WRUP: Advertising products we will not sell you edition

Friends, this week’s What Are You Playing must highlight the most baffling marketing move I’ve ever seen. PAX East has often featured some baffling decisions, but this year I have to give the gold cup of What In The Hell Happened to Cygames and their huge booth, which half-features Granblue Fantasy. (The other half is taken up by their mobile card game Shadowverse.)

“Well, why is that weird?” Because, dear reader, you cannot download the game. Not “it hasn’t been released yet,” the game was released back in 2014. But it still doesn’t have an official local release, despite having been localized fully for ages and completely playable right now. You have to go through an insane rigamarole to get the game onto your mobile devices, which means that half of this booth is advertising a game you are not actually being sold.

I suppose maybe it’ll inspire some people to go through that rigamarole? It’s a fun game and fully translated and all. But it’s just… baffling. Leave your weekend plans down in the comments, I’ll be boggling over here.

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): Pokemon Go is happening because I really need to get back to walking for more than 15-20 minutes. Project Gorgon will probably get some time. I just finished Telltale’s Batman Season 2, and oh my god, so good! I may need to replay it and make some different choices. Between this and White Knight, it feels like a good time to be a Batman fan.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): Same as last weekend for me, mainly because it’s already a packed weekend and not much time for fun! So probably some Trove (gonna try to hit expie booster day!) and Guild Wars 2 Super Adventure Box. I’d like to test out the newcomer stuff for Ultima Online as well, but my account is paid for and so far, none of my non-subbed accounts are working just yet, so that may or may not happen.

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): Saturday will mostly be eaten by PAX East, but Sunday will be a time for some Final Fantasy XIV and some World of Warcraft. Also, not coincidentally, I’ll be diving more into Granblue Fantasy on the road.

Justin Olivetti (@Sypster, blog): I’m digging the cult life in Secret World Legends this week, so I’ve got to earn those points and work my way up in this organization. Not to bring it down from the inside, mind you, but just because I’ve found a new way of life that makes sense. All hail the Leader!

MJ Guthrie (@MJ_Guthrie, blog): I have only one week to prep for this trip to California, which means recording lots of streams for y’all to enjoy while I am lacking sufficient internet. But that also means I have a related house inspection on Tuesday, so all those half-unpacked boxes need to be unpacked and sorted ASAP! I should put all my spare time there, but if we are being honest, I am sure to find some Secret World Legends and ARK: Survival Evolved time at the very least. I really need to get in for Lord of the Rings Online‘s spring festival before it ends, and might even try a little more Guild Wars 2 SAB. Gasp!

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kgptzac

I’ve been playing Granblue Fantasy. It’s a surprisingly good turn based RPG in the age of cheaply made mobile games. It’s a browser game at its core, but it’s optimized first and foremost for mobile devices with touch screens, ie, phones. Though its English support is not great, and I probably wouldn’t touch it if I can’t read Japanese…

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꧁ꙮ꧂

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granblue fantasy is literally a browser game, you play it by going to http://game.granbluefantasy.jp/. you dont have to download anything

the game is marketed towards english-speaking south east asian countries like singapore and malaysia and not america so i was personally extremely surprised that they announced con presence in america, and it absolutely has a history of excluding its international audience (needing a japanese phone number to verify your account, for example, in addition to not being able to use international debit cards on ingame purchases until like a month ago)

but its an outright lie to say you have to sideload the APK or get a japanese itunes account to install a javascript-based browser game

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kgptzac

I don’t believe I provided a Japanese phone number when I signed up my mobage account… maybe a fake address info, but nothing can’t be made up.

And yes you can play it thru Chrome, but there’s a dedicated client, which on Android needs sideload apk due to Play Store region restriction. It’s a non-issue for people who’s used playing Japanese mobile games.

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꧁ꙮ꧂

oh yeah i specifically mean the “get 1000 crystals for completing registration” message that you can’t get rid of, ever, unless you verify your account with a japanese phone number

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Jonny Sage

Gloria Victis patched in some synch fixes, then rolled it all back because it made it worse, so testing that out a bit. Graphics are decent, crafting is pretty deep, but still not much to do in game and only 100 or so people playing, and mostly just fighting over one castle for glory points. Heres my viking character.

