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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: May 04, 2016, 08:41:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 30, 2016, 05:59:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 29, 2016, 10:42:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 28, 2016, 04:00:46 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/

The physical game is pretty great. I've been looking forward to this.  I wish my iPad wasn't so out of date (or that it ran on my phone).

I played through the tutorial this afternoon.  It looks neat, but probably a little too complex for my blood.  I was completely lost by the time the tutorial was finished.

The video game tutorial seems to rush through the steps to me, like it's leaving too much in the background that shouldn't be, without explaining what the purpose is.

The physical game feels nowhere near as complex.  

Hopefully, once you get going, the rhythm of the game takes over (it certainly does in the physical one).

I'm having a great time, but I agree that the rules are very obtuse. Obsidian did a horrible job explaining the systems. The actual game should involve video tutorials of the basics. Instead they give you a dictionary to read. I guarantee lost sales due to confusion.

I've only two frustrations so far:

1) The treasure chests you buy with gold cannot be imported into your deck for the current adventure. (Which is multiple parts) I acquired some elite items that are absolutely useless to me until i start a new game, but I've read the physical game plays the same way.

2) To close a region you sometimes need to complete an intelligence, charisma, survival, etc check. Both of my characters have low wisdom, so they roll with a d4. To close a location you must roll a 6. Unless you have a rare item that dives you additional dice, you can be screwed. The only way to close the location at that point is to lure the boss to that location and defeat it. Since turns are very limited this tactic often fails.

Quote from: msteelers on April 29, 2016, 10:03:15 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM

Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/

Is there a pay wall at some point, or can I play some of the campaigns for free?

You can play the first adventure, which is multiple parts, for free. No pay wall. The only barrier is you must use the two characters Obsidian provided. But by then you will know if the game is for you.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: May 04, 2016, 08:32:05 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 29, 2016, 03:49:43 PM

Beat the first level and got Mark of the Conqueror. Might toy with the second level a bit but since I got the demo reward and will probably by the game may just hold off. I like it a fair bit though it obviously needs some polishing but they got plenty of time to sort things out.

I played a couple more hours, and the game has grown on me. As you dive deeper the game becomes less and less like Dark Souls. The combat and stamina system is significantly more complex. My one frustration is how quickly armor and weapons decay. After only several battles, I'm constantly forced to switch out my equipment. Trying to grind the first level, I went through over a dozen weapons and armor sets.

The key to the game seems to be to lure out individual enemies with a throwing star, and defeat them one on one. Fighting more than two enemies simultaneously is usually a death sentence. People talk about using a bow, but I've yet to see one.

I haven't faced the first boss yet, and I'm level seven. I've been spending most of my time learning the nuances of low-mid-high stances.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 04, 2016, 08:25:13 PM
Thanks for the write up! The screen door effect, and rumblings about the headset being too heavy give me pause. I'm a hardcore gamer, but there isn't enough content on any device for me to jump in just yet. I'm guessing I'll be an early adopter for version 2.0.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So VR on: May 04, 2016, 01:37:06 AM
I am both enthralled and terrified by the future of VR. If it ever gets to the point where it is similar to the holodeck in Star Trek, my family is going to find my desiccated corpse draped across my couch. Either that, or a VR version of Dark Souls is going to give me a heart attack.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: April 28, 2016, 11:59:56 PM
As forgeforsaken stated, it mimics Dark Souls on several levels.  Collect souls, retrieve the souls you left behind at death, shrines act as bonfires etc.  A few notes:

-It was cool to see that there are several different spirit animals choices as companions, and each has its own stats. They do not fight alongside you.

-You can choose from 3 different blade stances while using a sword. Each was very different.

-Combat is fast. Jimmy Johns fast. It feels like a slightly slower Devil May Cry.

-Enemies work together, and will take shortcuts to block your retreat. I was surprised to see that while I fought one enemy, another nearby enemy ran down the side of a small hill to come up behind me. He didn't simply bunch up with the other spearman.

-Like Dark Souls, taking on multiple enemies is a death sentence at early levels. Each block significantly reduces endurance, and it will leave you no endurance to effectively attack. Even one enemy can kill you in two hits.

-You can fight the ghosts of other players that have died in the battlefield. The unfortunate thing is their profile name is a part of the information. So you are in a Japanese fishing village, and I've come across the names CrazyGuyBob and Meridian_80. It breaks the immersion.

