Strider Hiryu

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  1. Looks like I get to play the For Honor beta this weekend, just got my code today. Can't wait, if only I didn't have to work Friday (this overtime shit is getting old).

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    2. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I'm glad there is AI fighting in this or I probably wouldn't be interested. I'll watch some videos later tomorrow. Sounds very enjoyable. :D

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Meh, I didn't really get another chance to put much time into the beta again after my initial time (I did play a few rounds of Dominion again but it was Player vs. A.I. so not much to add). I did unlock Orochi and try her out, she's not bad but definitely not my play style. She's too squishy and I just don't like her play style. Not to mention she's so much weaker then the Warden it's not funny (her attacks don't do as much damage but she makes up for it in other ways). I will say I mastered the play style of the Warden though and am a force to be reckoned with when I play her (at least for the A.I., never did get a chance to play against other players), went on a 10 player kill streak in the last match I played (again A.I. players).

      Overall with the little time I put into it I'm certainly intrigued by it. I might drop the money on it when it releases on the 14th as it's enjoyable enough but with Horizon coming out next month as well I'll have to see how funds are doing (all this overtime is helping but I'm, once again, trying to save up for a new computer). If you get a chance once it releases I'd say give it a shot if you got the chance, see if you like it (I don't mean go out and buy it of course but if a friend gets it try it out). As I said the combat isn't exactly easy to master but once you start to get the hang of it it's extremely enjoyable. All in all if I'd say this is a solid 7/10 just based on the beta alone.

    4. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      With the way alot of recent games have dropped in price within the first 2-3 weeks of release I recommend holding off initially. I'll watch some streams of it when it comes out, or at least a couple youtube videos of the campaign to see if its got a decent plot to go with the great combat mechanics. So many games seem to have great promise over the last couple years but then fall flat with plot or progression. :crap:

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  2. So after playing TOR since it's release I've finally finished all the class stories this morning earning my Legendary Player status. I have to say TOR is an exceptional game with some of the best storytelling I've seen in an MMO to date (FFXIV takes second sadly, while the story is amazing it's just not personal enough like the TOR class stories are).

    Have to say my favorite Class Stories were Sith Inquisitor (even if it was a little predictable at times), Imperial Agent (I haven't played the Light Side version but the Dark Side one was pretty damn fun), and surprisingly Jedi Consular (which I beat this morning. While a little boring the twists and turns the story takes after Chapter 1 were fun). The other stories were just a little to bland for my tastes (Sith Warrior was okay but revenge stories just aren't all that great any more. Jedi Knight wasn't all that amazing but the final story mission was pretty cool. The rest I really don't have much to say about (though Smuggler was good for a few laughs)).

    Gotta say for their first time doing an MMO Bioware did a great job, even if the game has gone through more rocky points then most MMO's. The Knights of the Fallen Empire and Knights of the Eternal Throne expansions were amazing, well done, and outside of the class stories had some of the best story writing I've seen in awhile (this goes for single player games as well). Can't wait to see what Bioware has in store for TOR in the future but I'm happy to say I can finally put this game on the back burner until it happens.

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    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      I would lose Jaesa?! *Vader NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO..*

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Yea and as far as I know there's no plan on bringing her back in as of right now (which sucks, she's one of my favorite companions (especially after you turn her)).

    4. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      I know! She was so vicious and dark. The whole turning her sequence was amazing. The whole quest behind it capturing her master and what not was satisfying to see play out.

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  3. Just got out of the Rob Zombie/Korn concert in Bismarck, ND. Was fucking awesome!

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Awesome. That concert must have been packed.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Who doesn't hate him for that XD

      Oh it was completely sold out, Rob said it himself when he took to stage. I was down on the floor and we were packed in there like sardines.

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  4. So, massive blizzard at the end of March >.< I really hate ND sometimes.

