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Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Blather
« on: January 27, 2017, 08:31:31 am »
Bahamut ZERO you have not played Rune Factory series.

Haven't played Stardew Valley, but RF is pretty terrible. Yeah it's RPG combat in a harvest moon game, but it's dreadfully bad RPG combat. Boring enemies, clunky controls, it's just not as good as one might assume. From what I heard I'm guessing SV did it much better.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Square-Enix Teams Up With Marvel Studios
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:26:12 pm »
My first impression on reading the title was happy anticipation. A cool RPG using Marvel characters might be awesome.

Then I clicked the links and read the name "Nomura" and saw those designs.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Video Games and Depression?
« on: January 25, 2017, 03:01:41 pm »
People misunderstood me. Millenials aren't to blame because they voted for Brexit and Trump. They made it happen by sitting at home posting snarky twitter posts about some retarded fake SJW outrage topic of the week and thinking they did their part for society instead of going to actually vote or even get actually engaged in day to day politics.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Video Games and Depression?
« on: January 25, 2017, 02:07:59 am »
That was the philosophy at this time period. Today people are much more focused on well being and stuff like that.

Which lead to the current generation needing trigger warnings for public restrooms possibly being entered be other people too and everyone living in their own little filter bubbles on the net so they don't get confronted by people not agreeing with them. The same Generation that got brexit and Trump voted into happening and is now whining on the net about it like little babies.

FUCK millenials.

*cough* sorry for the thread derailment, Spoons, do whatever makes you feel better, if it's Games then Play ssome  games, if they don't then do. something else for a while. Games are Entertainment not a chore.

They probably don't want them to eat into their sales of Switch. You probably won't see any for a while, if at all.

Nah, they keep reiterating (the bullshit) mantra that the Switch isn't going to replace the 3DS. Nintendo is so terribad at marketing. They have a groundbreaking handheld and a terrible home console and they keep trying to market it as the next home console because they are afraid switching tracks too early will keep moms from buying a 3DS with Pokemon for their kids. Everyone knows Nintendo will release shit for the 3DS in the future. There'll still be 3rd party games for a while, but those would have happened regardless of the Switch either way.

@SleepyFist: Just go online, Amazon.com seems to have models in stock. Though you probably don't want the ugly Pikachu edition :D

Gaming Discussion / Re: Fire Emblem Gaiden is getting remade on 3DS!
« on: January 19, 2017, 12:05:26 pm »
Not too interested. I'm not a fan of the Awakening art style that I'm assuming it will use and I never liked remade music. Shadow Dragon (the remade prequel) wasn't good.

Agreed, SD was pretty terrible. Not excited for this one. The next real one slated for 2018 on the Switch will be the next to look out for.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 16, 2017, 03:38:09 pm »
Only children have so much time to invest in entertainment.

If you spend only 1 hour a day gaming that is 365 hours a year. That's enough to beat about ten RPGs a year. Or dozens of more manageable games.

That's not a huge time investment for a hobby. If you don't want to make that much time for it, it's not a question of not being able to but not actually wanting to. And that has absolutely nothing to do with age.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo Switch details
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:34:33 am »

Gaming Discussion / Re: Final Fantasy Write-A-Review! :D
« on: January 13, 2017, 04:19:18 am »
FF1 - Never played

FF2 - Never played

FF3 - 0/5. Boring, the ancient crap way of JRPGs. No characters, no story, just a string of dungeons and fights with inane cookie cutter story to somehow bridge it together.

FF4 - Only played the first 5 hours or so, can't judge it.

FF5 - I beat it but it's been 15 years so I'm not gonna rate it. I liked it back then.

FF6 - I beat it but it's been 15 years or so I'm not gonna rate it. I was absolutely blown away by it as a teenager. The large cast, the amount of secrets and side quests, the story twists, it was the best the genre had to offer at the time. I just can't say if I'd still enjoy it nowadays. If they make a remake that doesn't suck maybe I'll replay it sometime.

FF7 - 5/5. My first FF. I think most people always hold their first FF in the highest regard. I put 100 hours into it on my first playthrough, had all characters on Lv99, etc. I've never done that again for any other JRPG since. The amount of secrets and side quests was mind blowing, there was so much to explore and discover. The story was totally unique at the time. It had IMO the most rewarding character building system with materia. It was so much fun to create completely ridiculous and overpowered materia combinations. The cast seems emo and dumb in retrospective, but hey, I was a teenager back then and it was the shit at the time.

