WRUP: Introducing the Sega Box edition

Did you really think that Sega was getting out of the console business just because of the Dreamcast’s enormous failure? That’s just what they wanted everyone to think, releasing a series of terrible Sonic games to lull their rivals into a false sense of security. Now, with Nintendo having just released its own new console, Sega is proud to reveal the Sega Box, on this website for some reason!

The Sega Box features a fully immersive gaming experience with its launch title, Sonic Aquatic, when you fill the box with water and stick your head in. But quickly. It features seven USB ports, four of which randomly work when you boot up the system, and can run off of electricity, kerosene, or ennui. It also features 300 gigabytes of onboard storage which cannot be accessed, a dance pad, an undisclosed number of spiders, and free wi-fi if you’re already paying for it in your home. Also, it always answers What Are You Playing down in the comments. You should do that, too.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): ​I can tell you what I won’t be playing: my own Nintendo Switch. I still haven’t been won over to be a day one buyer, and as a Nintendo fan, that breaks my heart. I’ll be playing some Pokémon Go, probably some Fire Emblem Heroes, and (not Nintendo related) possibly try out Crowfall (finally), but I’ve got some social engagements to attend, one of which may involve an old mutant or two.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Same as usual for me – I’ll be in The Elder Scrolls Online noobing around on my new toon, and I might play some Guild Wars 2 as well. I also need to figure out why my Crowfall account isn’t working properly!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog):I had a busy week from Wednesday through Friday, so I want to spend my weekend curling up with Final Fantasy XIV, WildStar, and my cats. That’s it.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’ve been struggling with trying to settle on a viable alt in World of Warcraft lately. Nothing plays quite as fun or smooth as my Death Knight, that’s the problem. So I guess I’ll be working on hashing that out, as well as doing some more Transylvanian madness in The Secret World and Hobbiting around in Lord of the Rings Online.

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I don’t think I will have much gaming time as I try to cram in all the visiting I can with people this weekend. I might try to experience a little Grand Theft Auto IRL during the 9 hour drive back home at the end of the weekend, but I’m not sure I could lose the coppers as easily in this version as I can in the online one. Also car repairs would break me unless I manage a bank heist first… The most I will likely manage is feeding Ark: Survival Evolved dinosaurs and maybe some TSW challenges for my gravity skates.

Patreon Patron Pierre: “After a few weeks knee deep into lots of paperwork following recent sad events in my family, I finally found some time for gaming this weekend. I was called back by The Division (once an agent, always an agent :-) ) and will contribute pacifying Manhattan in these troubled times. I bought Horizon Zero Dawn on my PS4 and I must say I hadn’t played such an excellent game for a long time. It’s almost perfect :-) and may be my GOTY for 2017, we’ll see, the year is far from being over yet. Speaking of which, I saw some videos from the last Zelda and I’m sure there are many good reasons to enjoy this game, but having played Horizon, for those glorifying Zelda’s open world and beautiful landscapes, I just have one advice: go to your ophtalmologist and have your eyes checked (and from this moment, all the Nintendo fanboys have a wish to skin me with their bare hands). Enjoy your weekend MOP readers, cheers!”

Your turn!

SHARE THIS ARTICLE
Code of Conduct | Edit Your Profile | Commenting FAQ | Badge Reclamation | Badge Key

LEAVE A COMMENT

83 Comments on "WRUP: Introducing the Sega Box edition"

Subscribe to:
Sort by:   newest | oldest | most liked
Reader
Suikoden

Been playing nothing but DCUO for the last month. Still a great game.

Reader
Malcolm Swoboda

Mobius FF a bit. Trying Tides of Numenera. About it!

Reader
Mark Johns

lotro and dragon age on ps4

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

This week I’ve been playing Destiny on my PS4 almost exclusively.

Have you ever gotten into one of those moods where you only want to play one specific game? Well, that was me, this week — something about the game’s mix of action, story, and the game world itself just hit me the right way.

I’ve been suggesting that anyone else who might be interested give the collected edition of Destiny a try, BUT I’m backtracking on that recommendation now, and here’s why …

I was reading that the sequel game, Destiny 2, is slated to arrive sooner than later this year — like, in a month or two apparently, and that players will supposedly not be able to carry over anything between the two games except your visual appearance (no gear; purchased trinkets, or any of that).

