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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2017 on: April 29, 2017, 08:38:54 PM
A large number of people on Neogaf are crucifying the game. It seems like the hate is skewed heavily toward the PS4 version, where the controls People who downloaded both versions are reporting that the XB1 version plays much better. You think the developer would catch something so obvious before releasing a demo that will probably torpedo a bunch of sales. I plan on checking it out on May 1st when my Comcast data cap refreshes. I'm only a few gigabytes away from my 1 terabyte limit.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 23, 2017) on: April 26, 2017, 12:44:25 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 24, 2017, 06:34:50 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 24, 2017, 02:17:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 24, 2017, 04:02:28 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on April 24, 2017, 03:59:07 AM

There's a Psycho Pass game...?

Is that a thing from some other media?

It's an anime where everyone in Japan is routinely scanned for their mental health. As in, walk down a public street, the government knows if something's bothering you. If your score or color gets out of bounds, you are marked as a latent criminal and pre-emptively arrested.

Some of these latent criminals are given the opportunity to work for the cops as hunters/profilers in order to track those down that have slipped trough the cracks.

I watched the first season on Netflix when it was available. Apparently it's had a couple more and a film.

Wow, well I'm glad that isn't reality (for now)!!  I would be arrested and put in prison for life in that system.    nod

But makes sense that I haven't heard of it, anime isn't really my thing.

The anime and movie were really well done.  It has a slightly similar feel to Ghost in the Shell, but as mentioned the story revolves around criminal psychology, and less about humans becoming more mechanical.

Ill be grabbing Mandatory Happiness along with Vikings Expedition and Dragon Quest 2.
3  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Spring Sale 2017? on: April 17, 2017, 10:00:28 PM
I was really looking forward to this. Maybe next week.
4  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Card Jockey (3DS) - How did I not know about this??? on: April 17, 2017, 09:58:23 PM
Sounds like it is time to scrap the game. 40 hours is a great money value, and after 18 attempts I would be hard pressed to beat my head against the wall any longer. Of course, I'm a Dark Souls and Nioh fan, so I might be something of a hypocrite.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/14/17 edition on: April 17, 2017, 09:45:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 14, 2017, 01:05:18 PM

Now that I've gotten past the inexplicably awful opening 4 hours of Mass Effect Andromeda, it has really hit it's stride and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.  I've also been feeling the pull of Elder Scrolls Online again...might mess around with that a bit.

Quote from: Soulchilde on April 14, 2017, 12:25:52 PM

Xbox Spring Sale, so I picked up a few games, so I'm currently playing Sword Coast Legends with some Star Trel Online sprinkled in.  Oh Yeah, getting loot boxes in Overwatch for the Ominic Rising Event

I really enjoyed Sword Coast Legends...right up until the final boss.  Word of advice:  make sure you hang on to at least one strong ranged weapon for each character (you'll get a bunch over the course of the game).  Without it, the end boss is impossible to beat.  I sold all of mine because I didn't think I'd need them, and couldn't beat the final boss as a result.

Thanks for the heads up. This game is in my backlog, and I intend on playing it this summer. I would probably have fallen into the same bear trap as you without the warning.

Need to go update my games completed list. I played Resident Evil Revelations this weekend on the PC, but walked away unimpressed. I realize it was a 3DS game, so I held my expectations in check, but I found it to be bland and dated. Won't continue with it.

6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 16, 2017, 10:18:04 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 16, 2017, 09:36:05 PM

The Late Shift looks....fascinating, and possibly horrible. I'll keep my eye on reviews.

<edit> just learned that it is $5 on the iOS App Store, with the first chapter free. Reviews are surprisingly good. I'll check it out.

Just checked out the free chapter on iOS. It was surprisingly well done. I was expected the old, horrific FMV games of my younger years. This actually has high production values, solid writing, and it seemed somewhat interesting.I replayed it and tried a couple different choices. The chapter results didn't change, but the motivations of certain characters were more robust with a few changes to my choices. The first chapter was only 15 minutes long, so I can't tell if the story is truly more than average.

For $5 it seems like a good way to pass 2 hours.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 16, 2017, 09:36:05 PM
The Late Shift looks....fascinating, and possibly horrible. I'll keep my eye on reviews.

