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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 20, 2014, 07:35:32 PM
Should also mention the first season of Pinball Arcade is $15 right now.

http://store.steampowered.com/app/238260

This is probably the best season table wise. It has the following 21 tables:

Theatre of Magic™, Black Hole™, Ripley's Believe It or Not!®, Medieval Madness™, Bride of Pin•Bot™, Cirqus Voltaire™, Funhouse™, Monster Bash™, Gorgar™, Creature from the Black Lagoon™, Black Knight™, Harley-Davidson® 3rd Edition, Taxi™, Elvira and the Party Monsters™, No Good Gofers™, Scared Stiff™, Big Shot™, Twilight Zone®, Star Trek: The Next Generation®, Attack From Mars™, and Genie™.



2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 20, 2014, 05:38:27 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on August 20, 2014, 02:36:47 AM

Hey kato how you liking your x52 so far I'm thinking about getting one.

Ditto for me.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 02:51:41 AM
I'll buy the Game of Thrones and True Blood Blu-Rays when they come out as I don't have HBO. Only other exception are anime collections I don't have - like Robotech which I've been eyeing for awhile now.

I'll also take out DVD/Blu-Rays from the local library for free (they have a surprisingly good Blu-ray section with current releases). But 99% of the stuff I watch is either Netflix/Amazon/Live TV. I have a bunch of DVD/BluRays on my shelves I haven't looked at in years. There's just too much content on the streaming sites that I'm discovering.
4  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 19, 2014, 07:25:20 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 19, 2014, 05:02:40 PM


If you own any of the Metro games already you can also pre-purchase the Redux versions of these games for 50% off. If you don't have the initial Metro 2033 game it may be worth spending the $3.74 for it. You'll then get the 50% off on the Metro 2033 Redux which brings it down to $12.49. So $16.23 total for Redux instead of paying the full $24.99.

I'm debating weather to spend the $12.49 on it. The changes are supposed to be significant but still seems like $12.49 might be a bit high after playing it already.

Last Light your probably just better off buying the original as the changes to the Redux version are pretty minor, short of including all the DLC.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 19, 2014, 07:08:22 PM
Ah is that where Mud came from? Man he's annoying.  Although I would get him back after battles when I would mistakenly hit him after the monster was dead.

At one point I lost him on the island somehow and thought he was gone for good - and he was for awhile. But then as soon as I showed up with my big ship he was back. Ugh.

Thankfully he doesn't seem to follow you off that particular island.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 18, 2014, 11:43:58 PM
25hrs in and this game really has its claws in me now. I think there's 3 major islands, possibly a 4th with the inquisition, 2 DLC islands and a few smaller ones. I'm guessing I'm 3/4s done on the Guardian faction island - I just joined them. I'm probably 1/2 way through the Voodoo Pirates island, had an offer to join them but there's another 1/2 of the island I can't even get to as its blocked by a huge wall I haven't figured out how to get past. And I'm about 1/3 of the way through the Demon Hunters island. I haven't even touched the 2 DLC islands or the Inquisition Island yet. And there may be some smaller islands I haven't seen.

So this game is pretty huge. I'm expecting at least around a 40hr game if not well beyond that.

I just acquired my "big ship" after joining a faction, and to my surprise I found out they added some Assassins Creed like naval combat. Not as good as AC, or as in depth, but not too shabby. Fun regardless.

Also it looks like the crew that you get to join you each has their own little side quests, ala Mass Effect. So that's neat too.

After joining the Guardians faction I can finally use magic + sword fighting regularly. My magic is pretty wimpy at this point but can see it enhancing combat with the spell caster monsters. Its nice though not having to use a spell and have it be gone until you come across another.

I'd say this is probably my favorite Risen game out of the three. Not sure I can recommend it at $50, particularly without getting the pre-purchase DLC, but I would recommend it at its first sale. Gonna get your money's worth at the $35-40 level for sure.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 18, 2014, 07:25:53 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on August 18, 2014, 12:19:26 AM

Quote from: Crawley on August 17, 2014, 10:16:57 PM

So how does co-op work for this game? Is it a separate save than single - e.g. can I have a single player game going and a separate co-op game going at the same time?

Basically want to play this with my wife but figure I'd probably have a single player game going that's separate from the one we play together. Doable?
If you start a game co-op from the beginning than each of you will get to create a primary character.  After you both get companions you just have to sign them to the correct person.  There is no restriction on you guys having to stick together either as long as you stay in the same over-world location.  We often split up in town to do our shopping and this can also save on transit time since you get the ability to teleport to each other very early on.

