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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 18, 2014, 07:08:33 PM
Winter sale has begun. 



2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy on: December 18, 2014, 04:34:19 PM

Quote from: Canuck on December 18, 2014, 03:12:51 PM

Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn trilogy is on sale on Amazon for about $5 right now.

Kindle link

That sounds pretty good.  I haven't read First Law other than The Heroes based on recommendations that it was a good standalone book, but I really enjoyed it. 
3  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 17, 2014, 06:26:12 PM
12/17/14
Release Date: Oct 27, 2014



$6.49
Metacritic score - 79 Critic 79 User
Steam user score - 93% positive in 1,973 reviews
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: December 16, 2014, 10:50:49 PM
wow, that's a pretty big patch
5  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 16, 2014, 10:33:43 PM
Midweek Madness
Offer Ends Thursday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: Feb 14, 2012



$9.99 Metacritic score - 82 Critic 87 User
Steam user score - 95% positive in 8,351 reviews
6  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 16, 2014, 10:33:09 PM
Midweek Madness
Offer Ends Thursday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: May 15, 2013



$2.99 Metacritic score - 77 Critic 76 User
Steam user score - 91% positive in 7,663 reviews
7  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 16, 2014, 06:28:36 PM
12/16/14
Release Date: Oct 15, 2014



$49.49
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 96% positive in 62 reviews

8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 16, 2014, 02:36:42 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 15, 2014, 05:19:12 PM

I plan to keep up my tradition of buying everything that Steam puts on sale, then not play it.
I've done so little of this lately that Steam is feeling neglected.  The impending winter sale is going to be a test of will.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 15, 2014, 04:36:46 PM
We've hit that dry season, folks.  Down to just a few games hitting the shelves (physical or digital) and the outlook gets slimmer the further along we get.  Well, now that we've got here, what if anything are you getting?

PS4
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN
Loadout
Super Mega Baseball
Tetris Ultimate

XB1
Tetris Ultimate
Kalimba

WiiU
Meme Run (eShop)

360
Kalimba

PS3
Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN
Super Mega Baseball

3DS
Toys Vs. Monsters (eShop)

Vita
Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 15, 2014, 04:05:26 PM
rough start, beautiful 2nd half.  On to the Cardinals at home.  I'm feeling good about our chances.  Big run of good wins away and at home and AZ is running out of QB's.

Sorry Niners for wrecking your playoff chances. 
11  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 14, 2014, 06:43:22 PM
12/14/14
Game is in Early Access



$14.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 93% positive in 3,191 reviews
12  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 13, 2014, 08:31:01 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on December 13, 2014, 04:28:45 AM

You linked to the graphic rather than the sale it would seem...
Fixed. Not sure why the script pulled that up. 
13  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 13, 2014, 08:27:29 PM
12/13/14
Release Date: Dec 19, 2008



$4.99
Metacritic score - 84 Critic 51 User
Steam user score - 87% positive in 3,091 reviews
14  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 12, 2014, 06:59:31 PM
12/12/14




http://store.steampowered.com/sale/nightdive
Metacritic score - n/a
Steam user score - n/a
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 12, 2014, 06:57:41 PM
I finally got a bit tired of the collect-a-thon and just pushed through to beat the game.  Finished with ~70% completion and 38 hours. 

Things that I loved as an improvement from FC3:
The gyrocopter.  This is the best way to do pretty much everything in the game.  Once you get the grenade launcher as a side arm, death becomes you as you rain down hell on everything and everyone.  It's so OP that I think it's a game breaker and should I replay it, I vow to never use it. 

That you have a choice about whether to kill or confront most of the major enemies.  This is great and really makes the game have a more interesting resolution.  It does highlight one of the bigger flaws though.

More major enemies.  FC3 had 2 main bad guys and a bunch of random soldiers.  FC4 technically has more (I'll get to this later).  There are also a good amount of named npc's whose quests which are varied enough from the regular side missions. 

Two sides to the conflict, both in Pagan's history with the Ghale family and in regards to the rebellion with Amita/Sabal.  The missions change in basic ways (protect this, destroy this) but are still different enough to warrant trying out on a repeat play through.

Improved graphics.  Obviously, this on PC and next gen consoles.  There is a better terrain vegetation system, larger views and better environmental effects. 

Getting the wingsuit early on instead of half way through the game.  The second best way to travel, but a lot more exhilarating when you can swoop in like the goddamn Batman on a group of enemies. 

Fighting off the enemy's counter-attacks against outposts you have taken.  This is a nice little change from previous games and with the option to replay outposts for leader board, a great improvement over FC3's option to reset them.

Things I wish were better or took a step down from FC2/FC3
The map in FC2 is still the best implementation imo, both in how you accessed it and how you used it.  No mini map here with it's collection of icons and way points.  I liked that everything wasn't highlighted like an assortment of Christmas decorations. 

