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Everything posted by bringingyouthefuture

  1. I mean who would argue with that, though a good point was made that perhaps you are too much landing in the realm of opinion. Especially for DOS2, because reviews, critical and consumer, as well as in the good fun of capitlaism, the money points that you can say what you like but its hard to argue that the game isn't great, and writing is more than dialogue, especially if you consider authors like James Joyce. But on another note, I would like to point out that you are wrong about Betacam losing to VHS. TV never abandoned Betacam, it was only abondoned as a consumer medium most likely because of costs, but it stayed a professional medium well into the 90s, and in many ways outlived VHS as CDs adn DVDs took the market from VHS, but never made inroads into the professional market. Here is an even better analogy, companies like Sony never abandoned tape, and innovated HDCAM tape which became the one and only delivery for professional video to television networks. They kept innovating and moving forward with the technology where US companies abandoned it, and eventually took over the market completely. Fun fact when the Tsunami hit Japan it wiped out Sony's only factory that made HDCAM SR tapes, and there was a panic in TV production because networks wouldn't accept anything else, post production facilities were hoarding them. Of course even this technology is considered old now, and now there is LTO tape ... so I get your point but maybe the Joyce was a better analogy. I mean DOS2 did innovate a lot with there gaming systems and it seemed to have won the day.
  2. Well, I did read the Twilight Books so not sure what that says about what is considered entertainment, or my taste, but if you want to discuss the ultimate entertainment that leaves you drooling ... I would say it is Henry Cavill with his shirt off with cat eyes
  3. Heck yeah and I haven't been on crack for 14 years thank god! That first area of DOS2 on the island and getting off it was hella fun!! I mean it wasn't as nuanced as the Shadowrun story of course or as seamless as the Dragon Age stories, but still the quests and the setup, the exploration, everything was amazing, but its one of those things where you can say it sucks, but unfortunately the sales and popularity make a good case that it didn't ... so if they can get that synergy between action, quest, character, and combat going again the game is gonna be really good. As for you @Wormerine 40 hours is pretty slim ...
  4. Yes except the only good thing about the Witcher 3 were the cinematic story elements (and not Geralt putting his tadpole in everyone), the ending and maybe exploration. And first-person shooters is too much Up,Down,Up,Down,A,B,A,B Left, Right,Select. I am going to go out on a limb here and say DOS2 did a masterful job of creating, writing and implementing a story that pretty much took the cake that year, so not sure everyone's criticism is really valid in that area. And I don't just mean the dialogue writing. I believe for this forum at least Obsidian has the upper hand when putting up walls of text to read which I do love about Obsidian games, they do have superior writers, but if anything Larian proved they can write great storylines and great adventures, fun quests and amazing games. Also, not a co-op player and if you think DOS2 is only popular because of co-op you are totally wrong, the game is a great single player game. Plus with Wizards of the Coast onboard I feel like this is gonna be a good one. And just to be clear I am one of the staunchest defenders of POE2 as a great game too so I am not biased towards Larian or against Obsidian.
  5. I am looking forward to Dragon Age 4 as much as I am BG3
  6. Okay you are convincing me, I have been resisting - how many game hours of playing do you think?
  7. Anyone else reading the update blogs on the kickstarter campaign? They are pretty awesome, and get into the game programming-side if you are interested in that king of stuff This one is pretty good: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/owlcatgames/pathfinder-wrath-of-the-righteous/posts/2765209
  8. What I saw in the preview was the next generation of isometric RPGs - 3D-esque worlds, cinematics, another level of reactivity, the return of turn-basad combat - I wouldn't be surprised if Dragon Age 4 has its sights on incorporating the idea of vertical world building, and possibly turn-based combat. Whether you like them or not I think they are here to stay, and I am happy that they keep pushing the boundaries of the technology and possibilities. I mean who wouldn't want to be a captive in Sword Art Online ... Yeah I didn't get a chance to watch the whole thing, just caught the end of it live. At least there's a reason, and I knew it would be hard to them to get away from some of the DOS2 stuff, at least they have a camping mechanic. Now if they can just get a bathroom mechanic and proper penalty going for even more realism ...
