I just want to share this trailer with you because it looks like it'll be a pretty decent movie. I'm kind of surprised to see a live-action Pokémon movie and even more surprised that Ryan Reynolds voices Pikachu.
I've been very excited for the release of a new Fallout game. I've loved the series ever since I first played Fallout: New Vegas. Although many of the mechanics feel similar to Fallout 4, Fallout 76 is a much different game. The idea of being connected to an always-online world has left many fans with mixed feelings. Playing the B.E.T.A. has even had me question canceling my pre-order.
From my experience, I cannot tell you if Fallout 76 will have a good story or not. In the previous Fallout games, I always have enjoyed the story though interactions with NPCs. I know I probably have missed out on a large part of the story and Fallout lore by not listening to various audio logs and not reading note and terminal entries. With the limited amount of time I have to play, I always would rather explore new places and meet new characters. In Fallout 76 they have done away with human NPCs. From the quest's I've played there is still a variety of locations to explore and interesting tasks to complete, but one thing is certain: Any quest involving a human character leads you to a corpse and an audio log. Only time will tell if I will be willing to invest in Fallout 76's story by listening to audio logs and reading terminal entries.
I enjoyed teaming up with other players during the B.E.T.A. Compared to followers in the previous games, having real people helping you along your journey has been a good experience. Followers in the previous games were not bad, but they were just mindlessly following you wherever you go. Real players aren't always as helpful, but it does make things more interesting and you really appreciate when they have your back or help you find some good loot.
I didn't participate in much player vs player combat, but my opinion is it should be avoided. In order to initiate PvP combat, both players must attack each other. Until both players have hit each other, you can only do minimal damage. During the battle, there is no limit on how many stimpaks someone can use. This is the reason I avoid PvP; I don't want to waste precious stimpaks just to kill some random player.
The Perk card system in the game is interesting and so far I have liked it. I may talk about it more in the future once I am further into the game and have more perks to discuss.
Character creation is very similar to Fallout 4 and allows you to customize your character with much detail. The new photo system is very nice, but not very useful when you are on a quest with enemies around.
The atomic shop allows you to purchase clothes, emotes, and other customizations. I have not looked into this feature yet, but it does seem very pricey. During my whole time playing the B.E.T.A. I probably made enough currency to buy 1-2 items from the shop.
I feel like this year's Extra Life went fairly well. I realize I'm not very popular on Twitch and didn't attract many viewers, but I raised some money #ForTheKids and had a great time streaming and playing games with my friends. Over the course of the weekend, I streamed around 25 hours. I'd like to thank anyone who stopped by and watched my channel. Special thanks goes to my friends who were by my side: ThatTrojanKid, Tarynitar, and ChangMaster3. And of course, thank you to everyone who made a donation on my behalf to support the Children's Miracle Network hospitals!
While playing for Extra Life, I plan on giving away a handful of games through the Steam Gifts website. As a perk for visiting my website, you have access to a full list of giveaways that I have planned for the weekend.
Anyone can see and enter these giveaways from SteamGifts.com
Invite Only Giveaways
These giveaways do not appear to the general public. The only people entering these will be visitors of my website and people watching my live-stream. Meaning you have a much better chance of winning!
Serious Sam HD will only be available to gamers who have reached level 2 on SteamGifts.com. This means you must already have an account with them and have shared games to reach level 2.
War in a Box will only be availabe to members of my steam group. There are no requirements to join - click here to check it out!
Shortly after this event started, I came across this infographic and found out just how rare the regional Pokémon are. Throughout the event, I have hatched quite a few 7km eggs. I should have tried to keep an exact count, but my best guess would be about 100 eggs in total. A majority of the eggs ended up being Meowth, but as frustrating as it was, I continued to repeat the cycle and hatch as many 7km eggs as possible.
In total, I hatched 5 Kangaskhan and 5 Mr. Mime.
Farfetch'd: I previously had captured some Farfetch'd from last Fall's event. I did not keep track of how many I hatched during this even before transfering some of them out, but I was happy to get one with 100% IVs at 624CP.
Overall, I'm pretty happy to complete my Gen 1 Pokédex and get some pretty good Pokémon. With the regionals having relatively low CP, they are more of a novelty than anything. The best part of this event was completing my Pokédex. With the low hatch-rates it is quite taxing on your incubators, but I will still be looking forward to a similar event to get Gen 2 or Gen 3 regional exclusive Pokémon. Next time they hold this event, I may not try to hatch as many as this time. Depending on how many incubators I have, I might only try to catch one of each to complete another generations Pokédex.
In August, Spinda was released. You were able to get Pattern 8 Spindas by completing the Land 3 Curveball throws in a row field research. Now, in September, you can get Pattern 3 Spindas by completing Make a Great Curveball throw field research.
We now know the first 6 quests for A Ripple in Time. Once the last two become available, I will update this list. Good luck in your search for Celebi!
Update: We now know all 8 quests to catch Celebi! It appears that there is really only 7 quests to be done. Then, after catching Celebi, the final quest is automatically completed with more rewards and additional dialog from Professor Willow.
Celebi Special Research is here now! You can find the quests under the "Special" research tab and just like Mew, there are 8 groups of tasks to complete. If you have not completed the Mew quest line, don't worry. You only have to complete the third set of tasks for Mew to start working on Celebi. "Johto Festival" Field Research has also been released today. It features many tasks related to 2nd Generation Pokemon.
I will be posting more information as more details for Celebi and Johto Research tasks are released.