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Clayton B.
Dear Diary,

Well I got out of jail...but whomever decided that the jail was the only thing to connect the inner and outer monestary should be shot! I mean, really, why not have a nice simple hallway between the two! But noooo we gotta have this huge jail complex that connects the two areas. BAH! Anyway, after I got out, I found a town portal scroll and ran back to the camp to tell Deckard Cain the news. He informed me that I needed to go back into there and find a demon named Andarial and kill her. Well, demons are demons and need killing so I went back in, found her, and mauled her. Being a bear is fun.

After I found and killed her, Warriv was then willing to take me across the land to Lut Gohlain, where the Dark Wanderer had gone. No one wanted to talk to me there cept for one lady, who begged me to go into the stinky sewers and find some critter named Radamant, and kill em. Well, since I am pretty good at that, I went and did it.

Now I smell like rotted meat. I need a bath.


So yea, last night I was able to accomplish both goals I had set out to do, AND go a bit farther! My main goals last night were as follows:

1) Find the runes and weapon to build the Runeword STEEL
2) Kill Andarial

Not only did I do both of those, I was also able to build the Runeword Stealth in some armor (I had plenty of runes thanks to the 7 Countess Runs I had to do to get the El and Tir for STEEL), and I killed both Andy and Radamant.

I also ended up respeccing and going Bear, intending eventually to go Fireclaws with a dash of Shockwave. Oh yea, gonna go big and angry and FIRE AND BURNINATION HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Ahem.

Yea....

ANYWAY! Next goal / milestone? GET THE HORADRIC CUBE! Yesssss must get cubey must MAKE THINGS.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
Dear Diary,

Today I was sent to jail, in the worst place possible! I mean, I didn't know that the fallen were a protected species! Besides, they kept trying to maul me with their angry little knives! Apparently however some demon police saw me murdering them in a rage, and decided that I would be better off in the old rogues jails.

Little did they know that I found a way out! Well, its really a way in deeper, but hey, eventually I will get out. Whoever designed those jails was a madman however. I mean, they keep twisting and changing and I swear that they are on tracks or something. I went to sleep, woke up, and the walls had shifted completely! Its maddening.

Ah well, time to delve deeper into this place. Maybe they got some cool stuff I can snag.

Ahh the jail. How I hate thee. So damn annoying, confusing, and complicated. So last night I made it through the Jail and into the Inner Cloister. I have not gone farther at the moment, but I fully intend to. I picked a few new items, nothing spectacular sadly, and I did take a screenshot of them this time. Hopefully I can survive to face off with Andy down in the depths.

I also suffered my first death last night. I got trapped and surrounded by a Stone Skinned Death Clan and his minion pack, and got mauled faster then the little bit of lifeleech that Fury afforded me. I think I need to put more points into that.

Overall I am having fun, and had I been more awake I would have kept playing last night. But the jails drove me nuts. Time to farm some XP before heading down though. Here is a shot of the loot I have found that is halfway decent. I got the sword from gambling.

 
 
 
Clayton B.
I am going to be posting here a journal of sorts of my adventures in Diablo 2. Its for fun, and you all can see my character grow from here, along with crazy triumphs and other neat things.

Yes I think of him as an item, because he basically is just a walking book of identify if ya think about it. I mean, who really just "stays a while and listens" to that windbag!

But I digress...or DO I?!

So last night I downloaded my copy of D2 with LOD from Blizzard (got it on my Bnet account woot woot) reinstalled it, and started gaming. I remembered my old login info (surprise!) and was able to create a character and get started on US East. If there is a friends list (I DONT REMEMBER ARG!) you can add me:

Acct Name - Stomphoof
Character Name - Marketus

I made a druid, werewolf based. Already he is kickin ass. Last night I played for about 2 hours, and made it to level 10 and rescued Deckard Cain. I of course did not stay and listen, as at that point it was late and I had to sleep. Stupid day job.

I have found some decent gear, and my plan right now is to max Werewolf Form and Lyncanthropcy, get a point or two in Rabies and Frenzy (I think its frenzy, the lifesteal power) and then max Fury for hilarious carnage.

I am discovering however that there is a shit TON of lag on BNet. My god, my connection is a rock solid 1MB and I was having all sorts of rubber banding and crap. Thankfully I did not die due to it.

Last nights worst fight was Blood Raven. I had a good 85% chance to hit that wench, but you would never have known it given how many damn times I missed! I timed it, took 3 minutes to kill her thanks to constantly missing my attacks! BAH!

Gear wise I didn't take any screenies, as I dont have anything miraculous at the moment. Got a few decent charms (including a small charm that add 2-4 fire damage, and some resists), my sword is a socketed sword, got a rare pair of boots and a rare chestplate. Nothing special.

Lets see what the next night brings!
 
 
 
Clayton B.
24 March 2011 @ 10:09 am
So last night I finished Dragon Age 2, on the PC. I figured this would be as good a game as any to review, and considering it came out roughly 2 weeks ago this is also something relevant! GASP! Now a quick warning. This review will contain SPOILERS! Lots of them. If you want to play this game spoiler free, then I advise you ignore this review. Unfortunately, to talk about some of the good and bad points of the game I have to talk about the plot, and that will contain, well, spoilers!

You have been warned.

Dragon Age 2 is a game by Bioware, and is the sequal in a sense to their other games Dragon Age Origins and Dragon Age Awakenings. Now, I have played Origins but not Awakenings, so a few things that occured in that game which do effect this game (Anders, for an example) were unknown or new to me.

You are Hawke (first name doesnt really matter, no one uses it) a man who is apparently the Champion of Kirkwall. This comes out during the opening cutscene, where Varric is talking to a Seeker of the Chantry.

Apparently something happened, the world is now on the brink of war, and the Champion (YOU) had someting to do with this. Thus, the Seeker brought in Varric, a companion who was with the Champion during all the insanity, and demands to know his story. So Varric tells her.

The game plays out in 3 acts, each Act having a main focus or goal, and there is a introduction as well. The primary story of the game is basically just Hawkes life in Kirkwall, and the things he does to help the city.

I am not really explaining this well, so lets go over the gameplay while I collect my thoughts.

