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#487921 What Are You Currently Playing?

Posted by Randomman96 on 21 September 2018 - 12:19 AM

So, after months of having it sit in my Steam library collecting virtual dust (like so many titles in there...), I've finally gotten around to trying out Battletech, the Turn Based Strategy game based in the MechWarrior Franchise.  


Over all, it's not a bad game by any stretch.  Looks good, sounds good, plays well, their take on the turn based formula is a welcome change of pace following so much time in XCOM and similar titles.  


The only main complain I have with this game is something I never thought I'd have an issue with in modern games: Autosaving.  Or lack there off.  


Right, lets back up here for a second.  We all know Autosaving.  A nice little feature we've gotten so accustomed to that it is a staple for pretty much non-multiplayer mode in pretty much every game made today.  Checkpoints, autosaves, quicksaves, ect.  You typically don't see a game without it.  


Especially strategy games of any kind.  


This is why I specifically mentioned XCOM.  It's the closest thing I could think of to compare Battletech to.  In XCOM, you are given an Autosave after every turn, with two other older ones from the previous turns, so should you get royally screwed up some how, you can go back and try and fix that.  Plus a bonus one BEFORE every mission, so if you REALLY messed up (like going into a really tough mission with all Rookies), you can rectify your mistakes.


Battletech does not have this feature.  You get one autosave, and it's given at the start of every mission.  Meaning if you do not save litterally after every turn, you may be stuck with having to redo the entire mission.  You could be fighting the last enemy in the mission, but if you did not save prior, you will have to redo the entire thing if you suddenly fail a forced objective like "all units must survive".  If your game or PC crashes on you and you haven't been saving like crazy, you will need to redo the entire mission.  


And I'm not the only one who has this complaint.  


What's baffling is why a dev would decide to even make an Autosave system like this in a modern game in the first place.  Frequent autosaves aren't a luxury, they're a must.

#487808 Star Wars Movies and Disney Fanfiction Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 27 July 2018 - 06:46 PM

Not going to lie, little disappointed that I'M the one who is dropping this.  


Episode IX's casting has been announced.  The unsurprising ones of Daisy Ridley, Oscar Issac, Adam Driver, and John Boyega are all in there, plus the new arrivals.  As well as the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando.  But there were two names that stick out.  


Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher.  


Seems we're getting a Force Ghost Luke, likely as a trainer for Rey and a tormentor of Kylo. But Fisher...   


Well, I'll just let the quote speak for itself.  



The role of Leia Organa will once again be played by Carrie Fisher, using previously unreleased footage shot for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. “We desperately loved Carrie Fisher,” says Abrams. “Finding a truly satisfying conclusion to the Skywalker saga without her eluded us. We were never going to recast, or use a CG character. With the support and blessing from her daughter, Billie, we have found a way to honor Carrie’s legacy and role as Leia in Episode IX by using unseen footage we shot together in Episode VII.”



Also surprisingly, looks like Phasma isn't returning given the lack that Gwendoline Christie was left out of the list of returning characters.  Guess someone's actually staying dead this time.

#487264 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 30 May 2018 - 09:43 AM

EDIT - There's a new Fallout:



It doesn't seem like there's any information out there right now, other than that it's in Vault 76 (is that anything significant? I don't know my Fallout lore). Find out more at E3, I guess.

Vault 76 was a Virginian area Control Vault (IE that's no outrageous Vault Tec testing, just take people, get them in the vault, and reopen after X years or if given the Vault Tec All Clear Signal, spoiler alert, that signal never sends).  It's set a mere 25 years after the Bombs fell, meaning it's a fresh, Post-Great War Virginia set in a time BEFORE the BoS even took down the Supermutant Master's Army, before the NCR, before the Enclave conflicts, before the rise of the Minutemen and reveal of the Institute.  For Context: Fallout 1 is set in 2161, a whole 59 years AFTER the events of this game.  


This is going to be about Vault 76 attempting to reclaim and rebuild the United States in a brand new world.  One of fresh mutant animals, Supermutants, ghouls, and an absence of law.  


