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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 05, 2015, 04:16:10 PM
I am a little too excited for this.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 05, 2015, 04:15:39 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2015, 06:30:36 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 05, 2015, 05:16:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 05, 2015, 03:24:22 AM

I really like this.  Had some good games with Rogue and RuperT.  There's some definite benefits to having a diverse makeup of weapons with your squad.   The SMG gets a mild stun effect that comes in super handy for slowing the swarms and it's also a one handed weapon so you can still use it while carrying a blackbox.
This game is awesome.  There were some great moments calling in support and revives when all hell was breaking loose, especially at the last extraction.  I really like the dynamic of having to be mindful of friendly fire.  It makes for some good coordinated fire and maneuver that you wouldn't get in a run and gun type game.  I'm looking forward to trying out the exo suits we unlocked.     

They are burly, but slow turning and you cannot reload once ammo is gone.  I've seen people fill all 4 slots with EXOs though so you have multiple drops per mission.  I wasn't aware that you could use the same special in more than one slot.

It's also an impressive drop for someone who hasn't seen it before.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: March 04, 2015, 11:24:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 04, 2015, 07:37:48 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 04, 2015, 07:37:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 04, 2015, 07:29:01 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 04, 2015, 07:18:41 PM

Third Trailer with a HUGE Spoiler at the end

I don't see how that's a spoiler

Cause it's been implied but never confirmed

Spoiler for Hiden:
He's on the poster they released months ago

Yeah, his appearance on the poster makes this no spoiler.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: March 04, 2015, 11:22:49 PM
Well, I went today and bought a $20 card.  It was only on the way out that I noticed Wednesdays are Half Price Game days.  Thank God I didn't Ultra Supercharger Size it or whatever, because I think I still have more than $10 on there.

Apart from the bratty little kid who knocked on the pod door right in an exciting moment (he didn't want to play or anything, he was just being a little unsupervised jerk), I had a great time.

At first, I didn't think I was going to be able to handle it, since the seat felt too close to the screen and that screen is so big I got a little nauseous, but I adjusted pretty quickly.

Man, sliding that throttle forward and launching into the Yavin moon atmosphere was a fantastic start.  The sense of speed and the little gust of air are immersive.

I had a hard time hearing the dialogue so I didn't have the issue of handholding that pug felt.  I did hear a few of them, though.  For example, a trooper climbed onto my speeder bike, and I was already braking when she told me to do it.  I was very pleased to hear a Wilhelm scream as he went tumbling off the front.

I played for twenty minutes, maybe half an hour, and managed to earn two stars on everything.  I was actually the top score on the machine, which made me very proud and then made me wonder if they didn't reset it daily.

I had the most difficulty with the Endor speeder bikes, mostly because you have to manage your missiles a bit better against the AT-ST (there's a shot followed quickly by a multi-shot early in the encounter), then Hoth (I had a hard time with the Interceptor going after one of the transports - may have again been missile management). 

Death Star II is the weakest level, IMO, but it's still nice to fly the Falcon (make sure to switch view so you can see the cockpit).

I got through the first Death Star run, but for some reason I couldn't manage more than one star.  I still don't know how I did it, but if there was any movie level I didn't mind playing multiple times, it was that one.

There is a level that isn't from a movie, though, and I think I had the most fun with this overall.  Seriously, I was grinning like a little kid through this whole mission.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Vader's Revenge has you piloting his TIE immediately after the Death Star blows up and gives you the chance to take out both a Rebel cruiser and the Millenium Falcon.  The Falcon is a slippery SOB, and I thought I'd missed her after several attempts, but she showed up one last time at the end.  A simple "I have you now" and Han Solo was done.  I'm more of a rebel guy, but it was oddly very satisfying.

Also, seeing Vader's helmet reflected in the window at the mission's start was a nice touch.

Overall, I don't know that anyone sane needs to drive an hour round trip to do this thing, but I'm sure as hell glad I did.  I walked out of there with a spring in my step and a smile on my face.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 04, 2015, 01:45:54 PM
I found the level 1 solo stuff to be too easy, but even by level 2, I was dying on my first playthrough.  I'm not saying level 2 was hard, but it was clear that the challenge was going to progress pretty quickly.

