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81  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'

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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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  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.
88  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.
89  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 18, 2014, 05:54:23 PM
The last few weeks I've been watching two anime series and finished both up:

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

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

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

Looking forward to Season 2 whenever that comes out.

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

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

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

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

One hint, at least on the PS3, the show defaults to Closed Captions rather than the English subtitles. I didn't catch this till about six episodes in. For some reason the CC will either display dialogue or translation of an image on screen. Not both. And it chooses image translation over dialogue. So there were quite a few times where people were talking but the text on the screen was of some translation of something displaying on a monitor in the background. It was particularly annoying when you would start reading some dialogue and within a second it would be wiped from the screen in favor of some image translation because the scene changed to show something else. It occurs quite a few times so change to English subtitles.
90  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.
91  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.
92  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.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/4/14 on: July 07, 2014, 12:46:24 AM
Pumped 18hrs in to Resident Evil 4 HD the last few days finishing it. Hadn't played it since the Gamecube.

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Finished it up. Fantastic game beginning to end.

Pro-tip:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is this worth $9.99?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Forest (No sale this Summer  icon_cry )
Spintires (No sale this Summer  icon_cry )
Child of Light (Moves to the Winter sale for a larger discount)
104  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 21, 2014, 03:46:27 PM
If you guys have cards it looks like this is a sellers market now. People seem to be buying cards like crazy. The Summer Sale cards are going for like 40 cents a pop right now. And I put up a bunch of cards that used to be worth like 8 cents but are now selling for around 15 cents. I put a bunch of those types of cards up, a few cents over the lowest price, and amazingly a few of them sold within minutes. I went from 0 wallet credit to...just looking now within the last few minutes 63 cents (was at 40 cents when I started this post).

People are going crazy over this group leaderboard thing.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: June 20, 2014, 04:03:31 AM
Started watching this again. Wow, what a really good show. Thought the pilot was just ok, but was pretty worried about the series being brainless. But to my surprise it has a brain and does quite a few unexpected things - including killing off regulars. Its turned in to a must watch. About half-way through the season now and didn't expect to be loving it.
106  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 18, 2014, 02:58:14 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 17, 2014, 08:17:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 17, 2014, 05:07:51 PM

Midweek spotlight



$0.99

This is a fun little game, definitely worth a dollar.

Yeah, that's what I figured. Had no real interest in it but its a dollar. Why not.
107  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG DRM Free Summer Sale has started on: June 18, 2014, 02:57:18 AM
I've come close to buying a few of these deals but always backed off knowing I'll likely never play them. Almost pulled the trigger on the Tex Murphy collection as I hadn't played them before. But suspect I'll enjoy them just fine if I watch a "Lets Play..." You Tube video. Came close again with Consortium for $5, which I'm curious about even though it was initially very buggy. But figure that will pop up at that price in a few days on Steam.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dead Island Riptide on: June 16, 2014, 07:34:06 PM
I finished this up. Showed 21hrs to complete with 56% of the game complete. I guess there were a lot of side missions that I didn't get although I did quite a few. The second half of the game was certainly better than the initial first. There's basically only two zones. The island you start on and then the city. The island does get good near the end as you're visiting some interesting locations, and the story gets a lot better. But the city was great all the way through. It had a fantastic layout with tight quarters, an a bit of a mazy layout but they left you multiple paths you could travel through it. They were thoughtful enough to not congest the city with zombies. So really even though its tight quarters you basically fighting one or two zombies at a time, or you can just run past them.

Don't think I'll play through the game again on the Game+ mode they have. You do start out with all your inventory items, and your stats/skills, but the zombies are put at your level so its not a total cake walk. But no real desire to get all those sub-quests. Although there were some good ones. Including one where I helped a super hero called The Zombinator. I needed to find his cape, his super shoes, and The Fish. Above all else him made sure I had to get The Fish.

