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Reply #13055 on: January 24, 2019, 09:56:12 AM

Please God grab some uniques.  Our Guildbank always fills up with shite.

On a related note, be wary of buying the Map Stash tabs.  I bought one and was so pleased and happy to have them organised, only to find out they don't delete once the league rolls over and they've been bugged with a new bug since Delve came out whereby they haven't rolled over to the 'new' map items yet so my Characters are all muling them.  Also, we lost a lot of maps when it rolled over and I've never really been convinced that I got them all back !

They're fantastic in principle, but it would be nice if they worked !
You lost maps in the middle of a challenge league? Or you lost them in Standard when the league ended?

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Reply #13056 on: January 24, 2019, 10:00:17 AM

I finally broke down and bought Rimworld...and realized my gaming headspace right now is 'relaxed and simple' (golf, Rocksmith, Madden). So I'll have to hunker down to learn a bit.

I also hit the point in Stardew where I have to start thinking ahead a bit and I'm not sure it will survive that :D Hell, in Rocksmith I was mostly playing AC/DC stuff last night...

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Reply #13057 on: January 24, 2019, 10:40:41 AM

You lost maps in the middle of a challenge league? Or you lost them in Standard when the league ended?
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When the last league ended, they decided to upgrade and revamp the Atlas.  At that point, they decided to make the maps 'New' and the old maps still exist.  So, when it rolled over into Standard, you had a map stash tab that was 'Out of Date' and wouldn't accept new maps.  So if you took the maps out of that tab, which was remove only, you couldn't put them in to the new tab.

And then it was worse because when you sold them to upgrade them to the 'new' version they STILL WOULDN'T GO into the map stash tab.  Then the announced that they may have fucked up, since people were noticing lots of maps vanishing.  Something I noticed too.  I had a lot of different uniques and, at the end of everything, I had... One.  That's still not been put right.

So for people doing Betrayal, you won't notice because it's new maps and new map tabs.  But for those of us who pop back into standard, I have a bunch of chars who have backpacks full of maps because I can no longer put them anywhere.

I haven't played in a while, they may have fixed it, but last I checked they hadn't and the league had been rolling for a good long while !!


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Reply #13058 on: January 24, 2019, 02:07:11 PM

Please God grab some uniques.  Our Guildbank always fills up with shite.

On a related note, be wary of buying the Map Stash tabs.  I bought one and was so pleased and happy to have them organised, only to find out they don't delete once the league rolls over and they've been bugged with a new bug since Delve came out whereby they haven't rolled over to the 'new' map items yet so my Characters are all muling them.  Also, we lost a lot of maps when it rolled over and I've never really been convinced that I got them all back !

They're fantastic in principle, but it would be nice if they worked !

Standard? Who plays standard?
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Reply #13059 on: January 24, 2019, 03:00:33 PM

That's what I was thinking as well. why so serious? I haven't touched Standard in a long, long time. Good to know that if I ever do, I should just leave all of my old iterations of maps in their league's tab unless I want to run one immediately.

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Reply #13060 on: January 24, 2019, 03:58:04 PM

I've never stuck with PoE for a long enough stretch to get anywhere in a league before it ended. So ... filthy casuals play Standard?

In Warframe, I built a Limbo Prime and have finally found My Frame (after I figured out how to use it). Rhino and Frost were what I usually relied on for defense-type missions, but now Limbo does that. It also makes Capture missions easy, and Spy missions are probably as easy as they will ever be without Ivara. Also, it really separates the wheat from chaff when it comes to teammates. Maybe the best part is when I am the damage leader and all I did was stand around the defense target with my thumb up my ass.

Also Spider-Man. Don't forget the hyphen.

I have managed to avoid RDR2 for over a week, but I'm going to have to get back in there this weekend.

