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Posted: Jun 24 2015, 10:41 AM
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They aren't so much popular than they are cheap, 2000 gold a pop. I think they are in the starter packs as well. Game hasn't been out that long so there's probably a heap of players that bought those cheap heroes hastily. Also both Valla and Raynor were on rotation recently.

Valla's pretty boring. All her skills just do varying flavours of damage and she has an evasion ability. The only twist is that she can use her skills while the evasion is in effect. No real utility skills or anything creative you can do with her. Dive in, damage, dive out. Maybe kite a bit.

Raynor is Mr. Autoattack boring mcboringpants. Not much going for him. Penetrating Shot is counterproductive half of the time, knocking enemies away. I've had many a Raynor teammate help enemies get away with their skillspam. It can be useful if you set up a flank, but Raynor has no mobility or evasion skills to help him get into such a position. Adrenaline Rush is auto activated and is kinda the newbie skill, autohealing when you're low on health. Meh. Then there's Inspire which increases your attack speed by a decent amount and of those around you by a negligible amount. Coupled with his longer than normal range, there's not much he can really do besides autoattack and kite. Hyperion is a garbage ulti and is only good at scaring newbies. He's decent if you dump all his talents into things that boost his basic attacks, add Raynor's Raiders and the DPS is frightening. But no utility whatsoever, completely dependent on teammates for any tactical moves, stuns etc. And absolutely boring to play.

I suppose it's kinda hard to screw up with them. It's pretty basic to use them, and there's no complex skill combo chains(Kael'Thas) you need to do or anything.

Master Skins are just a gold sink for people who spent too much money or played too long. And there's always those guys who refuse to play any other hero.
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Posted: Jun 28 2015, 01:54 PM
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I'm one of those guys who refused to play any other hero at the moment.

Which admittedly will be a problem if I want to play the Hero League. It seems like it will take a while to get enough gold for 10 heroes so I'm probably fine for now.

I actually tried playing the Witch Doctor hero yesterday but it seems like I've forgotten how to play ranged characters. Though it might also be because the Witch Doctor is a pretty weird hero. His attacks seem to be fairly short range and he doesn't have any escape skills.
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Posted: Jun 28 2015, 07:13 PM
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If you do those dailies and coincidentally end up liking all the heroes that cost 2000/4000 gold, 10 heroes should be easy enough.

My tastes are unfortunately quite expensive. 2 of my bought heroes are 10000(Zeratul and Chen), the third is 4000. I'm considering a 7000(Zagara) purchase soon. I should be completely broke afterwards and will no longer have the benefit of player level gold to accelerate my wealth. And I've brought a good chunk of heroes to level 5, so I'm running low on gold on that end too.

Nazeebo, like all Specialist heroes tend to be designed for pushing. Zombie ring while is useful in team fights for splitting, zoning and trapping - is a really good ammo soak for towers. Corpse beetles also have frightening DPS, especially if you talent it up(which I do) and point blank frogs hit pretty hard. His trait heals him for each minion killed while his poison is in effect, so he has very good sustain. Also add that level 1 talent that increases his health and mana permanently for each minion kill and you got a potential tank on your hands. Early game, you want to just farm creeps, avoid team fight clusterfucks unless it's objectives and just spam zombie rings and corpse spiders on towers as much as you can. Get some early tower kills and your team should be up a level or two which can snowball into more victories.

Sprint is one of his later level talents which you probably want to take to make up for his lack of escapes. While a lot of lane pushing heroes think they should solo lane, it's a lot better if you have someone like Anub'arak or ETC to cover your escapes with their stuns.

For ulti, I go with Gargantuan. It's just nice to have a body blocking fatty get up in the enemy team's noggin, which also leaves you free to use skills and run and whatever. The channeling one is kinda obvious and leaves you vulnerable and a target.

In team fights, you want to save zombie rings to follow up on roots and stuns. The delay is long enough that most people will avoid it. In tight areas though, it's a good way to split enemy teams up. You can also unsummon the ring prematurely in case you're messing up your own team. Add corpse spiders, frogs and his poison and that's a lot of damage on the table.

Anyway I'd suggest giving all the heroes a shot when they come into rotation. You never know who you end up liking, and the shop's Try feature is quite inadequate for getting a feel for the hero. I certainly did not expect to end up liking Chen or Zagara(I was quite reluctant to play Zagara actually, my opinion of specialist heroes somewhat dampened by Sgt Hammer), but now I own Chen and will probably buy Zagara once she's out of rotation and I'm done faffing about with level 5 bonuses and dailies.
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Kinda have not played HOTS for a month for some reason.

