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41  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Endgame in MMO's on: January 16, 2016, 11:05:31 PM
Yeah, I wouldn't say that completing the primary progression curve over the course of 60 - 100 hours "Gamer ADD."  You played the game long enough to reach a comfortable endpoint -- there's no shame in deciding that large player raids, which are often not part of that initial game play loop, aren't of interest to you.  That's how I play MMOs, anyhow.  I had lots of fun going through a couple of the character stories in The Old Republic with a friend, but once the plot ended, we considered the game complete and moved on.

I'd define Gamer ADD as giving up games you're currently enjoying to buy other games you might also enjoy.  Everyone does this to some extent, but return to the ones we really like later on.  I'm thinking of the people who dont; I bet everyone on this forum has a friend who consistently gets a couple hours into a game, raves about it, but never finishes before the new hotness comes out.

Anyway, I've never pursued the endgame in MMOs because there are simply too many other great games I'd like to experience.  Nothing holds your interest forever.

-Autistic Angel
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 08:35:35 PM
Gratch, he did just release your pawn (with a gift!) and then re-recruited her.  I don't know how long it takes for that to filter through the servers, but you should be able to see if you got any RC presently.

-Autistic Angel
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 16, 2016, 08:08:34 PM
For people who want to see what the PC version of Dragon's Dogma is like, Engine Nine is streaming his game through Steam right now.  I think anyone can tune in by selecting the drop-down next to his name and choosing "Watch Game."

So far, his pawns are Bryn, Kate, and Red Signe, and they have almost finished escorting a cart to the capital. thumbsup

EDIT: He made it to the capital and visited the Pawn Guild.  It turns out Bryn is Gratch's pawn, and Red Signe is Razgon's.  Kate belongs to Ivan, Engine Nine's character.  Whatever trouble Gratch's game is having with receiving pawns, it seems to be uploading them properly.

-Autistic Angel
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 15, 2016, 09:44:06 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 15, 2016, 03:07:26 PM

For the first time in a long time...I have no idea.  There's nothing that's really floating my boat right now, to be honest.  And with both Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy Explorers coming out soon, I don't want to jump into a big game that I know I'll never finish.

Might give Uncharted 3 Remaster a look on PS4.  Might try to finish off my FIFA16 season that I stalled out on.  Might check out what the new Diablo 3 patch added.  Might try (again) to wrap my brain around Rebel Galaxy.  Might grab Dragon's Dogma on PC and give it another whirl.  Might fire up another GW2 or SWTOR toon.  Might spend time with Stella Glow.

No idea, really.

Why not play The Legends of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel?  Game Informer's Kim Wallace says:

Quote from: Game Informer's Kim Wallace
Many traditional role-playing games get a bad rap for taking too long to let you experience the best they have to offer. Whether it's poor pacing, tutorial-heavy introductions, or a repetitious structure, the entry barrier can be difficult to overcome. With Cold Steel, I was eager to jump back into combat and exploration throughout the entire journey. That's what makes it such a delight - every component is so well-done and wonderfully paced that no part outstays its welcome, making The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel one of the most absorbing JRPGs I've encountered since Persona 4.

Sounds like a perfectly Gratchy game to me!

-Autistic Angel
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment/surprise of the year 2015 on: January 14, 2016, 11:57:21 PM
My Biggest Surprise was Dying Light.  Like most games, I came to it about six months after release and thought it was just fantastic.  It was basically took everything I liked about making my way across the zombie-infested landscapes of Dead Island, added the free running traversal I'd *wanted* from Mirror's Edge, and polished the whole package to AAA levels.  Reading this thread makes me realize that other people may not have enjoyed it as much as I did, but on the whole, it was a real "Why Aren't People Talking About This?!" game for me.

Honorable Mention goes to Assassin's Creed: Syndicate.  Ubisoft really needed to hit this one out of the park after the disaster that was Unity, and boy did they nail it!  Responsive combat, entertaining variety of mission, great visuals, rewarding bonus objectives and specialty kills, *fantastic* new traveral mechanics -- metropolitan face stabbery hasn't been this good since Brotherhood!