  9. Pillars 1 for narrative Pillars 2 for gameplay
  10. The jumping looked king of strange definitely, I was so hoping Larian moved away from the super human feats ... I mean who can jump that far??? I do kind of dig being able to push someone off a ledge though ... and 100 percent for turn-based and character building in the D&D style. I just hope we can design a full party on our own to play through the campaign, damn BG series for taking that away and replacing it with Minsc ...
  11. Well, first and I know this won't be popular, but never was impressed with BG2 writing, but I will say that people love it and the characters, an people definitely rank it as a top RPG so no argument there. I think there were a handful of quests I really loved about in BG2, but something about knowing what really went down in the Time of Troubles, left the ending of BG2 very flat and contrived for me. It setup this amazing storyline that driveled into irrelevance about an angry elf, and then they tried to fix that with the expansion that didn't do a very good job. But in terms of what RPGs it doesn't stack too - well in terms of world-building the Dragon Age series definitely wins, in terms of writing Witcher 3 or Shadowrun might be my favorite, in terms of combat POE, and again I know this won't be a popular answer but you have to give me this one just because the game is so popular - DOS2's combat is way better than anything BG - I would even add with the turn-based mod PK is better combat. As for memorable characters, I actually think PK's characters are better than BG2's, but again I am biased and I always was really annoyed with BG2's characters and yes no one will agree so no real reason to argue about it. In terms of quests individual quest stories I think POE does as good of job if not better. So maybe yes there hasn't really been a game that has combined all the best elements into a single game as BG2 did when it released, but many games have come close, DOS2 for one came very close, Dragon Age 3 came very close, even POE came pretty close, and all three of those games incorporate the best of BG2 so they are if not better, they are as good and way more enjoyable to play as they incorporate so many cool new features, each in there own way. Partly too I just love bucking BG2 because in my heart the Ultima series is still the pinnacle of computer gaming
  12. Is this game like Police Quest? I don't think I will get it, but it reminds me of an old Sierra game.
  13. Okay totally posting am pumped for this game. the fact they are offering a TB mode sealed the deal. Funny, PK is so pretty close to the tabletop game in rules that with the TB mod it feels way more balanced than in RtWP mode - and I am guessing that PWoTR is gonna be the same. Anyway how can you not be pumped for this game, my only worry is the strategy section of the game where you build armies and such, this could really be a letdown, or it could be really cool, but I don't normally buy RPGs to play strategy games so not sure how much it will interest me. They eventually got the Kingdom management in a good place for PK, I am playing now with the goal to finish it this time (and with the TB mod), and it is pretty enjoyable and fun, so maybe I am worried about the strategy aspect for nothing and it will be good ...
  14. It looks like Larian wants to make it a AAA title from there newest video release, which would be amazing, just finished playing Dragon Age 1 and 3 for my first time and they were truly enjoyable, so I am all for the cinematic scenes. I am finally catching up on all the RPGs for the past 12 years or so, and I am just gonna be honest, BG2 was never a game that broke any barriers or did anything that different, it just took the best of what games did in the past and combined them all in one, and it doesn't even hold a candle to the newer RPGs, add to that RtWP was such a hassle to get used to it almost killed the experience for me, I am happy games are offering both options these days as I prefer turn-based. Larian is gonna do a great job on this game, but I do believe the biggest criticisms are gonna come from them diverging from the combat mechanics of the tabletop version ... Larian had to much success with DOS2 for them to fully step away from the combat experience they created, which was pretty fun.
  15. I would like a POE3 game ... that is all. So in a perfect world in the next 4 years: POE3 BG3 DA4 Realms Beyond Solasta ... and anything else is very welcome!!! EDIT: Wasteland 3 Edit edit: Pathfinder Kingmaker sequel???
