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Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: January 05, 2021, 05:15:53 PM »
Little late to the "party" but I've been seeing more about this recent news.

RIP DOOM, 2 of my top 5 rappers are now deceased. Nobody is even close to sounding remotely similar to this guy, he's as original as it comes. Big blow to great rap music. Madvillain is probably the greatest album ever made, and I think I listened to it on loop over and over doing multiple 40+ hour gaming sessions being the first person in my guild to hit level 70 in WoW TBC. So much so that when I think the burning crusade, I can't escape this album, they go hand in hand to me.

The man was true to character, as he would send in DOOM bots to play live shows for him, while scummy, it's really honest to the character. Let's also not forget the man before he turned into a supervillain. (kid in the red hoodie is DOOM)

Last time I was affected this much from a "celebrity" death was when Ryan Davis of Giant Bomb/Gamespot fame passed. Im not usually phased by this kind of news, but this one is a real downer for me. One more fuck you from 2020.

Just remember all caps when you spell the man name

Gaming / 2021 Backlog Report
« on: January 05, 2021, 01:26:46 PM »
1. The Outer Worlds

NEW YEAR NEW THREAD, heard this game was on the shorter end, so a good game to kickstart the year with. Had a 6 month hiatus from game 9, to game 10 last year, would like to watch a little less youtube and play a little more game/do something else productive. We'll see how that goes.

Fallout in space basically, dump the 50's aesthetic, with a western meets flash gordon aesthetic, with that bethesda open world vibe albeit smaller and more concentrated, and you got the outer worlds. Honestly not a big fan of the aesthetic, not knocking the game for it, but just not my cup of tea, it does work with what they're selling though. Started with a "stealth archer" build, found out the shooting is absolutely atrocious (playing on ps4, so that may be a factor), read that allies and diplomacy are actually really good in this game, started a new character.

Max leadership, max diplomacy, my character may have killed less than 10 things in the entire game, the rest was companions...they wreck house...seriously. Very refreshing change of pace for a game of this type, essentially a diplomat who can talk myself out of anything, and when I need to murder, I got two beefcakes with machineguns that are damn near immortal and make things into red mist before anything gets near me. This is one of the few games I can think of where points into speech doesn't feel wasted at all.

While I wasn't crazy for the universe, or aesthetic, the writing was entertaining, and it did feel like it went its own path not trying to be fallout 5. Very solid work by Obsidian, glad to see their original games picking up steam.

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: December 29, 2020, 08:56:52 PM »
Gonna make this summary post before I forget and it's half way through January, my does time go by fast.

1. Dragon Quest 2
2. Dragon Quest Builders 2
3. SteamWorld Dig
4. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
5. Advance Wars Days of Ruin
6. XCOM Chimera Squad
7. Fallout New Vegas
8. Phantasy Star (Sega Ages)
9. Advance Wars Dual Strike
10. Cyberpunk 2077

Most rewarding game to complete
Advance Wars Days of Ruin

I heard this was the hardest Advance Wars game, and well, it ain't easy. Far from unfair though, I went in to the game expecting to hate it and it ended up being my second favorite advance wars game after 2.

Biggest surprise
Dragon Quest Builders 2

I don't play these types of games, but not only that, when I started, I was HOOKED. I couldn't get myself to stop playing the game until I seen the credits, did not see this one coming at all.

Least Favorite Game
Advance Wars Dual Strike

This one was pretty hard this year because, I didn't really dislike anything that much. But this is probably the worst advance wars game, selecting up to 4 goddamn CO's for a mission and all their skills, dealing with the enemy getting 2 turns in a row...just no.

Runner up favorite
Dragon Quest Builders 2

This was my goty, but...yknow...STILL, I can't emphasize enough, this game is VERY GOOD. Game is usually on sale sporadically, give it a shot if you wanna try a building game with a story, and a clear 3-4...5ish act structure. 

Special Mention
Probably should add this category to mention something that couldn't fit in elsewhere.

Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

This game started out pretty bland/WHY ARE THERE SO MANY RANDOM BATTLES WHY WHY WHY WHY. But sticking with it, I was rewarded with a FANTASTIC ost, really cool unique setting (it ain't nocturne, but it do), it's probably my second favorite non persona megaten game. Really do check out the soundtrack for DDS1 (not 2, that game is a bit of a downgrade with its ost compared to 1), it's got the chillest vibes.

