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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 17, 2014, 04:58:31 AM
Well I worked my way through the Scorchers DLC. That was actually pretty fun. The boss battle wasn't too bad either and had a pretty good death scene. In the main game I've moved on to the next major town which actually looks pretty nice compared to the first major town. Kinda sad there isn't going to be another game in this series or more DLC.
162  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 16, 2014, 04:21:23 AM
Well it only took about 24hrs but this table has kinda won me over. That music everyone raves about, which I didn't seem to get the big deal, is a total ear worm. While fixing my breakfast this morning I found myself humming it and singing "You got the power! Get ready to fight!" And later doing the same thing in the car on the way to Home Depot. I don't know if I like the music but its annoyingly catchy.

I also rather like playing this table now. With only a single ramp separating the top from the bottom its not hard to think of the table as single playfield (the original Black Knight there's 2 close together ramps that will go from the top playfield to the bottom). That said one of the Pro Tips in the Pro menu is to keep the ball in play on the top portion as much as possible - so when the ball is on the bottom portion of the table just fire it up the left ramp. Using that tactic I had my highest scoring game which put me at the 150th high score.

The table is really difficult though as it can get so fast quickly. And multi-ball is a mess of just reacting at this point. Not sure how to manage it yet.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: February 16, 2014, 03:58:56 AM
Ended up renting it. The previous comment that they basically went through the motions of the book was spot on for my feelings as well. Only near the end did the movie seem to have any life to it. I was also disappointed they cut short the who battle school thing - particularly the actual battles Ender had to go through, and how he had to devise new strategies each game.

It's certainly watchable but basically a C grade movie.
164  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 15, 2014, 01:28:18 AM
Table Pack #23, I guess its not a pack anymore, is out with Blackknight 2000 being this months table.

It seemed like this was a highly requested table from a lot of players. I don't have any history with it and did not care for the original Black Knight so wasn't sure what expect. The layout is almost identical with it having both a top and bottom play field. They removed one flipper from the top play field so you're just batting the ball into the castle drawbridge, which is also new, or around the top loop. The bottom portion hasn't changed much but there is a nice kick return save on the left. The magna save is back on the right.

The highlights to the table are the three multi-ball modes, both 2-ball and 3-ball - one from a Wizard mode which I think was the first of its kind on a table. And fans of the table always call out how great the music is. But I think that's more nostalgia talking. As mentioned I have no history with the table so to me it basically sounds like 80's electronic geeky metal. The little call outs are kinda fun. "You got the power!" "Get Ready to Battle" "Fight!" but the music isn't blowing me away. There's also a large spinner you can kick off  that will start various modes, give you points, or extra balls depending on where it stops.

It's a pretty tough table from the few games I've played and quite fast like the other Steve Richie games. I'll start out nice and controlled and then all of a sudden be flipping like mad to keep the ball in play. So I dunno how this one is going to rank with me. Its certainly an improvement over the original Black Knight but the two-tiered tables usually don't go over well with me.

In other news the Season Pass purchases, where you can buy an entire season at a discount, is going to be removed from all stores. The comes on the heels of Apple requiring Farsight to remove the Season Pass from the Apple store - odd they were singled out but other companies that have season passes for their games are not. So if you were on the fence about getting this on Steam or anywhere else it is now may be the time to pony up.

Looks like next months table will be Who Dunnit? One I'm really looking forward to as I love the theme and its fun to boot.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: February 14, 2014, 07:37:04 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 14, 2014, 02:37:24 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 14, 2014, 02:39:13 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 13, 2014, 04:59:06 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on February 13, 2014, 01:38:31 AM

Did anybody else notice Stan Lee's cameo?

Notice it?  I'm not sure how you could miss it.  They were pimping it in commercials for two weeks and even if you missed those, it wasn't exactly subtly placed.

I don't see commercials because I only watch recorded shows. Guess it wasn't much of a "cameo" if they were hawking it in ads. Thought I was clever for recognizing him.

Sorry, didn't mean to rain on your parade.  My daughter even said, "Stan Lee, duh" when he popped on screen.

