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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 12, 2016, 03:46:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 12, 2016, 03:09:04 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 11, 2016, 05:37:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 11, 2016, 05:29:45 PM

Teggy is getting closed.

Aw, man, I promised myself I was going to get there one day.

Is Teggy having any sort of last day blow out?

I was going to say I was still open for business but this getting way too lewd.

Oh, and I am level 30 and I think it took about 30ish hours. I might have snuck in a bit more playtime than most people could normally do when working.

Hilariously, I did not have a lewd thought in my head when I wrote that.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 11, 2016, 05:37:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 11, 2016, 05:29:45 PM

Teggy is getting closed.

Aw, man, I promised myself I was going to get there one day.

Is Teggy having any sort of last day blow out?
123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 11, 2016, 02:35:51 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 11, 2016, 05:16:34 AM

Whenever I see Paul Feig for some reason I keep going back to this

https://vimeo.com/96558506

Doesn't inspire a whole lot of hope for Ghostbusters since I feel like the original is so visual. The trailers haven't really shown anything that great.

That's a fantastic video (not the least because they used my favorite Holy Grail bit [though they edited it]), and every comedy director should watch it.  However, not every comedy director is nor should be Edgar Wright. 

There are a lot of reasons why comedy films are statically framed.  One is that we are using comedy improv actors in a lot of them.  And they come up with stuff on the fly.  And you don't want to lose some bit of gold because you were trying something clever and can't get it in the editing.  But not every scene is a dialogue focused bit, and there are visual jokes as well.

They showed Anchorman in there a lot.  And, yes, that's mostly an improv-laden line fest.  But one scene that immediately popped into mind was the one on the bridge with Jack Black where, out of nowhere, he kicked the dog and it went flying.  Hilarious, well-framed, and totally visual.

There were a number of great visual bits in This is the End, as well.  The scenes he paralleled with the news clips are interesting because both are highlighting what's important in the scene.  The bits with Simon Pegg were about how bored and out of touch he was.  He was alone with the TV and the scene had room for that.  The scene from This is the End was about the friendship of the two characters.  The casual party reference was actually an important one for their friendship, which was not only the thrust of the scene, it's also the driving force of the whole movie.  Doing anything more with the television at that point would have taken away from that.

These comedy movies where the verbal jokes are the centerpiece aren't bad, they're just a different style.  Just as Edgar Wright has a different style.  But guess which make more money.  Scott Pilgrim was very heavily featured in there.  I liked it, but audiences were underwhelmed.  I would also say it doesn't completely work. 

In the end, Edgar Wright movies have a cult status.  Just as Holy Grail does.  I would say he's an accomplished director (I would have loved to see his Ant-Man), but if every movie tried to be clever like that, it would be exhausting (and his stuff wouldn't be as special).

As for this new movie, I'm not going to say that this movie will be any good.  I have liked previous Feig movies.  I like all of the talent involved.  I like the source material.  And while I think the first trailer is sloppily put together, there's still potential in there.  I think it's too early to tell anything from just what we've seen, and it seems like people who are seeing this as a kind of dickslap in the face of comedic filmmaking are watching these trailers with their arms crossed to begin with.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 11, 2016, 04:44:53 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 11, 2016, 03:43:16 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 09, 2016, 09:43:40 PM

Seems tighter.

Well it sure couldn't be much looser than the first trailer was.

They also got rid of some of the awful as all get out jokes...and yet added in a few others that were just as terrible.

This film is going to end up like Pixels. Such an utter bomb Sony has on their hands. It's not made for Ghostbusters fans (despite the attempted nods - it movie itself looks like it's trying way too hard and it's just not funny at all based on the trailers), and it's not made for non-Ghostbusters fans (as it looks like Generic Action With Some Comedy Flick #1782).

Pixels?  Really??  This seems nowhere near as bad as that dreck.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Space Station 76 on: March 10, 2016, 05:05:59 AM
I forgot which section I was in and got excited that they were remaking Interstate '76...in spaaaace!

Shit, I really want that now.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 09, 2016, 09:43:40 PM
International Trailer

Seems tighter.

