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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 22, 2014, 11:59:59 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on September 22, 2014, 08:58:59 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 21, 2014, 12:04:07 PM

Glycerine,  check out Sports Friends (which is free with plus I think right now) and Tower Fall.  They are both retro couch games to be played 2-4 players.

Will definitely check those out when I get a chance, thanks!

Both of those games are fantastic.

I usually don't plop money down for games that can only be played with another human physically in the room because we don't get the chance to do that much, but these are both worth it for those few times we do.  Plus Tower Fall has a semblance of solo play.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/22) on: September 22, 2014, 11:50:16 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on September 22, 2014, 10:31:00 AM

Folks interested in Disney Infinity 2.0 might want to read through the reviews first.  Some have been positive, but GameSpot, IGN, and Game Informer were all pretty cool on it.

Quote from: Game Informer
Disney Infinity’s leap into the Marvel universe is bafflingly bad – a gut-punch of a sequel stripped of most of the magic, wonder, and imagination that made the play sets from the first Infinity game enjoyable for children and adults alike. The adventures offered for The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Spider-Man rank among the worst super hero games of recent memory, pushing players to complete mundane tasks like “fetch a battery” or “activate this device” over and over again.

By contrast, the GI gave the first game a 9/10.

-Autistic Angel

I have to ignore any review that talks about the first one being good.  It was not.

OTOH, I don't know why I let myself be suckered into preordering this, given how lame the first one was.  It's probably because I wanted to play something with the Guardians of the Galaxy.

I will also be getting Hyrule Warriors.  And maybe Defense Grid 2.  Plus,  I'm hoping the PS4 version of Castle Storm is retro cross buy.

And, finally, I'll be getting Mario Golf: Advanced Tour on the Wii U.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 21, 2014, 06:39:32 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 20, 2014, 11:44:56 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 20, 2014, 07:57:37 PM

First light is either the worst map i've ever played evar or i'm doing something wrong.

Just get mauled no matter what i do.

It is indeed my least favorite map.  I'd recommend avoiding A as much as possible; I don't think it's particularly fun to assault or to guard.  Guarding B can be fun to guard since it's so vulnerable.  If you like sniping, there are plenty of places to snipe or countersnipe. 

I kinda love it.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: September 19, 2014, 12:30:48 PM
They do this.

Deadpool the Movie Coming February 2016
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 18, 2014, 03:32:38 PM
And my goddamned iPhone 5 (that I have steadily grown to hate) has decided to full on die less than two days before the new one arrives and I had a chance to back it up.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2014, 11:45:22 PM
Well, it turns out AT&T overestimate how long it would take to deliver my phone as it is also coming Friday.
127  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Realms on: September 17, 2014, 04:44:15 PM
Non-Random Booster Packs Coming

No word as to when, but here's a description of what to expect:

Events introduces game-changing event cards. Heroes addes character cards to the game. Bases & Battleships and Fleets & Fortresses are two collections of powerful new ships and bases.

Looking at stores online, it appears there may be storage boxes, flip top boxes and sleeves coming, too.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2014, 03:36:40 PM
I'm going 128GB, but it looks like AT&T won't be delivering it until mid to late October.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 17, 2014, 03:35:14 PM
I also love the moon stuff.

However, I think it would stand out more if the rest of the Destiny universe wasn't so sterile and white and "classy sci-fi science-fiction" based.

Honestly, I think this is the game's biggest problem.  It seeps into every aspect.  Even Dinklage's performance.  He's getting a lot of crap for his couldn't-care-less read, but I think he was probably directed to do it just like that.  Everyone else is in the same emotionless, above-it-all boat, but they have smaller roles, so it's less noticeable.

Don't get me wrong, I'm loving the game.  The mechanics and gentle progression are just right for me (well, maybe it could be a little easier, since I suck, but it's still entertaining despite that).  The game is fun.  The universe isn't, really.

I think it's nice not to have another batch of space marines, and I appreciate that sometimes a stoic science fiction universe can be great, but IMO this game needs to have more of a sense of wonder and excitement instead of the detachment it seems to be fostering.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: September 16, 2014, 11:45:31 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 16, 2014, 09:31:57 PM

The demo is out!  Has anybody tried it yet?  I started downloading it this morning before heading to work and should be able to give it a try later tonight. 

