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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 03, 2016, 08:30:40 PM
Initial impressions for American Truck Simulator. I dunno if its the trucks themselves but having a hell of a time getting the trailer in the drop-off spots. Maybe I'm out of practice but it seems like the turning isn't as tight on the American trucks compared to the European ones. In ETS2 I can pull in to a store and within a few minutes I can line up everything and be on my way. in ATS it's taking me 10-15 minutes to get the trailer in the spot.

Started in Nevada and figured I'd work my way west from there but man the desert is pretty boring to drive through. So looking to get out of there ASAP. Will come back later to check out Reno and Las Vegas.

Otherwise it's mainly more of the same with new scenery - which is good.

Do wish they started with New England or eastern Canada. Seems a bit more scenic with all the tree's in NH/Main, mountains in Vermont, Boston for a major city, or even scenic PEI or Nova Scotia in Canada. But guess something to look forward to.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 02, 2016, 01:53:32 PM
American Truck Simulator for me. I'm strangely giddy about getting this - love ETS2 of course.

Also make sure you Follow the game on Steam before it comes out to get 2 exclusive truck paint jobs when you purchase.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: February 02, 2016, 01:51:03 PM
Yeah feel free to friend me. It's Crawley on Steam.

I just did the trial for Fornivus. I turned in only acquittal letters and witnesses and he was still found guilty. Gawd.

Starting to feel a bit over powered now too. There was another mission after this where a mage set up a trap for us. There was a quick cut sequence that set up the battle and I figured it would be a tough fight. But we wiped the floor with them in like 5 seconds.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/29 edition on: January 29, 2016, 06:43:28 PM
Dragon's Dogma most likely. Didn't get to play it much this week. Will probably take a venture in to the Dark Arisen expansion area to check it out.

Also will likely do a few more puzzles from The Witness. Picked up Tomb Raider too but there's just not enough time to commit to it. Looks great though from the hour I put in to it.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 28, 2016, 04:09:01 AM
Ok. I came across two logs that played some audio. But right now it's just rambling nonsense.

Puzzles are starting to get nasty where if you don't get it in one you have to go back and re-do the previous puzzle. I'm using my cell phone to take pictures of the puzzles I've solved to combat this when it occurs.

Finished up the stones in the water puzzles and have moved on to the apples in the tree puzzles - I like these better as you have to move around to get the right perspective before you can solve the puzzle.

I so want to like this game so holding out its a pretty slow burn.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 07:55:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 27, 2016, 07:27:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2016, 04:55:02 PM

I just learned that the game doesn't have music? Has that affected anyone's enjoyment of it? The developers and media have been comparing it to Myst, which I was excited for, but a huge part of the Myst experience was the soundtrack. Not that The Witness needs to be like Myst for me to enjoy it, but they shouldn't be compared to each other, despite the similarities of being on an island and solving puzzles.

No.

Honestly, I think music would be distracting.

I'm a bit on the opposite side for this.

I want the music soundtrack. Talos Principle had a fantastic background soundtrack that helped when working out the puzzles. Here you get nothing. When you finish a series of puzzles that are difficult there's no audio reward. And while just having environmental sounds while walking around is fine there's just not much too them. It's a pretty lonely experience.

So while I was initially pumped to play after 2hrs I'm not digging it so much. The island looks great, I like the graphic style, but there's little to grab on to story wise. No hints of what was going on the island or who was there previously or why you are there in the first place. Figured after 2 hours there would be some little bread crumb to get you intrigued  - but nada.

Which leaves basically the line puzzles. Which are kinda boring. Even on the difficult ones where you have to look outside of the box to solve I don't feel the reward for solving those like Talos Principle provided when you had to solve those by thinking outside of the box.

I hope there will be a point where I come across a few puzzles that will blow my mind but right now solving the puzzles feels more like work than fun. I will say that it is somewhat more fun working through the puzzles with the wife but still I'm unfortunately underwhelmed right now. I'll keep with it though.

7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 26, 2016, 08:18:51 PM

Quote from: Destructor on January 26, 2016, 04:50:46 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 26, 2016, 12:41:13 AM

Agree with Crawley, especially about movement.  I bought up every port stone I could find but there aren't that many it seems.

Check your bank. Everyone who owns the expansion (so...every PC user) gets access to an Eternal Ferrystone. That gives you an unlimited use 'port. Combine that with the occasional Portcrystals that you can outright carry and place on the ground anywhere in the overworld (I've found three so far), and you can rather easily get to and fro and back again. Or place them in useful places (like a Healing Spring).