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      lmao. XD

      Don't worry Strider.. just look forward to June.. at least it never snows in June. x_x

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Pfft, in ND it still snows in July (sadly this has happened before). Our weather patterns out here are fucking weird. Damn global warming >_<

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Snow in July!? I'd have moved out of that state immediately. lol.

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  5. After 4 months of going through hell to find a job I finally landed one today (start on Monday). Damn good thing I did, I'm almost out of money (my computer fund went bye bye, need to start saving again). Once I get my first paycheck I'm picking up Overwatch, I need something to take my frustrations out on (and BF4 and R6S just aren't cutting it).

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Sounds great! Good luck with those 10 hour days. I've had 2 jobs where I've done four 10 hour days in a row. Its great at first but after 6 months that schedule started wrecking me with eye strain.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      While I'm not overly excited by 10 hour days the three days off makes up for it plus I've done it more than a few times (I've done back to back 13 hour days before, those are a lot rougher the 10 hour days back to back).

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Damn. Screw 13 hour days. x_x

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  6. Since the BF1 servers were down yet again tonight (fucking christ DICE/EA, get your shit together) I finally beat the Tanker storyline of the campaign. I have to say if the other 5 are anything like it I'm in for a treat. This is by far one of the best campaign stories I've played for a BF game since the original Bad Company. Good lord that was fun as hell and the spark plug mission was great (I fucked with the Germans so hard it wasn't even funny).

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      The Tank and Pilot missions were both 5 sections, but the pilot mission probably was shorter since it was faster paced, with less boots on the ground. Hell, Lawrence of Arabia probably took me longer since I opted to stealth as much as possible. I'm going to have to go back and try to get some more codex, some of those skins you can get from SP are pretty sweet.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      The Lawrence one sounds like fun, can't wait to give it a try (maybe this weekend if I get time). I originally tried to do the spark plugs mission the stealthy way but sadly I ran out of silenced sniper rifle ammo and the Germans caught on quickly that someone was killing them. So I picked up a normal sniper and started killing them left and right, loud and proud. Sadly the AI wasn't exactly that smart as everyone in the area came looking for me (and one damn near killed me with a field gun). It took them 10 minutes to figure out I was wiping them out from one of the windmills which was when the field gunner decided to flatten it. After that I just ran around fucking with them until I got the last spark plug. So much fun though the Flame Trooper made things a little hairy.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I finished the campaign yesterday and I loved it. The tank and airplane missions were the definitely the best. :D

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  7. So I found my new favorite Medic weapon in BF1, the Cei-Rigotti Factory. I didn't notice until last night but it has a full-auto feature like the Sweeper and it's more accurate then the Sweeper. The 10 round mags kind of kills its killing potential but at least 80% of your shots will hit unlike the Sweeper. I'm also ashamed to say I was enjoying using the Model 10 Factory last night, I went on some killing sprees that surprised the hell out of me. I still say it needs a nerf but I understand why people like using it and it's Hunter loadout now, the gun is a beast.

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      I took it for a spin again the other night and I just love the sweeper too much to give it up. I stick to trenches, tunnels, and flanks. If I fight long range I'm using the Martini. XD

      It will be interesting to see what DLC brings to the medic class though. The French guns are missing from the game that I suppose will be added with their map pack. The RSC Model 1917 and Meunier A6 should both make it into the game. Since they have the Mondragon in the game which is a Mexican rifle, I'll be interested to see if they add the Chineses Liu. There is also a Madsen rifle that is top loaded like the LMG. 

      But the only thing I can see dethroning the Sweeper for me is the Fedorov Avtomat M1916. Just look at this beauty.