Also, I missed this in the last one, but why are the ghosts trying to send Times Square back to the 70s?
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Flame in the Flood [PC] on: March 09, 2016, 04:39:57 AM
This is also on Xbone.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 07, 2016, 11:53:02 PM
They're dropping MadCatz.

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Harmonix is making changes as it relates to Rock Band 4 hardware. The Boston-based independent developer today announced a deal with Performance Designed Products (PDP) for Rock Band 4 hardware, seemingly replacing Mad Catz as the developer and distributor of Rock Band 4 guitars and drums.


"As we look to fully achieve our goal of creating this console generation's category-defining music gaming platform, we need to partner with a truly world-class manufacturer that can operate at the scale that Rock Band requires," Harmonix CEO Steve Janiak said in a statement.

"PDP has a well-deserved reputation for innovation, customer satisfaction, and quality. They have the logistical and technical expertise to support Harmonix’s ambitious plans for the future of Rock Band, with new hardware alongside a major Rock Band 4 feature update coming this fall."

You may recall that when Rock Band 4 was announced last year, Mad Catz's involvement was substantially touted. The fact that Mad Catz is facing tough financial times might explain why Harmonix partnered with PDP. As Game Informer explains, Mad Catz's future performance was tied to the success of Rock Band 4, and when the music game came up short, the company announced a major management shakeup and a lot of layoffs. It is possible that Harmonix bought out Mad Catz's contract, but this is unknown at this point.

We asked Harmonix if today's announcement meant that PDP was effectively replacing Mad Catz, but were instead directed to this FAQ, which states that Mad Catz will continue to sell its Rock Band 4 peripherals, though there is no word on if the company will continue to order shipments.

A Mad Catz representative was not immediately available to comment on the nature of its relationship with Harmonix for Rock Band 4 going forward. We will have more details as they become available.

Although new Mad Catz CEO Karen McGinnis said Rock Band 4 performed well for the latest quarter, sell-through was "lower than originally forecast." This resulted in "higher inventory balances as well as lower margins due to increased promotional activity with retailers," she explained. She went on to say that a "competing product" impacted Rock Band 4's sales, most likely a reference to Guitar Hero Live.

She also stressed that Rock Band 4 is a "multiple-year product" that Mad Catz will continue to invest in and support. Additionally, she noted how Harmonix is treating Rock Band 4 as something of a platform, with new DLC released almost every week and regular content updates keeping the game fresh.

Bear in mind that these comments came in February, however.

The Rock Band 4 FAQ regarding today's news explains that Mad Catz peripherals for Rock Band 4 will continue to work, though there may be a compatibility issue with Xbox One controllers with the PC version. Harmonix is working with Microsoft to ensure that Xbox One instruments work on PC.

Harmonix is currently raising money on Fig for a PC version of Rock Band 4. If the target $1.5 million is raised, Sumo Digital will develop the game and it should be out this fall.

Finally, the FAQ explains that Harmonix and PDP will make announcements at PAX East (April) and E3 (June) regarding a new guitar and drumset made by PDP. You can read the full FAQ to learn more.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/08/16) on: March 07, 2016, 02:46:36 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 07, 2016, 01:48:23 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 07, 2016, 03:31:31 AM

Division on XB1

this

ditto
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 06, 2016, 03:45:16 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 06, 2016, 02:44:00 AM

Quote from: farley2k on March 04, 2016, 08:14:15 PM

The fan trailer makes me want to see the movie but the official trailer makes me know it won't be great.

Exactly. The fan trailer removes most of the talking...and thus it makes the entire trailer better.

Ghostbusters was a movie that took the entire ghostbusting thing seriously, played it straight, and had some very funny moments in it, because again, they played it straight (and quite possibly going off of script at times).

Ghostbusters (2016) looks to be a comedy that takes nothing seriously, and thus looks like total ass, and has nothing to do with the original.

I didn't get that at all.  It looked very much like they were taking the ghostbusting seriously.
131  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 04, 2016, 08:05:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 04, 2016, 07:20:49 PM

I figured I'd bring the official trailer over to this thread from the "catch all" one in case there is more discussion:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w3ugHP-yZXw&feature=youtu.be

And then also post about this fan-edited trailer that does make it look better:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IDXpOX0Cp0

Of course, if you make your comedy movie look better by cutting out more dialog and jokes than that's not a good sign to me.

