Bug Fables is Paper Mario TTYD but a little better AND a little worse - and that's high praise!
Lil intro: So Bug Fables: The Everlasting Sapling is an indie game, put together by Panamanian dev duo Moonsprout Games, to follow the legacy of the original two Paper Mario games. Now as someone who would name Paper Mario 2 in my top 5 games since it came out in 2004, I'm happy to report Bug Fables is an excellent successor to that legacy and the few negative comparisons that can be made seem to me to be the result of the difference in scale of available resources between Nintendo and Moonsprout. The prologue and first chapter introduce the explorers league and the three main characters who enlist together to further their own goals, which are given time to gestate while the world and characters are established. The player characters, a standard trio of an honour-bound knight, a feisty rogue, and a dry humoured, aloof mage, are tasked with adventuring across the lands of Bugaria to collect MacGuffins by the Ant Queen's royal blade Maki. This typical plotline is interrupted and diverted in interesting ways, and the trio of different attitudes keep the dialogue fresh. It's especially nice to see the trio's dynamic shifting as they grow closer. All this to say the writing is about on par with Paper Mario 2, what it lacks in (comparative!) charm it makes up with in coherence. The better: There's a lot in this game that could be pulled pretty directly from its inspirations, but in many cases those ideas have been reinterpreted to suit Bug Fable's setting, characters, and unique aspects. This starts with the three main characters allowing a good amount of customization via levelups and badges, which in turn allows for a large variety of strategies to be employed in combat. This is improved by Bug Fables excellent badge selection; very few (often expensive) badges only add power and most badges include trade-offs or otherwise incentivize normally unusual strategies. This deeply strengthens the customization by eliminating the obvious choices for all situations that the Paper Mario games had. Another large improvement was the use of the trio with the Tattle function, allowing every NPC, enemy, and room to be an opportunity for optional characterization between the teammates. Comparatively, in the Paper Mario games this characterization was limited to Goombario and Goombella, with cutscenes being the only chance other partners could be characters at all - often interchangeably. Often in Bug Fables I would extend a boss fight just so I could hear each of the trio's reaction to the enemy. Beyond that, many features just seem so much more streamlined than in the Paper Marios: the transit systems fit better into the world and were available sooner though money-gated early on to preserve difficulty, the game economy was balanced to allow for resource scarcity or exploitation without either being tedious as well as having purchases worth saving up for, and a lot of freedom in where and how to travel is given remarkably early on which allows for certain items or badges to be rushed. Best of all, a lot of the lore, world building, and characterization is optional, allowing for uninterested players, replayers, or speedrunners to bypass many walls of text. So many features like these struck me as something a dev would include in a post-release patch, and they make the game much smoother to play. Lastly, the biggest improvement for me was the difficulty: after the first battle a zero cost Hard Mode badge becomes an option, which keeps the battles threatening til lategame. This is such an important improvement as it turns the early game into a resource balancing act, which encourages thoughtful battling, using the cooking system, and creating badge builds. Unlike in Paper Mario, items are relevant all game long with the best items being simple, if expensive, cooked items that won't win fights on their own. Also, superblocking reduces damage by 1 more than blocking, removing the binary "all or nothing" aspect of superguarding. The only times combat felt unfair was when one enemy had an unpreventable, single target status effect which twice caused me to lose by unluckily targeting my buffed bug, and another when a rapid shot status ailment attack one-shot my tank after a marathon of battling. Additional difficulty options are also available, tho I haven't play around with them yet. The worse: The "in the field" controls are somewhat finicky, especially when the camera angle in large or curved rooms adjusts as you move. Additionally, most field skills are usable 360 degrees around the leading character, as opposed to Mario skills which usually are restricted to Mario's direct left or right. This can lead to some spatial confusion, as positioning 2D character models to use 2D animations in a 3D environment can be frustrating - dodging enemy shots while trying to engage in combat comes to mind. This is also true of several platforming puzzles; solving the puzzle was frequently much easier than executing the solution. While this was barely an issue that took longer than a minute, I could see how it could be frustrating, especially without certain badges. I also felt that a lot of the decorations in areas could have questionable physics models. Poking around behind foreground or midground items could feel awkward, as their meshes sometimes didn't feel like what the graphics reflected - especially when the item was large enough for the backside of the object to have to be assumed. Lastly, some of the side content felt unfleshed-out: interesting characters used for a single fetch quest or function, cool side areas with a single purpose, or just unused potential like a sea with two islands. Add to this that the enemy variety was good for the story (exactly one instance of palate swaps, and one area of mostly reused enemies) but lacking for side areas, and my biggest problem with the game is there isn't slightly more of it. Also: The music is consistently great, with very few songs not memorably contributing to an area/event's mood. Midway thru the game, the battle music changes to reflect the upped stakes and that's just great. Snakemouth Den and several boss tracks being standouts for me. Conclusion: With Bug Fables being an indie dev game as well as a first release its possible the 1.1 patch and/or DLC could change some of the rougher parts, but even besides this it is a solidly great game within the genre. With a bit of sequel baiting sprinkled into the endgame, I'm very impressed by Moonsprout and I may actually change my Sticker Star created rule to never, ever preorder once Bug Fables 2 is announced. If the improvement between this game and its sequel is as big as between the Paper Marios, it could easily be my favourite game of all time.
Genre: First-Person Shooter Players: 1 . Review: Bioshock is a First-Person Shooter originally released on PC and Xbox 360 in 2007 and subsequently ported to multiple other platforms, finally making its way to a Nintendo console in 2020 when it was released on the Nintendo Switch. For those who somehow missed out on the game when it first released, Bioshock has the player surviving a plane crash in 1960 only to discover a structure in the middle of the ocean leading to the underwater city of Rapture. This city, the creation of a wealthy industrialist, was intended to be an objectivist utopia, but clearly things have gone very wrong, and players soon find themselves fighting off the city's mutated denizens, as well as automated defenses and hulking monstrosities named “big daddies”, while various factions fighting for control of the city make you the fixation of their power struggle. With this being the “remastered” version of the game, Bioshock on the Nintendo Switch benefits from having improved textures and more detailed environments over its original release, though instead of the targeted 60FPS framerates of the other consoles, this version settles for a rock-solid 30FPS, which I found to be more than sufficient, as Bioshock is not a super fast-paced FPS. In docked mode, the game runs at a dynamic 1080p resolution, dropping to 720p in handheld mode, and again, both are very stable (thanks to Digital Foundry for all the numbers). However, as for how this game actually looks, I'd say this still looks in many ways like an Xbox 360 game. The character models aren't especially detailed, and even with the added detail the environments can also look a bit chunky in places. On a technical level, the game's water effects are still extremely nice, even by today's standards, but everything else does look a tad dated. However, having said that, what this game may lack in technical prowess, it absolutely makes up for in style and artistic vision. While Rapture may not be as technically impressive as it once was, it is still a stunning work of artistic design, with its art deco architecture, the oppressive presence of the ocean threatening to break through the glass and swallow everyone whole at any minute, and the crazed citizenry still decked out in creepy New Years costumes now soaked in blood from their drug-fueled killing spree. More than just about any game ever made, Bioshock is a game that tells a rather spectacular story without even needing to say a word, with the look and feel of the place itself saying far more than words ever could. And of course, I can't mention Bioshock without at least making a nod to its story, though beyond the synopsis I detailed in the first paragraph, I feel I should probably keep quiet, as one of this game's joys is the twists and turns it takes as you find the full extent of just how far Rapture has fallen into a hellish nightmare, as well as what's really going on at the center of the power struggle unfolding as you fight your way through the city. Suffice it to say, there's a reason that many cite this game as having one of the best stories, and in particular one of the most memorable and iconic scenes, in all of videogames. While the game's striking visuals still impress with their style, and the story is every bit as legendary as it was when it first came out, the gameplay hasn't aged quite as well. Don't get me wrong, it's all still quite good, and the mix of old-timey gunplay and magic powers (in the form of “plasmids”, gene-altering chemicals you buy in vending machines), as well as various upgradeable abilities, all make this an entertaining game that's far better than average for the genre, even today. However, having said that, there's not too much variety in enemies, and the gunplay can get repetitive before long. The plasmids are nice and the elemental attacks they deliver even affect the environment, but before long this too becomes a bit repetitive. Beyond this, in all but the game's hardest difficulty, the existence of “Vita-Chambers” removes all semblance of challenge, as any death simply has you jumping back to the last one of these checkpoints you crossed with all of your inventory intact, and all enemies you killed still dead, meaning that success is all but assured as long as you keep persisting. Even the last boss can be defeated this way – fight, die, continue fighting, die, continue fighting some more until they've soaked up enough bullets to be downed. And while the game attempts an interesting “morality” system, it's not very well thought-out, as it's a simple binary choice and none of the options feels especially functionally different than the others. A few more notes about this version of the game before I wrap things up. Firstly, there's no support for gyroscopic motion controls or touchscreen. However, there are a few nice extras beyond the original release of the game - there's a director's commentary you can run while playing the game, as well as video interviews you can collect throughout it. There's also a cool museum mode that has character models and artwork lined up in an actual museum you can walk through. Finally, this game includes “Challenge Rooms” and New Game+ features added to later releases of the game. In the end, while Bioshock's gameplay may be lacking and the graphics have aged a bit, there's no arguing that this is still a classic, iconic First-Person shooter with a stellar story, fun gameplay, and some of the best world-building ever to be seen in a videogame. If you've somehow never played this game, you need to remedy that right now. And if you loved the game when it was first released and are considering a return to Rapture, know that while the city is a little worse for the wear with the years that have passed, this is still a trip well worth taking. tl;dr – Bioshock has aged somewhat since its original release in 2007, but it's still fun to play, and while Rapture may not be as graphically impressive as it once was, it's still extremely visually-striking, with some of the best world-building ever to be found in a videogame. In the end, this is still an excellent port of a legendary First-Person Shooter, and an absolute must-play for anyone who hasn't experienced it before, and worth returning to for those looking to revisit that nostalgia.
Hey Y’all, This week the Loki team released the Loki software suite for the Salty saga hardfork; the whole Loki team has been working very hard on new releases, including releases for the Loki storage server, Lokinet, Loki Core and even Session. If you are a Service Node, operator make sure to follow these instructions to update: https://docs.loki.network/ServiceNodes/DebianPackageGuide/#upgrading Loki Core The default GitHub branch for Loki core has changed to the “dev” branch, to better reflect our progress as we code. At the same time a new `stable` branch has been created to contain updates to our current release (8.x) version. The `master` branch, which previously contained our current release code, has been retired.
