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  1. woot, I didnt know last epoch had its own thread already found out about about last epoch just recently in the talks about wolcen and thought I havent heard about yet.. maybe I just forgot? anyway guess what - I just spotted two guys on last epoch forum, called Dobster and Llama8 hehe.. they seem to enjoying and playing it a lot, maybe we can get them over here and tell us what its like currently ? also, a new patch is planned for end of march, updating last Epoch s graphics and stuff.. or, anyone else care to tell us their experience with this game? its in beta now and steadily aproaching final release this year so ive heard..
  2. duh, I wrote this late at night hehe.. even harder to put it in a nutshell when you're tired and distracted and stuff.. maybe it turned out this way because I haven't even made up my mind entirely.. I would recommend to wait. don't buy it right now, let's see first if and how they continue to improve the game during the upcoming months and after.. also I'd say better wait, because I just found another promising one, it's beta early acess though.. I was in a rush so bought it anyway, haven't had time to play it yet though.. : Did anyone else ever heard of it? It's called Last Epoch .. and it's got.. time travel, yay ;) So, by the time Last Epoch will be released (plans for later this year), I'd compare the 2 see and which one proves to be better then.. personally, I'll stick with the one that has the 'casual-friendlier endgame' so to speak.. I need something motivating to keep on going, but not consuming thousands of hours..
  3. I've been currently playing Wolcen.. yes, it's bugged and I knew that, saw the gamestar review of it, hesitated a few days after release and bought it anyway.. why? it seemed like a good alternative to Diablo 3 and/or PoE and/or Grim Dawn, because in a way it looks and feels like a mix/blend of all these, also adding in a few things I haven't seen so far.. eg. endgame where you upgrade your town/buildings to receive permanent boni, or to unlock ways to alter your items.. I kinda just still love the isometric, loot centered, hack & slash/slay ARPG genre, always did, since Sacred... picked up Wolcen because I'm out of alternatives.. so far I tried: Diablo 3: (omg, just checked, total of 2182 hrs playtime over 8 years if that's correct.. current set of non-deleted char totals to 560, and last season 19 ~44hrs in total) finally became way too boring and stale to keep me busy for longer than like 1 week after each season.. and upcoming season 20 might be the first I'll give a pass entirely.. if I every so often play it, then mostly, I just rush for season rewards which won't take long, and then I'd try to beat my personal GR level from the coresponding previous season - which also won't take long (which is good, aint got much free time per week anymore).. POE ? ( I'd say about 'only' 260 hrs total since v1.0 over 6 years) PoE is free, and a good game and all that, but way too complex - I don't mean the skill tree, but rather its grindy exhausting end-game and tons of different crafting sub systems it has by now.. way too much imho.. so, it's too time consuming and it's difficulty curve is too steep.. I usually just play a different build thru the main story in each new league, even having fun every now and then with new league mechanics, but after the campaign, I'd stop right there and hardly ever I'd even touch the atlas thing.. ;) besides, even with all these new league mechanics that appear and vanish periodically, or new skills etc.. it kinda stays the same.. they're really good at 'selling' the same things in different 'disguise' tho.. 'selling' because they actually don't, poe is free.. and in 'disguise' because it actually isn't.. anway.. : also contra: the most annoying thing to me starts right there in the main menue / char selecting screen: you STILL can't sort them.. plus, each league start almost every name I'd like seems to be already taken even after seconds/minutes into new season.. no offline mode, and for multiplayer on the other hand - by the way things like level penalties, lag, gfx overkill from skills, but most of all experience & loot distribution/scaling works in party - that doesn't feels like fun/ not rewarding. Grim Dawn? (~ 'poor' 11 hrs over 4 years ) has really good ratings, many people say they like it, and so do I.. kinda.. this is weired, because even tho imho base game is good, and I even tho I 'collect' every expansion, I still haven't played em yet^^ I haven't touched it for longer than 11hours .. total.. just one char, somewhere half thru the first or second main act, or whatever they're called in GD.. hard to explain or pinpoint why.. maybe it's just the way combat feels (donno, I'd describe it as a little.. clunky, slow.. ) or the story telling.. or, its looks, its engine.. it looks 'really outdated', and I mean from a 'technical' point of view, not the fact that I believe it's deliberately trying to create a gritty, rusty, medieval, bleak dismal look (which it is quite successful at).. maybe they overdid it, at times it wouldn't feel appealing but way too cheerless, be it by art design or technical limitations of the gfx engine.. also, it has no real online-only mode.. plus, I played