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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 17, 2016, 03:44:58 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2016, 06:16:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 16, 2016, 06:13:35 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2016, 06:02:15 PM

I think they put an extra dose of Nathan Fillion in the new model. They should just let him do a movie already. It would have to be an older Drake, but it would still be good.

And now that Castle is over, he's available again.

Unfortunately, I don't know if Hollywood sees him as a bankable star.



It's a video game movie, when do they ever worry about them being good or successful slywink

I think Nathan Fillion would be great, but here's my prediction for Hollywood casting: Bradley Cooper.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 06:13:35 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2016, 06:02:15 PM

I think they put an extra dose of Nathan Fillion in the new model. They should just let him do a movie already. It would have to be an older Drake, but it would still be good.

And now that Castle is over, he's available again.

Unfortunately, I don't know if Hollywood sees him as a bankable star.

83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 16, 2016, 06:11:13 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 16, 2016, 06:09:22 PM

Saw it yesterday and thought it was great. I am really curious though

Spoiler for Hiden:
what sequence of events will allow them to get off the hook for breaking out of the raft. I guess saving the universe from Thanos might rate a pardon.

That's how I figure it'll go down, too.
84  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: May 16, 2016, 06:07:58 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 10, 2016, 05:36:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 29, 2016, 05:34:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 29, 2016, 05:25:59 AM

Don't kid yourself, the suits don't give a shit how these movies do here.  They're dumbing these things down on purpose.  Less dialogue=less to get lost in translation.

I don't think that was the problem with this movie.  It wasn't dumbed down so much as bloated up.  As Punisher said it was more like they tried to mesh 3 movies into one.      Introduction to Justice League.  Death of Superman.  Batman vs. Superman.  Any one of these would have made a strong movie on its own, but they clearly wanted to jumpstart the franchise to compete with Marvel.  Should be interesting to see if the strategy pays off for them over the long haul.  Personally I'm enjoying the DC TV series universe(s) more than these endlessly "dark" movies.

It's interesting that I tried to make excuses for this movie doing too much, but then along comes Civil War which essentially does very similar things, and MORE, but just does them successfully.  Establishment of the conflict, tie ins to the whole suite of Marvel movies' lore, individual character "origin" issues, plus introduction of not one but TWO major new characters in the universe.  

Speaking of which why is there no Civil War thread?  

I just mentioned the same thing about the themes Civil War pulled off that BvS failed to achieve in the Cap thread.

The problem with these recent DC movies vs the Marvel ones boils down to respect for the source material, IMO.

Even with changes from the comic for Civil War, they are usually made with a nod to what came before and at least capture the spirit of the story.

Man of Steel threw out everything that worked about Superman.  I've gone on about this before, of course, how he's not a beacon of hope any more, etc.  It would be one thing if that was done to draw parallels to our increasingly xenophobic world view, so that Superman was the same good guy as always, but society didn't trust him, but Superman himself wasn't sure he should be out there saving the world.  It seems Supes doesn't even like himself, which is a crime.

And with the latest travesty, it again strays away without a reason to do so.  Specifics aside (like Lex goddamned Luthor), Batman is not the character who gets bent out of shape when someone takes the law into his own hands.  

Traditionally, when Bats and Supes have a throwdown, it's because Bats has gone a little too far and Superman comes for him.  Now, being who he is, Superman doesn't come to kick his ass.  That would be ridiculous and result in a splotch of Batgoo on the pavement.  But being who he is, Batman knows what's coming and gets ready for him.  Spectacular fight ensues where the incredibly underpowered underdog actually has a chance of winning.  Because Batman.

In the midst of all that, you could weave incredible subtext about power and vigilantism and corruption.  And it would work.  It has worked.  So, if it worked, why the hell did they throw it away to make something different?!  

