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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: April 06, 2015, 02:39:33 PM
or the fact that you have to see the boss (and almost always die) before you can even level up the first time so you lose all that progress

Your first point of insight is what actually triggers the ability to level.  This is easily accomplished by discovering the first boss, but you can also find a couple "madman's knowledge" in the sewer and consume one of those to get it up and running.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 31, 2015, 01:16:54 PM
Fantastic game, definitely up there with Dark Souls the first.  There's a real HP Lovecraft feel to the whole thing that not many people are mentioning; more "scary" than the previous titles.  I'm progressing slowly (approaching boss 3 now), but am enjoying the hell out of the time spent.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Working through the workshop area to open up the next cathedral area, I ran across an enemy who had mass tentacles coming out of his face and a giant tube on the top of his head.  He grabbed me, wrapped me up and proceeded to suck my brain out of my head with that big tube.  Lost an insight level on top of the death, but man did that encounter make me jump!  Add the whole "great ones" cosmic god concept being hinted at and this is very much a Lovecraft inspired world.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 27, 2015, 05:44:24 PM
I'm picking up a PS4 tonight just for this title.  Really can't wait!
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Image search on the word 'symptom'. You WON'T believe the Results! (NSFW?) on: March 04, 2015, 04:08:50 PM
I chuckled at the question mark after NSFW
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 29, 2015, 06:47:10 PM
What platform you on Blackjack?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 04:53:20 PM
Yeah I've just finished getting through the opening bit (co-op unlocked) and am really enjoying this game.  As others have said, the parkour takes a bit to get used to, but soon enough it feels plenty natural.  My current hangup with the controls is that I keep throwing firecrackers when I mean to kick someone.  Combat at the start is real hectic; you definitely feel weak and a simple one on one fight can turn a corner real quick when zombie buddies decide to show up.  Once you get a decent weapon (blue electro-pipe ftw) and become more situationally aware though, it gets easier.  I can survive mini-packs without too much issue now.  Hot tip... don't ignore those firecrackers.  They are crazy useful at least in the early game.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 04:02:15 PM
Are they like that if you go back to the Slums?  Perhaps location has something to do with it.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 28, 2015, 07:08:38 PM
Does this game have that great optional analog control scheme from Dead Island where you could control how you swing your weapons and target and break limbs on the zombies?
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 28, 2015, 02:46:27 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 28, 2015, 05:55:18 AM

I seem to have met my match in Act V with Adria: The Witch (aka Spider-Woman). Any ideas? I've tried everything in my L54 Crusader toolbox, and seem wholly unable to bring her health meter below maybe 70%. Then the stupid heart slugs (or whatever) fill up the screen. If she has a weakness, I can't find it.

Nobody on bnet seems to join open multiplayer games anymore (presumably the only people left playing are L70 players now) so it doesn't seem like I can get any help on this that way.

I guess I'll Google it but thought I'd ask in case anyone here even remembers playing through Acts anymore.  icon_smile

I guess I knew sooner or later D3 would go back to pissing me off and frustrating me. Nothing like a love-hate relationship.  icon_neutral

Don't be afraid to lower the difficulty for a fight you are having trouble getting through.  I think i remember having to bump it down for that fight myself the first time through, then jacked it back up right after.  The Act V bosses are all long and tough.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 03:57:07 PM
Just did some searching and found the answer

"Dying Light features seamless drop-in/drop-out co-op for up to 4 players. The multiplayer is fully integrated with the campaign and allows the players to complete quests together, explore the quarantine zone, and take part in special co-op challenges."

11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 03:42:08 PM
Anyone know if the entire campaign can be played co op, or is it like Unity with only special missions available?
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 18, 2014, 01:59:43 PM
yeah the word is that driving is horrible first person.  You can supposedly set default camera settings for different modes (first person on foot, third person while driving, etc) so once you have a preference figured out, it's all automatic.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 01:38:43 PM

Quote from: Crawley on November 13, 2014, 04:02:08 AM

Like sometimes I want to go through a window but instead I'll either hang on to the side of the window, or if there's a balcony I'll land on the balcony's railing. Then I do a little dance grabbing the side of the window and hopping to the railing for awhile a few times before making it through the window.

Many people seem to be missing this (the pop up for it went away pretty quick), but to go through a window, you position yourself near it then pull the left trigger.  MUCH easier than trying to aim yourself through it.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity 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?
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 10, 2014, 07:38:07 PM
ATB!  yeah, next time I am on and i see you pop up, I'll throw you an invite!  A warning though... this talk of 2.0 KD ratio is well beyond my skill level biggrin
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 10, 2014, 04:24:19 PM
This is actually the first Call of Duty game that I can say I am enjoying.  Most years that I have bothered trying it out, I lose interest/get frustrated after a day or two tops.  hearing about the new mobility options (which I enjoyed in Destiny) got me to pick it up again this year and I am absolutely loving it.  I'm definitely not a very good player, but the gun-play and movement is fun enough that I don't really care.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 02:43:19 PM
I'll be picking it up.  Reading the reviews makes this look to be a must buy for me.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 21, 2014, 03:42:46 PM
ATB... we have a group that we are trying to prepare for a fresh Vault run.  You're already on my friends list, so I can let you know our plan when we have one.  What class/sub/level are you?
19  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.
20  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
21  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.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Going Full Rechargeable? on: February 20, 2014, 04:01:32 PM
Never go full recharge.
23  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

Actually, I take that back.  The reason is that people can make a big deal out of shaking it.
24  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
25  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.
26  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.
27  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!
28  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?
29  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.
30  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.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Pacific Rim on: April 29, 2013, 06:30:55 PM
32  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.
33  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.
34  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.
35  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.
36  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.
37  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.

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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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 $$$
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