AggroChat #28 – Server Nightmares and Spycraft
We talked about the latest round of FFXIV announcements coming out of the London Fanfest. Unfortunately the announcement that we got in Vegas of the Job information coming in London… was a bit of a tease. We also talk about what we are looking forward to Tuesday when the 2.4 patch lands. I talk about my experiences with Rift Nightmare Tide launch and the fairly catastrophic server rollback that caused me to loose essentially one entire days worth of playtime and a bunch of other stuff that came with that. Tam and Kodra talk about their experiences playing Civilization Beyond Earth as a co-operative team. Finally Rae fills us in on some of the craziness that is happening in the post season League. It seems like there is a ton of “horse trading” going on as players are swapping teams left and right.
Extra Life Results
I have to say I am really damned proud of Team Alliance of Awesome. We opted to do the 25 hour marathon relay style where each of us would pass the baton to the next leg of the stream. I personally chose to take the 11pm EST to 3am EST slot thinking I could just stay up after we record the podcast and push through it. I did however take a nap in preparation but I have to thank all of the folks that showed up during the middle of the night to cheer me on. You guys kept me awake and responsive. During that last hour after Pazz logged out of voice chat I got more than a tiny bit quiet. All told we had 9 total participants and as you can see from the image on the right side we raised $1728 for the Extra Life charity. So I want to thank everyone that participated by taking a leg of the stream, and everyone who tuned in to cheer us on. It was an awesome experience and I am hoping next year we can maybe even make it bigger somehow. I know as we neared go time folks came out of the woodwork wanting to participate but we had already assigned all of the slots.
One of the things that I thought was awesome was just how varied the group was in what all they streamed. Sure there were a few games that got duplicated but there was a ton of variety from Single Player to MMOs to even Classic Console games. There seemed to be a little bit for everyone. I know Ashgar even managed to completely beat the Kirby game he was playing during his stream, which is pretty awesome. I originally planned on playing The Secret World, Trove, FFXIV and Destiny… but I ended up mixing that up a bit. I started off rolling a brand new Illuminati character in The Secret World, but having not played in awhile I did not make it terribly far into the game before I hit the hour threshold where I had intended to swap games. After that I popped into FFXIV and threw myself at the Mercy of the Duty Roulette, healing an Ifrit and a Tam-Tara Deep Croft run. After another hour had passed I flipped over to Rift and spent the rest of the night working my way through Goboro Reef in the Nightmare Tide content. After two hours of play I managed to finally get back to roughly the same place I was before the server rollback the other day.
This morning I am cheating a bit with my Steampowered Sunday game, in part because I started playing this last week. I have gotten in the habit of picking up almost every Humble Bundle package that comes out, because I know sooner or later I will want to play one of the games in it. Ashgar actually tipped me off to this game, because of the horribly long name I mostly ignored it when I noticed it in the bundle. However he thought I would definitely be interested in it as it is a Metroidvania of a sort. More so than a Metroidvania, it is very much a game in the feel of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night… and if you have been around my blog for very long you will recognize that as most likely my favorite game. I own copies on the PSP, Vita, PS3 and even still have my original Playstation disc around here even though I don’t actually have a functional PSX any longer.
You have a series of characters to choose but initially your only options are Wyatt a emo haired youth with a big sword (see cloud) or Reina a female monk that is labeled for “advanced” players. I of course went for the guy with the big sword… because slashing things with a big sword is fun. At some point I plan on going back through and trying out Reina, especially since during Wyatts play through of the game you encounter her early on… and she seems like a badass. The storyline of the game is a little odd. You are in a world where heaven and hell have both come to the material plain to duke it out for the surface. As one of the last remaining humans you seem to have the ability to use the attacks of either side. There is a lot of this that I don’t quite understand yet, but the devils are reddish hue and the angels tend to have blue color palettes.
The story doesn’t really matter much to me to be honest. Why I am playing this game is that mechanically it is really fun. You wander about and collect new abilities that open up new areas to explore just like the traditional Metroidvania style. For example one of the first abilities you get is a wall jump, allowing you to explore new areas and reach places that you haven’t been before. Today during my stream I managed to find a new ability that allowed me to erect a pillar of ice, allowing me to jump on it to reach areas I couldn’t before. If you are used to Metroidvanias none of this will seem out of the ordinary. There is a basic crafting system that allows you to upgrade your gear in towns, and that aspect actually reminds me a bit of Simon’s Quest the second Castlevania game.