I almost wish this game was coming out in May or something, when there weren't so many other games that i want to spend time with.  I foresee several weeks focusing on this one.

I tried it.  Pretty good, but it felt a little emotionless to me.  There wasn't that same sense of discovery and exploration from the first one.  That could entirely be because it's only a demo and super-limited as a result.  It could also be that the characters and music were a little annoying, though that was true in the last one, IIRC.  Or it could be that the buzz seemed to be mounting, and my expectations were too high.

The racing seemed good enough, though.  Zipping over hills is not the dirt or rally racing I was expecting. 

I'm certainly still interested, but I thought I'd be plunking down the cash immediately, and now I'm going to wait a bit.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 11:39:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 16, 2014, 11:16:23 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising
I don't understand the logic behind this purchase, either. For 2.5 billion dollars, they could have jump started 25-35 new AAA IPs, and possibly come up with the next Assassin's Creed, Destiny, Halo, or Gears of War. To spend this much money on one property is counterintuitive to me.

Microsoft doesn't care about console IPs. This is a bid to sell smartphones.

Although Minecraft is the Joe Camel of videogaming, no matter where it starts.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 15, 2014, 11:30:36 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on September 15, 2014, 04:00:20 AM

Competitive MP in this game is no joke, especially if you're rusty.  Definitely an experience in humility.  Kills happen so fast.

The worst part is that I find I've gotten rusty if I haven't played in an hour or two.
133  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 14, 2014, 04:01:15 AM
Star Wars Awards Ceremony Without Music
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 13, 2014, 06:48:45 PM
I humbly offer my most recent favorite joke:

Why do teenagers only hang out at night in odd numbered groups?

Spoiler for Hiden:
Because they can't even!
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 13, 2014, 01:44:53 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 13, 2014, 01:21:49 AM

Wow, glad I bought this blindly without looking at reviews.  Maybe I'll end up regretting getting the guardian edition, but right now I have no doubt I'll get my money's worth out of the base game.

These reviewers get their expectations way up because of the hype or something? Even setting the Polygon score aside, some of their nits are really weird ones to pick.

This is how I'm feeling, too. My recent bout of Salvage against savants not withstanding.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 07:38:33 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 12, 2014, 02:27:48 PM

Bullwinkle, before level 20 there's also an option to increase the difficulty of a story mission before you start it. When I looked at it, it seemed to raise the level of the mission about 2-3 levels.

This is good to know, pug, thanks.

Does the loot level increase as well?
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: September 12, 2014, 05:33:10 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 12, 2014, 04:58:02 PM

I'm not going to buy Dragon Age 3, and Far Cry 4 can wait since it's just another sequel to Ubisoft: The Game, so GTA 5 is at the top of the priority order for me. smile

While you're right about Ubisoft: the Game, Far Cry 3 just about perfected that for me (and Black Flag, too, apart from the unnecessary wall-sticking).  I have to say I'm looking forward to another round of U:TG.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 02:22:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 12, 2014, 12:56:46 PM

don't worry about it, more so than most games the 'real game' doesn't start until 20.  (also at 20 you can run story missions at level 20)

Ah!  So should I do that, then?  I've been trying to crank through the story at my overanked level.  It's certainly easier, but there's still enough going on to keep it interesting.  The loot, however, is just not worth it.

So does it make sense to continue with the MP through level 20 and then continue on the Moon story missions?
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 12, 2014, 02:17:37 PM
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 12, 2014, 12:44:28 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 12, 2014, 12:28:48 PM

You level up way too quickly in the crucible...and i even did terribly.

Back to story mode for now!

I noticed this, too.  All of a sudden, I'm level 14, going up against Level 8 missions on the moon.  And I still have some crucible bounties I need to clear out.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2014, 12:10:03 PM
Back to the 6.

