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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 10:54:16 PM
Game Informer has some early details about the upcoming patch:

Quote from: Game Informer
The publisher says that the problem with players falling through the ground, crashes related to co-op, delays in the main menu loading, and Arno getting stuck inside hay carts are slated to be addressed first. The development team is also investigating frame rate problems, graphics issues (like the disappearing faces), matchmaking issues, and problems related to the game's in-app, real money transactions.

No ETA, but the article also links to Ubisoft's liveblog where they're collecting information and posting updates on known and addressed issues.

-Autistic Angel
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 09:59:37 PM
I'm not surprised the PC version is a bit dodgy.  Like I was saying earlier in the thread, Ubisoft's ports are always about 85% of the way towards being great before they toss it out the door and start aggregating bug reports to figure out the remainder.  I still went with the PC version because eventually they patch it into the definitive version.

I am *very* surprised the PS4 and XB1 versions are such a mess.  Unity is new-gen only, meaning they could focus all their resources on two closed platforms with similar architectures, and I think the plummeting stock price shows just how important their yearly Assassin's Creed is to Ubisoft's bottom line.  They combine the work of hundreds of people from multiple studios, coordinating on cycle they've worked out over the course of several years, so this sort of slapdash outcome is kind of amazing.

-Autistic Angel
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 13, 2014, 02:37:47 AM
I have never had a problem with any game running in Origin.  My one encounter with their technical support occurred when I was trying to register my copy of The Sims 2 to unlock the Sims 2 Ultimate Edition, and they had the issue solved in minutes.

Like Steam, Origin also allows you to back up an installed game to an external hard drive, so you won't need to re-download the whole thing again in the future.  This is a big plus for me, and the primary reason why I avoid purchasing games through Ubisoft's Uplay store.

I've pre-ordered Inquisition through Origin thanks to GreenManGaming's 20% discount, and I'd feel very comfortable recommending the same course of action to any other PC players.

In other news, Game Informer has posted two separate Test Chambers for Inquisition.  The first one appears to be a straight run through the first 45-minutes of the game, while the second looks like a more general overview of different areas and game play systems.

-Autistic Angel
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 12, 2014, 05:28:03 PM
Boooo where's my Lego Sons of Anarchy?!  icon_mad

-Autistic Angel
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 11:34:06 AM
Yeah, Gratch, Dragon Age: Keep is kind of a "reenactment" tool to let people setup their worldstate for Inquisition.  It can apparently import many of your decisions if you can show it a save game through the old Bioware Social site, but it's mostly a Choose Your Own Adventure way to recreate your exploits for the new generation.

Check out the site that forgeforsaken linked and you have everything in place for Tuesday!

-Autistic Angel
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 11, 2014, 09:58:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 11, 2014, 06:09:03 PM

Man, I'm going to have to get with it and finally play through DAO.

Origins was such a great game!  It can be quite challenging, even at the 'Normal' difficulty, but once you understand that it's one of the rare RPGs that expects you to actively spend your gold on armor sets and items, it's incredibly satisfying.

The expansion pack is less evenly balanced, with your characters gaining access to equipment and skills that effectively make them invulnerable death gods.  It's still a good time though, and the "Stone Prisoner" DLC pack for the base game should be considered an essential part of the package.

-Autistic Angel
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 06:31:47 PM
From Game Informer's review:

Quote from: Matt Miller
The missions have little hand-holding, and you’re often expected to think creatively and solve problems on the fly. It makes this the most challenging Assassin’s Creed title by a wide margin, and it’s easy to get frustrated. The higher difficulty is pervasive, including in the newly revamped approach to stealth. Guards are far more aware than in previous games, and even new stealth options are rarely enough to keep anyone fooled for long. The combat system values punishment over communicating a sense of power; I like the increased need for observation in fights, and the expectation that I use all the tools at my disposal. However, the absence of reliable counters to devastating ranged shots is infuriating, and sometimes there are just too many enemies to understand what’s happening on screen.

