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@  Bass X0 : (09 July 2020 - 05:05 PM)

Bass_X0 will return after these messages ^^^

@  TheMightyMol... : (09 July 2020 - 03:37 PM)

WHATAMIFIGHTINGFOOOOOOOOARRGH

@  -LittleAutob... : (09 July 2020 - 02:06 PM)

Okay?

@  Otaku : (09 July 2020 - 07:47 AM)

@TheMightyMollusk Ah, but the series itself has pronounced "Bass" both ways. ;)  Oh, 90s English Capcom video game voice acting...

@  Maximus Ambus : (09 July 2020 - 03:14 AM)

Looking at my Titan Returns collection I can see they realised they didn't have to paint the Titan Masters after wave one, lazy bums.

@  Maruten : (08 July 2020 - 09:13 PM)

No, I'm going with "fish".

@  TheMightyMol... : (08 July 2020 - 04:19 PM)

He stated that it's in reference to the Mega Man character, so it follows the series' tradition of music names.

@  Cybersnark : (08 July 2020 - 03:59 PM)

The real question is if it's "bass" as in music or "bass" as in the fish.

@  Otaku : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Well, at least now I know how to pronounce @Bass X0 's screen name. ^^'  Rather, I think I'd just forgotten.  In my defense, it really does look like an emoticon or maybe just "decoration", which is what a lot of folks add to their screen names online.  Usually because someone has the name they really want. XD

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 01:27 PM)

Extremely unimpressed with your idea that someone making a negative observation you don't like means they "got triggered."

@  NotVeryKnightly : (08 July 2020 - 11:16 AM)

You know somebody asked "And this would be in relation to... what exactly?"

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 11:15 AM)

Its because someone got triggered over my random musings instead of just ignoring them. If I read one of your comments that is of no relevance or interest to me, I don't feel the need to say so.

@  -LittleAutob... : (08 July 2020 - 10:56 AM)

All this over someone's username lol

@  ▲ndrusi : (08 July 2020 - 08:34 AM)

Bazro.

@  Tm_Silverclaw : (08 July 2020 - 06:34 AM)

It could be Bass 10-0

@  Nevermore : (08 July 2020 - 06:11 AM)

How do you pronounce yourself? "Bass Ex-O" or "Bass Ex-Zero"?

@  Bass X0 : (08 July 2020 - 03:23 AM)

I did almost go with Vile Bass X0, because Vile is cool too.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (07 July 2020 - 08:34 PM)

Bossk Saw

@  ▲ndrusi : (07 July 2020 - 04:16 PM)

Bass XD

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 03:43 PM)

And its not Bass XO, its Bass X0, as in Bass, X and Zero from the Mega Man series.

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:33 PM)

@Trpodeca :( :(

@  -LittleAutob... : (07 July 2020 - 02:32 PM)

Thats what a gray rock is? Then I'm not one.

@  Trpodeca : (07 July 2020 - 02:12 PM)

Man I just learnt about what seemed like a really cool show, only to realize it was a dream and it dosen't really exist.

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 01:02 PM)

Just something I read that I wanted to share. I heard "gray rock" mentioned in a video, so I looked it up and that was the definition.

@  TheMightyMol... : (07 July 2020 - 12:20 PM)

It's a fancy way of saying "Ignore annoying people".

@  NotVeryKnightly : (07 July 2020 - 12:15 PM)

Bass XO has a habit of pasting random drivel here as if doing so were profound.

@  wonko the sane? : (07 July 2020 - 11:30 AM)

And this would be in relation to... what exactly?

@  Bass X0 : (07 July 2020 - 11:25 AM)

"One strategy for dealing with a narcissist or sociopath is to act like a "gray rock," meaning that you become uninteresting and unresponsive. You don't feed their needs for drama or attention. You don't show emotion, say anything interesting, or disclose any personal information"

@  Nevermore : (06 July 2020 - 07:23 PM)

Oh wow. Studio Series Offroad Bumblebee is awesome. His articulation is amazing.

@  -LittleAutob... : (06 July 2020 - 11:18 AM)

Oof-

@  Maximus Ambus : (05 July 2020 - 01:10 AM)

I got Studio Series 39 Cogman yesterday and woke up to find he'd decapitated my titans returns figures.

@  wonko the sane? : (04 July 2020 - 10:19 PM)

If I had a sarcasm powered mouth.. ooohh waaaiiittt...

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 05:01 PM)

Heh

@  Bass X0 : (04 July 2020 - 02:56 PM)

"If I had sarcasm-powered legs, I'd do a happy dance...!"

@  TheMightyMol... : (04 July 2020 - 02:39 PM)

The real clones were the friends we made along the way.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 01:47 PM)

So the Emperor in episodes 1 through 6 was a clone?

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:47 AM)

(And the 0th anniversary of the last time I couldn't do math.)

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 10:46 AM)

Today is the 24th anniversary of the day we fought off an alien invasion with the help of Will Smith.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 10:41 AM)

Oh the end of the Ottoman Empire of course.