It looks and plays well, I just wish combat was slightly slower. Although it mimics Dark Souls, I'm not certain Dark Soul fans will be enthralled. The level design doesn't have the intricate workmanship from the DK series, and combat isn't as methodical. Also, the movement set seems more akin to a fighting game. R1+circle, then square, for example.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alienation - Space Diablo? on: April 28, 2016, 08:23:06 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 27, 2016, 05:18:41 PM

Played a little of this last night, pretty fun.  The dual stick aiming/trigger shooting is kind of tough for me, I definitely prefer the way Diablo was implemented for an ARPG, but other than that the game is very cool.  I like how easy they made it to jump into an MP game with strangers, as it definitely feels like it's more fun with more people.

The environments and maps are cool, lots of interesting aliens to blast and the pacing proceeds well with bursts of difficulty.  I had to play on Rookie and even then I died a couple of times.  The loot system seems decent, though since the game never pauses in MP, you may not get a chance to do much upgrading until a mission is completed. 

So is this more of a two stick action shooter with a few RPG elements, or is it a full blown action RPG ala Diablo 3? The designer videos make are vague on how robust the loot/leveling system are in comparison to the usual suspects. Some of the videos with the smoke bursts looks awesome.
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: April 28, 2016, 02:00:01 PM
Pathfinder Adventures by Obsidian released today. Its a card-based strategy game. You can download it for free, or pay $24.99 to unlock just about everything. Otherwise, you can accrue gold to unlock character, chests, etc. The game looks very robust, and although I am still confused on a couple rules, I'm really enjoying it so far. I may just drop the $25 to support Obsidian.

https://pathfinder.obsidian.net/
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] Dark Souls III on: April 26, 2016, 08:28:25 PM
I just started playing the FIRST Dark Souls game, and I've come to the realization that although I'm really enjoying the game, my personality is way too conservative. I practically break out into a cold sweat every time I have a couple thousand souls, and find myself more than a few hundred feet from a rest location. As such, I've only explored a very small portion of the game and I'm already level 15. But even at that level one or two hits can be the end for my pyromancer.

I see you guys talking about losing tens of thousands of souls in Dark Souls III, and I wonder how I'll ever get the courage to explore that far from the safety net of a fire.  icon_eek  I suppose once the number of souls to gain levels increases dramatically I'll be forced to venture further from "home". Not looking forward to that. I'm the kind of guy that hate losing $1 in a slot machine.

These games are going to kill me.

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 20, 2016, 12:13:52 PM
The idea behind this hardware upgrade is for VR and to play 1080p games with a few more bells and whistles smoothly, correct? I can't see those new specs pushing 4K resolutions, even when taking into account console overhead is much lower than a PC.

To my recollection, this was the 1st recent recent generation (Playstation 1 and beyond) where the newly released consoles were not more powerful than a high end PC. I hope this acts as a lesson. I loved the excitement of a new console generation, because it pushed past the boundaries of what most PCs could provide for at least another year. With the PS4 and especially the Xbox One, I was completely underwhelmed by their abilities. My PC was already providing me graphics well past what either console was offering. Most of the magic of a new console release was lost to me, and I continue to purchase all 3rd party software on the PC.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/17/16) on: April 19, 2016, 01:18:37 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2016, 04:46:17 PM

Huh, I had no idea Banner Saga 2 was coming out already.  Will keep an eye on it...the original was a game that I so wanted to like, but it just never clicked for some reason.

I just discovered that somewhere along the line, they added controller support for Banner Saga 1. Now I can enjoy it from my living room. It was one of my most anticipated titles upon release, but I never found the time to play it. And now I own the Steam and iOS versions.  retard
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 16, 2016, 05:20:26 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on April 15, 2016, 02:55:31 PM

Looks good, agree that the worlds feel small, albeit I am still early on.  I am constantly running out of ammo though frown

You need to aim, not spray and pray.  icon_biggrin
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 14, 2016, 09:47:56 PM

Quote from: Teggy on April 13, 2016, 11:43:17 PM

Been playing it - it's fun but it feels a little...compact? It's gotten better as the game has progressed but it just feels a little more streamlined than I would like, and the story feels a bit rushed. It makes me want to go back and play those PS3 remasters, though.

