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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/Vita] Valkyria Revolution on: Today at 12:16:28 PM
Oh my....

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

One of my favorite....

<faint>
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / How many hours a week do you work? How many hours do you game? on: Today at 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.
3  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.
4  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.

No.F!cking.Way.

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.



5  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)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6QoEUqadW4



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

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzJc6jo-0XA



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.

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv953UzG8FA&t=9s



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.

Ex: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wo8F0bgqEYA
6  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.
7  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.
8  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.
9  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

Quote
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 that’s 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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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

Gameblog.fr: 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
13  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.
14  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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhB4JKoXqWs




A quick synopsis:

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

Negatives
-"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
15  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.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trails of Cold Steel Series on: March 05, 2017, 04:11:05 PM
Good grief. I'm 110 hours into the game, and just learned I have one more chapter to complete. And this is without absurd levels of grinding. On two specific occasions I thought the game was going to end....and then we head back to the campus dorms. I'm still enjoying the game immensely, but it is simply taking far too long for everything to develop. Almost everyone except for the most hardcore JRPG fans would have set this aside 40 hours ago. Its a shame, as they could have saved so much on development costs with a tighter focus on design and story.

That aside, the game still presents an excellent challenge, and the character development is better than many other modern JRPGs. ALL of the main cast of characters are likeable and have a good backstory. The relationships between various nations also takes center stage in the second half of the game, so the political theme ramps up nicely. But the core framework has remained boring in terms of its static pacing. By that I mean everything follows the same pattern, without change, throughout 100 hours of gameplay:

-Brief classroom event.
-Go on Field Trip. Receive 3-5 quests in an envelope from the local mayor.
-1 story event takes place at some point while completing these quests.
-Return to campus.
-Explore campus dungeon.
-Repeat.


I grabbed the second game on sale at Gamestop for $20 new, but I'll be taking a 1-2 month break before diving in.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 05, 2017, 03:54:42 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 05, 2017, 03:48:02 PM

Butt scuttle on Reddit and elsewhere is that review embargo lifts at 3 p.m. PST (6 a.m. EST) on Monday, March 6.

A "Review Guide" is circulating that seems terribly spoiler-iffic to me in terms of what's going on in the game's Provinces, I ain't even linking to it.

I go back and forth on this title. I hate how they've bastardized the game into what looks like a Far Cry/Just Cause clone, but I love the open world environments and gadgets.

My big concern is that several YouTube videos I've watched had early impressions that the game was far too easy, even on elevated difficulty levels. They also expressed disappointment in the lackluster AI. And this was while testing the game in single player mode. I imagine a co-op team, unhampered by poor team AI, would crush everything.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 05, 2017, 03:44:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 04, 2017, 10:24:58 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on March 04, 2017, 05:13:43 PM

A few hours in and I like it (WiiU version) but feel like I spend far too much time in the menus.  That time could be greatly reduced if you could drop a weapon while in the main game instead of having to open the menu, scroll over to weapons, select a weapon and then choose to drop it just so you have a free space to carry a better weapon.  Weapons are by far the most time sink menu wise for me and with durability being a thing in this game I'm reluctant to use a decent weapon I've found as I want to save it for more challenging foes but I can't hold as many weapons as I'd like either.

Game is fun but as of yet not the end all be all of games Zelda or otherwise for me.

I have the same gripes about the weapon inventory, especially about wanting to keep the "good" ones in reserve for when I need them.  I've also found myself accidentally throwing a perfectly good weapon at an enemy on more than one occasion.