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blah blazh

Now that it is getting a bit warmer outside, I’m spending more time in the outdoors rather than inside. Not much MMO playtime lately for me but I do play GW2 from time to time. Picked up Far Cry 5 and I’m enjoying that.

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mysecretid

Hey all!

Been gone for a couple of weeks as my health took a dive. Nothing fatal; I’m not in pain, and I’m not dying any faster than a regular humanoid, so don’t worry, but it was a crappy couple of weeks. I’m on the upswing again now, and glad to come back and say hello. :-)

My gaming habits change when I’m ill — more console, less PC — because I find it easier to play in front of the TV when I’m feeling crappy, than to hunch over a keyboard.

So, in the immortal words of American poet-laureate Eliot Lefebvre, What R I Playing?

Picked up Tom Clancy’s The Division on the cheap, and am playing through the game again, this time on the PS4.

Still loving it, even though (on the surface) it doesn’t seem like I would.

It’s not “just another shooter game” (I think I already filled my lifetime quota on those, and half of yours too, by the time I finished college); it’s got a plot and a storyline I find intriguing; it’s filled with interesting NPC character personalities; and the visual design is unbelievably, gorgeously immersive. Manhattan is basically a character here, in its own right.

For those who don’t already know, The Division can be played as a single-player experience; the only time you see other players is in the various safehouse “hubs” scattered throughout the game. Here there are Looking For Group terminals as well, if you’re good with pick-up-groups.

If you want to team with friends, you can do that too, but your character’s specific Base of Operations hub (i.e. The Post Office) remains yours alone (i.e. each player has their own, for the story).

Note: I remember the controls being just that much better/tighter in the PC version, so if you’re wondering which version to try, and have no other concerns, I’d say maybe go PC.

Other PS4 stuff?

I’m still enjoying No Man’s Sky more than I ever expected I would. Its exploration focus suits me somehow.

I also took a chance on Uncharted: The Lost Legacy, and I’m really liking it. I sort of bounced off the Nathan Drake stuff (I realize it’s very well made, it just didn’t “click” with me), but I’m having fun with this stand-alone spinoff game.

Having Claudia “Farscape” Black voice the female lead doesn’t hurt, either — I suspect I’d kiss her, if she asked me. :-)

On PC

I’ve dialled back on playing World of Warcraft a bit — not because I like it less, but because I was playing it so much, so often, that I kinda burned out on it for now, I need a break.

Happily, Star Trek Online dropped a new episode, so I’m back in my favorite MMORPG more regularly.

I also — believe it not — actually won something significant from a lockbox!

I actually won one of the Crossfield-class Science Vanguard starships (i.e. the starship from Star Trek: Discovery).

I’d wondered what it might be like to run that starship in-game, but I never, ever thought I’d win one.

STO puts an unique currency (called lobi) in all its lockboxes which can be used to buy special items from a store in-game. I open lockboxes occasionally to increase my stock of this currency.

(For those who care, note that things bought in the lobi store are routinely re-sold by players on the general in-game marketplace — players tend to price-gouge on the re-sales, though)

Anyway, when I won the Discovery ship, my mouth literally dropped open. I never really ever expected to win anything major from a lockbox. I suspect I’ve burned out my “winner’s luck” for the next couple of years or so? Hmmm. Maybe that’s why I got sick? Hahaha :-)

I’m still hammering away at Stellaris on PC.

Paradox is post-patching version 2.0+, and I’m starting to get the hang of it all now.

I did turn off the “Marauder Fleets” option, and extend the default length of games to maximum in my current game, though, because otherwise, I found I was getting harrassed by hostiles so constantly, that I couldn’t get much done with the colony-building, exploration, and empire management aspects (i.e. the stuff I like best in Stellaris).

My Pillars of Eternity playthrough is on hold. As above, my manic WoW play has burned out my (relatively low) threshold for medieval fantasy-genre gaming. I expect I’ll pick it up again when my taste for swords and spellcraft returns.

Finally saw The Last Jedi. I liked it well enough, despite its clunky bits, but Rogue One remains my personal favorite among the more modern Star Wars films.

On Netflix, I’ve been enjoying the new season of Jessica Jones. Great fun.

Hope everyone is well!

So nice to be able to come back and talk to all you intelligent, friendly sorts. :-) Take care of yourselves, as well as each other, please. When all is said and done, we’re all we’ve got.

