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Hitting a Tree in the Balls and & other Dark Souls 3 Misadventures

November 30, 2016

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So I’ve returned to the world of Dark Souls (rather…reluctantly…kind of put it off a few times…heh). My friends had recently gotten me to play it at their house (the friend in particular that got me back into it is on his third playthrough…wow). Ironically, it’s the same friend who I made get into Dark Souls, so guess everything comes full circle.

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SKYRIM: SPECIAL EDITION (Part 1)

October 31, 2016

So after a few days of this:

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…And not getting it to work (my dad fixed it eventually…don’t ask me how), I finally, FINALLY settled down to play.

First thing off the bat, game loaded in high settings for me…which is fine, except I got an abundance of screen tearing like no one’s business. Changed that to ultra, runs perfectly. Hooray!

Now what you’ll notice the most about this remastered edition is the lighting above all else.

God rays? Check!

God rays? Check!

Now that boring, unskippable wagon ride looks suddenly a lot more sullen in a misty morning as you’re being delivered to your death.

This game I decided to play vanilla to see what changes were in Special Edition. This time I went as a high elf who loves the Thalmor and basically hates everyone else. Hooray for racists! /s

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What I’ve also noticed as I fought my way out of Alduin’s attack was the sharpness of everything. Textures were much more high-res, shadows were no longer blocky, and they’ve introduced a new depth-of-field effect (which can be toggled in the main menu if that bothers you).

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Weather was a lot more…realistic feeling, at least to me. Rain came in on my way to Riverwood. However, unlike Fallout 4 the ground did not get wet from the rain, which is a bit disappointing but that’s another thing that can be easily fixed with mods.

The draw distance has also increased in game, which is nice. Now you can see things very far off fairly clearly.

Flying trees?

Flying trees?

…Provided you don’t toggle free flying camera and go too far, of course.

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…Of course I haven’t been very far since I’ve been quite ill (hence the short entry) but I think I will install some texture mods in time for the first dragon fight, and we’ll see how good it looks then. Overall I’m very pleased, and I’m glad they changed the version to 64-bit, and removed the RAM limit.

Good job, Bethesda! Now I just gotta wait for SKSE to get converted over and I will be one very happy Dovahkiin~

(Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost without my permission.)

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Revisiting ESO

July 31, 2016

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Now, if you’ve been around for awhile no doubt you’ve read my somewhat scathing review of Elder Scrolls Online a few years ago. Back then, it was the beta, sub only and was just in general, pretty buggy and mediocre. Since then however, they’ve switched to no subs, and stocking exclusive cosmetic items in their crown store, a premium form of currency (IE; your hard earned dollars to get something fancy that doesn’t give you game play advantages…unless you buy XP scrolls and things…though they give you 500 crowns when you buy the game, but that isn’t enough for anything). And, since it was recently reduced to half price in the Steam summer sale and my friends wanted to play something together I figured…hey why not?

It’s actually improved, quite a bit.

Despite the somewhat frustrating sign up process and slow email verification, I finally remade my account and logged in with some baited breath.

…That shit didn’t take 10 minutes to log in this time.

Granted, it still took awhile but I have a shit computer so whatever, it’s expected. The usual starter dungeon, escape Oblivion, blah blah, I covered it in my old post, it’s exactly the same as when I first played, in terms of questing. This time I remembered that I got lost before so I took extra effort to not repeat the same mistakes.

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Probably a bad idea.

Anyway, I played Nord (of course), and emerged on the starter island somewhere in Skyrim. After about a hour of playing, I noticed how smoothly everything was. Very few frame drops (though I run at about 30 FPS so I guess our mileage may vary), no UI errors. I still didn’t understand crafting or smithing right away and it took a bit of tinkering around and asking for help before I at least kinda had the bare basics.

I’m back in Morrowind now so I haven’t traveled too far but I’m about level 10. I went with a Dragon Night build with a long-range slicing attack into which I just beat the shit out of things with a greatsword. It’s pretty awesome. I’ve gotten killed twice, one was because I accidentally hit an Ebonpact soldier while using said flying slice attack, but it’s still pretty fun.

But let me say travelling in this game gets pretty fucking annoying when you don’t have a mount. The cheapest in game mount is now 10,000 gold which is still a fucking lot if you think about it. I’ve been playing for about 25 hours now and I’ve only saved up about 3.5k. The good news is again, all mounts start with base stats whether you get them from in game stables or the crown store. The only thing that will continuously suck gold from you is doing daily upgrades to put stat points in your mounts (I think about 100g per day).

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Want this cool ass wolf as a mount? Cough up $20 you filthy casual.

