, 12:12:24 PM
I guess I should wait to play FF7R until there is one version?

I did the demo and I found the need to constantly switch between characters anoying.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on April 19, 2020, 12:28:07 PM
I got a beta key for Guilty Gear Strive (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZJSCtsnhm0) on the PS4 so I have been messing around with that this week. My kid seems to like it better than SFV. I don't know much about the series and lore, but it's a very pretty game and has some pretty hype music. However, the UI was just okay and the lobby system was pure dumpster juice. Still, my gameplay impressions were largely positive and I can see myself getting into it if I can bond with a character AND the netcode is solid. I've since picked up the current game in the series, Xrd Rev 2, and have been going through the missions and challenges to try and get a feel for the game. I've never truly played an anime fighter so this has been a fun new challenge. It's definitely a strange beast and the speed at which things happen seems a lot higher than the fighting games I usually play.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 19, 2020, 12:37:28 PM
So, yes? It's not backwards compatible with PS1/PS2/PS3 like people were claiming, but "mostly" with PS4.

I'd heard and read nothing about backwards compatability beyond the PS4, so the article supports what I previously said.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 19, 2020, 05:28:34 PM
So, yes? It's not backwards compatible with PS1/PS2/PS3 like people were claiming, but "mostly" with PS4.

I'd heard and read nothing about backwards compatability beyond the PS4, so the article supports what I previously said.

Cool. Yeah, for a while people were all a-twitter that it was going to be backward compatible with every PS game ever. Some game journalist somewhere misunderstood a thing and Sony had to come out at some point and be like "uh, no. Just PS4. Some of them."
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 19, 2020, 06:38:06 PM
It's possible that PSN purchases for PS1/2/3 games will transfer from the PS4->PS5, if the game is the same version and the developer decides it will.  I have several games that worked on both PS3 and PS4, but also a few where they updated the game and charged separately for it (and some that never got a PS4 version), so we'll see.  The graphic they showed during Cerny's not-GDC talk did suspiciously have a lot of extra room to put "PS3" or "PS2" backwards compatibility though, maybe or maybe not to be revealed later.

I guess I should wait to play FF7R until there is one version?

I did the demo and I found the need to constantly switch between characters anoying.

You might be waiting for a while.  Part 1 has PS4 exclusivity for one year.  Parts 2+ (they haven't said how many it will take) won't be out for 2-5 years, maybe even longer, and each game may be fairly different, and it may not be completed until the end of the PS5 era.  Perfectly fine to wait if you didn't like it though.

That is one minor annoyance with the game, in that 90% of enemy attacks target whichever character you are controlling, so you're constantly being interrupted unless you switch constantly.  It adds a lot of mental stress.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 19, 2020, 06:43:41 PM
So, GTA 4.  The game that came out originally in 2008.  The game that got a horrible port and can run like a dog if I have the wrong settings on.  The game where the driving and running just feels "different".    If I'm driving up to a corner and try to turn into it, much of the time I'd lose control, skid and end up 180 from where I started. 

Last night I finished the story again (main, not DLC yet) and it was great. A bit of an annoying point for me was i missed the 30 hour speedrun as I failed missions quite a bit for reasons plus time doing side stuff.  I'd been meaning to replay this over the past decade and glad I did.  I know some here might play a game once and just be done with it.  It can be interesting to get games you last played  long time ago and enjoyed and wonder if you'd like to try it again.  How much of it had you forgotten?  How much was still burned into your memory?  Or was it just vague feelings of things?

I've had quite a few of my steam friends replaying this due to steam achievements.  Who knows how many of them did the old Games for Windows Live achievements.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Darkness on April 20, 2020, 09:22:32 AM
That is one minor annoyance with the game, in that 90% of enemy attacks target whichever character you are controlling, so you're constantly being interrupted unless you switch constantly.  It adds a lot of mental stress.

It is a predictable and very useful aggro mechanic, that makes some fights a lot easier.

Also, provoke materia.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 20, 2020, 11:06:55 AM
That is one minor annoyance with the game, in that 90% of enemy attacks target whichever character you are controlling, so you're constantly being interrupted unless you switch constantly.  It adds a lot of mental stress.

It is a predictable and very useful aggro mechanic, that makes some fights a lot easier.

Also, provoke materia.

True, it just took some adjustment from the usual action RPG tactics of dodging everything with skill, whereas here a lot of bosses have unavoidable/unblockable attacks (plus no i-frames on the dodge).  It plays out a lot like Mass Effect 2 in some fights, where you're drawing most of the aggro, but can spam your teammates abilities while you're behind cover. Personally I've found Provoke to be a problem more than a help, because concentrated fire on one character usually leads to a quick death (especially on hard), so you have to rely more on the time it takes for enemies to switch their targets (which can be thankfully slow in most cases). 

It's also disappointing that you can be attacked and killed during the startup animation of Limit Breaks (especially Aerith's Healing Wind), which if you want the cinematic experience you need to be controlling the character, but then all the enemies have more than enough time to queue up a new attack and kill you before it happens.  The same thing happens with items too, where you spend the ATB but you can die before the effects happen, which could be argued for as the "risk of healing" like a lot of action RPGs, but I feel like Limit Breaks should be immune to this (as they were in the original, since they had higher priority than all other actions).  That's not to say I don't appreciate the challenge (I'm in Ch. 9 of Hard Mode right now), and I still plan on platinuming it, it's just a different type of challenge than I was hoping for, as it's more of a macro manage-your-ATB level for required heals than a micro avoid-all-damage-with-skill level like in Lightning Returns, Type-0, or other action RPGs I've played lately (although it does seem pretty close to Crisis Core, so it's faithful on that level).  So yeah, I might be the one guy on the internet asking for the game to be MORE action-y.  I consider this a separate issue than the overall spectacle and design of a lot of the fights though, of which the quality is very high.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 20, 2020, 11:47:10 PM
So yeah, the big boss in the colosseum in Ch. 9 (would be a spoiler), on Hard Mode?  Damn.  Even more insane.  Also pretty interesting to see that in Ch.9 the entire sidequest lines are unique based on previous choices, so I missed the crazy night around town with Johnny the first time.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 21, 2020, 01:59:22 PM
Just about done with Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the second hardest difficulty.  Really annoyed that one of the quests is still bugged and I can't try for the 100% achievement in this play through.  Not sure I want to do a New+ game just to get achievements.

Aside from that annoyance I have enjoyed this play through.  The new content is good.  Falls short of great because the new content doesn't really add anything for a new play through.  It is more the enjoyment of new puzzles that have a bit more story to them than a stand alone tomb.  So the new content is a solid B but fails to deliver beyond that.

As a whole this game falls short of the 2 that proceeded it.  The first was the best because of story.  The second had the most solid game play.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 21, 2020, 05:23:35 PM
I've never been able to finish the 3rd. I beat the first one 3 times I think, and beat the second once, but every attempt at Shadow has stalled out. Not sure why.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 21, 2020, 05:35:46 PM
It is not as 'tight'. Too much running around doing non-exploring/fighting.

I think they managed to make things more real.  More real areas, towns, people.  Even the Tombs felt more organic.  That all sounds good but it somehow  made things more tedious.  The game as a whole just misses the mark.

Very pretty game though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 21, 2020, 06:00:09 PM
I think you guys at least in the first one went for 100% in game completion (not achievements).  Things like find 100% of relics/tombs etc?  Is that true and do you do that for all the games?

I really enjoyed the first and second.  First game I got 100% achievements including a tonne of dead MP achievements.  2nd game has a whole lot more to do.  I'm close to finishing on the hardest difficulty but hadn't finished and left it for over a year.  I think I talked Sssithy into doing that in the past.

The new one had difficulty options for 3 different parts right? puzzles, combat etc for what tips/help you get. Which is good and gives you the option to turn up or down things.  No ones wants to fall to their death 100 times and wonder if you are getting the timing/button pressing wrong, or just that the surface you are jumping to is not the right one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 21, 2020, 06:06:05 PM
It is not as 'tight'. Too much running around doing non-exploring/fighting.

I think they managed to make things more real.  More real areas, towns, people.  Even the Tombs felt more organic.  That all sounds good but it somehow  made things more tedious.  The game as a whole just misses the mark.

Very pretty game though.

Yeah, is pretty as hell. For giggles, I turned on Raytracing after they patched that in. Stupidly pretty, but holy cow it murdered my framerate. I mean, I knew it would since I only have a 1080, but I had to see what it looked like!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 21, 2020, 06:18:35 PM
I'm jealous .. I still want to play Quake2 with Ray tracing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 21, 2020, 11:16:25 PM
I have 100% Completion on both 1 & 2.  In the second I completed the game at the highest difficulty.  The only thing I didn't do was the MP stuff.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on April 23, 2020, 08:23:39 AM
Finished FF7R... consider my mind blown.

I have also finished and it was so much better than I ever hoped it would be. Criticisms by angry redditers that think SE is fleecing players for only a portion of a game need to play the game I think.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 23, 2020, 10:24:53 AM
Finished FF7R... consider my mind blown.

I have also finished and it was so much better than I ever hoped it would be. Criticisms by angry redditers that think SE is fleecing players for only a portion of a game need to play the game I think.

I've been watching various spoilercasts (most recently Easy Allies + Maximillian Dood), and there's enough evidence that there is clearly a master plan, and that has been in the works for many, many years.  There are still some doubts that the later parts will live up to the level of genius hinted at here, but it's been consuming most of my waking thoughts for a week in a good way.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 23, 2020, 02:39:27 PM
So I finished my play through of Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the second hardest difficulty.  Very annoyed that I can't use this game to get the 100% because of the bugged quest.

I started a game play on the hardest difficulty.  If you die, you go back to the last time you 'camped' at a fire.  Which was tough enough in the second game but going to be maddening as hell in this one.  The opening sequence doesn't have an save at all.  Which means you have to solve the first puzzle and then go through three fights.  Getting to the fight part takes around 20 minutes.  Die and then you have to do it again.  Screw that, not going to do it.

I did find a save from 2018 where I was 60% done.  I might use that to try for the 100%.  I have already verified that the save is already beyond the broken quest.  So it should be doable.

Or I might just move on to RE2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 23, 2020, 03:44:36 PM
Hi Sssithy, in terms of the 100%, I looked up and doesn't appear anything listed as broken http://astats.astats.nl/astats/Steam_Game_Info.php?Tab=2&AppID=750920&SteamID64=76561197970566223

You can see all the achievements and all appear doable.  Compare it to this game http://astats.astats.nl/astats/Steam_Game_Info.php?Tab=2&AppID=42710&SteamID64=76561197970566223 where an achievement is marked as not possible anymore or broken.

Some of those have guides, or the Steam community site will have people who have gotten stuck in the exact same place. There will be friendly explanations for how to stop the bug if it can be avoided.  Sorry I can't help more as I'm yet to play.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 23, 2020, 03:50:34 PM
Dude.  I'm playing the game and I can tell you that the quest is broken.  It is the Pisco quest and if you accidentally interact with him before getting the quest from the official quest giver you will be able to do the quest but not turn it in.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 23, 2020, 04:23:46 PM
I say move on to RE2. Holy cow is RE2 good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 23, 2020, 04:58:29 PM
Dude.  I'm playing the game and I can tell you that the quest is broken.  It is the Pisco quest and if you accidentally interact with him before getting the quest from the official quest giver you will be able to do the quest but not turn it in.

I realise I haven't played it, just trying to do a bit of research on the outside.  I have now seen lots of people talking about it b reaking.  I'm also seeing some who have got it to work. So possible but ugly and as you say, might not be worth it.  Perhaps if you wanted to, before it somewhere, get your save files and back them up, and try to do it.   If it screws up, replace the save and try again.

I do get if you want to just move on, I don't think they will fix it at this stage though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 25, 2020, 06:40:35 PM
I am close to the end of the playthrough of RE2 with Claire.  Not sure what I was expecting but it is not this.  The game is good but very slow-paced.  A little bit like the old point and click mystery type of games where you collect puzzle pieces and slowly make your way through the narrative.  The atmosphere in the game is top-notch.  The puzzle-solving is a bit of a mixed bag.  I have not found a lot of lock/safe combos.  I am also still missing a lever to solve another puzzle.  I expected there to be more about the actual disaster that they found themselves in but so far, there is not much.

It is possible that I am not as far through the game as I thought and there is more to this.  Time will tell.

All that said I am enjoying myself.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 25, 2020, 11:02:57 PM
I have not found a lot of lock/safe combos.  I am also still missing a lever to solve another puzzle.

They're all there. If you didn't find them, you missed stuff.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 25, 2020, 11:41:04 PM
On that note, you know what's cool? In the parts of RE3 where you go through the same areas as RE2... the combinations are the same.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 26, 2020, 12:37:49 PM
So I now think I was not so close to finishing.  Just blocked from doing a lot until I accomplished 'x'.  I was wondering the halls trying to complete things that I couldn't.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 26, 2020, 03:24:28 PM
Well.  The stress level in the game just went up with a mechanic that I really dislike.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 26, 2020, 07:04:25 PM
Well.  The stress level in the game just went up with a mechanic that I really dislike.

Where are you at?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 27, 2020, 09:10:49 AM
Back from 'downstairs'.  Based on that I am guessing you know what is going on.  Tough to say anything without putting in a spoiler.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on April 27, 2020, 09:29:18 AM
Nope, I'm not real clear where you mean or what mechanic could have been introduced. I played it a while back. If you're where I *think* you might be, you have a lonnnng way to go.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 30, 2020, 12:20:25 PM
Making slow progress with Re2.  I make a foray out to hit a target and then I quickly make my way back to a safe point.  Not the most fun method of progressing a game, but somewhat necessary with how this one is works.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 03, 2020, 09:47:49 PM
Over the weekend I finished something I've been slowly working on for the past 10 years.  Serious Sam HD The Second Encounter has a bit of a lame achievement "Frag 100 different players".  If you aren't a deathmatch fan, then its a bit of a drag already.  Skilled people run all around the place and trying to get them, even once can be rough.  Especially if you aren't the host and they have lag.   Also most MP games are dead apart from special events, so finding someone, let alone 100 over time can be a slow slog.

Over the weekend to celebrate 10 years, Croteam was going to host some servers.  I managed to get on and somehow get the last 16 I needed to trigger the achievement 10 years to the day I got my first achievement in game.  I'm really glad that is out the way.  Some of it reminds me why PvP ain't my thing.  The personalities of some of the people involved, their egos etc can really detract from the fun.  And servers far away where everyone moves and shoots super fast doesn't work.

For most of those frags though, it was the community coming together in a spirit of helping each other.  People would share they wanted to do it, I've gained a few online friends from it, we would take turns sharing the frag and moving on without hassle.  This is what I will remember, the cooperation, helping your fellow gamer.

That achievement is part of what has put me off pushing for 100% for years in that game.  For the First Encounter, I managed to grind it out 3 years ago by hosting a game, going AFK and waiting for sound that someone was in, frag them, then go AFK.  Many hours were taken getting the occasional player, and then hoping it was someone new!

Now it brings me to the last 2 achievements. SURVIVAL, solo and coop (although I can do solo, but the time targets are higher).  Its going to be nice to be just me vs monsters.  I have some great guides to show that it can be done.  So I just have to copy, get lucky and get good all at once :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 04, 2020, 07:10:06 AM
Finished first playthrough of the Trials of Mana remake using Duran, Angela and Charlotte.  Pretty faithful to the original, with an added post-game dungeon that's kinda meh, but I think it's a tie to another Mana game I haven't played (something the Tales series does a lot).  Boss battles use a lot of MMO-style area of effect highlights to force you to move around or destroy certain things before a super attack goes off, and it mostly works, although even on Hard difficulty a lot of bosses die too fast.  New Game+ is generous since it lets you switch to other characters while keeping most items, gil, and collectable bonuses while also giving an equippable that gives 300%XP.  Now starting with Hawk, Reisz and Kevin.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 04, 2020, 10:20:48 AM
Congrats Timmeh!

Not my thing but very cool that you were able to knock that achievement out.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on May 04, 2020, 01:17:55 PM
Congratulations Tim!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 05, 2020, 03:40:55 PM
I see Doom eternal is already 25% off, its only been out a bit over a month, so surprised by that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 17, 2020, 10:24:05 AM
I finished Re2.  Overall the game is very good.  That said there are a couple of things I really didn't like.  Tough to talk about those things without spoiling so I won't.  At the end of the game it gave me a grade of 'C'.  FU.  lol.  I have a slight temptation to play the game again with Leon.  But I think I am going to pass on that for now. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 18, 2020, 11:37:14 AM
Playing Shadow of the Colossus.  The game has been remastered for the PS4 and was free for Plus subscribers.  Remastered or not the controls are, at best, twitchy.  Battling the colossi is pretty fun.  Game is very pretty.  Finding the colossi can be a pain in the ass.  The game is a bit repetitive.  Overall probably worth playing.  16 colossi to battle is probably 6 too many.  I have completed 9 of them I think.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on May 21, 2020, 07:42:20 PM
Playing Shadow of the Colossus.  The game has been remastered for the PS4 and was free for Plus subscribers.  Remastered or not the controls are, at best, twitchy.  Battling the colossi is pretty fun.  Game is very pretty.  Finding the colossi can be a pain in the ass.  The game is a bit repetitive.  Overall probably worth playing.  16 colossi to battle is probably 6 too many.  I have completed 9 of them I think.

Look up Praey for the Gods on Steam for something inspired by SotC but ... good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 22, 2020, 10:52:03 AM
I'll check that out.  I stopped playing Shadow because it was just getting tedious.

I have moved on to Divinity Original Sin 2.  It is pretty great but really hard. Either I need to get good or get a million and one resurrect scrolls.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on May 24, 2020, 01:45:27 PM
I have fond memories of playing light gun games in the arcades, so I've recently been playing some House of the Dead 2 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KAFNJ0oqskM) on the Wii, blasting away zombies with a zapper. Good stuff.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 26, 2020, 10:24:03 AM
Still going with Divinity 2.  Very fun and engrossing game.  Also very difficult at higher levels.  I think I could play the higher levels if I did all the research and figured out the perfect everything.  I rather play a bit easier and learn as I go.  Being allowed to make mistakes is a good thing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 31, 2020, 09:35:27 PM
Finally, finally, finally finished the platinum for Monster Hunter World: Iceborne.  Total playtime ~1200 hours, between the base game and the expansion.  Was going pretty well for a while but the very last giant crown took an entire week of grinding, and of course it had to be goddamn Lunastra, which is a monster that 99% of randoms online suck at fighting (she is legit pretty annoying though), so I had to do it all alone or risk having them die instantly and fail the quest for me.  A "1% spawn chance" took me 251 tries, though I probably would've found it earlier if not for MP fails. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 01, 2020, 09:47:05 AM
Congrats.  251 tries?! Yikes.  Not sure that I would have continued.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 01, 2020, 10:41:59 AM
I'm a frugal gamer, so I often end up 100% completing games I otherwise wouldn't have due to just avoidance of buying more games.  Thankfully I didn't actually have to kill the monster every try, as I just needed to measure its size, and then kill it if it looked like it large enough. This was by far the most time-consuming platinum I could possibly do though, and there's still more in the game I haven't done.

Not that anyone who hasn't played the game would understand this, but this was my build for the majority of the expansion:
Safi's Burstcannon Heavy Bowgun (Augments: Affinity, Defense, Health Regen) (Mods: 3x Shield, Close Range, Recoil Suppressor)
Lunastra Helm, Gloves and Boots (all Beta, Tool Specialist Secret set bonus)
Gold Rathian Armor and Pants (all Beta, Divine Blessing Secret set bonus)
Guard Charm lvl 5
Temporal Mantle+
Rocksteady Mantle+ (or relevant elemental resist mantle)
Skills after Decos and Charm: Guard Lvl 5, Divine Blessing Lvl 5, Tool Specialist Lvl 5, Health Boost lvl 3, Critical Eye lvl 3, Tenderizer Lvl 3, Partbreaker lvl 2, Wide Range lvl 2, Critical Boost lvl 1, Agitator lvl 1-3, Spread/Power Shot lvl 1, Blast Attack lvl 1
A very defensive build, but it meant I fainted only like 2 times in the 600+ hours I played the expansion despite the harder difficulty.  Spread-ammo focused Heavy Bowguns have always been very strong in the DPS (i.e. objectively the fastest speedrun weapon), so I was killing things pretty fast even without a huge focus on damage boosting skills, and I could play it pretty casually and not die.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 01, 2020, 03:21:22 PM
You should play Divine Divinity Original Sin 2.  Holy cow that game is big.  I can't imagine trying to get the platinum in this one.

I just got out of what is the beginner area and I probably have 30 hours into the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 03, 2020, 05:19:06 PM
I continue to make progress in Divine Divinity Original Sin 2.  DDOS2 from now on.

