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Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« on: February 05, 2019, 12:15:41 PM »
3. Luigis Mansion

I got this with my launch gamecube...only to finish it last week...

Going back to this, it does feel like a launch game. Could be the interface, or UI, or something, it just feels like a transitional game from the 64 to the new hardware. Which it is...but yknow, actually seeing it first hand is another thing.

I'm not done yet...

4. Wind Waker

I remember why I stopped playing this game, but soldiered through anyway. Good game, not great game. Extremely linear in the beginning, then they just kinda say "hey fuck you, you gotta find 8 triforce maps, then use them to go to 8 locations in the entire ocean to get them just to get to the final dungeon, HAVE FUN!"

I know wii u version fixed it to an extent, but I aint buying a wii u to play a middling zelda game that I already own on gamecube. I'm not sure why the game is praised so much, I mean graphically it still holds up today (the original gamecube version, not even talking HD), but...the ocean sailing is long...and the triforce's horrible, honestly, horrible.

The amount of games I have to beat, that I got more than 50% of the way through, some 15+ years ago, has to be getting smaller by now. All 4 of these games have been haunting me since I was in high school, so it's good to put them to rest.

Gaming / Re: Modest Gaming Goals: 2019
« on: February 05, 2019, 11:53:48 AM »
By doom tricks do you mean something like...this?

I mean it's quake...but yknow, when I think tricks, I think Q3 defrag.

Gaming / Re: 2019 games back-log
« on: January 22, 2019, 06:58:27 PM »
2. Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door

Started this game in 2008, finished in 2019. 'nother one bites the dust.

Gaming / 2019 games back-log
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:43:04 PM »
1. Front Mission 4

I'm back at it, I honestly don't know if I'm going to go nuts like last year, but I think being off my pc in general kinda focuses playing games in my free time over...fucking around on an internet browser on my pc. Both unproductive, but at least with one I can beat games over...doing absolutely nothing. These posts are probably more for me than anything, because I don't have a blog (which I should probably do that, so I'm not spamming) I like looking back at the year to see what I got done.

Game itself, I purchased shortly after release in 2004, I know I got it before world of warcraft came out, and it's been one of those off and on games I'd get 1/3 through, quit, start over a few years later, 1/3 through, ect. I have a few of these games, last year earthbound was one of those games, and the year before that mario rpg was another. It feels REALLY good to get those types of games off the backlog. There's a finite amount of them, and it's only a matter of thinking back to remember which games I have left.

It's ok, really slow pace is primary reason I never finished it, as is the difficulty of the game if you don't have a grasp of the mechanics. Not super hard if you do have a grasp of the systems, but pretty hard if you don't. Armored core, with a turn based rpg battle system, it's neat. Think disgaea with customizable mechs, less ally units on the field, BIGGER LONGER MAPS, no magic, slower gameplay, and leveling doesn't really do anything other than make ep grinding (think skill points to improve your characters) harder.  Ohh and it's the only game I know of with a split story line, probably the most unique feature of this game. You play two casts of characters, one in Europe, one in Venezuela, seperate mech equipment, seperate characters, seperate storylines (which connect late), seperate money, and the game alternates between the two. You'll do a few missions in europe, then go to south america for a few, then back to europe, and it alternates throughout the entire game, and absolutely no gear/levels/money carry over between the two at all. Venezuela will give you more side units to play with on certain missions, and europe has access to radio air strikes and supply drops, so each side will play a little different. It's different, not bad, not good, but unique.


Random Chat / Re: BEER
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:27:37 PM »

First image bobbias might appreciate, finally found it so made a purchase. Might try it in a few days.

Second image drinking right now. Not half bad, reminds me of hoegaarden, except without the wheat beer flavor.

Posting on mobile so not going to fuck with resizing images, link will suffice.

Gaming / Re: 10 games for 2018
« on: January 01, 2019, 05:01:28 PM »
I guess since year's over, I could do a small year end review of the work I put into this thing 2018

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

October/November 2017 I was thinking about how I haven't been beating many games and I made some list of 10 games I wanted to complete in 2018. apparently I made a list of 5 in October...