Yeah I got that early on and make use of it. I'll place the Port Crystals to any dungeons I'm currently doing (in case I need to clear out inventory and head back in). But I've only found two Port Crystals so far. So it's a pain having to walk across the land through areas you've done and get attacked constantly by goblins, bandits, lizard men that you've done a million times already. Just want to have a horse or something to quickly navigate through those areas without having to fight.

It's a quip about the game but minor compared to the rest of the game which I'm having a blast with.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 08:15:37 PM
Will probably have to get this. Tallos Principle was probably my game of the year last year. This one looks to be of a similar vein.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 25, 2016, 09:32:34 PM
Had a string of bad luck in all of 15 seconds.

I took on a mission to escort this little girl around the city. So I start following her and she falls down. I figure I need to pick her up so I grab her. As soon as I do a guard appears and I'm thrown in jail. The game saves and I fail that mission. Then to get out I use my one skeleton key I purchased for a mission in which I needed two - so I out the 4k it took to purchase that key and further behind on that mission.

Gah!

I then read after you can bridge the guard if you get thrown in jail. And a bit of good news that you can make the skeleton keys easy enough with shackles which I have plenty of. But at the time I was so pissed.

Other than that I'm enjoying the game quite a bit. It really shines with the dungeon crawls. I do wish there was a horse or something you can ride around to quickly get through the outside areas. I'm using the waystones (or whatever) when I can but still not a replacement for a quick method to move around the environment.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/22/16 - Snowmaggeddon Edition on: January 22, 2016, 08:26:40 PM
Likely Dragon's Dogma exclusively. At L30 now and have the better understanding of the gameplay and pawn system. So having fun with it.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 15, 2016, 08:54:17 PM
Finished up Final Fantasy XIII. Had zero clue of what was going on in the story most of the time but did enjoy the game overall. There was the whole open world section I skipped a lot of but had no interest in going back to.

So moved on to Final Fantasy XIII-2. But stopped about two hours in. The game has some nice improvements. Instead of having a linear path it's more open now. And there are quest givers. They made some nice improvements to the battle system. However there is an annoying bug. The music is playing louder than the voice and sound/fx and there's no way to turn it down. So it's hard to understand people when they are talking.

There was a mod someone made but looks like it's not available anymore. So stopped playing for now until that re-appears.

Going to move on to Dragon's Dogma like most people. This will be my 3rd time purchasing it. I purchased it once before the expansion. Didn't play it. Then purchased it a second time with the expansion. Put in about 30 minutes and stopped after I wasn't feeling it at the time. But will give it a 3rd go now.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 1/15/16 - MLK Holiday Edition on: January 15, 2016, 08:43:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 15, 2016, 03:50:47 PM

I've been starting into Subnautica and having some fun exploring.

I had a blast with that for about 10 or so hours until there wasn't a huge goal other than surviving and exploring. At that point I was pretty had no issues keeping myself a live. And the only exploration were the deep areas - which I couldn't explore for that long as they didn't put in the deep diving suit yet.

Did get back in to the game after the big update the other day and am playing on Hardcore mode where you have 1 life.

Still enjoying it and looking forward to future content updates.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment of the year 2015 on: January 09, 2016, 08:34:22 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on December 21, 2015, 10:00:19 PM

Disappointing: The Pillars of Eternity expansion.  Not because its bad, by all accounts it is really good, my problem is it is a midgame expansion instead of a continuation of the story.

I had the same experience the first time I played it.

The parkour was slow. Anything I jumped to it would take a second or two to pull yourself up. So I ended up stopping about 3hrs in when enemies were easily overpowering me and it was tough to maneuver.

But I gave it a second try a month ago or so and it was a totally different experience. Apparently I wasn't doing the parkour right. If you double tap the bumper - once to jump and the second time when you land or grab on to something - you fly over everything. Completely changed the game.

Moving around was fun now. Even got to the point where getting to night drops were a blast.

The ending of the game still sucks but everything else was great.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 1/8 edition on: January 09, 2016, 12:33:05 AM
34hrs in to Final Fantasy XIII now. At 25.5 hours the game stopped with the linear hallways and opened up and gave you a large area to explore. Hurray!

But as Gratch warned me it's not that compelling. And initially the open area is brutal. Ugh!