Played Way of the Samurai 4. It is... silly. It's an awkward sort of entertaining. I sort of want my money back. It is a massive time sink if you wish to sink that time for there is many things to unlock and crap like that, but it's not quite fun enough for me to do that. Got like 2-3 endings and I'm just going to call it in.

Fairy Fencer F. It is.... so much like Neptunia. While I am aware that practically the same people made it, I guess I was hoping for a little more? It's a fun diversion and I support more JRPGs on Steam. Still have not beat Neptunia Rebirth;2 though... wonder if I'll beat this. It was funny at first but now it's just somewhat schizoprenic and wearing thin.

Bought Shogun 2 Total War. I played it a bit when it first came out, but never quite gotten down to conquering Japan. I will endeavour to finish the conquest this time around. With archers, archers and archers.

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Metro 2033 (Redux). Great game, really interesting setting.

I am also playing Project Cars as a proof of concept for my new amazon cloud gaming streaming server. So far it works a charm but I wish my internet wasnt such a potato. Also, audio would be nice.
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Posted: Aug 31 2015, 04:49 AM
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And after much coaxing cajoling and haird pulling I finally manage to get X Com: enemy unknown to work on my PC again. I'd better hoof it. Want to get the campaign done before X-Com 2 comes out.
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Posted: Sep 1 2015, 01:10 AM
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The Nobunagas were doing so well. But my most accomplished general defected, thankfully not taking many troops with him. My agents had reported of potential treachery so I had him lead a skeleton crew for scouting about.

Made alliances westside and pushed East hard. Blew threw the Hojos, Takedas and whoever. While getting my new territory in order, the Uesugis gutted my territory hard. But I made them pay for each inch they took and wiped them out.

Then I stopped playing cause it was stressing me the hell out.

And I made the genius decision of giving Dark Souls a second chance. Surprisingly I am getting into it. Just beat Moonlight Butterfly and got my face caved in by the Capra gonna beat you the moment you step in douchebag Demon.

I summoned a random bloke for Jolly Cooperation who proceeded to annihilate the Dark Knight in Undead Burg netting me a snazzy Dark Knight Sword.

I got invaded when I became human to summon Solaire to help me against the Gargoyle as per Yahtzee's advice on the Escapist. The taunted me, gave me Havel's Ring for some reason and murderized me in a single blow.

Dark Souls multiplayer is weird.
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Posted: Sep 1 2015, 06:55 PM
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Let's just be honest with ourselves. Everyone and their grandmother is going to spend the next two months playing MGSV. And then Fallout 4 will come out and we'll be playing that instead...

That said, I am super happy with my box set. Just waiting for Konami to send me my damn code because they stiffed the PS4 users...

Also, I recently finished up my first run-through of Shadowrun: Hong Kong.

Finally, I guess I can count running through the original Fallout game while I'm at work. Because I can.
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Posted: Sep 1 2015, 07:55 PM
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I will defy that statement and play Mad Max instead. After I tire of Dark Souls.

I'm one of the few who never got into MGS.
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Posted: Sep 2 2015, 03:55 AM
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Mutons. Cyberdiscs. Against basic armed and armored Rookies I sent out to 'Gain Experience' on a 'Simple Abduction mission".

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Posted: Sep 14 2015, 10:05 AM
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Playing some of dem new mobages.

Fate Grand Order. Very boring. Dull turn based battles.

iM@S Starlight Stage. Why does this game hate my thumbs? I don't actually know how I'm supposed to play it. The 5 in a line note config is odd. The beatmaps themselves are totally not designed for thumb tapping, with full screen slides and double notes that fly all over the place. But I'm so used to SIF that it's hard to NOT thumb it.

So far, need practice with playing my phone like some keyboard. Timing is totally off with my index fingers.

As a rhythm game, I feel SIF is better. But this has dancing 3D idols soooo yeaaaah.
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I've finished Satellite Reign which is a kickstarted Syndicate remake. It's a similar type of remake to the X-Com one, in that it changed the generic characters into 4 classes. Soldier, Support, Hacker, Assassin. You have one of each, they level up with unique skills and you can equipment with various weapons, equipment and cybernetic augmentations.