Argh.  This movie makes me angrier and angrier the more I think about it.  Gotta keep thinking of Wonder Woman...
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 16, 2016, 05:55:15 PM
I would say Cap had the weakest 1st outing, overall (it got especially messy by the end, IMO).  Not bad, but not really on par with the other guys.  But his movies have gotten steadily more incredible over time.

The last one was like a modern 70s political thriller (like 3 Days of the Condor or The Parallax View).  Something we haven't seen a good example of in a long time.

This one I had heard was as good as, if not better than, the first Avengers movie.  I honestly cannot peg it on either side of that.  I was giddy quite a few times in there.  The set pieces are just incredible.  The effortlessness with which they pull of iconic fighting styles of the various characters (Cap uses his shield especially well a number of times) is just incredible.  Surprises abound, too, like little presents left on your geek doorstep.

But the story and character stuff is just as strong.

It's really like a masterclass on how to make this kind of story, and it's done so well, that you often don't even notice the effort that went into pulling some of it off.  There are two shot choices right at the end (during the same sequence, even) that stick out in my mind, but this is only the tip of the iceberg.  I'm not just talking about framing.
Spoiler for Hiden:
During the fight between Cap and Iron Man, when they have their clash between shield and beam (something right out of the comic), it is framed between two sides of the window, almost like a comic panel.  It clearly highlights a significant moment in a splash page manner.

Similarly, at the end of the fight, Cap slams his shield into the suit's arc reactor.  Then he takes a moment and leans back, catching his breath.  At that point, the camera cuts to a wide shot, which is almost a still of Stark on the floor with the shield sticking out of him while Cap hangs his head (and Bucky watches).  It's a quiet, still moment at the end of an intense fight.  Great for pacing, of course, but the framing in particular calls out the importance of what just happened, and looks incredibly cool to boot!

Well, I'm gushing now, but really, this was both a fun and serious movie.  Fun we expect from a superhero flick, of course, but serious is tough, and they pulled it off even better than they did in Winter Soldier.  And they tackled the serious question of "How would the world (and governments) react if superheroes were real?" in a way that Bats V Supes fumbled so spectacularly.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 04:36:28 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on May 16, 2016, 01:14:18 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 16, 2016, 12:23:05 PM

Man, I'm getting a bit annoyed with the combat in this game. It's just bloody hard compared to the other games in the series, and each combat encounter is incredibly unfair if you can't stealth it. Enemies pop up from all around you, making cover worthless. Grenades are thrown in your direction so often that by the time you've evaded one, another is already on its way. Enemies have the height advantage and cover, and they don't all spawn at the start of an encounter, instead spawning as specific enemies are taken down, or as you reach specific places in the combat arena. I just got through a section that made me want to scream in frustration, where you're stuck on an "island" with no cover while enemies are all around you with all kinds of weapons (including rocket launchers). If you've already played the section (and died multiple times, most likely), you can rush through a bunch of jumping puzzles to reach an area where there is cover, only there are enemies all around you even there, and your cover will be demolished in seconds while enemies rush your position. You can try to take out some enemies while hanging from ledges, only the game doesn't give you enough ammo (or the opportunity to pick up any without being shot to death) to do it. No grenades either. It took me about 10 tries to get through this part, and I didn't enjoy it in the slightest.

It goes for combat in general here. Most times when an encounter can be stealthed and I'm caught, I get shot to pieces before I even have a chance to get my bearings and fight back. If it wasn't for the stealth, I'd have a really hard time getting through this game, and this is on the normal difficulty level! The earlier games were a cakewalk compared to this.

The only fight that struck me as a bit unbalanced was near the end of the game in the
Spoiler for Hiden:
ship graveyard.
The game this time around encourages more movement to reestablish stealth or find better cover. Still I feel U3 was far worse in regards to getting killed by flanking enemies from nowhere.

Also remember you can use swimming to break LOS and lose the enemies, this helps in a couple of the encounters which take place around water.

What I would say is the problem of the game design is that they space out the big combat scenarios more than I think in the past games which can lead to not really becoming familiar with flow of the combat loop. I think the game might have been better served by more frequent but smaller combat sections. The same final enemy total, just spread out more across the game.

