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Movies & TV / Re: Ready Player One
« on: April 06, 2018, 03:36:49 PM »
I have to agree with some of the above.  I really liked the concept of the book, but I thought the writing was pretty terrible and the plot extremely convoluted. The puzzles would have been interesting, if the reader had some way to engage with them - but for the most part they were "Here is the problem, and here is a solution that you'd never have been able to work out".

I'd hoped the film would be much better, as it could have a tighter storyline and wouldn't suffer from shoddy prose.

Gaming General / Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider
« on: March 24, 2018, 03:20:08 PM »
Yeah I imagine I'm going to love it, but my backlog is just so crazy right now I'm just going to wait until I can pick it up crazy cheap!

Gaming General / Re: Shadow of the Tomb Raider
« on: March 21, 2018, 07:37:13 AM »
I've still not played the second, despite really liking the first

Music / Re: Podcasts?
« on: February 21, 2018, 02:10:14 PM »
Some stuff I would recommend:
  • The Adventure Zone - - A D&D podcast which is hilarious.  When I had it recommended to me I thought it would be really dull, but it's actually really great.  If you don't want to go through them rolling up their characters and such start on Episode 1.5
  • Designer Notes - - Soren Johnson (of Civ 4 and Offworld Trading Company) interviews various game designers.  Some of these are super interesting
  • Revisionist History - - Malcolm Gladwell goes back and looks at events in history that have either been overlooked or misunderstood.  Again, some super interesting one in here.  I really liked the one about Basketball even though I have no interest in the sport
  • Three Moves Ahead - - Basically a podcast dedicated to strategy games (mostly computer, sometimes board).  This is one of my favourite genres so I really like this podcast

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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?

Gaming General / Re: Your newest games
« on: January 04, 2018, 02:44:00 PM »
Hmm I picked up War of the Chosen a month or so ago and blitzed through that.  Absolute tonne of fun and really improves the Xcom 2 experience.  At Christmas I was lucky to obtain a Switch along with Mario Odyssey, Mario vs Rabbids, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 and Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.  On top of that my parents got me Uncharted Lost Legacy so looking forward to playing that to.

And of course, I've still Witcher 3 to finish :D

Gaming General / Re: 2017 Game Completions
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:42:53 PM »
Definitely a slow year, and I seem to have completely abandoned Witcher 3.  I should go back to that!

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#     GAME TITLE                           DATE FINISHED     OWNED BEFORE 2017
11    XCOM 2: War of the Chosen               24 Dec                NO
10    Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward          Unknown               NO
9     Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn       06 Sep                NO
8     Galaxy Trucker: Alien Technologies      03 Jun                NO
7     Ratchet and Clank: Up Your Arsenal      25 Mar                YES
6     Ratchet and Clank: Going Commando       12 Mar                YES
5     Total War: Warhammer (Bretonnia)        05 Mar                NO
4     Ratchet and Clank (2002)                25 Feb                YES
3     Total War: Warhammer (Dwarfs)           13 Feb                NO
2     Grand Theft Auto V                      31 Jan                YES
1     Diablo 3 Season 9                       27 Jan                YES

Movies & TV / Re: Last Jedi thoughts with spoilers
« on: December 21, 2017, 05:13:07 PM »
I thought the film was ok. I think there are serious problems with the world building that i might go into when I have more time (e.g. first order, despite no longer having the resources of ruling the galaxy, builds bigger and better super weapons and star destroyers than ever before.

Also, why didn't the first order just hyperspace some ships to the other side of the fleeing fleet?

Gaming General / Re: Free week: Elder Scrolls Online
« on: November 09, 2017, 12:54:37 PM »
Maybe I misunderstood the honourable gentleman's comment here :)

Gaming General / Re: Free week: Elder Scrolls Online
« on: November 08, 2017, 02:21:23 PM »
I haven't played this at all since they broke my nightblade build with the skill changes in the last big patch.

I'm still mad.

So I subbed to FF14 instead.

A few weeks ago you were asking why I'd sub to a terrible MMO like FF14! :D

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

Gaming General / Re: NeoGaf
« on: October 26, 2017, 01:29:19 AM »
This is the only forum I still visit!

Gaming General / Re: General gaming chatter
« 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.

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