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#5671 captbrannigan  

captbrannigan

Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:07 AM

Yeah I was not so lucky. I should just buy shitty achievement padding games from now. When I buy an actual game I end up eating shit.

Was Inquisitor really that bad in your opinion? For $10? If you didn't play it much you might still be able to request a refund. Maybe you could just have support take your license away so you don't have that stain on your account.

Re:Star Wars
The guy made it this long without spoilers, don't ruin any chance of enjoyment for him. My brother and his kids liked it.

Spoiler


On a positive note, Midnight Gospel on Netflix was amazing. I think it was brilliant to have the animation telling it's own bizarre visual story. By forcing you to pay attention to follow that story, it helps keep you engaged in the podcast like discussions going on between Trussel and his guests. That episode about buddhism and the soul prison was one of the greatest things I've ever seen. It's just a silly little show made by a psychedelic comedian, but I'm definitely going to watch it again and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the best aspects of "spirituality."


I haven't been playing many video games lately, but since they're on sale I'll once again recommend any of the Souls series. If the difficulty intimidates you, just know that you can co-op through like 90% of the whole series and there's still a decently active community tab to find help. The difficulty isn't nearly as bad as its hyped up to be anyways. I think of it like real time turn based combat. The enemies and especially bosses are much stronger than you, but they always have a windup and provide openings to counter attack. You have to get a feel for what parts of your dodge are invulnerable, which direction to dodge to land in a safe position, when it's safe to get aggressive, and not to get greedy trying to end the fight on the first opportunity.

The worlds and lore are incredibly deep if you want to dive into them, but very little is forced on you if you just want to hack and slash your way through. Starting classes are just initial stat allocation and starting gear, you have the option to progress however you'd like. Character progression is slow, but there are numerous build options for armor weight, weapon speed, magical abilities, and playstyle. Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment when you get the hang of the mechanics, learn a bosses patterns and weaknesses, and finally take them down. You can also learn how to time parries, spell casting, or giant buster sword swings and make an absolute joke out of end game and ng+ bosses. All the games were built with multiplayer in mind, so don't feel bad if you have to look up strategies or where to go on a wiki. When they were more populated, player notes and bloodstains could provide a lot of that guidance in game.

Dark Souls Remastered has the best interconnected world, but the mechanics are pretty stiff and PvP will likely frustrate you because the people still doing it have the timings mastered and will chain backstab you or one shot you with magic. The weapon upgrade progression is needlessly obscure and basically requires a chart to follow. The remaster also doesn't address the final, rushed areas of the game that feel incomplete. DS is probably the most satisfying to beat and introduces characters who would go on to be mainstays in the series. Ornstein and Smough is quite possibly the best boss fight in the whole series.

Dark Souls 2 throws a lot of hordes at you to challenge players who co-oped or plinked at everything in DS with a bow. The length is overly padded and clearly has a ton of boss fights just to advertise how big the game is. The animations and movement feel a little stiffer than DSR. Coop/pvp is gated by total experience earned including lost exp from dying repeatedly and exp spent on consumables and upgrades. It's also arguably the easiest since you can easily afford consumable healing items. That said, it has the most variety in overpowered builds that come "online" earlier in the game. Most players prefer the PvP for that reason, especially with magic that isn't just one shot nukes nor as weak as DS3. I would recommend it to players who've beat DSR and DS3 looking for more content and a challenge.

Dark Souls 3 has the most fluid movement and multiplayer. It suffers from a predictable story at that point and what many feel is fan service with returning characters. It doesn't have boss fights as good as O&S, but it also doesn't have anything near as frustrating as the Bed of Chaos from DSR. Weapon upgrades are much easier to understand since upgrade level and elemental damage are separate complimentary paths. Unfortunately, offensive miracles (faith magic) are weak for lore purposes and are downright useless for PvE or PvP. PvP only a handful of pyromancies and sorceries are viable because of slow cast times, poor tracking, and weak damage. Also weapon damage compared to attack speed is heavily weighted in favor of fast mid tier weapons like one handed straight and curved swords. However, as I said at the start the movement and animations are much smoother making the game easier to get the hang of and the multiplayer is less finicky if you're trying to co-op with a friend. It easily sports the most boss fights in the top twenty of the whole series, with many arguing that the Unnamed King, Dancer of Boreal Valley, Soul of Cinder, Lorian twins, and Slave Knight Gael being the very best of the best.


