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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

FF XIV.

Shocking, I know.

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

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


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

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


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

I may never start the actual game.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

5) Seriously: GRATCHCAST!

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

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

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

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

ARISE!!!!

Dreamfall Chapters comes out October 21.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Free on 360 last month.

this game is frigging great.

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


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

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

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

-Autistic Angel
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 05, 2014, 05:23:48 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 05, 2014, 04:00:58 PM

The Darkness (part of Operation: Get Rid of the 360TM)


Wugh!

I finish most of the games that I start, especially if they're fairly short, but I bailed on The Darkness at the speed of Gratch.  Floaty controls, crummy graphics, and a central hook of "Demon Powers!" that felt like it was more about restricting the protagonist rather than liberating him to do anything cool.  The level design was interesting at first -- I actually liked needing to look at street signs and such to find my way around -- but by the time they degenerated into endless mudflats punctuated by bursts random instant-death mortar fire, I was completely out.

I've heard the sequel is a lot better.  I have it for the PC, but haven't tried it yet.

Instead, I recently finished up my super-stealth run through Dishonored.  Now that's a great game!  I murdered everyone from the shadows during my first time through, so trying to slip through while leaving every patrolling guard completely untouched made for a completely different experience!  It was also really that the final level is heavily redesigned depending on your High Chaos / Low Chaos standing.

-Autistic Angel
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: August 31, 2014, 06:31:20 PM
Has anyone heard from Gratch yet?  It isn't like him to miss a weekend playlist and he hasn't posted any updates about his Final Fantasy XIV Dragoon or raid plans yet.

-Autistic Angel
74  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sarah Palin demands...DEMANDS...impeachment. Can still see Russia from porch. on: August 21, 2014, 08:59:49 PM

Quote from: Rip on August 21, 2014, 08:04:30 PM

For example we have a very good back and forth discussion about Ferguson going on at OO, while here there has been an anti-religion thread and an anti-Palin one. Not much to discuss there.


Wow, OO sounds totally awesome.  It's amazing you're able to tear yourself away to inform other forums that they're so disappointing.

-Autistic Angel
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 07:13:59 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 18, 2014, 06:34:53 PM

I'm justifying this by telling myself that I didn't buy the Reaper of Souls expansion, which is still $30. So I'm really only double-dipping for half of the cost, which is justifiable in terms of this being a definitive edition.


Sounds reasonable to me, particularly if you wind up playing multiplayer with people in the new version.  I played a huge amount of the PC version after the expansion came out, and if you include the performance gains the new-gen consoles have over the old, the new content will easily justify the double-dip!

-Autistic Angel
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 11:24:29 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:11:19 PM

Quote
You do realize you're a consumer, right? You don't benefit in the slightest from taking the side of the corporations. Microsoft doesn't need your protection. They would laugh at the attempt.

I'm also a capitalist.


Microsoft had the option to spend their money in any number of ways.  Just off the top of my head, they could have made the XB1 version of the game more appealing by picking any one of these:

- creating a cool Collector's Edition just for the XB1 version,

- directly financed the creation of additional DLC content just for their customers,

- paid for all XB1 pre-orders to get the first DLC for free, and discounted the Season Pass accordingly,

- given away $10 in Marketplace money with all Day One purchases, or

- straight-up discounted all pre-orders.  I bought the PC version of the first Tomb Raider on release day for $45; there's no reason consoles have to be locked to $60 price points.


All of these options *add* value for Microsoft's consumers.  You *could* buy the game anywhere...but look at this extra incentive if you do business with us.

Instead, Microsoft leveraged their wealth to take competing versions off the market.  They didn't add any value.  They didn't create any new art or produce any extra game play.  Their version of the game isn't any better -- the XB1 gets the same game it was always going to get, except with less direct competition to incentivize price drops, and everyone else has to wait for the contract to expire.

Monied interests paying to reduce competition and take options away from everyday consumers in the hopes that artificial scarcity will net greater profits.  That's "capitalism."


Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2014, 05:29:21 PM

You have plenty of choices. The first and foremost being, go purchase and play a competitor's game. Nobody has the right to play Tomb Raider.

[Edit] - I'm not going to get into the entitlement argument anymore - gamers are spoiled brats, you know it and I know it.


And anyone who is negatively affected by those decisions and voices discontent is "entitled" and a "spoiled brat."

You're correct, Yellowking: I don't have a right to play Tomb Raider.  But when someone else decides that my opportunity should be arbitrarily delayed by several months because they think limiting my choices is in their financial interest, I do have a right to say, "Hey man, you're being a real shithead."

-Autistic Angel
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 12, 2014, 01:20:49 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on August 12, 2014, 01:03:56 PM

Some reporting it's not timed now.  I guess to some degree it makes sense for SE to not compete with Uncharted directly, but like I said the PS4 version of TR DE sold around double the XB1 version.  Also no PC version...


