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41  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on: April 08, 2015, 08:33:17 PM
30,000 is actually pretty cheap for L100s. Not too bad.

I do have to say WoD is a pretty fantastic expansion. It basically plays like a single player RPG and keeps throwing new toys for you to play with. The post L100 game is great and I've been L100 for at least two months and still log in every day to do some of the daily quests, work towards upgrading my garrison, and send my followers out on tasks.

Only thing I didn't like about the expansion were the dungeons actually required 5 people to complete. I play with a group of 3 people and leveling up to 90 we could take on any of the dungeons with just the three of us. But the Draenor dungeon difficulty is ramped up and definitely requires a team of 5. So we basically skipped all the dungeons there.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: April 07, 2015, 06:40:48 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on April 07, 2015, 05:45:42 PM

Now downloading GTA V from the Rockstar Warehouse (hmm, I thought I was getting a Steam key from Green Man Gaming,  but no matter). 60.04 GB to download, going to take a while Roll Eyes

Ugh. That's disappointing. 

Would rather have had it on Steam as well.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: April 05, 2015, 08:03:58 PM
Yeah don't worry about getting all the stars when you go through an area. The game is long and one of the things I enjoyed was taking a break from the. Main story and going back to earlier levels and getting the stars. One thing that makes getting them easier is picking up new skills solving the regular puzzles as you go along. 

I never did get all the stars but got enough that I felt I accomplished something.
44  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HOTAS Flightstick/Throttle Reccomendations on: April 02, 2015, 05:55:01 PM
Looks like it sits higher the X52 (which I know has adjustable base) and X55. But difficult to tell form pics and a few videos that didn't focus on it. But good to hear your not having problems with it sitting on the desk.

Ugh what a difficult choice to pluck down another $200 or not for this.
45  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: April 02, 2015, 05:52:30 PM
Talos Principle was my favorite game for 2014. Loved the puzzles, loved how the story was uncovered, and it looked great too. Really looking forward to the expansion that was recently announced.
46  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HOTAS Flightstick/Throttle Reccomendations on: April 01, 2015, 05:56:43 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 30, 2015, 09:04:50 PM

Rudder pedals certainly would be nice, but I've been making do just fine using throttle buttons for my middle finger and ring finger to do rudder controls.

Ah I didn't consider that you could map yaw to one of the joystick buttons. I read a bit about it and that does seem to be viable solution if you don't have pedals.

So it has me reconsidering spending the extra $200 on the Warthog again.

So now my question is comfort. With the stick in particular. It looks taller than the others and this thing would just be sitting on my desk. I'm not going to get a dedicated "flight chair" where you can mount the throttle/stick at elbow level.

Is this thing still comfortable if sitting on top of a desk playing for an hour or two at a time?
47  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: HOTAS Flightstick/Throttle Reccomendations on: March 30, 2015, 07:57:56 PM
Yeah, that's the HOTAs one that's out of my price range at $400. Plus without the stick twist I imagine you would want the rudder pedals which is another $200.

Thinking I should just get the cheapie Thustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X and forget about the Saitek ones for now. But keep thinking I should just roll the dice and get the X55-Rhino or X52-Pro as I have almost $200 in Amazon gift cards built up so it won't cost me much to try.

So still looking to hear experiences on those three setups on the games mentioned.
48  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / HOTAS Flightstick/Throttle Reccomendations on: March 29, 2015, 05:16:04 PM
Hi guys,

Was looking for some opinions on various HOTAS setups. I initially was going to get the Saitek X55 Rhino but all the quality control issues, and some reports of the stick being a bit uncomfortable, have made me second guess getting one. I hear the Saitek X52 Pro is also good but apparently the newer ones also suffer from quality control. The $400 Thrustmaster HOTAS is out of my price range. But given the quality issue of the Saitek/Mad Catz products it has me looking at just getting the cheaper Thustmaster T-Flight HOTAS X setup and waiting for something newer and better built to come out.

So looking for some opinion on any of these sticks.

Basically I'm looking to use the game with the following games currently:

Elite: Dangerous
X-Wing series
Freespace Series

I hear on games like X-Wing series the throttle is recognized by the software always. But would be looking for a solution where I could just boot up the game and not have to bother with the keyboard other than launching the game or moving around the menus.

