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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 21, 2018, 05:03:40 AM »
Day 15 of Warframe. Finally working on Saturn. I've been putzing about trying different weapons and Warframes out. Everyone seems great so far...except Nyx. I really need more ability-enhancing mods before that one will be viable. On that note:

Rhino is a great tank when I'm dealing with high level enemies and/or Survival missions. He alsao just feels great to use with a Shotgun, and I've gone through a lot of them to find the right one, with the 4-barreled Hek currently wiping out everything I come across.

Excalibur is still my main Powerhouse. He's just too well-rounded, so I wind up defaulting back to him, along with my Attica (which is still mulching literally every boss so far, while being reasonably effective at dealing with groups now that I've upped its ammo count. It's reload time and travel time for the bolts are the only drawbacks so far)

Everyone else seems to die too quickly, though, and like with Nyx, I just don't have ability-enhancing mods to compensate with sheer damage. I don't know when or where I'm supposed to get those from. :/

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: February 13, 2018, 12:36:10 PM »
I heard there weren't any hot people in HZD

Lies. Lies and slander.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: February 12, 2018, 07:02:44 PM »
So you would rather give an award to something that would just be replaced by the next "big" Marvel summer movie next year, rather then a classic that will still be remembered probably after we are dead and gone?

Last I checked, they don't stop selling Movies just because a sequel is out, so no, I don't think so. Because that scenario does not exist. Infinity Wars would be a continuation, not a replacement. Heck, it's not even guaranteed to be good, I'm simply going with the metaphor. Overall, I'm just more concerned about watchability/enjoyment factor of a piece of entertainment than I am its percieved cultural influences, especially since said influences usually require way more than a year to be said with any amount of certainty.

But again, I think I still don't get what the point of awards are supposed to be. I thought it was just a bunch of people who frequently engage with certain subsections of entertainment to gush over the things that came out this year that they liked the most and they felt resonated with them for various reasons, which were then broken down into categories.

Apparently some people see more in it than that, and I just don't get why.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 12, 2018, 06:48:27 PM »
@Rook

Thanks for the reminder. Gotta grab that one. Already bought it on Vita, but I'll take the TV ver. too, please.

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn
« on: February 12, 2018, 01:19:41 PM »
A large portion of the pushback against P5 was it winning Best Music over Nier Automata, which I compared to Avengers Infinity War winning a hypothetical Best Picture over Schindler's List.  An inexcusable decision by both editors and fans alike.

Movies =/= Music =/= games, so your comparison is lost on me. However...I do want to say that I'd be fine with such a thing, if only because Marvel movies thus far have been genuine pieces of entertainment, whereas Schindler's List is not something I ever want to see again in my life time - Which is the point, perhaps, since it's depicting a historical event that most would agree should be remembered, but not repeated. Still, if I was giving out a film award, I'd give it to the one I'd happily pop into the Blu-Ray player on a lazy Sunday Afternoon, the one that proves to be endlessly entertaining.

But I guess I just don't understand the point of awards. The only reason I read the RPG Fan awards is simply due to the fact that I've interacted with a lot of the staff here, so I'm more keenly aware of everyone's tastes and histories with gaming. Everyone writes more candidly in the awards blurbs than in reviews, and so I got to read more about how each game resonated with them moreso than others. This year in particular, I didn't really play any new games with actual singleplayer campaigns, so I mostly wanted to experience by proxy all the things I missed out on.

So with that in mind, I didn't really care about the reader's choice stuff...I don't even know if that was a thing this year, in fact. I can just ask you guys if I need a recommendation, so voting numbers on a chart mean nothing to me.

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:01:45 PM »
Been puttering about in Warframe, and while I probably should and could move on to the Outer Solar System...I keep getting distracted by:

Void Fissures where I can get Prime Parts and Blue Prints

Endless missions that give me more Void Relics to open in Void Fissures

Alert Missions with special rewards

Boss Grinding for Rare Drops

Making new equipment

Grinding New Equipment

Mod collecting and Upgrading

PvP

Syndicate Missions

And now I just joined a Clan. Which gives me access to the Dojo, and possibly exclusive equipment that I really wanted, depending on how far along this clan is. I don't actually know, I just accepted the first clan invite I got...

I think I'm in for the long haul, boys & girls...

