House Balstroko

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  1. Interesting that the game box would state the size of the world in terms of lore rather than the playable area present in the game. I wasn't aware that Fuel used procedural technology, I always thought it was handcrafted. Either ways, that still leaves the Crew which gives you a 5000 square km rendition of the continental US. I'm actually not entirely sure if Xenoblade is the largest open world RPG excluding games like Daggerfall and some mmo's but it is considerably larger than Witcher 3.
  2. Israel was targeting Hezbollah across Lebanon and Syria. That's a very complex issue in and out of itself. Pakistan may not be entirely on the Saudi side, but most Pakistanis are Sunni and SA is ultimately the home of the holy sites which gives it the advantage. I think this discussion has gone way off topic. Admittedly, I'm guilty of derailing it. To paraphrase, my objection was to you bringing Wahabism and Zionism into the mix, two terms that are highly used out of context in most discussions. At the end of the day, no one is innocent in this conflict and both Iran and Saudi are equally to blame. Either way, I offer my condolences to those who lost there lives and would do so for anyone irrespective of nationality.
  3. What wars of aggression are you talking about? Israel has been attacked no less than 4 times by the Arab league. That's not to say that Israel is entirely innocent either as it has done its fair share of questionable things. Im not sure what exactly your second point is supposed to address. The two holiest sites of Islam are in Saudi Arabia, therefore it already has an advantage. That's not to mention the fact that 80% of Muslims are Sunni. Pakistan also shares a long border with India, yet the two are still at odds despite sharing cultural traits.
  4. You are right that Saudi Arabia funds a lot of movements, but to suggest that Iran doesn't do the same is wrong. I wouldn't call Hezbollah and Hamas legitimate groups as you claim. The other thing is that Saudi Arabia is the centre of the Islamic world which holds its two most sacred sites so it has an advantage over Iran already even within the Islamic world. In case of a major conflict between the two, most major Muslim countries like Pakistan, Indonesia, Turkey... will back SA.
  5. Back channel diplomacy as you like yo call it exists across many different parties. It's part of human nature. Egypt and a Jordan aren't exactly friendly with Israel, they just have a peace treaty with them. There is also very little real difference between Iran and Saudi Arabia, both countries are very extreme, they just support different factions.
  6. I asked about Arena because the back of the box says it's 8 million square km. I've only seen it online so I'm not sure how credible that is. When you say that you have to use fast travel, does it mean you can't free roam in between the cities and explore the countryside? TDU 2 is still a true open world it's just part of the racing sub genre. Open world is a stylistic choice rather than a genre itself, so any game can be open world. That being said TDU 2 is not the largest open world racing game as both Fuel and the Crew are larger. As to your last point, Xenoblade Chronicles X is the largest open world rpg.
  7. Slightly off topic, but what is the largest open world game by surface area excluding space sims like Elite and No Mans Sky? Is it still Daggerfall? I heard that Arena is supposed to be about 8 million square km but I'm not sure if those measurements are accurate.
  8. I wasn't defending interventionism. I was just pointing out the fact that it's been around for ages and is not a uniquely new phenomenon. As to your second point, that's debatable. The problems faced in the ME go back to the days of colonialism. Then you would still have the issue raised by Israel's presence vis a vis it's neighbours, the Sunni/Shia sectarian divide which has existed for over a thousand years, tribal warfare... It's a much more complex issue than what is usually discussed.
  9. This is what I'm hoping for, or at least a much longer lifespan. How else can we explore the Universe if we can't make it to the nearest star in a lifetime?
  10. I don't think relations will be dramatically severed at all. Politics is full of drama queens who say one thing then do the other the next day. At the end of the day North America and Europe share a lot more in common with one another than China. China's long term position on many issues will get in the way of any long term non-economic alliance. As far as interventions are concerned, that is something that has existed for ages in many different forms. France and the U.K. Intervened in Egypt in the 50's to safeguard their interests in the Suez Canal. Russia intervened in Syria and Ukraine for its own interests, Iran intervenes in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon by supporting certain factions for its own benefit.
  11. In Far Cry you were always kind of the lone wolf, with some allies. It seems like the allies will play a much larger role this time around. I think this game is also taking cues from Wildlands with the vehicle roster. The game does try to somewhat explain it, but I found it rather unsatisfactory. I can accept the fact that the same wildlife ends up on different planets, but what I found odd is that both the fiend, taurg, echidna and spitbug have the same "spit attack" . One can only hope the eventual sequel handles it and all the other loose threads.
  12. Oh by loadout screen I meant the one where you choose your weapons, squad mates, consumables... but I agree that the game also has many annoying loading screens. The reason I find those annoying ( loadout screens) is that they force you to go back to a forward station every time you want to equip something else, which is very tedious in an open world. That may have been fine in an old school game, but it feels very dated here. As to your second point, yes my custom Sara showed up in the memories. Don't get me wrong there was a lot of stuff I liked as well in combat like the ability to switch profiles at a whim, use any skills you want, quickly evade. The one thing that annoyed me is having to draw a weapon (to enter combat mode) just to use a melee, despite it having a dedicated button and not being a simple melee hit with gun.
  13. Mass Effect Andromeda was a decent game plagued with a plethora of issues that weigh it down. I'll ignore the animations as they've been talked about endlessly. I'm only going to pick a few examples. the good stuff - the open world: Contrary to what many said, I like the switch to an open world with an emphasis on exploration -the combat:The flexibility in movement was a welcome development -some sidequests:Yeah there were generic fetch quests but some were flexed out the bad - Inconsistent design: Some fetch quests conclude immediately, some force you to go back to the quest giver for no reason. -bugs galore -lazy writing:Why is it that all the wildlife in this game have the same spit attack? -tedious gameplay: loadout screens, going back to the Tempest to check email, use cryogenic pods. Why can't I use the omni tool for that despite it being done in cutscenes. -bad choices: Why can't I cancel a loadout screen? Why can't I pull out my melee weapon without drawing a gun even though it has its own designated button. Why have a loadout screen at all in an open world? I do do believe this game has a solid foundation, but Bioware need to take a good hard look at this game and fix these issues.
  14. Oh please!!! It's all about Kruppe's mule.
  15. I would like to believe that FTL is indeed possible but it would require a fundamental change in our understanding of the universe, which I'll gladly admit is very limited.