As for Biggest Disappointment, I pull all my purchases from feedback on sites I trust and forums like this one, so I generally wind up with games I really like.  Maybe Just Cause 3 because the PC version was kind of crashy at first?  I just set it aside to wait for a couple patches, and since I've been doing deep with some other games in the meantime, it's less "Dissapointment" and more "Delayed Gratification."

Runner up would probably be Anno 2205.  It was fun for a while, but once I reached the end of the campaign story and found there were no sandbox maps or new custom scenarios to play with, my interest dried up pretty quickly.  I'm not sure those extra modes would have given it longer legs anyway.  Unlike the ecology differences in Anno 1701 or the clashing ecological ideals in Anno 2070, the streamlined Temperate -> Arctic -> Moon progression of the far-flung future just doesn't seem built for replayability.  Still, it was a good time for thirty hours or so, making it a pretty minimal disappointment.

It's no Master of Orion III, that's for sure... puke

-Autistic Angel
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment of the year 2015 on: January 09, 2016, 09:22:08 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 09, 2016, 08:34:22 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on December 21, 2015, 10:00:19 PM

Disappointing: The Pillars of Eternity expansion.  Not because its bad, by all accounts it is really good, my problem is it is a midgame expansion instead of a continuation of the story.

I had the same experience the first time I played it.

The parkour was slow. Anything I jumped to it would take a second or two to pull yourself up. So I ended up stopping about 3hrs in when enemies were easily overpowering me and it was tough to maneuver.

But I gave it a second try a month ago or so and it was a totally different experience. Apparently I wasn't doing the parkour right. If you double tap the bumper - once to jump and the second time when you land or grab on to something - you fly over everything. Completely changed the game.

Moving around was fun now. Even got to the point where getting to night drops were a blast.

The ending of the game still sucks but everything else was great.

Even with the double-bumper tap, I still feel the parkour is the weakest element of Pillars of Eternity.  It honestly feels like the developers gave it no real consideration at all.

-Autistic Angel
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 10:10:20 PM
Yes, that's the part I was thinking of.

"Hello.  My friend and I have journeyed far to reach this small seaside hamlet so that we may investigate the murder of a local land owner."

"Yes, greetings, and welcome to the End of Time!  I am the ageless extraterrestrial goblin who lives in this asteroid manner house with the Woman Who Weaves The Strands of Fate.  Can I get you a space cappuccino?"

-Autistic Angel
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 03, 2016, 05:10:22 PM
Oh, it gets soooo much better than that.  And by "better," I mean "LOL WTF?!"

Tell us: what's the...erm, furthest you've been from town so far?  And are you streaming any of this to your YouTube channel yet?  I really want to see what happens icon_cry

-Autistic Angel
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 29, 2015, 05:10:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 29, 2015, 06:04:42 AM

I'm anticipating that my gaming time will be significantly reduced in 2016.  I'm realizing that I spend way too much time in front of a screen, at the expense of other things.  So my goal in 2016 is to do two things:

1.  Not turn on any game until I have exercised for at least 30 minutes.  Yay for a new treadmill!  

I think each person needs to find a regimen that works best for them, but it might be worth considering simplifying this to just "I will exercise for at least 30 minutes each day."  Making it a barricade to something you love sounds like a fast path towards resenting the activity.

My habit was to do my daily workout first thing in the morning, simply to make sure I didn't get caught up in other things.  Eventually my work schedule changed and I shifted it to either just after work or early evening depending on what else is going on.  Either way, it's always a part of my day and gets done whether my gaming happens before or after.

The best option is to find a way to exercise *while* you're gaming.  Walking on a treadmill or peddling an exercise bike are ideal activities while exploring in a game like Xenoblade Chronicles X, seeking out collectibles in an open-world game like Assassin's Creed: Syndicate, or playing through a narrative game like The Walking Dead.  This gives you something to look forward to while you're working out, and be amazed how much further you can push yourself when you have something fun to occupy your mind!