I only had the chance to play co-op for one game before bed (thanks, leo!).  I can see the fun in this, for sure.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 03, 2015, 11:38:38 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 03, 2015, 09:02:28 PM

Really great month, I was so close to buying Valiant Hearts...

One of my favorite indies on PS4.

I'm actually psyched about OlliOlli2, since I haven't finished the first one.  I wasn't sure I'd be getting it.

I'm frustrated by Sherlock, since I want to play it, but I'd rather get it for a newer console.  I actually almost picked it up today, in fact.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PS3/360/PC] Battlefield: Hardline on: March 03, 2015, 11:35:01 PM
Ooh, I'm going to put it on my horse.  Try to armor him up a little.
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 03, 2015, 08:16:38 PM
Community: Age of Yahoo

Jesus wept, it's the Season 6 trailer.

And it looks pretty damned good!
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 03, 2015, 12:53:05 PM

Quote from: mirage775 on March 03, 2015, 12:24:43 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2015, 12:19:47 AM

Good to see you, Mirage (well, virtually, anyway).

I sure as hell don't know who you offended or how, so welcome back!

I know of 2 people on here that we had differences with... 

10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 03, 2015, 12:31:55 PM
I wasn't actually saying Carol had cracked in the interview (though I wasn't sure when it started), but that she had already cracked well before this.  We've seen evidence of it multiple times (the burning of the fever people comes to mind, not to mention what she was teaching the children at the prison school), but it seems to have gone dormant.  I don't know what she's going to do to this group down the line, but she's already on the offensive with them.  Maybe she'll go native in her undercover role and that'll mess her up even more, but I doubt it.  I still say she's the one to watch in this.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old member, coming back after almost 4 years of absence =) on: March 03, 2015, 12:19:47 AM
Good to see you, Mirage (well, virtually, anyway).

I sure as hell don't know who you offended or how, so welcome back!
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: March 02, 2015, 05:00:29 PM
I also thought the actor playing the former politico was coming off forced.  I think it's a character choice, instead of performance, but it still doesn't ring true (I also was irritated with her when I looked her up on IMDB and saw this quote: "People think of me as the Jewish Meryl Streep."  Wow.  There are so many levels of hubris in that statement... Look, I don't care if 50 people have said that exact thing to you, you don't say it out loud, even if you're following it with some kind of humble BS).

And then her son, Soulpatch Douchebag.  My god, I didn't think I could hate someone more than Andrea.  Watching that fantastic ass-kicking from Glenn was really satisfying.  I know he's meant to be a douchebag (he even says it out loud), but he's playing "Douchebag".  I'm waiting for him to call a zombie "Brah".

But I like the yummy artist mom (same actress played the even yummier version of the maid in the first season of American Horror Story), and I still really like Aaron (his bit about not having phones was, again, endearing), and I love the set up of this story arc.

I was watching this unfold and thinking, "Well, this just looks perfect, so what's going to go wrong?  What the hell is wrong?"  and then it hit me pretty early in: They're what's wrong.  Rick and Co. are going to fuck this up so bad, and it really fits this world perfectly.  Plus the debate about society and where it ends and whether it's good and how much of it is a pure construct/fabrication...  This kind of highlighted illustration is what good sci fi/fantasy/horror should be doing.

Carol, in particular, scared the hell out of me in her taped interview.  Saying she missed her abusive awful husband every day and adding the junior league bit.  She'd gone Stepford Carol.  A little part of me wondered if she hadn't just cracked.  But of course she was just playing the part to get inside there.  But then Carol has cracked, clearly.  She has gone into the deep end more than a lot of folks in the group.  She's hardened too much.  She's going to be the issue even more than Rick, I think.  Keep your eye on her.

Rick has Carl (and the increasingly goofy-looking Ass-Kicker), and we've seen him get pulled back from the brink because of that before.  I think it'll happen again, but in a different way this time.  It's not going to be as simple as Rick sees Carl has lost his place in the world and realizes he's done the same, so he pulls himself back to society.

Because the group is done with society by this point. This town may seem wonderful, but it's still self-contained.  They are holding onto the way it was, but since they're not part of something larger, there's no real point.  It's empty.

Glenn is the only one who gets it.  I can't remember the line he said, but he had one comment about the town, and why it was important to not let go entirely, and it was dead on.  I think he may finally be the full leader of the group after this.  Or we'll lose him entirely, and it'll be the most tragic to date. 