So, if you’re interested in trying Destiny, but haven’t jumped in yet, you may be better off simply to wait until Destiny 2 drops, and the inevitable post-release bugs get fixed.

I’m also hearing strong and persistent rumors that Destiny 2 will also release on the PC, but there’s still no official word on this yet, so we’ll hold off on throwing a party for now. :-)

In other news, the coughing virus is leaving slowly, but still kicking my butt more than I’d like. I’m well enough to game, so that’s enough for now. :-)

Take care of yourselves, people. You’re the only one of you we’ve got, and that we’ll ever have, so treat yourself as well as you can, please.

Be well, all,

Reader
Danny Smith

Tried to give another chance to The Division but that game is trash and reaffirms the “ubishit is ubishit” idea. How many times they can repackage the bug filled “heres a map with 5 tasks on repeat, yay busywork!” idea and still make a profit i dont know but i sure as shit ran out of steam after two games of this homogenized design.

After that i’ve been heavily into Horizon Zero Dawn. It is without question the new bar for console graphics, on the ps4 pro in 4k its got moments where its looking like the diablo 3 cutscenes in real time. Thats the sort of thing you expect with terms like ‘next gen’ but graphics aside the world is beautiful and very well crafted. But it seems the rest suffered for it. Lots of recycled animations when talking to people with very different builds, very few quests for a huge world and lots of set piece looking areas with nothing that reek of ‘not enough time to finish the side quest stuff’ and on the whole there is in fact very, very, very little ‘explore the ruins of the old world’ stuff. I have found 5 hi tech ‘ruins’ one was apparently the end of the game so yay for exploring breaking sequence like that but other wise the machines are the only real reason this is sci-fi and not fantasy since most of the game is skyrim’ing up sheer walls to snipe things with arrows, collect an inventory full of crap and move on while sticking mostly in fields or woodlands. Pretty to be sure but man is it really unvaried. I would say its a better open world game than FFXV, probably on par with MGSV just dont expect another oblivion just because it looks amazing. Still enjoying it, just not the gushing ‘THIS IS DA GAME CHANGER 4 DA PLAYERS INNUT BRUV” all the marketing is stating it is.

Other than that i was pulled by friends to go buy a pokemon card deck for the first time in maybe 15 years because of the new Sun/Moon soft reboot. I was on board with supporting my precious bird son with a Rowlett deck but on the way in saw the new rerelease of Animal Crossing New Leaf ‘welcome to Amiibo’ all set at £10, took it to the counter and they said “that will be £39.99” which consumer rights means they priced the box wrong but thats the price they are selling at so after a very angry looking manager call over i left with another visit to Animal Crossing ready this weekend as the manager was sweeping armfuls of brand new £10 priced 3DS games off shelves.

I guess they were focussed on the switch instead :p

Reader
Johnny

Ugh… I hate it when people say or write “toon”. It especially has no place in ESO.

Ill probably be playing mostly Battlefield 1 with a bit of Total War: Warhammer as I just got it as part of the Humble Bundle Monthly package!

Reader
Utakata

This week: Pigtails are feeling a bit under the weather…

…but at some point, I would like Bree ‘n gang do a follow-up meta article in addressing the new commenting system. There’s lots of things I want to say about it…but currently don’t have the energy too. Hopefully sometime next week or so, is she can squeeze one in. :)

Meanwhile, working on WowStar… and just acquired the all important must have quest line to gain that elusive fox mount. As it appears my entire endgame focused for Legion was to get the related start-up quest, that RNG’d into my small Gnome pockets tonight. /woo-hoo!

Have a great week and weekends folks! <3

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

A quick suggestion for the commenting thing. Perhaps send in your thoughts via the tip button and maybe label it as a podcast question. They may well then take a crack at answering your queries / issues on the podcast at some point

Reader
Utakata

Then I’ll have to be on the look out for that. Thanks! :)

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Feel better soon, Pinky Uta!

butterpanda888
Reader
butterpanda888

DCUO, Champions Online, Batman: Arkham Origins (Just redownloaded it. Never got very far, so here I go), and Infinity Wars animated TCG.

I recently got an old Shadowrun game for Xbox 360 for practically nothing, so that may steal some of my time.