You can have as many saves as you want; the only thing you may have to be careful with is the auto save and if you choose “continue” from the main menu.  You could solve this easily though if you just let your wife host the co-op game.  Then that save game would be on her computer.


Ok. Thanks for the details. That helps quite a bit.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: August 17, 2014, 10:16:57 PM
So how does co-op work for this game? Is it a separate save than single - e.g. can I have a single player game going and a separate co-op game going at the same time?

Basically want to play this with my wife but figure I'd probably have a single player game going that's separate from the one we play together. Doable?
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 15, 2014, 05:31:08 PM

Quote from: Scraper on August 15, 2014, 01:47:43 PM

I'm a long time fan of the Gothic/Risen series, so I will definitely be picking this one up. BUT I am a little bummed that they stuck with the Pirate theme, I thought they were moving back to the Medieval theme for this one which I liked a lot better. Still It's Risen, so I already know I will love it. Heck I loved Risen 2.

Yeah, they did a fake out with the trailers. Its like the last game with the heavy pirate theme with fantasy elements in it.

I did check out another island last night from the previous game and so far that one also has the exact layout as R2. There's even a cave I went in to that had these termite monsters that were in the cave from the previous game. So they're certainly reusing assets. Still enjoying the game though.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 15, 2014, 02:51:31 AM
Ok the game is pretty decent. If you liked Risen 1 you'll like this one. Plenty of quests (almost too many) and some fun conversations. I'm certainly not bored by things. And it also has the same drive to get more gold as the previous games. There's so many skills you can pick up but there's always the lack of gold at hand.

Getting more used to the combat. You really have to watch the monsters tells. Then dodge/block when appropriate. Each monster has their own attack patterns that seems to vary so once I got used to the combat its taken a little layer of complexity. I'm not totally sucking at combat now. And learning riposte is a nice helper.

Moved off of Antigua on to another island, from R2, and nothing on it looks familiar. So that was good. I also got to bed a maid and that was good too.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: August 15, 2014, 02:45:19 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on August 14, 2014, 05:38:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 14, 2014, 02:30:49 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2014, 01:58:34 PM

when you get your rift, you won't need that TrackIR.... hint hint

Yeah, skipping the DK2 because it's "temporary" while getting a TrackIR instead is kind of counter-intuitive. The TrackIR will be just as obsolete for these games as the DK2 once the CV1 is out. Actually, the DK2 won't be obsolete if I'm not mistaken. It'll just give a lesser experience than the full consumer version, but should still work. The same can't be said for the DK1.

While true, I've had the TrackIR since before the Occulus was announced so I didn't get it while skipping the DK2.  I'm willing to wait for the consumer release of the Occulus to see what further improvements they make, I've already read that the DK2 seems to cause less motion sickness than the DK1 so if there is even more room for improvement I can wait awhile before packing the TrackIR up and sending it to Indy.

On this weeks Gamers with Jobs podcast one of the people talks about their experience with DK2 and this game and another gives their impression with Track IR. Its right at the start of the podcast. After hearing about DK2 experience I do have some concerns. It sounds like if there are any performance drops or things are working 100% on your system the screen can cause screen glitches. It had me leaning a bit more towards a Track IR setup where that they of thing wouldn't be a huge deal.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 13, 2014, 03:12:30 AM
Played a bit more. Went to Antigua, which was in the last game, and its almost exactly like it was in the last game. A bit beat up, because of what's going on, but all the houses, and many of the people, are the exact same. So a bit of reusing assets from the previous game. Hopefully the entire thing isn't like that. But would have at least hoped they reimagined Antigua rather than using what they had done in the previous game.

That said its a Risen game. Plenty of quests, lots to explore, and not enough money to raise all the skills you want to. So having fun.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 12, 2014, 11:24:10 PM
Figured I'd start a thread for this game.

I did play through the initial tutorial area. And it plays like a Risen game so far. Terrible combat. Nice looking locations but with a slightly dated graphics look. You get rewarded for going off the beaten path. And big bewbs. BIG BIG bewbs.

It also seems to stick heavily with the pirate + fantasy theme of the last game.