Aww man. Even dissed by a kid.  thumbsdown
166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 14, 2014, 07:31:37 PM
Looks like the Witcher series is also on sale:

Witcher:    $1.99
Witcher 2: $3.99

No excuse not to buy Witcher 2 at that price. Wow.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon PCDD deals: Valentines Day sales on: February 14, 2014, 07:29:03 PM
May have to break down and finally install Origin for Crysis 3 and Dead Space 3 at that price. Then that gives me an excuse to buy Titan Fall.  icon_confused
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RAGE (id Software) on: February 14, 2014, 07:19:46 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 14, 2014, 12:12:30 PM

FEAR 1-3 did this, heck, the enemies in FEAR 1 would move stuff to create cover, and one type of enemy would monkey all over. I recall a few others as well. Half-Life 1's ninjas women were kind of the start of this kind of thing. The main thing RAGE does well is the animation of it, but it's still the same system as other games have used, and another key thing is that they're still just using it to run straight at you to attack you in melee. The system basically uses trigger locations, RAGE just happens to have more and bigger trigger locations.

I dunno. I've played a bunch of shooters and It surprises me each time they come running at me. Regardless the technical explanation its something unexpected, feels fresh for shooter combat, and most importantly is fun to deal with - particularly when you anticipate their movement correctly and deliver a deadly shotgun blast.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / RAGE (id Software) on: February 14, 2014, 05:00:56 AM
I looked around for a previous thread on this game but couldn't find one here. Plenty of other topic with "rage" in them though.

Anyhow I decided to dig this out of my Steam pile and start playing again. I played briefly when it first went on sale a few years ago. But it seemed a bit late to the post-apocalyptic party with Fallout and Borderlands taking up my time. Plus the technology iD used, the MegaTexture tech, didn't work very well. You would get texture draw in any time you turned left or right. Or it wouldn't draw in correctly and you would see a clump of low-res textures surrounded by hi-res textures. Which is the experience I had.

So that left the gameplay which after about 40 minutes seemed like a typical shooter.

But now on my second go-around I've played it for about 3hrs now and I gotta say this game is pretty good. The combat is better than I remember where guys who charge at you just don't come straight at you, they'll jump off furniture or walls or duck down as you aim towards them. Its actually kinda neat. The weapons feel real nice too - the shotgun in particular. But also this boomerang weapon that is just a hell of a lot of fun to use. The driving portions are not as bad as I recall and I've done a few races where you can gain points to upgrade your vehicle and the races are actually kinda fun too. Plus some of the missions are fun. I just got done going to this crazy guys TV station where he ran me through a bunch of arena style battles which were actually quite fun with the crazy theme he had going there.

And the game doesn't look half bad. Its not jaw dropping good looking but its still more than decent. I still see a bit of that texture draw in from time-to-time but its for a split second. Basically that technology doesn't work very well.

So if you're digging through your steam pile looking for a shooter then this one is worth checking out again.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 11, 2014, 05:04:29 AM
Well I finished it tonight. Steam says I have 50hrs in it but I know 10 of those were from the early-access. Still a pretty meaty game.

Really enjoyed the game overall despite a few annoying bugs that hit me at the start. Before going on to Act 4 (there's a no turning back warning) I would recommend finishing up a few of the quests if you're almost done with them. At the end of the game they go all Legacy of the Ancients and recap a bunch of the quests you've completed, along with any choices you've made, and tell you what happened after. It makes for a nice dessert to the ending.

Looking forward to the DLC and the next patch which apparently adds three more dungeons.
171  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Specs for a new gaming computer on: February 09, 2014, 05:42:41 AM
I would spend the $10 more for the Asus 780 GTX OC which runs faster than the reference 780s, quieter, and cooler.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Amazon] The After on: February 08, 2014, 03:49:52 AM
I watched it. I think the pilot wins the award for "Most Unnecessary F-Bombs Ever" category; although there is a joke about it in there that was actually kinda funny. The main characters consistently do dumb illogical things throughout. And its still unclear of what actually is going on by the end of the episode. That all said I'll probably be watching this one for a bit. There is a bit of charm to how dumb everyone is behaving, kinda like a Sci-Fi Channel movie, and the mystery of what is going on that has me interested.

Its got a long ways to go to be a must watch show but right now it seems good enough to be watchable.
173  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: radeon or NVIDIA ? intel or AMD ? (New PC) on: February 07, 2014, 07:53:38 PM
As far as GPUs go I've had both Radeons and NVidia in my current system and I would say go with NVidia if you can. The cards are more expensive than the AMD ones but worth it in my opinion.

