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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 22, 2017, 03:49:55 PM
Yeah, I found out the start time last night when I sat down to play.   icon_redface
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: February 20, 2017, 10:29:17 PM
I actually pre-ordered after the reviews came out.  It seems up my alley.  Plus, I like the redhead.

I realized recently that when ReCore came out, I thought it was this.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 20, 2017, 07:37:30 PM
After talking about Rick's combat-trial fetch quest last night, I saw this article (Warning: Inappropriate use of "Literally" ahead):

Last Night's 'The Walking Dead' Was Literally A 'Fallout 4' Quest

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The Walking Dead threw a wrench in the works last night when they introduced an entirely new group to the equation, one not found in the comics, that Rick attempts to recruit as allies in the upcoming fight against Negan, joining Alexandria, the Hilltop and eventually the Kingdom and the Amazons, most likely.

It was a bit of an odd episode without all that much action, but there was something about this plotline that I found awfully familiar. As Rick’s adventure was unfolding, I was very much seeing the entire situation as a quest from Fallout 4.

The Fallout series and The Walking Dead already have obvious parallels between existing in the post-apocalypse and with zombie-like ghouls roaming the land, but this episode in particular made that comparison more stark than usual.

I want to try to frame this as a literal quest from Fallout 4 as best I can (with perhaps slightly better dialogue options), so this will be uh, an experiment in formatting, shall we say. This will only really make any amount of sense if you’ve watched the episode, so go and do that first. And I guess the set-up was in last week’s episode. Anyway, here we go.

<<Rick enters his settlement as his NPC allies move about. He is approached by Aaron>>

AARON: Rick, something’s wrong. Father Gabriel is missing. He was on guard duty, but it seems like he took off with a car and some food.

RICK:

X) That rat bastard!

Y) He wouldn’t do that…

A) Is anyone else missing?

B) We need to investigate

<<QUEST STARTED: Search for clues about Gabriel’s location>>

<<Rick searches the area, and discovers a notebook. He examines the notebook to find BOAT scrawled on it>>

RICK: I know where he went

<<NEW OBJECTIVE: Look for Gabriel near the old boat. A new marker has been added to your minimap>>

<<Rick and his followers track back to the boat area. When they arrive, they’re met by a strange new group wearing all-black, cult-like robes. They’re led to what appears to be a trash fortress. They speak strangely>>

TRASH WOMAN: You speak. Words now. Take things, we have. Your lives, ours, taken, as well.



RICK:

X) What the hell are you even saying?

Y) Give us back Gabriel or I’ll gut you (ATTACK)

A) Who are you people?

B) Let’s talk about how we can help each other (CHARISMA: 5)

TRASH WOMAN: Worthy you are not. Prove thyself in gauntlet trial of spikes and madness

RICK: Excuse me?

<<Rick is pushed into a closed off area, separated from his party members. He tries a nearby door>>

<<It won’t budge>>

RICK: What is—

<<NEW OBJECTIVE: Kill KING SPIKE ZOMBIE>>

<<Rick fights valiantly unarmed. Loses 30% HP and cripples his arm and leg, but uses environmental hazards to his advantage and is victorious>>

<<OBJECTIVE COMPLETE: Report back to Trash Woman>>

TRASH WOMAN: Not bad, you are. Perhaps we take lives, not just things. For price, that is right.



RICK:

X) You just tried to murder me you nutjob! (ATTACK)

Y) Seriously, what the hell are you saying?

A) Join us or die like your spiked friend

B) If you help us kill the Saviors, we’ll split the spoils of war (INTELLIGENCE: Cool

<<Michonne disliked that>>

<<Aaron liked that>>

<<Rosita hates you>>

TRASH WOMAN: Perhaps this is acceptable, but task you must complete for our hand in friendship. Guns are the tool required. Only then, our strength is yours

RICK: Fine. (mutters) Nutjob

<<QUEST COMPLETE. 4,000 XP. ONE NEW SKILL POINT TO SPEND>>

<<NEW QUEST STARTED: Bring the Trash People a weapon cache>>

….