Wow, that fan trailer nails it.

There's no doubt the pacing is a little off in the original trailer, and this proves it.  Editing is done right up until the last minute in comedy, because it's all about the
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 04, 2016, 02:35:02 PM

Quote from: raydude on March 04, 2016, 01:24:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 08:03:55 PM


I don't know.  Nintendo seems to be learning their lessons, if some of the NX rumors prove to be true.

Form what I hear, this is a complete dream to program for, and porting is incredibly easy.  It sounds like they're going after 3rd party hard.

Plus it'll supposedly be on par with the Xbone, power-wise.

And if this portable console that plugs into a wireless HDMI nub (that fits in the console itself) holds true...well, actually I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Imagine you're a Wii U owner. You've just read that the Wii U is Nintendo's worst selling console and are hearing rumors that Nintendo will drop it like a hot rock as soon as NX comes out. Why would you risk being a first adopter on the NX?

Or, in my case, I am a single console owner with a family. I can't afford to have additional consoles, even if this console debuts at a $150-250 price point. And if it's a portable? I already have two portable gaming systems - the Ipad and iPhone. The nice thing about Sony and MS is that there is at least a chance that their console exclusive games come out on either the other side's console or on PC. As Nintendo has stated time and time again there is NO chance that their games will be anything but console exclusives. Fuck that. I'm voting with my dollars by not encouraging that kind of behavior. I don't ever want to go back to the days of having to own multiple consoles to play all the good games.

I am a Wii U owner.  It's a good console, but nothing is happening with it.  They're right to cut bait.  It's been out for 4 years.  If the NX launches next year, that'll be 5.  A 5 year console cycle is not unheard of.  Even if the NX launches this year, it doesn't feel too soon with the lack of momentum for the Wii U.  The previous console was a massive hit.  The one before that was another good one that went nowhere (Gamecube).  The one before that was a massive hit.  I don't see how being an early adopter is any different than being an early adopter for any other console.  It's always a risk. If the NX looks interesting when it's finally announced and if it has a decent line up of games, why wouldn't I get it?

Unless money is an issue or clutter and you need to limit what's in your house.  That I get.  And the phone thing for portables is certainly an issue, too.  In fact, I think trying to remain competitive with the phone market is the whole reason for the NX.  Rumors also point to the strong possibility of it having phone capabilities.  I think that's a dumb move, but maybe they've got something up their sleeve I'm not picturing (entirely possible).

But as for the console exclusives rant, I'm not getting that at all.  You talk about not going back to the days of console exclusives, where the hell in the future are you?  Yeah, Microsoft is trying to make Xbox and PC the same thing (in fact, there are rumors that MS is trying to make it so only Xbox games come to PC), but there are still exclusives that aren't.  Scalebound, Crackdown 3 and Quantum Break*, for example.  There are rumors that Halo: Guardians is being ported, but there seem to be just as many rumors that it's not happening.  That's just from a couple of seconds of searching, I'm sure there are more console exclusives for Microsoft.  And Sony has just as many (if not more).  Why is Nintendo getting your ire here?  Frankly, exclusive games for their consoles is the one thing Nintendo seems to consistently do right.  And I'm not sure I'd want to see Mario jumping around on another console or a PC or a phone (though something's probably coming).

*Though QB does now seem to be coming for PC.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 03, 2016, 08:30:11 PM
I thought there was a lot of potential there.

Too much given away, and it's certainly too early to tell either way, but it seemed a far cry from abysmal.

134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 08:03:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 03, 2016, 08:00:07 PM

Man, this thread is a funny read.  Concerns about BG&E2 being a Wii exclusive, playing the original on freaking Gametap, and this gem (from mid 2008).   icon_lol

Quote from: Gratch on May 28, 2008, 08:13:50 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 28, 2008, 08:08:12 PM

Um, wow.

 eek

Go for the Xbox or PS2 version.  Not sure if it's backwards compatable though.