TQ way back then, and GD only looks different, it doesn't feel different... I own TQ anniversary edition as well, I really don't know why I keep buying and not playing GD stuff^^ always bought the GD and TQ parts when they were really cheap so I don't regret it.. not much. feel pretty stupid and embarassed right now tho, lol not going into detail but also tried Torchlight (10hrs) TL2 (12hrs) and TL3 previously known as TL Frontiers (6hrs since it moved to steam) , Guardians of Ember(11 hrs) and Victor Vran and Adventures of Van Helsing .. for ~15Minutes each ;) so, what's special about Wolcen? imho, you can see what they probably had in mind creating it: be more complex than D3 and less complex than PoE while also looking better than both of them.. making it - in theory - the game of choice if you love hack & slash/slay ARPG's with loads of loot... ..but are already bored by D3 or exhausted by PoE or didn't like GD like me, or just don't like one or more or all of them for your very own reasons in theory, because: Wolcen is still bugged currently, and also not very well balanced. (you most likely will notice this on high levels/end game especially) I still don't regret that I bought it. Wolcen wasn't a bad buy. what does this mean? I enoyed playing it for about 45 hrs Single Player offline & online, and think It was already worth its money.. there's less build diversity right now than you might think, both because bad balance and also obvious bugs. If they continue to deliver more balance patches, once there's more enjoyable active skills / tactics for passive tree, then I'll play more. Wolcen is ~35€ right now which is average I'd say, there's way more expensive titles I enjoyed less, or played less.. or both.. and, there have been a few patches post-release already, they promised to work on fixing stuff for the next 4 months and then adding new stuff..: more details regarding my personal experience: was able to play 1 char after day1 hotfix in offline through the main story (act 1,2,3) - had no gamebreaking/questbreaking bugs, or almost none: first one at start of act 2 (blocked path because I missed the NPC which had no quest marker ;) after I googled,searched & found her, it was no longer a problem..) second one was kinda worse, end boss of final act, was unable to beat him for like 20 times in a row until I found out he was bugged if you used certain skills/damage types or attacked him during the wrong moment.. managed to kill him after I switched away from aether/stasis dmg and also turned down difficulty from normal to story mode for final boss.. always kept all my items (others werent so lucky tho it seems) lost my progress after act 1 when act 2 started (got booted to beginning of act 1 again) could repair my progress manually by editing the save file.. by the time I started my online-only char, they either fixed the progress/item reset bug already, or I just got lucky, because I experienced neither of those 2.. with my online char, I tried out the endgame modes, it's fun for a while but gets repetetive fast .. it's basically similar to D3 but you can customize em.. => mandates = rifts and expeditions = grifts... you have your own town / buildings that will unlock passive boosts to gold/magic find/personal chest space/skills, or 'recipes' to alter/reroll/upgrade your gear stats.. these can get quite expensive and running expeditions just to unlock em over and overy feels like a chore sometimes.. all this needs balancing too.. personal Wolcen sum up: + offline-only mode + online-only mode + one of the best looks graphics-wise compared to other current ARPGs + pace during main story, and for fighting monsters in general + imho better hit feedback than GD +/- in theory more diversity as in D3 but less complex as PoE +/- story comparable to D3, imho in Wolcen there's 'more of it' than in PoE but less lore than in GD - nasty bugs, higher possibilty to encounter game/fun breaking ones - balancing issues across the entire game, but mostly noticeable in late game / end game final verdict: already like Wolcen more than Grim Dawn, currently best alternative to D3 and PoE, or better say addition to D3 or PoE, especially if you preferred D3 over PoE. but most certainly no full replacement. that's because of the remaining bugs, and the balance issues.. at times, the combat / attacking foes also doesn't always feel quite as right as in D3 for example.. if your favourite is or was already PoE then neither you'll need D3,GD .. nor Wolcen . would I recommend it? yes, maybe.. but only if you already tried PoE first, since the latter is free, has more content, and has way less bugs.. I also wouldn't recommend Wolcen if Grim Dawn doesn't ring a bell.. the latter is way more polished as well.. I know, lots of people are sceptical, because it has been in development for so long and still bugged, also others are disappointed, because its not the game anymore they were expecting when backing it way way way back on kickstarter.. one of the biggest changes eg. no more open world as originally planned.. but imho thats no biggy.. maybe, it's best to wait at least a few more weeks and see if they can fix build diversity / end game balancing for example, these two are a bigger problem imho than the remaining other bugs.. Wolcen is still enjoyable even in it's current state tho (you know, just like Sacred was, which had hundreds of thousands of bugs as well at first), it's just less balanced and has more bugs than D3 PoE or GD
