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  1. Tried to play Metro Exocus, tried, because it was barely playable at the graphical settings I wanted. Not entirely sure which part is the bottleneck, CPU or GPU though given that the base platform is still an i7 930 the answer is probably just "Yes".

    Oddly enough I played through the first region before on this PC and somehow managed...

  2. Well, haven't posted in a while, didn't stop me from taking screenshots, so there might be a few FF XIV dumps coming up, since last post covered Heavensward and I've since kinda finished the main storyline ;)

    Some random atmospheric screenshots:


    Tramping through Dravaniaffxiv_20032020_011243_712.png

    Just the Scions, chillin'ffxiv_21032020_145743_709.png


    The game clearly took a lot of inspiration from EverQuest 2 (or the original, but never played, so can't tell), which isn't necessarily a bad thing, as EQ2 is still the gold standard I measure other RPGs by (prior to it being sold to some Chinese company that is just squeezing the game until it dies, anyway).




    Potential Heavensward spoilers:


    A duel for the ages

    Hraesvelgr, one of the seven Great Wyrms

    Come at us, bro! (spoiler: they did, in fact, come at us ;) )


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    On 5/27/2020 at 4:24 PM, Tale said:

    Final Fantasy XIV, the MMO, was free on PS4 recently. And it was lots of fun for a few days. Until the story completely failed to present a hook after like a dozen hours and I looked stuff up and saw there was nothing cool to look forward to in abilities. At that point it just started feeling like every other MMORPG I played and got tired of. It's cool to have the Final Fantasy brand, but sucks that it has none of the Final Fantasy coolness and power fantasy. As a Thaumaturge, all I have to look forward to is eventually getting Flare. Limit Breaks can only be used in parties.

    I have precisely 0 interest in spending dozens upon dozens of hours doing nothing but a blizzard/fire juggle. Thunder, my favorite of the three common FF spells, has been turned into a dot.

    As to the story failing to hook, the entire story so far has been about a criminal gang out in the desert who aren't even worth giving names. I'm level 30 with a 50 cap and I've seen one cutscene of some Empire I know nothing about doing nothing I care about.

    So I bought Astroneer and I'm exploring space. And it is good to explore space. 

    It's odd that they'd cut you off around lvl30, that's a lull in the story iirc. But as been mentioned before, ARR (aka "the base game") is a bit "meh" in the storytelling department, there's loads of set up for later though. As to who the bad guys are...well, I'm still wondering that after having finished the game (well, up to the current patch, I mean, MMOs and all). Things aren't as black and white as they are presented, which is a nice change of pace, honestly.

    It is one of the things I rather like about the game, many events that appear random, have consequences down the road, and not just within the same expansion, sometimes things show up again many expansions later. To me this signifies they *know* where the story is going and they work their way there. Which is entirely unlike most other MMOs out there (excepting possibly LotRO)

    Another thing I enjoy is how you just start as some random adventurer, sure you're "touched" by Hydaelyn, but even that is not exactly uncommon, so while it makes you somewhat special it doesn't exactly elevate your character to the level of "teh chosen one!1!1!" since there's dozens with the same gift. This of course shows in the early game, which is somewhat slow and makes you do rookie adventurer stuff, learn about the world, its politics, and you train in your chosen profession (class) and all that rot.

    That said, there's enough tropes there as well and the storytelling in the base game is, as mentioned...questionable at times (as is all the backtracking, it gets better, I promise, though it never goes away entirely), but once you scratch past the surface the story can be surprisingly good (even some things that made me roll my eyes so hard I think I saw my brain turned out well when seen through to their conclusion). As to the Garlean Empire, I thought that was recapped, but if not then watching a recap video of the FF XIV 1.0 events might be in order (I'm *sure* it gets recapped later though as there's a dungeon devoted to it where you get to visit the Agrius and Midgardsormr's corpse)

    But the game really picks up steam with Heavensward (as mentioned by Oner), though the post-ARR and pre-HW quest patches can be...really tedious, depending on your inclination. I'm glad I played through them, but I can see why many choose to skip them (missing out on all the HW setup that happens in them, which is unfortunate)

    Also, as far as I'm aware SE is reworking the base game (delayed due to human malware), cutting down on some of the backtracking and removing some of the filler fluff. However, they will also make the entire Crystal Tower raid mandatory (since it's a really important story arc for Shadowbringers, did I already mention how they set things up multiple expansions in advance? ;) )

    On 5/28/2020 at 1:08 PM, Oner said:

    Guild Wars 2 has a decent story once you reach the first expansion and the subsequent living story episodes. FF14 is praised for the story of the first, but especially the second xpac. Friends of mine have been praising Blade and Soul's story, though I haven't played it. I've heard good things about LOTRO too from the forumites here.
    But yeah, there's not a lot to pick from if you want an MMO with worthwhile storytelling, I'm still convinced that any story you do in an MMO, no matter how good, would be a lot better as a singleplayer game.