TLDR; If you haven't played any, I'd start with DSR or DS3 depending on how forgiving you are of a ten year old game and if you'd rather play a more polished game with a couple friends.

#5672 cancerman1120   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   10798 Posts   Joined 10.4 Years Ago  

cancerman1120

Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:37 AM

Was Inquisitor really that bad in your opinion? For $10? If you didn't play it much you might still be able to request a refund. Maybe you could just have support take your license away so you don't have that stain on your account.

It has nothing to do with the quality of the game. Just a complaint that buying good games seems like a bad idea with GamePass and GWG. I bought the Imperium edition anyway which was a good deal for the DLC. My list of backlog games coming to either service continues to grow so I don't know why I keep buying new games. Nothing more.



#5673 lightskintwin   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   133 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

lightskintwin

Posted 29 April 2020 - 11:35 AM

The movie also dialed in to some politics, which is not why people go see mystery movies? Rian does this with all his current movies now.

What is this complaint?  All pieces of media dial in to some politics.   However people don't mention the one's they agree with or reinforces the status quo as being political.



#5674 Strider Turbulence EX  

Strider Turbulence EX

Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:34 PM

What is this complaint?  All pieces of media dial in to some politics.   However people don't mention the one's they agree with or reinforces the status quo as being political.

Yup, yup, yup.

 
I think people are really just noticing it for the first time or just vehemelty disagree with the politcs like you said.

 

I read alot of comic books and going back to 60/70s/80's Marvel stuff, it surprised me  they had a ton of stuff that would be considered 'SJW' and liberal pandering, which is a huge complaint about Marvel comics today and they need to 'get away from injecting politics and going back to good stories'.



#5675 gldndomer  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 12:59 PM

What is this complaint?  All pieces of media dial in to some politics.   However people don't mention the one's they agree with or reinforces the status quo as being political.


Yes, everything is political, and, therefore, nothing is political. Are we arguing semantics now?

The Times, New York Times, Yahoo News, etc, all did pieces on the politics of Knives Out. That's was about sixty seconds of searching.

So let me amend my statement from it "dialed in to some politics" to "it is a 'mystery' movie more memorable for its politics than screenplay, which was written in less than six months (quoted from Rian)"

But really, the movie was instantly discredited to me in theaters even at the very beginning with the death. It was so painfully obvious that Rian was trying so hard to make Marta look like a freaking hero when all she did was kill an old man. (No spoilers, first ten minutes of movie) It's honestly like a plot a 12-year-old could come up with, but here we have the writer of such esteemed media such as completely-logical Looper and everyone's favorite The Last Jedi.

I do apologize. I have very strong opinions when it comes to murder mysteries. It has been my favorite genre since I was old enough to watch Scooby-Doo. My harshness towards Knives Out and its fans is only a sadness within me, knowing that many people think that trite, hamfisted writing is good mystery, and they won't ever read something from Doyle or PD James. Hell, when people read And Then There Were None in grade/high school, they don't even understand it. So I guess it has to be dumbed down a little to achieve the high-grossing status.

#5676 bardockkun   Porn, Kitsch And Firearms CAGiversary!   14650 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

bardockkun

Posted 29 April 2020 - 01:09 PM

Just let people enjoy things.

#5677 darthfracas   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1066 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

darthfracas

Posted 29 April 2020 - 01:12 PM

Here’s my gripe with the sequel trilogy: there was no one in charge of the project as a complete narrative, and it ignored many of the “rules of the universe” established in the first six movies.

From a narrative standpoint, the constant changing of directors and writers looks bad on its own, as seen by how Johnson tried to retcon everything Abrams did, then Abrams returning the favor. Compare this to The Mandalorian or The Clone Wars. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, respectively, laid out a solid story they wanted to tell in their shows, and both made something that told a complete story. I hope that Disney realizes this and makes one of them the equivalent to Marvel’s Kevin Feige.

