Monthly Archives: January 2010

Pre-2010 Games to Beat in 2010

Every year I set a goal to beat 12 particular games that were released before the new year. I usually give myself until the end of January to set the list. I had a bit of trouble deciding which to include this year, but this seems good. I’ll strike out the ones I’ve completed as I complete them.

  1. inFamous
  2. World of Warcraft – Loremaster
  3. Golden Sun 2
  4. New Super Mario Bros. Wii
  5. Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright: Justice for All
  6. Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box
  7. Earthbound
  8. God of War
  9. BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger
  10. Metal Gear Solid 3
  11. Ballad of Gay Tony
  12. Mad World

 
Because I had trouble deciding, I’ve also included a second set of 12 “runner up” games…

  1. ChronoTrigger
  2. StarCraft
  3. World of Warcraft – Battlemaster
  4. Uncharted 2
  5. LittleBigPlanet PSP
  6. Chip’s Challenge
  7. World of Warcraft – Dungeons & Raids
  8. Bioshock
  9. Psychonauts
  10. Burning Crusade – Dungeons & Raids
  11. Metal Gear Solid 4
  12. Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright: Trials and Tribulations

..and other games that I wish I could get through but aren’t on either list.

  • Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice
  • Blue Dragon
  • Space Channel 5 Series
  • Dark Alliance 2
  • Baldur’s Gate Series
  • Kingdom Hearts Series
  • Odin Sphere
  • God Hand
  • killer7
  • Sonic Heroes & Unleashed
  • Mega Man Series
  • Mega Man X Series
  • Paper Mario Series
  • LEGO Batman & Indiana Jones
  • Devil May Cry 2 & 3
  • Warcraft III

Thinking About Festergut, Rotface, and ICC-25

Although some people had defeated Rotface in PUGs or with other guilds, Carpe Flux Capacitor as a whole has been unable to defeat 10-man Rotface until this past Tuesday (as I mentioned previously). I had the privilidge of raiding that time, which was my first time in the Plagueworks and second time in Icecrown Citadel, not considering fail PUGs that started on Deathbringer Saurfang, fail guild runs filled with alts and PUGs, and trash runs.
It was really interesting. Festergut was a fun but not very hard fight. I was marked, and the ranged were told to clump on me where I was standing when Festergut used Gas Spore. That just made it extra easy because I didn’t have to move, although I also felt special that people came to me (even if I didn’t do anything).
Rotface was just awesome. Struggling with the guild and trying different tactics is still new to me. It just felt amazing. We had three healers, and on our first couple attempts, we didn’t coordinate. After a few wipes, we decided to be a little more organized. We had one designated tank/melee healer, one raid healer, and one healer focusing on the off-tank kiting the Big Ooze and the players running to him. I was the off-tank healer (and Mutated Infection remover). This made things go much more smoothly.

 
As Tydros, the off-tank, ran around the perimeter, I made smaller circles on the inside so I could stay near him. I could probably have done my job with a lot less moving, but it made it easier to be near him and watching. There were still a couple problems. First, healing someone running to Tydros wasn’t a big deal, but healing myself while running to him was a bigger deal. I can’t actually say that this caused problems for the group, but it really disoriented me. Another problem was multiple slimes being up at the same time. Sometimes someone with Mutated Infection wouldn’t get to the off-tank in time, leaving a Small Ooze somewhere else. Similarly, this means that sometimes a Big Ooze was exploding while other Small Oozes already existed.
The last problem was that people sometimes were unable to find the off-tank. He was marked at the start of each attempt, but after he got Mutated Infection, he would become marked with a different mark. After the infection was removed, he would no longer be marked, and neither of us (the two people worrying about Mutated Infection) had the ability to remark. I pointed this out, and he was given Assist so he could remark himself if needed. Eventually, on what was to be our last attempt, we got him really low before wiping, so decided to give it one more go. That last attempt (duh) was when we finally downed Rotface.
I also wanted to mention something about ICC-25. I’ve only done a 25-man once, and it was an Icecrown Citadel PUG on a Monday night before raid resets. I had between 800 and 1500 ms latency (most likely due to there being two people sharing Wi-Fi both in 25-mans and both running Vent). The lag kind of sucked. I wouldn’t want to try another 25-man in which people depend on me unless it was a guild run and I could do trash as a trial or a bad PUG that I didn’t care about. Anyways, as a disc priest, I felt that my role was much more defined in 25-man. In 10-mans, even when I’m “tank healing,” I’m still doing extra healing. In the 25-man, I focused just on the tanks. It also seemed like had I not been lagging my Penance could actually heal the tank rather than become overhealing. Regardless, these thoughts on doing 25-mans are just from the one 25-man raid I did before going with on the run that killed Rotface. This is important to note because while that was the first time I felt like my role was really defined, it was before I had that awesome ICC-10 experience. In fact, we had much more coordination as a guild on the 10-man run than the PUG on the 25-man. Still, I’d be interested in trying 25-man content in the future.