I'll have to dive in to it a bit more to get a better impression of it.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 08:42:57 PM
Hoping Risen 3 lives up to the "Back to the Roots" trailer they showed off awhile back. I'm pre-loading it now.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 03, 2014, 04:04:48 AM
Watched a very good end of the world style film called The Last Days. It's a film from Spain and has a neat setup. Basically everyone in the world gets agoraphobia and if they try and go outside they die. It starts off in an office building where people have been stuck there for three months and they're trying to find a way out of there without going outside. The movie doesn't do the typical Hollywood thing and have the main characters try and find a cure or try and figure out what even happened. It has a more narrow scope but at the same time it covers a lot of ground showing what the world is like three months after the agoraphobia thing happened.

The film looks really good too. They definitely spent money on it. There's some really nice set pieces and the acting is very good for all of the characters.

The two brothers who wrote/directed this also did the film Carriers, another small scale end of the world film with Chris Pine, which I also enjoyed for what it was. But this one is better.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/1/14 on: August 01, 2014, 05:38:42 PM
Got Trine Complete (Trine 1 + 2) for two people last week since it was on sale for like $5. Unexpectantly played like 8hrs of it last Sunday. Was so much fun - particularly since neither of the two people I was playing with had played a game like this before. Will finish up the last level of T1 then move on to T2, which I never finished myself.

Also been playing an unhealthy amount of Kingdom Rush, which I'm revisiting from a long ago purchase. It's a fantasy tower defense game that is so addicting but brutally difficult. When I initially tried it I don't think I could get past the six or seventh mission. After replaying I finally cracked the code and have worked my way through almost all the levels, even on the Heroic/Iron man versions (93 out of 130 stars so far). The game is still pretty nasty even though I have all the upgrades. You'll be doing fine for awhile then you'll get a wave of monsters that just tears your defenses to shreds. But it feels like such an accomplishment once you figure out a particularly difficult level and complete it.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: August 01, 2014, 02:48:43 AM
Yeah a monthly all-you-can-eat is the better way to go if the price is right.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 31, 2014, 05:51:58 PM

Quote from: farley2k on July 31, 2014, 04:45:36 PM

PlayStation Now subscription option 'definitely in the works'

Quote
To recap, PlayStation Now lets players stream PS3 games from Sony's cloud servers to PS4, and other systems in the future. Currently the beta only offers rental options, with players able to access games for either 4 hours, 7 days, 30 days or 90 days. As displayed in a new video, there are different prices for different games - Vigil Games' Darksiders, for example, is $3 for 4 hours, $6 for a week, $8 for 30 days and $15 for 90.

The pricing structure has been the major point of contention for potential customers, reflected by Buser noting there'll be "reduced pricing" on some of the four-hour rentals in the coming weeks, bringing them down to $2. He also noted some of the games come with DLC included. However, it's likely most scrutiny will be reserved for how Sony approaches a subscription model, which the company plans to reveal more about "later."

If they want this to work the prices need to be adjusted - particularly if they're doing those prices on an older game like Darksiders which you can get for $5 during any Steam sale.

Nix the 4hr rental and replace it with a $1.50 24hr rental to beat Redbox's $2-a-day game rental price. Then have a $2.50 48hr rental. I would nix the 30/90 day rentals too.  I don't see too many people doing the 30-day rental. And no one doing the 90 day. People can just refill at the 24/48hr prices as needed.

Games that are pretty stale now, like Darksiders, should just have a $1 48hr rental price.

But they won't do that so this will be gone in a year.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: July 28, 2014, 07:56:12 PM
Yeah, this looks very promising to me too.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/25/14 on: July 26, 2014, 04:20:39 AM
Found a PS2 emulator (PCSX2) earlier this week and got it working after fiddling around with it for about two days. Really neat. Just pop my PS2 games in to my DVD drive and launch and go.

Put a few hours in to Final Fantasy XII, this is the ones with the bunny women. With AA, AF, FXAA, and setting the resolution at 1920x1200 the game looks surprisingly good. The distance textures are great. And everything about the characters/monsters are smooth.

Only issue is when you get close to some of the wall textures look low-res, but look great from a distance. And the movies are not full screen (well I think you can scale them up but they look pretty grainy).

All this and the game runs at 60fps. Plus the game is pretty decent too. I put an hour or two in to it when I initially got it for the PS2 but moved on to other stuff - probably got a 360. I'm 8 hours in to it now and really enjoying it.

