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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls II on: March 13, 2014, 06:50:49 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 13, 2014, 05:00:36 PM

How "punishing"/hardcore is it compared to the original game?

If you were a fan of Demon's Souls/Dark Souls then you will love this one.  If you didn't like them or thought they were too hard, this one will not change your opinion.  Having to learn new tactics to deal with enemies might make it feel tougher at first, but you quickly get over that.  One of the classes can take a decent amount of punishment before dying too which makes it a good toon to start with.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls II on: March 13, 2014, 03:22:34 PM
Picked it up on Tuesday and am completely, totally in love. After a solid 5 hours or so of play, here are my random mini impressions:

1) The world is incredible.  The feel of everything is very Dark Souls but nothing looks rehashed so far.  I'm spending lots of time just poking around every corner trying to find shortcuts/loot/etc.
2) Combat is a bit different now as far as timing and animations.  The controls are all the same so it will be familiar to past fans, but you will be relearning how to deal with enemies.
3) When you die now, you lose a small bit of your max health (it can eventually get as low as 50% of your original HP).  You also become more and more "hollowed" as this occurs.  You need to use a certain object to restore your humanity and return to 100% health.  Not sure how I feel about this mechanic yet.  As the items are not super common to find, and are expensive to buy, there's a definite risk/reward thing going on. i will say it's not as bad as I originally thought it would be when reading about it.  I also suspect that when you get further into the game, buying these items will become much less of a hassle.  It also is a small slice of health per death, so if you are careful and don't die too much, it won't be a huge consideration very often.
3) The story looks good so far.  It does a great job of integrating lots of these mechanics into the lore but has that same Dark Souls ambiguity about it.  You'll be piecing together what's going on from lots of different sources just like you did before.
4) The menu system is worlds better this time around.  Much easier to get around and compare things.  There are also nice tool tips and indicators to let you know what things do and what they affect.
5) The starting area seems to ease you into game play better than the asylum did, and they don't throw a boss at you so quickly either.  There are a few uber tough enemies hidden away so you can try your luck against those, but it's all optional.
6) I haven't met my first boss yet, so can't say how those will work out.  I'm a pokey player, so don't assume it will take you the same +5 hours to get to the first boss.
7) Fast travel FTW!!!  You can now fast travel between bonfires immediately upon activating them.

In summary, this is DEFINITELY a Dark Souls game.  There's enough differences in here so it feels like a true sequel, but it's not a different type of game.  Best thing I can say is that it feels like playing Dark Souls for the first time all over again. If you are a fan, this is a MUST BUY.  10/10
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going Full Rechargeable? on: February 20, 2014, 05:48:48 PM
ATB!  icon_lol

Whenever I do my annual post, it always seems to be one of your topics.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going Full Rechargeable? on: February 20, 2014, 04:01:32 PM
Never go full recharge.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: February 13, 2014, 04:36:15 PM
Nope.  It does change sides once during the movie though with no explanation  icon_lol

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Actually, I take that back.  The reason is that people can make a big deal out of shaking it.
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6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Robocop! on: February 13, 2014, 04:15:25 PM
It was garbage (and I'm a fairly forgiving viewer).  Pacing was bad, the action lacked any tension or excitement, writing stunk.  There were a couple enjoyable scenes throughout, and some of the concepts they were trying to address were interesting (focused on the humanizing aspect more), but it was just too poorly executed to pay off.  Dull
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] This is the End on: June 14, 2013, 08:52:14 PM
Saw it opening night (which I never do for comedies) and it was bloody HILARIOUS.  The nature of the film even makes it great on the big screen.  If you are at all a fan of the guys in this go see it ASAP.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360]get Fable 3 for free(Gold Only) on: June 10, 2013, 04:00:57 PM
Nice... not a big Fable fan, but free is free.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Must Haves on: June 02, 2013, 03:04:18 PM
Picked up Ni No Kuni as well. What a wonderful, charming game!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Must Haves on: May 31, 2013, 05:39:53 PM
Just picked up a refurb unit over lunch.  Grabbed the following titles right off the bat