Back to the graphics, they’re pretty good, even on potato settings, and there’s barely load times between areas (unless you’re entering a building or you lag too hard). Perhaps that’s why the initial load takes so bloody long, but I suppose it’s worth it for stability while you’re playing.

Community? I’ve joined a trading guild but as expected the global chat is pretty mundane, with people asking to trade or raid dungeons for things. Which is fine, but sometimes you get this bit of gold to give you a chuckle while you’re in town trading scraps for a septim:

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So, what do I think now? Is ESO fun? Mildly, yes. Still better with friends, I think, but solo play is fine as well. Will I dump money into the crown store? Maybe for a mount if I get too damn impatient. I do get enthralled at times with that Elder Scrolls charm that leaks through now and again, and it is a good time waster for when I’m bored. But I’m sure at some point I’ll be picking up Skyrim or Oblivion again and enjoying the single player experience again.

I’ll let ya’ll know if there’s any interesting quests that come about.

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Mini Post: Thoughts on Far Harbor DLC (no spoilers)

May 31, 2016

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Alright, I haven’t gotten too far in the DLC, but hoo boy, let me say.

I like this shit.

Finally, a huge, full story-driven DLC with a giant island to explore, and intriguing story, new enemies and new people (and synths) to meet.

What more could I ask for?

And of course, since I’m a huge Nick Valentine fan, I’d ecstatic that Nick’s story interweaves into all this, using our detective skills to find a missing woman.

Except…there’s one problem.

Far Harbor’s fucking fog.

The amount of frame drops while traversing through the island is a bit alarming. Say goodbye to any sense of aiming, you’ll be lucky to set your sights on a wolf before getting bit in the ass because the PS4 is struggling so hard. Of course, the fog sets the mood, the island, after all, IS fighting the encroaching fog, but goddamn is it a bit overkill. I’m usually very VATS reliant but at this point I have no choice but to use it every fucking battle.

The good though? The story so far. It’s a morally grey area which, as of writing, has had me thinking in all sorts of ways, unsure who to believe or who is really the good guy here. Currently I’m doing a “murder investigation” quest given to me by a Miss Nanny and it’s hella fun, I think this might possibly be the most intriguing quest in the DLC, maybe even the entire game, next to the Secret of the Cabot house (and the town full of Mr.Handys, even though that’s not an actual quest). I think overall, I just enjoy dialogue driven quests more than combat. 😛

Anyway! I’m booting up my PS4 to play some more. I wonder what nasty creatures I’ll run into?

 

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Fallout 4 – An Unlikely Valentine (Main Quest, Part 4)

March 31, 2016

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So getting to Park Street Station/Vault 114 wasn’t too bad–I mean, it’s been awhile since I’ve done it but I don’t remember any significant asskicking. However, entering the subway station was another story. I had Piper along with me, because why not. It’s important for someone to be my meat shield have my back due to my terrible aim. And of course, I’m met by goons with fucking machine guns.

Piper: “Blue, we’re surrounded here!”

Me: “Noooo shit!” (fires shitty weapon back at the thugs while hiding)

Goddamn I went through a lot of molotovs with these assholes. I finally got a chance to pick up a submachine gun from a ghoul thug’s dead body, boy did I make use of that. Time to eat some lead, bitches! Open up!

The subway leads to an entrance of Vault 114, and from there…more Triggermen.

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The entrance to my second vault!

Damn Piper though…runs ahead and gets mowed down pretty quick. Whoops. Guess I should’ve gave her some armor.

Piper: “Ow!”

Me: “Goddamn it, Piper. You need to stop going in kamikaze style. If you’re gonna do that at least throw some rolled-up newspapers.”

Of course since I suck I don’t exactly have a lot of stimpacks to spare for her so…I had a tendency to flee back and set down a shit ton of mines (last resort). I was also low on bullets. At this point I was furiously looting bodies looking for any type of ammunition while I fled backwards…shit was getting dangerous. I spammed the hell of VATS for what ammo I did have…and that’s when I experienced the teleportation glitch where if you aim near a wall you teleport in VATS until you’re in front of a wall. WTF?

Eventually I clear out most of the thugs, minus the main room. I sneak around the corner with a sniper rifle and limited ammo in hand. First try, I snuck in but got destroyed by some Triggermen guards and some asshole named Dino, who before entering the main room is busy talking to whom I assume is a Nick Valentine, locked up in the Overseer’s office bove. Second time, I tried luring out two of the guards without alerting Dino…I tossed a lot of mines that time, but I still died. Third time, guards weren’t around. Got back to the main hall and proceeded to shoot Dino in the face. He ducked behind a container, and every few seconds he’d peak his head out and I’d proceed to shoot him. He died pretty quick because he couldn’t see me. That wasn’t…too bad. I will still worried that the guards would suddenly appear to I proceeded with caution to the Overseer’s door and hacked it open.