They basically mix and match high/low level enemies so you die a lot trying to figure out what you can fight. Then the quest givers are all over the place with only a few active at a time. There's no indication of who the next active quest giver is. So it's a lot of wasteful time just wandering around trying to find them.

I'm still in it to win it so will continue on.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 07, 2016, 03:28:46 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 06, 2016, 08:53:37 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 06, 2016, 08:31:26 PM

Yeah they completely missed the mark on that first price point.

Judging by how well it seems to be selling, they probably didn't miss at all.

At that price it's going to be short lived. And do we know the sales numbers yet?
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 08:31:26 PM
Yeah they completely missed the mark on that first price point.

Hopefully they sell enough to get to V2 and price that one more accordingly. But I'm out for now.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist: the (late) New Years edition on: January 02, 2016, 08:54:01 PM
On a lark I picked up Final Fantasy XIII and XIII-2 on the Steam sale (think it was all of $13 for the two).

I can not stop playing FF XIII and I have no idea why. The story isn't all that great. You've got characters that always over react to everything. It's also the most linear game I've ever played. You basically keep walking forward. Every once in awhile you'll come to a short branch that leads to a dead end (always with an item to pick up) or the branch connects back in to the main path. I figured the game would open up after a bit but 16hrs later it's still a single path to walk along.

And I'm still playing it.

One of the good things about it is the battle system. It starts off so simplistic but after a few hours it gets a bit more complicated with changing various roles of characters during the fight. So you might have 3 dps's going at it but after taking some damage you might have to change that lineup on the fly to dps/tank/healer. And it's basically done in two button presses so simple process. But its pretty fun to switch your team on the fly.

The other thing going for it is that game looks great. Production values are as high as ever for the FF games. And while the game initially ran poorly with lots of frame rate drops someone posted a nice tweak for the NVidia cards that now basically keeps the game at an almost constant 60 fps. And the smooth 60 fps compared to the 30-60 fps really makes a difference.

Hard to recommend the game even though I've been spending most of the last few days playing it like mad. Would only recommend while its on sale and if you want to play something where you don't have to think a lot. And if you have the HD space as this is a hefty 46GB download.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 28, 2015, 04:59:33 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 27, 2015, 04:07:30 AM

Quote from: Crawley on December 26, 2015, 08:14:29 PM

So I've moved on to Subnautica. This is an early access first person survival game. I've tried a bunch of these survival games but this is the first that has clicked. You basically explore a world that is completely under water. The underwater stuff looks great. And the crafting system is intuitive to where I could figure out what I needed to make next. I've gotten to the point where I've built my first underwater base. And even that mechanic is intuitive and has opened up new things I have to work towards. It's $14 on the Steam sale right now and worth checking out if you either like the survival games or were curious about trying them - can always Steam refund.

Cool, good to hear more about this one.  It's been on my radar for a while but I've been waiting for a sale.  Not sure if 30% is enough for me to jump on it right now even though that's the cheapest it's been yet.  I have plenty of other games to play right now so really shouldn't spend the money even though I want to...

Put a lot more hours in to this game and it's gotten pretty awesome.

I've been able to build a small submersible (Seamoth) which has really opened up exploration of the planet. That thing zips around and serves as a nice way to replenish oxygen for deep dive exploring. But while I was exploring the radiation area I heard a roar and the next thing I know these teeth are covering my view screen and my Seamoth is taking all sorts of damage. I abandoned the ship and swam the hell out there. So built a second Seamoth with some nice upgrades and staying out of that area for now. Was one of those "oh shit!" moments though.

But if that wasn't neat enough I went ahead and built a submarine (Cyclops). And when I say submarine I actually mean a drivable ship you can also walk around in. It's got two floors and enough room where you can actually build stuff inside it - for right now I just added a few lockers to store items. To top it off the Seamoth fits inside the Cyclops. 

Those two things together have allowed me to explore some of the deeper areas of the zone. It's a whole new world down there. Unfortunately you're still kinda limited by extreme depths as the pressure will do damage to your vehicles. Apparently there's an exo-suit that's going to be added to allow you to explore at depth without the current restrictions. So for right now it's a bit dicey going too deep.

Hopefully they add some missions/goals to the game. The survival aspect is nice but would be better to have some specific goals to accomplish in the game.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 28, 2015, 04:25:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 28, 2015, 04:01:36 PM

Heart of the Swarm.  I didn't grab the new one though, Legacy of the Void.  I figure $40 is a little steep for something I'll likely burn out on in a week. smile

Heart of the Swarm is a pretty fantastic campaign. Much better than the initial human campaign.