It's not on the BC list, unfortunately.

I'm actually trying to temper my enthusiasm somewhat, at least until an official announcement.  Remember that even Duke Nukem Forever has a teaser trailer, and that one will never see the light of day.

 icon_lol

Quote from: raydude on March 03, 2016, 05:21:30 PM



Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 03, 2016, 01:54:23 PM

Looks like this may be back in existence as a Nintendo NX exclusive.

It's a similar deal to what happened with Bayonetta 2, apparently.

It's working title is Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers.


Bleh. Well, there goes any hope of that game being enjoyed by the masses.

I don't know.  Nintendo seems to be learning their lessons, if some of the NX rumors prove to be true.

Form what I hear, this is a complete dream to program for, and porting is incredibly easy.  It sounds like they're going after 3rd party hard.

Plus it'll supposedly be on par with the Xbone, power-wise.

And if this portable console that plugs into a wireless HDMI nub (that fits in the console itself) holds true...well, actually I'm not sure how I feel about that.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 03, 2016, 01:54:23 PM
Looks like this may be back in existence as a Nintendo NX exclusive.

It's a similar deal to what happened with Bayonetta 2, apparently.

It's working title is Beyond Good and Evil: The Prejudices of Philosophers.

136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 02, 2016, 08:14:58 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 02, 2016, 07:33:16 PM

I haven't seen too much noise being made about this yet, but it seems as if Microsoft is talking about the potential for hardware upgrades to come to the Xbox One.  There's a lot of talk about their Universal Windows Applications and the Universal Windows Platform unifying the Xbox One software and Windows 10.

But there are also some of more specific quotes from Phil Spencer:
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In other [consumer technology] ecosystems you get more continuous innovation in hardware that you rarely see in consoles because consoles lock the hardware and software platforms together at the beginning and they ride the generation out for seven years or so. We’re allowing ourselves to decouple our software platform from the hardware platform on which it runs.

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We believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. We’ll see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation and allow the same games to run backwards and forward compatible because we have UWAs running on top of UWP. It allows us to focus on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.

We can effectively feel a little bit more like what we see on PC where I can still go back and run my old Quake and Doom games, but then I can also see the best 4K games coming out. Hardware innovation continues and software takes advantage. I don’t have to jump generation and lose everything I played before.

Here's a couple articles talking about it:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/01/microsoft-to-unify-pc-and-xbox-one-platforms-ending-fixed-console-hardware
http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/microsoft-plans-to-upgrade-xbox-one-hardware-unify/1100-5406/
http://www.polygon.com/2016/3/1/11121666/xbox-one-hardware-upgrades-phil-spencer-microsoft


I haven't quite been able to get my head around it yet.

It's either huge or nothing.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: March 02, 2016, 06:57:19 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2016, 05:00:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 02, 2016, 04:07:08 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2016, 03:54:16 PM

This month's selection is easily the worst since they went to the monthly format. This is coming from someone who hasn't complained about the game selection in the past. There literally isn't one game on the list that I feel like Downloading.

Here's the full list:
Broforce (PS4)
Galak-Z (PS4)
Super Stardust HD (PS3) - Doesn't everyone already have this game if they want it?
The Last Guy (PS3) - This game is literally 8 years old.
Flame Over (PS Vita) - Never heard of it.
Reality Fighters (PS Vita) - Never heard of it.

Well, Galak-Z is pretty decent and well reviewed.

Broforce is awesome and one of the better free PS+ games.

If Broforce was crossplay on the Vita then I would play it. But there is zero chance that I will play it on my big screen.

Well, I don't know what to tell you then.

I guess you're right to complain.  They're just bastards.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 02, 2016, 04:10:37 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 02, 2016, 03:27:40 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 02, 2016, 03:25:31 PM

It just didn't have the Pixar magic I usually feel when watching them but I will still see it because they are a trusted brand. 

Yeah, it felt like the Cars stuff where it only has the kid-level of humor and not the old multi-layer appeal.