---------------------------- Lokinet You can catch Jeff, the lead developer of LLARP, live streaming as he codes athttps://www.twitch.tv/uguu25519. He typically streams on Tuesday mornings, 9am - 12pm Eastern (US) time. What went on last week with Lokinet: The past week in Lokinet was all focused on last-minute fixes to get 0.8.0 out the door, dealing with some last-minute issues that cropped up. Releases are always a bit challenging because different configurations and environments (e.g. actual mainnet instead of testnet) make things pop up that need urgent fixes before we roll out the release. But we got through it and got the release out the door! Our next steps for this upcoming week are to follow up with new builds for the Lokinet GUI (aka Control Panel) and installers for Windows, Mac, and new Debian/Ubuntu packages for Linux, as well as addressing a few issues that came up in the 0.8.0 upgrades that have happened (such as improving the descriptiveness of some error messages). Also note that, as in loki-core, we’ve changed our branch policy: the default code branch that you see on GitHub is now our development branch (`dev`) rather than the stable release branch. We’re now putting our stable release code (e.g. for 0.8.x updates) in a new `stable` branch and are retiring the old `master` branch. Lokinet PR Activity:
(Under Construction, last updated: 11/08/20) Q: What is Nucleus Co-Op? A: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jbituCgu3Bc Nucleus Co-Op is a free and open source tool for Windows that allows split-screen play on many games that do not initially support it. The app was originally created by Lucas Assis. Zerofox later took over and added a ton of new features and improvements to support a lot more games. Ilyaki later joined in and brought multiple keyboards/mice support and more great features to the table. The app is currently being developed and updated by these devs: Lucas Assis, Zerofox and Ilyaki. R-mach too for making and supporting the website that hosts the Nucleus Co-Op scripts. Also the further development of the app wouldn't have been possible without all the amazing contributions and hard work from the SplitScreen Dreams Discord members (which include the devs mentioned above) that made all the new Nucleus Co-Op scripts and continue to make new discoveries and scripts to support even more games, among them: Talos91, PoundlandBacon, dr. old.boi, Pizzo and many more. Q: How does Nucleus Co-Op work? A: Essentially Nucleus Co-Op opens multiple instances of the same game (some games require mutex killing for that, among other methods) that will only answer to one specific gamepad (we do this via Nucleus Co-Op custom xinput dlls or xinput plus dlls) and connects those instances via LAN or steamworks online multiplayer emulation (Goldberg Emulator), all while making sure all the windows have focus so they can be playable with gamepads or that the instances are playable even in the background. Nucleus then resizes, removes borders and repositions the games windows so you can have synthetic splitscreen to play locally with your friends. Q: Which games can be splitscreened using Nucleus Co-Op? A: There are a lot of supported games, all mentioned in the list above. A ton of games are now supported thanks to the amazing program called Goldberg Emulator, developed by Mr. Goldberg, a big thank you to him. Read the Goldberg FAQ if you want to know more. Q: Where do I download Nucleus Co-Op? A: You can download latest version from Github. Download the compiled .rar release, don't download the source code zip if you just want to use the app. Zerofox's mod v0.9.9.9 r4 is the latest version recent scripts are created for, please avoid other versions for now. Q: How do I use Nucleus Co-Op? A: Here is a quick video tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hWmvz59i-o0 1.- Download and exctract Nucleus Co-Op (extract using apps like 7-zip or winrar). 2.- Open NucleusCoop.exe. 3.- Click on Download Game Scripts, the script browser will open. Search for a game in the supported games list and download a script. You can also see all available scripts from the app now by pressing the view all option. 4.- Once the script has finished downloading you will get a prompt asking if you would like to add a game now, click yes if you want to add it now, if you select no proceed to step 6. 5.- Next you need to find where your game's executable is located. If you're not sure, try Googling 'where is (game) installed' and just search for the .exe in the place they tell you to look for. For Steam games this is usually something along the lines of 'C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common(game)'. Some games will have their real .exe stashed away in a folder called 'bin' or 'binaries'. Once you choose the right .exe, add the game. 6.- You can also automatically add games, click 'Auto-Search' and select the drive and path you want to add games from. 7.- Once your game is added, select it in the Nucleus UI and drag the gamepad icons to the splitscreen layout, click on the top-left icon on the layout corner to change the type of splitscreen layout. You can also use multiple monitors, if you have multiple monitors connected they will show in the Nucleus UI. If you see Script Author's Notes appear at the bottom of the UI, read them carefully. 8.- Finally press > then Play (top right of the UI) and you are ready to go. Q: Where should I place the Nucleus Co-Op folder? A: You can place the folder wherever you like as long as you keep the following in mind: DO NOT place it inside a folder containing files for a game you wish to play. Avoid placing it inside a folder that has security settings applied to is, such as program files, program files (x86). Some scripts require the Nucleus Co-Op folder to be located on the same drive as the game files. If you are still unsure where to place the folder, the root of the drive your games are installed on is usually a safe option. Q: How do I play with an uneven amount of players (such as 3 players) without having an empty space? A: Right click on a section of the splitscreen layout. Q: Nucleus Co-Op doesn't launch, how do I fix it? A: Here are a few things you can try: 1.- Try updating your Microsoft.net framework, and install/reinstall Visual C++ 2010-2017. 2.- Make sure your antivirus program is not blocking Nucleus Co-Op or deleting any of its files. 3.- Run Nucleus Co-Op as admin. 4.- Restart your PC, and try again. Q: Does Nucleus Co-Op have any malware? A: Absolutely not. Q: I wish to help out with the project, how can I get in touch? A: Join the Nucleus Co-Op discord community or contact us here in the subreddit. Q: When support for X game? A: Not all games are easy to splitscreen, if you want to suggest a game make a post with the title [Request] Name of the game and provide useful information like if the game supports LAN or dedicated servers, if it is available on Steam or in other services, if it uses external servers for online, if it has gamepad support etc. Also you can contact any of our experienced Nucleus scripters here or in the Nucleus Co-Op discord and ask if a script is possible. The main scripter is the OP of this post for instance. Remember that Scripters are limited by the games they own and can test on, so if you really want support for a game to be added consider donating the game to the scripter in question. Q: How do I know when a script gets updated? A: Scripts updates are always announced in the Nucleus Co-Op discord server in the channel scripts updates. Q: How do I create my own splitscreen script for Nucleus Co-Op? A: Here is the documentation, open the .js file with notepad to read it. You can also use the other scripts you download from Nucleus as reference, they get downloaded to the Nucleus scripts folder. If you create a working script or if you have any questions about Nucleus scripting you can ask us in the Nucleus Co-Op discord or here in the subreddit, we can help you improve your script so it is fully working for sharing with the community. Q: Does Nucleus Co-Op work on Linux/Mac? A: Nucleus Co-Op depends on a lot of Windows functions and APIs, at the moment it only works on Windows 7 and Up. If you are interested in porting Nucleus Co-Op to other operating systems please feel free to contact any of the developers. Q: Where can I report a bug/issue? A: Note that Nucleus Co-Op is a tool in development and still in Alpha. Expect bugs, glitches and weird things to happen. Help other people not have these things happen by checking for a solution here and submitting a [BUG REPORT] to the reddit as a new topic or in the comments here, if no-one else has brought it up. Make sure you have read the script notes in the Nucleus UI very carefully first before submitting anything. A good [BUG REPORT] looks like this: Thread name: [BUG REPORT] Simon falling off horse BUG: Simon falls off his horse. EXPECTED: Simon should not fall off his horse, right? CAUSE: I'm pretty sure it's because I have my computer plugged into an auto-blow. STEPS TO REPRODUCE 1.- Open up Simon Stays On His Horse: The Interactive Video Game of the Movie. 2.- Choose Co-Op and join with another player. 3.- Simon falls off his horse!!! TYPE: Severe! The gameplay can't continue if Simon isn't on his horse! (Alternatively, Minor if the gameplay can continue but it's just annoying) NUCLEUS OPTIONS: I played with 2 players using the vertical splitscreen (left and right) on one tv and 2 famicom controllers. I'm using the latest version SYSTEM: I'm on Windows 3.1 with 4MB of RAM, a 2KHz CPU and no graphics card, playing on a projector. She's a monster. I'd really like this to get fixed please thanks magic man! -Beanboy" Keep in mind most scripts are made and tested using the latest legit steam versions of a game, so provide information about what version of the game you have. Also provide a debug log of the NucleusCoop error or crash, enable the debug log in Nucleus UI settings and save, the debug log will be created in Nucleus root folder where the .exe is. You can also ask for support in our discord. Q: Why is Nucleus Co-Op resizing the game instances incorrectly/the instances look stretched? A: Try setting your monitor scale to 100% in your monitoTV resolution settings. It is also highly recommended that you add custom resolutions to all your monitors from your AMD/Nvidia/Intel panel (For example if you are using a monitor resolution of 1920x1080 add custom resolutions like 960x540, 1920x540, 960x1080, ect.) that way most games will be able to see and use those custom resolutions and the splitscreen will not look stretched(Example). Note that not all games support custom or ultra widescreen resolutions. Also try disabling the Nucleus status window in Nucleus UI settings and save. Q: Why is Nucleus Co-Op throwing an error message that it can not find a file when launching a script? A: A lot of scripts edit the game's .ini or .cfg files to force windowed and to adjust the game's resolution to the window size, so make you sure you run your game at least once and change some graphic settings before running it via Nucleus Co-Op, that way you make sure the proper config files are getting generated first. If you are still getting the error after doing that, select the game in the UI, click on Game Options and select Delete UserProfile Config Path for all players. Also try disabling the Nucleus status window in Nucleus UI settings and save. Q: Where are my Nucleus Co-Op save files located? A: Some scripts save to the Nucleus Co-Op enviroment folder located in C:\Users\YourUser\NucleusCoop, you can access each game save file via the Nucleus Co-Op UI too, select a game, click on Game Options and select Open UserProfile Save/Config Path. Other scripts just save in the same file path your regular game saves to. Q: Why are my in-game frames per second low/better in one instance than in the others when using Nucleus Co-Op? A: Remember that Nucleus Co-Op opens multiple instances of a game, so depending on the game this can be quite demanding for your PC, to improve FPS and performance try reducing graphics settings like textures and shadows, limit the FPS or unfocus all the game windows so that they get equal priority and the FPS even out, you can do this by Alt-Tabbing to a different window like the Nucleus app window, the game windows will still remain on top, you can also press the windows key+b in your keyboard to unfocus all instances. Q: My Playstation/generic PC controller isn't working/isn't being detected by Nucleus Co-Op, how do I fix it? A: Most Nucleus Co-Op Scripts only detect Xinput gamepads. Controllers that work best are Xbox 360 game controllers for minimum hassle. There are a few scripts that also support Direct Input gamepads but Xinput gamepads are generally a lot easier to restrict to a specific game instance than Dinput gamepads. If you are using PS4 gamepads try the app DS4windows, look in the settings for an option called "hide ds4 controller" - make sure it's ticked. To ensure it's definitely running in exclusive mode make sure ds4windows is set to load on windows startup, then turn your controllers on while windows is loading. Download the latest version here - https://ryochan7.github.io/ds4windows-site/ Read more about how to use exclusive mode here: https://github.com/Ryochan7/DS4Windows/wiki/Exclusive-Mode-(Hide-DS4-Controller-config-option)-tips-and-issues If you are using generic dinput gamepads the app XOutput is also useful to emulate xinput gamepads. The app X360CE version 4 that creates virtual Xbox 360 Controllers inside your Windows operating system is also very useful to emulate xinput gamepads system wide. Remember that some games detect both dinput and xinput gamepads so even if you are emulating a xinput gamepad the input could still not be restricted correctly because the game is now responding to both the emulated xinput gamepad and to the native direct input of your gamepad, that is why some apps like DS4windows have an "exclusive mode". Also do not place any x360ce xinput dlls inside the Nucleus Co-Op files as this might interfere with Nucleus custom xinput dlls. Xbox One gamepads have some issues with background input in games that only support direct input gamepads and with Unity games that use Unity's default input for gamepad support. If you are using steam controllers try this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wy4F2eqTXQ4 Q: Why is my keyboard not showing in the Nucleus Co-Op UI? A: If a script is only showing gamepads and not keyboard icons that means the script only supports gamepads and doesn't support keyboards and mice in splitscreen yet. Q: There are many keyboards and mice icons in the UI, how do I know which ones to use? A: If you press a key in the keyboard you will use or move the mouse their corresponding icons in the Nucleus Co-Op UI will light up yellow. The app can detect keyboard macros that is why sometimes you will get multiple keyboard icons. Q: Can you play splitscreen+LAN in different PCs? A: Yes, if you run the game via Nucleus Co-Op in different PCs you can connect all instances you launch via LAN, for example you can have 2 players playing vertical splitscreen in one PC via Nucleus and connect to 2 others playing Nucleus splitscreen in a different PC via LAN. If the script uses steamworks multiplayer emulation you'll have to change the instances steam ids in the other PCs you'll connect to, otherwise the instances launched by Nucleus will use the same steam ids and won't be able to connect to each other. For that you can open the game script .js file in Nucleus scripts folder in the other PCs and add for example Game.PlayerSteamIDs = [ "76561198134585131","76561198131394153","76561198011792067","76561198043762785" ]; that will change the default ids of the first four instances you open in one PC via Nucleus Co-Op. Q: This project is Amazing where can I donate? A: We don't have an unified donation platform yet but you can support the devs individually here: Zerofox, Ilyaki, Lucas Assis. You can also donate to our main scripters that make the games scripts for Nucleus: Talos91/blackman9
Through 2019, I've played over 70 games, and have beaten 39 of them. Here's a short review for all of them.
I made it a goal this year to play as many games as I possibly could and try to deplete my backlog. Through doing that, I've played games this year that have made me laugh, cry, complain, hate, and love. I enjoy seeing others post game reviews like this, so hopefully there are others out there like me who just enjoy reading about games. All games that I've completed are listed in chronological order from when I beat them, and contain a #/10 for final review score (for the ones that I completed). As a bonus, there will be three segments: Completed, Currently playing/hope to get back to, and Retired. At the end, I will include a TLDR; for my completed games in three sections; Good, Average, and Bad. Like others, I used howlongtobeat which proved to be a great tool for my backlog and clearing it out. Here we go:
Condemned: Criminal Origins I had tried this game a couple years back and it didn't really click. When I tried it this year something changed and I felt the need to keep playing it. The premise of the game is very unique, and although there seem to be a few games like this on Steam, there really isn't an experience like this on console. The gameplay is VERY dated, but the story, location, and overall feel behind the game drew me into it. I finished the entire game on New Years Day, and had a great time doing it. For anyone looking for a fun, old school CSI/Survival Horror esque game, even though it has its problems, check this one out. 7.5/10.
Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition What a game. Like Condemned, this was another game that I initially tried years ago and didn't get hooked on, mainly because the driving is so bad especially when you first start out, but I'm so glad I gave this one another chance. Easily in my top 5 games played this year. Enjoyed every single second of it. Aside from the driving, I have no complaints. This is one of those games where you'll actually want to go do everything else even after you complete the story. It's that good. 9/10
Crysis 2 Extra short review because I kinda just blew through this one. Didn't really enjoy it at all, and while this series may have been ahead of its time, its not too impressive playing it in 2019. No story and forgettable gameplay, two things that a campaign of a multiplayer focused game relies on. You're much better off playing through one of the call of duty's if you want an FPS campaign. 4/10
Bioshock: Remastered Forewarning for this one and another review coming up: I'm not a fan of this series. This is another one I tried years ago on the 360, gave up on (see a trend?), but decided to give it another go after hearing all the praise for this series. Let me just say, Bioshock is not a bad game at all, obviously, but for some reason it just didn't click with me like it has other people. I enjoyed my time with the game, but wasn't left speechless after it. The setting got old, the story never really interested me, and the gameplay was quite similar to that of other games (Fallout in particular). It looks and performs quite well as a remaster, and I'd say that's probably the best thing I have to say about the game. Not bad, but not deserving of the critical acclaim it has gotten IMO. 7/10
Batman: Arkham Asylum Stepped out of my comfort zone with this one. I've never seen a batman movie before, nor did I/do I have a desire to before/after beating the game, but I still somehow enjoyed it. It's a nice little change of pace from many games, as the combat is melee focused and is set to one main location with other branching locations instead of the overly used open-world. The backtracking did get tiresome, but overall as a non-batman fan I enjoyed it. Definitely recommend it to somehow looking for a change of pace type of game. 7.5/10
D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die After beating Deadly Premonition and it subsequently moving into my Top 5 favorite games of all time, I decided to give D4 a try after realizing I had downloaded for free years and years ago. All I have to say is this: Swery is a genius. Not a game I would have EVER expected to like, but one that I couldn't put down. Wacky characters, plot, setting, and gameplay all make D4 just a fun, enjoyable experience. It was meant to be an episodic game, but was unfortunately cancelled after the first episode, and it did leave on a little bit of a cliffhanger. Although the talk around the street is that this game won't be finished, we do have hope considering Swery shocked the world announcing Deadly Premonition 2 for next year, a game which I won't be patient for. If you just want wacky experience, definitely check this one out. 8.5/10
Bioshock 2 You're probably wondering why this one is on the list if you read through my Bioshock 1 summary. Well, I am too. I had burning desire for whatever reason to return to Bioshock, and experience Bioshock 2, and honestly, my experience was basically the exact same as Bioshock 1 but a little worse. While I found Bioshock 1 to have a forgettable story, I found Bioshock 2 to have a REALLY forgettable story. I also wasn't a fan of the increased combat that was put into this game, as I feel like this is the type of game where exploration should be focus and not fighting a enemies every time you enter a new location or room. Again, not a terrible experience, just not one that left a lasting impression on me whatsoever. 6/10
Mass Effect 1, 2, and 3 Here's where the tears come in. Wow. Just wow. Before playing this series I never thought anything in any type of entertainment could be this good. I was wrong. Mass Effect 1-3 is the greatest achievement in entertainment history. Am I saying this after doing/watching/playing everything that has ever been put out? No. But I am saying it as I'm confident I, like many others, will NEVER have the pleasure of experiencing anything like the first run through the Mass Effect Trilogy ever again. This is a must play for people not even interested in gaming. The plot that carries over across all three games while taking everything you did from the previous game into account is something that I haven't seen replicated in gaming since, and that was over 12 years ago. The story, world, characters, and gameplay is truly something remarkable in all of entertainment. 2 was my favorite, only because of all the amazing characters you got to meet, otherwise 1 was very close behind. 3 was great, and despite what all the critics had to say, I felt the ending was justified. 10/10
Shadow Of The Tomb Raider A much better entry into the Tomb Raider franchise than Rise, one of the two games which I credit that turned me into a patient gamer. The gameplay was more enjoyable than Rise, and the somewhat open-world sections that the devs added was a nice little change to the series. I still don't think this was nearly as good as Tomb Raider (2013), but this one is definitely still worth checking out. 7/10
The Technomancer My first truly bad experience of 2019. This game was just bad. It had potential and you can see it when you play it, but unfortunately it's just bad. So bad. The plot is bad, the characters are bad, and the gameplay is just downright garbage. The one thing that had true potential which was the world was just shamelessly butchered as well. No one should touch this game. 1/10
The Wolf Among Us Another masterpiece. This was my first telltale game and I'm scared to play another one because I know it will probably not come close to comparing to TWAU. This game has twists and turns that you wouldn't have ever expected, and draws you into the world VERY quickly. This was another one that was hard to put down. The voice acting and story are top notch, and HOLY COW, WOLF AMONG US 2 COMING?? Other than Deadly Premonition 2, it's currently my most hyped upcoming game. 10/10
DmC: Devil May Cry (2013) My first and possibly my last entry in the DMC series. I know its considered to be the worst or at least one of the worst games in the series, but the main draws of the game just bored me to death. The weird enemies types with the spam attack hack-n-slashing combat just really didn't provide me with joy. The story was interesting IMO and the boss fights were cool, but just running around hack n slashing everything as well as backtracking to certain locations just wasn't fun at all to me. Another forgettable experience. 6/10
Watch Dogs 2 This one really surprised me. I was in the minority where I actually really enjoyed Watch Dogs 1, but held off this one due to vocal people saying that this game was political nonsense. My experience with the game was the complete opposite, as I played it from pure game perspective and didn't think much in the overall deep meaning of the plot. The setting was great, and as someone who lives near SF but absolutely hates the city IRL, it was still quite cool to experience something so similar in a game. The graphics were great, the gameplay was smooth, and the characters were interesting, which in total made Watch Dogs 2 a great experience. There were a few characters who were over the top or just not needed in the game, but all I had to do was skip the scenes they were in. 8.5/10
Thimbleweed Park My first true point and click game since the early 2000's. Im a big fan of detective/mystery games, so this one was on my list for a while. Since I lack the mental capacity to solve most puzzles in games, I did have to use a walkthrough for a large part of this game. Even so, I still very much enjoyed this game. If you're looking for a fun point and click adventure game with tons of mystery included, this is a great game to choose. 7.5/10
Bound By Flame As an RPG fan, I had to give this one at least a try. After the horror that I experienced in The Technomancer, I didn't know what to expect with this one. This was just average all the way through. Literally take the definition of an RPG and put it into this game. Much better than The Technomancer, but still not that good of an RPG. I'd probably suggest only to play this If you run out of other RPGs or simply just want a mediocre experience. Also, what's up with Spiders making the ability to climb up objects impossible if you're in combat? You have to clear out every single enemy in an area if you want to continue on, and this includes the backtracking and minor areas. One of the most annoying things I can remember experiencing in a video game. 5/10
Outward Wasn't patient for this one but I wish I was. Like Bound By Flame, this is just an insanely bland RPG, and in this case, is considered a "Hardcore RPG". It's hardcore in the fact that you REALLY have to want to play this game otherwise you're going to be bored within an hour. Its not worth having to make the 10 minute walk across the map 10-20 times to get supplies and to complete quests. Just a totally bland game that I would've quit right away if I hadn't bought it on release. Another great example on why to be a patient gamer. I also found out later on this year that this game was already made in 2009, and was much better then. I'll save that for a later review. 4/10
Dead Rising 2 Remastered A classic. This was my first replay of 2019, but this time it was the remastered version. I played through Dead Rising 2 5-6 times on my 360 solo and with different coop partners. The remastered version is just a better version of this great game. Absolutely flawless performance even on my OG Xbox One. This game is the ultimate sit back and chill game. 8.5/10
L.A. Noire My second replay of 2019, and, up until I played the Mass Effect series earlier in the year, was my favorite game of all time. Crime/noir is my favorite genre of games, and it's too bad we really don't see many of them anymore. L.A. Noire blows every other crime game out of the water, and not only that, but throws in the detective element and makes you feel like you are truly investigating the cases in the game. The noir element is also just totally flawless in the game. While the performance of the remastered version was again, flawless, I really didn't like how they removed the Truth/Lie dialogue options with "Good Cop/Bad Cop". I honestly preferred the last gen version. Still, I consider this game a masterpiece. 10/10
South Park: The Fractured But Whole Was hoping to play this after I saw the new season to get into the mood, but decided to dive right in instead. To this day, the South Park games are the only turn-based games that I've managed to play through. While I preferred the premise of The Stick Of Truth better, I still absolutely loved my time with this game. It truly is remarkable that not only are Trey and Matt able to continually make arguably the greatest show in entertainment history, but also put out really great games. 8/10
Assassins Creed: Odyssey I spent all of May playing this one, so that should tell most of what you need to know. I'm a sucker for Ubisoft games and the mindless enjoyment I get out of them. While nothing Odyssey does is groundbreaking, it still provided me with more than 65 hours of content and that's without the DLC, which I hope to get back to someday. Due to the story and characters, I think this is better than Origins, although both are great games worthy of your time. I'm glad the series has turned into an basically open world RPG, because I was not a fan at all of any of the older AC games. 9/10
Brutal Legend Didn't even know this game existed until I picked it up over the summer. It was a fun little experience. Extremely unique, but I wasn't a fan of the main RTS element and the very empty open world. Music was fantastic though, and I really enjoyed the plot. Wish we had more games that went really outside the box like this. 7/10
Alpha Protocol My second bad experience this year. I heard so many positives about this game, but I just hated absolutely every second of this one. The so-called story and "decision making" that I heard so much about was, IMO, a total lie, as none of the decisions you make truly matter, and not to mention they're insanely quickly timed so half the time you don't even know what you're picking. Im going to say it, this is just a very, very, very bad prequel to Hitman: Absolution (yes, I liked that game). This one should be buried and forgotten. 2/10
Wanted: Weapons Of Fate Another one of my 360 pickups during the summer. Not much to summarize as it's apparently a video game version of a movie I had never seen or heard of. It's a nice little straightforward action game that's playable for its duration, which is only about 6 hours. Easily beaten in a day. 6/10
Heavy Rain Finally got to this one after wanting to play it for so long. I heard it had everything that I wanted: Crime, Mystery, Noir elements....... and it absolutely delivered on all fronts. I actually accidentally spoiled the plot for myself a few years ago which put me off of the game for so long, but since I only knew the major twist, everything else was new to me making it extremely enjoyable to start to finish. People talk about the mainstream PS exclusives like God Of War, Bloodborne, etc., but not enough talk goes into Heavy Rain and it's later counterpart, Until Dawn. 9/10
The Bureau: XCOM Declassified Now I'm totally in the minority on this one, but I really enjoyed this game. Disclosure: I've never played any other XCOM game due to them being turn-based, which is why I gave this one a try. This game is solid all around, but where it shines is the setting. Some of the locations that this game puts you in, including places in New Mexico and CA, along with your base of operations, are very unique. Unless all the hate for this game was from XCOM fanboys who wanted more turn-based, than I truly don't understand what the deal was. This was a great game. 8/10
Tacoma Again, not much to really review here. A walking sim in space with its own little touch on interaction and dialogue. It's very colorful and different from most walking space sims. If you're a fan of these types of games, I think this one might be worth checking out. 7/10
Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition As the 3rd person cover shooter genre is growing quickly on me, I decided to check out the series that a number of people have credited with starting it. I also started out with the goal of playing through the entire series for the first time before Gears 5 came out. Ultimately, it fell short after this one, but I'll save that for later. GoW: UE is a great remaster. The graphics are phenomenal, and gameplay is smooth, and seemingly is the way that someone starting out on Gears Of War should start their entry into the series. The grass is not so greener after this one, but this game by itself is definitely worth your time. 7.5/10
Red Faction: Guerrilla Remarstered Didn't know how I expected this one going. I love Sci-Fi and space, and had never played a labeled destruction game before, but as soon as I stepped foot on Mars, I knew this was going to be a good one. You truly don't know how enjoyable breaking everything is until you do it, and that's all you need to focus on while playing this game. Yea other elements are there, but the destruction is just so damn satisfying that it makes this game just worth it for that. 8/10