Finished the opening area last night.  I'm liking it more than other Zelda games, but I don't love it.  Mainly because there's stuff that seems frustratingly obscure because the game gives very little direction.  For example, you have to locate a specific shrine in order to get out of the opening zone.  However, getting to that shrine requires you to trek through snowy terrain.  Whenever you're in the cold, you lose 1/4 heart every 20 seconds or so.  You can counteract this by equipping a torch, but you can't climb with one equipped.  Of course, getting to the shrine requires significant climbing, so you constantly lose health while you do so.  My first couple attempts, I mowed through nearly all my health restoring items, and still didn't get there.  There is a cold resistant coat you can get, but it requires a specific food recipe that I never could find the ingredients for.  After spending 45 minutes or so bashing my head against it, I finally googled "how to stay warm in Zelda Breath of the Wild".  Turns out that cooking peppers gives you cold resistance for a short amount of time (cooking 5 gives you 15 minutes).  So while I'm glad that I finally figured out how to do it, I was annoyed that it required a google search because the game doesn't really give you any info.  I'm sure that will be a significant positive for some folks, but it mostly just bugged me.

It certainly looks good though and seems interesting enough to keep playing, which is more than I can say for every other Zelda game I've played.  More impressions later...

EDIT:  A few more thoughts.  smile

-  This game could really use more enemy variety.  So far (through about 8 hours), I've seen 90% goblins, 5% skeletons, and the very occasional bat or slime mixed in.  It gets really old fighting the same enemies over and over again.
-  I really don't like the quick weapon degradation.  You never really get used to any particular weapon, and just end up wildly swinging with whatever you scrounge.  I also wish they didn't degrade when you hit environmental things like barrels or rocks.
-  Best advice I got was to disable to movement aiming controls ASAP.   I couldn't figure out why it was so impossible to hit anything with my bow, or why my scope display kept bouncing all over the place.  Disabling movement aiming fixed that.
-  While it's cool to be able to go anywhere, it's so distracting for the OCD gamers like me.  I set my goal as getting to the huge tower in the distance, but getting distracted by 73 different things on the way end up being more frustrating than fun.  That's just a personal quirk though, and is why I've always struggled with open world games like this.
-  Having the fires go out and the rocks get slick when it rains was a nice touch.
-  The shrines (dungeons) I've done so far have been neat, but I can see how they're going to get frustrating in a hurry.  They remind me of the "Chambers of the Fayth" in Final Fantasy X.

Thank you for the impressions. I've never understood how Zelda always seems to get a "pass" for its failures in comparison to other games. Lack of enemy variety, poor frame rates, 720p/900p resolution, basic combat, average story.....and yet they consistently rack up 9/10s and 10/10s.  I'd love to get feedback from Zelda and Nintendo fans on this. Is it Nostalgia? Is it a sense of wonder that is sometimes evoked in movies by studios like Pixar?

I ask this sincerely, as I tried Wind Waker and Twilight Princess, and although competent I've seen much better worldbuilding, story lines, combat, art direction, etc. Perhaps I didn't give them enough time to develop. After about 4 hours I put both aside. I've heard that this is the first game in which combat can actually pose a slight challenge so I am happy to hear that. Although I don't expect Nioh or Dark Souls levels of difficulty, I like to feel moderately threatened when approaching an enemy.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands (from Tom Clancy's Ubisoft) on: March 05, 2017, 03:08:14 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on March 04, 2017, 05:29:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 04, 2017, 03:19:11 AM

And a beautiful trailer that shows off the PC-specific features (and just some great visuals):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_2-enZ2FE4

Yes, very pretty. Very, very pretty nod

My three year old Falcon NW still has a decent processor (i7-4770K) and lots of RAM, but I'm afraid my GTX 780 just isn't going to be up to the task of running these games soon. So, how do I figure out what new video cards are compatible with my old Asus Z87 Plus motherboard? And my 750 watt power supply. I've got a feeling that it's not going to be much better than I have now. I'm getting old and feeble and it's been a number of years since I've swapped out a video card icon_eek

Falcon NW? What kind of car do you drive? A space shuttle???😀

I always wanted a Falcon, but I always end up building the rig myself. I've just never been able to justify the $1000 price difference. But I do love the look of their Tiki chassis. Supposedly rock solid systems.