As for the Star Wars universe itself, Rey goes from saying “I thought the Jedi were a myth” to mind tricking stormtroopers in an incredibly short amount of time. Compare this to Luke, who goes from learning about the Force in A New Hope to struggling to force-pull his lightsaber in the wampa’s den at the start of Empire. Compare this to the training we see Jedi receiving one the prequel trilogy. Details like this made the sequel trilogy feel more like weak fan fiction than actual Star Wars canon.

/rant

Anyway, how is everyone doing on the TA Hangman challenge?

#5678 Touch3  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 01:24 PM

Anyway, how is everyone doing on the TA Hangman challenge?

Finished it within 1 day.  This one was much easier for me than the last time I did it.  Last time I had "Look, an achievement for dying" (17 letters) as my phrase.  This time it was

Spoiler
(10 letters).



#5679 lightskintwin   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   133 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

lightskintwin

Posted 29 April 2020 - 01:32 PM

Yes, everything is political, and, therefore, nothing is political. Are we arguing semantics now?

The Times, New York Times, Yahoo News, etc, all did pieces on the politics of Knives Out. That's was about sixty seconds of searching.

So let me amend my statement from it "dialed in to some politics" to "it is a 'mystery' movie more memorable for its politics than screenplay, which was written in less than six months (quoted from Rian)"

But really, the movie was instantly discredited to me in theaters even at the very beginning with the death. It was so painfully obvious that Rian was trying so hard to make Marta look like a freaking hero when all she did was kill an old man. (No spoilers, first ten minutes of movie) It's honestly like a plot a 12-year-old could come up with, but here we have the writer of such esteemed media such as completely-logical Looper and everyone's favorite The Last Jedi.

I do apologize. I have very strong opinions when it comes to murder mysteries. It has been my favorite genre since I was old enough to watch Scooby-Doo. My harshness towards Knives Out and its fans is only a sadness within me, knowing that many people think that trite, hamfisted writing is good mystery, and they won't ever read something from Doyle or PD James. Hell, when people read And Then There Were None in grade/high school, they don't even understand it. So I guess it has to be dumbed down a little to achieve the high-grossing status.

 

Well I didn't have much issue with anything else you said, despite me really enjoying Knives Out; because it's your opinion and you admittedly have strong opinions to murder mysteries due to your in-depth experience into murder mystery stories.   As a piece of original storytelling in today's saturation of remakes, reboots, and sequels, I thought it was a pretty engaging piece of cinema and why it stood out amidst the rest.  



#5680 darthfracas   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1066 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

darthfracas

Posted 29 April 2020 - 02:27 PM

Finished it within 1 day.  This one was much easier for me than the last time I did it.  Last time I had "Look, an achievement for dying" (17 letters) as my phrase.  This time it was

Spoiler
(10 letters).

I'm still working through the letters I need, but I know what my phrase is. It was confusing because I didn't realize it had roman numerals in it until I figured out some of the other words.

 

Last time my phrase was "In the end, our choices make us", which is definitely not the most famous quote from Bioshock.



#5681 Donken   President & CEO CAGiversary!   4220 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 03:40 PM

If you’re an ass lover like me, the ass creed livestream reveal is happening right now:

https://www.pscp.tv/w/1BdxYQQjXjoxX

#5682 gamegirlpocket   hope rides alone CAGiversary!   3039 Posts   Joined 4.5 Years Ago  

gamegirlpocket

Posted 29 April 2020 - 03:50 PM

I hated Episode IX so much, it made me like VII and VIII less. Glad to know someone, somewhere enjoyed it so it wasn't a total waste.

 

On topic - games are keeping me sane during quarantine and will probably try to play Deliver Us the Moon this week before starting FF7 this weekend. Game Pass continues to be the best option in gaming, with the PC side built in I have been tempted to buy a gaming PC. The new Asus G14 even lists Game Pass on the official web page, which is a pretty big deal. 



#5683 Bloomy   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   6238 Posts   Joined 14.0 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 03:57 PM

Here’s my gripe with the sequel trilogy: there was no one in charge of the project as a complete narrative, and it ignored many of the “rules of the universe” established in the first six movies.

From a narrative standpoint, the constant changing of directors and writers looks bad on its own, as seen by how Johnson tried to retcon everything Abrams did, then Abrams returning the favor. Compare this to The Mandalorian or The Clone Wars. Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, respectively, laid out a solid story they wanted to tell in their shows, and both made something that told a complete story. I hope that Disney realizes this and makes one of them the equivalent to Marvel’s Kevin Feige.

