Holy new computer Batman!

Computer Troubles

So, with all the computer explosions and other shenanigans, I have been taken out of action recently.

All fixed!

I have an entirely new computer for myself and my wife now has my old pc with a bunch of upgraded parts.  I built them up, installed all relevant software and they are now working perfectly.

Gaming Troubles

  • League of Legends

I am currently on a massive losing streak in League of Legends at the moment.  I keep getting lumped with horrible team-mates that think they are awesome when in fact they are actually pretty bad.

I have been playing a fair bit of Sion, the stun with such a short cooldown is just too good if you have a good team, it is also helpful for ganking squishies like Ashe/Teemo/Miss Fortune.  I mainly play him as AD/Crit Chance which is so much fun.  Going a full AP build is not as much fun but it is a sight to kill an Ashe with just my rotation of stun and explosion in about 1 second flat.

  • Rift

This game is a disappointment.

I know it is still in beta and there is still a lot of work to be done but for crying out loud, how hard is it to create smooth gameplay?  There are so many bugs but that is another story.

When I am playing my ranger, I use a few different shots, none of them seem to have an animation because the combat is so broken that it just doesn’t play most of the time.

It is so incredibly easy, I have never felt that a quest is hard or that any of the rifts pose any great danger.  Sure, I have died a few times but that was because I was stupid or something spawned on top of me while I was fighting something else (another horribly annoying thing).

The rifts are meant to provide ‘dynamic content’ but in actual fact can be quite annoying.  It is just a dps e-peen showoff to see who can top the kill list for the rift and get the better loot.  While this helps promote people actually fighting in the open rifts, it just seems like a shallow excuse for dynamic content in my opinion.  Im not sure if it can be called dynamic when the same rift opens in the exact same spot 4 times in an hour session.

One of the saving graces for this game is the character classes.  I do like being able to have a lot of customization in how I play my character.  Currently I am a ranger/bard, with bard leveled up to the first major buff that you can get and ranger for the rest.  Also the character models are pretty sweet, except the dwarf models, they just look weird.

The main thing that breaks this game for me is that i have played this game before.  Everything in this game has been done in other games in some form or another, there is nothing new here and most of the old stuff seems broken anyway.  The whole time I am playing this game all I can think of is that I could be having just as much fun playing World of Warcraft or LOTRO and having a much smoother and much much more polished experience.

Time will tell if this game gets any better by its release but I don’t have my hopes up.  I think the designers are deluding themselves if they think that what they have in their rifts system is ‘dynamic content’.

  • Grand Theft Auto IV

Man this game is good IF you play it on the PS3 or Xbox.  The PC version of the game plays fine on my new computer but it ran like a fly in molasses on my old computer.  It is so demanding on resources even after the patch that was supposed to fix all these issues, it did fix a lot of things, just not enough.

The multiplayer while tremendous fun if just broken, why can’t I just have an old fashioned server browser rather than this stupid crap where I have to open up my phone to play some multiplayer action?  Not to mention using GFWL is just plain stupid, that program is more broken than the remote control helicopter that I got for christmas and then flew into the ground at high speed.  It is simply broken.

  • Starcraft 2

I love this game, boy do I suck at it though.  I played a few multiplayer matches the other day and just got owned.  I think I will stick to watching gameplay videos on YouTube.

  • Darksiders

One of the worst ports to PC I have ever played, if you don’t have an xbox control for your PC don’t buy this.  If you have an Xbox or a PS3, buy it on that.  Simple.

  • Monday Night Combat

I have a lot of love for this game.  The server browser is broken though.  How hard is it to get a server browser that works?  Considering that this game is primarily multiplayer, having a working server browser would probably help.

  • Magicka

This game is great, I really enjoy it.  However.  The game’s release date was pushed back for the retail version of the game, though it was still released on steam.  Big mistake.  I played this a few hours after it released and it was so broken you could not get past the second room of the tutorial.  All the text was screwed up along with countless other bugs.  They patched all of this quite quickly and it all works fine now.  They really should have just delayed the steam launch as well.

Anyway, that is enough rambling for today.

-Sighfigh

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Adventures of a baby troll

I have recently started up a baby troll hunter in Wow.  I never liked mana as a resource for the hunter class in the past.  I leveled a hunter to around level 63 in the past, but just got annoyed at changing aspects all the time.

I am now level 5 which happened quite fast since I have the heirloom chest and shoulders but I do take issue with a few small things.

Now that hunters start with a pet and also use focus instead of mana, I charged through the opening quests like a hot knife through butter, quicker even.  Not only can I not control the pet till I reach level 10 (the pet bar is not visable/usable) but I simply don’t need him.  Most of the mobs that I have encountered die before my pet even reaches them.

I know that Blizzard are trying to make the game more streamlined and easier to pick up for the newer players but I think they are holding new players hands just a little too much.  It is widely known that you can get from level 1 to level 80 in a fairly short time span especially since the inclusion of heirloom items.  If they go through all the old world content on this current easy mode setting and then attempt to do a heroic dungeon once they hit 80, I would imagine it would be quite a shock.  Even though most of the heroics are quite easy now since most of them have been nerfed, it is still a vast difference from solo quest grinding.  Perhaps this is why I struggle to find decent groups with my level 80 shaman.

Another thing that was slightly annoying was how much running I had to do in just the first 5 levels.  The current starting area for Orcs and Trolls is simply huge.  I think I spent more time running back and forth than I did actutally doing anything.  I know that the trolls are getting a new starting area in the Echo Isles in the expansion but I hope that they will be re-making the Orc starting area.

All in all, I am enjoying the new patch.  I only wish the expansion could get here quicker.

-Sighfigh

A new beginning…

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Sighfigh and I have been playing games for about 20 years.

I enjoy writing and tend to be quite opinionated when it comes to games.  I have a tendancy to express my feelings to my friends and co-workers much to their disdain at times.  It is for these reasons that I have decided to start my own blog, here, I can voice my opinions and people can read them at their pleasure.

I don’t have any specific plan for this blog other than to write about the games that I am currently playing.

Feel free to check in on this blog from time to time, you might actually enjoy what you read.

-Sighfigh