Better bosses.  Every character in FC4 except Pagan is pretty shallowly used.  Other than your first scene where Paul is present, you don't see him, fight against him or have any interaction whatsoever until you take him out.  Same with Yuma, who up until the mission where you unlock the north, I didn't know what he/she looked like.  The motivation to kill them is lessened as you really have no personal reason to want vengeance on them.  Clearly, Vaas is the best boss in the series, outclassing every enemy by a wide margin, but part of what made him so memorable was that you faced him on more than one occasion.  Here, you meet each boss (excluding Pagan's many voice calls) twice.  In 5 years, I won't remember much about FC4's characters except that Pagan was a snappy dresser, but I will always remember Vaas (and Michael Mando by extension)

Better resolution to the Amita/Sabal schism.  I went with Sabal through the choice missions and the end to this is a singular event with no choice.  You don't get to choose how it ends. 

Buddy system needs to come back.  While it really played into the overarching plot of FC2, it made the game a lot more fun and was a huge reason why FC2 is a better game in many ways, even now. 

Better reputation system.  FC2 nailed this as your enemies would react to you based on your skill and would actually try to rescue their friends or flee out of fear.  FC3/4 simply has enemies that try to kill you by coming right at you and occasionally hiding behind cover. 

This goes along with the previous point.  Better AI for enemies.  You could wound them and use that to your advantage.  You could demoralize them enough to flee.  Yes, these are technically trained soldiers, but every conflict plays out the same. 

Too similar to FC3.  The difference between 1, 2 and 3 is must larger than 3 to 4.  Sure, don't muck with a good formula, but this only goes so far, even for Ubisoft. 

All in all, a great game, but I really hope they change up the structure a bit for FC5.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 12, 2014, 03:17:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 12, 2014, 01:06:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 12, 2014, 12:47:02 PM

I'm pretty sure there was a consensus about not wanting a straight port of FF VII.  It just wasn't vocalized because it was so blazingly obvious that no one felt the need to say it out loud.

What he said
yeah, what that guy said.  I'm not sure how years of "we want a remake/remastered version in HD" got translated into 'give us the PC port from 1998 and please add on a surcharge just for the privilege of having it on PS4.' 

Seriously: 



Or, the price you are willing to sell it for on your own damn site:



Hey squeenix,  finger
17  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 12, 2014, 05:32:14 AM
that explains the crazy bids I've been seeing on some items. 
18  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 11, 2014, 07:07:34 PM
Weekend Deal



$16.99
Metro 2033 Redux
Metacritic score -  n/a
Steam user score - 87 in 1,241 reviews

Metro Last Light Redux
Metacritic score -  76 critic 80 User
Steam user score - 85 in 503 reviews

19  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 11, 2014, 07:03:47 PM
Weekend Deal
Release Date: Nov 3, 2014



$44.99 Metacritic score - 78 Critic 45 user
Steam user score - 67% positive in 7,354 reviews
20  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 11, 2014, 07:00:18 PM
12/11/14
Release Date: Nov 1, 2005



$2.99
Metacritic score - 78 Critic 88 User
Steam user score - 92% positive in 5,781 reviews
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 11, 2014, 04:35:30 PM
FF VII-2 Troll Harder

The remake remastered polished ported is to cost $15.99

At this point, they are begging us to make this fail so they can then say it's due to lack of market or some such bullshit.
22  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 10, 2014, 08:10:56 PM
Midweek Madness
Release Date: May 6, 2003



$4.99 Metacritic score -  88 Critic 78 User
Steam user score - 87% positive in 2,239 reviews
23  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 10, 2014, 08:09:30 PM
Midweek Madness
Offer Ends Friday at 10am Pacific Time.
Release Date: Sep 22, 2014



$33.49 Metacritic score -  Critic
Steam user score - 67% positive in 1,171 reviews
24  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 10, 2014, 06:34:36 PM
12/10/14



http://cdn.akamai.steamstatic.com/steam/apps/336920/header.jpg?t=1418234545
Metacritic score n/a
Steam user score - n/a
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 10, 2014, 04:28:03 PM
That's assuming you didn't mock him mercilessly until he started crying, then mocked him for crying. 
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 10, 2014, 03:56:52 PM
Curious if you have access to the Ghale family home upgrades yet as those were a pretty big money sink. 

I haven't touched co-op so if anyone wants to try it out, I'm open to taking on some of the fortresses or random side missions. 