That’s the best I got.

If I were Rick I’d sink a few more points into Luck. He’s going to need it going up against a max STRENGTH, ENDURANCE, CHARISMA Negan.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 20, 2017, 05:01:43 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 20, 2017, 04:31:28 PM



That's hysterical.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 19, 2017) on: February 20, 2017, 05:02:03 AM
I thought there was something this week, but apparently not.  Probably for the best.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 20, 2017, 04:53:45 AM
Morgan got told to read the room and get with the program twice tonight, and he's still dragging his heels.  I think his moral compass was actually right before this and now I think he's missing the forest for the trees.  However, I remember him hinting at a point last week which is similar to what we've said before, that the easiest solution may be to throw a proverbial bucket of water on Neegan.  When he melts (which may be possible if the proverbial bucket is filled with the literal hot furnace fuel), his followers may just throw up their hands.  The smallest loss of life would be just Neegan's.  Maybe.  But there are some nasty pieces of work under him who have to be dealt with, too.

Now as for the Poseurs, that group Rick and company went on a combat-trial fetch quest for, I don't know who thought hiring a Ren Faire team to play a Mad Max gang was a good idea, but they should be thrown into the pit with the fabricated zombie hedgehog.  That lead woman (I wanna say T'Pol?  Is that right?) was all about showing you how casual she was about being in charge.  A lackadaisical hand toss here, a look away but not to anywhere in particular there.  Plus what the f with that dialogue?!  "Show Rick the Upupup"?  And the lack of verbs?  It's like they willfully chose to make communication among themselves harder.  It's not as if anyone else in the walker apocalypse has seen dialogue regress.  Except maybe Daryl.  But he wasn't so eloquent beforehand.

And speaking of Daryl.  So, he just heads out without so much as a head-press fight?  What was the point?  Of course, it was so that he could reunite with Carol, but now his stay in the Kingdom really just seems like a plot convenience.

But his scene with Carol was good.  It was nice to see soulful-eyed teary Carol again instead of hollow Carol.  And I was genuinely surprised to see Daryl lie to Carol.  Good stuff.

In fact, despite my significant gripes above, I thought this was a decent episode.  I wish there weren't so many ugh moments, though.  I'm not looking forward to seeing the Poseurs again, but it looks like next week might be a Eugene/Neegan focused romp, so maybe we'll get a week off.
7  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 16, 2017, 09:45:36 PM
How does Humble Monthly work?  Is it a subscription?
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 14, 2017, 06:31:04 AM
I seem to remember just reading that they are a new creation.
9  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Freedom Bundle - 40+ games and books, all proceeds to charity on: February 14, 2017, 06:29:21 AM
This is an incredible collection.  I just wish I didn't have so many of them already.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 13, 2017, 10:19:48 PM
Maybe he's smiling because of someone specific he saw, but I got the impression that Rick was just smiling because he knew he'd found his army, cocky as that may be.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 7 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 13, 2017, 08:21:45 PM
Well, despite hat hottie's stellar performance at the end delivering lines the equivalent of, "Gosh, I sure don't know what's going on with Gabriel at all, no, sir, uh uh, not me, he must be stealing, it's the only possible explanation [non-challant whistle]," I think she may be involved in whatever it is Gabriel's doing.  His spastic can collecting did seem a little noisy, though.  Also, there was someone who popped up in the car behind him, and I guess given the shot of the hooded person spying on him at the end of the last episode, and a similarly hooded person showing up with the lady poseurs at the end, that Gabriel is with that group now, likely unwillingly.

I also found the road setup confusing.  The clotheslining was awesome, but I never had a clear impression of where anyone was.  The zombies seemed to be coming from one direction, but then were between them and the van, which seemed to be the other direction.  The shots weren't set up correctly to keep clear what was coming from where.  In the end, it didn't matter, though.

I've been a Morgan defender for a while, but good lord, that was some slap-worthy hem-hawing with Ezekiel.  WTF, Morgan?  Get with the program, indeed.