...yeah...didn't even touch any of those...but my goal of 5, arbitrarily turned to 10, and I wanted to only beat unbeaten games...I OBLITERATED IT.

Less pc time, more games being beaten, my back feels fantastic, and I have been tackling some of those naggling games. Let's try and categorize some of this away for a wrap up of my 2018 vidya experience.

Favorite Game/2018 GOTY
Monster Hunter World.
Not much to say, I had a thread about it. Monster hunter was a fantastic series hampered by the platforms capcom released it on...this game fixes that...nuff said. I haven't had this much fun playing a honestly can't remember the last time I fiended for a game as much as when I was in the middle of my hunter addiction. Not to mention the first time in a long time I played online with irl friends of mine for long periods of time. Good friend of mine whom I havent played games with online since...modern warfare 2...ended up putting at least 100+ hours of my 200 hours played in this thing.

Runner up favorite
smt nocturne
My introduction to Shin Megami Tensei, and having had experienced's knocking its way on the door to my favorite jrpg. Might need some more time to simmer on it, but I really REALLY like this game. Light on story, heavy on atmosphere, great battle system, great challenge, great music. I still listen to the OST at work damn near every week, I only wish...the sequel was better...

Least Favorite Game
Shin Megami Tensei 4
This game refines a lot of things of nocturne, which is great...except the game's not bad..just...not good? Take the first "tutorial" dungeon of the game, make it the hardest jrpg dungeon I've ever played no exageration, and then make the rest of the game very easy, with a horrible starting atmosphere and an even worse story until near 80% through the game, it's just disappointing. I am confused as to why the smt community recommends people start with this game, at least smt4 apocalypse has a balanced difficulty curve, but the story in that game is just straight anime weeb stuff, which is fine...just not in the context of shin megami tensei. Play nocturne, then play this, you'll know the difference in tone real quick. Cutesey anime "LETS GO ON A PICKNICK!" just out of place in a game like this.

Most rewarding game to complete
xcom terror from the deep
Played this game a few years ago, it utterly defeated me. I savescummed like a bitch...and it still beat me. This game is HARD. Hardest game on my list this year, one of the hardest games I have completed. But it's xcom, underwater, and that's AWESOME. Like the original, but want shittier weapons and stronger aliens(well yknow till you get molecular control, and soldiers skilled to use it...then you can kinda just kinda obliterate everything...but yknow, good luck surviving that far with enemies who can take rockets to the face without even flinching)? I guess this is up your alley, had a blast playing it from start to finish, and I am extremely happy to knock this fucker off the backlog.

Biggest surprise
dragon quest xi
I thought this game was going to be some open world skyrim like game, and it wasn't. This is a dragon quest ass dragon quest game with a shiny coat of paint, and after a slow start, it plays great. All these great jrpgs ive been exposed to this year alone, and to end it, square enixes own NON final fantasy game just killed it this year. I don't even have any intent to play final fantasy 15 anymore, I think im done with that whole franchise at this point, but dragon quest...I got what, 9-10 others to try out since this was my first one? Getting excited of which one I'll knock out in 2019! Highly recommend this title to jrpg fans who like that OG style with a fresh coat of paint.

Seems like jrpgs and turn based strategy games on my plate for the most part, we'll see what 2019 comes to bring. Not sure if I'm committed to going crazy on vidya in 2019, but we'll see what the year brings. Change is usually slow for me so I'll probably pile on a few games before I focus attention on more important uses of my free time, so we'll see.

Good games 2018.

You may have misunderstood my last post, but let me clarify.

Im on my PC less than 2 hours a month now a days, the last time I was on my computer was last Wednesday, which ended in back pain I haven't had since February.

Im literally afraid of being on my PC for longer than 30 minutes due to the back problems.

I think it's still vladgd, but I've barely on my PC due to back issues. Literally back pain mostly gone, because the time I've been on my PC in the entirety of 2018, is the time I was on my PC in a week in 2017. Recliner in the living room has been heavenly.