Outstanding production values, and some great humor. I think it may feel slightly more compact because its based on the original game which was on hardware that couldn't support the large levels.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 14, 2016, 03:14:36 AM

Quote from: Ridah on April 13, 2016, 09:06:49 PM

I think the graphics are decent on the Xbox, although the film grain and blur/ghosting effects are overdone. I finally got my PC code yesterday and, although I only played for about 15 minutes, it didn't seem bad. Definitely an improvement over the Xbox version in terms of clarity/sharpness and framerate.

I got to Act 3 last night, so far loving the story.

So you would place the PC version above the XB1 version in terms of graphics? Can I ask what resolution you are playing at? The forums at neogaf are freaking out about how bad Quantum Break looks on the PC even with ultra settings, but they are known to be somewhat....zealous at times.

Quote from: rittchard on April 13, 2016, 11:54:07 PM

I'm playing on Xbone on a 4K upscaling TV as well, and I think it looks fantastic for the most part.   Then again I'm mostly just staring at the main character.  Some of the others don't seem to be rendered as well.

Was there something in particular that didn't look good upscaled?  It's equally possible that I wasn't paying too much attention.

The environments are soft/jagged. It almost looks/feels like a top end Xbox 360 game, instead of what I expected from Remedy on the XB1. I own an LG 65" 4K OLED, which has their flagship upscaler.  I agree that the main characters face looks excellent, especially in close ups.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 13, 2016, 03:27:58 AM
I played the game for about an hour, and although I'm certain there is a great game here, I'm having a hard time with the weird cover system and poor graphics. I need to qualify the "poor graphics" part, as people who solely own an XB1 and 1080p TV will probably view Quantum Break as having some amazing graphics. Unfortunately, I spend most of my time gaming in 4K on a home theater PC, or playing 1080p resolution games on a PS4. Since my TV is 4K, it upscales 1080p remarkably well, as 1080p is a 1:2 subset of 4K. 720p is a whole different beast, and doesn't upscale nearly as well. Sunset Overdrive, IMHO, looked much better.

I would jump over to the PC version, but early adopters are claiming it is nearly as bad as the recent Batman fiasco for the PC.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: April 11, 2016, 01:41:30 AM
In the tradition of Halo and Fable, I'm expecting Microsoft to destroy the magic of the Gears series with this installment. Already it looks more generic than the original series.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Gaming Trend getting some street cred! (sorta) on: April 07, 2016, 07:15:08 PM
I tend to think of Gaming Trend as a relatively small, unassuming gaming site. When I was at the gym last week, I was pleasantly surprised to see its name among the 7 or 8 websites mentioned in the review score collage on a Tom Clancy's The Division commercial. Today I load up my XB1 dashboard and there is a sponsored tile for Quantum Break, and this time Gaming Trend is again on the home page, and its review score is singled out. Neat but a little strange. There are 7 sites that gave it a higher overall score, so I was surprised that one of them wasn't chosen.





I know, its not a big deal, but I think the reviews on Gaming Trend are well done, so its cool to see the name circulating in highly visible areas.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: April 05, 2016, 11:46:30 PM
I was looking forward to picking up The Division upon release, but then life happened. What is the consensus on the game regarding solo play? Are the new patches making soloing in the DZ more or less of an option?
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: April 01, 2016, 12:25:03 AM
The characters are kinda emo, but I loved the demo's combat. I think this iteration of Final Fantasy will be better than 13 if the demo is a proper representation.
19  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: March 27, 2016, 12:20:46 AM

Quote from: skyride on March 21, 2016, 09:25:37 PM

Has anyone played this on iphone?  Is it too small?

Plays fine, but cramped on the iPhone 6 Plus. iPad mini or higher is my recommendation, but it certainly isn't necessary.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 11, 2016, 02:19:29 AM

Quote from: siege on March 10, 2016, 09:18:33 PM

It's crazy how there are level 30 players already. I thought I had played way too much these past couple of days (Level 11 at 15 hours played.)

Still really enjoying the grind. Yet to step foot in the Dark Zone.

That is insane. One of my friends has 25 hours logged, and he is level 18. Didn't this just release this week? talk about having no life.....

