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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft nabs Bioware talent for MS Studios lead. on: May 21, 2015, 01:00:17 PM
Meanwhile, Nintendo just hired Bowser as US VP of Sales and Marketing.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: May 19, 2015, 11:55:37 AM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on May 19, 2015, 10:40:49 AM

End of Charlotte's Web
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: May 18, 2015, 12:03:01 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 17, 2015, 03:10:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 15, 2015, 02:14:46 PM

Sigh, I feel like an ingrate for saying this, but it's getting to the point where I feel like I should just avoid buying new games at release and just wait on the enhanced editions that will inevitable come out a year later.

If you had watched the video you would have learned that if you have the original version they will be giving you the enhanced version for free.

But you have to start over since saves won't transfer, so you still would have been better off waiting.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 12:01:25 PM
I've never come close to finishing a Witcher game, so I'm tapping out of this one.

I recently dumped Destiny from my PS4 HDD to make room (add external HDD support, will ya, Sony??).

Looking forward to more Life is Strange. 

Puzzle and Dragons and Aces of the Luftwaffe are probably on my horizon, too.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Affordable Space Adventures on: May 12, 2015, 02:59:25 PM
Well, I finished this today, and it was a pleasure throughout.

As I suspected, the controls danced up to overwhelming a couple of times playing solo. Having one person navigate while the other handled systems would have made it a lot easier.  However, it never went past a point of manageability.  It is certainly playable and enjoyable in single player.

Most of the puzzles were just the right level of challenge, too.  There's only one I remember looking up online and thinking that I wasn't sure I'd ever have come up with the answer otherwise (it involved not having enough crates to do what was needed, if you're wondering).

Spoiler for Hiden:
You can dislodge the platform that is hovering back and forth and use that.  It's not clear that this is possible.

I did hit the internet a couple of times, mostly when returning to the game and not remembering everything the ship was capable of doing.  Finding any sort of hints or guides to this game is a challenge in and of itself.  There's not a lot out there.  That's frustrating because this game should really be getting a hell of a lot of attention.

Not only is it clever and fun, it's also a uniquely Wii U-specific game.  It's an important release for the Wii U.  The import will likely be lost as it seems too late for the Wii U to be gaining any traction in the marketplace.

Sad that this game will be lost to video game history.  It's really great.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: May 12, 2015, 11:42:14 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 12, 2015, 04:40:07 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 12, 2015, 01:56:35 AM

A trailer for the new movie motivated me to look up the originals, which I never saw. They look like protracted car chases and explosions and gunplay and whatnot. Is that accurate?

From what I remember, the first Mad Max is largely a 70's style revenge flick.  Road Warrior is what most people probably think of when they think "Mad Max".  And then in my opinion Beyond Thunderdome kind of went off the rails despite some good elements at the start and end.  

I don't remember how much it's established in the movies, but Road Warrior is supposed to be 15 years after Mad Max, and Beyond Thunderdome 5 years after that.  

This new movie seems a bit like taking the most from The Road Warrior even though it's sort of it's own take on things.

That seems accurate.

The original Mad Max was a great independent film that advertised it's "shocking" level of violent revenge.  

Road Warrior is like a different movie entirely.  It's the same character 'cause his name is Max, and he's played by Mel Gibson.  IIRC, there's no real reference to the events or people of the first film at all.

In the first movie, the world is still civilized. Max is a cop, even.  There's no real indication that the world is going to turn into the chaotic hell that follows.

Then something happens.

Then people wear leather in the desert and drive cars with spikes all over them and kill each other for gas for those cars.  IIRC, doesn't a gas station blow up in the first one?

Anyway, the first film is often a disappointment to people who are expecting something along the lines of the following movies, but it's pretty great if you can watch it for what it is.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/12) on: May 11, 2015, 11:35:00 AM
Lost Orbit has some good reviews already and Toren looks nice.

I'm not really jazzed about anything this week, though.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Wii U] Splatoon on: May 09, 2015, 07:08:49 PM
As impressed as I was by this during last year's E3, I haven't really been following it.  I was surprised to find out it comes out at the end of the month!