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Reply #13061 on: January 24, 2019, 06:06:38 PM

When the last league ended, they decided to upgrade and revamp the Atlas.  At that point, they decided to make the maps 'New' and the old maps still exist.  So, when it rolled over into Standard, you had a map stash tab that was 'Out of Date' and wouldn't accept new maps.  So if you took the maps out of that tab, which was remove only, you couldn't put them in to the new tab.
In general you can change what epoch of maps a tab accepts by (IIRC) right clicking on the tab name while it's empty. Whether that works for the latest update specifically I can't say.
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Reply #13062 on: January 24, 2019, 08:22:48 PM

Caved and bought the Resident Evil 2 Remake since the reviews have been glowing and I really liked the last RE game. Just waiting a couple hours for it to unlock.
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Reply #13063 on: January 24, 2019, 08:26:54 PM

Oh, nice.  I bought the RE1 remake and it was good nostalgic fun.  RE2 was best in the series for me, so I'll certainly get this one at some point also.

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Reply #13064 on: January 24, 2019, 08:30:59 PM

Yeah, I played through RE2 multiple times (enough to unlock Tofu). In other news RE2 is just over 20 years old now.
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Reply #13065 on: January 25, 2019, 07:17:17 AM

When the last league ended, they decided to upgrade and revamp the Atlas.  At that point, they decided to make the maps 'New' and the old maps still exist.  So, when it rolled over into Standard, you had a map stash tab that was 'Out of Date' and wouldn't accept new maps.  So if you took the maps out of that tab, which was remove only, you couldn't put them in to the new tab.
In general you can change what epoch of maps a tab accepts by (IIRC) right clicking on the tab name while it's empty. Whether that works for the latest update specifically I can't say.

I shall attempt it.

Edit.  This worked and was so simple I feel fucking stupid.  But thanks anyway.
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Reply #13066 on: January 28, 2019, 05:59:53 AM

Dragon Quest XI.  Don't want to revive the old thread of Falconeer's, but I do want to say a thing or two.  After a long struggle, I finally decided to buy it, mostly because I ended up with a non-refundable playstation wallet credit.  BTW, fuck that whole "wallet" concept right in the face.

I can't yet purport to have a detailed view on it like Falconeer does, but it is clear enough to say that it is a near complete throwback to old school JRPGs.  Straight forward turn-based combat.  Goofy, clichéd and cutesy enemies.  Cutesy storyline with cutesy cutout characters who feel about as fleshed out as they ever did from the JRPGs of last century, which is to say not a whole lot.  Straight forward loot and item management (start with rock sword, upgrade to copper sword, upgrade to bronze sword, upgrade to whatever mineral comes next sword, you get the idea).  Automatic stat upgrades on level-up.  Abilities are selectable based on a fairly simple system, kinda like a simplified FFX sphere grid.  Magic spells so far just learned automatically on level-up.  Super simple, but kinda fun crafting.  Boy of destiny starts on journey against the big bad something something because reasons.  This game feels like someone took the recipe from one of the sillier pre-2000 RPGs, and simply made an aesthetically pretty 3D engine around it.  I mean, I guess that's exactly what they have done.  Oh, the voice acting is uneven, but the actual writing is surprisingly good.  The English dialogue, I mean, not necessarily the story.

I haven't played a DQ game since perhaps it was called Dragon Warrior, which is to say it was on my fucking OG Nintendo.  This game feels like that game, pulled grudginly into the modern era.  In many ways, it feels like this is the direction that Final Fantasy should have migrated.  The nostalgia factor for me is THICK....they seem to have even sampled some of the 8 bit sound effects from the old games, and it is strange as hell how your memory can hold sounds like this from 35 years back.  They still have you fighting fucking slimes, fer chrissakes.  No doubt I will soon encounter the dreaded nearly unbeatable Metal Slime.  I actually wanted a game like this.  I am not rendering that as a verdict, because the game may end up pissing me off like it did Falconeer.  But yeah, I want old school, cutesy, turned based JRPGs with all the usual trimmings.  I am annoyed as hell that FF does not make games using this formula any more, but hey, maybe they do and just call them Dragon Quest instead.  They could have called this game Final Dragon Fantasy Quest III-D and it would have made sense.