Gears Of War 2 Man did I have to absolutely slog through this one. I've seen people credit this game as the best in the series, but all I credit it as is the game which completely killed any interest I had in Gears of War. You can only run through caves for so long before it gets mind numbingly boring. Not to mention the completely random story bits that this game throws in. This was not a fun game at all to play. 3/10
Dark Pictures Anthology: Man Of Medan After playing until dawn 3 years ago and immediately saying right afterwards "If only supermassive did an anthology series. I'd buy every game on release", here we are 3 years later and they actually are doing exactly that. While I wouldn't say that this one is as good as Until Dawn, it's still a fantastic game and one that all fans of Until Dawn should experience. Not to mention it has Shawn Ashmore in it, one of the greater lesser known actors. 8/10
Risen 1 Remember how I said a far superior version of Outward had come out in 2009? Yea, this it it. This was the ideal hardcore RPG experience I was looking for. It had everything: Fantastic story, great characters, janky combat, among all the other things that I look for in an RPG. Perhaps the most surprising part of this game was the Dialogue, and dare I say may be the best dialogue of any game that I have ever played. They have some lines in this one that are absolutely hilarious, and the best part is you would have never expected a game like this to have such strong writing, which makes it even better. This game was so close to being a legitimate masterpiece if it wasn't for the last chapter in the game which almost killed my enjoyment in the game. Other than that, this is a must play RPG. 9/10
Far Cry 3 Another one on the long list of games that I tried years ago and decided on trying again this year. Far Cry 3 ended up being just an average experience. Cheesy story, tedious objectives (crawl up a tower, liberate an outpost, rinse and repeat). I did like the main missions though, and the setting was pretty cool. A better game than Far Cry 4. 6/10
Binary Domain Boy did I enjoy my time with this one. This one is easily the hidden gem of all my 2019 games if I don't count the arguably more popular Risen 1. This game had it all, but more importantly, found a way to skillfully mix in an engaging and emotional story with a good amount of comedy. Not to mention, it probably has the best shooter physics of any game I've ever played it. It's truly a shame this one is not talked about more. 9.5/10
Far Cry 5 Decided to pick this one up after not minding Far Cry 3. Let me start by saying this: Far Cry 5 is BY FAR the best in the series in almost every facet of the series' core. I can't tell you how nice it was not having to climb up 20 towers in the game. Graphics were superb, setting was by far the best in the series, and so was the story. I also didn't realize how much of a powerhouse cast they had for this game until I finished it. Impressive. 8/10
The Outer Worlds Easily my 2019 GOTY. I haven't had that much fun playing a game since Mass Effect in February. I know I've said it a lot in these reviews, but again, this game had it all. I didn't have a single complaint about this game. Not one. Story, graphics, characters, world, all absolutely phenomenal. I was so glad to see this game get universal acclaim. It deserved it. 10/10
Rage 2 And now my worst game of 2019. This game was garbage. That is all I can say about this one. Don't ever waste your time on this POS. I can't believe I did till the end. 1/10
The Darkness This one was another slog to get through. The reviews of this game from 2007 are not representative of the game today. I can't really say one thing that this game did positive, at least by today's standards, other than offer a unique system of combat. Everything else was just not good. 4.5/10
TLDR; The Good: Mass Effect series, Outer Worlds, Binary Domain, Risen 1, L.A. Noire, The Wolf Among Us, Sleeping Dogs, Watch Dogs 2, Dead Rising 2, Far Cry 5, Assassins Creed Odyssey, Red Faction Guerrilla Remarstered, The Bureau XCOM Declassified, Heavy Rain, South Park Fractured But Whole, D4: Dark Dreams Don't Die
The Average: Condemned Criminal Origins, Bioshock 1 & 2, Batman Arkham Asylum, Shadow Of The Tomb Raider, DmC: Devil May Cry, Thimbleweed Park, Brutal Legend, Wanted Weapons Of Fate, Tacoma, Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, Far Cry 3, Bound By Flame
The Bad: Crysis 2, The Technomancer, Outward, Alpha Protocol, Gears Of War 2, Rage 2, The Darkness
Now onto games that I'm currently playing/hope to get back to....
Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice (Playing) Black Friday pickup. Really enjoying my time with this game, and after absolutely hating Dark Souls, this one has surprised me. Kingdom Hearts 3 (Playing) The games locations are so cool, especially after growing up around all these things... but the game is just so boring to play. Little Nightmares Not a big fan of sidescrollers but got this one for a good price. About half way through the game, just need to find motivation to finish it. Fallout: New Vegas Decided to give NV one more go and actually got into it. Unfortunately it's been paused due to me buying so many games on Black Friday, but it will soon be resumed. Divinity: Original Sin 2 Enjoyed my time with it but the turn-based combat really just makes it a slow hassle to play. Honestly don't know if I'll return to it. Metro Exodus Wasn't a fan of what I had played, but will likely give it another try in the future before I put it down for good.
And now for games that have been retired, for the better good....
Resident Evil 2 This was my last attempt at trying to get into the Resident Evil franchise. After trying 0, 4, 5 and now 2, this series just isn't for me. I dreaded my time with Resident Evil 2, as I can only take backtracking through the same boring hallways with no ammo so many times. (Black Friday buy - returned) Control Didn't have high hopes for this game so I wasn't disappointed, but this game was just really, really bad. Easily the worse lighting/color palette of any game I've ever played, not to mention there's nothing interesting at all about the game and the combat sucks hard. I also had a table stuck around my character 3 times in the first 2 hours. (Black Friday buy - returned) X-Blades Just a bad game. Recore Enjoyed the game up until the point where I had to deal with BS and wasn't willing to deal with the BS. Didn't leave any lasting expressions on me. Alien Isolation I can't stand insta-kill games. I've tried to pick this one up on three different occasions, but the last one was my last straw. Just not a game for me. Mass Effect: Andromeda Bad game with the worst voice acting in a video game. What else is there to say? Red Faction: Armageddon Bad game that could've been good but instead is bad. Vampyr Another game that could've been okay but just fell completely flat on its face. Ashen Man, I really did enjoy my time with this game, but once they wanted me to through an entire castle with loads of enemies on each floor and no respawn points, that was it for me sadly. Bully: Scholarship Edition Just a boring game. I can see how it might've been fun for its time, but at least for me it doesn't hold up in the slightest.
If you made it this far, thank you for reading my 2019 in gaming review! Hopefully it helped out on some games on your list.
[Review] Ranking all the Switch shmups Ep25 - Q-YO Blaster
There was a time when I believed that shmups could only feature ships. Then games like Parodius came to challenge that belief. If an Octopus can be the player, then anything is possible. And don’t get me started on Cho Aniki… When it comes to unusual characters for a shmup, it’s always a coin toss. They could either be the most fun you’ve had in a while or end up being a disappointment. Time for me to toss this coin! Publisher: Forever entertainment Platform: Nintendo Switch Release date: Jun 27, 2019 Price: $9.99 Tate: You can, but you might need to tilt your head Q-YO Blaster is by far the strangest 2D horizontal shmup I’ve reviewed for this ranking list. The gameplay and mechanics aren’t anything particularly odd, but there’s something about the presentation and the lore which is legitimately fascinating. For some reason it feels like a game developed by someone out of this world who learned about our culture through animated movies.
SATURDAY MORNING SHMUP
One of the aspects that tipped me over the edge when deciding what to review was the art style. Keeping up with the animation vibe, Q-YO Blaster sports an old school cartoon art style. Enemies will be colorful creatures with quirky details such as baseball caps, big eyes or even Mickey Mouse styled gloves. Their animations are equally as comical whether it is their attack animation of their death animation. Of course, cartoony can be used to describe maybe half of the style. The other half is probably more akin to a sci-fi coat of paint. Along the many bugs and animals, there’s also a great deal of robots, monsters, heavy weaponry and even blood running rampant (or maybe it’s oil?). It does makes sense considering the bugs came from space, and it definitely adds a touch of mystery when navigating through the stages of Q-YO Blaster.
EVERYONE IS HERE!
My original expectation of the game was to have a few pilots including the Q-YO, floating dog head from the screenshots and doggy airplane. Little did I know that Q-YO Blaster has more pilots than I have fingers in both of my hands. Pilots are arranged into 3 different teams. Each pilot has different stats which include damage, speed and fire. The teams can have +damage, +endurance or a mixture of both. Fortunately, despite the outrageous pilot designs and sprites, their hitboxes are all the same. After picking your pilot, you can pick one of 7 different special weapons to round out your style. From whichever angle you want to watch it, Q-YO Blaster offers a crazy amount of customization options. The defining feature of each team is their assistant. Assistant are powerful screen-wide effects that trigger once you fill the assistant gauge. The gauge can be filled by continuously shooting and defeating enemies. Once filled, you can hold the fire button to unleash its effect. The effects are a screen explosion that clears bullets, a temporary shield or a 360 barrage of missiles.
BUILDING YOUR OFFENSE
With all of the previous elements combined, you can play as one of 112 possible combinations of team, pilot and special weapons. In terms of weapons at your disposal, you have 3: your basic shot, your special weapon and your assistant. Your basic shot is an infinite gun that shoots bullets straight ahead with some degree of spread. The first shot is always straight, so you can opt for manual rapid fire to keep a straight line of fire. Alternatively, you can hold the button and just auto-fire. Occasionally, you’ll find power-up weapons flying around the stage. This power-ups will grant you a limited weapon when collected. These extra weapons are considerably faster than your basic shot at the cost of having limited ammo. They also have a unique effect on their very first shot, once more giving you a choice between manually shooting or going with the auto-fire.
ALSO BUILD YOUR DEFENSE
One defensive tool you have at your disposal is the pulse. Pulse clears every bullet on screen and turns them into gems. When collected, this gems will increase the level of your special weapon gauge. This special weapon will be whatever you picked on the character select, and has 3 different levels of strength depending on how many gems you have collected. It also comes with some slight invulnerability so you can use it to get out of sticky situations. The caveat of pulse is that you can only carry 3 stocks, and it is only refilled by collecting extra pulse power-ups. I have mixed feelings about this limitation, as I feel it plays an integral part of your offensive game plan. Its hard limit prevents any smart usage other than just a get-out-of-jail card. I would have loved if it had a gauge like the assistant, as that would have created a balance between building pulse and shooting your special.
Every stage carries a sort of familiar scenery. I like to think of it as Toy Story levels. Considering the characters are Q-YOs and bugs, it makes sense for the scenery to be a relatively small scale such as houses or gardens. I find them to be very charming, or it might be just my nostalgia kicking in because I grew up with Toy Story. Nonetheless, I really dig the stages. At the end of each stage, there’s a very comical boss waiting for you. These bosses represent whichever vibe you got from the level. For example, the boss of the garden level is none other than Queen Bee herself. Bosses turn the action up to 11 featuring huge bullet patterns and significantly more aggressive tactics. My one complaint about the bosses is that they feel a lot like a flow chart. They have a couple of attacks and will cycle through them in the same order all the time. Assuming you can dodge them, it’s only a matter of repeating the same moves over and over until the boss goes down. This is even worse on the harder difficulties when the bosses have much more HP. The most interesting aspects of the stages are the end rewards. Similar to many rogue-lite games, clearing a stage will let you choose a perk for the rest of your adventure. The perks are always the same, but include upgrades such as increased speed, faster shots or even 1ups.
Despite being a shmup, I really recommend paying attention to the story! It really is something else! I don’t think it actually makes much sense, but there’s something about the way it’s told that crashes my brain. It does have some powerful moments as well! Including that one stage with the sad music and the rain. I don’t want to spoil it, but it really hit me hard. I didn’t delve too much into game modes, but there’s basically classic and arcade. Classic is your base mode with the entire story and 3 selectable difficulties. If you don’t want to go through the story every time (even though it is skippable), then arcade mode is for you. Arcade mode features 0 cutscenes, so it’s all fun and games. Arcade mode is also much harder, but has 99 continues.
HARDER ISN’T ALWAYS BETTER
I have to make one of my classic parenthesis to talk about difficulty. Being honest, I think the expert difficulty and to some extent arcade are pretty terrible. The reason is because of the way the game is balanced as a result of them. Harder difficulties feature faster bullets and more complex patterns, but also feature increased vitality for the enemies. The increased lethality of the enemies makes for a hearty challenge, but all good is wiped out by the tedium of enemy endurance. What I found out was that enemies are very durable in the harder difficulties. Rather than creating a fun challenge, it makes it incredibly hard to destroy enemies. Most enemies feel like sponges that just refuse to die unless you have a special weapon. Some enemies feel outright impossible to kill before they leave the screen, an issue which hurts a lot when it comes to homing projectiles that need to be destroyed. Fun and dynamic dog fights become grindy situations where you focus on a single ship and fail to destroy it while having others flood the screen. I really think harder difficulties would have been better without the added HP on enemies but retaining the faster bullets and harder patterns.