I will be very interested to try this out for myself.  Based solely on this description, it sounds like exactly what I've wanted from the Assassin's Creed franchise for a long time: a sense of danger to the combat.  Even Brotherhood, which did combat flow better than any entry before or since, was more about slaying with style than fighting for your life.

On a side note, Miller scored Assassin's Creed: Rogue (8.25) a notch higher than Unity (8.0) and wrote:

Quote from: Matt Miller
For players trying to figure out which game to tackle first when two Assassin’s Creed games release on the same day this year, the answer is to start here. Shay’s story closes a number of story loops left behind on the American front of the Templar/Assassin conflict, and offers a crucial first step into the new European theater of war. Rogue proves why it’s time for the franchise to chart some new territory, but leaves no doubt about why we fell in love in the first place.

I was considering waiting for the PC version in January, but with that Target B2G1 free sale still going on....

-Autistic Angel
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 11, 2014, 02:18:58 PM
What don't you like about the weapons?  Do they feel too weak or inaccurate?

I have very little experience in any of the CoD games, so I have no reference for how they change from one version to the next.

-Autistic Angel
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 11, 2014, 02:16:08 PM
So, what's the story with this 15-gig Day 1 patch for the Master Chief Collection?  Is it possible to interrupt this for the sake of playing the campaigns, or is it basically locked down until finished?

-Autistic Angel
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 02:11:21 PM

Quote from: Covenant on November 11, 2014, 01:47:29 PM

So why is it that you can go out and buy/download a copy of this right now and play, and yet reviews can't be posted until noon EST?  Why on earth would a review site agree to this?

The alternative is that Ubisoft does not provide your outlet with a review build, you go out and buy/download a copy of this today to play, and your review shows up several days later than the review sites that agreed to the embargo.

It's ultimately a pretty small issue.  People who were inclined to wait for reviews will still do so, while those of us who have been conditioned to thirst for throat-stabbing parkour every November will be rolling the dice with our preloaded copies.

-Autistic Angel
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 11, 2014, 11:35:31 AM
Yeah, even under embargo, Polygon's Phil Kollar was hinting pretty openly that Inquisition is the real deal.  Lots of "I can't say what I think of the new Dragon Age yet, but if you could only afford one of the big releases this fall..."

I guess I'm going to have to get things rolling in Dragon Age: Keep this week.  I still have my post-expansion save from Origins so hopefully I can get it to import some of my decisions from that.

Then I'll find out how the decision making for the Dragon Age 2 timeline goes.  I never finished that game, preferring instead to put the disc in my microwave for several seconds.  Does anyone know if there's a series of choices you can make that result in all of Hawke's friends suddenly realizing that she's an irredeemable scumbag, taking back all the things she stole from them during the main plot of the game, and leaving her penniless and alone on the incredibly ugly streets of Kirkwall?

-Autistic Angel
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 01:55:51 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 10, 2014, 06:45:01 PM

ok, I just timed a load between two cutscenes and it was 45 seconds.  Ouch, that's going to get annoying.  

I keep forgetting to factor load times into my PC-vs-console version deliberations.  Ubisoft's ports can be a little uneven, at least pre-patch, but at least they load nice and quick on my SSD array.

-Autistic Angel
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:30:48 PM
FYI: Target is advertising a $30 credit towards GTA V on PS4 / XB1 with the trade-in of the PS3 / 360 version.  I know a lot of people are double-dipping on that one, so it's a great deal if you still have that last-gen version kicking around.

-Autistic Angel
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 10:53:49 AM
I'm planning to pick up Assassin's Creed: Unity, though I'm still torn on whether to go with the PC or PS4 edition.  I suspect the PC version would look noticeably better, but Ubisoft's ports always have some weird optimization quirk where they run like crap unless you click the icon with your left foot.

Also Lego Batman 3 because the second game was one of my favorite entries in the whole franchise.

Is Assassin's Creed: Rogue supposed to be any good, or did Ubisoft pawn that off on the D-team that made Liberation?