Meanwhile, Nintendo is running a kind of super-limited demo thing this weekend, calling it a Global Testfire .  I was only able to play last night for an hour last night, but I had a lot of fun.

It plays pretty smoothly.  There's something really satisfying about covering segments of the floor in paint.  It has a texture, too, which I wasn't expecting.  There seems to be a difference between covering a blank bit of floor and one already covered.  It's thicker.  I don't know that it affects gameplay at all, and maybe I'm imagining it, but it's a nice detail.

Another nice detail is that Nintendo has including a kind of Doodle Jump mini-game to play on the pad between rounds.  It's incredibly simplistic, but it's neat anyway.  Plus it saves your progress between bouts.

Unfortunately, this leads to one of the issues.  The matches themselves are three minutes long.  That in itself isn't a problem.  It actually seems to be just the right amount of time to madly try and cover as much territory as you can ("killing" enemies as you go by trapping them in your color).  However, it seems to take just as long to get into the next session.  It's probably less, but it's longer than it should be a lot shorter.  That little mini-game can only hold your interest for so long.  It's not a big enough problem to spoil the fun, but over time it'll make the game less appealing, I think.

Another issue is the weaponry.  I tried all of them, but the paint roller was the clear winner.  By the end of the hour, almost everyone was using it.
The roller covered ground a lot better and made taking out an opponent easier, too.  There are benefits to the other weapons, of course.  For example, there are walls that can be covered, and the roller only works on the ground (with a mild splash effect when you first use it).  Covering the walls allow for better squid travel (players can easily drop into squid-mode to swim in their color paint, even up walls).  Each weapon comes with it's own power-up weapon, too (gained after covering a certain amount of ground, it seems).  Some of these might be more useful than the blast cannon that comes with the roller.  But in the end, none of these benefits outweigh the power of that roller.

If this game weren't coming out so soon, I'd figure they'd have time to balance the weapons.  And maybe they will in a patch or something, but as it stands, it's problematic.

There was only one game mode in the demo, and I only got to try 2 maps.  Maybe that'll help, too.

Still, there is something so original and fun here while still being accessible, but also allowing for skilled play.  I am definitely picking it up.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: May 08, 2015, 09:17:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 08, 2015, 09:08:06 PM

Working blue, whatever.  I don't particularly find having a 10 year old say "bullshit" or "rimjob" to be the top of comedy, it feels like it's going for the cheapest laugh possible.

I don't know, that seems perfectly in line with the original film to me.

"Daddy says I'm the best" (a young Jane Krakowski)

We can get away with a little more nowadays, of course.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: May 08, 2015, 12:23:32 PM
That bit got me, too.

I also liked the kid saying he'd never even heard of the original vacation.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Vacation on: May 08, 2015, 12:08:05 PM
Wow, the brakes came off pretty fast.

Now we have a Red Band Trailer, and it actually looks pretty good.  Feeling less all over the place now, but still cautious.

Oh, and Burt Wonderstone settled at 36% on RT.  Close, Engine. So close.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: May 07, 2015, 09:54:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 20, 2015, 11:23:30 PM

I'm sad to say I think this looks terrible. I mean, my main problem is that I remember the previous movies - don't they remember the dinosaur running around San Diego and all the other failures? Yet they do it AGAIN?!

Yeah, I can't imagine a world where the possibility of making a lot of money would outweigh common sense.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: May 05, 2015, 07:05:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 05, 2015, 06:59:57 PM

All in all though, this game is a cakewalk compared to another game in the same genre: Guacamelee! Now that is difficult.

I don't agree.  Guacamelee has some challenging sections, but nothing like those escape sequences with nary a checkpoint to be found.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: May 05, 2015, 04:25:11 PM
I admit I was a little nervous about what the shift to Yahoo and in cast members might bring (even though I love both Paget Brewster and Keith David), but I think there's been maybe one episode this season that I didn't think was pretty close to perfect.

And this week's episode is not only a parody of The Sting, but it also has Matt Berry in it?!  Are you kidding me?!
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: May 05, 2015, 11:34:39 AM
Unanswered Questions From 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

From Funny or Die.
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: May 04, 2015, 06:38:15 PM
Saw it today and agree with most everyone's assessments here. 