<edit> just learned that it is $5 on the iOS App Store, with the first chapter free. Reviews are surprisingly good. I'll check it out.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games with conversation interruptions and resume systems? on: April 16, 2017, 04:18:31 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 16, 2017, 09:55:18 AM

So I'm doing some work on my game's dialog and banter system and I'm trying to get a handle on how some modern games handle it. Specifically, I have a lot of long dialog and banter that can happen while on the move, but also events and things I want NPCs to comment about.

My play through Mass Effect Andromeda has made me realize how important it is to have a system where long dialogs can be interrupted temporarily, then resumed, is a big deal. So, I'm looking for good examples of games that handle this well.

I think Saints Row and GTA5 did this recently, maybe The Witcher 3 too? Anyone else remember good examples? I've been writing a system design doc of how I might setup such a thing and more examples always helps.

Is this dialogue voiced or text?

I'm glad you are looking into this, as for many of us it is a huge factor in our enjoyment of the game. Horizon Zero Dawn had a good ststem- at any point you could pause the game, and the dialogue would pause.i live near a train, so several times a day this is vital. If you wanted to skip dialogue, you held the circle button (or maybe it was square) for two full seconds to confirm skipping past a conversation. It infuriates me when the default option automatically skips the dialogue, and pause is not a selection.

As already mentioned, although I didn't enjoy the game very much, Oxenfree does a great job with the layering, bantering, and conversational interruptions between characters on the screen.

If I remember correctly, in Oxenfree when one npc interrupted another, not only was the voice work seamless in the pacing of the interruption, but the npc who interrupted another character would have his or her text bubble partially superimposed over the person he or she interrupted. That was a very cool visual cue that enhanced the interruption. In most games the person being interrupted has their dialogue interrupted like this:

'John, I thought we were-'
'Have you seen my keys? I can't find my keys!'

In Oxenfree, the interrupting NPC would have there text bubble layered over the other character, while he or she still attempted to finish the sentence.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Wars Ep. 8 - The Last Jedi on: April 15, 2017, 03:15:54 PM
Which movie have all of you preferred from the two newest in the series? And have those two movies made you more or less excited for the next movie? For me Rogue One was superior, but even then I found myself not caring much for the universe. I spent some time trying to figure out why, and I think it comes down to the casting. I am just not impressed with their choices, especially for the lead female characters. To me their choices are almost as bad as little Anakin Skywalker- not as cringe worthy, but they just don't fill the shoes of the role well. Some other points:

-Carrie Fisher was horrible. Horrible. I liked her in the original movies, but in these newest films she is completely wooden and monotone. The princess and Han had no chemistry, good or bad, in the new film.

-Kylo Ren was far too emo, too angsty, and too stilted once the mask comes off his face. And the fact that he can't find a way to eliminate Rey when she escapes, a person that never held a sword before, really got under my skin. But of course she learned to use the force faster than anyone in history ever, so maybe it isn't his fault.

-Will a proper villain please stand up. Please stand up. Darth Maul was better than anything in these new movies, and they killed him far too early in the previous series, IMHO.

By no means are they bad movies, but I preferred the Star Trek reboots. I hope the newest movie has a better villain and a better plot. I'm eagerly looking forward to Mark Hamill returning. He was my least favorite character in the original series. I thought his acting was poor.  But as he has aged, he has become more comfortable with himself.
10  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 15, 2017, 04:28:23 AM

Quote from: gellar on April 15, 2017, 02:28:24 AM

I generally think #1 is worth the risk, particularly since it doesn't seem like you love #2 *and* they are asking you to take a pay cut, which I wholeheartedly agree with Jimmy is generally something you should avoid doing.

Is there any possibility of an option #3 at another company? Or negotiating your #2 to a better salary?

I am still looking for other employment in case Job 1 goes sideways. Something with at least a 10% pay increase, or better hours. I did negotiate a better salary with the second job. They placed me at the high end of their pay tier cap. They simply cannot compete with wages against the first company.

Regarding my severance package, I keep everything even if I find employment early. So the sooner I find work, the more money i have in pocket.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 15, 2017, 12:28:38 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 15, 2017, 12:15:36 AM

I'm not sure where these jobs would be, but for what it's worth non-competes are not enforceable in lots of places, especially California.

Another question, do you have any dependents, spouse, kids, or anyone else that would be affected if you didn't get the job?

I have a fiancee, and no kids. She wants me to wait on job #1, as that would significantly change our life. But she said she would respect either decision.

