Monday, August 21, 2017

Huh. That's one of my best Play of the Games ever.

So I'm playin' Mercy, defending on Volskaya, and it's not going well.  For some insane reason I spent the first push on top of the truck at the main choke, which gave me a perfect vantage to heal dudes on both this side and that other side of the truck - and made it dead simple for a McCree to body me from the attacker's side of the choke.

We're almost-instantly shoved off point A, and we huddle up on point B.  Our DPS (3 DPS, 1 tank) constantly pushed too far forward, but spawn advantage ensured we held on okay - but our Ana was growing sick of sitting on the point while I dallied with our damage, and getting jumped by the red McCree that was repeatedly flanking us.

Our show begins just before the final straw for Ana - I zip back to the point to answer her calls, just in time to not notice where the McCree was.  He takes me out (again), and then he takes her - and now the reds are pouring on to the point.  They're taking it.

Ana switches to McCree, and I'm dashing back.  D.Va jumps, solo, on to the point to contest it - one versus five - and is almost-instantly popped out of her mech.  I can't save her, but I can use the trajectory of her mech to Guardian Angel up to the high ground overlooking the point... where I can see that goddamned red McCree chilling up on the high ground across from me.  I know what he's doing - I know he's salivating at the thought of wrecking us all with High Noon, now that there's no Defense Matrix (D.Va's mech) to stop him.

But our Bastion is down.  D.Va is down, and I want to get our only tank back up.

But that McCree's got his ult, I'm sure of it...

Fuck it, I'm goin' for it.

I saw a clip the other day where a Mercy on Numbani used Guardian Angel to fly right into an ulting McCree's face, and solo-ulted to gain the Resurrect invincibility for just long enough to block the McCree's shots from impacting her team.

Never imagined I'd do it - and it's worth noting I don't actually stop any of my team from getting hit by the High Noon (I think), but timing my ult so perfectly as to survive his High Noon, and then killing him, and then pushing my team on to a team kill?

Proud Mercy.JPG.   Got 7 votes at the card screen!

While we're on the Game Diary subject... 

Last night, I joined a game on Ilios.  My team had a Roadhog, a Lucio and three DPS, so I went Mercy. 

I popped into the game and realized I was a backfill - the reds had already claimed the point, and whoever was in my slot had bailed on the game.  Or maybe they were just AFK, turning that first team fight into a 5v6, and got kicked for inactivity.  Either way, I was heading in to a weakened position - but that's okay!  We got a Lucio, we got a Mercy and Hog can do a lot of hilarious work on Ilios's Well... 

I am almost-instantly double-teamed and killed by a Sombra and Pharah who've pushed halfway up to our spawn. 

But that's okay!  I'm with our Roadhog, now, and together we will oh God no Mei's walled me off from him - I try to run - I flee to our Widow, coming up from Spawn, but Pharah blows her into a thousand pieces and I'm deking round buildings, desperate for my health regen to kick in and I'm almost back to our spawn and oh fuck God the Sombra's on me and I'm dead.  

I switch to Tracer.  

I blitz back in, land on the point and pick their Lucio.  Then I grab McCree.  I snap up a health pack, and help my team finish off Zarya.  Their McCree is back and he High Noons, but I zip behind a column and in one smooth, sweeping spray obliterate that monstrous Sombra.  I chase McCree off the point and I'm about to finish him off... but the overtime timer runs out, and we lose the first round.  

But that's okay.  I got some good work done, there.  

I can do this.  

Died 4 times in Round 2, twice as a result of that terrifying Sombra, once as a result of pure stupidity on my part, and once as a result of pure stupidity and The Sombra - but it was seriously one of the best games of my life.  I was just nailing my shots, and we took the round.  In round 3?  I just never died. 

Gold elims, gold objective kills, gold objective time, gold damage.  Fuck yeah.  I have no idea what I'm gonna' do with the footage, but as a first guess I'd say a lot

Junkertown revealed - called it!

We're still due a new digital short this week, as I recall, but the important news of the day is that the next proper map for Overwatch has been revealed - and introduced in a weird Garry's Mod-lookin' sketch starring Junkrat and Roadhog, as they plan to either get back into the good graces of the Queen of Junkertown, or explode her.

But they also showed a lot of the map properly, and it looks really cool.  It looks like it's got a lot of tight rooms like Horizon, but also a big, tall main drag like King's Row, and I love that rotating platform thing - mobile heroes are gonna' have a lot of fun on that.

Worth noting, of course, is that Wise Chance correctly predicted that Junkertown would be a pure payload map, a'la Watchpoint Gibraltar or Route 66, via brilliant deduction - as we've already received a new hyrbid map (Eichenwald), a new king of the hill map (Oasis) and a new two capture point map (Horizon).

I'm a genius, is what it is.

BioMutant's prerendered reveal trailer.

You may have noticed a leaked magazine ad for BioMutant making the rounds the last few days:

We've heard about THQ Nordic's "post-apocalyptic kung-fu RPG" before, but the image of the one-eyed sword-wielding cat-dude is pretty compelling.  I'd love to see some gameplay of this, but until we get that, the words "kung-fu RPG" will keep me interested - 'cause this reveal trailer sure ain't doin' it.

I mean, it's still got a one-eyed cat-thing with an electro sword, and that's pretty cool and all...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Chamberlain & Chance 85 : Universal Disdain.

Wiiithout Alex, sadly.  That being said, Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play

Chamberlain and Chance - Universal disdain

  • Chamberlain voices some, shall we say, controversial opinions on Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice! 
  • Chance, ever the romantic, offers his own soothing verbal balm on the subject! 
  • The "ending" of Prey is discussed, much to Prey's chagrin!
  • And has a new map leaked for Overwatch?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Overwatch Match Highlights 8 - 2 Bit Sym.

Ohmigosh, it's a Chance Overwatch vid with zero Tracer or Mercy action!

I was laughing my ass off when I did this to McCree - I never imagined it'd end up being the PotG.

Also, about the Genji...

Earlier that same evening, I was attacking Route 66 on Tracer.  I circled around to come up the left flank, where the enemy's Mercy was boosting and healing a Bastion.  That Mercy wrecked me with headshots in like a half second - it was incredible - so I gave her a lot of respect after that.  I took her solo just before we took the first checkpoint, and stuck her with a pulse bomb after the second - respectable!

Well this Mercy sends me a PSN message after the match, basically telling me what a cowardly, pathetic Tracer I am for attacking a Mercy.  Which is insane on a number of levels, and not the type of message I'm prepared to respond to - so I didn't - though come to think of it, it reminds me of a book about a dragon I had when I was a kid.
"Sticks and stones can't break my bones
For I am far too scaly
But ugly things said to me
Hurt my feelings daily
-some book I had when I was five
That's one bad Mercy.

It was the second hate message I've received thanks to Overwatch play, and it made me feel sad.

Anyway, point being, after the Genji in the video solo-Dragonblade'd me before I could set up my second TP, just going in to overtime, I had to send him a message to let him know that it was a gorgeous move, with a sticker of Ellie from The Last of Us giving a thumbs up.  He didn't reply, but I hope he knows it was meant honestly.  Take lemons, make lemonade.

Elsewhere, the community has had the time to run Doomfist through some testing paces and... turns out the hitbox on his Rocket Punch is... really somethin'.


Alien: Isolation is nine bucks on PS+ right now.

It's spectacular.  If you haven't played it, now's the time.

Undertale's PlayStation launch trailer.

And me without any PlayStation Funbucks to spend.  That'll teach me to support Ninja Theory!