I did feel pretty kick ass by the end of the game. I went with the lady that specializes in blades. I had a killer katana I picked up near the end I upgraded all the way and put a high level poison mod on. That thing was killer at slicing off limbs or killing zombies in one blow.

Dunno if I can recommend this one. The time investment is like 10hrs before the game gets good. First one is better overall - even though it has the terrible middle part with the tunnels.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 6/13/14 on: June 15, 2014, 09:56:51 PM
GMG has a 25% off code (SUMMER-SALEIS-OVER25). Used that to bring Wolf 3D down to $45. Will be playing that once I finish up Dead Island Riptide, which I'm really loving now. Too bad Riptide doesn't get really good till your about 10hrs in.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dead Island Riptide on: June 14, 2014, 04:31:30 PM
Arise!

So I think I stopped playing this game soon after I made my last post. I recently began playing again after seeing the Dead Island 2 E3 trailer and thinking, hmmm I never did finish Riptide. So I re-installed and started from scratch. 15 hours later I'm loving it.

But I wasn't really loving it till about 10 hours in when I had to defend this ruined church from a zombie onslaught. The defending the area missions are the new wrinkle to the Dead Island games. They start off simple (and boring) but by this point in the game I'm setting up barricades, planting mines around the perimeter, putting up gun emplacements, and strategically placing explosive barrels. It's so great to see your setup work go right when the assaults start. You got zombies exploding as they run over your mines. You're jumping on gun emplacements and mowing down any zombies have broken through barricades. Or shooting the exploding barrels to stop the zombies from advancing.

The assault usually go to pot at some point so you have to jump in to the fray and melee. You're in there fighting with the six or seven other AI survivors who are also not trying to get killed themselves. Fun stuff.

Around this time the game finally took off. They send you down in to an "abandoned" WWII bunker. Its a pretty intense area as the lights are not working right and you basically have to see by throwing flares around - which don't last too long. So its difficult to see zombies at times and frightening to be in a battle and have it go dark as you flare runs out.

I'm at the second location now in the game, a city. Which so far seems better than the city in the original game but haven't gotten that far in to it. I'm hoping the game keeps the intensity it's had for the last four or five hours.

Also it looks like people are still playing this game. I had a few people enter my game co-op awhile I was playing which was fun. But after about 8hrs in I haven't seen anyone or been prompted to join another persons game.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 04:50:13 PM
Nintendo digital conference was kinda fun. Liked the crazy beginning and the little Robot Chicken segments.

Don't have a Wii U but suspect I'll be getting one when that Zelda comes out. Looks amazing but when the action started it was basically cut sequences. Still loved the style of it and the direction.

Only other games that looked interesting to me were the Yoshi one and the Sploosh or whatever that last one was. Interesting concept for a multiplayer game and can see it being fun.

Was hoping for a another Metroid 3D game but oh well.
112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Edge of Tomorrow (aka All You Need is Kill) on: June 10, 2014, 01:58:31 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 10, 2014, 04:31:21 AM

I took a quick peek at the graphic novel adaption of the book and it was completely different so didn't really help at all. I've had the novel on my Kindle for awhile but wanted to see the movie first, I'll bet it doesn't really answer any questions either.

I wonder what the official explanation of the ending is?  icon_neutral

Yeah the novella won't help as it and the movie are pretty different - basically the equivalent of the Starship Troopers novel vs the movie. So I just chalked up to the studio wanting a happy ending. I guess when they deal with time travel they can do whatever they want.

That said I really enjoyed it. It was a lot of fun with some good characters and it kept the story moving even though it was repeating. Also even with all the Tom Cruise hate you have to give it up for him in this. His character changes so much from the start of the film to the end. I don't think someone like a Chris Hemsworth or Chris Pine wouldn't be able to pull that off.  And even though the connection between the Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt characters was one sided they still had chemistry when they were together. This so far has been my favorite summer movie.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 10, 2014, 02:30:17 AM
The last 10 seconds of that Mortal Kombat trailer gloriously over the top. I was laughing and shaking my head at the pure silliness of it. Guess I'll be buying.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 09, 2014, 11:19:15 PM
Not a bad conference from Ubisoft. Aisha wasn't annoying like in the past.