I waver between being a risk-taker and being conservative, especially when it comes to money. Not having the offer letter in hand makes me...uneasy. But I understand the reasoning behind them being unable to put anything in writing since the financial budget for the facility is still being hammered out. And I should point out that even though they are willing to place me in my 2nd or 3rd desired spot (both of those would require a relocate) they would likewise be months away, as those two facilities are expanding in the fall.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Job Advice on: April 14, 2017, 10:26:49 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on April 14, 2017, 09:53:28 PM

Kind of depends. How dire is your financial situation over the next 6 months to a year if you were unemployed?

Also, at job #2, what are the prospects for growth and advancement?

I'm not really a big believer in consciously choosing to take a pay cut unless things are not going well financially.

Both jobs have reasonably healthy avenues toward advancement. The first has more, because they are a larger company and growing more quickly.
After my severance pay runs out (June), I would be fine for 4 months. 4-8 months would be troublesome, as I would burn through reserves quickly. Over 8 would be dire.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Job Advice on: April 14, 2017, 09:30:29 PM
Back in late February, I was shocked by an unexpected downsizing in my company. As one of the people let go, they gave me a 16 week severance package, so I still have a normal income until June. I decided to use this time and see if I could find my "dream job". This extra cash and timeline is an important factor for the scenario below

Job 1

I recently went through a grueling multi-week interview process with a highly respected fortune 50 company. I received a call back that they would like to place me in a position at a facility that is currently being built, and will launch sometime in July. But there are two snags:
1) The full financial resources for the site will not be locked down until early May, so they cannot offer a compensation package yet. They were only able to give me the anticipated salary range (high and low) and benefits range. Even the low range is very generous, being a 20% increase over my last income.
2) They have not yet hired an Executive Manager for the site. Out of respect for allowing him to "build the culture of his team", he is allowed (should he desire) to hold a one-time phone interview with all of the leadership that other nationwide Executive Managers gave a "green light" to being a proper fit for the facility. The recruiter told me this additional step rarely happens, but it is a possibility. She also said that since I succeeded already in 4 other interviews, she was confident that this would be a "rubber stamp" process if it occurred.
3) If for some reason he declined my talents, they would attempt to place me at my 2nd or 3rd geographical choices.

So the timeline at this company is: updated compensation package info in May, and an onboarding that would begin June 1st until the facility opens in July.

Job 2
This company is ready to hire me now, with a start date of next week. I would be taking an 8% pay CUT in comparison to my previous job. They are another well respected fortune 100 company with good benefits. The problem here is that they are a direct competitor to the 1st company, and they would make me sign a non-compete contract for a period of 1 year. So basically, if I take a job there to "test the waters" or bridge the time until Job 1 goes live, there is a very real possibility I would lose Job 1. Now, in my state non-compete contracts are basically unenforceable, BUT I've been told by many friends that I have in Human Resource positions that they are still treated seriously, and often a company will not hire you if you agreed to a no-compete contract. They view it as an ethics and integrity issue. And Job #1 specifically asks if you signed a non-compete contract, and they ask for a copy of it. And when they run a final background check, they would most definitely see I was working for their competitor. My friend in HR said there is a good possibility that Job 1 would pull their "offer" from the table if I signed a non-compete contract.

So this becomes a "bird in the hand or two in the bush" scenario:

Job 1
Almost 2 months away from a start date
28% better pay
slightly better benefits
more interesting work environment
better pedigree
slightly better title (for resume building)

But I could, technically, still NOT get the position if something goes sideways.

Job 2
Immediate start
good benefits
less (but still satisfactory) pay
less interesting
less pedigree
lower title

As mentioned earlier, I'm still receiving a full salary until mid-June. That would be free money if I take Job 2, but it would float me through the wait period of Job 1.  I'm curious which direction you would go, and why.

14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 12, 2017, 08:08:28 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 12, 2017, 04:02:10 PM

I doubt you will see Bayonetta 2 on PC because I think Nintendo paid for its development in full.

I agree. The game I really want to see ported, however, is Vanquish. That is probably the best Platinum game ever, IMHO.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / iOS 11 will break thousands of games on: April 12, 2017, 03:10:35 AM
Many sites are already discussing this, but be aware that the upcoming major update to iOS is transitioning the OS to a 64 bit system. This will break numerous apps unless they are updated by the developer. Out of the titles I own, over 49 will break. Some are relatively high profile, such as Icewind Dale, Baldurs Gate, Waterdeep, Infinity Blade, etc.