I do have Legacy of the Void installed but have yet to play through that one. Had the RTS itch when I pre-ordered it and played the pre-release missions. But lost that itch since then. I'll get to it one of these days.
20  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 27, 2015, 02:22:22 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 26, 2015, 04:04:34 PM

Still not really sure what the winter cards are for...you can't make a badge out of them, and the first couple changed from Mystery Card to having a name and graphic on their day but nothing since then has.  Not sure if it's an actual mystery or just more broken Steam crap.

To craft you have to go to the Badge menu. Under your Steam user name drop-down.

Not sure why they it went that way rather than the usual badge button on the cards.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 26, 2015, 08:14:29 PM
Finished up Dying Light after re-trying it. Terrible ending but a lot of fun up to that point. Looking forward to the expansion.

I've been playing some of new release of Dungeon Lords - this is the 2005 action RPG that had several buggy releases. Put in 4hrs in to it. It lives up to the "dungeon" name as these 4 hours have been spent in sewers, a small town, and now a crypt. I'm itching to explore but there's no chance of that yet. Ugh.

So I've moved on to Subnautica. This is an early access first person survival game. I've tried a bunch of these survival games but this is the first that has clicked. You basically explore a world that is completely under water. The underwater stuff looks great. And the crafting system is intuitive to where I could figure out what I needed to make next. I've gotten to the point where I've built my first underwater base. And even that mechanic is intuitive and has opened up new things I have to work towards. It's $14 on the Steam sale right now and worth checking out if you either like the survival games or were curious about trying them - can always Steam refund.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2015, 07:20:30 PM
On a lark I picked up Dungeon Lords - Steam Edition.

This is the action RPG from 2005 from the Wizardry guy. The game was bug ridden, incomplete, and pretty much unplayable upon release. It saw a few additional releases years later - a collectors edition that included bug fixes and then something called MMXXII which had some tweaks to the progression system and even more bug fixes.

I never played it but was always curious about it. So when I saw they put out yet another new version (based on the MMXXII release) for $13 I figured why not give it a whirl.

It's still buggy. A bunch of crashes in the first few minutes in to the game.

Those playable first few minutes were interesting though. Without moving more than a few feet I had a goblin come rushing towards me and attack. Then a thief came out of the woods and started fighting with me. Then a bat. Then a second bat. Then a group of three rats. It's like I had a beacon telling all the monsters in the area to rush me.

It looks like the new developer team is responsive as they apparently already provided a fix for the crash I'm having as well as a ton of bug fixes.

I'm strangely looking forward to playing the game bugs and all.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 03:48:00 PM
Saw it sitting in DBox seats - these are the seats that move around with the action. It was a first experience with it and figured Star Wars would be a good one to try it with.

The seats tilt in all directions, move up/down, and vibrate. So not to the extreme that moving seats that you would find in theme parks (ala Star Tours).

I'd say it was kinda hit/miss during the show. The actual best parts were when the seat just moved slightly. Like at the very start of the film after the opening text crawl the camera pans down to a planet. When the camera was panning down the seat slowly pitching down with it. I had a moment where I felt like I was falling. Was pretty neat. Another instance of that was when Rey was sliding down a sand dune and the seat pitched downward as she went. Other good moments were when a character was crouched behind something and then popped up from cover - the seat would give a quick little jerk.

It got less impressive with the heaver action sequences. The seat would pitch and vibrate and it kinda took me out of the film a bit. The one sequence where this did work awesomely though was the Millennium Falcon going through hyperspace. The seat would be rumbling and jerking a bit. Then when the Falcon dropped out hyperspace it got calm for a moment before things got actiony again. Think I had a smile on my face through that whole sequence.

I'm glad I tried it out but I think it might work better with an action flick that didn't take itself seriously - like a Fast and the Furious or Transformers movie.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 12/11/15 Edition - Pre Star Wars Mania!!! on: December 13, 2015, 12:22:05 AM
Finished my replaying of Portal 2. Hadn't played it since it was released so I barely remember any of the puzzles. That game is fantastic though. The voice actors (particularly Wheatly) is just perfect. Started playing the Portal Stories: Mel total conversion. They spent a lot of time on it with all the new areas, textures, and voice acting. But after coming off Portal 2, which was so slick, this one is a bit rough around the edges as far as presentation goes. So not sure if I'll continue with it.