Anyway, how is everyone doing on the TA Hangman challenge?

Perhaps there is someone trying to handle the narrative, and they aren't as good (as they think they are) or it needs to be a bit more collaborative.  A big difference between the original and prequel trilogies, where others had some influence on the direction of the OT, but it seemed no one really questioned Lucas on things in the PT.

 

I figured out my TA challenge after a couple letters, just a matter of figuring out which achievements to pop to complete it.



#5684 Razzel   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   741 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:06 PM

The issue with politics in movies today is that it’s clearly prioritized over story. That’s why it’s usually injected into already existing franchises, there’s no creativity to come up with something original.

Plus, nobody wants to be preached at by a millionaire who’s only contribution to society is that they occasionally pretend to be someone else.

#5685 Zantra  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:17 PM

What is the TA challenge that people keep talking about?

#5686 awp   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   9818 Posts   Joined 16.5 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:21 PM

Streets of Rage 4 getting great reviews. Anxious to check it out on GP later tonight or tomorrow!

#5687 Razzel   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   741 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:24 PM

Streets of Rage 4 getting great reviews. Anxious to check it out on GP later tonight or tomorrow!


Same! I’m assuming it’s 9pm pacific release?

#5688 lightskintwin   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   133 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

lightskintwin

Posted 29 April 2020 - 04:35 PM

The issue with politics in movies today is that it’s clearly prioritized over story. That’s why it’s usually injected into already existing franchises, there’s no creativity to come up with something original.

Plus, nobody wants to be preached at by a millionaire who’s only contribution to society is that they occasionally pretend to be someone else.

 

Regardless of what the politics are, great storytelling and character development and arcs must always be the priority.   There are plenty of pieces of media where I don't agree with the politics/themes involved but can admit the execution of it's storytelling and characters were well done.

 

There's nothing wrong with an actor expressing their political views.  Feel free to agree/disagree with them or support/don't support them.



#5689 Razzel   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   741 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:01 PM

Regardless of what the politics are, great storytelling and character development and arcs must always be the priority. There are plenty of pieces of media where I don't agree with the politics/themes involved but can admit the execution of it's storytelling and characters were well done.

There's nothing wrong with an actor expressing their political views. Feel free to agree/disagree with them or support/don't support them.


Agreed on both accounts with one caveat, actors shouldn’t be letting their personal political beliefs impact how they portray a character, but that’s commonplace now.

Also hate how every awards speech is a political rant. It’s like have the smallest amount of self awareness that there’s nothing that qualifies you to lecture anyone on politics.

But on the flip side that lack of self awareness led to the cringetastic singing of imagine lol, which was gold

#5690 darthfracas   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1066 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

darthfracas

Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:12 PM

What is the TA challenge that people keep talking about?


TrueAchievements has a Hangman challenge going right now. Sign up, get assigned a phrase you have to guess letter by letter based on the first letter of achievements you unlock. Right wrong guesses and you lose.

https://www.trueachi...nt/Hangman-2020

#5691 lightskintwin   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   133 Posts   Joined 9.1 Years Ago  

lightskintwin

Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:17 PM

Agreed on both accounts with one caveat, actors shouldn’t be letting their personal political beliefs impact how they portray a character, but that’s commonplace now.

Also hate how every awards speech is a political rant. It’s like have the smallest amount of self awareness that there’s nothing that qualifies you to lecture anyone on politics.

But on the flip side that lack of self awareness led to the cringetastic singing of imagine lol, which was gold

 

Using bigger platforms to make political statements have historically been powerful.  Depending on what the political statement is, who says it, and how it's executed determines the reception of it ranging from cringeworthy to awesome.  Yes that lack of self awareness that led to the singing of Imagine was more in the cringeworthy range.  LOL



#5692 darthfracas   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1066 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

darthfracas

Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:23 PM

Perhaps there is someone trying to handle the narrative, and they aren't as good (as they think they are) or it needs to be a bit more collaborative. A big difference between the original and prequel trilogies, where others had some influence on the direction of the OT, but it seemed no one really questioned Lucas on things in the PT.

I figured out my TA challenge after a couple letters, just a matter of figuring out which achievements to pop to complete it.

