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Strider Hiryu

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About Strider Hiryu

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    Resident Browncoat
  • Birthday 10/18/1985

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    The Frozen North
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    Philosophy, Poetry, Gaming, Reading, and Anime
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    Freelance Programmer/Artist, Philosopher, Gundam Expert, Depressed Homicidal Maniac?
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    Dirty Pair, Zeta Gundam
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    Ace Combat 6
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    Donnie Darko
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    The Antichrist
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    Spice and Wolf, SOA

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  1. Strider Hiryu


    Sadly though I think Ghost is going to be an odd outlier for the minimal to no UI approach (plus it's very obvious that SP designed the game this way because they were going for the Kurosawa feel and aesthetic). The gameplay and the sheer vast openness of the map and environment made it so a UI would hamper you more than help you (plus the game is breathtakingly beautiful and marring it with anything more then they did would be an atrocity). Plus, as you noted, they implemented a vast variety of things to hide what wasn't needed until you actually called upon it (I love the guiding winds mechanic and think more games need to implement something like it). Based on that little bit of gameplay footage I'm of the opinion Godfall needs a UI or they're really going to have to figure out how to implement some sort of minimalistic hp tracker because this type of game needs some way of tracking that stuff (I mean I'll dump on Destiny any day of the week but there UI implementation is crisp and, imo, the ideal way of going about a UI in a looter type game (though I don't like their quest tracker in the least as I think that's garish as hell and right in your face)). Then again I'm still not all that impressed by what I see. It looks fun and I'd definitely be all about those dual blades but quite honestly I think it looks rather meh. Then again looters in general just aren't my thing anymore and I blame Destiny for killing that passion in me. Ever since playing it I just can't get interested or find joy in playing anything remotely of the genre (old school looters like D2 and Torchlight are exceptions because that's my jam, it's these new ones that lack anything remotely interesting for me).
  2. I would assume if you actually max out your stance trees you'd probably have no to little trouble taking on Mongols in Act III (I'm just assuming, I'm basic bitch on all 4 of the trees). It pretty much seems if you want to be honorable you need to max out both Samurai trees and all 4 Stance trees. Then again it seems pretty set in stone that Jin isn't an honorable Samurai anymore no matter how you play him based on his actions (as I said I know how it ends I just haven't seen it yet). Well that and maxing out your stand off kill streak and making use of the fully upgraded Sakai Clan Armor (5 max kills in stand off with it on when it's fully upgraded). Meh, I've pretty much resorted to smoke bombing now anytime spear guys are around if I'm out of kunai (my favorite ghost weapons, so cheap and instant stagger) so I can just chain assassinate three people at a time (had to use this very liberally when taking Castle Kaneda). That or I thin out there numbers with my bow but if they're fully armored in Act III I will have to adjust my strategy. I finally made it into Act II yesterday but did nothing more then the beginning quest. Must say I really am liking the story but I can already tell which choice I'm going to make at the end when it comes to a certain duel (I'm sorry but I really don't like how Jin is being treated just because he's doing what he must just to save his people and his home). I love how I spent and hour yesterday looking for the last 6 points to liberate in the first part only to have them highlight and become available after I beat Act I, pissed me the fuck off knowing I didn't have to go through all that if they were going for a story/reason to go back tie in. Next time I get on I'll probably focus on finishing those before I continue forward (mostly because I know there are a few secrets I missed, I must find all those hot springs and fox dens).
  3. I have to agree with DX, this game is checking all my boxes as well. Combat isn't difficult but can be extremely punishing if you fuck up (thank you spear gang bangs, you fuckers can die in a fire. Most of my deaths I can attribute to getting surrounded by 3-4 spear dudes all attacking as soon as I start laying into one). Luckily once you learn attack patterns and the right timing to parry attacks it's a cake walk. Not entirely to hip on the changing combat stances in combat as it's kind of clunky but I do enjoy how each has advantages over certain enemy types (I really love the attack patterns of basic Wind Stance, that kick at the end is so satisfying to watch connect on a spear enemy). I really enjoy sneaking around and sniping people with my half-bow or fucking with people by killing someone in the open and hiding and systematically knocking people out one by one. When Yong said it does Assassin's Creed better then Assassin's Creed he wasn't kidding (and I haven't even gotten into playing with Ghost Stance yet). Stealth in this game is extremely fun and isn't tedious at all (just wish you could assassinate Mongol leaders instead of critically damaging them, not that they're hard to kill it'd just speed up the liberating process). I'm honestly not that far into it. I've put maybe 15-18 hours in but most of that has been wandering the visually stunning island doing side shit (like side tales, mythic tales (man were those duels stunning and difficult at the same time (this was before I mastered parrying attacks, got fucked up multiple times in both duels), liberating areas, and hunting down all those Sword Kits/Inari Shrines/Shinto Shrines/etc) and overall just fucking around (I've only done 4-5 actual story quests that's how much I'm just enjoying running around being a sneaky samurai). There's just to much shit to get side tracked on, really fucking with my gamer ADHD (so many shinies >.<). I can't honestly comment on the story yet since, as I noted, I'm not that far but what little I've seen has been really good. I'm liking the whole dichotomy of watching Jin struggle between being a Samurai and becoming the Ghost, how he's rationalizing it is extremely interesting and I can't wait to see how it all plays out (sadly I already know how the game ends, damn my curiosity, but that's not deterring my enjoyment of the story so far). Quite honestly this is by far one of the best games I've played in a long time and if it wasn't for Cyberpunk coming out this year would probably be my game of the year even though I've only put 15-18 hours into it. It's been a long time (since Nier actually) that I've really enjoyed playing a game this much (I'm enjoying it so much I'm going through withdrawals when I can't play it). SP really outdid themselves with this game.
  4. I seriously can't wait until Friday. Hell I'm even considering calling in just so I can get more time with this (upside is I am off all weekend). Well that or just not sleeping at all and playing it until I go into work (this is one of the few times I've pre-ordered a digital copy, it's been sitting on my PS4 pre-installed since last week and taunting me daily). I had to laugh when Yong said it does Assassin's Creed better than Assassin's Creed Can't wait to see if there's truth in that statement since I'm pretty much going to be going full Ghost mode for this (I love Samurai and everything but you don't shoot off Tenchu vibes like this and not expect me to play it like a Ninja).
  5. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/grant-imahara-dead-mythbusters-host-was-49-1303101

