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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 23, 2016) on: October 23, 2016, 07:20:40 PM
In for Titanfall 2.

If I could continue my game on Xbox One, I'd get the Skyrim update, but I'm not starting over.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [movie] Han Solo Untitled Prequel on: October 22, 2016, 12:36:27 AM
Donald Glover has been cast in the Han Solo movie, which I'm very excited about.  I've always liked the guy, and this is a great, amazing step for his career (which was already very interesting).

I don't really know the kid playing Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich).  I've seen a couple of things he's been in, but I guess he didn't make much of an impact, because I don't remember him at all.

The movie's coming Summer 2018.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 21, 2016, 06:33:19 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 21, 2016, 05:30:12 PM

I skipped Wii, but did get (and still have, it's dusty  icon_smile) Gamecube, GBA, DS, 3DS, 3DS Max but confess they're all gathering moss and dust somewhere. I mean, the games are the thing, and if you find something you truly love, they're all great systems. I found stuff I liked, but not in the end anything that kept me hooked.

Same with Switch, I'd say. I mean, it's the software. If the games are there, I'd probably get it, if I can't find something that calls out to me, I won't.

I do find a little peculiar the idea of a system where you're essentially "hiding" a tablet inside the console. I mean, does the tablet need to be in there if you're playing the game on your TV? Or is it just there for recharging? Guess I don't understand that part.

Suspect this is their maybe last ditch effort to stay relevant as hardware-maker in a world taken over by smartphones and tablets. I mean, I see little kids out and around playing with iPhones and Android phones, and tablets of both type all the time. It's not 1985, 1995 or 2005 anymore. Very different competitive landscape.

The reason the tablet plugs into the console is that the tablet is the console.  The point is that you plug the game cartridge in, play on your TV, then, when you have to go somewhere, slip the tablet out of the console (which may just be a docking station, really, that remains to be seen) and continue right where you left off.  It's kind of the whole point of the thing, being able to SwitchTM from console to portable in an instant.

Quote from: JCC on October 21, 2016, 06:11:50 PM

I loved the NES/SNES during my teens through college, and I adored the Gamecube which was criminally underappreciated (or at least "under-purchased"), so I have a bit of a soft spot for Nintendo. Having said that, the Wii was a disaster for me after the launch window, and the Wii U still doesn't have enough games I want to justify picking it up - in fact 2 of the main things I want to play on it are just HD remasters. The 3DS I bought was mostly a mistake. I bought it when I was traveling a lot for work, but almost immediately after buying it that traveling mostly ended. I did absolutely love A Link Between Worlds and had a lot of fun with the (older) Fire Emblem game that came out for it. But, mostly it has collected dust. With all that said, after thinking about this new system, I think their move to combine a portable and home console may have some merit.

Now that they have combined their portable and home gaming developers into just one group of Switch developers, it should be easier for them to keep a more steady stream of new games. This also means that going forward if you like Nintendo first party games, you only need one device to play all of them. That actually makes the price more palatable - and I still expect it to be higher than it should be since they apparently won't sell it at a loss. As everyone says whenever any new Nintendo console comes out (since the cube), the question now is: Did they make it easy and appealing for 3rd party developers to code for it? Also, what are the Virtual Console and/or backwards compatibility capabilites? Can we finally own games based on account that go from device to device?

One other point. Competing head to head with Sony/MS has shrunk their market share with the Wii U. Also, the 3DS, while broadly considered a success is hurting badly against more ubiquitous portable devices (smartphones/tablets). With this device they don't have to win against either of those 2 markets. They just need to get a decent chunk out of BOTH markets combined. This seems like something that might be possible, or at least more possible than competing with the markets 1 on 1 with 2 separate devices.

I still don't know if I want one of these things, but I have more interest than I ever had in the Wii U.



The problem is that there's a difference between most mobile/portable games and console games.  The former is usually made up of shorter, quick hit experiences, while the latter is usually something you want to settle into the couch for.  Of course, there are crossovers, but while playing Skyrim on a plane makes sense, trying to do it at a bus stop doesn't as much.

To answer some other questions. 

Apparently, they once again did not make it easy for 3rd party folks.  The Switch is the only console with an NVidia GPU (and a mobile one at that...the dev kits have an older version, but the optimistic are hoping the retail device gets the newer version that NVidia is probably launching in the spring...either way, it'll be optimized, at least).  AMD to NVidia can sometimes cause hiccups aplenty in a PC environment, and when you're dealing with optimized console hardware, it's even more of a challenge.