Damn. I knew I was going to like this guy…err, synth. Also, fuck yeah Bobblehead!

I mean my god, you probably don’t know this but I have a boner for 1940’s noir detectives. I mean sure, this one’s falling apart and he’s got wiring exposed–but he’s still seductive in his own charm and whitty phrases. This Valentine’s got my heart. He explains that he got held up here for weeks on end–good thing he doesn’t exactly need to eat–turns out the runaway daughter case he was chasing was actually in love with Skinny Malone–the big baddy of the Triggermen. Geez, to get caught up in this shit!

Me: “Okay. Help me find my son!” (why the fuck would I say that?)

Nick: “Sure, I’ll be glad to help you out but right now we have more important things to concern ourselves with. Let’s blow this popsicle stand!”

So while we run through the Vault to escape, Piper kinda goes MIA, but whatever, I’m crouched behind this old time robot, hiding our asses as we try to escape. His commentary certainly spices things up–“I hear fat footsteps through the door”–so yeah, I’m pretty infatuated with this guy. New companion once things smooth over. Uh, who’s Piper again?

Unfortunately, our escape is botched by Malone and the runaway daughter–his girl now. She taunts us with a baseball bat and her voice is grating on the ears…ahhh fuck that shit.

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Damn it, I knew they weren’t going to make this easy.

Dumb bitch: “Awwww…poor little Valentine. Ashamed you got beat up by a girrrrl? I’ll just run home back to daddy, shall I?” (and yes, it sounds as annoying as it reads)

Malone: (shoots threats but sounds scared shitless) “Blah blah blah detective dick on my turf blah blah…don’t hurt me.” o:

Me: (facepalm)

Dumb bitch: “Oh no! Valentine must’ve sent her here to kill us!”

Me: “Wait, what? I didn’t know jack shit before I got here. I just want Valentine. You got a home you can go back to, why the fuck are you hanging around these idiots?”

(passes speech check) 😀

Dumb bitch: “Oh my God, you’re right! I’ve gotten all mixed up! I’m going home!”

Malone: “Darla? Where are ya going? Darla?!”

Maybe not so dumb bitch: “Back home, where I belong! This is goodbye for us!” (runs away)

Malone: “Oh come on, Nicky! It’s bad enough you cost me my men, now you cost me my girl too?!”

Me: “Uh…that was me that convinced her…”

Nick: “My friend did you a favour, Skinny. You always did have bad taste in women.”

oh-snap

Malone: (flustered) “You know what, Nick! I’ll let you go this time, but you have 10 seconds to get the fuck out of my Vault! 10…9…”

Nick: “Let’s skedaddle!”

Oh fuck, do we even have enough time?

Malone: “3…2…”

FUCK WE’RE RUNNING

Malone: “1…”

(LOAD SCREEN)

Me: “Yess! We made it!! :D”

Nick: “Thanks for your help.” (backstory on how he’s a synth and he woke up in a trash can. Shit. He’s like a Chobit. Maybe secretly all synths are failed sex dolls I mean what) “Meet me back in Diamond City, and we can set up a case to find your missing son.”

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“Beep…beep.” :>

MISSION COMPLETE, FUCK YEAH GIVE ME THAT EXP

So guess what I did after that?

Back to Diamond City!

Image Credits: Screenshots taken by me. Please do not repost without my permission.

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Fallout 4 (Part 3.5 – Diamond City)

February 29, 2016

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Sorry guys, short and sweet this time. School’s kind of a madhouse and I just don’t have the time or effort to write right now (I haven’t played in 3 weeks either).

So I decide to head on my way to Diamond City in the hunts for the mythical and famous detective “Nick Valentine”

…What a corny name, geez.

The directions to Diamond City are a bit confusing, let me tell you. There’s painted arrows pointing you to the direction of the city once you’re in the vicity of the city…but they aren’t too obvious, so you have to pay attention.

Also there’s a shit ton of super mutants just hanging around swinging around their nailboards and waiting to beat the shit out of me, yikes. Luckily though, they weren’t too hard to sneak by, and whatever was alerted got done by…baseball players? Oh right, Diamond City. Because it’s set in a stadium. Makes sense now.

So by the time I get to the doors there’s some mad woman yelling about not being let in and she’s flipping her shit. Of course that’s caught my interest now, so I listen. It goes something like this.