The game is really good and I am guessing that I am about 50% through it.  It has a nice mix of main quests and side quests.  Does a good job of world building.  This is making me excited for Baldur's Gate 3 as the same company is making that did DDOS2.  Though there are statements floating out there that the game will not follow all of edition 5 rules.  Mixed feelings about that one, but overall that seems like a small thing. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 03, 2020, 07:01:41 PM
I hope BG3 does follow it relatively closely, because there aren't any videogames that use 5e rules (even though it's been out for 6+ years).  Neverwinter Nights helped me learn 3e rules when I didn't have a group to play with, and when I found a group it was easy to jump in and even eventually start DMing, although I'm well versed in 5e by now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 04, 2020, 08:57:41 PM
Kingdoms of Amalur is getting a remaster. (https://twitter.com/ReckoningGame/status/1268558080532455426) Comes out August 18. ($40)

Day 1 purchase for me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 05, 2020, 11:22:41 AM
I am not familiar with this game at all.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 05, 2020, 12:37:03 PM
It's probably more famous outside of the game itself because it's the (only) game made by 38 Studios which was owned by Curt Schilling (the MLB player), where they defaulted on a loan from the state of Rhode Island and got sued and filed for bankruptcy.  THQ Nordic bought the rights to the franchise in 2018 when they announced the remaster.  I never played it, but heard it was fairly ambitious for its time and is beloved by many people in the industry I follow. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 05, 2020, 03:28:07 PM
It was good. The combat is super fun and the skills/weapons are a treat to use. Playing a mage you feel badass as hell, throwing around meteors and blizzards all willy-nilly, or you can be a fighter and cause earthquakes with your warhammer, or just murder all the things with your dual chakrams, or any number of fun options. The game world is gorgeous but cartoony - it still holds up pretty well 8 years later, but a remaster is super welcome because the textures themselves were pretty weak.

The story is written by R.A. Salvatore and is a pretty fascinating take on fate/destiny and includes a fae race with a neat concept of immortality. The world lore is *deep* and impressive and really draws you in. The factions are interesting as well, if pretty standard (mercenaries/fighters, mages, etc). The voice acting was top notch.

The game's greatest weakness was that it was too big (it was originally meant to be an MMO) and it got too easy by the end, especially if you dived into the crafting skills because you could craft way better shit than you could find. I have hopes that they've tweaked these things under their umbrella of "refined gameplay"... but even if not, it's still a great game.

Highly recommended. Super excited for this version.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on June 06, 2020, 02:43:38 PM
My kid and I have been playing some Guilty Party (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDf4_rsTbpY) on the Wii and some Ghost Blade HD (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uz4ZIZqvuL0) on the PS4. I also need to learn some Blanka (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9KnpxU2LNU) tech in SFV since that's clearly his favorite character. I thought I raised him better than that, but it is what it is...  :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 08, 2020, 11:28:17 AM
In DDOS2 I am a bit struggling.  I really have to becareful where I venture as I am finding a lot of fights that are above my party's level.  Not sure how I am able to know where I should go first, but I am losing a bit of time trying different areas out.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 10, 2020, 10:46:17 AM
I basically spent my last gaming session working on the builds for my team.  I was a little all over the place and needed to get organized.  At this point, after an hour of just working on this, I would say that I am about 90% there.  The hot bar (action skill bar) on the PS4 gets disorganized really quickly also.  After the streamlining of builds those bars are a mess.  Unlike the PC game the PS4 takes a lot of tedious work to get things straight.

My party:
Sebille - Ranger/Huntsman/Scoundrel/Polymorph
Fane - Wizard/Lightning/Necro
Ifane - Two Handed Warrior/Geomancer
Lohse - Cleric/Water/Summoner/Warfare One Handed

I think the game would be very different if I started over now.  Steep learning curve, and I feel I have much more to learn still.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 11, 2020, 10:47:50 AM
The tweaks are starting to pay off.  Sebille in particular has become a DPS machine.  In the last couple of fights she has taken out as many as three enemies in the first attack.  The other three still need work but Lohse is starting to improve as well.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 11, 2020, 07:52:55 PM
Some pretty big announcements during the PS5 Event today.  Spiderman: Miles Morales, Horizon: Forbidden West, Gran Turismo 7, Resident Evil 8: Village, Demon's Souls remake, and a whole bunch of new games.  No price or exact date for the console yet I think, though they did show off the physical unit (upright design). 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Dust on June 11, 2020, 08:20:28 PM
Any more news on the rumour of a Bloodborne port to PC?

More than a little excited if it's true
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 12, 2020, 06:22:06 AM
That might still be happening, but that's not something they would announce during the "Official PS5 Reveal Event".  Didn't see any update on Elden Ring, From Software's next big project, and with Bluepoint doing the Demon's Souls remaster it may be a little while before BB comes to PC, but it would probably happen right before PS5-exclusive BB2 happens.

Other PS5 games I forgot:
Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart
Project Athia (Square Enix Luminous Studios)
Oddworld: Soulstorm
Stray
Little Devil Inside
Hitman 3
Kena: Bridge of Spirits
Returnal
Sackboy: A Big Adventure
Bugsnax
Jett: The Far Shore
Solar Ash
Goodbye Volcano High
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 12, 2020, 10:34:46 AM
I will have to check this out in greater detail later.  I have never been a day 1 buyer of new consoles.  I generally wait for the redesign and price lowering.

Of the names I know Horizon is the game that most intrigues me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 12, 2020, 03:02:31 PM
I will hold out for the eventual PC release of Horizon 2. :D

Stray looks amazing, but also will wait for PC release (it already has a Steam store page up).

Nothing else interests me enough to buy another console to collect dust next to the other 2 that never get used...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 12, 2020, 05:49:15 PM
Stray -- a game about a cat exploring a futuristic city.

WAT?! lol

Watch this be brilliant.  I think it is coming out on PC and PS4 first.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 13, 2020, 05:40:04 PM
Persona 4 is on steam.

Some people are excited.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 14, 2020, 02:42:39 AM
Gta v coming to ps5 as it did for ps4 and ps3. Lol where is 6?

Gta online is like WoW
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 14, 2020, 10:57:41 AM
Persona 4 Golden on Steam is kind of a big deal since it was only on PSVita, with the original Persona 4 only being on PS2.  It's a little outdated now and I don't personally find the combat in Persona games to be very interesting as they're turn-based and extremely simple, but the story and characters are strong, if you don't mind the stress of the "life simulator" half of the game.  I'm playing through Persona 5 Royal right now, and it's legit a 130-hr playthrough AND there's a NG+, although I don't think P4G was quite as long.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 18, 2020, 10:25:24 AM
I took a brief look at that game and I am not sure it is something I would enjoy.

At this point that doesn't seem to matter.  I am loving playing Divinity.  I am closing in on the end of Act 2.  The game is deep and tough at times.  Inventory and skill management is a bit of a chore, but despite those things this game has rekindled my love of traditional RPGs.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 18, 2020, 07:42:54 PM
Finished Persona 5 Royal.  Total playtime was around 145 hours on Hard difficulty, platinumed in 1 playthrough, although this platinum is way easier than the original (which required a minimum of 2 full playthroughs).  Still has very strong messages all around, with both personal stories as well as political and social commentary.  It deals with sexual/physical abuse, parental neglect, psychological trauma, abusive working conditions, governmental conspiracies, cults, drug dealers, yakuza, child exploitation, societal apathy, etc., all the while being high-school students who would normally lack the power to tackle all of that.  New content was pretty good overall, expanding a couple characters and adding 3 new ones that had plenty of depth.  The new semester was pretty trippy considering how the original game ended, as the tone shifted from "this is pretty depressing" to "things are suspiciously WAY too good", and the post-post-game was pretty great overall.  Romanced the new girl, felt pretty good about it, though there's no chance I play through the game 9 more times to see all the other romance options.

Bought Greedfall, Judgment, and Valkyria Chronicles 4, paid roughly $60 for all 3 on the PS store's recent sale. Probably going to start Greedfall first.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 18, 2020, 08:31:59 PM
I acquired Heavy Rain, Beyond: Two Souls, and Detroit: Become Human on Steam today.

Looking forward to all of them. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on June 19, 2020, 03:42:43 AM
I really enjoyed Heavy Rain at the time. No idea how well it has aged! It's a really unique experience.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 19, 2020, 06:01:08 AM
I really enjoyed Heavy Rain at the time. No idea how well it has aged! It's a really unique experience.

Yeah, I finished Heavy Rain once on the PS3. Didn't really get a great ending, though, so I want to try again.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 19, 2020, 10:54:22 AM
I absolutely love Heavy Rain.  One of my favorite all time games.  I believe I managed to get the good ending when I played it.  I would have look at my Ps3 trophy log to verify.

I also really enjoyed Detroit.  I found this one very hard.  I got a good enough ending but there is one whole path that I failed.

Beyond: Two Souls I never played.  I heard it had bad reviews.

I had no clue these were on Steam.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on June 21, 2020, 09:47:23 PM
Aha! Heavy Rain has come back around. Sssith was extolling this game all the back in forever ago (http://gamersoasis.net/index.php?topic=31.msg5945#msg5945). He's not going to want to hear this, but I still have yet to play it. The dude I was playing Detroit: Become Human with hasn't been over since the pandemic started, so I'm still waiting on that. I think we have maybe half an hour left too. :/ Only hope I can remember everything by the time we get back together to knock this out. Anyway, my kid and I have been messing around with Kirby's Adventure on NES (Classic) and some Caveman Warriors (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3efZBYDD58) on PS4. Looks like a real nod to Joe and Mac style games. We got through the first boss, but the platforming has been fairly rough on him so far so we'll see if he wants to continue much further. Really looks like another one that would probably be more fun with more people, so might have to wait until the other kid gets old enough to play or enlist some friends to help us along.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 22, 2020, 07:12:22 AM
Speaking of playing with your kids. Iíve been doing a little portal 2 coop with my eldest and she loves it so far
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 29, 2020, 11:18:18 PM
Put about 15 hours into Greedfall.  Interesting setting, colonial era decor, with everyone wearing tricorn hats and pantaloons, with rapiers and pistols, except you're fighting monsters, dealing with natives, political groups, and there's magic.  It's hard to say what the closest comparison is, but I would say probably a AA unpolished Witcher 3 (Witcher 2-ish?).  There is a lot of dialogue, and the quests have the kind of pivots and tricks that a lot of people like about TW3, with multiple solutions.  If you need to rescue someone from some thugs, you can lockpick the backdoor to sneak in, use Science to blow a small hole in the wall, talk them down, or just fight them.  The combat is... janky, and slow, and the animations are kinda garbage, but the progression systems seem interesting, forcing you to choose certain paths and seeing uses for what you don't have everywhere.  Every piece of dialogue is voiced, although most of it by the same people over and over.  The world has many discrete-but-large areas, and to avoid the large loading times whenever you travel between them you first load into this mini-camp area where you can talk to your companions and have a merchant to buy/sell items, which is pretty nice.  Seems like it'll take like 100 hours to do everything, though maybe it'll snowball after I get better gear and abilities.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 30, 2020, 09:57:36 AM
I was very interested in Greedfall.  When you are done let me know if you think it is worth the time.  Seems like it will be based on what you said.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on June 30, 2020, 02:56:43 PM
I have... 63 hours in Greedfall, which is spread between two playthroughs. Neither is finished. The game is really good... until it's not. Eventually it just stops being interesting, and both playthroughs got sidetracked around the same point. It wasn't that it was ever bad or anything. I just completely lost any drive to continue.

So yeah. It's fun for a while. I don't actually know anyone who has gotten all the way through it, though. And I have a lot of Steam friends...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 01, 2020, 01:57:51 PM
I see Fallout 76 is coming to PC Game Pass.  I can find out what all Pixie's hype is about!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 01, 2020, 02:25:38 PM
It will be good to have another opinion.  Not that I don't trust Pixie's.   ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 01, 2020, 04:23:47 PM
Fallout 76 is best Fallout.

I will fight over this. LOL
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 01, 2020, 04:34:43 PM
I guess I will not know until I get the game.  But I have a very difficult time believing that.  That said I have never been into games where base building is important.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 01, 2020, 08:40:25 PM
Base building is not important. You can build cool shit if you want. Or you can do what I do and throw up a platform with some crafting stations on it. Sometimes I might build up a shack or something. But it's only as important as you want it to be.

Mostly for me it's the exploring and all the environmental storytelling stuff that Bethesda is the master of. And now that they've added NPCs and actual factions and stuff, there's all that too (but frankly, I enjoyed it just as much before NPCs because the world and its STUFF was so compelling on its own).

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 06, 2020, 10:03:42 PM
Finished Greedfall.  Took about 50 hours.  There are a lot of permutations leading to different endings and trophies, which I will probably not replay to try to get.  I was friends with all factions and all companions, yet did not get the "best" ending because of some other choices that I could not have known affected the ending.  There are romances in the game too, but they require exactly perfect dialogue choices that are not clear whatsoever, so I ended up with none (the trophy %s for them are in the single digits).  Otherwise, the ending was decent.  There's a "dilemma" at the end that has at least a little weight to it because the bad guy is actually somewhat likable/sympathetic.

Some cool things:
Companions apparently can and will betray you if they don't like you and/or you don't do their companion quests. 
Dodging and parrying have generous timings, so the combat isn't too terribly hard once you get into the rhythm and have some better gear.
Companions provide talent boosts when they like you, and you can equip gear that provides more, so you can effectively max every talent eventually.
The game never crashed.
The natives have their own language that is used somewhat frequently.  You mostly hear the same phrases repeated, but some conversations are entirely in that language.

Some bad things:
Some cutscenes have your characters facing towards another companion or NPC they aren't talking to or isn't involved in the conversation.
I lost count at 200+ the number of misspelled words in menus and subtitles.
The framerate can chug quite a bit, with some heavy graphical glitching if you run for too long and it can't load the area.
I got stuck in the terrain a couple of times and had to reload, and another time all environmental obstacles were un-interactable.
Companions have like 2 totals lines they spout in combat, and that's all they will ever say, over and over. 
Most quests are deliberately designed, so you can't do things out of orders unless they planned for it.  Quest markers won't move even when they probably should.
It's almost impossible to be a bad person for most of the game, you're generally forced to be the diplomat you're supposed to be.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 07, 2020, 11:48:26 AM
Good read.

Would you recommend the game though?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 07, 2020, 12:07:42 PM
I would say "If on sale, yes".  I bought it for like $20, and feel pretty good about it overall.  Wouldn't be one of my favorites, but there's a bit of a void without any new single-player Bioware or Bethesda stuff for a while, and this game scratches some of that itch.  Also, tricorn hats are cool.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 07, 2020, 05:56:05 PM
The framerate can chug quite a bit, with some heavy graphical glitching if you run for too long and it can't load the area.

Did you play on console? Asking because this is definitely not a problem I had with the PC version. It rocked a pretty steady 60+ fps at 1440p/max settings without wavering.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 07, 2020, 06:15:55 PM
Yes, PS4.  However, that's why I had to mention "the game never crashed", which makes it infinitely better than most games of its type on console.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 07, 2020, 09:09:59 PM
Yes, PS4.  However, that's why I had to mention "the game never crashed", which makes it infinitely better than most games of its type on console.

LOL!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 12, 2020, 03:39:18 PM
Well Fallout 76 on PC Game Pass seems to be a mess.  First it wouldn't let me play due to some error on privacy settings.  Gave up launching through the Xbox App and instead just from start menu and now get some error about not being able to connect to servers (NoRegionPing).  Had a little google and apparently some people have had success by installing it on the same drive as the OS, but I already can't be bothered :/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 12, 2020, 03:47:08 PM
Hmmm turns out it was already installed on the same drive as my OS.  Ho hum!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 13, 2020, 05:46:44 AM
Yeah, the gamepass version seems to be fucked for some reason.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 13, 2020, 10:37:17 AM
About half-way through Valkyria Chronicles 4.  The reviews said it was "exactly like Valkyria Chronicles 1", which is pretty much true, for better or worse.  It's remarkably story-heavy, with 6-10 cutscenes between most battles, and the characters are relatively strong.  VC1 had one of the best love stories I've seen in a video game, and VC4 seems to be heading that way. 

There are still parts of the gameplay that I consider "objectively bad game design", where save scumming or restarts are required because of the lack of information given before a battle and that you're primarily judged by how quickly and flawlessly you finish them.  When a mission/map is designed well it's an excellent strategy game, but if you don't already know what the enemy layout and composition is your team may not be right to finish the map "on time" for the best rewards, and the progression EXPECTS you to ace every mission to have enough XP and Money to keep up with enemy upgrades (the difference between finishing a map, for example, in 5 turns versus 8 turns could be literally losing 3/4ths of your XP/Money), otherwise you're forced to replay missions again and again to make up what you lost.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 13, 2020, 01:31:59 PM
Yeah, the gamepass version seems to be fucked for some reason.

Does seem a bit of an own goal.  There's probably a lot of people like myself who were put off by the initial release but had heard good things about the recent updates and are wanting to give it a shot.  This will undoubtedly put people off :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 13, 2020, 03:44:26 PM
I re-downloaded all 75 gigs just in case... it still didn't work :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 14, 2020, 04:13:53 PM
In what is now my long running Fallout 76 saga/monologue I did manage to get the game to launch just before heading to bed, but now it runs at around 15fps.  Will see if I can work out what is causing that tomorrow.  You can't say I don't give a game a chance  ;D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 16, 2020, 02:27:40 PM
Common Kas!  You can do it!  Get that game running!!!

Anyone here ever play No Man's Sky?  I am getting really curious about the game.  It started off so poorly.  But by all accounts the Dev kept working on it until it has surpassed the original promises.  They just put out an update that adds derelict ships that basically add a horror/Aliens/Dead Space element to the game.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 16, 2020, 04:33:16 PM
I played it early on when it was ass.

By all accounts, it's really good now.

I just haven't bothered.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 17, 2020, 12:14:42 AM
Finished Valkyria Chronicles 4. Ending was ok but was very short, so not much emotional payoff.  Character and story-wise it's probably an 8/10, with a pretty vast cast of characters that all get at least some development.  Squads of 3 soldiers have their own short stories that are pretty great all-around, with some pretty funny ones, such as Scott who only ever says "Yes, sir" or "No, sir", while saluting, even in off-duty conversations.  Every character has attributes that take some personal trait of theirs and translates it to a gameplay effect, like being distracted around women causing lower accuracy, or feeling more comfortable in nature areas and getting higher defense, and there are something like 40+ characters with different voice actors with own unique battle quotes for every action, so there's certainly variety.  Gameplay-wise varies between a 2/10 and a 7/10.  The turn-to-turn strategy can be fun when you're presented with enough information to make good decisions, but sometimes surprises happen and the top-down to 3rd-person transition has some inherent flaws.  The enemy AI is also somewhat dumb, so they resort to overwhelming numbers, shooting straight through the terrain, and getting interception shots in several frames before you can stop time by taking your action to pump up the difficulty (they can take actions quick enough to prevent you from shooting at them, but you can't, even with frame-perfect inputs).  Music is pretty good, which makes sense because it's Hitoshi Sakimoto.  Overall, not quite as good as VC1, but pretty close.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 17, 2020, 07:09:34 AM
Common Kas!  You can do it!  Get that game running!!!

Turned out I had to change a setting in some config file and enable full screen rather than borderless full screen - now its running at a sweet 144 fps! I can finally play...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 17, 2020, 07:10:45 AM
About half-way through Valkyria Chronicles 4.  The reviews said it was "exactly like Valkyria Chronicles 1", which is pretty much true, for better or worse.  It's remarkably story-heavy, with 6-10 cutscenes between most battles, and the characters are relatively strong.  VC1 had one of the best love stories I've seen in a video game, and VC4 seems to be heading that way. 

There are still parts of the gameplay that I consider "objectively bad game design", where save scumming or restarts are required because of the lack of information given before a battle and that you're primarily judged by how quickly and flawlessly you finish them.  When a mission/map is designed well it's an excellent strategy game, but if you don't already know what the enemy layout and composition is your team may not be right to finish the map "on time" for the best rewards, and the progression EXPECTS you to ace every mission to have enough XP and Money to keep up with enemy upgrades (the difference between finishing a map, for example, in 5 turns versus 8 turns could be literally losing 3/4ths of your XP/Money), otherwise you're forced to replay missions again and again to make up what you lost.

I really enjoyed the start of VC1, but the more I discovered that it is completely a puzzle game rather than a squad strategy game I lost quite some interest :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 17, 2020, 10:41:13 AM
I really enjoyed the start of VC1, but the more I discovered that it is completely a puzzle game rather than a squad strategy game I lost quite some interest :(

True, it's one of those games I found worth using a guide for to limit the gameplay time, because I found the story to be worth that hassle (same goes for VC4).  Thankfully most of the side missions and skirmishes are more "fair" and less puzzle-y than the main ones.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 21, 2020, 01:04:09 PM
With the new DLC3 I am back to playing BL3.

