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41  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
42  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
43  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
44  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
45  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
46  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
47  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
48  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
49  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
50  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
51  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
52  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
53  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
54  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
55  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
56  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
57  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
58  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
59  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
60  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
61  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
62  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
63  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
64  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
65  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
66  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

67  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
68  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
69  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
70  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
71  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
72  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
73  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
74  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
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/29) on: September 29, 2015, 01:58:45 PM
I grabbed the expansion for Eador: Matters of the Broken World on Steam since it was only eighty cents.

Otherwise,  I'm passing on Lego Dimensions for now because it seems a little too advanced for the kids in my life and like a huge cash sink for the adults in my life.   Everything I've read indicates it's effectively the same style Lego game we've been playing for years, except everything is three times more expensive and will require physical storage in perpetuity.

I think Jeff Cork made an interesting observation that it'll develop into a good collection of licensed properties that probably couldn't support full Lego games on their own (Wizard of Oz, Doctor Who, The Simpsons), but I'll want to see how well the experience holds up once some of those $30+ expansion sets have come out.

Anyway,  nothing else for me this week.

-Autistic Angel
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 9/25 edition on: September 26, 2015, 11:18:54 AM
What is "SS:SE"?

EDIT: Oh, never mind.  I just Googled "Exotech Larva" and found out it's Serious Sam.

Anyway, I'll probably play some more Heroes of the Storm, Lego Batman 3, and Diablo 3.  There's another narrative game I've been playing as well that may be finished this weekend. paranoid

-Autistic Angel
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 23, 2015, 10:41:26 AM
Boy, if someone had told me I'd enjoy Scream Queens more than a TV series based on Minority Report, I'd never have believed them.  Every preview looked absolutely dreadful, and having no affinity for either nip/tuck or American Horror Story, there was no fall premiere I was going into with lower expectations.

But that was actually pretty good.  It's dumb, but in a supremely self-aware way that winds up channeling the parts I liked most about Jennifer's Body and Hell Baby.  The stunt casting with Ariana Grande wasn't as grating as I expected and Jamie Lee Curtis was really great...I'm definitely on board for more!

-Autistic Angel
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: September 22, 2015, 02:24:24 PM
I agree with Purge.  TV pilots need to strike a delicate balance between setting up the premise of an entire series and creating a good individual episode, and there are plenty of examples of great shows that had rocky starts (The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dollhouse, Firefly, Agents of Shield).  But even keeping that in mind, the premiere episode of Minority Report was distinctly terrible.

Half the episode was spent trying to isolate why it looked so terrible.  CGI was splashed over every scene -- to a degree they can't possible hope to keep funding -- but rather than slick and impressive, it somehow made everything look super chintzy, like a Universal Studios amusement park version of the future.

The other half was trying to figure out why everyone was dumping out their lines as quickly as possible.  Is everyone in 2065 hooked on speed, or was this written as a two hour premiere and then filmed in forty minutes flat?  Some of the scene construction was just bizarre, with characters expressing unprovoked mood swings from one moment to the next.

"Hey man, cool birds."


"Precrime took everything from you YOU'RE THE REAL KILLER!"

"I'm scared or something and running awwaaaaaaay!"

My favorite scene was when the precog said, "I can't help you anymore, here's my sketchbook, solve these crimes, I've got to go!" and then walked all of four feet before continuing the conversation like that the lead from Memento.

I'll be real interested to see what episode 5 of this is like.  Based surely on the debut, it had better improve a lot by then.

-Autistic Angel
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 01:25:40 PM
Yeah, I've played a bunch of Lego Marvel Super Heroes with a friend.  Any level where he becomes Lego Hulk means I'm going to be spending a bunch of time pulling my character back together, but it doesn't matter because at most you just lose a handful of monies.

Things are different for a five year-old.  The fact that Skylander food heals both characters matters less than the fact that "My guy is hungry and she didn't share!  Pout poutty pout!"  The kids know, abstractly, that they're both benefiting from the teamwork, but they still individually want to be the one who solves the puzzle or physically picks up the special hat.

Superchargers may be a fine game for a couple adults who enjoy leveling up the new characters.  For younger players who still occassionally spend a full minute running towards opposite edges of the screen in a debate about which way to go, the idea of splitting entire levels where one has little to do while the other races around and has fun just sounds like a bad time.

-Autistic Angel
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/22) on: September 22, 2015, 11:09:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 21, 2015, 05:38:43 PM

Where are you seeing that the new Skylanders is being labeled as the worst in the series?  Everything I've read about it made it seem like a good version of their game (and certainly better than Trap Team) and the metascore is currently 84, which is far from bad.

Here is Game Informer's review:

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
Concept: The worst entry in the Skylanders series. The vehicle segments sap the fun and personality from the experience, and are usually light on challenge.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
By the third level, I would grimace whenever I saw an icon telling me I needed to place a car on the Portal of Power for a vehicle sequence. The cars are the weakest part of the campaign, and most are tied to the critical path. These tracks are overly wide and are largely free of any challenge. The most excitement usually comes from turning slightly to hit jumps and nab coins along the way. Pop-up barricades are introduced in later sequences, but again, the abundantly wide track gives you more than enough room to maneuver and removes the intensity from the challenge. The cars deliver further headaches in the arena battles, which end up being a test of overcoming cumbersome controls to drive in circles while firing at opponents.

Quote from: Andrew Reiner
The other vehicle sections in the campaign fair just as poorly or worse than the cars. The side-scrolling submarine sequences, which push the player to squeak by mines and other dangers, are maddeningly boring. The aerial dogfighting and overall flight mechanics are moderately enjoyable, but run into the problem of the vessels taking up a little too much real-estate on screen, which often leads to targets being blocked from view.

Reiner and Jeff Cork also recorded a Test Chamber to show it off in action.  The submarine section is especially rough, with Player 2 relegated to jamming on the Shoot button to blast torpedoes in whatever direction Player 1 happens to be driving.  Vehicle sections like those comprise about half the game, and considering my niece and nephew already have disagreements over which way to explore and who collects the treasure, divvying up which one basically has to sit and watch the other one play an entire level sounds like pure anti-fun.

I will probably pick up Superchargers for them during some steep sale in the future.  Until then, they've always had a good time exploring the different Lego demos on XBox Live so I'm hoping Lego Dimensions will be a fun co-op experience for them.  A major question will be whether or not "friendly fire" can be disabled.  Whether there's a death penalty or not, being killed by a careless sibling at their ages would not make for a fun experience.

-Autistic Angel
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