(This is part of my journey going playing through 2004’s Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines. You can follow the entire series on the Retro Gaming page.) It’s a laugh riot playing a Malkavian (and it makes me hope that John Malkovich was compensated by White Wolf), as the most hilarious dialogue options pop up even in the midst of super-serious conversations. While infiltrating a museum, I was momentarily amused by the inclusion of several dinosaur exhibits (unfortunately, however, most of the museum action takes place in the bland basements). Then afterward as the prince is asking if I was able to obtain the sarcophagus, I got to say, “It was stolen, but there were a lot of dinosaurs, so I had fun.” Ha. Thanks for the laugh, Bloodlines. Anyway, the narrative backbone of the game — this coffin with a dead god of sorts in it and the scramble to secure it — might just be the weakest part of the whole story. I can scarcely bring myself to care about … [Read more...] about Vampire Bloodlines: Hello Hollywood!
So, truth be told, I’ve not really played much MapleStory (outside of MapleStory 2), as it’s an MMO that never really caught my attention. But I was offered a chance to get my hands on the Pathfinder class a little early, to see what I thought about it. I had two character slots to play, one at level 30, and one in the 200s. The level 30 had access to a new area – the Secret Forest of Elodin dungeon. So this is the most exposure I’ve had to a high-level class in MapleStory, and if I’m honest? It’s not that bad The Pathfinder has a lot of pros, and once I rebound most of my keyboard to have a more practical MMORPG set-up, I began exploring this cute forest. So, what exactly is the Pathfinder? The Pathfinder is a ranged character, who has an overwhelming thirst to explore for ancient relics, and of course – kick the stuffing out of surprisingly adorable bad guys. They’re a DEX-based class, who wields a mighty weapon, the Ancient Bow. Their … [Read more...] about MapleStory – Pathfinder Class Preview
Bring on the heavy makeup, electric guitars, and MMO groupies, because the Battle Bards are rock and rolling their way into Continent of the Ninth Seal (aka C9). It may not be a game — or soundtrack — that most know, but does that mean that there is a musical treasure trove waiting to be discovered? Listen to this episode to find out! Episode 147 show notes (show page, direct download) Intro (feat. “Innocence RunersVill” and “Brotherhood of the Wolf”) “Main Theme” “Cold Mountain” “Black Yard” “Blade of a Knife” “Gong!” “Braveheart” “Waterford Theme” Which one did we like best? Listener mail from Caroline, Bullwraith, and George Wilson III Jukebox picks: “We’ve All Done Things” from Days Gone, “Main Theme” from Unending Dusk, and “The Adventure Begins” from Cube World Outro (feat. “Silent Night”) Talk to the … [Read more...] about Battle Bards Episode 147: Continent of the Ninth Seal
For a bit of some time recently… in truth the majority of Stormblood… I’ve developed a bit of a mental block against tanking. When I took my long absence from the game, it felt like in returning to it… that I just wasn’t quite certain of my abilities anymore. It was more than “I got rusty”, it was almost like I was allergic to taking responsibility for others. I could blame a lot of things, but I think in part it was due to the fact that in the real world I had a lot of responsibility thrust upon me. Right now I have sixteen people who report to me, and it has taken me a little over a year to reach a point where I am largely comfortable with that notion. Much like my lapses in blogging from the past… the longer it went on the harder it was to start back up again. Then recently I set down the path of finishing off my Nexus weapon, and that involved soloing a plethora of dungeons. Weirdly enough the act of soloing the dungeons … [Read more...] about Butchering the Block
Wielding the power to protect her allies, Black Desert SEA’s newest class is finally ready to venture forth. Pearl Abyss today announced that Shai, the first playable support class in Black Desert, is now available worldwide. Shais come from the forests around Florin and are known to be mischievous and curious beings with an aptitude for alchemy and gathering herbs. Shais can stand their ground against any threat they see using their specialized boomerangs called Florangs, but they excel in supporting and healing their allies using the mystical Vitclari, all the while depending on their inexhaustible agility and versatility to stay out of the thick of combat. Joining them in their grand entrance are their trusty donkey companions: Derome, Cherose, and Vallet. As faithful companions of the Shais, they will take their diminutive owners wherever they need to go and defend them in the face of danger. Together, they bring formidable changes to the Black Desert world. … [Read more...] about The Shai Class Have Arrived On Black Desert Online