-Autistic Angel
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 09, 2014, 09:19:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2014, 08:02:43 PM

So I gave this another shot this weekend, and it has finally started to click.  While I still find myself frustrated as hell at times, I'm having far more fun than I was expecting.  A couple stupid questions:

1.  How do I tell my what my Power level is?  The Captains I'm fighting are anywhere from Power level 5 to Power level 20, but I have no idea how that compares with my level. 

Talion doesn't really have a Power Level of his own.  The closest equivalent would probably be the number of skill points you've put into his trees, except that doesn't take into account the upgrades you've purchased for his weapons or the runes you've equipped.

It's also important to remember that an enemy with a high Power Level isn't necessarily harder to beat.  A captain with a weakness for stealth attacks can be slain in one hit whether he's rated as a 5 or a 15, but the higher his level is, the more carefully you'll need to plan your approach.

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2014, 08:02:43 PM

2.  There's one Boss that has killed me multiple times, and has gotten promoted through a number of other events.  I've run across him a couple times in the field now, and he's to the point where he can kill me with one shot (and did so twice in the last hour).  Am I just better off running like hell every time I see him until I get stronger?  Or have I created an unstoppable monster because he's killed me so many times?

An uruk named Brogg the Skinless must have killed Talion seven or eight times in my game, catapulting him from a rank-and-file grunt to an elite body guard for one of the warchiefs.  He had the most unnerving habit of showing up at all the worst times.  I turned tail and elf-sped my way to safety on more than one occasion -- a cowardice Brogg just *loved* to taunt me about -- and believe me: it made it all the more satisfying when I finally took him down.

No one is unkillable.  If you can't take your nemesis now, keep your distance and train for a while until you're ready.  Then pick the fight on your own terms, when you can leverage his fears and weaknesses against him.

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2014, 08:02:43 PM

3.  I may have asked this before (apologies if so), but what are the "must have" skills?  I have 5-6 skill points saved up because wanted to get some of the skills at the next level, but I can't decide which is the best route to go.

You'll almost certainly have every skill unlocked by the end of the game, so I highly recommend spending your skill points and Mirian on attribute upgrades as soon as possible.  Don't forget to "sell" lower-level runes for extra Mirian as you unlock higher level versions, too -- there's no value to keeping a Level 7 "Rain of Arrows" rune if you also have a Level 14 version.

I thought all of the skills were useful throughout the game.  A few that stood out to me were:

- the dodge-stun, allowing Talion to automatically daze an enemy when he rolls over them.  This removes them from combat for a few seconds, can easily be chained across multiple enemies in a row, and sets them up for a flurry attack that adds several hits to your combo meter.

- combo multiplier skills, including the ones that double / triple the benefit of critical hits, and the one that lowers the threshold for special attacks from x8 to x5.  All of these allow you to perform executions, group stuns, and fire arrow attacks more frequently.

- the fire arrow, which turns out to be an invaluable ability for incinerating large crowds of enemies with exploding camp fires.  It's also super useful when facing captains with a fear of fire.

- shadow step and shadow kill, which teleport Talion to any enemy he can see.  You'll be amazed at how much faster stealthy infiltrations are when you can blip from one tower to the next before the guard's corpses hit the floor.

- finally, any abilities that increase your store of elf shot, lengthen your focus timer, or give you new ways to regenerate those resources are worth checking out.  I feel like a lot of people underestimate the potency of Mordor's ranged combat in the middle of a brawl, but stopping time and instantly slaying eight guys turns out to be a great way to win a fight. thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
136  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Ad 11/9-11/15 [B2G1 Free on All Video Games] on: November 09, 2014, 12:43:40 PM
Bumping because this starts today.  What a great week for Assassin's Creed, Lego Batman 3 and Halo: Master Chief Collection to come out!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: November 08, 2014, 10:19:02 PM
Are you going to play the First Light DLC pack when it comes out for free in a few weeks?