And then watch out for Maggie.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: March 02, 2015, 04:34:52 PM
I finished over the weekend, and I think Dante is right.  While this isn't an exceptional game in all departments, it certainly isn't terrible enough for the crazily low scores it's getting.  It's a middle of the road game that has some elements that would kick the score up a bit.  I'd put it in the mid-70s, personally.

I get some of the frustrations. 

The forced walking frustrated me, too.  Especially when it was through sections with virtually nothing to do apart from walk through them.  I mentioned it before, but the lack of interesting collectibles really hurt this for me.  I suspect the game was rushed a little bit out the door, and this is one of the areas they wanted more time to flesh out.  It felt like there should have been more or that, at least, the stuff you found would give you some interesting backstory (like with the audio cylinders). As it is, though, it made this really cool world they'd set up feel kind of empty.

I found a lot of the QTEs to be unnecessary.  Like opening a trunk, for example.  Why have me open a trunk with a button, then have me hit X a bunch of times (while he jimmied it with his knife)?  That's just busy work.

Some of the combat felt extended to obvious filler levels (really, another wave of these guys?), and I think there might have been a random critical hit situation in place that felt inconsistent, occasionally.  Also, I don't think I ever liked fighting Lycans.  Those battles often felt cheap to me.  Apart from the last one, which is where the QTEs actually worked, too.

So, that sounds like a lot of irritation, but really, the game works fine.  It's just not at it's full potential in all areas.  Other areas (graphics, actor performance, even story) they've pulled off some exceptional stuff.  And that makes the parts where they didn't feel all the weaker.

But none of it is enough to warrant the kind of reactions we're seeing.  I wish they'd made this a fall release.  I think it could have been something amazing, instead of just an okay game that was worth a play.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 02, 2015, 04:07:59 PM
Whenever I finally get around to finishing RE:R on my 3DS (so much better on the new one), I'll probably get the sequel.  Sounds like it's optimized on Xbox for once.

Shiftlings - I don't know much about this one, and it's the least interesting, so it'll probably be the free PSN game.
White Night - The visuals for this are extremely cool, but I'll wait for reviews.
Helldivers - This one looks good.  A likely buy.
OlliOlli2: Welcome to Olliwood - The first one was excellent, but I won't bother if they made it harder.
Zombie Army Trilogy - Has anyone played this on PC?  I like the idea, anyway.

Screamride - There's a demo for this on XBox now.  It's kind of Rollercoaster Tycoon meets Boom Blox meets an arcade racer.  Could be really fun, but it was a little sloppy in the demo.

Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars - I always like these games, but I stop playing them for some reason.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 28, 2015, 10:32:27 PM

Astronaut Terry Virts tweeted this image this morning.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 28, 2015, 04:01:21 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2015, 10:51:56 PM

Did my biannual check of Facebook. Old coworker will no longer watch the show because of the gay character. Since I have lived in WA for the last year, I forgot there were still people out there like that. Kind of embarrassed for him, but his friends agreed, so I didn't even bother repling. (Background we almost came to blows over gay marriage 5 years ago. He's about as redneck as you can get, but really nice guy otherwise.)

That's sad. 

I wondered if this might be an issue for some.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 09:25:50 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2015, 08:27:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.

As I have said twice, the real dress is blue. Its been mentioned in articles. The dress is on even sold on Amazon.

You must be exhausted, saying it so many times.

The argument is not at all over what the color of the dress is in reality.

The discussion is over what our perceptions are of the dress in that picture.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 06:22:55 PM

The problem with this is without another picture it's just a pointless argument.  It needs real resolution to be satisfying to me.

It's not at all pointless. It is mind-bogglingly fascinating.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 27, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
For me, the best part is that I'm going in the middle of the week in the middle of the day.  It should be dead in there.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 05:39:42 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 27, 2015, 04:58:11 PM

You white/gold people really see no blue hues at all in the white parts?  Not a bit of a periwinkle kind of blue?

I can see a shadow which I can understand some might mistake for a bluish tint.  But the gold is gold. I don't get how someone could see that as black.

If you said to me, "I see this dress as tan with a very light blue," I would tilt my head and say, "Oh, I guess I can see how you would see that," but the idea that this is a clear blue and black dress just baffles my mind.