After I get tired of that I will go back Divinity to finish that game.  I am about to enter Act 3 there.

Then I will be on to Far Cry 5 which I just got for under $10. 

Sounds like a plan.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on July 21, 2020, 02:16:14 PM
You will be busy for awhile.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 23, 2020, 04:08:36 PM
Trailer for new Fable game. This is f'ing hilarious. I love it. (https://youtu.be/oVkSZXPklQ4)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 23, 2020, 05:23:09 PM
I have never played any of the Fable games.  Not sure if I will make the time for this one.

State of Decay 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WMb6InnZQY).  Another interesting trailer.  Now that looks more like it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 23, 2020, 06:35:27 PM
I have never played any of the Fable games.  Not sure if I will make the time for this one.

State of Decay 3 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WMb6InnZQY).  Another interesting trailer.  Now that looks more like it.

Considering I got a bazillion hours out of 1 and 2 and still consider them the finest zombie games made, I am super hype for 3!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 23, 2020, 06:42:51 PM
Trailer for new Fable game. This is f'ing hilarious. I love it. (https://youtu.be/oVkSZXPklQ4)

Actually kind of interested in Fable now Peter Molyneux is not involved! I thought the first one failed to live up to all its promises (which is the Molyneux way) and I subsequently didn't bother with 2 or 3.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on July 23, 2020, 07:29:42 PM
I almost hate to admit it, but I've been hooked on this mobile game called Harvest Land for the past few weeks.  My wife has been playing it for awhile before I did and I mocked her for it.  Then I tried it and got hooked.  If you like mobile games where you make things, then use that stuff to build other things, or sell it, then you will like it.  Also, you can join a clan and compete in weekly "dragon races" to get more goodies.  You can also friend people and help each other.  It's a good time sink.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 24, 2020, 11:06:01 AM
Mobile games?  Loser.  Next you will tell me how much you are looking forward to Diablo Immortal.  I guess you have a phone.  ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on July 24, 2020, 12:57:47 PM
lol...yes I have phone.  No diablo immortal for me though!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on July 24, 2020, 05:46:41 PM
Most mobile games are designed well to be time sinks and try to be money sinks too. Iím not surprised to hear you are having fun based on what I know about your gaming where you are like frogs. Play very few games but those ones you play the crap out of them.

I have one I do in my commute. And enjoy a lot

Iíve moved away from games where to progress there is a chance of going backwards.

Most of them have common currencys, premium currencies and the chance to buy in with real $ but in weird ways you struggle to work out.

Some just let you play as much as you want. Others put random things such as resources, tickets or certain time or other gates. Sometimes I find these limiting features good to limit the time spent in games. Other times it annoys me i uninstall

Also watch what happens when more patches come with time. Do they get pushing the end games? More levels or higher hurdles? Or help you get towards the end faster
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on July 25, 2020, 11:35:24 AM
Nice to hear from you Tim!  I don't spend any real $ on the mobile game, but I know lots of people do.  It takes longer to do things that way, but I refuse to spend money on it.  It's teaches patience!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 26, 2020, 06:56:38 AM
Turned out I had to change a setting in some config file and enable full screen rather than borderless full screen - now its running at a sweet 144 fps! I can finally play...

I ended up playing for about 30 minutes, but then my friend encouraged me to try No Man's Sky again and I've got really into that.  By really into I mean I've played 6 hours of it - which is a lot of gaming time for me these days  ;D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 27, 2020, 10:48:21 AM
Ended up platinuming Valkyria Chronicles 4, mainly because the squad stories and endgame skirmishes were the most fun parts of the gameplay, with levels being mostly fair, although somewhat stacked against you in numbers.

Put about 12 hours into Judgment.  Similar issues and highlights to Yakuza games.  Main story seems interesting, playing a lawyer who is known for acquitting a killer, who then gets roped into helping clear a Yakuza from a murder (who is clearly not completely innocent).  Seems like it will have some decent twists and turns, as I'm only on chapter 3 out of somewhere in the teens I think.  Side stories have been decent, and plenty of minigames to keep me occupied or to have as a more passive thing to do while listening to podcasts or whatever.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 27, 2020, 10:55:35 AM
... friend encouraged me to try No Man's Sky again and I've got really into that.  By really into I mean I've played 6 hours of it - which is a lot of gaming time for me these days  ;D

How involved is the flying mechanic?  I played Elite Dangerous which was really interesting but a pain in the ass to learn.  Trying to land took time to learn to control the ship as an example.  And without the joystick you were left with awkward controls with keyboard and mouse.

Started FC5.  So far it has been somewhat meh.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on July 27, 2020, 08:27:24 PM
My kid and I have been playing some Hydro Thunder Hurricane (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FANeQRvkABc). It was a dumb, free game on Xbox I had in my library and I guess sometimes that's just what you need. Water racing physics can be pretty hit or miss, but this has been a good time and we've unlocked every boat. We've also messed around with Hellmut: The Badass from Hell (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA0wuaDUeV4) on PS4. We haven't beat it yet, though we've come close. Other than that, I still mess around with SFV and build the occasional fightstick.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on July 28, 2020, 08:06:53 AM
How involved is the flying mechanic?  I played Elite Dangerous which was really interesting but a pain in the ass to learn.  Trying to land took time to learn to control the ship as an example.  And without the joystick you were left with awkward controls with keyboard and mouse.

It's super easy, although I'd say most of my time has been spent on the planet so far.  Landing you pretty much press 'E' when you are somewhat near the ground and the ship sorts itself out.  Space stations you just fly straight at the entrance and autopilot takes over.  I'm playing completely M+K but I can see it would be just as easy with a controller.  This is definitely not a space sim.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 28, 2020, 02:56:47 PM
Today is Grounded day! Wooooooo!

/installing/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 28, 2020, 04:06:58 PM
Have fun playing 'outside'.  Don't get eaten by the ants and remember to be home for dinner.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 28, 2020, 04:12:57 PM
I think the spiders are a bigger concern! ... literally
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 28, 2020, 07:24:23 PM
Holy shit, Grounded is good,guys.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 03, 2020, 11:07:18 AM
I have been making steady progress in FC5.  There are three bosses before you get to the final boss.  I just killed the first.  You have to take him out in a dog fight.  Which is plain stupid because trying to fly the planes is a joke IMO.  I can imagine that some people get good at it but I couldn't be bothered.  So my hired help did most of the damage to keep the plane out of the sky.  What is also stupid is that you get captured four times before you can take out the first boss.  Do they kill you?  Of course not. :roll:  They want to 'save' you for some reason.  Aside from that stupidity the game is pretty good.  FC3 is still the best one IMO.  Onto the next section of the game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 07, 2020, 05:52:30 PM
Finished Judgment.  Overall I'd say it was fine, although with the grab bag that comes with Yakuza games (which this is a spinoff of) there's a lot of hit or miss mechanics.

The Good:
Main Story - Not as good as Yakuza 0, with a lot of awkward moments that ruined the impact of certain scenes, but it also had some nice twists and succeeded at making some totally despicable characters surprisingly empathetic by the end, and the courtroom drama was good overall.  The main MacGuffin is also realistic and relevant.
Main Cast - Yagami's got some good bros helping him out.  Lots of bromance moments.  Sadly not a lot of screen time for some characters I wished to see more, but almost everyone is more complex than they initially appear.
Batting Cage - Takes good timing, but can be won with persistence since the order of pitches doesn't change.
Paradise VR - Could've had more unique mechanics besides making you do random things you do in the main game, but making it into a board game with risks, rewards, multiple paths replay value, and generally a good way to rake in money certainly doesn't hurt.
Arcade - Comes with full versions of the following SEGA games built in: Space Harrier, Puyo Puyo, Motor Raid, Fighting Vipers, Virtua Fighter 5, Fantasy Zone, and a House of the Dead ripoff called Dead Souls.  Can't complain.
Darts - About what you'd expect.
Mahjong - Probably took me 2-3 games worth of seeing this to really understand it.  Now I can abuse it to make a decent profit (most of the time).
Gambling (Poker, Blackjack, Koi-Koi, Oicho-Kabu) - Easy enough to play while doing other stuff.
Girlfriends - There are 4 options and they all have fairly interesting stories.  I particularly like Nanami, who is a workaholic and isn't looking for love, who plays hard-to-get and takes a lot of effort.  For whatever reason you never get to date the "canon/main story love interest", so that's kind of a letdown.
Drone Racing - The money and time sync for parts.  Fun when you get into it, with some tougher routes through buildings, though annoying because 2 of your opponents have rubber-band AI, always being right behind you even if you have vastly better equipment.

The Bad:
Combat - Like most Yakuza games, overly flashy to the detriment of your ability to control your character.  Enemies later on start having multiple health bars and hyperarmor, and you're basically expected to pause the game to chug healing items over and over and over to make it through.  You also get PITIFUL rewards for fighting, so it's more of a time-waster.
Tailing Missions - Mostly a waste of time, as there aren't many gimmicks used here to throw you off.
Chase Sequences - Just a bunch of QTEs in a row, also mostly a waste of time.
Pinball - Takes a surprisingly long time to load into and out of, and not a lot going on (seems like it was a throw-in made by amateur programmers).
Kehjin Gang - Oh great, the encounter rate went up, and you get basically nothing for bothering with them.

Think I paid <$25 for the game, which for a good 70+ hours of content (and I still haven't done everything) is solid.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 07, 2020, 06:36:31 PM
Horizon Zero Dawn on PC. Pretty as hell. Blows away the PS4 version (PS4 spec is "medium" in the PC version). But man, the performance leaves a lot to be desired. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1485577984011110887/D009459C20ADE0FF0E38C114DDF55B9D045CCC0E/) I expected much better...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 08, 2020, 10:41:00 AM
I've started playing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.  The graphic and audio design is incredible, and the combat is simple but feels solid enough.  I'm not so enamoured with the puzzle aspect of the gameplay and it makes the pacing feel a little off so I'm not sure how long I will persevere with it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 10, 2020, 01:15:17 PM
I have been reading about the Zero Dawn issues with the port.  Hopefully they fix them because the game is great.

@kas...I have the same experience as you with Senua's.  I only got a little into the game and I want to enjoy it more.  I should probably give it another chance as the game is beautiful.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 10, 2020, 02:21:40 PM
I pushed through the first section and I'm appreciating it more now.  Judging by the amount of rune stone things I've unlocked I guess I'm about half way through.  It really is a work of art, but hard to play for too long in a single sitting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 19, 2020, 10:36:16 PM
Getting close to the end of Control.  The best thing about it is the concept, with paranormal objects causing all sorts of weird effects and dimensional warping of an otherwise "normal" fake government agency building.  Some of the effects are certainly "striking imagery", and it also reminds me a lot of The Lost Room, a relatively unknown Sci-fi TV series that my friends decided to run a whole tabletop campaign about, and this game has a ton of the same references. The worst thing is how it runs on the PS4, along with a couple massive glitches that forced me to quit the game, as I lost all "control" of my character (heh).  The load times are pretty terrible, and it drops to like 2-3 frames a second when things get busy on the screen, which can happen a lot since most environments are destructible and you can telekinetically throw tons of objects around.  It is also a pretty hard game overall, with no difficulty options, and you lose part of your currency on death, so I could see a lot of people not bothering to finish it even if the story and concept are intriguing.  There are some puzzles, and while I couldn't call them groundbreaking they are part of the most enjoyable sections of the game where it's about exploration and discovery of what's going on.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 19, 2020, 10:46:57 PM
Still working through Horizon Zero Dawn. It's just sooooooo much better on PC than it ever was on PS4. I do not regret this purchase one bit. I found settings somewhere between "great" and "max" that let me keep a constant 60+ fps at 1440p so performance isn't an issue. I have friends that have crashing issues, but I've been lucky in that department. It's crashed twice on me in ~30 hours of play, so not ideal but not awful. Both times I had a save mere moments before so nothing was lost.



Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 22, 2020, 05:32:34 PM
Remember kids, always wear the right armor for the job... (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1502467941174527553/B677BD2828C405E1F99521B1DD816F50026A2B70/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 23, 2020, 12:09:06 PM
That game is so good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 23, 2020, 01:08:06 PM
I'm in love with the story and lore, not sold on the combat. But burning through it now to find all the lore I can find. There's stories on top of stories! Even the collectibles are stories.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 24, 2020, 01:31:27 PM
I did end up finishing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.  Great game!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 24, 2020, 02:31:15 PM
I finished Far Cry 5.  The worst in the series IMO.  Each of the area bosses were annoying as hell as well as being just stupidly preachy.  Writing/story was just atrocious.  I hated the ending.  Final battle was an interesting mechanic, but on the whole a very disappointing game. FC 1 was enjoyable. FC 2 was probably the toughest and you start to see them developing the platform.  FC3 was easily the best of the series. FC4 was ok but was worse than 3, and had a much more boring bad guy.  I have not played FC Primal which is based on FC4 maps I believe or FC New Dawn which is based on FC 5.

I enjoy dipping my toes into FPS and FC has been my go to for a long time.  Not sure that I am going to bother with FC6.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on August 24, 2020, 03:10:08 PM
I did end up finishing Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice.  Great game!

so this is available on switch and i've been thinking about getting it. not my usual sort of game but i've heard nothing but good about it. any reason it should be avoided on that platform?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 24, 2020, 04:00:44 PM
Main reason would be that it pretty much requires playing on a headset to get the right experience - so it isn't a good TV game unless you are also playing with a headset.  Also it is only about 7-8 hours long and I know that games on Switch are very pricey compared to other platforms so it may not represent good 'value for money'.  That is entirely a personal decision though!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 24, 2020, 04:21:24 PM
Yeah, it absolutely requires a good headset or a really good 5.1/7.1 surround system.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 28, 2020, 03:27:04 PM
After finishing Control, started up and finished Indivisible, which is a very interesting game.  Metroidvania real-time/turn-based RPG hybrid with hand-drawn graphics.  I bought it mainly because I heard it was "good" and it was an "RPG", but I had to come to grips that the RPG systems in it are garbage and pointless, as story progression massively multiplies your stats way more than battling/leveling ever will.  There is also an excessive amount of backtracking, although probably only "above average" there compared to a lot of Metroidvanias as it's somewhat expected.  The story is clichť, but the writing and voice acting were pretty decent overall, and many of the characters are quite endearing.  The art style is AMAZING, with the environments being quite gorgeous and a cast of 20+ characters with lots of battle animations, and the music is also AMAZING that I thought sounded familiar but didn't realize until the end credits that it was Hiroki Kikuta who composed it, who also did Secret of Mana and Trials of Mana (2 of the all-time best SNES soundtracks).  The platforming gets tedious due to the backtracking but they do a good job of making certain platforming segments, especially in the final dungeon, require combinations of 6-10 different platforming abilities to get through, whereas many other platformers just stick to 1-3 tricks and repeat them.  Some manual dexterity is required but it's mostly about strategy and using the right combination of abilities.  Some parts were disappointing but the graphics and music will stick with me for a while.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 28, 2020, 04:24:54 PM
Control finally released on PC yesterday, so I have that now.

But I'll probably wait until I buy a 3080 gpu next month to run it with full raytracing glory. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on August 31, 2020, 10:53:39 AM
Played through the SW Battlefront 2 campaign, mainly because it was free on PS+.  It's... pretty bad.  It's clearly intended as a bridge between Return of the Jedi and Ep. 7 and 8.  It's also balanced somewhat badly, as Battlefront in general is for respawning as endless waves of faceless troops but now you're playing as a hero with the same health as a basic grunt where dying equals game over, and where enemies can spawn in instantly, sometimes right behind you.  The cutscenes and performances of the actors were fairly well done, it looks great, and some of the set pieces were fun, but it clearly needed more work as it was very short and leaves several gaps in its own story, and there were several parts I noticed they took awkward shortcuts like having your ship crash and your characters teleport out in 1 second like it was nothing.  "Plot Armor" happens quite a lot.  The Battle of Jakku also had several parts that made absolutely no sense, like flying around in an X-wing and seeing allies being attacked by AT-ATs, and you deciding to LAND and try to fight them on the ground instead of torpedoing them from the air.  So yeah, seems like the reviews for that game were right.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on August 31, 2020, 02:16:25 PM
Yeah Battlefront 2 wasn't very good sadly.  I miss the days of good Star Wars space battle games.

Right now however I'm totally hyped for Crusader Kings 3!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on September 02, 2020, 07:42:07 PM
I have been playing Far Cry 5.
Spent about 50hrs in it, though it could be finished faster. Glad I didn't pay full price for it to be honestly. The core design is still fun, do missions, take outposts, unlock weapons etc, but I HATED getting railroaded into story missions, the whole point of the games used to be freedom. The graphics are really nice, the world is a decent size, but it felt a bit shallow. I've gone back to Far Cry 4, as I didn't finish it last time.

Also been playing Transocean: The Shipping Company.
If anyone remembers Ports of Call on Amiga/DOS, it is basically a modern version of that. You start out with a loan for several million dollars to buy a small ship and you send it to different ports to deliver cargo, pickup more cargo etc to make money. You have to manage fuel/fuel usage by filling up at ports and choosing the ships speed, ships require repairs and upgrades. You can dock them manually or pay for tugs, at first you can't afford the tugs though, but when you have 10 ships you won't want to manually dock them. I really enjoy it, currently doing the campaign (failed a few times by overextending on loans and going bankrupt  :-[ ). There is a sandbox mode that I haven't tried yet. Overall a really engrossing game that makes time fly :)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: syn on September 02, 2020, 08:14:20 PM
i bought basically all the expansions for stellaris and have been playing the shit out of it. i guess for a while there were a few expansions that really killed game performance, but apparently recent patches have fixed things and i haven't had any problems. thumbs up.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 03, 2020, 10:29:00 AM
I have been playing Far Cry 5.
Spent about 50hrs in it, though it could be finished faster. Glad I didn't pay full price for it to be honestly. The core design is still fun, do missions, take outposts, unlock weapons etc, but I HATED getting railroaded into story missions, the whole point of the games used to be freedom. The graphics are really nice, the world is a decent size, but it felt a bit shallow. I've gone back to Far Cry 4, as I didn't finish it last time.

I was really disappointed with FC5.  Worst in the series IMO.  I don't have much hope for FC6.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 03, 2020, 12:54:22 PM
Did you play New Dawn?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 03, 2020, 01:16:22 PM
No.  Is it any good.  Almost anything would be an improvement on FC5.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on September 03, 2020, 06:15:48 PM
Did you play New Dawn?

No I have not, do you recommend it?
Reviews seems to suggest it was a FC5 DLC for full game price, which put me off a bit
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 03, 2020, 07:27:52 PM
I've only played through the first small bit of it myself. It felt better than FC5 though. A bit sillier but more interesting. Some friends seem to like it. My kid loves it (but he also loves Warframe so his opinions are suspect :P ).


Besides, Far Cry Primal is objectively the best Far Cry. :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on September 03, 2020, 10:19:20 PM
I've only played through the first small bit of it myself. It felt better than FC5 though. A bit sillier but more interesting. Some friends seem to like it. My kid loves it (but he also loves Warframe so his opinions are suspect :P ).


Besides, Far Cry Primal is objectively the best Far Cry. :D

I'll wishlist it and check it out on sale :)

I have Primal, spent a bit of time in it, but it didn't grab me, definitely on the "try again" list for me
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 04, 2020, 11:41:47 AM
I have been meaning to pick up Primal one of these days.  I wouldn't be surprised if it is better that FC4, low bar.  Better than 3? Don't be silly.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 04, 2020, 02:13:46 PM
I have been meaning to pick up Primal one of these days.  I wouldn't be surprised if it is better that FC4, low bar.  Better than 3? Don't be silly.

Much better than 3. ;)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 06, 2020, 08:21:20 PM
I'm on the last mission in HZD, should finish the game tonight.

