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@Delta

Absolutely no worries, and thanks for paying for the domain all this time. :-)

by edisnooMedisnooM, 26 Jun 2017 23:56

Re: Dylan / Anthem

Ah, I mean the whole MMO aspect doesn't appeal to me a great deal1 but it does seem somewhat interesting, and apparently Drew is back on board as the writer2 so who knows the plot could be decent. I'm not desperately awaiting it's arrival but I may keep an eye on it.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 26 Jun 2017 23:56

It would appear that Dylan is indeed Anthem. If I'm honest, I hadn't heard either name before you guys posted about it. Watching the videos, Anthem's setting looks pretty cool, but I have very little interest in these always online mmo-light games that are becoming so popular.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 26 Jun 2017 21:00

Quick PSA - and hopefully this'll get through to people who get email updates…

The awtr.ca domain seems to have expired (thought I had another couple days). It's been costing me every year to renew it, and I never actually use it myself (due to…particularities about session cookies and login).

http://awtr.wikidot.com works, and will continue to work as long as Wikidot is around (and I'll most likely get a decent amount of notice about any future shutdown).

by Delta VDelta V, 26 Jun 2017 03:21

So far as I know, Dylan is a separate project. Anthem looks like a sci-fi version of RIFT (kinda), which was up my alley for a solid month before I hit the ever-so-stale endgame and decided memorized macro tapping wasn't keeping my interest anymore.

Still, was a generally enjoyable month.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 24 Jun 2017 03:23

Edit: Hey, I mentioned DA so let's go with this.

@osbornep

Thanks for the additional feedback on the game. I'm still not chomping at the bit to play it, but I may get around to it at some point. It was on sale for 50% off on Origin a week or so ago, but it was still $40 Canadian which still seemed a bit high.

The behind the scenes stuff is pretty interesting to read about too.


@Seijin

Ow! My wallet!

@FM5K

I've always found AA to be more the work horse, AAA always seems bit pretentious and things that use them are usually finicky. Oh, wait sorry I'm thinking batteries. :-)

Personally I'm a bit more forgiving to DA2, the amount of time they were given by EA was almost criminally small but what they accomplished despite that was pretty impressive. It was sort of a KoTOR II situation, impossible task from on high and a valiant effort.

In MEA's case it seems like it was more on BioWare this time, their politics, their hubris. A lot of the problems seem to be of their own making.

And even while they had all these issues behind the scenes they still seemed to be talking it all up like it would blow peoples socks off. I remember watching an early access reviewer talking about the issues they encountered and saying the BioWare reps had acted like they had never seen these problems before. If true it's mind boggling, and if not why did they a) have the early reviewers, and b) think that they could bluff through it.

Don't want to rain on anyone's parade, and I fully admit I'm still probably a wee bit jaded against them. That said though, down the road I still may end up playing it.

I am interested to see if this may turn into a DA2, or ME3: Omega situation where they just sort of pull up stakes and walk away at some point. Kotaku did report that it looked to be somewhat shelved, and while it is more or less hearsay, I don't think EA or BioWare have officially responded to these reports yet.

Also was Dylan Anthem or was that a different project?

by edisnooMedisnooM, 24 Jun 2017 02:03

@Seijin - GOD DAMN IT!

@Oz - It is a bad AAA game, but an amazing AA game. There is so much behind the scenes drama on this game that it's astounding.1 Long story short: the B team of support people got handed the flagship, the A-team fought them at every step, they bit off way more than they could chew, and this was the result.

(This is, ironically, why I appreciate the game2. An [effectively] small team tried to tilt a windmill, and failed - but the amount they achieved was impressive, when the goal was impossible. I loathed ME3 for being a ponderous, twisted piece of trash, but I like MEA for being a hilarious broken, Quixotic dream.)

You can totally skip it, but it is fun, if you understand what it is. (The love labor of 2.5 different teams, all of whom have since been fired, due to poor performance caused by the firer's poor decisions early on.)3


The corporate malfeasance behind both ME3 and MEA, remains, though. Unless Dylan delivers, I think Bioware will be the next studio EA glomps, and this one isn't entirely EA's fault!

