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Gaming / Final Fantasy XIV Stormblood ramble
« on: May 07, 2019, 02:11:58 AM »
Shadowbringers trailer

end of an era and heavensward are better

The first expansion, Heavensward, is free until June 27th if anyone is interested.

Barely structured ramblings on Stormblood. I needed to vent lmao.

It was way worse than Heavensward but HW set the bar pretty fucking high so eh. Ala Mhigger shenanigans were dull but the Doma stuff was slightly better. The Azim Steppe portion of the story was easily the best along with the post SB questline

Lyse can eat a fat one
Zenos yae Galvus single-handedly saved SB
Yotsuyu was tragic and deserved better ;__;
Asahi was wasted potential, go fuck yourself Yoshi and let me symphatize with Garleans
Maxima is pretty cool
Hien is the best of the allied characters but that doesnt take much
Estinien was present to expand my BotD if you know what i mean, god i fucking love Dragoons
The rest of the allied characters are nobodies except maybe Y'shtola

Stormblood locations are all worse than what Heavensward had to offer.
Gyr Abania is a slightly better Thanalan which has the dullest ARR locations. The Lochs has some interesting places like the underwater Loch Seld ruins

Yanxia is better but doesnt hold a candle to HW again. Setting foot in to the Azim Steppe the first time with a foggy weather was a high point.

-Thoughts on content of Stormblood

SB dungeons are such unbelievable garbage. Every single one of them. SB's leveling dungeons are a slog comparable to ARR dungeons. Expert SB dungeons are only slightly better if only due to having all your abilities.

Coming from Heavensward where even the leveling dungeons are good beyond the first one. Not to mention the expert dungeons, some of which ive queued into just because of the music.

So now that i had experienced the god awful dungeons of SB, i went into alliance raids with low expectations even though i was excited for them being Ivalice themed.

The Royal city of Rabanastre.
 Mateus is still the same cool design but the fight is nothing special.
 Hashmals control tower ability is a pretty neat brainlet filter but again the rest of the fight is nothing special.
 Rofocale is nothing special.
 Argath Thadalfus is one of the coolest designs in the game but the fight itself is lame. His Obey/Disobey ability is garbage trial and error design. Cool lines though YOU DO NOT BELONG IN MY WORLD, STEP INTO NOTHING

Moving onto The Ridorana Lighthouse which was one of the most interesting locations of Ivalice.
 Famfrit is a pain in the ass to play with casters but its kinda fun to see everyone eat shit at Tsunami.
 Belias is shitty for jobs with timed gauges and overall is nothing special.
 Construct 7 is a special kind of fuck off with its math ability. With no explanation youre supposed to take into account your HP number when calculating the correct number. Fuck off. That aside its nothing special aside from watching people eat shit at Dispose.
 YIAZMAT much like Argath is a cool design although not as good as the original from XII. His fight doesnt stand out much to my disappointment and i dont understand why they thought the voice lines were a good idea. Shouldve been a harder fight too honestly. Disappointed we didnt get anything in the Subterra parts.

The Orbonne Monastery
 Mustadio sucks.
 Agrias sucks and has THE WORST voice acting ive heard in the game.
 The Thunder God is a pretty good fight and i enjoy optimizing it with BLM, VA is decent.
 Ultima is a decent end to the Ivalice raids and has a sick design. Tera nut flare whenever i pull off Between the Lines and Onslaught when she does knockback into the maze.

Overall the Ivalice raids are worse than Mhach and Dun Scaith but better than ARR raids.

Onto normal 8 man Omegascape raids. Its story is miles better than the actual main SB story, Omega is cool as fuck. Unabashed fanservice but its the best kind of fanservice.

Deltascape is meh
Sigmascape fights are better

Alphascape ill get into more because it has some of the best gameplay XIV has to offer

1.0 is fun all around with a good variety of movement mixed with no movement

2.0 has THE Midgardsormr i mean fucking goddamn if that is not some goooooooooooood shit. I will eat Akh Morns for breakfast even if it kills me. Audio and visual design is top notch with gameplay to back it up.

3.0 is the first fight against Omega in its beetle form. The ornate design is 5/5

Actual fight taught me ship terminology and again i love watching others eat shit at wavecannons

4.0 is peak Final Fantasy and XIV tbh fams. Not only does it have Yoshitaka Amano designs come to life but it has the kind of place, music and importance i would expect from final bosses of previous FF's. Topped off with what is in my opinion the best fight in the game.


As for the other 8 man trials

Susano is about as engaging as Ifrit from ARR. Only redeeming factor is Rules of Nature.
Lakshmi is hard for a normal trial and thats a good thing ™. Arena is too bright though.
Shinryu is another hard normal trial and a pretty great fight overall
Byakko is weird but fun, i wasnt expecting bullet hell in my XIV.
Tsukuyomi is up there with alpha 4.0 presentation wise. Bit of a bummer story wise.
The rest i havent unlocked yet.