I forgot exactly what you did in Syndicate, but this is an open-world strategy espionage game. Generally speaking, you have to sneak into various compounds (often multiple times) and enter certain, building which completes whatever objective you have, like stealing money or weapons or information. Each compound has multiple entry points and you have to get past a combination of doors, patrols, cameras and sentry guns.

This game is really fun because there's no single right way of doing things. Sometimes I've do an objective and am able to get in and out easy in 5 minutes, other times it's taken me 30 minutes. I'm sure there were other people who were the opposite on those objectives, either because they have different skills or equipment, or because they saw different ways of doing it. There has been times where I've painstaking stealthed in and out, other times where I've stealthed in and simply ran out of the compound while being chased on shot at by the various security guards.

There are also fun little tricks you can do. For example, you can use your "Soldier" to cut power to the doors, locking them and stopped any security guards from passing through them. Another one is hijack, which you use to mind control security guards and even civilians. You need to use this to get new clones for your character, but you can also use them as disposable fighters. The trick, however, is that a the other guards do not turn hostile towards the mind controlled guards, they have no idea and think he's still one of them. This means you can use him to scout and even open doors which would normally be locked to you.


The other game I've been playing is War for the Overworld, a Dungeon Keeper remake. It's very much Dungeon Keeper. There's not really been much innovation compared to Satelite Reign, however, at the same time it's been "modernized" so you aren't forced to deal with a 1990's interface. It's (mostly) Dungeon Keeper if it was made in 2014 I guess.

I've been happy enough with it up until the second-to-last mission which puts you right in the middle of other Dungeon Keepers, forcing you to fight all of them at the same time. The only one you can actually deal with those guys is by spamming lightning on all their troops when they come into your territory, which you can only do because he campaign gives you high mana regen. Which is pretty dumb. I'd dealt with things that way except it seems like the computers are constantly being given high-level minions, even though I keep kill them over and over again, and at the same time my troops don't get much better because don't respawn as fast and keep dying due to being low level. Oh yeah, it's also a big difficult spike, considering I did all the previous mission in one go.

I would say it's a balance issue with that level, which is true in of itself, but at the same time it also shows that War of the Overworld has the same problem that Dungeon Keeper had. That the actual battles between minions in of itself isn't very interesting. It's just one mob vs another mob. The fun part is building up your dungeon, making traps and small skirmishes. Unfortunately, War of the Overworld concentrates a bit more of the fighting and less on the building up your dungeon/etc. There's plenty of it mind you, but there is less. I'd say this is probably why the levels were shorter, because in Dungeon Keeper you spent a lot more time slowly building your dungeon, dealing with heroes attacks. In War for the Overworld you do the base building, maybe traps and then go mob attack the other dungeon.

Another problem is that your minions are pretty bland. The "beasts" were good (e.g. a shadow beast monster, tentacled giant eye monster) but most of the minions were just goblin-like. Even the succubus was pretty ugly looking. Minions in Dungeon Keeper were much more unique. I always thought the Black Knight was cool.

Well ultimately it was pretty fun, though a bit short and too fast paced for my tastes. I've gotten to the second to last level (honestly not sure if I'm going to bother finishing it now) and it only took 9 hours, where Satellite Reign took 22 hours. Of course, Satellite Reign kickstarted for twice the amount so it's only fair. I have high hopes for DLC or sequels. And it's definitely better than Dungeons 1, which I was really disappointed by. I heard Dungeons 2 was better but after playing Dungeons 1 I'm rather reluctant to give it a go.

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After 200+ hours... still playing MGSV. I think there's something wrong with me.

Also, does the new Metal Gear Online count as a separate game? Seriously there is something wrong with me.

I picked up Disgaea 5 yesterday on a whim. I couldn't say no to the artbook and soundtrack. I am so weak-willed. T_T
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Posted: Oct 12 2015, 08:43 PM
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Currently playing: FF14 (Just recently beat the first primal of Heavensward. Need to stop leveling up all the classes to 50 and just complete the main game.), Broken Age (on the second half and thank you PS Plus), Blue Dragon, FF Type-0/FF15 Demo.

Games I need to get back to or finish: Witcher 3 (HA! HAHAHA!! Too much and the expansion doesn't help!), DA: Inquisition (need to complete the two dlcs Decent and Trespasser), Life is Strange (last episode is coming out really soon), Danganronpa 2 (I am so close), Steins Gate, and Grim Fandango.

