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81  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 06:43:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on September 30, 2014, 03:23:32 PM

We also have a city that alternately looks like it's under siege in one scene, while displaying normal traffic and folks walking around without a problem in the next.  It's hilariously all over the place.

That didn't bother me so much actually. There were scenes of looting and the streets are pretty deserted except for a few people going about their business. With the blackout people don't know what's going on unless they see it. And the fact that stuff is only occurring on the streets at night people means a lot of people haven't been exposed to what's going on. You also hear the sounds of cop sirens meaning there is some semblance of order going on somewhere which also would give people the sense of security. Plus this is only occurring within Manhattan so people commuting during the day for work are likely not seeing most of the bad shit.

I'm not sure of the time line but I suspect its only been a week or less since the plane landed. It seems like the city is nearing the tipping point going from order to chaos.

And when your Big Bad is the spitting image of Beaker from The Muppets?  Well...comedy gold, Jerry!

Yeah The Master looks like a one of the clowns from Killer Klowns From Outer Space. He just needed the big red nose.

So other than his size they didn't do so well with making him look scary.

I did manage to watch all episodes before the free preview ended. Just missing the very last one. But I really enjoy it. My wife didn't really care for it initially. She felt it moved too slow. And its too similar to zombies which she hates. But she's taken to the rat catcher and she really perked up when that squad of infected showed up.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 28, 2014, 01:11:07 AM
Just started watching this on the Free TV Preview Week on Comcast and have to say its pretty damn good. They did a great job at bringing the book alive and really have no complaints about it so far. Plays out like a mini-series, as it should. Only thing that will suck about this free preview is the last episode won't air till its over so likely won't get to see it till the series makes it to Netflix. But oh well.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [SyFy] Z Nation on: September 28, 2014, 01:07:44 AM
Yeah I watched the pilot and it was none too good. Think they were trying to be shocking but came off as campy.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 25, 2014, 05:45:13 PM
Ok. The game is looking pretty promising: Everything You Need To Know Trailer
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Summer TV Binge Watching Report on: September 16, 2014, 12:35:45 AM
Lot of chick shows for me this summer:

Call the Midwife (S1+S2), Weeds (S1-S3), Young Justice (S1 - this was better than it had any right being), Murder She Wrote (S1-S2, our "put us to sleep show"), Orange is the New Black (S2), Attack on Titan (S1), Knights of Sidonia (S1), Arrow (S1), Game of Thrones (S4 - saw free on one of those free HBO weekends), Top Gear (various seasons). And watching S2 of Bates Motel now which is very good.

If we had Stars we would also be watching Outlander which we both liked the pilot.
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 14, 2014, 04:23:48 PM
So the last two nights I ended up watching Rocky I-IV. I hadn't seen the first two movies in like 20 years, maybe so on the third movie as well. What a great time!

Rocky: Wow, the music from this film was pretty fantastic, and epic for its time. But the main thing is I forgot how much time they spent on Rocky out of the ring. The focus of this was really Rocky and Adrian's relationship. And it was a pretty good one with Rocky being a stubborn, outgoing, dumb guy and Adrian being a very shy woman. There's some really nice scenes in there and Sylvester Stallone is just so good as Rocky. When the fight actually comes the buildup is huge. And even though it looks so fake now you just can't help get in to it. I was wanting to cheer Rocky too even though I knew the ending. biggrin

Rocky II: Perfect film to watch right after the original since it picks up immediately after the first. Again the majority of the film is spent outside of the ring. This one focuses on Rocky's getting a bit of fame and spending outside his means which winds him back up in trouble. It also really develops  the relationship between Rocky and his trainer Mickey, which is just such a great character. Again the build up to the final fight is huge and by then I totally felt like rooting for Rocky again. Damn this film.

I do have to say that there is one famous scene in this film that I recall but re-watching it was totally ridiculous. Its the one where Rocky is running down the street and a few kids start running with him. As he goes along more and more kids join him on his run. By the time he runs up the steps to the Art Institute he has like 800 kids running with him! I had to look that up and yes 800 kid extras for that shot. For a movie that was trying to be grounded in reality that shot is so amusing. But the only flaw for me otherwise.