Whether it has earned it or not, I am pretty sure I am going to enjoy this game enough to pour dozens of hours into it, even if only for the nostalgia factor.  I already like it better than Ni No Kuni 2, even though on paper that's probably supposed to be the better game.  And better than FFX15 with its historically annoying combat system.



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Reply #13067 on: January 28, 2019, 07:50:57 AM

Dragon Quest honestly has changed very little from the original 30 years ago. The in jokes, monster art, and stories are all very similar with some modern upgrades thrown in. If you like that, you’ll like this. Everyone who loves the series has their personal favorite (I’ve played all through 8 except 6).

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Reply #13068 on: January 28, 2019, 08:37:55 AM

Square Enix gets to experiment with Final Fantasy so much precisely because they own Dragon Quest as well.  They can experiment and push the envelope with Final Fantasy to the point where it's barely an RPG anymore because they still publish a classic turn-based RPG in Dragon Quest every couple of years.

Now if only they'd give us a proper modern sequel to Act Raiser...
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Reply #13069 on: January 28, 2019, 09:20:33 AM

I spent at least 4 hours the other weekend playing casino games in DQXI.  It made me think of all the old NES and SNES casino games like Caesars Palace and Vegas Stakes, which I kind of want to go revisit now.  I like that DQ put the casino back in and really put some effort into a couple unique slot machines as well.

RE2 is definitely in my future.  I heard that they removed some of the unique aspects between the Leon and Claire paths though, which has me a little worried.
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Reply #13070 on: January 28, 2019, 10:35:02 AM

I really wanted that nostalgia JRPG too, mechanic wise. I wanted the turn based stuff, the simple progression, the whole throwback. That's why despite a lot of anger, I put 50 hours in it.
What I could not stomach and ruined everything for me were the characters, the monsters and the story.

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Reply #13071 on: January 28, 2019, 01:20:57 PM

Played a bit more RE2. Good mix of nostalgia and massive reworking of things, although so far I still think RE7 might be the better game. Lickers are more terrifying to run into now. Just started having to deal with Mr. X. Fuck that guy.

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Reply #13072 on: January 28, 2019, 03:21:56 PM

Tried out We Happy Few, now that its on XBox Gamepass. Wasn't about to pay AAA price for it, so was glad to see it pop up there.

It's what I expected - all about the mood and environment. Its a somewhat creepy stealth exploration game, with minor bits of crafting, survival, and rpg skills. Mostlty its about shoving maniacal Bobbies out of the way and then running and hiding in trash bins.
When not doing that, you are slowly revealing the truth of your dystopian reality. Enjoying it so far.

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Reply #13073 on: January 28, 2019, 06:51:47 PM

I really wanted that nostalgia JRPG too, mechanic wise. I wanted the turn based stuff, the simple progression, the whole throwback. That's why despite a lot of anger, I put 50 hours in it.
What I could not stomach and ruined everything for me were the characters, the monsters and the story.

But aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?
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Reply #13074 on: January 28, 2019, 06:54:05 PM

So early impressions of Anthem are that it is a generic Destiny 2 clone and that it has a lot of bugs and gameplay issues. Can anybody confirm/deny?
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Reply #13075 on: January 28, 2019, 06:58:13 PM

I really wanted that nostalgia JRPG too, mechanic wise. I wanted the turn based stuff, the simple progression, the whole throwback. That's why despite a lot of anger, I put 50 hours in it.
What I could not stomach and ruined everything for me were the characters, the monsters and the story.

But aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?


Bland. Close to what it should have been, close to what I wanted, but really bland.

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Reply #13076 on: January 28, 2019, 07:25:39 PM

So early impressions of Anthem are that it is a generic Destiny 2 clone and that it has a lot of bugs and gameplay issues. Can anybody confirm/deny?