I haven't gotten to any of the fights you guys talk about, but I have found the combat in U4 to be at least comparable to U2 if not better.   The combat in U1 and U3 are great games, as far as story and world immersion go, but the combat in both really work against them.

I did just get to one really tough fight:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The Armored Car in Madagascar, especially in the beginning, when it's unclear that you're just meant to get the hell away from that thing.

But the fight's impossibility is on purpose there.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 06:40:15 AM
I suspect I won't be getting Homefront, but we'll see.

I'd like to support Frozenbyte with Shadwen, but nothing I've seen has grabbed me.

I may get Valkyria Chronicles Remastered, but the problem with the last release was that it came out at a time when I had too many other things to play.  Which is again the case.

There's a game called Life Goes On: Done to Death which looks pretty cool.  It's a platformer where you literally have to run over your previous corpses.  I saw a great review, and I'm interested for sure.  I think it hits PS4 this week.

Finally, Far Harbor will come my way, but I don't know when I'm going to get to that, either.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 02:23:32 AM

Quote from: gellar on May 16, 2016, 01:52:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 16, 2016, 12:45:10 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Guybrush Threepwood
may be my favorite easter egg cameo of all time.

Wait what? I missed this.

Spoiler for Hiden:
When Nate's doing the puzzle with the pirate sigils and the portraits, there's one portrait he doesn't recognize. He's younger than the rest, is all they say of him. But he's gangly and has his hair pulled back in a ponytail, is wearing clothes of a similar color and style (if more realistic) and is in a Guybrushy pose.

His sigil is a monkey.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 16, 2016, 12:45:10 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Guybrush Threepwood
may be my favorite easter egg cameo of all time.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 15, 2016, 06:43:30 PM
Yeah, the first level and a good chunk of the second are kind of a tease.  I remember thinking, "Oh, I'm not so bad at this...I haven't even died yet" right before the shield guy showed up.  He killed me half a dozen times.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pinball FX2 on Steam on: May 15, 2016, 06:07:36 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 15, 2016, 05:20:25 AM

Anyone still playing?  Apparently, Zen reset all the leaderboards late last year after an exploit was discovered.  I started playing again to try out the Force Awakens tables and get my scores back up on the boards.  I've noticed that there are only a smattering of former players from my friends list who've posted any scores at all since the reset.  I haven't bought the new Aliens Vs. tables yet.  I'm not sure if I will if no one is playing any more.

Anybody?  What about that deaf, dumb and blind kid?

He sure plays a mean pinball.

I'm playing on Xbox One.  It's one of my go-tos when I have a bit of free time.  There's one guy I know who I keep playing tag with, though I don't even know I'm using him as my score chaser.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 14, 2016, 02:33:24 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 14, 2016, 11:56:52 AM

Beta was pretty awful.  I still played a ton of it though because I definitely saw the potential in the design, it just felt horribly rushed and not well thought out.  Hoping they did a 180 on it.  Still between Battleborn and Overwatch and still having BO3, not sure I got room for this even if I could afford it.

I've heard this from others, too, some of whom swear they will never buy the game after the mess they saw.  It sounded like they'd played it surprisingly recently, too, but who knows what build it was. 

I'm definitely waiting for reviews.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 14, 2016, 06:15:19 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 13, 2016, 10:54:36 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 10, 2016, 03:01:13 PM

Rarely, very rarely has a game been great but they just didn't want reviewers to put out reviews early.

 Where's Polygon's Doom review?

Quote
Publisher Bethesda informed Polygon and other outlets in the middle of last week that they would not be providing advance copies of the game for review. Their explanation appears below.

DOOM is comprised of a single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and SnapMap. After discussing, we believe all three elements are important parts of the complete DOOM experience, and are meant to be experienced as part of a complete package. As DOOM’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day.