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    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      I forgot to mention that the Avtomat is a Russian gun and it damn well better be in the Russian DLC with the Mosin.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I bet in the next DLC support will get a new gas mortar. If gas wasn't bad enough now, imagine every support guy shooting 5 rounds of gas around a flag and 2 smoke right on it. XD

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  8. Finished watching Saga of Tanya the Evil (Youjo Senki) last night and what a fucking trip it was. Enjoyed every minute of it which is odd for me with newer anime. For a show that uses a villain for a main character (yes this is not you're typical good guy anime show) it certainly took some risks that I thought paid off (from using a Nazi Germany like country in the Empire (this is set in a world similar to ours during the WWI era) and a sadistic 11-year old girls a the protagonist (the villain)).

    Gotta say I highly recommend giving it a watch if you can (currently only up on Crunchyroll, I know Funi has the rights so it may eventually see a State side release). Can't wait for the second season.

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      The last school anime I enjoyed beside Hagani, was Netoge no Yome wa Onna no Ko Janai to Omotta? (And You Thought There Is Never a Girl Online?). Because it wallowed in MMO/Online gaming tropes (girl gamers, RMT, P2W, etc) which I found extremely enjoyable. It also had my mouse in anime form XD. Its a gaming anime, that's actually about the characters playing an MMO without being stuck inside of it. It's four people that play in a party often, and they end up finding out they all go to the same school, and actually know each other... being in different social echelons, they normally wouldn't hang out with each other, so they form an after school club to play on campus. Its pretty light-hearted, but has some great moments. 

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I've been meaning to check that one out just haven't had the time as of late (then again I am tearing through the Crunchyroll directory at the speed of light).

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Thanks for the info Strider. At least its not a school anime. x_x

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  9. So yeah, I really hate North Dakota. Got over 15 inches of snow this weekend and damn near got my car stuck going to work last night. I can't wait till summer

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Lucky? Snow sucks. Don't get me wrong I love winter because I love cold weather but snow can just disappear for all I care. Snow just makes everything 10x harder to do.

    2. Pchan

      Pchan

      Dude, you don't know what you're missing. Fresh snow that's untouched is great for Halo Halo.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      *pisses on your fresh snow* f*ck winter! >:o

      lmao.

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  10. So finished the first season of Gunslinger Girl, loved it. Great show. Just started season 2, don't know if I'm hip on the new art direction though

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Triela is bad ass, thats what I remember most about the second season. lol

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I love Triela, my favorite character in the show (from both seasons). Who doesn't love a girl who runs around with a shotgun with a bayonet attached to it

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Finally finished and loved every minute of it (though I still don't like the art direction it took). So glad I bought the series last time it was on sale, totally worth it.

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  11. I have no idea why I find this so damn amazing but with the PSN app on your phone you can turn the thing on and off. Again I don't know why I find it amazing. On a side note Watch Dogs is pretty damn fun.

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      It's also awesome how you can tell it to download a game from the PS store while you're at work.

    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      As much as I'm loving this game. The complete lack of facial expressions is killing me. XD Aiden and his Sister look emotionless while talking. It doesn't ruin the game for me, but I find it awkward, because the story is pretty good so far.

    3. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Using the in game engine rather than CGI cut scenes makes the game flow a lot better as well.

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  12. So the wireless card in my laptop went out, just fucking great. Sigh, at least I have an ethernet cable long enough to reach it.

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I've seen usb wifi dongles for sale on amazon before. I thought about getting one for an old laptop to upgrade it to wireless n but I never got around to trying that out.

    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      I use a USB wifi for my pc and it works great. It only sticks out half an inch, so it would be ideal for a laptop. Mine is made by d-link

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Hmmm, I'll take a look at some tonight.

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  13. Well as of today I'm inbetween jobs so I've got almost a week (18th at least) to laze around and do whatever I want. Yay!

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      That sucks it starts up when HoW comes out tho! I got the morning shift that day so I'll be trying it out in the evening. Hopefully you'll get a chance to jump in PoE with me.

    2. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Agents of shield has their season finale tonight. next Tuesday should be good for me to get on in the early evening.

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Well it seems I won't be able to join you in PoE fun until the weekend. I'll be training starting Mon up until Fri. Boo, ohwell. Don't have to much fun without me.