That's about the gist of it, yes.

It has a shit load of customization though.. both gear and cosmetic. But yeah, demo weekend was a standard shit show of network fuckery and crashing. The game is way more spammy shooting than destiny's precision stuff. But the abilities are the primary focus. It kinda feels like shooting is a secondary activity to killing stuff... abilities ftw. Or at least the ultimate ability. Your regular abilities are pretty awesome and customizable. The game has a shit ton of particle effects when abilities are used so yeah... can slow the fps, esp on my old ass ps4.

Overall, same looter shooter genre as destiny/division. But I like the setting and had fun with the demo.

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Reply #13077 on: January 29, 2019, 06:19:17 AM

I really wanted that nostalgia JRPG too, mechanic wise. I wanted the turn based stuff, the simple progression, the whole throwback. That's why despite a lot of anger, I put 50 hours in it.
What I could not stomach and ruined everything for me were the characters, the monsters and the story.

But aside from that Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?


Bland. Close to what it should have been, close to what I wanted, but really bland.

I can see your point(s), but so far for me it feels like a comfy mug of chocolate on a cold day.  The nostalgia from Dragon Warrior and other early FF games is really having an influence on me here.  That's only from about 5 hours of actual gameplay, I have only just cracked the top layers.  But the big thing is that I want to dive right back into it, which is rare for me these days for games that are not Skyrim VR or FO4VR.  I will come back later with more impressions.

Speaking of Skyrim VR (with the right settings and mods), I am now willing to call it the best video game ever, in my mind.  Or maybe just gaming experience?  The only reason I don't play it more is because it wears on me both physically and perhaps psychologically as well....you don't ever just chill out and play some Skyrim VR, it demands too much for that.  Strangely, considering the combined number of hours I have put into it both in pancake mode and VR, I have still no idea how the main story goes. 

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Reply #13078 on: February 03, 2019, 04:03:18 PM

Just finished Ori and the Blind Forest (the Definitive Edition). Also went for the 100%.

Beautiful and enchanting, though I was disappointed by how trial and error the gameplay felt. Imho worth playing, plus it's the kind of game length I like, short!
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Reply #13079 on: February 04, 2019, 08:56:52 AM

Nearing the end of the first play through of RE2.  So many good choices - like leaving all the corpses instead of them disappearing between screens and really improving the map.  Mr X is creepy as hell.  Also the trucker guy eats a really oddly rendered breakfast sandwich in the opening scene of Claire's run which is kind of great.

Please send ammo.
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Reply #13080 on: February 04, 2019, 10:55:47 AM

Started Stick of Truth, which perhaps predictably isn't as hard as my wife made it seem. Can't get all trophies on a single playthrough.

Piddling in No Man's Sky since it doesn't stress me out or place any sort of noticeable demand on me. Small break from Warframe and Okami.

Had another productive RDR2 session in which the game still isn't over and Dutch is still an idiot. I sort of feel like the game narrative is doing to me what Dutch is doing to his family. Exquisite if intentional but probably neither.

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Reply #13081 on: February 04, 2019, 12:45:17 PM

Started Stick of Truth, which perhaps predictably isn't as hard as my wife made it seem. Can't get all trophies on a single playthrough.
It can be hard if you aren't good with the combat timing events.
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Reply #13082 on: February 04, 2019, 01:06:49 PM

Wargroove. It's lovely.

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Reply #13083 on: February 04, 2019, 05:31:29 PM

Playing a lot of The Forest right now. I seem to like this genre. This game is generally very tense due to potential long times between saves, and so far I haven't gotten to the point where I'm a walking avatar of death. It can get scary and I haven't stopped flinching anytime a cannibal lets out a yell. Even a couple can take you down if you're not playing smart. The combat is not great, but it's serviceable. I'll probably play through the story to completion. It can be a bit rough in some aspects, but it doesn't detract from the overall experience. I think I liked Subnautica better, but this one has kept me away from PoE for the last few days.