  4. Hi everyone, it's been a while, again Hope you're all fine.. ever heard of Torchlight Frontiers? https://www.torchlightfrontiers.com Developed by Echtra Games (founded by a bunch of people that were working over at Runic Games as well), and published by Perfect World.. some of the developers & artists working there were also involved in games such as Diablo, Fate, Hobs, and .. Mythos just like the aforementioned games, Torchlight Frontiers is going to be a "3D Iso-view hack&slash action RPG" , but with a larger focus on online multiplayer experience just recently, March 5th, the Closed Alpha 3 started, they were sending out the next wave of keys, and guess what, I got selected Can't wait to check it out, already installed, launched and played the first quest, but it's too late & I'm too tired now.. gotta work tomorrow ^^ If interested, you can still sign up for alpha/beta test, and maybe you get selected in one of the next waves.. currently, they mostly do it account bound tho, so if you get selected they just unlock your account to grant access so no key ( to give away if you redecide eg.) however, they still give out keys to fansites and magazines, I guess.. btw, with Alpha 3 the NDA has been lifted, you might find more infos & gameplay reviews etc pretty soon across the net.. cya around Bob
  5. Hi, anyone heard of this one yet? I stumbled across it some time ago - I read about it in a german article about "upcoming diablo-like alternatives", I believe.. Hadn't decided to buy it yet though, because of the mixed reviews and the fact that it's still in Early Access - (Alpha) stage I think. However, it is on steam sale right now - for a whole week - til 21 August..: http://store.steampowered.com/app/463680/Guardians_of_Ember/ So, I just went ahead and bought a key for the most basic version/package they're offering, which means around 9 or 10 Dollars/EUR (from around 20, 50% off..) It is said to be some kind of Diablo/WoW/Runes of Magic mix, the latter in fact being one of developer runewaker's earlier game.. graphics/combat style definitely looks to be more diablo like, while it's content/mmo-orientation is more like wow/runes of magic I guess.. maybe that's why one of the reviews listed on their official site calls it "the secret child of diablo and runes of magic" .. beware - this game has some sort of "double dipping" financing plan..: it is not Free2Play, although it's pretty "cheap" right now (see above) it has a cash shop too, and although they claim Guardians of Ember won't be Pay2Win and won't offer stuff you can't obtain otherwise in game as well, I've read it already contains stuff that makes you level or travel faster... (if I understood the whole thing about the cash shop) so I'm not sure how this is going to turn out in the end, I hope it won't be an awful endless grinder then unless you're willing to spend additional money in that said shop. alright, I think I've finished downloading it now, let's see... cya
  6. Hi everyone, surprised there's no post about the recently released, massively big 3.0 patch update for path of exile.. (patchnotes: https://www.pathofexile.com/forum/view-thread/1930316 ) The Fall of Oriath adds a bunch of new acts, bosses, items, skill gems etc.. also, a new league just started, called the Harbinger League.. I just picked PoE up again after being bored by D3 even with their Necro Pack DLC (and also kinda feeling fooled by blizz and their stance/politics regarding the current state of the entire Diablo franchise) haven't played PoE in a loooong while now (in fact, almost never played it since the original first beta years ago).. it feels so much more polished now, and so much content that's new to me.. not just the recent update^^ anyways: Is there a darkmatters guild / anyone playing it or interested in picking it up again? greetings, bob
  7. Hi there, for some reason I'm having a hard time completing the S5 Journey / Conquests , and I can't find much detailed info about how to speed or ease things up a little.. as I don't have that much time to play, and when I do, it's mostly solo or with friends, I'm only @ PL 500. running rifts @ T10 occasionally in a 4 man public game sure helps, but I'm still missing certain items, upgrades, and resources so, my WD with jade harvester set is currently stuck @ GR 56, for the extra stash tab I'd still need GR 60 solo, and one more conquest: only have completed avarice which was easy, even without finding a gilded baron, and had no luck in finding/mixing any gear that would work fast enough for "the thrill" one, which would be GR 45 solo without any set items) how about sprinter? is it still hard to complete in a 4 man group, and what are the chances of completing it solo? (might have to switch to a DH or Wizard then, I guess..) greetings, bob
  8. also still playing D3, season 5 SC actually, but on EU servers.. still haven't completed even a single season conquest, they're challenging, for me at least^^ maybe I'll make it before season ends, which would be cool, for the achievement.. and last but not least it adds another stash tab, and I'm always running out of space