Figuring out what to play next. Started playing a bit of Dying Light as I never finished that one. But still have Fallout 4 and Assassins Creed Syndicate to play. Will just play a little of each until something sticks.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 12/4/15 Edition on: December 05, 2015, 04:00:41 PM
53hrs in to Fall of the Dungeon Guardians. On the last level so should finish that up today. Cannot believe how much time I spent in that game.

I also went back and played a bit of Portal and Portal 2. The Teens React segment on Portal had me itching to play those again as I hadn't since their releases. Forgot how good those games were. Plus they were listing the add-on Portal Stories: Mel on the Steam Game Awards section and that looked pretty neat.

But after Guardians will likely dive back in to AC: Syndicate or Fallout 4. Too many games.

26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefront 3 finally announced! on: November 29, 2015, 03:29:42 AM
So I finally took part in the multiplayer over the last few days. Very slow going for me - rank 6. 12 matches and not a single win yet. Seems like the other team always has 1-3 people that just take everyone apart. Their top players will have 40+ kills compared to our top player which will have like 15-20. So that part is frustrating. But gonna keep at it in small doses. Trying to complete the first challenge and it's all 0's so far. Ugh.
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Origin] Dragon Age Inquisition Sale (33% to 62% off) on: November 26, 2015, 04:58:05 PM
Already played through the main game but none of the DLC so debating on if to get the get the DLC for $10 a pop or the Game of the Year Edition and with that and the few extras.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/25/15 - US Thanksgiving Edition - Black Friday Madness on: November 26, 2015, 04:51:57 PM
I'm having gamer ADA right now as I keep going from game to game. Was initially playing Fallout 4 then Assassins Creed: Syndicate. Now I'm back to Fall of the Dungeon Guardians. Dungeon Guardians is just pushing all my buttons for keeping me playing.

So will probably be going through each of those three plus checking out whatever I buy from the Steam sale or get on Black Friday.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: November 21, 2015, 02:33:56 AM

Quote from: Xmann on November 20, 2015, 11:26:24 PM

So today I ordered my first gaming PC in almost 7 years!

Awesome!

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I'm really looking for games that I can only get for the pc. Back in the day, I enjoyed casually playing mmorpg's like Everquest 2, Dark Age of Camelot, and Asheron's Call 2.  Loved Diablo II, Age of Empires 2, and Guild Wars.

Not sure there's too many PC exclusive games anymore. Looking at my desktop icons I see StarCraft II, Pillars of Eternity, Dungeon Guardians, Euro Truck Simulator 2 and World of Warcraft. The others exclusives are old GoG games.

If you purchased a gaming rig though the world is your oyster on what to play. As mentioned the Steam holiday sale is right around the corner so you'll be able to treat yourself a bit to some AAA games for cheap.

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Was thinking about a casual mmorpg like The Elder Scrolls Online for my mmorpg fix. Should I even consider WoW? Never tried it.

World of Warcraft is still a ton of fun. That would be my top recommendation for an MMO to get back in to. You'll level super fast, there is just a ton of content (with just the $20 edition). It's just about as slick as you can get and keeps things interesting as you level up. I keep going back to play it as new expansions come out and have fun with it for several months. Might as well do the free trial to check it out - can play up to level 20.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn would be my second MMO recommendation if you're going to try one. If you want a game that looks stunning on your new PC this would be one of them. It's also super easy to get in to. The missions are fun. The combat is great - some of the attacks/spells are just beautiful to behold. At max level there's also still a lot to do. And it's unique in that you can create a single character that can be all classes in the game - basically you can swap a class on the fly and start building that one up. Plus chocobos!

Elder Scrolls Online is nice in that it has no monthly fee. The graphics are just ok. It kinda has a bland style and is not all that colorful which is one reason I would recommend WoW or FF:XIV over it. The combat in ESO is also kinda janky and not all that fun. However the one thing it excels at is story telling. I was actually interested in quite a few quests background to the point where I was reading notes left behind and talking to people that were not part of advancing the quest but provided additional information or context on what was going on.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: November 20, 2015, 07:09:49 PM
Slightly off topic but may help scratch an itch if you have one for PS2 games. There is a PS2 emulator for the PC that works really well - PCSX2

I used it to play a few games like Final Fantasy XII and Dragon Quest VIII. They played flawlessly with a nice resolution upgrade and smoothing out the graphics. There was some initial set up to get it working like any emulator - but I'd say within 20-30 minutes I was up and running. It is pretty nice to just pop a PS2 disc in to the computer, launch the app, and start playing.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: November 20, 2015, 03:36:34 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 19, 2015, 12:03:05 AM

Article from Rock, Paper, Shotgun: How Is Assassinís Creed Syndicateís PC Port?