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 23 Jun 2017 03:20

@EVERYONE:

PSA, the Steam Summer sale is on.

@Oz: I would recommend sticking it out for a while longer. The game definitely improves as it goes on. Having said that, your estimation that it is skippable… is probably correct.

by Seijin8Seijin8, 22 Jun 2017 22:27

So my brother got me Mass Effect: Andromeda for my birthday; I played it through the first major mission but recently have found my interest petering out. Here are my initial (and perhaps final, if current trends continue) impressions:

1. The jump pack thing you have is kinda nice; sometimes it's hard to tell where you're going to land, but it's nice to see that Bioware designed some environments that have more of a vertical orientation to them; it's always been a bit of a pet peeve of mine that ME environments tend to be extremely flat in terms of the area that you're actually able to interact with.

2. The combat is mostly good, although I think the cover system is a little annoying. I understand that Bioware may have wanted to move away from the "one button to rule them all" system of the previous two ME games, but I miss pressing a button to get into cover. Plus, it's sometimes hard to tell which features of the environment you can take cover behind; I sometimes find myself just running into rocks and whatnot hoping to hide behind them. On the positive side, there is less emphasis on placing obvious chest-high cover to signal combat zones, so that's good.

3. The quest marker system and other UI-related features (character progression, inventory management) are not intuitive and just don't feel that great. It's hard to articulate exactly what's wrong with them, but something just feels off whenever you go through the various menus.

4. Basically, I think this game is at war with itself: It wants to be about exploring the unknown and embracing the spirit of adventure, but it also wants to return to the roots of ME and evoke nostalgia for how great things were before the ME3 ending messed it all up. Nostalgia and discovery are not an easy mix, because you can't exactly discover what's already familiar. I think this is why there are so many retreads in this game.1 The game feels completely risk averse in every way, and that's not what you want given its subject matter. I guess you could say it's the Star Trek: Voyager of ME games.

Generally, this games is completely skippable and I don't really recommend it at all. Feels like Bioware has been in trouble for a while by now, and Andromeda has only added to this impression this impression.2 I might have more to say when I'm finished the game but it's feeling like I'm just not going to get there; we'll see what happens.

by osborneposbornep, 21 Jun 2017 23:46

Yes, I was quite… emphatic.

I will say that it's far from perfect. For all the character work the film does, the ending is far too much spectacle and not enough personal. Something more dialed down and focused on Wonder Woman as a character would have definitely done the job for me. Like the end of Logan, which is another movie y'all should see if you haven't.

Despite that, I still stand by Wonder Woman as a film well worth seeing. Counting on Justice League to bomb itself into the stone age.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 16 Jun 2017 02:19

So E3 this week, and some pretty exciting news:

  • Beyond Good and Evil 2! Wow did that take a while.
  • New DLC for BoTW. Sounds interesting.
  • Mario Odyssey looks bizarre and fun.
  • Metroid Prime 4! And a remake of Metroid 2: The Return of Samus.

Probably lots more, but that is what stood out to me as I skimmed the surface.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 15 Jun 2017 00:10
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@Hawk

Thanks duly noted. I still haven't gotten to see it yet, but I hope to this weekend.

Geoff Johns1 has said that the DC movies will be "fun" going forward, with "heart, humor, hope, heroics, and optimism". Wow! What an outside the box concept. </sarcasm>.

I suspect that Justice League is too far along at this point for a full course correction, but with news of reshoots I wonder if they will try a re-edit like Suicide Squad. WB is nothing if not knee-jerky.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 15 Jun 2017 00:10

@edisnoom

I would not praise it to the extent that @Kita has, but Wonder Woman is indeed Good. I watched Batman vs. Superman a while back and while I did not loathe it, it was pretty dumb and forgettable. There's also a trailer for Justice League before WW that, aside from a good one-liner from Batfleck, looked pretty dumb, so I suspect Wonder Woman's quality is a fluke.

by HawkingtonHawkington, 14 Jun 2017 05:10

I don't think so. The wheels that were turning are still turning, but nothing new was learned, other than clarifying narratives.

