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    • Ace Combat 7: Skies Unknown

      4 months ago



      For the last three years Ace Combat 7 has been nothing more than a dream. I was waiting for it without ever truly realizing that it would one day be real and something that I could actually play. This is by far the longest I’ve waited for something to happen and the most anticipation for that something that I’ve ever had.

      As some of you may or may not know, I happen to be a bit of a fan of the Ace Combat franchise, which is probably the largest understatement that I could possibly make here. That is perhaps why you are here reading now this review, because you might be curious on my thoughts on the game. Who am I kidding? There’s no way anyone is actually interested enough to read this far.

      So here we go.


      We’re going to start with the gameplay, because that’s what I said.

      So someone at IGN (presumably) played the game and (definitely) wrote a review, because that’s kind of their thing over there. They’re also infamous for writing really shit reviews, so it should come as no surprise that their review for Ace Combat 7 is not great. I’m assuming that whoever wrote it has never played a game in the series before because when I skimmed it I don’t remember him ever mentioning it, and I would go check but their website is so laggy and awful and terrible that I really can’t be bothered right now. The review essentially boiled down to “Game is too hard. Doesn’t ‘innovate’. Too much flying and explosions. 7/10.” Brilliant, thank you, IGN.

      Alright, so let’s take a look at the first part. He specifically mentioned how there is no tutorial in the game, which I would both concede as a point and refute. There is in fact no tutorial. They do, however, tell you how to control the plane. Throughout the first mission there would be yellow text at the top of the screen saying “press right-bumper to accelerate”, “use the left stick to turn”, “perform a high-G turn by holding both bumpers”, etc. They teach you how to control the plane, but not how to fly the plane, if that makes any sense. I assume Project Aces figured out that controlling a plane is intuitive enough, or you’ll figure it out quickly enough. Either way, I don’t think that the lack of a tutorial would be a hurdle for new players. Here’s all the buttons, now go kill things. What else do you need?

      Now onto the difficulty – this game is hard. Like actually difficult at times. I’ve always wished Ace Combat games were hard, because even on ‘Ace’ difficulty I felt as though I barely had to think in order to carve a path of suffering through my enemies. Ace Combat 4 featured a certain number of missions where you would have a designated score that you would have to reach in the time limit, those missions disappeared in 5 and made a comeback twice in Zero, now showing up again in 7. I would regularly get double, triple, or more of the score that I needed within the time given, and usually the difficulty came from trying not to slam into the ground after finishing the objective because I was trying to fly upside-down between buildings, but in AC7 I actually had to do a bit of thunking in order to achieve the objective score.

      There’s also the hardest “fly through a ravine” mission the series has ever had since in every other the ravine is so wide that you really can’t hit anything unless you’re not paying attention or really screw up, but this time not only did you have to navigate a ravine that was at times just wider than your plane, you had to do that while also dodging moving search-lights. It’s an interesting additional challenge, but maybe doesn’t make narrative sense since you’re trying to avoid detection while flying several feet away from an occupied watch tower going several hundred miles an hour. I’m guessing that guy probably heard you. So yeah, it’s hard. It’s glorious.

      Lastly, the stupidest point – “innovation.” Sorry, IGN guy, but you’re dead fucking wrong on this one. “Innovation” is how we end up with the eldritch horror that is Ace Combat: Assault Horizon. An Ace Combat game is an Ace Combat game, and while it is true that games that rely too much on a core formula can get stale over-time, there is more to a game than the gameplay, but moreover – they actually did “innovate” and change the core formula in big ways that have a massive effect on gameplay. The biggest example being the clouds. There are clouds in AC6, and they don’t actually do anything. They’re not very big, and they’re white. That’s it. In AC7 the clouds are massive, change your view out the cockpit, change the sounds you’re hearing, and make it both easier to lose enemies and harder to lock on. The clouds are kind of a big deal here. You might go blindly crashing into a cliff because you couldn’t see it, or start icing up and stall out, or eat a bolt of lightning and lose your HUD, forcing you to try and dog-fight without any idea where the enemy actually is around you.

      There’s also the missions that happen after Battle for Farbanti where you have no IFF, so all targets on the map appear as yellow ‘Unknowns’. You can lock onto the unknowns as soon as you’re in range, but you have to get close and maintain line of sight with them for a few seconds before you know whether or not they’re friendly or an enemy, so yes, you could absolutely kill the shit out of some friendlies on the ground. That’s also different.

      Oh, and there’s ya’ know. The VR mode. Boom, innovation.


      I could sit here and talk about each individual plot point and do all these things, but I can’t really be bothered. Some have said that it’s better than 6, but not as good as the Holy Trinity. I disagree, I love it. 9/10. Modders add a mission to save Brownie please thanks.