So will be playing that this weekend when not playing Wildstar with family.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: July 22, 2014, 03:11:54 AM
If I had FX I'd be watching it. But gonna have to wait till it comes to Netflix. frown

Still gotta read the 3rd book in the series.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 21, 2014, 01:30:25 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on July 18, 2014, 02:03:57 PM

I'm getting into 'Wildstar'. Got a Drakeen Stalker at level 12 and working my way up. Enjoying the game. How about you?

At L36 now and have to say this is really a great MMO. Initially I was ok with the game. I loved the sci-fi/fantasy setting but wasn't feeling it at the lower levels. I think by L15 it started picking up for me and levels got more interesting and got a handle on my path. My classes, Warrior, which normally I would never play, and hated at first, really came in to their own at around L15 and has been smoking for both doing damage and taking damage. Great class.

The most recent zones we've been doing have been on off planet moon. The first part of it takes place in two very different bio-domes. Then you're on the moon surface later. Have to say once we completed the zone it was really odd not having the zero-G jump. Also had a nice side-quest where we went through a contaminated ship where everyone was having hallucinations. And you would get them too if you didn't get fresh oxygen every once in awhile. The final battle there was an acid trip fighting some really odd monster. Great stuff.

So the game is kinda slow at the start but really comes in to its own about 15 levels in or so.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Kickstarter]Robotech Academy on: July 20, 2014, 04:05:50 PM
Looks like this probably won't make it unless they see some major contributions near the end. It's trending 150k under the goal.
24  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: July 20, 2014, 01:18:26 AM
I saw something about 700k+ subscriptions for it so not sure its doing terrible. But I don't have much interest in it. The beta didn't impress anything on me. I know I'll eventually play it though. Probably after the first expansion pack or there's a can't pass up deal for it.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/18/14 on: July 20, 2014, 01:14:58 AM
Finished up Enslaved and the Pigsy Perfect 10 DLC.

Enslaved was pretty good. Light gameplay and puzzle elements but some very nice set pieces. Think I got it for $5 on the Steam Summer Sale. The Pigsy DLC was a bit annoying, particularly at the end when fights gets more intense and as I found out, twice, that checkpoints are far apart (so had to re-do a lot of battles). 11hrs total play for both the main game + DLC.

Also finished up the last episode of The Wolf Among Us. Really good writing in that last episode. One thing I'm pissed about though is I had a chance to use the Witching Well and at the last second decided not to. Damn I'm regretting that.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 18, 2014, 05:54:23 PM
The last few weeks I've been watching two anime series and finished both up:

Attack on Titan: The last of the human race live behind huge walls that keep these giants, called "titans", out of the city. It's been 100 years since the titans showed up and for whatever reason the history of what happened has been lost by the city. So they're clueless of why the titans are there and because they live behind these huge walls most have lived their lives without seeing a titan before. Well of course all goes to shit and the Titans start getting in to the city.

The anime follows a group of three kids who join the city military in hopes of fighting titans. The problem is they don't have a good way of killing them and lots of people die. There's a lot of time spent on the psyche of a soldier. From shell shock, to dealing with defeat, or questioning orders you don't understanding. And that's kinda the main problem I have with the series. It spends way too much time on these struggles. Sometimes with long dialogues between characters, long internal thoughts, or flashbacks. Many of which happen while things are really moving and it can just bring the action scenes to a complete halt.

But other than that the show is really good. The city they created is really well thought out. Although almost the entire series is spent inside the city you only get glimpses of life in there and its pretty interesting. The mystery behind the titans is always there and a few wrinkles are added to their mystery later on. I didn't find the characters all that likeable, they're pretty much cutouts of various templates you see in other anime, so the story was the main thing keeping me interested.

Looking forward to Season 2 whenever that comes out.

Knights of Sidonia: This one is basically a mix of Battlestar Galactica and Robotech, with the plot of Attack on Titan....in space!!!!! The human race has been wiped out by "Gauna", which are a shape changing alien thing. The last of the humans are on this huge ship, Sidonia, which is trying to make its way out of the Gauna space. Of course its not easy and they're getting attacked left and right. The story follows a kid who joins (well forced in to) the military and is fantastic at flying the Robotech type ships which are used to kill the Gauna. It basically follows the trials and tribulations of him becoming a pilot, the survival of the city, and those on his team.