I started with a 7870 OC, which was a decent card for price/performance. Then put in a second 7870 OC for Crossfire setup when I got a higher resolution monitor. That sometimes worked and most of the time was just problematic - not to mention the increased noise of two cards in the system. So I got rid of that annoyance and went with a higher end NVidia card. Was totally worth it. Things ran smooth, without issue, and had the benefit of enabling the higher level PhysX effects - which are pretty cool in a few of the games that use them. I haven't had a single negative running the Nvidia card since I got it.

For CPUs I just go with Intel. The i5s are reasonably priced and for gaming they're more than fine.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 07, 2014, 07:18:10 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 07, 2014, 04:56:08 AM

There are NPCs that can detect secrets as well as scrolls with the spell.  Also, once you do the dark shard in the Forge you get permanent detect secrets buff.

Well that's good to hear. I'll have to make a bee line for that shard.

Turns out I do have the shard already. I just took out the boss that has it the other night. Now to make a bee line back to the Elemental Forge.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 07, 2014, 07:17:42 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 07, 2014, 01:40:58 PM

I'm well into act 3 and I'm still really digging this game. I find myself getting side tracked a lot.

On side note, does anyone know where you get the air shard for the forge? I need it to complete some of my class quests, but I haven't found it yet.

I think I got it from Skull Rock dungeon. But haven't tried to go back to the Elemental Forge to complete that one. Last time I went there the monsters outside tore me up before I could get in close.
176  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: February 07, 2014, 04:27:41 AM
Same. Just got the email today. Wasn't expecting to get in, particularly since my wife got the email the other day. Looking forward to checking it out.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 07, 2014, 04:26:14 AM
Well I'm still playing and really enjoying it. Although I found a huge hole in my party makeup. I have is no one can cast dark magic. There's a dark magic spell that allows you to see secret walls. And you need to see those secret walls to finish up the Paladin quest. But I hear there is a dog hireling you can get to see secrets but have yet to come across him - that means giving up my horse for a bit. Tongue

Still trying to finish up Act 3 otherwise. Was stuck for awhile as you need to talk to someone and choose a conversation that doesn't say "Quest" at the start of it. But got it moving after that and can probably easily finish up - got distracted by another dungeon. Also you will need to the water magic walking power to complete Act 3 - there's a wrecked ship you'll be sent to and think you can only get there via water.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 06, 2014, 04:42:22 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 05, 2014, 08:37:30 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 05, 2014, 06:15:25 PM

There's a new trailer out.

Some of it seems decent, but other things make me scoff or laugh. Mostly its the violence approach I guess. One of the things that was unique to thief was the horror of being discovered. If the guards found you, you had to be lucky to escape with your life. Here, you can just kill everyone and be done with it it seems. That takes away a great deal of the tension. Imagine Cradle level where you could just slaugther everything - fun? Not really.

That's the trailer that Ron posted yesterday.

Its new to this page of the thread though.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [TellTale] Fables: The Wolf Among Us on: February 04, 2014, 11:32:37 PM
Episode 2 came out today. Played through it. Its a lot more dialogue choice oriented than adventure/action sequences, although it has a few of those too. It took a bit to get back in to it but by the end I really wanted to play more. Another cliffhanger ending. Which was a pretty neat one for me as it hints at something I don't think was explained in the comics - at least as far as I've read them. Hopefully there won't be quite as long as a delay to the next one.
180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 04, 2014, 04:27:43 AM
That Sword of the Stars rouge like game is actually pretty fun. The demo doesn't do the Gold version any justice.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 03, 2014, 07:20:16 PM
Really having a great time with this game now. I haven't hit any more game stopping bugs. And after finishing Act 2 the game really opens up. I've been to each of the cities now, went through a bunch of dungeons and a few of the "puzzle" dungeons. Got the walk-on water power which opened up even more places to go. And I've starting to make progress with filling in gaping holes in the party's abilities. I also have a ton of money now with no worries about spending it. Its a good time in the game for me.

I also didn't realize the uPlay points you get awarded allow you to unlock stuff in the game - like a dungeon, some gear, and another hireling. I had been playing all the uPlay games in offline mode.