There is no physical backwards compatibility.  There's no disc drive, so you can't get the games in the unit, period.  Now maybe Nintendo will be very generous and enable you to transfer rights, but I wouldn't count on it.  But even if they do, the architecture is apparently different, and it doesn't seem likely that the Switch would even be able to run Wii or Wii U stuff.  That said, it is powerful enough that we could see some Gamecube Virtual Console titles.  I can't imagine VC won't continue. 

You may be right about not needing a win over all of those markets and just needing a profitable chunk, but I'm worried that trying to cover all bases makes them a master of none.  Also, from the advertising and the mere fact that you are carrying around an expensive looking screen, plus the likelihood that they won't be selling at a loss means that this isn't going to have a ton of appeal for parents.  And this is Nintendo, which parents (at least US Parents) equate with kids.  The only plus I see for them is to give little Dylan or Skylar something to keep them the hell off the parent's phone, but really, what parent is looking for even more screen time for their kids at this point?
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: October 21, 2016, 03:59:21 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 21, 2016, 02:24:43 PM

I am really liking the promotional stuff they are doing.

Dr. Strange on Jimmy Kimmel

https://youtu.be/CzQktI1d1zs

This is really making me wish again that they'd let him keep his accent.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 21, 2016, 03:55:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on October 21, 2016, 02:28:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 20, 2016, 11:11:56 PM

My main problem with this, is that just like the WiiU, 3DS, DS, etc, the main "innovative" feature of the console doesn't really matter to me at all.

If Nintendo literally just put out an Xbox One with their games on it I would be just as happy to buy their new console.  Probably moreso since there wouldn't be any gimmicky bullshit that is only used for like 2 games. 

The last time they put out a vanilla console was the Gamecube. And that didn't go so well for them. Although I did own one from launch and loved it.

This is true, and they followed it with the innovative Wii and blew everyone out of the water.

The problem is that the lesson they took from this is that they have to innovate every time, and that's just not really possible.

And the Switch might have been amazing a few years back, but in the face of utterly ubiquitous mobile devices that have been steadily cutting into Nintendo's portable share, they've created something to compete that doesn't really.  The reason mobile devices have been so successful for gaming is simple: people already have them on their person when they feel like playing a game.  The phone or tablet is always on hand in the modern age, and if you can deliver gaming content there, people will use it.   I suspect people aren't really interested in lugging around another portable device when they already have one (which is the lesson they should have learned with the declining 3DS numbers).

OTOH, I was looking at some online comments from people who seem like average joes, and they did seem interested, so what do I know.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 08:50:03 PM
The 720p portable screen should be good enough.  Sure, I'd want 1080p, but that's probably overkill on a smaller screen, but, yeah, it comes down to whether that hampers the big screen (where it'll definitely get the most play from me).  Maybe the base unit does some of the heavy lifting to allow for upscaling? Who knows.

SD cards can go as big as 512GB from what I've seen.  A dual layer blu ray holds 50GB of data, from what I understand, so Nintendo should be able to get the same amount of info on those cards without a problem.  The question is whether it's worth it, cost-wise, for them to do so.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 on: October 20, 2016, 08:43:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 20, 2016, 04:26:51 PM

Ah well, it's a year away so I think that was a fine teaser.  The scenery certainly looks incredible and really sets the mood.

Agreed.  I thought it was great.  Did exactly what a teaser trailer is meant to do.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 03:24:37 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 20, 2016, 02:49:24 PM

I'm also really shocked that they didn't show a family, with someone wanting to watch the TV and another one pulling the game onto the portable but sitting together on the couch.

C'mon, completely ignoring your dog on a walk serves the same function.   icon_wink  I actually couldn't believe they lead with that.

In the end, this is pretty much what everyone has been saying it was going to be.  It looks nice, and I'll probably get it, but there doesn't seem to be anything about it in the video that's going to elicit more than a shrug from the American public (I'll be interested to see if Japan is more interested).

I'd like to see some specs on the thing, too.  I'm sure they're coming.  I've heard it'll be on par with the non-updated other consoles, which might be a mistake or it might be a good move if people are more into the portability.  Personally, I'm curious about the quality of the portable display.  I never used the Wii U away from the TV, mostly because I thought the screen was underwhelming.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 19, 2016, 04:18:45 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 19, 2016, 12:41:42 PM

Listen to John Cleese Delightfully Recap All Six Seasons of The Walking Dead

https://youtu.be/sU0eizwlejs

That's much better than I expected (Cleese has been off his game lately, IMO).
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 17, 2016, 04:04:32 PM
Wow, that's pretty dumb.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 16, 2016) on: October 17, 2016, 06:41:26 AM
Rock Band Rivals is already paid for.