49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 28, 2015, 01:37:36 AM
This whole thing got brought up with my co-workers today. Two of them saw it white/gold and two blue/black. I was in the blue/black group. One of the interesting things was one of the white/gold people would see the colors as blue/black if they looked at it standing from a distance. But getting closer to the photo it looked white/gold to them.

In any case it killed 10 minutes of having to work which was nice.
50  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 24, 2015, 07:53:54 PM
Really enjoyed Risen. People bitch about the combat but I thought it was fine once you got used to it (better than in Risen 2). It's also a surprisingly long game. Don't have the time spent in front of me but thinking it was almost 40hrs I spent playing.

The two DLC areas were decent too. Although at this point would have expected there to be a bundle with everything for $20.
51  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 21, 2015, 01:36:39 AM
The Addams Family pinball table is now out for Pinball Arcade. I was never a huge fan of the table but a lot of people are (and its the #1 selling table ever). So if you have some nostalgia over the table it's available for purchase.
52  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 12, 2015, 07:10:25 PM
Wow. That was a pretty quick discount for FC4.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: February 12, 2015, 07:08:28 PM
Ok, good. I'm not the only one sucking at solo still.

I'm starting to win more games as the hunters but haven't won once as a monster yet. Although I make a good monster until I have to fight the hunters. I'm able to stay ahead of them and evolve without issues. So I can offer tips on that front:

- Use leap to stay ahead. You can leap far and you'll cover a lot more distance than the hunters can do with the jet packs
- Don't start killing/eating wildlife at the start of the match. Focus on creating distance (leap!)
- When you do start killing wildlife kill only one or two things, eat and move on (leap!). You'll find plenty of wildlife to eat so no need to stick in one spot trying to kill and eat them all
- Use the smell sense to better see and kill wildlife as well as see birds
- Use higher ground and use the leap there to make you harder to track
- Remember you can sneak. If you see birds/bats/etc go in to sneak mode to go past them. That won't set them off.
- Do not fight the larger wildlife. Leave that for the hunters. In fact make note of where those are, so if you are escaping you can make the hunters go through them
- Only evolve to stage three if you are near the power grid. Once you hit S3 the hunters just make a beeline towards it. If they reach there first they start setting up traps. Seeing a bunch of traps and four hunters is not a fun sight.
- When you evolve make sure you are far enough away from the hunters. It takes a few seconds for the animation to play out and you need to choose your skill points

I do not have any hints yet on fighting the hunters as they just tear me apart. But the two things I did learn were:

- Ignore those that have a blue tint (e.g. shield).
- When a hunter is down make sure to finish them off

I did not follow rule #2 as a monster and I think that was what mainly was doing me in. I am not sure if that tactic changes at stage 3 and you just focus on destroying the power grid.

My main problem with the goliath is I can't hit crap with the rock throw or the leap. By the time I throw or leap the hunters have moved off. So I've just been using the charge, flame, and general attacks.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: February 11, 2015, 08:27:27 PM
Seeing the same plus's and minuses as you (PC). And basically did the same thing. Did the tutorials last night and played a six or seven solo matches as the hunters. I won only one of those matches.

The monster AI is impressive. Each of the matches we (the bots and I) really had to hunt the monster down. We would see it for a split second and then lose track of it. When we had little hints of where it was rarely was it still hanging around the area. And when it came to fighting it. Wow. Talk about not holding back anything. It would really tear us apart. And soon after the force field trap was gone it would be off again.

I'm not so sure if the hunter AI is good or not yet. It's mainly me who is leading the hunt (regardless of class) and the other hunters basically stick by me. I'm not sure the bots take the lead. But this could also be by design. They do keep up though, which is nice.

But not sure how the combat AI is for the hunters. We basically get handed our asses in the monster battles. But that could be how it supposed to be. And typically when I get to the monster it's already morphed in to its second variant. But the AI does seem competent to do their jobs. The trapper class will deploy the force field trap as needed. The medic will heal you and res you if needed - although not always immediately, which I suppose is very human. The support will buff and the assault will tank.

I only tried the Assault and Trapper classes and liked playing both of those. Will probably try the monster tonight against the AI.

