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January 13, 2017

Bran's PS4 Adventures (Savage!)

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PS4  |  Savage
SAVAGE. Aptly named, as it destroyed whatever controls I was starting to get used to. My god. I don't know how many times last night that I scrambled and hit a stupid relic button when meaning to use an ability.

I don't know how many seconds it added while I had to remember how to level a skill.

And why is relic #1 X, and relic #2 square, where in the standard setup, skill #1 is square, and skill #2 is X? KEEP A CONSISTENT ORDER FOR CRYING OUT LOUD, HI-REZ!!!

I know it'll take time, and I know it's the better control option. But I don't have to like it right now.

So other than that horrible Assault match as Terra (and oh hey, check out the teams... 4 level 30s w/ a 5 man team and an average SGS of ~2,500 vs a variety of mostly under 30 miscreants averaging around 1,600 SGS...yup, good matchup...and hey team, you should STAY in my circle, cuz you HEALS you, and you're HURT...

Anyway, OTHER than that, my Medusa Conquest match saw me go negative K/D because of fairly dece…
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January 10, 2017

Bran's PS4 Adventures (Part I dunno?)

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So, things have been going well so far in my PS4 adventures. I use the term "well" loosely, because other than playing some gods I don't normally play, I don't think I'm honing my skills much.

Stepping a bit outside my normal comfort zone of only queuing Conq with friends, I played 3 conquest games in a row last night (after getting off of PC Smite cuz Zilby had to sleep). Played the first as Sol in Mid. I did fine, played pretty intelligently (looking to win lane, rotate when opportunity knocks, etc.), but our team was hard-carried by Apollo (countered by our Serqet, who I don't think really did ANYthing). Geesh. That said, the game really shouldn't have gone on that long...but every time we'd wipe the team, I'd try heading over to the Fire Giant but damn if that PS4 VGS system is not familiar to me...people seriously ignore the GF and FG, and no one ever even attempted it. So it took us an absurdly long time to finish, and at one point got somewhat close to losing. Just couldn't …
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January 07, 2017

PS4 Gameplay =/= PC Gameplay

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PC  |  PS4
So, I'm now level 8 in SMITE on PS4. I couldn't handle the limited selection of gods, so I ended up buying the god pack, since it was on sale.

That said, I knew there were differences, obviously, due to the general user base, the control scheme, etc. However, I'm feeling the differences more and more, and gaining respect for those that have better honed their skills on console.

Not only do I feel handicapped when using a controller (key, but there are also some gods that are just better choices than others, due to the requirement for analog stick precision. Some of my favorites, like Medusa, Bacchus ,and Freya, are mostly able to play the same way, abilities that have more aimed effects via distance (using the Y axis) have been hard for me to adjust to...

Due to this, I want to point out something specific I'd commented on earlier. newbiemj's Serqet guide had him proposing a tanky Serq, to which I had some doubts (though GGF said he was once owned by a tanky Serq). Well, last nig…
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December 29, 2016

Low Level PS4

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LowLevel  |  PS4
Welp, this is what happens at early levels of PS4 play so far...maybe it's the same at low levels on PC? I don't know, it's been so long.

First VS Arena - Ymir

First VS Joust - Ra

In that 2nd match, our Fenrir just kept diving into the other team and dying (quickly). He gave up after his 7th death and left the game, but that probably helped. In the last push, I double-sniped the Neith and Aphrodite with my ult.

Wish I had more gods...I've unlocked Artemis and Cupid so far because their favor cost is low.

Coming from PC, controls just feel extremely clunky...I'm used to quickly purchasing, having VGS at my fingertips, etc. Other than gameplay, I feel like a noob again...I keep forgetting to level up my skills, using relics and potions are just not instinctual, etc. I don't think I've glanced more than once at the minimap, just cuz I feel so lost with the controls...

It's clear, based on analog movement, that some gods have a significant advantage over others. Skill shots and …
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November 17, 2016
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Arena  |  Casual  |  Clash  |  Conquest  |  Contest  |  Educational  |  gameplay  |  iSux  |  videos  |  Ymir
I thought for a while before deciding to do this. After all, I'm definitely not the best Ymir (in fact, I'm a pretty awful Ymir). I mean, I miss my Frost Breaths enough to be embarrassed about it. But then I thought, eh, I'll get over it.

So for the 2016 SmiteFire Ymir Guide Contest, I've made some gameplay videos, playing one match with select guides. I originally planned to try to record a video for EACH guide, but 2 things stopped me...1) that's a lot of recording...more Ymir guides keep popping up. 2) Some builds are quite similar, which is to be expected.

I will preface this by saying that in no way do the outcomes of the matches affect my end opinion of the guides. I'm not going to blame a guide for my poor play. However, I WILL provide my feedback and thoughts on the match, the items used for the build, etc. Agree or not, hope the videos and my writeups are interesting, and maybe helpful for the original guide makers. Another detail: I based my games on the guides as they …
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