I'm not the only person who would recommend this -- Brandon Cackowski-Schnell on the Jumping the Shark podcast has been pairing his morning workouts with various games for years now and he's always talking about how much more motivated it makes him to keep fit.

Quote from: Gratch on December 29, 2015, 06:04:42 AM

2.  Spend 30 minutes reading for every hour I spend gaming.  I honestly haven't read a single book this year (I did listen to two audiobooks)...and that's simply pathetic.

One alternative to gaming while exercising is to listen to an audiobook or podcast.  There's nothing inherently better about reading the words yourself -- it works best for some people, while others assimilate information most quickly when it's heard or practiced.  Education is not a one-size-fits-all endeavor.  For me personally, physically writing something out with a pen even once is the best way to embed it in my memory.

In other words, if you're planning to read more because it's best for you or because the information you need for work is available no other way, go for it.  If you determine that listening to an audiobook is every bit as engrossing as curling up with a physical copy, it's every bit as good.

-Autistic Angel
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 28, 2015, 12:08:41 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 28, 2015, 06:39:01 AM

I also had my "once every couple years" itch to play an RTS game, so I picked up Starcraft II along with the first expansion.  While I'm still entirely overwhelmed, the campaign is pretty fun.

That's uncanny -- just last night, I installed the first StarCraft 2 release to play through the campaign.

Which expansion are you referring to?  Heart of the Swarm or are there other packs for Wings of Liberty?

-Autistic Angel
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: December 27, 2015, 09:24:00 PM
I'm curious if you're planning to play with with Josh Sawyer's mod.  It apparently restores the more challenging survival-based focus the developers had originally envisioned for the "Hardcore" mode, where hunger, thirst, and fatigue were meant to be ongoing concerns.

I'm generally leery of mods until I've experienced the game as-intended, but a thorough rebalancing by the game's lead designer is more of an unofficial patch.  Sawyer did the same thing for Throne of Bhall after that game was released to restore a bunch of cut content and it was pretty great!  Tom Chick and Jason McMaster also spoke highly of the mod during one of their recent podcasts.

Normally a post like this would include a direct link to the mod I'm talking about, but since I can't personally vouch for a reliable download source, Googling "JSawyer mod" or "Josh Sawyer New Vegas mod" will give you plenty to work from.

-Autistic Angel
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2015, 11:57:00 PM
The games are waiting for you when you get home either way.  The difference in buying them now is that they can download and patch while you're away, rather than wasting time after you return.

Some people say you can't buy peace of mind, but in this case you literally can.  Is that an opportunity you can afford to let pass you by?

-Autistic Angel
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Green Man Gaming and CDKeys on: December 21, 2015, 03:25:51 AM
I've never used them myself, but people I trust have and report no problems.

-Autistic Angel
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 20, 2015, 10:27:55 PM
You may want to check your other data nodes and change any with a White Cometite potential over to mining probes.  After that, it should just be a matter of keeping your hoppers empty so the probes can do their work.  It's rare enough that even sites that have it will take time to produce, so you may want to hang out in NLA and let the game run while your minerals come in.

-Autistic Angel
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 13, 2015, 11:34:59 AM
 Cabbage Patch
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 12, 2015, 01:52:58 PM
Yes, you want to rotate your squad mates to keep them all leveling up.  Many late-game missions require specific party members, including one mandatory story quest which requires Gwin.

By the way, since you wound up going with the physical version just before launch, did you remember to download the optional content packs that greatly speed up the load times?  I forgot to ask during all the excitement.

-Autistic Angel
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Buying advice for Kids on: December 09, 2015, 11:58:36 AM

Quote from: Enigma on December 09, 2015, 05:00:24 AM

- Is this game age appropriate?  I realize the CHAT is where the worst stuff will come from, but I trust it can be disabled

Yes: the action is extremely true to the Star Wars movies so characters die, but they don't get split open or burst into sacks of eyeballs.  Laser blasts and lightsabers make for clean kills.

Quote from: Enigma on December 09, 2015, 05:00:24 AM

- It doesn't seem like there is much CO-OP hard is it to play together???