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  14. So I was bored yesterday and played some of the Overwatch free weekend (sadly I won't have anymore time to play it). Quite honestly I'm actually considering buying it now because Quickplay was not as bad as it was last time. It seems either people have learned to play the game. Really like a lot of the changes the game has gone through since the last time I played (really happy to see you can only have one of each hero on a team now, such a fucking lovely change). I actually think I could stomach the grind to 25 to play comp now (if I could find the time to play it, I'm working on my Bard's Anima Weapon in FFXIV and I've got less than a month till early access for the expac launches (and I still have to beat ME:A and Horizon)).

    I've also pretty much proved that I'm going to be stuck playing healers as I have lost all skill at playing anything but them. Went on a tear with Lucio last night, getting play of the game for knocking two people off the map on Ilios and getting three more kills on top of it. I have to say if I didn't love Mercy as much as I do I'd have to say Lucio is my favorite hero (also got a Legendary skin for him, not to hip on it as its the blue hockey one but still it was a nice gain from a lootbox). I also wall skated my way out of dying in the center well on the first part of Ilios, was pretty fucking epic (considering I didn't think it could be done).

    I also have to point out that I really like Orisa. I never actually played as her but she was a major reason as to why my group won on Defense for Volskaya in the first part of the map (that place down shield is powerful with the right set up). She's a very nice addition to the hero lineup. Also have to say I fucking hate Sombra, in the right hands she's a fucking nightmare.

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Nah, everyone was too green to even know the "Pharmercy" combo or they just weren't using it. Honestly I barely ran into anyone on the opposing team playing Phara (maybe two and they sucked, I easily killed them as Lucio). Out of 10 matches I only lost one because my team wouldn't play worth the shit and kept letting me die (I was playing Mercy and no one would protect me. I kept getting flanked by Genjis, Sombras, and Tracers). I was honestly surprised by how well we were doing, I'm not wondering if some of the players I was with were high levels playing on a different profile (some of them were too good to have just picked up the game). All in all I had a great time. Wished the game was like this when it launched as I might of actually bought it once I got a job (still might but that lack of free time is what will kill me. Well that and short on funds since the computer purchase (which I still haven't gotten, that's for a rant on another day)).

      No wonder Lucio felt like a god last night. I didn't know they buffed his gun damage. I got a 15 player killer streak with him and was wondering if it was a fluke (honestly didn't feel like I should of done that well). I was murdering fools left and right (and I went one on one with a Junkrat in a small room and won, I'm going to blame it on lack of skill because he should of killed me multiple times). Funny you should say that about Orisa because I was eating Reinhardt's for lunch last night. Did he get nerfed because he seems to be a lot more squishy then I remember him being (I was chewing through him with Lucio and actually killed one three times with melee attacks (that had more to do with his skill then him being weak))? Like I said I never played Orisa but the teammate who was playing as her must of knew how to play her well because they did amazing, only dying once because I was brought down by a Reaper flank. I forgot to mention that the Play of the Game I got with Lucio shutdown a Hanzo and a McCree before they got off their supers (was hilarious to hear Hanzo start his chant to all of a sudden hearing him die), thought that was worth mentioning since I've never did that before.

      Meh, I've heard that about comp. I've also heard it's become a cesspool as well, much like LoL/DOTA/Smite when it comes to party chat. It's probably a good thing no one talks on PS4 (previous comment was made based on the Xbox Community). Honestly I'd probably just end up doing what you do but that's mostly due to lack of free time. I'm used to people not talking in competitive games, R6S rarely has anyone talk during a match. While frustrating it doesn't bother me since I always play objectively to begin with so as long as I'm pulling my weight I don't care how the match ends (though I will admit to fits of rage in R6S when people don't play correctly or fucking ignore me when I'm calling out enemy locations or for help).

