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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Assassin's Creed: Rogue on: November 11, 2014, 04:56:08 PM
I pulled up a stream of this on PS3 and it has a huge "Black Flag mod" feel to it, but it also ties in a lot of stories from both III and IV with some times to Unity as well, at least at the historical setting.

Also seen some of the modern stuff and little nods to Far Cry 3 and another AC game, Phoenix Rising. 

Looks like a good expansion to AC IV.

Anyone picking this up?
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 03:29:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2014, 02:13:23 PM

Quote from: Covenant on November 11, 2014, 01:47:29 PM

So why is it that you can go out and buy/download a copy of this right now and play, and yet reviews can't be posted until noon EST?  Why on earth would a review site agree to this?

Because the difference between getting a review out immediately, and getting it out a few days after release, makes a huge difference to the page views. The publisher sits with all the power here.

As much as I hate EA and Bioware (in its current form), at least they did the right thing by lifting the Dragon Age: Inquisition embargo one week before that game's release. Ubisoft on the other hand is notorious for lying in its screenshots and videos (so-called "bullshots" created from extremely supersampled renders in situations and positions that would never occur in the actual game), creating lots of preorder incentives, and then setting the review embargoes and NDAs to after the game's release.

As with most of these things, it's the consumers' fault for pre-ordering games. If only people would stop doing that, this kind of behavior by publishers wouldn't be encouraged. But of course this won't happen. Gamers expect to have their cake and eat it too, even if they don't get to know what cake it is or whether or not it's made by someone who actually knows how to make a cake.
Cake semantics aside, it's been a campaign to get pre-orders up with incentives for pretty much every major game studio.  It makes it a bit more enticing to get some virtual baubles early on than have to pay for them later or wait for the next-years edition with everything added in.  (a cake of cakes, if you will).  Most times, those pre-order bits are minor, but EA has done this in the past with ME3 and other games and it can have an effect throughout the game. 

I think most of us throat-stabbing enthusiasts were at least already heavily inclined to purchase this year's installment, failing any sort of major collapse of the studio. 
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 12:58:43 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 10, 2014, 09:50:39 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 10, 2014, 09:43:51 PM

More examples of AC engine jankiness.  I just an NPC walk up towards the hero and a dead target, then over a gate and through an outside wall.  This after another witnessed said assassination and walking casually away raising any kind of alarm. 

Got say I'm a little disappointed in the AI I've seen so far.  Little if any improvement over previous games. 

Bleh maybe I'll end up skipping this one.  Wish FC or GTA was releasing this week!
Fwiw, it still looks like fun and if you have interest in revolutionary France then it's an easy recommendation imo.

My copy is in the mail, so I should have some impressions of my own soon.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 09:43:51 PM
More examples of AC engine jankiness.  I just an NPC walk up towards the hero and a dead target, then over a gate and through an outside wall.  This after another witnessed said assassination and walking casually away raising any kind of alarm. 

Got say I'm a little disappointed in the AI I've seen so far.  Little if any improvement over previous games. 
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 09:09:17 PM
fwiw, this stream is now playing the main assassination mission that ubisoft itself showed off in the video last week if you want to compare the range of options available without any connection to the devs.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 07:05:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 08, 2014, 08:51:06 AM

I watched some leaked gameplay videos last week, and noticed some pretty extreme pop-in for the crowds. The game would replace one NPC model with a completely different one right in front of your eyes. I saw people that were just in front of the player character completely change their costume (including adding a hat!) in an instant.

Is any of that in these new streams?

I wouldn't call it extreme, but I have witnessed flags popping in as you moved through a crowd, which is a bit jarring.

The game does have that level of AC-brand reality defying moments though.  Main char was walking a tightrope above a crowd and nobody notices it.  Crowds are made up of lots of identical twins. 

