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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good idea, though.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

130GB?!  WTF??

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


Wow, that must be a good game!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sent from my Nexus 6P using Tapatalk

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Nice!

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

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

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

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

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

I still see metallicorphan pop up.

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

He died?  frown

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

I contacted Mytocles at one point, because she was very close with him, but she never got back to me.  I didn't want to press it.  However, the other day I noticed her bio quote on XBL is "I miss you Metal.  RIP"
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 26, 2016, 05:22:30 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 26, 2016, 04:47:25 AM

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero isn’t coming out till November.  They announced this in a KS update.

Bummer.  That's the one I was most interested in.


EDIT:  Oops, apart from Forza Horizon 3.  I'd already pre-ordered that, though, so it wasn't on my mind as a purchase.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 25, 2016, 03:51:39 PM
I still see metallicorphan pop up.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Recore on: September 24, 2016, 02:50:40 PM
For the ending, what I've heard is that they uber-padded it into a worse-than-Wind-Waker fetch quest.  Where you might have needed a handful of orbs to get into a dungeon each time in the main game (or something, I haven't played it), all of a sudden, you need something like 43 more of them.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: September 23, 2016, 05:46:41 AM
Well, I got to play through the whole string as the rebels, and yeah, it was a lot more fun.

The Empire spends the whole of each mission just defending.  Thematically, it makes sense (though, if you're sticking to theme, a rebel transport did not land on the Death Star to rescue R2-D2), but it leaves their gameplay underwhelming comparatively.

In this series of missions, I got to fly the Millennium Falcon and take out Star Destroyer nodes (and managed to take down Slave 1, too) and defend Wedge Antilles along the way; play as R2-D2 and scurry to the LZ, covering with smoke and zapping (helmeted) storm troopers; and finally take down Darth Vader over the Death Star (I did not get to perform a trench run, which is my only regret). 

That trench run sequence still feels a little unfocused to me.  And as cool as it is that there's a campaign to fight through (and it's a very iconic one, at that), there's not a lot of variety to it.  And it does tend to take a while.

None the less, the effort is appreciated.  I had a lot of fun.
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 22, 2016, 09:46:05 PM
Man, I hope so.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 04:12:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2016, 03:42:08 PM

Oh, I guess I forgot to mention, did you try the new Carmageddon?  It isn't quite weapon-heavy like Blur, but it is racing with powerups and has lots of crashing and blowing up other cars in it.  They should be releasing the console version any week now I think.

The console version came out a couple of months ago.  With a thud of bad reviews and not great performance, as I understand it.

I've actually had the most fun reliving Carmageddon on the iPhone, bizarrely.


Quote from: coopasonic on September 22, 2016, 03:03:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM

Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.

Mad Max?

Mad Max is great and a lot of fun, but it isn't anything like I76.
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 22, 2016, 02:22:20 PM
Trailer for Season Premiere

It's all Morgan, basically.

AYFKM?!  Of course they're going to do this.  Of course they are.  It is so blindingly obvious that it's something they shouldn't at all do, that it didn't even occur to me that they might.

They're going to make you wait for the resolution to what shouldn't have ever been a cliff hanger.  Maybe a whole episode.  Hopefully not, but maybe.  Hell, maybe they'll stretch it out until the mid-season premiere, just to teach us a lesson or something...I don't know what the hell is going on in their brains anymore.

Oh, and guess who wasn't in that trailer at all, by the way.  That's right, Carol. So seeing what happened to her could be a second episode.  Then they've got to deal with the Kingdom.  Then Carol will get shoved behind a door and Morgan has a "tiger or the lady" dilemma.  Then the girl following Morgan (was that Fistbump Notcop or the annoying teenager who may have betrayed the gang last season?) will get an episode.  Then she'll ride in on a second tiger she found, but this one is a zombie, but she trained it!  And then they escape the Kingdom, only to find out it was contained in an even larger Kingdom the whole time, run by that dude's brother...who is Negan.  Duh duh duh.  Tune in for more in 2017!
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM
Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: September 22, 2016, 05:30:50 AM
The Death Star DLC was released and blah blah blah oh my god the stormtroopers have helmets on!  THE STORMTROOPERS HAVE HELMETS ON!!