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Single-Player RPGs / Re: Things you can't bear in a JRPG
« on: February 06, 2018, 03:43:59 PM »
I've only encountered this twice, but difficulty spikes following Points of No Return. Forcing the players to deal with significantly more difficult mobs without allowing them to grind against easier ones in case they were unprepared is just bad game design, and really goes against what an RPG is about, at least in my opinion.

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General Discussions / Re: Whats the haps?
« on: February 05, 2018, 07:47:13 PM »
I live in Eagles country and everyone's ecstatic.

And rightfully so! They're such majestic birds. However, it seems a bit early for them to-

[Sports Talk]

...Oh...I'll see myself out...

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 03, 2018, 02:33:25 AM »
EDIT: Right after I post that, I played a really poorly-done stealth mission that I don't think I have a reasonable chance of beating. I'm done with this game, moving on!

Well, I did give it another go and got past it. It turns out that I only have to worry about alarms when I get close to the objectives, which should always have a locked door before them, anyways. So I didn't have to stealth through the whole thing like I tried to do last time...and failed. This time I just ran through as quick as possible, killing anyone in my path while turning off alarms whenever they went off. Then when I got close to the objectives, I found that there weren't a lot of gaurds around Points A and C, so getting those went smoothly, and that's all I really needed to complete the mission, technically. However, I managed to rush in and grab B before the "data purge" or whatever, so that mission is 100% complete and now I never have to bother with it again!

...Until there's an alert mission variant on Suisei with a really attractive reward...

Oh well, boss is up next, then it's Finally on to Mars and back on track with the story missions!

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: February 01, 2018, 11:41:24 PM »
One of my problems with indie game devs is stuff like this and Black Sigil where they really want to (re)make an early 90s era videogame but completely miss the point and end up with this bloated mess instead.

Studio Archcraft (developer of Black Sigil) vanished of the surface of the earth for a decade but they've announced a new production on KickStarter. They've changed their company name for 6EyesStudio.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/153039232/fell-seal-arbiters-mark-classic-turn-based-tactica?ref=8wtpvh

I think it looks really solid.



BWAHAHA!!

Okay, cheapshot, but I think they still have a long way to go before they've convinced me that they've learned enough from the last decade or so to put out a decent game, at least after looking over that Kickstarter you linked.

Anywho, still playing Warframe. I upgraded to an Auto cross bow, and now I am slaying everything in site, at least on the normal missions. I still keep playing the special limited-time-oinly missions to get some cool stuff that I can't use until I'm much further into the game, because the game tells me that there's a new limited-time mission every 3 minutes, and I can't say no. It'll even have the prompts during one of those missions. Or any mission, for that matter. It's freakin' annoying, like I'm missing out on something...that's my only complaint about the game so far. Otherwise, it seems like a pretty fun Action MMO.

...Okay, I guess I do still have one other complaint: It's an MMO. While the game still allows me to play solo, there are a few mission types that are clearly meant for cooperative play, and most of these wind up being a slog to play through, even the low-level ones. Or they just aren't playable. Seriously, there's one mission that I honestly can't complete, because it requires that multiple points be protected at once, and I can only get to one at a time. I'm waiting until I've cleared every other mission available to me, but unless I get a super-special teleport ability that I can spam the heck out of, there's no chance that I could beat it without a group. And that's disheartening to me, because...fuck other players. If I invite others, I can't just go at my pace, if someone else wants to drag it out or end the mission early, I may not have a choice. Had to deal with that before I figured out how to switch off matchmaking. I'm still having fun, it's just...it's an MMO, and there will always be that knowledge, that there will be a few missions I could never beat on my own, no matter how hard I try. Just sours things a bit, and leaves me wondering if I'll eventually reach that point with the story missions? That would absolutely ruin it for me...

EDIT: Right after I post that, I played a really poorly-done stealth mission that I don't think I have a reasonable chance of beating. I'm done with this game, moving on!

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 31, 2018, 02:57:14 AM »
Currently have a rotation of Battlerite, Atlas Reactor, Paragon, and Warframe.

Battlerite - I was hoping a top-down Hero action game would be a lot of quick popcorn fun, but I just can't handle fast-paced games on the PC. I don't see this working on a console, either, though. I might try some more with support characters, but overall, this has been my least-played of the bunch.

Atlas Reactor - Another multiplayer Hero Deathmatch game, but this time it's turn-based. This is more my speed, especially the mode where you control all 4 heroes, instead of you and three other people on your team controlling each. In fact, I dare say that it's the main reason I keep coming back to this. It's like multiplayer XCOM with all hero units, and timed turns. It can get really intense! And without the bullshit that usually comes with having to deal with a team of strangers.