Really a lot of fun.  Not better than the first, on whole, but in no way a disappointment. 

I liked that this was

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hawkeye's movie.  No matter the title, he got the most love, and it all worked really well.  This kept him from being the team's Aquaman.

While I enjoyed the comedy, I think the first one was stronger in that regard.  But there are some really good moments.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Steelers, you left out "Please be a secret door, please be a secret door...hooray."

I also really loved the Banner/Romanov "Fella done me wrong" sequence.

If I have a gripe about the film, it's that I felt like characters abandoned their motivations or convictions a little too quickly (or conveniently).

Spoiler for Hiden:
Banner caved pretty quickly to making the Vision, IMO.  Hell, he caved pretty quickly for the first one, too.  I'm not saying he would never have done that, just that he agreed with only minor objections. 

This also felt true for the twins.  And the team's acceptance of said twins.  And even for Ultron at the end.

The only other issue I had was with the new characters.  I can't put my finger on why, but none of them really excited me.  Scarlet Witch came closest, but Vision kind of bored me and Quicksilver was easily the character I found least interesting.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't actively hate him or anything.  He was just meh.  Until he died.  Then I felt exactly like Hawkeye because I suddenly felt bad for my lack of interest.

And, I agree with Blackjack about the finale.  Didn't feel clever enough.

None of those things are movie-ruining, though.  They don't even bring the movie down much.  Still quite a blast was had, and I look forward to seeing it again.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / May the 4th, etc. on: May 04, 2015, 11:45:28 AM
Happy birthday, the Star Wars!

But, seriously, May the Force be with You.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/5) on: May 04, 2015, 11:36:54 AM
Just pre ordered Old Blood.  Hopefully I have room on the PS4.

I was interested in Ether One, but I can't remember why.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which Game Did You Quit the Fastest? on: May 03, 2015, 10:32:59 PM
This one was pretty fast:

Spoiler for Hiden:

But I'd have to say this one was fastest, probably because of the limited color scheme:

Spoiler for Hiden:

Wait, I may have misread the thread title.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 30, 2015, 03:48:10 PM
PS4 also got Project Root (it's on the list already).

Reviews and impressions aren't great so far.

It's been out on PC for a year or so.  Check out the trailer on Steam to see an example of how cut scene to gameplay transition can kill any built up enthusiasm.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: April 29, 2015, 03:19:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on April 29, 2015, 01:09:18 PM

Quote from: Lee on April 22, 2015, 05:25:45 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2015, 08:35:09 PM

Teehee, I am also a hypocrite and ordered one a while back  thumbsup

Lee, shall we form our own Apple Watch Amazon Echo Hypocrite's Club?

I think we should. It will cement our place as GT's upper echelon. nod

It will also let the rest of us know who the level 7 susceptibles are around here!

They do love their Hondas.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: April 28, 2015, 11:34:06 AM

Quote from: Victoria Raverna on April 28, 2015, 01:18:30 AM

Quote from: farley2k on April 27, 2015, 06:43:24 PM

Is anyone really surprised by this?

Age Of Ultron Is Getting An Extended Cut And Alternate Ending On Blu-Ray.

The news comes from Amazon UK, or rather, The Telegraph, who got it from a release issued to customers by Amazon UK. Given that director Joss Whedon’s original cut of the movie was like three and a half hours long — and has had an hour-plus of footage trimmed off — this really isn’t the most surprising of news. But it does feel weird to know that there’ll be a different ending coming later, before we’ve even see the first one.

Probably going to be a much better than the shorter version.

Yeah, that's always how it works.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 27, 2015, 04:27:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 27, 2015, 03:28:45 AM

The time just keeps on flying by, doesn't it?  already 4 months down, so I suppose we should be expecting AnoTher 'Best of the year' thread, right?  I look, but do not see it yet.  We have a few games out this week, but no heavy hitters just yet.  

Broken Age: The Complete Adventure
Omega Quintet
Project Root
Tropico 5
The Golf Club

The Golf Club

Paranormal Pursuit: The Gifted One
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition  nevermind the man behind the curtain with the eraser.  credit to Bullwinkle for the catch

Broken Age: The Complete Adventure
Project Root

Broken Age Part Two
State of Decay: Year One Survival Edition
WWE 2K15

Almost right.