I've been blessed. So far every computer I've built is still going strong.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 04, 2017, 04:37:12 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 04, 2017, 11:16:14 AM

Anyone else kind of glad to see Guerrilla Games get the opportunity they deserve?

I mean, as bad/conflicted as the Killzone games were, you always saw the skill the studio had behind it. Now it seems like they finally have an opportunity to shine. They have all the tech expertise from their time saddled with the Killzone IP, and a decent writer they hired from other successful games/studios, and now freedom to use that.

I agree. It's a shame that Microsoft wasn't willing to do that with Bungie. They wanted them shackled to the Halo IP. The same thing is true with Rare- tethered to uninspired projects. Over at Neogaf last year, there was a couple comments about the developers of Forza (Turn 10) getting tired of it, and wanted to do something different. Nope.You don't want to limit Rocksteady to just Batman or  super hero games, but......

You can't get games like Horizon unless someone is willing to take a chance.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 01, 2017, 04:36:38 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 28, 2017, 05:49:20 PM

This game on a 4k TV with HDR is one the most beautiful, graphically amazing games I've seen in a long time. The gameplay videos on YouTube do not do this game justice.

I agree. I tend to be a PC graphics snob. On my 4K TV, the only game I can recall looking this good was the Witcher 3 on ultra settings with my HTPC. I'm playing Horizon at 2160p checkerboard.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Torment: Tides of Numenera on: February 28, 2017, 04:47:07 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2017, 02:53:57 PM

IGN gave it a good review, with the caveat that it's far more reading and far less combat than most RPG's.  And that what combat is available is kinda underwhelming.

That's exactly what the original was like, so I'm perfectly fine with that.

I agree. I would rather have 100 meaningful battles in a game than 1000 cookie cutter random battles every 30 seconds. There are enough games out there already like that, so this is a welcome change of pace.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 26, 2017) - Switch it up! on: February 28, 2017, 04:33:23 PM

Quote from: OrangeKyle on February 28, 2017, 04:28:46 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2017, 04:17:05 PM

For me, there simply aren't enough games to warrant investing in a Switch at this point.  If it gets a killer JRPG app down the road, I'll likely jump on it though.
You mean like Xenoblade 2, which is supposed to come out late this year?
Or next year's Fire Emblem game for the Switch?
Or the Tales game that's in development for it?
Or the Shin Megami Tensei game that's in development?
Or the Pokémon game in development?
Or I Am Setsuna?
Or the Dragon Quest games?

I think by this time next year, Switch will definitely be the system of choice for JRPG fans. I know I'm excited.
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The PS4 is going to wear the JRPG crown this generation. Nothing else will come close. They already have a massive stable.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 26, 2017) - Switch it up! on: February 28, 2017, 04:29:23 PM

Quote from: OrangeKyle on February 28, 2017, 04:13:46 PM

I'm torn. I want to buy the Switch later this year, but not right now. Part of me wants to buy Breath of the Wild for Wii U so that I can play it right away, but in the long term, it would probably be better to wait and buy the Switch version when I get a Switch...but then there are potential spoilers... Augh, I don't know what to do!

I would hold off on the Switch, and grab it on the WiiU. The Switch version, from the comparisons I have seen, is not significantly better. If you end up loving it, you can always grab it for the Switch later in the year at a much reduced price.

Personally, I don't invest in a console until it has 3 exclusive 'must have' games already released. Don't buy a console based upon possibilities. Looks at what happened to Scalebound.  And Take I Am Setsuna off your list. I'm a huge JRPG fan, and the game is strictly average.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 26, 2017) - Switch it up! on: February 28, 2017, 03:40:29 AM
I have Horizon preordered, and am anxiously awaiting the game.