The gameplay and controls are slighty different between console versions and PC versions. For the consoles, the primary gameplay mode (Combat) is handled in a way very similar to a hack and slash game, like God of War. You use the shoulder buttons to bring up small hotkey menus where you can find your spells or abilities. You then press the correct key to use a power. Otherwise you are spamming one key to attack. The PC controls are more like an MMO. You right click to run up and autoattack (but there are some annoyances to this) and you have a large hot bar where you can put numerous attacks, correspondering to the 1-0 keys on your keyboard and beyond.

The problem I had on the PC is this. When you are in melee some of your attacks knock your opponents back. Its pretty badass looking honestly. HOWEVER, your character will NOT follow up on them. If you run in with your warrior and hit a guy, and he goes flying off, you will stand there like an idiot not chasing him. I discovered MUCH later that if you press the R key you will chase him until you knock him back again, but its damn annoying and completely breaks the flow of combat. I ended up starting over as a Mage to avoid this as Mages do things at Range or in Melee.

GIBS AND LIGHTNING WOOOOOO

Combat feels very satisfying beyond that, but sometimes gets a little silly. In alot of fights enemies will come at you in waves, and where they come from is downright bizarre. Suddenly from the rooftops some TEMPLARS will drop in, like Ninjas in platemail. It happens frequently and is just...strange. Also, eventually I got so many AOE attacks that enemies just could not stand against me. The only challenges were the MMO Styled Boss Fights. In fact, alot of the game felt very MMOish, but not in a bad way. I grasped the game right away, and if you have any experience with an MMO you should be fine. Also combat is INSANELY Bloody. Lots of Gibs flying around, blood spraying EVERYWHERE, and your characters do stay bloody after fights. Its very visceral.

Your Party AI for the most part is fine, and they brought in the Tactics system that was in Origins. Your party members can be set to follow specific instructions based on a predetermined style (controller, healer, defender, ect) or you can tailor their abilities. SImply putting at the top of the tactics the following line (HP < 50% then use Healing Potion) makes fights MUCH easier to handle. I used the tactics system myself to tailor my chosen party to do exactly what I wanted. Advancing your character is simple to. They use a talent tree system (another MMO thing!) where you unlock powers by spending points in it. Here is an example of the Warrior Trees:


Examples of Talent Trees




The problem I had here was alot of talents felt...pointless in the melee classes. Even with my companions, who have specific trees based on their abilities (Varric for example is a ranged rogue, so no melee trees), felt like I ran out of things to spend points on. Also, you gain access to 3 specializations at level 7, and your companions get access to their unique companion tree at that level.


The final part of the gameplay are the quests. You have Primary, Secondary, Companion, and Side Quests. Secondary Quests are like minor storylines, the Primary Quests are what move the main Chapter arcs along, Companion quests are things that advance your party members plot arcs, and Side Quests are little one shot things. For the most part, the quests are varied and interesting...but you run into yet ANOTHER problem here.

This place is used at least 3 times

Repeatative areas. I mean just more then spending your time in the same place (which you do by the way. Kirkwall is the primary hub AND Questing zone in the game) but the maps dungeons use are completely reused NUMEROUS times. I mean insanely reused, and the worst part is that the game doesnt even hide the fact in the minimap or map. You will end up seeing the same cave system at least 20 times. To make things different thought the game locks off different parts of the map depending on the quest. Does this help? No. In fact in some cases it makes things confusing if you are a person like me, who explores every nook and cranny. I will think I can go out one exit, head that way, and find myself at a dead end DESPITE the map saying otherwise. To the left is an example, albiet a small one. This little mountain pass is used 3 times by my count. Its the least of the offenders in the repeating

And lets not forget the bugs. I missed the ending cinematics thanks to the images suddenly going apeshit last night. Before that, I had to reload my game because I could no longer target anything. There is a quest that is literally uncompletable in the Third Act (a side mission called "Who needs Rescuing!") and there was another quest that, even if you finish it, it stays in your log as if you had not. Those are the ones I ran into. There are numerous others.

Finally, and probably the worst part of the game sadly, is the plot.

To put this in perspective, before I get into this: I had more fun completeing side missions and companion stuff then I did completeing the main plot arcs. I am going to just break this down by Chapter, to make things easier.

BE WARNED THERE BE SPOILERS PAST THIS POINT. MAJOR ONES! WARNING WARNING DANGER WILL ROBINSON DANGER! BEYOND THIS CUT THERE ARE DETAILS OF PLOT!

Prologue / Tutorial Level:

You start off in a fight against a bunch of Darkspawn, and then a dragon swoops in. Then you find out that was a joke (it was just a tutorial) and the game starts. You find out that you are on the run from the Darkspawn when they attack Lothering (in Dragon Age Origins) with your Mother, Brother, and Sister. You meet Aveline while on the run, fight some Darkspawn, get rescued by Flemeth, and end up in Kirkwall.

YOu then have to whore yourself out for a year thanks to your uncle to get into the city, and can choose to help either a Mercenary Band or a Smugglers Ring. Here is where my first complaint comes up.

No matter which side you choose, you do one quest inside the Gallows, and then the game advances a year and starts Act 1. You never really find out what you did during that year other then make a name for yourself, and other then some dialog changes and a side quest, this choice has little meaning. In fact that is a prevelent point in the game that I noticed. You only have an illusion of choice for most of the game. Things happen whether you want them to or not, you just change how people view you slightly.

I finished this section in about 2 hours.

Act 1: The Deeproads:

This act starts with you and whichever sibling didnt die in the prologue arguing with a dwarf who is planning an Expidition to the Deep Roads. You see, while you were being a jobwhore, the Hero of Fereldan defeated the blight (IE you did stuff in Origins here as another dude), and now that you have made a bit of a name for yourself, you are trying to get your family out of the slums. After the dwarf turns you down, you meet his brother Varric after your pocket is picked.

Varric then proceeds to suggest that you join him, and with his help raise 50 gold pieces to become a full partner in the expidition.

How are you to accomplish this? Considering you have next to no money at the start? By doing jobs for people! Thats right, its time to side quest! Most of Act 1 is made up of recruiting party members (one can actually be missed entirely) and doing side missions for people. A few plot arcs start here as well (blood mages for one).