This is like the old philosophical question: "Is what I see as green the same thing as what you see as green" come to life.

The reason the world is exploding over this is because it's challenging a hard and fast perception issue.

So far, I find it fascinating, but I can see how this could escalate to anger easily.

By the way, we are at a firm 50/50 on voting!  Crazy.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Leonard Nimoy on: February 27, 2015, 05:32:13 PM
I saw he went into the hospital for something serious recently, so I was worried.

My pointy ears are drooped in sadness.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Llama drama on: February 27, 2015, 04:38:11 PM
Ha!  I just came in to post about it.

Anyway, a poll is up about the dress.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 04:37:04 PM

Bear with me on this.

Maybe you've already heard about this, since the internets seem to be losing their collective minds over it, but people cannot honestly agree on the color of this dress.

It's not a thing where someone calls a color mauve and another says its eggplant.  This is literally black and white.  Well, really black/blue and gold/white.

No joke, some people see this dress as gold and white while others are seeing it as black and blue.  It doesn't seem to be an optical illusion, as people are looking at the exact same picture (though maybe it has to do with monitor brightness or something?).  It is so clear to the person viewing it, that they think they're being tricked or lied to about it.  

It can start fights, apparently, so lets be careful.

So, what colors are you seeing in this dress?

EDIT: BTW, I'm really fascinated by this, so please answer honestly.  Don't pick "other" unless you really can't see it as one of the other two combinations.

Also, please note the real question being asked here is: "What colors are you seeing in this dress" not what color the dress may really be.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 27, 2015, 04:29:12 PM
D&B confirms that they have one.  I think I may head over there this week.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 09:13:39 PM

Quote from: JayDee on February 26, 2015, 07:39:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 26, 2015, 04:26:01 PM

Quote from: JayDee on February 26, 2015, 04:17:00 PM

Video game ratings are irrelevant to me. I couldn't even tell you what half of the games on my shelf are rated. If the gameplay is good and the story is decent I don't care how "mature" or how potty-mouthed the characters are.

You understand not everyone is the same age as you, right?

I do, but the question posed in the OP was "Do ratings matter to YOU". With an example about how KD will skip PG-13 horror movies because they aren't horror enough. So in that context, nope doesn't matter to me. My kids are too young to play video games.

Fair enough.  It just seemed the conversation had moved beyond the OP.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 26, 2015, 07:39:52 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 26, 2015, 05:29:02 PM

My in-laws let the then-7yo play Call of Duty and Assassin's Creed.  And there were no qualms about letting the 4yo watch. 

Yeah, I mean that's their decision.  A lot of people are not comfortable with kids that age playing M-rated games or seeing R-rated movies.  Developing brains and influence and societal norms and all of that.

It's a tough and personal call.  I've got no problem with my 12 year old playing Halo, though only local MP.  No way would I let her venture into the t-bag filled halls of racism and homophobia that is online.  But really, graphically, it's more pew-pew than hyper violent.

OTOH, Call of Duty would never fly. 

Titanfall is the other one she's interested in playing.  As recently as even six months ago, I would have thought the human squishing would be too much for her.  Thinking about it now, she might be okay with it.  Crazy how quickly they can change.

I remember a neighbor kid (who loved talking to me about video games) wanted to know if I thought he could play the first COD: MW.  He was a little disappointed when I said I didn't think it was a good idea.  He was not even 10, though.  Online is one thing, but that was the one with that airport level, and I really have a hard time imagining a kid being ready for that.  I don't think a kid should be ready for that.  Of course, his parents went out and bought him the next one.  It was the WWII one with Keifer Sutherland.  The one where you had to use the flamethrower in the tunnels.  That was also pretty rough.  Knowing the kid, I wouldn't have given it to him, but it really is the parents' call, and you have to respect that.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 26, 2015, 09:03:04 PM
There's a D&B about 40 minutes away from me.  I'm trying to confirm with them over the phone, and I keep getting bumped back to the main menu.

Much as I want to do this, the idea of an hour and a half round trip without knowing if it's even there is a little overwhelming.

EDIT:  ...and they just hung up on me before I got anywhere near a human.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 26, 2015, 04:29:00 PM
Star Wars Battle Pod

This looks awesome!