Demon's Souls
Uncharted 1
Heavy Rain

Is it me, or do the USB wall charger adaptors not work with the controller cable?  Gotta actually plug this into a computer to charge?
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3] Must Haves on: May 31, 2013, 01:20:31 PM
So I'm pretty sure I am going to break down and pick up a PS3 this weekend to play all the exclusives I've been missing out on over the years.  So I'm putting together a list of "must have" titles that are currently out there and am looking for suggestions to add to it.  My current list is as follows:

Uncharted series
Infamous series
Demon's Souls
Heavy Rain
Shadow of the Colossus/ICO HD

So what else you guys got for me?  The only requirement is that it has to be a PS3 exclusive as I already own an Xbox.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [RIP] Ray Harryhausen on: May 07, 2013, 06:27:56 PM
HDNet has been running the original Clash of the Titans lately too.  Still a great film to this day.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: April 29, 2013, 06:30:55 PM
sploosh
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen soon! on: April 27, 2013, 02:45:50 PM
Did you check your storage at the inn? My stone and outfits wherein there for a new character. The 100k rift appeared in my inventory at some point too. Not sure if they were there at first.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda's new game project on: April 19, 2013, 06:36:05 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on April 19, 2013, 05:32:48 PM

I don't know if a game has ever "scared" me. I'm PC only and have never played the Silent hill game. I liked the good Clive Barker game but it didn't scare me. I've been startled by monster closet stuff back in the day, but not scared. Dead space was creepy. Maybe I'm splitting hairs.

Try Amnesia: The Dark Descent (available off Steam) if you wanna be scared.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bethesda's new game project on: April 19, 2013, 01:07:14 PM
The Evil Within

No gameplay footage, but the trailer has a real Silent Hill vibe about it.
17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] R.I.P.D. on: April 18, 2013, 05:29:29 PM
Ugh, looks horrible.  I'd put it more as Men In Black 2 with both of them as the annoying dog.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: April 08, 2013, 03:29:27 PM
I've been stauchly saying that there's no way MS would require internet access on their next gen console, but it's getting harder and harder to deny. More and more it's looking like PS4 for me next gen. I still hope it's all just rumor or misinterpretation though.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: April 08, 2013, 12:40:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 08, 2013, 12:24:00 PM

Anyone know some good lists of simple strength training work outs? The usual searching online comes up with way too many results that are useless or trying to sell something.

I have a subscription to 24 Hour Fitness and wanted to get better use out of it than just the elliptical and treadmill. They have the usual weights and equipment.

Also, with me dieting heavily, I wanted to avoid the usual muscle loss that comes with that strict diets.

I used to use an iphone app called iFitness, which had few nice lists of workouts that I could just go through and switch between. I just don't have the memory or familiarity with this equipment to come up with my own routines right now.

www.bodybuilding.com

Click the "Workouts" tab and you'll have plenty to search through.

A few years back, I had great success with a 5x5 program (5 sets of 5 reps).  You won't get really cut or anything, but your strength will go through the roof.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The 201X Health Improvement Thread on: April 08, 2013, 12:38:42 PM
Been back to the gym for about 5 months now and am rapidly approaching the best shape of my life (not bad for a 40 yr. old!) I work with a trainer 5 days a week, run on the elliptical 4 days a week (treadmills bust up my knees, so I have to take it easy).  My body fat has dropped significantly, my cardio is slowly/steadily improving to a point where I have to do a 10 minute mile pace just to keep my heart rate up, and my strength/stamina is greatly improved. I might just look pretty darn good at the beach this year!

My proudest moment was last week on chest day where I did the  following:

1) 100 rep challenge on the flat bench (goal is to do 100 bench presses; you do what you can, then however many remain to 100 is how many seconds rest you get. So the further you get, the less rest you get)
2) Three sets of pushups
3) Another 100 rep challenge on an inclined bench