While I am excited about the Rebellion taking shape, I'm not necessarily looking forward to 5 episodes of waiting for GTA Trevor to stroll violently into the Kingdom and get killed before they finally join.  Not to mention the Gun Amazons and/or whoever this new group is (unless they were also the Gun Amazons, but I thought I saw some men in that tribe).

Still, this is better than the laborious backtracking over time that the last chunk of eps brought us.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 13, 2017, 04:01:48 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on February 13, 2017, 02:17:46 PM


So much Clippy!
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What you buy? Buy things now! This week! What? (February 12, 2017) on: February 13, 2017, 04:25:51 AM
I'll be watching For Honor and Halo Wars 2, though I'm not sure either is for me.
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Where should info about the Nintendo Switch go? on: February 08, 2017, 05:07:26 PM
http://gamingtrend.com/forums/console-gaming/nintendo-switch-the-nx-unveiled/
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: February 08, 2017, 05:57:40 AM
PORTAL in Augmented Reality!!!

from This Portal-themed HoloLens Mod is a Triumph
16  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Star Wars Bundle (again?) on: February 07, 2017, 10:54:31 PM
I'm pretty sure Shadows is the only one I don't have, but I'm not paying $14 for it.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: February 07, 2017, 06:28:20 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 07, 2017, 05:10:32 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 07, 2017, 04:56:21 PM

Iron Fist trailer.   Not sure I''m feeling this yet.  Also, Claire seems to show up in all there series and I guess she's Netflix version of Stan Lee in the MCU

I agree.  It looks alright but nothing special.

They've certainly earned a watch from me, given their track record, but this feels a little too much like Danny Masterson starring in Green Arrow, but they forgot to give him a bow.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yakuza 0 on: February 07, 2017, 06:23:30 PM
I got hooked on the first one, big time.  It at least has a nice familiarity to it.  Like putting on a comfortable old sweatshirt.  I was just hoping for more.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yakuza 0 on: February 06, 2017, 10:34:21 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 06, 2017, 08:52:49 PM

I'm a few hours into the game. It's quite entertaining and really quirky and very Japanese. I find it a fairly shallow game so far, but there are enough laugh out loud and 'wtf' moments that I'm still pretty engaged. The only thing that I find disappointing is the graphics. I guess it was a simultaneous release on PS3 as well so the graphics are pretty mediocre. The facial renderings look good but the environments look pretty poor a lot of the time. Curb stomping guys' heads into the ground never gets old though. icon_cool

Yeah, I've been let down by the graphics, too.  Frankly, it doesn't look much better than my memory of the first game.  I'm sure that side by side shots would prove me wrong, but they're underwhelming.

The story is still very compelling.  This is something the Yakuza games seem to handle very well.  However, I'm not as hooked as I hoped I'd be.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 5, 2017) on: February 06, 2017, 05:15:25 PM
Nothing for me, either.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Stranger Things on: February 06, 2017, 05:14:13 PM
Loved everything about that, but especially the CE3K reference.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 05, 2017, 05:16:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 05, 2017, 03:58:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 04, 2017, 09:05:50 PM

I use one on my Xbone, and load times are not perceptibly longer. Certainly, it hasn't been a problem for gaming.   OTOH, the linited size of HDDs that work in a PS4 and the ever growing size of games for it mean that eventually you may not have a choice. I'm certainly nearing capacity on the 2TB drive I put in there (and I've already replaces the 1TB I'd put in earlier).

I'm not sure about the PS4, but with the Xbox One they use USB3 interface to external drives so it's theoretically faster bandwidth to external drives than it is to their internal ones.  I haven't noticed much of a difference either way, but I have seen some comparison videos that show slightly faster loads on a decent external drive. 