The animation in this one is really good and I enjoyed the story overall. The characters were more likable than Attack on Titan for me so I was able to get in to it a bit. Although I kept getting confused on who was who as many of the characters look the same - and some identical because the ship has had to clone people. There's plenty of action and the story moves ahead at a good pace.

There's also a bear on the ship that talks and acts like a human. I'm just throwing that out there out of the blue since its done like that in the show. There is zero explanation of why this bear behaves like a human and can talk like a human. There are no other human animals on the ship beyond this bear. No one on the ship questions it. And when there is a flashback with the bear it raises even more questions about the bears origins than answers anything. The possibility of a silly explanation has me anticipating the next season.

In any case this one is worth checking out. The initial episode did not win me over but by episode three I was in it for the rest of it.

One hint, at least on the PS3, the show defaults to Closed Captions rather than the English subtitles. I didn't catch this till about six episodes in. For some reason the CC will either display dialogue or translation of an image on screen. Not both. And it chooses image translation over dialogue. So there were quite a few times where people were talking but the text on the screen was of some translation of something displaying on a monitor in the background. It was particularly annoying when you would start reading some dialogue and within a second it would be wiped from the screen in favor of some image translation because the scene changed to show something else. It occurs quite a few times so change to English subtitles.
27  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: What virus/malware software do you use? on: July 14, 2014, 02:07:49 AM
Virus checker I'll use ESET NOD32. Small footprint, works fast, and works wells.

Malware I'll use both Spybot and Malwarebyte - but mainly just run Spybot semi-regularly. Both of those can be run for free.
28  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 08, 2014, 10:56:03 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 08, 2014, 09:05:10 PM

I'll just chime in and comment that I bought Risen 1 yesterday and I'm quite impressed with it. I previously owned the Risen 2 DVD, but wasn't nearly as impressed with it.

Yeah the original Risen was better than the sequel. It was closer to the Gothic games. Although I did like Risen 2 too. It was a bit more colorful once it got to the island and I didn't mind the combat so much. But the final battles sucked in both games for different reasons.

Risen 1, 1st time through, Pro-Tip: Go to the town first rather than the swamp or monastery. You'll save yourself some aggravation.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Changes in gaming habits over the years... on: July 08, 2014, 03:27:44 AM
My tastes certainly have changed over time. But rather than adding new stuff to the mix I seem to have cut back on the types of games I play now.

Used to love RTS games. But have 0 interest in playing them anymore - new or classic ones. The only brief exception was StarCraft II + Heart of the Swarm which I binged playing all at once. Have to admit it was pretty fantastic. But other than playing the 3rd game in the series have 0 interest in RTS games.

Used to love online FPS but once the modern Call of Duty games came out I pretty much stopped playing as my reflexes were nowhere near up to snuff. But again having a brief exception with Titanfall which somehow clicks. Don't think that will last however as I've been getting my ass handed to me of late. So its basically single player FPS now.

I think I'm getting to the end of my MMO love. FFXIV rekindling a bit of my love for that genre for a few months, but then went back to Rift which got bored quick. Then to the Elder Scrolls Beta which was even more boring, and now at Wildstar, which for all intense and purposes is pretty darn good, but its difficult to muster up a lot of interest in it.

I also will not bother trying games that are too involved or require a large time commitment to master. Like Lee I also gamed in that era where games required a large learning curve and manuals were huge. I had no problems sitting down and going through the book sized Falcon 3.0 manual or referencing it over-and-over as I played the game. Now. Forget it. Will not spend the time. Thankfully most games these days are a lot easier to boot up and play.

Used to love platformers but now I can't get in to them at all. I've purchased a few recently, Rouge Legacy and Guacamelee. Couldn't get in to either of them. And think its likely reflex or impatience thing.

I don't do a lot of gaming on my iOS as most of the games are not meaty enough. But have started playing iOS games as I'm "watching" shows which I never did before. But damn Threes is addicting.

And I don't have a lot of interest in the video game systems anymore. I still don't own a PS4 or XB1. And have barely touched the ones I do own.

That said I still spent a lot of my free time playing games. I can't see giving it up all together.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 07, 2014, 12:46:24 AM
Pumped 18hrs in to Resident Evil 4 HD the last few days finishing it. Hadn't played it since the Gamecube.

The controls for the game are terrible, took me an hour before I got used to them on the gamepad. And the camera angle terribly tight its amazing we played games like that. But at the same time the tight camera angle added to the tension. You could basically only see guys right in front of you. Not left/right/behind. So had to use your ears to hear if anyone is shuffling around close to you. Or shooting at you from above.