      Some people said that the music wasn’t good, or that it wasn’t as good as other games in the Holy Trinity. I don’t know what to say other than you’re wrong.



      Uh… what else…


      Yeah the Xbox is a pretty not great console so it runs at 720ish-p at 40ish FPS. That’s kind of not PA’s fault though because well… The Xbox just isn’t very powerful. On PC it will be nice and crispy and buttery-smooth.


      Oh no, wait.


      It has a multiplayer mode. I started playing worried my confidence would be shattered and I would discover that I wasn’t very good at the game at all.

      Hahaha, that didn’t happen. I’m not very good at the free-for-all ‘battle royal’ mode, but that’s because I actually dodge missiles, so while I don’t get many kills, I also don’t get shot down. I’ve played team death-match four times and scored number one on my team all four times, winning exactly one of those games because the other three I had at least one teammate who did not score. I literally cannot carry any harder. On PC I’m changing my Steam username to Mister X and I’m going to put on a Sol Squadron skin. I assume there is a Sol Squadron skin.

      I wish it had a co-op multiplayer mode a-la Ace Combat: Infinity. I despised AC:I for several reasons, but the gameplay was decent. They’ve said there will be DLC for this game so… 

      Hopefully… Kono-san please.


      I’ve thought about AC7 a lot on the past three years. In fact, I have searched for news on it at least once a day, every day, since five days before it was officially announced. During that time, I’ve many times wondered how it was going to turn out. If I was going to be absolutely overjoyed, or if I was setting myself up for the largest disappointment in all of human history.

      There were a few times that I dreamed what if…?

      What if it surpassed my wildest hopes? What if it was a game capable of standing as an equal with the Holy Trinity themselves?

      Well guess what.

      I do so hereby declare the Holy Trinity to be dissolved, and from its ashes shall rise in its place: The Holy Quadrinity.

      This review is in memory of dog.png, the best dog that ever did live. May the skies wherever he is flying be peaceful.

      Ace Combat 8 when though, yeah?

    • OCC Anime and Manga Discussion

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      This is where people can come and talk about their waifus and their Chinese cartoons and all that other kind of weeb shit. 

      Every post is highly encouraged to include at least one picture of waifu and/or gif. 


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    • Shadow's Adventures in Tracking Down a Cyber-Criminal: Part I

      1 year ago


      So some time ago my mom's credit card was stolen. There were numerous different charges made, some for Lyft, some for some online Chinese store and also one in Australia for some reason, but there was only one that really caught my attention.

      It was a charge from the Detroit Property Tax Office. Huh. Apparently you can pay property tax in Detroit with a credit card. We all had a good laugh about that and how that person was almost surely going to be arrested once the charges were refuted. 

      Well apparently some time ago we also received a package that I didn't know about which my father promptly returned to the post office worker who was filling the mailboxes, and she assured us they would look into it.

      Today we got that package back, with our address on it, with someone else's name. From some online retailer in Chengdu. Well, now that's interesting. It also has a phone number on it. A phone number with an area code for Macomb County, Michigan, which is just north of Detroit. 

      Now that's interesting. Looks like our little property-tax paying friend tried to order something and somehow fucked it up, because instead of putting in his own address, he put in ours. Tomorrow I'm going to contact our bank's fraud department and see if they pressed any charges against the person who used our card to pay their taxes.

      Then I'll contact the Detroit Property Tax Office and the Macomb County Sheriff's Office, just seeing how much information I can get and if I can pin this guy down without needing a court order.

      Now, Mr. Antonio Sanders, I don't know who you are, or what you've been through in life. I don't know why you're desperate enough to resort to buying stolen credit cards and identities to get by, and I'm sorry that you feel this is the only way you can make ends meet. You picked the wrong person, though. You picked the one with a son who is okay with a computer and currently very bored, and he's coming for you. 

    • OCC Star Wars

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      Star Wars is an American epic space opera media franchise, centered on a film series created by George Lucas. It depicts the adventures of various characters "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away".

      And here's where we'll talk about that. Books, movies, comics, shows, other movies, spin-offs, games, non-canonical stuff. You name it, if there's a Jar Jar in it we'll talk about it. 

      Fuck EA.

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    • OCC E3 2017 Watching and Discussing

      in Forums > OCC E3 2017 Watching and Discussing | Follow this topic


      Hey! Are you watching all the E3 press conferences? Whoa! Me too! We should totally talk about that here! 

      Hey! Are you not watching all the E3 press conferences? That's okay, I'll be live watching and telling you what is happening and who is announcing what and how nobody talks about Ace Combat 7 as much as they need to. Whoa dude! Crazy! E3!!! 

