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Saber-Scorpion

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#487969 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 10 October 2018 - 08:13 AM

I felt compelled to edit a classic:

 

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#487967 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 09 October 2018 - 12:54 PM

It's been running the rumor mill all year, but it's looking pretty close to official now:

 

Microsoft is bringing Obsidian Entertainment into First Party.

 

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#487964 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 07 October 2018 - 12:10 PM

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#487963 Favorite Video Game music themes

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 07 October 2018 - 08:12 AM

^the orchestral version is also cool

 

^Before Michael Gicchino became a major motion picture composer, he was making way-too-good soundtracks for video games.




#487957 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 04 October 2018 - 07:13 AM

Whoa, guys! Pathfinder: Kingmaker is great so far! I mean, I'm only about an hour in (thanks to spending too long looking at character creation), but I already feel like this little Russian game dev studio - Owlcat - has succeeded far better at capturing the feel of the Baldur's Gate saga in a modern engine than Obsidian managed to do with Pillars of Eternity. Some thoughts:

 

1. Since Pathfinder is an almost exact copy of D&D 3.5, it's instantly familiar to anyone who played the classic 90's and early 2000's CRPG's. And it's immediately a more robust (and better) system than the weird hyper-balanced thing Josh Sawyer cooked up for PoE. The game just came out, and it's already got all the classic D&D classes plus a few more, with sub-class builds for each, and you can multi-class on the fly - a feature that was only added to PoE in the sequel.

 

2. The characters are immediately more colorful and fun than PoE's rather dry cast. Okay, they're a little corny at times - especially the "RAAAARRR ANGRY KILL" barbarian woman - but they feel much more like Baldur's Gate's rather cartoony squad. The voice acting isn't terrible either - at least, it doesn't seem super low budget. I've only recognized one VA so far though.

 

3. Choices & consequences seem alright so far. The game uses the D&D style alignment system, and there have been several alignment-based dialogue options, although I was disappointed to find I couldn't even select one Evil option because my character wasn't already Evil-aligned. Kinda lame - I assume the game tracks your alignment by some kind of point system, but how are you supposed to potentially get evil points if you can't pick evil options unless you're already evil? But I did like how, at the end of the first little mission, the companions you've met will leave and join the other guy's team if they didn't like the way you behaved. Waiting to see if I can get them back later...

 

4. I'm not super crazy about some elements of the art style, but at least it's way better than other Pathfinder artwork I've seen (most of which is hideous imo). The character models have slightly weird proportions, but it's not too much of a bother in-game. Everything about the UI and gameplay looks & feels like Baldur's Gate and PoE except with slightly more 3D graphics. It's all very familiar. Which is fine with me. I noticed they even used the exact same sound from Skyrim when you accept a new quest...

 

I have yet to find a way to create your own party companions, sadly, but I will keep my hopes up that one exists. Otherwise, so far I feel inclined to say "Obsidian, take notes" - this seems like it might be a much better spiritual successor to Baldur's Gate than anyone else has managed to make. Why are Slavic devs so good??




#487956 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 04 October 2018 - 06:29 AM

I swear I'm being completely honest and not trying to be a hipster when I say that mainstream AAA games very rarely pique my interest in the slightest. BUT, here are RDR2 and Assassin's Creed: Odyssey sitting in my Amazon cart...




#487944 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 September 2018 - 03:53 PM

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LEGO Taki (Soul Calibur) by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr




#487941 Gwent & Thronebreaker Released! (Scorp's Card Games Thread)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 September 2018 - 08:50 AM

It's standalone? Huh, I didn't know that. They've been talking about it for quite a while now. I'm excited to see how it turns out, and the idea of "Witcher Tales" is encouraging. I hope it comes with updates to the base Gwent game too, because the current meta has gotten pretty stale. I see in that video they changed the board to 4 lanes instead of 6, like they said they would. Nice.

 

That Elder Scrolls card game got a big update recently as well. The gameplay is the same, but the graphics and UI were completely revamped. Looks nice, but seems to be pretty buggy right now. I could barely find a match, and when I did it suddenly disconnected me.




#487940 Nightstalker's Guide to Army Building

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 September 2018 - 08:35 AM

Cool guide. Organizing your army well is indeed key to making it look a lot bigger and more impressive, with unit squares, reserves in the back, cavalry on the flanks, etc. Much cooler than just a giant sea of 'figs.

Wow, I searched for "roman legion organization", and the first image result just happened to use LEGO figures, haha:

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#487939 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 30 September 2018 - 07:00 AM

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#487931 Fantasy Funnies

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 26 September 2018 - 09:50 AM

Over 400 and counting...
 
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The coolest thing about BrickWarriors' custom minifigures is that most of them are actually Baldur's Gate II characters. :P This one's the redeemed Sarevok from Throne of Bhaal.

 

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I do! "War Chant of the Sith" in Icewind Dale! :D Best bard song.
 

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Hey look, it's every companion in the original Fallout! :lol:




#487918 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 19 September 2018 - 01:45 PM

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Retreat! RETREAT! by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr




#487910 WG Weekly Comic (and other updates)

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 16 September 2018 - 06:49 AM

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#487906 Official Scorp's Minifigs Topic

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 15 September 2018 - 08:32 AM

These were the minifigs in my Patreon Loot Bags for the last couple months!

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July 2018: Frederik the Burning Viking by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr

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August 2018 Patreon Reward by Justin Stebbins, on Flickr


#487894 Mission: Impossible - Fallout/Cruise Missile Appreciation Thread

Posted by Saber-Scorpion on 04 September 2018 - 09:16 PM

I recently finished binging the entire series again myself, and I agree with most of your conclusions (including Jar Jar Abrams ruining franchises, but unironically; I can't forgive him for Star Wars :P). I suppose I have to agree that MI1 is pretty significantly better than MI2, even though I tend to prefer more action-heavy movies (I once heard that it was a directorial decision to have as few guns fired in MI1 as possible - there's only like 1 gunshot in the whole movie!), and I still don't like that all but one member of both of Ethan's teams survives and doesn't turn traitor. They even named Jon Voight's character after the main protagonist of the original television series and made him turn traitor! That's kind of a low blow to fans of the TV show who might have watched it...

 

Then again, I have to question the taste of any fans of the TV show. Ever watched it, Ocelot? There's a local TV channel where I live that only shows really old shows for old people to watch (you can tell the target audience by the commercials, which are all of the "help I've fallen and I can't get up!" variety). They show Mission Impossible on there sometimes, and IT IS TERRIBLE. I've tried watching a few episodes, usually when they have Leonard Nimoy or someone in them, but MY GOD. It is, hands down, the most boring television program you will ever see. One time I even tried to sit through a three-part episode, waiting for something - anything - interesting to happen, and I've never felt time slow to such a crawl before or since.

 

So basically what I'm saying is don't watch the TV show. There's a reason the only thing anyone remembers about it is the theme music.