Ordinarily I trade in or sell my old iPad when I move on to the next one, but it looks like my iPad 12.9" will become my legacy console, as many of my older games will most likely not be updated by the developers. You can tell which apps will break by going into settings->general->applications

And BTW, don't be angry with Apple, as developers were given years of warning that the transition was coming.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 11, 2017, 09:35:14 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 11, 2017, 04:29:55 PM

Quote from: Caine on April 11, 2017, 03:15:04 PM

And now, it's on Steam - $19.99

Well, that's disappointing.  Was hoping for a more substantial announcement.

Yeah, I was hoping for  a Bayonetta 1 and 2 simultaneous release.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC/PS4) Sexy Brutale on: April 11, 2017, 07:02:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 11, 2017, 03:39:52 PM

FYI, this is also on Xbox One.

I have to say that I had the opposite reaction to the name and what they had been presenting beforehand.  I assumed it was trading on some sort of titillation and/or shock value.

Hearing that it's a murder mystery does kind of intrigue me, but not enough to jump in.

Thanks, I'll add XB to the title.

I only played about 45 minutes so far, but it reminds me of the old 3DS game "Phantom Trick", if any of you recall that title. You are tasked with interrupting the murderers ability to kill the target, while unraveling the story surrounding the main protagonist. Production values are relatively high, and I like the stylized graphics. There is no voice work, but the music is well done.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (PC/PS4/XB1) Sexy Brutale on: April 11, 2017, 03:12:06 PM
I was meandering through YouTube today, and saw a review for something called "Sexy Brutale" on one of my favorite gaming channels- ACG. Sexy Brutale? What is that?

Intrigued by the name (Bravo on the title), I became more and more fascinated as I watched the video review. Ordinarily these are not my types of games, but the music, presentation, and mechanics all looked top notch. And when ACG gave it a "buy now" stamp of approval, I was even more intrigued, as my gaming choices closely match his. Looking for slightly more corroboration, I headed over to see what Jim Sterling thought. I was surprised to see.... 10/10. Why IS Sexy Brutale adored by two of my favorite reviewers? What is sexy about the game? How Brutale is brutale? I have no idea because neither review wanted to spoil the magic of exploring its secrets.

And it seems that the developer is active with the community, and has a sense of humor. From one of his Steam posts, regarding if it is better to buy the PS4 version or Steam version:

...So definitley get the [Steam] edition. And then pre-order the PS4 PHYSICAL copy as well, because then you get the actual physical printed version of the comic which will be worth several hundred thousands pounds one day.
Hell, buy it, post it to me and I'll sign it for you and you can pass it down to your grandchildren and THEY can sell it and put themselves through college.
And quite frankly, if you don't think your grandchildren deserve the chance to set their own fates like that, I'm not sure we're ever going to really see eye to eye.

The children are our future. Do what's right for them.

So what is Sexy Brutale? Well, apparently it is a murder mystery where you watch (or hear) deaths unfold, and then go back in time to reverse events and save the characters. So Ground Hog Day  I haven't played, so I can't confirm. But if the reviews are correct, it looks like a hidden indie gem. I'm downloading it now and will report back.


Jim Sterling:
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 09, 2017, 02:23:00 AM
I'm still disappointed at Microsoft for cancelling Scalebound and not greenlighting a Ryse or Sunset Overdrive sequel. Both of those titles showed great promise. And what the hell ever happened to Mechassault? How can giant mechs NOT sell?  retard  And bring back Fable with the backing of a competent studio- someone like Obsidian.

I'm also confused as to why MS didn't make Scalebound a premium Project Scorpio title. From everything I read, one of the biggest hurdles for Platinum was the lack of horsepower under the hood of the XB1. What is going to be there showcase title? For the PS4 Pro it is clearly Horizon Zero Dawn.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 09, 2017, 01:54:51 AM
Nioh and Bloodborne are best-in-class games, but they also have a significant amount of challenge related to them, so be aware of that. There is no 'easy' in either of those games. Nioh is definitely the less demanding of the two, but the combat is also much quicker, so choose your poison carefully. Both games will involve dedication and grinding. Nioh also has a lot more story elements, and I found the world to be more vibrant.

Until Dawn is an excellent story driven horror game, if you are in to that type of genre. Can't walk into it expecting Resident Evil. But the narrative is well done, the characters are interesting, and once things get moving I found it to be very entertaining.