Did play a few different game modes. Did not care for the rescue one as that seemed kinda luck based on where you and the monster were placed in relation to the people you needed to rescue. There was another mission where we had to destroy a bunch of monster eggs that seemed neat but our party got wiped out by the monster (and friends) trying to destroy the second egg so didn't get a lot of time in that one. But did a bunch of the standard hunt missions and those were pretty fun.

Will take it multiplayer once I get a better feel of all the classes and controls.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 07:21:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2015, 06:58:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 10, 2015, 06:37:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2015, 06:23:46 PM

I must be the only one who actually likes review scores, especially when it's combined with a bullet point "pros and cons" list (like how GT does it).  Gives me a quick snapshot of the reviewer's opinion, then I can read the more in-depth details if I want more info.

But you don't need the score to do that. The score doesn't really represent the reviewer's opinion in any meaningful way, but the bullet points do. You'd get a better impression of the reviewer's opinion if the score wasn't in the way.

The very first thing I look at in any review is the score.  If a site ranks something as a 9/10, I'm likely to read their review further to find out why.  If the review doesn't include a metric that gives me at least an "at a glance" sense of the reviewer's opinion, I'm probably not going to bother digging through their review to find out.  Blame my incredibly short attention span, I suppose.

Right or wrong, sites that drop review scores pretty much drop off my personal radar.  

I'm the same in that I just scroll to the end to find the score. Then I'll typically read the last paragraph which usually summarizes the review. And based on those two things I'll see if I want to spend time reading the review. Typically I'll just move on or skim the review.

It looks like Eurogamer is keeping the summaries, which works, but would be better paired with the score.

I'm also a fan of reviews that have a bulleted Pro/Con section at the end. That helps provides a bit more insight on the given score and if I'm going to read the full review or not to get more details.

That's just how things are these days. I no longer want to spend the time reading a full Scorpia style review. Cut to the chase, sum it up or give me a general idea of how the game is. Based on that I'll read the review or not.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 07:16:05 PM
Pre-purchased Evolve. Price was right (GMG VIP deal) and figure it's going to be fun for the first two weeks.
57  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 07, 2015, 08:19:17 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 07, 2015, 06:22:42 PM

Release Date: Nov 11, 2014

Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 95% positive in 2,179 reviews

Surprisingly very good game.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: February 02, 2015, 09:46:08 PM
I've mulled over it a bit but have to say The Talos Principle was my sleeper hit / game of the year. It came out right at the end of 2014 with little fanfare and blew me away. The setup is great. You awaken in an ruined Greek style courtyard, ethereal music is playing, and a booming voice from the sky says "Behold child. You are risen from the dust and you walk in my garden."

The game it self is essentially a Portal style game where you are solving a bunch of puzzles in first person. And while the puzzles are great, and very rewarding when you solve difficult ones, its piecing together the background story that I found most of the enjoyment. Clues to the story are scattered via the typical text messages, voice logs, or things written on the walls (in this case in QR code form). But they are written and performed exceptionally. All the notes are scattered in such a fashion that it took me probably 10 hours before I felt I had a handle on what was going on. And what a story. It really put me through an emotional wringer - which is one of the reasons it made such an impact with me.

Was completely satisfied with the game from beginning to end.

The other game I'd have to give a not do was Valliant Hearts. This is the WWI side-scroller puzzler published by UbiSoft. Again this was another game that had an emotional impact when playing. You get really involved in the story while solving the puzzles. There's some moments of joy and great sadness. The game can be frustratingly difficult in some areas to the point where I had to put it down and come back the next day. But overall it was another game that was a great experience.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 02:51:39 AM

Quote from: Crawley on January 28, 2015, 06:30:31 PM

Running in to the issue where your FPS drop once you exit the tutorial - e.g. after you sleep in the safe zone for the first night. Game is playable but it sure is annoying to have it play so smoothly, even in the outside areas, then having a FPS drop along with odd pauses.

Looks like the company is investigating so hopefully there will be a fix soon. May hold off on playing until that time. Was really enjoying it up to that point.

Looks like I was able to resolve the issue by toning down the FOV - which I had set pretty high, and turning down the distance rendering - which apparently has a huge FPS hit at high levels without much benefit.