SLOW AND STEADY DOESN’T WIN THE RACE
While on the topic of hard difficulties, the homing bullets are another culprit behind the reason the difficulty isn’t fun. I’ve never been a fan of homing attacks as they feel cheap, but it feels like it wasn’t play tested because some slower ships can’t actually avoid a homing shot without the speed upgrade. To be fair, no one shoots homing bullets on stage 1, so taking speed is utmost priority. One thing I do like about speed is that most boss patterns allow you to dodge at high speed. You can’t slow your speed, so it’s nice that there isn’t finesse required to survive some waves.
A LITTLE BIT MORE TIME IN THE OVEN
If I was on a game show about quick words and someone mentioned “Q-YO Blaster”, my response would be “rough”. While some aspects of the game are really cool, there are other where it feels a little bit incomplete. Some enemies don’t match the visual quality of others such as Major Tomm. The UI and menus also seem to come from a prototype version. There’s also a sort of bug where if you die and use a credit, the game immediately pauses. Not a big deal, but it feels out of place. The customization screen is also all sorts of blurry. You can’t remap controls either, which is a shame considering the shoulder buttons would really come in handy. Most of these issues aren’t a big deal by themselves, but they taint the final product by making it feel a little like shovelware. The game is really fun though, so it is sad to think about having it fall under that umbrella.
So the mandatory question is, is it fun? It definitely is! With its bizarre and unsettling vibe, Q-YO Blaster is still tons of fun to play. While there is certainly a lot of room for improvement, Q-YO Blaster is still a solid choice for a shmup if you are fan of the cartoon style, of the horizontal shmup format or just a fan of little critters in general. THE RANKING SO FAR:
Steredenn: Binary Stars
Stardust Galaxy Warriors: Stellar Climax
Sky Force: Reloaded
R-Type Dimensions EX
Sine Mora EX
Shikhondo – Soul Eater
Ghost Blade HD
Aero Fighters 2 (ACA Neogeo)
Lightening Force: Quest for the darkstar (Sega Ages)
Trading frame perfect inputs as method to make certain TAS-only tricks possible in RTA
I'd like to explain a general but in most games probably at most restrictively applicable method to effectively ''trade frame perfect inputs'' [which may sound strange and questionable at first if one hasn't heard of that concept before, but I'll elaborate on it below] that can be involved in (speedrun) tricks, for the purpose of transforming bio-mechanically (in the sense of the physical and speed related limits to the human hand) impossible (or at least extremely difficult) to perform TAS-only input patterns required for in-game tricks into more realistic or even decently executable new versions of input patterns for those tricks. I guess one could see it as a separate, advanced step in the same direction in which theory crafting goes for constructing setups that calibrate or normalize various parameters to make performing certain tricks easier. The idea for this method is to add a suitable frame perfect input for pausing the game to the execution of a trick in order to allow to either simulate a frame perfect immediate button press release (of another input part of a trick) or to be given more time to switch the held inputs up and buffer them through unpausing the game. If this method can at all be used in a game may depend on the following factors, among others: ° How pausing works in a game: Namely if pressing the pause button halts gameplay instantly or if gameplay is interrupted after a short delay (and in this case what the game's lag behavior is), provided pausing even is an option in the situation or even just in the game in general. ° How the game treats a trick that involves a longer gameplay process when it is interrupted by a pause in the middle of it rather than without a pause (since in some cases the game may react to pausing and continue in terms of game mechanics different than how it would without it, so that pausing doesn't solely delay gameplay). A rather simple but good example for this that was already independently of my own separate theory crafting found in another community would be Wario World Super Jumps ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN6iNne-B7E ), in which normally about 8 frames after initiating a Dash with an input the jump button has to be pressed, then released in the next frame and pressed again (and then can be held) in the next frame of this 60 Hertz game (for NTSC), in order to get the most jump height out of this (rather than lower jump heights with further off input timing). And to make this trick doable in this case, the frame perfect release of the jump button is avoided and instead a frame perfect pause is introduced in the same frame as the first jump press to create a longer time gap between the first and the second jump press. And while this version of doing the trick stays equivalent in terms of the count of frame perfect inputs, the advantage comes from not being forced to move the finger fast enough anymore for the 2nd jump press in relation to the first and the button release in between, but just having to press it at the right time and in isolation from the first jump press; and this ''de-coupling'' of frame perfect inputs in a chain of inputs is the crucial point here. More concrete distinguished situations that may be resolvable with this method might be cases like the following ones: ° Cases where one is required to press a direction button in 1 frame and one has to steer away or press another button to input the complete opposite direction in the very next frame (rather than having the lenience for it to take more frames, or especially in cases where one is using a control stick with ''analogue'' inputs, i.e. a fine input field within which joystick positions are polled, rather than just a binary check for e.g. each of 4 different directions for if the direction is held or not) and is not allowed for the input polling to happen anywhere within the process of moving the control stick from 1 side to the other, resulting in the signal sending a value for an intermediate control stick position. And this also includes cases in which an immediate direction switch has to happen again immediately afterwards. ° Especially cases in games that run at very high frame rates like 60 Hertz or 120 or more Hertz, it can make a big difference to break frame perfect input chains required for a trick up (e.g. in a simple case that may be just two different positions of a control stick with 360° movement freedom in 2 consecutive frames), by turning a situation in which one would otherwise need to steer the control stick into another direction at proper angle and inhumanly fast into a situation via pausing the game at the right frame ahead of time or together with the first directional input (depending on how the given game's pause mechanic works, if one can even pause at the time), and then buffering the 2nd directional input through the unpausing process. ° Cases where an input needs to happen for only 1 frame but not longer, and in those cases pausing may allow to cut the active gameplay time off and allow to just press and hold that button input rather than having to release it after pressing it for 1 frame. ° Cases where one has a chain of inputs that need to happen in rapid succession within few frames, where the input chain would be possible to be executed up to some frame but continuing with what follows wouldn't manually be possible when one is forced to execute the 2nd part immediately afterwards; and where one would be able to execute the 2nd part on its own as well, provided one wouldn't be forced to execute the 1st part of it and interruption-less chain that into this 2nd part (because in that case, introducing a buffer time inbetween may be able to resolve this). Disambiguation: The purpose of the method I'm trying to help giving insights into - while it may also be closely related to other useful applications like providing audio cues or visual references for afterwards as side effect - is not about pausing for the purpose of gaining information or feedback from the game (that one then due to the game pause can actually process and react to in time for use of it later) e.g. to get a better orientation on one's position and surroundings while they are frozen in place or to know when (in relation to unpausing) the next inputs should occur, or if one should pause again (e.g. in a bufferable manner when possible) to let 1 or a few frames pass until one can unpause safely to be able to buffer the next input for a trick (outside of maybe the pause button presses involved in the trick, assuming the trick doesn't require pausing in and of itself, if perfect machine-like inputs are provided like in tool-assisted superplays). Neither do I mean to address cases where the pauseless execution of a trick was previously thought to be impossible but later turned out to be possible to be performed by someone else or with more practice, muscle memory, and different cues (without qualitatively changing the manner in which the trick is attempted to be done), or where the difficulty and associated inconsistency of getting a trick was just too high without pausing, for the plain purpose of separating the input chain (rather than for also getting visual or audible cues), which are their own separate cases. But instead, the sole point here is meant to address cases where the trick in question otherwise can manually just not be performed in general, for cases where this is due to the bio-mechanical limits of human hands, for example, where any amount of practice, cues, muscle memory or reaction times may lead to performances that may be close to successfully executing a trick but turn out to be still unsuccessful. This is the kind of ''dead end'' stuck situation I'm having in mind here, with this alternate method of approaching such situations. In particular, while this ''input decoupling'' method, or ''frame perfect input trading for bio-mechanical benefits'' also involves pausing the game, it's purpose is not the same as for what's generally referred to as a plain Pause Buffer: ''Buffering a command out of a paused game. Runners can repeatedly pause a game to find the exact frame they want to execute an input on for frame perfect tricks''. However, I think a method like this also presumably would only be worth considering (in a speedrunning context) for otherwise extremely hard or impossible to in real time execute tricks that at the same time would lead to significant time-saves by making a glitch/trick performable or making an extreme case of a speed-technique doable (like maybe certain backwards longjump setups in Super Mario 64 or something along those lines), e.g. in order to make a short-cut accessible, or to trigger ''game-changing'' effects that allow important new possibilities (like opening up a new category / speedrun branch for a game or making an existing one more extreme, for changes that aren't time-saves but change the category-defining limits of a category). Of course, a pause typically would also cost time and may in speedrunning contexts be part of the trade-off for making a trick possible and/or easier to execute. For the game Super Metroid and a romhack of it there is in total (so far) 2 more situations for which I realized myself that this method can be very useful, and I'll go into one of them as example below: Trick: Saturn Climb (named after a tool-assisted speedrunner): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LLwcB5-WcE Here is a visualization (using the SNES TASing emulator lsnes) of the TAS inputs around the critical part of the trick (for which some of the inputs need to be as shown in the following screenshot, but not all): https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/396448200447361024/737817960244183050/Saturn_Climb_TAS_inputs.png For Super Metroid (running at 60 Hertz) on NTSC there exists this tricky walljump that is highly precise in the vertical and horizontal sub-pixel range for Samus' positioning from where the walljump has to be executed, as well as extraordinarily precise in directional input timing and the rapid changes of that. The critical part that appears to be impossible to perform in this manner are two immediately consecutive required instantaneous direction switches (from holding Right to holding Left within 1 frame and only for 1 frame, and holding Right again immediately after that, as one can see in the screenshot at the frame rows from 49600 to 49602). Now (leaving out some details about previously also required frame perfect inputs which however would only need to happen in isolation from each other), by pressing Start about 1 second ahead of time (since in this game pressing Start doesn't pause it immediately) frame perfectly (which adds/introduces another frame perfect input that is not present normally), 2 new variants of this trick emerge from doing so, which would allow to overcome this rapid input hurdle: (i) Either the earlier Start press makes the game enter the pause menu in the frame 49601, meaning that the gameplay frames relevant to Samus' movement end with frame 49600 (before frame 49601), in which case the first (frame perfect) Right (>) press can be held into the menu (which takes out the otherwise required frame perfect release of the button press), and from there one can buffer Left (<) through unpausing the game and then is only anymore required to instantly switch to pressing and holding Right (>) in the correct frame [which is a type of execution that has been shown to be doable on SNES controllers before]. (ii) Or the earlier Start press makes the game enter the pause menu 1 frame later, namely in frame 49062, and in this case after pressing Right frame perfectly, one would have to instantly switch to pressing Left at frame 49601 and can hold it into the pause menu, followed by being able to buffer holding Right (>) throughout all of the unpausing process in order to continue. Also, when it comes to making precise tricks possible to execute, while games where initiating a pause makes the game stop instantly may in some cases have the advantage that the pause input can be pressed together with another critical input for a trick, so that doing both at the same time may come close to just pressing 1 button frame perfectly; games where initiating a pause happens with a delay may in probably more rare cases have the advantage that a convoluted input pattern doesn't get even more condensed with a pause input having to happen in the middle of it, because the pausing input can happen in isolation beforehand. What I would hope could come from this would be the revisiting of previously as impossible to perform thought of tricks in games that were thoroughly tested for the respective input windows involved in them, for which this approach makes the difference, but also the same for tricks that haven't been looked into yet regarding the actual difficulty of performing them and associated input lenience windows for success, but are known to exist (e.g. from tool-assisted speedruns) already.