Now, granted, I had alot of fun doing most of the side missions, but really it was just a way to stretch the act out. In the end, after you get your 50 gold and make friends with Anders the Psycho mage (and thus getting his Deep Roads Map) you can go into the Deep Roads. YOu have the option of taking your sibling with you or not, but it doesnt matter. Regardless of what you do they leave at the start of Act 2. It just changes how they treat you.

Once in the Deep Roads you fight through a couple of Hallways (yes, Hallways) to find a bizarre Thaig (Dwarven Ruin). Its actually really cool looking.

You fight some more stuff, find a Lyrium Idol, and Varrics brother betrays the party and locks then in a room, leaving them for dead. You then walk through some more hallways, fight a giant Rock Wraith who felt very much like an MMO Boss (hide behind pillars lest you get blasted by magic rock missles! Oh and kill the adds) and then you escape with a shit ton of treasure.

Congrats! You have made it out of the Slums, and into Hightown! Guess what? You are still gonna be a glorified errand boy!

I finished this act in about 10 hours, so total playtime at this point was about 12 and a half.

Act 2: The Qunari Problem:

Act 2 deals mostly with the threat of the Qunari, who have a "boogeyman" presence in Act 1 (ie you never see em save for 1 quest). 3 years have passed since your adventure in the Deep Roads. You have become a known explorer, but not super respected. You have your old home back (your family apparently was noble) so you have a nice home base like all your companions.

Oh I forgot to mention that. The only time you can actually talk to your companions is when you go to their homes, and they will ONLY talk to you if they have a mission for you. Otherwise, you get a single line of text.

Anyway, you spend most of this section doing more side quests and trying to solve both a serial murder mystery involving blood magic along with dealing with the Qunari issue. In the end though the Qunari decide to attack Kirkwall, and you have to save the town.

Now mind you, I am still having fun at this point. No major bugs, the companion quests are still my favorite part, and the Qunari actually seem badass. You also get some revenge on Bartrand (Varrics Bro) during this part if you are friends with Varric. Oh yea almost forgot this. Your choices in dialog can effect your parties approval of you via a Friendship / Rivalry bar. From what I understand as long as you push it to one side or the other they are fine, it just means they like you and support you or want to be better then you.

This act is also where most of the Romance options can REALLY begin. I do have a problem with the romance options as well. Its simply this: WHY IS EVERYONE BISEXUAL! Seriously. Every option can be romanced by a male or female, and in the case of Anders he tries to activly get in your pants. It kind of grossed me out as a guy when I have another guy hitting on me when I am trying to just be friends. Now don't get me wrong, I have no problem with gay / bisexual stuff, but it seems odd to me that EVERYONE in the game it seems would swing both ways. Seriously, just doesn't seem right. The characters in Origins didn't do that.

Anyway, you end up confronting the Arishok in the final battle, and you have the option of fighting him one on one. NOTE: if you do this as a mage like I did, be prepared to run alot. The Arishok hits like a tank.

Yay! You have saved the town...OR HAVE YOU!?

This act took me all of 6 hours to complete. Total time at this point: 18 hours

Act 3: The Finale!

The final act is the shortest of all of them, and this is where I ran into bugs. I also ran into a few time waster quests that did nothing but serve to level me up (find a bunch of missing Qunari swords). In fact: If I had not done anything BUT the primary plot quests in this act I could have been done within 2 hours of starting it.

Anyway this act starts 3 years after the Qunari events. You have spent 7 years in Kirkwall at this point, and after the Qunari incident you were named CHAMPION OF KIRKWALL! Now people respect you, fear you, admire you, and generally worship you. Well, everyone but Meredith. Meredith is the psycho leader of the Templars in Kirkwall, and she is opposite Orosini, the head of the Circle of Magi in Kirkwall.

This act focuses on the tensions between the 2 groups, and eventually you must pick a side. This is what made me stop liking the game. No matter what path I took, no matter what choices I made, the finale would play out roughly the same. All events leading up to the finale can in fact be ignored.

You see, Meredith believes that ALL Mages used Blood Magic (demonic magics). My character was a Mage, and an Apostate (unregistered mage) but Meredith could not touch me now because of my Status. So I of course, decide to side with the mages to help prove otherwise.

Of course this plan is ruined with Anders BLOWS UP THE FUCKING CHANTRY! Thats right, one of my own party members does a terrorist action and starts a bloody war. It pissed me off so much. Worst was the fact that you are tricked into HELPING HIM in Act 2. He claims he is trying to remove the demon he has living in him from himself, but instead is just building a super bomb.

So then I end up siding with the Mages anyway to defend the people who are being wrongly accused of practicing Blood Magic. But hey, guess what happens? OROSINI PROVES THE BITCH MEREDITH RIGHT AND USES BLOOD MAGIC IN THE END! I about Facepalmed at this point. Not only does his use Blood Magic, but he uses the same kind that the Serial Killer who KILLS YOUR MOTHER IN ACT 2 uses, and creates a horrible Corpse Monstrosity around himself. You then are forced to kill him and believe me that was satisfying as all hell, especially when I curb stomped his ass. A bug occured here were the cutscene played twice in a row as well, which was annoying.

So after you first defend the mages and then are betrayed by them (fuckers) you then try to escape. Only to be confronted by Meredith and the Templars. She demands that the Templars kill me, they refuse and then SHE GOES APESHIT! Granted, part of her issue is that Bartrand (Varrics brother) sold her the idol he found in the Deep Roads, which apparently has the side effect of making people BATSHIT INSANE. Guess its that pure lyrium.

So then you fight in another MMO type fight. You fight her for a while, she runs away and summons adds, kill adds, she reappears, leaves, fight adds, comes back and fight her PLUS respawning adds.

After that, you discover that the Champion has left Kirkwall with his love interest, and Varric is the only person the Chantry could find. Apparently after that the Templars and the Mages of the world are now in a full blown war, and the Chantry believes that only the Champion, who was there when it all started, can stop it.

Total Playtime: 22 hours.

Thus ends Dragon Age 2. Of course I couldnt SEE this ending due to a graphical bug, but at least I could hear the damn thing.