That really just...sucks.  frown  I absolutely adored Tomb Raider and a sequel would absolutely be one of the extremely few upcoming games that would be a day one purchase for me.  Guess not, since I have exactly zero interest in ever owning an XB1. 


Same.  I had intended to buy the PC version of Tomb Raider 2 on release day.  Eliminating that option doesn't inspire me to buy an XB1...it just ensures I won't play it until something else sells me on the system.

Hopefully Microsoft paid Square and Crystal Dynamics enough to offset the lost sales.  It's clear to me that the people making it care a lot about their reborn franchise, and I'd hate to see it killed off again just because some higher-ups decided to brush off the majority of their audience.

-Autistic Angel
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 8/8/14 on: August 11, 2014, 03:50:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 09, 2014, 05:54:09 AM

A bunch more FF XIV.  Wondering if Autistic Angel will bite the bullet and join in, since there is a 14-day trial available now.  smile


Final Fantasy XIV looks like a good game and I do enjoy MMOs now and again.  The trouble is that they tend to overtake everything else.  It's hard to spend time with any other game when there's a paid subscription quietly ticking away and your friends are waiting on you to help out with the next group objective.

It's the same reason I didn't bite on any of the holiday sales for Wildstar.  MMOs are great when you can look ahead and decide you've got a month or two to really devote to one game, but right now I'm in a backlog-diving sort of mood.

Speaking of which, I finished Zelda: Skyward Sword this weekend.  I had a great time with the exploration and all the puzzle-solving -- the world and backstory they created really stood out -- but I can't say that I ever felt completely comfortable with the combat.  I don't know if playing this Wii game on my Wii U introduced some input lag or something, but I felt like the designers consistently expected me to react a half-second faster than I actually could.  It might also be that I was simply Playing Wrong.  It took me forever to figure out why the bomb-rolling seemed so inconsistent, and once I knew, I had passed all the major bomb-bowling sections of the game.

Between this and Wind Waker HD, I also think I need to make time to replay Twilight Princess at some point.  I've long said it's my favorite game in the entire Zelda series, but as much as I remember loving the game's style, the new gadgets, and some of the specific puzzles...I don't think I could recount a single thing about the actual story.  Maybe it's just because it's the one people talk about the least; I probably wouldn't remember the end of Majora's Mask so well if people weren't bringing it up whenever there's talk of a remake.

Anyway, with that under my belt, I've loaded up Divinity: Original Sin to check out next.  So far I've made a Ranger and a Wizard, and my first impressions are -very- positive!

-Autistic Angel
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 03, 2014, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 03, 2014, 03:19:05 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on August 02, 2014, 09:13:40 PM

I'm approaching the 40-hour mark in Zelda: Skyward Sword on the Wii.  I just unlocked a new region to explore, and since the game thankfully doesn't have any spoken dialogue, I'll be able to keep the Gratchcast on and streaming his Final Fantasy XIV adventures while I play.

-Autistic Angel

EDIT: Wait, I just remembered Gratch isn't streaming his games yet.  Apparently he still values flexible time with his family over meeting the capricious demands of random strangers on the internet.  Oh well: I guess I'll just go squat on an overturned bucket in the basement and eat these tubs of Rocky Road ice cream all weekend instead. tear

Funny you should mention that.  I found out this morning that our Labyrinth of the Ancients and Syrcus Tower runs were being streamed last night by one of our FC members.  It's here, our run starts about the 2 hour mark.  I'm Bayard Elderwood...you'll see me running around not knowing what the hell I'm doing.  smile


Yeah, 02:07:30 if anyone else wants to see it too.

This is my first exposure to Final Fantasy XIV, but the fact that one of the streamer's quest objectives reads "Reattune to the aetheryte at Natalan" tells me it's very faithful to its source material.

Does that harp icon next to your name indicate that Bayard is your bard?

-Autistic Angel
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 02, 2014, 09:37:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on August 02, 2014, 11:41:22 AM

Season 1, yes.  Season 2, no.  Season 3, yes.  Season 4, so far yes.

The problem with season 2 was that they should have wrapped up the story in season 1 and went onto a new mystery (like they did season 3 and are doing with season 4), but instead they artificially extended the story from season 1 through ridiculous and stupid plot devices that made viewers and critics alike write the show off.  But they learned their lesson and returned with a much better story for season 3. 

But the real draw of the show are the leads.  They're fantastic.  Especially Holder.  He's made even more impressive when you realize English is the actor's second language. 


Although I agree with hepcat's assessment of the problems with Season 2, I have to say the conclusion really stuck with me.  You may also find you are much less bothered by some of its excesses because you won't have to wait several months between the Season 1 finale and the Season two premiere.

I fully agree on the strength of the lead performers, though.  They're both stupendous!

-Autistic Angel
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