This has been a mild irritation since the game released.  I'd get used to it quickly, because there wasn't much of a choice, but any time I'd come back to the game from some time off, it would strike me again that the Empire was getting a little lax in the discipline department if so many stormtroopers were running around out of uniform.  Well, it's been officially decreed that they'd better shape up and shoot straight (because that's what stormtroopers are known for).

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From the patch notes:

“Appearance: With the arrival of the Imperial Officers, the certification for Stormtroopers to remove their helmets in combat has been withdrawn.”

Woohoo!

Anyway, the Death Star stuff is fairly amazing, though I haven't stumbled on anything super iconic yet. 

The Death Star lurking in the background while a battle rages over a Star Destroyer is pretty great and makes you wonder why space battles haven't been in this iteration before now. 

Running around the Death Star itself, I did run through a compactor and a prison hallway, but they felt a little underwhelming.  Certainly nothing as cool as stumbling into the carbon freezing chamber in the Bespin level (though the city level itself is a bit weak, IMO).

And the trench run is cool as well, but its a little all over the place.  There are trenches, sure, but I never got the feeling that I was defending the trench.  Maybe that feels differently if you're playing the rebels.  I was Vader's Wingman a couple of times, but it was hard to keep track of his location.  I think I helped take Luke down, but, again, it wasn't clear who the glowing blue enemy actually was (though hearing that the pilot designated Red 5 was starting an attack run was pretty cool).  I know at one point I was able to pretend that I killed Porkins.

Anyway, there are things in here that feel like this is what I've been waiting for (and I've enjoyed the game all along), but I still come away a little disappointed, even if I can't put my finger on why.  It may just be that I have to explore it more.
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Read any good comics recently? on: September 21, 2016, 03:53:43 PM
I don't read comics nearly as much as I used to (the mainstream stuff largely passes me by), but I just finished the first TPB of the Big Trouble in Little China series by Eric Powell (The Goon), and really enjoyed it.

However, if there's one series I feel the need to tie people down and read, without a doubt, it's Saga.  Holy shit, it's absolutely fantastic storytelling/world-building/character creation, accompanied by some amazing artwork.  If you pick it up and flip through the pages, it might look too weird (and decidedly not for kids), but there's magic in those pages that will work on you.

Do Not Miss SAGA!
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 02:51:47 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 01:11:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 20, 2016, 05:32:13 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 03:45:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2016, 03:32:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 19, 2016, 03:22:25 PM

Finally played the demo this weekend. Wow. I can't wait. The only question now is which version and which format. ultimate to play early and get all the things? Digital to be playable on the PC as well? I'm having a hard time spending $100 and having no trade-in option vs $48 on amazon and being able to trade in for $20 when I am done with it.

Either way I will definitely be playing.

Well if you are getting it from Amazon anyway, you can get the Ultimate Edition in disc form for only $80.  

Did you mean the 'Deluxe' edition? That's the one that shows up as $80, the Ultimate edition is $100.

I think he meant with Prime.  It's $80 for the physical Ultimate Edition with Prime.

Okay, thanks. I was looking for mention of the Prime discount but didn't see it last night, even put it in my cart without it showing up. You have to actually start the checkout process for it to show the $20 coming off. So, save $20 and not have the option of PC play or go the full $100 for the digital version?  Hmmmm....

It tells you on the product page, too.  It says:

$ 99.99
FREE Shipping for Prime members once available
Pre-order Price Guarantee. Learn more.
PRIME SAVINGS
Your price at checkout is $79.99.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 05:32:13 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 20, 2016, 03:45:21 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 19, 2016, 03:32:41 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on September 19, 2016, 03:22:25 PM

Finally played the demo this weekend. Wow. I can't wait. The only question now is which version and which format. ultimate to play early and get all the things? Digital to be playable on the PC as well? I'm having a hard time spending $100 and having no trade-in option vs $48 on amazon and being able to trade in for $20 when I am done with it.

Either way I will definitely be playing.

Well if you are getting it from Amazon anyway, you can get the Ultimate Edition in disc form for only $80. 