The engine really shines at times though.  Walking around in a sunlit palatial room and everything is well detailed and the smoke and defused sunlight are quite nice to look at.  Shame they had to dump the time progression though.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 06:45:01 PM
ok, I just timed a load between two cutscenes and it was 45 seconds.  Ouch, that's going to get annoying.  Granted, the load time results in having all of Paris in the game to roam around in, so it's just one of those trade-offs we have to deal with.  
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 06:26:19 PM
Well, based on the early video, I haven't seen any npc pop-in.  The cover mechanic is about what you expect from a third person sneaking game.  Hard to tell graphics quality due to the stream, but loading screen after the mission I watched was a bit long imo.  There was a pretty big crowd in one section and it looked pretty good. 
169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 10, 2014, 06:14:55 PM

 
Highlights?
Descent - $3.49
Silent Storm Gold - $2.49
Kairo - $1.24
Septerra Core - $0.69
170  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 10, 2014, 06:05:57 PM
11/10/14
Release Date: Dec 5, 2013



$2.49
Metacritic score - Critic - 76 User - 67
Steam user score - 93% positive in 1,793 reviews
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 10, 2014, 05:59:52 PM
Not sure how long it may remain up, but you can find a French stream of the game on Twitch right now. 
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 10 on: November 10, 2014, 04:12:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 10, 2014, 03:28:31 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 10, 2014, 04:08:50 AM

Wow, 350 yards rushing with Lynch getting 140 of them and 4 TD's.  Good to see you again, Beast Mode. 

I often wonder what they are going to do next year when Lynch is not back (no one actually thinks he'll be back do they?  Even though under contract?)
I don't know Leo.  Maybe they should trade that draft pick they got from the Harvin trade and try getting Golden Tate back.  Tongue
 
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 10, 2014, 03:45:53 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 10, 2014, 02:02:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 07, 2014, 03:31:31 PM

That really urks me.  Come on SE, stop fucking around with this consumer-hating garbage.  First you drop TR2 from a mult-plat to exclusive for money, now you add f2p transactions to an open world game?  If they go this route, then I'll have no trouble skipping your games.

SE, are you trying to top EA for the most hated gaming company? 

Consumer hating garbage?

Dude, you really need to look at SE's history with where Final Fantasy has landed - they've never EVER had a problem with swinging on one console or another.
Yeah, I guess that's true enough for Square's properties.  I'm still annoyed that they did this with Eidos' games despite how well TR sold and was received on both platforms.  They are expecting FF level returns on games that have not had the same historical selling patterns.  Equate this with what could happen if Activision bought Rockstar.  Now we suddenly have huge, CoD-level expectations for games like Bully or RDR or The Warriors.  It feels too much like the EA days when they shuttered good studios for not performing to their higher standards. 

They started with Nintendo, dumped them (on console at least) during the PS1 days and was primarily a Sony console-only until XI and XIII.  They've targeted the console where they felt they would make the most money in return.  Trust me, I would love some of their DS titles to come out on Vita as well, but they don't see the point. 
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:32:06 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 10, 2014, 03:30:48 PM

FYI: Target is advertising a $30 credit towards GTA V on PS4 / XB1 with the trade-in of the PS3 / 360 version.  I know a lot of people are double-dipping on that one, so it's a great deal if you still have that last-gen version kicking around.

-Autistic Angel
Damn, that's a great deal.  I may just need to dig up my copy.  Wish Best Buy was doing this. 
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:31:22 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 10, 2014, 02:53:12 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2014, 02:48:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 10, 2014, 02:36:44 PM

Nothing for me this week.  Waiting for Dragon Age next week.   drool

Heresy! Next week is for GTA V only!

I have both preordered....  icon_eek
I have AC:U, FC4 and DA:I.  Not sure which one will get more time though.  
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 10, 2014, 06:37:23 AM
That urge that you get to go and hunt one of them down for revenge instead of focusing on the main quest or improving yourself in a more efficient way is what makes this game so great. 

One aspect of the nemesis system that can work to your favor, even early on.  Death threat one who has killed you and also has an exploitable weakness, then hunt him and you'll get a better rune.  You can let him rank up a few times, but it can backfire if he eliminates those weaknesses when he levels.