FF8 - 3/5. Coming from FF7 I didn't like it back then, but I replayed it in recent years and I softened up a lot to it. I think it actually has a much better cast than 7. The story is ruined by the horrible nonsensical "twist", but up to that point it was stupid (really, having schools to turn kids into soldiers?) but engaging at least. Edea was a pretty wicked villian (again, until the twist). Also Rinoa = best waifu in FF. Gameplay wise it was an experiment that failed IMO. The whole drawing spells thing was just tedious and that the enemies scaled with you was a bizarre design decision. With triple triad it had the best minigame in FF history though.

FF9 - 1/5. Terrible character design (Steiner is the Tingle of the FF franchise), meh story that also got ridiculous near the end, unengaging battle system.

FF10 - 5/5. Good cast, decent story, great character customization with the free sphere board, first FF where you could break the damage cap (it is amazing fun to smash an enemy with a 99999 attack). Good amount of secrets and endgame bonus content.

FF10-2 - 2/5. Interesting experiment, but didn't succeed. Too fragmented into episodes, too random in content jumping from fighting to strange minigames, WAY too much missable content, without a guide I find this game near unplayable. The story didn't make a lick of sense. 2 points for Rikku being a main character :P

FF11 - Never played.

FF12 - 4/5. Meh cast (I only like Basch and Ashe), cookie cutter story. But the realtime gambit battle system was IMO the best in the series. Also fun character customization with the job board thing, though it wasn't as interesting as the sphere board. Still, I love this one purely for the gameplay.

FF13 - 3.5/5. Underrated, people always cry about the linearity when they don't give a crap about that in 50 other games. The cast is great aside from Hope and Snow, the combat system is very good though the game does take its sweet time actually make you make use of it properly. Starting from when the world opens up it's pretty great throughout gameplay wise with lot's of cool battles. The story is decent, though I'm not sure I ever really understood it 100%. The world has a lot of strange rules that never really make sense and the sequels didn't help with that, they rather made it more convoluted.

FF13-2 - 4/5. Good story, good combat, though it sucked that the third party slot was reserved to monsters or OP DLC characters (seriously, having Lightning there breaks the game. And doesn't make any sense from a story perspective but who cares). Cool time travel area puzzles. Very underrated game (probably because people talked themselves into hating 13 so much they didn't give this one a chance).

FF13-LR - 3.5/5. Super experimental game. It's full of unique and interesting design decisions. The biggest one is probably that you don't level up or get strictly better equipment, instead new gear is about opening more options. It was definitely a breath of fresh air. Didn't beat it because the difficulty jumped like crazy near the end.

FF14 - 2/5. Good story I guess (I only played through the original without expansions) and great high-level content (dungeons, raids). But getting there is so painful I have a hard time recommending it. The quest design for the first 50 hours is completely inane garbage and some of the worst shit I've ever seen. The game thinks it's clever by claiming it knows that it's terrible quest design, but putting a wink on a quest to hand out soup to 100 soldiers right before a crucial battle, does not change that it's a quest about giving soup to 100 soliders.

FF15 - I just wrote about it in the Victoly thread, go look over there.

FFT - It's been too long so I won't rate it. But I hated it back in the day when I gave it a try. Japanese "strategy" RPGs are pretty much always terrible. It's not strategy when it's about having grinded the right jobs to a high enough point. I remember the difficulty being all over the place. Then I came to some important boss fight and it was pretty much completely impossible with how I had build my character according to guides I checked. Fuck that shit.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Did any of you ever play retro western RPGs?
« on: January 10, 2017, 05:09:25 pm »
. I'm not comparing the quality of the writing here, but you see by playing with the same save from Mass Effect 1 to 3, you get a an unrivaled sense of accomplishment.

You mean a blue Explosion or the red Explosion?  :P

Looking for stupid things in JRPGs is like looking for trees in a forest :P

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: January 07, 2017, 04:20:09 pm »
I've seen the movie, it's absolutely required to be able to understand anything (and not very good, but hey, required homework for playing a game is cool). You can consider it to be practically a 2 hour intro FMV. Only that most characters established die or are never referenced again :-\

It's soooooo terrible. The more you think about it and try to remember examples you realize how bad it really is.

You know how movies can often get away with these things because the action or the suspense is so engaging that you don't have the time to look back and examine what happened so plotholes don't bother most viewers? Well that won't work here where half the game time is waiting for the car to automatically drive you from A to B with nothing to do. There are trecks that take 5-7 minutes real-time during which nothing happens.