Favorite Game/2020 GOTY
Cyberpunk 2077

Uhh, see the post above. This was gonna be runner up, but then I got really invested in the universe/characters/story, and the combat was so fun I went back to beat all of the remaining missions...

I've got several amazon tabs open right now to buy some of the old cyberpunk 2020 books, along with needing to see blade runner, and read neuromancer, my enjoyment of the game is bleeding outside of playing the game itself. 2020 is a horrible year, but at least one of the bigger games I've been looking forward to for over 4 years now actually exceeded my expectations.

1- earthbound
2- monster hunter world
3- smt nocturne
4- smt 4
5- south park fractured but whole
6- xcom terror from the deep
7- persona 5
8- deus ex mankind divided
9- metroid: samus returns
10- dragon quest xi
11- smt 4 apocalypse
12- advance wars 2
13- disgaea 5
14. Front Mission 4
15. Paper Mario TTYD
16. Luigis Mansion
17. Zelda Wind Waker
18. Rebel Galaxy
19. Persona Q
20. Eternal Darkness
21. Dragon Quest
22. Strange Journey Redux
23. Shining Force Sword of Hajya
24. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
25. Doom (2016)
26. Metroid Prime
27. Plants vs Zombies
28. Disgaea 1 Complete
29. Links Awakening Remake
30. Pokemon Shield
31. Dragon Quest 2
32. Dragon Quest Builders 2
33. SteamWorld Dig
34. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga
35. Advance Wars Days of Ruin
36. XCOM Chimera Squad
37. Fallout New Vegas
38. Phantasy Star (Sega Ages)
39. Advance Wars Dual Strike
40. Cyberpunk 2077

This list is getting pretty big, I think if I quit right now, I would be happy with the work I got done. Not going for 10 games next year, need to focus on more important things 2021, moving, fitness, health, social life, blablabla. BUT DON'T MEAN IM NOT GONNA PLAY VIDYA, I'm just not going to stress over hitting that number 10. New thread whenever I can add a game to 2021, lets hope it's an improvement over 2020.

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: December 25, 2020, 03:35:54 AM »
10. Cyberpunk 2077

I have done every mission in the game minus the boxing in pacifica because the hardest goddamn thing in the game which was the "final boxing match" apparently wasn't enough boxing, so I just skipped it. Crit chance is with only 3 reflexes by the way, very hard mode turned very easy after I started going ham on legendary mods.

This game was gonna come second place to a game I played earlier this year, but after finishing it...I can't. Ignoring everything negative people who aren't even playing this game are saying about it, this game is nothing short of phenomenal. It ain't perfect, but god damn this game got me in the feels so hard.

I can't even sugar coat it, the time I just had is amongst the most enjoyment I've had playing a videogame. YMMV, but put graphics, characters, story, amazing gameplay, and my ability to use videogames as escapism and actually be there, sad to see it end. Game has multiple endings, and I don't know if there is a "good ending" but god damn I feel like when I beat Red Dead Redemption(no similarities to said ending, just one that tugs at the feels), just bummed. It's a fuckin climax alright, and my emotions going with it.

This game has exceeded my expectations. Bravo.

"cough" short game my ass, maybe don't skip 90% of the content you idiot reddit fucks "cough"

That's 10 games in 2020, barely. I think for real this time, due to pandemic, personal life situation, and all of that, I will not be gunning for 10 next year. Just a new thread with whatever new shit im beating with no numerical goal. Maybe one more update to this thread to do a year end recap closer to new years.



was slightly tipsy posting that, but the way I feel still stands, game is not without faults, so I suppose I can list some of them.

-While game is very stable, haven't had a single crash, game has semi frequent smaller bugs. Most of them are try to enter a door and the prompt wont show up unless I reload. Actually a lot of issues where I can't progress or an event won't trigger without a reload, or in some cases restarting the game.

