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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/17/17 Edition on: February 19, 2017, 03:00:04 PM
Due to birthday party goings-on, I had almost no time to play anything.  Just a smidge of Witcher 3, BF1 and Watchdogs 2 as a demonstration of the new PC's capabilities.  If I had more time, it would be getting deeper into the Witcher 3 on PC.  Got far on PS4 last year, but I wanted to play without the console's limitations and from the start on the hardest difficulty.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Freedom Bundle - 40+ games and books, all proceeds to charity on: February 14, 2017, 03:51:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2017, 06:29:21 AM

This is an incredible collection.  I just wish I didn't have so many of them already.
That's the same problem I have with it.  I may do it just for the Witness and give away everything else.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 08, 2017, 04:28:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 08, 2017, 02:00:54 AM

As far as I could tell the AI are completely invisible to the enemy until you engage without suppressor, are seen or tell them to open fire.  They were almost invisible to me in the sense that I rarely noticed them when I wasn't deliberately trying to take advantage of them.  Also unlike other games with AI squadmates that follow you, these guys actually kill stuff. 

Could be they are.  I was sneaking around a base at one point when the enemy caught on I was there.  Within a few moments, I heard the "man down!" from one of my team mates as he had been ambushed by someone who was a moment before right next to him.  Either the friendly AI is very good at stealth or the enemy is blind to a dude hiding in a bush in broad daylight. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 04, 2017, 09:10:26 PM
Played a bit of the game solo and the friendly ai needs a bit of work.  They are pretty capable of holding their own in a firefight but altogether useless when you want your sniper to hold and do overwatch while the assault guys approach.  Maybe I'm missing something though, as I don't see a way to command anyone individually.  Game is still pretty fun and I can see the potential for this in co-op.  I am also going to be getting this, whether directly or through the recent prom from nVidia.  If you see me online on PC, throw me an invite.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 04, 2017, 02:25:10 AM
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 03:38:19 PM
Invitations sent, hopefully.  The page errored out first time I tried it and gave me a "not allowed to use this page" garbage.  If the last beta invite experience from For Honor is any indication, it may take a while before you see it pop up in email or in the client. 
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 02:44:53 PM
Ok.  Sending one to Ray and Grim once the invites are accepted.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 02:41:01 PM
Ubi's site is a mes for me at the moment.  Can't even log in. 
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: February 03, 2017, 02:04:38 PM
Yup, I got in too.  Same offer as SC, I have 3 for PC.

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10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: February 03, 2017, 01:51:12 AM
Also did not get in with the beta, sadly.  I am already eyeing a 1070 to replace the GPU I have, so if I end up pulling the trigger, they'll toss in a free game, either this or For Honor.  I already played that and while it's fun, I don't think it's my cup of tea. 
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: January 30, 2017, 12:41:08 AM
Played a bit of this in the back to basics mode.  For anyone who complained of how every gun feels more like WW2, this is the mode to play.  You are limited to a small handful of weapons, mostly bolt action.  There are limited number of vehicles and the game is a lot more infantry focused again.  Played a lot of it Saturday night with a small group of friends and had a lot of fun. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 28, 2017, 02:55:21 AM
I'm reservedly excited for this.  The open world freedom with long term effects on your enemies along with co-op sounds like a great idea.  The lack of intelligent AI for the SP has me a little worried though. 

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13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: January 28, 2017, 02:52:10 AM
I'm also in the beta.  Don't know if I have the option to invite though.  Tutorial ran fine and it looks great. 

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14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 23, 2017, 03:37:22 AM
Nice to see Charlie Hunnam again. 
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / RIP Miguel Ferrer on: January 20, 2017, 02:53:42 PM
Before the small chorus of "who's that?" come wailing out of the crowd, know this.  You probably already know him by his performances instead of his name.  He was 61. 