Battlefield 1 is almost a guarantee.

I'll probably get the Jack Box Party Pack 3, because we've had a bunch of enjoyment out of the others.  I wish they would let you access previous versions in the newer games, but they're still fun.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Warrior 2 on: October 14, 2016, 05:29:31 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on October 14, 2016, 05:03:28 PM

The original by 3DRealms is free on GOG, btw.

https://www.gog.com/game/shadow_warrior_complete

I have the reboot, but I don't think I'm far along. Something always comes up and distracts me and I end up playing something else. What's really confused me is the UI and the perks screen, so I hope they've fixed that. Also got stuck several times because I couldn't figure out how to break those crystals or whatever they are.

That's happened to me, too (one of the drawbacks to not playing straight through).  I've had to look up how to break the crystals more than once (you have to use one of the powers, btw...the one that is like a power thrust).

I also found the upgrade menus to be in need of a little streamlining.

For me (and I know I'm mostly alone here, because I've voiced the same issue in other threads and been told I was wrong), one of the biggest hindrances to playing is the size of the levels.  They take a couple of hours to finish for me (mostly because I like to find the secrets).  That's a lot to decide to sit down and undertake any more.

It's not a complaint, per se, but these longer levels do keep me from jumping back in and finishing games that I otherwise love.

And, for the most part, I really love the first Shadow Warrior.  I hope I can finish it one of these days!
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Warrior 2 on: October 14, 2016, 02:56:49 PM
I'm waiting for console (which'll give me time to finish the first one).
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Rogue One - A Star Wars Story on: October 13, 2016, 02:00:52 PM
Back to being excited!

Man, I hope these reshoots don't screw this thing up.
135  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 13, 2016, 05:57:52 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 13, 2016, 03:17:14 AM

I'm sure I've said before that either Maggie or Glen has to die because happy couples are not a thing in this world. If Maggie's pregnant (am I remembering that right?), I'd say her number is up. They already have one prop baby after all.

Her days are numbered even if she's not the one who got whacked.

I doubt it.  The potential for drama with a baby is just too high.  There are so many things that can happen both before and after (and the other one is getting older now).  Now, she might die giving birth, but that would feel like familiar ground (unless it turns out to be a zombie baby that eats her from the inside, which, holy shit, would be worth the loss of Maggie for the jaw drop).

But getting rid of her while pregnant would be losing too many fertile opportunities, pun intended.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: October 13, 2016, 05:52:18 AM
It's been quite a while since I've played Overwatch.  I was growing a little frustrated at getting curb stomped all the time.

I fired up the Halloween brawl and had a lot of fun. Lost the first time and won the second (though we were only playing on Easy).  I played the archer, Hanzo, and was doing pretty well, so I picked him up in the main game, too.  Switched between Hanzo and Bastion for a while, with a couple of others for variety, ending with some really great D.Va action.

I got Play of the Game 4 times and got top votes 3!  Holy crap!

And I was never an utter suck-fest the whole game.  I don't know if the game changed or I did, but I was back to having as much fun as I did with the beta (I should say, I know the game changed, but I don't know if that made the difference).

I think part of it is sticking to just a few characters, rather than trying to fit the missing roles in the roster.  There are definitely characters I enjoy playing more than others because I'm better at using them.

Even though I suspect I did well because of the noob rush that probably happened with the Halloween patch, I consider myself part of that group, and I seemed to be better than the rest of them.  So I'm looking forward to playing over the weekend, and I hope my enthusiasm isn't crushed to a fine powder.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 12, 2016, 11:41:56 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2016, 11:13:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 12, 2016, 06:57:52 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2016, 06:14:53 PM

Ugh, saw a new analysis that shows what appears to be Daryl's poncho/blanket on the dead body, but worse what appears to be Maggie's engagement ring.  I don't know if I could handle Maggie being the victim, I think that might be the most devastating loss for me.

Not to mention, that would be a big mistake, IMO.

I agree, but then I imagine Daryl and Glenn fans would probably make the same argument, depending on who their favorite is.  From a storytelling standpoint, I could see arguments for all of the characters.

I expect it'll be one of those two.  It'll be devastating for fans, either way, but that's not the same thing as a mistake.  Losing Maggie would be a mistake.