This was better than the last trailer I saw (which may have been a teaser, I don't remember), but I don't exactly have high hopes.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: March 02, 2016, 04:07:08 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2016, 03:54:16 PM

This month's selection is easily the worst since they went to the monthly format. This is coming from someone who hasn't complained about the game selection in the past. There literally isn't one game on the list that I feel like Downloading.

Here's the full list:
Broforce (PS4)
Galak-Z (PS4)
Super Stardust HD (PS3) - Doesn't everyone already have this game if they want it?
The Last Guy (PS3) - This game is literally 8 years old.
Flame Over (PS Vita) - Never heard of it.
Reality Fighters (PS Vita) - Never heard of it.

Well, Galak-Z is pretty decent and well reviewed.

Broforce is awesome and one of the better free PS+ games.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: March 02, 2016, 06:11:41 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 02, 2016, 04:09:03 AM

Quote from: Arclight on March 01, 2016, 09:54:50 PM

Well, no more speculating. I did a Steam buy of the game, and I'm glad I did so far.
I have no idea, from my perspective anyway, what those nay sayers are on about.??

Apparently some new Nvidia "game ready" WHQL drivers just hit tonight and Far Cry Primal is one of the games mentioned.  Maybe certain cards weren't performing or looking very good with the older drivers?

Anyway, I played a couple hours of the game and I'm still digging it.  I find myself playing much slower and more deliberate than other Far Cry games.  

A lot of that is because the second you start running, something is going to notice and chase you.  Early on, when I was still running, I had two bears on my ass.  I dropped down a cliff, which usually gets them off you.  I slid to the bottom, right into the gaping maw of another bear.

Okay, game, I get it.  I'll stop running.

The game was right, though, it's a better game if you're playing it right.

You can do a bit more running once you tame some of the bigger animals, BTW.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 02, 2016, 02:08:13 AM

Quote from: rittchard on March 01, 2016, 09:59:26 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM

I wouldn't expect a whole of significant plot advancement until the season finale, which everyone suggests will be horrific.

Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.

It felt really out of character for Rick and the gang to be so over-confident that they can take out Negan. Clearly it's a setup to have very bad things happen to them, but telegraphing so aggressively is a bit much.

I also don't like the way Abraham is being emotionally neutered and becoming soft. Again, it's like they are setting him up for something really bad.

Yup a lot of that episode felt kind of awkward, but there was enough humor injected to keep me satisfied.  I do wonder about the choices they make on who to bring on their missions.  Like why didn't Aaron come, he's one of the best diplomat types and has theoretically been scouting people for quite some time.  And why bring Maggie + Glenn, why risk the pregnant lady at this unknown juncture?  Sure it makes sense for how things worked out with her taking leadership (also considering things that happen with her character later in the comics) but it's also a huge risk.  In fact risking all their top fighters and leaders for these risky "away missions" seems a little silly, reminiscent of Star Trek. 

Alexandria is chock full of redshirts now.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 01, 2016, 08:47:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 01, 2016, 06:31:14 PM

It looks like they are finally trying to bring this to PC, via a $1.5 million Fig campaign: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/rock-band-4-pc

I'm surprised to hear that, given how underwhelming the response supposedly is.

Personally, I'm really loving it.  It brings back a lot of pleasant memories and is still fun.

There are some things that should have been working from the get go that aren't, but they've been pretty active at adding features.  My daughter was especially excited about no longer needing to worry about the foot pedal on drums, for example (something you can now toggle on and off).

I hope this succeeds and keeps this franchise alive.
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 29, 2016, 10:52:38 PM
This last episode felt a little too "Time to get the plot moving" but it still wasn't terrible.

I'm even less into Ricchone than I was last week.  The adorable knee holding was just...ugh.

George Mason went from being in charge of CTU to being in charge of Old Tyme Base Shoppe and Village and is still a dick.  I did enjoy watching Maggie feed him his cojones, though.

I read these recaps sometimes, and they're hit or miss, but the recap of last night's episode was particularly spot on, IMO.

Also, how the hell did these back-to-basics dorks get the RV out of the mud?
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: February 29, 2016, 05:12:19 AM
Well, Broforce is free and awesome, so that.