    Guild Wars 2's story went down the drain after the last expansion (which I thought was pretty bad in general), and due to the negative reception of HoT  they never really finished the entire Mordremoth storyline (which was pretty good imho). The fact that their entire writing team (and most, if not all, of the senior devs) has quit multiple time since then didn't exaclty help matters if you ask me.

    Anyway, personally still playing FF XIV (all but in name quit GW2 at this point), my Dragoon made it to lvl80 and I'm rather close with my Astrologian (healer) too. I said I'd do a write up once I got to 80 but  you'll have to wait a little longer on my ramblings 😛

  4. 11 hours ago, the_dog_days said:

    But that's not a Mordheim pic. 😕

    Ah yes, I should get back to Mordheim too. The drawback of already WFH fulltime prior to this pandemic is that it didn't get me any extra free time :(

    11 hours ago, Keyrock said:

    I gotta go back to Conan Exiles at some point. Marelooke, how much more content is there now?

    Hmm, I think you stopped playing around the time the Warmaker's dungeon was released, so off the top of my head:

    • Warmaker's Sanctum
    • The brewery dungeon (haven't done that one myself yet)
    • Thrall rework (they level up now, old thralls are stuck though)
    • Combat rework (worse for single player, imho, but ymmv)
    • Mounts & mounted combat were added
    • New pets (like Yetis etc)
    • bunch of new legendary weapons and crafting tools and new bosses
    • A lot of the major enemy bases were also overhauled, the two that come to mind are the two big pirate bases (the ship and the coastal one)

    Various bugfixes and stuff and a few DLC (but that's mostly armor and building pieces). They also added some references to YouTubers (eg. Neebs gaming)

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  5. 1 hour ago, Hawke64 said:

    Spoilers for NieR 1.

      Reveal hidden contents

    NieR: Gestalt/Replicant did the erase-your-save-for-the-best-ending thing first. So it was not as impactful for me in NieR: Automata.

    I suppose, NieR 1 better subverted the hero's journey trope (not sure, if Automata tried to do so) and subsequent "playthroughs" (technically, it was one playthrough, but some parts were awfully similar) were less irritating, due to the fact that enemies and especially bosses did not scale, so by the third run, it required 2-3 minutes to deal with each one and move on. Also not being forced to play as a support character was great (I do strongly dislike 9S).

    I was nowhere near the end though... unfortunately.

  6. On 3/30/2020 at 8:22 AM, Skarpen said:

    Nier:Automata fans should be pleased that the first installment Nier:Replicant will be released on PC


    If the port is of the same level of quality as Nier: Automata I think I'll pass.

    Yes, I'm still bitter about it deciding my savegame was not worthy enough to be kept around.

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  7. 20 hours ago, Keyrock said:

    Rise is better and Shadow is much better. Shadow is a legit good game IMHO. The reboot series becomes more actual Tomb Raider and less Geara of Lara as it progresses. For example, the sequels have actual tombs to raid. Heck, Shadow even has a couple that aren't completely insultingly easy. Still too easy for my tastes, but better than the Baby's First Platforming Puzzle crap that passes for challenge tombs in the first reboot game.

    Still, barring the tombs, I found Rise to be the better of the series, certainly when it came to portraying Lara, and just storytelling in general.

    Reboot and Shadow appear to have been written by the same people, Rise feels like a (and, imho, better) different team.

    Let the Rise people do the writing and the other folks do the tomb designing and I'll be a happy camper.

    (still gotta finish Shadow, the story was so cringe, even compared to reboot, that I just parked it)

  8. The gang, assembled (well, missing Alphinaud)

    Mom always causing some heartache...

    Heavensward spoilers (including the post-release patches)


    Flying a dragon straight into a city of dragon hunters. Check.

    Come at me bro!
    Light vs. dark

    I've been told we can't have a full-size Midgardsormr to ride into battle. #sadpanda

    Downtime for the hero, shocking!


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  9. Mostly Final Fantasy XIV Online. Still leveling, story took a pretty dark turn between "vanilla" and "Heavensward" though it appears they're squandering the potential of that plot direction. Oh well, can't say I'm entirely surprised.

    Voice actors changed with the first expansion as well, gotta say that for most I'm afraid I don't consider it an improvement (or at least jarring enough that it irks me still even though I'm in the "post Heavensward expansion patches" stage), exception being Alphinaud, whose new voice actor (or direction, at least) is a pretty big improvement. Here's to hoping they don't switch voice actors each expansion, though... I should note I did enjoy the main story of the expansion with the Dragonsong war.