And then Polygon apparently sent a guy who clearly doesn't play shooters to play Doom.  It's embarrassing, what they've shown so far.  The guy can't hit the broadside of a barn from the inside, shoots at health pickups, and generally sucks at his job of playing videogames.   saywhat

So far as embargoes rarely equaling a great game goes, Destructoid seems to sum it up with: "If what I've played so far is indicative of the rest of the campaign, the late embargo is absolutely nothing to be worried about."

It really isn't so rare any more.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 13, 2016, 03:27:27 PM
I played E1M1 (which is what the achievement trophy is called when you finish it), and really enjoyed it.  Plus, it's amazing how gorgeous they can make a barren landscape look.

It's a lot of fun.  I was worried that the pacing would just be relentless, but the relentlessness comes in waves.  Basically, if you find yourself in a big, open room, you're going to be fighting for a while.  Otherwise, you can expect to run into things around corners and entering new areas, of course, but once you clear them out, they're gone.  So far, nothing has popped in behind me.  It really feels like classic Doom made all modern and purty.

Of course, when the area is cleared, you're meant to scour the place for secrets.  I only found 1 of 3 in the first mission, and I looked pretty hard.   The old me would have had to replay until I found them, but I can move on.

The biggest surprise people seem to be talking about is the upgrade system.  There's a bit of RPG in there, and it's not a gun.  You can make your weapons and your armor better as you go.  In fact, this may be a reason to go back and find those other secrets, since it seems your suit upgrades are on tucked-away corpses.

There's more story than you might have been expecting, too.  So far, it seems to come in short bursts (and the marine has gotten irritated by a couple of them and cut them off short), unless you're reading all of the background stuff that gets added to your journal when you get or see something new.  So far, I've actually been reading this stuff, and it's kind of cool.  One twist I wasn't expecting:

Spoiler for Hiden:
It appears you may be playing the space marine from the original games, resurrected (which may have been a bad idea).

I tried MP for a bit, too, but the lag was just godawful.  Even so, it's entertaining in the way I remember from the beta.  And I was even a little better at it last night, as I didn't come in last once (second to last, sure, and I'm pretty sure the other guy joined late in the game, but I'll take it).

I'm hoping the other players skating around the room were just a launch issue, and my next attempt will go better.

Overall, I'm pretty confident that this game will be enjoyable as hell.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 09:55:53 PM

Quote from: naednek on May 11, 2016, 06:28:41 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 11, 2016, 05:44:09 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 11, 2016, 05:32:42 PM

Man, this game is flat out the best looking game I've ever seen. The graphics are incredible, and it truly is like playing a movie. The dialog is incredibly well written and believable and I can totally picture someone like Jeremy Renner or Nathan Fillion playing Drake in an actual Uncharted movie.

I loved the quiet scene at Drake's house and his conversation with Elena. There is an awesome game within a game moment there that just blew me away.

I am tired as hell this morning but I want to get right back into it tonight.

The game within a game was really great, but what made it so perfect was the seemless dialogue while playing.  Incredible.


Also, I didn't get very far.  How long can you play it?

you get 3 lives...

So is the whole thing in there?


Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2016, 08:30:58 PM

I'm roughly 10 minutes away from the famous marketplace scene that they showed off in early demos. I suspect I'm roughly halfway through the game, though it's impossible to tell the way the story is developing. Enjoying it a whole lot, but then again, I've been a fan of the Uncharted series since I played the first game. The entire thing feels very, very polished, and despite the change in lead designers, is still very much an Uncharted game. The first few hours have more location changes than any of the previous games had for their entire runtime, so it stays fresh too. Even as I'm playing it for the first time, I'm already looking forward to my second playthrough. smile

I was really nervous about what we'd see after Amy left, but it's really like nothing has changed, so far as quality storytelling goes.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: May 11, 2016, 05:45:43 PM
I'm personally happy that we're moving away from the toy integrated gaming because it's a pain in the ass to get all that crap out every time (especially the Lego game), but I'm sad for the kids.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 05:44:09 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 11, 2016, 05:32:42 PM

Man, this game is flat out the best looking game I've ever seen. The graphics are incredible, and it truly is like playing a movie. The dialog is incredibly well written and believable and I can totally picture someone like Jeremy Renner or Nathan Fillion playing Drake in an actual Uncharted movie.