I would love to play Torment, but like Pillars of Eternity and Bethesda RPGs, I'll hold off until they crush the bugs and release a couple large DLCs.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Bill Paxton on: February 26, 2017, 10:44:05 PM
Best lines in a movie ever:

What, you put her in charge????"

and

"Maybe you haven't been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal."
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Legion on: February 25, 2017, 02:52:25 AM
I tried it, but as you said, it was too strange for me. I'm not sure why, but in my comic book days I could never get into the new mutants. It was always the X-men, and only the X-men.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: February 24, 2017, 11:58:26 AM
32GB is incredibly short sighted. Obviously it was a cost savings move, but it was done at at a threshold which can impair usability right out of the box. The jump from 32 to 64GB for Nintendo would have only added a few dollars to the system, and it would have eliminated the bad press they are going to get over this decision.

I'm still holding out hope that Nintendo will make the Switch backward compatible with their digital download library of WiiU games or Wii games. THAT would be incredible, And I would be throwing money at them.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 19, 2017) on: February 20, 2017, 11:52:23 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 20, 2017, 02:55:18 AM

I have LEGO Worlds to check out again since I have had it in Early Access.

I am curious about Badass Hero, Northguard and Hollow Knight.

I wish that Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin was available outside of VR.   disgust

I agree that Northguard looks interesting. I'm waiting to hear some user reviews.

I'm also considering the Berserk game, as I'm a massive fan of the anime (my #2 pick of all time). The problem is I'm not a huge fan of Dynasty Warriors games, so I'll need to carefully look into what features it has that can draw me in.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: February 18, 2017, 07:57:42 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on February 12, 2017, 10:43:54 PM

They removed weapon degradation due to feedback on the alpha.

That was a good decision. The further I get into the game, the more enjoyable it becomes. I'm a Dark Souls fan, but I prefer the weapons and combat in Nioh. I'm especially enjoying the crafting options, and the ability to add various new traits to my favorite weapons. An old level 5 weapon can become just as powerful as weapons found much later in the game via soul matching. The familiars are also an exceptionally good idea. I've located 5 of them now (I've read there are 20) and each has a different impact on gameplay. For example, do you prefer a familiar that offers you high hit points, stronger defense, and health geneneration, or do you prefer one that offers faster replenishment of your stamina bar, quicker attacks, and increased poison resistance?

I think Team Ninja made an excellent decision to release a few different beta demos to PSN, and then listen carefully to user feedback. Nioh is highly polished.


31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Never EVER give 110% .... on: February 14, 2017, 08:51:49 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 14, 2017, 07:50:56 PM

And in case you wanted to know where I started off at when GamingTrend was still ConsoleGold:

That cannot be the same person. I think the Russians hijacked this thread.


Regarding gaming, looks like it is time for PC gaming with a mouse......
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: February 12, 2017, 10:31:19 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 12, 2017, 08:45:18 AM

I'm really enjoying it also. I didn't put tons of hours into the demo like some people on various forums, so I'm still mastering the combat techniques. The game seems noticeably easier than the demo. I was getting owned in several several instances during the demo, and in the actual release version I only died twice in the first level, the London Tower.

Im the next level, (The demo level) I have yet to die even once. There have been some close calls, but by saving up my special charge-up attack for those critical enemies, I've always made it through, as that particular attack makes the player invulnerable for about 10 seconds.  A few other notes:

-I am playing on movie mode, which is usually 4K at 30FPS. So far all is well. No slowdown.
-Loot drops are much more frequent than in the demo, and a good portion of it is uncommon or higher levels of rarity.
-Weapon degrading has been vastly reduced, or removed. I haven't paid close attention, but I haven't needed to swap out my favorite weapons or armor.
-the camera has been refined even further from the demo.

Overall, I'm very impressed. And so far it has been much less punishing than the Dark Souls games....but I'm still early in the title.


Okaaaaaay. The difficulty has ramped up quite a bit. I'm getting involved in a lot more 2 on 1 combat situations, and the last boss was a pain. I'm finding the grunts to be easier to dispose of than in games like Bloodborne and Dark Souls (far less 1 or 2 shot deaths for my character), but the bosses are more difficult, and move much more quickly than in either of those games.