Cheers,

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nobleeinherjar

Glad you’re feeling better and congrats on your lockbox win! I’ve been thinking about giving STO a spin. I’ve never been much of a Star Trek fan but I love spaceships and I love exploration.

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Armsbend

Hope you get healthy old boy.

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Loopy

Congrats on winning that ship!

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rafael12104

Awesome run down. Yup, I am quite fond of Jessica Jones on Netflix as well. I used to read the comic and surprisingly, they have stuck to the main elements therein.

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rafael12104

Ok. Here is a very small slice of my weekly activities in BnS. Snow Jade Fortress is a one boss raid which is designated as a weekly. It is fairly easy as long as you know what you are doing. Worth the coin and mats to be sure.

The boss, Asura, is the result of a very sad story. A prince’s greed for power can be a very bad thing. Machiavelli turned on its head. Lol.

Take note of the music. I used Nier Automata’s OST “Alien Manifestation” by Keiichi Okabe. The Nier Automata OST is incredible. I highly recommend you sample a bit of it.

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Bryan Gregory

Pretty sure most NA players play Granblue on their PC.

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kgptzac

There’s a lot benefits playing GBF on PC, but the control of the game is optimized for touchscreen… which is kinda lame due to the fact PC client doesn’t get real keyboard shortcuts for most of the stuff.

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I feel like the right way to play most mobile games should be on PC. I just wish more mobile companies would inherently prepare their games for that -_-

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Nemui Byakko

Hm.
1. Shadowverse is very good (really, very good) TCG that can be played on iOS or Android or through Steam on PC (using the same account, btw). English version.
2. Granblue Fantasy – you can play it on PC in Chrome (it is a Chrome app), English version. On mobile you can’t play it as easily, that’s true (but you can download apk etc on Android).
3. Strange thing! PAX East is for the Eastern countries. Both games have many official servers there. So, Cygames did all right.
P.S. Really, Shadowverse is worth trying for all Hearthstone fans. It is kind of similar, but with some really important differences and it has much more beautiful cards :)

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nobleeinherjar

I’ve kind of let myself get all over the map again. In between testing out some Steam games I bought on sale (3030 Deathwar Redux and Door Kickers), I finally broke down and started a new game of Stardew Valley after trying to wait until the 1.3 patch. I’m also still playing Fallout 4 and Sleeping Dogs.

I also started a new Master Mode game on Breath of the Wild because I still just can’t stop playing it even though I’ve completed it twice. I still contend that normal mode is more fun, but I still want to say I’ve completed Master Mode at least once. And I’ve also given Xenoblade Chronicles 2 another shot. Honestly, I kind of wrote that game off as buyer’s remorse. But the wasted potential of Ni No Kuni II’s interconnected systems gave me a better appreciation for the way XBC2’s systems all feed into each other. I have a better perspective on both games and can enjoy them for what they do well instead of focusing on the areas where they’re lacking. Hopefully they can both keep me tied over until Dragon Quest XI.

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Utakata

This week: Once again, another introduction to growing and glowing addition to my small Lyn army in Blade & Soul. So please welcome Gold Kamui, my newly minted Gunner and smallest Lyn to date. And as the name implies, this adventuresome creature has a thing for all things made of gold. Which makes my Goblin army back in WoWstar particularly nervous if she where to hang around with them. Either way though, don’t let her short demeanor fool you, as she can draw her pistols faster then bullets where flying at the O.K. Corral and with a meaner disposition. o.O

Also this week: Extra effort will now be made to getting my final 2 Goblins their 110 badge, so I can get the Classy Goblin Cheevo for my guild, before the big BfA expansion arrives in earlier August then I would of liked. :(

Also reading: Golden Kamui, a manga to which my as for mentioned Lyn Gunner was inspired, about an ex-soldier gold digging along with his accidently befriended Ainu partner in crime, as they discovered a map for a stash of treasure in the most gruesome way. Also you’ll learn some…err, interesting cooking recipes on the way. O.o

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Randy Savage

Looks evil.

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Utakata

Better watch it though. Might end up in you frig tucking into your ice cream stash. <3

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rafael12104

Welcome, Gold Kamui. She looks great. Lyn Gunners everywhere these days, and that is an improvement. Lol.

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Utakata

<3