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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: Today at 03:12:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 06, 2016, 10:37:13 PM

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Quote from: Dante Rising on December 06, 2016, 01:21:35 AM

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


EVERYONE who has a PC should try the demo out on Steam if they own a PC, and enjoy games like the old Commandos series. Hell, even if you don't try it out anyway. You may love it, and the demo is free!

Yeah, I'm trying this out and it seems awesome!  I never really played the old Commandos games beyond a demo or two, but this really satisfies my Tenchu ninja stealth assassin itch. 

I kind of wish it wasn't $40, but I also feel petty saying that.

$28.74 on GMG.

Damn you!  I can't really afford to get more games right now (or shouldn't), and I already have too many as it is.  But...   icon_neutral

It is worth EVERY penny. The game is simply fabulous. I love the combined kill tactics. The game is real-time, but you can queue multiple actions from multiple assassins, and have them strike simultaneously when you hit the "proceed" button. It is a great feeling watching your samurai strike down three opponents while your ninja strikes the fourth and fifth with throwing stars.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Dec 4, 2016) on: December 06, 2016, 01:21:35 AM
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun


EVERYONE who has a PC should try the demo out on Steam if they own a PC, and enjoy games like the old Commandos series. Hell, even if you don't try it out anyway. You may love it, and the demo is free!
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: December 01, 2016, 12:42:09 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 30, 2016, 03:39:48 PM

Played about 4 hours yesterday, some initial thoughts:

-  It's incredibly beautiful.  Probably the best looking PS4 game I've played.
-  I'm really glad I watched Kingsglaive and the Brotherhood anime before playing.  Knowing how the character's relationships...

Overall, I'm thoroughly enjoying it so far.  I've kinda been ignoring the story and just exploring, which feels very strange in a FF game.  The world is just so interesting and vast, that you can't help but strap on the hiking boots and take off for the horizon.

Glad you are liking it. I just watched Kingsglaive yesterday and thought it was much better than the reviews would have me believe. I thoroughly enjoyed it, despite a few plot holes in the story. The CGI was, as always from Square, some of the best in the business. I haven't watched Brotherhood yet, but others have also said it is a good idea, so I'll set some time aside before playing XV.

I just accidentally found out that my fiancee got me a PS4 Pro for Christmas (She mistakenly used my Amazon account. lol.) so I'm waiting until Christmas Day to dive in. Until then, I'm playing "I Am Setsuna" which is on the other side of the spectrum from Final fantasy XV- small budget, small team, small scope. So far it is a relaxing throwback to the RPGs of yesteryear. I'm hoping it holds my interest.

Getting back to FFXV, the whole roadtrip aspect has me strangely intrigued. I'm wondering how you will like the game when the tempo and scope change later in the game. A few reviews state that it is a fairly wide departure from the early game, but well done and a good lead in to an excellent ending.
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Thanksgiving to all American GTers! on: November 24, 2016, 06:58:23 PM
Hope everyone has a great day! Spend some time gaming after the family/friends make their way home!
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: November 24, 2016, 03:31:55 AM
Is there any benefit to buying the DLC if you are a single player focused gamer?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: November 24, 2016, 03:19:48 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 23, 2016, 01:57:57 PM

Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun
http://www.shadow-tactics.com/
http://store.steampowered.com/app/418240

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Shadow Tactics is a hardcore tactical stealth game set in Japan around the Edo period. A new Shogun seizes power over Japan and enforces nationwide peace. In his battle against conspiracy and rebellion, he recruits five specialists with extraordinary skills for assassination, sabotage and espionage.
Very fun and surprisingly long playable demo dropped on Steam other day. Dec. 6 is release date.

While "Commands meets Ninjas/Samurais" is the easy comparison, I wouldn't say it's a carbon copy. Up to date graphics, can fully rotate the screen, very crisp and fully configurable kb/mouse controls. From my demo play, everything's well thought out in the interface.

While you have some options to not kill anyone (can knock 'em out and tie 'em up), you'd miss out on some of the more fun attack abilities of the Ninja and Samurai -- his swirling swords attack is refreshingly unstealthy.  icon_smile

Must-buy for me, though I don't think I'll match my excitement over the Dec. 7, 2015 release (and Dec. 4-6 pre-purchasers' opening weekend) last year of Helldivers on PC.  icon_smile

Played the demo and loved it! Thanks for the heads up, as I didn't even know this game existed.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: November 24, 2016, 01:17:17 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 23, 2016, 02:44:22 PM

That looks really cool, thanks for the heads-up.

Downloading the demo now. Why doesn't Steam ever recommend cool titles like this to me. Instead they recommend "Goat Simulator" and "Naruto"...when most of my purchases are FPS, Strategy, or RPG titles.

<edit> And holy sh!t, it has full controller support. I can play this on my HTPC!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 13, 2016) on: November 16, 2016, 09:41:24 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 14, 2016, 06:16:27 PM

... as we are going away tomorrow to go celebrate our 37th wedding anniversary and She Who Must Be Obeyed might not appreciate my focusing on something else icon_smile

Happy anniversary! I'm sure the two of you have seen your fair share of ups and downs. 37 years is quite the accomplishment.