The dedicated co-op mode is a couple survival areas against waves of AI characters.  It is poorly paced, with long lulls between waves, and the AI is easily exploited so you'll probably graduate out of it very quickly.  Your kids might enjoy it more if they're mostly interested in watching each other's backs.

All three of you would be able to team up in the other game modes.  Hero Mode, which casts each player as a special character and pits them against an opposing team of three, would probably produce the most consistent results.  The larger battles have a "buddy system" that helps keep two players work together; the third would be paired with another teammate and would need to coordinate entirely through chat.

There is no single player or co-op campaign mode.

Quote from: Enigma on December 09, 2015, 05:00:24 AM

- Console or PC for best coop experience?  We only have PS3 and WiU, so we would have to buy a PS4.  On the other hand, my youngest sons PC would probably need a new video card to be able to play it, so a GTX 970 is ~$300 anyway.

Split-screen co-op is only available in the offline, wave-based survival mode.  This means you would need three PS4s, along with three copies of the game, to play online with both of your sons.

If you choose to go PC, be aware that GreenManGaming currently has a 20% voucher for digital games and I have always found them to be an extremely reliable vendor.  Vouchers ranging from 10% - 25% are very common there, especially through the holidays, so you may want to check back in the coming weeks to see if an even better deal comes along.

-Autistic Angel
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 07, 2015, 10:36:12 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 07, 2015, 08:41:03 PM

Nothing for me.

Even once I finish Arkham Knight this week (I'm close to the end), I've still got Assassin's Creed: Syndicate and a bunch of backlog games to keep me busy.

If you discard Black Flag on the grounds that it's kind of 40% Assassin's Creed and 60% pirate combat simulator, Syndicate is the best AC game since Brotherhood.  I may break it down in greater detail for the dedicated thread, but the short version is that you have a lot to look forward to!

Quote from: YellowKing on December 07, 2015, 08:41:03 PM

Plus there's a good chance I'll get Fallout 4 for Christmas and the kids are getting a Wii U.  eek

A big patch just hit the PC version today to address a couple progression bugs and performance issues.  I haven't checked yet to see if the consoles have been patched, but I think starting a big Bethesda game a few weeks after release -- post-Christmas, in this case -- is a safer bet than jumping in right at launch.

-Autistic Angel
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 07, 2015, 03:41:19 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 07, 2015, 01:57:33 AM

1.  In my exploration, I managed to take down a "tyrant" monster in an epic battle.  As soon as he drops, I get a pop-up message saying "BLADE HQ will certainly want to know about this!  Be sure to report back to them!"  Awesome!  That must mean I get something extra for beating him.  Then I proceed to spend the next 30 minutes talking to every NPC and examining every kiosk in BLADE HQ trying to figure out where I turn in this "report". Still haven't found anything.    icon_confused

Is there a woman outside the Administration Building, across from the BLADE barracks, who handles that?  I think she processes the BLADE Reports for your party, but it might be unlocked by progressing through the story.

Quote from: Gratch on December 07, 2015, 01:57:33 AM

2.  So the good news is that I figured out where to get quests.  Bad news is that of the 20 quests in my log, 8 of them are gather quests that require me to collect X number of a certain collectable item.  And the game gives me absolutely no indication of where to start looking for them in this massive world.  Guess I'm just supposed to hope I stumble over them eventually, or something.

It isn't necessary to have the quest active in your log for the relevant collectibles to appear in the world, so you can wait until you already have the items to take the quest and then immediately turn it in the for the reward.  Save your active quest space for the various hunting and exploration missions that can only be advanced when they're in your log.

This is doubly true if you want to complete some of the time-sensitive missions.  If you're trying to kill a unique enemy who only appears during rainstorms, for example, you'll need to hop to it as soon as the first drops start falling.

-Autistic Angel
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 06, 2015, 02:04:48 PM
Gratch makes an important point: Xenoblade Chronicles X's theme of exploration isn't just about mapping out an unfamiliar world, but about experimenting with all the systems.  The quest markers show you how things *can* get done, but with a bit of wandering off the beaten path to find collectibles and claim survey points, you'll often stumble on faster and more convenient ways to do them.