Twin Peaks
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 18, 2017, 01:54:28 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 14, 2017, 06:00:44 PM

The more I read about this, the less interested I become.  I'm sure I'll pick one up later in its lifecycle when there are more games and it's cheaper, but it's certainly not a Day 1 pickup.
I had a similar idea about the Wiiu and all it ended up was a short moment when I could have got one super cheap and had an impulse to buy it.  Instead, they ran out and I had already coming off the urge and convinced myself it would only gather up dust in the end.  I could see myself buying a Switch in a few years though, especially as a replacement for the Vita after the games finally stop coming.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished 2017 edition on: January 10, 2017, 03:15:14 PM
My gaming time gets shorter, my gaming backlog keeps growing and apparently, I have the attention span of a blue tang.  My games finished last year are too pathetic to mention, so I won't.

I am currently playing (with no promise or hope of finishing) the following:

Mafia 3 (already feeling the tedium set in now that the honeymoon phase is over)
Just Cause 3 (re-purchased for the DLC I will likely never experience)
Watch Dogs 2 (This one really feeds my gaming need to get distracted)
Factorio (can one complete a game such as this)
XCOM 2 (have not started, but given it's slow methodical nature, unlikely to be beaten this year or any other)
COD Infinite Warfare (only game I have a slim chance of finishing due to the usual length of CoD campaigns)
Titanfall 2 (see above)
Rocksmith (I only aspire to be able to play a few songs to 90%)
SteamWorld Heist (same rule as applied to XCOM)
Hitman (just started, but a slow game experience so far)

Back burner with the slim chance of returning
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (sadly, not as taken as I hoped)
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Scalebound on: January 10, 2017, 02:56:36 PM
It must have hit some serious development snags to be canned after the last push at E3.  It looked interesting. 
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 24, 2016, 02:21:50 PM
Don't get me wrong, I'm still annoyed it took months for them to get it working and they were quiet about it the entire time.

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20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 21, 2016, 03:47:00 PM
I guess I can mark Mafia 3 of the "biggest disappointment" list, and move it to the dishonorary list.  They patched in support for the CPU and  it's actually playable. 

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21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 21, 2016, 05:33:08 AM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 20, 2016, 02:00:51 PM

$35 on amazon today. That's enough to make me think about it.
I saw that and also thought about it, quite heavily, in fact. Not sure I have the drive to stick with a long RPG right now though.
22  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: on: December 18, 2016, 08:44:31 PM
Mostly stick with 1080p, but the biggest rationale I had for not upgrading is I have the 4gb variant and haven't seen a $2-300 card that warrants the cost vs performance increase.

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23  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / New build. Thoughts? on: December 18, 2016, 06:36:38 AM
I finally pulled the trigger on a new PC.  I've got a lot of use out of the Phenom CPU, but this year it really started to show it's age.  Most games have run decently, but bog down when I try streaming them.  Some can't be run with any thing else running or the game slows to a crawl, like Watch Dogs 2.  Others simply don't run. 

In any case, it was four years since the last refresh.

Intel Core i7-6700K Skylake Quad-Core 4.0 GHz LGA 1151 9

GIGABYTE G1 Gaming GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 (rev. 1.0) LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 240 Edition PWM AIO Tt LCS Certified Liquid Cooling System

GeIL EVO POTENZA 16GB (2 x 8GB) 288-Pin DDR4 SDRAM DDR4 3000 (PC4 24000)

SAMSUNG 960 EVO M.2 250GB NVMe PCI-Express 3.0 x4 Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

It's all going in a Thermaltake F31 Suppressor case powered by an EVGA 750 watt PSU with a 2tb Firecuda for primary storage and a Samsung 500gb SSD for the extra push.  I'll be keeping my current GPU, an R9 290 for now. 

I was close to waiting for either Kaby Lake or Zen, but neither of those is expected on the shelf for a few months.  Will I regret that?  I was also considering the i6800k, but the extra cost and push for quad channel memory made it a little out of my cost comfort zone.  As it is, I already have close to a $1k in this.
24  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Bundle Yogscast Jingle Jam, new game added every day on: December 18, 2016, 12:15:46 AM
wow.  never seen that before.  Wonder what games those will be.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 17, 2016, 03:21:35 AM
I had only a few games this year that I was really looking forward to play, and of the two that failed at launch, No Man's Sky eventually redeemed itself.  Not fully, but then, I was not expecting more than what was shown initially, which was a space exploration game that let you wander through a galaxy of random gen worlds.  I eventually got 30 odd hours out of playing it before I got bored, and have gone back since the developers have actually patched in features they said were in the game months before release.  I expect for many, this game is going to take the crown for biggest disappointment.  In my case, that title falls completely on Mafia 3. 