From what I could find, the PS4 also has USB 3.0 ports.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 04, 2017, 09:05:50 PM
I use one on my Xbone, and load times are not perceptibly longer. Certainly, it hasn't been a problem for gaming.   OTOH, the linited size of HDDs that work in a PS4 and the ever growing size of games for it mean that eventually you may not have a choice. I'm certainly nearing capacity on the 2TB drive I put in there (and I've already replaces the 1TB I'd put in earlier).
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 03, 2017, 05:17:38 PM
FINALLY!

Update 4.50 will add external HDD support.

http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2017/02/03/ps4-update-4-50-will-add-external-hdd-support-custom-wallpapers/#/slide/1
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [PS4, XBONE, PC] on: February 03, 2017, 06:41:16 AM
Finished this tonight, and I loved it from start to finish.

It's not perfect. There are some pacing issues, and some of the character animations are good but not great (at other times they're better), but overall, this was a real winner.  Most fun I've had playing a Resident Evil game since IV, by far (well, maybe not including Revelations, which I did enjoy).
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 31, 2017, 06:39:52 PM


Fellowship at the Pub
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 29, 2017) on: January 30, 2017, 03:59:13 PM
Whole lotta nothing for me in there.

That's good, though, because it'll let me focus on the surprisingly amazing REVII before Yakuza 0 arrives.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [PS4, XBONE, PC] on: January 27, 2017, 10:49:59 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 27, 2017, 10:18:09 PM

I'm almost done with the first building you enter, and despite this just being one relatively small mansion, it'll still take you hours to explore it. They get a lot of mileage out of relatively little.

The prologue building or the mansion after that?
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [PS4, XBONE, PC] on: January 27, 2017, 08:24:00 PM

Quote from: Travis on January 27, 2017, 06:16:48 PM

This game has my interest.  I have never beaten a RE game.  I played a bit of RE1 and that's about it.  In some that I have watched others play the voice acting and dialogue was written so poorly I just never bothered picking one up.  How are those aspects in this game?

Also, I don't like having to run away from enemies which I remember being part of RE1.  Is that still present in this game?  Are you so strung along with ammo that the strategy is seeing an enemy, sneaking past, finding ammo, then going back and killing the enemy?  I guess I am asking what the general combat gameplay is like.

I am actually a voice actor myself, so my ear is usually looking out for that stuff.  I have been very impressed with the performances.  The whole setting is infinitely more realistic in tone and atmosphere (another reason some of the puzzles are a little jarring), and the actor performances measure up.  Not to say it's some sort of serious drama, of course.  Shit gets weird fast.  But the acting fits that, too.  

Interestingly, they seem to have hired a bunch of unknown voice actors.  I honestly don't know why this doesn't happen more often.  There are some phenomenal performers out there who aren't getting enough work (ahem), who are eager to perform, and who can probably be picked up cheaply, comparatively.  Yet you seem to see the same names again and again.

I did notice one thing that I will put in a spoiler, though I don't know how spoilery it'll wind up being:

Spoiler for Hiden:
On IMDB, I noticed that Chris Redfield makes an appearance somewhere, possibly at the end.  He is also voiced by a new actor.

As far as the combat, inventory management is definitely a factor, but so far it hasn't been nearly as big a deal as in previous games.  That will likely amp up, though, so I can't say for sure.  I can tell you that the pacing seems very different so far, and encounters have been decidedly story-driven.

I will spoiler the specific amount of combat I have faced so far.  This may affect your enjoyment so far as anticipation go, but I won't give anything away:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Two and a half hours in, and I have only had combat with two characters.  There have been multiple instances with at least one of them, but not an overwhelming amount, for sure.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Resident Evil 7: Biohazard [PS4, XBONE, PC] on: January 27, 2017, 04:58:04 PM
The only thread I saw on this was asking if we even wanted a RE7 (from a couple of years ago).  I didn't post, because I think I was on the fence, having active dislike for the last couple of main games, but enjoying the 3DS games.  However, I can tell you that I have been paying zero attention to this game and had no plans to buy it whatsoever until the reviews started coming out.

I was going to give it a try last night and then move onto something else, but I wound up playing RE7 all night.  This is so damned good.  I even got to a well-defined story break and kept playing after through a whole other set piece (and a bit beyond that, too).