I fly to Germany on Wednesday to see my folks, so Maplestory at the airport, Civ 5 and Total War: Warhammer on the plane, and a lot of For Honor once I arrive (my dad is getting the game this week and I will have to show him how to play and attempt to show off my skills (which I may or may not have) ;)

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Arkham Origins is my favorite of the Arkham games, so I wish you at least as much fun as I had with it!

It was a buggy mess (on PC, at least) on release, but I played it later, after it was all patched up, and it was spectacular.

Sure a couple of the boss fights might seem a bit easy, but the game as a whole never bored me. I loved the story, and the city environments felt perfect to me.

I found that the game played more inuitively using a USB controller attached to my PC — doing those quick battle combo moves s with a mouse and keyboard can require a lot of crazy finger gymnastics — but you do what’s right for you.

Enjoy!

Reader
Scrungle

You had me at spiders.

Reader
blah blazh

Not really playing mmos although I might play some GW2. Mostly I’ll be playing Horizon Zero Dawn. Fantastic looking game with an interesting theme

Reader
Bruno Brito

WoW: Wrath server and Wildstar.

I’m pretty much playing the same thing, but one of them has more cupcakes.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Vexia

I can say there will probably be more Heroes of the Storm in my weekend. Brightwing, another favorite character of mine, is on the free rotation.

But, man, has the general average skill of random players seemingly gone downhill the past few days! And I can’t do much to fix that as a support. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not pro leet skillz by any means; we’re talking about co-op bot matches here, but I was part of a group that somehow managed to lose a Sky Temple vs. AI map because of a combination of people not understanding how temple capturing works and an experience gap brought on by them overextending and continually dying. Talk about frustrating! I just needed to rant about it some to the WRUP readers.

Next, I’ll devote a little time to casual endeavors in FFXIV while prepping a bit for Stormblood.

And finally on the MMO front, I will be taking another earnest crack at WoW to try and get to the point of unlocking world quests. I want to do all the zone stories first, and I’ve still got 1 and 1/2 left to go. Hopefully truly getting into the endgame, even at a basic level, will lead to more fun.

Beyond that, I’m going to be waiting on my willpower to break down enough for me to go out and buy a Nintendo Switch + Zelda. The game looks amazing, and the console itself should mesh well with my upcoming extended stay in Japan (region free, finally!). I just hate spending so much money. /cheapskate

Andrew Ross
Staff
Andrew Ross

Remember, Zelda’s on the Wii U too if you have it (or know someone who’s not using their own >.> )

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
TBPlayer2112

Having a blast in ESO, building my gold up in Hearthstone for the Un Goro xpack and knocking around in Divinity: Original Sin if I get the chance.
I may have to dig out my Dreamcast now and play some Power Stone/Grandia II.
Have a great weekend everyone! =)

Reader
Sorenthaz

Lots of choices. Probably a mix of LoL, Smite, FFXIV, BDO, MUD stuff, and River City Ransom Underground. Might give Xenoverse 2’s new DLC a peek as well.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
zoward

This is my kids’ school vacation week, and we just got back from a trip to Great Wolf Lodge. it was fun, but I need a vacation from my vacation. This week I’ll be spending my usual time in LotRO and DDO, but I really wanna get my butt back into ESO after watching Bree and Larry’s stream of the housing options. Man, I’m loving the Byzantine architecture of Hammerfell! Have a great (rest of the) weekend!

Reader
nobleeinherjar

Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Just .. Breath of the Wild. All weekend. All the time.

Reader
Sega Box

Thanks for the great write-up, Eliot. I’m excited to announce that Superman 64 is also being ported over to – well, me! – and will be available as a launch title, alongside Sonic Aquatic. I also have a whole list of 3rd party publishers that might, at some point in the future, release a game for me. Exciting times!

But this weekend, I’ll be recovering from an exhausting sprint to the launch date with a relaxing game or two of Sonic 3D Blast.

FUN FACT: Thanks to my environmentally-friendly ability to run off ennui, you can power me remotely just by playing an Evanescence album in the same room. Try it today!

Reader
Armsbend

The best thing to happen in quite some time.

Reader
Bryan Correll

Eliot, did you make an un-boxing video for the box?

I might try to experience a little Grand Theft Auto IRL

You’re going out to murder prostitutes?!?!?! I’ve never played any of the GTA games, but the mainstream media assures me that that’s all the series is about.