I loved the quiet scene at Drake's house and his conversation with Elena. There is an awesome game within a game moment there that just blew me away.

I am tired as hell this morning but I want to get right back into it tonight.

The game within a game was really great, but what made it so perfect was the seemless dialogue while playing.  Incredible.

Also, I didn't get very far.  How long can you play it?
98  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: May 11, 2016, 05:42:00 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on May 11, 2016, 04:52:14 PM

Voltron: Legendary Defender  Netflix series all episodes available June 10th

WHAT?!?!  Wow, I didn't even know about this.

I hope they think to use the sword before the last possible moment this time.

Also, so they're going up against Thanos?
99  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Uncharted Collection $19.99 ($15.99 GCU) on: May 11, 2016, 05:12:03 AM
BestBuy has the Uncharted Collection for $19.99 (which makes it $15.99 if you have Gamers Club Unlocked).
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 11, 2016, 05:10:03 AM
BTW, BestBuy has the Uncharted Collection for $19.99 (which makes it $15.99 if you have Gamers Club Unlocked).

Linkiepoo
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 10, 2016, 03:29:36 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 10, 2016, 03:01:13 PM

Rarely, very rarely has a game been great but they just didn't want reviewers to put out reviews early.

 Where's Polygon's Doom review?

Quote
Publisher Bethesda informed Polygon and other outlets in the middle of last week that they would not be providing advance copies of the game for review. Their explanation appears below.

DOOM is comprised of a single-player campaign, online multiplayer, and SnapMap. After discussing, we believe all three elements are important parts of the complete DOOM experience, and are meant to be experienced as part of a complete package. As DOOM’s SnapMap and multiplayer modes both require access to a server that won’t be live prior to launch, review copies will arrive on launch day.

It's happened more and more often lately, though.  I no longer see it as a flashing warning sign.

Doesn't mean I'm not hoping to see a review before the PS+ pre-order discount goes away, though.

Still, I played the MP beta, sucked at it, but could see that it was very well put together and fun to play.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 05:20:26 AM
Just like TiLT, Uncharted 4 and likely Doom (though bad reviews will change that).

Any idea when the review embargo lifts for Doom?
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 08, 2016, 02:36:39 PM
For me, these feelings come in waves.  There will be times where I think I may be done with gaming and then a week or two later, you cannot pull me away from a game.  Of course, I'm not as giddy as I used to be, even at the prospect of a game coming out, so the waves are definitely on the ebb for me in the big picture, but I can't imagine a time where I won't want to game in some capacity.

The shift lately has been to smaller, bite sized but addictive games.  It started with just apps, of course, but that market has been so blazingly successful that the ideas started there have carried over to the big boy market, too.  Of course, the problem with a steady diet of sugar is that you're going to crash eventually.  And at some point, this'll happen on a big enough scale that the market will have to shift again.

Maybe it'll be VR, I don't know.  Maybe that's the future.

However, I have been seeing an increasing number of people returning to the past: board gaming has been on the rise for the last decade or so.  It's nowhere near video gaming's numbers, but the increase has been pretty dramatic.  I've gone that way myself, but recently I've been finding it harder and harder to get games to the table.  My wife doesn't love the hobby, and my daughter is much too busy with middle school.  So I've got to go to outside sources.  I have a friend who lives really close by who likes to game, but we both have families and generally spend time with them on the weekends.  There's a group he introduced me to, but they're almost 45 minutes away (and are into heavier euros than I enjoy - I don't get enough time to play games as it is, I don't need to scramble my brain min maxing my point salad for three hours, thank you).  So, solo gaming is ever more a thing.  But reading the rules (ah, the manuals, as you said), setting up, and playing take a very long time, and so I often find myself saying, "Screw it.  I'll just play a video game."