Strong opening with Far Cry 4. Looks like a good crazy bad guy setup and the setting could be fun.

Can't say Dance 2015 is my thing. Couldn't tell exactly how the game was tracking all the other dancers from the phone exactly. But that Shape Up game, while I'd probably never get it, looks good. I'm almost ashamed to admit it.

Not a fan of the pure CG trailers but The Division one was depressingly entertaining.

Assassins Creed looks like I'll need yet another beefy graphics card to run. I suspect the final game will see similar graphical cuts that other Ubi E3 game showings have had - i.e. Far Cry 3 and Watch Dogs. But I'm sure I'll still be in.

Never got in to R6 but that looked like a lot of fun.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 09, 2014, 09:15:29 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 09, 2014, 09:07:12 PM

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trying to get the beta through remote play.  webstore isn't letting me log in.  

no luck.  I did get remote play to work, but it doesn't expand the information under the title like it does at home.

That's not working at home right now either.

Drop down is working at home now, but beta is gone

And it's back. Downloading now.
I checked and it was up.  no link to the beta though, but the BF4 disc isn't in the drive.  I just went to a different menu and back, and now no drop down.  wow, PSN is getting trashed right now

Got in pretty early with getting the beta so only ran in to a few snags of slowness. But played two games. And it seemed fine with 32-players. Played a game on both the cops and robbers side (Bloodmoney map) where they basically have the same goal of taking cash and bringing it to a location. But I totally suck at these games now and was basically near the bottom of both games. I Just die way too quickly in these games now. I either don't see the person until its too late, or they kill me a split second after I see them. And always seemed outgunned when I do get in a shooting match.

It played fine though. 32 players. Smooth gameplay. Plenty of destruction going on. Graphics didn't look fantastic but not bad either. Was fun driving around on the motorcycle. But overall this one won't be for me just too chaotic and don't have the reflexes needed.
116  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 09, 2014, 06:23:19 PM
Isn't the Steam summer sale coming up soon? Might just be phoning it in till the real deal happens.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 09, 2014, 06:20:27 PM
I do have to say what I saw of the Microsoft presentation was really good. They basically were doing non-stop games, which is basically what I want to see. I wasn't taken with a lot of them but they kept the pace going and I wasn't bored.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2014 on: June 09, 2014, 06:18:54 PM
Was Crackdown 3 the last game shown for Microsoft? I stepped away after the trailer and came back and the show was over.

Was watching it on Twitch and I have to say the gaming community is still sickenly demeaning towards women. At one point a woman, who was a producer or something for a game (forget which) took the stage and the Twitch chat blew up with:

GIRL
GIRL
GIRL
GURL
GIRL
SLUT
BEWBS
I would do her
GIRL
GIRL

It went on the entire time she was there. I know its mainly kids but man that's just so depressing to see these days.
119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: A little different request....music to travel by on: June 06, 2014, 05:29:24 PM
Might try a few podcasts too. When I need to do long drives I put together a podcast playlist. It definitely helps pass the time as you get engrossed in the stories. 

This American Life, Radiolab, The Moth and Planet Money are my go-to non gaming ones.
120  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: June 05, 2014, 09:17:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 05, 2014, 07:12:40 PM

Weekend Spotlight
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Standard $2.99
Special edition $4.99
Gold $4.99


Bahaha! I came here to post that I finally stopped buying Magic: The Gathering last year as I kept buying each years editions and not playing them. So I wasn't going to be a sucker and buy this year too!

Then I thought I should at least check out how it looks before posting something like that as maybe I would actually get it for $3. So I go to the page and see "You already own Magic 2014 - Duels of the Plainswalkers". Sonofa!

Update: Looks like I'm safe after all! The "you already own" is due to the free weekend. Would still actually have to buy the thing. So I broke the Magic curse after all.
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