Rocky III: This is where Rocky started to become more of a super hero than actual person. But this film is still great too! Mr. T as Clubber Lane is just fantastic for that role. You also got Rocky vs Hulk Hogan which is a great fight. They build up the Rocky and Apollo Creed relationship, which is very good too. Plus you got Survivors "Eye of the Tiger" which just fits perfectly in to the film. Again the build up to the final fight is huge and left me wanting to cheer.

Rocky IV: Wow this film was a lot worse than I remember. This was during the whole anti-Russia film phase in the 80s. We were kinda fueled on that during the 80's with the cold war, the '84 Summer/Winter Olympics, and even before that in 80' with Miracle on Ice. So you had films like Red Dawn, Moscow on the Hudson, Reds, and shows like The Day After going on.

In any case this film does not hold up. It's 90 minutes long and there's barely enough material to fill that 90 minutes. It's basically Fight Scene > Training > Final Fight Scene. This film also over uses film montages. After the first fight with Apollo Creed vs Drago there's a full 3 minute montage where Rocky is sad. Then when Rocky starts training for the fight there's another 3 minute music training montage. Right after that montage there is a short scene with Rocky and Adrian, where Adrian basically gives her consent to fight. And know what follows that one scene? Another 3 minute training montage. Wow! Basically during this film you hear 3 full songs from the soundtrack.

By the time they got to the final fight I was pretty much just wanted them to get on with it and get it over with. While the fight was nicely choreographed there wasn't much too it going in. Each of the other Rocky fights there was a fight plan. This one had none other than Rocky training hard. So it was basically two super human guys punching each other.

The ending of the fight was also ridiculous with the Gorbachev look alike giving a slow clap.

Not sure if I'll watch Rocky V or not. But will have to seek out Rocky Balboa as I recall that being good.
87  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 05, 2014, 03:14:25 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on September 05, 2014, 12:13:54 AM

Quote from: Crawley on September 04, 2014, 06:23:36 PM

I got Grid Autosport (Grid 3) when it was on sale a week or so ago and have to say I'm really enjoying that one.

I've seen in reviews that you can't progress in career mode unless you are involved in all genres. I don't really like drifting; would this ultimately limit me on how I progress in the game, or what cars or tracks I can unlock?

I don't like drifting either and actually haven't even touched that Tuner discipline. But I thought I read you only need to do 3 of the 5 disciplines to advance. So I've been only doing Touring, Open Wheel, and Street.

Endurance is the last discipline and that kinda sucks too. Basically have to watch tire wear as you go around the track. But there's no way to pit and change our your tires for fresh ones (oversight!). The thing is though that there's not that many laps you need to do so even if you race heavy the chances of blowing a tire is slim. That discipline just needs a way to pit and it would be pretty fun.
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Information Society fan? I have news for you.... on: September 04, 2014, 10:12:11 PM
Oh wow. Listening to that new song its like its off the '88 album.

Kinda fun but for me not a good thing. I can't listen to this 80's techno pop stuff anymore.
89  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: September 04, 2014, 06:23:36 PM
I got Grid Autosport (Grid 3) when it was on sale a week or so ago and have to say I'm really enjoying that one. To my surprise the Open Air (formula car) races have been my favorite of the bunch. Has me eyeing F1 2013 which is on sale now too.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 27, 2014, 03:18:09 AM
And done at 51.5hrs. Pretty decent final boss battle too. Although wish there was a bit more to the ending.

I do have to say they did a fantastic job on the final area. The artists seemed to have spent considerable care designing it and there's some really fantastic vistas to behold. Problem was I was kinda pooped with the game by the time I got there so didn't explore as much as I probably should have.

So overall this is a very solid Risen title. I probably enjoyed it as much as I did the original and its far better than the sequel. They really improved on a lot of the complaints from R2 although there's still plenty of room for improvement. Hoping R4 uses a new engine and they add some new tricks to the series.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 3: Titan Lords on: August 26, 2014, 05:14:10 PM
This game takes a long time to finish. 50hrs in and still not done. At about 45hrs in I thought it was coming to a close. But all of a sudden there's more! So definitely a lot of bang for your buck with this game.
92  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 20, 2014, 07:35:32 PM
Should also mention the first season of Pinball Arcade is $15 right now.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PlayStation Now subscription option 'definitely in the works'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking forward to Season 2 whenever that comes out.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

That said I still spent a lot of my free time playing games. I can't see giving it up all together.
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