As for myself, Path of Exile.

Reader
Sega Box

As much as I like Eliot, I would never let him take video of me unboxed.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

it’s funny that the prostitute thing has stuck so hard in people’s minds because i think as far as i can remember it’s been less and less a part of the series after gta3 17 years ago. i know it’s not a thing in gta5 online at least.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

HOW DARE YOU DANCE ON THE DESSICATED GRAVE OF SEGA THAT ONCE WAS!

HAVE YOU NO SHAME ELIOT?!?!?!?

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Xijit

Still working on NIOH … It is really fun … But I also have like zero free time for it atm.

mid term finals are next week + I walked into my weekend job to find multiple systems broken & one of the production managers trying to beat my department like a blame pinata until a scape goat fell out that she could use as an excuse for why her product lines didn’t hit half of their revenue goals.

So between that & trying to cram for finals & then getting drained by other some RL drama issues (have I mentioned that I hate people?) I have no time for games.

Zulika Mi-Nam
Reader
Zulika Mi-Nam

Oddly enough, from Wednesday thru Friday Eliot’s cats showed up at my door looking for attention. Hehe – that’s a lie, like cats could give a damn about people.

Cool thing that can only happen in MMOs – The last 2 weeks I used my ESO time to finally level an alt. I dusted off a dragon-knight that was named after my fallen patron from AC1 years ago. This week there are double AP points in Cyrodill (they are a type currency you earn in the PVP area), so I headed in there for the first time with this character.

After a few intense battles, the 2nd night or so, I notice someone had been trying to talk to me in area chat and later sending me whispers. It ended up being someone that had been friends with my patron back in the good ole AC days, and had lost touch with her after moving on to other games. In the short breaks we had between us bringing down blows upon our enemies heads, we had a back and forth conversation about her. Last night I ended up rezzing that person on the wall as we were trying to fend off a big push. When you do that a message pops up on screen that says “(Character Name) is attempting to rez you. Accept/Reject” and I thought about them seeing that. That’s it… that is why I love MMOs.

p.jpg
Reader
Bryan Correll

Cool story, bro. Like…genuinely.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Little Bugbear

This weekend I’m going to be hanging out with family most all of today so probably not a ton of MMO’s, but most likely Super Smash Bro’s, board games, Street Fighter, Blazblue. Hopeful I can squeeze some Hearthstone in late tonight (I am so behind in that game.) Sunday should be filled with Hots, GW2, me trying Duelyst for the first time, FFXIV, and maybe some WAKFU, or D3.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Reader
Michael18

After having had so much fun with Morrowind lately, I went on to Oblivion. At first I hated it, but after around 15-20h I kind of understood the advantages and appeal of some of its mechanics, like the level scaling. While I still prefer Morrowind by far (larger world, fewer load screens, no content scaling, no quest helper, etc.), I’m having fun in Oblivion as well, now.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

we used to make fun of obliv so bad for different things until skyrim came out and out did it for those things in all regards making it look alot better by comparison.

especially with regards to crafted quests.

which ofc they brought out fallout 4 which then made skyrim look alot better in comparison.

who knows what’s going on at bethesda the past so many years >>

Reader
Michael18

they changed a lot from morrowind to oblivion and it seems they needed some time and experience with those new features before they got them to a certain level of quality. oblivion seems a bit like a test bed for skyrim. Will be interesting to see if they now stick to the oblivion/skyrim formula or experiment more with TES 6.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

the level scaling is alot better in skyrim but it’s very much less rpg in general and the talent tree system is a bit of a betrayal of the older systems’ coolness in terms of what differentiated the franchixse from other games.

as well the PCG quests are a bit of a let down from the oblivion hard written quests even tho a complaint of obliv back in the day was that the content was very finite and you could basically 100% the game in a week or two of steady play.

and those things in comparison to mw is basically that the quest cotnent is so oldschool and in a way hardcore than even back in the day we tended to ignore it to make our own content alot of the time because it was so easy to get lost and never find what we had sought outto look for due to teh odd quest directions and lack of POI indicators or w/e stuff lol.

that being said i find it funky that people complain so loudly about having quick travel and map markers and such since while i do use the map markers (and remember in fun and sad ways how frustrating it was to complete quests in mw without them as noted) i rarely use quick travel in TES games – tho i use it alot in fo4.