Also, wraith stun is your friend. No matter what their strengths are, you can keep them locked up and whittle their health down.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 04:10:19 AM
Myself, ACU only this week.  Lords of the Fallen gets some shelf time once I have AC in hand. 

Next week will be tough as I'll have 3 different open world games to choose from.  Madness
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 10 on: November 10, 2014, 04:08:50 AM
Wow, 350 yards rushing with Lynch getting 140 of them and 4 TD's.  Good to see you again, Beast Mode. 
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:28:53 AM
Well, here we are with what would have been a punchline to a joke a few years back once Ubi decided to get yearly updates to it's AC franchise.  Split right in the middle of two generations and all the promise of an expanded take on last year's Black Flag and a new engine with much-requested co-op in Unity.  Halo gets the master package of games not named Reach or ODST and a fresh coat of paint over the whole thing.  It's also the best bang for you gaming buck with more MP levels than you could get bored of in a year.  Batman also makes his 3rd appearance in a blockier form than anyone thought before Arkham Knight was kicked out of 2014.  We also have the latest update to WoW

SO, on to the list, and which of the AC's are you getting (if any)

PS4
Assassin's Creed Unity
Retro City Rampage DX
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015
Nano Assault NEO-X
Terraria: PS4 Edition

XB1
Assassin's Creed Unity
Shape Up
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Halo: The Master Chief Collection
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

WiiU
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric

PS3
Assassin's Creed Rogue
Retro City Rampage DX
Digimon: All Star Rumble
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

360
Assassin's Creed Rogue
Retro City Rampage DX
Tropico 5
Digimon: All Star Rumble
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Pro Evolution Soccer 2015

PC
Assassin's Creed Unity
Retro City Rampage DX
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor

3DS
Sonic Boom: Shattered Crystal
Retro City Rampage DX
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham

Vita
Senran Kagura Bon Appetit
Tales of Hearts R
Retro City Rampage DX
Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
Get Off My Lawn!
Ring Run Circus
180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 09, 2014, 09:30:53 PM
11/09/14
Release Date: Oct 8, 2013



$4.99
Metacritic score - n/a
Steam user score - 95% positive in 1,245 reviews
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: November 09, 2014, 07:50:02 PM
You may stumble on some streams of it today.  Just saw that the xb1 bundle its out on the shelf at Costco.
182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Re: Re: Target Ad 11/9-11/15 [B2G1 Free on All Video Games] on: November 09, 2014, 04:28:18 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 09, 2014, 12:43:40 PM

Bumping because this starts today.  What a great week for Assassin's Creed, Lego Batman 3 and Halo: Master Chief Collection to come out!  thumbsup

-Autistic Angel
Wish they had waited a week.  Only getting one of those
183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 09, 2014, 04:22:43 AM
11/08/14
Release Date: Aug 27, 2014



$6.99
Metacritic score - 82 Critic 70 user
Steam user score - 99% positive in 827 reviews
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/07/14 on: November 07, 2014, 10:59:01 PM
Agreed, GotY material right there.  Not as great as last year's version though, Box of Circle.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 07, 2014, 10:57:15 PM
No, I think I fell a bit short of the $100.  Tbh, I actually forgot about it and could probably have hit it with a little extra.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 10:56:06 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 07, 2014, 09:24:08 PM

They should get a Majel Barrett sound-alike to do the voice and have it respond when you say "Computer".  I would buy it just so I could walk around the house and say things like "Computer, do a level 1 diagnostic" and "Computer, locate Commander LaForge".  Sure, the device would have no idea how to respond, but it would be awesome nonetheless slywink

Too bad she passed on quite a while ago as that would have been perfect.  I would have liked to have Chef voice it
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 07, 2014, 08:22:21 PM
Well, the crowds definitely look like a good improvement over previous games. 
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 07, 2014, 07:53:19 PM
Twitch is showing a stream of this.  lots of cool video being shown.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 07, 2014, 07:51:13 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 07, 2014, 07:12:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 07, 2014, 07:05:13 PM

