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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: D2R Launch Party!
« on: October 20, 2021, 12:19:07 PM »
If it makes you feel any better, I collected 15 failed unique Sacred Armors and 3 IK armors without ever seeing a Templar's Might or Tyrael's Might.  They only ever dropped from normal enemies apparently, never bosses.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« on: October 06, 2021, 10:37:46 AM »
So Sora from Kingdom Hearts is in Smash...

As you might imagine, there are lots of reactions to such news, many of which are heartwarming and pure, if you need something to smile to.

Yeah, I'd say they raised their game a bit with this one: (LOD Opening Cinematic)

General Discussion / Re: [Poll]Testing the water on the idea of a GO Discord
« on: September 16, 2021, 07:55:03 PM »
All of my IRL friends stopped playing "new" video games a long time ago, even as the industry has exploded in popularity.  Most of them have only maintained their MMO subscriptions or kept up with only one franchise, and a lot of the websites I used to chat on like,, and have all disappeared (I still follow the people that worked there but their new places don't have good forums if at all), so this has often been the only place I could talk about new stuff I've played, even if it sometimes felt like I was talking into the void.  I don't think any newer platform like Discord, Youtube or Twitch quite handles the same topic-by-topic deep discussion you can have on a forum, at your leisure, with considered arguments. 

"Advanced Carbot Graphics", in preparation for D2R's improved graphics:

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: B.Net tags
« on: September 07, 2021, 03:23:05 PM »
I won't be playing D2R, but I'm on a decent amount for SC1&2.  maxbeedo#1850

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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. 

General Discussion / Re: [Poll]Testing the water on the idea of a GO Discord
« on: September 02, 2021, 10:56:35 AM »
Having used Discord for a couple years for TTRPG sessions, I don't particularly like it for text messages, and for voice communication in large groups it's a problem since it can't play more than a few voices at a time without cutting people out.  Even if I did join I would never talk. 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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..."

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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. 

Yep, respec was added to D2 1.13 back in 2010.

As far as first characters, I usually have gone with Barbarians for the passive buffs, though Sorceresses tend to do better for not needing gear.  Depends on if you want your first character to be a late-game farmer or just for fun to get back into things.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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. 

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

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