Unfortunately i cant say anything about the Savage fights because i dont have a FC to play with and ive given up on pubs.

-Now for the jobs ive played

Starting off with the TRAGEDY that is level 70 Dragoon. What. The fuck. Is this.
''Hey yoshida, Dragoon has an active opener but feels empty after and the BotD timer could use some touchup''
''Hello here's some more fucking buttons to bloat and extend your opener, here's an ability to use between animation locks, try not to eat shit cunt and finally take this extension to the worst Job timer with no way of holding it''

After literally quitting for a few days i picked up my secondary, Black Mage, and it became my new best friend.
BLM received nothing but improvements in SB like triple fucking cast for just that itty bitty extra overkill.
I wasnt sure how i felt about Foul first, it looked and sounded weak but ive grown to appreciate its less is more design. Now that quadruple Flares and Foul exist, there is no need for other DPS's to exist ;^)

That being said i still had an itch for support so i leveled Red Mage after.
Stylish kit visually and canceling Displacement backflip mid air with Corps-a-corps is SSS tier style. RDM's kit overall is way too simple for me so i didnt stick with it after capping it.

Decided on Samurai next after being too lazy to pick up Monk back at 60.
SAMs kit is stylish as well as relatively fun and engaging. Hitting 2 Midare Setsugekkas in a row is nearly as good  as quad Flares. Even though i enjoyed SAM i dropped it before getting to learn its rotation at 70.

Went on to level Summoner after eyeing it for the longest time. An absolute nightmare slog to play below 50.
After 60 is where it quickly became my favorite Job second to BLM. Its ''2 minute rotation'' at 70 is incredibly satisfying to do with almost no downtime, keeping you engaged at all times. Akh Morns son.

But O'ssu how come you like SMN's long rotation and not DRG's!?!?!?!?!?!1?!?!? Fuck you

Oh and Bard continues to be fun but exhausting and Warrior Fell Cleaves put PLD and DRK in their sheds

Finally some of my favorite songs

SB boss theme is great but pales in comparison to HW's

Yanxia daytime is my favorite SB location song

Kugane is pleasant

Azim Steppe and Loch are after Yanxia


Fractal Continuum Hard builds on the already amazing normal variant

Lakshmis theme is one of the best primal songs

Byakkos theme is otherwise forgettable but the chorus is fucking amazing

Omega M/F theme is one of the best songs in the game in conjunction with the fight

Tsukuyomis theme is probably my favorite XIV song. Hits the same notes Nier:Automata did.

Special mention to Omegas theme somehow being insufferable but also making the fight hectic

This is why i dont do reviews.

The Flood / Keith Flint
« on: March 04, 2019, 12:18:35 PM »

The Prodigy co-lead found dead at 49. Suicide.

Being a millenial gen z whatever sucks huh, seeing all my favorite people dying :/

Maybe the biggest influence on my musical tastes

The Flood / What do we think of Gillettes new ad
« on: January 15, 2019, 02:33:45 PM »

And define 'some'

The Flood / i hope you remembered
« on: January 28, 2018, 09:11:56 AM »
vote this cake desu ne for president

Gaming / The Game Awards
« on: November 14, 2017, 12:29:27 PM »
                                                                                                                                                  Public voting in effect
                                                                              fancy formatting not included

>Game of The Year
Recognizing a game that delivers the absolute best experience across all creative and technical fields.

-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
-Super Mario Odyssey
-PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (oh im raffin')
-Persona 5
-Horizon Zero Dawn

>Best Game Direction
Awarded to a game studio for outstanding creative vision and innovation in game direction and design.

-Wolfenstein II (what innovation)
-Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (what innovation)
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (what innovation)
-Super Mario Odyssey (what innovation)
-Horizon Zero Dawn (what innovation)

>Best Narrative
For outstanding storytelling and narrative development in a game.

-What Remains of Edith Finch
-NieR: Automata
-Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
-Wolfenstein II (what whitey, you dont think poop jokes are funny?)
-Horizon Zero Dawn

>Best Art Direction
For outstanding creative and/or technical achievement in artistic design and animation.

-Destiny 2
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
-Persona 5
-Horizon Zero Dawn

>Best Score/Music
For outstanding music, inclusive of score, original song and/or licensed soundtrack

-Destiny 2
-NieR: Automata
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
-Super Mario Odyssey
-Persona 5

>Best Audio Design
Recognizing the best in-game audio and sound design.

-Destiny 2
-Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice
-Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
-Super Mario Odyssey

>Best Performance
Awarded to an individual for voice-over acting, motion and/or performance capture.

-Melina Juergens, Hellblade
-Laura Bailey, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (TheRockEyeroll.gif)
-Claudia Black, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
-Brian Bloom, Wolfenstein II
-Ashly Burch, Horizon: Zero Dawn

>Games for Impact
For a thought provoking game with a profound pro-social meaning or message

-Please Knock on My Door
-Night in the Woods
-Life is Strange: Before the Storm
-Bury Me, My Love
-What Remains of Edith Finch
-Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

>Best Ongoing Game
Awarded to a game for outstanding development of ongoing content that evolves the player experience over time

-Rainbow Six: Siege
-Grand Theft Auto Online
-Destiny 2 (it JUST released???)
-PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

>Best Mobile Game
For the best game playable on a dedicated mobile device.