Now, Lauren Cohan may want to head off and explore other things to do with her career, and, depending on her contract, they may not have had a choice in the matter.  In which case  crybaby
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 12, 2016, 09:02:56 PM
The review scores are close to what I guessed (a little bit lower, but not much), but it does sound like, despite the really good scripted parts, "the more mundane aspects of the game grow overly-annoying the longer you play," so I'm going to be waiting for a price drop (or even a compilation edition, if there are improvements over time).
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 12, 2016, 06:57:52 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2016, 06:14:53 PM

Ugh, saw a new analysis that shows what appears to be Daryl's poncho/blanket on the dead body, but worse what appears to be Maggie's engagement ring.  I don't know if I could handle Maggie being the victim, I think that might be the most devastating loss for me.

Not to mention, that would be a big mistake, IMO.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Builders [PS4] - like Minecraft with decent quests, combat n story? on: October 12, 2016, 04:47:49 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 12, 2016, 02:13:32 AM

Oh, and there's a free demo up in the PS Store for those who want to try it first.

Thanks for that.  Demos are so much more infrequent anymore, I forget to even check if they're out there.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 11, 2016, 02:41:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2016, 12:08:30 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 09, 2016, 06:16:51 PM

I've read multiple posts about people completing the game in 5-8 hours and calling it "too easy".

Granted, I'm probably slower than most, but I honestly have no idea how someone could possibly finish this game in 5 hours.  I've spent more than that just on the first 4 (of 13) chapters. 

Pro tip:  picking up scrolls also auto-saves your game.  This can be a lifesaver on some of the missions that seem to go a looooooooooong time between auto-saves (like the first part of Chapter 4)

I sighed in relief when I picked up a scroll and saw the save icon, but then I died, and I was back at the beginning of the segment.  It seemed to only save the fact that the scroll had been collected.  Maybe the scroll in the level you're talking about was also an autosave point or something.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 10, 2016, 03:00:20 PM
You know, thinking back, I believe the mandatory driving thing is tied to the series.  I remember driving all over creation in the first game, and I feel like it was a thing in the last game, too, but I can't be sure.  The big plus of having to do that is the surprising amount of familiarity you have with the city over time.  The second is that you get to listen to awesome soundtracks (also a major part of these games for me; nothing drew me into the worlds more than the music). 

Just because it's been part of the series doesn't mean it has to be, though.  The good reasons don't outweigh the nuisance of it.  Especially when so many other games have gotten us used to hopping around as needed.

I feel like the intense cop chases have been a thing, too, but I may be thinking of another game.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 9, 2016...Hurricanesgiving edition) on: October 09, 2016, 11:13:32 PM
Dragon Quest Builders wasn't anywhere near my list, but the reviews have been so good, I'm thinking strongly about it.

Mafia III, if reviews are good.

I'm curious about 100ft Robot Golf, but the VR side of it (and the kinda amateurish nature) makes me think no.

Maybe Duke Nukem?
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 09, 2016, 04:58:30 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 09, 2016, 04:13:25 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 02, 2016, 08:10:29 PM

2K isn't sending out review copies for this game.  That spells trouble in my book.  Will be waiting on reviews prior to purchasing

And here's why people need to realize this is a giant huge red flag:

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/10/08/review-in-progress-mafia-iii/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZokdmzvDGA  - love that quality control in the PC version!

Back in my day, games were released completed and generally bug free with near-zero ability to be patched. Nowadays, we have...this. And I wonder why I'm so damn bitter with gaming as of late.

The RPS review lost me right here: "...Mafia II being a nasty piece of garbage"

Lack of review copies is no longer the huge giant big large red flag it used to be.  I've been looking over other in-progress reviews, and most seem to be impressed with the story and maybe not overwhelmed by the gameplay, but not disappointed, either.

Granted, these had been written up after only the first couple of hours play, so who knows what the long term gameplay will bring.

I have heard about serious issues on the PC, though, but since I wouldn't be picking it up there, I haven't been looking too far into those reports.

Anyway, I'm still waiting for reviews to come, but from most of the reports I've been reading, unless the game falls off a cliff before the end, or the more mundane aspects of the game grow overly-annoying the longer you play, I'm betting we'll see decent scores in the 7s, with a scattering of 6s and some outlier scores from places like RPS.  But I really don't know.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 09, 2016, 03:25:25 PM
Neegan's Kill Confirmed for Premiere

Whew.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 08, 2016, 12:06:46 AM
I agree, it's really hard, often.  Sometimes it feels unfair, but mostly it's been reasonable.  I do feel like it could get easier as more skills unlock. 