The Last of Us is a no brainer. Grab it if you enjoy story driven survival horror with the usual Naughty Dog polish.

infamous is great if you like open world super hero gameplay. It was one of the earlier titles on the PS4, so it is missing some of the polish seen in recent games. Infamous Second Son continues the storyline of the first game, but they do have a synopsis which covers the main points of the first game. If you like open world gameplay and super powers, it is a solid choice with some great set pieces.

Nier Automata is much more than God of War in high heels. The storyline is more cerebral, the RPG elements are more involved (but still light) and the combat is more varied in its presentation. There are quite a few reasons why it is considered one of the better games of this generation. I wouldn't dismiss it so lightly.

21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 07, 2017, 10:35:25 PM
I'll be finishing Horizon Zero Dawn this weekend. Then it is on to 2Dark.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 10:22:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 07, 2017, 07:56:47 PM

Yeah, Xbox One is definitely behind the PS4 in total worldwide sales.  But it is still [barely] ahead of sales of the Xbox 360 at this point in it's life, so it is far from a failure.  

From a gaming standpoint, I'm not certain I even see a need for Xbox to remain in the market, other than the old 'competition is a good thing' argument. I certainly can't see their endgame. They wanted to be the living room entertainment hub, but that hasn't panned out. They are getting destroyed on console exclusives, which is a console's #1 differentiator, and outside of the United States they have struggled to gain much market share.  Is there anything they do better than Sony? Perhaps Xbox live is superior to Sony's online offering? I'm asking because I don't engage in console multiplayer games.

But when it comes to being a well rounded console that differntiates by actual GAMES, Microsoft is so far back in Sony's rear view mirror, that the race is over. Just from memory:


Nier Automata
The Last Guardian
Gravity Rush
Ratchet and Clank
Dragon Quest Heroes 2
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Last of Us
Dynasty Warriors (certain variants)
The Order 1886
Until Dawn
Tales series
Spider Man
Days Gone
Trails of Cold Steel
God of War
Kindom Hearts
Zero Escape
Death Stranding
Ace Combat
Ni No Kuni 2


Halo Wars
Sunset Overdrive
Dead Rising
Crackdown 3
Sea of Thieves
State of Decay
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 01:02:08 AM
The Scorpio looks great. Too bad all of the exclusives I love are on the PS4. I cannot recall the last time I've turned on my Xbox, except to play UHD movies. Every recent stellar exclusive- Nioh, Horizon, Yakuza, Persona, etc, have all been PlayStation.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: April 05, 2017, 07:24:24 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 04, 2017, 11:31:20 PM

Now that this has launched on PC and the new consoles I thought it might be worth digging up this old thread.

Here is a new launch trailer!  Anybody picking it up?

I grabbed it for the PC. I haven't installed it yet, but the early Steam reviews are crucifying it as a buggy, crashing mess.
25  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [android] Planescape Torment coming April 11 on: March 30, 2017, 10:35:44 PM
Looking forward to this one. I have the original GOG version loaded up on my PC, but never got around to playing it. I would prefer moving over to iOS, so I'll probably grab this version.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/Vita] Valkyria Revolution on: March 28, 2017, 12:16:28 PM
Oh my....

Is it true? After all this time....A sequel to....

One of my favorite....

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you work? How many hours do you game? on: March 28, 2017, 12:56:56 AM
I'm in the middle of transitioning jobs, and I've received two nice offers. One is much higher pay, and alot more hours, while the other is 4 days per week (40 hours). I'm not sure which one to take, but the decision making process has made me curious about my fellow Gaming Trend members. So....

1) How many hours a week do you work?
2) Do you like/enjoy your job?
3) How many hours a week do you game?

Currently I am:

1) 45 hours
2) Dislike my current job. I'm bored and the senior leadership can be best described as a "nest of vipers".
3) I game about 8-10 hours per week. 12 if I'm very lucky.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How should I tackle the releases of March? on: March 27, 2017, 08:38:28 PM
I tend to have about three titles going at once, but I tend to mix up the genres. So I'll usually have an RPG, strategy, and FPS title on active rotation.