Took this picture of the dawn on the last day... (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1637577222262633761/EBD3914E573B96E18BF6B162112492C75C62F0E0/) I'm particularly fond of this pic.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 09, 2020, 03:50:34 PM
Finished HZD just in time to pick up the Kingdoms of Amalur remaster yesterday. Really enjoying it so far. I loved the game way back when, so it's fun to revisit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on September 13, 2020, 07:01:56 PM
Nearly finished with my Vewlix clone build and I've got it set it up for SFV. It was a fun project and now the kids have some more buttons to mash.
(https://i.imgur.com/JQdNpi6.jpg)
(https://i.imgur.com/NayhT7v.jpg)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 13, 2020, 07:51:52 PM
That's freaking awesome.  I've always thought about "If I had the room, would I start collecting arcade machines?", but building it custom is probably cheaper and looks better considering how expensive some of the more popular ones are that I've seen.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on September 14, 2020, 07:24:37 AM
I collect/build fight sticks, so this was a definitely a bit bigger project than I'm used to. And yeah, some arcade models can get crazy expensive, so this was a nice compromise: I got a project out of the deal and got to customize one to match the picture in my head, and it probably only cost half as much as an authentic one. We aren't overflowing with extra space either, but these Vewlix style ones are actually fairly shallow and the footprint isn't really that big, so it works. (And I'm glad I got a maxbeedo comment on it since I figured you were one FGC guys here who might appreciate a little SF aesthetic.)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 18, 2020, 11:17:55 AM
So the PS5 thing happened, and the internet was set ablaze with pre-pre-orders (pre-orders put up by retailers before they should have).  $499 for disc unit, $399 for digital, November 12th, but good luck finding one, as scalpers will be buying all 8-12 million they plan to have ready at launch.  Demon's Souls remake and Spiderman: Miles Morales on launch day.  Harry Potter RPG showed more, Final Fantasy XVI announced and shown, God of War: Ragnarok announced.  Lots of PS4 games downloadable for free with PS+ on PS5 on launch day.  Also the rumored price jump for next-gen games seems to be happening, with $70 being the new standard.

The Demon's Souls remake looks really good, but I also platinumed that game so unless it has brand-new content, I can certainly wait to get a PS5 for it.  I didn't "love" Spiderman, so I'm not in any hurry to get Miles Morales.  I will certainly be getting a PS5 eventually but I'm not going to get into an F5 fight to secure one this year. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on September 18, 2020, 05:25:19 PM
So the PS5 thing happened, and the internet was set ablaze with pre-pre-orders (pre-orders put up by retailers before they should have).

I agree and though I haven't seriously started looking for the PS5 yet, when I come across a pre-order post/sale, it's always sold out, even if I'm just 10 minutes late to the party. I can't imagine trying to be some random parent wanting to get one for their kid or something because that looks like it will be an uphill battle for sure.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 21, 2020, 08:06:41 PM
Microsoft has bought Zenimax which includes Bethesda.

I think this should be a positive step as Microsoft are doing some great things on gaming and not being a dick when they could.

Iím excited John Carmack, previously at id software might be able to do some stuff with his old games. Maybe releasing some source code like they used to! Great source ports and mods incoming!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 21, 2020, 08:33:12 PM
Yeah. But it is never great when huge companies gobble up the smaller ones.  Admittedly MS has been ok lately with their gaming house.  I don't trust them to stay that way.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 22, 2020, 10:19:23 AM
I hate this news. I'm worried what it means for Starfield, TES6, and ESO. And I'm worried MS will foist another New Vegas on us since they own Obsidian too...
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 22, 2020, 10:41:17 AM
Starfield looks like a DOOM game.  Lately those have been super twitchy for me.  I should probably give it another try.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on September 22, 2020, 11:49:04 AM
And I'm worried MS will foist another New Vegas on us since they own Obsidian too...

This would be the best news all year.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 22, 2020, 12:31:38 PM
Starfield looks like a DOOM game.  Lately those have been super twitchy for me.  I should probably give it another try.

Wut? AFAIK, we haven't even seen anything for Starfield yet. Where are you seeing a DOOM-like to it? It's Elder Scrolls in Space...

Are you sure you're thinking of the right game?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 22, 2020, 12:33:38 PM
And I'm worried MS will foist another New Vegas on us since they own Obsidian too...

This would be the best news all year.

A lot of people feel that way. And Obsidian was pretty coy about it when asked directly.

I'm just... not a fan. NV was my least favorite Fallout, and Obsidian games generally fall flat for me. Most recently The Outer Worlds, which was forgettable and got stale before I could finish it.

Except Grounded. I'm having a lot of fun with that, but I think that's just a small segregated part of Obsidian working on it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 25, 2020, 06:50:24 AM
Left 4 dead 2 gets a big community update which is cool.  30 new achievements? Cool, but some that will be many hours of grind .. fuck I didn't want that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 25, 2020, 11:59:37 AM
Starfield looks like a DOOM game.  Lately those have been super twitchy for me.  I should probably give it another try.

Wut? AFAIK, we haven't even seen anything for Starfield yet. Where are you seeing a DOOM-like to it? It's Elder Scrolls in Space...

Are you sure you're thinking of the right game?

No clue where I saw that.  Can't seem to find it again.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 05, 2020, 01:59:32 AM
Bought several things on the PSN sale, but most of it was Yakuza 3-6 for $10 each.  Currently about 75% of the way through 3.  As usual, pretty good story and characters, random mix of good/bad minigames, flawed combat.  Once that's done I may start The Last Remnant Remastered to get away from Yakuza for a bit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 05, 2020, 10:07:41 AM
I bought A Way Out.  Looking forward to playing it with a friend.  Seems pretty hysterical.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 06, 2020, 07:07:09 PM
The opening sequence to Baldur's Gate 3 is the greatest thing ever. Holy shit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 07, 2020, 09:53:24 AM
Stop it.  lol

I really want to get the game, but I have a ton on tap and this is early release.  But holy cow am I tempted to get the game and play the early parts.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 07, 2020, 02:16:31 PM
Having played a LOT of 5E D&D, I would probably feel a little limited by their class/spell options, so I'm also waiting for the finished product.  I am looking forward to seeing how they handle failure states across the game, since D&D is often just as much about interesting failures as successes, and especially so in 5E where the math is fairly bounded and you're unlikely to ever be guaranteed to succeed on a die roll.  One thing the tabletop version doesn't always handle perfectly (but can be worked through with the DM) are "knowledge" checks.  Do you know something?  Make a roll.  If you fail, nope, even if that knowledge was vital for a quest or an interesting bit of lore that would've increased your appreciation of the world.  It'll be interesting to see if they make some rolls automatic based on race, class, chosen proficiencies or whatever, just to keep things moving.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 07, 2020, 04:37:20 PM
I've been playing D&D since 1978. 5e since it came out (currently playing 2 campaigns and DM'ing one, so 3 sessions/week).

BG3 is a *very* good translation of the rules to PCRPG format.

And the knowledge checks are awesomely done so far. Very seamless. The info you get can vary based on how well you rolled behind the scenes on Arcana, Religion, History, whatever.

Tons of dialog choices that depend on class, race, background, etc as well.

It's super early access. Only Act 1 is done. Only 6 classes available right now (fighter, ranger, rogue, cleric, warlock, wizard). 6 more coming. Race choices are human, half elf, elf, drow (separate from elf), tiefling, halfling, dwarf, and githyanki. At least 2 subraces for each one except humans and githyanki. No gnomes, half-orcs, or dragonborn yet.

Fairly buggy.

Don't get the game now just to play BG3. Get the game now if you want to be a part of making it awesome later. You will be restarting often. There will be changes. There will be save wipes. And so on.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 07, 2020, 04:39:10 PM
Also, it's gorgeous as fuck. Holy crap.

And the character models are amazing. All the faces are based on scans of real people, so they're all interesting and realistic. Here's my half-elf cleric in the character creator, for instance. (https://i.imgur.com/E3JjgX5.png)

Here's a badass githyanki NPC. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1665727588550647367/CF5F1F72156B7DBC544A51B0228C7058436CEF72/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 07, 2020, 06:00:56 PM
I was thinking of starting a githyanki.  Being mostly evil (I generally have a horrible time at doing this in RPGs) and an undying hatred of Flayers.  As I said...dying to play this.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 07, 2020, 09:03:28 PM
Do they let you pick where your racial stat bonuses go?  Like instead of a Wood Elf getting +2 DEX and +1 WIS you can pick like +2 CHA and +1 CON instead.  That's a new rule that'll be official next month in 5E when Tasha's Cauldron of Everything comes out.  I would guess not as they'll probably try to keep it simple for newer players.

The Illithid macguffin would probably be awesome to me if I hadn't already run a campaign lately with a ton of them plus Githyanki/Githzerai across several planes, along with planning to run the Waterdeep: Dragon Heist -> Dungeon of the Made Mage combo soon which also includes them.  Perhaps I've taken a little too much psychic damage.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 07, 2020, 10:02:38 PM
I was thinking of starting a githyanki.  Being mostly evil (I generally have a horrible time at doing this in RPGs) and an undying hatred of Flayers.  As I said...dying to play this.

Well you're in luck. The game is currently geared toward being evil. The 5 companions they have available so far are all fairly shady folk. I won't be specific because spoilers.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 07, 2020, 10:07:14 PM
Do they let you pick where your racial stat bonuses go?  Like instead of a Wood Elf getting +2 DEX and +1 WIS you can pick like +2 CHA and +1 CON instead.  That's a new rule that'll be official next month in 5E when Tasha's Cauldron of Everything comes out.  I would guess not as they'll probably try to keep it simple for newer players.

No, BG3 uses current core rules. And Tasha's won't be "official" exactly. I mean it will but it won't. It's optional and, like, you could only use it in Adventurer League if you're willing to lose out on using anything from XtGE or SCAG or whatever, which could be a rough trade-off.

Build is 27-point-buy, with the racial modifiers from PHB (or Mordenkainen's, in the case of Githyanki).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 07, 2020, 10:08:49 PM
Messing around tonight, made a drow ranger (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1665727639699689326/A728C1D5BE9F0D1DE873B406BCD29722BDB664A4/) before I remembered that Drizzt ruined drow rangers forever, so I ditched her. :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 08, 2020, 12:18:13 AM
The ability score swap is already AL legal, with or without Tasha's. https://media.wizards.com/2020/dnd/downloads/AL_PGv_10_2.pdf (Appendix 1)

SCAG was completely removed from Adventurer's League for Season 10, it's no longer legal, although some of it has been confirmed to be reprinted in Tasha's (new version of the Bladesinger for example).  Thankfully though Race is no longer a limit for the +1 rule, although they removed some options from Volo's and Mordenkainen's.  They annoyingly gave Tritons 2 buffs in the recent errata to have Darkvision and Cold Resistance but then removed them as an option for this season, I guess because they'd be "too strong" (after being basically unplayed).  So the +1 rule really just applies to choosing between Xanathar's and Tasha's, which might end up being kinda even, depending on the spells.

Can you imagine being a Drow Ranger trying to deal with all the Drizzt references?  Oof.  Granted, could be fun to roleplay.  Normally calm, explode into a rage when someone mentions Drizzt.  :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 08, 2020, 12:46:45 AM
The ability score swap is already AL legal, with or without Tasha's. https://media.wizards.com/2020/dnd/downloads/AL_PGv_10_2.pdf (Appendix 1)

SCAG was completely removed from Adventurer's League for Season 10, it's no longer legal, although some of it has been confirmed to be reprinted in Tasha's (new version of the Bladesinger for example).  Thankfully though Race is no longer a limit for the +1 rule, although they removed some options from Volo's and Mordenkainen's.  They annoyingly gave Tritons 2 buffs in the recent errata to have Darkvision and Cold Resistance but then removed them as an option for this season, I guess because they'd be "too strong" (after being basically unplayed).  So the +1 rule really just applies to choosing between Xanathar's and Tasha's, which might end up being kinda even, depending on the spells.

Can you imagine being a Drow Ranger trying to deal with all the Drizzt references?  Oof.  Granted, could be fun to roleplay.  Normally calm, explode into a rage when someone mentions Drizzt.  :D

My understanding (I don't play AL) is that the stuff in that pdf is specific to that one campaign only and if playing in regular AL, you still have to go by PHB +1. But I could be misinformed. I kinda hate AL. lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 08, 2020, 08:34:17 AM
Generally speaking the AL rules apply to everyone playing AL, regardless of campaign, if you create a new character in that season, but whatever rules previous characters were created under do matter (you usually get to keep options that were removed that you were already using). I haven't played a ton of AL myself, especially given, well, everything about this year, just a few charity events and cross-table "Epics" (which were pretty cool) a while ago. My groups don't use it, but I keep tabs on it because sometimes it gives clues on their future plans.  Our general rule, and what I hear most from other DMs, is "if it's printed in an official book, it's legal".  Granted, we've done our fair share of Unearthed Arcana testing too, so even that varies by campaign.  We ran two full campaigns with the Mystic, which sadly will never get printed (although it did need a lot of changes).  I played through all of Ghosts of Saltmarsh using the UA Artillerist Artificer, and that got changed a ton when it was finally printed, although it didn't get nerfed as badly as the poor Alchemist.

What campaigns are you running now?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 08, 2020, 09:30:17 AM
One of my biggest complaints in DoS2 is that creating your own character was somewhat discouraged.  Meaning that the stock characters all had fantastic backstories and you were better off choosing one of them to have better playing experience.  Did they get around this issue?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 08, 2020, 02:49:12 PM
What campaigns are you running now?

I'm running my group through a heavily modified Dungeon of the Mad Mage because since we're playing on roll20 because of covid, it seemed like the easiest way to do that with the least amount of prep work.

The other games I play in are homebrews. Which are, of course, the best way to play.

One of my biggest complaints in DoS2 is that creating your own character was somewhat discouraged.  Meaning that the stock characters all had fantastic backstories and you were better off choosing one of them to have better playing experience.  Did they get around this issue?

Right now, you can ONLY create your own character. The premade origins are not selectable, but there are placeholders. But in the end, I suspect it's going to be the same. If you want the best story, play one of those.

Lucky for you, one of those is a lawful evil githyanki fighter with an undying hatred of mind flayers. :P (and she is awesome)

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 08, 2020, 09:57:54 PM
I'm a cleric. This is embarrassing... (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1665727763483312764/D97F9DF37B1A3BA96A08F9409CF7B2771A799073/) lol
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 08, 2020, 10:58:56 PM
Too bad you didn't roll a one and forget the name of your own diety.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on October 10, 2020, 08:05:06 PM
I haven't popped here in a while, but my big gaming revelation of the year was Monster Hunter World (and its expansion). What should be the latest content patch was just released some tie ago, and I have spent hundreds of hours in the game. And... sure, I can see how it can get grindy (which game isn't after so much time ?) but that was a perfect "comfort game" for confinement.

Otherwise, quite tempted to jump on the Hades bandwagon, this looks quite interesting. And with AMD finally releasing a new gen of processors, I plan to build a new computer maybe around Christmas, to catch up on some games which probably wouldn't run well on my current PC (Control in particular).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 10, 2020, 10:50:18 PM
Baldur's Gate 3 just keeps getting better. I won't spoil anything, but damn I love this game now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 12, 2020, 09:14:05 AM
I've started Witcher 3.  I finished the opening area and have arrived at the next big city.  So far I am impressed.  Not really sure what I am doing build wise.  There seems to be a lot to figure out, but I am enjoying it so far.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on October 12, 2020, 01:47:18 PM
I haven't popped here in a while, but my big gaming revelation of the year was Monster Hunter World (and its expansion). What should be the latest content patch was just released some tie ago, and I have spent hundreds of hours in the game. And... sure, I can see how it can get grindy (which game isn't after so much time ?) but that was a perfect "comfort game" for confinement.

Otherwise, quite tempted to jump on the Hades bandwagon, this looks quite interesting. And with AMD finally releasing a new gen of processors, I plan to build a new computer maybe around Christmas, to catch up on some games which probably wouldn't run well on my current PC (Control in particular).

I'm very interested in Hades, but with my backlog and PC stability issues it will have to wait :(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 17, 2020, 03:50:48 AM
Finished the available BG3 content. Act 1. Took about 25 hours with my first character (half-elf cleric). Going to start up character #2 later today.

Amazing stuff so far!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 17, 2020, 04:45:42 PM
Character #2 started... (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1667980205775446335/BFDEDAC9F22F3B5A205F4EF2DB2060937A8DF914/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 19, 2020, 09:39:09 AM
Nice.  It is good to hear that you like it.

I have been playing Witcher 3 and having a blast.  I literally have too many quests going on.  I find that I am getting over-leveled for the quests that I have.  I am basically doing quests by there suggested level.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on October 26, 2020, 02:47:05 PM
Since my video card died I have been playing Vampyr on the PS4.  Very mixed feelings about the game.  First the port seems to be pretty crappy.  Controls are meh, graphics are meh.  Fighting is best described as stodgy.  Story wise it is interesting if a bit confining.  That is the main thing that has kept me going.  I am not sure if I am going to want to continue on at this point.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on October 26, 2020, 05:26:04 PM
I just keep playing BG3, even with just one act and 4 levels. It's not perfect, I have complaints, and I've already started modding it to work how I want... but I still keep coming back to it. So good.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on October 28, 2020, 10:41:58 PM
Slowly working through the Yakuza games.  Finished 3 a few weeks ago, over halfway through 4 now, which thankfully provides a little variety because it has four different protagonists.  The way the plot weaves between the four of them has been pretty great so far, although there haven't been any new mini-games worth sinking time into so it's a bit of a slog outside of the story.

Been working through the 3 prestiges for all the co-op commanders I own in SC2, although some I may not bother with as the bonuses don't seem worth it.  Zagara P1 was probably the most fun, just a seemingly endless wave of Banelings and Scourges, although I'm partial to Karax P2 for making his army affordable and Kerrigan P3 for giving her a decent anti-air option.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on November 04, 2020, 03:24:32 PM
I'm very interested in Hades, but with my backlog and PC stability issues it will have to wait :(

I have become very addicted to Hades and spent a ridiculous amount of time in it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 07, 2020, 10:15:38 AM
https://blog.bioware.com/2020/11/07/happy-n7-day-4/

Mass Effect remaster finally "official" and coming in the Spring, and a new Mass Effect game in the works!

I AM SO EXCITE OMG WOOO I CAN'T BREATHE SOMEBODY HALP

/passes out/
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 07, 2020, 10:43:44 AM
Hopefully, they learned enough from Andromeda.  ME is my all-time favorite series.

I would love to play a remaster.  Not as sure about paying for one.  I have played each game at least three times.  Maybe if it has ray-tracing I might give it a try.  ;D

Right now I am back to playing Tomb Raider, just to check out the game with all the bells and whistles turned on.  It's a really pretty game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 07, 2020, 10:57:25 AM
I've played it 12 times.

Am now reinstalling Andromeda by way of celebrating this being THE BEST DAY EVER! (for multiple reasons)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 07, 2020, 12:27:21 PM
Andromeda was a good enough game.  I had fun with it after they patched the shit of it.  It is a bit sad we will never get the full game series out of it.

I just installed GeForce now with 1 year membership.  Not sure what the point is of it.  I thought it would give me access to games, it doesn't seem to.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 10, 2020, 11:32:50 AM
I am back to playing Witcher 3.  Overall I really like it, and the game is gorgeous on the GPU.  It is kind of nice to have one of the top cards on the market.  In the past I have always settle on one that was a notch below.

If I have criticisms of W3 it is that there is almost too much to do.  I am basically doing this based on the level of the task and I am now about three levels ahead of the task.  Of course, when I do do a task that is on level you have to approach the fight with the correct strategy.  It is not always obvious what that strategy should be.  The Bestiary does help, but not always.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 14, 2020, 05:41:26 PM
AC Valhalla is best AC.

There, I said it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 15, 2020, 12:32:13 PM
It looks a bit like a modern Skyrim.   Just from the trailers.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on November 27, 2020, 12:27:53 AM
Finished Yakuza 4 a few weeks ago.  Story was pretty interesting up until right before the finale, but the finale itself was pretty meh and not satisfying.  About halfway through Yakuza 5 now, which now apparently has 5 different protagonists in 5 different cities, although there's not a ton to do that's new.  The first section as Kiyru was pretty good overall with some nice twists and actually getting to drive a car, but the 2nd with Saejima was f-ing garbage despite the snowy backdrops.  Granted, it covers 4 different locations, but they're all barebones with heavy restrictions on where you can move so it felt way too restrictive for 20+ hours of gameplay to feel like a Yakuza game, and the twist ending to it made no sense.  The 3rd part has you play as Haruka, when she's like 14-15, as she tries to become an idol, so the tone/gameplay shift is quite welcome.  It involves a lot of different rhythm, reaction and quiz games, instead of fistfights, and most are new, and it's nice to be able to wander around town without random encounters.

Thinking of buying various PSN games on sale, probably Nioh 2, Star Wars Squadrons, and maybe a few others.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 30, 2020, 10:49:58 AM
I finished the main campaign in Witcher 3.  I do believe I got the 'happy' ending. I will checkout all the other ending online once I finish with the two DLCs which I am about to begin.  I also got the 'Munchkin' achievement before heading into the the DLC.  I guess that just indicates how many of the side quests I did to get to level 35 before the end of the main campaign.  Overall the game was pretty awesome.  I certainly have my quibbles with certain aspects of the game but on the whole it was certainly worth the time.  I hope the two DLCs are worth doing.  Unsurprisingly the game is gorgeous with the gtx 3070.  It was pretty enough on my old cart but it really came alive with the new card.