It reminds me of when I was going to play Titanfall the 2nd day after release, and a large group of people had basically maxed out already.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Flame in the Flood [XB1, PC] on: March 09, 2016, 01:48:57 AM
Every so often I need a "pallet cleanser" game that is not as epic, complicated, or dark as my usual library of games. The Witcher and Bloodborne are great, but sometimes I look forward to something a little bit different

The Flame in the Flood is a heartfelt rogue-lite game, where you and your faithful dog brave the elements as you travel down a randomly generated river. The game was created by some Bioshock developers, and is filled with an easy charm. Craft some gear, explore some small islands, trap/hunt some food, evade vicious wolves, outlast the elements, and hope to survive the journey. Its only $19.99, so the risk factor of a blind purchase isn't too high.

Anyone who enjoys rogue-like games should absolutely give it a look, and for those of you that find such games to be too difficult or unrewarding, The Flame in the Flood manages to find the perfect niche that makes it challenging yet addicting. I'm definitely enjoying the game, but I still have not completed a run. I've been mauled by a giant boar, starved to death, and fell victim to sickness. Good times! But with each death, I learn a few new skills, and make it further down the river. And by the way, be certain to make good decisions. Resources are finite, and the river only ever flows one way. Anything you pass is lost forever.



Trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jj_xtCWN1k8

A fair review:
(Eurogamer "recommended")

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-02-26-the-flame-in-the-flood-review
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Fable Legends on: March 08, 2016, 12:49:02 AM
Fable, Gears, and Halo. With the exception of Forza, all of their AAA "anchor" exclusives have become shadows of what they once were. With the resurgence of Playstation, the improvements of PS+, and Sony's large stable of exclusives, I don't see Xbox live being able to maintain a competitive advantage over Sony.

Exclusives define a console, and the xbox brand is turning into an also ran. There was a time when I was worried about the rumors of an xbox brand spinoff. I think I would welcome it now.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's happening with E3? on: March 05, 2016, 01:46:21 AM
Didn't E3 collapse once before?
24  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 03, 2016, 03:06:39 PM
If you are an Amazon Prime member , they have a great deal going on right now for Birthright/Conquest. They are $31.99 each. If you choose slow shipping, they give you a $6 credit toward amazon prime produce, which is good for a ton of different items like vitamins, laundry detergent, etc. And since you get free shipping on those items, you are effectively getting the games for $27.

I bought each separately for $31.99, got $12 in credit, and bought some vitamins I needed anyway.
25  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 27, 2016, 01:22:29 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 22, 2016, 04:58:30 PM

Yup, what Scraper said.  The GOP needs to get its house in order and realize that they need to get rid of the extremists that have taken the reins the last few years.  I hate to say this, but I honestly think those extremists came into being because we elected an African American president, and because America has started to move away from homophobia.

It's becoming the antithesis of what it should be, considering its past.

The democrats have another problem:  they are letting a dynasty come into power.  I do not want a Clinton.  But my only other option is Bernie, and while I generally like what he says, his lack of any real foreign policy troubles me.

In short, this election is going to be a losing endeavor for me no matter what happens.

I agree. A country of a few hundred million people, and this is the best either side can do. I absolutely do not want Clinton in office, but there is no way that Trump can win once people actually need to cast a real vote. I was hoping for two moderates this time around, and ended up with two radicals.i didn't think it was possible to roll snake eyes through three presidential elections, but here we go.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 25, 2016, 02:16:49 PM
For some reason I've never been able to get into this series, or Assassin's Creed, despite wanting to enjoy them. The setting of this Far Cry intrigues me, but many reviews are basically saying it is reskinned more-of-the-same-old Farcry.

I haven't been able to figure out WHY neither of these series hold my interest. They have all of the ingredient- excellent visuals, fluid controls, open world, etc.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 24, 2016, 11:21:40 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 23, 2016, 04:44:56 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 23, 2016, 04:33:17 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM

-The AI is passable. Its somewhat akin to playing whack-a-mole, which is unfortunate, but they mix it up a little bit by having enemies that charge you. Once or twice groups of enemies tried to flank me, but it was uncommon. I was disappointed to see that the enemy doesn't press their advantage when they throw a smoke bomb that causes you to be disoriented
Little surprised at this... I had the enemy try flanking me a couple of times, especially in larger groups.. 2-3 tried holding my attention while 1-2 went around to my side.
I agree about the smoke/grenade thing though.