Doesn't explain why it worked fine with those setting during the tutorial but not once you get it out of it.

In any case enjoying the game again.
60  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: January 28, 2015, 06:36:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 28, 2015, 06:16:04 PM

Game is in Early Access

25% off. Sale price $11.24
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score - 91% positive in 38,355 reviews

Starbound - Soundtrack - 25% off. Sale price $3.74

Been waiting forever for that one to go on sale. I don't think its ever been on sale previously. But now that it has I'm not sure I'm interested in it anymore.  icon_neutral
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: January 28, 2015, 06:34:28 PM
I ended up getting it during the Steam sale but only put in an hour or so. Its definitely old school RPG in difficulty and punishing you quickly, such as all my lockpicks breaking on my first chest. I'll want to go back to it but too many other things to play at the moment. 
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 28, 2015, 06:30:31 PM
Running in to the issue where your FPS drop once you exit the tutorial - e.g. after you sleep in the safe zone for the first night. Game is playable but it sure is annoying to have it play so smoothly, even in the outside areas, then having a FPS drop along with odd pauses.

Looks like the company is investigating so hopefully there will be a fix soon. May hold off on playing until that time. Was really enjoying it up to that point.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 07:06:53 PM
Pre-loaded Dying Light so set for that. Also pre-purchased Life is Strange (good VIP deal on GMG). I'm a sucker for the story driven games right now.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: January 24, 2015, 03:37:28 PM
I watched it on Netflix. It started off fine but was overall boring. It took forever for anything to happen, and when it did it wasn't all that interesting. Also The Scythe was the dumbest villain ever. The actor was way over acting that part trying to come across as a tough guy. It ended up being comical.

That said I'll still give S2 a chance when it comes to Netflix.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/23/15 on: January 24, 2015, 03:31:04 PM
Went back to WoW so will playing that during the day. Cannot believe the prices of some of the low level items. Some level 20-25 armor is going for 200+ gold - for green stuff. Crazy. Have to get most of my armor and weapons from quests or dungeon runs.

At night am playing Alien Isolation. Got the new headphones awhile back with the simulated 7.1 surround sound. This game is perfect for that. But can only play an hour or so with the headphones before it gets too intense. Loving the game though - except for that part where I got a door code, spent 15 minutes making my way to the door avoiding the alien, and then when I got the door I couldn't remember the code. Ugh.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 04:17:20 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 24, 2015, 02:00:14 AM

I'm making a concerted effort to buy fewer games in 2015. I'm not so much concerned about the money as I am finishing the things I start. I'm really bad about jumping from hobby to hobby, project to project, game to game, and one of my 2015 resolutions was to be more focused. Not even counting most of my insane Steam backlog, I'm sitting on $200-$300 worth of unfinished games. That's unacceptable.

I tried that. But it didn't end up taking.

But for close to six months I bought very few games and if I did they had to be a super deal.

That all went out the window in the last few months and particularly in the last few weeks were I went crazy buying stuff from GMG due to all their pre-order deals. Yeah, I gotta get control of this too. :/
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 22, 2015, 05:29:56 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 21, 2015, 10:46:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 21, 2015, 07:31:28 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 21, 2015, 07:23:36 PM

Anyway, Holo-Lens is pretty intriguing

Yeah, looks cool, but if you want to talk about things screaming "Milo" BS, look no further... smile

Wired hands on

Kinda surprised it worked as well as they seemed to indicate in the demo video.

So as I gather the entire thing is done Kinect type camera(s)? Kinda trying to figure out how this would work in an actual home setting. If you need mainly bare walls, a clean room, and few obstructions.

Would be neat if this catches on though and gets really good. Could really transform the way your house looks when using the tech.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GoG: X-Wing vs TIE Fighter on: January 21, 2015, 01:37:53 AM
No. They're not updated like that.

They run through an emulator (DOSBox) so you can run the games on the modern machines. The games look, play, and sound like they did back in the day. The benefit with GoG is they've done any tweaking that needs to be done in DOSBox. So you just download, install, and play.

That said, for a lot of popular games, there are various mods you can use. These can be adding additional screen resolutions (or widescreen support), updated graphics, or whatever. But you typically have to download those separately. The GoG community is very good at pointing out the worthwhile mods to get, where to get them, and how to install them if there is any complicated method involved. You can typically see what mods are available by just going to the GoG community forum for the game. The mod information is usually a sticky for the thread.