Sure, it's over in the blink of an eye, but I would not care at all.  My 10 year old self would in a state of pure euphoria the entire time.

Now to find one near me...
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 26, 2015, 04:26:01 PM

Quote from: JayDee on February 26, 2015, 04:17:00 PM

Video game ratings are irrelevant to me. I couldn't even tell you what half of the games on my shelf are rated. If the gameplay is good and the story is decent I don't care how "mature" or how potty-mouthed the characters are.

You understand not everyone is the same age as you, right?
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 26, 2015, 12:27:45 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 26, 2015, 12:43:01 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 26, 2015, 12:33:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)

Their recent article on their distaste for applesauce was terrible writing, I take it?

No, I think they are a hype machine that don't do thorough reviews. Big games get 5 stars and glowing reviews all too often. Plus, listened to their podcast a couple of times, and I really cannot stand Eli Hodapp.

Can't beat Pocket Tactics in my opinion, but they are very narrow in their coverage.

I'm just razzing you.

Pocket Gamer and 148 Apps are my two most trusted sites for apps.
29  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 26, 2015, 12:33:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)

Their recent article on their distaste for applesauce was terrible writing, I take it?
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: (TV-ABC) Marvel's Agent Carter on: February 25, 2015, 10:23:32 PM
I haven't finished this yet, but I was always under the impression that it was planned from the start as a multi-episode one-shot.

I mean, I'm sure if it had lit the world on fire, Agent Carter would be back in some form regardless, but it seemed created as a mini-series.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 25, 2015, 07:35:11 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 05:01:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 25, 2015, 01:25:21 PM

Just pointing out that Tyrese made #7 on this list of Walking Dead Important Character Deaths ahead of both Shane and Merle.

I don't think E! counts as revelant media source. Tongue

I was hoping you wouldn't pay too much attention to that part.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: February 25, 2015, 07:30:02 PM
Not sure if this was mentioned yet (I didn't see it in the comments up to this point), but rumor is this is going to be the free PS+ game for March.

The timing makes sense, plus there has been no discussion of price, which is pretty weird for a game right around the corner.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 25, 2015, 07:28:13 PM
The last time I bought a TV, I needed to get rid of the clunky, old-gen HDTV I had (a massive unit). I wound up dealing with the Best Buy manager.  He was hard selling me on the store warranty (telling me I could basically get a new TV before it expired).  Of course I wasn't interested.  However, the official policy of the store was that they'd only cart away the old TV when delivering a new one.  I had company coming in and couldn't wait for their estimated delivery of "some time next week" so I offered him a deal.

I agreed to buy the extended warranty if he would send a truck out to pick up the old TV.  I know they get awards for selling these warranties (which is why they're so anxious to sell them), but he wouldn't do it.  By this point, it was some kind of ego thing.  He needed to be in control.  I even pulled the move where I started walking out after telling him I'd go somewhere else, but he didn't bite.  Really, he was being kind of a dick at the end.  I was offering a win-win situation, and he was being a stickler for no apparent reason, other than needing to win instead of the customer.

I've worked retail.  Many is the time you say, "This job would be great if it wasn't for the customers."  I get that mentality.  I wasn't being difficult at all, though.  I was even being helpful, and he wanted to be the overlord of the television appliance section of his domain.

So I went over his head.  I called customer service.  In the end, not only did he have to send a truck to pick up my TV, but I didn't have to get the warranty, and I got a pretty sizeable discount on top of it all. 

The guy glared at me from afar any other time I came in.  A short time later, though, he seemed to disappear from the store!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One/PC] Roundabout on: February 25, 2015, 01:27:22 PM
Yeah, the price is just a tad high for what it is.  I think it would be a sleeper hit at even $9.99.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 25, 2015, 01:25:21 PM
Just pointing out that Tyrese made #7 on this list of Walking Dead Important Character Deaths ahead of both Shane and Merle.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Xbox One/PC] Roundabout on: February 25, 2015, 05:36:44 AM
This game is hilarious.

Each mission starts and ends with FMV.  I realize as I write this that we no longer live in a world where that's a thing, so I have to spell it out: Full Motion Video.  Gloriously retro Full Motion Video.  It's filled with characters who seem to be played by friends of the developers.  And so far they've all been great.  