-Autistic Angel
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 03:21:25 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 06, 2014, 11:43:32 PM

I don't see the big deal.  The last few years when you play a ubisoft game via steam, it would just take you to Uplay, and then you'd have to click on play once more to get it to run.  Now it's one less step.

I recently bought Wolfenstein: The New Order on Steam.  It has about a 40-gig install footprint, so I downloaded it in advance and archived it to an external hard drive.  Now I can reinstall it in a matter of minutes whenever I'm ready to play.

That still isn't an option with uPlay.  You can sometimes fake it by copying the game files out of the installation directory, but some games can't be restored that way.  Redownloading a 50-gig game like AC: Unity is a long and irritating hurdle, especially when services like Steam and Origin have solved the problem.

-Autistic Angel
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/4) on: November 03, 2014, 11:48:20 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 03, 2014, 10:19:22 AM

nada ..   I don't do COD MP anymore especially after watching some streams, so I'll wait for a price drop to play the SP.  

What did you see in the streams that made you not want to play the multiplayer anymore?  Is the new version too fast or too vertical?

-Autistic Angel
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: November 01, 2014, 02:11:36 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 31, 2014, 04:26:43 PM


Shocking, I know.

What happened with inFamous: Second Son?  Did you finish the game with Good Karma icon_smile or did that new system update brick your console? icon_frown

And have you tried playing Final Fantasy XIV on the PS4 yet?  I'm curious how it handles.

Quote from: YellowKing on October 31, 2014, 07:28:28 PM

If I cave and buy Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition I may dabble in that just to change things up a bit.

I waited for sales on the enhanced editions of Baldur's Gate I & II, but I picked up Icewind Dale: EE right on release day and immediately jumped on the character creation treadmill.  This new version has lots of added character kits, so in place of rolling up a regular thief, you can opt for a more specialized build like "assassin" or "shadow dancer."

I may never start the actual game.

-Autistic Angel
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 28, 2014, 11:06:19 PM
So, I think Microsoft's incentives have finally reached critical mass for me.

- Offering an XB1, without Kinect, and bundled with Sunset Overdrive for $350.  That's one of the few exclusives I'm sincerely interested in.

- Doing so just before the release of the Halo: Master Chief Collection.  Another major exclusive that was always tempting me towards the console.  I thought Halo 4 already looked astoundingly good on the 360, so if 343 Studios can unify the entire series with that degree of fidelity....

- I was already planning to buy an XB1 controller for use with my PC.  Using the one that comes with the console instead will cost nothing more than a long USB micro cable, effectively saving me an additional $55.

- This is all happening just as Best Buy offers an enormous price cut on their Gamers Club Unlocked membership.  Bullwinkle took the time to put up a detailed explanation here, but the short version is that I'll be able to buy any new XB1 games for 20%-off through the next year.

If there will ever be a better time down the road to pick up this console, I can't imagine what it would be.  I think I'm finally sold.

-Autistic Angel
142  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 24, 2014, 11:23:11 AM
Speaking of Eco-Logic, I'm curious how people feel about the increasingly provocative line of signatures he's been using these last several weeks. 

The first one I noticed was a broadcast that anyone who wanted Governor Rick Perry to resign was "part of the problem."  Just after the first report of an Ebola outbreak, he changed it to a warning that President Obama is acting against our best interests.  That apparently didn't get the reaction he wanted, so the updated and current version reads:

Quote from: Eco-Logic
This signature is not personal, at all.  If you're not awake enough to realize our country is being taken down by an organized effort from a puppet chimp being controlled by a movement older than me.  Wake the freaking fack up.

I cannot think of anyone else on the forum who would be so classless as to spam every single post they make -- again -- with their shrill political agenda.  However, if someone did, other people would at least have the option to open a thread in Politics & Religion where a frank exchange of ideas would not derail the 'What Are You Buying This Week?' thread.  We don't have that option with Eco-Logic since he was banned from the P&R board for repeatedly telling everyone to fuck off every time he left GamingTrend forever.