Woman: “You can’t keep me locked out!! I live here!!”

Security guy over an intercom: “Well…errr…I got orders from the mayor not to let you in!”

Woman: “Well fuck that guy! You better let me in! Grrr I’m so mad!”

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…And then of course she notices me and the dog just hanging out and staring at her like she’s the new circus sideshow. And then she gestures to me. Oh great.

Woman: “Oh look! You’re a trader from Quinsey? You don’t sayyyyy? You got a lot of shit to sell?” *wink wink*

Me: “Errr…sure?”

Security guy: “Alright I’ll open up.”

And the big ass doors pull back and I’m finally in. Awesome!

Of course Rob Ford Mayor Asshole comes up and starts bitching about the woman.

Mayor: “Piper! I thought I told security not to let you in!”

Woman (Piper): “Freedom of the press baby! Now go waddle on home!”

Mayor: (grumbles and walks off)

Piper: (turns to me and winks) “Meet me in my office later. We’ll bang, OK?”

…Erm okay.

So after this sly ass woman walks off I walk over to the security guard controlling the gate.

Me: “BTW, I’m not a trader from Quinsey.”

Him: “Yeah, I figured…Goddamn it Piper.”

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City at night.

Entering into the actually city-city (hell yeah one more gate and an actual loading screen) was kinda neat as it was night time already and everything was lit up and glowing. It was kinda nice…especially compared to Megaton in Fallout 3. But let’s be honest here, basically everything looks better than FO3. Also, cats. So I end up walking around, and meeting some the residents. There’s a barber shop, doctor, gun shop, chems shop, clothing store, you name it. Sweet jesus, it’s time to unload my shit and get some caps!

Woman storekeeper: “You’re a synth aren’t you?”

Me: “Sure, yeah. I’m a fucking synth BOO!”

Woman: “URGH! D: We don’t serve your kind here!” #synthracist

Me: “‘Kay.” (proceeds next door)

So eventually I manage to find Nick Valentine’s Detective Agency, and enter to find a woman looking over some paper work. I ask her if she’s Valentine by any chance, and she replies that Nick Valentine’s secretary and that he’s has gone missing on the last case. Fucking great. I go all the way here and the man’s MIA. She gives me the directions to his last known location–a Vault. Great, we know how well Vault runs go. SOMETHING FUCKED UP’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN.

So with a new location in mind I head back out into the city.

And I’m fucking greeted with this.

Kyle….noooooo!

I take a seat at the bar in the middle of town and turn to the protectron server.

Protectron: “N a n i  s h i m a s h o  k a?”

Me: “Uh…yes?”

He gives me a big bowl of noodles and I eat in silence, slurping noodles while watching Riley mourn the bloody corpse of his now dead brother. Just another day in Diamond City.

Image & video credits: All taken by me. Please do not repost without permission.

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Fallout 4 – Main Quest (Part 2)

December 31, 2015

This post is a continuation from the previous.

So upon returning to the surface from Vault 111 I’m immediately blinded by light (huh, isn’t that a familiar feeling).

…Annnnd predictablity everything looks like shit. Well, shittier than before the bombs dropped, but it actually looks…pretty good. Nice, clear sky. Perfect post-apocalypse weather.

Time for a nice stroll through a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. Not bad after 210 years.

Time for a nice stroll through a post-apocalyptic nuclear wasteland. Not bad after 210 years.

I descend the path back to my neighbourhood and lo and behold…it looks like shit. No surprise there. I find my house…and Codsworth!

Me: “Yes!! CODSWORTH HELLO!”

Codsworth: “Mum, is that you? It’s been so long, and I’ve been so lonely. Where’s sir, and Shaun?”

Me: “Nate is…Nate is dead.”

Codsworth: “These terrible things you’re saying…I think it’s because you’re hungry! Being late to dinner 210 years will do that!”

Me: “210 years?!”

Codsworth: “Where’s Shaun? I do believe he loves a game of charades.”

Me: “Someone kidnapped him!”

Codsworth: “Nonsense! You’re just hungry. Should I fix something up for you! I’m sure Nate and Shaun will turn up yet.”

Me: “I don’t think so…”

So he goes off to find me food and because I’m an impatient fuck I just wander off until I’m out of Sanctuary (oops, bye Codsworth?). And then I find…Dogmeat!

And you can give him items to wear! Too cute!

And you can give him items to wear! Too cute!

Of course I’m gonna take dog with me, he’s too precious and I need cuteness in this wasteland, goddamn it. Plus he can destroy those pesky molerats no problem. AND HE EVEN DOES TRICKS (even though it’s like…one trick).

