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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 22, 2014, 11:09:48 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 22, 2014, 12:37:23 PM

Quote from: ATB on December 21, 2014, 07:41:07 PM

So any other recommendations? 

?

Just asking for more. smile
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 22, 2014, 05:01:47 PM
To me it was a pretty lackluster year for games as many of the ones that I was looking forward to either got pushed to 2015 or came out and underwhelmed.

Favorite Game Played This Year: Battlefield 4.  Basically played it and nothing else for 9 months.  All the hate it got at launch was earned, but it has turned out to be one of the best multi-player games I've ever played

Least Favorite Game Played This Year: Call of Duty Advanced Warfare.  I gave it a fair shake.  I tried out the new abilities, guns, and perks. I tried the new killstreaks. I played all the maps over and over and came to the conclusion that it is just not a very good game.  Terrible in fact.

2014 Jekyll and Hide Award: Destiny.  The shooting, FPS controls, abilities, weapons, maps, ART are some of the best I've ever seen. The game is balanced perfectly and if you are killed in MP you died fairly.   But- the whole lack of content, grind grind grind, Bungie patching and ruining, and repetitive nature of just about everything prevents it from being my GOTY. I spent more time on this game than any other released in 2014, but upon DLC/Patch arrival, i simply walked away and right now I don't have any plans to go back (other than perhaps some PvP).  Game has potential out the wazoo, but right now it's not what it needs to be.

2014 Story of the Year: Gimme a Break.  So many huge releases put out in almost completely broken states.  I don't remember so many big titles being put out almost in succession and then simply not working or truly working poorly.  Fortunately, none of them were games that I was interested in so I missed the headaches...lots of folks, though, did not.


2014 GOTY: Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition  This game is fun. I'm talking old school, smiling ear to ear, proper level of difficulty, incredible (and simple) art style, great controls, great sense of discovery fun.  I had a blast. Loved it from start to (almost) finish. It's my GOTY.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 22, 2014, 12:23:26 AM
Who's the team that knocks off the best team in he league one week and loses to the worst team the next?

MAN I wish the tram had been sold and moved out of Buffalo.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 21, 2014, 07:41:07 PM
So any other recommendations? 
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360] Gears of War 3 [minute by minute updates by you know who] on: December 20, 2014, 09:33:57 PM
Had a 17-2 match last night which is the highlight of this comeback so far... otherwise have been pretty much going 1.0 in each match.

Haven't been playing too much as I'm still getting re-acclimated to the roadie run camera shake puke.

Ran into a pretty nice guy who helped me remember how to do some things and he updated me on some changes like that ink grenades no longer stun (so there's basically no reason to use them anymore).

Still getting used to aiming (and aiming).

Maps are still way awesome.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/19/14 on: December 20, 2014, 09:31:18 PM
Gears of War 3
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Interview on: December 19, 2014, 12:10:52 PM
Sets a terrible precedent not releasing it.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 16 on: December 18, 2014, 09:16:35 PM
Oakland is a total trap game for the Bills. Please no Packers Hangover.  ninja
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 18, 2014, 01:06:20 PM
Obligatory, what should I read next post.  I'm at a loss as to what to read next. I want to hold off on Abercrombie's new series for now...
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 18, 2014, 12:59:56 PM

Quote from: The Rocketman on December 18, 2014, 07:54:14 AM

Well, I thought Red Country was fine. I liked the returning character a lot, but overall the story was indeed a bit weak. The world in those books is so unfair though.


Yes. I was really excited upon the first hint of that character's return, but it just didn't come together the way that I was hoping.


My favorite part was:  

Spoiler for Hiden:
The fight with Glama Golden.  He's only in the book for a short period of time, but it was enough to already begin relating to him- and that's what Abercrombie does best, write real characters. You get one perspective from one character and then when he switches the focus to the actual character the complexities and layers of who they really are come into view.  It was also neat to hear the voice of a character on the receiving end of the Bloody Nine


Second favorite part was:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Caul Shivers letting Lamb go.  He finally was able to be a better man.


Quote from: The Rocketman on December 18, 2014, 07:54:14 AM

It's cold, and muddy, and full of cheaters and killers, with just a few rays of light. This makes the books a bit exhausting to read sometimes, especially the Heroes.

