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Review RPG Codex Review: The Age of Decadence

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  1. Grauken Professional Procrastinator Patron

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    Neat review, feels like my int score went up a point just from reading it
     
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  2. Arch-Vile Learned

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    Nice review, although I was expecting much more butthurt.

    Perhaps the UnderRail one will provide us a bit more entertainment.:troll:
     
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  3. Lord Azlan Arcane Patron Shitposter

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    Nice review - I like that you explained what you thought was good and bad.

    Read your combat section with interest as my own brief try at it and comments from others has put me off a bit.

    Your Biowarian comment scared the crap out of me.
     
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  4. Irenaeus II Unwanted Dumbfuck Repressed Homosexual The Real Fanboy

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    Biowarian comment is out of place and I have no idea what it means.
     
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  5. Black_Willow Arcane

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    Age of Onii-san delivers.
     
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  6. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    Good content as usual. :thumbsup:

    I wonder if VD will comment or if he has gone full profeshunal.
     
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  7. Niektory one of some Patron

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    I hope he'll go full VD and respond to every single paragraph.
     
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  8. DeepOcean Arcane

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    I'm hoping for a quote battle too.
     
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  9. Irenaeus II Unwanted Dumbfuck Repressed Homosexual The Real Fanboy

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  10. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    Nice compression men.
     
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  11. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    I brofisted it when it was sitting in the content forum. I'd comment but I've just discovered Witcher 3 so I have monsters to kill and question marks to explore.
     
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  12. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    You're gonna love skellige's question mark distribution.
     
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  13. Viata Arcane

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    I really want a review from him, since I too love combat over story. Sadly I don't think he's able to bash AoD without trying too hard. The game is way too good.
     
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  14. Crispy Don't get old. Undisputed Queen of Faggotry

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    Those white redactions are triggering me.
     
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  15. Amasius Augur

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    Coming from Roxor this is pretty much a 12/10 review... Nah, surprisingly good analysis. There are some minor points I disagree with in the review, like there were some minor things that bugged me about AoD, but in the end they were well worth my money/reading time. :salute:
     
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  16. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    Say it isn't true! Nobody is more vigilant, more armed with contempt, disgust, and hatred than our intrepid Serial Reviewer.

    Good review in general, there are minor factual errors (like overemphasising the frequency of Impersonation over Infiltration for Assassins) but almost always the broader point (about underutilised skills and oversights in skill use distribution) is valid, so no point quibbling.

    I think the big emphases are all on point as well, e.g. combat rightly praised for offering versatile solutions to level the odds and rightly criticised for a brain-dead AI. Similarly, AOD's strength is its sheer variety of situations and outcomes, but the game builds an expectation of an even more extreme reactivity and versatility that it cannot then always satisfy.

    I do think the accusation of characters 'cheating you' through the writing is unfounded, because the Monastery is really the only place where it is a significant issue. Where else do we find characters teleporting, knowing things they shouldn't know, and otherwise acting as omnipotent deus ex machina? AOD's strength is that each NPC is taken as a real person in the situation, rather than a functionary. One can question whether some of them make the most sensible decisions or have the most sensible motivations, sure, but by and large, everybody does a good job of acting out their basic identity, which is a refreshing change from the paper-thin film-set way most RPG characters get written in.
     
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  17. Johannes Arcane

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    I haven't played Boatmen questline, so can't comment on that, but my impression of them is exactly ninjas. That comes from defending the boss merchant from Hamza as a IG, felt like a very cartoony assassination attempt.


    The alternative would be not to hand out so much SP during the game, making you play a more fixed skills character like is already the case with stats.
     
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  18. Excidium II Self-Ejected

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    But where is proofs? Have you even played 7 times like esteemed reviewer?
     
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  19. Cowboy Moment Arcane

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    Turn off question marks and the minimap in general, enjoy a much improved experience.

    Are you planning to review it?
     
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  20. ~*´¨¯¨`*·~-.¸-AIN'T Arcane Patron

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    Excellent review, as always Roxor :salute:
     
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  21. Tigranes Prestigious Gentleman Arcane

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    I have played it MORE than seven times. This means I finally have objective proof: everything I say about AOD is right and all who question me are stupid dumbfucks, fundamentally breaking the careful balance of Codex fights.
     
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  22. Irenaeus II Unwanted Dumbfuck Repressed Homosexual The Real Fanboy

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    Assassins' true role is as Inquisitors.

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    suffer not the heretic to live
     
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  23. Serious_Business Best Poster on the Codex

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    Can't take this kid's sense of humour. Trying to sound nonchalent all the time gets on my fucking nerves. I can already hear him write a nonsensical reply to this. Here, I'll do it for you :

    a genius must have its detractor and since i have you i guess that makes me a genius

    Yeah, asshole. I guess it does
     
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  24. Vault Dweller Commissar, Red Star Studio Developer

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    Planning to play it until it gets boring and repetitive, then play something else. If it was a new game, maybe, but it's been already discussed to death on the Codex. I doubt I can add anything new at this point.

    So far I'm enjoying it. The sandbox aspects are done MUCH better than in Skyrim and DA:I. Both the combat and character systems are better than in Witcher 2. So there isn't much to bitch about.
     
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  25. SniperHF Arcane

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    Generation Ship RPG done in 2037, thanks Witcher 3 :x
     
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