I may try to get back into Twilight Princess.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 28, 2016, 07:21:01 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 28, 2016, 05:33:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 28, 2016, 04:21:10 PM

You've also got a bow and arrow instead of machine guns.  That alone makes for a pretty big shift in how you approach enemies and animals.  I spend a lot more time crouching in this game.  I also have yet to approach a camp in the same way I would in the previous games.  Usually, I figure out the best approach, then snipe one or two baddies before sneaking in and doing stealth takedowns on everyone else.  Unless it all goes to hell, then I start shooting.  In Primal, I stay far away and try to get an arrow into everyone I can, as stealthily as possible.  If that goes to hell, I try to run and stick to the bow and arrow.  Only if they're on top of me do I switch to the club (or spear, if I forgot to map the fast switch to the club).  I think I have done one stealth takedown in the whole game so far.

That's the one thing that won't really be different for me.  In the other Far Cry games I end up using the bow almost exclusively (aside from stealth take-downs) since it's the best stealthy weapon.  I hardly ever used guns at all unless I was using the grenade launcher or something went very wrong and I couldn't run away.  I'm afraid that not having the sight on the bow is going to make it suck much more than I'm used to.

I also use the bow in regular FC, but totally forgot about that.  However, I use it much more in Primal and for so many more things, so it's just become an extension of me.

You do get to upgrade the bow along the way.  The double bow is longer range.  It may not quite be as good as the sighted one, but you're usually not as far away, either.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 28, 2016, 04:21:10 PM
Actually I'm finding the lack of story (or what people are calling that, there is a story here) to be more of a benefit for the type of gameplay Ubisoft: The GameTM provides.

For these games, I'd do a bunch of story missions at first to get the tutorial stuff done or unlock things I'm supposed to unlock, then go explore for hours and hours (spread over weeks or months).  By the time I get back into the story, I often have forgotten who people are or things they're discussing.

As for the reskin stuff, I would say the tweaks to the Far Cry formula are bigger here than they were comparing FC3 to FC4.  For example, you've got an owl instead of a camera (and the owl can attack and drop things on the enemies you're observing).  The owl gives you an overview of an enemy campsite and marks the enemies within.  So, yes, you can say the owl is providing the same function your camera did in previous games, and that's absolutely true, but it's done in a different way that lends itself to the world of Primal.

You've also got a bow and arrow instead of machine guns.  That alone makes for a pretty big shift in how you approach enemies and animals.  I spend a lot more time crouching in this game.  I also have yet to approach a camp in the same way I would in the previous games.  Usually, I figure out the best approach, then snipe one or two baddies before sneaking in and doing stealth takedowns on everyone else.  Unless it all goes to hell, then I start shooting.  In Primal, I stay far away and try to get an arrow into everyone I can, as stealthily as possible.  If that goes to hell, I try to run and stick to the bow and arrow.  Only if they're on top of me do I switch to the club (or spear, if I forgot to map the fast switch to the club).  I think I have done one stealth takedown in the whole game so far.

Plus there's animal taming, which, frankly, is awesome.  Not only does it provide and all-too-brief Pokemon high, the animals are crazy helpful in keeping other animals out of your hair.  I mentioned that the world is smaller.  That's true, but it's also more heavily populated with creatures.  Seriously, if you're running around the place like a madman, you will get chased by a bear (or leopard or wolves or badger, etc).  You'll also get caught.  And hurt.  But if you've got, say, a lovely sabertooth tiger walking around behind you, you'll get to watch hilarious moments where a group of wild dogs come after you only to run right into a sabertooth roar before turning tail and heading for the hills.  You can call them to your side whenever you need (I usually just let them tag along unless I'm trying to tame something else), and eventually, you can ride some of them.

Anyway, on paper, this is definitely a Far Cry game with all of the usual elements.  However, I think they've been mixed together in a Primal bowl to make something different enough that I don't just feel like I'm playing the same game again.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 28, 2016, 01:43:52 AM
I've been enjoying Primal quite a bit, but I just played the first Mammoth Mission (free DLC that came with a "pre-order" [though it's one of those ones that just come with the first printing of the game]). Wow, it's awful. The mammoth slides around with no sense of natural motion. You're meant to kill all of these rhinos (for revenge), and there's no sensation of impact, so you can't really tell when your attacks land or when they're hitting you until suddenly you're dead.