With those games you listed, I would start with the worst, and work my way up. I have a feeling that Playing Horizon may just ruin Mass Effect for you. So I would go with Mass Effect, then Zelda, and finish with the big gun, Horizon.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: March 27, 2017, 02:59:15 PM
Okay, f!ck this game sideways. It has one of my biggest gripes with Japanese RPGs at the end of chapter 6. Specifically, you fight a difficult boss (with henchmen, of course), move to a long cutscene, and move directly into another boss battle. And to kick you in the junk even further, this boss summons two mini bosses. No saving between bosses, no refreshes, no ability to stock up on new items, and I can't reduce the difficulty in the options. And maybe, just maybe, it wouldn't be so bad if the combined battles didn't take 45 minutes. It really reduces my desire to try new tactics.

I decided to visit a forum that had some fairly hardcore veterans from the game, and the advice they gave me is that one of my character "builds" is wrong, so I should go back and grind her up with a different skill set. How long would that take? Oh, another 10 hours.


I contemplating just watching the last chapter of the storyline on YouTube. The problem is that I'm heavily invested in the characters, and the choices you make in Chapter 7 carry over in a save file to the second game. This was one of my favorite RPGs of the past couple of years, until I hit this mile-high roadblock.

30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Good Youtube Gaming Sites? on: March 22, 2017, 10:30:45 PM
I'm curious what YouTube channels each of you would recommend to get your fix of gaming discussions and reviews. There are a couple that I visit regularly, and I'm wondering if I'm missing some hidden gems.

AngryJoe- LOVE his reviews, even though he drops the F-bomb quite a bit. He does such a great job with the costumes the reviews are always a pleasure to watch, with quite a few laughs thrown in:

Ex: (Skip to 29:25 and watch for the next 90 seconds)

ACG-Detailed reviews, sarcasm, and he tests the game on all difficulty levels. Some minor profanity at times


Jimquisition (Jim Sterling)- Inflammatory, often profane, usually sarcastic, but often has some very good points. Doesn't focus on reviews, but rather the state of the gaming industry.


Boogie2988 aka "Francis"- A warmhearted guy that also pokes fun at gaming fanboys with his alter ego Francis. Can't figure out why I like him, but he seems like a genuine dude. He also isn't afraid to share personal aspects of himself, which i really cool.

31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 19, 2017, 03:35:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 08, 2017, 07:37:03 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 08, 2017, 05:46:13 AM

It really is amazing. I've barely done anything other than play this game during my free time since it came out. So far I've got 34 hours clocked in and am appropriately at level 34, and there's still tons of meaningful and fun content to do. Unlike other open-world games, there's something about this that prevents open-world fatigue from setting in.

I've been trying to put my finger on exactly that, the lack of open world fatigue, and I can't really figure it out.  It may be as simple as the various tasks set before you are varied enough to not feel repetitive.  It may be the environments.  Honestly, I don't know.

It's tied up in the fact that I can tell this is an excellent game, merely by the fact that I just keep playing it, but there's little about it that feels special to me, if I think about it.  And yet it's one of my favorites in a while.

I'm in the same boat. Open world games usually fatigue me fairly quickly, but at ~20 hours I'm still highly impressed with the game. Currently it is in the running for GotY, if it maintains the same level of polish or characterization.

However, there are a few disappointments:

1) The lack of secret ruins and locations is a disappointment. Perhaps there are some later in the game, but currently everything is listed on the map. In games like Gothic, my favorite moments were usually tied to finding a secret cave behind a waterfall or dense vegetation. And some of those caves were sprawling areas with some good loot and vicious enemies. In Horizon there is a great sense of exploration, but a minimal sense of discovery.

2) No lock on. I spend most of my time raining down arrows in stealth mode, so this isn't a huge problem. But almost every single time I had died is related to the camera getting fussy when an enemy is circling around me. I'm not part of the "git gud" crowd on this one, as a lock on feature is not game breaking.

3) Massive amounts of world building are hidden behind obscure treasure hunting. I do love the hundreds of collectible archives and data logs you can find scattered around the world, but much of the differentiation between the tribes, and the known history of the world, is lost to the player unless they go relic hunting behind every bush and rock. When you go into various towns there are storytellers and entertainers standing around, but they have either minimal or no scripting to build the world. Can someone point me to a library? Can someone point me to a historian? Anybody? No?

Anyway, minor grievances for a superb game.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: March 17, 2017, 07:28:43 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 17, 2017, 07:19:45 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 17, 2017, 07:15:45 PM

So is single player worthwhile, for those of you still playing the game? I'm going to purchase a GTX 1080ti, and they are offering the choice of For Honor or Ghost Recon as a free game.