Tell her to buy you Watch Dogs 2!
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: November 16, 2016, 12:22:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 14, 2016, 08:45:50 AM


Gave it a try with a friend and gotta say, the main enemy in the game is disappointing to say the least.

I just finished the game. It will probably be my favorite shooter of the year. But I agree that the last boss was underwhelming. I thought it was some form of late game boss before the final boss. Nope.

They hint that the real threat has yet to be seen, but the final 15 minutes of the game could have been much more creative.

Regarding the main character, Fenix's son, I agree that he was the blandest member of the team. I think the developer's idea was for him to be the 'straight and narrow' character, while his team added the extra dimensions. (Comedy, love interest, etc) His personality came through two or three times during the game, but not enough to solidify him as a strong lead. They seemed to be looking for a more serious Nathan Drake (uncharted series) but fell well short of that target. This was the same problem in the first Gears series- Fenix had far less personality than Cole or Baird.

Also, one other possible wrinkle- I did a quick search but can't find the interview where they talk about the new cast. Although Fenix's son is the actual "leader", the MAIN character of the game is meant to be Kait. That makes sense when you think about her mother, relationship to JD, pushing the team further into harm's way, etc. Perhaps this is why JD is more subdued. Just a guess.


JD seems to be the number one complaint I've read about the storyline, so hopefully they open him up further in later games.

Also, did you watch the brief cutscene after the credits? I was happy to see that small tun of events.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: November 12, 2016, 01:49:47 PM
I'm surprised there is so little conversation regarding Gears of War 4 in the forum. After a mildly mediocre start, the game ramps up into one of the best shooters of the year. I decided to play the game on the console because of HDR, and the environments look absolutely beautiful. The developers (The Coalition) have done a much better job building on the franchise than 343 Studios has been able to do with Halo. Better story, better set pieces, better pacing, better characters.

I'm hoping the game sold well, as i would love for them to continue the franchise AND finally remaster the other two games.

I can't speak to the multiplayer aspect, as I'm a single player gamer. But if you enjoy shooters, especially cover shooters, this is a must own. I'm particularly impressed with the AI. It isn't whack-a-mole. Enemies flank your position, use grenades effectively to flush you out, rush your position, heal one another etc.

Solid review:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bum8j-adZ0s
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 12, 2016, 01:38:47 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 11, 2016, 11:13:23 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 11, 2016, 11:01:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.

I was really excited for the game, but I think playing World of Final Fantasy may cool my desire for another Final Fantasy so soon. I'm really enjoying WoFF so far. I absolutely recommend turning off turn based and going with the active battle system set to 4 or 5. It transforms a game that was far too easy into one that is much more difficult, but still far from frustrating. No party wipes, but I've come close multiple times. Once I finish the stellar Gears of War 4, I'll be back to WoFF.

And maybe then XV....if the craving is still there.

I didn't like WoFF at all.  It even completely missed the nostalgia itch I was expecting it to scratch.  I found it to mostly just be an overly cutsey (and I have a high tolerance for JRPG cutseyness), generally annoying, very mediocre, boring RPG with a collect/evolve system that wasn't even remotely interesting.  I put in about 4 hours, then traded it in towards my FFXV pre-order.

To be fair, I'm not a fan of Pokemon-ish games to begin with, so WoFF didn't have much of a chance to succeed with me from the get-go.

I may end up in the same spot as you. I'm not even at the 4 hour point yet. If the game had been strictly turn based, I would already be out. The game is far too easy on that setting. But active keeps me on my toes. I've said this before about Japanese RPG developers, but why have all of those crazy good skills and weapons, and then just create a combat system where i spam one button and one attack. I don't want to use all of those systems only in a half dozen boss fights. Better to have 100 memorable fights using ALL of my skills, as opposed to 5000 fire-and-forget random battles.

I'm not certain if it is due to laziness, inability to properly balance, or focusing solely on the Japanese audience which seems to prefer easier, cute games. Maybe all three.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 12, 2016, 01:29:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 12, 2016, 07:02:44 AM

So, I'm starting to suspect that the frontier is worth every part of this fight.

It's just something that hits me every single time I'm about to drop onto the battlefield.  I have no idea why...

Yeah, the game had some absurdly memorable moments. I would have loved an additional hour of titan combat. I do think the developers did a great job limiting the filler. Despite my complaints with some aspects of the game, it was very tightly paced. On the Angry Joe show, he was lamenting the fact that the campaign was 6 hours instead of 12. For me that would have been too much of a good thing. By the end i was winding down on the game. It ended at the right length.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: November 11, 2016, 11:01:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2016, 03:13:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 28, 2016, 02:32:09 PM


I cannot wait for this game.

I was really excited for the game, but I think playing World of Final Fantasy may cool my desire for another Final Fantasy so soon. I'm really enjoying WoFF so far. I absolutely recommend turning off turn based and going with the active battle system set to 4 or 5. It transforms a game that was far too easy into one that is much more difficult, but still far from frustrating. No party wipes, but I've come close multiple times. Once I finish the stellar Gears of War 4, I'll be back to WoFF.