    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Yeah Lucio's gun was buffed in damage and the speed of the orbs was increased by 30%. Rein hasn't been nerfed... Lucio is just that good on offense now. Thats why I hate playing Mercy unless I'm with friends. No one protects you, but they expect heals in the middle of a clusterfuck... something only Lucio/Ana and to a lesser extent Zen can do. Thats also why I don't like playing Rein... once again no one protects you... because no one stays behind your shield. -_-; Reapers and Tracers just slaughter me, or make me turn around only to get Hanzo'ed. :x But yeah, Lucio can just get around those shielded characters and pressure hard.... if you're Rein or Orisa and you try to come in without waiting on your team, I'm going to kill you. I've gotten as high as 25 kills and earned gold medals across the board with him. 
       

      I love playing Zen too, but I rarely get to do it because people will switch off Mercy or Lucio thinking you're a primary healer. -_-; Zen is a long stronger than the last time you played him too. He recovered from his L2 super fast now, and his L2 can crossmap snipe. Ana and Roadhog are the only ones that really have had hard nerfs since last free weekend. Genji, Torb, Junkrat, Winston, Mercy, Lucio, and Reaper were all buffed in certain ways since last time. Reaper auto reloads out of wrath form now, its really nice.

    3. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      A lot*

      D.Va was nerfed too, but I think her buff and nerf took place between the last free weekend, so she probably just feels the same to anyone that's only played in those times.

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  15. Bought Valiant Hearts yesterday and all I have to say is wow. This game is amazing, Ubisoft really outdid themselves with this one.

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      It's more on the puzzle end, trying to figure out how to get from point A to point B without being seen by enemies or getting hit by enemy fire or obstacles (some pretty fun driving sections). No real action as if you're seen by an enemy they instantly kill you (not to say there is none, end of chapter one has a rather interesting fight to take out a zeppelin). This game is more driven by the story it's telling which completely has me invested, though they don't talk much I lo...

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      ...ve the characters.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Sounds good. I'll have to check some gameplay videos of it.

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  16. Well so much for overnight delivery, won't be able to play Destiny till tomorrow when my copy arrives. Damn apparently bad weather >.<

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Dude that fucking sucks. That shit shouldn't fly. They fucked up so they shouldn't get it until everyone who else got theirs. This is one of the reason I don't pre-order in stores, shit like this always happens.

    2. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Yeah, The cashier I spoke to said she was going to call the DM to hunt another one down, but if I dont get a call before I get off work tomorrow, I'm going up there and tell them what I think of them and get my money back. They'll never get another dime out of me either way.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Gamestop has screwed my pre order bonuses plenty of times years ago. I've only bought watch dogs and destiny from them in the past 10 years, but after hearing how they screwed you I think I'll switch back to online only orders now.

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  17. Well Right Stuf has yet again taken all my hard earned money. I really hate this time of year and I'm really dreading the Christmas sale x.x

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Picked up the entire series of Clannad (both seasons) plus the movie, Yuyushiki, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, and I just placed my order for Dirty Pair Flash (the only Dirty Pair series I don't own). I think it's a good haul but I just wish I could of afforded seasons 2 and 3, the OVA, and the movie of Shakugan no Shana. Just didn't have enough money atm

    2. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Nice, I always liked Dirty Pair. I haven't watched the other series tho. Damn Gurren Lagann and FMA Brotherhood on blu ray are still expensive as hell. x_x

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Heh, which is why I'm glad I picked up Brotherhood two years ago during the Christmas sale. Still expensive but much cheaper then normal.

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  18. Sigh, the place where I got my new job has it's grand opening on Wednesday. So not looking forward to it. If you don't see me for awhile after Wednesday I probably died from being overworked.

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      What makes this worse is I'm management now, the first time I did it I was a lowly peon. Starting to wish I was a peon again -_-;

    2. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      At least it's not black friday. :P

    3. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Black Friday is almost easier to deal with then a Grand Opening but only slightly. Luckily it's a grocery store so I don't have to deal with that Black Friday shit anymore.