First off I'd like to thank everyone from Reddit who submitted helpful answers to the survey to help me out with my research. At the time of writing, there are 845 responses to the survey which is more than I could have asked for! The original number of responses was 870 however I had to remove a small portion of these due to the answers being unhelpful, sexist, bigoted or being far too vulgar. While I'm upset there were responses like this in the first place, I'm happy that there were far more helpful people than hinderences. I will be sharing the most common answers from each question in this post and discussing some of the more frequent responses. Question 1 What is your age? The most common answer given was the 18-25 age group with 50.5% of people, followed by 27.7% of people being in the 26-35 age group. The least common answer given was predictably the 66+ age group, with only one person falling into this category. Question 2 What Gender do you identify as? The large majority of people who answered the survey were males, with 95.3% of people answering this way. The next most common identified gender was female, making up 3.1% of the respondants. Non-binary and prefer not to say made up the remaining 1.6% of people. Question 3 Which of these consoles do you regularly use to game? Due to the "Choose all that apply" option I added to the questions, the combination of responses for this question were very unique. The most popular option being Gaming PC, which was selected by 496 people. The most popular combination was that of the Gaming PC and a Nintendo Switch, bringing in 83 responses. The next most popular consoles were the PS4/PS3 (429 Responses), Nintendo Switch (399 Responses) and the Xbox One/Xbox 360 (164 Responses) Question 4 How long have you been playing Fighting Games? This question yielded the most balance of answers out of the multiple choice questions. The majority of people answering chose the 10+ years option, with 37.4% of the votes. The next most popular answers were 3-4 years (16.7%), 5-6 years (15.6%) and 1-2 years (14.8%) Question 5 When choosing a fighting game character to play, do you prefer to...? This question offered 3 options to choose from, the first being "...Use a wide range of characters, All rounder", The second being "...Use a small selection of pockets picks, 2-5 characters" and the third being "...Use a One Trick Pony, master a single character". I also added a "Other" answer, where people could submit their own answer. The most popular response to this question was using a small selection of pocket picks, with 56.6% of the vote. Using a wide range of characters received 20.4% of the vote and using a single character received 18% of the vote. A popular point of view of peoples submitted answers, was using a main but also having a few back up characters just in case. Question 6 What is your all time favourite fighting game and character from that game? And Why? This question by far gave the most variety of answers as it was entirely opinion based. While looking through over 800 unique responses sounds like fun, I used the ctrl+f function and searched the names of the most popular fighting games franchises and found how many times each are mentioned. Tekken - 121 results, Street Fighter - 112, Mortal Kombat - 76 (Note, searching for MK brought up a further 50 results), Super Smash Bros - 204, Injustice - 95, Dragon Ball - 22 (Note, searching for DBFZ brought up 22 more results), Marvel vs Capcom - 13 (Note, searching for MVC brought an additional 7 results), Soul Calibur - 12. Other results include Skullgirls, Dead or Alive and Killer Instinct, among others. Question 7 When choosing a fighting game to play, which of these are essential for a fun experience? Select all that apply The most popular answer for this question was the inclusion of a deep roster of characters to play as, bringing in 681 votes, followed by Competitive and Casual online multiplayer, taking 613 votes. The least popular option given by the survey was Industry Revolutionizing Graphics, bringing in 113 votes. As with Question 5, I allowed users to submit their own answers for this question, and an overwhelming majority asked for an improved netcode, which in line relates to the Competitive and Casual Online Multiplayer answer, being so popular. Question 8 What is one mistake you think developers consistently make when creating fighting games? For this question, I allowed users to submit their own answers rather than giving them a multiple choice answer. As with the previous question, A large majority of players feel that developers need to improve the Netcode issue. A rather noticable complaint also, is that developers sometimes attempt to appeal to casual players over the more dedicated, currently existing fan base, and thus it simplifies the game. Some players believe that a comprehensive tutorial would be a welcome fix, allowing for newer players to learn the more difficult mechanics. One user says "Dedicated players will stick around, bad players will leave regardless of how easy it is to learn" Question 9 What is your opinion on crossover titles? (e.g. StreetfighterXTekken, Mortal Kombat vs DC Universe) The responses for this question were surprisingly positive for the most part, with many people saying that the mix of two franchises allows both to grow and the player bases to evolve. Of course not all responses were positive, with some saying that crossover titles sometimes alienate one side of users by removing features that make their franchise popular or unique (e.g. Forcing Tekken to be 2D to accomodate for Street Fighters play style). Some players listed examples of well executed crossover games, with Marvel vs Capcom being the most popular, and some arguing that Super Smash Bros is the most popular crossover fighting game franchise ever. Question 10 How do you feel about guest characters in fighting games? (e.g. Raiden in Injustice 2, Negan in Tekken 7) This question by far had the most split answers of all in this survey. Many people argued that guest characters detracted from the lore and playstyle of the favourite games (Noctis, Geese and Akuma in Tekken) while others argued that guest characters allowed for a wider audience to play and enjoy certain games. The majority of those arguing for guest characters, agreed that three guests was the optimal amount to have in a game, while those arguing against made a point of saying guest characters were nothing more than a cash grab and unwelcome. In summary, I believe that posting my survey on reddit in the various subreddits I chose allowed for a healthy mix of opinions based on fans of different franchises. However due to the lack of diversity of the people answering (Majority of males) I could have improved this survey by posting it on different platforms (e.g. Twitter and Facebook) Once again I would like to thank everyone who helped with this survey! I appreciate everything!
Last Updated: April 8th, 2020, at 8:27pm PDT - Added tips for The Problem Solvers and Wheat from the Chaff for brand new players Last Updated: April 2nd, 2020, at 3:15pm PDT - Updated Melf's upgrade info; guide complete unless I missed something Last Updated: April 1st, 2020, at 9:41pm PDT - Updated Melf's Feat info Last Updated: Initial Post
The start of spring is traditionally marked by a day of peace and rejoicing, featuring beautiful displays of flowers in celebration of Lathander, God of Spring and The Morninglord. Unfortunately for the town of Triboar on the Sword Coast, their celebrations are interrupted by the arrival of a githyanki raiding party... Greengrass runs from Wednesday April 1st, 2020, at Noon PST, thru Monday April 13th, 2020, at Noon PST. You can find the official Greengrass blog post here.
General Event Tips
I highly recommend reading my Guide to Event Planning for basic progression information and ways to maximize your gains/efficiency during Events. There is too much information to put here as this specific Event guide is long enough already.
Don't be afraid to ask questions in the comment section! Also, I stream the game now and welcome any and all questions there as well! You can find all of my Idle Champions guides here. Good luck & have fun! ~ Gaar
Note: Event guides are always a work-in-progress and will update over time so check back frequently! I'll note at the top in the revisions area when it's complete. Important: In Year 3 and beyond, there will be a lot to do to unlock all Champions Gear from an Event if it's your first time doing it. I recommend focusing your time and resources on Gear for no more than 2 Champions as a new player. You can still unlock all 3 Champions though, and should. Your Event tokens are a finite resource, as is your time, and it can be challenging enough to complete two full sets of adventures as a new player, not to mention have time left to do Free Plays for more gear. You also end up with fewer Chests for each Champion if you go for 3+ Champions per Event. Feel free to ask in the comments about which Champions are recommended in the current iteration of the game so you can make an informed decision on how to spend your time.
Year One Champion - Nrakk, the Githzerai Monk
You can find their Event Guide here. Feel free to ask questions about them and their formations here in the comments as the linked discussion may be locked to new comments.
Year Two Champion - Aila, the Wild Elf Barbarian
You can find their Event Guide here. Feel free to ask questions about them and their formations here in the comments as the linked discussion may be locked to new comments.
Year Three Champion - Melf, the Elf FighteWizard
You can read their original Champion Spotlight here. Slot 12: Swaps with Arkhan, Azaka, Nerys, & Zorbu. Good with: Elves; everyone Eligible for Patrons: Mirt, Vajra, & Strahd
Bio: Born into the royal family of Celene, he assumed the simple name of Melf eschewing a life of comfort as a noble to study the arcane arts and train as a swordsman. He delved in the dungeons of Castle Greyhawk, the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth and many other harrowing places honing his skills, knowledge and amassing powerful magic items. Melf sees himself as a weapon of weal hurtling toward the heart of the darkest evils in the realm. He is opinionated and has a touch of conceit that he is blissfully ignorant of possessing.
Base Attack Speed: 5 seconds Basic Attack: Zagyg’s Needle - Melf leaps out and attacks the nearest enemy with his magic spear. If Melf has any Minute Meteors active, he fires one at a random enemy as well. Ultimate: Melf's Minute Meteors — Melf summons six Minute Meteors that float around him. They are fired when he attacks normally and deal BUD-based damage to all enemies in a small area.
Melf's Adaptive Support Spell: Melf creates a new spell to assist the formation. He customizes it based on the Champions in the formation and where Melf is placed within it. It increases the damage of Champions adjacent to Melf by 100% and that value is augmented based on some other parameters, each of which applies multiplicatively.
If there is another Elf (aside from Melf) in the formation, increase the effect by 50%
Increase the range by 2 if Melf is not in the front-most or rear-most columns in the formation (affects all champions within 3 slots)
Increase the effect by 10% for each unique race in the formation
This ability is buffed by upgrades and equipment (buffs apply to the final calculated value, not the individual increases). Melf's Augmented Support Spell: Melf augments his Adaptive Support Spell for each Champion it affects.
Increase the effect by 50% on the non-dominant gender in the formation (applies to non-binary champions all the time)
Increase the effect by 50% for each slot away from Melf a Champion is (multiplicatively)
Melf's Speedy Supplement: Melf provides one of the following effects at random. A new effect is chosen at random every 50 areas (though it could pick the same one multiple times in a row).
Increase chance to spawn an additional enemy with each wave by 25%
Increase enemy spawn speed by 25%
Increase chance of double quest drops by 25%
This ability is buffed by equipment; note if the chance of double quest drops gets above 100% it will then always cause double quest drops with a chance to cause triple quest drops, etc. Likewise with spawning additional enemies with each wave. Melf's Righteous Determination: Melf knows exactly what evil is. Whenever an enemy spawns it has a 50% chance of being deemed "evil" by Melf. Enemies that are deemed evil take 100% more damage from all Ultimate attacks.
Bonus Adaption: Increases the effect of Melf's Adaptive Support Spell by 100% Extra Supplements: Increase the effect of Melf's Speedy Supplement by 100% Absolute Righteousness: Increase the effect of Melf's Righteous Determination by 100%
Slot 1: Spear - Increases the damage of all Champions Slot 2: Shield - Increases the damage of all Champions Slot 3: Cloak - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability Slot 4: Spellbook - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Speedy Supplement ability Slot 5: Chainmail - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Righteous Determination ability Slot 6: Meteor - Buffs Melf's Ultimate attack Damage
First slot is available at 60 while the second is available at 1140. Default: Selflessness - Increases the damage of all Champions by 10% Default: Supportive Ally - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 20% 12,500 Gems: Inspiring Leader - Increases the damage of all Champions by 25% 12,500 Gems: Melf's Medium Meteors - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Righteous Determination ability by 40% Gold Chest: Encouraging Ally - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 40% Gold Chest: Rushed Plans - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Speedy Supplement ability by 40%
20 - Melf's Adaptive Support Spell
40 - Increases the damage of Melf by 100%
50 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
60 - Melf's Righteous Determination
65 - Increases the damage of Melf by 100%
70 - Melf's Speedy Supplement
80 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
85 - Increases the damage of Melf by 100%
90 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
95 - Ultimate
100 - Specialization Choice
110 - Increases the damage of Melf by 100%
120 - Melf's Augmented Support Spell
140 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
150 - Increases the damage of Melf by 100%
160 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
210 - Increases the damage of Melf by 200%
230 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
250 - Increases the damage of Melf by 200%
300 - Increases the damage of Melf by 200%
350 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
360 - Increases the damage of Melf by 200%
370 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
430 - Increases the damage of Melf by 200%
490 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
500 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
550 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
560 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
585 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
645 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
655 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
725 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
765 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
775 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
815 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
825 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
920 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
935 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
950 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 200%
1010 - Increases the damage of Melf by 300%
1025 - Increases the damage of all Champions by 100%
1035 - Increases the effect of Melf's Melf's Adaptive Support Spell ability by 200%
Current max upgrade level is 1035
Formation & Mission Information
Once you complete the first mission, three Variants and a Free Play show up. There is a new formation that holds 10 Champions. It has an Event-specific format that I've done my best to re-create below.
New Player Formation & Specializations:
Bruenor - Shield Master
Minsc - Humanoids
Calliope - College of Lore
Nayeli - Oath of Devotion
Asharra - Elves & Dwarves
Jarlaxle - Leader of Bregan D'aerthe
Celeste - Life Domain
Hitch - Charismatic
This formation is for the first couple of runs where you're just not going to get enough Gold to get everyone on the field, let alone level people up into their power curves. At this point, Jarlaxle is focusing on being your Primary DPS while everyone else is set up to support him. The following formation is for once you can get Hitch up into his power curve for damage and he starts outpacing Jarlaxle. You'll have to figure this out during your runs by swapping him and Jarlaxle around every now and then and seeing who's doing better in that Primary DPS slot.