with fo4 tho i’m just not feeling it any time i play it. i tried to overcome my chief complaint with a cheaty inventory mod but even with that barrier removed it still felt tedious. i may do the same thing with skyrim before long as my game is fucked without one but i had a much better go with skyrim even in my last stunted by inventory woes play time with it.

which speaking o the PCG qwuests in skyrim agian, along with some of the random encounters in RDR i think that sort of thing would be really cool in MMOs and i remember repop devs talking about some feature that sounded like that but never saw it in my play tests as far as i could tell, tho i tended not to get to far out when playing that game.

Reader
Michael18

Problem with fast travel and map markers is that once a game has them, it is usually designed with those features in mind.

That’s true esp. for the map markers and other forms of quest helpers: once that feature is available, writers get lazy and don’t describe the locations in detail anymore. And in a game with full voice overs, the quest texts have to be so short that its not even possible to give detailed directions for every little step in each quest.

Fast travel is easier to ignore, but in oblivion the map is not really varied, so after doing the mage guild recommendations quest (basically visiting every town once) without any fast travel, I started using it in about 2/3 of cases.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Nordavind

I’ve played both the apartment hunt and the furniture browsing game the past few weekends. Today and tomorrow I’m playing moving into my new place game. And I think I caught a pokemon of some sort in a parking lot but that’s about it.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

Nearly at the end game settling in and relaxing part and as everyone knows end game is where the fun is hehe. Good luck with the move and hope everything goes smoothly.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

continuing to farm in archeage this week for the most part while gearing up for ghost recon wildlands. also made serious efforts at docking a ship inside another ship in star citizen which we actually succeeded at doing and warping to another system even tho i didn’t survive the attempt. which is the subject of this week’s video share https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPCnT_UWt3M

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Jack Pipsam

Been playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on my Wii U.
My Wii U had been living at my friend’s house for the last six months due to their internet being able to play Splatoon properly, but I got it back a day before Zelda and I have been playing that last two days, loving it so far, although it does look kinda jank.

MMO wise I redownloaded The Secret World, curious to see what the re-launch stuff will be like once it takes effect later on.

Reader
theblackmage75

I’ll remain iffy on the new Sega Box until they finally wise up and disclose the number of spiders they’ve got under the flap. Also, I think John Carmack may have left them there.

On the gaming front, it’s mostly ESO for me. I may poke my head into Cyrodil if I’m feeling adventurous but mostly I’ll be questing and taking in the scenery of DC areas. I’ll possibly play something spacey like StarMade or Empyrion as well. I wish you all a great weekend!

Reader
Loyal Patron
Esoteric Coyote

Steam had a sale last week on fallout 4, so I finally picked it up. I think I played it about 9 hours yesterday. I need to slow down and focus on other things. So probably some research into my future, tidy, sketch, etc. I’ll feel better if I get some shit done… Then I’ll treat myself to more fallout 4 or more ED. I wanna get into exploration now that it’s just me playing. But the recommended starter ships are 1.2 million decked out. Scanners are pricey.

Reader
Paul

I’m about 800 hours into Fallout 4 – sucked me in like no single player game has in years…

ED I play a few hours here and there as the fancy takes me – exploration is my thing, started off in the sidewinder on relatively short trips till I had the credits for an Adder. I just got back from my IRL-months long (cumulatively a few weeks playtime probably) trip in my Adder to the galactic core this weekend – spent a fun time handing in all the data and watching my bank balance go up – some 15mill all in. Just launching off in my brand new Asp Explorer for my next trip out :)

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

afaik they’ve improved ed alot but it’s still got a tedious overbearing grind to get to a point where you can start doing the legit fun parts of the game whichever area one prefers.

Reader
Hirku

Sega may be sad and pathetic now, but I still remember the glory years when Genesis did what Nintendidn’t.

I’m going into the weekend with my first crisis of faith in LotRO. The world and the community is great as always, but as I’ve progressed it’s starting to sink in how much of a grind the questing is. All MMOs are a grind, but games like SWTOR and TSW hid it well with their cinematic storytelling. LotRO’s quest descriptions, as well written as they are, aren’t enough to trick me into thinking I’m doing something other than killing 10 wargs and fetching 10 athelas leaves, over and over and over.

