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Note: minor DAI spoilers, some discussion of the Witcher 2

Butch:

Played some, but nothing huge. More Emprise. Found the Tower of Bone, and liberated it, and now I’m plowing out a quarry and saving dudes.

Two things:
This level is hard. I don’t know why it’s hard, but it’s hard. That darkspawn bit kicked my ass, I did a rift last night where it’s a miracle I didn’t get my ass kicked, and I would have had to turn back at the temple of bone bit if I didn’t level up and get healed. I was trucking along killing everything without a sweat, and now each fight is a bastard. Maybe I lost my touch at that ball.

Second: Where the FUCK did you get all that power? Now, granted, I spent 30 on the ball, and 20 to get here, but I’m at…36. 36! And that’s WITH the stuff I’ve done in Emprise. I’m 16th level, I did the ball, I’m closing rifts and stuff, ok, I’m a little lazy on requisitions, but still. You and Buttons had like 300 by this point. I have 36. To be clear, I now cannot open up the Hissing Wastes AND the warden bit, and there’s something AFTER the warden bit, isn’t there? Or is the Warden bit the end bit? I’m at a point where I really need power. That’s new.

Feminina:

I think I got most of my power from requisitions, honestly. When you just pick up everything you see, you get times where you’ll fulfill one, the lady will say “report for you ser” with another, you already have the stuff so you fill that, she gives you another, etc., through about 6 different sets. It gets kind of boring after a couple of minutes, but the power adds up. Pick up rocks and talk to the requisitions officer! She’ll hook you up. The Hissing Wastes is technically optional, but the end game after the warden bit does take power as well, so you’ll definitely need to acquire some. I’d send you some of the 278 or whatever that I ended the game with, as I have no use for it, but unfortunately that’s not allowed.

You have time, though. Do some requisitions as you explore the wastes, and you’ll accumulate power.

There is some tough stuff in Emprise. Mean demons, nasty rifts. Also, don’t forget, multiple dragons. You know, if you’re in the mood.

Butch:

I’ve done SOME requisitions, but not enough, apparently.

So Warden bit then endgame? That’s how it works?

Feminina:

Oops, not quite, I forgot a piece. It’s more like warden bit, approaching the endgame bit, endgame bit. I mean, there’s obviously still lots of side stuff you can do, but that’s the main plot. See, you’ll be done by May no problem!

Butch:

Oh. So I have three big plot bits? Or so?

I’ll be done by May. I just won’t do as many requisitions as you.

What are you going to play next? (Shit, you’ll be like five games ahead of me. Talk about behind.)

Feminina:

Yeah, three big pieces. Lots of little pieces in between that are optional, except in the sense that you have to do something to gain levels and power. You definitely don’t have to do as many requisitions as I did. I thought for a while that they’d run out, you know, so I figured “Oh, I’ll just keep doing it until I finish with them.” But no. I’m pretty sure they do not actually run out. You could keep doing requisitions forever. Don’t do that. They aren’t nearly that interesting.

I dunno, I haven’t played lately, but I’ll probably finish First Light, if only to give them some statistics to show that people will finish a game with a female lead, damn it! Plus, I mean, it’s moderately entertaining, it’s not that I’m gritting my teeth every time I load it. It doesn’t have much in the way of the sort of compelling characters or story that we’re into, more just zooming around getting into fights, but there are some fun powers and missions. And I’m slightly more than halfway done according to the counter, so I might as well do it.

After that, we’ll see how I feel. I did download the free Transistor. Next Life is Strange episode is soon, so…we’ll see.

Butch:

Ok, three big pieces. Sounds good. I do think it’ll take me some time to buff up. I figure that if random rifts (ranfts? doesn’t work as well as randits) are kicking my ass, I’m not ready for any endgame. Still got lots to do.

Stats! Yes, feed the stats. That’s some data right there.

Well, don’t have too long a drought. Don’t want you getting some other primary hobby. Ha.

Oh and you’ll be stunned to know that FO4 remains unannounced [referencing unsubstantiated rumor that it would be…any minute now…definitely soon…].

Feminina:

WHAT!? No way! I was so sure this was the day! Unlike all the other 5,000 times that rumor has circulated! Siiiiiigh…time to soothe my heartbreak with some Fancy Lad snack cakes.

Butch:

HA! You win the day for the casual Fancy Lad reference.

Of course, the day is young. If it IS announced today, won’t we feel sheepish?

Feminina:

I will feel sheepish. But I’m confident enough that this won’t happen that I do not fear to mock the rumors.

Prove me wrong, Bethesda! I dare you!

It’s win-win, really. Either I’m right, or we have something new to talk about.