I remember playing, and then watching streams of Mafia 2 and remembering how fun parts of the game were, even though others were annoyances and hoping for a sequel.  Then that day came where they announced it and we knew what to expect.  New Orleans setting, 1960's era, and a new protagonist with ties to the old.  What else could one hope for?  They eventually revealed how not only would the game let you be the boss instead of just a peon, but that your actions would elicit reactions from your enemies and from your own gang, going as far as turning against you if they felt pushed to the limit.  I loved the setting and the way this new game was going.  What went wrong?  A developer who either got pushed to release too soon or simply felt no urge to address concerns from the first week after release.  3 months after and the game is still lacking in performance improvements on all platforms.  It simply does not run on an entire class of powerful, albeit older, CPUs which are more than capable of running the game.  They have patched in cosmetic additions while ignoring bugs and game-breaking glitches that prevent many from playing.  And they have a history of responding only to praise while ignoring any complaints beyond a token response and directing users to the publisher's help desk.  I, as one who has not been able to even play the game, can only see that the game is still unplayable even when it runs.  The whole aspect of buying a which will never be patched to support a feature the game does not use has broken my willingness to ever pre-order a game from a third party and to be wary of buying there until I know it will work.  While that fault is my own, I cannot but feel that the developer has a responsibility to address issues or at least be honest with it's customers. 

I have played many games that I did not expect to enjoy, and those I should probably avoid by the genre alone.  Salt and Sanctuary is one of those, but I kept it as a potential purchase due to it's take on the "Dark Souls" unforgiving RPG model.  I can appreciate a game that forces you to improve vs letting you improve gradually at your own pace, but do not have the time nor the patience for it like I used to.  S&S is one that forces you to improve and then gives you the tools to do so in the way you choose.  It also has a very responsive control system and does not rely on cheap hits/deaths to the extent that I saw in the Souls games.  I have not finished it, but I keep going back. 

Honorable mentions.  Battlefield 1.  I enjoyed this far more than I did the last two BF games and any of the last few CoD games I have played multiplayer.  Titanfall 2 surprised me by taking what would have been a forgettable single player addition and making it one of the best campaigns in recent memory. 
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 10, 2016, 02:04:38 AM
Hopefully get some time with Watch Dogs 2, maybe some Titanfall 2

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27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 08, 2016, 02:15:35 AM
Guessing that there are no mid mission save points?

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28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (December 6th, 2016) on: December 05, 2016, 03:14:56 PM
In the gaming business, a vaporware title is one who is perpertually in alpha or pre-alpha states.  It commonly shows you a great trailer but never unscripted gameplay and has a release date as varied as a fly's path through the air.  It may occasionally show up in "what happened to x?" articles and make it's presence known by it's absence of being mentioned at all.  It also occasionally slips out and everybody remembers the first time they heard about it, like when Firefly was cancelled.  Then we all shake our heads and sit back in our chair, Akbar style with a well earned exhalation and declare, "it's not vaporware".

(not vaporware) - The Last Guardian
(supposedly also not vaporware) - Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion

(vaporware, but secretely not vaporware) -Star Wars Battlefront: X-Wing VR Mission

(also not vaporware) - Dead Rising 4
(supposedly also not vaporware) - Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion

(also not vaporware, but also not dead either.  ) - Dead Rising 4
(disappeared after falling over the railing on a cruise ship to the Bahamas) - Earth’s Dawn
(fired from it's job at Denny's and now concentrating on it's band) - Nitroplus Blasterz: Heroines Infinite Duel
(off in the far reaches of the Emperor's dominon, smiting heathens) - Space Hulk: Deathwing
(supposedly also not vaporware) Star Wars Battlefront – Rogue One: Scarif expansion
(ran off with the band with that Nitro guy) - ROM: Extraction
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 05, 2016, 05:32:42 AM
I really want this to be good.  Anyone played MWO? Curious if they have a good handle on the core combat and not just an arcade approximation of it.