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Review code for the PC version of Assassinís Creed Syndicate [official site] activated this evening and Iíve spent the hours since playing through the opening sections and fiddling with various settings to see how it all holds together. In short, it runs beautifully and looks a treat. Details and early thoughts about my trip to the Big Smoke are below.

and...

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No glitches yet, though. Again, this is all early days but the port certainly isnít an omnishambles. And, so far, the game is extremely promising to boot. Itís not a revolution by any means and if youíve played an Assassinís Creed game before, Iím not sure itís going to surprise. Itís probably fair to say itís unlikely to convert anyone who has played one of the series before and hasnít found anything to like, but if this is as lean and efficient a take on the formula as these first hours suggest, it might be a winner for the rest of us.

Even though I have too many games to play already couldn't pass up the GMG deal for $37.

Haven't gotten too far in to it but can confirm the performance is very good. The is on a gtx 780 with the drivers that were released tonight and playing on Very High - did not try Ultra High yet.

Did notice slight slowdown for a second or two at points during cut sequences but the frame rate would jump back up. The actual playing of the game seems smooth. I didn't notice any slowdown there yet although I'm only an hour and change in.

One nice touch UPlay added, which consoles already have, is you can start playing the game before it completes the download. Tried  that out when I noticed it and worked just fine.

Dunno how far I'll actually get in to the game before I go back to Dungeon Guardians and Fallout 4 but it's a nice to have for a bunch of days I have off during the next few weeks.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 11/13, Friday the 13th edition on: November 15, 2015, 05:24:31 PM
Was planning to play Fallout 4 for the weekend but ended up grabbing an indie game called The Fall of the Dungeon Guardians. Which is a terrible wordy name.

Dungeon Guardians looks a lot like the Legend of Grimrock games. Same 4-party, tile movement, real-time dungeon crawl. But Dungeon Guardians has a few neat twists to it. The combat is real-time but you can pause the game and queue up spells. So you might queue up your mage to cast an area effect blast, then a DOT, followed by a direct damage spell. Meanwhile your healer knows both your tank and mage are going to take damage so queues up casting a heal over time spell on the tank and a direct heal on the mage. So most of the combat is issuing a few orders and pausing the game to issue up new orders when things change. You still have the movement based combat where if an enemy does an attack you can back up a few spaces so it misses you. But most of the game is toe-to-toe with pausing and queuing up orders. Which is actually kinda fun.

There's quite a few classes in the game although to survive you have to start with the classic tank (for agro), healer, melee damage dealer, and mage damage dealer. The neat thing is you can change classes on the fly. So if you your healer was a druid at any time you can switch to a Necromancer and start that at your current level.

It also does some other neat things like boss and mini-boss fights on every level. On each level of the dungeon you need to find a map before you can see where you've been - and if you find the second map on each level it will show the entire dungeon level, which is great for identifying any secrets you've missed. If a character falls in battle they're not dead just knocked out so you can run away from a battle, recoup, and head back in. There's no food/water management to worry about. There's no torches/light spells to worry about either. Each class has spell tree to go down and you can cross over in to other classes.

Finishing up level 6 right now and apparently there are 20 total levels.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 29, 2015, 06:03:03 PM
I finished up the main campaign and House of Wolves the other day. The last level in House of Wolves, with the jumping section, was terrible with the Warlock class. With that class you can only jump up and then glide at that height for a bit. So there's one part of the jumping puzzle if you don't glide at exactly your peak height you'll miss the jump.

Frustrating.

But got it done and moved on to the Taken King section.

I got the Stormcaller subclass for Warlock - which seems to kick ass. Is there any reason to go back and finish up my previous sub class (think I have 6 or so unlocks left)? The other subclass is fine but this one seems like its much more powerfull.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 21, 2015, 06:09:02 PM
Thanks for the responses.

It looks like the Bounty mission I have is to complete a bounty. Problem is I don't recall which person I pick those up from.