Just don't forget to visit town occasionally to invest your spare Miranium in one of the corporations!  If you hit your max, that network of mining probes will just sit idle until you clear up some storage space.

Quote from: Gratch on December 06, 2015, 05:45:44 AM

How are "Soul Voice" skills activated?

Soul Voice effects are activated when one of your party members shouts out some advice and you follow through, usually by successfully executing whichever Art has started flashing on the screen.  Positioning is important though, so if someone calls out to Topple the enemy and your Art requires you to attack from behind, you'll need to get on the enemy's flank before choosing the attack.

These are obviously different from the Soul Challenges which are triggered by meeting certain requirements.  "Start Combat with a Ranged Weapon," "All Enemies At 30% HP" -- those sorts of things.

Either way, activating those bonuses helps improve your Affinity with your party members, so you should try to do them as often as possible.

-Autistic Angel
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Announced! on: December 06, 2015, 01:44:21 PM
My one hope is that they tweak the combat so that it can be paused -- or at least slowed way down, bullet-time style -- and you can issue new orders to your characters.  Something paced like Knights of the Old Republic or Pillars of Eternity would allow so much more tactical depth to the encounters.

Ni no Kuni was the sort of the game I wanted to show to other people, but battling was such a chaotic scrum that you had to learn how to navigate menus by blind reflex.  Such an odd choice in a game where everything else is handled at such a leisurely and forgiving pace.

-Autistic Angel
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: December 05, 2015, 03:03:51 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on December 05, 2015, 05:56:37 AM

Never tried Rogue Galaxy for some reason.

I remember liking Rogue Galaxy a lot, it's the one I'm most likely to pick up from that current list. 

I also wrote up my thoughts on the game after I'd finished: apparently I really liked the story, characters, and visual presentation, I felt the combat started wearing thin near the end of the game, and I disliked the leveling up mechanism and the weapon crafting mini-game.

That was in 2007.  As of 2015, my main memories of the game are that you start out on a desert planet like Luke Skywalker, meet up with a couple droids like Luke Skywalker, and soon afterwards get to fly around to different planets fighting things with a sword in real-time like Luke Skywalker.  So it's possible I'm remembering something else.

-Autistic Angel
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 04, 2015, 11:35:14 PM
Game Informer posted some general tips for new players.  They recommend:

1) Keeping a full quest log at all times.  There are so many things to do that you'll often complete quests while on your way to other quests.

2) Picking a character class track and sticking with it.  The game apparently doesn't notify you once you've maxed out your current tier, so you should check it on a regular basis and advance further up the track when possible.

3) Never selling anything.  The extra cash is minimal and many early game items can be used to fulfill quest objectives later in the game.

-Autistic Angel
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 03, 2015, 11:41:19 AM
It is disappointing Gratch apparently isn't getting the physical Collector's Edition.  It would've been fun to get his thoughts on the art book and some of the other stuff that comes with it.

-Autistic Angel
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 03, 2015, 03:27:48 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 02, 2015, 04:58:27 PM

Went to pre-order this today, only to discover that it requires 22.5 GB of disc space.  With the one game I have loaded on the WiiU system (Mario 3D world), I only have 22 GB available.  So I'm either going to have to buy an external hard drive or order a physical copy of the game.

Stupid Nintendo.   icon_evil

I'm just glad this issue was discovered in advance and can be sorted out by Friday.

This has been a long week, and quite frankly, the only thing pulling me through at this point is the fact that we'll basically get a solid 72-hours of uninterrupted Gratching about Xenoblade Chronicles X.

-Autistic Angel
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: November 29, 2015, 02:20:51 PM

I mean, if you get that stop watch from The Twilight Zone that allows you to freeze time so you could play every other game you've ever been slightly curious about, growing older hour after hour, day after day, in the silence of an unliving world, then I suppose you would eventually arrive at Assassin's Creed: Unity.  You could even finish it.  And then you would say, "Oh, I understand what Autistic Angel was talking about, lo those many years ago."