And we're back to square one.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 06, 2016, 04:41:44 PM


What I think every time I see this thread.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: May 03, 2016, 10:38:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on May 03, 2016, 08:17:52 PM


Hooray for "diseased maniac"!
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 04:44:34 AM
I didn't love the early build of Battleborn I played, and I missed the beta, which I guess worked.   I'm going to look at reviews, but I'll probably get it.
107  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 30, 2016, 05:59:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 29, 2016, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).

I played through the tutorial this afternoon.  It looks neat, but probably a little too complex for my blood.  I was completely lost by the time the tutorial was finished.

The video game tutorial seems to rush through the steps to me, like it's leaving too much in the background that shouldn't be, without explaining what the purpose is.

The physical game feels nowhere near as complex. 

Hopefully, once you get going, the rhythm of the game takes over (it certainly does in the physical one).
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 29, 2016, 09:53:20 PM

Quote from: Punisher on April 29, 2016, 08:44:53 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 29, 2016, 03:08:16 PM

Things I would buy



Anyone know what this is and where to get?

My wife wanted it at one point.  It ain't cheap.  I'll see if I can dig it up.

EDIT:

Almost $4K.  

Richard Clarkson Shop

They do have a smaller, less impressive one for $600.
109  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 29, 2016, 05:34:24 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2016, 11:19:33 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 27, 2016, 10:09:41 PM

http://toucharcade.com/games/war-tortoise

War Tortoise is similar in the sense that it just seems to have that extra sauce.  The premise sounded stupid to me so I almost passed it up, but I decided to give it a try.  It's from Foursaken Media whose games have all been good to excellent.  This one has you playing a giant turtle and shooting bugs and stuff.  It sounds kind of inane but it plays really well; you are constantly upgrading your weapons and support functions, and it feels fresh and unique.

Little more detail of this addictive gem.  The game is actually a mash-up of constant clicker-ish games with an action shooter and something like Missile Command using the Heroes and Castle 3D engine.  Just trying to describe it is a game in itself.  The core gameplay has you sitting on a tank/tortoise shooting at stuff through a cross-hair.  You keep making money which you can use to buy upgrades both to your tortoise and its weaponry as well as buying and upgrading support.  You'll have to switch between weapons occasionally to snipe things with extra health, and you will constantly be upgrading your arsenal and support, kind of similar to many clicker games.  Also like those games, you are encouraged to do full resets and start over with a bonus, and doing these resets also helps to unlock and grant access to more weapons and support things to unlock during the core game.  You will also continue to accrue money while out of game, similar to other clickers.  So essentially you are pretty much constantly going through the cycle of upgrading, saving, fighting and upgrading some more.

It's a fantastic system and the game is free to play.  You can spend real money on additional bonuses but similar to other Forsaken games you really don't need to and in some ways the game might be more fun/challenging if you avoid spending money.  This is one of the few companies I feel like I absolutely have to support, I just love their work, so I'll eventually buy something as long as it doesn't unbalance the gameplay.

I'm enjoying this, too. 

Plus it looks beautiful.  Thanks for finding it, rittchard.
110  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: April 27, 2016, 11:45:51 PM

Quote from: JCC on April 27, 2016, 11:29:22 PM

I'm also in the camp that hopes the NX is backwards compatible. The only thing I really want the Wii U for is the HD Zelda remakes. I really wish they would give the Metroid Prime trilogy an HD rerelease.

Metroid Prime Trilogy $19.99 Wii U

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...bundles all three landmark Metroid Prime games onto one disc and revamps the first two installments with intuitive Wii Remote controls, wide-screen presentation and other enhancements.

Granted, the trilogy could look even better, but the first two games are greatly improved, IMO.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 01:58:42 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 25, 2016, 12:31:40 PM

Alienation (PS4), pending reviews.

