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PC Gaming / Fabled Lands enters Early Access on Steam
« on: May 21, 2021, 03:40:51 PM »

Fabled Lands is a graphical adaptation of the gamebook series of the same name from the 90s (the boom era for gamebooks). The games were simple, you read the books ala Choose Your Own Adventure faire, then you'd roll dice to determine outcomes to situations. I've spent many hours with this particular gamebook series, so buying it was an instant must for me. There's a free version of the same thing with more content called "Java Fabled Lands" (formerly Fabled Lands App or FLAPP) but it doesn't have the graphical improvements, and I'm interested with the new spin they're giving on the old books. I'm a bit leery about one thing, they mention that "updates will be free for Kickstarter backers" which is suggestive that the additional books might have a premium on their addition. I don't mind paying $15 for the game, but if they expect $15 or even $10 for book updates they're crazy.
 If they just mean extra money for additional new book content after the original 7 books are fully integrated, that I wouldn't mind so much.

Game books are a bit high difficulty by nature and rather unforgiving, and this version is fairly similar to the original gamebooks (the combat system is changed drastically), and they added in special attacks so that being a mage has more value than "I can identify magic writing sometimes." I'm enjoying it so far, though I do wonder how long it will take before book 2 is implemented, that's my favorite book in the series.

The developer has specified that development time will "probably take 2 years to complete," and I think that means for the original 7 Fabled Lands books alone. Cost will increase over time, as usual, Early Access gets a discount.

PC Gaming / Re: Cyberpunk 2077
« on: May 21, 2021, 03:26:07 PM »
A game that took 7+ years to make and doesn't really resemble the original concept could never live up to the hype. See: Duke Nukem Forever, Final Fantasy XV

The greatest value that CP2077 has provided to the world is the memes it generated. It doesn't help that woke politics went so heavily into the game that they added in a genital slider, adding in features to appeal to a part of the audience that doesn't even exist. Nobody asked for or needed that.

Reviews / Re: Star Wars: The Last Jedi
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:06:35 PM »
The only Star Wars movie I've ever seen whose reviews went down over time.  Started off at a 96% with an audience score of 60%, now it has a review score of 90% and an audience score of 50% on rotten tomatoes.  For comparison's sake, this movie has a lower score than any of the prequel trilogy films.  Mickey Mouse has done it, they've tanked the Star Wars Saga!

Edit: I should specify, I mean audience score.  The score that actually DOES matter, because you can't buy the audience's reviews.

Chit Chat / Re: Movies/TV/Music: What are you looking forward to? 2018
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:02:12 PM »
Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2
Deadpool 2
Oh and of course...
Deadpool 2

Chit Chat / Re: The 30 Days of Music Challenge
« on: January 04, 2018, 12:00:14 PM »
Embarrassed to admit I like?  Don't really have any songs that fit that descriptor, typically if I like a song, I like it without reservation.  I guess in certain contexts there can be songs where I wouldn't want to show someone I like it, but that's more along the lines of not wanting an individual to judge you more than anything else.

Chit Chat / Re: Disney buys out most of 21st Century Fox
« on: December 21, 2017, 10:49:20 AM »
I was flabergasted as to why the hell the "new human torch" looked like a black and white Spiderman, only to find out that it actually is friggin Spiderman.  Marvel doing whatever they can to try and drum up interest in F4, I guess.

Chit Chat / Re: Disney buys out most of 21st Century Fox
« on: December 19, 2017, 12:25:35 PM »
Marvel studios has already mentioned that Deadpool and Xmen are coming into the fold.  The good news is we will finally get a good FF?
I think there'll never be a good FF.  The cartoons were never successful either.  It's just the lineup is so bland.  They each have one or two powers, and they're pretty stupid as far as powers go.

Chit Chat / Re: Disney buys out most of 21st Century Fox
« on: December 17, 2017, 02:08:22 AM »
Mickey Mouse just keeps insisting that it wants to ruin things I like.  If I stop liking something, they'll find something else I like to ruin.

Video Gaming General / Re: What would be your top 5 games of 2017?
« on: December 15, 2017, 06:07:28 PM »
I don't have a top 5 games of 2017, because I don't even know what came out this year.  Everything I've been playing has been out for some time.  I recently got back into Warframe, played a lot of Terraria, some Payday 2 and for the most part all the stuff I've been looking forward to already came out, or isn't coming out this year.  I guess the one game I was looking forward to was Dark Souls 3: The Ringed City, but then I didn't even play that particular DLC.  So whatever.

Console Gaming Discussion / Re: Nintendo SNES classic
« on: December 10, 2017, 04:47:19 PM »
So...out at Best Buy with my brother yesterday, and decided to take a look at the Nintendo Switch because a friend of mine has been talking it up like crazy lately. Look right above it to see what kind of games it has, and I don't see any...but I do see about 10 of the Classics.  :o This was the Christmas gift I had in mind for my brother, and here it is...and my brother has to be standing here too.

Of course I picked it up. A little Loki-style trickery and he'll be none the wiser that this was for him all along.  8)

Still can't believe I found one of these.