@  -LittleAutob... : (04 July 2020 - 10:14 AM)

*ahem* 4th of July....

@  ▲ndrusi : (04 July 2020 - 08:14 AM)

Nothing of importance has happened before, and nothing of importance will happen again.

@  Maximus Ambus : (04 July 2020 - 08:12 AM)

Nothing of importance happened today.

@  Telly : (03 July 2020 - 09:54 PM)

i want a "i survived 'rona and all i got was this lousy t-shirt"

@  TheMightyMol... : (03 July 2020 - 03:42 PM)

Slogan for 2021: "I Lived, Bitch."

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

They should make the next book in the Survivors series 'I SURVIVED CORONA VIRUS 2020'

@  -LittleAutob... : (03 July 2020 - 03:23 PM)

YEEEE I'M A SURVIVOR-

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:59 AM)

Probably gonna assemble Devastator after work.

@  Nevermore : (03 July 2020 - 06:58 AM)

Ooooh. Overload arrived. He's surprisingly fun.

@  Bass X0 : (02 July 2020 - 04:00 PM)

He's sweeter than the average bear.

@  Maximus Ambus : (02 July 2020 - 03:14 PM)

Convert him to Maple Syrup.


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Posted 24 October 2019 - 07:40 PM

The TL;DR at the start: Good for what it is, even though the focus should be narrower.

 

 

So I picked up the newly released Moons of Madness game basically sight-unseen. First I knew about it, it'd popped into my Steam Homepage and described as "Sci-Fi meets Lovecraft" and it was only $20. SOLD!

 

I know what you are thinking "A fool and his money..." but I blew through the game in eight hours, and I was satisfied. Satisfied enough I'm actually thinking of another run through the game.

 

So what IS Moons of Madness? Well, it's a fairly linear walking simulator with some puzzles attached to it. And I know when you boil a game down to the term "Walking Simulator" a lot of people lose interest. Well, keep in mind Alien: Isolation would also classify itself as a Walking Simulator with some puzzles and a crafting system. Moons of Madness keeps things interesting and even incorporates a boss fight into the game so I never felt like "This is it?" That being said, I'm also a 36 year old man who is coming to the horrifying conclusion that modern, cutting edge gaming isn't geared for my aging reflexes and reaction speeds...so maybe "Walking Simulators" just appeal to me a bit.

 

So what is Moons of Madness about? It's a secret manned mission on Mars, working for a company known as the Orochi Group. Huh, that sounds familiar, but I can't place it. Anyway, you play the role of a repair tech named Shane Newhart and after a nightmare, you need to help out to get your base up to snuff as another crew in inbound (As replacements? Reinforcements? It's never specified). Things...go awry from there.

 

I don't want to spoil the story in any great detail, but I had my suspicions when I saw it was a Funcom published game. Moons of Madness is a stand alone tie-in game with Funcom's Maintenance-Mode MMO The Secret World (Now rebranded as The Secret World Legends). Thankfully, knowledge of the setting isn't required though it does get a bit infuriating for those, like me, who played TSW but not to any kind of completion thus references felt only half-understood.

 

But I feel the game itself would lend that air even if I was well versed in TSW's lore. Moons of Madness tries to be a lot over its five to eight hour run time. It tries to be a scifi take on the classic Lovecraft story "The Mountains of Madness", the most obvious reference. It tries to be a Secret World story. It tries to be a cautionary tale about science unbound by morality. It tries to be a supernatural tale. It tries. It tries.

 

It.

tries.

 

The problem is the game wants to be too many things at once. This is a game where the Necronomicon exists alongside cloning facilities and battle androids. And typing that out it sounds awesome. Again, I'm considering after writing this to dive back into a second run at the game so there's something to be said that the premise works...but it's busy. It's very, very busy. And that causes the game to suffer, tonally. That's increased by the decision to have your character comment on everything. You won't be entering a room or area in this game without Shane having something to say about it.

 

Which is fine, since let's face it...we all narrate our own experiences for the audience of ourselves and in stressful situations I can't really blame a person in the midst of it to comment on things if only to keep their own sanity. But the problem comes from Shane's insistent and nigh-hysterical "WHAT WAS THAT?!" moments combined with a tense moment of the score and the obvious visual accompaniment. The writing calls attention to itself at points where the audio and visual storytelling ought to be really driving the focus. There were a lot of times in the game where in Shane remarked upon something that I, the player, hadn't actually SEEN yet...thus the game sort of ruined its own surprises in a way.

 

 

 

Overall, Moons of Madness is a fun romp, and definitely a worthwhile look at during this Halloween season. It just didn't trust itself when it ought to, and tried to do more, storywise, then it really should have. I'm still going to play it again, though.



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Posted 25 October 2019 - 12:59 AM

(just saying that well written review. I actually checked around to see what it's about after reading it)

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Posted 25 October 2019 - 04:28 AM

It has a great Lovecraftian premise without the overt Mountains of Madness references. The game just didn't trust THAT story to carry things, and some of the plot gets downright insane for credibility's sake.

 

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