First of all, it's gone away from the more sci-fi/geo-political nonsense that has been fattening the last few games (or so it seems at first, anyway, there are hints to what came before), and we're back to a good ol' haunted f'ing house.  Well, maybe not haunted but bad shit is creeping around that gross and dilapidated abode.  There are nods to Texas Chainsaw Massacre that cannot be ignored. There was a fairly pointed nod to The Blair Witch Project at one point, too.  I hope these continue.

I mentioned the set pieces, and holy crap does this game ramp it up at certain points.  I'm only a couple of hours in, and I've already faced a number of incidents that made my jaw drop then turn into a big grin.

This really feels like a reboot of Resident Evil, but they have definitely held onto aspects of the series to keep it feeling the same.  I was hoping there wouldn't be any inventory management (though I understand its connection to survival horror), but that is clearly not going to be the case.  I was a little dismayed to see a tape recorder (70s cassette style), though thankfully you don't have to find tapes to save your game.  Plus there are herbs and you have to make med packs with them and there are bullets in odd places and hidden lockpicks to find (how else will you get the Master of Unlocking Achievement).

The puzzles have all felt very RE, too, but I have to admit they haven't been very strong.  Additionally, they seem a little forced into the world.  Creeping around a house that would make Ed Gein feel at home, but then coming across an ornate golden lock that's missing a big metal animal piece from its tableau is jarring.

But the creeping is what makes this game, regardless of what weird puzzles you might have to overcome.  I cannot accurately describe how slick my palms were as I crept past the big guy holding a shovel who was calling my name.  Or how strongly I flinched when cockroaches poured out of a container and one got on my hand.  Or how many times in the prologue I would have said "Nope" in real life and gone on my merry way.

My one regret is that I don't have the PSVR, because this seems like it would be pretty damned amazing with that.

According to reports I've seen, I'm only maybe a quarter of the way through (probably less, given my predilection for exploring), but if they can maintain this level of creepiness/excitement, I'll be in for the haul without playing much else in between.  This already feels like an essential entry in the series.
 
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yakuza 0 on: January 25, 2017, 05:09:35 PM
I'm going to get it, but it's a question of when.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (January 22, 2017) on: January 23, 2017, 04:44:53 PM
I'll definitely pick up Yakuza 0 at some point, but I'm not sure if that'll be this week or not.

I loved the first game, played a bit of the second, and then the series just got away from me.  I hear this one is a great one to jump in on.

Oh, and I guess I'm getting Resident Evil VII at some point, too.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: January 23, 2017, 04:41:56 PM
I'd been worried about this title, but I really like it.  Simple and descriptive.

However, it made me suddenly realize that if Luke dies at the end of this film, that's going to be really, really sad given the reality of losing Carrie Fisher.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 22, 2017, 06:39:28 AM
I loved the book.  This doesn't look much like the book.  I was interested to see how they'd translate it, and it appears they kinda didn't.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Miguel Ferrer on: January 20, 2017, 03:59:05 PM
No "who's that" from me.  I was very saddened by this news.  Great actor.
36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 18, 2017, 03:48:39 PM
You're welcome, lady or dude.
37  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 18, 2017, 07:53:57 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 18, 2017, 03:56:13 AM

I'll take Victor Vran, please.

Done.
38  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 10:48:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2017, 09:15:23 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 17, 2017, 07:54:04 PM

PM me if you're interested in either Evoland 2 or Victor Vran and are friends with me on Steam.

Hmm, if nobody else is interested I might jump on Evoland 2!  Thanks, Bullwinkle!   icon_smile thumbsup

Sent you a PM.   thumbsup
39  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 07:55:09 PM
PM me if you're interested in either Bit Blaster XL or Pony Island and are friends with me on Steam.
40  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Best of 2016 Bundle on: January 17, 2017, 07:54:04 PM
PM me if you're interested in either Evoland 2 or Victor Vran and are friends with me on Steam.

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