-the boxing missions are horrible. LETS JUST ASSUME YOU DONT HAVE ANY POINTS INTO BODY, and no perks into hand to hand, you're gonna have a bad time. Even if you do play well, you won't have the stamina to evade the two punches they need to land on you to end you, compared to the 60-70 punches you need to land on them to end them, this is with buying the gorilla arms cyberware and having points into'll take even more work without.

-the story, while REALLY REALLY GOOD, the pacing makes you feel forced to do the next one, and if you do, I can see why people say the game is very short because off the top of my head there's like...prologue, mission, mission, end of act 1, then like 4-5 missions, and point of no return after that. Maybe some LIGHT side mission gating or level gating would have helped this somewhat? The content was good, the method in which it was served could have been modified to feel less urgent or something to encourage going off the beaten path.


-no, seriously, explosions. I save every 40 seconds and loading a save takes like 9 seconds, so it's not that bad, but if you kill a guy and you're next to an explosive're gonna reload when another enemy shoots that thing. It feels like explosions just outright kill you most of the time, and it's the biggest cause of my own demise.

-extremely inconsistent fall damage. I have fallen 20 feet and taken no fall damage, and I have fallen 2 feet and died from 100% health to 0. EVERY TIME I make a drop from ANY height, I quicksave.

-buying weapons/armor/cyberware/blueprints. Each store has a random stock, but each store also carries certain things. No stores are labeled, only "clothes store here, gun store here" so unless you google it or memorize it, you aren't going to find specific stock on your own. On top of that, the later half of the game I used only one single gun, the db-2 satara. This gun is the only tech shotgun in the game, the highest blueprint available is rare (blue), and the highest dropped is epic (purple), there is no epic blueprint, no legendary blueprint, or legendary drop for this gun. The gun exists in the game files, it's just not accessible in normal play. Ontop of that, the epic version has a "50% reduced charge time" modifier on it, but MOST of the epic ones I find that drop (and they are far from easy to find even one) don't even have that important mod on it. So you have a weapon you get at say level 27, and use it to costs more and more to upgrade the same gun, than it does to find one that's 10 levels higher and to upgrade it from there, and I can't craft one, so I'm left to burn all of my crafting mats on the only means I use to shoot gun. Feels a bit unfair to tech shotgun users to me. The shopping issue I can see being fixed in future dlc however, and the shotgun issue I can see being fixed after the major bugs are ironed out, but the game is complete for me, so I went without it.

-maybe more of an emphasis on how to level certain less obvious skills, even just a mouse over "gaining engineering exp can be done by disabling cameras/mines, shooting people through walls with charged tech weapons, and using grenades" would have saved me a lot of time, since I thought killing enemies with a tech weapon was enough, as it actually awards 0 exp on its own.

-this is merely personal preference, but I would prefer the game to continue AFTER the climax of the game, and not just have a state of "point of no return after this one bud, but you can reload here to play our future dlc even though you will soon know the conclusion of the characters kinda spoiling the point of going back to do more stuff" The witcher 3 did this, and maybe I was hoping they wouldn't dive into that jar a second time, but they did. Again, maybe dlc can...modify things somewhat? They really shouldn't though, what's done is done, and lightning the emotional blow would only dampen the experience they originally created.

-there is a bug which prevents you from firing your gun...this has happened to me 3-4 times. a simple load fixes this, but still an annoyance.

-explosions yet again

Those are the bigger issues I had with the game. Driving was decent enough for me, the motorcycle I drove most of the game handled fine. The combat music would drone on a bit louder/longer than I want, but that's a nitpick. No transmog, or a way to just browse clothes I want is another one. Limited clothing options is another, many many npc's have cool gear that is just unavailable to the player, but again, a nitpick in a FIRST PERSON perspective game. Police suck in general, but it's not grand theft auto, so i'll give it a pass. Vehicles for purchase should have a different icon than the quest icon so you can easily see what quests there are to do without mousing over all of these money-sinks you won't buy.

ramble ramble, steam says I have 86 hours logged, so I had a lot to type.


went back to complete the blue ncpd missions that I originally were infinite, they aren't, there's just a lot of them. So besides the remaining boxing missions, the secret ending I fucked myself over from getting on this character, and the remaining endings, I think I have done every mission in the entire game. 81.5 hours played.