I just took out captain #3 and have cleared out all of my towers and camps. 
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 09, 2014, 06:17:41 PM
12/09/14
Release Date: Mar 3, 2009



$9.99
Metacritic score - 90 Critic 69 User
Steam user score - 93% positive in 5,170 reviews
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: December 09, 2014, 04:05:41 AM
Moved back to May 19th.   frown

New trailer to tide you over until then.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5sKolm4cfk
29  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 09, 2014, 03:58:47 AM
12/08/14
Release Date: Aug 26, 2014



$11.99
Metacritic score - 69 Critic 69 User
Steam user score - 75% positive in 822 reviews
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 08, 2014, 06:58:44 AM
Another week in December, another week when releases are almost an afterthought.  Destiny gets it's first DLC, Lara Croft gets a top-down sequel and a surprise classic gets released on Sony systems.

PS4
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Destiny The Dark Below DLC
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut
Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut
Tennis in the Face

XB1
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Destiny The Dark Below DLC
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams Director's Cut

WiiU
Lucadian Chronicles

PS3
Destiny The Dark Below DLC
Flyhunter Origins
JUJU
Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series, Episode One
Scourge: Outbreak
Suikoden II

360
Destiny The Dark Below DLC

Vita
Boss
Rock Boshers DX: Director's Cut
Suikoden II

PC
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris
Flyhunter Origins
Final Fantasy XIII-2

Are you picking up the DLC for Destiny or have you moved on like so many seem to have already done?  Are you interested in replaying an rpg from long ago or the sequel to the unusually good Tomb Raider/Gauntlet mix-up?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 08, 2014, 05:21:52 AM
Courtesy of Kotaku

32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: on: December 08, 2014, 12:45:20 AM
Great game from the Hawks.
33  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 07, 2014, 03:35:52 AM
12/06/14
Release Date: Aug 23, 2010



$7.49
Metacritic score - 77 Critic 78 User
Steam user score - 95% positive in 7,711 reviews
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: December 06, 2014, 10:03:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2014, 02:59:25 PM

But they feel strange.  Should I see a doctor?
Put a rubber band around it and tighten it until the pain stops.  Wait two weeks until it falls off.  Take two aspirin abd call your doctor. 

I got this answer from the always knowledgeable Yahoo answers site.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: December 06, 2014, 10:00:18 PM
Another stupid decision by SE.  :dunce.
36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 05, 2014, 06:12:54 PM
12/05/14
Release Date: Jun 16, 2014



$16.74
Metacritic score - 76 Critic 81 User
Steam user score - 92% positive in 999 reviews
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 06:00:42 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 03, 2014, 01:32:04 PM

It doesn't need political support.

Being able to resell to EB's and WalMarts of the world isn't the end of the world. Considering the fact that MS accounts also allow two stage authentication there is no reason they couldn't do it.

They had a system which was going to "almost" work - Mattrick's direction was to force always on, but it should only required that it be on during the transaction (turn on your console, flag certain titles for resell and head to the store). MS has those licenses sitting in a "waiting for transaction" and aren't available to be played unless the flags are removed, and then the store can retrieve them based on your authentication while there.

You can also buy the used licenses which are effectively printed keys. EB makes money, the pub gets a cut of the sale, and I get to drop old games I'll never EVER play again. Win, Win, Win. 
My point RE political is I don't see any of the major companies doing this willingly without some form of gov't requirements.  In their eyes, the cut they get from a re-sell is always going to be lower than a fresh purchase.  Yes, they could make it so you can't trade/gift which would prevent a secondary market, but even with an open market (like Steam's card/in-game crap market), there's no monetary incentive to allow it. 

I'm with you though Purge, I would love to be able to recoup games that I have bought digitally but never plan on replaying, didn't enjoy or simply didn't get working on PC.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 05, 2014, 04:44:04 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 05, 2014, 02:14:44 PM

Killer Instinct is basically a F2P game and an XB1 exclusive.  Seems odd they would do this.  Bit bummed since I don't have a Ps4
Well, that leaves you with one solution then.  Harkonis PS4 edition!
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 05, 2014, 04:41:42 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on December 05, 2014, 02:49:20 PM

Why is this thread titled Bond #27 when everyone else acknowledges this to be Bond #24?
not sure where I got that from...
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 05, 2014, 04:16:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 05, 2014, 01:42:28 PM

Quote from: rittchard on December 04, 2014, 06:09:12 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM

Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.

Oh yeah I totally forgot about that!!  I guess I'm constantly surprised that she isn't dead yet.

I know. I bet the writers could kill her off screen and it would take a couple of episodes before we even realized she was gone.
it could be a great scene. 

Eugene just accomplished something amazing, saving the gang from a huge swarm of zombies when he turns with his fist up to bump against hers, then slowly the camera pans to his face and he says "Oh, she's gone"  with a look that makes you think a flashback is starting.  Then Daryl shouts "Hey man, we aint got time for that right now" and they run off, Eugene's fingers slowly returning to his side while a musical call back to Beth's last song (now on iTunes, says the blurb at the bottom) slowly plays in the background of zombies growling. 
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