Still utterly amazing, however.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished 2017 edition on: February 12, 2017, 10:26:50 PM
Finished in 2017:

Walking Dead Season Two (my rating 8/10)

Batman: A Telltale Series (8/10) The storyline was well done, and they took some big leaps from the DC canon. Technically it was a little bit janky, but the characters more than made up for it.

Banner Saga 2 iOS (9/10) Part 2 was even better than part one. This is easily my favorite SRPG on iOS.

Currently Playing:

Trails of Cold Steel (8/10)
Nioh (9/10)
Horizon: Zero Dawn (my current game of the year if it holds up)

Gave Up On:

The Last Guardian: sluggish controls and a wonky camera made for a frustrating experience, plus the lifeless world was rather boring
Dragon Age 2: Dated. Uninteresting. Another game where I hated the camera.
Inside: Side scrolling boredom. I enjoyed it for about an hour, but then realized that most of the puzzles were simply slight variations of one another. The game is beautiful and cryptic, but I wasn't willing to slog through it to see the ending.



34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: February 12, 2017, 08:45:18 AM
I'm really enjoying it also. I didn't put tons of hours into the demo like some people on various forums, so I'm still mastering the combat techniques. The game seems noticeably easier than the demo. I was getting owned in several several instances during the demo, and in the actual release version I only died twice in the first level, the London Tower.

Im the next level, (The demo level) I have yet to die even once. There have been some close calls, but by saving up my special charge-up attack for those critical enemies, I've always made it through, as that particular attack makes the player invulnerable for about 10 seconds.  A few other notes:

-I am playing on movie mode, which is usually 4K at 30FPS. So far all is well. No slowdown.
-Loot drops are much more frequent than in the demo, and a good portion of it is uncommon or higher levels of rarity.
-Weapon degrading has been vastly reduced, or removed. I haven't paid close attention, but I haven't needed to swap out my favorite weapons or armor.
-the camera has been refined even further from the demo.

Overall, I'm very impressed. And so far it has been much less punishing than the Dark Souls games....but I'm still early in the title.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 5, 2017) on: February 06, 2017, 11:17:18 PM
NIOH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! drool drool drool drool drool drool drool drool drool drool drool drool
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem Heroes on: February 05, 2017, 03:55:37 AM
waaaaay too easy. Out.
37  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 1st Gen MS Surface Pro 128GB. $110 on: February 02, 2017, 11:21:48 PM
Still has 8. But you can grab Win 10 for about $10-$15 on EBay. I've done it twice, and confirmed with MS the keys were valid permanently
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nioh - Team Ninja action RPG on: February 02, 2017, 08:16:32 PM
Already preordered through Amazon. Looking forward to all of the improvements they made since the last couple demos.
39  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 1st Gen MS Surface Pro 128GB. $110 on: February 02, 2017, 02:35:08 AM
In about a week I'll be receiving my new MacBook Pro. About 13 months ago I purchased a new 1st gen Surface Pro 128GB, i5, Windows 8 tablet which I will no longer need. It also comes with a UAG 'otter box' type case (paid $29 for it) and touch pen. I purchased it for $449. I was going to trade it in at Best Buy, and they are offering $110. I thought I would see if anyone here had any interest before I send it to pasture to a nameless corporation. 😀

Cosmetically it is in excellent shape. The speaker, however, is very faint. I can send pics if you like.

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Amazon Gift Card
iTunes gift card
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: January 28, 2017, 09:53:19 AM
Any word on how robust the single player aspect of the game will be? They keep commenting on the online aspects, but then sprinkle in the 'single player' term, without actually going into detail about storyline, mechanics, etc.

Is the single player aspect just a warm up for the online component, similar to the original Titanfall?
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