I have a 5, and I have hated it for everything phone related since I got it.  As an example, I have spent hours trying to merge contacts, only to find multiple versions of people popping up again and again.  My previous phone (WP7) was set up the same way and just did it automatically.  I'm tired of asking Siri to call my wife and have her asking "Which wife" or asking her to call home (which I have defined multiple times) and having her inform me that she doesn't have a home number for one of the multiple contacts listed for my wife that the phone created. 

I was set to make the switch to Android.  I have been eyeing the new HTC One since the spring.  I have almost pulled the trigger on it a few times, given that AT&T will let me essentially lease it with whatever crazy plan scheme they have going now, despite my eligibility for a new phone not happening until next month.

Then my kid got a 5C.

This brought to light the issue that has kept me from actually pulling that Android trigger: the apps.  I have a lot of 'em (I like buying games more than actually playing them, it seems).  The Android store is certainly becoming better, but they have nowhere near the level of the App Store.  Additionally, now that my kid has an iPhone, it's way more cost effective for me to continue along that trend.  Plus I have an iPad.  And no Google devices at all.

This is how they get you.

So it looks like I'll be getting the 6, though I'm decidedly underwhelmed.  If the HTC One had a better camera, the story might have been different.  I'm sure a new version will be out next spring that will change that story.  I understand AT&T will let me lease with a pretty early buy-out option...
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 11, 2014, 11:53:51 AM

Quote from: ATB on September 10, 2014, 10:24:41 PM

Quote from: rittchard on September 10, 2014, 09:57:36 PM

Nah I have some projectiles I'm really good at launching all the time  icon_biggrin icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Please explain.

I'm not sure you'll want him to do that.
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 11, 2014, 11:33:27 AM
I didn't say I didn't have a right stick, just that I don't remember using it.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 10, 2014, 12:54:44 PM
Well, That Was Close

Pulling out of the garage, pre-tornado.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 10, 2014, 12:04:53 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 09, 2014, 11:02:06 PM

I said the same thing.  It's been running in my head for the last 48 hours.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 10, 2014, 12:00:25 PM
They've also really tweaked the PvI so that when you're PvE and you find that you're PvS is more PvQ you can back out to a PvY and PvO on the PvB or PvM integrated PvU.
147  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 10, 2014, 11:57:06 AM
Or try the Space Hulk: Death Angel card game.  It's a hell of a lot of fun single player.
148  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Smash Bros. 3DS on: September 10, 2014, 11:54:33 AM
What would you use the right stick for?  I can't remember ever using it while playing Smash Bros on the Wii.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So, um, Jack the Ripper is Solved on: September 08, 2014, 12:37:43 PM
There's a definite cause to be skeptical, but this is using science, man!

I guess there's a scarf that was found next to Catherine Eddowes that has been carefully handled and documented over time.  Something something DNA.

The sites calling BS have all mentioned the same things.  It's a pretty lengthy amount of time for that scarf.  Why did these scientists choose the Mirror instead of a scientific journal?  The Mirror is not known for careful handling of scientific "fact".  Why are these scientists publishing a book (this Tuesday at your local bookseller!) instead of following proper scientific channels?

But all of those things can be explained/justified.  If Kosminsky's DNA is on this supposedly random scarf after so much time, that's a little too strong a coincidence.  And for the rest, the answer is simple: this is the best route to actually making a good amount of money.  Wanting to make money does not necessarily mean it's not true, so it's still a possibility.

But, yeah, be skeptical.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/08) on: September 08, 2014, 12:26:54 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 08, 2014, 10:16:41 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 08, 2014, 05:56:43 AM

I still have a pre-order I never canceled on Destiny, and if it comes out to just glowing amaza-crazy reviews I may still consider it.

The reviews will come too late for you to reconsider a pre-order considering the sites are only getting their review copies today. Any sites coming out with reviews before the game's launch should be considered highly suspect.

He doesn't have to pick up his pre-order on release day.  He can still wait for reviews.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / So, um, Jack the Ripper is Solved on: September 07, 2014, 10:16:48 PM
Jack the Ripper Case Solved with DNA Evidence

Of course, it didn't take long for the Ripperologists to start crying Bunk!

If they're really using undiscovered evidence, then this is still a good theory:Bullsit or Not - Jack the Ripper
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 07, 2014, 02:24:39 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 06, 2014, 03:55:45 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on September 05, 2014, 09:13:28 PM


Gotta admit spider dog was funny as hell.