I only have a few problems with the game at the moment:

- The world map needs to be slightly improved where it shows the names of the various zones. When a quest goes in your journal it shows what zone the quest giver is in. But its pretty impossible to remember all the zone names/location. So when it shows your quest giver is in "Yon-Chall Forest" it basically becomes a wander fest until you happen upon the zone. Very painful in a tile-based movement game.

- The local map needs to scroll on the map screen. It sucks when you know there's someone you want to return to in the area but are unsure of what direction they are in. In order to see more of the map you have move, bring up the map, move bring up the map, repeat.

- Still no 1920x1200 resolution choice.

- Re-loading takes way too long - very annoying when you're at a fight you know you can win but it'll take a few tries.

- Need to get rid of weapons breaking. Nothing more annoying than being deep in a dungeon and one of your melee fighters breaks a weapon. Basically means you have to exit the dungeon, make your way to town for repairs, and then head back to the dungeon. You can get a hireling to fix weapon breaks but it happens so rarely that its not worth it but just enough that its just there for annoyance purposes.

Other than those minor issues I'm really enjoying myself with this game.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Midwest Gaming Classic 2014 (4/12-4/13) Bookfield, WI (Image Heavy) on: January 31, 2014, 07:50:14 PM
Just a heads up the Midwest Gaming Classic is getting close. What is it? Its two days of non-stop playing free pinball, arcade games, console games from every gen, computer games, board games, and buying video game stuff. If you have any interest in video games then I highly recommend attending at least once. It's a lot of fun.

I went for the first time last year and documented it in this thread with a bunch of pictures. I will be going again this year.

The event is huge. It basically dominates the entire hotel to the point where I didn't even realize there was a huge vendor hall until the second day. Speaking of which they're expanding this years event by moving the vendor hall out into a new temporary enclosement. They'll be filling the vendor hall with more video games. Crazy.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Android/iOS] Star Command on: January 31, 2014, 06:57:16 PM

Quote from: Lee on January 31, 2014, 11:53:29 AM

Quote from: EddieA on January 31, 2014, 11:48:03 AM

Star Command is Amazon's Free App of the Day for 1/31.

Not worth it.  icon_confused

I played through it twice. It's not FTL, its its own thing, but I had a lot of fun playing through it both times.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 30, 2014, 10:27:39 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on January 30, 2014, 09:37:12 PM

I've had good success with this party:
Elf Blade Dancer - Dual Wielding Swords - High Evasion
Human Mercenary - 2 Handed Sword - Good Evasion + Medium Armor
Orc Shaman - Air and Earth Magic - Spear + 2 handed
Dwarf Rune Priest - Fire and Light Magic - Shield + Mace


My party consists of:

Crusader - doesn't seem to be landing a lot of hits (working on building up precision)
Bladedancer - pretty awesome damage dealer
Run Priest - fire magic go boom!
Druid - Heals and support spells (also just found that offensive spell poison spray is pretty damn good)

Only problems I've run in to are with the battles I'm not supposed to be fighting. Otherwise we tear it up. I'll also say it would be good to have a second character that can cast a heal. Once my healer goes down and regen isn't going to kick in its pretty much reload time.

There has also seems to be discussion weather ranged weapons (bows/crossbows) are worth it to invest in. I think they are. My characters only have the ranged ability up to the first level (they can't go further). And if I'm firing against mobs that are the level I'm supposed to battle then I'll usually have one killed or nearly dead by the time they take 2-3 steps towards me. You of course can't trade ranged attacks with ranged attackers but melee targets do well as pin cushions. The bread and butter of fighting in this game goes to melee though.
185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 30, 2014, 07:49:16 PM
Guess I'm in for Amalur. This is the first time I've seen it on sale on Steam and really wanted to check it out. It's been on sale everywhere else it seems but required Origin - which I'm still trying to avoid installing.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 30, 2014, 03:09:35 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 30, 2014, 04:42:58 AM

So where to next? I'm in the Act 2 area, in the second major town, and am wandering around aimlessly. Everything I'm hitting seems way above my level. Very unsure of what the next dungeon is supposed to be, or where its located, in this area. Any help?

