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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: SECRET SCHNOZ 2018! Time for Presents!
« Last post by Rhombaad on December 09, 2018, 02:07:19 PM »
I received my gifts from IncantatioN the other day:



Thank you so much, Piraan! My wife and I watched Spirited Away yesterday afternoon. We'd only seen it once 17 years ago when it first came out on DVD. I think we enjoyed it even more this time around. Thank you for helping us move one step closer to a complete Miyazaki collection. Thank you for the Berserk figurines, as well. That was very generous of you. They're now swarming my movie shelf. :void:
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Creation Station / Re: Blackout Poetry
« Last post by StickyKeys99 on December 09, 2018, 01:03:21 PM »
I wasn't specifically thinking of Berserk at all. It just occurred to me upon reading these lines that striked me. We were given a random page by the teacher. It was just incredible luck to have something that fits then, I guess. Rather, was it causality instead?  :void: :void:  :badbone:
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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« Last post by Walter on December 09, 2018, 01:10:12 AM »
I can relate to zombie nausea at this point in media, but Last of Us is not held back by the faux-zombie setting. They "infected" are mostly used as a vehicle for the plot, and in terms of the dramatic tension and danger element in the game, it's certainly humans, not the infected.
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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« Last post by Cyrus Jong on December 08, 2018, 09:05:50 PM »
Ugh, zombie apocalypse, THAT was why I avoided it! I love Romero's zombie classics, and Resident Evil, and personally zombies scared me more than anything when I was young, but man do I despise that over-saturated genre today to the point it's usually an automatic no. I'll still play The Last of Us on Wally's recommendation that it's transcendent, and I was pleasantly surprised by RDR: Undead Nightmare.

I have similar reservations about anything related to zombies. They're just way too numerous, and I always found them to be a rather boring and limited as far as monsters go. I only got into the last couple of zombie games I played (The Last of Us and Dying Light) because my brother-in-law made me check them out. Otherwise, I wouldn't have given them the time of day.

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I mostly ignored all the annoying shit in Nioh, gearing etc, just put on the most recent/highest level/most powerful shit and forget it and played it like Dark Souls and that maximized my enjoyment. Speaking of the custom loadouts, there's some spells and ninja skills that can really make the enemies, even bosses, a joke, like where you can knock them down at will. The DLC really is super annoying though, and I'm still a couple bosses short of completing it, but I think I'm going to pull a Wally on this one and leave it incomplete.

I meant the weapon abilities you buy with Samurai points. I have no complaints about the ninjutsu and Onmyo spells, those got stupid powerful. It was actually kind of refreshing that you could actually get new spells whenever and wherever you wanted, provided you had the points to spend. I'm always reluctant to play a mage or rely on any kind of magic whatsoever on first go through a typical Soulsborne game because you don't know where all the spells and vendors are the first time around, and depending on how you proceed, you might end up going long stretches without anything new, or missing them entirely, but Nioh really gives you freedom to experiment with them.

Anyway, I've personally never had any issues with Bloodborne's oft-criticized frame rate before, but after playing Nioh at 60fps, I decided to give it a go to see if I would notice anything now. Made a fresh new character, grabbed my trusty Hunter's Axe and Blunderbuss, went and fully explored Central Yharnam and the Aqueducts from top to bottom, killed the Cleric Beast, and...yeah, I can now see why a lot of people would be put off by it. Coming directly out of Nioh or anything else that runs as smoothly, it does feel considerably less fluid, particularly when you're panning the camera around. I can adjust, but I know that can be difficult for others.
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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Adventures in YouTube
« Last post by Sygorian on December 08, 2018, 02:58:36 PM »
So this video came out recently : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QuHJuas9W8
Quite an interesting channel overall for this kind of thing and the ideas/parallels presented here are rather compact and fitting.
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Shootin' the Breeze / Re: Finally onboard
« Last post by Sygorian on December 08, 2018, 02:38:46 PM »
Welcome dude, your approach and feeling towards the series is definitely in the right place !
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Anyone here fans of Guin Saga?
« Last post by Sygorian on December 08, 2018, 02:31:20 PM »
Oh well, that's sad. Probably not enough success with the ones already out. I remain hopeful for a different future publisher, otherwise its fan translations for me. At least the original books are easy to find.
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Anyone here fans of Guin Saga?
« Last post by Walter on December 08, 2018, 02:01:10 PM »
I'm under the impression that only 5 volumes of the original novel have been translated and published in English, but I would be really interested in reading the whole thing.
Are there any rumours or something I'm not aware of about the rest of the 125 volumes' state ? Even after the author's death there seem to be interest in the series.