Butch:

Indeed. I mean, it’s got to happen sometime. FO4 being in development is one of the worst kept secrets in gaming. Only question is where in development. I figure we’ll at least get an announcement trailer by/at E3 (probably at, as that would pretty much be what everyone would talk about unless Valve drops Half Life 3 or Portal 3), but how much/gameplay/release date remains to be seen. I mean, if they want to burn the house down, they’ll say here it is, releases in November (which wouldn’t be THAT weird. They announced Skyrim about six months before they released it, and that worked out). Still, can’t believe they’d plan an E3 stage show and play their biggest card before that. And I can’t believe they’d plan a stage show just to announce something like a Doom 3 remaster.

Elder Scrolls 6 is a possibility. Skyrim’s four years old in November (hard to believe). Eventually they’ll make another of those, too.

Feminina:

They’ve done well with Elder Scrolls. Not making another one at some point would be unlikely. Who knows, maybe I’ll even play it! Depends on how Bethesda’d out I’m feeling depending on what else I’ve been playing. I think two of their games back to back, even when one’s postapocalyptic sci fi and one’s high fantasy, would be a little tough since the mechanics and the experience of playing them tends to be so similar.

Butch:

Nah, they won’t be back to back. I doubt we’ll get both at this E3. But still: there’s a real opening for something to make news. I mean, look at the big guns: Bioware isn’t going to announce DA4, and we already know about ME4. Maybe their new IP, but it’ll be in its infancy. Ubisoft? Ubisoft be Ubisoft. Naughty Dog’s gonna be all about Uncharted 4, which we know about. Maybe CDPR steals the show with Cyberpunk, but I’m not holding my breath. So who’s left? Valve and Bethesda, and Valve isn’t known for theatrical reveals. So really, Bethesda has the best chance to have the lion’s share of the buzz, and what better way than FO4?

General sense is that we can forget about old mechanics anyway. Very credible leaked documents look like a script for the protagonist, and if we have a voiced protagonist, what else’ll change?

Feminina:

Voiced protagonist in a Bethesda game?! I disbelieve. What’s next, meaningful personal relationships?

We can always hope.

Butch:

Character models that aren’t ugly and identical.

Bring back Felicia Day!

It did appear to be a protagonist script. And “sources” verified it to Kotaku, who’s usually not a rumor monger. One can hope, one can.

Feminina:

Non-ugly characters? Now you’re dreaming. Ugly characters are Bethesda’s calling card.

Butch:

But….but….I want a FO romance with a hottie I care about. I mean, Black Haired Blue Eyed Bethesda Babe wouldn’t even change the acronym.

Speaking of which, I got a good screen shot of Morrigan (don’t judge) and I totally nailed the face and nose on Evelyn. From memory. Don’t judge.

Feminina:

Ha! Nice work. I’d be hard pressed to pick Anders out of a lineup at this point, let alone recreating his features from memory.

Honestly, I’d settle for a romance with someone I cared slightly about, whether or not they were hot. Work on the meaningful conversations and relationship bit first. Hotness only gets you so far. When you can’t be bothered to care about the character, a pretty face doesn’t solve the problem.

Butch:

It’s true, it’s true. I’m very curious to see who you go for in TW3. But then, you’ll only have female options. Geralt is pretty damn straight. Have you ever romanced a woman?

Morrigan made an impression, ok?

Feminina:

I had a fling with Isabela. Tried to romance Leliana in DAO, but she was like “no way am I being your rebound relationship after Alistair broke up with you!” Can’t blame her for wanting to be first in my affections, I suppose.

Butch:

Ah, good. So it won’t be weird. Cuz really, the ladies are a big part of Geralt’s raison d’etre.

Feminina:

Nah, I can romance a lady no problem. Heck, if it talks, I’ll flirt with it. Just trying to get to the sex cut scene later!

Butch:

Ah, see, that’s not necessary in Geralt’s world! Hell, he wakes up next to naked Triss in the FIRST SCENE of TW2! Just there! Unavoidable! And no burlap! Sex cutscenes. Ha! We don’t need no stinking cutscenes!

Though elven bath, sparkles, you know.

Feminina:

But you CAN flirt, right? I mean, a relationship that’s all done for you is kind of…whatever. I had that via Ezio in AC2, man. Nice, sure, but if you don’t have a choice it’s kind of just background. Compelling narrative and character development, perhaps (depending on how it’s done), but not an essential part of the action like flirting.

Butch:

Oh you SO can. Indeed, the Rose of Rememberence bit was some of the best flirting ever. And, see, it’s not really all done in that way. I mean, you end TW2 totally unsure if Triss loves you or is using you or if you love her. It’s totally unlike the whole “commit to a relationship” bits of Bioware. Much like Game of Thrones, it’s always unclear if sex is due to personal feelings or if its a tool to use for personal gain. The complexity is very cool.

Feminina:

I couldn’t be bothered to care about Game of Thrones (books or show), so the comparison is not especially enticing, but I’ll reserve judgment.

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