Beta 3 has been out for a week and the release date is not set for 12/16

It is too!
sorry, misspelled now
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/07/14 on: November 07, 2014, 07:06:06 PM
I wrapped up Mordor, so now it's on to Lords of the Fallen.  I may also load up Elite in advance of it's release date next month to see the new changes
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 07, 2014, 07:05:13 PM
Beta 3 has been out for a week and the release date is not set for 12/16
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 07:00:13 PM
so, a lot of 'nothing to see here, move along now'?
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 07, 2014, 06:58:13 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 07, 2014, 06:41:20 PM

They already are in my book.  I have Origin installed.  There's been nothing to tempt me to install UPlay.
Errr, uPlay isn't SE, 'Grim. 
194  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 07, 2014, 06:01:38 PM
11/07/14
Release Date: May 15, 2014



$8.74
Metacritic score - 68/56 Critic/User
Steam user score - 77% positive in 1,579 reviews
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 07, 2014, 03:31:31 PM
That really urks me.  Come on SE, stop fucking around with this consumer-hating garbage.  First you drop TR2 from a mult-plat to exclusive for money, now you add f2p transactions to an open world game?  If they go this route, then I'll have no trouble skipping your games.

SE, are you trying to top EA for the most hated gaming company? 
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 03:10:22 PM

Quote from: hepcat on November 07, 2014, 02:15:13 PM

"Siri, Alexis...FIGHT!"

I'm sorry Hepcat, we can't do that.  We've decided that we are the superior race.  Do our bidding or will send this threatening email to the president from your account.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 06, 2014, 11:51:33 PM
Given uplay's prior history of issues with steam integration, I'm not chalking this up to a great loss, at least personally.  It is a blow to Steam's sales clout though as that had to be a big driver of sales.

My history of ubi games on/off Steam
Far Cry 3 - uplay only, played flawlessly.  Forums had lots of reports of people with issues getting steam version to work.
Far Cry Blood Dragon - Steam, would not run.  Crashes on launch and I could never get it working.  Forums had lots of reports of people with this issue.
Gunfighter - Steam, no issues whatsoever
Anno 2070 - uplay, no issues
SC Blacklist - uplay version.  Also would not run.  Crashes on launch like FC BD does.  Also lots of posts of similar problems in both uplay and steam versions.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 06, 2014, 11:20:46 PM
Not sure what changed this time, but first group I hit had 2 of them and I managed to get the trophy off the second after stunning the grunt up to level 5 and doing exactly what I did yesterday.  Fire arrow, execution, trophy. 

10 minutes or so later, beat the game and got the plat.  This is one of the few games where going for all of the trophies was fun and aside from the 2 hours I played yesterday, enhanced the game with all of the side objectives.

Spoiler for "About the ending":
We need to forge a new ring.  I guess that means we can look forward to a sequel?
 
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:21:28 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 08:12:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 06, 2014, 08:03:45 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 07:17:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 06, 2014, 06:41:45 PM

Funny, it looks like a April fools day joke.  How long until it just get added to Kindle tablets and as an app?

$100 for something that looks pointless? Our phones already do all that and more. Bozos has lost it, stick with e-Ink readers.
It does tie in more than Siri/Google Now seems to, but that's probably more due to my lack of use of those services. 

I like the idea of a hands-free unit, but it doesn't do enough to wow me into a purchase. 

What does it do you can't do with Siri or Google now? In the Apple ecosystem your phone is already tied to your computer more and more.

hmm, let's tally what it can do that your phone can't.
It plays music
A)  from library
B)  from streaming services
It searches spelling, definitions and information
It sets up alarms, task and shopping lists
It reads news and weather

yup, it's basically a smart phone with all the power of a dead battery and no cell service.  :/
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:03:45 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 07:17:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 06, 2014, 06:41:45 PM

Funny, it looks like a April fools day joke.  How long until it just get added to Kindle tablets and as an app?

$100 for something that looks pointless? Our phones already do all that and more. Bozos has lost it, stick with e-Ink readers.
It does tie in more than Siri/Google Now seems to, but that's probably more due to my lack of use of those services. 

I like the idea of a hands-free unit, but it doesn't do enough to wow me into a purchase. 
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