It is making me look forward to Cyberpunk 2077.  I hope they learned some lessons with W3 and apply them to that game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 30, 2020, 04:23:13 PM
It is making me look forward to Cyberpunk 2077.  I hope they learned some lessons with W3 and apply them to that game.

I'm not sure what lessons you want them to learn, but all the reviews so far suggest that the game is amazing. It's not breaking any new ground, but it's highly refined at all the things it does.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on November 30, 2020, 06:50:51 PM
I never got the game within the game...namely Gwent.  Didn't bother with it.  Also didn't care for horse racing and fist fighting.  Added nothing to the game IMO.  Areas were vast, that made somethings better and somethings worse.  What is the point of having a sign post (fast travel) outside of the Perch?  Any time I want to visit the armorer you had to run all the way in.  There was a lot of that type of thing.  There are other quibbles, but as I said it is a great game.  Doesn't mean that they couldn't improve on it, which I hope they do with 2077.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on November 30, 2020, 07:11:17 PM
Yeah, I'm super not into games-within-games either. I didn't like Gwent. I don't like the one in AC Valhalla. Etc.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 04, 2020, 06:41:23 AM
I bought a PS5 and an absolutely loving the new controller.  Best controller ever.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 04, 2020, 09:34:11 AM
I've heard it's nice.  What are you playing on it?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 04, 2020, 11:31:36 AM
Just Astro's Playroom because it with the console.  I haven't decided if I'm going to grab Demon Souls or Spiderman yet given the crazy prices of PS5 games!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 04, 2020, 08:07:52 PM
So, Immortals Fenyx Rising is pretty damn amazing. Fenyx is a positively delightful protagonist, full of pep and enthusiasm and JUST SO EXCITED about discovering things. The graphics are perfect. The combat and puzzles are great. Actiony combat that's not too punishing, puzzles that are neither too simple nor frustrating. And it's funny as hell. Zeus and Prometheus narrate the game and argue with each other and they really work well.

And it's a Ubisoft open world game that's not ten thousand hours long like all the others. 25-30 hours seems to be the norm, I gather.

It's often described as the love child of Assassin's Creed Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, and I can see that. I describe it as AC Odyssey if AC Odyssey were a Saturday Morning Cartoon.

I <3 it. Check it out. It is on Ubisoft Connect, along with AC Valhalla, so for $15 you can even check out both games!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 07, 2020, 10:33:57 AM
I finished W3 Heart of Stone.  It was good but not great.  Geralt is now level 39 and I have something like 12 unused skill points.  That part of the system is pretty poorly thought out.  I've started Blood and Wine and it seems to be a much bigger than the first DLC.  I will finish it but I am getting a bit tired of the game.  Control will be a nice change of pace when I get there.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 07, 2020, 04:27:10 PM
Blood and Wine is widely regarded as one of the best game DLCs ever.


I wouldn't know. I never got that far. >.>
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 10, 2020, 04:20:27 PM
Cyberpunk is an overhyped buggy mess with awful character creation.

But it's pretty good.

And gorgeous af.

YMMV.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 10, 2020, 05:25:21 PM
That's the gist of what I've been hearing, and it's about what I expected. 

"How the Gaming Community acts when a BIG game comes out": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dHK40lDP1xg
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 10, 2020, 07:15:32 PM
So not getting it right off the bat might be the right move.  Give them time to fix stuff.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 11, 2020, 06:55:57 AM
I'll do what I do with most games that come out these days - wait for the complete edition! Tend to get the best experience and usually cheaper too :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 11, 2020, 08:07:20 PM
Pretty happy with my V. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1666859361744560943/7D12DF5D4FC99DAD312B198A9348E6E68DF2AF37/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 11, 2020, 10:53:23 PM
This review makes it sound pretty awesome but also reinforces the wait until it is in better shape: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cyberpunk+2077+review

Other than the bugs it seems right up my alley.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 11, 2020, 11:06:48 PM
Only bugs I've personally encountered so far are minor graphics/physics glitches. No crashing (one friend is crashing left and right) and no broken quests or game-stoppers.

It's a pretty damn amazing game though.

There are cats. And you can pet them. So, GOTY, yo.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 12, 2020, 12:19:13 PM
Finished Yakuza 5.  Game has basically too much content for the ending to really have an impact, since the 5 stories are so separate and by the time you get to the end 80+ hours have passed, so it's hard to care about any of the characters at the beginning showing up.  It's also way too short for such a long ass game, with like 30+ characters only getting 5 seconds of screentime and not much resolution for them.  Decent game to pass the time but left me feeling unsatisfied.  We'll see if Yakuza 6 concludes better, considering it's on a different engine and "ends" the main character's story.  Everyone says Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Yakuza 7) is amazing, and considering it trades out the extremely flawed action combat for turn-based RPG mechanics, I could see that being the case, so looking forward to getting there eventually.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 12, 2020, 12:51:03 PM
GOTY is going to be a tough choice for me this year.  FF7R and CKIII are both extremely strong contenders. It's probably a good thing I didn't play Hades as that looks like it would be very much in the mix too.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 12, 2020, 01:54:29 PM
GOTY will probably be Cyberpunk but other strong contenders are Horizon Zero Dawn (which is what I nom'd for the Steam Awards GOTY) and Immortals Fenyx Rising.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 14, 2020, 10:34:43 AM
Borderlands 3 for the win!

Yeah.  Probably not going to win.  :P

I so rarely play a game the year it was released.  Though I am probably going to get Cyberpunk for Xmas.

I am still hard at work with W3 Blood and Wine.  I have mostly been avoiding the main quest and doing all the side quests except for boxing and gwent.  Almost done with them.  I can now rolf stomp most things in the game.  If I die it is mainly because of stupidity.  Soon I will get back to the main story and enjoy it in sequence.  Hopefully this is a good approach.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 16, 2020, 12:56:13 PM
The Game Awards gave GOTY to The Last Of Us Part II, but they gave almost everything to that game, even "Best Action-Adventure" which makes no sense.  Most rewards were predictable as popularity contests, even Among Us winning Best Multiplayer despite coming out in 2018 (mobile version being the loophole apparently).

Decent slate of game announcements but none that moved me any.  Season seemed like the best trailer, if you like indie "vibe" games.  Century: Age of Ashes is a multiplayer dogfighting game where you're on dragons, so that's neat.  A new Perfect Dark, but I've never played any in that series.  At least two Left 4 Dead clones in Evil Dead: The Game and Back 4 Blood.  Crimson Desert has some impressive graphics for an open-world game, with a bit of a Dragon's Dogma vibe in aesthetic and combat.  Ark 2 has all sorts of meme names now because Vin Diesel is in it ("2 Ark 2 Furious", etc.).  Ghosts and Goblins: Resurrection looks like a new game but very much like the old ones, and hopefully just as punishing to teach these new Switch kids how hard games used to be.

Sephiroth coming to Smash won the internet for a bit.

The Dragon Age trailer was a lot of nothing, being just CG (again).  It was basically just "Hey stockholders and employees at the company, we're not dead yet!" because that trailer wouldn't have swayed anyone to buy it.

The Mass Effect trailer wasn't much of an announcement since they had already said they were making another one, as I certainly hope it doesn't have the subtitle "Will Continue".  Some fans were hyper-analyzing it for info but everything gleamed from it was not a surprise, but at least a potential setting of "couple hundred years in the future, where the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxy timelines could match up, with characters that would still be alive like Liara being there" makes sense.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 16, 2020, 01:36:03 PM
I hadn't seen either trailer and I found the both to be disappointing.  That said I am immensely hopeful for both as they are two of my favorite franchises.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 16, 2020, 05:11:38 PM
Same.  Bioware needs to prove itself again, especially considering everyone in a leadership role has left, so everyone's expecting the worst.  There were hints that DA4 will end up a co-op MP mess like Anthem, considering the description Varric gives in the trailer makes it seem like the player protagonist will be one of many faceless unimportant people working together, instead of the "Hero/Champion/Inquisitor", but we'll see.  A CG trailer isn't going to cut it, though some of the concepts shown like mage assassins dueling in the streets of Minrathous are incredibly fitting for Tevinter's magocracy theme, and something we've only heard about but not seen for 3 games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 18, 2020, 04:51:44 PM
Man am I glad I'm playing Cyberpunk on a worthy PC. Poor console plebs. :lol:

But srsly, what a fucking disaster this launch has become for CDPR. Burned every bit of goodwill they've accumulated until now. I mean, they were already a shit company but still... Yikes.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 18, 2020, 07:53:43 PM
Yeah, not a good look to prevent reviewers from seeing or talking about the console version until right before launch.  Sony has removed Cyberpunk from PSN and is offering refunds at CDPR's request, and Microsoft is "expanding" its refund policy too. Most of the goodwill I have for CDPR comes from the NoClip documentaries, as I still tend to believe the main people in charge of the company are good people, but they've grown too big with GOG and going public and having to listen to stockholders now, especially this year with probably lots of people yelling in their ears demanding short-term dividends.  Considering the PC and Stadia versions are doing ok I suspect they'll recover eventually.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 18, 2020, 09:08:43 PM
Best Buy is also refunding open copies of the game.

Oh well. It runs like a dream for me (maxed out, with raytracing and all the goodies, at 1440p I get 60+ fps). Hasn't crashed once in the 38 hours I've put into it so far. Only bugs I've encountered are trivial glitches - a T-posed NPC once, a cell phone floating in the air once, two vans that had sunk into the street, stuff like that. No broken quests, no gamestoppers.

Pretty sure it'll get the post-release support Witcher 3 did and be something really special.

It's easily my GOTY at this point. It's just so damn good. The story just pulls you in deep and holds on tight. And of course, there's Keanu.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 18, 2020, 10:28:48 PM
I just finished Witcher 3 Blood & Wine.  Overall a good DLC.  I enjoyed the game but I do think I am done with Witcher.  I am in the process of installing control.  Not sure what to expect but I hear my card will be able to take advantage of the game which is nice.

After that I think I will be ready for Cyberpunk.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 18, 2020, 11:32:50 PM
Control is pretty but the game just didn't do anything for me. Lots of potential that just didn't seem to go anywhere? It spent a lot of time contemplating its own navel though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: narsica on December 20, 2020, 03:29:11 PM
I've also really enjoyed Cyberpunk so far, although I've had a few game-breaking bugs. Several times I've been unable to draw any weapons, and not realized it for a while. Also a bunch of clipping issues and t-poses for enemies. While my PC is probably significantly less beefy than Pixie's, it runs well and looks great. The game is undeniably broken though - see Spiffing Brit's videos to see just how insanely (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fyr6A-onE18&t=549s) broken (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTiiWwvPiDo) it is - but the story and characters are compelling, and it's so goddamn pretty. One of my favourite moments in the game is where you get to be a passenger when an NPC drives, and you can just focus on the watching the scenery.

I feel like Pix might appreciate this hat! (https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2327779859)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 21, 2020, 03:28:55 PM
I have been debating getting this game.  Mixed feelings about it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 21, 2020, 04:34:44 PM
I have been debating getting this game.  Mixed feelings about it.

I am so frigging in love with it, wrinkles and all. I'm almost 60 hours in, have barely scratched the surface of it, and it's all I want to do. When I'm not playing it, I'm thinking about it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 22, 2020, 05:49:31 AM
A couple of reviewers I trust have dampened my excitement for it - basically saying it is fun but kinda mediocre - and certainly doesn't capture what is great about the Cyberpunk genre in general.  I'll pick it up when its patched and cheap.

In the mean time I've had a late contender for GOTY.  Monster Train appeared on gamepass and I'm absolutely addicted to it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 22, 2020, 10:28:12 AM
Control is very interesting.  Which is not to say that I am loving it.  I am curious about the whole mystery of the game but I don't really feel invested.  No real clue how to spend my RPG-like points in the game which is a bit annoying.  Fights are tough.  On the whole the game is good.

Graphics wise it is very fun to see my new card being fully used. DLSS is pretty amazing.  I am rendering the game 2k while the actual setting something ridiculously lower.  This in turn allows me to have every setting at max, even Ray Tracing.  The whole thing is pretty amazing.  The game plays so smoothly on top of all that
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 22, 2020, 04:28:43 PM
A couple of reviewers I trust have dampened my excitement for it - basically saying it is fun but kinda mediocre - and certainly doesn't capture what is great about the Cyberpunk genre in general.  I'll pick it up when its patched and cheap.

In the mean time I've had a late contender for GOTY.  Monster Train appeared on gamepass and I'm absolutely addicted to it.

Tell those reviewers to put the crack pipe down.

In my experience, people who say it doesn't capture the Cyberpunk genre don't realize it's based on Cyberpunk THE GAME, which it is like 100% faithful to, and not Cyberpunk THE GENRE which is a much bigger,  branchier, and more amorphous thing.

It absolutely nails Cyberpunk THE GAME.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 22, 2020, 06:15:45 PM
Control is very interesting.  Which is not to say that I am loving it.  I am curious about the whole mystery of the game but I don't really feel invested.  No real clue how to spend my RPG-like points in the game which is a bit annoying.  Fights are tough.  On the whole the game is good.

I put Control in the "worth playing" category because of the creative visuals and object of power concepts.  I don't think the game handles everything particularly well, but it showed me "something new", which is getting increasingly rare as I get older. 

Just finished Yakuza 6, took about 54 hours.  Holy crap is the story amazing.  Probably immediately jumping into my top 5 stories from a video game.  So many amazing characters and impactful moments, despite introducing the vast majority of them in this game.  I'm not sure I'd put it above 0 as the best Yakuza game, although it has a newer engine so it's more technically proficient; it's just mainly lacking the cabaret mini-game and a wider variety of interesting side stories.  I'd probably rank them 0 > 6 > Kiwami 2 > Kiwami > 5 > 4 > 3.  I'll get around to Yakuza: Like A Dragon soon-ish.  Got a little bit of a grind left for the platinum with the Clan Creator, but at least the platinum is achievable compared to other games in the series that required 100% completion of absolutely everything.  For having batting cages as a mini-game in every game before this, they finally made a whole team simulator which I did 100% complete and was quite fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 23, 2020, 08:38:46 AM
If I were to jump in the Yakuza franchise where should I do it?  The only game of it that I have access to is the one that was given away on the PS4 + deal.  I only have the vaguest idea of the overarching story line.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 23, 2020, 10:30:22 AM
Yakuza 0 is the easiest to jump in on, and is probably the best all-around.  It's a prequel that was made later, so it sets up connections for later games but is mostly self-contained.  Kiwami and Kiwami 2 are remakes of 1 and 2 that were rebuilt with 0 in mind, so they further build on events that happen in 0, so 0 is now the "foundation".  I believe 0 is also on Game Pass, and the entire series will be on Steam shortly (some are already). 

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on December 23, 2020, 01:02:20 PM
A couple of reviewers I trust have dampened my excitement for it - basically saying it is fun but kinda mediocre - and certainly doesn't capture what is great about the Cyberpunk genre in general.  I'll pick it up when its patched and cheap.

In the mean time I've had a late contender for GOTY.  Monster Train appeared on gamepass and I'm absolutely addicted to it.

Tell those reviewers to put the crack pipe down.

In my experience, people who say it doesn't capture the Cyberpunk genre don't realize it's based on Cyberpunk THE GAME, which it is like 100% faithful to, and not Cyberpunk THE GENRE which is a much bigger,  branchier, and more amorphous thing.

It absolutely nails Cyberpunk THE GAME.

That's probably a fair criticism.  Certainly Tom Chick's review references the wider genre.  The reviewers I mentioned have both presented on the Three Moves Ahead podcast which for a few years was my one of my favourite podcasts.  Here are the reviews:

https://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2020/12/15/looking-for-the-cyberpunk-in-cyberpunk-2077/ (https://www.quartertothree.com/fp/2020/12/15/looking-for-the-cyberpunk-in-cyberpunk-2077/)
https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7a7xx/cyberpunk-2077-review (https://www.vice.com/en/article/m7a7xx/cyberpunk-2077-review)

Certainly I won't let these reviews put me off giving the game a try.  Heck I even gave Fallout 76 a try!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on December 27, 2020, 01:24:27 PM
Before jumping into Yakuza: Like a Dragon, I figured I would take a break from that series and try out something different. 

Currently playing The Last Remnant: Remastered, a Square-Enix RPG from 2008 recently updated.  It's... kinda garbage to play.  It's an RPG where you don't get to choose specific actions or get to see XP/Ability numbers after combat, you just command "unions" of units that then each choose their own action based on your overall command, and they level up their skills automatically.  There's not much of a menu at all, and very little about the mechanics or world is explained except for exactly once during a tutorial (which you can't read again). The aesthetic of the game is very Final Fantasy XII, medieval but with magic and tech, which is a plus, but they somehow managed to create an even more insufferable teenage emotionally-explosive teen protagonist who is the dumbest piece of shit ever.  The world itself seems big, and it allows me to explore a lot more than I expected, as when I exited a large zone in different directions it unlocked new areas on the map in those directions, even though the main quest was the other way.  A lot of the sidequests automatically teleport me to the area I need to accomplish them in, which is slightly annoying but arguably an improvement as you get them over with pretty quickly and are teleported back to where you accepted them, so not a lot of wasted travel time.  As a remaster it's not graphically amazing but still has a decent amount of creativity in the races and locations.  We'll see if I end up finishing it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on December 30, 2020, 08:06:43 PM
I've been playing a lot of Yakuza Kiwami too these holidays, and really liked it. It's dense enough I won't chain with another one back to back, but I'll definitely be picking up 0 at some point.
And now, I've just started Death Stranding. It's... a thing. I mean I really love just walking in those beautiful landscapes, it's its very own kind of zen exercise, which makes everything happening around more of an annoyance really.

Also spending soe time with Vermintide 2 again with some friends.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on December 30, 2020, 08:34:59 PM
80 hours in. Cannot stop playing Cyberpunk. So awesome.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on December 31, 2020, 03:56:27 PM
I got cyberpunk and started a character.  Very pretty game.  A bit confusing in the beginning, trying to decide what to do.

Went back to finish Control.  It is a love/hate relationship with that game.  Interesting with quirky puzzles burdened with a fighting system that quickly gets very tedious. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 02, 2021, 04:57:05 PM
My character (left) and the best cyberpunk hottie ever. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1667987270313249058/1EA490461E386351B0D60C64932868A3031CCEED/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 02, 2021, 11:07:32 PM
Well, I finished Control.  Overall it is worth playing.  It is nice that the game doesn't treat you like an idiot.  It assumes you can figure things out and I mostly was able to do just that.  I found the fighting to be a bit much and a bit tedious but despite that it was really worth playing.  The two DLCs are pretty good.  I really liked the Alan Wake cross over one. Even though the last boss fight was just stupid and a shinning example of what they did poorly in the game.  The Foundation DLC was nice but just extended the lore of The House a bit further.

Time to concentrate on Cyberpunk now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 03, 2021, 01:26:16 AM
Preem indeed. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1667987270315118946/4F201EB606B28B052EDDBAE9A9CCDD0C0E1154C3/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 04, 2021, 05:20:25 PM
So I have started three characters to get a sense of Cyberpunk.  One of each type.  Interesting how they seem to have different focuses.  The city is really impressive and I am starting to get a feel for the game.

Sadly with one of my characters I keep crashing during one of the battles.  I am not a fan of how the enemies can make you overheat.  Seems to be a really pain in the ass.  Overall liking the game except for those two things.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 04, 2021, 08:56:10 PM
Overheating: that's a hacker attacking you. Kill the hacker. Or have fun: you can always make the enemies overheat instead. :D

There's a perk you can get that will show you the direction of a hacker that's attacking you, too, which helps zero in on them.

Though now that you mention that... it's been a long, long time since anyone used overheat on me. I don't have a cyberdeck installed anymore (I have the Sandevistan (https://cyberpunk.fandom.com/wiki/Sandevistan) instead, so I can bullet time slice people to ribbons with mantis blades), so maybe that means overheat can't be used against me? Not sure!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 05, 2021, 11:49:54 PM
(https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1665735830601210272/3F4ADCFA42FA9CC26678C113A67B05B4C3BB51F2/)

I think I am moving ahead with this character.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 06, 2021, 11:41:38 AM
So I feel like I am just now starting to get a handle on Cyberpunk.  It is pretty freaking deep.  Lots of choices for builds and augments.  Crafting seems interesting and you have the ability to upgrade the equipment that you use.

Graphics are pretty awesome, and the city is pretty amazing.

Overall the game is damn impressive and I am probably going to loose a lot of hours exploring and playing.  I have run into some pretty bad bugs at times.  In many ways it is a pity that they had to release it when they did.  It seems they made a lot of bad choices in this area.  That said if you can play it on a good PC or one of the new consoles I would recommend it.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 08, 2021, 10:47:45 AM
So I feel that I have finally made it out of the beginning of Cyberpunk.  Now to see what the rest of the game is like.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 08, 2021, 07:42:12 PM
I am closing in on the end of Cyberpunk (100 hours or so in). What a wild and amazing ride it's been.