Hello World, Desperate Struggle, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom

Hello World, Desperate Struggle, and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom / /
Murray let me know about Game-Boyz’ blogging feature, so I decided to start blogging a bit over there. I’ll link to my Game-Boyz posts here like I do my reviews. In this one I give a brief introduction to myself before talking about Desperate Struggle and Tatsunoko vs. Capcom.

ICC10 Healing

I’ve been looking at my healing. I don’t really know what conclusions to draw. It seems like Prayer of Mending is the spell that heals the most quite often. Penance is as well, but when I break my 2pT9 bonus, PoM will weaken. I suppose that’s okay because I’ll gain more throughput. It also seems like Penance is most of my overhealing. I already thought that was the case. There are other healers, so Penance never really gets 100% absorbed. I dunno. Also I don’t think Recount considers PW:S’s ability to absorb damage.

 





Cute guy at the Dalaran North Bank – w4m – 24 (Dalaran)

Cute guy at the Dalaran North Bank – w4m
I’ll reproduce the post below this. Any idea who wrote this? The “you” sure sounds like me!

Hi! I saw you at the Dalaran North bank last night. I forgot my ATM card, so I had to run in really quick. You were at a different teller, and I thought about saying hi, but by the time I was done and out of line, you were already gone.
You: Tall guy with a blue mohawk. I think I remember seeing you with the Hammer of Purified Flame, but I couldn’t make it out clearly.
Me: Pretty average height girl wearing my red hair in a ponytail. I had my 2pT10 on and gold hoop earrings.
I know that chances are you’ll never see this, but you looked like the kind of guy who’d shield me from anything.

No More Heroes 2: Desperate Struggle

While I’m not even two hours into Desperate Struggle yet, I have to say I’m already pleased with it and excited to continue. It takes place three years after the first in a Santa Destroy that’s now a larger city, filled with large corporations. There seems to be more cut-scenes, but that might just be early in the game. The graphics are still great, and the little bits of breaking the fourth wall are amusing while not annoying. The first fight was fun but simple. It was a tutorial after all.
But let me tell you about the two things that made me fall extra in love with the game. First, Travis’ cat is back, but now she’s fat! You can play with her to make her lose weight, but exercising makes her unhappy. Then you give her treats to make her happy! She’s fat and cute! Second, Desperate Struggle has awesome minigames! There’s a video game Travis owns in his house. It’s called Bizarre Jelly 5, and it’s a vertical shoot ’em up in which you control a magical girl who can shoot with her hand. On the harder difficulty, it’s like a (mild) bullet hell. Bizarre Jelly is based on the anime that Travis Touchdown loves. After I played it, it unlocked a video that allowed me to watch an anime clip of Bizarre Jelly, complete with the second and third panty shots in Desperate Struggle (the game’s not for kids). The side jobs all play as simple games that feel like they would have been right at home on the NES. They’re fantastic!
All in all, the main gameplay is still awesome, and the minigames are great. I love how aware Desperate Struggle is that it’s a game. It’s like an homage to the medium as a whole.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Capcom has once again created an awesomely fun Vs. title. It’s true that I don’t know any of the Tatsunoko characters, but that doesn’t stop them from being interesting characters. I prefer the graphics over SF4 with it’s simpler backgrounds and 3D models with a bit of cel-shading. Street Fighter IV, which does have an interesting graphical style, consists of characters bulging all over the place with muscles and gross eyes. TvC is a 2v2 fighting game with 3D models on a 2D field.
It can be played with Wiimote and nunchuck (although I wouldn’t want to use an analog stick for a fighter), Classic Controller, or Wiimote held sideways, which is how I always play. It’s nice to see a simple control system. For the most part, you use two buttons for fighting with a third to call your partner. Just like with Marvel vs. Capcom, the characters are a lot of fun to use, and I’m looking forward to unlocking Frank West (from Dead Rising) and Zero (from Mega Man X).
Ultimate All-Stars gained an online mode after being localized from Cross Generation of Heroes. The game also has really great music and sound effects. I’m glad they didn’t put in some hip-hop music in an attempt to localize. The music sounds very… early DDR. I like it.
If I get around to it, I’ll write a full review later! But for now, I really recommend Tatsunoko vs. Capcom if you like fighting games.

