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Posted by warreni on 05 May 2020 - 07:40 PM

Why is the modern story even still a thing, does anybody actually give a crap about that stuff? This is one of the main things that holds me back from buying AC games every time they manage to release one with a moderately interesting setting.



I think the original idea was: Desmond was going to become the Ultimate Assassin, by experiencing all of his ancestors' memories & learning all of the skills in the numerous Animus machines that he used, over the course of numerous games.


Of course, they ended that idea, by AC3....


AC3 is pretty much, the game where the series jumped the shark, in numerous ways.

And it's been continuing down the path and continuously shark-jumping, for a LONG time.


Sounds like w/ modern AC's (since AC: Origins) they are following the AC1-3 formula of Desmond here for Layla, but...the problem is, people don't really care about Desmond or Layla. I think what they need to do is - well, obviously - at some point, do a modern day AC game, where you are one of those characters. I always thought it was a missed opportunity, not doing a full AC game as Desmond. In this case w/ the reboot, they could have a modern AC where you are Layla.


I do think AC: Syndicate had the best formula for the modern-day AC stuff - as that was all NOT playable at all and that part was told through cut-scenes, feeling like a reward for everything you were doing in Syndicate.

Interesting hypothesis, but I have to agree with Souffrir--no matter how you slice it, the modern-day crap just breaks up the story to an annoying degree, and no one really has any investment in the modern-day shenanigans. Also, they could probably lose the whole "ancient alien civilizations" crap that has the stink of a bad History Channel series and it would do absolutely nothing to take away from what is otherwise a compelling and enjoyable series.


I mean, it's like. . .






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Posted by warreni on 21 April 2020 - 09:15 PM


I'm not sure how the creepy dolls help. . . .


My brother tells me I should watch that show, but I can't really say that I'm all that interested. And now that I know they waste perfectly-good pizza in the show I'm even less interested. There's just no excuse for that.

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Posted by warreni on 21 April 2020 - 05:13 PM

So, Kroger has/had Freschetta brand frozen pizza on sale for $3.99 a piece this past week (until end of day today).


Thought y'all'd like to see a picture that represents my freezer right now.



Holy crap!  I know we have hardcore pizza enthusiasts in here, but I can't imagine eating that much pizza in a year.


On a side note, is there anyone here who can use a 14-day Game Pass Ultimate trial code? It came with my new controller and it's only good for folks who haven't had a previous sub.

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Posted by warreni on 16 April 2020 - 01:10 PM

Is thisa good bundle? I genuinely can't tell.

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Posted by warreni on 13 April 2020 - 01:47 AM


First Computer: A Commodore Plus/4; a failed 'business' home computer. It luckily died within a month and was already discontinued. The salesman let us put the credit towards a Commodore 128.  The Plus/4 came with some pirate text adventure, the 128 was mainly played in C-64 mode and I had a bajillion games, most downloaded from warez BBS's or traded.

First PC-Compatible: Some awful Tandy I got that was discontinued a week later.  My first real Windows PC was a Packard Bell 486 in the mid-late 90s.  It was crap but I mainly just played Civ II and hung out on mIRC.  I remember the sound would stop working once a week and I'd have to go fix the IRQ settings despite having not touched them since last time.

Man, you had a 128?


I got my first computer at the tender age of 8, a brand-spanking-new Commodore 64. When I got into high school, I got a Commodore Amiga 1000, a computer that was WAY ahead of its time in terms of multimedia capabilities AND it had TWO 3.5" floppy drives (that's right--not one, TWO!). I think 386s were still futzing around with feeble EGA graphics and whatever horrendous string of beeps passed for music from the motherboard's built-in speaker. Sadly, Commodore and Atari couldn't compete in the long run. . . .

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Posted by warreni on 08 April 2020 - 07:01 PM

What if it’s bacon-flavored sorbet?

What the hell is wrong with you people?!

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Posted by warreni on 08 April 2020 - 03:12 PM

Not even remotely. That's like putting sorbet on a hamburger.


Or horseradish on anything.


Or just consuming horseradish in general.


Just don't do that.

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Posted by warreni on 05 April 2020 - 12:33 AM

I actually really liked D:OS because I love that type of game. It was not easy to get into for me either, at first. It grew on me a bit and I finished it and felt really positive about the series going into the sequel.

D:OS2, on the other hand, does so much more right. It's a really engrossing example of the genre. The good news is that they've fixed the final act (which, I understand was a bit of a mess) and I've had no problems. It's massive, it's varied, and it's fun. Enjoy!


I picked Fane to main, which turns out to have been a really good pick because of the story. He's sort of the central character.


Oh, and no need to finish the first if it didn't click with you. The stories are connected in a way, but not dependent upon one another.

I feel like the D:OS2 fights just take so long. I picked Fane also, and undead feels a little overpowered sometimes.