There’s definitely a happy medium to be found. The problem with the PT was the fact no one questioned Lucas. Lucas was left to his own devices and while the overall story was solid, there were plenty of moments where he needed a repeat of Harrison Ford’s famous quote from the set of A New Hope; “You can write this shit, but you can’t say it!”. Basically all of Attack of the Clones needed that. It was a poorly executed movie that at least had a coherent plot with episodes 1 and 3.

If someone competent was really in charge of the ST, you wouldn’t have had two movies trying to retcon what the last one did. Marvel did a great job telling a story over 12 years and 20+ films, all with different directors and writers, thanks to Kevin Feige. The ST couldn’t manage that over 3 films.

#5693 Thebacklash   Now Drinking: Minor Case Rye Whiskey - Sherry Cask Finished CAGiversary!   3104 Posts   Joined 5.6 Years Ago  

Thebacklash

Posted 29 April 2020 - 05:57 PM

If someone competent was really in charge of the ST, you wouldn’t have had two movies trying to retcon what the last one did. Marvel did a great job telling a story over 12 years and 20+ films, all with different directors and writers, thanks to Kevin Feige. The ST couldn’t manage that over 3 films.

This.



#5694 Ryuukishi   My ambitionz az a Ryder CAGiversary!   11388 Posts   Joined 12.1 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:21 PM

Anyway, how is everyone doing on the TA Hangman challenge?

 

Finished mine quick, it was "Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain." Finding a 'V' achievement was the only semi-challenging thing.

 

What are we on now for the Assassin's Creed reveal, hour 6? :) Oh well, I'm working from home anyway. May as well listen to Jorraptor shoot the breeze on stream all day long.



#5695 Z-Saber   moon2S CAGiversary!   6700 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:53 PM

Deliver Us The Moon was promising until I quit, came back, and was stuck. Apparently it's a common glitch as well.

Being vague, not that this is spoilery at all. You travel somewhere on a monorail. After the monorail stops, KEEP Fuck ING PLAYING. I don't know when or where it becomes safe, but stopping there locks you inside the monorail with no way to exit.

#5696 Razzel   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   741 Posts   Joined 11.3 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 06:59 PM

Deliver Us The Moon was promising until I quit, came back, and was stuck. Apparently it's a common glitch as well.

Being vague, not that this is spoilery at all. You travel somewhere on a monorail. After the monorail stops, KEEP Fuck ING PLAYING. I don't know when or where it becomes safe, but stopping there locks you inside the monorail with no way to exit.


That sucks, glad I avoided it because it’s a great game, but I would have rage quit on something like that lol

#5697 bardockkun   Porn, Kitsch And Firearms CAGiversary!   14650 Posts   Joined 14.5 Years Ago  

bardockkun

Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:01 PM

Deliver Us The Moon was promising until I quit, came back, and was stuck. Apparently it's a common glitch as well.

Being vague, not that this is spoilery at all. You travel somewhere on a monorail. After the monorail stops, KEEP Fuck ING PLAYING. I don't know when or where it becomes safe, but stopping there locks you inside the monorail with no way to exit.

Damn, even glitches copying Simpsons now.

 

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#5698 Antarael Dulacre   Royal Dhampire CAGiversary!   2804 Posts   Joined 8.4 Years Ago  

Antarael Dulacre

Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:10 PM

Achievement tracking/unlocking for anyone else not working (again) ?



#5699 Z-Saber   moon2S CAGiversary!   6700 Posts   Joined 15.5 Years Ago  

Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:12 PM

That sucks, glad I avoided it because it’s a great game, but I would have rage quit on something like that lol

I did rage quit.

Thought I was missing a puzzle piece somewhere, somehow, despite it being kinda clear that there was a door outside the monorail that was opening and closing as I walked by. Looked up two different playthroughs showing people just walking straight out without doing anything first and figured out I was just stuck because of the game saving there.

Immediately deleted the game.

#5700 darthfracas   CAG Veteran CAGiversary!   1066 Posts   Joined 8.3 Years Ago  

darthfracas

Posted 29 April 2020 - 07:14 PM

Damn, even glitches copying Simpsons now.

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I’ve sold monorails to Brockway, Ogdenville, and North Haverbrook, and by gum it put them on the map!