And when I finish I will immediately restart. My current character is a nomad who went all in on blades (and later, tech pistols) so I could bullet-time-murder everyone with mantis blades, and I completely ignored hacking. So I want to explore that now... my next character will be a corpo hacker with a much icier heart than my generally-kinda-good nomad.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 09, 2021, 09:30:12 AM
I am a Nomad with a penchant for shotguns.  We shall see how that goes long term.  I was planning something similar for my corp playthrough.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 09, 2021, 11:01:02 AM
Shotguns are hilariously awesome, especially smart shotguns because all the pellets will find their way to the target. That's gonna be my 3rd character, I think. A shotgun-toting street rat.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 09, 2021, 03:31:27 PM
Stuck it out and finished The Last Remnant Remastered.  It's definitely a game where using a guide is required, since 90% of the mechanics are obtuse, and rare monsters drops required for upgrades (that your party members specifically ask for) in a game that doesn't have a bestiary, and occasionally "rare drops from rare monsters".  There are also many, many quests, and even a few entire dungeons, that get permanently locked if you advance the story too fast, with no warning.  The endgame is a lot better than the beginning though, as you unlock more skills and have more options.  The final boss is more interesting that he appears in that his abilities change drastically based on how you played: his level scales with your number of quests completed, his basic abilities get stronger based on your level, he gains summons if you DIDN'T claim those summons yourself in optional sidequests, and he gains new abilities if you DID optional sidequests where you end up releasing some bad stuff into the world.  Oddly enough, there isn't a trophy for completing the game, there is only a trophy for beating the "true" final boss having completed 100% of all quests, which like I mentioned requires a guide, but at least there is NG+ to make a 2nd run easier, though not enough carries over for me to care to attempt it (no levels or equipment).

Right now staring at Nioh 2 or Yakuza: Like A Dragon and debating which to start first.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 12, 2021, 09:04:10 PM
Finished Cyberpunk. The ending I got was probably as good as it's possible to get. But the whole ending chapter was amazing and bits of it will stick with me for a while.

My V, when it was all said and done. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1774948755544159081/EE7873A701A02D8A8F55A9120C2081B652A2CA00/)


Now to make a new character and do it all again! <3 this game!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 13, 2021, 04:15:28 AM
Hades is so fucking good y'all
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 13, 2021, 10:33:21 AM
Are you using a mod to get a picture of your character, or is that a cut scene?

I think I am in the early stages of the game.  Just cruising around taking on jobs.  I haven't even started calling the fixers that have all reached out to me.  Just a lot to do.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 13, 2021, 04:25:01 PM
Are you using a mod to get a picture of your character, or is that a cut scene?

I think I am in the early stages of the game.  Just cruising around taking on jobs.  I haven't even started calling the fixers that have all reached out to me.  Just a lot to do.

Press N for photomode.

That particular shot, though, is from the endgame cutscene: the one and only scene in the entire game that's not in first-person POV.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 13, 2021, 09:44:05 PM
Corpo hacker is a go. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1774948857512500398/329E0515A9FC70F3DE4EAEA7B38D407FB58E86CF/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 14, 2021, 10:21:58 AM
Nice.  Just met Panam.  Slow and steady progress.

I enjoyed the Portal references that I ran across.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 14, 2021, 09:18:34 PM
Damn, you're flying through the game.

Yeah, I'm awesome and I know it. (https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1774948906008901895/86C1527831013F3DBF898C853AAA5303CDEEE400/) :D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 15, 2021, 11:13:42 AM
I really dislike driving in this game.  Roach sucks.

I probably should do more side quests.  I am almost level 20 right now.  12 points in Body.  12 points in Cool. 

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 15, 2021, 11:28:03 AM
Currently about 20 hours into Yakuza: Like a Dragon.  It's very slow at handing out new mechanics, as it's a "JRPG Job-System" where you can't change jobs until like 15 hours in, if you explore like I do.  It shares a lot of mechanics with the Persona series in that it's turn-based, has a lot of the same status effects, and you have "bonds" with your party, but adds some area/line effects to hit multiple enemies.  Story-wise the initial setup is pretty good, but when things divert from Kamurocho to Yokohama you kinda dive off the deep end with new mechanics and people to meet, so the main story is kinda forgotten for a while.  We'll see if it connects well by the end.  Some of the mini-games are pretty great, like a Pac-Man-esque Cart game to collect cans while avoiding other carts (or using a powerup to defeat them), a movie theater "shooting gallery" where you fight off sheep trying to put you to sleep, and a full-on Mario Kart sim with its own storyline. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 15, 2021, 01:28:03 PM
I really dislike driving in this game.  Roach sucks.

I probably should do more side quests.  I am almost level 20 right now.  12 points in Body.  12 points in Cool.

Not sure if I should be concerned that I have absolutely no damn idea who Roach is. LOL

Definitely do side quests. The main quest is just soooo short, the side quest is where all the meat is, plus a bunch of side quests have effects on subsequent main quest stuff. Like being able to talk your way out of a combat encounter with a main quest character (and thus getting info you need) by threatening him with a reference to something you did to someone else in a side quest 20 hours ago. Very cool shit like that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 15, 2021, 06:01:10 PM
Roach is the horse from Witcher.  All his horses he named Roach.

The side quest system in Cyberpunk is a bit odd.  When you get close to a mark on the map a Fixer calls with the mission.  Sometimes you are on level for, sometimes you are not.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 15, 2021, 06:58:14 PM
Roach is the horse from Witcher.  All his horses he named Roach.

Oh, that Roach. Thought you were referring to a character in cyberpunk.

Quote
The side quest system in Cyberpunk is a bit odd.  When you get close to a mark on the map a Fixer calls with the mission.  Sometimes you are on level for, sometimes you are not.

On level?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 15, 2021, 07:03:34 PM
Do you mean character level? If so, the map zones are leveled so that's what you should be going by.

Here's a pic I just snapped from the strategy guide, showing the recommended character levels per map zone. (https://i.imgur.com/5fGML9g.jpg)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 16, 2021, 10:33:58 AM
That is good to know.

I assume that when Panam calls in a panic I don't have to go running. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 16, 2021, 01:47:29 PM
That is good to know.

I assume that when Panam calls in a panic I don't have to go running.

Nope. I don't recall any missions being time sensitive beyond the "go there after dark" or the like. But you can go "after dark" three weeks from now and it'll be fine.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 17, 2021, 01:24:54 PM
It is quite interesting how much you guys are into this, everyone else I know who has played it is saying it is mediocre at best.  I just listened to the latest episode of the Besties podcast (which I enjoy quite a bit) and they made it sound really bad.  I've gone from probably picking it up and playing when its cheap to probably just not bothering at all.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 17, 2021, 02:42:09 PM
It is quite interesting how much you guys are into this, everyone else I know who has played it is saying it is mediocre at best.  I just listened to the latest episode of the Besties podcast (which I enjoy quite a bit) and they made it sound really bad.  I've gone from probably picking it up and playing when its cheap to probably just not bothering at all.

I have 108 Steam friends who own Cyberpunk. Of those, only 18 have less than 50 hours in the game, most have 100+ hours. None that I can recall have said in group chat or anything that the game is mediocre or bad.

It's f'ing amazing.

... unless you're on console, of course.

Of course, podcasts/reviewers universally suck and should be ignored, is my general thought on them.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 18, 2021, 07:36:58 PM
It is pretty great overall.

Sure there are problems, even on PC.  But I have not run into anything that is truly game-breaking. 

My least favorite thing about the game is the driving. 

Right now doing a shotgun in your face build.  The next playthrough will be a hacker, cropo, bent on revenge.  I am going to guess that it will feel pretty different.  The skill trees are good and offer a lot of options.

I personally would recommend it if you have a good PC.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 25, 2021, 09:49:42 AM
Currently in the finale of Yakuza: Like a Dragon.  On the plus side, the job system is solid, and the story is pretty great overall, with several big reveals closer to the end.  The downside for many is that since it's a JRPG, levels and stats matter way more than skill, the scaling of XP to level scales exponentially, and there are a few massive required roadblock bosses near the end.  I don't mind the last one, as the characters in question are canonically ridiculously strong, but they have apparently become meme-worthy for how much extra grinding was required to pass them.  I beat them first try but I'm also 100% completing everything, and there were some attacks that did 90% of a character's life so I couldn't have gotten away with much less.  The amount of XP you get from random encounters is also way too little for how many of them spawn in, and you can't get a "No Encounters" ability until 90% the way through the game.  A fight against 6 Level 26 enemies on the street will get you 900XP, but fighting those same guys in a story fight will get you like 26000XP.  The scaling could definitely be more balanced, as even with taking up both of a character's accessory slots with XP boosters it still takes too many battles to level.  At least your HP/MP refills every time you level the character or a job. I know there are 2 post-game dungeons, my highest job level is 32 after 101 hours, but the max job level is 99, and that's a little scary, that it might be required at some point to get that high. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 25, 2021, 10:32:47 AM
I have gotten into the higher levels of Cyberpunk and there a couple of things that are frustrating me.  First is that I don't seem to get blueprints.  Carnage is an example.  It is a great weapon for my build and there are two place were you can supposedly get the blueprint and all I have gotten is the actual weapon.  Which is nice but the blueprint would be better.  I do not get what I am missing with blueprints.  I am hoping that it is a stupid thing that is just not well explained in the game.

The other thing is not being able to get perks because they are locked behind skills.  I have 20 attribute points in Cool.  But I am not able to all the perks in that area because I have not leveled the skills up.  The problem is that skills get leveled up only when you do something in the game that uses that skill.  This is slow and somewhat random.  Even with my Annihilation skills I have not gotten them up to max despite running around shotgunning everything to death.  Right now I have about 10 perk points that I have been able to use because I am locked out of the high level stuff.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 25, 2021, 05:56:25 PM
I have gotten into the higher levels of Cyberpunk and there a couple of things that are frustrating me.  First is that I don't seem to get blueprints.  Carnage is an example.  It is a great weapon for my build and there are two place were you can supposedly get the blueprint and all I have gotten is the actual weapon.  Which is nice but the blueprint would be better.  I do not get what I am missing with blueprints.  I am hoping that it is a stupid thing that is just not well explained in the game.

The other thing is not being able to get perks because they are locked behind skills.  I have 20 attribute points in Cool.  But I am not able to all the perks in that area because I have not leveled the skills up.  The problem is that skills get leveled up only when you do something in the game that uses that skill.  This is slow and somewhat random.  Even with my Annihilation skills I have not gotten them up to max despite running around shotgunning everything to death.  Right now I have about 10 perk points that I have been able to use because I am locked out of the high level stuff.

Blueprints - probably straight up RNG. There's a ton I never found.

The perks are tied to the attribute level, not the skill level. For example, if you have 20 in Agility, you can learn every Pistol perk without ever having any skill in pistols. Ditto for Body and Annihilation. If you have 20 in Cool you should be able to learn any Cold Blooded or Stealth perk there is.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 25, 2021, 05:59:11 PM
Also, most of the perks are broken anyway and either do nothing at all, or do not do what they say they do. So, you know... it's all a crapshoot anyway. lol

Here's a helpful run down of what works and what doesn't. (https://www.reddit.com/r/cyberpunkgame/comments/l30rq7/11_update_complete_list_of_verified_perks_working/) Thanks, Reddit.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 26, 2021, 10:19:01 AM
I have 20 in Body and Cool.  I can't get the top level perks.  This is a bug?  It seems to be tied to the skill level for me.

With blue prints you can't learn it from dissembling the weapon?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 26, 2021, 01:24:42 PM
It is quite interesting how much you guys are into this, everyone else I know who has played it is saying it is mediocre at best.  I just listened to the latest episode of the Besties podcast (which I enjoy quite a bit) and they made it sound really bad.  I've gone from probably picking it up and playing when its cheap to probably just not bothering at all.

I have 108 Steam friends who own Cyberpunk. Of those, only 18 have less than 50 hours in the game, most have 100+ hours. None that I can recall have said in group chat or anything that the game is mediocre or bad.

It's f'ing amazing.

... unless you're on console, of course.

Of course, podcasts/reviewers universally suck and should be ignored, is my general thought on them.

I generally agree with your stance on Podcasts and reviewers but these in particular are ones I tend to often agree with.  That said, you are right I should still give it a chance.  Heck if I can give Fallout 76 a chance I should give anything a chance!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 26, 2021, 01:26:01 PM
Hearing rumours of Fallout New Vegas 2 by Obsidian - colour me hyped!

Also rumours of KOTOR 3 - but not by EA/Bioware. Given what happened to ME: Andromeda and Anthem that probably isn't a bad thing but I am curious as to who could be developing it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 26, 2021, 04:35:17 PM
I have 20 in Body and Cool.  I can't get the top level perks.  This is a bug?  It seems to be tied to the skill level for me.

With blue prints you can't learn it from dissembling the weapon?

Oh right, there's one very top level perk in each skill you can't get without 20 skill. I forgot about that because I never got anywhere close to getting any of them. I think my highest level skill was like 13 in blades.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 26, 2021, 04:36:26 PM
Hearing rumours of Fallout New Vegas 2 by Obsidian - colour me hyped!

There's been wishful thinking rumors about that since MS bought Bethesda, but I've never heard anything that suggested it's more than a fan pipe dream. What's your source?

Also, that would be terrible and I would be sad, so I hope it's not true. :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 28, 2021, 12:07:07 PM
You mean you still don't like Obsidian games?  What a shock!

Getting to the end of my first play through of Cyberpunk.  Overall I am still really enjoying it.  The game seems to have a good build variety, but I am not crazy about how the end game build works.  I have 10 unused perk points.  I mainly use just one weapon, the shotgun.  At times I break out the silenced pistol to do some sneaking.  I have gone the full berserk mode so no more hacking for this character.  I can pretty much lay waste to most mobs right now.  Every once in a while I get in over my head.  I somehow messed up my romance with Panam, but ended up succeeding with Judy.

Currently I am level 40 or 41...forget which.  Not sure how many more side missions I am going to do.  I mostly have just main quests left and side quests to find.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Kasferatu on January 28, 2021, 03:22:05 PM
Not a great one to be honest:

https://segmentnext.com/2021/01/19/fallout-new-vegas-2-rumored-2025/ (https://segmentnext.com/2021/01/19/fallout-new-vegas-2-rumored-2025/)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 28, 2021, 04:27:59 PM
I somehow messed up my romance with Panam, but ended up succeeding with Judy.

These things are mutually exclusive. As in, if you romanced Judy, you must be playing a female character, and if you're playing a female character, then you couldn't have messed up a romance with Panam, because that was never an option to begin with. Panam is exclusively straight and Judy is exclusively lesbian. Similar, the two male romances are one straight (River) and one gay (Kerry).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on January 29, 2021, 11:08:48 AM
Ah, should have guessed.

I am slowly finding the remaining side quests while moving forward with main quests.  I really wish I could reset my Attribute points in the game.  Now that I understand the system better I would have done somethings differently.  Without the attribute reset there is less point in resetting perks.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on January 29, 2021, 12:44:00 PM
Ah, should have guessed.

I am slowly finding the remaining side quests while moving forward with main quests.  I really wish I could reset my Attribute points in the game.  Now that I understand the system better I would have done somethings differently.  Without the attribute reset there is less point in resetting perks.

There's a mod on Nexus that lets you reset your attributes.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on January 31, 2021, 05:50:21 PM
Finished the platinum for Yakuza: Like a Dragon.  Ending was pretty good overall, with some decent emotional impact and tying up of stories.  Post-game dungeon was interesting, but then there's a post-post-game dungeon where almost everything is level 99 and one-shotted me when their level 80 versions did <1% of my health, so that required some additional grinding to pass.  The final superboss battle was pretty cool, finished at around 127 hours.  Now I can move on to Nioh 2.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 06, 2021, 04:20:49 PM
I finished my first playthrough of Cyberpunk.

I think it says something about the game that I am thinking of diving right back in with another playthrough.

Overall the game is good and a pity that it launched when it did.  It needed a bit more baking.  So storylines were great, some fizzled.  There is one in particular that I did not see go anywhere.  It is possible my choices led to that.  Dialogue options were somewhat difficult to see where they would lead. 

I chose an ending that I purposely knew would be 'bad'.  I would say that it was interesting though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 11, 2021, 10:50:52 AM
In my second play through.  Playing on the hardest difficulty.  It was really tough to get going.  My tech specialist is starting to hit her stride.  Annoyingly I only have a tech sniper and pistol so far.  I really want a good tech assault rifle.

Right now my character just finished the Royce mission against Maelstrom.  That was pretty tough despite taking my time leveling up before hand.  I was also able to do a couple things differently this time which was fun.

Mostly done with Watson missions and level 10 or 11, and I am getting close to being done with Act I.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 11, 2021, 04:23:38 PM
Shooting through walls/barriers with a tech sniper rifle is the best thing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 13, 2021, 03:20:38 PM
Soooo uhhh...

Nioh 2.

I have no idea what I'm doing.

It's hard as fuck.

It makes zero sense on any level.

But it sure has the best character creator I've ever seen. >.>
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on February 13, 2021, 05:36:30 PM
I'm playing Nioh 2 right now too.  It's definitely faster than Souls games, although it has a few tricks to make things easier (stronger ranged weapons, magic, etc.), and the AI is just as exploitable.  I'm not a fan of how 100% of the enemies in the game have an unblockable grab move, so your reactions have to be fucking on-point at all times, same with trying to Burst Counter any of their "big" moves, but being able to see enemy Ki bars and draining them to stagger them and get free criticals somewhat makes up for it.  When a big Yokai has no Ki they get stunned on every hit so it's free offense for 4-5 seconds.  The first few bosses are somewhat tough, but then the next few I did first try.  I'm only on the 6th main mission I think, around level 52, so not too far in.  It's definitely a game where you have to get into a rhythm.

I'm currently focusing on the Spear and Odachi.  The Spear has enough reach to cheese any human enemies, and the Odachi has good range and damage against Yokai, though neither are particularly good at blocking which has been a problem sometimes.  The Dual Swords and Hatchets seem to be really strong defensively, if you prefer to be a little safer.  Personally even in Nioh 1 I rarely had a need to change between Hi/Mid/Low stance, although there are skills to learn that give you buffs for doing so, and their dodge mechanics are different.  High only rolls, Mid dashes first but rolls on a double tap, Low only dashes.  The roll is slower but has more invincibility. 

Mechanically it took me a while to figure out exactly what the hell Soul Cores were good for (mainly just passive buffs), what the hell Anima was vs. the Amrita Gauge, and I still haven't really tried out the movesets of the other two Yokai Shift forms besides Brute that your first Guardian Spirit comes with, although that's partially because a lot of levels are short and my Amrita Gauge never fills up enough to use it. 

It's nice that in a game that SHOWERS you with loot you can sell everything to the Forge for money OR donate it at the shrine for amrita+rice+sometimes bonus items OR disassemble them at the Forge for weapon crafting components.  The downside is how much of this is required, considering there is an item limit.  It's literally like 1/3rd of the game, managing inventory, trying to craft better stuff.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Liquid Evil on February 15, 2021, 08:38:16 PM
Gaming related: Made some more fightsticks. Most recently assembled one for a buddy. I think he digs it.
Real gaming stuff: Got Street Fighter V back on PC and leveled up that account over the past couple of months (and PC version plays noticeably better to the extent I have less interest to maintain the PS4 account) to Super Diamond. I could probably push higher but part of me wants to wait for the new balance update and new game mechanic dropping next week. It couldn't possibly hurt/nerf/gimp my character, could it? Could it?! I guess we'll see. It's all good. Anyway, some friends are getting anxious for Guilty Gear: Strive and I've never really played anime fighters so I'm excited/nervous to begin learning a new game when that drops in April. I pre-ordered on PC, but it isn't crossplay with PS4/5 so I'm hoping that wasn't a mistake. Still hoping I can connect with a character, but the one who looks most "me" right now has a lot of negative edge inputs which I've never really cared for. I guess I'll make it work or I'll flounder to the beat of my own drum.
Non-FGC stuff: I've been playing a bit of Gal*Gunvolt Burst, BroForce, and Crash Team Racing with my kid. All fun little games.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 17, 2021, 10:25:46 AM
My tech specialist in cyberpunk is absolutely crushing the hardest difficulty so far.  It was tough in the beginning because you don't really start getting good tech weapons until level 10ish.  There is a sniper that you can craft and you end up living off of that guy.  At this point though I have 18 points in Tech and 14 points in Reflexes and the bad guys usually don't stand a chance.  Stealth missions are my nemesis at this point.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on February 17, 2021, 09:05:01 PM
Having gotten a few missions in, I have decided that Nioh 2 is way better than the Dark Souls games.

