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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.