Did you mean the 'Deluxe' edition? That's the one that shows up as $80, the Ultimate edition is $100.

I think he meant with Prime.  It's $80 for the physical Ultimate Edition with Prime.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 17, 2016, 02:11:15 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 17, 2016, 01:35:43 PM

Did I mention the solid-state capacitative home button is way more annoying than the absent earphone jack? imho, it'll be the biggest stumbling block to customers moving to 7. It's really more of a vibrating home button than a click now.

Also, you won't be able to use regular gloves with it.  disgust I thought the fingerprint sensor stuff was great -- this so far just strikes me as weird and difficult to get used to, and "gizmo-ing for the sake of gizmo-ing."

I wonder how they marketed it in meetings. "Now, you don't have to deal with that annoying home button click you've been so comfortable using for 9 years! We'll also remove that pesky 'finger swipe to unlock your iPhone' feature, because you didn't want that feature anymore!"

http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/09/16/iphone-7-solid-state-home-button-works-on-capacitive-touch-gloved-users-beware

I'm not planning to return it or anything. Just I think the non-physical home button may prove to be a bigger "get used to it" stumbling block than other aspects of the iPhone  7 or iOS10. fwiw. Maybe I'll feel differently in a week.  icon_smile


The home button was the #1 wear and tear cause of repair, apparently.  That should no longer be an issue.
111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Star Trek TV series coming 2017 on: September 15, 2016, 03:28:12 PM
Delayed until May!

The important bit from the press release:
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The highly anticipated STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will now launch in May 2017. The new premiere date is driven by the belief of the creative team that this gives the show the appropriate time for delivery of the highest quality, premium edition of the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 14, 2016, 03:23:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 14, 2016, 03:01:36 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 14, 2016, 02:26:12 AM

Pac-Man is disappointing

Championship DX was all sorts of awesome, and I was hoping for more of the same.  That not the case?

No, sadly.  It's not bad, by any means, and if either version of the original game didn't exist, this would be a good, fun game, but as it stands, you just keep feeling the missteps.

Even if the originals didn't exist, though, this new one wouldn't be setting the world on fire.

The controls for the last games were so damned tight.  This one is fine, but something feels off, comparatively.  In the original games, I turned when I wanted to turn (even if it was a twitchingly bad choice), while in this one, I feel like I'm turning at the wrong time constantly.

They've made the weird choice of letting you bump into ghosts a number of times with no issue.  After a number of bumps in a row, they jump somewhere else, get angry, and try to come after you.

You have an ability that hops you back to start whenever you want.  You earn points for not using it, but it's there.

There is an optimal path through every maze.  You're meant to follow it.  Sometimes, when things get hectic, you lose sight of the path, but not that often.  And with the bump ability, I find that I'm usually just trying to follow the path (then trying to get back to the path when I make a mistaken wrong turn) and just shoving my way through any ghosts that are in my way.

The power pellets only show up every few maps.  Along the way, you're triggering minion ghosts who start following the ghost (or ghosts) that are wandering the maze.  You grab a fruit, hop to a new maze, and do it again.  Eventually, instead of a fruit, you get a power pellet.  Then the chase begins.  This is the most skillful part of the game, somehow, because you have to chase down the blue trails by studying their paths and getting ahead of them.  Unfortunately, their trails often get in the way, so you have to plan to avoid them.  More unfortunately, the missed turns mean it's really hard to get to where you need to go in this frantic chase.

The boss fights seem like they're going to be a big deal.  There's a cutscene where the boss comes together, then it's constantly hovering behind the maze, waiting for you.  It's a nice build up.  The problem is, there's no real fight.  You just kind of do the same thing you usually do, but this time, instead of a fruit or pellet, you're going after a super pellet.  At which point, there's a cut scene where you bounce into the boss.  He turns into little ghosts, and how many extra lives you built up before that have some effect on how many you can gobble up (automatically), but it really feels like you should be doing something during the boss fights.  Oh, and there's a terrible, goofy animation at the end, where Pac-Man faces you, grinning, bouncing up and down.  Blech.