It is still coming for Xbox 1 this week.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/28) on: April 27, 2015, 12:15:32 PM
State of Decay should be Xbox One and PC, not PS3.  I'm going to give that one a go again.

I also just finished downloading Broken Age.

And what's up with The Golf Club?  That came out months ago, but I've seen it on other new release lists, too.

EDIT: Turns out the Golf Club is having a retail release this week.  The disc version has tropical settings and a season mode, which will apparently be added as DLC for the download version (though it's still in the future, for some reason).
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: April 24, 2015, 01:08:03 PM
Real Life Sonic the Hedgehog
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 23, 2015, 04:53:58 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 21, 2015, 08:13:24 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 21, 2015, 01:13:07 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 08:48:02 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 20, 2015, 08:32:04 PM

I'll say this:

If you don't already have Shovel Knight on another platform, this is a must buy.  It's simply a fantastic game.

As for me, I'm keeping my eye on Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, but I'm hesitant for sure.

I'm waiting for the XB1 version with Battletoads.

They say April, so it's either this week or next (no delays announced)

Comes out next week on XB1. No idea how battletoads works in yet, but the XB1 purchase is  cross-buy with Windows.
Caveat for Windows cross-buy - apparently it's for Windows 10 only (so yeah, you'll need to upgrade when it becomes available).

No word on if the tech preview edition qualifies - I'll let you know next week. biggrin

Apparently, the PS version of Shovel Knight has Kratos. 
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fury on: April 22, 2015, 01:25:23 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 22, 2015, 01:16:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 22, 2015, 12:40:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:43:46 PM

That's the same thing Skylander posted.



BTW, I couldn't figure out why I'd seen some of this before.  I forgot all about the Kickstarter (and I missed where Engine mentioned the Hoff Song the other day).
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fury on: April 22, 2015, 12:40:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 20, 2015, 07:43:46 PM

That's the same thing Skylander posted.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: April 22, 2015, 12:37:01 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 22, 2015, 01:05:00 AM

Excited DD has gotten a 2nd season order from Netflix  icon_smile

Disappointed that Daredevil's showrunner Steve S. DeKnight won't be returning (he stepped in for Drew Goddard after two episodes), though his successors appear to include at least one fellow Joss Whedon protege at least, and they worked on DD scripts:

DAREDEVIL Renewed for Season 2 with New Showrunners
In a turn of events that’s both surprising and not entirely unexpected, Netflix has renewed Marvel’s Daredevil for a second season, with the show returning in 2016. When Marvel TV first announced its plans to expand into the world of Netflix, the idea was that four individual shows—Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist—would each air in succession before a team-up Defenders miniseries. With Daredevil now coming back next year, it appears the plan has been altered.

But when Daredevil Season 2 debuts, there’ll be a few changes. Spartacus alum Steven S. DeKnight stepped in to take over the series when creator Drew Goddard left to work on his Sinister Six movie at Sony, but Netflix says DeKnight will not be back as showrunner for the second season. Instead, Doug Petrie (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, American Horror Story) and Marco Ramirez (Sons of Anarchy, Da Vinci’s Demons) will be acting as the new showrunners, with Netflix stressing that the two “worked closely” with DeKnight throughout the first season. Petrie wrote the Season 1 episodes “Stick”, “The Ones We Leave Behind”, and “The Path of Righteousness”, and Ramirez wrote “Rabbit in a Snowstorm” and “Condemned”.
I won't panic about it. Just look through The Walking Dead's rotating set of showrunners to see how common it is for that change to occur.

I suspect to some extent it's a timing thing. Netflix still has four more Marvel series to film and broadcast (including The Defenders team-up) before DD's 2nd season and probably DeKnight couldn't commit to something that far into the future if he has other work lined up. I also don't know what Netflix pays vs. other broadcast networks, could be a factor too.

Just to be clear, the rotating showrunners situation on The Walking Dead is not at all common.  AMC is a bit of a nightmare, apparently.