Contemplating getting a living room setup for my PC or laptop, but that's a topic for another thread. Would love to get back into fightans again, but in the current climate, favoring tekken 7, even though im horrible.

Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« on: December 28, 2018, 11:07:57 PM »
Yeahhh...I snowballed quick...

Drink sodas to power level a maid, use said leveled maid to tower level max level at cheat shop in 2-1. Use said levels to do 4-2 cheat shop level 16 to make level 99 enemies, tower level there. Advance story till you unlock martial training 1, hot...level 400 something there with one character.

Steamroll game, last game of 2018 beat!

I see the appeal, but having just came off advance wars 2 (a vastly better game, with actual tactics and no leveling) im kinda disappointed. Iunno, I got the first one sitting in shrink wrap, we'll see if I tear into that soon. Probably want to do that before I do post game in 5, but iunno.

6/10, not bad

Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« on: December 24, 2018, 04:32:57 PM »
I kinda have a feeling that D5 would make a lot more sense if you started from the first game and worked your way up. It seems to have the same problem that MH:W and the Warriors games haveā€”it assumes that you came in with knowledge from the previous games.

I think I'm going to have to take a deep dive into FAQs and wikis before I pick D5 up again. My min-max tendencies kind of pushed me toward an endless grind cycle. If I had a better idea of what I should push for and how I should properly use stuff like Item World I'd probably be fine

Starting to get into breaking the game territory. Passing the bill for cheat shop is mandatory to raise enemy levels. Also I found out you spend prisoners like currency to upgrade groups, so beginning to understand that aspect of the game, have people in capture squad and work on those prisoners to upgrade more squads. DLC characters defiy help, metallia when she hits 50 gets S damage elemental spells, so been abusing that.

I do somewhat disagree with the monster Hunter comparison, I think it doesn't have a fraction the systems disgaea throws at you. Not to mention no leveling, not really a min max heavy game. I played that game the way I liked playing (mega defense turtle lancer) and the game let me.

Not to confuse lack of understanding with difficulty. So far disgaea is easy to play, just hard to understand due to lack of direction and minimum explaining why I need to use the mechanics available to me. Monster a hard game, but for the most part is just hunting stuff to make gear to hunt harder stuff for better gear. But maybe im biased since I put 200 hours into it.

And on dynasty warriors, I basically 100% dw4, and it was fun, but enough where I never want to play another game again. Spent an entire spring break playing co op, like 10 days playing all day and night....

*Edit* having played a lot today, managed to get to chapter 8 and Overkill my metallia to damn near level....400... Think im starting to get a feel for this fucker. This game is literally designed for you to break it.

Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« on: December 22, 2018, 09:38:59 PM »
Currently in chapter 4, and leveled a maid to level 105.... In not much time (2-1, drink 2 sodas a turn, level once every 30 seconds). Funny enough she does less damage than my level 45 prier.

Still got no goddamn idea what im doing. I think it's due to how uncharictaristically freeform and open disgaea is compared to others in the genre. Not a bad thing, but it's throwing me off. Curious if playing the remaster to 1 will be easier for me since it will have less features. I do intend to finish the story of 5 before I think of digging into that game though. We'll see if im interested in post game when I get there.

Uncomfortably neutral on the game so far. I don't love it, but I don't hate it.

Gaming / Re: Disgaea 5
« on: December 19, 2018, 09:54:39 PM »

Random sales caused me to uhh impulse buy a disgaea two...disgaea games...

I got disgaea 5, and the remaster to im starting with 5 because, reasons, but I intend to play through that remaster of 1 because...well im paying money for it and far as I am concerned it has the most iconic cast of the bunch. I do hear that I should start with the earlier games first due to QoL changes to make going back harder than going forward, but I'm a man who can handle an old game or two, so I don't see any issues for me.

I am currently in chapter 3 of d5 and I can say with confidence, I have no freaking idea what I am doing and I think I am only getting anywhere because I got the dlc on sale as well and dlc characters are carrying me. My current objective besides learn how to play (everything I see in this game is post game, and ignore everything till post game, which doesnt really help...knowing what to do...) is to see where the earliest point in the game I need to be to get overpowered, since as far as I know, that's all these games are about. Not difficulty, but grinding to get op as all holy hell to get 35263256y3547 in every stat and break everything, which sounds neat, so why is there this decent part of the game called the beginning where everything fun is locked off to the player? I am new to disgaea.