There is nothing in Unity that isn't executed fifty times better in Syndicate.  It isn't even an intriguing disaster the way Assassin's Creed III was.  It's just kind of there, like an ice cream scoop when you're trying to eat spaghetti.  Yes, technically its a utensil and could transport noodles into your mouth, but let's face it: you're just going to use your fingers.  And who would blame you?

Skip Unity.  Play Syndicate.

-Autistic Angel
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: November 28, 2015, 12:48:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 27, 2015, 08:35:44 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 27, 2015, 07:20:49 PM

Quick note about Green Man Gaming: keys for preorder games are frequently unavailable until midway through release day.  There was also a major issue just last week where Star Wars: Battlefront preorders couldn't be fulfilled until a few days after release.

I personally feel that 23% savings (~$14) is well worth a small delay, but anyone intent on playing Just Cause 3 on release day might want to take Steam up on their current 10% discount.

-Autistic Angel

FWIW, I got my keys from GMG today, several days before the release/download date.

Oh, that's good to know.  I've only had good experiences with GMG myself -- any minor delays in receiving keys strike me as the smallest of the First World problems -- but the folks who missed out on the first couple days of Star Wars Battlefront were royally pissed about it.

-Autistic Angel
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: November 27, 2015, 07:20:49 PM
Quick note about Green Man Gaming: keys for preorder games are frequently unavailable until midway through release day.  There was also a major issue just last week where Star Wars: Battlefront preorders couldn't be fulfilled until a few days after release.

I personally feel that 23% savings (~$14) is well worth a small delay, but anyone intent on playing Just Cause 3 on release day might want to take Steam up on their current 10% discount.

-Autistic Angel
69  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Origin] Dragon Age Inquisition Sale (33% to 62% off) on: November 27, 2015, 02:51:10 PM
It looks like the three campaign expansions would total about $30, while the GOTY Edition would be $40.  The only additions I can discern are a handful of cosmetic items like new mounts and Skyhold decorations.  The "Spoils of...." packs might have some new weapons or schematics, but I assume they'd be outclassed by whatever you can find in those late-game expansions.

Thanks for the heads up -- I think I'll be picking up those story DLCs!  icon_smile

-Autistic Angel
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 27, 2015, 02:35:43 PM

Quote from: Xmann on November 27, 2015, 02:18:09 PM

I'm eyeing Elite Dangerous, but concerned I would need something other than the kb and mouse to control. Any experience using the standard kb/mouse with that particular game?

I've used a wired XBox 360 controller throughout the game and had a great time.  That said, I've mostly focused on trading, exploring, and a little bit of mining.  It probably lacks the finesse you'd want for high end combat, but by the time you reached that level, you'd be far enough in that you'd probably feel comfortable investing in a real flight stick.

-Autistic Angel
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 27, 2015, 02:31:13 PM
A few thoughts from Hrothgar's list:

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Elite Dangerous

This is very much a "Make Your Own Fun" sort of open world galaxy game.  The only narrative is buried in a mix of in-game bulletin board posts and the game's community website, and probably wouldn't influence anything you did until you'd already invested several dozen hours.  Your experience will primarily be guided by goals that you set for yourself.

My goal was to work my way up to a super heavy cargo transport that my pilot can use to deliver goods all over civilized space while watching 21st century TV shows on a DVR.  Along the way I've done bounty hunting, stellar cartography, prospecting and mining, and had a couple uncomfortable brushes with the law.  And for all of those things, it's been an absolute blast!

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Cities Skylines

This is, for my money, the best city simulator released in the last decade.  Possibly longer.  Some people have criticized it for being "too easy," but these folks are either significantly more talented at civil engineering than I am or they stopped playing before their population hit that critical mass where everything falls apart.

If you like city building, this is absolutely the game for you.

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Civ V & Beyond Earth

Checking player reviews might lead you to believe these games are terribly broken in various ways.  This was very true when they were released, but both games have been greatly overhauled by patches and their respective expansion packs.

