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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,  
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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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NullSpaceOddity
 
Up to the final level in Wolfenstein: New Order. Should have that crossed off my list of shame this weekend!

Had a little time to kill in Secret World: Legends over the last week.  With the exception of the five investigation quests, I have cleared everything in Savage Coast.  This remains of one of my favorite zones, as it has both the old theme park, and the Illuminati Hogwarts school. Also cleared the dungeon for the zone.

On mobile, I dived into Crashlands a bit more.  Finally got the water pump to make water balloons!  It was boggling my mind for the longest time, I had a bunch of recipes that required the balloons, but no way to make them.

Over the Black Friday weekend, I mostly behaved when it came to game sales. Picked up Witcher 3 Complete.  Hard to pass up that much content for $20. Also grabbed Enter the Gungeon, Pacman Championship Edition 2, and the original Pacman/Digdug/Galaga combo. I don't know if its just this port of Digdug, or if it was always this way, but the controls just dont seem good.  I could have sworn that on my Commodore 64 and the arcade, you could quickly change direction of travel.  Also in this Xbox port, music plays when you are moving which is super annoying. I had originally planned on picking up Walking Dead: New Frontier, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and Dishonored 2, but changed my mind.  Telltale and Eidos games frequently are on sale, and Ill wait for Dishonored to include the Death of the Outsider addon in a package.  It's pretty lame that this is a separate purchase, when the DLC including Daud and Billy were included with "season passes" in the original game.
My list of shame - Nov 2017

NullSpaceOddity
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I have a ton of really interesting games that I haven't gotten around to completing. Like my list of movies or books, I should have a Gaming List of Shame.

So here it is:

1) Life is Strange - Great game.  But my daughter was interested in it, so I only play when we are both in front of the TV. Which is almost never.

2) Bioshock Infinite's Burial at Sea DLC - I'm probably halfway into the first episode. Tried to pick it up the other day, and forgot how the controls work for the grappling thing, and melee.

3) Witcher 2 - I do and don't want to finish it. It was fun, and I love the Witcher. I actually own two copies of the game! However, I really want to play Witcher 3...

4) Diablo 3 - This game should be right up my ally. But I've never been able to get super excited about it. I just want to finish the main campaign, just for completion's sake.

5) Dreamfall Chapters - I'm in Book 3. Thankfully, I love the story enough that I remember exactly where I left off.

6) Wolfenstein: The New Order. I think I'm maybe 2/3 of the way through it. Haven't played since Destiny 2 came out.

I should at least close out the adventure games. Black Friday and Christmas sales are right around the corner, and I've had my eye on a few more games which will inevitably be added to this list :)
NullSpaceOddity
 
Struck Wolfenstein off the list.  Finally finished!
The Division Underground revisited

NullSpaceOddity
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In The Divison, I had never gotten into the content for Underground.  The intro mission kicked my arse over and over to the point of frustration. This morning I decided to try it out again, as I had forgotten about it since all of the re-balancing. Needless to say, I ended up facerolling the whole mission.  Was quite satisfying considering how many attempts I made in the past.

After that, I went for the daily supply drop.  Died seven or eight times.  It appears they added some AI improvements, and the Last Man battalion soldiers will flank you from multiple directions at once.  I ended up cheesing it by standing up on a walkway a block away, and picking them off with my sniper rifle.


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NullSpaceOddity
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In Destiny 2, I made it to Venus.  I'm a real sucker for ruins in games, and this zone appears to be a forgotten outpost on a water world.  Lots of abandoned cargo ships rolling in the waves.  Very cool.  Picked up an artifact in Trostland during a public event that unlocked my Voidwalker spec.  I have yet to finish the quest that accompanies it.

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Dropped into Secret World Legends to see if I could get my hands on some Halloween loot. Thus far, I have joined the Jack raid once. And haven't found out how to get to get to any of the other content. In the original game, when you logged in you would receive a phone call that would launch the quest lines.  So far, I haven't received anything.  I traveled to the the NPC's that gave the quests in the original game, but they have nothing for me. With two days to go, it doesn't look like I'll be scoring any achievements or lore this year.  Silver lining: Most of the Halloween cosmetics from the original game appear to have carried over for my character.  So at least I won't be out of style ;)
NullSpaceOddity
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A bit more Destiny 2 in the bag.