Outside of his signature, I have not seen any examples of Eco-Logic trying to key people up.  He's clearly capable of contributing to the community in positive ways, yet occasionally, randomly, chooses not to do so. That's why I'm not calling for any specific action here, as I have no idea what to even recommend, but I'm interested to hear what others think.

-Autistic Angel
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 14, 2014, 10:16:32 AM
Holy crap...Tim Turi gave The Evil Within a 9 and called it "a masterwork of absolute insanity."

I guess that answers what I'll be buying this week! icon_eek

-Autistic Angel
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 12, 2014, 07:20:44 PM

Are you still going to refer to her as Missgrimnur, or should we all update to Mrsgrimnur?

-Autistic Angel
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 08, 2014, 10:18:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 08, 2014, 11:37:42 AM

I never think to use the bow in the middle of a melee skirmish, but I saw that the fire shot requires that, so I guess it's a thing.

Yeah, Elfshot is the most reliable threat management resource in the game.  It's guaranteed to take 3 - 5 enemies out of the encounter while simultaneously charging up your combo meter for a finisher of your choice.  And that's before you add runes that heal you, restore focus, and terrify orcs with every headshot.

It sounds overpowered, but it's also finite enough that you have to use it wisely and mix in plenty of other combat moves to survive.  The combat in this game is pretty great!

-Autistic Angel
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 08, 2014, 11:31:39 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 08, 2014, 02:53:16 AM

I like this game, but I am seriously terrible at it.  Which is odd, as I never really had much trouble with the AC games.  It's a little frustrating that anytime you get spotted, you're immediately surrounded by a dozen enemies.  I haven't been able to get the hang of combat yet, and I'm afraid I'm going to break the game with the number of Orcs that are getting promoted because they killed me. 

Assuming you're playing on the PS4, tapping the 'X' button to roll over an enemy is a fantastic way to avoid damage while you reposition for some breathing room.  Melee and ranged attacks will almost always miss, you'll keep your combo going, and you can do it multiple times to work your way towards the edge of a crowd if needed.

Your priority targets should be archers and skirmishers -- the orks with the javelins.  They like to stay near the periphery of a fight and ruin your combat flow with unblockable ranged attacks.  Use your own bow to return the favor: your Focus ability slows time to a crawl, giving you plenty of time to line up one or two charged headshots and take them out the fight immediately.  Their weaponry also glows red in the wraith world, making them easy to pick them out in a group.

-Autistic Angel
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 07, 2014, 08:42:08 PM
Nice!  Thanks for the impressions!  thumbsup

Gamespot's review complained that the AI frequently gets stuck in its patrol routines, causing soldiers to sometimes just rotate in place.  Have you seen anything like that?

-Autistic Angel
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 11:15:45 AM
I'll be interested to see how the reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows turn out.  The preview content they've been putting out has looked so polished, I initially had no idea it was a PSN downloadable title.  I like stealth games, and I've been on something of a fantasy kick lately with Shadow of Mordor, Age of Wonders III, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On the downside, Styx is made by Cyanide Studios, a developer that has become increasingly notorious for undercutting its awesome game mechanics with the most brain dead AI this side of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.  It wouldn't surprise me learn the AI guards in Styx have dialogue like, "Eh?  What was that?  I must be hearing things again....better jam this dagger into my own ear to be sure-BLRRK!"

-Autistic Angel
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 08:17:31 PM
1) What is your PSN gamertag?

2) Are you going to come play Destiny with us?

3) Now that taking the Gratchcast live is literally a button on your controller, are you planning to start the show this week or next week?

4) Do your Final Fantasy XIV characters import from the PC version, or do you have to start from scratch?

5) Seriously: GRATCHCAST!

-Autistic Angel
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 12:38:07 AM
I think the real reason they went with 10 is that their original title, Windows Nova, tested poorly in Spanish-speaking countries where the words no va mean "doesn't go."

Then their backup brand, Windows Notable, upset people in English speaking countries where the phrase "no table" was taken to mean there would be no traditional desktop.