  9. ..updating via steam right now.. will check it out tonight, when my better half will be off for night shift
  10. although I don't like Steam very much (I'm okay with it, but sometimes it sucks I have to use it), I like the idea of how the steam OS / steam machines might finally help to push development of games specifically designed to run on linux natively, plus development of good and fast GPU drivers (both AMD and Nvidia).. I dislike Windows 10 more than Steam, so it would be awesome if we could finally switch OSes and break away from Microsoft in order to play games without too many performance issues on linux, and not having to depend on MS/Windows/DX12 this is going to be interesting, maybe this time it's finally happening.. if Vulcan can change things, too? we'll see... I used to run some older games on linux with the help of wine, but newer games tend to stutter a lot, if I can get them to run, at all.. (and yeah, my PC hardware is getting old, too.. sadly) PS: you can install steam OS on practically any PC, so a dual boot of Win10 / Steam OS (or any other linux distro) should work on higher end PCs as well.. as most of the steam machines are low/mid end, or too expensive imho.. (building an individual PC yourself buying the hardware you like is always cheaper, but ofc that's not for everybody) so far, it's always been the same.. customers/gamers say they would like to switch from MS to linux, if their favourite title xyz would run, but tend to stick with MS anyway when it doesnt. publishers won't release many major AAA titles natively supported by linux because they say there's no/little market, and therefore, freeware/proprietary GPU drivers used to lack support/proper development as well, and so on... if this chicken-and-egg problem could be solved, some day?
  11. sry for double post.. I'm pretty sure someone aready did it before, but can't find it.. maybe, this tool would be of any help if someone decided to read out sounds, in order to (possibly) being able to listen to and write down all the speech files? http://darkmatters.org/forums/index.php?/topic/21615-any-way-to-mod-the-soundpak-file/?p=6971374 or, this thing.. http://wiki.xentax.com/index.php?title=Game_Extractor
  12. before I looked it up on the net after I saw some discussions about it years ago, what came to mind after I spend some time closely listening to those goblins shouting "Schniepel" , was more or less the same thing : here in austria, and especially in carinthia, teenagers also used the word "Schniedel" for penis, which is closely matching the word "Schniepel" and the related meaning as mentioned above.. (also found it here: http://dict.tu-chemnitz.de/deutsch-englisch/Schniepel.html ) which reminds me about discussions I've heard or read about somewhere during my studies, regarding whether parents should use "baby talk language" when adressing their children during ther first few years, or not... and if it is useful or even harmful.. I don't know the correct english term for this if there is one, but one example would be "look, a woof-woof/wau wau" in an exaggerated high-pitched "talking to small children" voice mode instead of "look, a dog" using more or less your normal voice as when talking to your partner or grown up friends.. but, as chattius mentioned, we also use "schnipseln" over here, maybe the equivalent to "schnippeln" , and its meaning of cutting something into small pieces.. also, like in "Papierschnipsel", a very small piece of paper, usually not cut, but instead ripped/torn out of another sheet of paper.. hmm.. I also wanted to say something else, but I forgot.. Bob sorry, I also can't find it a the moment I remember a few loooong lists with all sorts of character / monster quotes for Sacred 1 as well.. If only I had made an entire forum backup before they merged/closed large bits of it.. personally, what I will miss the most, is useful info that was on the beta-test forum and the bug-DB.. but only if I let you guys start me thinking about it^^ good times.. but I get a strange feeling sometimes when I think about how many hours I spent for my hobby, back then..
  13. hehe.. I got a headache afterwards .. but that must be from the sudden change in weather, over here.. very stormy, warm days gone.. going to try out a few different builds on my WD now, finally found some more items and completed the class specific sets... edit: headache almost gone.. lets hope it stays that way
  14. gogo, you forgot to add one zero boom! that was fast^^ it was fun meeting you online today, hope I'll have some time this weekend.. double-bounty-reward event is coming this friday for the weekend too, good opportunity to collect a decent amount of crafting mats, in case you're missing some.. (I always do, usually^^ still have lots of legs to break down and make some room in the chest again)
  15. I think Dmol sinclws and Spunky also run HC frequently.. Dobster,Llama the rest and me, kinda like SC only.. not sure what HC is like these days in D3, just remember that there were tons of reports about lags etc when D3 started, and under certain conditions some skills/items still do lag or cause rubber banding I'm sure.. at least I still notice that in SC now so I never bothered trying out HC..
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