Still, there’s no way I’m quitting so bring on the single-player games to fill the gap. I’ve reinstalled Mass Effect and Arkham Asylum with Arkham City waiting in the (bat)wings. I honestly have no idea how the GOTY edition of Asylum ended up in my Steam library. Browsing my Steam library is sometimes like the wake-up scene in a Hangover movie.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

I have enjoyed all the Batman games even Arkham Knight which has a reputation for crashing but I think I only had one the entire play through. Then again I did buy it well after its disastrous launch so it has had a lot of patches

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

I didn’t pick up Arkham Knight, even before it got shipped too early, mostly because I really had no interest in a game featuring the Batmobile.

As I mentioned above, though, Arkham Origins (with the original Arkham Asylum a close second) were big favorites of mine.

I didn’t care much for Arkham City, personally The city felt too game-ish, rather than plausible, for my liking, and the plot made less and less sense (even for a superhero universe) the more I thought about it.

But hey, that’s just my take,

Cheers,

Reader
Armsbend

Pre-order bonuses on Sonic Aquatic? Like a plastic bag?

Path of Exile and the Fire Emblem mobile game. Path does what Path does best but I’m surprised at how much I’m enjoying Fire Emblem. It is mobile so it should repel – but this one doesn’t. Odd feeling.

Crow
Reader
Crow

My partner and I finally made the dive into Kerbal Space Program and… well, we’re pretty deep. I got very, very excited when I realized I’d actually need to do some huge calculations. I keep a financial calculator at my desk for this very reason.

So, uh… I guess I’m doing lots physics this weekend? that’s good by me!

Tomorrow is World of Darkness day along with a “Chicken and Waffles” brunch. That’s quite something to look forward to.

LotRO coffee tasks and some Kin business should fill up the rest of my time, and I want to slip back into Elite: Dangerous this evening when I can black out the windows and pull our big comfy reclining chair in front of the monitor. All I need is a proper HOTAS and I’ll be in heaven.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

I’m told that Kerbal Space Program can be great fun, but that it’s not for the mathematically faint of heart!

Good luck!

Reader
Loyal Patron
Esoteric Coyote

Try this one, it’s 40-50 usd I think, and the base separates into two pieces. Probably the best budget hotas. When ED launched, it sold out pretty fast. I use my steam controller since ex didn’t send my joystick in the mail. It works well, but I have to relearn all the bindings.

https://www.amazon.ca/ThrustMaster-663296415462-Thrustmaster-T-Flight-Hotas/dp/B004PZK60U/ref=pd_cp_147_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=9Q5YTADKBZR46VP7Z2AW

Crow
Reader
Crow

Oh sweet, I think I came across that one before as a super-recommended beginner setup. I’m using a 360 controller at the moment, which is fine for me… but… but… HOTAS! Thanks!

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

honestly all you need is a logitec attack 3 os extreme pro 3d and your keyboard for throttle et al control. use both to great effect in both ED and SC

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

After saying earlier this week I didn’t want to be distracted from my current main mmo (Lotro) I find I am now completely distracted from my current main mmo.

Path of Exile has pulled me in yet again so I am starting my journey through the difficulty levels for the last time seen as they will be going away in the next major update. The legacy league adds just enough for it to be different and fun. It has totally hooked me again despite my best intentions.

Still on the bright side as far as Lotro goes I did manage to get my hobbit hunter through to level 105 and complete all the epic story content that we currently have on the live server. So I would just be doing flower picking dailies (nope not even kidding) to upgrade my gear, which is already decent enough for what I want to do (i.e. story content with absolutely no raiding ever).

Anyhow I have spent more than enough time away from Path of Exile so better get back at it. Hope everyone has a happy and safe gaming weekend o/

Reader
Armsbend

The best plan for a casual Path player is to spend 3 months off or longer. When you go back it feels like a completely new game – because usually the new mechanics make it one.

I’m going easy on this one with a totem build.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

I will probably only be going at it over this weekend and then going full casual for the rest of the league. I am aiming for an earthquake / ancestral protector build so nothing too complicated either.