Any other standouts in this sub genre that I should try?

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Reply #13084 on: February 04, 2019, 07:07:02 PM

Subnautica is a better game, but I did really enjoy The Forrest for the intense atmosphere.  It's been one of my favs for awhile now.

Anyways, those two games are best of the genre, imo.  Don't starve is worth a shot if you haven't tried it yet.  Also, they just released a sequal to subnautica if you haven't noticed.  Haven't played it, but if its more of the same with a new map, I'm sold.

Stranded Deep is interesting and you may enjoy it for a day or two.  But its been in early access for 4 years now and when I last played (which hasn't been for 2 years probably) there just wasn't enough implemented yet to keep it interesting.

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Reply #13085 on: February 04, 2019, 07:47:06 PM

Also, they just released a sequal to subnautica if you haven't noticed.  Haven't played it, but if its more of the same with a new map, I'm sold.



Sequel is in early access, not feature complete but only $20. It is set in a frozen world and I believe it begins on an already established base for some reason. I got the impression there is be a lot of land discovery this time and they're making a deeper story. Personally, I'm going to hold off on playing it until launch because I enjoyed the first so much.
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Reply #13086 on: February 04, 2019, 08:30:01 PM

Any other standouts in this sub genre that I should try?
Have you tried 7 Days to Die? It's less story than Subnautica by a long shot (they only added theme park POIs in the last couple builds), but it's developed into a bit of a survival/tower defense kinda thing. I've got some ridiculous time into it, I usually get a full game's worth of play out of each alpha release (and need to jump back in for Alpha 17, which brings the game close to leaving EA).

I also dig the genre, but the Forest looked a bit aggressive to me; I've always felt that 7D2D scratched that same itch already so avoided the Forest.

Project Zomboid is another one I like in the builder/survival genre. And of course, there are some great minecraft modpacks like Blightfall or Regrowth.

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Reply #13087 on: February 06, 2019, 06:26:17 AM

Still playing DQXI.  After 14 hours, I stand by my earlier comments...it is more or less literally the same NES-era Square turn-based combat JRPG pulled graphically into the 21st century.  Which is more or less exactly what I was hoping it would be.

Falconeer has probably mentioned a few of these, but a few tweaks make things more enjoyable by far.  Make the camera static, not this moving around crap.  Turn the music waaaaaay down...it is okay, but it is too repetitive and generally far too loud.  Turn the voiceovers completely off.  The writing is very good for this kind of JRPG, but the voice acting will get on your nerves.  Probably an obvious one, but go into Tactics and select Follow Orders so that you can directly controller the actions of every character during combat.  It is actually off by default, and I didn't know it was there until I was level 8 or something.

The question that begs:  are there other JRPGs out there that follow this old school formula?


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Reply #13088 on: February 07, 2019, 11:58:08 AM

I finished the story aspect of The Forest. Not bad, but it's a bit anticlimactic if you choose to not be a selfish asshole. I think I'll move on to something else as I don't really enjoy the building as much in this one. Realistic tree hauling is not as fun as it sounds.

I've tried Don't Starve, and I didn't enjoy it that much. Same for Crashlands. It might be because I played both on mobile and mobile sucks.

7D2D looks kind of janky. Not that jank has stopped me from enjoying games. Hell, I loved Elex. Minecraft mods might be OK, but I'd have to make sense of what the hell my son has done with the Minecraft install.

PoE is a nice gap filler while you're trying to find stuff to play. Huge backlog of stuff I could play.

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Reply #13089 on: February 07, 2019, 12:06:32 PM

The question that begs:  are there other JRPGs out there that follow this old school formula?


That's the problem. No, not since Persona 5. And that's why I bought DQ11 and kept playing it too much even though I was so unhappy with it.

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