I didn't think I would be able to complete the first challenge much less the second, but I did it and it wasn't even as hard as I thought it would be. Definitely felt proud of myself after that one.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Wii U/3DS/DS/Ps3/Vita] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on: April 08, 2013, 12:30:04 PM
I found the trick to be not focusing on collectibles your first time through the game.  Once you finish you should have enough studs to pick up the major red bricks that make things easier.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Mortal Instruments on: April 05, 2013, 07:39:49 PM
The smell of money is a great seductress, I would blame Twilight rather than Harry Potter though.  That proved you don't even have to be a good writer (the books) or movie maker (the films) to make a ton of $$$
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [food] KFC to introduce "Boneless Chicken" on: April 05, 2013, 06:27:42 PM
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake Topic]Stephen King's Carrie on: April 05, 2013, 01:51:05 PM
Yeah I was kinda intersted in this, but that trailer didn't do much for my hopes really.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 03, 2013, 03:32:06 PM
I predict... GOTY 2013 = GTA V
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 02, 2013, 06:21:38 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 02, 2013, 06:16:20 PM

So I have more questions…


Spoiler for Hiden:
How come Comstock is so old if he’s a version of Booker in 1912?  Shouldn’t he have been 38 too?  Was he aged due to the portals?


Spoiler for Hiden:
Best theory I read is that using the rifts has prematurely aged him as well as made him sterile.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 02, 2013, 01:35:24 PM
Finished last night... mind officially blown.

Between this and Tomb Raider, it's been a really good "one-two punch"
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 01, 2013, 02:43:46 PM
Fringe and most all of the James Bond movies (no Daniel Craig) look to be there as well now.  Seriously good content dump over the last couple days.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Donations... on: March 27, 2013, 04:29:59 PM
Salvation Army
Big Brothers/Big Sisters
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Wolverine on: March 27, 2013, 03:55:10 PM
Never compare a movie to the source material... therin lies the path to disappointment.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 27, 2013, 03:49:36 PM
You get upgrades to the amount of salt you carry, as well as get vigors which use less of it.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Wolverine on: March 27, 2013, 02:11:06 PM
Actually looks quite promising.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 27, 2013, 02:10:15 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 27, 2013, 12:57:04 PM

Regarding your spoiler and the choice you have to make with #77... does what happens next change at all depending on your choice?  icon_neutral

Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose the "good" option and later on in the game I got a decent reward for doing that (won't saw what or where so you don't get spoiled, but it's obvious when it happens).  Not sure if that would change (or the immediate results) if i went "evil".  I'm going to assume they still would have grabbed your hand and seen the AD on it but maybe they let you throw the ball first?
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: March 26, 2013, 01:37:21 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 26, 2013, 05:47:04 AM

I watched this tonight. First time ever, had no clue what was going on, but didn't really want to... AWEFUL acting is what I saw. Just was too over the top cheesy. Maybe it's better than what I saw, and probably better if I knew why was going on... Still, seemed pretty crappy.

Nope, it doesn't get any better.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: March 25, 2013, 07:02:40 PM
Try thinking of straight ahead as down.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2, AKA Star Trek Into Darkness on: March 21, 2013, 02:06:53 PM
There's a URL secreted away in the trailer as well that leads to a new poster.  Info here... (pic of girl in underwear on page so maybe NSFW??)

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2013/03/21/new-star-trek-poster-is-your-reward-for-not-ogling-alice-eve-in-her-underwear/
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: March 20, 2013, 12:47:16 PM
I said it before and I'll say it again... it'll be a cold day in hell before you see always on, no used games this generation.  That became doubly assured when Sony announced the PS4 specs.

The generation after the upcoming one? Yeah, I can see it maybe happening then.
38  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Revolution on: March 19, 2013, 06:14:28 PM
If constant character trait flip-flopping doesn't bother you, then give it a shot; the central premise is fairly interesting.  I couldn't stand it because everything people did was to searve the plot, regardless of if it was in character or not (many times within the same episode).
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SimCity impressions on: March 15, 2013, 01:49:24 PM
So their main focus is now on developing the game they promised?  How considerate of them. Sooo glad I held off on this title, and I really hope they are punished for this debacle of a release. If everyone forgets about all this in a few months (with the release of some shiny new DLC!!!), they will have learned nothing.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Kick Ass 2: Balls to the Wall on: March 13, 2013, 06:52:07 PM
Redband trailer out! Looks incredibly kick ass  icon_biggrin

http://www.thehollywoodgossip.com/videos/kick-ass-2-red-band-trailer/
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