Abercrombie has become one of my favorite authors for his ability write real characters and have them express real emotions, doubts, and fears.  There are no supermen in his books.  Also, the amazing ways he shifts the focus of the story onto background players yet still keeps it riveting and real.  So many potential characters to explore!

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That's why I found the original trilogy the best: the added epicness and grandeur helps offset this bleak world.

I can see that, but there's so much Bayaz and I simply hate him. HATE him.
171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 18, 2014, 12:32:43 AM
Closed it out with Red Country.  3/5. Weakest of the 6 books.

Not that anyone who was involved in this thread is around anymore..
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 17, 2014, 06:43:57 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 04, 2014, 07:16:28 PM


I NEVER thought I would say this, but color me intrigued.

The idea of a parallel universe all messed up because of the effects of all the time traveling?  Very interedasting.

I'm sure it will suck, but I may actually watch it.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360] Gears of War 3 [minute by minute updates by you know who] on: December 16, 2014, 11:46:50 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 16, 2014, 03:41:35 AM

Of course just wait until Gears Remastered Collection is announced. 

Would buy.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360] Gears of War 3 [minute by minute updates by you know who] on: December 16, 2014, 02:39:14 AM
Return of the King Baby!  Burned out on Destiny so back to the greatest MP game of all time.

True it has been over 13 months since I played this game.

True the Roadie Run gives me motion sickness at this point in time.

True my skills have completely eroded and i don't even remember some of the basics

True I have no idea how to win a firefight or even hit the broadside of the barn.

True it will probably take me +/- 3 weeks to get back into playing shape.

But, MAN, do I already remember why I love this game so much.

Played 3 matches:

3-3
9-3
5-5

175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 15, 2014, 09:07:21 PM
Yeah I'm out indefinitely too. May do some pvp, but I won't be leveling anything again.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 15, 2014, 12:32:49 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 14, 2014, 09:18:29 PM

Don't hurt yourself celebrating, ATB. biggrin

Very impressive win defensively.

Makes the chokes against both the chiefs and the fish even more painful as we have another year of what might have been.  But I think i read it's going to be the first non-losing season since 2004.  So that's something. 
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 12, 2014, 02:09:49 PM
Looks terrible.  Let me rephrase. The trailer is terrible.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 10, 2014, 03:45:49 AM
Humility and sportsmanship will come.  It's amateur fighting, you're new to it and were totally hopped up on adrenaline.  Maybe buy the guy a recovery shake next time you see him
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 09, 2014, 07:45:11 PM
BTW.. Your nickname should be "RPG".
180  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 09, 2014, 03:31:42 AM
Firing Harbaugh for one bad season is short sighted.  Hopefully they stick with him...
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 09, 2014, 03:30:22 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 08, 2014, 06:25:49 PM



Do you even lift, bro?

Congrats, Kato. Awesome stuff. When do you think you'll fight again?



Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on December 08, 2014, 08:56:24 PM

It's especially impressive since Kato's third kick hit his opponent's leg!  eek

Lolz.

182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 08, 2014, 01:08:03 AM
Dallas 9-4 and on the outside looking in. Man.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 08, 2014, 01:04:59 AM
On pins and needles!
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 01:01:35 AM
Dumb. Should have kept the 360 to continue playing Gears 3...And original Xbox in the event of a Gladius sequel.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 02, 2014, 06:39:09 PM
I hope you crush your enemies, see them driven before you and hear the lamentations of their women.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 02, 2014, 01:57:55 PM
I have mixed feelings about the patch.  I hated farming, but I think resources are too easily attained now with the new patch.  At least make them a bit more costly. Also, apparently they've made it so you're not given ascendant materials for public events which m eans there's never going to be a reason to ever do those anymore.  Also, patrols are pretty pointless now too as if you don't need to farm, why do them?

Might have taken it too far the other way with the patch.
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Motorola Droid on: December 01, 2014, 06:23:12 PM
Grim! 11 GB so far this month on the Droid Turbo.