There are three rounds of this crap in the first of these missions. It almost put me off the game.

Here's a tip to get you through the final round: go back up the hill and heal. They won't follow you. It's cheating, but it makes it bearable.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] SUPERHOT on: February 27, 2016, 09:45:58 PM
Holy hell, this game is amazing.

You can play the online Prototype here to get an idea of what this game is about, though things have been tweaked in the full game.

From the outset, the aesthetic is appealing.  Stark white rooms and objects peppered with bright red polygony bad guys.  Objects you can pick up are dark.  It's like a barebones FPS with an incredibly significant twist.  Time only moves when you do.  This gives the intense action a strategic element that has to be played to be believed.

It feels like playing a John Woo movie in hyper slow motion.

The feeling you get when you shoot a guy in the head, throw your empty gun at another bad guy, grab his shotgun out of mid air as he drops it, dodge a stream of machine gun bullets, then blow a group of other baddies away with one shot is just so satisfying.

There's also a 1337 [email protected] element to it with a kind of 90s computer feel.  I would say this stuff is just in the way of getting to the action, but I actually think it's kind of cool and adds an element of paranoid insanity to the proceedings.

I'm not super far into it.  The levels are pretty short, but they've been ramping up in intensity.  I've had to play a number of them multiple times.  I should point out that though the gimmick states that time only moves when you do, that can be misleading.  Standing still slowly eats up time, which can easily catch you off guard.  Especially when bad guys pop into a room behind you.

In short, this action game is not unfamiliar, but it's also unlike anything you've played before, and you'll wonder why no one thought of this sooner.


NOTE:  You can get SUPERHOT for $18 at GreenManGaming if you use one of their plentiful 20% off coupons.  I used DARKNE-SS20DI-SCOUNT.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: February 26, 2016, 11:51:06 PM
And more good news (great news, IMO) Nicholas Meyer has joined the writing staff!

http://www.aintitcool.com/node/74531

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Nicholas Meyer, who wrote “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan,” “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” and “Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country,” has joined the writing staff of CBS’s new Star Trek streaming series!!

“Nicholas Meyer chased Kirk and Khan ’round the Mutara Nebula and ’round Genesis’ flames, he saved the whales with the Enterprise and its crew, and waged war and peace between Klingons and the Federation,” showrunner Bryan Fuller said in a press release. “We are thrilled to announce that one of Star Trek’s greatest storytellers will be boldly returning as Nicholas Meyer beams aboard the new Trek writing staff.”

Fuller, who started his TV career writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek Voyager,” is one showrunner of the series, due to arrive next year. The other showrunner is Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote J.J. Abrams’ two blockbuster “Star Trek” movies. Fuller and Kurtzman are the show’s creators.

Almost nothing is known about the new series beyond the fact that it will follow a new-to-us starship crew. It will be available exclusively via the CBS All Access streaming service, which charges customers $5.99 per month.

Meyer also directed “Star Trek II” and “Star Trek VI.” His scripting work on “II”, which built on earlier Trek scripts by other writers, was uncredited.

Meyer’s debut as screenwriter-director was “Time After Time,” which depicted author H.G. Welles chasing Jack The Ripper to 1979 in a time machine.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps4, Xbox1] Resident Evil 4, 5 an 6 on: February 25, 2016, 08:19:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 25, 2016, 07:44:30 PM

Wait, they're doing them in reverse order?  What the heck?

Building up to the good one, I'd say.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 25, 2016, 03:46:28 PM
"Who is in here?!"

I can just see it.
152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 24, 2016, 09:06:02 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 24, 2016, 06:30:28 PM

02/24/16
Release Date: Sep 25, 2012



80% off. Sale price $0.99
Metacritic score - 76 Critic 63 User
Steam user score - 83% positive in 2,985 reviews


I loved McPixel (on the iPhone), and it's definitely worth $.99
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 08:41:54 PM

Quote from: hepcat on February 23, 2016, 06:03:33 PM

It felt oddly incestuous to me.  I can't say I'm on board with this new development.