Reader
Sray

Much like Patron Pierre, I am also playing the living hell out of Horizon Zero Dawn. I wasn’t originally going to buy it for a month or two as I’ve already got a big backlog piling up on my PS4, but I watched about 30 seconds of a live stream about 3 hours prior to launch that made me exclaim “oh my god, this is everything that’s missing in my life” and I immediately purchased from the Playstation Store and started downloading. You might think from that last sentence that I either have a very full life, or very sad life: the answer to that is yes.

Regardless, Horizon Zero Dawn is almost in killer app territory: I would almost suggest buying a PS4 just for this one game. If you’re only wanting to play Horizon, it not quite worth it; but if you’re also looking at a couple other great exclusives like Uncharted or The Last of Us, definitely do it.

For those wondering, the game play of Horizon Zero Dawn is a lot like the new Tomb Raider games; minus the disgustingly graphic death cutscenes that you cannot shut off, and that would easily earn a movie an NC17 rating, but somehow squeaks by with a T for Teen rating in a video game. It also looks prettier than Tomb Raider as well.

On the MMORPG and MMO adjacent front there’s really nothing. I actually just uninstalled ARK this week to free up hard drive space. I haven’t played it much for several months now due to a lack of anything to do other than tame dinosaurs so you can get better gear to tame bigger dinosaurs; and then the game’s big Tek Tier endgame addition is raiding so you can slowly grind your way to better gear. How. Original.

On the general PC gaming front, I just got into the closed beta for Dawn of War 3. There’s an NDA so I can’t really discuss anything. But to be honest, it’s been a wasted beta invite on me: still too early in the process for a complete newcomer to the genre like me to be able to contribute at all, and the part of the game that I’m actually interested in isn’t yet in the game. It looks good and runs well though.

TL;DR: Horizon Zero Dawn is fantastic. MMOs are a no go. ARK has managed to turn itself in WoW. DoW 3 is a game that is in beta testing. The take away should be: play Horizon Zero Dawn if the opportunity presents itself.

Reader
jinarra

Skyrim, due to horribad internet connection. Also – Pizza!

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Patreon Donor
BalsBigBrother

Pizza makes everything better :-)

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Honestly, the town I’m living in now has a “Mom N’ Pop” style pizza shop which makes the best delivery pizza I have ever had — and as a lifelong pizza fan, I do not say that lightly.

I may live the rest of my days in this burg, just for the pizza! :-D

Cheers,

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
thickenergy

It’s really annoying when a game isn’t optimized well and there’s an ennui leak that causes me to have to constantly reboot my schadenfreude.

Playing lots of Conan Exiles (this time with extra Chinese hackers!), and Atlas Reactor. Maybe going outside, as I vaguely recall there being some sufficiently satisfactory stuff out there.

Reader
Sray

Outside is scary. Birds poop outside.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
mysecretid

Reminds me of my late uncle, who liked to drink beer. He always used to say, “I don’t drink water. Fish f#ck in it.”

:-)

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

Pretty much just WoW. I’ve tried to play other games (like Archeage with DK and the gang) but I just don’t have the time. At least with WoW, I can hop in and afk for awhile and do stuff.

Otherwise, I’ll be playing the new Zelda game on my shiny new Switch. Didn’t think I’d even get one, but we went to the store yesterday. Lo and behold! It’s really great. I like it way better then the Wii U.

Crow
Reader
Crow

The Switch is the only current gen console we’re actually that interested in as a console right now. A PS4 would be nice to play some exclusives (Persona!), but the Switch looks exactly like the kind of thing we’d want as a secondary gaming device behind PC and alongside the 3DS.

Andrew Ross
Staff
Andrew Ross

My main concern, though, is that everyone is raving about a game that’s also available on the Wii U. The actual cost (for multiplayer and storage) is closer to $500, and I can’t justify that in my mind yet without stronger titles not available on other consoles, especially after I bought an Oculus Rift + Touch on a teacher’s salary >.<

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Little Bugbear

Wow $500 is a little much for a console in my eyes. My boy friend and I were thinking about getting one but they sold out. There is no way we would get one at $500 with hardly any titles though. We can wait. Also there are so many problems on console when they first come out (Red Ring of Death, weak fans, etc.) you tend to get a better console for cheaper if you wait.

Andrew Ross
Staff
Andrew Ross

That’s what I’m thinking about doing, although maybe Splatoon 2 being mobile will motivate me more (I got all the DLC for Mario Kart 8, so the “ultimate” version just feels like a bit of a slap in the face if Wii U owners don’t get it as a “thank you”).