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  19. Yea, Right Stuf is definitely going to be getting all my money for the next year. They just licensed all of the Gundam series that have yet to be released in the states (plus the original and Zeta Gundam). Anyone want to donate to the "Get Strider his Gundam shows" fund?

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      XD I bet all that Gundam is going to cost quite alot. :P

      What series hasn't been released in the states yet? Gundam build fighters? When they make another Gundam series like 00 or seed I'll get hyped again I'm sure.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Gundam ZZ, Victory Gundam, Turn-A Gundam (first part was released last month, still need to order it), and Gundam X (yay, my fav AC series is coming over). Plus the movies for Turn-A. I will be so very poor but I'll make sure to get in The Division and Battlefront. I also still need to buy Gundam Unicorn and hopefully Gundam: The Origin will be picked up as well once it's done releasing. Gah, I'm like a kid in a candy store right now.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      That is alot of Gundam! O_O

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  20. Boba Fett is so OP and so much fun to play. 20 kills with him to end out the match I played. I know what hero I'll be playing as everytime I get the powerup

    1. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      On a different note, I melee killed Vader. XD I got it on video.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Brave man you are to get into melee range of Vader. Boba's blaster is a 2 hit kill if you hit them in the chest. The man is just unstoppable.

    3. DeathscytheX

      DeathscytheX

      Have you tried Solo? He is the same way minus the flying... honestly I cringe now when people pick Luke and Vader... Solo and Fett are superior in every way. A buddy was getting mad spawning on me when I was Solo because I kept charging into groups of imperials and he'd get railed while I was having fun mowing them down. XD

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  21. Well I picked up MGSV, DA: Inquistion, and the FFX/X-2 remake today at Walmart. $85 for all three games, not bad but now I need to find the time to sit down and play them all >.<

    1. Sledgstone
    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Considering the way I am I'll probably do every Side Ops in the game, I'm OCD about shit like that.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I bought the uncharted collection for $26 at newegg. :D and wolfenstein on psn. With my current back log I'm glad I didn't get mgs yet. Lol.

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  22. Just got done trying out the Hawken release for PS4, gotta say its fun as hell. Still learning the game but I find it more enjoyable to play with a controller then I did with a mouse and keyboard in the PC Alpha release. Definitely going to be playing quite a bit of this going forward (just need to get 98,000 HC to get the sharpshooter mech).

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I believe the download was 4.9 gigs, didn't get a chance to look at how much space it took installed.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Well I learned an important lesson today while playing, teamwork is a massive part of this game especially considering how mechs are set up (they must of dumbed the game down considerably from its original launch as there is no way to really customize mechs that I can see beyond appearance. I remember in the Alpha that we were able to customize weaponry but I don't see it on this version of the game (which sucks, some mechs are awesome but have shit weaponry)). I'm surprised how well a coordinated team can wipe the floor with the other team if they work together (and this is in Team Deathmatch, I haven't even tried the other game modes yet). One of my matches consisted of me getting the only kill and spending most of the match watching myself and my teammates getting destroyed left and right (I will say some of the death animations are hilarious). Of course this game also favors those who have unlocked the stronger, heavy mechs (Assault mechs just get the asses handed to them as they have no long range weaponry). I really can't wait to unlock the first sharpshooter mech so I can start wiping the floor with people (I was wrong it's only 9800 HC (I'm only 1300 away from it), the upgraded version is 25,000 HC).

      If you do start playing I highly suggest doing the tutorial first (the first one, the other two if you want to get practice in but the game is pretty good at matching you with others around you're Pilot level). It does an excellent job of teaching you the controls and the basics of the game (it does, however, not teach you effective gun ranges as the mech you use is a Type-B (mid-range mech) with mid-long range weapons (like I said if you unlock the Assault mech you're in for a rude awakening as it's a CQB mech). I highly suggest reading the descriptions of the guns on the mechs you might want to unlock so you know their effective ranges and also pick up the free PS+ mech they have in the store, it's a Type-A mech (light weight) with seeker missiles for both weapons but only unlocks at rank 5 I believe).