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30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 05, 2016, 05:30:59 AM
Had a great hack run against another player last night.  I shadowed him climbing a building for a money drop and hid on the roof of the building he jumped down from, then started the hack.  Watching him drive around the street looking for me was great fun and he never got close to my hiding spot. 

So far, foiled every hack attempt and taken out half of those who tried.

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31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 03, 2016, 02:37:30 AM
Watching 2 Dogs on the PC when I'm not roped into taking the kids to an ear bleeding birthday party at one of those inflatable-slide party stores.  Maybe see if I can finish off Titanfall 2.

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32  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Free Ubisoft Giveaways every day for 30 days on: December 03, 2016, 02:31:18 AM

Quote from: Purge on December 02, 2016, 05:11:44 PM

Pine cones look like turds.
If your poop looks like that, you should seek medical assistance
33  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: December 02, 2016, 01:48:39 AM
They want us to think inside the box?!
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] WatchDogs 2 on: December 01, 2016, 03:14:46 AM
I saw a nice little touch for the AI; as I was scouting out a restricted zone, I heard a call on the police scanner for a murder and decided to see how the game handled it when I wasn't the one responsible.  I found a traffic accident with a dead pedestrian.  The driver stayed in there car and was arrested at gunpoint and put into the back of a cruiser, which then drove away.  A point for ubisoft.  Then another co-op proceeded to train his gun on the body while the other two squads went on a search for the killer, leaving their cars in the intersection.   drool.  Oh well. AI god giveth, taketh away...

My new police cruiser was certainly fast though
35  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: on: December 01, 2016, 02:56:24 AM
Yeah, I am only somewhat interested in the car mechanic sim.  I might give them a few bucks for that...

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36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 30, 2016, 05:37:34 AM
Okay.  Played about an hour and did a co-op mission with a random.  We were not terribly stealthy and ended up in a big gun fight.  It was pretty cool how the MP works in co-op mode.  You just see a player now and again and can join in with the random open world stuff or do one of the missions that spawns once you join up.  Much less of a hassle than GTAV was with the instanced worlds you would need to join. 

It ran perfectly on this older PC of mine,    and I saw no real issues with graphics or performance. 

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37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 28, 2016, 01:29:32 AM
I got a copy of WD2 on the PC from a hard drive promotion on BF, so there's that.  I am curious about reviews for FFXV but am in no hurry to jump on it.  

I was close to getting BF1 due to the Origin sale, but the damn thing has started crashing to desktop before getting into a match.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: November 28, 2016, 01:23:23 AM

Quote from: naednek on November 28, 2016, 01:01:37 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 27, 2016, 05:55:35 PM


Seriously is anyone still playing this? Hell, does anyone still even have the game installed? After months of radio silence, the most hated and criticized game since Daikatana just got a massive "foundation" patch that adds a ton of fixes and new features including base building, player purchaseable freighters, new game modes, and numerous interface and graphic improvements. It's the first in what Sean Murray claims is a series of patches to make the game what they envisioned.

To be honest, so many new games have come out since No Man's Sky release, I've moved on from it. That plus the major disappointment I felt after playing the game has made it difficult to be interested again, but I'll probably try it again eventually after they release another patch to fix more bugs and flesh out the new stuff that was added in this latest patch release.

So base building is what they had envisioned?  That's funny because I don't recall any of that in the trailers\video demos.  I think they are just trying to save face.  It's too late.
While I agree that it wasn't billed as a feature in the months leading up to launch, the "freighter as mobile base" does seem pretty interesting. 

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39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: on: November 22, 2016, 01:41:53 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 20, 2016, 02:01:01 AM

Tried to play the open beta for Steep, but either it's another game that flat out will not work on my CPU or I'm one of the masses who have run into other crashing issues.  So, I ended up playing more AC Rogue.

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Took a short break to try out Slime Rancher, which was an odd little game.  Not sure I'll spend much time with it though.  I spent most of yesterday playing Mirrors Edge Catalyst, which was fun. 

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40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 20, 2016, 02:01:01 AM
Tried to play the open beta for Steep, but either it's another game that flat out will not work on my CPU or I'm one of the masses who have run into other crashing issues.  So, I ended up playing more AC Rogue.

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