  • If you were anti-Trump, you saw more proof that the president was a bully, liar, and thug. Comey's testimony is more fuel on the fire.
  • If you were pro-Trump, you saw vindication that there was no smoking-gun link to Russia. Comey's testimony is evidence that this is political hatchet work.
  • If you like Comey, he came off as a sober, 'just the facts' g-man, driven to politics by a need to protect his institution.
  • If you don't like Comey, he came off as a mini-J.Edgar Hoover, trying to play politics to consolidate power in the FBI.

Also, more damning shit came out about Loretta Lynch trying to softball the Clinton investigation, but that's such a dead political horse that it's not even worth beating at this point. Everyone knows, and she lost, so… you know. My only problem with this is that, if you cared about Lynch telling Comey to downplay an investigation, you should be at least as concerned with Trump telling Comey to narrow an investigation.1 This point, will, of course, be lost in the rush to make political hay on the team sports. Why have ethics, when there's power on the line?

by Fapmaster5000Fapmaster5000, 09 Jun 2017 23:51

So, interesting days. I mean all this recent info seems kind of damning, but at the end of the day does this actually change anything?

by edisnooMedisnooM, 09 Jun 2017 22:55
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@Kita

Dangit why couldn't you say it was actually terrible and a reinforcement of my negative view on the DCEU. :-)

All right, I will try and get out to see this, but I still stubbornly refuse to let my hopes rise about the rest of their movie-verse. :-)

by edisnooMedisnooM, 09 Jun 2017 22:55

So yeah. Wonder Woman.

It's fantastic. Vibrant, beautifully flawed characters work together to pull the plot forward, stumbling and falling along the way as they grow as individuals and learn lessons about themselves. The action scenes are visually spectacular, but are grounded enough to have consequences for the characters, as well as serving as tools for the aforementioned character growth. They also contain something that other DC movies have been lacking: a superhero doing superhero stuff.

All of these things work together to make for a third act that hits like a ton of bricks. It left me with a slightly broken heart. And you know what? The film worked hard enough that I don't even mind.

Wonder Woman's main target - Ares, the god of war - is very uninteresting however, because he's not in the film very much. The film focuses on German villains, which is a nice bit of misdirection, but there was absolutely a way to have Ares be in the film more as a character and force of nature, rather than a god who appears in the third act and infodumps his motivation before opening fire on Wonder Woman.

That paragraph is larger than my feelings about that particular gripe, though. I canNOT overstate how much I loved this film. It's a watershed moment in superhero film storytelling.

GO. SEE. IT.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 06 Jun 2017 03:27
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@osbornep

Glad you enjoyed it. One thing I though was quite nifty was how a lot of the soundtrack was played in universe. They did this a number of times in GotG 1 I believe, but not always as I recall. This time though it seemed nigh all the songs were actually in the movie.

Also I still haven't watched Interstellar but it is one of those movies everyone raves about, so I probably should at some point.

Oh and there is a Wonder Woman movie out, which despite all odds doesn't sound terrible. I did note with wry amusement that a number of favourable reviews praised it's "hope" and "positivity" and it's "Christopher Reeve like quality", almost like the things I had been saying were missing from the DC'verse. Oh and also it's apparently quite "Marvel-like", Cap 1 specifically1.

I am torn of course between my intense dislike of what the DC'verse has been thus far, and the fact that they apparently made a decent Wonder Woman movie that isn't utterly depressing. It also doesn't help that it sounds like this movie is almost entirely separated from the rest of the DC movies, and going forward2 it will probably all still be the same drab, in-cohesive slog they've mostly been so far.

by edisnooMedisnooM, 06 Jun 2017 00:27

@osbornep

Thank you, sir. Much appreciated.

by KitaSaturnyneKitaSaturnyne, 03 Jun 2017 02:04

@Kita:

Apologies for the lateness, but I want to offer my most sincere condolences on your loss. So far, it seems like everybody I talk to is having their shittiest year ever.

by osborneposbornep, 01 Jun 2017 17:18
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