Oh, you misunderstood me. I couldn't get into Divinity II: The Dragon Knight Saga. That game felt like. . . I don't know, maybe Larian trying to do Skyrim? I didn't even get to the part in the story where your character becomes a dragon-person.


The original Original Sin, on the other hand, is decent. I'm playing it now, off and on, but it's a little hard to go back to it after playing the second game, just because the characters in that one are so much more varied and fun. Also, I picked Fane too (he's more popular than I would have thought, it would seem), but it was a close race between him and The Red Prince.


Also, because none of you have anything better to do at the moment, and I think it's still on sale, here's a linkto my review of The Complex. TLDR; if you like games that don't really require much participation (or you enjoyed Late Shift), this one's worth the price of a movie ticket (and it's not like any of you can go to the movies anyway, is it?!).

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Posted by warreni on 04 April 2020 - 11:29 PM

It also seems to work on Android devices and probably IOS devices. I installed HBO GO on a Kindle Fire tablet and was able to watch several items without being asked for any account info.

It works on HBO Now too.

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Posted by warreni on 02 April 2020 - 11:44 PM

It could be worse.  We could all be 80-year old smokers living in Italy. 

I just assumed everyone here was. . . .jfTCsoP.png

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Posted by warreni on 02 April 2020 - 07:05 PM

Sweet free pinball action for everyone stuck at home. . .




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Posted by warreni on 30 March 2020 - 06:43 PM

Picked up Hunter: Call of the Wild after deciding to see what it was like while it was free to try.  I like it, the scenery is pretty nice and the game is super relaxing to me, outside of the odd bug or two and sometimes animals that are wounded practically warp away before dying.  Sometimes there is a trail, sometimes there is not.  Usually I find the body but sometimes it seems to just vanish.   I've spent hours doing practically nothing, sitting in cover waiting for something to wander through, wandered aimlessly looking for bears because some dude told me to get pictures of them.  It should all be very boring but I've played for hours and hours straight and find it difficult to put down.

I picked it up over the weekend too, but I haven't shot anything, because I'm one of those people who doesn't like shooting animals, unless they're mutated alien animals that are trying to kill me. I don't have anything against hunting, per se, and I know a lot of people who hunt. I think in certain instances culling animal populations is necessary. I just don't personally want to do it. Having said that, the game may talk me into killing a few animals because of what I referenced above. The Virunga reserve has some of that type of stuff (and it's also the name of a documentary I've been meaning to check out on Netflix).


It is nice to wander around, although after a while it does get a bit boring. Mostly I've been wandering around with binoculars and the camera, trying to get close enough to animals to take their pictures.
Here's a lion that mauled me.




On another note, I was trying to figure out what RPG I might want to jump into next the other week. I loaded Torment and played that for about a half-hour. It looked like a lot of vocabulary to absorb and systems to learn, which I don't mind doing, but I figured I might check out something else in the meantime. I fired up Divinity: Original Sin 2, which was fantastic. I loved the bizarre and varied backstories of the characters and the world was easy to pick up as I went along. I played that for a few hours before I realized I hadn't ever played Divinity: Original Sin (which I had somehow confused with Larian's earlier game Divinity II, a game I found very difficult to get into). So then I downloaded the first game and I'm going through it. It's not as much fun as the second game, although they bear a lot of similarities. It also seems to share a few roots in common with Larian's even older games, Divine Divinity  and Beyond Divinity, chiefly the idea of two main protagonists with differing values who bicker about many things they come across in the world.

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Posted by warreni on 30 March 2020 - 01:10 PM

Hm. I'm with Todd on this. When I built my system at the end of 2017 (and it's so weird to think that it's been that long already), I put a 1050ti in it thinking that was "good enough" for the time being and also "there's no way I can spend $500 on a video card, now or ever." Well, both of those things have changed, so I'm eyeballing possible near-term upgrades to a 2070 (this one in particular).

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Posted by warreni on 27 March 2020 - 04:07 PM

Well, with the plague going on no one is going to see you anyhow. :)


Unless your essential personal or something like that.

It surprises me a little the way that people don't maintain certain standards of personal grooming during lockdown. I heard a reporter say on a podcast yesterday that she put a sticky note over her phone camera so people couldn't see her when she asked a question during a Zoom press conference and this morning I heard a congressman say that a TV appearance last night was the excuse he needed to shave for the first time in four days. Sure, other people may not see you, but you should have a modicum of self-respect. . . .

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Posted by warreni on 23 March 2020 - 10:46 AM

That reminds me: I should check out the ME2 DLC Pack, ME3 DLC Pack, DA2 DLC, and finish up the last 2 DAI DLC's.


Good idea, thanks.



Vampyr is another title worth adding to that list.

Seriously. . . no one thought about A Plague Tale: Innocence? It's even on Game Pass.