Agreed, they flanked often and will toss grenades to force you to move.   You certainly can't just stay in cover

I agree that they will attempt to flush you out. The AI seems to have difficulty moving through open doors/entry ways, however. Whenever I got forced back if I hid behind the wall to an entrance that AI never attempted to pass through. I'm replaying Mass Effect 3 currently, and i was surprised to see the that while i was hiding against the wall of an entry way, the AI threw a smoke bomb, followed by a grenade, and then a combat engineer rushed through the door at me. I was hoping for something more along these lines.

Of course, I only played for a brief period of time so the AI may perform better in other environments.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 24, 2016, 11:14:12 PM

Quote from: ydejin on February 23, 2016, 04:39:35 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM

-Is there a way to turn off the gamertags hovering above people's heads? I deleted the game before I remembered to check. Seeing Tyrone0579 or LaughingLoudly hovering about a character breaks the immersion for me.

There's an "Auto-Hide HUD" option, which hides the HUD outside of combat.  However, you may not want to use it in the Dark Zone.  Knowing whether that guy trailing behind you is Tyrone0579 (who revived you in that last firefight, even though he wasn't on your team) or if it's LaughingLoudly (who you've seen marked as rogue many times this evening) may be important for your future health and well being.  There's also apparently an annoying audio cue when you use it, telling you how to turn the HUD back on. 

Good point about the gamertags in the Dark Zone. I didn't think about that, as I'm a single player gamer by nature.

29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 24, 2016, 11:10:14 PM
In preparation for Uncharted 4 Ive been toying with the idea of replaying the other 3 games via the remastered collection. I'm concerned that I'll end up burning myself out before I have a chance to play the newest title.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM
I got to play about two hours of the beta, and I enjoyed the game enough to pre-order it from Greenmangaming. I didnt try the dark zone, but I played the solo missions on hard and they offered enough challenge for me to need to contantly move through the areas cautiously. A few notes:

-Is there a way to turn off the gamertags hovering above people's heads? I deleted the game before I remembered to check. Seeing Tyrone0579 or LaughingLoudly hovering about a character breaks the immersion for me.

-Weapons have a nice feel and they seem to be well differentiated.

-The AI is passable. Its somewhat akin to playing whack-a-mole, which is unfortunate, but they mix it up a little bit by having enemies that charge you. Once or twice groups of enemies tried to flank me, but it was uncommon. I was disappointed to see that the enemy doesn't press their advantage when they throw a smoke bomb that causes you to be disoriented

-beautiful graphics in 4K resolutions, and I can play at roughly 60FPS with ultra settings on a single superclocked 980ti.


I think I'll get $40 of enjoyment out of it.

31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 11, 2016, 01:32:33 AM
I keep going back and forth between two sets of Paradigm speakers, and I'm curious which you would choose for your home from an aesthetics standpoint. These will be in the home theater room, adjacent to the living room. Both sound similar, although the 95F pulls slightly ahead in most instances:

95F (Piano Black) Hard to see in the pic, but the speakers are brushed aluminum
http://www.paradigm.com/products-current/type=tower/model=prestige-95f/page=overview





or Discontinued Studio 100 (Piano Black)

https://www.paradigm.com/products-archived/collection=reference/model=studio-100/page=overview



32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 08:43:03 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 09, 2016, 05:20:32 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 09, 2016, 05:18:47 PM

Ack. I kept myself on media blackout for Xcom 2, as the first title was one of my favorite games of the past few years. Bought it sight unseen from Steam, just loaded it up on my HTPC....and realized that it doesnt have xbox controller support.

My own fault, as the store page clearly does not list it, but I never thought a sequel would take gameplay options out. Is anyone using the Steam gamepad? If so, does it work well?

I'm using the steam controller and it works well. There is even an official configuration from Firaxis on there as well as the community ones that improve on it even further

Excellent! Looks like its time to invest in a controller...
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 05:18:47 PM
Ack. I kept myself on media blackout for Xcom 2, as the first title was one of my favorite games of the past few years. Bought it sight unseen from Steam, just loaded it up on my HTPC....and realized that it doesnt have xbox controller support.

My own fault, as the store page clearly does not list it, but I never thought a sequel would take gameplay options out, so I never reviewed the system requirements. Is anyone using the Steam gamepad? If so, does it work well?
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 31, 2016, 02:19:49 AM
Looks interesting. I Dont see how it would be possible for a solo player to survive in the dark zone once the game is out of beta and the player count rises dramatically. From the preview I watched, to exit the dark zone you call in an extraction helicopter, and that takes a couple minutes to arrive while AI enemies rush in, along with regular player groups that can hunt you down.