I finally found where to go. Will spoilerize just in case.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Near the floating tower, in the Yon Chon Forest (sp?) there's basically a singular path you can take there. It leads to a lost city dungeon. I had ignored the forest early as the paths I took just lead to these brigands that tore me up. I figured that area was off limits. But this one path will lead you past any of them and to the next dungeon. That's pretty old school RPG nastiness.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 30, 2014, 04:42:58 AM
So where to next? I'm in the Act 2 area, in the second major town, and am wandering around aimlessly. Everything I'm hitting seems way above my level. Very unsure of what the next dungeon is supposed to be, or where its located, in this area. Any help?
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 30, 2014, 04:39:34 AM

Quote from: Siljanus on January 29, 2014, 06:42:15 PM

At times it reminded me of Vision of Escaflowne, but that was probably due more to the overall quality of it.

Well shit. Now I gotta watch it as that was one of my favorite anime series for a long time.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 28, 2014, 07:08:30 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 28, 2014, 02:35:06 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 28, 2014, 01:43:19 PM

I hit a bug yesterday on the third floor of the lighthouse. I died and reloaded, but after the reload I was unable to move my party. I could look around,. but I couldn't move. Weird bug.

Anyone have any tips on how to actually beat the third floor of the lighthouse, when you open the door there are 2 Naga right in front of you, then two come from behind, and the four of them together slaughter my party?

celestial armour and regen worked wonders there on one of my groups.  The other one (might chars only) had to brute force it and it was a bit tougher.  One of the keys is to not be afraid to use the defend option.

Yeah, those two spells are key to winning some of the difficult fights like that one. If you also are not buffed up I would head outside and grab all little buffs around the lighthouse (gems/statues/etc). And if you have some characters that need to train I would do that. The boss battle in that light house is no easy fight either and you want every advantage you can get.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 28, 2014, 07:05:00 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 28, 2014, 07:35:51 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 28, 2014, 06:15:10 AM

Crawley, I'm curious what version you have as I haven't seen a patch since the one that came down on the same day I installed it, which was last Friday. Mine shows 1.3.1-14561 on the main menu. Thanks.

Try restarting Steam. There was a patch last night.

That is the version mine shows as well.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 27, 2014, 08:45:03 PM
A patch was released either this morning or the other day that clears up the two issues I mentioned. You need to be connected to uPlay to get it apparently (no launching in offline mode). So I connected and tried it and can confirm the guy blocking the bridge is no longer blocking it. I dunno about the other issue with the greyed out text since I fixed that manually but in a thread others have reported its no longer greyed out for them.

So hopefully that's the end of the annoyances.

192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 26, 2014, 09:57:01 PM
I think the game is just buggy. Hit another game stopper pretty soon after my last one. Once you do the Elemental Forge area you had back and turn in a quest. This should open up a bridge to the north of where you are allowing you access to the next area. But the guy blocking the bridge is still there. Others reported the same issue, even those that purchase a physical copy so did not have early access. The workaround is to take the caravan from Sorpigal to the next town. It works but you have to pay 150 for it and that guy stays blocking the bridge, meaning you have to pay 150 to go back.

I'm still loving the game but these issues are souring it.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 26, 2014, 06:08:33 AM
So I finally start doing some new dungeons and advancing the main quest when I find out I can't progress any further. There's an option to go to an "Elemental Forge" but the text is greyed out so you can't go there.

Turns out its copy protection. The problem is I purchased the game during early access so I should not be running in to this. The support solution is to delete the game and all your saves and start over. Nice. So I found the other, hacker solution, which is to comment out a few lines in one of the files. It worked and am able to continue on the game. But totally peeved I had to resort to that for a legit purchase.
194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: January 26, 2014, 04:53:31 AM
Oh yeah. As a tank you gotta know the class a bit and each battle going in. If you've been skipping the dungeons I would start doing them as the boss battles there prepare you for the ones later - you can do the low level dungeons and your level range will adjust appropriately. Once you know the mechanics of each boss battle the tank pretty much has it easy. Mechanics are basically: Maintain agro and stay out of the red/white/black/whatever. Later you add interrupts and correct placement to the mix. And then finally learn the various boss patterns, which everyone has to learn regardless.

The MTQcapture videos will be perfect for learning as the player is a tank so they show it from that class perspective.

The second class I'm working up is a marauder and I have to say some of those boss battles are so boring as the tank doesn't do much of anything but have to maintain agro and sometimes move out of the way.