Random Chat / Re: BEER
« on: December 22, 2020, 09:51:44 PM »

Went to Lansing the other day to check out this place called "megabev" and snagged a 4 pack of this stuff.

"sour farmhouse ale" sounded interesting, I enjoy a good sour, I enjoy a good saison, but this beer packs some funk I couldn't quite pinpoint until I read the text around the label and you can see in the image the word "Brettanomyces" and THAT is the odd funk I taste, and it's delicious. They also use brett in a belgian beer called "orval trappist ale" which is a totally different style of beer, but has that bretty funk which I find appealing.

Well recommended if you have a taste for a good sour with a bit of funkyness to it. Wish I bought more than one 4 pack.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: December 21, 2020, 03:54:43 PM »
I don't think I've used any full auto weapons outside of the first few missions of the game, but i mean shotguns and snipers'll do that. Body is good since I'm using shotguns primarily, but I only need 11 points to get what I want out of it, only going full 20 because not enough leftover stats to get anything nice out of reflex or cool, and the athletics perks are good no matter how you play.

Changed the difficulty to very hard after finding out you get more exp that way, but at level 41...the game feels easier on very hard now than it did on normal when I first started. You do end up VERY powerful as the levels accrue. Shooting through walls at an 86% crit rate and 180something percent crit damage, while also having the hacking skills of a god, feelsgoodman. Maybe if I do another playthrough I'll try pistols, I hear they're very potnet in this game, but, I'm starting to think everything is good with gear/perks.

Not going to spoil anything, but have you done the side mission chain "the hunt" yet? I just finished it and...could be one of the most fucked up disturbing things I have seen in a videogame. Like an episode of CSI a bit too fucked up to be aired on tv.


side tangent, you find the level 20 in a certain SKILL perks totally pointless? I mean some are good, but do you have level 20 in any skill yet? Because 61 hours in the game and I sure as hell don't. I want 20 engineering...but despite using ONLY FUCKING TECH WEAPONS, shooting through walls and whatnot for the past 60 hours, it's only level 15...and that is with some engineering specific grinding...I might tap out before I'm done with the game to be honest.

Not a big deal, but why have perks in the game even a dedicated player won't be able to access until literally all content in the game has been exhausted, and grinding after that?


I second the animations in this game are 10/10 master class. People move around like people, not like robots (ironic since I literally only met one single npc who isn't part machine), it "feels" real. Body language, and even things like "rolls eyes" come off as genuine. They set a pretty high bar here.

Another observation, Takemura voice actor speaks Japanese, and English, and his accent screams "voice actor is actually japanese english second language". There's a side quest where you save a korean dude, and the subtitles show up as korean (don't know korean, but can read hangul), and I also know what korean sounds like, so it's cool to see this hangul text being translated into english real time like the google translate in the main characters head is working as he speaks. And when you first come across the voodoo boys, they speak a different language I ASSUMED AS HAITIAN CREOLE, and 60 seconds after this, they confirmed in game.

There's a lot of attention to detail going on here, and a lot of stuff I'm not even catching (references and whatnot) but I already seen elon musk, hideo kojima, and a death stranding BB in game, it's good stuff. I'm having a hard time saying anything bad about the game to be honest...the massive skyrim sized crater I have needed to be filled is being filled, and it feels good. 

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: December 19, 2020, 12:15:14 AM »
I was having second thoughts on going 20 tech to start, but having played a lot more of the is a good stat. Crafting is good, and SHOOTING THROUGH GODDAMN EVERYTHING is good. Take the perk to shoot through walls better and make sure to have the ping hack handy, I clear out buildings without even entering them.

Then because I am going for "fun" instead of "optimal", I decided to max out intelligence to try out hacking...ohh boy...ohh boy. Legendary ping is fuckin busted, it lets you target and hack things through walls, so if walls were already useless enough, they don't exist anymore. Ping + 1-2 hacks = dead everything. This game is so silly, and I am still having fun.

I am comitted to doing every single side quest before I touch the story, so I still got a little while before I beat the game, but it's still a good time.