Comments on Gearing

There are some obvious generalizations to be made from my last post. First, any role in which I’m going to be using Flash Heal benefits from me having two pieces of healing-T10. This is pretty obvious. The 2-piece bonus from healing-T10 is to have Flash Heal have a chance to place a HOT. If my role is tank healing with Greater Heal, the 2-piece healing-T10 set bonus is worthless, so it would be better for me to go for additional throughput by taking the DPS-T10. For raid healing, I want Prayer of Mending to be stronger, so I should keep 2 pieces of T9 for the 2-piece set bonus. The T10 facts came as no surprise to me, but I hadn’t thought of keeping the T9 pieces. Maybe I’ll keep two pieces of T9 on me in case there’s a fight in which I think having the Prayer of Mending bonus would be beneficial.

T10 Gear

I’ve been trying to decide how to spend my frost emblems. Here’s what I’m buying:
Crimson Acolyte Hood (healing)
Crimson Acolyte Shoulderpads (healing)
Volde’s Cloak of the Night Sky
Ermine Coronation Robes
Gloves of False Gestures
Circle of Ossus
Crimson Acolyte Leggings (healing
Spark of Light -> Purified Lunar Dust

 
For my own reference, here’s what Rawr came up with when optimizing under different conditions.
tank – penance/pw:s/prom/fh, overall, with Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Hood (healing)
Crimson Acolyte Shoulderpads (healing)
Ermine Coronation Robes
Gloves of Ambivalence
Lightweave Leggings
Sandals of Consecration
16305.77 -> 17873.88

tank – penance/pw:s/prom/gh, overall, with Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Cowl (dps)
Crimson Acolyte Mantle (dps)
Meteor Chaser’s Raiment
Gloves of False Gestures
Leggings of Woven Death
Sandals of Consecration
Score: 16277 -> 17904.91

raid – pw:s/penance/fh, overall, with Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Hood (healing)
Crimson Acolyte Shoulderpads (healing)
keep current T9 chest
keep current T9 gloves
Lightweave Leggings
Sandals of Consecration
Score: 24465.8 -> 26152.38
——
tank – penance/pw:s/prom/fh, overall, without Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Hood (healing)
Crimson Acolyte Mantle (dps)
Ermine Coronation Robes
Gloves of False Gestures
Crimson Acolyte Leggings (healing)
keep current shoes

tank – penance/pw:s/prom/gh, overall, without Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Cowl (dps)
Crimson Acolyte Mantle (dps)
Meteor Chaser’s Raiment
Gloves of False Gestures
Crimson Acolyte Leggings (healing)
keep current shoes

raid – pw:s/penance/fh, overall, without Ashen Verdict craftables, max thoroughness
Crimson Acolyte Hood (healing)
Crimson Acolyte Shoulderpads (healing)
Ermine Coronation Robes
keep current T9 gloves
keep current T9 pants
Keep current shoes
Score: 24465.8 -> 25467.19

iPhone Best of 2009

My Best of 2009 was posted over at Game-Boyz. It was actually posted almost a week ago, but I missed it. There’s no normal link to the article. I had to click a small “Recent posts” link in the bottom right and then look through a table of posts to find it.
My list includes Space Invaders Infinity Gene, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, Atsumari, Rat on the Run, World of Warcraft: Mobile Armory, and GameCenter.
Atsumari was the only game that I received for free as a review copy, but I assure you, it deserved to be on the list.