-Autistic Angel
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Longest Journey game (kickstarter) on: September 30, 2014, 08:03:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 30, 2014, 02:30:03 PM


Dreamfall Chapters comes out October 21.

I loved, loved, loved the video in that article.  This might be the game that finally pulls me away from my year-long FFXIV obsession.

I'm with Gratch in the anticipation department, but unfortunately Dreamfall Chapters will be subject to the same rule I use for playing The Walking Dead and other episodic games: I can't play it until the whole package is released.

Sorry, Red Thread Games, but I just can't get into playing a small fraction of your game once every 4 - 6 months.  icon_frown

-Autistic Angel
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2014, 11:10:00 PM
Detective Jim Gordon realizes Gotham City is such a seething pit of corruption on his first day that he vows to dedicate his entire career to cleaning it up.  The series is about how his efforts are so well spent that fifteen years later everything is worse, every third person he ever met has become a deranged serial killer, and he has a mustache.

-Autistic Angel
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XV on: September 22, 2014, 10:59:02 PM
Will your frequent flier points have expired by then, or will they carry over so you can get it for free?

-Autistic Angel
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/22) on: September 22, 2014, 10:31:00 AM
Folks interested in Disney Infinity 2.0 might want to read through the reviews first.  Some have been positive, but GameSpot, IGN, and Game Informer were all pretty cool on it.

Quote from: Game Informer
Disney Infinity’s leap into the Marvel universe is bafflingly bad – a gut-punch of a sequel stripped of most of the magic, wonder, and imagination that made the play sets from the first Infinity game enjoyable for children and adults alike. The adventures offered for The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man rank among the worst super hero games of recent memory, pushing players to complete mundane tasks like “fetch a battery” or “activate this device” over and over again.

By contrast, the GI gave the first game a 9/10.

-Autistic Angel
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 20, 2014, 12:51:04 AM
Assuming you can find the toaster, yes.

-Autistic Angel
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/12/14 on: September 15, 2014, 10:41:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 13, 2014, 03:16:36 PM

Spent my long flight yesterday getting back into FF Theaterhythm on iPad.  Such a fun game.  Will try to get in some FFXIV tonight, get to spend all day tomorrow writing proposals.  Blech.

How have things been going with your Thaumaturge?  Does he get to become a Black Mage at some point, or do you have to play that class up to a certain level to unlock the class for another character?

-Autistic Angel
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: September 13, 2014, 01:43:30 PM
I'll be buying GTA V for YellowKing's birthday, then nonchalantly focusing on the road during the drive home.  I'll put it in a closet upstairs and divert my attention towards other things, but it'll all turn out half-assed because I keep blinking furiously and wiping the sweat from my brow.  Eventually I'll go take it out again, just to make sure it's still there.

Then there will be an uncomfortable scene about a week later as YellowKing's friends and family watch him tears open some wrapping paper to reveal a half-eaten Snickers.  Their uncertain eyes will turn towards me, partially because they'll still be unclear on who I am or how I came to be in the house.  And partially because I'll be furtively wiping my brow, looking at that Snickers.

-Autistic Angel
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: September 10, 2014, 02:03:39 AM
Wow, it's Purge!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: September 07, 2014, 08:43:08 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 07, 2014, 05:03:15 AM

Free on 360 last month.

this game is frigging great.

though i wish there were more non-lethal weapons and powers...there's like 3 things that iI get to use.

I think the best way to experience Dishonored is to go "High Chaos" for your first playthrough, using your various gadgets and abilities to set up flashy kill streaks against your enemies.  Saving the super-sneaky Ghost Mode run for a second playthrough frees you up to fully explore the levels, find all the loot, and experiment with whatever powers you like.  I'll also say that the game seems best balanced at "Hard" difficulty or above.

Either way, Dishonored is definitely worth playing through at least twice.  I just finished my Low Chaos run and it's a very different, very cool experience!

-Autistic Angel
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 07, 2014, 11:08:34 AM
Man.  I'm sorry, Gratch frown

-Autistic Angel
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