Sorry I need to stop before I fall into a rant trance.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Clearing the Backlog.
« on: January 07, 2017, 02:30:45 pm »
Put Gothic onto the top of the pile :angel:

General Discussion / Re: Music thread?
« on: January 07, 2017, 01:57:14 pm »
I'm hoping this theads sticks around a while. I want to get to posting little introductions into other subgenres I enjoy. The only thing as good as listening or making music is sharing it.

Anyway, for now just a heads-up on a single album. Earlier we already had the topic of thrash metal for a bit. Thrash was a huge part of me getting into metal as a teenager, but I kind of grew out of it. I mean if I happen to come across a good thrash song I still enjoy it, but I rarely actively put on or buy thrash albums anymore. While browsing through 2016 best-of lists I came across a thrash album I missed, that managed to win me over completely. A rare thing nowadays!

https://vektor.bandcamp.com/album/terminal-redux - Vektor - Terminal Redux

Holy shit, what a great album. It's like Death came back from the dead (no pun intended) and got infused with a heavy dose of even more progressiveness and ferocity. A tour of energy with tons of brilliant ideas, variety and no dull moments.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: January 07, 2017, 09:49:21 am »
It's purely gameplay stuff, the story stuff isn't salvaged postgame either. What I mean with interesting content is extra dungeons, hard hunts and access to the best equipment.

Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:30:13 am »
Beaten over the holidays:

- Mordheim (2nd playthrough): Last time I moved away from the game rather frustratedly. During the Christmas sale on Steam I noticed there was DLC with new factions to play and I couldn't help myself and got it and gave it another playthrough. This time I also read some guides and adjusted my tactics and had a much much better time for it. The game is still repetetive and quite the grind, but the basic gameplay is fun enough that it feels like a good time to play and not like a treadmill.

- Final Fantasy XV: Wreck meet Train. I haven't encountered a game that was this unfinished and full of obvious gaps where they ran out of time to flesh things out since Xenogears. And quite frankly, Xenogears wasn't even nearly as bad. At least the missing stuff there was bridged over with summaries. In XV things are just missing. I'd say the story was perhaps 30% finished compared to what we'd usually get in a FF game. This is a personal misgiving of mine, but I also don't like that all of the interesting content is post-game. Considering my backlog (see the other thread :'() I rather move on to other games after the credits roll, which means I'll miss half of the game.

- Tyranny: Decent Baldur's Gate styled RPG. The ending sucks ass and I'm not happy with the options you have in the game. You basically have no choice but to be Stalin reincarnate and murder everyone who doesn't roll over and kiss your feet when you appear. Otherwise it was good.

Currently playing: Uncharted 2. I don't think I'll warm up to this series :-\

Gaming Discussion / Re: Clearing the Backlog.
« on: January 07, 2017, 07:20:54 am »
My backlog just on PC...

And that's just what I marked as *really* wanting to play it. There is tons more I got cheap from sales and bundles that I'll probably never touch.


General Discussion / Re: Music thread?
« on: January 06, 2017, 04:45:38 am »
Power metal is always threading on an extremely thin line. To one side of the line is a small area where absolute greatness lies and on the other side is an ocean of laughable garbage. Needless to say the line shifted a lot for me with age too. Thanks for the heads up to Light Bringer. I think instrumentally they might be going too far for my taste, but I definitely really like the vocals. Will check out their back catalogue. RainXeed made me laugh, sorry ;D

If I had to showcase to an alien what power metal is about I'd pick these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmNWhloiFX0 Iron Saviour - From Far Beyond Time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4N4tG56_T0 Gamma Ray - Armageddon (unfortunately no decent version is on YT)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHJin6xn20Q Helloween - The Dark Ride

I'm obviously biased towards the German school of power metal :P They find the right balance between speed, fun and epicness.

General Discussion / Re: 2TB thumbdrive for 15$ from China
« on: January 03, 2017, 10:45:12 am »
Try to actually fill the whole 2TB before you are proud of your purchase. There are lot's of counterfeit USB sticks from china that have much less space than advertised. They actually have a fraction of the space and just "loop around" when you go over the actual limit. So you it actually has 5GB, if you write 6GB to it it'll overwrite the first 1GB again.

Some testing utilities: https://www.raymond.cc/blog/test-and-detect-fake-or-counterfeit-usb-flash-drives-bought-from-ebay-with-h2testw/

I also watched it for the first time only last year or the one before? The guys from RedLetterMedia were saying how it's one of their favourite movies and I was interested in where Solid Snake got his name from.

It was a fun movie though no Die Hard or Terminator 2 IMO. But that's a harsh bar to reach, so I'd also recommend it to everyone who can appreciate 80s action movies.

As for John Carpenter being in the wrong genre, now your task is to watch The Thing. You'll thank me later.  :D

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