If you get Civ V, I highly recommend buying it with all of its expansions.  The last one in particular, "Brave New World," is essential for the improvements it makes to the mid and late game.

I know the "Rising Tide" expansion for Beyond Earth has been well received, but I haven't played it yet.  My copy should be arriving from Amazon this weekend, so I could probably provide a more detailed recommendation after that if you're curious.

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Age of Wonders III

Age of Wonders III is pretty much everything I've ever wanted from a fantasy-themed 4X game.  Exploring the multi-layered landscape, pulling ancient artifacts out of dangerous ruins, researching progressively more powerful spells, assimilating new races into your empire and putting their unique abilities to use in tactical combat -- this is the pinnacle of the genre as far as I'm concerned.

There's a vast amount of content in the base game, but if you find that you enjoy that, I'll throw in a plug for the "Eternal Lords" expansion.  The developers put a lot of work into making necromancy and undead units play very differently from any of the living leaders.

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Kentucky Route Zero

I don't play episodic games until they're complete, and Kentucky Route Zero is a good example of why.  It's been almost three full years since the game first debuted and only three of the five acts are available.  The big news from just this week is that Act 4 is due "soon."

I've heard good things about the content that's there.  If the game is ever finished, I'll try to remember to check it out.

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Pillars of Eternity

This is a phenomenal successor to the old Infinity Engine RPGs like Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale.  Those sprite-based games with their arcane Dungeons & Dragons 2nd Edition rules can be tough to revisit, even in their HD versions, but Pillars uses 3D characters and a completely new ruleset to bring that original flavor into the modern era.

Maybe it's just me, but I also found the combat significantly more challenging than its predecessor's.  If you're in the mood for a story-based RPG with a heavy dose of pausable real-time tactical combat, this is a great pick!

Another game to consider would be Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition.  Where Pillars builds off the old Infinity Engine games, Original Sin feels more like a spiritual successor to Ultima VII, right down to the fact that you begin the game by investigating a murder.  It has a fully turn-based combat system, built around a variety of elementally-based chain reactions that encourage you to freeze soaking enemies and electrify steam clouds.  The story gets way too crazy way too quickly for my taste, but the underlying mechanics are deep and really rewarding to experiment with.

Quote from: Hrothgar on November 27, 2015, 08:17:02 AM

Diablo III

I would be hard pressed to name any game in my lifetime that has been more successfully rehabilitated than Diablo III.  Though not actually broken, the original release was incredibly dull and I quit playing after completing the story once with a single character.

The story in the game is still middle-schooler-fan-fiction bad.  Oh, the stupid, stupid things that happen....

Everything else has been improved by a magnitude of a thousand.  Enemies are more varied, skills are more potent and more fun to use, loot pickups are -vastly- more rewarding, and you can tailor the difficulty to the best risk-vs-reward setting on the fly.  It's the deepest and most entertaining action RPG on the market, and if you have a buddy or two to level up with, so much the better.

-Autistic Angel
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 23, 2015, 12:06:34 PM
As EngineNo9 says, the Steam autumn sale is scheduled to start this week.  I'll be looking for an opportunity to pick up a few of this year's previous releases to try with my new PC: Metal Gear Solid V, Beyond Earth: Rising Tide, the Cities Skylines expansions, and maybe Grand Theft Auto V...if they sell it for a discount.  Previous "sales" have simply been full price except bundled with a multiplayer cash card thing that I would never use.

I'll also be looking for a couple console games through Black Friday-ish sales: Mortal Kombat X and The Witcher 3 are supposed to be $25 at a couple outlets.  I'm hoping one of them turns out to be Amazon so I won't need to brave the local crowds.

Finally, I'll be watching technical reviews of Beyond: Two Souls because I'm interested in the game, but "HD Remaster" doesn't necessarily mean "better."  Unfortunately for everyone, Konami almost single-handedly poisoned that well with their hapless ports of the Silent Hill and Zone of the Enders collections.

