TBoD Extra Points – 1 – Favourite RPG

Hey baggers,

TBoD is back with a vengeance, we’re bringing you more content than ever before and we don’t plan on stopping. Here’s the first glimpse of one of our new ideas TBoD exp. Quim and eremenko will be rapping on single topics in smaller bite-sized chunks.

You can check out the video version of this cast over on our YouTube channel or click below to listen now.

TBoD – Extra Points 1 – Favourite RPG <— right click and hit ‘save link as’ to download.

 

It’s good to be back

eremenko

TBoD Podcast – Episode 3 – Massive Weapons

Here we are again for Episode 3 of our still rather new podcast.

This time round we take on a listener question: – Would we make the switch from console gaming to PC permanently?

We also go in-depth on The Elder Scrolls Online, particularly what was shown in Sjin’s video preview of the game. Part #1 can be found here and once you are done there click here for Part #2

Our guest host Crinbot brings his knowledge on World of Warcraft to the table, we compare how Elder Scrolls shapes up against this aging and as yet unbeaten Goliath of an MMO.

So sit down, have a Um Bongo, just chill out and we all hope you enjoy this installment.

Teabag Or Die – Episode 3 – Massive Weapons

Pawn to raise Hell

Hi folks,

If you’ve read Dossers latest post then you’ll probably be asking yourself “what has elth been doing whilst dosser was splattering heads all over the shop in Max Payne?”. Well with my Spartan teammate otherwise occupied and the Woaf temporarily out of action I’ve been making the most of my free time exploring Gransys in Dragons Dogma.

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I know what your thinking I can totally see Japanese rpgs are a bit of an enigma at times, I do love the traditional turn based, story driven, visceral experience you get from a final fantasy, Dragon quest or Tales of .. game, whilst I equally understand peoples frustration at the slow pace such titles can take at times. This game should not be confused with any of those titles though. With DD Capcom targeting a market that has been swamped with western offerings of late the Japanese giants have the likes of Bioware, EA and Bethesda firmly in thier sights with this offering.

So how does this adventure of a hero and his/her pawns stack up against the western giants? Well it doesn’t have the fully immersive world of Skyrim nor does it have the epic story of Dragon Age, the visuals are not quite as vibrant and exciting as Kingdoms of Amalur but what it does have is pawns.

One of the really impressive features of Capcoms very own western world style of rpg (W-rpg?) is the character creation system.

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Here are four good examples of what the system allows you to do. What it doesn’t show is the level of detail you can go into (Capcom even used the the same system to create all the additional characters) allowing you to make anything from a tiny stooping, shriveled sourcerer to a bulky, behemoth, bruiser, creating a character that’s as hilarious as another is imposing or anything inbetween, its delight to use. Then you get to do it all over again for your own custom companion (pawn).

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An a-typical ranger and his ramshackle gang of pawns.

Now we have our hero and a loyal supporter game on right? Not quite you also get to hire in two further pawns created by other players all over the world. This method of team building is at the heart of this journey and you will find yourself becoming increasingly attached to your artificial allies, resulting in grave disappointment when your pawn returns with a negative review from another hero in another realm.

The right combination of pawns can really make or break any journey and as you level yourself and your trusty pawn you’ll find that the others you are hiring become more useful and effective, even offering handy tidbits of information for the quest you are trying to complete, but the main job of a pawn is combat and lucky for you they can prove pretty capable under pressure.

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Battle in Dragon’s Dogma can be tough at times but work with your pawns and you can vanquish even the most powerful enemies. Shadow of the Colossus proved that there is little more satisfying (out of Mjolnir armour) than felling a beast more than ten times your size and this proves equally true here. Scrambling up the back and onto the head of a fearsome beast and unleasing a series of strikes to the head or face before leaping and rolling out of the way before it crashes to the ground is made all the more fun when a beast is being set ablaze by a mage or peppered with arrows from the bow of a ranger.

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Story never really seems to be the focus of this game the world is driven far more by the beasts that inhabit the plains, woods, valleys and dungeons outside the walls of Gran Soren, the bustling capital city at the heart of Gransys.
The creatures on show look great but also move and act intelligently meaning even repeat encounters don’t feel like a chore, you can never tell what a wild animal will do.

There are issues with the game of course, in particular the constant desire of the pawns to describe anything and everything you come across “look master a bridge”, “watch out, dragon!”,
“does this chainmail make my bum look big?”.
It gets pretty annoying at times and it isn’t helped by the utterly appalling voice acting which is standard practice for any translated video game now.
The graphics are decent but not beautiful, the animations aren’t slick more Resident Evil than Bayonetta.
But if you like a chunky combat system like those found in Dark Souls or Monster Hunter and want your rpgs to be more about adventuring than politics this game is a must play.

But remember kids a pawn is for life, not just for Christmas.

Elth.

The Pillar of Autumn congestion

So here we are once more at what is undoubtedly the busiest time of year for gamers which is both exciting and depressing at the same time. So to help you all out we decided to do a quick round up of all the games we are going to be playing in the build up to the festive period.

Ico and Shadow of the Colosus Hd 3d– I may be late to this party but don’t underestimate my excitement I loved both of these games first time around and can’t wait to see this new, even more beautiful edition.

Uncharted 3 Drakes deception– Yup Drake’s back and since his last two outings were probably the best games on the ps3 and possibly the best looking console games of all time I’m literally drooling at the prospect of returning to the tomb raider inspired shooter with a side order of puzzles in all of its 3d glory.

Battlefield 3
We played the beta and are hitting the main game right now and despite the frustration of dying every couple of minutes its destructable enviros, vehicle combat and massive maps have you respawning back for more and more …. and more.

Skyrim-
Nuff said really. Seriously though oblivion was easily the best rpg of this generation and skyrims new engine promises much and I (elth) feel confident that bethesda won’t let us down and that we will be immersed in a world of snow yetis, swords, bows, magic and dragons for a long while and we might be able to finally wash the foul taste out of our mouths which was left by the frankly appaling dragon age 2.