    I'll probably do a more comprehensive writeup on my opinions on the game once I complete the story.

  10. 45 minutes ago, Tale said:

    MO: Astray

    It's on sale on Steam this week and the user reviews were pretty great. I see where they're coming from. It's like a sci-fi horror puzzle platformer where you play an adorably cute blob. Which is just kind of weird until you realize your adorably cute blob can latch itself onto the heads of the zombies and monsters and pilot them.

    The cuteness just exists to soften the edge of the gruesome.

    Also it's fun.

    So it's a Headcrab simulator? Cool!

  11. Conan Exiles is getting an expansion, sounds like there might be a new map, so that's exciting news since, well, I kinda know the current one by now ;) Maybe we'll get some technical improvements too (server software is not particularly high quality, it leaks memory as if it were a sieve)


    Oh yes, also Conan Exiles-style Dune survival game, but we already knew that one was in the works.

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  12. 2 hours ago, 213374U said:

    Baldur's Gate in name only!

    Er, I mean... this looks nothing like the previous games in the saga. Which is to be expected because those were made twenty years ago, by a completely different group of people and, more importantly, attempts to revive the genre or make spiritual successors have been met with mixed results, at best.

    It's entirely possible that this game will be bad on its own merits. But complaining because it's not an upgraded IE game strikes me as unreasonable. Unlike Oblivion With Guns, no "proper" sequel to ToB has ever been in the works that was cancelled to make way for it. The series was dead before Larian took it over.

    Here's hoping it won't suck, and also that Minsc will remain petrified.

    No, the complaints are that it is called Baldur's Gate 3. Unless they continue the saga (which I would doubt, and honestly, if anybody does it's almost bound to end badly) it's capitalising on nostalgia and the reputation of those who went before instead of earning their own place (and while Larian has made some decent games they have not made it anywhere near "old Bioware" level). Had they called it "Baldur's Gate: Whatever" people would be (slightly) less annoyed (I know I would be).

    While there are plenty of series that have a very loose connection between different "numbered releases" (so to speak) Baldur's Gate wasn't one of them. It was very explicitly the story of the Bhaalspawn. Hell, the titular city didn't even feature in the second game, and their only real connection was the PC...

    Neverwinter Nights would have been a better pick (and given the clunkiness of both NWN1 and 2, a better fit for Larian too, at least at this point in time), since the only real connection between the two games was the location and they already played differently enough from each other (and much closer to what BG3 looks like) that it wouldn't have been as much of a stretch, either.

    Alas, Neverwinter Nights doesn't exactly have the cult status the BG-series has so it's much less profitable to make a "NWN3" than a "BG3" from WotC perspective.

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  13. 1 hour ago, mkreku said:

    Looks like an upgraded Neverwinter Nights based on the other screenshots (especially the one with the elevation difference with the archer). This might, or might not, be bad in itself, but it definitely would be bad for a game that calls itself Baldur's Gate 3. Should've just called it NWN3, honestly, and I doubt anybody would've cared.

    In other words just capitalising on the cult status of Baldur's Gate, kind of expected from WotC, but disappointing from Larian.

    We'll see how it turns out, I'm betting on severely disappointing for Baldur's Gate fans, but since we're a minority nowadays it will just end up like Fallout 3 where the media and masses will just eat it up anyway.

  14. I half expected the start of the game to be a Skyrim meme...

    First encounter with a Chokobo...

    Just another day on the job.

    She's so corny, but I still like her, for some reason :)


    (cue Imperial March) March of the bad guys (and girl)

    See, angering dragons is never a good thing,... ;)

    Not even Ctulhu is safe!

    Protecting the weak and annoying...

    Cute flying vegetables!

    Cat people looking cute...

    Meh, who needs visibility when you can look cool instead?


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  15. On 2/8/2020 at 4:10 PM, Mamoulian War said:

    Well, one is enough to start some serious outrage 😛

    jRPGs have much better and deeper storytelling than wRPGs 😛

    Eastern European RPGs would like a word :)

    The rest of the West is too busy not trying to step on any toes to be able to even go within a galaxy of "sensitive" subjects. It's a disease (and a sign of an unhealthy society, but I digress)

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  16. Still mostly FF XIV (the M MO, for those unaware ;)), gotta hand it to them, while the story is a heap of clichés it's pretty well told. They actually do take the time for you to "bond" with characters before killing them off, quite unlike the "trend" of telling you you should care about $CHARACTER right off the bat ("Hey, you, PC, go find your dad/son you don't really know! But you should care about them, because family! Hey, where are you going?")

    Game swings heavily between derp and dark too, going from a raped girl right back to brewing booze for goblins back to burying people (as in, tossing corpses on a cart, not the usual MMO fare of turning people into corpses). It's almost surreal at times.

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