If appearance systems are the “true” endgame… them I am woefully losing right now. Last night I managed to push my Deathknight across the line and ding 110, to which I immediately abandoned all attempts at questing and instead focused on World Quests. For those who do not know when you hit 110 all you need do is walk over to Khadgar and you can start up the madness on your alts without needing to do the faction grind. Now I look like a random assemblage of crap… or very much like a raiding dps warrior did in vanilla. I know that helm is supposed to be menacing and Deathknighty… but it just keeps reminding me of a lizard or turtle… or something similar. After a round of “complete the gear quests” I am sitting at 795 and I absolutely plan on exploiting the hell out of the Timewalking dungeons this weekend to help push that higher. As much as I wanted to like the Paladin… it was mostly just a choice to push up so that I could have a miner to feed my engineering. Similarly I started the Rogue with the thought of pushing up a Herbalist/Alchemist but stalled out because Rogues are squishy and annoying. Instead I started working on my Deathknight because deep down inside I still have a lot of love for the character… the fringe benefit however is that now I have a reasonable Herbalist as well to at the very least feed my Seed-Battered Fish Plate habit.
In other news we had a pretty good night of raiding with us coming in and killing Odyn once again after a weird off week thanks in large part to Thanksgiving. It still took a few tries and there are a lot of fiddly bits we can improve on to make it less horrible at the end. From there we had a crazy pull that never ended because we did not learn our lesson properly and or they said they patched something they didn’t actually patch. From there we set up and changed a few things on Guarm and had an amazingly smooth one shot… which is pretty damned awesome considering this was only our second night of attempts. We then continued on to Helya and by the end of the we were pushing her into phase three and phase two was seeming less suicidal. All in all I will count that as significant progress, the only negative being there just aren’t that many gearing options yet from this raid. I am super bummed that I am going to have to miss our now “a thing” Friday night Emerald Nightmare clear this week. I have a family thing that happens once a month, and this just happens to be that Friday. Thankfully I think we have more than enough reasonable tanking options to make something work in my absence. I am just bummed at losing a shot at maybe just maybe getting those last three corrupted essences.
I also played a significant amount of Final Fantasy XV, and I have decided it is far less a boy band simulator and more Final Fantasy Entourage. All of that said… I still like it quite a bit and it is absolutely priceless when Prompto sometimes hums the class FF battle victory theme after you finish a combat engagement. Right now I am heavily engaged in a life of murder-hobo-ry as I am roaming the country side looking for baddies to vanquish and looting interesting cooking materials. The key take away from yesterday however is that I gave the official Sony PS4 Remote Play a shot and man… have they seemingly improved it greatly. Sure there are still moments when it wigs the hell out and you are best to simply hold still until it stops struggling. Those however are few and far between and for the most part the end result is an extremely smooth play experience. For reference my PS4 is hard wired into my router, and I was connecting into it from my laptop over the wireless network. I did some tests in Destiny to see if this was simply a “good enough for an RPG” thing or if it really was reasonable for playing other games. I could notice a little bit of controller lag while running and doing some patrols… but it was more than reasonable enough for me to play. I am not sure if I would be willing to go into the Crucible or something extremely difficult, but I had a good enough time killing random splicers in the Plaguelands remotely. In truth it is “good enough” for 90% of the stuff I do in Destiny and I would absolutely be willing to try something like farming Archon’s Forge while remoted in through the laptop. It is definitely good enough for Final Fantasy XV which greatly increase the range of play options I have… and I am going to want to test this theory out on the Vita pretty soon. I still think the performance of the unofficial “Twisted” Remote Play was better… but he has just been unable to keep it updated to function on the latest version of the PS4 firmware… and the bonus features of playing with a keyboard, mouse and xbox 360 controller simply are not worth being behind in the firmware version especially given that it will bar you from accessing the PSN store. I am super happy though to see that Sony seems to continue to improve performance.