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Cool. I'm going to try it but I don't know how much time I'll put into it. I'm trying to get thru some of my backlog of games. I'll get a new graphics card soon (assuming I can buy one before they go out of stock) and once that happens I have a crap ton of pc games to play on max settings.

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  23. With the amount of time PSN is "down for maintenance" I should of just stuck with Microsoft and bought a XBone, at least Live is up more then it's down. All I wanted to do was watch some god damn Netflix tonight but no someone is either DDoSing them again or they just suck at announcing maintenance times. /grumble

    1. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      I don't get is why the hell we should even have to connect to PSN to watch netflix at all. I blame the BF1 beta tho. We use netflix at least 5 days a week on Lady's account on our PS3 (she is set to autologin on that device for auto updates to the system) and the only time we've had PSN interrupt us in the past 4 years is whenever there is a large beta happening. I'm assuming its people that hate Sony / EA and are DDOSing PSN but PSN is saying "maintenance" my ass its maintenance. The same "maintenance" happened during the BF3 and Destiny betas too and I can guarantee it'll happen the week of BF1's release too. Get a roku stick when you see one on sale. I use my roku every day and netflix has only screwed up a couple times on me over the last almost 2 years and I fix it by resetting my router. The youtube app on my roku is horrible because of how laggy the menu navigation is but once it's playing a video its fine. Netflix however runs the same on my roku as it does on the PS3/PS4. No lag and great performance.

      I have the equivilant of last years model of this one:

      https://www.amazon.com/Roku-3500R-Streaming-Stick/dp/B00INNP5VU

      I got it for a christmas present from my parents. They bought it on sale for $25 at the time. I recommend a roku to everyone. Want to watch netflix on another tv? or visiting a friend that doesn't have netflix? This thing fits in your pocket. Plug it into any tv, setup the wifi connection and its all set. It plugs in the hdmi port and it comes with a power cord that you can either plug into the tv's usb port or use the power adapter it comes with. It periodically updates the apps and resets itself when not in use. I even have the time warner app on this and it acts like an extra cable box.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      I might have to pick one of those up but I don't have an open HDMI port on my TV (it only has 3 and all are used (one for the retarded cable box, one for the PS4, and one for my 360 (which I guess I could unhook since I never use it))). If I wasn't so damn lazy I could turn on the 360 to watch Netflix but the damn thing feels like it takes 3 years to load the dashboard. I could also watch it on my phone or my laptop but meh, it's just so much nicer to lie down in bed and watch it on the TV. My main grumble is why are they increasing Plus prices when there network is shit compared to Live which can justify the price you pay for it (yea Live has it's own problems but Microsoft did a great job on it that the problems are few and far between). The other grumble is that it always goes down when I plan on doing something on my PS4 (like last week when I tried to catch up on Youtube vids and last night when I was actually going to get on Netflix for once) that doesn't revolve around gaming (and I agree apps like Netflix and Youtube shouldn't be tied to whether PSN is up or down).

      Funny thing is everyone was blaming it on the BLOPS3 DLC going live yesterday (or the fact that it'd go down when a major DLC releases, I got a kick out of that).

