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Life Is Strange - Chapter 4

NullSpaceOddity
 
Daughters and I sat down to play chapter 4 of Life is Strange. It starts off a bit on rails, but then gets into some puzzles and interesting dialog trees. The ending was really exciting, so we decided to get started on episode 5 this morning!

Overall, 4 was the best chapter yet. Also, we had debated to on the "real" protagonist was when we started the game. We pretty much had settled on one character in particular, and in this episode it was revealed that we were correct.

Going to wrap the game up this Friday or Saturday. Then check it off my List Of Shame.
Project Avarice

NullSpaceOddity
 
Some intrepid folks are attempting to build a modern version of Anarchy Online.
They have a few game assets re-created. No updates in the last month. This is more ambitious than the private server projects in the past. Knowing how those fared, I have little faith this will end up being playable. I would love to be wrong though.


https://avarice.online/news/




Terrain test.
by Ken McClelland on YouTube

#ao #anarchyonline
Life Is Strange - Chapter 3

NullSpaceOddity
 
Chapter 3 of Life is Strange starts off slow, but the ending was fantastic! I was playing with both of my daughters, and we can't wait to start Chapter 4 now. Obviously, Max should have watched more Dr. Who. Then she would have learned not to meddle with fixed points in time!

In WOW, I'm currently doing the dailies for the Argent Tournament. I've always disliked how gated they were. Days of quests to start the tournament. Days of quests to become a champion for your city. And then days and days of quests to get enough marks to buy stuff. And if you want to become a champion for the other cities, it's days of quests to become their champion. Sheesh.  Also, I seem to have the worst luck for the Wintergrasp queue.

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NullSpaceOddity
 
Private servers have some of the funniest bugs sometimes...


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#wow #warmane
PSA: Spec Ops: The line for free

NullSpaceOddity
 Secluded Jungle Base,  
!Digital Realms

Humble currently has Spec Ops: The Line at no cost for limited time.

Activates via Steam on Linux, Windows, or MacOS.
Spec Ops: The Line is a new original title from 2K Games that features provocative and gripping Third-Person modern military Shooter gameplay designed to challenge players' morality by putting them in the middle of unspeakable situations where unimaginable choices affecting human life must be made. Features include, a gripping, storyline reminiscent of Apocalypse Now and Heart of Darkness but set in a ruined Dubai, tactical squad-based Delta Force gameplay throughout a horizontally and vertically oriented world, devastating sandstorms which can be used in combat, a variety of multiplayer modes and maps, and deep support featuring two factions.




https://www.humblebundle.com/store/spec-ops-the-line

Life Is Strange - Chapter 2

NullSpaceOddity
 
My daughter and I had a chance to play through chapter 2 of Life is Strange this weekend. I should see if there is a way to save the screens at the end which show your choices.

In WOW, I've hit max level of 80. Now doing some PVP. I am currently set up as restokin, which is what I had used towards the beginning of WOTLK on retail. Getting insta-killed constantly. Should get better once I have some decent PVP gear.


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Dawn of the Morninglight

NullSpaceOddity
 
Woo hoo! Finally, some new Secret World content. This will be the first new set of quests since Tokyo was released in the original MMO.
Hoping that the South Africa zones are decent sized, and not just a set of a few quests.

Dawn of the Morninglight - Secret World Legends

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The wait is over. You've laid low in the limelight for long enough - now, come out from the shadows and spring into action. The next leg of the journey begins April 4, 2018. Watch the trailer here.
The Division 2

NullSpaceOddity
 
Got an email from Ubisoft this morning that they are currently at work on The Division 2. I bought into the hype of the original game, and pre-ordered the collectors edition. I may play the 2nd game, but will not be getting it until a good discount is in place.

The reason for this was how the end game works. The Division has a fantastic storyline. Initial questing to max level, and exploring was all fun.  However, once you hit cap the game turns into a gear grind. You can grind the underground missions over and over. Or do elite versions of the missions (kind of like a mmo story dungeon). Once you have high enough gear, you can go to the next tier where the enemies are tougher and hit harder.  Repeat to infinity.  The game has a PVP zone, but my experiences there were less than fun. Once in particular, I zoned into the Dark Zone and was immediately ganked by a d-bag who was camping the door into the zone. I came back and tried to defend myself, but was outclassed by his superior gear. F that noise. Of note, there is more content for groups. If you have a regular bunch of players whom you team with, you may get more out of it.