As far as guilds go you can always leave them if you find its not a good fit. My wife does the guild picking so thankfully I don't have to do anything there. Usually she chooses pretty good and we're in a decent one now. Hardly interact with anyone. They're mainly a younger crew but they're super helpful and without them I would not have finished the main L50 weapon quest as quickly as I did without their help.
195  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: January 25, 2014, 08:46:40 PM
Yeah, the story bosses are a bit rough. You can probably do all with PUGs but expect a lot of wipes and frustration. Better to get in a guild if not in one. You really need to learn the battles before you join too. I'd recommend MTQcapture's You Tube videos for the boss battles. They are straight and to the point, explained clearly on what to do, and they give decent views of the battles on what to do:
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X being teased on: January 25, 2014, 05:48:46 AM
Yeah, this is much improved from the initial early access release. I played as much as a could during the first phase of that but stayed away after the patches came out. Still in the same areas I covered in early access but its so much better. It looks a lot better to me overall but the big thing is removing all the annoyances. I've done two dungeons now and haven't had a single item break! Before you were getting items breaking every few battles. The vendors now restock with new items. There the largest improvement is there are not enemies attacking you every 10 steps.

I'm really looking forward to moving out of the early access area. Have at least one more dungeon to do then I'm good to go.
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 25, 2014, 05:35:21 AM
Table Pack #22 is out which features Bally's Black Rose.

This was a bit of a surprise since everyone had been expecting Who Dunnit? based on the hint they gave in the newsletter. But a good surprise. Black Rose got released last week on the PC so I've been playing it for a bit. It's a pirate themed game with some fun video modes, a cannon that shoots from between the two flippers, and easy to trigger 2 and 3 ball multiballs. I haven't dug too deep in to it so not sure what its lasting appeal may be but for right now I'd say its a good table but not one I'm clamoring to always play.

So the delay with the Apple release of this table had to do with Apple changing their store policies on how they handle Season Passes. Basically your game can't have them anymore unless it includes all content planned for it. So its back to single table releases on iTunes Store from here on out. Those that have already purchased the Season 3 pack will still get the tables as they are released.

Next month looks to be Black Knight 2000 based on the hint they gave in the Newsletter. The hint seems a bit more obvious so we'll see.

198  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales in OP! on: January 23, 2014, 08:35:59 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 23, 2014, 06:24:33 PM

Weekend Spotlight


Lowest Price: $12.49 at Steam
Historical Low: $12.49 at Steam on Wed Jan 01 2014
Number of times this game has been in a bundle: 1

Would wait for $5...maybe.
199  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: January 23, 2014, 08:22:49 PM
Have to say I'm really enjoying this game. It's rare I'll keep playing an MMO once I reach the level cap but this one I keep going. Getting the first tier of L50 gear is easily doable. You still go to dungeons quite a bit but the T1 gear doesn't drop from the dungeons. You basically play the dungeons so you can get T1 "coin" reward at the end of it. You then just spend that coin at the T1 Gear vendor. So its not like you're replaying dungeons over and over just hoping gear for your class drops, and that someone else doesn't get it. It makes playing the dungeons rather fun as you know what you already know you're getting something useful at the end of it.

And its not difficult to get the T1 "coin". If you choose to do random dungeons you get bonus coins when you complete them. So just completing a random main scenario dungeon and a random low level dungeon will get you enough coin to get one piece of armor. So you can see progression there almost immediately.

Getting your first tier L50 weapon is a major challenge though. It's a long quest where you have to fight a bunch of bosses and those boss fights can be difficult - but very rewarding when you finally take them down.

Along with that they've been releasing some nice little content updates such as quests where you can gain reputation with these two "beast" tribes (which nets the T1 coin too). The ultimate rewards being new mounts. Then they have a bunch of seasonal quests they throw in, which are fun little throw away time sinks with some minor rewards, but still fun. And as silly as it sounds they keep adding new weather effects to the game which are actually pretty damn awesome.

So for me this is the best MMO I've played in quite awhile.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Black Sails on: January 22, 2014, 07:45:04 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 22, 2014, 10:57:38 AM

it's okay, but the Hygiene of the characters throw me off, especially the pearly white teeth..   It's a meh so far

That's funny. I'm noticing the perfect teeth in a lot of shows now where it just stands out.

Even in modern day shows they can bother me. Like in Bates Motel one of the sons has these super white and perfect teeth that stands out in contrast to who his character is supposed to be (poor and a bit of a drifter). So any time he flashes those things it just is a bit jarring to see.
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