  16. What about the game Syndicate from the 90s? Nothing like going to town with a mini-gun .... Playing Dragon Age Inquisition after burning through Origins pretty quickly on normal mode. Debating if I should go back and play Dragon Age 2, not sure I can get into the Action RPG of it all. Pretty great stories, really liking Inquisition, really amazing games.
  17. I think Wolverine would be a dual-wielding rogue for sure, for some reason I see Spiderman more as a Battle Mage - Devoted/Conjurer for binding web ....
  18. You are missing out on so much how do you not have HBO!!!! Do you not have FOMO at all .... ;) Honest though no HBO????
  19. I mean I like Macs personally but games have always been a PC-thing for Windows ... its pretty simple to have two hard drives running multiple OS, or just partition your single hard drive - and Windows 10 is basically free these days ... but I think that the whole OS is more a choice of developers to make games for Windows as a lot of people run Windows, and why port to Linux that not many people actually run, I mean you can build your own OS in Linux which is cool if you run servers for security from what I understand ... anyway would rather suffer a little to give something back to the developers, and if that is a few extra bucks and the option of better deals through multiple distributors, I mean I don't see why people are up in arms about this whole thing.
  20. I think turn-based has always been a better system for RPGs, though I think Obsidian did finally perfect RtWP and made it at least as good as turn-based (finally!!!). I hated my first experience with RtWP - drove me crazy, but once I got used to it, it was okay - never like it as much until POE2's turn-based combat though. I think Sven said they are using the same game engine for BG3 as DOS1 and2, but what they are really investing in is making co-op play even better, and also into heavy reactivity in the world. I listened to a lot of his interviews and I think they could make a really amazing D&D game if they keep close to the D&D ruleset. They could totally mess it up though trying to make it like a DOS game lol. POE3 could really shake things up in the CRPG realm if they get back to the core story mood of POE, get away from open world especially from being a little boat icon moving around in an open world (the worst and its strange that no one ever mentions this but its such a letdown), and create a turn-based system as strong as other turn-based games while keeping the core RtWP mechanic available as an option. I wonder though if in the end it is the 2-D camera environments that are also hurting POE games. I wonder if 3D-camera movements is going to become a standard for games moving forward. The static environments though much more refined and artistic than any that a 3-D camera game creates, still feel well static. I mean I don't care so much as I love the story and combat the most, and neither of those are really affected by what type of camera view you have lol. Just some thoughts. It's funny I just am ripping through the Shadowrun games after finishing DQ11 - and I must say that even with all the fancy stuff in DQ11 - it can't even touch the amount of fun I have had playing Shadowrun Returns and Shadowrun Dragonfall - both great games, playing Hong Kong now. What is interesting in reading the reviews of Hong Kong, people didn't like it as much, mostly because of expectations for more innovation and new features, where the developers stuck to their guns and improved on what they had ... I wonder if as a case study this applies to POE2 - I don't think they could of just made another POE game and not have it panned for being just a very large expansion game of POE, I think they needed to innovate to keep it fresh - its just some of the choices made for the innovation were the wrong ones and they include the stuff mentioned and stuff Josh mentioned - ship combat (though I think it turned out pretty well it also let a lot of people down); I would add open world with stupid ship icon (bad); full VO (though this is another expectation these days if I remember Josh discussing this in his talk too); I would argue scope of the story - I think they went to big and tried to do too much which left them in a difficult position to try and tie everything together - now I like the big story and I don't want them to back paddle in that regards but hopefully they realize they need to be more focused on a main narrative that drives the action.
  21. Dragon Quest 11 and Shadowrun - DQ11 at home and Shadowrun Returns when the job is slow
  22. After reading the Fig campaign and how it worked I decided there was no way I was going to buy shares, I still donated to the campaign like it was a Kickstarter but the whole investor idea seemed really risky, too risky. If you look at it as a way to donate to your favorite games, genre, etc, it is pretty awesome since you could potentially get a return. As a model for investing to make money - maybe not so good.
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