Me, too (the embargo ends in an hour).  

And Aliens vs Pinball, because I get all of the Zen pinball tables.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 24, 2016, 04:52:19 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 24, 2016, 04:33:54 PM

Quote from: Ridah on April 23, 2016, 12:16:30 AM

I'm surprised anyone is upset about this. If I was a console-only gamer I would be thrilled at the option to upgrade my system. As it stands, I already spend something north of $500/year upgrading my PC. I also upgrade my phone every 1-2 years. Get a new car lease every 3 years. Seems to match the cadence of every other toy in my life  icon_lol

My PC has been sitting here for the same specs for quite a few years now. I'm running an ancient quad-core i5 (because it's still great today) and a GTX 770. Yes, I'm waiting for this year's NVidia offering (because I've heard this is going to be a huge leap forward for graphic cards) this year to upgrade again, but short of getting a SSD, I haven't done anything to my PC rig in ages.

Wish I had access to that kind of money of yours. Tongue

Ridah's comment does sort of come off as "I'm suprised everyone doesn't have the same amount of money I have."
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 22, 2016, 12:28:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on April 21, 2016, 11:58:02 PM

I guess everyone sees what they want to see.  Personally Superman was my favorite part of the movie, particularly the (sadly few) Clark Kent moments.  (On a side note, this is by far the sexiest Clark that's ever been on screen.  That bathtub scene was worth the price of admission!  For sheer adorable-ness I'd go with Brandon Routh, but for overall attractiveness, it's Henry Cavill.)

As I mentioned before, I would have much preferred a full Superman movie delving into the "Superman as God" motif, and seeing how he does or doesn't understand the way people react to him.  And then maybe have that all lead up to the Death of Superman Doomsday stuff.  Also I like what someone earlier had mentioned about keeping Superman as a beacon of hope.  (Incidentally they covered a lot of these themes, though a bit cheesily, in the Supergirl TV series.)

Supergirl is definitely handling this stuff better, IMO.
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 11:25:27 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on April 21, 2016, 09:05:46 PM

http://www.pvponline.com/news/batman-v-superman

I thought that pretty much summed up stuff for me. I think what he was talking about with Superman is pretty spot on.

He lost me when he said "Lex was great. Don't believe the critics."

I agree that they seem to want Supes as an antagonist, but that just means they don't get him. They shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near this property.

I also don't think there were as many great moments in there as he thinks.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 08:18:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 21, 2016, 08:14:23 PM

I have not seen it yet, but based on your impressions I get the sense that a lot of significant story elements got edited out. The disc/digital release of the movie is supposed to include about 30 minutes of additional footage so maybe a lot of the disconnected or disjointed aspects of the story will make more sense in the extended version.

Or it may not make a difference and it's still all about Zach Snyder's inability to reign in his fanboy nature of letting things get out of control. paranoid

Some of it could be missing story elements, but mostly it's just missing the fucking point of the characters.

Also, there's no way in hell I'm sitting through 30 more minutes of that.
117  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMZ: Legendary Musician Prince Has Died on: April 21, 2016, 08:07:11 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 21, 2016, 07:37:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2016, 06:24:29 PM

I don't want to be "that guy", but I never got into his music at all and didn't understand the love.  But still a shame since I know he was very influential in his quirky way.

While I was never a huge fan of his music, the guy was ridiculously talented...a fact I never really realized until long after his "prime" in the 80's.  He was an absolutely amazing guitar player.

People miss this because of the smoke and mirrors he put up around himself (often literally).

This is a very sad loss.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 21, 2016, 08:06:09 PM
Finally saw this today.

Goddammit.

Not only did they not learn anything from the wrong direction they took Superman in, they ruined Batman, too. 

They kept talking about the red S needing to mean something in the movie, as though it was a point the audience missed instead of the film makers.  Superman needs to be a beacon of hope (and on a side note, we need that), not this muddied bullshit. 