The driver is equally cool, mostly because she doesn't talk.  She turns around to glare at passengers, though.  In keeping with the style, they seem to just use the same clip with different backgrounds outside.  As the game has progressed, though, they've given her some other reactions, which are fun.  
One odd bit, that I'd love to hear the backstory on, is that everything in the game seems geared toward choosing either a male or female driver, but so far there has only been the female.  But her name is Georgio Manos, and they never refer to her by gender.  Did they write it that way, planning to give players the choice?  Did they even shoot a male character, but decide to stick with the female instead?  Is the male driver unlocked later?  Or is it yet another example of trying to emulate the style of shoddily put together FMV.  I'm curious, but it works either way.

Of course, those clips surrounding a terrible game wouldn't help it much, but the gameplay is also pretty good.  It's similar to Kuru Kuru Kururin, where you had to spin a stick around obstacles.  But now you're spinning a limousine.  It's also a little like Crazy Taxi in format in that you pick up a passenger and spin them to their destination and get a report card at the end and the whole thing is a bit twisted.  There's also a tiny bit of open world to the game as well, as you can spin around freely between missions, searching for hidden cash stacks or buying property or getting a different upgrade for your limo.

These upgrades are powers that you can use during gameplay, and they seem to be kind of important, but easy to forget to use (also, some report card goals ask you to avoid using them).  You start with Slowdown, which makes getting through some tight spots a lot easier.  Others get unlocked after achieving various goals (like running over a massive amount of pedestrians).  It gives you a satisfying set of things to shoot for (there could be a few more of them, though).

The spinning itself takes just a little bit of getting used to, but after a short time, it's surprising how easy it feels to weave in between buildings or parked cars.  Inevitably, you feel like you should be in a hurry, and that's when you get caught between two trees and explode, but usually you get reset just a short distance away, so it's really only an issue if you're going for one of the license goals.

There are some problems.  The report cards can't be accessed until the end of the mission, so there's no knowing if you've completed a goal or even what the goals are.  You have to push the right bumper to see it, too, and if a bit of dialogue is playing, it's easy to miss the window where you're allowed to view it.  Then the only way is to redo the mission or drive all the way back to the mission start space and click the bumper there.  Frustratingly obtuse.

It's also not the most gorgeous of games, but it works for the most part, though occasionally your view can be blocked by a bit of architecture, which can lead to unpredictable crashes.

The whole thing comes off as rough around the edges, but that's also part of its charm.  And the game is charming.  And weird.  And fun.

It's not going to be for everyone, of course.  There is a demo on Steam, if you want to give it a go.  I recommend trying it, at least.  It's crazy and funny and entertaining.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 24, 2015, 04:36:24 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 24, 2015, 03:25:51 PM

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Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 24, 2015, 02:01:49 PM

[sigh] OK, time to confess that I apparently SUCK at killing Lycans - as in the first damn one at the end of Chapter 1. What's the "trick" here? OK, great, I can dodge when the red X shows up but so what - how in the hell do I kill it? Can't seem to shoot it, the R1 secondary weapon on the rifle doesn't seem to phase it and any time we grapple, my mad button mashing still ends up with me dead.  mad

So what works?

Just shoot them a few times, then run up to them and do the context-sensitive killing blow. You should get a tutorial message about this the first time you have to do it. It's not hard at all, honestly.

I wouldn't think so, which is why I was getting pissed off about being 'stuck'. I've yet to see any tutorial message about a 'killing blow', I'll see if I can get it to trigger tonight.

After you shoot them enough times they will go down and not move and then the button will appear allowing you to finish it off. If you don't finish it fast enough it will get back up and try to kill you again.

I remember having a hard time during that first encounter, too.  It really is about pouring more bullets into them than seems necessary to bring them down, then the killing blow others mention.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Interrogation or helpful? (GameStop) on: February 24, 2015, 04:33:58 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 24, 2015, 02:27:49 PM

As annoying as they are I know it is more like the last gasps of a dying person.  Desperate to cling to life they will try anything.  They just don't serve a purpose in the current retail world. 

However I remember how cool they used to be so I just feel bad for them.

I don't know about that.  I mean, they are definitely dying (I read a report recently that said they may be gone as early as this year), but stores near me were doing the preorder shuffle when they were clearly top of the heap.