And, sometimes, the fruit or pellets bounce away from you.

I'm making it sound much worse than it is.  It's really not bad.  I played for an hour last night.  There's fun to be had.  It's just that you finish a map, sigh, and remember how much better the previous iterations were.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 09:46:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 13, 2016, 09:36:49 PM

Quote from: Azhag on September 13, 2016, 09:17:15 PM

May regret it, but Recore preorder is on its way.

Mine arrived today and so far it seems cool.  I may end up regretting it, but I don't think so.  It's easy to say something looks bad if you have a direct comparison in the same room to the PC version, but I still think it looks great.  And since it's a game I think I'd rather play in my living room I decided the extra load times would be a fine compromise.

Let us know how you're feeling once they get to two and a half minutes!

Seriously, do.  I'm still curious about this title, though I'd probably go PC now.  None the less, the crazy extended fetch quest at the end sounds to be a bit too much.
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 13, 2016, 07:29:30 PM

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Quote from: Scraper on September 13, 2016, 02:35:44 PM

I wonder if there are any theories that no one dies. There are several ways this could realistically happen. Sudden walker heard or maybe they somehow manage to get the upper hand. Who knows, but it's an acceptable outcome if you ask me. They somehow escape and the stage is then set for total war.

If that were to happen, the shark would have jumped so hard, it'd be in orbit.
You have just described the plot for Sharknado 10.

Er, that actually really did happen in Sharknado 3.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 13, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 13, 2016, 04:04:19 PM

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Hot Shots Tennis (PS4)

Wait...what? 

I guess it is the PS2 game that's coming to their PS2-on-PS4 library as of today.

According to the store, that's right.  Supposedly updated to 1080p, so, there's that.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: September 13, 2016, 02:49:04 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 13, 2016, 02:35:44 PM

I wonder if there are any theories that no one dies. There are several ways this could realistically happen. Sudden walker heard or maybe they somehow manage to get the upper hand. Who knows, but it's an acceptable outcome if you ask me. They somehow escape and the stage is then set for total war.

I think there would be a bigger riot than if Darryl's the one to go.  That would feel like an insane cop out, IMO.  All that tension, making you wait months and then: saved by a deus ex machina?!  No, thank you.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/11/16) on: September 12, 2016, 04:50:55 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 12, 2016, 04:32:31 PM

I think I'm going to pick up ReCore on the XB1, since I've heard good things, it's only $40 and Prime saves me 20% off that.

You might want to take a look at the reviews that hit this morning.

I thought I was getting ReCore, but the reviews are telling me otherwise.

As for me, I already paid for Pac Man Championship Edition 2 (although I'm not as confident about it as I was when I pre-ordered).

I'm keeping my eye on Rive, too.  I may pick up the Bioshock Collection someday.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 10:52:06 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 11, 2016, 09:05:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 08:07:30 PM

What's agitating me to apoplexia (and always has) is this stated attitude of "Bah, it's not an issue to me, therefore it's not an issue."  That just gets in my craw.

I personally have never, ever cared about issues that don't directly affect me. In general: sucks to be you, but I don't care.

And that's fine.  It's also not the same thing as saying it's not an issue.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 08:07:30 PM

Quote from: ravenvii on September 11, 2016, 07:47:01 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 07:40:24 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 07:28:42 PM

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Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 12:05:51 PM

A slap in the face... really... My daughter was bitching about this as well, my response was well if you want a 7 get some wireless earbuds. I'm waiting for the next iteration as I already have a 6S and will plan on there not being a headphone jack on the next one as I cant imagine they'll backpedal on it.

Yes.
 
You seem to be missing the point.  It's not just that your old headphones don't work or that you have to buy a proprietary adapter or a whole new set of earbuds (which may not be comfortable for your ears - my wife spent months finding a set that didn't fall out of her ears all the time).  It's not even that you can't charge and listen at the same time, although that's a pretty big fuck you.  It's that they took it out for more space in the unit...and then did nothing with it.  

As a result, this change comes off as something they did for profit and not at all something they did for the consumer.  And, yes, that's a slap in the face.