And there's, like, one rule Batman has.  No guns.  He was firing guns all over the place in this.  In his hands, in the Batmobile, in the Batwing.  WTF?!  Plus, they made him so easily manipulated?  No.  He got off a little better than Supes, but come on.

Wonder Woman was as good as anticipated, though I could have used more of her.  She seemed about right, but that's probably because they didn't let her do much.

And Lex Luthor?  No.  Just no.  He said so many meaningless, nonsense, "look how crazy I am" things.  And his plan was stupid.  Not turn-Metropolis-into-Krypton stupid, but stupid.  Why did he even bother trying to get his tiny shipment approved?  Was a man with private jets and ships and gazillions of dollars really not able to get a tiny hunk of rock into the country?  And why did he want Batman dead?  What was the point of that?  Was it because he stole the kryptonite?  But that didn't happen until right before, and the plan had been in motion for two years.  Maybe Bats stealing the kryptonite was part of the plan.  But how was he going to get Superman to fight him anyway?  He'd only just found out his identity a brief time before (does everyone need to know who he is, BTW?  Also, why was that info in the Kryptonian ship anyway?  Why would they have that?).  Also, why did he call Darkseid (assuming that's the bell he was nonsensically talking about at the end)?  And why did they let Jesse Eisenberg play him to begin with?  Terrible.

And the ring.  Who the hell sends and expensive ring like that through the mail?  And no box?  Just a loose ring in an envelope?   And why even send it home in the first place?  What was the point?  To propose, sure, but why not just have it with him?  The ring may seem like a stupid thing to get hung up on, but it's a perfect example of the bullshit they threw into this movie without putting any thought into it.

Why did the entire Metropolis staff of Wayne Enterprises sit inside a building, watching all the other buildings come tumbling down around them until they got the all-clear from the boss?  Why did that one guy stay?   Also, lucky the streets were empty enough for Bruce to zip around through. 

And then they found Martha in about three seconds.  If she was so easy to find, why the hell did they even bother with the fighting in the first place?  Also, Clark was clearly there to talk.  He said as much to Lois.  And yet, he punched Batman first and started wailing on him.

And how the hell does Perry White not know how to write a headline?!

There were little, tiny moments that worked.  Wonder Woman, as mentioned.  The way Martha showed Bats they had a connection.  A lot of scenes with Amy Adams.

But, holy shit, what a tragedy.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 21, 2016, 07:43:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 21, 2016, 05:59:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 21, 2016, 03:24:12 PM

Not sure why MS is on board, though.

Because they have to directly compete with Sony and the PS4?  They can't become viewed as even more of the "underpowered" console that nobody wants.  And if they do it with modular upgrades like it seems they might it could even be better for existing customers than the PS4 full-purchase option.

All true, but I was hearing about Xbox One upgrades first.

Of course, the modular thing is certainly a better pill to swallow. 
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 21, 2016, 03:24:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on April 21, 2016, 03:05:07 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 20, 2016, 12:13:52 PM

The idea behind this hardware upgrade is for VR and to play 1080p games with a few more bells and whistles smoothly, correct? I can't see those new specs pushing 4K resolutions, even when taking into account console overhead is much lower than a PC.

To my recollection, this was the 1st recent recent generation (Playstation 1 and beyond) where the newly released consoles were not more powerful than a high end PC.

That's an understatement. The consoles really, well, suck compared to even a mid-range PC, much less somebody who throws money at it.

And thinking about it further, as you said, there's just no way those 'low end' specs can possibly run anything decent at 4K. Hell - spending $500 on a video card itself is hardly enough for 4K on the PC.

Which just shows that it's not 4K's time yet.  And it's not time for this console upgrade, either.

I'm sure by the time the next console cycle naturally came about, 4K would be more standard, plus better handled by the possible specs.

Sony makes 4K TVs, though, so what are you gonna do?  Not sure why MS is on board, though.
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