Revisit Diablo 3

最近在寻觅能和xw合作玩的PS4游戏的过程中想到了Diablo 3,于是买了个PS4版来玩,意外的发现比当年好玩了不少。

玩过D3的应该都知道这游戏刚发售的时候恶评如潮。原版和资料片Reaper of Souls我们都是第一时间开始玩的,感觉都是想法很好但是完成度不高,尤其是原版的end game的内容和可玩性远远不够。Reaper of Souls虽然加了不少东西,但大约也就是支持我们又玩了几周的样子就放下了。

PS4版相比PC版其实很不错,一方面可以两人坐在沙发上同屏玩,比分别在各自的电脑上玩合作感要更强一些;另一方面在电视上玩视觉效果也很赞。操控方面用手柄有一点限制比如不能很准确的点到某个怪上,但其实总体来说问题不大,毕竟这是个PVE的游戏并不需要那么精确的操控。可以右摇杆滚翻多了那么一点点动作游戏的感觉。麻烦的一点是每个人看装备和技能的时候另一个人就只能等着了,不过也还好。。

现在一上来就可以选比较高的难度,对老玩家友好很多,通一遍剧情模式的过程中不知不觉的就升到70级。然后感觉暗金和绿装的掉率高多了,每个boss见面都会掉一件,剧情模式通关之后各种end game的内容更是随便发暗金,才打了几周我们每人就凑出了几套绿装和上百件暗金。记得D3取消拍卖所之后凭自己刷要凑齐绿装感觉像天方夜谭似的难。。另外现在的暗金和绿装的功能丰富有趣了很多,一两件特殊装备的功能组合就可以支持起一个打法,后期的打法更是靠多套绿装和暗金之间的功能组合来实现。自己能迅速的获得很多这些带有特殊功能的装备,使得游戏的乐趣在于组合这些装备和技能来尝试新的build,而不是主要在玩数值。

这次我玩的是Demon Hunter。到现在为止基本凑齐了Natalya, Shadow Mantle和Marauder这三个职业套装。Shadow Mantle作为一个要求拿近战武器的套装很好玩,配合30倍Fan of Knives伤害的小刀在T7可以刀扇清场,在T10也还可以用400倍伤害的单发小刀一下一下的秒人。Marauder套装召所有宠物之后配上每个宠物减伤9%的腰带以后就不怕挨打了,然后每个炮塔伤害加800%再加上能额外放两个炮台的箭筒和多放一个炮台的被动技能,整体build就算成型了。我感觉Marauder这个build可以一直打到Torment XIII。。

Finished Fire Emblem Fates

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Started with the Conquest (Black) version, casual mode, normal difficulty. Breezed through and enjoyed it a lot. I like this game much better than the last one (Awakening), which I didn’t finish. The battle system especially the paring system is much more enjoyable. And you are not required to fight those annoying grinding missions, you can stick to the story missions if you like. I really like the traditional SLG style that you work with limited missions and enemies and try to maximize and balance experiences you can gain. Grinding in a SLG game seems off the point to me. I’m glad Fates fixed this part.

After Conquest I played Birthright a little bit, classic mode, lunatic difficulty. Soon realized this basically becomes a chess game and needs lots and lots of retries to figure out a feasible solution. Sometimes it can be extremely challenging and requires lots of defensive maneuver. A mission that takes 5 turns in normal can easily take 30 turns in lunatic, and classic mode means no mid-battle save. After finishing 6 missions, I’m facing the dilemma of either continue to only play the story missions to torture myself, or grind… I chose to give up that game and let Wen play Birthright..

So I bought the DLC Revelation because it reveals the “true story” and finished it now at hard difficulty and casual mode. It was very enjoyable too. Note this is a DLC that recommends to be played after you play both sides of stories, or if you don’t want to play those anymore, because apparently the “true story” made the original stories from both sides sound silly. It’s the same length as either Birthright or Conquest. The difficulty is tuned to be similar. I still stick to story missions although there are grinding options. Level design turned out to be very satisfying.

Wen played Birthright in a very different way than me.. She did grinding missions hard and was more interested in the marriage and child system in the game. I felt she was playing a breeding game…

Recommend to anyone who wants a good Japanese SLG. It has been a long time since I’ve seen a good one.

一拳超人

似乎每年都会找一个少年漫画/动画来看一下。今年看的便是一拳超人了。短短12集讲述了一个主角一出场就天下无敌的故事,有点没头没尾,但只要战斗打得爽就好。值得一看。

上个月为了街霸5和黑暗之魂3入了PS4。卖家附赠了个Black Ops 3于是就顺便玩一下战役模式,结果烂的简直让人要吐,bug又多还毫无新意,我都没玩完就决定卖掉了。

黑魂3开了个头过了一个boss以后意识到这游戏不仅动作难还要背版,而现在这种一周五天三四天晚上有电话会议的状态让我觉得很难commit开始玩这么high demand的一个游戏,于是反而是玩街霸5多一点。

买了一个Mad Catz的摇杆感觉很不错,比当年在鼓楼买的那种100块钱的摇杆好用太多。SF5虽然没有Arcade模式但是可以training可以网战,我觉得还可以了。玩了这几天不禁有点怀念当年读研的时候周末一堆人背着摇杆来我宿舍聚会玩格斗游戏的日子。那会儿有的晚上屋里人多得都坐不下,就开着宿舍门把椅子摆到门口,小小一间屋子里三台电视在战各种格斗游戏。我当时的宿舍还正对着楼梯口,时常引得上楼的群众驻足围观。当年玩得最多的先是KOF 97后是GGXX。下个月GGX Revelation PS4版就要出了。。应该去骚扰一下当年一起玩的战友们。