I assume you're dumping more points into cool and reflex? The two stats I am completely ignoring, how are those going for you? The only two weapons ive touched in my entire game are the tech shotgun and sniper, I haven't even used anything else period except unarmed to get perks from levels.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: December 15, 2020, 12:47:00 AM »
boo hoo cyberpunk is criminally short boo hoo the main story is 5 hours long boo hoo theres no content boo hoo


I have only just entered the part of the game where the entire city is unlocked...are the masses of crybabies that plague the cyberpunk reddit even playing this game? Because I think they're spending more time bitching about the game rather than playing it.

Only just starting to click why you use tech weapons, ping hack = see enemies through walls, charged blast from a tech weapon...and a few perks = I do not require line of sight to murder anymore.

You still enjoying the game? Once all of my side missions are either done, or very hard (having completed one, very hard just means do later when you've leveled up), I may do a few primary missions, been going on side content HARD in the quest for money, weapons, and power.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: December 10, 2020, 08:19:44 PM »
I have been tempted to making a thread for this game since I think it might be popular enough to warrant it. I played 3-4 hours yesterday and I'm still figuring stuff out so I don't have much to say sans "wow, the character creation aspect of the game IS x rated".

Game runs fine for me at 1440p(rtx 2060), tho I just got a 4k 50 inch tv (these things are dirt cheap now a days I am in disbelief how little I paid for this thing) and I want to see what settings I need to fiddle with this fucker to get it running at decent framerate at 4k with my setup (if I can). But it looks great, and preforms great in the little time I've played so far. Having issues trying to stream however, gameplay looks fine, but stream is very...jerky? Going to need to troubleshoot that later.

Bugs since people are talking about em, the mission where you meet corp bitch lady, you meet up with jackie to pick him up...the car and jackie disappeared...but I think that only ended up helping me in the dialogue so I wasn't that mad.

Too early to give real opinions, but with a decent pc the game runs great, fast load times, no issues alt tabbing or anything.

Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« on: November 26, 2020, 01:08:21 PM »

I guess I'll necro with this.

>new level cap of 99999999
>fast forward options to make grinding faster
>auto battle option

Yknow, while I am just a casual fan of the series now, I kinda wanted more(half tempted to buying d4 complete for the past year), and this looks like just that...more. Consider myself interested.

Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Extreme Happiness
« on: November 22, 2020, 10:43:15 PM »

This guy sells prints over here and I kinda wanna buy one...this one in particular. "cough" continuing on my wow kick "cough" classic is pretty good despite the endgame being all fucked up due to the game being figured out and the fun minmaxed out of it THIS ART IS GOOD DOE

Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft
« on: November 17, 2020, 11:44:45 AM »

I've been playing a little more than expected. I'm actually paying for a zygor literally...

I kinda like it, I have 3 total 60's on classic, 2 in vanilla classic, one on this current version, and the place I took this screenshot I never knew exited. It's really cool to just not need to worry about what quests to do when and where (in classic it's like spaghetti, do quests in like 9 different zones for a span of 2 levels, only to backtrack to zones multiple times at different levels), since it has you going in an efficient path. Like for instance, I am on my way to badlands, i have quests to turn in there, it has me going on this pitstop mini quest hub area ON THE WAY, so im not wasting time.

Using it for like 11 levels now, it's good. Nice way to turn my brain off after work and get some exp in without needing to think much.

Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: November 13, 2020, 09:30:12 PM »
Nothing surprises me anymore when it comes to "tragedy" I've lost this year, a bunch of people I know have lost this year, employees dropping like flies to covid, it's kinda normal now.

I even got it good, but even knowing that, I'm losing sanity by the week. Figure it shouldn't be much to iunno...go out and hang with people, but it just isn't a thing anymore.

Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft
« on: November 01, 2020, 10:41:31 PM »


BUT WITH CYBERDELAYED 2021, why not. WW axe get, thanks guild.

Random Chat / Re: The Thread of Excessive Rage
« on: October 30, 2020, 09:38:46 PM »
65 hour week + drinking + sharp objects to take the edge off = ill take my weekend whenever i can get it plz

I don't care how you slice it, how long you work on average, 9am-11:30pm is too long to work, when you gotta get up and do another 10 hours on your day off the very next day.

resorting to childish methods of relieving stress and i'd prefer to not going back to it.


another 13 hours, idk how people do this on the regular without going crazy. one more day.

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