I don't get why you're pretending this isn't an issue.  Have you looked anywhere online at all?  This is all people are talking about with the new phone.

Again, this change doesn't even effect me directly, and I find it offensive as hell.

Seems it hasn't affected demand for it.... But what Rav said, they just didnt take it out and not use the space lol... And I'm not pretending anything, it really isn't an issue, its not like you're being forced to buy one.

Okay, "pretending" isn't the right word, maybe, but you keep saying it isn't an issue, while everyone else is telling you it is.  It is not an issue to you.  Fine.  That's not the same thing as it not being an issue.  So you're not pretending.  You're being obstinate.

Whether you're buying one or not, it is an issue, as Apple is forcing this change without offering proper and available counter possibilities.

And raven says I'm incorrect about not using the space, but then, a few lines later, says, " It was blatantly clear that, other than the camera and the SoC, they did not put much engineering thought into the layout and innards of the iPhone for this iteration...miniaturization efforts is probably minimal (pun unintended), and the space that they freed by removing the headphone jack is used to accommodate the new technologies which they are likely designing against the 2017 iPhone" which is essentially saying that they did nothing with the improved space for the phone they forced it on, the iPhone 7.  My point wasn't that nothing is or isn't there.  It's that, no matter how technical you want to be, they created a nuisance for their consumers without adding any benefits for the user to compensate.  I didn't say they didn't put anything in that space, I said they did nothing with it.

Dude, then why not just buy the 6s? Or even the SE? You're being way too stressed over this.

There's a good chance I'll do that, though I'd like the improved speed.  I wish I could wait a year, but my current phone won't make it.

I'm offended by the corporate choiced here, but I'm not stressed about it.  What's agitating me to apoplexia (and always has) is this stated attitude of "Bah, it's not an issue to me, therefore it's not an issue."  That just gets in my craw.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 11, 2016, 07:40:24 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 07:28:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 11, 2016, 04:43:52 PM

Quote from: Mystic95Z on September 11, 2016, 12:05:51 PM

A slap in the face... really... My daughter was bitching about this as well, my response was well if you want a 7 get some wireless earbuds. I'm waiting for the next iteration as I already have a 6S and will plan on there not being a headphone jack on the next one as I cant imagine they'll backpedal on it.

Yes.
 
You seem to be missing the point.  It's not just that your old headphones don't work or that you have to buy a proprietary adapter or a whole new set of earbuds (which may not be comfortable for your ears - my wife spent months finding a set that didn't fall out of her ears all the time).  It's not even that you can't charge and listen at the same time, although that's a pretty big fuck you.  It's that they took it out for more space in the unit...and then did nothing with it.  

As a result, this change comes off as something they did for profit and not at all something they did for the consumer.  And, yes, that's a slap in the face.

I don't get why you're pretending this isn't an issue.  Have you looked anywhere online at all?  This is all people are talking about with the new phone.

Again, this change doesn't even effect me directly, and I find it offensive as hell.

Seems it hasn't affected demand for it.... But what Rav said, they just didnt take it out and not use the space lol... And I'm not pretending anything, it really isn't an issue, its not like you're being forced to buy one.

Okay, "pretending" isn't the right word, maybe, but you keep saying it isn't an issue, while everyone else is telling you it is.  It is not an issue to you.  Fine.  That's not the same thing as it not being an issue.  So you're not pretending.  You're being obstinate.

Whether you're buying one or not, it is an issue, as Apple is forcing this change without offering proper and available counter possibilities.

And raven says I'm incorrect about not using the space, but then, a few lines later, says, " It was blatantly clear that, other than the camera and the SoC, they did not put much engineering thought into the layout and innards of the iPhone for this iteration...miniaturization efforts is probably minimal (pun unintended), and the space that they freed by removing the headphone jack is used to accommodate the new technologies which they are likely designing against the 2017 iPhone" which is essentially saying that they did nothing with the improved space for the phone they forced it on, the iPhone 7.  My point wasn't that nothing is or isn't there.  It's that, no matter how technical you want to be, they created a nuisance for their consumers without adding any benefits for the user to compensate.  I didn't say they didn't put anything in that space, I said they did nothing with it.
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