      I'll edit this post to include a brief summary of each presser after it happens. Except Nintendo. I probably won't watch that one. Too early. 


      EA----- 2PM Central 


      Microsoft------ 4PM Central 

      Bethesda------ 11PM Central 


      Ubisoft---- 3PM Central 

      Sony (BETTER FUCKING TALK ABOUT ACE COMBAT 7)------- 8PM Central 


      Nintendo------ 11AM Central (Why? Fucking nine in the morning?! Really?!?!) 

      21 replies

    • More Drawing, Now with 1,001% More Back Pain

      1 year ago


      Second time doing this post because one of the drawings had something I wanted to fix. That's always a process. 

      So I drew my avatar and also Lady Shinoa. I did both with dots for points of important stuff and everything. I colored Shinoa, first time ever for that. So that's a thing. 


      And Shinoa. 


      I've been totally hunched over for like three and a half hours at this point and my back really hurts really bad, so I'm going to go lie down now. 

    • Some More Drawing

      1 year ago


      Done two days ago.Was done mostly tracing after I finally discovered the pencil tool is far superior to the pen. Turned out alrightish. 


      This was done today. Came out a bit darker. My Surface pen is pressure sensitive so that might have something to do with it or maybe not. I just typed that whole sentence and then realized that I might have accidentally turned the opacity down for comparison in the process of making the last one and not turned it back up before I took the screenshot. I don't know. 

      Anyway, this one was done with about the same amount of overall tracing, like the position of the chin, top of the hair, outside of the pony-tail and the top line of the arms. Mostly so I get everything somewhat right and proportioned. I've tried it without doing that and it does not turn out nearly as well. This time I did some more shading to try and make it look less bland. Yay. 


      By the way, this is what I'm drawing. 


    • OCC Civilization V Game Planning Phase

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      Baba Yetu, my friends, it is I, Shadow5435, the glorious Keeper of......... Keeper of........ Uh, the Keeper of.....

      Alright, that part isn't important. What is important is the purpose of this thread, to establish a group to incite a global revolution play a friendly game of Civilization together.

      The game will take place of the course of several weeks with the same group of people. I will host the game and save the map, as well as coordinating each subsequent meeting, all of which will probably occur about the same time. I was thinking Friday nights, and either have a hard cut-off at a certain number of turns per session, or run for an amount of time.


      --A living, breathing human being.

      --Sid Meier's Civilization V on Steam.

      --Brave New World Expansion Pack.

      --Gods and Kings Expansion Pack.

      --All of the additional Civilization packs (maybe).

      --Wonders of the Ancient World pack.

      --Basically all the DLC. Why don't you have them all? What are you doing? Buy them all.

      --Skype and a microphone.

      We could either do all random civs, or have people reserve their Civ here.

      I dunno.

      Disclaimer: The name of this thread is completely original, and has not been adapted, inspired, or taken from any other thread in the Oxford Comma Cafe (henceforth to be referred to as "OCC" or "The OCC"). By utilizing or viewing this thread you agree to the OCC Civilization V Game Planning Phase thread's terms and conditions. Terms and conditions, as well as terms of use, may be changed or otherwise modified by the leadership of this thread with or without notice, at the sole discretion of sole owner and leader of this thread, Shadow5435, henceforth referred to as "Glorious Leader", or "God-Emperor Shadow". Rules and restrictions may apply.

      21 replies

    • Totally Didn't Forget The Fourth

      2 years ago


      Missed my four years. That was two days ago.

      I mean, four years!! Haha! I remembered! Yes! I am good at remembering things! Hooray me!

      This is usually the part where I include gifs so that way the post looks like it's about something, even though we all know it isn't.


      I really only have this one, though, for this time. So I guess we can just go with that. I also have one with penguins, but I don't think that one is quite up to snuff with a celebration that's THIS IMPORTANT, RIGHT?!?! HAHA, YEAH.... Penguins. Or pengwings, if you're that guy who couldn't say it right. Bendrict Cumbersteam? Something like that.

      I made a whopping two journal posts in the last year. New record! Way to go, me!

      I think that's about it. Now we'll do it three posts and a year later. I guess I can leave you with this picture of Yang that I found a few days ago that some kid on the internet drew. Pretty great. Like it a lot. Might use it for my avatar at some point. Oh I would. IF I WAS A FUCKING HERETIC.


      There ya' go. See ya' in three-hundred-and-sixty-three days.

    • Civilization VI Hype

      3 years ago



      October 21, 2016

      A great day in history. One that shall be remembered always.


      RIP Call of Duty.

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    • IronBridge FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Knowledge

      1 year ago

      Somehow we aren't friends yet.

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