I'm not sure if more mechanically dense than the old xcom games, or just too much system mechanics too fast. Because I understand those old xcom games (I beated em) and this is giving me problems, despite not really being challenging as of yet, I feel lost. Y'alls get farther in this bitch in the past...months since this thread was made?

I just install OBS, trial and error settings till it looks good and that's about it.

A lot of nob switching, setting tweaking, but nothing too difficult.

I'm far from a PR0 STREAMUR but getting gameplay, audio, and a webcam up that looks somewhat visable ain't too bad.

Quality is bleh, but you deal with your hardware/internet limitations on that stuff. Though, I'm streaming to twitch, and uploading clips to youtube at my discression. I don't think it's too much different streaming to youtube isn't it?

Gaming / Re: 10 games for 2018
« on: December 11, 2018, 11:50:01 PM »

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

I bought a game boy player for the gamecube about 3 weeks ago, and was mucking around with a few games, I've been buying loose carts over the years but never bothered to play due to not being able to find a NEW battery for the gba sp. Only batteries available are "new" batteries, aka, been sitting on a shelf for 15 years and cant hold a charge for more than an hour.

But now, I can just use the good ole gamecube.

I was a pretty big fan of the original, but the difficulty of the final mission caused me to...abandon the game for over a decade before somehow finishing that impossibility.

Either way, decided since I bought 2 some unspecified time ago, why not.

This time however, I wasn't a fan of how you unlocked characters in the first game, some ~3 entire playthroughs of the campaign to unlock everybody, and the best character can't even be used in war room (think one off challenge maps, but theres a lot of em, and they're really fun). All the effort for...only vs mode, ehh.

THEY CHANGED IT IN THE SEQUEL, so you can use any of the crazy OP unlockable characters in war room...

Caveat..."beat the campaign with an overall rank of S"

... first playthrough of the game, to unlock that character, needs to be S rank...

...So, I did it, and now I'm posting here.

A little anti climactic but I don't feel like writing another essay on another old game I beat. It's a great game, wish they'd make another one instead of chumping out another fire emblem, but I had fun. Maybe I'll tackle the DS game sometime in the future.

In the meantime, I have far exceeded my expectations for actually working on my backlog this year. Probably the most games I've personally beaten in a year in my life.

Random Chat / Re: BEER
« on: December 10, 2018, 06:58:27 PM »

I heard about this stuff a few years ago, and always wanted to try it...found some for $10 a bottle...pricey.

Let me just say a few things.

This sucker is ~18% abv...and it's an IPA...and it says ages well...and for connoisseurs of hops...

-high gravity for ipa is fine, but that high I can only see working out with stouts, so fail number one
-"ages well" it's an ipa...they don't age at all, I've had a good few barrel aged ipas and they are all horrible, this not even being 3 months old, also horrible
-claims to be extremely hoppy, it may have been made with a metric shitton of hops, but the alcohol overpowers it to the extent where it almost tastes like mint listerine somehow, I get NO hop flavor at all from this beer

Only buy this thing for the novelty of drinking an 18% beer, I got about 70% done with it and it put me to sleep, dumped the remainder down the drain the following morning. The only positive thing I have to say about this beer is that for an 18% beer, the alcohol isn't THAT bad, it feels less aggressive than the founders DKML at 14%. The difference, DKML was a take on a craft malt liquor, MALT liquor, the flavor profile of that style fits 10+% abv a lot better than an IPA ever will, and that DKML was actually very good, would buy again.

I honestly just haven't been drinking much lately.

Ive been putting beer on the backburner for wine recently. Finding stuff that actually fits my palette and trying everything in said range.

If you know anything that will please someone who enjoys the flavors of a Malbec or Rioja, or to a lesser extent Chainti I'm down to try. I like dry wine, and I've really grown to enjoy the sensation of tannins in the drink.

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