It's been a corporate mandate to force that stuff down customer throats for at least a decade.  It's just that some stores fly more under the radar and choose not to be so rigid with following the mandate.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: February 24, 2015, 01:03:47 PM
Well, again, Lee, I don't agree with you.  I don't think the writing on this episode was bad at all.  The applesauce scene was there for two reasons.  1. To emphasize how Rick couldn't trust anymore (which was the theme of the episode) and to sneak in some Aaron characterization.  That was the first indication that he was gay. 

Looking at some other points:

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

Half the charcters just disappeared during the barn scene.

Rick spread them out, purposefully.  He made a point of it.  But, as we learned, there wasn't anyone else out there, and so nothing happened to those characters.  So there was no dramatic point to follow them.  The episode was about what was happening in the barn.

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

We searched the car, but missed the stack of license plates he is going to hang on his wall (why are they in his car when he has a house?) and the listening radar thing.

They didn't miss them.  Rick wasn't there when they searched the car.  Glen was on lookout while they did.  There just wasn't anything to report.  He had license plates.  So what?  The listening device they could have mentioned, but as Aaron said, he'd already told them he was watching them.  He knew everyone's names.  It shouldn't have been a surprise.  As for why the plates were in the car, where do you think he was when he found those plates?  They've clearly been out searching for people for a while now.  Rick's group was the first viable one they'd come across.  Seems like those plates are all from the search.

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

Of course the windsheild wipers don't work.

I have no response for this.  That was dumb.

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

Abraham is driving and doesn't even notice DC is right in front of him.
Have you ever been driving for a long period?  Especially a giant vehicle?  Especially on roads that have proven to have surprise zombie herds on them?  I think we can forgive him for not staring off in the distance.

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

A battery dies while you are driving, killing the RV?
By this point in the zombpocalypse, these batteries have got to be in a sorry state.  Batteries can absolutely die while driving (although the alternator may have been the issue instead, from what I understand).  I'm not sure why this is an issue. 

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 08:13:17 AM

And why did everyone all of sudden become so trusting? They have been burnt so many times, but this guy is nice, and cute, so it is different this time. The guy has been hiding so much, and none of them have been skeptical besides Rick.

Quote from: Lee on February 23, 2015, 07:13:44 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 23, 2015, 06:53:59 PM

But sometimes to move the plot forward the writers end up leaving some details on the cutting floor.  It's almost inevitable with this large of an ensemble cast.
Which I can understand, but I think instead of doing a whole show devoted to a minor character dying, they could have used at least half of that time to develop this plot line more. Last night's show really needed to be fleshed out a bit more, it was so abrupt it came across as very unbelievable. I mean Michonne and Daryl are the most skeptical of the bunch, and they just ignored Daryl while Michonne acts completely out of character by becoming so trusting. What happened that would sway her like that? And they didn't see anything to make them believe this place is going to be some sort of utopia, in fact the guy is acting so odd there is no reason to trust him, but they all seem to believe it, hook, line, and sinker.

The previous 2 episodes are what happened to make them trusting.  Those two episodes were developing this plot more all along. The one-two punch of the not-at-all minor character dying and the starvation/dehydration/storm/horde really brought them low.  They are in a desperate state.  It's not just that they're tired or hungry either.  They are also aware that this is not going to change for them.  We saw Michonne cling for the straw of Washington, DC.  She explained then how much they (and she) needed that.  And they hadn't even been through the storm yet.

And then Aaron shows up, and he is clean.  And kind.  And he has food and water.

They even set this up (a little heavy handedly) in the ending of the previous episode.  This is how otherwise rational people fall into cults.  They were at their lowest point, but a little at rest post-storm (staring at the sunset that reminds them why they need to keep going), when not only does a savior show up, but he even says he has "good news" - he might have been holding a bible.

It's not that they believe him so much as they want to have something to believe.

But the actor playing Aaron is also totally likeable and believable.  He had me not so much at the Friday night dance troupe thing, but more when the joke bombed.  Perfect reaction.  But, yeah, I want to believe him, too, which makes their going work.

40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: February 24, 2015, 12:24:03 PM
Yes!  Danger 5.

I wanted to come and pimp it again when it hit Netflix, but I was worried I'd be beating a dead horse.
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