Yep, just five volumes. Way back in 2007 I reached out to the publisher (via phone, lol) and was told there weren't plans to expand.11 years later, there've been no changes.
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Movies, TV, Books & Music / Re: Anyone here fans of Guin Saga?
« Last post by Sygorian on December 08, 2018, 11:11:54 AM »
I'm under the impression that only 5 volumes of the original novel have been translated and published in English, but I would be really interested in reading the whole thing.
Are there any rumours or something I'm not aware of about the rest of the 125 volumes' state ? Even after the author's death there seem to be interest in the series.
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Video Games / Re: What Are You Playing?
« Last post by Griffith on December 08, 2018, 08:24:19 AM »
Aw, I should have mentioned Griff, Last of Us Remastered was just $5 in one of the recent PS store sales.

Doh! Well, I'll see if it goes on sale again for Christmas and if not just spring for it anyway. I mean, I paid over twice that for Red Dead Revolver the other day and it's still very much a PS2 game.

Welp, congrats on surviving that zombie apocalypse in any case. May the Good Blood guide you when you tackle the werewolf apocalypse.

Ugh, zombie apocalypse, THAT was why I avoided it! I love Romero's zombie classics, and Resident Evil, and personally zombies scared me more than anything when I was young, but man do I despise that over-saturated genre today to the point it's usually an automatic no. I'll still play The Last of Us on Wally's recommendation that it's transcendent, and I was pleasantly surprised by RDR: Undead Nightmare.

Just finished Nioh. It was pretty good, and nice to see someone else take a stab at a Soulsborne-like game, put it in a new kind of setting, and even experiment with things From Software hasn't done before, even if a lot of those things didn't quite work out. I liked the different stances you could adopt, and I liked how you could learn different special attacks and even make your own custom loadout for them, but both ended up being so situational that they might as well have not even been there at all. I really could have done without the gear system and the way the inventory worked though. It's just not worth sorting through all that crap to see what's really better for your build, but even getting rid of it at the blacksmith is a boring and tedious affair that takes too much damn time. There is no way in hell I'm going to go the Diablo route of trying to grind for better gear in the post-game, I'm not feeling any urge to get the DLC, and even replaying Nioh seems like it could be a daunting task. I really hope Team Ninja addresses this in the sequel (hell, I'd prefer they just copy what From Software did), because if they don't, I might very well skip it.

I mostly ignored all the annoying shit in Nioh, gearing etc, just put on the most recent/highest level/most powerful shit and forget it and played it like Dark Souls and that maximized my enjoyment. Speaking of the custom loadouts, there's some spells and ninja skills that can really make the enemies, even bosses, a joke, like where you can knock them down at will. The DLC really is super annoying though, and I'm still a couple bosses short of completing it, but I think I'm going to pull a Wally on this one and leave it incomplete. I want to take that concept to the extreme and lose interest in a game during the final boss fight with like one hit left to win:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jLPcQYli_4&feature=youtu.be&t=116

 :ganishka:

On a personal note, I finally finished RDR2. The narrative is awesome, but my god the pacing is atrocious. Going to do the trophy grind for it most likely

It's a weird thing with this game where you love it, it frustrates you, and when it finally gives you satisfaction you end up lingering on the parts that originally frustrated you. =)

In other gaming news: Wow Bloodborne kind of runs like ass on PS4. Particularly after playing the buttery smooth Spider-Man and Last of Us, this is ... whew, like being on an underpowered PC.
Well I'm only in Central Yharnum, haven't tested other areas. But after doing a search, it seems to be a pretty widespread problem. Game is capped at 30, and there are frame pacing issues that drop it below that. It's noticeably chuggy for me, which is a shame, because I want to admire the world they made.

Damn, that's a fuckin' tragedy duder! I don't recall having issues to that extreme and I have the old ass launch model (is it possible they somehow cheaped out on components with later generation slims?). I don't recall it being a distraction, but maybe I just didn't notice because it was the first PS4 game I played and I literally tried no other until it was done, or I could also just be more inclined not to mind it because I've played quite a few games with lower settings on underpowered PCs and laptops. I played ME1 and 2 on like a $400 Toshiba laptop, and I'm pretty sure they and Diablo III killed it prematurely. :guts:

Anyway, I hope there's some way to mitigate it, but by the way, how is Spider-Man in your opinion? Another one I was interested in but haven't pulled the trigger on yet.


Red Dead Online - Now I have a scope on my carbine for some light sniping and a pump-action shotgun for close range... try to grief me at your own peril because I'm dangerous. :badbone:

Also just grabbed Into the Breach and Crypt of the NecroDancer on sale! Considering the new Tomb Raider at half price too, but I'm still a bit burned having paid almost full price for the last one and then not playing it until it was on sale for $5 anyway.
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