It would be worth it if when you died a random portion of your dark zone loot remained with you, but that isn't the case. Maybe even a 'hot zone extraction', option where the helicopter arrived in 30 seconds, but the cost was significant.

I've also read about camper groups that wait around at the designated extraction zones, and once you call for an extraction they pounce. I don't think I could hold off 4 or 5 equally leveled players for 2 minutes, waiting for the helicopter to arrive.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 02:59:59 PM
On a few interviews, the developers claimed the game can be played in its entirety single player- you would just need to do more multi-tasking and also less "run-and-gun".  Has anyone playing the beta been able to confirm this?
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 28, 2016, 03:54:55 AM
Great recommendation. I am usually apathetic toward these types of games, but this one is strangely addicting. The humor goes a long way toward giving it a specific identity.

I just wish there was an Ironman mode. As it stands, when you die there is very minimal penalty, even at the higher difficulty.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 07:43:41 PM
I've seen more than a few posts like this one below on various forums, which has helped me decide to take a wait-and-see approach to the game, before I drop my money on it.

From jsnall over at QTT

"I'm about 5 hours and 166 solved puzzles in, with mixed feelings. Despite being pretty, the game is just dry as dust. No music, no story or narrative, nothing but walking around and solving puzzles. Maybe 90% of the puzzles I've seen have been of the "just stare at a 2d maze and think / think hard / think really hard" variety, with just 10% with some kind of external factor. The puzzles are fine, but the star of the show is indeed the process of inductively learning what the rules are (I've several times had to revise my understanding of symbols I thought I'd already mastered)."

The part where he speaks of no music, no story, no narrative, gives me pause. Once a few people complete their first run of the game, I'll make a more informed decision. But I'm still concerned about The Witness maintaining my interest if the environments are antiseptic and the story is nonexistent.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 09:07:30 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on January 25, 2016, 05:08:37 AM


Anyways, The Witness! Excited to pick this thing apart.

It looks fascinating, but I can't tell if there is any form of story to keep me invested. The three reviews I read speak vaguely of the island's mysteries, but they never explain if that refers to finding new locations and more puzzles, or if means piecing a storyline together.

I don't know if 50 hours of walking from one puzzle to another without any context would keep me interested.
39  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 11, 2016, 09:48:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 11, 2016, 06:12:55 PM

I'm typically rather ambivalent when celebrities die, but this one is different.  I feel gutted today, almost like I lost a family member.  Bowie was simply incomparable.  Was always three steps ahead and four steps outside everyone else.  There isn't a musician working today that wasn't influenced by him in some way or another.  

Fittingly, he goes out after dropping an absolute masterpiece of an album last week in "Blackstar".  I've listened to it a couple times this morning...it's amazing how different it sounds today than it did yesterday.  I can't watch the video for Lazarus without tearing up.

The world is less today because he's gone, but is so much more because he was here at all.  RIP Starman, you will be greatly missed by so many.

His stuff was always a little too strange for me, although I never sampled very much. I LOVED his soundtrack for the really old game Omikron: The Nomad Soul. I'm not sure if you ever played it, but you could watch his avatar's "band" digitized into the game. It was a game that was way ahead of its time, and David Bowie offered his talents to the game waaaaaay before it was cool to be involved musically in video games :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7bA57xNw20

Apparently he look the project very seriously. He added music to the game, and also played a part in it. I still remember the opening song "New Angels of Promise" like it was yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSIhX-VWhtQ
40  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Ipad 4 for sale, Marantz SR 5008 receiver on: January 07, 2016, 04:42:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 07, 2016, 03:28:45 PM

Tempted by this, but how is the generation compare to the current generation and how does it fare with the current generation of apps?

Every app plays fine. Even more intensive games like Infinity Blade are smooth. Most games being release currently are for the ipad 2 hardware and above. I imagine 1 year from now it will be ipad 3 and above. I would say that you have ~1.5-2 years before obsolescence in graphics intensive gaming. Regular apps...probably double that number.

My ipad 4 currently has 138 games on it. From banner saga, to Infinity Blade, to The Walking Dead. All work well.
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