The worst part of the difficulty is the time it takes to get through a section. I played through the first two missions.  The first didn't take me as long as it did with Gratch, but the section in the graveyard in the second mission did.  And about halfway through that, I wanted to be done. 

However, eventually I was back to having fun (even before finishing that level).

Overall, I definitely enjoy it.  I like the look of it, too.  However, I suspect that I will be reluctant to jump in in the future knowing how long a level is going to take.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 2, 2016...late edition) on: October 06, 2016, 05:32:37 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 06, 2016, 04:56:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 06, 2016, 05:21:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 06, 2016, 04:24:27 AM

I was out of town for the last week so wasn't able to start the thread.  Glad to see that you guys picked up the slack.  Not.   crybaby

Thank god you're back!  I didn't know what I was buying this week. 

Well, these threads are also for sharing what everybody is buying and starting discussions, not just to serve you!   Tongue

I didn't mean it as sarcastically as I realize now it sounded.  Just being goofy.  I think this is a very valuable thread.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thread for Playstation games that might not need their own thread on: October 06, 2016, 02:25:42 PM
I saw the title of this thread and I thought to myself, "That sounds like a farley special" and sure enough...

Good idea, though.

I'm excited for Gravity Rush 2, but I'm actually also excited for the delay.  It might give me time to finally finish the first one.  I played a lot of it on the Vita, but then I kind of stopped playing the Vita.  I double dipped on the PS4 and just recently passed the same spot I'd reached on the Vita. It's such a great original game, but on a console, the quick-hit mission style (which is great for a handheld), makes it too easy to put it away for a while.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 Pro /Skyrim 4k on: October 06, 2016, 05:23:12 AM
Yeah, the difference between a dedicated gaming machine with one set of hardware (or two, I guess) and the various styles and levels of PC that are in existence is why consoles used to be able to pull stuff off that more powerful PCs couldn't.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Oct 2, 2016...late edition) on: October 06, 2016, 05:21:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 06, 2016, 04:24:27 AM

I was out of town for the last week so wasn't able to start the thread.  Glad to see that you guys picked up the slack.  Not.   crybaby


Thank god you're back!  I didn't know what I was buying this week. 

As it turns out, I picked up all the free XBL and PSN games (surprised by how much I like the Transformers game), and I got Aragami (played through the first two levels and had a lot of fun).

I'm in the same boat as Travis on Mafia 3.  I love the series, and I'm hoping it's following the trend of "no review copies" not actually meaning anything, but I'm reluctant to jump in until I see a couple.

I tried the demo of Vermintide (which is Warhammer 4 Dead), and after playing the tutorial, I thought I was out, but I gave a level a shot and had a lot of fun.  I've been having a L4D itch, and the setting is pretty cool.  Reviews on PC are decent, but I know I'd get more play on the couch.  Waiting for some reviews, but it looks likely.

I'm definitely waiting on the new Paper Mario game until the NX reveal at least.  Especially if insane recent rumors of an October release for the new console turn out to be true!

151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare (CoD goes Halo) on: October 05, 2016, 06:41:38 PM
https://www.destructoid.com/time-to-delete-your-games-infinite-warfare-legacy-edition-requires-130-gb-install-391252.phtml

130GB?!  WTF??

If this doesn't finally prompt Sony to allow external hard drives, I may have to go Xbox One.  Or skip it this year.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Filthy Lucre Review Score! on: October 03, 2016, 04:47:25 PM


Wow, that must be a good game!

153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: October 02, 2016, 10:07:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 02, 2016, 09:58:47 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 02, 2016, 09:19:09 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 02, 2016, 08:10:29 PM

2K isn't sending out review copies for this game.  That spells trouble in my book.  Will be waiting on reviews prior to purchasing

Challenge accepted! icon_biggrin. I've got some free time in October before the big November Watch_Dogs 2 -Thanksgiving - anniversary - start getting ready for the holidays overload, so I pre-ordered the game through GMG and have it already pre-loaded. I'll be posting impressions hopefully on release day, until Hurricane Matthew turns more west and whacks up here in Florida. We plan on evacuating to Walt Disney World if it comes to that nod

I like the idea of M3, open world, lots to do, and it's set in 1968 with tons of music I like, so I'm willing to take a bullet for everyone and give it a try.
The lack of review copies is a big red flag, but I'm willing to take a gamble on it.

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

It's been less and less of an issue in recent years, but for a game like this, it does seem an odd choice.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: October 02, 2016, 10:07:07 PM
I felt like I was hitting more good than bad with FH2's wheel.  This one has been disappointing to me, but I don't hate it.
 