Overall the game was...decent. Part of the issues above stem from the development time, which was roughly 8 Months. Bioware was basically forced to rush this game thanks to EA and thus it is no where NEAR as polished as it should be. 22 hours to beat this game (and EVERY side quest I could find) is a joke, especially at a $60 price point.

Would I recommend this game? Only in the following cases:

The game drops in price, down to about $30. And even then, only if you are a diehard RPG Fan or Dragon Age Fan. Also make sure that you wait for some patches. Otherwise? Steer clear, its not worth the price as it stands.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
14 March 2011 @ 12:11 pm
Persona 4 is a JRPG made by Atlus games. There I reviewed it! Just kidding. Its hard to really describe Persona 4 without giving away much of the plot, but I am going to do my best here. Persona 4 is the 4th (really?!) in a series of games created by Atlus games. It is a JRPG, but its nothing like the ones you have most likely heard about (The Final Fantasy series, for example)

In Persona 4, you take on the role of a nameless highschool student from the city, who is coming to the town of Inaba to live with your uncle Dojima and cousin Nanako. You are of course a silent protaginist, and you get to name yourself. Once you arrive, you get setup, and start going to school

Thats right, part of the gameplay is going to school. Let me finish explaining the premise before you go running off.

After a few days of school you make a couple of friends (Chie, Yosuke, and Yukiko) and one day on the way home you come across the scene of a bizarre murder. Your uncle happens to be a detective and is working the case. The murder scene is freaky, as the person in question is a TV Personality, and she is found hanging from a Telephone pole, nearly naked, and without any visable wounds.

Now, during this time at School you hear a rumor about a "Midnight Channel", which apparently is something that occurs when you watch your TV alone, at Midnight, when its raining. If you do this, you will see your one true love. You decide to try it one night, and you in fact do see someone appear. They appear to be writhing in agony, but you cannot tell who it is.

You reach out to them, and your hand goes through your TV as if it were water. You of course tell your friends and they think you are crazy.

Two days later, another victim is found, this time hanging from a TV Antenna. It is the body of the girl who found the first victim. From there, things spiral out of control as you and your friends try to solve this mystery and discover who is behind these killings, and the myster of the Midnight Channel.

This game plays out during the course of several "months". The game is laid out where you do things during days, starting from your arrival on April 11th and basically ending on December 23rd. You do skip ahead after that to March, but only if you get the True Ending.

Each day, you have several activities you can do. During every day but Sunday you attend school in the morning (and may or may not have an actual lesson), then you have the Afternoon to do something, followed by an Evening. During the Afternoon, Evening, and Sunday, you can hang out with your friends, do part time jobs, or visit the Midnight Channels World to progress the story.

Now you may think that hanging out with your friends and working would be pointless or boring, but in fact that was my favorite part of the game. By hanging out you build up Social Links with your friends. These links are directly connected to the various Persona types you can create. They are based on Tarot cards, so you have different links based on things like Strength, Fortune, Chariot, Justice, ect. As the Social Link ranks up, your friends learn more about themselves, and in the case of your party members, become more effective in combat. Also, the rank of a Social Link has a direct effect on Persona you create, granting the Persona Experience which gives it increased levels.

Sounds complicated? It is a bit. You see, the game puts a time limit on things. When a story event happens, you only get 15 days to complete the matching dungeon in the Midnight Channel. If you do not its Game Over. So you have to find a balance of training in the Midnight Channel, building your social links, and doing Part Time Jobs (which have social links attached to them). You also have to build up your social stats (Courage, Knowledge, Diligence, Understanding, and Expression) in order to progress things with your social inks.

To put it bluntly, I found it very difficult to max EVERY social link in one playthrough. I got a great deal of em (all my party members save Kanji) but not all of em.

Combat is very interesting as well. You have 4 party members, and unlike Person 3 you can actually control all 4 if you choose. Each person has a single "Persona" which grants them abilities, and also dictates their combat abilities, strengths, and weaknesses. The main character however can eventually have up to 12 Persona stored with them, and is able to switch out to a different one each turn in combat if he so chooses. This allows for tactical planning, as Elemental Weaknesses play a huge role in combat. If you hit an enemies weakness, you get a ONE MORE action, and get another turn, and the enemy is knocked down. If your social links are high enough this can also trigger a special attack from a party member, but you lose your free turn. All party members can trigger ONE MORE...but so can enemies. And for the most part, the enemies are smart enough to hit party members with things they are weak against if they can. If you manage to knock down all the enemies before they have had a chance to stang, you can do an All Out Attack, inflicting massive physical damage. The combat is very rewarding in its gameplay, and encourages thinking instead of just mashing attack.





Now, no game is without flaws (or if there is one, I have yet to play it) and Persona 4 is no different.

My main complaints are the music, and the lack of explorable areas.

You see, you spend ALL your time in Inaba, and the Midnight Channel. However, you dont actually walk around Inaba, but instead walk around specific areas. I can even list them off:





1. School
2. Shopping District
3. Junes
4. River (Flood Plain)
5. Dojima Household

Each of those areas have a few other areas inside of them. The school has for example roughly 6 maps, the Shopping district and River 2 maps, Junes is 1, and your house is 1. Beyond the Dungeons in the Midnight Channel (There are roughly 8) that brings up the total explorable areas to 20. Thats it. And for most of those the music never changes. Let me tell you something. After 67 hours of gameplay, I have had my fill of the never changing music. Its nice, at first, but after a while it made me want to kill someone.

The battle music is the biggest offender here. Its too...happy! You are supposed to be fighting horrible demonic shadow creatures, and you get peppy and cheerful music while doing it. Its jarring. And lets not forget your "Support" character, whose sole job is to cheer you on or encourage you. Yes, there is a character who never fights, but instead just says things "Your soooo cool Senpai!" and "Oh no! Chie got knocked down" nearly every round. I ended up playing the last 10 hours of the game muted, since I was so sick and tired of it. My wife was so happy when I finally beat the game as well, because she would never have to hear the music again.

Overall, Persona 4 is a solid JRPG blended with a Simulator. Its not for everyone though, as it is very japanese in its presentation. If you want to try something different, with a deep engaging combat and a very engrossing and character driven story, then I would seriously suggest giving Persona 4 a try. Just...be mindful of the music. Oh and Teddie. You will want to kill him.