Yeah, that word popped into my mind, too.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: February 23, 2016, 08:41:01 PM
I'm assuming there's no radio in Far Cry Primal.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: February 23, 2016, 04:12:29 PM
With Primal coming out, I fired this up to see how far I'd gotten, just to check to see if it was a hurdle I could overcome.

Of course I started playing again.  I was having a great time, then I got in a car.  Goddamnit, I had forgotten how much I hated that DJ.  I suddenly remembered why I stopped putting time into FC4.

Then I pressed up on the d-pad.  Holy shit!  You can turn the radio off!  You can shut that guy up!

I played for four hours.

It's still annoying that you can't listen to any of the music and that you have to shut the radio off every single time you get into a vehicle, but at least you can do it.  

I wish I'd discovered this last year.  I certainly would have been much further along in the game.  There's just too much to go now, though.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 06:00:54 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 23, 2016, 12:36:19 AM

No comments?

Spoiler for Hiden:
#RICHONNE!!!

Anyway my friends at work were all unimpressed.  I was genuinely surprised, never thought they'd go there but in retrospect they have hinted at it more than once. 

The introduction of Jesus was fairly amusing and aggravating at the same time, and I wondered if I were a TV viewer only if I wouldn't be more upset they didn't just shoot this idiot early on. 

My favorite part of the episode was Carl's last scene with Michonne.  I really got caught up in the emotion of that scene, and love the chemistry between the two of them.  Honestly though I didn't really understand the depth of what Carl's motivations were until after they talked about it more in Talking Dead, and that made me appreciate the scene even more.  One of the most haunting moments of the entire series for me was when Carl had to kill his mom, so I love that they've acknowledged that in this very poignant manner.  Fantastic writing in terms of continuity and Carl's character development, though I have to say the execution confused me a little, which may or may not have been intended.   


Spoiler for Hiden:
What the hell was going on with Carl was definitely only supposed to be clear in hindsight, but I think the execution muddied it more than they meant to.

I have not been keeping up with the comics, and I found Jesus to be amusing and inexplicably trustworthy despite his actions (though I only mean trustworthy in the sense that I buy Happy Rick trusting him.  I suspect he'll be more trouble than he's worth, if he isn't an outright baddie.  That said, is there a reason there are so many British men playing Southerners on this show?  They shoot the thing in Georgia, for crying out loud.  I hear they've got some real Southerners there.

As for the big news.  I dunno.  It seems like a dumb move.  They have chemistry, sure, but it always seemed like more of a team chemistry thing.  If they revealed somewhere down the line that they had fooled around a couple of times, of course that would make sense, but this doesn't feel like that.  It just feels like it's going to screw things up more than help things.

OTOH, I get where Rick's coming from.  He's got this new hope in his heart, and Michonne tried to show him that he needed to get there a bunch of times.  It's just a little weirder for Michonne, I think.  I'm sure the apocalypse gets lonely, though.
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 23, 2016, 05:49:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 23, 2016, 02:41:28 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 22, 2016, 01:05:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2016, 01:20:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

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Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).

They've got another signup for Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results-final.php

If I'm reading it right, you don't have to do anything if you've already signed up for the last one, but they're saying to allow 3 days this time.

Hmm, I just got the second key but it says product already owned.  PM me if you'd like a free key for Gunstar Heroes, Viking and Renegade Ops.

Thanks, Engine. My key came a couple of minutes ago.
158  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 22, 2016, 01:05:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2016, 01:20:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 10:47:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).

They've got another signup for Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results-final.php

If I'm reading it right, you don't have to do anything if you've already signed up for the last one, but they're saying to allow 3 days this time.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 22, 2016, 05:09:23 AM
I've got PvZ pre-ordered, and I expect I'll be getting Far Cry Primal (though I never came close to finishing the last one).
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 21, 2016, 05:31:39 PM
I keep trying, and they keep pulling me back in.


Anyhoo, there's a petition going around to get Deadpool to host SNL.

This is his response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cFYDD7XqiIA
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