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Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: April 04, 2020, 10:50:06 PM »
So I quit stopped playing WoW because with finite time, and a billion games I wanna play, multiplayer games just gotta go. Great time with it, might be back to dabble, but I am behind schedule. Almost an entire month since the last post, no can do!

5. Advance Wars Days of Ruin

I ended up picking dual strike and days of ruin on the same day while used game shopping. Decided upon the one I wanted to play the least out of the two first, for the "newest" game in the series, graphically, I think its the worst looking advance wars game. The music is also super edgy guitar stuff for the most part, and....I ain't a fan...

AND they nerfed the commanders to shit, no more is the armywide passive effects, now all units across the board are the same. You have to put a commander into a unit, and it has a small radius of which units in that radius gain the passive effect, and if that unit lives long enough you can use your commander power thing.

Music, graphics, gameplay mechanics, and setting, just no, no, no, no, and no.

Then "cough" well I played the game "cough"

It ain't advance wars 2, but it's pretty damn good. I thought the bike infantry would be overpowered as shit, because why build a regular one if you can have one on a bike that goes twice as far? But they follow the same rules as any other vehicle. So roads? GREAT! mountains? NO BUENO! The naval game was overhauled so it feels a bit more balanced/interesting. The new units added a subtle but positive feel to the gameplay, in advance wars 2 if your opponent had a neotank, you basically just let it murder your units unless you have some artillery or something. In days of ruin, they have an "anti tank" unit, which does just that, but it ain't broke because infantry and indirects can counter it. Only hole in the game is there's 3 tiers of tank, tank, md tank, and wartank. In the first 2 games, I made a lot of use out of both the tank and the md tank, and for whatever reason in this game...I may not have made even one single tank or md tank after I got access to the wartank. If I'm fighting infantry, I make an anti air to kill it. If I am fighting tanks, I have a combo of one anti tank guarding rockets/artillery. If I just need raw meat for the grinder, I just make 20,000,000 mech infantry. Maybe they'll be more useful in the optional maps (of which there are many), but with how I play the game, never found a use for normal tanks unless they were a predeployed unit.

Pretty challenging game overall, gets pretty nasty near the end...."cough" FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK "cough", but when actually winning a mission where they give you two stones and a leaf to fight the entire united states armed forces, it feels good.

Damn shame they killed off the series, having beaten 3/4 of them, it's threatening to surpass xcom for being my favorite turn based strategy series...

RECOMMENDING THIS ONE, but if you have a choice, play the first two first.

Random Chat / Re: How's this coronavirus affecting everyone?
« on: March 24, 2020, 03:27:49 PM »
It's no good. Buisness is slow, and slow is boring. At least my hours are fine (for now), but still, not enjoying the longer feeling days.

Not to mention my birthday is on Friday, and well, what even can I do? Probably get take out somewhere and immediately come back home, not like I need anything, but I still like going out for breakfast/lunch and shopping for beers, but that aint happening.

Lame stuff all around, and you can't exactly put your head in the sand to ignore it either since it's everywhere. Even my phone with NO SOCIAL MEDIA AT ALL gave me a forced to see notification explaining what Michigan is doing for the crisis.

Gonna be a long year. If only this happened when I was an unemployed bum who never left the house, but no, it had to wait till I was a relatively active adult with a more than full time job. I'm being optimistic, but it aint easy when things change by the day. I'm ultimately shocked at how totally 100% incompetent we as a human species are in 2020. I thought we were better than this.

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: March 09, 2020, 07:42:19 PM »
Sure it's immature, but like if you finally get a sequel in a beloved franchise you've been waiting forever to get, only to have it not be what you's justified to be pissed and act like a little baby imo. The banjo kazooie "dlc character for smash" to me felt like nintendo came to my house, shit on my floor, and spit on my face. I get it, we're not getting another banjo game, but at least keep em dead ffs, stop teasing.

Anyways, why im here because I stopped playing wow for a second or two and sunk 50 hours into game #4

4. Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga

After being disappointed by strange journey (gameplay wise, universe was cool af), smt4, and 4a, I can say this game is awesome. It is a spinoff game, and thus the gimmick with this one is there really isn't one. Take the smt formula of 1mc, and 3 demons, which recruitment and fusion and stuff takes place. Replace it with a more standard 3 man party, no demons (BECAUSE YOU ARE THE DEMONS DUN DUN DNNNNNN), a psuedo sphere grid style skill system (with standard leveling and stats ontop of that), and purgatory as the setting, and you got a pretty cool ass game. Difficulty starts off hard, and the game can just shin megami tensei kill you before you have the opportunity to take an action...but near the later half of the game as you attain abilities that are broke as all shit, you kinda feel like your cheating. Like hear this, all of my  party is immune to physical attacks, ALL elemental magic, ailments, and instant death unless it's an almighty based attack, I ain't taking no damage, and they're losing pressturns. Now that takes a shitton of grinding...mightof put 15 hours of my 50 hour playthrough just grinding money to get everything, but that isn't mandatory, and I just wanted the broke shit, and it's there. But I beat all of the optional bosses sans the ng+ only demifiend (whom I hear is hard as fuck regardless of being immune to everything sans almighty, level 99, 99 in all stats, 999 health and I might just pass).