Because it's set so soon after the Great War, it's a Vault numbered 76, which was also unveiled on 2076, 300s after the founding of the United States, it's likely we may a see the Enclave make an appearance, and maybe even in a more positive viewpoint this time around.

#487123 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 18 May 2018 - 04:30 PM

You know that rumored/lightly teased Prey DLC that supposed to be coming?  


If it's not coming out before E3, expect it to be announced there and released shortly after, because Prey just got updated with 10 new achivements.  All of them use the same icon and have a single word for the name.  What does it say when lined up?  


"If You Believed They Put A Man On The Moon."

#487094 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 08 May 2018 - 05:12 PM

Normally I don't post any thing related to Overwatch (based on my views about the game that I'm not going to get into), but this is a bit different a deserves it's post.  


Blizzard is releasing a paid only Mercy Skin that is up for sale from now to May 21st, as a drive for charity.  Namely Breast Cancer Research, where all proceeds will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.




It's for sale online or in game, and with a hefty $15USD price tag for just a single skin.  But hey, it's for charity, namely breast cancer research.  


So hey, if you're not going to do it for the skin, do it for charity.  And if you're not going to do it for charity, do it at least to save the [The rest of this post has been redacted to keep SSLF family friendly]

#487047 John Wick News and also Regular Movie/TV News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 25 April 2018 - 11:51 PM

I am commandeering this thread in the name of John Wick: Chapter 3 news, as we have just got a brief promo synopsis of the film.  The full synopsis will be quoted below.  Short version: 


It is set, by the sounds of it, immediately after Chapter 2 ended, and we will follow Wick as he attempts to fight his way out of New York City alive, without the resources of the Continental and with the bounty and the Excommunicado status on his head.


For the full promotional synopsis: 


"John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is on the run for two reasons... he's being hunted for a global $14 million dollar open contract on his life, and for breaking a central rule: taking a life on Continental Hotel grounds.  The victim was a member of the High Table who ordered the open contract.  John should have already been executed, except the Continental's manager, Winston, has given him a one-hour grace period before he's "Excommunicado" - membership revoked, banned from all services and cut off from other members.  John uses the service industry to stay alive as he fights and kill his way out of New York City."


Also, it turns out, there is going to series on the Continental, and apparently Wick is going to have an appearance in it.  


That is it for your John Wick related news, we now return to the normal, non-John Wick based news.

#486985 Star Wars Movies and Disney Fanfiction Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 08 April 2018 - 06:01 PM

#486774 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 09 March 2018 - 12:46 AM

Now, I don't know if you've heard of Valve.  They're the guys who own Steam, and back in the day, they used to make games.  Well, according to Gabe Newell himself, Valve is going to start making new games again, outside of the 3 planned VR titles and Artifact, you know, that DOTA collectible card game that you probably purged from your memory and no one was asking for?  The reasoning for it?  Valve is jealous of Nintendo.  No, really, those words actually came out of Newell's mouth:


"We've always been a little bit jealous of companies like Nintendo," Newell said. "When Miyamoto is sitting down and thinking about the next version of Zelda or Mario, he's thinking what is the controller going to look like, what sort of graphics and other capabilities. He can introduce new capabilities like motion input because he controls both of those things. And he can make the hardware look as good as possible because he's designing the software at the same time that's really going to take advantage of it. So that is something we've been jealous of, and that's something that you'll see us taking advantage of subsequently."


However, this was made at a presentation Newell was doing to give details about Artifact, and....  Well....