King of Your Mother

I noticed something interesting while watching How I Met Your Mother today. This will spoil one episode from King of Queens and one episode of How I Met Your Mother, but I doubt anyone really cares.
“Damned Yanky” is the 16th episode of season 6 of King of Queens, airing on February 18, 2004.
“Double Date” is the 2nd episode of season 5 of How I Met Your Mother, airing on September 28, 2009.
Both of these shows are from CBS, and both have the same plot.
Marshall/Doug likes to fantasize about other women but feels guilty doing it. There’s only way he can rationalize it; in Marshall/Doug’s fantasies, Lily/Carrie always dies a tragic death. Years later in the fantasies, after an appropriate amount of grieving, Marshall/Doug goes after another woman, knowing it’s what Lily/Carrie would want. In actuality, Lily/Carrie is fine with Marshall/Doug fantasizing about other women but is pretty pissed off about being killed off in fantasies.

Graal Classic for iPhone!

Graal, originally uploaded by theuser.

Graal Classic is a version of Graal Online developed for the iPhone! It was released last month, and I just tried it today! It feels pretty good! Menus and such seem to lag a bit. Hopefully they’re better on an iPhone 3G. The game ran smoothly over WiFi and claims to work over Edge and 3G. I’ll check that soon! I died pretty quickly after starting. Everyone’s pretty PVP crazy in Graal. You can see a picture of my first death!

 



Hellgate: Resurrection Coming Soon

Hellgate: London servers set to reopen in Europe and U.S.

Hellgate: Resurrection: Hellgate: Tokyo Announced Today – MMORPG News – New MMO News, Free MMOs, Tidbit, Top 10, Topics, Previews – News.mmosite.com

Joystiq reports from gamesindustry.biz” that HanbitSoft, who owned the rights to Hellgate: London in Korea, has acquired worldwide rights to publishing the software and plans on reopening servers in Europe and the United States. The game will now be called Hellgate: Resurrection and will have new features.
This is definitely good news. Reading through the comments on Joystiq, it’s obvious that a lot of people do not share my excitement at Hellgate’s return. Most likely they’re judging the game based on what it was originally. Yes, Hellgate: London was pretty horrible (although still fun!) at launch, and it remained so for quite some time; however, the game was much better at the time of server shutdown. I was actively playing at the time, having recently come back to the game. Hellgate definitely still has some issues.

 
My three biggest issues were needing to use the mouse to look around while also needing to use the cursor, the sluggish interface, and the bland atmosphere. The first two problems combine to be particularly annoying, but you do get used to the cursor usage. I doubt the atmosphere can be fixed. The entire game is gray. Thanks Gears of War for making gray worlds so popular! I understand their reasoning: a post-apocalyptic world should be covered in dirt and dust. Still, I feel like some more color could be used.
Despite these shortcomings, the game was actually very fun. While marketed as an MMO, it functioned similar to Guild Wars. The towns were like MMOs, but everything outside of town was instanced. Playing similar to Diablo, it was really an online, role-playing, dungeon crawler. It had an intriguing plot that I never got to see through to the end. I was always sad that I didn’t get to find out what happened at the end. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint! The graphic novel and three novel series were very entertaining. The novels seemed to end without as much conclusion as I had hoped, but they were still quite enjoyable.
mmosite.com reports that Hellgate: Resurrection includes The Abyss Chronicle, the second patch (the first being the Stonehenge Chronicles), which was developed by Flagship Studios and on the test servers but never released. In addition, HanbitSoft also has new content known as Hellgate: Tokyo, which will take place in Tokyo, Osaka, and Yokohama. I hope those locations are more colorful! The game has also been tweaked a bit with the removal of the level cap (uh, I doubt there’s no cap), a new/changed character advancement system, and changes to class balance.