Great gameplay, kinda meh story (but thats kinda all megaten, i think setting > story in these games), really interesting setting/tone, good shit.

Now since this is a duology, of dds 1, AND dds 2, AND I happen to have a physical copy of both sitting on my mantle...the question is to boot that up, or play something else and save it for another month.

Hey I finally beat something! YAY!

Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:50:20 PM »
I "think" it was sirius or lincle? I just remember I had to do stuff in a certain way or else I would get everyone using it banned. Not to mention figuring out how to get it running and all that jazz, and I aint a super technically knowledged person, anymore. When it finally got up and running, I'm not sure if it was my pc at the time just not having enough juice, or the converter, or both, but straight up unplayable lag. But even then, IIDX is a game with timing so strict, even lag so small you can't see it, could be unplayable.

Could be something I mess with again (i think I have the data somewhere on an old HDD), but it just seems like too much effort for a payout that isn't guaranteed. Let alone my vidya backlog that as stands, it's not a high priority thing for me.

But I do have an itch to play, so there's that.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: March 05, 2020, 09:45:12 PM »
Man, that stuff is so interesting. I am not really qualified to give an educated response (my knowledge is almost 0) but it seems to me similar to a mechanic fixing a car. Vehicle has a problem, and through their own experience they look around in certain areas that correlate to the symptoms.

I swear one of these days i'll get sublime and bugger around with some python (for probably 20 minutes before getting frustrated and quitting, being realistic about myself here). I'm jelly, but i know it takes a lot of work and practice, as with learning anything else. I have a pc now, so I really got no excuses other than, not enough free time, using said free time to play vidya instead.

It's like exercise, learning a new language (Я могу читать по русски хотя бы)and coding, three things i wanna do, but I don't. TOO MANY THINGS NOT ENOUGH TIME, or energy.

Curious though, I assume you do this as a profession, how is hobby coding? Still have motivation to tinker around with side projects after work? I think small projects sound fun, maybe bugger around with a raspberry pi project or something.

Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:27:21 PM »
I have tried the "perfectly legit" method, and couldn't get it to run without unplayable lag either on the games end, or my converter to use my controller. Not to mention the hoops I had to jump through to get it working, that I totally dont have that knowledge anymore.

Unfortunately aint worth it.

A standard pc/console release would be FANTASTIC, but that aint happening.

Rhythm games are pretty much dead for me, but if they do throw out a home release I'll be down.

Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft
« on: March 03, 2020, 03:05:17 PM »
Still buggering around with the game, but lost a lot of time playing "cough" things I can complete "cough" so I'm basically raid logging now. I would like to see the end of blackwing lair and I might bop off not too long after that. Farthest I made it in vanilla vanilla was defeating chromaggus, so once I see Nefarian die, I beat classic. Personally have no interest in the 90 hour long aq40, or "spend 300+g on consumables per week" Taxxramas. So finishing bwl will suffice.

Currently stuck on broodlord, but making weekly progress. Novelty of seeing 40 people still hasn't got old yet, and raiding can be a good time, albeit with what limited time I have, something I do want to stop in the next month or so to keep on doing other things. Especially as I am juggling another game to add to my list in the other thread, but I SHALL NOT POST TILL THE DEED IS DONE. spoilers it's an smt game, but which one? NOBODY KNOWSssssss

Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« on: March 03, 2020, 02:56:45 PM »
That's the stuff, thanks bruv.

Pretty fun for a nostalgia trip, but I think the reason I stopped playing stepmania in the first place, is the reason I will probably keep it as a novelty.

I still have my IIDX stuff, and boy ohh boy that game still holds up as fun. I went from passing 11's to...barely passing 9's now, but that's what 8+ years of not playing will do. Damn shame they don't have home releases anymore, with how digital distribution works now a days you figure a game like IIDX would thrive in the current ecosystem.

Only options to play the game beyond 16th style are going far away and playing an arcade, or quit renting and purchase some property so I have the space to plop down a IIDX machine proper.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: March 03, 2020, 02:52:03 PM »
As a non coder, how intuitive is it to assess a problem, dig in there, and fix it? Looking from the outside in, looks like witchcraft to me.

Still, cool stuff. Been looking at getting a vita mostly for digital downloads of psp stuff, assuming that's available on there? Wouldn't mind sinking my teeth into the psp ports of persona 1 and 3. Looking at ebay, prices seem kinda high for what seems to be a low demand irrelevant system. If sony got their shit together and just let you use the psp/ps3/psvita/pstv part of the ps store on the ps4 I wouldn't have any issues, but they keep em separate for some reason.

Gaming / Re: Music Gaming Accomplishments
« on: February 22, 2020, 11:22:15 PM »
I accomplished redownloading stepmania...

New version, haven't played in years...and years...and very bad. Where can I download the stepfiles of old? I dug around and found the original keyboard megapack, wouldn't mind finding the rest of em. Not going to get as good as I was in my youth, that would take about 2000 hours of playtime, but it's fun coming back to it, even if I have the skills of a toddler now.