Fancy that!
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 13 on: December 01, 2014, 02:15:19 PM
Well of course the Bills mathematically still have a chance to make the playoffs. Why wouldn't they? It's the absolute best way to keep a sliver of hope alive so that it hurts the most possible when they choke another game with everything on the line.

Woo!
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: November 29, 2014, 05:44:38 AM
Finished the heroes.  This is abercrombie's masterpiece.

5/5
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 28, 2014, 11:54:34 PM
Not a huge SW fan, but I did get chills when the falcon came on screen.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What is your phone's current up time? on: November 25, 2014, 03:19:17 PM
Droid: settings> about phone> status


616 hrs 21 mins.

Nice having a new phone. Had to reboot my old one at least once a week...if it didn't do it by itself. paranoid
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 24, 2014, 07:25:47 PM
I have 5 days of time into destiny.  I love the game. I love the controls. I love the shooting. I love the MP maps. I love the art. I love a lot of planets and how they vary from one another.  I love leveling up my weapons (though I hate grinding for materials) and armor.

But I cannot disagree with anyone who hates the game or finds it their biggest disappointment.  It's bipolar for sure.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: November 24, 2014, 04:54:30 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on November 23, 2014, 11:54:23 PM

Awesome to see a thread about these books here, you'd never guess these are some of my all time favorite books right?

Big big fan and I anxiously await anything else Rothfuss writes...

Did you read slow regard?
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: November 22, 2014, 03:11:52 PM
I thought he did a brilliant job of differentiating the different objects and capturing Auri's thought processes and writing in a new style, but like he says in the end, nothing actually happens.

There's something about his writing even in the kingkiller chronicles that I just absorb and enjoy, but there's something...off about it and I still can't figure out what it is.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 22, 2014, 02:41:27 PM

Quote from: Kvothe on November 21, 2014, 05:43:46 PM

For COD to be so well reviewed, the impressions here surprise me a bit.  I stopped playing it after MW2 myself.

I'm one of the absolute stat whores, Proner is referring to. However, I have consistently been above average in every FPS game I've played (except for Halo).  I knew as soon as I played my first match of AW, I was not going to be able to compete as well as I'm used to. However, I felt the same way about Destiny and was correct in both circumstances.

There's a huge difference though: Destiny is nearly flawlessly executed, while AW is an absolute mess. If I am killed in Destiny it's because I was outmatched there's very few junk kills, bad spawns or other tomfoolery. If I'm killed in AW it'll be just as often lag or terrible hit detection. The movement feels good although not nearly as smooth as Destiny, but the weapons, maps, killstreaks and exo abilities (which are almost completely useless) feel bolted on.

The maps are largely generic and uninspired and are very much similar to one another with arbitrary points where you're 'out of bounds' without cause or explanation. It's impossible to set up a 'front line' and I guarantee you that you will constantly be getting shot in the back.

The hud is a disaster and could have been easily corrected by making the player's avatar a different color.

None of the weapons feels that great to me and this is a first for any COD game.  They did get melee right, I think, as they've shortened the range of it, but I've never been one who melee's much.

The killstreaks are the worst of any COD game and are only solid if you add additional abilities to each thus making them significantly more expensive to earn.  Not too bad, but this is the first COD game where I cannot string kills together. Even with hardline it's a struggle to get a UAV.  A lot of players feel the same way.

The exo abilities seem neat at first but they're all so easily countered, I found myself doing better when my kit had none equipped.

Add all this together and it just becomes a fury inducing game to play, imo.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: November 21, 2014, 02:07:21 PM
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: November 21, 2014, 01:56:35 PM
Finished Slow Regard. 2/5.  When is 176 pages too many? When it's 170 of them about an OCD girl rearranging junk in a basement.

I think I like Joe Abercrombie's work better.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 20, 2014, 12:03:36 AM
Lighten up Francis.

ATB GOTY threads are a delicious GT tradition. Why deny the people what they want?

199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 07:50:19 PM
COD AW now that I think about it. What a turd.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 05:41:28 PM
Leading the pack in both the GOTY and most disappointing game: Destiny.  I love it. I hate it. I love it. I love it. I hate it. I love it.

Worst game: COD AW. Good heavens what a disaster.

I still need to give Shadow of Mordor some proper playing time...
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