-Autistic Angel
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/20/15 Edition on: November 21, 2015, 02:29:07 PM
I'll be playing some more Fallout 4, but joining the movement to focus on optional content that I hate.

My character found a small patch of sidewalk with an intact hopscotch board.  Really, Bethesda?  Hopscotch paint survived a nuclear holocaust?  Assholes.  Anyway, my character's goal is to complete the hops perfectly 66 times in a row before sunset.  Her record so far is 8 because the jumping controls in this game are so fucking horrendous, she keeps stepping on the lines!  It's like the developers put this in *exclusively* to piss us off!

This game sucks and Todd Howard beats his kids.  I will also play some Anno 2205.

-Autistic Angel
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 21, 2015, 12:26:58 AM
Before you buy anything, remember that the Steam Autumn Sale is due to start next week.  It'll be the best opportunity to pick up whatever you want to play at a pretty steep discount.

In addition to EngineNo9's recommendation of The Old Republic, you might consider Guild Wars 2.  It has no subscription fee past the initial purchase and is very solo-friendly, making it a great choice for anyone who wants something they can casually pursue at their own pace.

-Autistic Angel
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 13, 2015, 10:01:09 PM
I gained pretty much a full level just tinkering with the settlement building.  My character's workshop is pretty much complete, though I'd like to figure out how to store items on the lower shelves.  Everything seems to snap to either "floor" or "second shelf."

-Autistic Angel
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: November 12, 2015, 08:19:03 PM
One addition: older versions of uPlay tend to crash when trying to open and check for updates.  Anyone with that issue should completely uninstall the client, download the latest version directly from the website, and reinstall.

I followed those steps about nine months ago when I was reinstalling Anno 2070 and haven't had an issue since.  The recent uPlay clients have been been great in terms of reliability and unobstrusiveness.

-Autistic Angel
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: November 09, 2015, 10:03:07 PM
The myth that Rise of the Tomb Raider is somehow dependent on Microsoft's paid exclusivity seems to stem from comments made by the developer about the effect Microsoft had on promoting the first game.  The reboot received a lot more advertising support on the 360 than the PS3 or PC, and folks at Crystal Dynamics have talked about how instrumental that was in shoring up publisher support and driving sales.

That first game sold more than a million copies in the first 48 hours of its release, plus another 2.4 million over the next three weeks.  Including sales of the Definitive Edition on current gen consoles, lifetime sales are somewhere north of 8 million.  Development of a sequel has never, at any point, been dependent on Microsoft paying Square Enix to delay its release on other platforms.

Anyone who wants to play the XB1 should go right ahead.  They are getting exactly the same game they were always going to get, so there's no reason to wait.  As for me, I was always planning to play the game on my PC where I'd get better frame rates and shorter load times than on either console, and I won't be strong-armed into accepting a lesser version just because it's coming out first.

-Autistic Angel
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 07:25:23 PM
I suspect there will be a Day 0 patch on all platforms to iron out performance issues.  Like it or not, that's just part of the launch experience now.

-Autistic Angel
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 09, 2015, 07:06:37 PM
I've preordered both Fallout 4 and StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void in physical versions, but they should be in my hands on their repective release days.

-Autistic Angel
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: November 09, 2015, 11:31:05 AM
Game Informer put up their review of Rise of the Tomb Raider, giving it a 9.5:

Quote from: Kimberley Wallace
Every hub-based environment also has special challenges and missions you can do for extra bonuses, such as cutting down flags or delivering supplies. The areas also have cool backstories that you can uncover by searching the land and talking to people along the way. I spent a lot of time getting lost in these areas; you never know what you might find by climbing a mountain or entering a cave it can even be a pack of wolves lunging your way. I didn't want to leave any stone unturned, since everything you find has value. I was haunted by not exploring an additional path or seeing if a dead end revealed a treasure. Finding documents and murals show points of the interest on the map, but the lack of a minimap is unfortunate, since it forces you to pause to check the map.

Sounds like it's as densely packed with things to investigate as the last one, but even larger in scope.  I'm really looking forward to playing this on PC sometime next year!

-Autistic Angel
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