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  • unmanneddrone 4:34 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo That’s true. I don’t think there’s much in the way of Dark Souls-esque combat intensity on PC that I could recommend at this point, at least not without deviating from the ballpark.

    However, every bloke and his dog should check out Mount & Blade. Being able to survive a cavalry charge, dismount a rider and, if the initial attack didn’t do it, take them apart as they stagger up. Simply getting more than a single kill before being taken out is an achievement. It’s probably the variety and chaos of M&B that works so well. Online is just too much fun…I found WF&S to be quite good, although the established Warband is hard to beat.

    Certainly looking forward to Fatshark’s War of the Roses to see what direction they take large scale multiplayer combat. Should be wild fun, and pretty to boot.

    I dunno, Beige…I’m being a bit of a hardsell at the moment, but just for kicks, nab the Space Marine demo and put it on hard. The non-jumppack section of the demo is a nice little romp, with a killer end sequence that’ll challenge quite nicely. Crowd control has never felt so savage. As simplistic as it may seem to the casual observer, there’s a real art to balancing ranged and melee, as well as mob awareness.

    EDIT: And here we go, fellows. Syndicate announce trailer. Asked Pete what he thought, with the response:

    Interesting. They might get it right yet. We’ll see. Just hope there’s not too much generic shooter action.

    If anything, the Skrillex tune is pumping. I’m intrigued…and, while it might paint me as a troglodyte, this appears to be what I was looking for in Human Revolution. But early days.

     
  • bowlisimo 2:48 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink
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    I approve of UMD’s message, but I don’t think the difficulty is quite the same. Mount & Blade can be tough, especially if you wade into a battle thinking you’re Kratos and it’s over when one dude swings an axe at you, but it’s not really the same kind of difficulty that Dark Souls provides. I’d say there’s less skill to be gained, less of a “I just fucking BEAT THAT” reward, and you have an army at your command so the pressure is off. The goals are less defined as well.

    Still an awesome game, especially for the sheer spectacle of the melee, cavalry on cavalry charges, sieges and what not. Nothing quite as satisfying as decking a fully armored knight off his horse with a couched lance and watching him slump off the back and hit the ground like a sack of dirt.

     
  • unmanneddrone 1:02 am on September 29, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige I think, between now and then, @bowlisimo would back me up in saying you really should hit up Mount & Blade, given your desire for Dark Souls. Life comes just as cheaply in Warband, or a patched-up Fire and Sword. Dare I say it, I think you’d even enjoy the massive online battles.

    As stated prior, there are few things more rewarding that cleaving an armoured knight from his warhorse with a deftly-swung polearm. There’s a real art to Mount & Blade combat…Bowley will attest to that.

    EDIT: And Tiny Tower was a grating experience within half an hour. It had all the trappings of busy work disguised as gameplay. I’ve played enough browser-based space empire builders to know a yawn-fest when I see one. I know Pete dug it, but when you put something like Mega Mall Story or Yoot Tower next to Tiny Tower, the reverberating sound of an empty 44-gallon drum is easy to pinpoint.

    Also, you’ve probably already seen them, but I highly recommend the following things to watch:

    In order, a fascinating look at cinema through the lens of psychoanalysis. A Cold War reimagining of Moby Dick. A pre-HAL atomic tale of objective human geopolitical interplay and surgical rationale.

     
  • unmanneddrone 11:46 pm on May 21, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Actually, you’d be surprised! I reckon it stands up remarkably well. One of my favourite forgotten gems. In addendum, the Hammerhead and ISSAPC are two of my most cherished sci-fi ship designs. I do wish we had more military sci-fi dramas…BSG doesn’t really count for me…Space: Above & Beyond remains the only real show of its kind. A straight-laced Heinlein-lite for fans of the hostile space concept. Also, Chigs. I mean, as far as sci-fi enemies in TV shows go, they’ve never been topped!

    EDIT: Oh, and I took Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword online last night, having never done so with the franchise…and damn, it’s totally awesome! Utterly chaotic, but there’s something to be said for pole-arming a Hussar from his mount as he tries to lance me at full gallop. It’s come a long way with the new patches, too. Might be a chance to jump in if you need a break from the Indian Wars.

     
  • bowlisimo 4:08 pm on May 19, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Mount & Blade, papercraft, ,   

    @shingro @redswirl I put together the papercraft Geralt (harder than it looks), installed The Witcher (1) to start the second playthrough, aaaaand played Mount & Blade 1755 all night instead. High five?

    @impynickers Yeah, the Witcher 2 is giving me the same “my rig might not run this shit well” feeling that I haven’t had for a long time. I knew it would happen this year, just not so soon.

     
  • bowlisimo 4:06 am on May 9, 2011 Permalink
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    To round out my late night spam, I whipped up a quick video today to test out the steam/youtube functionality and to show you guys why Mount & Blade is badass.

    This is a short battle from the 1755 mod I mentioned before.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/cjb01005?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/CltkFPu9h3A

    Click if you like tricorne hats.

     
  • unmanneddrone 11:41 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige @bowlisimo Terrific! We’ll have to have a little Squad FS round-robin if you’re up for it. And, we can showcase the matches once we’re done. Watch out for @angryjedi though. The man might be big on Space Channel 5 and Phoenix Wright, but he’s a ruthless, unrepentant killer.

