WRUP: Pacing issues edition

    
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Mildly irate machine.

The series is 52 episodes long, and it promises to be the world-shattering story of giant robots fueled by ghosts. The first nine episodes deal solely with the protagonist going through his daily routine and occasionally seeing ghosts. The next five episodes are about setting up the project to build ghost-powered robots. In the 15th episode, an enormous ghost lays waste to the protagonist’s home town and kills every single character that had been built up through now, making the previous episodes a complete waste of time.

Eight episodes are then spent hiding in the woods from the enormous ghost, followed by seven episodes journeying to a place where the ghost-powered robots had been assembled while meeting up with a handful of other characters. For no adequately explained reason, episodes 31-38 then feature a completely irrelevant deviation to a town holding a Japanese festival with the main character’s uncle. No one mentions those events at all as the cast spends another four episodes getting to the robot facility.

Once the team gets to the robot facility, four more episodes are spent arguing over who gets to pilot the biggest robot. The next episode is all about trying to power up the robot for its first launch. Episodes 47-52 finally involve using the ghost robots to fight evil ghosts while also discussing 10,000 years of history and cramming in so much exposition and lore that one episode features eight separate fight scenes with history narration in the background. The last episode ends on a cliffhanger. Let us know what you’re up to in What Are You Playing!

Andrew Ross (@dengarsw): I’m at IndieCade this weekend. I’ve already done OneShot, Virtual Virtual Reality, and others by the time you’ve read this. Oh, and Pokemon Go will happen a bit since it’s Los Angeles and the raids can be zerged but OH-EM-GEE, I feel like my hometown’s like a nice small RP community in PoGo and LA’s like the server everyone plays on: You can find groups faster, but it doesn’t feel like people are building communities, just grinding content. Between the mass PoGo zergs and intimate IndieCade venue, it’ll be an interesting social gaming weekend.

Brianna Royce (@nbrianna, blog): I’m a broken record, but I’ll be in Guild Wars 2 again. I’m also in the middle of trying to decide whether to get a Pixel 2 to replace my very old but deeply loved LG G2, whose battery replacements are no longer enough to revivify it. Somebody talk me into or out of it! I need a new phone!

Eliot Lefebvre (@Eliot_Lefebvre, blog): The pre-patch prep in Final Fantasy XIV is real, but it’s also largely finished, so I might actually spend some time in GW2 just playing an alt for no real reason whatsoever. Yes, I’m allowed to do that for Choose My Adventure games, it just rarely comes up.

Your turn!

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Jack Kerras

I love that the screenshot for ‘pacing problems’ is Perpetuum.

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Malcolm Swoboda

Just more MEA, SWL. Started Stranger Things mobile game :). Trying SWBII beta!

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Nater

Not much happening this weekend. Been quite a depressing week to be honest. In other news Happy early Thanksgiving to you Canadians out there! Why can’t you just have it in November like the rest of us? :D

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Utakata

This week: Yeah I’m freeeee, free fallin’…

Also this week, somewhere stuck playing WoW between the “Calm before the storm,” and “You’ll find out,” that I am wanting to play Blade & Soul again.

…kinda been a depressing week. /sigh

Also reading: Birdy the Mighty II (Tetsuwan Birdy II)…which reminds me of TERA. That is, I am embarrassed that I am finding it addicting. o.O

Have a great week and weekend folks! <3

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Utakata

Edit/PS: Oh right…RIP Tom Petty. /bows

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Plugging away at Destiny 2. Sometimes fighting highly intelligent robots.

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thirtymil

I think I’ve hit burnout. Can’t get any joy out of ESO at the moment, Elite Dangerous I can do for about an hour before I lose interest. Still hitting the skinner box lever in Warcraft but really, if there was something more appealing I’d jump ship in an instant.

Sadly can’t find that something though… went back to Divinity Original Sin to see if that would work but can never get into the isometric camera angle – that reminds me, must comment on that Massively article about the same!

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Nater

I’m the exact same with Divinity man! I just can’t do it! I hate it. And it burns all the more because I know the game is fantastic!

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I’m playing Overwatch, a little Paladins, Divinity: Original Sin 2, Titanfall 2 co-op, and I’ll probably finally get around to playing The Park.

D:OS2 is really quite fantastic, though combat is extremely difficult. I love when I finally succeed at a fight, but it sometimes takes me 6-7 reloads.

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FYI, right after I wrote this I played The Park. Finished it in about an hour and a half. It was great right up until the very end. I feel like they fell down with the ending. But it was worth the $4 to “play” it. (It’s not really a game; more an interactive movie).

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Sorenthaz

Watching LoL Worlds, super hyped for the hour-long episode of Dragon Ball Super later tonight, and probably screwing up my sleep schedule heavily in the process of watching Worlds.

Games-wise, Dying Light Enhanced Edition is something I picked up for a friend and myself while it was 60% off and we’ve been having a blast with it the last two days. Probably will also be dipping back into Fornite because she wants to give it a look again, might do more Conan Exiles, but otherwise in my solo time it’ll probably be starting on the Youkai Watch stuff in FFXIV, playing some ranked in LoL to see if I can push beyond Gold V (wewt), and today marks the start of special stuff for something so I’ll be dipping back into those larcenous waters.

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zoward

It’s a three-day weekend here in the US (Columbus Day), and I’ll be at another fall festival, this one a pumpkin festival with my wife and daughter. I’m pumped for the announcement of Mists of Ravenloft for DDO, and the arrival of large chunks of the expansion on the test server. I need to resist the urge to jump in now and spoil the surprise later. Besides, I need to get my drow favored soul up to level for it.
I may jump into TESO on the Xbone later this weekend if I’m feeling it (I suspect I’ll need to kick off the gargantuan update it needs several hours in advance though). I’m looking forward to playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the Switch someday, when my son finishes his several-hundred-hour playthrough. That and OD’ing on old Hallowe’en movies probably sums up the rest of my month, lol. Have a great weekend everyone!

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nobleeinherjar

I finished making a Follower and Nemesis to carry over into Shadow of War, so it’s back to Alien: Isolation. And when I’m ready for a break from the stress that game gives me, I’ll finally be finishing Undertale and Life Is Strange.

I also plan on trying out the Battlefront 2 beta to see how my PC can handle it. I could play the first one just fine, but I don’t like to take anything for granted.

I’m also going to cheat and say that earlier I played the Octopath Traveler demo for the Switch. I got some serious SaGa vibes from it and it’s now one of my most-anticipated games of 2018.

Still nothing in the realm of MMOs, though. I’ve updated LOTRO, ESO, and BDO, but haven’t actually played any of them. And FFXIV is still beckoning me to return. I’m sure one day soon I’ll make a decision. But I was saying the same thing a couple months ago, too, so ..