There are other games guilty of this same sin.  The Secret World Legends has some of the best MMO dungeons, and questing content. But once you hit the end, and have an OK set of gear, there is nothing left but to grind the same dungeons, senarios, and quest content over and over and over so that you can do the next difficulty tier. Supposedly Funcom is working on the next season of quest content, but we will see.



https://tomclancy-thedivision.ubisoft.com/game/en-US/the-division-2/?ncid=1628-3502---1-odsocmed-17-23-Division2Announce-VanityURL-17-2--0318-6----TCTD_C2W___Division2Announce_ID55262


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As for what I've been playing this week:  Did some World of Warcraft on Warmane's Icecrown server. Moved to Northrend, and I'm currently questing through Borean Tundra.  Also, got a little Destiny 2 session in. Rescued Cayde-6, and got the quest to go hunt for Ikora. The Nessus zones are really pretty.
NullSpaceOddity
 
Continued playing on Warmane's Icecrown server. Went from mid 20's at last check in to 51 this morning.  Going to head over to Burning Steppes to finish my 50-60 levels. Since my retail toon is a feral/guardian druid, I decided at 40 to respec to balance. Should keep it interesting, plus once I get enough for dual spec I can go resto as well. My aim is to hit cap, and then log in whenever I get the urge to play some wow pvp.
Ooblets

NullSpaceOddity
 Secluded Jungle Base,  
@Digital Realms+
Kind of digging the idea of this game. It's a farming/Animal Crossing/Pokemon thing with a very distinctive art style.



https://ooblets.com/



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NullSpaceOddity
 
Over the last week, I got in a couple Secret World lair raids. Also was able to finally run The Slaughterhouse dungeon in story mode. I just have the New York raid left, and I will have seen all the old content. DPS gear set is now upgraded to purples. Three pieces of my tanking set are still blue.

Got the World of Warcraft itch, so I logged into my Warmane account. I had been playing on their Lorderon server ("Blizz-like" 1x XP), but since Warmane released their Burning Crusade servers, the population has dropped.  Its about 1500+ when i have time to play, and goes up to 3500+ players or so at peak times.  So I logged over to the Icecrown server, which is also WotLK, but at 5x XP rate. This one peaks at 12k+ players, and at low times has around 5k or so.  The problem with leveling on a fast XP server, is if its your first character and you don't have a guild, the lack of good gear really creeps up fast. As well as not having the gold to keep your skills trained.  I was able to sell a few stacks of cloth to get my most important skills up to date.


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And now to start the infinite dungeon runs...

NullSpaceOddity
 
Wrapped up the final story chapter to Secret World: Legends - "Reaping the Whirlwind". Level design was great at first, but quickly turned into a tedious slog. It was interesting seeing what the eight Orochi sub companies were up to, but what made it tedious was the fact that each company had three floors you played through. Every floor in the tower had the same spiral shape. Every floor had the same decorations. Eight companies at three floors each = 24 floors of mobs, and a few floors with puzzles. It took me a couple days of playtime just to trudge through to the top.

The final battle with Lillith was a bit of a letdown. You don't actually get to fight her, but she monologues and provides some insight on what might be coming should future content every come.

I have one more story mode dungeon, and the New York raid to complete. Then I will have seen all current content (barring the Orochi Manufactury dungeon, which currently isn't in game).
NullSpaceOddity
 
Wrapped up more of the main storyline in Secret World this morning. Completed the Nightmare in the Dream Palace quests, so I am now officially at the point where I left off in the old game.

Exciting that everything going forward is new.
Disheartening that I know there isn't much left to the story. After that begins the gear treadmill. I don't mind a PVP grind, but Fusang hasn't been released in SW:L yet. So it would be an endless loop of scenarios, dungeon runs, and lair leeching.
Big Trouble. Little Tokyo zone.