Things I'm digging vs the original:
1) The map shows incoming public events.
2) When you pick up gear, you don't have to take all of it back to be "identified" before you can use it.
3) The scenery.  Quite lovely!  I spend a lot of time looking around at stuff.
NullSpaceOddity
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Started messing with Crashlands on my phone again.  It's surprisingly fun, and I really like the sense of humor injected into it.  The controls work really well on a small touchscreen.  My only complaint would be that the housing craftables all appear too similar.  Since Crashlands is a top-down game, most stuff just looks like a different box.  It makes it slightly less rewarding to take time to build a cool base in contrast to games like Terraria.

Also just picked up Destiny 2.  Will be giving that a go this weekend.
NullSpaceOddity
 
And a little Destiny 2 update.  Dipped into the beginning of the game.  LOVING the music.  Bungie did a great job on the soundtrack.
NullSpaceOddity
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Had time this weekend to dip back into Guild Wars 2 for a short bit.  After the latest patch for the new expansion, the game is pretty laggy on my system.  Will have to adjust some settings I suppose.  Started roaming around, trying to get to a level 35-ish area.

Also, knocked out a few chapters of Wolfenstein: The New Order.  Highly entertaining, and a steal for $7 (when on sale).   I finally found the easter egg in that lets you play old school Wolfenstein.  I spent many hours on that game in high school :)
NullSpaceOddity
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Been trying to pick up some phats from The Secret World's Whispering Tide event.
I experienced it the first time, but have had horrible luck during this run.

So far, all of my play time is shortly after the Flappy raids have ended.  Thankfully, the only social item I would want is a factional Custodian robot pet.  All of the social gear from the original event seems to not be at the vendor.  I don't know if they are drops, or perhaps if it will show up at another vendor later on.

#TSW
NullSpaceOddity
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Had a small window of time to revisit The Division on the Xbox One.   It appears that some of my gripes about the game have been addressed.  I had been "stuck".  Main story completed.  Not really receiving any upgrade drops in the world, but yet the elite daily missions were frustratingly difficult.  Enemies with the yellow health bar were incredibly hard to dispatch, and would always lead to me quitting, and saying "F-this game!".

Ubisoft appears to have re-balanced the health and armor of enemies.  I was able to run to a supply drop, and defeat everything without dying once.  Something I had not been able to do previously.   AND during my playtime I picked up two additional exotic upgrades, so they must have tweaked the droprate of gear.

This makes it much easier for solo players to feel like they are progressing.  When the game first came out, I was working nights.  I had three other friends who either were unemployed, or working days.  And they would all do group stuff during the evenings while I was at work.
Zombies and Draug, oh my!

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
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My daughter and I have been adventuring in Kingsmouth.  I was a Grandmaster member in the original Secret World, and have really missed the game.  The first three zones are some of my favorite out of any RPG.

My daughter has caught on quickly.  She really enjoys hunting lore, and collecting stuff.
Somehow, her gear is much higher quality than mine.  She claims she hasn't been playing when I'm at work, but... yeah ;)

Have been popping into Anarchy Online as well to see if I could pick up a few of the 16th anniversary items on an alt.
The game is pretty much dead except for the hardcore.  Most characters I see are AFK, and rampant hacking and item duplication has destroyed the economy there.

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#TSW #funcom #secretworldlegends #SWL
Neon Drive

NullSpaceOddity
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It's been hot, and I haven't had much time to game.  But, I did spend a little time tinkering with Neon Drive.
It's a satisfying retro style rhythm game featuring a sweet synth soundtrack, and visuals that remind me a lot of Roadblasters and Outrun.

I'll let the trailer do the talking...



Neon Drive - Steam Trailer (PC/Mac)
by Fraoula Apps on YouTube
Made it to Moria!

NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
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My daughter and I finally made it into Moria.  A quick victory pose in front of the grand stairwell, and then off for the day.

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#lotro #mmo #rpg
NullSpaceOddity
 Secret base on the dark side of the Moon,  
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After murdering wyrms, wights, and orcs in Angmar; my daughter and I made it to Eregion.
Not much longer until Moria!

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#lotro
Bnemesis
  
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NullSpaceOddity
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Latest Humble Indie Bundle looks good.  I've been wanting Kentucky Route Zero for awhile.
Ziggurat and Beholder look interesting as well.


https://www.humblebundle.com/humble-indie-bundle-18