Paragon - Trying to play at least one match with every hero before the game shuts down for good. So far I've played as Gadget and Feng Mao, and won both matches. I'm really gonna miss this game...

Warframe - I was told this was like Destiny, but better - mostly because it has an interesting story mode despite being a free game. It's certainly hit all the right notes, at least. I probably shouldn't have focused so much on silent weapons, though. While a lot of the levels seem to be built with stealth in mind, it has the MGSV issue of once that one guy I didn't see triggers the alarm, I have to fight off everyone & their mother anyways - so now I have silent, but either low-accuracy or low rate of fire weapons, while I'm trying to deal with waves upon waves of bad guys. I did have a pair of dual pistols, however! So I tried those out during a special event version of a mission that was already punching above my weight class!

...It turns out that having twice the pistols means twice the reload time, and in that particular mission, I had to use my pistols a lot. Between a sub-mission requiring I get 20 pistol kills, having to cart around some data thing, thus forcing me to use my sub-weapon, and massive hordes of enemies spawning from areas I haven't even been to yet...I was finding out just how crucial a few seconds can be. I'd unload 16 shots into one guy, and then I'd stare at the retical for what feel like ages as 20 more are barreling towards me. I mean, at least I still cleared all the objectives, but I still reached the limit of how many times I could be revived, and I had to book it towards the extraction point!

So now I have a new pistol, and I unlocked access to Mars. This game is turning out way more fun and involved than I originally anticipated, so I'll stick with it for a while. Still, I have DOOM 4 downloading (or rather, the massive 30 GB patch is downloading) right now, so that might take up more of my focus.

EDIT: Also, I spent the entire game not knowing how to use any abilities besides my Slash Dash. I just gotta use the face buttons + R1. I have a feeling things are gonna get even more interesting...

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General Games / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic
« on: January 26, 2018, 10:19:20 PM »
Paragon is closing down April 26th. Goodbye to a game that consistantly entertained me for 5 straight months...and probably two more on top of that, because I don't let go that easily...

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Game Journals / Re: A Game Journal Reborn
« on: January 24, 2018, 04:07:44 PM »
Started up Titan Souls while I waited for a few games to finish downloading.

It's bullcrap. Easily the most unnecessarily frustrating game I've played, with no real rewards for your efforts. At least Shadow of the Colossus had a driving narrative, and means to ensure you always knew where you were going. Oh, and it had a health bar.

Here, it's just one-note, with lots of difficult challenges strewn around for you to find, many of which are hidden, and you're rewarded with...nothing. You're not even rewarded with "more boss fights," since you can fight every boss in any order, save for a few milestone ones. At least I got it via PS+, instead of paying money for it...

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Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal
« on: January 23, 2018, 07:52:33 PM »
Pop Team Epic looks too silly to comprehend. I'll be laughing at it from a safe distance, as I did with Nichijou/Ordinary Life.

Trying to decide on an anime to watch. My internet's been iffy lately, so I think I'll go through my DVD/Blu-Ray collection.

Should I watch:

Black Lagoon?
Cowboy Bebop (Rewatch)?
Trigun: Badlands Rumble?
Redline?
Banner of the Stars?
Mazinkaizer (Rewatch)?
Gundam 0083: Stardust Memories (Rewatch)?

Figured I'd ask, since I'm really in the mood for fast-paced Action and/Or Sci-Fi awesomeness...and I got a lot in both categories...

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Binge-watched Season 1 & 2 of Bravest Warriors on Youtube, as well as the first episode of Season 3. When I got to season 3, I figured I'd save it for later, since well...I just binge-watched 2 full seasons. Gotta save something for tomorrow.

Then I found out Seasons 3 & 4 are only on VRV. That site runs like crap on my PS4, and it has next to nothing that I couldn't get elsewhere. I think Season 3 at least is available for free, but the site also ran some of the most obnoxious ads I had ever seen the last time I tried it, and most of them were for its own content. Yeah. Can't say I'm sold. I'll probably look elsewhere, like I did for HarmonQuest. (I also finished season 2 of that last week, btw. Good stuff. Really curious to see where it goes in Season 3, if that's actually happening?)

At least what I saw was really good. It's short, but got a lot of humor and a surprisingly intriguing story packed into it. Like the best parts of Futurama back-to-back, no filler. I don't watch cartoons much anymore, but I'm glad I saw that one, at least.

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