Tyril - Moonbeam
Makos - Dark Blessing
Bruenor - Shield Master
Asharra - Humans
Calliope - College of Lore
Nayeli - Oath of Devotion
Jarlaxle - Leader of Bregan D'aerthe
Hitch - Charismatic
Celeste - Life Domain
Minsc - Humanoids
This formation should get you through the Event as a new player. If you have other options or think a different DPS is geared better, try it out and see what happens! Swapping DPS around like this can help you figure out what works best for you with your specific items. If you need assistance with formations, ask in the Comment section and be sure to list out what extra Champs you have so people know what to work with. These are the rough Favor values you need to reach to make a Variant (Second through Fourth missions) show as Easy in terms of Difficulty. Keep in mind that this is just a generic rating system and some Variants may be harder than others, even when they show as Easy.
Favor Level (Normal)
Favor Level (Scientific Notation)
Initial Mission: The Endless War (Melf)
Cost: 100 Bouquets Complete: Level 50 Reward: Melf + whatever Lathander's Favor you earned Info: No restrictions.
Second Mission: Honorable Discharge
Cost: 1,000 Bouquets Complete: Level 75 Reward: Gold Melf Chest & whatever Lathander's Favor you earned Info: Each Champion can only be used to complete 50 areas. Gaar's Notes: Not gonna lie, this could be rough if you don't have much Favor. New players will need to remove all Champions from the formation and rely on Click Damage only through the first 25 levels and then build a formation on 26 to beat this due to lack of swappable Champions. Make sure it shows as Easy before starting. Even then, maybe wait until The Problem Solvers shows as Easy as well before starting this one.
Third Mission: The Problem Solvers
Cost: 2,500 Bouquets Complete: Level 125 Reward: Gold Melf Chest & whatever Lathander's Favor you earned Info: Only Champions with an INT score of 13 or higher can be used. Gaar's Notes: Well, this is basically your introduction to Strahd as a Patron, only in an Event. Here's a list of viable Champs with those that can be used with a Feat in ():
Slot 1: Sisaspia, K'thriss, & Turiel
Slot 2: Regis & (Celeste)
Slot 3: Artemis
Slot 4: Jarlaxle, Paultin, & Stoki
Slot 5: Dhadius, Xander, & Qillek
Slot 6: Asharra, Krond, & Shandie
Slot 7: Jim, Catti-Brie, & Farideh
Slot 8: Delina, Vlahnya, Hitch, & (Nrakk)
Slot 9: Makos, Morgaen, Birdsong, & (Drizzt)
Slot 10: Tyril & (Rosie)
Slot 11: Strix, Dragonbait, & Avren
Slot 12: Melf, (Zorbu), & (Nerys)
If you don't have a viable formation after this restriction, stock up on Favor before attempting. Get it to Easy, or even better, get Wheat From the Chaff to show as Easy before starting. As a brand new player who may only have Core Champs and Melf, you may end up at a point where your Champs just aren't doing damage. At that point, try leveling up your Click Damage. Normally I don't recommend this, but I beat it that way on my gearless account with Core/Melf in the formation. So keep it open as an option.
Fourth Mission: Wheat From the Chaff
Cost: 5,000 Bouquets Complete: Level 175 Reward: Gold Melf Chest & whatever Lathander's Favor you earned Info: Melf starts out in the formation with Melf's Righteous Determination unlocked. Only enemies that Melf deems evil can be damaged. Blockers, bosses, and boss trash mobs are always deemed evil. All non-evil enemies are invulnerable and can not even be attacked. Gaar's Notes: Oof. Make sure you have a reliable tank for this one because they're going to get some work. Do not attempt this before it shows as Easy if you're new. This is going to be difficult without AoE DPS options. It's also going to take a long time... (pssst...set up your formation, level up your Champs, place familiars to level them up if you can, then go offline...) If you're brand new and only have Core/Evergreen Champs plus Melf, here's a formation setup that should help get you through the early levels until you can get another tank in front. Basically, you're splitting damage between two Champs to help you die slower. Bruenor has his Overhwelm Feat slotted while Nayeli is in Devotion spec and Calliope is in Lore spec to increases survivability. Good luck!
Cost: 500-2500 Bouquets Complete: Level 50 to earn a random Melf chest Reward: See above + whatever Lathander's Favor you earned Info: No restrictions.
Recruit Melf - 1% Recruit Melf, the Elf Wizard/Fighter Melf's Vigorous Variants - 1% Complete all three variants of the "The Endless War (Melf)" adventure. Melf's Marvelous Equipment - 1% Obtain a piece of gear for each of Melf's six equipment slots. (Event Champ gear does not come from regular SilveGold Chests. You can earn Event Champ gear from their specific Event Chests, Time Gates, and other limited-time Chests as noted.) Melf's Free Play Slog - 1% Complete area 275 in any "The Endless War" free play. Melf's "Broken" RNG - 1% Complete 200 consecutive areas with Melf's Speedy Supplement providing the same buff.
Problem with Unreal Engine's Nativization feature + Visual Studio 2017
Im using UE4.25.1 by the way. I don't know why it won't allow me to package my game after enabling nativization. I also did add the assets to nativize in the array by manually setting up my blueprint for nativization via Class settings. It packages and runs smoothly afterwards when nativization is disabled. I'm getting the ff errors from my output log: Took 184.0273603s to run UnrealBuildTool.exe, ExitCode=6 UATHelper: Packaging (Windows (64-bit)): UnrealBuildTool failed. See log for more details. (C:\Users\Zelijah\AppData\Roaming\Unreal Engine\AutomationTool\Logs\Z+[GAMES]+Epic+Games+UE_4.25\UBT-InMyHead-Win64-Development.txt) UATHelper: Packaging (Windows (64-bit)): AutomationTool exiting with ExitCode=6 (6) UATHelper: Packaging (Windows (64-bit)): BUILD FAILED PackagingResults: Error: Unknown Error Here's my full log text file:
AndroidPlatformFactory.RegisterBuildPlatforms: UnrealBuildTool.AndroidPlatformSDK has no valid SDK IOSPlatformFactory.RegisterBuildPlatforms: UnrealBuildTool.IOSPlatformSDK using manually installed SDK LinuxPlatformFactory.RegisterBuildPlatforms: UnrealBuildTool.LinuxPlatformSDK has no valid SDK WindowsPlatformFactory.RegisterBuildPlatforms: UnrealBuildTool.WindowsPlatformSDK using manually installed SDK BuildMode.Execute: Command line: "Z:\[GAMES]\Epic Games\UE_4.25\Engine\Binaries\DotNET\UnrealBuildTool.exe" InMyHead Win64 Development -Project="Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\InMyHead.uproject" "Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\InMyHead.uproject" -NoUBTMakefiles -remoteini="Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead" -skipdeploy -Manifest="Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Build\Manifest.xml" -NoHotReload -log="C:\Users\Zelijah\AppData\Roaming\Unreal Engine\AutomationTool\Logs\Z+[GAMES]+Epic+Games+UE_4.25\UBT-InMyHead-Win64-Development.txt" DynamicCompilation.RequiresCompilation: Compiling Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Build\BuildRules\InMyHeadModuleRules.dll: Assembly does not exist WindowsPlatform.FindVSInstallDirs: Found Visual Studio installation: Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise (Product=Microsoft.VisualStudio.Product.Enterprise, Version=15.9.28307.1146, Sort=0) WindowsPlatform.FindToolChainDirs: Found Visual Studio toolchain: Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023 (Version=14.16.27040) WindowsPlatform.UpdateCachedWindowsSdks: Found Windows 8.1 SDK at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.1 WindowsPlatform.EnumerateSdkRootDirs: Found Windows 10 SDK root at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10 (1) WindowsPlatform.EnumerateSdkRootDirs: Found Windows 10 SDK root at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10 (2) WindowsPlatform.UpdateCachedWindowsSdks: Found Universal CRT version 10.0.10240.0 at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10 WindowsPlatform.UpdateCachedWindowsSdks: Found Windows 10 SDK version 10.0.14393.0 at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10 WindowsPlatform.UpdateCachedWindowsSdks: Found Universal CRT version 10.0.14393.0 at C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10 DynamicCompilation.RequiresCompilation: Compiling Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Plugins\NativizedAssets\Windows\Game\Intermediate\Build\BuildRules\NativizedAssetsModuleRules.dll: Assembly does not exist UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PythonScriptPlugin' (referenced via InMyHead.uproject) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'NativizedAssets' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'Paper2D' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AISupport' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'LightPropagationVolume' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CameraShakePreviewer' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ActorLayerUtilities' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AnimationSharing' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SignificanceManager' (referenced via default plugins -> AnimationSharing.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CLionSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CodeLiteSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GitSourceControl' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'KDevelopSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'NullSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PerforceSourceControl' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PlasticSourceControl' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'RiderSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SubversionSourceControl' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'UObjectPlugin' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'VisualStudioCodeSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'VisualStudioSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'XCodeSourceCodeAccess' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AssetManagerEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CryptoKeys' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CurveEditorTools' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'DataValidation' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'FacialAnimation' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GameplayTagsEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GeometryMode' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MacGraphicsSwitching' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MaterialAnalyzer' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MobileLauncherProfileWizard' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PluginBrowser' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SpeedTreeImporter' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'DatasmithContent' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'VariantManagerContent' (referenced via default plugins -> DatasmithContent.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AlembicImporter' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GeometryCache' (referenced via default plugins -> AlembicImporter.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AutomationUtils' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ScreenshotTools' (referenced via default plugins -> AutomationUtils.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'BackChannel' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ChaosClothEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ChaosCloth' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosClothEditor.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ChaosEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PlanarCut' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GeometryProcessing' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin -> PlanarCut.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'EditableMesh' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GeometryCollectionPlugin' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ProceduralMeshComponent' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin -> GeometryCollectionPlugin.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ChaosSolverPlugin' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosEditor.uplugin -> GeometryCollectionPlugin.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ChaosNiagara' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'Niagara' (referenced via default plugins -> ChaosNiagara.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CharacterAI' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PlatformCrypto' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ProxyLODPlugin' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SkeletalReduction' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Ignoring plugin 'MagicLeapMedia' (referenced via default plugins) due to unsupported target platform. UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MagicLeapPassableWorld' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MagicLeap' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MLSDK' (referenced via default plugins -> MagicLeap.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MagicLeapLightEstimation' (referenced via default plugins -> MagicLeap.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AndroidMedia' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AvfMedia' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ImgMedia' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MediaCompositing' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MediaPlayerEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'WmfMedia' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MeshPainting' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'TcpMessaging' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'UdpMessaging' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ActorSequence' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'LevelSequenceEditor' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MatineeToLevelSequence' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'TemplateSequence' (referenced via default plugins -> MatineeToLevelSequence.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MovieRenderPipeline' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'EditorScriptingUtilities' (referenced via default plugins -> MovieRenderPipeline.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'NetcodeUnitTest' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'NUTUnrealEngine4' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Ignoring plugin 'OnlineSubsystemGooglePlay' (referenced via default plugins) due to unsupported target platform. UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Ignoring plugin 'OnlineSubsystemIOS' (referenced via default plugins) due to unsupported target platform. UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'OnlineSubsystemNull' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'OnlineSubsystem' (referenced via default plugins -> OnlineSubsystemNull.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'OnlineSubsystemUtils' (referenced via default plugins -> OnlineSubsystemNull.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'LauncherChunkInstaller' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AndroidDeviceProfileSelector' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AndroidMoviePlayer' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AndroidPermission' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AppleImageUtils' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AppleMoviePlayer' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ArchVisCharacter' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AssetTags' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'AudioCapture' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CableComponent' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'CustomMeshComponent' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'ExampleDeviceProfileSelector' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GoogleCloudMessaging' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'GooglePAD' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'IOSDeviceProfileSelector' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'LinuxDeviceProfileSelector' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'LocationServicesBPLibrary' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'MobilePatchingUtils' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'OculusVR' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'PhysXVehicles' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Ignoring plugin 'PostSplashScreen' (referenced via default plugins) due to unsupported target platform. UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'RuntimePhysXCooking' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SoundFields' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'SteamVR' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'Synthesis' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'WebMMoviePlayer' (referenced via default plugins) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'WebMMedia' (referenced via default plugins -> WebMMoviePlayer.uplugin) UEBuildTarget.AddPlugin: Enabling plugin 'WindowsMoviePlayer' (referenced via default plugins) LuminSDKVersionHelper.HasAnySDK: *** Unable to determine MLSDK location *** VCToolChain..ctor: Compiler: Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\HostX64\x64\cl.exe VCToolChain..ctor: Linker: Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\HostX64\x64\link.exe VCToolChain..ctor: Library Manager: Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\HostX64\x64\lib.exe VCToolChain..ctor: Resource Compiler: C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\bin\x64\rc.exe ExternalExecution.AreGeneratedCodeFilesOutOfDate: UnrealHeaderTool needs to run because no generated code directory was found for module NativizedAssets ExternalExecution.ExecuteHeaderToolIfNecessary: Parsing headers for InMyHead ExternalExecution.ExecuteHeaderToolIfNecessary: Running UnrealHeaderTool "Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\InMyHead.uproject" "Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Build\Win64\InMyHead\Development\InMyHead.uhtmanifest" -LogCmds="loginit warning, logexit warning, logdatabase error" -Unattended -WarningsAsErrors -abslog="C:\Users\Zelijah\AppData\Roaming\Unreal Engine\AutomationTool\Logs\Z+[GAMES]+Epic+Games+UE_4.25\UHT-InMyHead-Win64-Development.txt" -installed ExternalExecution.ExecuteHeaderToolIfNecessary: Reflection code generated for InMyHead in 7.4428985 seconds UEBuildTarget.GenerateManifest: Writing manifest to Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Build\Manifest.xml HotReload.IsLiveCodingSessionActive: Checking for live coding mutex: Global\LiveCoding_Z++Zelijah Media Files+In My Head (feat. Hijo)+UE Assets+[Project]+InMyHead+Binaries+Win64+InMyHead.exe ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.4_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.4_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.9_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.9_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.3_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.3_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Engine.