Game I just recently beat: Chrono Trigger (for the first time and why have I not played this messiah of games yet I have no idea.. Square just ignore FF7 and remake this please?)

I need to stop finding awesome classic games that never came out here but have fan translations of them.

Games I am going to pick up tomorrow: Dragon Quest Heroes and Corpse Party: Blood Drive (so hyped for this final chapter)

Lastly, games I wish I could be playing now: Dragon Quest X (my laptop hates me and I need an actual computer) and FF 11 (should have purchased this instead and will have little money to spend for fun after tomorrow's pick up)

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Playing the new (Rebooted?) Need for Speed on the PS4. Looks absolutely gorjess.
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Got GGXrd on PC. Had some multiplayer lulz with some buddies. It's fun and looks good. Ephelt is my waifu.
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Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 and Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth.
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I beat Legacy of the Void some time back. I didn't like how it ultimately culminated in fulfilling some ancient prophecy to defeat a macguffin evil.

Got into the WH40k Eternal Crusade early access. It is pretty janky at the moment but I think there is potential. Hope it turns out good in the end, haven't had a decent 40k fix since Dawn Of War.

Been playing lots of Mechwarrior Online recently. In many ways it hasn't really changed much. Community Warfare feels like a placeholder and the mech leveling is still the same aggravating buy 3 of a mech to make it better. Still the Timber Wolf is really good and can be customized to do many things so I currently have two and am working towards a third.
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Most recent play was Firewatch, which I felt compelled to finish in 1 setting/night~
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Stardew Valley is evil. I don't think it is even that fun but it is absorbing in its usual Harvest Moon heritage fashion. Though I think I played it longer than any HM game I ever tried. There is a lot to explore and there's mining and stuff.

Handing out jars of white viscous stuff to girls for hearts.... it's just mayo. Leah and Penny both like mayo so that's ny go to gift after I got chickens. I'll decide which one I want later but Penny is proven to be good with kids.

Not sure if I should keep playing but it's a good game to play while listening to podcasts.
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^ This, I got stardew valley just over two weeks ago...and I've sunk just over 58 hours in to it blink.gif

A total time thief, but I can't stop thinking how good it is.

Just. So. Good.

Also FYI: Abigail, although I did get 10 hearts with all the singles out there...some of them after my farmer was married...mostly the guys...

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It's been a long road...

Four years ago, Mass Effect 3 came out. I very much enjoyed playing it, and then utterly hated the ending (at least, the ending that it had at launch). I playing through it several more times with different character classes, because that's just what I do with these sorts of games, and in the process saw that same ending each of those times. No matter what choice I made, no matter how completely I finished every sidequest and gained very war asset, it all turned out just as unsatisfying and disappointing. Eventually I just couldn't play it any more. I tried, but I couldn't. Even when DLC came out, ostensibly fixing the ending, and then more came out that built upon it and supposedly made it all work better, and so on, I could not play it. I was filled with... disgust, just seeing the game. Every attempt to play was a slog, and no fun at all. So I gave up. I concluded that Bioware had simply ruined what had been one of my favorite game series of all time, I chose to deny that there had ever been a Mass Effect 3, and I moved on.

Finally, 4 years later, I found myself enticed by trailers and ideas regarding the upcoming Mass Effect: Andromeda. I felt that I wanted to play a game with that sort fo gameplay, and that sort of atmosphere again. And the one that had best refined that gameplay had still been ME3. So, knowing that I almost certainly would not have the tolerance to go through it more than once, I got my hands on all the DLC, acquired everything tha tpeople said had finally made the ending... workable... and went back in. I found that, at the very least, I could finally play it again without thaving to force myself through it. And so I have now played it. All of it. Every bit of DLC and original content, I have finally finished, just now.

I can say that yes, the things that they added, and quite possibly the amount of time that has passed, have... moderated the ending. It no longer feels as poor as it did. It... works now. I don't think I will ever be able to say "yes, this is truly an epic ending that stands on par with the endings for the previous two games." But it no longer feels like a betrayal, the way it did before they added everything to it.

That's all I've been playing lately. Now I'll have to see if there are any other games in the world. I here the new Doom is coming out in a month or so...
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With Dark Souls 3 out, I am finally joining the party..... by actually trying to play through Bloodborne now. Tried it a bit when I first bought it, felt it was hard as balls (what else would one expect) and left it aside. Now having gotten a bit better, it's basically the best PS4 game I've played so far. Just around 1 year late to the bandwagon~
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