NullSpaceOddity
 
Continued the main story quest in Secret World: Legends into Tokyo. Without the Aegis system in place from the original game, it is much easier to get around. One thing that does bother me about the zone though, is the lack of ambient sounds. Sure, there is some, but overall it feels very empty compared to previous areas. Shouldn't take me long to get to the point in the story where I left off in the original game.

My pistol and elemental weapon skills are maxed out at lvl 50 now. Swapped over to my Chaos tanking build to start leveling that weapon up.
Life Is Strange - Chapter 1

NullSpaceOddity
 
Sat down with one of my daughters to finish up chapter one of Life is Strange. I wish there were more adventure games these days! I am one of those people who go into every nook and cranny, searching for extra details.

Definitely looking forward to part two.


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Playing with werewolves in the snow

NullSpaceOddity
 
Gaming lately has been all Secret World Legends. I have reached level cap of 50, and currently in the Carpathian Fangs (the third Transylvania zone). For the last zone or two, my bags and bank have been packed with gear and infusers that I have been saving for level 50. Now, I that I can create epic gear, they will probably never be that full again :D

How gear progression works in SW:L is this, you find a piece of equipment that has a bonus or abilities that compliment whatever build you are using. You then level it up by feeding it other pieces of unused gear from drops or rewards. Once it maxes out, you can raise it to the next tier (normal, superior, epic, mythic, legendary). In order to do this, you need a second piece of equipment of the same type and quality that is maxed out. These are then fused together.  The new piece starts out at level 1, but has a higher item power level than the older tiered part. So when hitting 50, I was able to upgrade my three main weapons, and two of my DPS set talismans to epic.

Also, I was reinvited to my old guild (cabal) in SW:L. Good to see so many active people on during my playtimes.
NullSpaceOddity
 
Joined the community Hel raid a few times today in Secret World Legends.
Post raid, everyone gets dumped in front of the raid portal. A good opportunity for social gear collectors like myself to see what I'm missing.

The public Hel raid is really easy. A quick tank and spank that lasts only a couple minutes. Pretty much nobody dies.
In contrast to the summoned Hel, which I had ran in the original game. That one is multi-stage, and has a lot of stuff to avoid, adds, things  you need to dodge behind, etc.


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#SWL
Public Service Announcement: Grim Fandango for free

NullSpaceOddity
 Underground Volcano Lair,  
@Digital Realms+

GOG is currently giving away the remastered version of the classic point and click adventure Grim Fandango for free. The promotion ends in a couple of days.

About: Something's rotten in the land of the dead, and you're being played for a sucker. Meet Manny Calavera, travel agent at the Department of Death. He sells luxury packages to souls on their four-year journey to eternal rest. But there's trouble in paradise. Help Manny untangle himself from a conspiracy that threatens his very salvation.
One of the most acclaimed adventure games of all time is now back, better than ever. Grim Fandango's epic story of four years in the life (or death) of Manny Calavera, travel agent to the dead, has been remastered to look, sound, and control even better than when it won GameSpot's Game of the Year award upon its original launch. Grim Fandango still stands as a classic of the genre, with unforgettable characters and unique combination of film noir and Mexican folklore.



Grim Fandango Remastered - Launch Trailer
by GameSpot on YouTube
Darkness War

NullSpaceOddity
 
Queued up for the Darkness War instance in Secret World: Legends.  It was always one of my favorites in the original game.
Story mode is face roll easy, and can be completed with any team composition. Had to grab a screenshot looking off into the void at the end of the dungeon.

Wrapped up the Dawning of an Endless Night story quest line for Solomon Island. Ready to move on to Egypt!

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Some Blue Mountain action

NullSpaceOddity
 
Ran around the third zone in Secret World: Legends. Working on the mainline story quest before I started experimenting with my build a bit. Up until now, I had been using Overload, which is an Elemental AOE attack. It drops a blizzard, then lightning story, and finishes off by setting everything on fire. Swapped it out for a pistol elite, whose name escapes me. It is also an AOE, but since it doesn't hit in three waves, it can be fired off instantly.

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Also, was on the SWL sub-Reddit, and saw the topic below. I laughed more than I should have...


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