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#1 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

@spraynardtatum said:

Are the companions bad? There's a lot of positive Say, maybe could I hear about the stuff that isn't so hot. Seems like the consensus is that companions are a bit lackluster but overall the games a smash. I wanna know more. $40 ain't something to be taken lightly.

There are two companions with storylines, but at a relatively early point in the story you can hire whatever kind of companion you want. They're basically generated dudes of each starting class. Here are some things you should consider whether they are negative or not for you:

  • The game isn't hard by any means, but on normal it's not a Bethesda game in terms of being able to just walk through anything whenever you want. It's not that kind of game
  • Addendum to the previous: areas are generally cordoned by level, and going up against things that are 3+ levels higher than you - while totally possible - is much, much harder so you have to do some walking around to figure out where to go. Again, it's not a handhold-y (at least as much as recent) games
  • The starting options of each class are customizable, so you can start a Knight that focuses on Two-Handed and Water Magic or a Fighter who's way into Willpower and Leadership or whatever
  • There isn't a grid in the game, so sometimes you have to inch around the battlefield with free-movement to get an angle, or the enemies might sway slightly causing you to waste a round walking next to where their body used to be (pro-tip: aim for the hips)
  • Everything is completely valid in every stage of the game, you just have to manage differently for the scenario at hand - i.e. mages aren't wildly overpowered late-game and warriors don't fall off nearly as drastically
  • Quests in this game require you to talk to everyone, and do pretty much every single thing to do in an area - not follow quest markers until you receive XP
  • Loot is entirely randomized, so you might never find a Unique bow for your archer or plate mail for your fighters and the same is true for skillbooks and items in vendors but most of those refresh over time
  • The game isn't afraid of hiding things from you that are only attainable through massive points in the Perception stat - you'll have to find some creative ways around it
  • Speaking of which, the game also isn't afraid of kicking your ass over and over again - F5 is your friend
  • Crafting is mostly creativity and not books that tell you explicitly for the most part how to make them
  • The story isn't the focus, at all, here. The dialogue and writing is mostly fun and the "srsbusnz" stuff isn't worth thinking about longer than looking in your journal

There's a lot more that could be said, but I think those are the real critical points that should be addressed if you're worried about spending $40.

#2 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

@medacris: From the sounds of everything here, your family is - and I hate to say it - incredibly toxic to your life. Gaming is clearly not detrimental to your life, financial or otherwise, and all the evidence you've provided points towards your dad being a control freak who feels like he's losing control over what's "his" by having you explore different sides of life. Or he just has a strange hatred of games or feels they're ruining you, but I've found that to be more of scapegoat than a real concern most of the time.

Get a job, find a matchbox to live in, and get *away* from something that makes you feel uncomfortable about being around someone and doing the things you do.

#3 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

When they fully fix Immolation and make it at all viable I'll care. That is the only spell in the game that I wanted to build a character around, and found it to be completely horrible. Attunement decrease and self-damage are fine, but the radius of damage needs to be bigger and the damage needs to be something useful.

#4 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

I think people should be allowed to enjoy something however they want. That said, if a spoiler of a twist ruins an entire experience for me I likely wasn't going to enjoy it as a whole anyways.

#5 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

Fuck mustard. All of it is nasty. Ketchup is also gross.


#6 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

@oldguy: I work from home, and only part-time for a school work study, so even when I am working it's mostly spent tabbing between emails and whatever nonsense is up on GB that day. I imagine there's a lot of high schoolers and early college kids with not a whole helluva lot on their hands.

#7 Edited by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

@excast said:

@icyeyes said:
@excast said:

And I really wish I knew what Brad does all day at work.

Oh we all know what Brad does everyday *cough* dota *cough* and Alex just looks at porn, but what exactly does Jeff do? I mean, besides writing a four star review every few months. I'm not trying to sound mean or whiny here. I'm legitimately curious about what he does on a daily basis at work.

Well, Jeff is sort of the boss, isn't he? I also see him in the majority of Quick Looks. On top of that he hosts the podcast and basically every live show. Vinny and Drew have always been super busy as behind the scenes guys producing things and doing set up/camera work. Patrick and Alex handle most of the writing and put up the trailers and various stories.

But what does Brad do? Not trying to bash the guy at all, but it seems like he just disappears. You see him do Breaking Brads once in a great while, but for the most part he is either a quiet contributor on the podcast or a nearly silent addition on most streams. Maybe it wasn't quite so obvious when the office was filled with people back in the day, but it is starting to stand out.

Meetings, emails, conference calls (?), and everything else that comes with working in a drab office building. At least that's my guess, since I doubt people literally sat at their computers all day doing nothing except for hemming and hawing over mailbags and Quick Looks.

But what do I know.

#8 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

Seriously considering buying the physical collector's edition from Larian just because of how excellent this is. I think it really deserves to go up in my Moneyed Hall of Waste.

It's really the best game this year by miles. It's just high quality where it counts (encounter design, freedom of choice/solution, etc) and excels at making the game feel like playing it isn't a totally trivial, wasted glob of hours.

#9 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

It doesn't matter how long I've been out of the scene, EVO is FUCKING HYPE.


#10 Posted by SirOptimusPrime (2008 posts) -

@seppli: At level 5 I went north of town and did some stuff in the woods, around a cave. Or you can go towards the beach with the trap as that's a 6-8 area, I think.