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41  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
42  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
43  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
44  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
45  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
46  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
47  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
48  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
49  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
50  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
51  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
52  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
53  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
54  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
55  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
56  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
57  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
58  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
59  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
60  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
61  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
62  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
63  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
64  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
65  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
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 01:29:46 AM
I won't be preloading because Best Buy is offering $10 gift cards with preorders of the physical copies.  Combined with the 20% off for being in Gamers Club Unlocked, it works out to a better deal on the PC version than Green Man Gaming.  The key also unlocks on Steam, so all I'll need is whatever Day 0 patch might come down once I install off the disc.

-Autistic Angel
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: November 08, 2015, 03:41:51 PM
I also own Helldivers and have never played it.  When are you planning to start?

-Autistic Angel
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: November 02, 2015, 11:40:04 AM
I finished Dying Light which was very good.  It's still remarkable to me how that game came and went without any real fanfare, considering that it absolutely eclipses Dead Island in every category and adds some really spectacular free-running mechanics as well.

I also finished Life is Strange.

 icon_frown icon_frown icon_frown


- icon_cry
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/3) on: November 02, 2015, 11:34:35 AM
Anno 2205 will also be coming out tomorrow for the PC.  Where previous Anno games expanded single maps with different climates or multiple layers, this one will be more about linking entirely distinct maps together into a linked economy.  It sounds a bit like what SimCity 2013 was trying to accomplish, except with much more stark differences between the zones and the intent that a single player will be running them all simultaneously.

I have enjoyed every new Anno game more than the preceding one, and I played something like 200 hours of Anno 2070 and its expansion.  Still, I have a busy enough week ahead that I'll be waiting on reviews rather than preloading.

-Autistic Angel
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/30/15 Halloween Edition on: October 30, 2015, 04:46:23 PM
I'll be finishing the final chapter of the narrative game I've been playing, potentially finishing Dying Light, and hopefully getting some more time with Assassin's Creed: Syndicate on the PS4.

Trying to clear the field a bit before next week's release of Anno 2205. I loved the last game so that looks like a Day1 purchase for me.

-Autistic Angel
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 10:19:40 AM
Quick adjustment to the release list: the PC version of Assassin's Creed: Syndicate won't be out until 11/19.

I have not yet decided if I'll be picking up the PS4 version or waiting -- it'll likely depend on the reviews.

-Autistic Angel
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 17, 2015, 05:19:48 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 17, 2015, 04:46:20 PM

Not to derail, but can you point me to some of those mods? I'd love to check it out.

The Watch Dogs graphical mod I used was ironically named "TheWorse Mod" after its creator.  Wired did an article about it, and the final version can be downloaded from Guru3D here.  I used the version without the altered "Maldo Textures" though I don't remember why.  I think it was just a matter of personal preference.

We all say graphics don't make the game, but it turns out making mischief in an open world is more fun when everything looks super awesome too!

-Autistic Angel

73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 17, 2015, 03:41:53 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 17, 2015, 02:48:09 AM

Like recent previous AC offers through GMG, it's for a Uplay key rather than a Steam key (which loads the game through Uplay anyway). However, Uplay and I have been doing well together for quite a while so I don't foresee an issue.

Yes, Uplay has been pretty good for a while now.  The big issues used to be connectivity problems, which were resolved by moving to a new server farm years ago, and the inability to back up games so they didn't need to be redownloaded.  That feature was added sometime last year, so I'd be fine with buying directly from them for a better discount.

I may just stick with the PS4 version of Syndicate, though.  Even the best Ubisoft PC ports take a good six months to get properly optimized, and some need community mods to really shine.  Watch Dogs is the best example of that: the standard game looked adequate in a flat, lifeless sort of way, but was easily modded to be absolutely gorgeous with just a couple files.

-Autistic Angel
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 12, 2015, 08:53:18 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on October 12, 2015, 03:23:04 AM

I thought Tales finale was next week, same day as Life is Strange finale?

I believe this is correct as well.  When October 20th was announced as the release date, I distinctly remember saying to a friend of mine, "OMG, this is like totally amazeballs right now!  Hella greatitude OTW ten-twenty, dilsnoofus!"

He was very confused.

-Autistic Angel
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 09, 2015, 11:56:21 AM
In addition to the old stand-bys of Heroes of the Storm and Diablo 3 on PS4, I started a new narrative game last week that I've been thinking about all week long.  I'll definitely be playing the next Episode on Sunday!

-Autistic Angel
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 08, 2015, 04:12:06 PM

Quote from: Mr. Feral on October 07, 2015, 11:29:43 PM

I would love a spiritual evolution of the elements we cared about, but at this point the IP only feels stale and played out.  They could still make a truly great game, but it almost seems it would be in spite of what Resident Evil has become.  That being the case, a fresh IP with similar elements may be what they need to get fans excited again.

I feel like this was the intent behind The Evil Within.  Take the same over-the-shoulder aiming mechanic that everyone loved in Resident Evil 4 but roll back the move towards an action-packed spectacle and reassert the focus on marshaling limited resources to survive a dire predicament.

Some people loved it.  Game Informer's Tim Turi, who I generally agree with, adored it.  I thought it was the worst game I played that year, so I think I'd be happier if Capcom continues down the learning path Turtle noticed in Revelations 2 .

-Autistic Angel
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 01:24:19 PM
The Vita game is very meh.  The aiming is surprisingly sharp thanks to the fine tuning allowed by the motion controls, but the story plays out like unguided fan fiction.

But don't forget to log into Diablo 3 on your console and check your mailbox. I got a gift for you yesterday and there may be more from the last 30 days I've forgotten about.

-Autistic Angel
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 12:51:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 05, 2015, 02:59:03 AM

Uncharted is an eventual must-buy, as I've never played any of the Uncharted games. However, it will have to wait until I get some of my backlog under control.

If you haven't played these great games yet, picking up the Uncharted Collection is an integral part of getting your backlog under control.  You're also saving a ton of money compared to people who bought the three games for $60 a piece, so in a way, it would actually be irresponsible not to buy the set and play it immediately.


-Autistic Angel
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 05, 2015, 01:58:28 AM
I finished Until Dawn last night.  It's was the most harrowing video game I've played since Fatal Frame 2.

Four of my characters made it to the end credits.  Four did not, even though I really, really tried.  Turns out it's pretty easy to sit behind your popcorn bucket and chat about how stupid horror movie characters are, but when you're the one in the thick of it, the choice between Run or Hide isn't so intuitive. icon_cry

I loved it.

-Autistic Angel
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: October 01, 2015, 06:21:23 PM
There are no story revelations in Unity.  In fact, in the final moments of the game, one of the characters expressly tells the player that the main plot has turned out to be completely irrelevant to the broader story.

That sounds like a joke, but I'm completely serious.  It is the most disposable Assassin's Creed game in the mainline series.

-Autistic Angel
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