It looks like GoG has implemented this 30-day back money guarantee. I've never tried using it but there's that too if you find the games are just too old school.
69  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: January 19, 2015, 09:59:00 PM
Ended up picking up the Logitech G430 in the end. Was close to getting the Astro A40 when I found out you need an optical cable hookup. Well I don't have one for my on-board sound and would have to purchase a sound card - so with the extra cost and trouble I was out.

The G430's were $60 at Best Buy and they had a demo setup for that headset. They were comfortable and the simulated 7.1 sound wasn't too bad. After using them for a few days I like them. They sound good, people said they can hear my clear via the mic, and the 7.1 works decently enough.

The major problem I have with them is the comfort level. Initially the headphones are fantastic comfort. They fit over the ear and the pads are very soft. The problem is the memory foam on the headpiece. After about an hour your head hurts. I'm hoping its goes away after I break in the set more but its a concern.

For $60 its a pretty decent deal.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/20) on: January 19, 2015, 09:50:50 PM
GMG had a decent VIP deal on Resident Evil. So picked that up - along with a few other VIP and 23% off games. Think I'm set for the near future big releases.
71  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: January 13, 2015, 07:16:36 PM
Yeah, I did see that the other day and considered the Tiamat but the reviews were somewhat iffy and I may want to pony up for a higher quality headset. I do like the rubbery mic and magnetic foam earpieces though.
72  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: January 13, 2015, 07:01:14 PM
Still mulling this over. For the high-end headphones do you need a dedicated sound card or will the on-board sound suffice? I know my motherboard has 5.1 and 7.1 support. Would I really notice a difference or is it possible that the on-board based sound cards don't offer full 5.1/7.1 support?

Additionally I saw a mini-review for a 7.1 headset where the person had a bunch of sound cables to hook up for the 7.1 sound. If you just hook up via USB that would suffice right? I wouldn't need to connect to all the 5.1 audio ports in the back of my machine in addition to that?

Another question is how is the game support for 7.1 sound? I know a few games I have do support that but really haven't looked closely at all the audio options for all my games since I didn't have to in the past. I'm guessing 7.1 is pretty much going to be supported by any AAA games going forward but looking for some real-world experiences of what support is being offered.

73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: January 03, 2015, 04:22:42 AM
Yeah I opened up all the secret islands with the axe. But can't get past the doors without having the 10 stars. I do love those audio logs so will probably go back and give the stars another try.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 01/02/15 on: January 03, 2015, 04:20:54 AM
Finished up Talos Principle so technically I should go back to Dragon Age.

But did an impulse buys on Valkyria Chronicles and Lord of Xulima. Played a bit of both and want to play them for different reasons.

Valkyria Chronicles is, I think, a PS3 port of a hybrid action/turn-based strategy game set in an alternate WW-II style universe. The presentation is pretty fantastic (heavy story elements) and the strategy is actually pretty decent too. Reminds me a bit of a 3rd-person Advanced Wars strategy game.

Lords of Xulima is a RPG throwback. Looks similar to Divinity: OS but plays more like the old Ultima games mixed with turn-based combat where you put your heavies on the front line and squishies on the back.

The start of the game is punishing as you don't have a lot of gold and monsters are pretty tough - just like old school RPGs. I'm enjoying nostalgic trip in this one but man I should really finish Dragon Age first as its supposed to be 40 hours long.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: January 03, 2015, 02:36:23 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 02, 2015, 05:25:53 PM

Curious, which ending did you get?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I went the tower route. And not sure if it mattered but was able to trap Samsara behind a force field at one point. But at the end I loaded in the Milton Program, he played coy for a bit, then got angry at me. So I basically said "screw you" and logged off. The ending basically had me powering up and the Talos program shutting down (imagine that's standard). I then just walked out of the facility which was a dam. And then during the credits it showed a look out to a city in the distance that was in ruins.

So probably wasn't one of the more interesting endings but happy with what it was.