    Bowley, I know what you mean about M&B:WF&S…it’s a bit buggy. Still, I’m having fun with my little band of gunners and pikemen. The experience bug hit me, but meh, I’m just trawling around fighting bandits to get a feel for mounted flintlock effectiveness.

     
  • bowlisimo 4:05 pm on May 5, 2011 Permalink
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    For anyone interested in M&B: With Fire & Sword, I’d say skip it and stick with Warband. It’s a little too rough right now (rougher than usual). Seriously, it needs a lot of work. I started to realize this the first time I went to reload my matchlock and the ramrod was invisible. There are some good ideas in there, like wagon forts, but it’s pretty bland over all, especially the map, which is really flat. I get a kick out of the guns, but they feel thrown together. Somehow they managed to make it even harder to get money, too. Let it sit and soak up some patches and mod support to make it more interesting, if you care at all. I’ll probably give it some more time and try the storyline, but I think I’d rather just try THIS.

    @unmanneddrone Tempting. Anyone want to split the cost? After that 30% it’s basically 10 dollars per copy.

     
  • unmanneddrone 3:32 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Call of Juarez, , Mount & Blade, , ,   

    @Shingro Maybe a suffix or prefix should be investigated. I politely bark shotgun on the prefix “grizzled”, only because it does wonders for my self-esteem.

    @beige Oh, and rolling back a few posts, indeed – Call of Juarez. Great series by an even greater studio. Real do-anything Poles. Xpand Rally/Nail’d racing games to Euro-Westerns, flawed but endearing sci-fi FPS games in the Chrome series, to slightly overambitious sniper titles. One thing’s for sure, The Cartel looks like Techland are having a lot of fun making it. Count me in and colour me intrigued.

    AND, to nobody in particular, do mark in your calendars that Section 8: Prejudice comes out today…or, more likely, tomorrow due to NA time. Space Marine Skydiving. No tandem. Cheap fu is really kicking derrière this year. 15 dollars for Prejudice, for the new Mount & Blade, for Sanctum (which I hope to gush about after a few more co-op sessions)…lots of good stuff.

    Looking forward to Prejudice especially.

     
  • unmanneddrone 3:04 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink
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    @beige The only thing I can think of to counter such woe is…

    …another Mortal Kombat evening with friends, beer and a whole lot of cathartic swearbear antics. I do know how you feel, though. Let’s hope your newly elected Reichsmen don’t last as long as Howard or Thatcher did, although they’re both utterly fascinating political animals in their own right. Then again, any conservative politician – with the except of a few – seems to fit some sort of beguiling, ruthless political animal mould that makes for great retrospective study. You plucky Canucks will endure. At what cost, we won’t know for sure, but you will endure!

    Oh, and Mount & Blade: With Fire and Sword is out for D2D, very soon for Steam. Just came off a few rounds of Homefront (amazingly, there’s a solid contingent of Japanese FPS PC enigmas absolutely carving up with this one in multiplayer…but they’ve been quietly blowing away the stereotype that “Japanese folks don’t play FPS games” for a while now, from my anecdotal investigations at least) and installed F&S.

    Rode from Smolensk to Krakov doing the first delivery for a Lord…ran into some brigands in the hills…took their faces off with my flintlock from horseback. @beige, if there was a pick-me-up for the politically disaffected and disenfranchised, it’s this.

     
  • RedSwirl 4:10 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink
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    @bowlisimo Winged Hussars motherfucker.

    …and now comes my opportunity to finally introduce you guys to one of my favorite blogs: http://www.badassoftheweek.com/hussars.html

     
  • bowlisimo 2:46 am on April 29, 2011 Permalink
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    Said it before, but I wholeheartedly endorse Mount & Blade. It looks like a 10 year old game, but It’ll surprise the shit out of you if you give it a chance. Stoked as hell to run around that game in a historical context this time, with early era firearms. It aint easy to muzzleload with a horde of pike wielding dudes in your face.

     
  • RedSwirl 6:45 pm on April 28, 2011 Permalink
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    Okay How About: Mount & Blade? For today only I think the base game is on sale on Steam for $4. The expansion pack is $6.

    From what I heard and what I saw in the demo (also there on Steam), this is a medieval mercenary sim. You raise armies, take on missions from various kings and lords, and engage in real time strategy battles for profit.

    I’ve read blogs on this game – people telling their stories of gain and loss in campaigns that read out like the Berserk anime from the point of view of Griffith.

     
  • unmanneddrone 3:00 am on April 27, 2011 Permalink
    Tags: Mount & Blade,   

    @Shingro It’s a twisted tale. The only thing I can think of to lend credence to Sony’s press release is simply the backlash the company would receive if there was a spate of user/subscriber credit card fraud and identity theft, thus they’d be all over an announcement if they knew how deep the incursion ran at the time. It really is playing with fire to withhold…but you never know.

    Anyway, we’ll see. It’s just a sad time for everything to go pear-shaped. People should be revelling in console Steam-related fun, not sitting there staring at maintenance pop-ups and apologetic emails.

    @bowlisimo Brother, M&B: With Fire & Sword…you looking at getting into this one? I admittedly never picked up Warband, but the original was indeed a hallmark. A very interesting time period to wander about in, to be sure with F&S. Definitely Squad/Cheap-Fu material for anyone else interested, given it’s fifteen buck thereabouts price tag.

     
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