You're not going to like some of the key points.  See, those key points are:

  • The game WILL NOT BE FREE TO PLAY.  Yes, you read that right, a Collectible Card Game is NOT free to play.
  • Some sort of Shopping Phase in the game (No details given)
  • Opening card packs and building card decks is being made to be a "Social and Competitive Experience", meaning there is a clear social aspect to opening card packs ($5 says Valve is going to be selling card packs when the game is live)
  • Steam Workshop (meh) and Steam Marketplace enabled.  You know, that community market place that Valve takes a cut of that allows the community to buy and sell items like Steam Trading Cards, in-game Cosmetics items, and Lootboxes and Keys (the thing that propelled it on PC) and has created incentives for cheaters or AFK bots to farm items and sell said items.
  • No singleplayer content outside of Bot Matches
  • Slated to release on PC this year, a tournament set for Q1 2019, and iOS and Android releases in Mid-2019

Perhaps the biggest slap in the face when you think about it is that Artifact is not only using Source 2, but is in fact, if I recall correctly, also Valve's first confirmed game running on Source 2 (I don't even know if The Lab, Valve's free HTC "demo" is running Source 1 or 2).  That....  Doesn't exactly inspire confidence on how Source 2 is going to be...

#486607 Star Wars Movies and Disney Fanfiction Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 08 February 2018 - 09:33 PM


I guarantee you I'm not onto anything here. Rey's only 20; she'd would have to be like 35 to have been Han and Qi'ra's child. Unless your idea of a good time is Han cheating on Leia during their marriage, after they've had a child together, no less, letting the love child suffer for years as a scavenger on a miserable desert planet and then not even recognising the child when they meet.

45, if what people are right with how Solo is supposed to be 10 BBY.  


And even still, remember, she's can't be Han and Qi'ra's child based solely on chronological events.  Jakku didn't become the massive scrapyard it is in TFA and gain the massive scrap trade until AFTER ROTJ.  


So unless Rey was stuck in carbonite while she was a child only to be thawed out then ditched on Jakku after the Battle of Jakku, she ain't Han and Qi'ra's daughter.  


Honestly though, these whole "X has to be Rey's parent(s)" theories need to stop.  It was good to have prior to TLJ because everyone thought she would be connected to the original cast, but since it's been laid to rest, what's the point anymore?

#486419 Star Wars Movies and Disney Fanfiction Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 15 January 2018 - 05:49 PM

Ocelot right now on anything involving Shirtless Kylo:



(If you want to know, that is taken from this....   I don't even know what to call it, done by the same person who gave us this masterpiece, not putting the images in directly because they are quite long)  


On that note of how Ocelot clearly feels about Shirtless Kylo, have the real weapon to surpass Metal Gear Ocelot.  (The internet is a wonderful thing, isn't it?)

#486398 Star Wars Movies and Disney Fanfiction Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 10 January 2018 - 06:48 AM





If you don't know and haven't guessed it, the internet has given Kylo a new nickname because of this shot:

Ben Swolo.

#486180 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 07 December 2017 - 09:02 PM

For those of you how want to see the mindf*** that was the new Death Stranding trailer, here you go, and brace yourselves for Kojima Unchained.

#486178 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 07 December 2017 - 08:25 PM

I thought I was prepared for just a trailer of Kojima unhinged....



I was wrong.

#486176 The Video Game News Thread

Posted by Randomman96 on 07 December 2017 - 08:09 PM

EDIT - And here's that new THQ Nordic game they were teasing yesterday. It seems to be a miserable survival game that's going to be Early Access next week.

All ready put details about it earlier Ocelot.


And that THQ Nordic Game getting teased?  Turns out it's a new IP, called Fade To Silence.  The game was technically "leaked" (using the loosest possible use of it) ahead of Schedule via it's Steam Store Listing.  


About the game from the Steam Store page:

The game appears to be a open world, post eldritch apocalyptic arctic survival horror game.  No FULL release date yet, but it turns out it's releasing to an open Early Access NEXT WEEK (December 14th 2017).

#486092 moving Wicktures that you are watching

Posted by Randomman96 on 25 November 2017 - 09:26 PM

So Justice League.  That was.....    A movie.  



If you are debating on going to it, here's my advice:

Don't.  Just don't.  Don't even think about it.  Just don't.  It is back to Snyder's crap, not whoever did Wonder Woman.



(I also want to add, I was not even planning to see this anyway.  I went in with low expectations and it STILL FAILED TO CLEAR.  I only went because my dad offered, it was in an IMAX Cinema, I didn't have anything to do that day, and I could get a really good burger afterwards.)