Its a fantastic game though. Lots of action. Nice puzzles. A ton of different locations (villages, castles, tombs, mines, underground labs, etc) which keep the game interesting. Plus they keep throwing new types of enemies at you so you have to learn new stuff. The other neat thing about playing it again is remembering some of the areas when I would get to them. "I remember this!" "Wait, something bad is going to happen isn't it?" "Ooh, this looks familiar!" But I didn't recall enough to ruin anything.

Now I got all this extra stuff to play through after finishing the game. Never had the extra Ada Wong missions on the Gamecube so it'll be all new to me.

Maybe I'll go through RE5 after this. Never did finish it.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games – Bastion) on: July 02, 2014, 12:31:07 AM
Got this during the Steam Summer Sale. Put two hours in to it and I have to say I'm not liking it. I really enjoyed Bastion but this one isn't doing much for me. The combat isn't that fun and I haven't a clue of what's going on in the story. And while I wasn't crazy on the art direction initially I'm less so now.

The one good thing is the cards for the game sell for a good amount.

I'll finish it up but was really hoping for better.



32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underwold: Ascension (Ultima Underworld spiritual successor) on: July 02, 2014, 12:22:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on July 01, 2014, 07:57:12 PM

I remember being the only person I knew with a PC that could run Ultima Underworld.

Yeah, Origin had crazy hardware requirements. Most people that had computers didn't have the higher end computers needed. And even with the higher end computers it seemed like most of their games barely ran well. I still have the box with the requirements for this one:

IBM or 100% compatible 386SX, 386 or 486 PC system
REQUIRED: 2 megs RAM and expanded memory manager, hard drive, 256-color VGA graphics
RECOMMENDED: Mouse, sound card
MUSIC/SOUND EFFECTS (optional): Roland, Ad Lib, Sound Blaster or 100% compatible sound board (Sound Blaster or 100% compatible sound board required for digitized speech)

Would be surprised if it could run well on a 386SX. I was on a 486 33mhz (later 486 DX2 66mhz Overdrive!) and the game barely ran. There was nothing listed as "Minimum Requirements" then. So basically had to do some guesswork. But with the Origin games basically knew if you didn't have the highest listed requirement it wouldn't run all that great.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Underwold: Ascension (Ultima Underworld spiritual successor) on: July 01, 2014, 06:31:38 PM
Sounds good. Ultima Underworld was pretty amazing when it came out. Particularly technology wise. Basically had a fully 3D textured levels with, ramps, platforms, and multi-levels. Doom was still almost a year away.

I never did finish the original but the sequel was excellent. I'm kinda surprised they never made a 3rd game. I had thought they both did well. So am certainly open for a dungeon crawler in this vein.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Valliant Hearts - The Great War on: June 27, 2014, 11:53:33 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on June 27, 2014, 01:34:27 AM

I wish they hadn't resorted to such a caricature villain though.

You'll be wanting to go back to that villain later in the game when the shit gets real.

Finished it up. Fantastic game beginning to end.

Pro-tip:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Have a tissue on hand.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Valliant Hearts - The Great War on: June 25, 2014, 11:33:28 PM
Wow, put a bit over an hour in to this and finished the first Chapter. This is an excellent game. It oozes atmosphere and storytelling.

The game is basically a side-scrolling puzzle game with heavy of story elements. Think of Telltale ("Walking Dead", "Wolf Among Us") tried to make a Braid style game. Top notch production in the game. The art direction is pretty amazing as is the music and sound.

Puzzles so far have been relatively simple. The few times I had to scratch my head over something I eventually figured it out.

There's a lot little bonuses in the game. Such as these colored photo sets from the war you can look through in each area you go through. The photos also have descriptions giving a bit of a history of what was going on at the time. You can also pick up these "bonus" items that are scattered around the level you are working on. Each one gives some additional history, such as one of the first types of gas masks every made.

The story itself is also a lot of fun. It successfully mixes humor and seriousness. Just all around great stuff. So even at this early part in the game I highly recommend it.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: June 25, 2014, 02:48:39 AM
Well I caved in and bought the Deluxe version. Been having quite a bit of fun with the game. And you do get to play quicker when you do the non-campaign multiplayer.