DEATH TO THE BEAR
 
 
 
Clayton B.
12 March 2011 @ 03:58 pm
On my Twitter Account I have been having a discussion with 2 folks, GingerKid and LOLM4RX about what I should name my upcoming review site, that will be hosted over at Blogger.

One of the suggestions, and one I really like was "Press Start to Join". While it is also the name of a blog here on Wordpress. But the domain name was still available...until now.

I am now the owner of www.pressstarttojoin.com and my new review site will be there!

Thanks LOL4MRX and GingerKid for the help.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
A game that has only recently caught my attention is an upcoming Action RPG, made by a group called Super Giant Games, called Bastion. I found out about this game thanks to the guys over at Normal Boots, specifically the Indie Games Searchlight series. It was only a flash during the latest video (Frogetta and Friends), but I was interested. The art style and name just said....AWESOME.

So like any good gaming nerd interested in something, I turned to Google.

I found the website and was instantly interested in the offical trailer.





Pretty spiffy looking isn't it! From what I have been able to dig up, this game focuses on the journey of our hero, called simply "The Kid". He is one of the last survivors of something called The Cataclysm, where the world was sundered and broken up into floating landmasses. At the start of his journey he is off to "The Bastion", a location that everyone agreed to meet up after the event. Once you reach the Bastion, you then begin the process of rebuilding the world.

I was also able to find this handy dandy and spiffy "Hands On" video from Giant Bomb:



The Narrator by the way is not Ron Perlman, thats already been debunked!

Suffice to say this game looks awesome, and I am really excited about it. I love my Action RPGs, and this art direction is something I really like. I also find the way the world builds itself as you move along interesting as well (will this create randomly generated levels I wonder!) and from what has been said we will find upgrades to the various weapons.

Overall this game looks very solid, and as of today Supergiant released a very open release date, of Summer 2011 for the Xbox Live Arcade version of the game. No word on pricing yet though. Once it comes out I know I will be picking it up and reviewing it.

Hope it plays as good as it looks, and if the quality of this game, based on the previews thus far, is any indication of the skill of this new Indie studio, I believe we can expect great things from them.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
07 February 2011 @ 07:06 pm
I have a quaint obsession as it were: I love JRPGs. I grew up on them and I love playing them. However, at lot of the newer ones (FF13 for example) are losing their touch. I yearn for the days of things like FF6, Chrono Cross, Legend of Dragoon, Wild Arms and the like.

Recently I started playing Person 4 for the first time in a while. I had played it when I first picked it up about 6 months ago, but never finished it (I got caught up in WoW) but recently I have restarted my game and I am loving it. While playing it, I had the grand idea to start writing up reviews of these various games that I am playing so that other RPG players may find them and find the "good" games out of the bunch!

It will also help me practice writing and hopefully get some content up here.

So the first review will be of Persona 4 (once I am done, I am only at the halfway point, and I am 30 hours in) and after that it will be Tales of Legendia (I <3 the Tales series). From there I hope to bring other JRPG reviews to you all as I rekindle my love of the genre!

Oh and as far as wargaming goes: I haven't been playing because, well, I really have no one to play with. It also doesn't help that the order for my Chaos Space Marines from Wayland games has STILL not arrived, and all they keep doing is telling me to wait 2-3 more weeks because of the US is doing a bunch of customs stuff. I ordered in fucking December, and its been nearly 8 weeks since the ship date!

Oh, if you have any JRPGS you would like to suggest for me to pick up and review please let me know. I got a bit of a list at the moment:

Persona 4
Tales of Legendia
Persona 3 FES
Tales of Symphonia Dawn of a New World
Magna Carta Tears of Blood
Disgaia
Wild Arms 5
Earthbound
Final Fantasy 9
Alundra
Radiata Stories
Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana
Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King
Rogue Galaxy
Dark Cloud 2 - Dark Chronicle

I know ALOT of PS2 games, but the PS2 has a crapton of JRPGS on it.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
21 January 2011 @ 08:06 am
So, because I signed up for the newsletter and preordered I got a beta key that is good for 25 accounts, for the upcoming MMO RIFT. If you want to try the game during the remaining events, here are the instructions. Remember, this key will only work 25 times total!

7GFX-MZYF-QXNJ-XCHJ-NDQP

To Apply the VIP Code:

1. Go to https://account.RIFTgame.com to login or create a new account.
2. Click "Apply Code" on the left-hand navigation bar and enter your VIP key.
3. You're done! You will automatically be invited into the remaining beta events.


I already have access to the events due to a preorder. If you use the key let me know! That way I can possibly find ya in game. I play on Faeblight right now, and prolly will at release.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
18 January 2011 @ 11:33 am
Here is my latest project, which I am doing in some of my free time (since my CSM have not arrived yet!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wkqq9y9O_I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1p8Hn9jeLA

There will be more to come ;)
 
 
 
Clayton B.
Beyond my normal resolutions for the year (Lose weight, do better with my diet) I have some specific ones for Wargaming.

Also, HAI GUYS I R BLOGGIN OMG!!!11!1!

Yea I went there.

I know I have not been blogging much this past month, but in truth that is due to the holidays, as well as a few things I had to do that made me...unhappy. Most notably of which was surrending my 2 Guinea Pigs to an animal shelter as I no longer had the time to really take care of them the way I needed to (if they got sick, I could not spend the time needed to get them better for example).

Regardless, I took a dive back in December, and ordered from Wayland Games a Chaos Space Marines Battleforce, a Chaos Lord in Terminator, and the Codex. But wait! I can hear you say. YOU DONT WANT TO PLAY 40K you want to play Warmachine!

This is true. But I have alot of Khador right now, and not really any of it painted (unless you count the already painted Kodiak). Furthermore, I want to really give 40k a shot now that I have proven to myself that I CAN do these sort of games.

I am starting small, a 750 point force (the battleforce and HQ is that) and my FLGS is running an Escalation League starting around the 21st. They are doing it a bit weird though (250, 400, 600) point levels or something like that, but I intend to participate.