So after dicking around for a bit, I wandered off in a random direction and wandered into a shipment yard, and got attacked by feral ghouls. Now let me tell you something. In Fallout 3, feral ghouls in the transit tunnels sometimes scared the shit out of me. It would be dark as fuck, and suddenly you hear their snarl and they’re fucking on your ass. They aren’t exactly hard to kill, and a bit of a joke, but they’re annoying enough and they had the tendency to startle me. Well, in this game I don’t even have to be in a tunnel and they still manage to scare me. This time around Bethesda was clever, they made the ghouls smarter. Now they hide under things, or above things, play dead etc. And before you know it they are literally throwing themselves at you and trying to eat your face. I mean, it’s a bit comical when they miss and go flying and fall on their face, but it still had me scared enough that I’m frantically firing my shitty pistol and regretting straying from the main path, goddamn.

Anyway, back on point, and after dicking around in Sanctuary for a bit (no idea where Codsworth went, oh well), I wander off into a town which is, predictably, full of raiders. Well, guess it’s time for my first gunfight. It went pretty smoothly, I guess because it’s the beginning of the game and they were pretty preoccupied by shooting at this one building I was able to pick them off fairly easily. Some guy in a cowboy hat or something yells at me to pick up a laser musket on the ground and help them inside the building…err, okay. I guess since you gave me a free gun.

…That gun is shit.

Anyway, I beat some more raider heads in, get scared shitless by some American patriotic tour. I don’t know what it is, I’m too busy killing raiders to pay attention, I’m not American, so. 😛 I finally manage to pick them off (I guess Dogmeat helped a little), and I meet a bunch of people in the backroom who explain how they’ve been hiding from the raiders. Meanwhile, a guy named Sturges messes with a computer, and I swear he just reminds me of a Final Fantasy character or something.

…He also never shuts up.

So the man in the hat introduces himself as Preston Gravy or something I dunno, and he’s part of the Minutemen, whatever the fuck that is. Apparently it’s a group that helps people at a minutes notice…guess I’m the new Minutemen because I just rescued their asses in a minute’s notice. With him he’s got Mama Murphy (best character 2015), some depressed man, and a woman with a mutfruit stuck up her ass) Anyway, Preston suggests I get some power armor and kick the rest of the raider’s asses…I’m thinking, why can’t they? But then I realize that’s what Sturges is whining about…he can’t crack the computer to open the gate to get the fusion core, which is needed for the power armor.

So of course, because I’m a smart lady I hack that novice level terminal no problem. I get the fusion core, head up to the roof, stick it in dat power armor, pick up that minigun and it’s fucking time to kick ass. I jump off the ledge like a bad ass and land on the ground like a heavy boss ass bitch, and it’s go time.

I revv up the minigun and basically mow down these fuckers, damn I’m only like 2 hours into the game and already it’s making me feel like a bad ass. This is great.

…Until a deathclaw comes out of the ground.

JFC SAVE ME NOW.

So I’m frantically trying to move backwards in this slow-ass power armor, this deathclaw is straight up coming to claim my ass. For some dumb reason these raiders are determined to kill me, but that’s okay because apparently they like claws up the butt so. I try to minigun a car to blow it up but the goddamn thing is way too fast, I run out of bullets and I’m…c95f729b67bb87bf0d1bedfee5a51cf3

…and I…get killed.

Well fuck me.

I reload from the autosave, but this time I save my fucking bullets. I fucking kill the raiders with some smaller ass gun and get ready for the the deathclaw. As soon as that thing comes out of the ground I am sprinting backwards and I just unload on this guy. I have never held down the trigger button so hard in my life. Woah. We dance around this car for a bit before I finally, FINALLY take this motherfucker down.

Goddamn. I’m like barely alive, who the fuck knows where Dogmeat went…probably to find a new owner, and I don’t blame him. JFC that is a lot of shit to throw at a freshly made character. Damn.

So I make my way back to Preston and he thanks me and decides he’s gonna take his group to Sanctuary. I get some weird ass prediction from Mama Murphy (still the best), I don’t even pay attention to whatever her drug-fueled prediction was as I’m too busy staring at her dislocated jaw. Fun times.

So I find Dogmeat finally, make him do some tricks, trip over him as I stomp out the door and follow the group back to Sanctuary.

Guess I found my new nuclear family.

Guess I found my new nuclear family.

…I never want to see another deathclaw again.

Image Credits: All screenshots taken by me, except the deathclaw meme graphic thing.