RE: Cyberpunk: I don't think I ever even did any stealth missions. My mantis blade character was just not set up for them and it felt like a waste of time to try.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on February 18, 2021, 10:35:01 AM
I have 0 points in cool this time around and I can still get them done.  Of course, having gone through the game once, I know where many of the entrances are for those missions.

Just rescued Saul in the Badlands.  I did it pure stealth.

I had trouble getting into the Dark Soul games, might give Nioh a try I guess.  I think I have one of them on the PS4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on February 20, 2021, 02:38:35 PM
My main issue with the first Nioh was the loot mechanic, and unfortunately it seems Nioh 2 actually gets even further into the rabbit hole. I love the Souls game for how atmospheric they are, no atmosphere can take hold for me when half my time is spent in inventory management. The soulsborne-ish gameplay and diablo like loot systems are both systems I love, but the combination of both doesn't click for me.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on February 24, 2021, 08:22:16 PM
Yeah, that is the big downside of Nioh over the Souls games, going too heavy with the loot and the lack of world design or environmental storytelling.  Individual encounters, ambushes, and shortcuts are designed well but the levels themselves make little sense.  There is also a ridiculous number of one-off historical figures that appear for a single mission like they're important but you'll never see them again, and most cutscenes are so short that you have to read bios to understand anything that's going on.  It's really all about the combat and customization, which is fine.

I'm fairly late in the game now, level 101, and just crafted several parts of a set, then tempered each piece several times until I got several strong modifiers, so the loot doesn't even entice me that much right now.  You're generally better off crafting than finding.  Like in Nioh 1, sometimes you'll find a grave of a player that had a complete set (or several in one area) so you can farm parts that way.  I remember fighting like 20 in a row in Nioh 1 that all were wearing the Red Demon set, which wasn't even that good of a set so the revenants were easy kills.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on February 25, 2021, 08:45:58 PM
Pretty insane FF7R updates from the PS State of Play today.  PS5 version comes out on June 10th, upgrade from PS4 version is FREE, and there's also DLC where you can play as Yuffie that seems to bring in a lot of Dirge of Cerberus story elements.  They also dropped two trailers on their Twitter for new iOS/Android games, one a weird FF-theme battle royale game, the other is a FFXV-Pocket-Edition-Style recreation called FF7:Ever Crisis that is the entire FF7 compilation in one game (including Before Crisis which was never released outside Japan, and Crisis Core which was only on the PSP), which is awesome.  Sad that it's only on iOS/Android though.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on March 02, 2021, 11:01:30 PM
Finished Nioh 2, working on wrapping up the platinum but that'll take a decent amount of grinding as I have to get to 120k proficiency with every weapon and 200k/250k with Ninjutsu/Onymo, which I've barely used.  Focused mainly on Odachi and Spear, heavy armor using the full Greater Good set, although that took boosting my Stamina up to 55 to wear while still being under 70% weight.  After beating the final boss every enemy in the game can start dropping Divine rarity gear, including +1 and higher versions, which makes the grind a bit easier as I can plow through early missions without worrying about dying and they'll actually drop stuff that I can either disassemble into divine fragments for crafting Divine gear or for soul matching +1 gear into higher bonuses.  Found all the Kodama and Hot Springs, need to do one more missions-specific thing, and do a lot of playing around with weapons I haven't touched. 

Next will be either Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order or 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.

Oh, and Final Fantasy 7 Remake is free on PS+ this month, along with Remnant: From the Ashes and Farpoint.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 03, 2021, 10:15:20 AM
Welp, I think I lost my Cyberpunk saves.  F* me.  I purposely moved steam apps off my main OS and my Documents folder too.  But it how looks like Cyberpunk didn't follow the normal pattern of save folder locations.  I think it was on my main OS.  Yesterday a W10 update crashed my computer and I reformatted main OS HD and did a clean install.  Now I can't find my Cyberpunk save folders.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on March 03, 2021, 03:57:33 PM
 :'(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 03, 2021, 04:23:32 PM
They should be in the standard location...

C:\users\[name]\saved games\CD Project Red\Cyberpunk 2077

The "saved games" folder is the win10 standard...

Also, they should be saved in the cloud because steam syncs saves.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 04, 2021, 01:26:53 PM
I think I have cloud saves turned off.  I still have not found them.

I will take one last look.  In the mean time I am playing around with POE.  I kind of forgot how complicated the game is to understand all the mechanics.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 04, 2021, 01:58:38 PM
Yeah, if you only saved your "Documents" folder and have turned off cloud saves, you lost them. "Saved Games" exists in parallel with that one (along with music, downloads, pictures, etc). For future reference, with Win10, save the entire folder with your username on it under C:\Users\

:(
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 04, 2021, 02:25:32 PM
I had moved my documents folder.  But the saves weren't there.  I am guessing something go screwed up with that.

Frustrating but not deal breaking.  I will play Cyberpunk again once the game is in a better state and when they have added some more content.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 04, 2021, 03:53:55 PM
I had moved my documents folder.  But the saves weren't there.  I am guessing something go screwed up with that.

Frustrating but not deal breaking.  I will play Cyberpunk again once the game is in a better state and when they have added some more content.

Yeah, like I said - saves are not in documents anymore like they used to be in previous Windows versions. They're parallel.

In your "users\[name]" folder in Win10 now you have:

\Documents\
\Downloads\
\Music\
\Pictures\
\Saved Games\

And some other shit. So you need the whole user folder, not just the docs subfolder.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 04, 2021, 06:20:13 PM
I had moved all my folders.  But at the time I did that the Saved Games wasn't there so it wasn't moved.  It was probably sitting on my OS drive when I wiped it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 10, 2021, 10:45:37 AM
So I am back in POE which has been fun.  The game, visually, is nicer than the last time I played. 

Holy cow is the learning curve steep.  It is even more complicated than what I remembered.  I am in the current 'season' playing self found.  Since I last played they have added a tab to your inventory that keeps track of every unique you have found.  So the crazy grailer's around here should be into that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 10, 2021, 04:21:47 PM
PoE can be either of two games... One good, one awful.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on March 10, 2021, 08:49:13 PM
So the crazy grailer's around here should be into that.
I saw that skill tree a long time ago and stayed the hell away.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 10, 2021, 11:01:07 PM
Building your own build is for people you have a couple hundred hours of game play under their belt.  You need to follow a build in the beginning, just no other way to get something that would work.  There is a definite pattern to the layout though, so it is hot as confusing as it seems at first.

So many different types of end game content.  It will be interesting to see if any of it holds my attention.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 15, 2021, 10:48:36 AM
I have now progressed farther in the POE game than I did the first time.  Last time I played there was only 4 Acts.  There are now 10.  Act 5 is a new area that I had not previously seen.  After act 5 you get sent back and it seems you do the same 5 areas again but with different quests and some new NPCs.  Honestly that is a better option than completely rehashing the same content over and over as some ARPGs do.

Aside from that the game seems to have a lot of end game content.  A lot of it new some not.

There might be more.  Not sure.  This game is a bit bloated from this POV.  Certainly a lot to do if you find you end enjoy it.

Aside from that there are other, seemingly, more minor activities.

There is a stupid amount of stuff to do in this game.  Absolutely absurd.  So many of these things that you do have their own item collections that are associated with it.  You have maps, cards, essences, stuff for mining, coins for the thieves cove, gems for your skills, unique/legendary collections.  I am sure that I am forgetting some.

To think that they are going to release a second version on top of all of this.  Honestly I am not sure if I am plain overwhelmed by the content or impressed.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on March 15, 2021, 04:29:43 PM
Isn't that game free to play?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 15, 2021, 04:31:29 PM
Isn't that game free to play?

And still overpriced!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on March 15, 2021, 04:55:59 PM
Yes free to play.  Chances are that if you like the game you end up buys special stashes.

Aww Pixie, common.  You just don't like that the characters are locked in.

The game is very very good.  No regrets with this new play through.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 15, 2021, 05:35:44 PM
Aww Pixie, common.  You just don't like that the characters are locked in.

Yep, that's right. LOL. No game in 2021 has any excuse for doing this nonsense.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on March 15, 2021, 06:47:06 PM
Donít look at d2 resurrected..
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on March 15, 2021, 09:26:59 PM
Donít look at d2 resurrected..

Yeah, but that's a game from 20 years ago. It can be forgiven. It would be unreasonable to expect them to change it now.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 21, 2021, 10:29:10 PM
Currently playing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim.  It combines several Japanese genres, mainly Kaiju/Mech battles and High School Drama (most of the Mech pilots are high school kids), with a branching nonlinear story path for each protagonist.  It won Best Narrative last year and I could see it getting there given the complexity.  It's made by Vanillaware, which, if you remember Dragon's Crown, has some of the best 2D artwork around, albeit somewhat more "sexy" than is necessary (though it's not nearly as exaggerated here).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 24, 2021, 06:02:33 PM
That sounds pretty cool, I'll be curious if you enjoy it.

I am playing HL2 and POE.  HL2 is pretty amazing when you consider how old it is.  The progression of the game is pretty amazing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 25, 2021, 08:29:57 PM
I finished my playthrough of HL2 and now have all the achievements for it.  I immediately launched into HL2: Episode 1.  There is no way that I am going to bother with the achievements for that one.  The one about 1 bullet and the other that is about keeping civilians alive are two my least favorite types of game activities.

I saw that Death Stranding was one a large sale so I have that lined up to play.

Right now I am into HL2: Ep2

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on April 26, 2021, 01:41:25 PM
Donít write off the one bullet one. Itís basically saying can you avoid pistols machine guns and shotguns. You can go nuts with crowbar, gravity gun. Grenades, rockets. View it like the sequel to gravity gun in ravenholm.

The no civvies dying isnít hard with saves and a guide telling to about ambushes.

Similarl ep2 the keep buildings from being destroyed. It seems impossible till a guide tells you when to prepare. When you have time

Big congrats going back and getting 100% including all the caches. Hope you saw a few extra areas you previously missed
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Melchior on April 27, 2021, 01:48:39 AM
I finally finished Mark of the Ninja on New Game Plus, with 100% achievements, all unlocks, and 100% completion on each level.

It's a really great platformer that I thoroughly enjoyed, and I don't typically like platformers. Something about the combination of stealth, light puzzle solving (guards/traps/detection), level objectives and killing just tickles my fancy.

There's also costume unlocks that alter the mechanics of your character so you can play differently, ie more stealth oriented or more combat oriented. You can also unlock and choose your loadout of different distraction and attack items and really customise how you want to approach a level.

Just wish there were more levels, or a sequel.

Now I am going to play a "No Kills" playthrough, which I am fairly sure is doable, for the most part.

Also picked up Dirt 4 on a whim for like $3 because I felt like playing a rally game, and it is quite good. Decent range of cars and career events, as well as I guess you would call it procedural generation for the A to B tracks that you drive solo. The events with laps are on set race tracks though and are quite fun.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on April 29, 2021, 09:33:03 AM
After playing all of HL2 and episodes I thought I might load up HL1 and have a go.  Then Black Messa goes on sale.  Perfect timing.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on April 29, 2021, 09:58:06 AM
Finished 13 Sentinels.  Ending is lengthy and fantastic, wrapping up pretty much everything.  Took about 32 hours, which is shorter than I expected considering there are apparently 250+ cutscenes (there's a log where you can view them again).  Last 2 combat levels were fairly intense, with one having a pretty strong counter to my usual strategy, where the enemy actually had anti-air defense and blocked most of my missiles and interceptors.  Sentry Guns still OP though. An extra 10 levels are unlocked after the ending which I'll see how crazy difficult they get.  The combat is definitely the weaker part of the game, but it's still decent, and there's more than enough easy levels to get a grasp of which abilities are useful and which aren't.  The story lives up to the billing, with so many rolling revelations, playing with your expectations along the way (which does make it hard to describe the game's concepts without spoiling it).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Godji on May 10, 2021, 09:01:25 AM
Playing quite a bit of Binding of Isaac with the latest expansion pulling me back in, and, always being on top of game releases, i just finished... X Com 2, which is as brilliant as its reputation made it sound. Massive improvement over the first one. Especially with War of the Chosen, enough build variety so that you can really tailor squads to your play style, a few mechanisms to limit the "Overwatch creep" way of playing as the only alternative, and a meta game which isn't as ridiculously punitive as X Com 1 where not knowing the proper build order would doom your campaign by mid-game. Even losing a mission is tough, but not the unrecoverable disaster it was in the first.

Probably going to get Ghost of Tsushima now (though I may also give a try to Captain Tsuabasa, which is a compulsive buy during a PSN sale as it it one of my beloved childhood series :D)
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 10, 2021, 02:36:07 PM
I've had XCOM2 downloaded before from PS+ and never got around to playing it, might get to that soon-ish. 

Currently playing through Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition.  It's a metroidvania, which is about all I can say about it.  I've played enough of them where it doesn't really wow me at all at this point, but it's a decently-sized world at least.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 11, 2021, 08:58:10 AM
Just finished Black Messa.  Very impressive graphics upgrade to the HL1 game. 

I think I am done for a while with HL games.  I might go back to Black Messa to do some of the achievements, though I don't think there is much point.  I should have gotten the light a head crab on fire achievement and I didn't get it.  So I don't think I can 100% it.  Unless there is a very specific place where you have to do that.

The recently redone Xen area is pretty amazing.  I forgot how large that area is.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 11, 2021, 01:43:08 PM
Head crab on fire can be done a few minutes after everything goes wrong.

Look up the purple hat, pizza ending. Itís like the gnome in hl2ep2 but longer. Iím working on it now slowly
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 13, 2021, 11:39:19 AM
I have started Death Stranding.  Only about four hours into the game so this is a very early opinion.

So odd.  Not sure if the game is going to end up being fun.  Interesting to be sure.  Of the four hours it feels like I have already watched a one hour movie.  Typical Kojima, and a reason I generally avoid his games.

The game it self is gorgeous.  Game play is slow and thoughtful so far.  The soundtrack is awesome so far.  So much I am listening to it as I work.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 13, 2021, 09:58:24 PM
Walking dead season 2. Enjoyed it. Michonne next it seems
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 13, 2021, 10:53:11 PM
Michonne was pretty short.  Enjoyable enough.  I have played the last two after that.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 21, 2021, 10:56:43 AM
I have "finished" my second character in POE self found.  This time I did a Scion Cyclone build with a target of switching to a Flicker build if I get an a certain item to drop.

I am now closing in on 300 hours played and I am just now exiting the nUb stage.  There are still things in the game that I do not get and even with some of the things that I mostly understand there is a lot of nuance that I still need to figure out.

That said the game is really good for people who like ARPGs, which is most of us here.

I do not consider this game free, or even cheap for that matter.  I guess it is free if you just want to play it to the end one time.  Anything more than that and you are going to need to buy the premium tabs.  At this point I have most, not all, the tabs that are needed.  I could easily spend another sixty to have no space worries.

Within a year POE 2 will be out.  Unfortunately, it is a stretch to call it a new game, as it is just going to a massive update to the current game.  I won't pretend to know all the details, but it is basically going to update many of the core mechanics, while introducing a new campaign.  I think it is still going to have the same character classes.  But on the positive side all the premium tabs that you might have purchased will carry over to the new version.

Hopefully the new version will simplify many things.  While I can admire the depth of the game I think one of the negatives is how complex the game is once you scratch the surface.

Anyway, onward and upward with my current charcter.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on May 25, 2021, 01:35:59 PM
Finished Hollow Knight.  It was ok.  Not really interested in doing all the boss rush stuff in the Godmaster DLC, but exploration and ambience was good overall.

Started Borderlands: The Presequel, mainly because it was free and I couldn't bring myself to play anything else (I didn't play any new games for over a week agonizing over choosing).  Meeting Roland early-ish on was a low blow, still not happy with how they handled that, and I've died multiple times to getting stuck on invisible terrain, as per the usual Borderlands jank/lack of polish.  Currently playing as Wilhelm, whose combat quotes are terrible but the main ability is quite nice when soloing. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on May 27, 2021, 11:00:41 AM
The skills in that game are pretty excellent, easily the best thing about the game.

The game as a whole never grabbed me the way the other BL games did.  I found the quests in the game to be mostly lack luster.  That send the end fight was interesting.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on May 27, 2021, 12:15:32 PM
I need to go back to that game. Claptrap is my main
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 01, 2021, 01:07:54 PM
Getting closer to the end, level 24.  Have a legendary grenade mod and legendary Oz kit (guaranteed from the To Arms quest), everything else is Purple by now.  Without any legendary guns gameplay does tend to get stale, although getting the "Ghostbusters" lightning gun has helped. I've been specing almost completely to the drones, so they can be active like 90+% of the time if needed.  Overall I do like the low-gravity/Oxygen mechanic, although outside of the first few areas it's rarely been a factor.  There are TONS of bugs everywhere as usual, items and enemies falling through the ground, effects and sound lingering way after the effect should have ended (shock trails especially), Audio being either way too loud or way too soft in relation to the distance to the source, etc.

PSN sale this week, thinking of picking up Persona 5 Strikers, Dragon Quest XI S, and maybe Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 05, 2021, 10:04:22 PM
Currently at the end of the Presequel Claptrap DLC.  Having like 4 full combat zones with no fast travel and then a triple boss is pretty rough, and I'm pretty stuck on EOS right now with my current gear.  Interesting (and probably correct) that they made the main end boss of the DLC be way way harder than the "Raid Boss" version of the main game's final boss (which I beat solo without much effort).  The boss SCREAMING out his attacks is both annoying and actually pretty good design.  Don't think I'll do the coliseum DLC, since fighting wave after wave isn't all that fun solo.  Overall I definitely liked the game more than B2, as the locales were a little more interesting than the bland Pandoran landscape, and I ended up using the new Laser weapons for most of the playthrough.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 07, 2021, 10:38:11 AM
Bosses telegraphing their next move is a good mechanic.  Not sure that screaming it is, but that is arguable.  In POE there is a character that says something that indicates a certain attack.  What is super annoying is that I don't, so far, see a way to avoid that attack.

Glad that you, overall, seemed to like BL:PS.  I have never end enjoyed those wave, after wave, after wave DLCs that the BL series seems to like.

As for me I am still chugging through POE end game.  I would say that I finished the first third of the end game, with each third getting exponentially more difficult.  POE has these trials of ascendancy.  Completing them gives you access to special skills, different for each class.  Within each class it allows for a lot of choice.  I think there are four or five different trials.  The last level of these has six things you need to complete to get access.  It is random when those things appear.  I am way over due for being able to find the last of those six things.  Super annoying.

I have also been hunting a specific item to unlock a build that I am doing.  It is really tough to target certain unique items.  I have almost found 20% of all unique items in the game.  I bought a storage bin that helps with the tracking of finding all the uniques.  It a little blows my mind that other games don't have that feature available. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 08, 2021, 06:26:04 PM
Was able to get past EOS eventually, had a really high-end shock sniper rifle appear in the vending machine that made chewing through its shields (3 times) much faster.  Probably my favorite boss in the series, at least that I remember, has been a while since I played 1.  Dabbled a little bit into True Vault Hunter Mode, and the interesting part is the narration changes.  Instead of Lilith and Mordecai interrogating Athena as the framing device, Tiny Tina and Brick tell Athena "Tell the story again, but this time make it harder, and change the names of all the things you kill."  New Game+ modes with new content are always appreciated.  Don't think I'll continue much further though, as I did end up buying Persona 5 Strikers, Dragon Quest XI S, and Sekiro.  Also Star Wars Squadrons and Virtual Fighter 5 Final Showdown were the free PS+ games this month.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on June 08, 2021, 11:34:29 PM
Max: how many hours did pre-sequel take you? i have a long neglected claptrap in the early to mid game.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 10, 2021, 10:01:47 AM
I'd have to check, but not all that much compared to 2, or at least it didn't feel as grindy.  Final area/boss was level 26-29 I think, so a little lower than 1 or 2.  Maybe 20 hours.  Backtracking wasn't nearly as common, although the Helios station later on did have a decent amount that got annoying.  Vehicle spawns were relatively well-placed so you rarely needed to go far to get one (once unlocked).
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 16, 2021, 11:40:42 PM
POE update time!

I am playing SSF (Solo-Self Found).  Which means that finding the build defining item can be very tough.  Right now I am playing a Summoner, and the item needed is 'Closed Helmet' called  'The Baron'.  Think TC3.  A low level item that is difficult to farm because the base item only has a narrow window where it can drop.  But it is easily the most important item for my build.  On a whim I decided to run a low level area that is in that range.  The final boss of that area did this for me:

(https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1715290013725960692/4A56A6407B90402B834D2B0F5DD7A85EF4998E22/?imw=1024&imh=576&ima=fit&impolicy=Letterbox&imcolor=%23000000&letterbox=true)

Easily the best find I have had in the game so far.  Super lucky, and I had resigned myself from ever finding it.