So for 40k my resolutions are as follows:
1. Create my OWN Chapter. I am working on this. So far I have dubbed them "The Night Terrors" and the idea behind them is that they are led by Lord Erebos, The Boogeyman. They work similar to the Night Lords, but without the natural benefits of being able to see in the dark.

2. Paint them. Yes thats right, I am going to paint them.

3. USE THEM.

As far as Warmachine stuff goes I wanted to comment on the Khador Battle Wagon.

Seriously PP? I get a primitive tank? Drawn by HORSES?! In all honestly I am not a fan of it, in look or in theory. Its a tank. Yay tank? I dont play Warmachine for Tanks or Vehicles. I play it for Jacks, and damnit I wanted a big ass super jack.

Instead I get a horse drawn tank.

I do not intend to buy it, even if its the best thing ever and the only way to deal with other War Engines. In fact, if it becomes such that I must have one JUST to deal with other War Engines then I wont bother with the game until something changes.

However, I do have some Warmachine Resolutions:

1. Paint them.

2. Play more

Nothing much with them, other then painting them and playing. However, with the Khador, I am trying to figure out if I should strip them and start over, or if I should just deal with them as I have them and get them done. I am not sure honestly.

In EITHER Case (40k, or Warmachine) I am not going to expand my forces UNTIL the current stuff is painted. Period, plain and simple. This will help me save money for one, and two, force me to paint them.

Wish me luck folks. I am going to need it.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
Oh my god, I am actually POSTING! Scandalous! Hopefully I will have more stuff for you guys in the coming weeks, whether it be Warmachine, Malifaux, Heroclix, or gaming in general. Who knows. Warning, there is some R rated stuff in here (words really, just stuff like F*** and whatnot)



Friday:

So Friday I got a newsletter from Cool Stuff Games talking about a few sales. One that caught my eye was a Brick of either DC Justice League or Marvel Avengers Heroclix, for $30, which is a steal! (For those not in the know, a brick is 10 boosters, usually runs around $80-$100). I bought one, and then went up to my local game store with it to break it open. I was hoping for a Hulk. I did not get it this eve.

Saturday:

Saturday I hung out with my friend Dan. We decided that we would try Malifaux, and I ended up getting him a fate deck and his chosen starter as his bday / xmas gift. He chose Marcus, and I choose Seamus. We went back to my place, assembled them (fuckin hard to assemble undead whores! Yes, that is all true. I had to assembled undead hookers). And then I cooked my wife some food and we went out for lunch. While we ate I called over to Phoenix Games to see how busy they were. Turns out a PTQ was going on, and they figured it would not slow down till the evening. At the time, I decided not to go.

Later on in the evening, around 7pm I got a call from the store, asking me if I wanted to come in and play a game or two of Warmachine against some new players. Me and Dan had not tried out Malifaux yet either, and they told me that the MTG stuff had slowed down. So we went. Dan ended up playing a new Cryx player and I helped them.

Dan played Kromac, Feral Warpwolf, and 2 Argus, while the Cryx gent used the battlebox. I tried to stay out of it and just answer rules stuff but we quickly found that the Cryx player had only played 1 game prior to this. So me and Dan explained the rules, and when Dan's attempt at killing an overextended Denny (seriously, the new guy ran her RIGHT Up behind the slayer, and Dan ended up doing a 2 handed throw) failed, I showed how the new guy, named Frankie could win. Dan had left himself furyless and had feated so he had some damage on Kromac. I showed Frankie how to feat, explained what it did, then showed him how to shake effects, move away from the Argus, and arc Venom Spray. He rolled 3 6's on Damage after hitting Kromac (BARELY!) which killed Kromac outright (Dice -4 on a Venom Spray is still dangerous!) Dan had a fun time, and so did Frankie. I explained then that Denny is a backline spellcaster, who uses Arc Nodes to blast opponents.

After that game, we played Malifaux (or tried) We were flubbing along till a guy who plays it down at a place in Kissimmee popped up and helped us out. Sadly for Dan, the cards were not with him. It didn't help that Dan had not read the Rulebook and I was not explaining things well enough.

After I killed his Rattler with a Belle (cheating up to severe damage is fun) he tried to have his Cat (which had jumped on a roof!) fall down safely. He flipped a Red Joker for damage, which caused him to have to flip another card, and killed his own cat. That was..bad. I am not sure we played it right (can you cheat your own Red Joker? I know you cant cheat a black one...)

Dan seems interested still in Malifaux, but I think he will either buy some more beasts, or switch to a different crew. I want to pick up the Sonnia box now. Seamus is pretty well self contained, but I really want to try Criid. FIRE BALL!!!

Sunday

I ended up going up to Phoenix Games for thier Sunday Clix tourney. My wife ended up calling (she wanted to spend the day with me and hadn't told me, DOH!) so after the first round I had to leave. I beat my opponent, but gave him the win since I was leaving. Apparently they thought that was worthy of their "fellowship" prize, which was an LE Burgler Clix. Not bad, he will go in my collection. I then went home and spent the rest of the day playing World of Warcraft with my wifey! :D

Which reminds me, I still need to go thru my clix and organize em into Trades and Keeps!


Overall my weekend was good. I want to get some more Malifaux games in, but I think for the next few weeks I am gonna stay home and avoid spending money. I have a tendency to spend cash when I go out even when I don't want to :P
 
 
 
Clayton B.
18 March 2009 @ 09:52 pm
WHOA  
I LIVE!
I LOVE!
I WRITE!

Wait what was that last one? Well, as I am here to solve your pitiful moral quandries and whatnot, I would just like to say that yes I am still alive, and yes I am writing.

I recently had the idea to write a serialized series of stories. Basically a webcomic in written form, as I suck at art.

I made a site for the stories and everything:

http://storyofwaver.wordpress.com/

The first post is there, and my goal is to have each post be 500-1000 words, and to update 3 times a week.

I also updated my Retro Gamer work. Have a look you can find them on my youtube page!
 
 
 
Clayton B.
So I finally finished my first "Lets Play" or game playthrough, of the game Companions of Xanth. Here is a link to the finale, the final episode, and following it will be the actual video playlist.