I am kind of thinking of going to a Switch event to potentially bond with fellow Nintendo players, as they’re much rarer here than in Japan!

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Little Bugbear

Oh man I didn’t even think about having to buy Mario Kart 8 and DLC again, not to mention the other games we have. Also there may not seem to be as many Nintendo fans compared to Xbox or PlayStation fans in the US, but lord when a Zelda or Pokemon game comes out so do the Nintendo fans.

The Switch has me most hyped for Zelda and Xenoblade Chronicles 2. We will most likely pick up Splatoon 2, even though we didn’t get Splatoon. Splatoon got such great reviews we probably should have by now.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Jack Pipsam

The Wii U version is also pretty much the exact same as the Switch bar 900p

I am playing on my Wii U and I don’t feel like I am missing out on anything from not buying a Switch.
After all, Breath of the Wild is a Wii U game which was ported over to the Switch.

Crow
Reader
Crow

I’m so stoked simply for Stardew (and the similar Nintendo usuals) on a mobile/traditional device. Monster Hunter seamlessly between TV and handheld based on whim? yes please!

Reader
Armsbend

As silly as it sounds Stardew might be a system seller for me. I love it on pc but it really is the perfect mobile game.

Liandreth
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Liandreth

I’m super stoked for Stardew. I’m sort of hoping for a Harvest Moon, but Stardew will help keep me happy.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

i plan to give stardew some more attention when it gets mp. the fact it’s coming to switch has me vaguely considering one in the future but tbh my usage scenario is pretty limited for it and i’ve heard nintendo mobile things have poor battery lives in the past.

btu still stardew in teh car when no one is around ot chat on my phone would probably help distract me from my anxiety in those death boxes alot LOL

Crow
Reader
Crow

I’m in the same boat. My other half loves Stardew, and I do too, but I’m really waiting for the multiplayer so we can play together before diving deep.

Crow
Reader
Crow

That is soooo not silly! Stardew is a fantastically engaging, positive and all-around fantastic game that really is a system seller for a lot of people who want to take it with them on the train/plane/bus/reindeer-sleigh.

I’m actually kind-of sad that there isn’t going to be a 3DS port of Stardew. I’d happy take a non-3D work any day if it would give me proper pocket Stardew.

Andrew Ross
Staff
Andrew Ross

Agreed (well, more worried about getting sucked into Stardew), but those aren’t launch titles.

Crow
Reader
Crow

Oh yeah, my usual rule of thumb for everything (especially tech) is that patience is the better part of satisfaction. I’m certainly not jumping to get a Switch, but given the right deal at the right time I can absolutely justify it as a purchase, at least theoretically. The PS4/XBO? not so much justification there unless it was dirt, dirt cheap since my PC objectively does almost everything the same or better.

But, well, I’m using my 3DS right now to re-play the DS-era FFIII remake. So *shrug* :p

Reader
Loyal Patron
Esoteric Coyote

It’s over 500 in Canada just for the Switch and Zelda. Here’s hoping for a sale come Christmas.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Jack Pipsam

It’s over $650+ AUD if you want the Switch, Zelda and the Pro controller.

Basically they can fuck themselves, I paid less for the Xbox One at launch and the Switch is weaker than that.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Esoteric Coyote

yeah it’s hard to justify that price for only one game when the ps4 slim is currently on sale for 300 and has a very strong library. I could pay 360(well more like 400 with tax) get two games uncharted 4 and horizons zero dawn, or what’s it called. Zero dawn is like open world Zelda with robot dinosaurs.

deekay_plus
Reader
deekay_plus

my issue is when i’ve owned consoles in more recent years i’ve barely used them and just get annoyed by the whole controller user experience in general.

but a switch in mobile mode in the car might be nice for when no one is chatty on my phone and i need to distract myself from always impending doom i feel while riding in cars lol.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Jack Pipsam

Even less for me as I bought (and quickly regretted) a Wii U, so I have the game for that.

I don’t even know if I am going to invest in something like Scorpio, but I would get a PS4 before a Switch if I was going to get another console.
Last of Us 2 would most likely knock me over, Last of Us is why I bought a PS3.

wpDiscuz