只能玩一次的桌游

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几周前去BGG看了眼排行榜突然看到了一个叫Pandemic Legacy的新游戏直接排到了第一名。立刻调查了一下,发现这是个“一次性桌游”,设计来就是只玩一次的,地图上城市沦陷是往上贴纸,各种秘密卡片和文件是在游戏中随着剧情发展才能打开,而人物死掉的话直接把人物卡撕掉。虽然调查了半天我都没搞清楚这个游戏到底能玩多久,但还是果断入手了毕竟也就50$而已。然后我和xw花了两个周末通关,总共大约玩了20多小时吧。第一天上手连续玩了10小时,确实很好玩。

这游戏第一盘很像经典合作游戏Pandemic(瘟疫危机),但随着剧情发展很快就会变得不一样。整个游戏玩下来要玩12~24盘,每盘视熟练程度和讨论的热烈程度耗时应该在40分钟到2小时不等。对于这游戏的机制和设计什么的也没法太多评论,因为会剧透。。个人感觉做得很不错。中间开各种隐藏要素的感觉非常紧张刺激。

建议不要考虑重复利用一套游戏的可能性。一方面游戏设计的玩法就很难让你重复利用那些配件;另一方面这游戏的一大吸引在于那些隐藏要素,被剧透了就没悬念了,同理玩过了一遍之后短期内也不太会有动力回去重玩。

这游戏支持2~4人,找人开局的话建议找到比较稳定的一组人。每盘游戏增减玩家是可以的,但代入感会少一些。一直固定的同伴玩下来的感觉真有点像美剧。另外,两个人操作三个角色这种玩法不推荐。。会很乱。而且加一个角色个人感觉会让游戏更难而不是更容易。

最后,这游戏的规则还是相当复杂的。。有些地方很tricky,偶尔也有看起来设计得不那么合理的地方。我们中间有一些盘玩错了两个挺重要的规则。但这游戏也没有回头路,错了也就错了。。强烈建议参考BGG上这篇分段防剧透的FAQ

 

Caverna: The Cave Farmers

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Just realized I haven’t blogged about “Caverna: The Cave Farmers” yet, the  heaviest board game I’ve bought so far, literally. By Amazon it weights 7.8 pounds. It took me more than 20 minutes just to punch out all the tokens.

Caverna is basically an “Agricola 2.0”. If you’ve played Agricola before, you can easily find lots of similarities in Caverna. Fixed number of rounds, sowing vegetables and harvesting crops, feeding animals and turning your farm to a zoo, and of course, feeding your family and struggling on the line of starving. Hence, it’s pretty easy for Agricola players to learn Caverna despite the length of the rule book.

But after a few plays I noticed there were some obvious differences between Caverna and Agricola, which actually made a veteran Agricola player like me feel weird. It was not until almost 10 games that I started getting the hang of it.

The first impression of Caverna was everything goes faster, twice faster. In Agricola the game gets more and more going on later in the game, the Caverna the “game accelerating trajectory” is even more dramatic. For example, Slash and Burn (build a field and sow) is an end-game “power move” in Agricola, but in Caverna it’s available from the beginning. In Caverna, a high-level dwarf doing a 4-loot expedition feels like he can single-handedly turn the farm over in one day, which gives you an exciting feeling that is rarely found in Agricola. On this point, I like Caverna better.

Another great part of Caverna is it increased the strategy diversity. In Agricola almost every game and everyone aims for the same main route: building rooms and adding family members. The strategy variety in Agricola greatly depends on the career/development cards. In Caverna because of the introduction of Expedition and the general increase of action capabilities, the value of an action can be much more dramatically different, so a smaller family size is not necessarily a huge disadvantage, in some cases it could even be an advantage (your higher-level dwarf can act earlier). Scoring changes for family members also reduced the importance of having more family members. Considering a few other scoring and rule changes, I feel Caverna really enables more feasible strategies in the base framework of the game, instead of relying on a huge set of random cards.

Using a fixed set of Furnishing Tiles to replace career/development cards is a bold design. Agricola’s great replayability mainly comes from the random cards, which is a double-edge sword. A strong hand or just one or two combos can sometimes give a player unfair advantages in a game; and new players usually cannot figure out their cards well that either slow down the game or make their winning chance very dim. Therefore I definitely welcome a try for a more transparent and balanced mechanism to provide similar replayability. So far I have mixed feelings about Caverna’s Furnishing Tiles. They’re public information so when a new player is confused you can easily explain. However they don’t seem to be very well balanced as far as I can see. There are obviously strong tiles and almost useless ones. Maybe I haven’t experimented enough strategies to see more usefulness from some cards. Anyway it’s still better to have all Furnishing Tiles in a public market so any player can buy, so the imbalance introduced by drawing is eliminated.

Overall I recommend this game to people who like Agricola and would like to experience something similar and new. Have the expectation that you might be confused for a few games and won’t immediately enjoy it even if you know Agricola well. It’s a real v2.0, not a v1.1.