The Finale:



The Playlist:

 
 
 
Clayton B.
20 January 2009 @ 06:40 pm
Nancy the Tavern Wench:


The Huntsmaster:


Capt Morgan's Revenge:
 
 
 
Clayton B.
12 January 2009 @ 05:51 pm
I GOT A NEW JOB BITCHES!

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

SCREW YOU FUCKED UP ECONOMY!
 
 
 
Clayton B.
09 January 2009 @ 07:29 pm
1. Open your music library
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend you're cool...

***

Opening Credits:
Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution (WTF!)

Waking Up:
Barenaked Ladies - Life in a Nutshell

First Day At School:
An Endless Sporadic - Impulse

Falling In Love:
Korn - Make Me Bad (Oh thats just silly)

Fight Song:
GlaDOS - Still Alive (HUGE SUCCESS!)

Breaking Up:
NESKimos - Bloody Bossanova (WTF MATE)

Prom:
Stone Temple Pilots - Plush

Life:
Noir OST - Canta Per Me

Making babies:
The Megas - Programmed to Fight / Crashman Theme (Oh come on!)

Mental Breakdown:
Ra - On My Side (This makes little sense!)

Driving:
The Rolling Stones - Paint It, Black

Flashback:
NESKimos - Sparkman

Getting back together:
Killswitch Engage - My Curse (How Appropriate!)

Wedding:
Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists (Ok now thats a crazzzzzy wedding!)

Birth of Child:
Seven Mary Three - Waters Edge (I know what I did down on the Waters Edge ;) )

Final Battle:
The Smashing Pumpkin - Bullet with Butterfly Wings (I am not even sure why I have this song :P)

Death Scene:
Jethro Tull - March the Mad Scientist

Funeral Song:
Jethro Tull - Part of the Machine (I guess thats all I ever was)

End Credits:
Jethro Tull - Weathercock (Interesting!)

Ok whats up with my life, srsly!
 
 
 
Clayton B.




The dreaded Realm of Fire awaits us as we continue our journey to the Prize! What will find within? And what happens when a computer goes bad? Find out in the next installment of Companions of Xanth!

Not that any of YOU watch these :P Cause if ya did I don't seem to know :P
 
 
 
Clayton B.
05 January 2009 @ 11:30 am
A Deviant! I joined Deviant art for the hell of it, to post my pictures up somewhere.

Here is my page:

http://stomphoof.deviantart.com/

Have a look see. I am gonna put my favorites or the ones I think that are the best up on the page.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
05 January 2009 @ 08:31 am
About 2 months ago I bought a Nikon digital camera, cause I wanted to start getting into taking pictures and video and whatnot. Those videos I took of me talking for example are shot with this little dude.

One of my new years resolutions however was to actually get some USE out of this thing, and thus I have decided to start visiting parks around my home and take pictures and whatnot.

These pictures (hidden behind a cut) are the ones I took when I went up to Lake Lotus Park, which is just up the street from my home. First time I had ever been in the park as well. Now I am no professional photographer, just an noob, but I was hoping someone (LIKE YOU TURSI!) could give me some pointers/thoughts.

The dude in some of the pictures is my friend Dan. He is a goof. Expect more as me and him are planning on visiting parks for explorin fun. Also there are a few pictures of neat houses we saw on another adventure we took on Saturday :O

Please be aware these images have NOT been altered beyond what Flickr does.

BEHIND THE CUT LIES....PICCIES!Collapse )
 
 
 
Clayton B.
Are you people checking out my videos? I cannot tell! :P You never say anything about em.

YOU DONT LOVE ME ANYMORE THATS IT ISNT IT! /cry

Anyway, here is parts 4, 5, and 6 all combined into 1 video :D What happens to poor Dug? Does he ever get out of his screen? Does Kim ever find out whats up with that merman? Does the solution actually WORK? Join us as we discover these things and more!

 
 
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
 
 
 
Clayton B.
27 December 2008 @ 10:34 pm
Here is the first part of my latest video!



Please let me know what ya think! :)

Its for the Companions of Xanth playthrough I am doing.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
26 December 2008 @ 03:43 pm
So I have finally gotten around to updating my youtube/blip.tv show, called The Retro Gamer. Unfortunately its not Chrono Trigger, but rather something else using a different format. I am doing a Play-Through of the game Companions of Xanth which is an adventure game made in 1993.

I am aware of the audio issue (I am also using a different method of audio/video recording) and I cannot fix it without redoing the audio ENTIRELY. So thats gonna be stuck for now, but part 2 will be a fixed as I am gonna test out some stuff to figure out just WHAT is happening.

I have a few other games such as Earthbound for the SNES and Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos lined up if this style works out better.

The video can be found at http://theretrogamer.blip.tv/ along with the other videos I have made.
 
 
Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
 
Clayton B.
02 December 2008 @ 04:26 pm
I am going to post something. I am not going to give you any background OR information ABOUT this. I simply would like you all to read this and leave me a comment here telling me if this is interesting, and if you would want to read more. Nothing else. No grammer feedback, nothing.

Simply tell me if YES you found it interesting, or NO you did not.

The only thing I will tell you is that its a project that I am working on. Thats all. It shall begin under the line break.