WoW Developer Twitter Chat

Developer Twitter chat transcript for January 15th, organized by category
WoW.com put up a nice transcript of the WoW developer Twitter chat organized by category. I’ve included some of the more interested ones to me.

 
Q. For those of us who collect tabards and armor sets, do you see a way for us to store and not use our very limited inventory?
A. Yes. We’d like to store them the same way you do titles. In general, we don’t want to punish the packrats out there who just like to collect stuff. We will have to wait and see what we can do about it though.
This is great news! Tabards should be easy, but I’m curious what they could do for armor sets. When they answered this question, they were probably specifically thinking of tabards and not armor. I’d like to see a 100-slot bag, only purchasable at the level cap, that can hold any armor or weapon piece that was a certain item level below the current tier item level. In other words, you can always put your old stuff in it.
Q. What knowledge have you gained from WotLK/ICC in regards to your future design plans for Cataclysm?
A. That’s a broad question for just 140 characters! I’ll say one thing we learned in retrospect was that the progressive badge structure has ended up confusing. We have a simpler one in mind that accomplishes the same goals.
It wasn’t confusing at all. It worked really well.
Q. Will you be emphasizing more Horde vs. Alliance hatred in the future?
A. It’s a major focus for Cataclysm. Neither Garrosh nor Vyrian is a major fan of cross-faction cooperation.
Are we going to get at least some leader to whom we can admire? Garrosh is war crazy, Cairne doesn’t do anything, Vol’jin doesn’t do anything, Sylvanas is kind of mean (and I don’t trust the Forsaken), and I don’t even know who the leader of the Blood Elves are. Who should I look up to? Tirion Fordring? I’m not a paladin. Do priests count for anything to the Light? Will he be around in Cataclysm? I doubt the Ashen Verdict will still exist. Will the Argent Crusade, in some form? Will Fordring still be amicable to Horde? I suspect he will, but he’s not really my leader. Darion Mograine? I’m not a Death Knight. And I have no idea how the Knights of the Ebon Blade will be integrated into society without the driving force of killing Arthas. Maybe I should look closer to home. My guild leader? Oh yeah, she’s inactive, lol.
Q. Will Trolls ever get either their own capitol, or a district in Orgrimmar like the Gnome district in Ironforge?
A. Personally, I think it adds a little to the troll story that they have such an amazing cultural legacy and have fallen so far from that in recent history. That said, we have a little bit of love for trolls in Cataclysm (beyond the ability to be just about every class in the game).
*excited*
Q. Can we expect a Canadian style pet for the Olympics this year?
A. I will put in a request today for an epic moose mount, not sure if it will make it in though.
Room… with a moose!

Project Needlemouse featuring Just Sonic


SEGA America Blog | Project Needlemouse Character Countdown – Finale and Concept Art!

SEGA America Blog has been eliminating possible characters for Project Needlemouse, the new 2D Sonic game, all week. They posted a picture with various characters’ names on Monday, and each day they’ve been rejecting some of the characters. Today SEGA finished by rejecting every character other than Sonic. This is pretty good news for long time Sonic fans. To be honest, there’s a lot of characters I don’t mind. Tails is alright, although I feel like being able to fly breaks the game a bit. Knuckles is fine, and I enjoyed playing as Amy in Sonic Advance. Still, I hate the introduction of random, additional characters with each game. Here’s hoping Project Needlemouse turns the Sonic series around!

Azoku and Fingerpaint, Losers

Let me tell you about two douches from Kil’Jaeden! We (Carpe Flux Capacitor) had to PUG three people for our second ICC-10 run. Two people came together – Azoku, a druid tank, and Fingerpaint, a holy priest. They complained that the fights were taking too long due to low DPS but stuck with us anyways. Then when Lord Marrowgar was at 3%, they both decided to leave the raid group, leaving us to wipe. While we were slow, no one had died, and everything was going fine. Asses.
Hopefully by the time Frostwing Halls hits, I’ll clear Lower Spire. It sure as hell isn’t happening before The Crimson Hall hits.