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Thats why I like my roku stick. Theres no network to go down to prevent you from using it. And I figured out today that I can use my phone's youtube app as the controller for my roku's youtube app (I thought that only worked for consoles). God that made using youtube so much easier for me today. I can even setup a queue of videos to watch and just sit back and enjoy. I've used this thing almost every day for almost 2 years and the only time I have issues with netflix (1 time netflix went down for a few hours, over 2 years) or my time warner app (time warner's app connection has issues about 3 times a month), its because those services are having issues and not the roku stick. Get one of these sticks and unhook the xbox and you wont regret it. Theres numerous apps that can be installed on it too. I have amazon prime, so I use the amazon video app on it and stream movies too.

      https://channelstore.roku.com/browse

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  24. Started playing Journey today. Have no idea whats really going on (I understand for the most part but without any talking or narrations it's all pretty much how you take what you're shown in the cutscenes) but the art style is nice, the puzzle mechanics are pretty interesting, the ability to meet random people playing it is cool (even if you can't speak to each other), and the soundtrack is freaking amazing (probably the best part of the game so far for me). It's a rather relaxing game, can't wait to find time to sit down and actually finish it (I think I'm a third of the way through the game).

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Yea, it pretty much is. All it really gives you is cutscenes and a few pictographs while you're traveling with a basic premise (I've read a plot synopsis from the developers so I know what they're trying to say through the game but it is pretty much up to your own thoughts on it). It's roughly a 2-3 hour playthrough by what I've read (if you only plan on playing it once, I'll probably play this multiple times just because the soundtrack is awesome and as I said it's a very relaxing game). Even though I haven't beaten it I fully understand why this game was so well received when it first came out.

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      So I beat it tonight after my curiosity got the best of me. I really do have to say this game is amazing and I plan on playing it through multiple times now that I've finally reached the end. It really is a deeply personal experience (evoking all sorts of feelings and thoughts, I honestly found it to be a greatly moving game to the point I had a tear in my eye when I reached the end) and while there is a plot there you really do make meaning for yourself while you play through the game. You get to meet a variety of people playing through the game (I played through with 6 different people in my one play through playing with the last person for the last half of the game) and though you can't talk (every character has a unique tone that you can use to get their attention but that's about all it's useful for) you still get a sense of camaraderie while you journey with them. The soundtrack, as I said is amazing, really does set a tone for each stage/level you progress to getting serious when it needs to and uplifting when it needs to. There are points where the game gets rather tense (I won't say what they are so you can surprise yourself as it's part of the experience) and points where it's downright goofy (meeting the cloth whale was probably the strangest thing I found in the game).

      Overall this game deserves all the praise it's gotten and more. This game has more to it then most AAA titles on the market today and did so with a relatively small team and a simple idea. I can't stress enough how much everyone should give this game a try and while I admit it's not for everyone I'm sure even those who dislike it for what it is has something they found enjoyable about it. I really wish big name developers would look at these indie studios and take notes on what a game should be and not what they want it to be.

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      Awesome. This game is next on my to play list. :D

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  25. Winter has finally attacked ND in full force. In just one day we've had 10 inches of snow and we're do for at least another 4-6 in my area alone before the end of Wednesday. It's lulled now but to be on the safe side I called into work today (thank god I have some vacation time to cover it) because driving home yesterday (I had to leave early because I did not want to drive in that shit at night) was a nightmare. Hopefully the DOT gets into full force today and gets the roads cleared and sanded so I can get to work tomorrow since this Charger hates ice and snow (my god the ass end of my car was sliding every which way yesterday no matter how slow I was going).

    1. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Mostly sand, they run a liquid ice melter (they use the dry shut too from time to time) as well but for the most part they sand the roads out here. I'm starting to wish I had snow tires but I just need to get used to how this car handles, my Buick used to do the same shut till I learned how to handle it in winter (got to spoiled by Arizona winters for those 3 years I was down there).

    2. Strider Hiryu

      Strider Hiryu

      Where shut is put shit, god damn phone auto correct x.x

    3. Sledgstone

      Sledgstone

      XD

      A friend of mine used to be an expert with driving in the snow and ice, he'd purposefully slide the car all over the place with control and it blew my mind. I could do it to an extent but then I discovered snow tires and realized I could drive almost like normal during the winter without having my knuckles turn bleach white from gripping the steering wheel in terror for an hour on the freeway in a snow storm. XD

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