Did reach L10 last night and played a "dungeon" story mission that required 3 people. Very annoying fights. Took forever to kill the two bosses. They seemed to have an endless pool of hit points. So instead of it being a challenge it was mainly just grinding those HP down. Hopefully they're all not like that where they have huge pools of HPs.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 20, 2015, 06:05:37 PM
So I just got this recently started playing and have a few questions.

1) How do the bounties work? When I look at the details of the bounty it doesn't really say what I need to do. Just that 'x user' has set this bounty. Apparently I have 50% of it complete but no idea how or why or where to go to complete it.

2) Should I just dismantle any armor/weapons/items that I have no need for anymore? I've been doing that but not sure if that's the best/only thing to do with those items

3) It looks like you can upgrade your ship. Is it just the look of the ship your upgrading? No other purpose? I saw one ship vendor that had a bunch of ships shapes I couldn't purchase.

4) Some of the "quests" I get are for killing "x" number of monsters with a weapon type. Should I be going out of my way to complete those or just let those complete naturally? I've just been following the story missions mainly.

5) It looks like there are a few "houses" to join where you get reputation gear. I joined one of them but wondering if I should pick and choose based on my class. Does it matter?

6) How does grouping work? Can you only group via a friends list or something?

7) Are there going to be "dungeons"? Where you specifically need 3-4 people to complete? Around what level do I start seeing those?

I'm enjoying the game quite a bit - was a bit surprised since I wasn't that big on Halo. The controls feel really good to me for a FPS with a controller. I'm actually able to make head shots often - maybe the aim assist is being overally helpful. No idea what's going on story wise but love the look of the areas. I just hit L9 so not too deep in to anything yet but at the point where I'm looking forward to playing when I have time.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 09, 2015, 05:55:24 PM
Will be splitting my time between Elder Scrolls Online, Final Fantasy XIV, and the Star Wars Battlefront beta.

Put a little time in to SW:B the other day. Looks fantastic on the computer and plays great too. The beta has 1 solo/co-op mission where you fight waves of storm troopers. Then two multiplayer specific maps. One 6 on 6 map where you capture points on a volcanic rock type planet. The other one is the 32/32(?) Hoth map which I didn't try yet since I was sucking so much.

I'm both anticipating and regretting the game (I pre-purchased). I love the look of the game and can't wait to play all the maps. But regretting it since I know my FPS skills have waned to where I'm not that great anymore. Titanfall gave me some hope as I ended up getting pretty good at that but I know the Battlefield games are a different beast.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 07, 2015, 06:22:57 PM
I'd be fine with them trying again, even if they try for something different. They can keep doing the Revelation's games for the older school feel of the series.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/2/15 Edition on: October 04, 2015, 02:04:28 AM
Played through The Beginner's Guide. This is by the same person that did The Stanley Parable.

Very different game and it will not be for everyone.

It's another walking simulator - which I enjoy. It is unique. I haven't played a game quite like it.  And is pretty damn creative to boot. So on that front I really enjoyed it. But it didn't connect with me personally (story wise). But I can see it connecting greatly with certain people. I'm being a bit vague as I can't really give anything away (the trailer does a good job at setup).

This game has some serious subject matter to it and it makes it difficult to recommend it outright unlike The Stanley Parable which everyone should play. 

The game lasted me 110 minutes and was satisfied with that time there. It's played, the story is told, and then done. Steam refund would probably be your friend if you don't like it after the first few levels.

Other than that I've gone back to Final Fantasy XIV (MMO). After the expansion came out I've been itching to play it again. So purchased the expansion and delved back in. Forgot how fantastic looking the game is. Starting a new character from scratch so won't see the new stuff for awhile but looking forward to it - including the new jobs that look neat.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Soma on: September 28, 2015, 12:58:47 AM
Still playing through it. Get about an hour in a night or so.

I have to say the monster AI is kinda annoying. There's been a few areas where the monster pops up after a few seconds of entering a room. Then you gotta wait 15-20 seconds for it to go away so you can move on - but sometimes it comes right back and you gotta wait again. The first few times it was scary but now it's become a major annoyance of how they stick on you. You can't explore at all when they're on you like that.

But still enjoying the game overall despite the complaints I've made.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Soma on: September 26, 2015, 01:15:05 AM
Looks like the public beta patch (on Steam) fixes the stuttering low fps issue I was having. Game plays pretty good now and nice to play without that annoyance.
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