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Engine.h.pch" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.9_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.9_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.4_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.4_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.7_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.7_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.8_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.8_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.6_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.6_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.8_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.8_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.7_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.7_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.1_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.1_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.5_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.5_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.2_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.2_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.5_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.5_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: InMyHead.target: Produced item "InMyHead.target" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.1_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.1_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.2_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.2_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.10_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.10_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: InMyHead.exe: Produced item "InMyHead.exe" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.10_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.10_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Default.rc2: Produced item "Default.rc2.res" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.6_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.6_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.11_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.11_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.3_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.3_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: InMyHead.cpp: Produced item "InMyHead.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.11_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.11_of_11.cpp.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Core.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Core.h.pch" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.4_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.4_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.9_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.9_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.3_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.3_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.8_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.8_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.1_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.1_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.2_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.2_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.9_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.9_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.7_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.7_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.10_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.10_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.11_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.11_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.10_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.10_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Engine.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Engine.h.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.2_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.2_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Core.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Core.h.obj" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.6_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.6_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.8_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.8_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.5_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.5_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Engine.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Engine.h.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: InMyHead.exe: Produced item "InMyHead.pdb" was produced by outdated command-line. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: New command-line: Z:\[GAMES]\Epic Games\UE_4.25\Engine\Build\Windows\link-filter\link-filter.exe -- "Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023\bin\HostX64\x64\link.exe" @"Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Intermediate\Build\Win64\InMyHead\Development\InMyHead.exe.response" ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: SharedPCH.Core.cpp: Produced item "SharedPCH.Core.h.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: InMyHead.cpp: Produced item "InMyHead.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.6_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.6_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.11_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.11_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.gen.4_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.gen.4_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.7_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.7_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.3_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.3_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.5_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.5_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.IsActionOutdated: Module.NativizedAssets.1_of_11.cpp: Produced item "Module.NativizedAssets.1_of_11.cpp.txt" doesn't exist. ActionGraph.DeleteOutdatedProducedItems: Deleting outdated item: Z:\Zelijah Media Files\In My Head (feat. Hijo)\UE Assets\[Project]\InMyHead\Binaries\Win64\InMyHead.pdb BuildMode.Build: Building InMyHead... BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: Using Visual Studio 2017 14.16.27040 toolchain (Z:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Visual Studio\2017\Enterprise\VC\Tools\MSVC\14.16.27023) and Windows 10.0.14393.0 SDK (C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10). BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] Using backward-compatible build settings. The latest version of UE4 sets the following values by default, which may require code changes: BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] bLegacyPublicIncludePaths = false => Omits subfolders from public include paths to reduce compiler command line length. (Previously: true). BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] ShadowVariableWarningLevel = WarningLevel.Error => Treats shadowed variable warnings as errors. (Previously: WarningLevel.Warning). BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] PCHUsage = PCHUsageMode.UseExplicitOrSharedPCHs => Set in build.cs files to enables IWYU-style PCH model. See https://docs.unrealengine.com/en-US/Programming/BuildTools/UnrealBuildTool/IWYU/index.html. (Previously: PCHUsageMode.UseSharedPCHs). BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] Suppress this message by setting 'DefaultBuildSettings = BuildSettingsVersion.V2;' in InMyHead.Target.cs, and explicitly overriding settings that differ from the new defaults. BuildMode.OutputToolchainInfo: [Upgrade] ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Building 28 actions with 16 processes... ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [1/28] Default.rc2 ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [2/28] SharedPCH.Core.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [3/28] InMyHead.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [4/28] SharedPCH.Engine.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [5/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.5_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [6/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.4_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [7/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.2_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [8/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.3_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [9/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.6_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [10/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.7_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [11/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.8_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [12/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.9_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [13/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.1_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [14/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.10_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [15/28] Module.NativizedAssets.gen.11_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [16/28] Module.NativizedAssets.10_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(571): error C2065: 'UW_Minimap_C__pf655287937': undeclared identifier ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(571): error C2672: 'NewObject': no matching overloaded function found ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(571): error C2974: 'NewObject': invalid template argument for 'T', type expected ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:\[GAMES]\Epic Games\UE_4.25\Engine\Source\Runtime\CoreUObject\Public\UObject/UObjectGlobals.h(1225): note: see declaration of 'NewObject' ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(572): error C3536: '__Local__8': cannot be used before it is initialized ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(572): error C2440: '': cannot convert from 'int' to 'FUnconvertedWrapper__UW_Minimap_C__pf655287937' ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(572): note: No constructor could take the source type, or constructor overload resolution was ambiguous ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(575): error C2440: '=': cannot convert from 'int' to 'UWidget *' ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: Z:/Zelijah Media Files/In My Head (feat. Hijo)/UE Assets/[Project]/InMyHead/Intermediate/Plugins/NativizedAssets/Windows/Game/Source/NativizedAssets/Private/W_PlayerHUD__pf655287937.cpp(575): note: Conversion from integral type to pointer type requires reinterpret_cast, C-style cast or function-style cast ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [17/28] Module.NativizedAssets.5_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [18/28] Module.NativizedAssets.2_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [19/28] Module.NativizedAssets.8_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [20/28] Module.NativizedAssets.7_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [21/28] Module.NativizedAssets.6_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [22/28] Module.NativizedAssets.3_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [23/28] Module.NativizedAssets.11_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [24/28] Module.NativizedAssets.1_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [25/28] Module.NativizedAssets.4_of_11.cpp ParallelExecutor.ExecuteActions: [26/28] Module.NativizedAssets.9_of_11.cpp UnrealBuildTool.Main: CompilationResultException: Error: OtherCompilationError UnrealBuildTool.Main: at UnrealBuildTool.ActionGraph.ExecuteActions(BuildConfiguration BuildConfiguration, List`1 ActionsToExecute) in D:\Build\++UE4+Licensee\Sync\Engine\Saved\CsTools\Engine\Source\Programs\UnrealBuildTool\System\ActionGraph.cs:line 242 UnrealBuildTool.Main: at UnrealBuildTool.BuildMode.Build(List`1 TargetDescriptors, BuildConfiguration BuildConfiguration, ISourceFileWorkingSet WorkingSet, BuildOptions Options, FileReference WriteOutdatedActionsFile) in D:\Build\++UE4+Licensee\Sync\Engine\Saved\CsTools\Engine\Source\Programs\UnrealBuildTool\Modes\BuildMode.cs:line 372 UnrealBuildTool.Main: at UnrealBuildTool.BuildMode.Execute(CommandLineArguments Arguments) in D:\Build\++UE4+Licensee\Sync\Engine\Saved\CsTools\Engine\Source\Programs\UnrealBuildTool\Modes\BuildMode.cs:line 219 UnrealBuildTool.Main: at UnrealBuildTool.UnrealBuildTool.Main(String ArgumentsArray) in D:\Build\++UE4+Licensee\Sync\Engine\Saved\CsTools\Engine\Source\Programs\UnrealBuildTool\UnrealBuildTool.cs:line 550 Timeline.Print: Timeline: Timeline.Print: Timeline.Print: [ 0.000] Timeline.Print: [ 0.000](+0.053) Timeline.Print: [ 0.053](+0.002) FileMetadataPrefetch.QueueEngineDirectory() Timeline.Print: [ 0.055](+0.229) XmlConfig.ReadConfigFiles() Timeline.Print: [ 0.285](+0.000) SingleInstanceMutex.Acquire() Timeline.Print: [ 0.285](+0.125) UEBuildPlatform.RegisterPlatforms() Timeline.Print: 0.286 [ 0.000](+0.090) Initializing InstalledPlatformInfo Timeline.Print: 0.377 [ 0.091](+0.000) Querying types Timeline.Print: 0.378 [ 0.093](+0.001) MacPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.380 [ 0.094](+0.000) TVOSPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.380 [ 0.095](+0.022) AndroidPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.403 [ 0.117](+0.000) HoloLensPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.403 [ 0.117](+0.002) IOSPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.405 [ 0.120](+0.004) LinuxPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.410 [ 0.124](+0.000) LuminPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: 0.410 [ 0.124](+0.000) WindowsPlatformFactory Timeline.Print: [ 0.418](+0.015) TargetDescriptor.ParseCommandLine() Timeline.Print: [ 0.448](+4.949) UEBuildTarget.Create() Timeline.Print: 0.453 [ 0.004](+3.175) RulesCompiler.CreateTargetRulesAssembly() Timeline.Print: 0.453 0.004 [ 0.000](+2.372) Timeline.Print: 2.825 2.377 [ 2.372](+0.032) Finding engine modules Timeline.Print: 2.858 2.409 [ 2.405](+0.005) Finding plugin modules Timeline.Print: 2.863 2.415 [ 2.410](+0.115) Timeline.Print: 2.978 2.530 [ 2.525](+0.004) Finding program modules Timeline.Print: 2.983 2.534 [ 2.530](+0.002) Finding program targets Timeline.Print: 2.985 2.536 [ 2.532](+0.040) Timeline.Print: 3.026 2.577 [ 2.572](+0.597) Compiling rules assembly (InMyHeadModuleRules.dll) Timeline.Print: 3.628 [ 3.180](+0.360) RulesAssembly.CreateTargetRules() Timeline.Print: 3.989 [ 3.540](+0.079) Timeline.Print: 4.068 [ 3.620](+0.227) Compiling rules assembly (NativizedAssetsModuleRules.dll) Timeline.Print: 4.296 [ 3.848](+0.015) UEBuildTarget constructor Timeline.Print: 4.312 [ 3.864](+1.085) UEBuildTarget.PreBuildSetup() Timeline.Print: [ 5.401](+32.503) UEBuildTarget.Build() Timeline.Print: 5.401 [ 0.000](+0.109) Timeline.Print: 5.511 [ 0.109](+22.197) ExternalExecution.SetupUObjectModules() Timeline.Print: 27.708 [22.307](+0.195) Timeline.Print: 27.903 [22.502](+7.442) Executing UnrealHeaderTool Timeline.Print: 35.347 [29.946](+0.002) ExternalExecution.ResetCachedHeaderInfo() Timeline.Print: 35.349 [29.948](+0.002) ExternalExecution.UpdateDirectoryTimestamps() Timeline.Print: 35.352 [29.950](+0.035) Timeline.Print: 35.387 [29.986](+2.375) UEBuildBinary.Build() Timeline.Print: 37.762 [32.361](+0.141) Timeline.Print: [37.905](+0.002) ActionGraph.CheckPathLengths Timeline.Print: [37.908](+0.020) Timeline.Print: [37.928](+0.001) Reading dependency cache Timeline.Print: [37.930](+0.001) Reading action history Timeline.Print: [37.932](+0.022) ActionGraph.GetActionsToExecute() Timeline.Print: 37.934 [ 0.001](+0.001) Prefetching include dependencies Timeline.Print: 37.936 [ 0.003](+0.017) Cache outdated actions Timeline.Print: [37.955](+0.049) Timeline.Print: [38.004](+145.515) ActionGraph.ExecuteActions() Timeline.Print: [183.519](+0.203) Timeline.Print: [183.722](+0.000) FileMetadataPrefetch.Stop() Timeline.Print: [183.725]
I also tried doing it with a blank project in Unreal and it gives me this message:
Missing UE4Game binary. You may have to build the UE4 project with your IDE. Alternatively, build using UnrealBuildTool with the commandline: UE4Game
I decided to post it here since nobody seems to figure out what and where my problem is coming from either from Visual Studio or Unreal itself.... please help me... :(
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