    Can we just end this fucking year already before it starts getting anymore ideas?

    Fucking gutted over this. Grant was always my favorite host on Mythbusters.

    This news comes even more at a shock considering I also found out one of my old co-workers also died from the same thing.

    God this year sucks.......

    1. DeathscytheX


      Wow... unbelievable... 😢

    2. Sledgstone


      God that is horrible. :( Thats devastating. I always hoped Discovery channel would fully revive Mythbusters with the trio and give them more seasons to do fun entertaining stuff. Damn thats sad. :( 

  6. Honestly I'm not a huge fan of the new Fire Force Ending. The OP on the other hand I'm digging even if it fails to live up to MAYDAY or Inferno.
  7. don't follow him on Twitter then, he's really been showing his age the last few years.
  8. Nice, so they're going to adapt at least through the China arc (which means we're going to be getting some major bombshells) and we'll get to see Shinra's new abilities (yea, again I've read ahead of what we've seen so I'm really looking forward to this).
  9. When hasn't Bill and Ted been stupid and funny. I honestly can't wait for this. Huge fan of the first two movies so I'm really happy we're finally getting another one.
  10. Strider Hiryu


    Not going to lie I might pick this up depending on further game play videos and trailers. Who doesn't want to play a game where you're a cat delivering things around a world full of robots? I know I do.
  11. Totally on board with this and hopefully they start dropping more info on it soon. This and Horizon have me sold on buying a PS5.
  12. Strider Hiryu


    Definitely a Gearbox trailer if I've ever seen one. Honestly after seeing game play no entirely sure I'm on board with this one yet (not to say it doesn't look good or fun, just not feeling it). Could also be my dislike towards Gearbox talking.
  13. This looks rather interesting and I can't wait to see more about it in the coming months.
  14. Two versions is nice especially for people who no longer buy physical media. I'll still grab the disc drive version because 1) my PS4 acts as my BD player since I gave my other one to my parents and 2) I'm still not a fan of digital only media and prefer to actually own my games, not a license to play the game (that can be taken away at any time for any reason). What is with the obsession for back buttons? Quite honestly see no point in them but then again I'm moving more toward PC gaming now-a-days and rarely pick up a controller anymore.
  15. Hmm considering the praise the last one got I might get this (especially since Miles is my favorite Spider-Man). Was really hoping that the rumors were true that we were getting the first one for free this month but sadly we got two mediocre shooters (sorry I'm not impressed with Battlefront II and CoD hasn't peaked my interest in years).
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