It's a 5-6 hour single player campaign, being s multiplayer focused fighting game.  Titanfall 2 campaign is a good comparison.  Probably not as good as TF2's single player, but enjoyable nonetheless.

Sounds good. I thought Titanfall was just long enough.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: March 17, 2017, 07:15:45 PM
So is single player worthwhile, for those of you still playing the game? I'm going to purchase a GTX 1080ti, and they are offering the choice of For Honor or Ghost Recon as a free game.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 09:32:08 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 15, 2017, 04:21:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 15, 2017, 03:24:43 PM

Rather unhappy preview by Rock Paper Shotgun

The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting thatís horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way.

Psst...look up.  slywink

The video highlighting the poor AI pathfinding on RPS was hilarious. I loved the scene where there is a massive staircase, and instead of using it, the NPC jumps over the railing and hops down a few crates to reach the ground.  retard

I'm still IN. But like Bethesda games, I'll wait for all of the DLC to drop. Incidentally, I would really love a remastered Mass Effect collection.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 12, 2017, 09:24:29 PM
Wait a few weeks. I'm sure all the cinematic events from the second on third play through will be on YouTube. I agree with you, about the ambivalence toward slogging through something a second time, especially when so many great games have dropped in the past few months. (for me that means Resident Evil 7, Horizon Zero Dawn, Nioh, Torment, Tyranny, Zelda,  etc.) And then there are the upcoming titles like Persona 5, Mass Effect, etc.

If you are really struggling to move through the game a second time, you will most likely end up tarnishing your love of the game before you make it to the finish line.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 11, 2017, 03:32:41 AM
Still waiting for the %$#$!  PC release. I really wish it had been simultaneous. At least Horizon Zero Dawn is fantastic and holding me over.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nier: Automata on: March 07, 2017, 04:22:00 PM
Wow the game is crushing it with reviewers. I didn't expect it to score so high. I was thinking high 70s, very low 80s. Platinum Games looks to be pulling off their best reviewed game since the Bayonetta series.

METACRITIC: 90 (44 Critics)

OPENCRITIC: 89 (36 Critics)

RPG Site: 10/10

Twinfinite: 5/5

CG Site: 10/10

Digitally Downloaded: 5/5

Playstation Universe: 9.5/10

God is a Geek: 9.0

GamesRadar: 4.5/5

Hardcore Gamer: 4.5/5

GameSpot: 9/10

Destructoid: 9/10

Dualshockers: 9/10

The Outerhaven: 4.5/5

ACG: Buy

RPGFan: 93/100

WCCFtech: 9.2/10

Sirius Gaming: 9/10

PSNStores: 5/5 9/10 (French)

IGN: 8.9/10

EGM: 8.5/10

Trusted Reviews: 4/5

Polygon: 8/10
Push Square: 8/10

Game Informer: 7.75/10
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 07, 2017, 02:21:18 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 07, 2017, 12:19:16 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 06, 2017, 10:11:06 PM

End score: Wait for a deep, deep sale

This is where I've been settling on it.

I'm in the same boat. ACG highlights some of the game's faults that really left me uninspired to buy at full price:

-Substandard AI
-AI team members get stuck in the environment, and then "teleport" to your location if they fall behind
-Monster closets. In other words, numerous enemies will generate out of practically nowhere (from an area you just cleared, against a sheer mountain face, for example)

With Nier and Horizon, I can wait for a 50% Steam sale. Hopefully they enhance the AI for those of you purchasing for co-op.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 06, 2017, 10:11:06 PM
One of my favorite reviewers:

A quick synopsis:

-Co-op can be fun, much more so than single player
-Well designed open world

-"The AI makes Forest Gump seem like Stephen Hawking" even on the highest difficulties
-Initially fun, but quickly repetitive
-Bland characters, even blander story

End score: Wait for a deep, deep sale
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: March 06, 2017, 08:46:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 06, 2017, 03:25:23 PM

They have just released the 2.4GB patch on Steam that includes "various fixes" as well as prepares for the launch of their Beyond The Walls DLC expansion that releases on Wednesday.

For those that have a PS4 Pro, this will also include some enhancements there to increase the resolution, add HDR, better performance, etc.

They honestly haven't released much info about this DLC, but it seems apparent that this takes place in a brand new area outside the city (in case the name wasn't clear enough).

Almost time to play! I've been waiting for all the DLC to drop. I thought the game was going to be abandoned after the crushing reviews and mediocre sales. Its good to see that they've followed through.
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