Never shop with the guy you're still shopping for. :D

The bargain bin / Re: Free Games for Steam or GOG
« on: November 24, 2017, 04:47:20 PM »
Hrm...  Top 5?  I hadn't even thought of a top 5...  I guess if I were to go with a service-by-service list, I'd go with:

5. Dead Cells (25% off, $14.29)
4. Assassin's Creed: Director's Cut (50% off, $12.49)
3. Heroes of Might and Magic Bundle (84% off, $10)
2. Ultima Bundle (74% off, $10)
1. Project Highrise (75% off, $6)

I been playing Project Highrise lately, it's like someone finally said "you know what game didn't get enough love?  Sim Tower!" and so they made this to fill that niche.  Hard to argue with a 75% off there.  And I picked up the Might and Magic, Heroes of Might and Magic, and Ultima Bundles cause they might be old, but they definitely ain't bad.  Assassin's Creed was a game that was somewhat fun, a lot of people retroactively hate on it because it didn't have the flash of 2, but I liked it well enough.  And I haven't heard an end to the praise for Dead Cells from anyone, people really like that one, though you might want to wait for a better sale price, 25% off ain't a huge deal.

5. Cluster Truck (70% off, $5)
4. Stellar Overload (40% off, $12)
3. Turok Bundle (72% off, $11)
2. Friday the 13th (50% off, $20)
1. Batman Arkham games (75%, $5)

Cluster Truck is fun, it's fast and it's ridiculous.  And that's what makes it great.  You leap from the back of semi truck to semi truck to avoid hitting the ground, cause you know, going 150 mph and hitting the ground is gonna mess you up.  Stellar Overload is like a weird mish mash of No Man's Sky, Minecraft, and the such only this game tries to emulate the gravity of a real planet, so go too far in one direction and you'll end up on another face of the cuboid planetoids.  Some people say digging underground can be a little confusing (because you keep flipping your view), but the devs are trying to fix things like that.  Turok is awesome, who doesn't want to hunt dinosaurs?  Friday the 13th, I keep hearing praise from my friend who wants me to get it, and I might just do that at 50% off...  And of course, you all know how awesome the Batman games are.

Reviews / Re: The Movie Review Thread
« on: November 22, 2017, 04:03:14 PM »
Okay, I get that you might have not hated this movie.  But it's no secret that DC's failed movie attempts for the last 10 years have been failures.  They're trying so hard to copy the Marvel in the most formulaic fashion, it's a real surprise that they haven't just tried to merge the movie brands together where Iron Man and Superman end up in a fight.  This movie is considered ANOTHER failure, the only movie that's worked in the DC Cinematic Universe thus far is Wonder Woman.  DC is where movie studios have been for the last 20 years, thinking there's a formula to guarantee a movie's success.  The right actor, the right costume, the right hit song just before the third act with the giant metal spider...

The new X-Men movies have Quicksilver doing this Deus Ex Machina crap, where he moves so fast that everything else is halted and we watch things at a super fast speed.  It's something different for a superhero movie because traditionally you wouldn't see this, you would just see him zipping by and being fast.  It's not conventional.  The FBI scene in Daze of Future Pants, the Mansion Rescue, and even the Apocalypse fight.

Rather than make things traditionally where the Flash is just seen as doing things fast, they decide to try and copy the Quicksilver scenes with super slow mo that only The Flash can move at.  And it's no surprise that Superman watching The Flash with his eyes struck people as being the same as Apocalypse spotting Quicksilver, and how they both countered the super speed with their own power which is at normal speed.  The Avengers had a Quicksilver too, and they didn't copy the X-Men version, they went with traditional Quicksilver where he's just so fast you can't really see him moving.  You can interpret that any way you want, but people aren't just being misguided when they say that DC is really doing their best to try and throw crap at the wall and see what sticks.  Hell, I can even understand why people would compare Cyborg to Iron Man.  In the comics Cyborg doesn't fly, he doesn't have that ability.  But yet in this movie .. yeah, it looks like Iron Man has been copied in another formulaic attempt.  We need to make him quippy, and witty, and brilliant like Tony Stark, because we don't have that in our Cinematic Universe...

People are making the comparisons because it's easy to make them when a company continues to try and copy the competition in desperation.  Because thus far the DCCU is a giant money hole.

The bargain bin / Re: Free Games for Steam or GOG
« on: November 22, 2017, 03:41:01 PM »
I disagree with this list.  Titan Quest over Heroes of Might and Magic?  You heretic.

Reviews / Re: The Movie Review Thread
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:06:37 PM »
Saw Justice League. I hated Batman vs. Superman but loved Wonder Woman. I went into this with super low expectations but actually came away from it pretty surprised. It wasn't a great movie, but it was entertaining and provided some good laughs. A few corny lines and the story had some weird points to it, but overall I laughed quite a bit and there were some insanely cool parts.

Spoiler: show
Absolutely loved the scene when Superman was fighting the Justice League. Showed how incredibly powerful he truly is. When The Flash is trying to get around him while he's holding off the other three, and Superman just slowly turns his head to watch The god that was one of the most badass moments I've seen.

Yeah, it was pretty impressive when they did that same scene in X-Men Apocalypse first.  :D

Tech Talk / Re: Logitech Bricking Harmony Link
« on: November 20, 2017, 01:04:35 PM »
Instead of offer a replacement, how about just not brick it?

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