Also played a hardpoint game against a clan of L50 players. Wow, they decimated us. I think we had a single hardpoint at the beginning of the game claimed and that was that. Any time you got close to a hardpoint area you would be dead in a few second. When I took one player out another was right behind taking me out. Once they got their Titans up it was even worse. You couldn't travel the map without fear of getting stomped on or shot at. It was a total bloodbath on our side. Never seen anyone play like that.

Thankfully they either left or the game had mercy on us and got a new group of players which made for a much more even battle.

Played a few modes I hadn't before including the Last Pilot/Titan standing. Sucked at both of those. I'm not good in my Titan for some reason and was pretty useless in the Last Titan standing.

Still the games a lot of fun. Just know to bug out when I start seeing a bunch of players with the same tag in their name.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3/PC]Saints Row 4 on: June 23, 2014, 10:03:14 PM

Quote from: Atragon on June 23, 2014, 09:15:04 PM

Quote from: Destructor on June 23, 2014, 08:57:32 PM

Quote from: naednek on June 23, 2014, 08:26:57 PM

Is this worth $9.99?

SR4 is a STEAL at $9.99. Buy it. Play it. Love it.

Does the DLC add enough to make it worth grabbing the Ultimate Pack on Steam?

It looks like the Season Pass adds the two content DLCs. The rest is just cosmetics and various guns.

I know for SR3 I only purchased the main game and Season Pass during the first price drop (probably at $40) - so it was missing a lot of the costumes/guns. But when I went to re-install it in the last few months I found they just gave me everything. So kinda hoping the same thing happens with SR4 eventually.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: June 23, 2014, 12:49:22 AM
I took advantage of the Titanfall free for 48hrs thing Origin is doing. Finished both campaigns over the last two days. And strangely I found I was pretty fantastic at this game. After playing the COD: Hardline beta where I just sucked I figured I was done with multiplayer FPS but something is clicking with this one - I had my best game where I killed 18 pilots and 2 titans with a single death. Everything just went right in it. Will probably cave in and buy the deluxe version which is on sale.

It is a bit of a pain to find matches. Both Saturday/Sunday there were a few times I was sitting around for five or six minutes waiting for a campaign match to start. I did notice after awhile it connected to Xbox live and brought in players from there. Thankfully once you got a group of people playing in the campaign they stuck with it for several matches. So hardly any waiting between matches - just the initial time.

Also even though I finished the campaign I have 0 clue of what was going on story wise. Lots of yelling and no time to look at the little videos that were playing in the HUD.

39  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 22, 2014, 07:28:41 PM
Just a FYI the Pinball Arcade launch pack is 1 cent for the duration of the Steam Sale. It gets you the three launch tables:

Theater of Magic - Great magic themed table. Easy to get in to with fun modes.
Black Hole - Multi-level playfield space theme. Normally I don't like the multi-level tables but this one I really enjoy. Challenging to get to multiball and even more challenging doing multiball on two playfields.
Ripleys Believe it or Not - Hated this table at first but now its one of my favorites. Really need to go through the instructions to figure out what to do. Its probably the most challenging table to get to the wizard mode (Atlantis).

The 1 cent launch pack is an in-game purchase only. So basically launch the game, go to one of the three tables mentioned above, and choose buy and you'll see the 1 cent purchase option.
40  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Summer Sale Haul 2014 on: June 21, 2014, 04:07:36 PM
Don't Starve + Giants Add-On - $7.59
Shadowrun Returns Deluxe - $6.24
Papers Please - $2.99
Saints Row IV + Season Pass - $12.48 ($10 with the $2.30 credit I had from selling cards so far)
Valiant Hearts - $14.99 (Not on sale but used $1.50 in card sales credit on it - then remembered I had a $12 credit on GMG. Argh!)
Resident Evil 4 - $11.99 (Debated waiting for a potential larger sale in Winter but have an itching to play this again as the last time was on the Gamecube)
Transistor - $14.99 (- $2.35 in credit for selling cards)
Baldur's Gate 2 - $6.24 (- $0.55 in credit)
Enslaved - $4.99 (- $1.07 in credit)
Various Pinball FX tables - $4.47

Don't think there are any big budget games I want so will likely just be purchasing indy games. But these are the ones on my flash/daily sale watch list:

The Forest (No sale this Summer  icon_cry )
Spintires (No sale this Summer  icon_cry )
Child of Light (Moves to the Winter sale for a larger discount)
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