Also I hate that esc gets you to a menu that you can resume, start from beginning, or quit....can I remove that and make esc just quit to song select without an additional menu?

Gaming / Re: World of Warcraft
« on: January 28, 2020, 10:22:18 PM »
ehh, well I decided to resub to check out raiding.

Sub 2 hours, not the fastest people do it, but smooth, no wipes, I didn't die once all raid. No gear (all hunter/shaman loot) but a good time. Will do again.

I remember this being hard as all fuck taking 6 hours and still wiping to rag, not just mollywhopping the whole thing with almost no effort. Insane what...14 years can do to people just not sucking. Kinda awesome 1-2/3 of the group is my original peeps from raiding in high school. Not the most mechanically interesting gameplay, but crack open a few beers, enjoy the discord chat, and hope for a few epix.


right before bed, managed to scrounge up 900g

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: January 26, 2020, 08:12:21 PM »
It's been a while since I played it (read: I was in high school) but I remember actually enjoying this for the most part. I wouldn't say it was GOTY material, but with the way some fans reacted to it you'd think it was worse than Big Rigs.

I hate that "it's different so it sucks" mentality. It's fine to be skeptical, but c'mon now.

I wouldn't entirely agree. If it was a bad starfox game, sure, I agree. But it's not a bad starfox game, it's a solid zelda game. So if you're a starfox fan, jonsing for a new starfox game, and you receive a zelda game, regardless how good, you're probably going to be disappointed. Starfox Adventures, ignoring the title, is NOT a starfox game, it's a zelda game with a starfox skin, and a decent one at that. Not a game I would recommend for a starfox fan, who may not enjoy zelda games. Not it sucks for being different, it sucks because its straight up not a starfox game.

I have this very same opinion of banjo kazooie nuts and bolts. It's one of my favorite platformer series (I enjoy it over mario), and when the new one was announced for 360 I was hype...till I found out it was a lego car maker game with every single mission being timed and an overworld that didn't really have anything in it.

The game itself could be a goty quality game, but it wasn't a banjo game, and for a fan who waited over a decade for some new banjo...yknow It could be the best game ever and I'd still hate it. Because I do hate it.

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: January 24, 2020, 10:39:34 PM »
I think I'll just stick er on easy and "play for the story" because the game itself just ain't fun to me...kinda like the first nier that nobody played. Got bogged down in boring sidequests and dropped off. Not going to be something I focus on, but I'll try picking at it a few hours at a time. Just met A2, however not far at all that is.

For things I actually want to play, im torn between a lot. SMT digital devil saga, SMT devil survivor, starfox adventures, mario rabbids, (warcraft 3 is out in a few days dropping everything for that), more dragon quest stuff. IUNNO MEIGN.

Gaming / Re: The Backlog, 2020 edition
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:40:59 PM »
A few things. Feel free to step in if im taking something minor as a dealbreaker.

"this game contains NO AUTOSAVES THIS IS A FEATURE!"

yeah just fuck that in a game where enemies can one shot me. It isn't cute, I don't care if it's tied in to the story, it's horseshit. It's 2020, I don't like redoing shit because of a cheap death. I'm sure defenders of the game wanna know "where are you getting one shot? I NEVER HAD THAT ISSUE" well, i do, and various enemies in the sidequests are outright deadly, what's it those axe guys one shot me. I understand dodging and whatnot, but I make a mistake here and there, and going back to my last manual save, it's shitty, it feels shitty, and It makes me want to play something else, So I did.

The "open world" lacks direction, feels empty, I feel obligated to do the sidequests so I'm not underleveled (and in the short time I played, I was underleveled after doing a main quest or two), but they're not fun at all to play. I would have more fun if the open world didn't exist, and it played in a series of levels.

Main thing, I want to beat the game and move on, but this is a game where you gotta beat it THREE FUCKIN TIMES.

yeah, that's a big fat no, and disrespectful to the players time honestly. I wouldn't have quit if I knew I could get to the end and be done with it, but not only does getting to the end only get me 1/3 of the way there, I won't be playing 2b which was a real factor in my purchase because...yknow...look at her...shut up I do what I want, I WANTED TO PLAY AS HOT ROBO WAIFU WHOM IVE SEEN ALL THE ARTS AND COSPLAYS FOR IM AN ADULT I MAKE MY OWN CHOICES

Mostly feeling frustrated, confused, and bored at the same time, with the knowledge I need to beat the game 3 times, and 2 of those times I'm not even the character I bought the game to play was too much for me. AND AND AND AND I REALLY WANTED TO LIKE THE GAME, it's not like I went into the game like whatever, I wanted to like it, so when I was disappointed, it hit harder than if I didn't really care in the first place.

Gaming / Re: wut specturr'z playing
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:25:11 PM »
How far are you in dat monster hunter? Do remember, game starts at high rank. Would totally play with if cross compatable multiplayer, but nope.  I got half way through iceborne waiting for a friend to play with, but he ditched out on me so I stopped.

I did notice PoE had some big update, maybe enough to make me look into playing it past act2 without getting bored? maybe? How is that update anyway?

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