Losing a showrunner can be a really big deal, as they set the tone, style and pace of a show.  Losing a key one can be disastrous.  Gilmore Girls lost Amy Sherman-Palladino for the last season, and it tanked hard and fast (my wife was just rewatching this on Netflix).  And, of course, Community lost Dan Harmon for the Gas Leak Year, and we know how that went.

It's early enough for DD that losing DeKnight may not be a problem. And at least this was amicable.  That's actually huge, as Producers won't necessarily be trying to get their own way.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: April 21, 2015, 01:43:55 PM
They've started putting billboards up in Australia.

This is exactly the kind of humor that should have been used all along.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/21) on: April 20, 2015, 08:32:04 PM
I'll say this:

If you don't already have Shovel Knight on another platform, this is a must buy.  It's simply a fantastic game.

As for me, I'm keeping my eye on Assassin’s Creed Chronicles: China, but I'm hesitant for sure.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 20, 2015, 08:30:11 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on April 20, 2015, 04:01:26 PM

My problem is, Snyder is cynically deciding that a 2nd Man of Steel both needs to be "the dark sequel" (Empire Strikes Back) and must single handedly be the springboard for several other new films (Wonder Woman, Aqua Man) and reboots (Affleck-Batman, apparently with his own Iron Man suit borrowed from Miller's The Dark Knight Returns). It's so overstuffed, it makes Spider-Man 3 seem like it didn't have enough plotlines.  icon_neutral

To me, this movie makes sense if you give the Superman reboot its own trilogy and then revisit it as "Batman v Superman" maybe 20 years down the road. As "Superman Awakens."  icon_razz

Instead, you've got one Man of Steel film that was essentially a rebooted origin movie, and now BOOM, we're supposed to buy Superman already as an aging, hated, figure of suspicion -- shtick already explored in Hancock (2008) and arguably all the X-Men films.

I just go back to that first, imho, great trailer for Man of Steel. Of course later I read in Hans Zimmer's interviews that the trailer took all his music out of sequence and used it in a way that made the trailer seem like for a more "traditional" uplifting comic book movie. I liked the theme in the MoS trailer that Superman would initially be feared, the government wanted to destroy him, and then he'd proved what his motives were. And then of course instead we got mass building destruction, neck breaking and big flying penises ( Which is fine. It's Zack's baby now.

It's not Snyder needing to launch all of these heroes (and Justice League), it's DC. 

Also, from everything I've heard, this is not an aging Superman, just an aging Batman.  IIRC, this takes place very shortly after the end of the last film.

But I don't want to defend this film.  Back to blech.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 20, 2015, 11:36:42 AM
I am also in the suckage camp, in general.  But I keep playing them anyway.

I stop going to the threads about them because there are people here who are good, and it gets disheartening to see talk of impressive k/d ratios when I'm proud if I close in on 1:1 (and I count assists).  That's not a ding on the guys posting there.  Of course they should post that stuff.  It's more a symptom of the whole thing.

It's also not great in game to constantly be seeing my kills referred to as a Comeback.  Don't call it a Comeback, as the song goes.

I've been getting better, though.  For some reason, Titanfall clicked with me.  I was able to be in the top part of the score table, sometimes even first.  Then the most recent CoD saw similar scoring sometimes.  It depended on the match, of course, but I even posted a good result in the forums here.  I was encouraged and thought I might be getting it.

Fuck Hardline.

Seriously, like Xmann said, more than 15 seconds can be impressive.  There are moments where I wish you got points for still being alive.  And the post death camera tracking the guy who shot you, but after there's any visual information that could help you, goes on forever and feels like egregious insult.

One thing about Hardline that helped me to find out is that the starting weapons suck.  Seriously.  To the point that it's bad design because it entirely discourages new players.  And, if you're like me, the wealth of weapon choices is overwhelming and frustrating.  What if I blow all of my money on a weapon or piece of tech that doesn't work for me?  I'm back to square one.

Reading up online, I picked a weapon for the Robbers that is decent for me.  Here's the problem: you can also get it for the Cops, but only after you have enough kills with it as a Robber.  Given that I can't pick my team, how am I supposed to accomplish that?  Plus I still suck with this weapon, just a little less.  It's going to take forever.