-Fire Emblem Heroes
-Super Mario Run
-Old Man’s Journey
-Monument Valley 2
-Hidden Folks

>Best Handheld Game
For the best game playable on a dedicated portable gaming system.

-Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World-
-Monster Hunter Stories
-Metroid: Samus Returns
-Ever Oasis
-Fire Emblem Heroes: Shadows of Valentia

>Best VR/AR Game
For the best game experience playable in virtual or augmented reality, irrespective of platform

-Superhot VR
-Star Trek: Bridge Crew
-Lone Echo / Echo Arena
-Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

>Best Action Game
For the best game in the action genre focused on combat

-Destiny 2
-Wolfenstein II

>Best Action/Adventure Game
For the best action/adventure game, combining combat with traversal and puzzle solving

-Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
-Assassin’s Creed: Origins
-The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
-Super Mario Odyssey
-Horizon Zero Dawn
(Wouldnt Automata fit here?)

>Best Role Playing Game
For the best game designed with rich player character customization and progression, including massively multiplayer experiences.

-South Park: The Fractured But Whole
-Final Fantasy XV
-Divinity: Original Sin 2
-NieR: Automata
-Persona 5

>Best Fighting Game
For the best game designed primarily around head-to-head combat.

-Tekken 7
-Nidhogg 2
-Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite
-Injustice 2

>Best Family Game
For the best game appropriate for family play, irrespective of genre or platform. (The nintendo category apparently)

-Splatoon 2
-Sonic Mania
-Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
-Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
-Super Mario Odyssey

>Best Strategy Game
Best game focused on real time or turn-based strategy gameplay, irrespective of platform.

-XCOM 2: War of the Chosen
-Tooth and Tail
-Total War: Warhammer II
-Halo Wars 2
-Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle
(Divinity: Original Sin 2???)

>Best Sports/Racing Game
For the best traditional and non-traditional sports and racing game.

-Project Cars 2
-Pro Evolution Soccer 2018
-NBA 2K18
-GT Sport
-Forza Motorsport 7
-FIFA 18

>For outstanding online multiplayer gameplay and design, including co-op and massively multiplayer experiences, irrespective of game genre.

-Call of Duty: World War II
-Splatoon 2
-Mario Kart 8 Deluxe
-Destiny 2
-PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds

>Most Anticipated Game
Awarded to an upcoming game that has shown significant ambition and promise. Title must be announced and scheduled for release after December 7, 2017.

-The Last of Us Part II
-Red Dead Redemption II
-Monster Hunter: World
-Marvel’s Spider-Man
-God of War

>Best Independent Game
For outstanding creative and technical achievement in a game made outside the traditional publisher system.

-Night in the Woods
-What Remains of Edith Finch
-Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice

>Best Student Game
Awarded the best student project created at the high school or college level.

-Level Squared
-Falling Sky
-From Light

>Trending Gamer
For a streamer, influencer or media member who has made an important impact on the industry this calendar year.

-Steven Spohn
-Mike Grzesiek
-Guy Beahm
Dr. Disrepect
-Clint Lexa
-Andrea Rene
What’s Good Games

>Best Esports Game
For the game that has delivered the best overall eSports experience to players (inclusive of tournaments, community support and content updates), irrespective of genre or platform.

-Rocket League (what eSports scene)
-League of Legends
-Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
-Overwatch (not even a proper spectator yet)

>Best Debut Indie Game
Recognizing a new independent studio that released its first game in 2017. Winner selected by fan voting.

-Slime Rancher
-Mr. Shifty
-Hollow Knight
-Golf Story
Vague reasonings as usual. Disappointment guaranteed.

The Flood / ALRIGHT...i admit...i love traps
« on: April 27, 2015, 12:14:17 PM »
I mean...
Just imagine the damage these things would do to a person, frigging blood errywhere

And here's one to catch hipsters!

Oh! and this one's a classic, it doesnt cause any injuries but you could for example soak it in gasoline and burn it after youve caught someone!
Discuss your favorite traps

Septagon / Add an option to hide your own prefix?
« on: March 20, 2015, 11:39:36 AM »
Or whatever the 'heroic, legendary, mythic' were called >.>

But just your own. I was thinking about my titles and how prefixes overlap em.
Sooo is there any reason not to add an option like that or...?

Septagon / My title bar is broken.
« on: November 18, 2014, 05:59:27 PM »
Pic and color wont comeback and im invincible.

Gaming / Final Fantasy XV Tech Demo shows how to 'Next-gen'
« on: November 14, 2014, 05:36:42 PM »
I am literally diamond hard right now.
The hype is real.

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