Anyone who’s played XCOM 2 will know that a strong start is integral to making it to the end of a campaign run. Mess up on an early mission and you’ll feel the effects reverberate through the rest of your game, limiting your options later on as the odds stack up against you. I get off to the worst possible start. In the first mission we’re sent out to a slum district in South Africa. Operation Hot Hymn requires us to extract a VIP safely from the area. In XCOM 2 your squad often begins a mission in stealthy concealment until you engage an enemy force, so that you can set up ambushes. In this mission, though, there’s an automated watchtower keeping tabs on the route to our target. If the team is to successfully sneak through we need to hack the tower and take out its electric eyes. T-bone steps up. … [Read more...] about How to make friends and alienate people in XCOM 2 – except with aliens instead of friends or people
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HitFix’s Daniel Fienberg tweeted, “The proof will be in the Ep.7 or Ep.9 or E.11 of it, but FOX’s #Gotham is a really solid, well-made pilot. It’s well-cast, top-to-bottom, and the production values play higher in context than they have in the trailers. I can’t shake the feeling that there are a lot of unfulfillable promises in #Gotham. But… good pilot.” … [Read more...] about Gotham Premiere Episode: First Early Reviews Are Positive
Yes, it kind of is a utopia. Or at least, it’s optimistic. I was very inspired by Robert Yang’s call to action on RPS a few months ago, actually. Personally I’m too pessimistic to expect a perfect world – and so while this is a world that actually is sane and will survive, it’s not like it won’t have problems. With the title “Among Ripples” we wanted to communicate the cause and effect present when it comes to ecology. Every decision ripples outwards: “the mess was yours, and you’re in it”. That’s what I meant with 90’s Star Trek, by the way – look at the complications in series such as Deep Space Nine, and you’ll see that even a federation can go astray. So yes, we want conflicts and struggles to persist. In fact, I believe humans can’t be without them. … [Read more...] about Among Ripples’ creative director on crayfish, capitalism, and 90s Star Trek
James Davenport: I'm not sure! I like myself, though my psychic defense specs are fairly low. Anxiety and depression mar an otherwise well-rounded build. All of my dialogue choices are blank spaces or bad jokes. I suppose I'd spend my music points on different abilities. 10 years of playing the tuba gave me an invaluable appreciation for music, but my dreams of playing in a garage band are consistently dashed when I try to learn another instrument. If anything, I'm sitting on an unused pile of points that I'm too anxious to put towards any new skill. Do I drop them into fiction writing or programming? Permaculture? Van-to-home conversion skills? Animal husbandry? Radical climate activism attributes? … [Read more...] about If you could respec in real life, how would you reassign your skill points?
Beginning next season, which is said to be the Season of the Worthy, players will be able to change their armor's elemental affinity to any other element for just one Upgrade Module. However, "if your armor is already upgraded to a higher energy level, the cost will be the total upgrade materials necessary to reach that energy value plus one Upgrade Module." Bungie's wording here is a bit odd - as usual - but it sounds like you'll also need to upgrade your armor's energy level once to change its affinity, which would add a few Enhancement materials to the cost. That's still a bargain for the flexibility this change will offer. … [Read more...] about Destiny 2 is getting universal seasonal mod slots and the option to change armor affinity