For the gold star, that makes sense about getting in to the area with the fan. I might have figured that one out. But don't think I would have figured out the laser staff. I was sure it had to be hidden around the level somewhere (which is large) so probably would have just kept looking till I get too frustrated.  But at that point I was really torn between wanting to see the ending and getting a 10th star. Seeing the ending won out after getting frustrated trying to get another star.

Are the "rewards" worth it for the 10 stars? It looks like I can go back to an earlier save and get all those.

I also saw a sword in the stone I really wanted to get but couldn't figure that one out either. I thought I had it too, as I got the blue laser in to the puzzle room, but it didn't seem to do anything.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: January 02, 2015, 03:36:52 AM
Awesome game. Beginning to end.

That last section of the game was just great. And more than happy with the ending I got.

I'll have to go back and get all those gold stars. I ended up getting 9 by the end, which wasn't enough for using them anywhere (need 10). Tried so hard to get a 10th one at the end but couldn't figure out how to get them. Either the gold stars left me stumped, or I kinda figured out what I needed to do but was unable to locate all the pieces. The gold star on top of the Egyptian monument was one I tried figuring out forever. I figured out how to get the beam I needed. And I saw the fan I needed but was unable to figure out how to get in there to get it. And then I also needed one of the crystal staffs for the beam but no clue of where that was located.

In any case I finished at 22hrs. Enjoyed the entire 22 hours. One of the top games I've played in 2014 and I'm sure I'm going to remember this one with fondness in a decade looking back at great game experiences.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 29, 2014, 01:37:13 AM
Watched Oculus last night. Was surprised at how good a horror film it was. Like the idea of smart people trying to outwit a ghost but the ghost being just as smart.

Also recently watched Helix. Although I liked it initially it fell apart pretty quickly for me. I did stick with the entire season, and would likely watch the second season, but it wouldn't be a top pick show.

Also been watching some of the ESPN 30 for 30 films. Started with 30 for 30: No Mas - which went over the Roberto Duran / Sugar Ray Leonard rivalry. I had recalled some of it growing up so this brought it back. A really good complete look what happened then and gets both their thoughts on what they think now. 30 for 30: Big Shot was another pretty interesting one I had no memory of, where a fraud ends up buying the NY Islanders. Totally crazy story. And most recently watched the 30 for 30: The Price of Gold, which was the Tonya Harding / Nancy Nancy Kerrigan figure skating rivalry (or hit on Nancy I guess). Crazy stuff but was another good one for a trip down memory lane.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 29, 2014, 01:21:30 AM
15 hours in and still loving it. This game has really run me through a bit of an emotional gauntlet. Initially just feeling a sense of wonder at the game world and the mystery of piecing together what the heck is going on. Then as the pieces start filling in and the story becomes clearer I get all these conflicting feelings of melancholy but hope as well. It's really a very sad story but damn if there isn't a lot of heroism and joy to go with it. Then all that packed together with the frustration of solving the puzzles along with euphoria when figuring out the most difficult ones.

So this game has really done a fantastic job at running me through an emotional gauntlet.

All that and unexpected philosophical discussions, which are a lot more fun than I thought they could be.

Still undecided on which path I'm going to ultimately follow. And damn if I can figure out how to get those gold stars. I've only managed to get 4. And I've spent a significant amount of time trying to figure out how to get the others without any luck. So far those are the only puzzles that have had me completely stumped. I've managed everything else I've run in to without looking at a single scrap of help.

Oh well, back to the game, have to collect a crap load of red bricks for floor 5.
79  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Buying a new computer on: December 27, 2014, 10:34:49 PM
I'd also recommend spending a bit more for the Nvidia card over the AMD. I've had both over the years and NVidia cards have more to offer. Particularly now where you get stuff like full featured PhysX effects, adaptive sync (which I love), HBAO+ and TXAA which run natively, and most recently Upscaled resolutions which works with no fuss or muss.
80  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam - Christmas Sale - Sale Unannounced on Home page on: December 27, 2014, 10:22:50 PM
Will also mention Pinball Arcade seasons 1 and 2 are 50% off during the sale - $14.99 for each season. This is the most they've been off at any point.

Highly recommend trying out Season 1 if you have any pinball interest. S2 is a mixed bag but there's a few nuggets in there. Season 1 has 21 tables and Season 2 has 19 tables.
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