Why am I still playing this again?
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kung Fury on: April 18, 2015, 01:54:43 PM
Well, that song was awful, but that movie looks kick-ass.

My favorite bit from that was where the Hoff needed a stunt double to do some kicks in the air.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 18, 2015, 01:48:24 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 18, 2015, 02:30:17 AM

Wow how dismal and depressing.  Did not like.

Yeah, blech.

They're continuing in the exact direction with this I didn't want.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 03:40:09 PM
I guess.  I think the werewolf in the opening moments while you're unarmed does a decent job of telling you to be careful.

Also, that shortcut comes after the first hub portal (checkpointesque) anyway, so I'm not sure of the point of that particular gate anyway.

Again, I know handholding is against the grain of this game, but I think a little skeleton tip saying "Maybe try him later" would have been helpful to me, at least.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 15, 2015, 02:39:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 15, 2015, 02:16:20 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 15, 2015, 01:55:11 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on April 15, 2015, 01:11:49 AM

When am I supposed to fight...
Spoiler for Hiden:
the big guy banging on one side of a gate.  There's a trio of crow monsters in the courtyard near him.

With a brick?  Those guys are easy to parry/visceral, I think you can get a stagger off on him too from behind then visceral attack.  The only guy early on you probably shouldn't fight is the big guy with the axe near the gate behind some boxes.

So funny.  This is the kind of thing I'm struggling to wrap my head around.  Guy banging on the gate screamed "mid-boss" to me, so I haven't tried engaging him at all yet.  Guy behind some boxes looked like "tough challenge to give a go" and I had numerous failed attempts against him. 

Ok, I'll give all this stuff a try.  Thanks all for the tips.

This was mostly me, too.  Except I didn't even wander off to the other side of that gate, because I was focused on taking out that guy behind the boxes.  I was actually starting to give up on the game for that reason.  Then, last night, I said, "Hey, maybe I'm supposed to save him for later" and suddenly I was plowing through everyone.  I got to where the brick guy was, took out the crows, inched up the opposite stairs, took out a couple of dogs.  I started working my way through the guys up there, inching up and down the stairs stealthily, trying to lure them (I was out of pebbles), when I heard a big grunt from behind me, like someone really large lifting their arms to give me the smackdown.  I whirled around and shouted "Oh, shit" a little too loudly for the ladies sleeping in my house.  I dodged out of the way of the oncoming brick, but eventually my unpreparedness got me.

I would have given the run another go immediately, but it was already really late and the run up to the brick dude, while not hard, does take a fair amount of time.  Still, looking forward to getting back in.

It's a little annoying, though, that I've been reading beginner and first level guides online and no one has said not to bother with that guy behind the crates.  Seriously, it's a challenge spike that shouldn't be there, IMO.  I know this game isn't about hand-holding, but I was going to give up because of that one dude.
38  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 13" or 14" Gaming Laptop Recommendations on: April 13, 2015, 11:17:42 PM
In the end, it was between the Razer 14 and the Alienware 13.

I went Alienware because they had a pretty good set of deals that got me almost $200 off. 

Should be here in two weeks.

I did not get the extended warranty. That always seems like a sucker's bet. What are people's experiences there?
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/14) on: April 13, 2015, 02:20:55 PM
Teslagrad is also coming for PS4, supposedly.  This is a pretty cool 2D puzzle platformer that I played on Wii U.  Worth a look.

I don't know much about the other small games on PS4 this week (Color Guardians, Titan Souls*, and We Are Doomed), but I'll be keeping an eye on them.

I will probably wind up getting MKX.

*Reviews of Titan Souls are hitting everywhere, and they are all quite positive.  The sparseness of the levels and maybe too intense challenge keep coming up.  I imagine the latter is going to keep me away.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: April 13, 2015, 02:13:58 PM
Ant-Man Trailer

They're calling this the "first trailer" either because that first one was technically a teaser or because they want us to forget it existed (which I'm more than happy to do).

This one is much, much better.  There's some comedy, good action, not as much rambling cliche generation from Douglas.  All good, really, though I still wish it was a little lighter.
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