____________________________________________________

The campfire crackled in the still air, and the light from it illuminated the two men sitting near it, and the clearing they sat in. The dark seemed to hang back near the trees, almost oppressive. One of the men, a human, stirred a pot full of stew while the other, a dwarf, sat and smoked a pipe. The pungent pipe smoke hung in the air, casting a hazy pall over the grove where they two sat. After a few moments, the human spoke. "So, Gungrier was it, what brings you to these parts?"
Gungrier put his pipe down and looked into the fire, the light reflecting in his grey eyes. "I don't think you will believe me lad."
The man smiled slightly and used his free hand to push his black hair out of his face. "My name is Argoth, remember? And try me, I might surprise you."
The dwarf nodded, and motioned with one stubby hand towards the pot. "What are ya cookin lad, if I kin ask?"
"Oh just some beans and salt pork." Argoth stirred the pot and took a sip. "Its almost ready. How about this? You tell me your story, and I will tell ya mine?" The smell of the pot began to fill the glade, and Gungrier felt his mouth begin to water.
"Alright laddie." Gungrier got his waterskin out and took a drink, and then began. "I believe I already told ya that I come from the northern mountain tribes, aye?" Argoth nodded. "Well, about three months ago or thereabouts, a strange carnival came to town."
"What made it strange?" Argoth asked as he took a sip of the stew, and then took out two bowls and began to spoon the hearty meal into them. He offered one to Gungrier, who took the bowl and continued. "It was the workers lad. Most of the time when a carnival comes to town, its a time for celebration and the people who work them tend to be happy folk. These people seemed, at least to me, to have a sort of forced happiness. I couldn't get a good look at them though as I was on my way out of town to visit the nearby traders market."
Argoth took a bite of his stew, and then got a loaf of bread out of his pack. He tore it in half and offered one part to Gungrier, who took it with a brief thank you. "Do ya have any jam or butter lad to go with this bread?" Argoth shook his head and readjusted his seat on the ground, and as Gungrier continued he got his bedroll out.
"As I was saying, I was leaving just as the carnival was setting up. It took me 4 days to go out to the traders post with my wares, and to come back. When I got back I found that my wife and son where missing. Now I was right mad I tell you, but the worst part of it was that no one remembered them, or the carnival. In fact, my own clansmen began to think I was crazy."
Argoth nodded as he finished laying out his bedroll. He then began to eat his stew in silence as he contemplated the dwarfs story. Both men sat in silence, the sound of chewing and the crackling and snapping of the campfire the only noises. Finally, after he had finished his stew, Argoth spoke. "I believe you Gungrier." The dwarf's head snapped up suddenly, his red hair flying back behind his head.
"Why lad?"
"Cause your story is very similar to mine, thats why." Gungrier stared at the young man. To him, Argoth seemed to young to be married, but Gungrier was never very good at judging the age of humans. He quickly took stock of the human, noticing for the first time his armor and sword. "You seem a bit young to be married lad, no offense."
Argoth laughed, a deep vibrant sound. "No no, I am not married. In fact, I was a soldier in the kings army, and not a bad one at that if I may say so. I was home on leave and a carnival appeared. I didn't pay much attention to it at first, and I had to leave town as well. I was asked to go grab some supplies from a neighboring town. It took me 3 days to return and when I did, a found that my sister was missing, and no one had any memory of her, even my own mother. And just like you, no one but me remembered the carnival."
The fire continued to crackle as Gungrier sat in silence, absently refilling his pipe. Argoth took stock of the dwarf, carefully noticing the axe, shield, and plate armor that he kept close to him. Finally Gungrier spoke. "Well lad, thats the first I have heard. So why are you out here?"
"I was on my way to the town of Aldaern. Its the biggest town in this region and if anyone else has the same situation we have, I figure that they would be there."
"Would ya mind if I traveled with ya? I don't believe in fate but meeting out here has to mean something."
Argoth smiled. "I would be honored." Then Argoth pointed at Gungrier's axe and said "You any good with that?"
The dwarf gave Argoth a level gaze that spoke volumes, and the human laughed. "Alright, alright. Forget I asked. Lets get some sleep, we should be at the town by midday tomorrow."
 
 
 
Clayton B.
10 November 2008 @ 04:50 pm



Check out my Youtube Page - http://www.youtube.com/user/retrogamerclay
Or my Blip TV Page - http://theretrogamer.blip.tv/

for more stuff.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
02 November 2008 @ 08:46 am


I have a youtube account for this found Here.
I also have a Blip.TV Account, which has higher res versions of the videos or will, which is here!

Let me know what ya think. I know its nothing fancy.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
14 October 2008 @ 09:32 pm
Go to urbandictionary.com and type in your answer to each question in the search box, then write the FIRST definition it gives you.

1. Your Name: Clayton

Someone with extremely bad luck (No one is more entirely governed by Murphy's law than a Clayton). Also has relatively poor taste in music despite his fanatical insistence that it is deep, meaningful and groundbreaking. Nevertheless, a kind, caring and sensitive soul. Often makes a great platonic friend for females.
1. This weekend I had such bad luck, you'd think my name was Clayton
2. No offense, but you're totally a Clayton when it comes to music.
3. I never got along with girls, so most of my best-friends have been Claytons.

That shit is so fucking true!

2. Your Age: 26

750ml of alky

3. One Of Your Friends: Dan

noun A man of unusual humor, consistently finding strange, and lewd comments amusing and/or entertaining in a way as to prevoke violent and uncontrolled outbursts of laughter.
the dan could not control him his mirth as he viewed the movie "Old School's" lewd comedy.

4. What You Should Be Doing: Gaming

A very fun thing to do, usually done infront of a computer or a tv that has a console in it.

5. Your Favourite Colour: Blue

The hue of the portion of the visible spectrum lying between green and indigo, evoked in a human observer by radiant energy with wavelengths of approximately 420 to 490 nanometers.

6. Your Birthplace: Japan

The land of the rising sun.
A island nation to the east near Korea.
Often overrated by anime junky.

7. Last Person You Talked To: Jessica

a wonderfull name that means "gracious gift from God"
dude that girl jessica totally move me.

8. Last Thing You Had To Drink: Water

What you get when you combine two Hydrogen atoms and a single Oxygen atom. Try it, it's fun to make on those rainy days. Or if it is raining you could go outside and just hold a cup out and catch some of this mystical substance known as water.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
11 October 2008 @ 11:28 am
 
 
 
Clayton B.
09 October 2008 @ 04:30 pm
Hello friends, I wanted to ask you a favor.

Can you look at my two blogs, Furious Foodies and One Angry Gamer, and let me know what you honestly think of them

How do you feel they live up to their "concepts".
How do you feel they are content wise? Is the content good?
Visually how are they?

I am looking for trusted feedback and sadly I trust you all ;) Just playing! :D

Also, my training at work for this health insurance account is INSANE. Literally and truly INSANE.
 
 
 
Clayton B.
01 October 2008 @ 04:42 pm
I started a 3rd "Topic" blog. I call them Topic blogs because unlike this journal they actual focus on specific things.

Thus far I have:

One Angry Gamer - My Gaming Blog
Furious Foodies - My Food Review Blog

And now I can add The Orlando Movie Dude - a Movie Review site. I figure I watch alot of movies so I might as well go and review them to. Check it out sometime!