OTOH, the window for hitting X to get to it is a little too small, which means I have to hunt the spins down.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: October 02, 2016, 07:23:32 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 29, 2016, 08:03:10 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 29, 2016, 06:38:29 PM

1) Barn finds, while great in theory, are tedious and horrible. I've basically just skipped straight to googling the location and even then its annoying.

The Drone generally makes these pretty quick. Use the turbo (RB) button and then spiral in and you will find it in no time.


I find the drone to be more frustrating than helpful.  It never seems to go fast enough, even with the turbo, and it's constantly banging into trees.  Seriously, why is the ceiling on this so damned low?!  I feel like I'm barely above the regular camera of the car.  I have yet to find a barn with one.

Another thing on my gripe list is the blueprint stuff.  I'm very underwhelmed by these.  I find "designing" them to be utterly pointless, and I don't really want to race the dreck other people have put together.  And I'm always in the wrong car when I get to one!  Is it really anyone's bucket list to race around a neighborhood in a not-quite-the-jeep-from Jurassic Park?  I know it's not mine.  And yet I designed it anyway.

I'm also finding being in the wrong car in general to be more of an issue in this game than previous ones.  I'm not sure why that is, but I know I'm not in a good drifting car when I hit a drift zone, or my fastest car when I'm in a speed zone.  In previous games, I felt like I was always able to place very well in whatever car I happened to be driving.  Actually, thinking about it, did they have stars before?  Maybe that's it.  I'm okay not being in the top 10% of players, but not having those three stars is annoying.  I know I can pay to have someone bring an appropriate car, btw, but I'm not doing that.

Mostly, though, it's great, and I'm having a very good time.   There's just a lot to do, and the checklist mania is going into overload, which is nice (even if upgrading the festival feels arbitrary and not really interesting, IMO).

So, again, I do think it's great.  However, the reviews made it seem like this is a masterpiece, and I wouldn't go that far.  I actually think Forza 2 was a tighter game than this (maybe not in the car mechanics and such, I'm not a gearhead). 

Anyway, I just want to reiterate that I am enjoying it a lot, but I'm not as in love with it as I was hoping to be.

156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: September 28, 2016, 09:19:01 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 28, 2016, 06:16:00 PM

NMS is officially being investigated for false advertising in the UK.  Hoo boy.

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The UKís Advertising Standards Authority is investigating No Manís Sky. An RPS source filed complaints to the ASA regarding the trailers and screenshots used to sell No Manís Sky on Steam, arguing that they are unrepresentative of the product being sold. That source Ė and the ASA have confirmed to us Ė that the regulator agrees and has contacted both Valve and No Manís Sky developers Hello Games for their response.

Seems this could have some fairly far-reaching influence on the industry as a whole.

Yeah, that's my fear, as I've mentioned.  It's a bit of a witch hunt (or at least a mob mentality with virtual pitchforks).

OTOH, this is really only targeted at advertising, and the result would be that said advertising would be pulled.  At least that's how I was made to understand it.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: September 27, 2016, 10:05:06 PM
TV Trailer

With a bit of comedy (no doubt courtesy of script doctor Dan Harmon).  My biggest problem with these clips to date is how overly serious they seem to be.
158  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 27, 2016, 05:45:00 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 27, 2016, 03:37:17 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 27, 2016, 03:25:57 PM


Nice!

If this sort of thing interests you, I highly recommend checking out The Up Series of British documentaries (Seven Up, 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, etc).  They did a documentary following a series of 7 year old children in 1964, and then revisiting them every 7 years continuing on with 56 Up from 2012.  It becomes a real reflection on life.

I keep meaning to watch this, but I never seem to get around to it.
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Amazon Bringing Back THE TICK on: September 27, 2016, 05:41:53 PM
The Tick has been ordered to series! 
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 26, 2016, 06:34:28 PM

Quote from: naednek on September 26, 2016, 05:59:01 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 25, 2016, 03:54:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 25, 2016, 03:51:39 PM

I still see metallicorphan pop up.

Yeah, between him and my buddy Jay I now have two dead people driving around in my Forza games.  frown
wait what?

He died?  frown

I've tried to confirm this many times over the past couple of years, but haven't been able to do so, but it doesn't look like there's a good outcome.

I contacted Mytocles at one point, because she was very close with him, but she never got back to me.  I didn't want to press it.  However, the other day I noticed her bio quote on XBL is "I miss you Metal.  RIP"
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