That kept getting worse and worse (hilariously so).  I cannot imagine I would have fared well in any of those situations.
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome/awful Friday on: September 07, 2014, 02:19:06 PM
That's rough, Gratch.

I'm glad you got so much good out of the evening, though.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 05, 2014, 01:46:47 AM
This is still my favorite tune from them:

A Knife and a Fork
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 05, 2014, 01:37:15 AM

Quote from: TiLT on September 04, 2014, 06:04:18 PM

I've never noticed the nemesis horn or the rumbling in the controller. It has to be really subtle or something.

If there's a crazy amount of noise going on, maybe, but I wouldn't call it subtle.

It's also an unusual sound that makes you go, "Wait, what the hell is that?!" when it first starts.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon bought Twitch on: September 03, 2014, 07:54:53 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 27, 2014, 08:51:21 PM

I quit the Comixology app cold turkey after Amazon acquired it. I guess I'll have to quit using Twitch now (I have found it great for sharing gameplay snippets without devouring my hard drive space as I with FRAPS).

After Amazon acquires The Internet next year, I guess I'll have to give that up too. Oh well. I still have my typewriter. Amazon can't screw THAT up. icon_eek icon_razz

I'm honestly not sure what Amazon could have done to cause you to drop something you enjoy using because they become associated with it.  I've had nothing but good experiences with them.

I certainly haven't seen them screw something up to the degree you seem to be feeling.

What's weird to me is that you're saying it like everyone is on board with feeling this way, but you're the first person I've come across who has this level of ire for them.
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Doctor Who 8th Series - Goodbye Matt, Hello Peter! on: September 02, 2014, 11:20:49 AM
While Martha is the least dynamic companion so far (or the new Who), she's certainly not bad.  We've been lucky.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/01) on: September 01, 2014, 02:16:40 PM
Velocity 2X and likely Dance Central Spotlight.
159  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: A quick look at some new games on: August 30, 2014, 02:55:36 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on August 30, 2014, 05:05:53 AM

Hahaha, we've been playing Star Realms A LOT. I'm on IOS as Jarvin if you want to play a game or two. I've been giving a few decks away to friends as well, everyone is really enjoying it.

Run, Fight or Die is topping my list. It will have to wait until next year, the gaming budget has run dry for us. Seemed to be the talk of GenCon though.

Darkest Night is great! I feel it is the spiritual successor to an old game called Dark Emperor. I'm really impressed with the quality that VPG has been putting out lately. I need to grab some expansions for it one of these days.

The others were completely off my radar, I'll need to add them to my BGG list. Hoplomachus in particular sounds intriguing. Is it mano y mano, or more akin to the formations of say, Battle Line?

Neither, really.  Small groups go at each other, and each unit has different tactical abilities, but I wouldn't call it formation based.  You need to get your fighters into position to help each other deal the best damage to the other guys.

It feels like a classic arena skirmish, though the cities who are presenting their fighters include Xanadu, Atlantis and El Dorado.  It doesn't go crazy with the fantasy at all.

There's a progression system as well, through crowd favor, which will have you unlocking certain abilities (with the caveat that you also help your opponent a little), including releasing your champion, who is essentially chained in place on the battleground (and can be attacked) until you earn enough favor to release him.  You can almost hear the crowd roaring when that happens.

The gameplay is quite good, and the real draw of it is the mousepad style gameboard and the chip based health system. It's not gorgeous or anything, but it's clever.
Here's a look:
Spoiler for Hiden:

That said, if you've play Splendor too soon before playing this, the chips will feel a little disappointing.  But the system is still cool.

There are also some cool solo scenarios.  Especially in the sequel, Rise of Rome, where you have to send your cities gladiators in against a Titan.  

160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam Enhanced on: August 30, 2014, 01:59:01 AM

Quote from: Teggy on August 29, 2014, 10:02:04 PM

Never heard of Steam Enhanced, but I use Enhanced Steam slywink

I wish they would allow it to plug into the Steam App because I do forget to use it most of the time.

Spoiler for Hiden:
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