If anyone is curious to see my characters.  https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-profile/Sssithenator/characters

If you do look check out this: https://www.pathofexile.com/account/view-stash/Sssithenator/dc3212f1a332805f3dabb0022dabc3bf2b3b0b6fb459f34a687516f1d21cac2a

edit: Bummer. I thought the link was public.

That is my collection of unique items that I have found.  I am able to store one of each unique item.  I wish all ARPGs had something like this.  I have crossed 20% self-found uniques.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 17, 2021, 08:24:27 AM
Link for your stash doesn't seem to work, "Resource Not Found".

Started playing Persona 5 Strikers.  It's essentially a sequel to P5, although not P5R, with a Musou action combat style mixed with menu-abilities (instead of being a strictly turn-based RPG like before).  The combat isn't exactly refined, as abilities and item-use are instantaneous so you can spam magic and then eat items to regain the SP used as fast as you can press the buttons, which tends to be the correct strategy as there is no defensive mechanic to allow you actively to dodge/block/parry attacks (at least as far as I can tell, it says it will happen automatically based on stats).  There is a pretty good amount of interaction with the characters, but whereas P5 focused on individual conversations, here the group is all together from the start so 80+% of the talking is with the entire group so you get to see more of the group dynamic.  Overall it's pretty fun, and a dangerous pit to fall in since it's like talking to old friends having listened to these characters for like 500 hours now between P5, P5R and P5 Dancing (same voice actors). 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on June 17, 2021, 10:52:07 AM
Congrats on finding that item Geoff!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 22, 2021, 11:38:12 PM
Had a long weekend so was able to get through all of Persona 5 Strikers.  The combat itself got a little repetitive, and a little too much is happening at once to really react to things, but at least you can pause it at any time and can brute force it for the most part.  The story took a very interesting dark turn around the 4th dungeon and then developed into a bigger narrative very similar to the original P5.  While a lot of the overarching plot points were the same, the emotional payoffs were actually much greater, thanks to excellent development of the 2 new party members.  It touched on a lot of thoughts I've had about Artificial Intelligence for a while, as well as how trauma can change someone's entire outlook on life.  I appreciated that after P5, where all the bad guys were simply horrible people, they had most of the villains here be sympathetic and actually worth the trouble to try to help.  Overall I'd say it was a pretty amazing game, but it's also not one I'd recommend jumping into without playing the original P5 or P5R (P5R-specific content isn't here, which is also an oddity), since it references that game a LOT and doesn't do anything to catch people up.  I did a decent amount of grinding before the end, playtime was around 55 hours, which is less than half the length of P5/P5R, though there's some post-game stuff to do to hit the platinum.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on June 26, 2021, 12:18:42 AM
Wow, started a NG+ "Merciless" difficulty game in P5S and they really, really amped up the stakes compared to the previous games.  In P5, Merciless does make enemies harder but also makes all damage targeting weaknesses do triple damage, which applies to both you and enemies, so it's basically a benefit.  Here, the very first enemies in the game I faced, which are basically level 2, did twice as much damage in a basic attack as the final final superboss of NG did with its strongest attack.  I was level 90 with all the best possible gear and getting 2-shot in the tutorial battle. Granted, it's still a game where you can pause at any time to chug infinite items to heal, so in most cases it's still manageable, but it might be the biggest difficulty spike I've ever seen for a NG+, alongside maybe Final Fantasy 7 Remake Hard Mode. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 28, 2021, 10:51:32 AM
It is a rare game where I play NG+.  Generally by then I know the story and I am ready to move on.  I think I did it with one of the TR games. 

In POE I feel like I have hit a wall.  All three of my characters haven't been able to complete the higher level content.  The game is designed to be played online with lots of trading.  Me playing SSF means that I don't have access to that so I need to get lucky and better at crafting which can be pretty complex.  Crafting is also gated in that you have to find the recipes, which are generally found in the higher level content.  I just did a complex respec of my Zombiemancer and I am going to have another go at higher level content.  Time will tell if it pays off.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on June 28, 2021, 10:03:46 PM
Char looks solid Sssith, I started playing SSF this league, couldn't face the grind again after a couple days.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 29, 2021, 02:28:01 PM
Thanks Grog.  I imagine I will get there soon enough.  As you said, a bunch of grinding to get the stuff you need.  I imagine the game is tougher if you are doing SSF.  My Scion is meant to be a Flicker build, but I haven't found the Oro's Sacrifice yet.  I imagine if I ever did find that piece the character would take off.  Ironically I did find the Replica Oro's Sacrifice.  My current Zombiemancer will start dealing if I ever get her above 1000 str.  I think I am up to 900.  So close...

The other thing that will help is that I just found Enlighten Support.  It will take a while for that thing to get its levels but once it does i will be able to run multiple auras.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 29, 2021, 11:33:09 PM
... but I haven't found the Oro's Sacrifice yet.  I imagine if I ever did find that piece the character would take off.

(https://steamuserimages-a.akamaihd.net/ugc/1692773244146814917/777A20BDDF0E92D94024ECF106DC3A2F247C8D8D/?imw=1500&imh=1500&ima=fit&impolicy=Letterbox&imcolor=%23000000&letterbox=false)

To be fair these aren't exactly rare finds, but in SSF they are.  So sweet!  I go this one through a process called chancing.  A Chance Orb is a way of rerolling a base [normal] item to be a magical one.  90% a weak blue. 9.9% of it being rare. 0.1% chance of it being a Unique.  I have been chancing hundreds of these things.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on June 30, 2021, 02:26:02 AM
Ask and you shall receive!  Grats!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on June 30, 2021, 10:48:01 AM
Thanks!

My lucky streak continues.  One of the mechanics of the game is to complete the Labyrinths (https://pathofexile.fandom.com/wiki/The_Lord%27s_Labyrinth#Enriched_Eternal_Labyrinth).  Completing the them unlocks your character's specialty, by giving you Ascendancy points.   The last of these that unlocks Ascendancy point is the Eternal Labyrinth, and it can only be unlocked by solving six trials.  These trials spawn randomly and I was missing one of them.  I finally found and completed the last of these trials.  My next step is to complete the final Lab for my characters.  All three of them were blocked by this missing trial.  It should give all three of them a significant boost.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 12, 2021, 08:47:27 AM
Currently about 20 hrs into Dragon Quest XI: Definitive Edition, surprisingly the first of that series that I've played.  Overall, very simple turn-based RPG, though the character and enemy models look great so combat so far has been at least interesting enough to make grinding kinda fun.  World and NPCs look great, though the music is a little repetitive as there seems to be only 1 song for battles, 1 song for all towns, 1 song for exploring, etc. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on July 17, 2021, 05:21:29 AM
PoE 3.15.... 40% nerf to player damage..... glad d2 is coming back!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 18, 2021, 05:41:19 PM
Yeah...the impending patch is looking awful.

The chance that they scale everything back in a balanced way is almost nil I think.

And given that I am SSF I think it is going to be even harder.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on July 18, 2021, 08:12:38 PM
The issue I have is there is just so much now to do, the game is just so bloated that it's now a chore to level, a chore to unlock the atlas, a chore to unlock Maven, then you have to balance time between Delve, Legion, Heist, Syndicate and on and on...

The game is just not fun anymore I'm afraid, and making all of that take longer?  Sigh, I'm happy to sink a ton of time into a game, but I can't no life it, IRL gets in the way even if I were that way inclined anymore.  Playing PoE in its current state in leagues casually?  No thanks!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 18, 2021, 10:58:54 PM
I wonder if the nerf patch is going to go into Standard right off the bat.  If not I might just keep playing Standard.  I was hoping to get to the end of maps, probably not reasonable.  I did complete one cycle of Syndicate.  Temples is easy to get to the end.  Delve, I would feel complete if I could manage to get to one of the main bosses.  I forget the name.  My Flicker build is not great for Delving (it seems really good for mapping though).  I have a feeling Heist has no real point where you feel that you are done, not very far along with Heist, I don't think I really care about that one.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 21, 2021, 07:09:17 PM
So the new POE patch is going to all play styles right off the bat.  And it looks like 2 of my 3 characters are toast as it stands.  Very frustrated as I finally got into red maps (final part of the end game).  My original plan was to complete the game using these characters.  I will probably be able to salvage my characters but I am pretty pissed and I might take a break from the game.

I am actually downloading D3 just to see how the game is, I don't expect it to hold my interest.  I wish D2R was hear already.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on July 21, 2021, 09:24:41 PM
If you need an ARPG fix, there's always Grim Dawn, Wolcen, Titan Quest, Warhammer 40k Inquisitor, Vikings: Wolves of Midgard... All good fun, though Grim Dawn is definitely the best of them, and much better than PoE.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on July 21, 2021, 10:55:47 PM
Just read the 3.15 patch notes, it's a hard skip for me, not going to bother, waiting for D2R.... come on D2R!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 22, 2021, 06:43:27 PM
I will give the new league a chance.  But I am losing steam with it.  I too am looking forward to POE 2. 

Even more, I am looking forward to D2R.
Grim Dawn -- I own and I have played. I had really mixed feelings about this one.  There were things I absolutely loved about it, but every once and a while I would run into a boss that was just ridiculous.  I also found that it played slowly.

Wolcen -- I own and I have played it.  It was good.  Originally I was excited about the end game, but once I got there I found it to be rather meh.  Also buggy as hell.

Titan Quest -- I played this so long ago.  After D2 this is the game that I played the most.  I got the updated version cheaply, but it also played so slowly that I did not have fun with it.

I have never played Warhammer or Vikings.  I should probably look them over.

I am hopeful that D2R will keep me going until POE 2.  And that POE 2 with keep me going until Diablo 4.  I am really hopeful about D4.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on July 26, 2021, 09:00:54 AM
Getting close to done with Dragon Quest XI S.  Pretty huge game, with my current save file around 120 hours, and probably another 10 or so to go.  This version apparently adds a whole 3rd chapter to the game with like 40-50 hours of extra content, so it's a lot to go through.  Essentially it goes 1. You're the hero destined to save the world, 2. The bad guy wins, destroys half the world, gather your party back to stop him, and then 3. We can do better, so we'll fix it all with time travel!  It doesn't end up being quite that simple thankfully, but I have cringed a few times with how predictable it can be.  The game re-using assets and quest lines for all 3 parts with minor changes did get pretty tiresome.  At least the character moments were strong enough to keep me on board, and the constant stream of equipment upgrades helps too. 

The ENTIRE game can be played in 2D mode which replicates a 16-bit art style (though not sure why anyone would when the models and world look as good as they do), and there's a whole separate section called Tickington where you do quests from the previous 10 DQ games that is in that art style regardless.  I wouldn't say it massively improves the game but I definitely appreciate the effort it took.

The game isn't without its problems, such as the save system being antiquated and taking forever, or how awkward and dumbfaced the "silent protagonist" is at times when surrounded by fully voiced characters.  Sometimes they make a joke of that but often it's like "This problem only exists because you're designed not to talk, dude..."
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 26, 2021, 11:06:05 AM
Well I am making slow and steady progress in the new league.  I am enjoying my Toxic Rain/Caustic Arrow Raider build.

There are many people in the game who, in three days, have progressed farther in the game than I have in five months of playing.

My only consolation is that I am getting better at the game.

It was fun seeing Grog join the rush.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on July 28, 2021, 02:32:19 AM
So I did relent and start a char in the League, found Sssith's char name and added a friend!

Not really noticing a difference through the campaign, mana issues aside.  Playing lightning arrow ranger, managed a Tabula of some random mob giving me a really early 6 link.  Should kill Kitava tonight and start mapping.

Actually really like the Excavation league mechanic, gives good access to currency and useful items early.  Will see if it's still fun in maps.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 28, 2021, 11:06:04 AM
I am going a bit slower than Grog, such a surprise.   :)

I just hit my first Ascendancy which puts be at the end of Act 3.  I have a couple of uniques but nothing fabulous like an early Tabula.

Overall the new mechanic is ok.  By all accounts Rog is OP in end game.  A great source of crafting. Hopefully they don't nerf it.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: KingsSpectre on July 29, 2021, 11:13:27 AM
Hey all.  I started a character this league - going pretty casual this time.  I'm pretty burnt out on the start-all-over mechanic, particularly when they start obsoleting/nerfing everything in standard too.  Grr..

Anyway, I'm trying a mine saboteur for the first time this league, I'll try to catch up with you all after I get back from the weekend RL adventures.  The toxic rain build should work well for you, I played one for two leagues, including the one I power played for just two weeks over Christmas to get my one-eyed cat.. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 29, 2021, 12:17:15 PM
Good deal KS.  As usual I am 'Sssith' in game. 

Are you playing SSF/HC/Standard for this league?  I can't imagine playing HC given the ability of some many things to one shot you.

I died for the first time yesterday at the end of act 3.  Mainly because of stupidity though.  I was pretty annoyed at myself.  Overall I am pretty happy with Toxic Rain.  Right now I have Toxic Rain, Caustic Arrow and Ballista.  I will probably have to decide on Ballista or Caustic Arrow.  Right now leaning toward Ballista.  It is just nice to be able drop those right in the middle of a pack or on a Boss while I run around shooting Toxic Rain.  Though Caustic Arrow is also pretty nice.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on July 29, 2021, 05:21:41 PM
Char name is BoredGrogs, add me when you get back KS.

Running through white maps atm, found a deaths harp which is decent for my build, 5 linked easily, however ran out of Chromatics trying for 2r 2g 1b 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on July 30, 2021, 12:32:42 PM
hmm...POE might be one of the few places where my name is not Sssith.  It might be Sssithenator. 

I am now in Act six.  Steady progress going on.  I have now died three times, twice from stupidity, and once from Avarius (sp?).  He is the dude in the chamber of innocence.  He seems to always wreck my world.  I need to figure him out.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: KingsSpectre on August 06, 2021, 06:28:12 PM
Hi all,

The character I'm playing at the moment is Wellingtonne (I've got so many characters I started getting random).  I shot Grogs a friend request but my one to Sssith failed. 

The minor almost got deleted in Act 3, but I found a Deerstalker which let me do a poor-man's 5 link with traps, and blasted through to act 8.  Should be in maps tomorrow.

KS

PS - I'm playing on SC Trade because I roll with the family sometimes but I play SSF style. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 08, 2021, 05:27:51 PM
Hey KS.

What is your nick on POE?  I'll try to add you.

I am finally mapping.  I am about to get my second watchstone.  Overall my character is doing pretty well.  I always find it a struggle to get 6links.  I do not yet have my optimal gem set up. I should probably pay more attention to that about now.

Edit: So my account name is Sssithenator.  The current  character name is Ssscorn.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: KingsSpectre on August 08, 2021, 06:53:43 PM
I'm on Wellingtonne most of the time, the account is some combination of zealot specter and chanter I can never remember which..

I'm into maps with the trapper.  I'm very proud of myself, I managed to scrape together a hobo 6-link by harvest crafting 5 sockets/links onto an Ashrend.  It'll due until I hit the jackpot with a val orb or actually find a 6-link.  He's woefully low on hitpoints, but the defenses are pretty good so he's not too painful to play at the moment.

Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 08, 2021, 07:31:30 PM
Why does a Vaal Orb matter.  I feel like I am missing something.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on August 08, 2021, 07:46:25 PM
Vaal obs corrupt an item adding a corrupted implicit.  They can also be used to change socket colour and links on corrupted items which is really handy.



Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 08, 2021, 10:23:41 PM
Ok. My confusion was I thought you were implying that the Vaal had something to do with 6L.  I have never vaal'd an item because I am afraid of bricking it.  I know about the possibility of it turning some of the sockets white.  I guess I don't get the implicit thing it does.  I saw someone vaal a Tabula which I did not get.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: KingsSpectre on August 13, 2021, 07:15:00 AM
There are a few outcomes to vaal orbing something (all weighed more or less the same, all of them resulting in the corrupted tag being added to the item):

1. Do Nothing
2. Add a corrupt implicit
3. Color some of the sockets white
4. Change the item to new rare*
5. Destroy the item

*If new rare is chosen, there is a 1/36 chance that it will be fully socketed and linked
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 13, 2021, 10:59:21 AM
Hmm. That is interesting.  God knows I need ways to get a hold of 6L.  The trick being getting the right color sockets as recoloring corrupted items is much more expensive.

It is obvious that I need to start doing these things as 3 of the 5 outcomes are very beneficial.  SSF is so much trickier as you need to use your resources much more carefully.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: KingsSpectre on August 15, 2021, 01:44:12 PM
Just starting to have a glimmer of hope..  I tried out an Eye of Winter build in standard, and it was wildly fun, clearing T16 white maps at gem level 8.  :D  Now this is will all the expensive goodies I've accumulated over the years, but without including hydro orb or a skitterbot setup.  I'm going to farm up a tabula and see if I can get it up and running in Expedition.  If I can at least clear low/mid maps, I'd be pretty happy.  The trap/mine build is doing fine, but I'm finding it a little tedious.

-KS
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 15, 2021, 03:39:33 PM
Maybe a POE thread is in order?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Grogs on August 15, 2021, 05:12:03 PM
Good plan, and done Pixie!
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on August 16, 2021, 10:54:10 AM
You getting tired of reading of our awesome adventures?  :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on August 16, 2021, 04:34:35 PM
You getting tired of reading of our awesome adventures?  :P

I have ... opinions... about POE, so yes. :P
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Supermatt on August 23, 2021, 06:07:03 PM
Hi all, I have created a GamersOasis Discord to complement the existing forum with a chat platform. Here's the join link if you're interested in checking it out: https://discord.gg/p9gm7WB8
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 02, 2021, 07:43:06 PM
Haven't been playing anything new lately.  I played one mission from Star Wars Squadrons since I got it free on PS4 but playing it on console feels weird, as I played the original SW sims on mouse/keyboard.  I also have Sekiro and Disco Elysium but just haven't felt like starting them.  I've mostly been playing random stuff in the SC2 arcade, as well as all the custom campaigns.  The main SC campaigns redone as other races have been really fun, like "Heart of the Swarm - Terran Edition" where Nova is the one that evolves instead of Kerrigan, and they reuse a lot of the stock voice lines in funny ways.  There's also a "Reversed" campaign where you control the bad guys on the Wings of Liberty missions which is also pretty cool.

Went to a Final Fantasy 7 Remake concert over the weekend, and that's doubled my interest in getting a PS5 ASAP so I can play the FF7R DLC. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 06, 2021, 08:42:19 AM
I gave Squadrons a brief try and it didn't hook me.  I found the controls to be tough to get used to.  I should probably give it another chance.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: mn4nu on September 07, 2021, 05:11:19 PM
The Bioshock Collection is on sale on Steam for $11.99.  Is this group of games worth buying?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 07, 2021, 05:13:37 PM
If you have never played the game I would say yes.

I really enjoyed the series.  A bit on the odd side the whole thing but over all really well done.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 07, 2021, 05:14:57 PM
They're pretty iconic. Worth a look.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: maxbeedo on September 09, 2021, 04:05:15 PM
Currently watching the PS5 showcase.  Announcements:

KOTOR remake (by Aspyr)
Project Eve (seems similar to Bayonetta and/or Nier Automata)
Insomniac making both Spiderman 2 and Wolverine
Uncharted 4 and Lost Legacy remaster for PS5 and PC
GTA V remaster for PS5
Tchia (cute/wholesome)

New trailers for God Of War: Ragnarok, Tiny Tina's Wonderland, Guardians of the Galaxy, Forspoken, Deathloop, and several I've forgotten.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 09, 2021, 04:36:00 PM
Tiny Tina's Wonderland.  I knew about this but I am not sure how I feel about it.  She is a fun character, and they absolutely nailed the DLC that centered around her.  But do we really need a whole game centered around her.  My gut instinct says no.  Time will tell.

Your list has a lot of remakes.  What we really is new, great IP.
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Pixie on September 09, 2021, 09:29:07 PM
But do we really need a whole game centered around her.

We absolutely, positively, 100% definitely do.

:D
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 09, 2021, 11:12:51 PM
The trailer looks fun.  It looks, basically, like Borderland Tiny Tina DLC turned into a full game.  Same shooter looter mechanic with spells mixed in.  I do love Borderlands play style.  So it is possible I will like this.  Tina can be a bit much, a whole game of her might be overwhelming.

Ultimately if they fix the problems of BL3 with this game it could be very good. 
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Timinator on September 10, 2021, 01:45:31 AM
I wonder how many season passes they will have for it?
Title: Re: General gaming chatter
Post by: Sssith on September 10, 2021, 10:39:18 AM
Well they already have one lined up.

I will probably wait until a good discount comes along and I have some time to play it.