And maybe then XV....if the craving is still there.
14  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 01:49:54 AM
Apologies, Gratch. I thought you were speaking in generalizations. On civil liberties, you are on point.
15  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 01:32:24 AM
And you subscribe to the philosophy that 'one side is good'? If you do, you aren't looking closely enough. Take a good look at Democratic corruption. Read a little bit about my home state, Illinois. The Democratic Party did not build the shining city upon the hill.

Regarding your civil liberties question, the answer to you is "no". There are not enough vocal members in the party to move that needle as quickly as desired. But the number is growing. I have no qualms about admitting to the faults of the Republican Party.

The Simpons got it right--

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4v7XXSt9XRM

16  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 12:41:38 AM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on November 10, 2016, 12:35:46 AM

Another thing that bothers me is Trump is now the leader of the military. The same man that will doggedly go after a person for the slightest of perceived insults.

Yes. And this cannot be stopped. Not by the House. Not by the Senate. Not by the Supreme Court. Not by the nation's generals and admirals. Not by the populace. Not by military advisors.

He has his finger on the trigger, and no one else is in the room. 300 million people will go to war if Putin calls Trump a pussy. Good luck with that delusion.

<edit> I hope you don't truly feel that way, and are simply voicing a knee jerk reaction. If not, in the words of my best friend, "THEY got to you." I'm still not entirely certain who THEY are, but THEY apparently are very convincing and very busy. And by the way, always capitalize "THEY".
17  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 10, 2016, 12:33:21 AM

Quote from: Gratch on November 09, 2016, 09:37:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 09, 2016, 09:08:57 PM

Thank you guys for this thread.  I was beginning to think no one here cared at all lol.

Trust me rittch, we care.  A lot.  I've just chosen to express most of my frustration elsewhere, as this isn't the place I typically come to for nuanced political discussion.

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Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

Yes, protect them.  With all the passion and energy we can muster.

When the President campaigns on a platform which includes "minority group X or minority group Y are not deserving of the same rights, dignity, or respect" and the majority of the people vote to ratify that viewpoint, then it requires protection from the rest of us, not creating a fucking "understanding of their point of view".  There is no alternate point of view to understand that is acceptable.

The ONLY point of view to understand that is acceptable is to avoid fear mongering rhetoric, and collaborate with the new leader of the free world for the next four years. I don't point this criticism solely at the Democrats. Many Republicans were quite insistent that Satan himself had been elected to the presidency 8 years ago. All that rhetoric did was divide the country even further. The Democrats are now taking their turn to kick the can down the road.

My point is this. Neither Clinton nor Trump are statesmen, but that is because the general population on both sides has reduced the race to this. To say "I will protect you from the President" is nothing but inflammatory and devisive. The answer is "We find a way to change his mind." For example, Apparently Obama and his wife changed the mind of Glen Beck, if his commentary was sincere. People are not inanimate edifices that cannot be swayed.

All of this hateful speech from both sides is an attempt to control hearts and minds to the point where people vote blindly for one party. And everyday citizens increasingly push this agenda. There are good Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the argument. A truly informed citizen crosses those lines when necessary, especially on a state and county level, depending upon the needs of the population, and the state of the landscape. But the fringes of the party, which now have the loudest voices, are terrified of thoughtful investigation into the spectrum of party candidates beyond the 1 minute sound clips.

My fiancee's niece (she is 13 or 14) thinks Republicans hate Mexicans. Period. And homosexuals too. Period. Yet somehow I'm a moderate, fiscally conservative Republican that will be marrying a wonderful Mexican-American woman. And as for the homosexual population goes, I don't give a flying f!ck if they can marry. Let them join the rest of America in divorce court. I'm hardly the only moderate Republican that thinks this way. But that isn't the picture painted in the media, or by the DNC. And the Republicans are often just as culpable. Cooler heads must prevail.

America awaits the next great stateman. Will either party ever deliver on that hope? Not with this United States, where neither side wants to give an inch.
18  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 03:21:27 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 09, 2016, 02:52:01 PM

Sometimes the worst thing that can happen is that we get exactly what we wanted.

Ok Republicans -- you own the whole shitshow.

I'm gonna have to tune out for the next four years.  This is a nightmare.

They do own it all, and this will be a moment in time that defines the Republican Party. No excuses for them. Lead the country to prosperity, or reap the whirlwind in 2-4 years.

And I would challenge you not to tune out. Good people always fight the good fight. Politics is a community endeavor, not just a national one.

<edit> I guess I should be more specific. Trump has control of Congress, just as Obama had control of Congress for two years. But it isn't total control. The Republicans don't have the seats in the Senate to push anything they want through. The Republicans feared Obama's control those first two years, and it was a relatively benign time. The same will be true of now. Democrats can still intercede. But the American public will not view it as such, so the Republicans are on notice.

It isn't over, Knightshade, for the people that share your ideology. It's just more difficult.
19  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 03:14:45 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 09, 2016, 02:16:05 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on November 09, 2016, 02:06:35 PM

The American people elected the lesser of the two evils. It is as simple as that. The overly dramatic teeth gnashing, the "America is DOOMED" rhetoric, have no place in calm discourse. The Republicans "survived" 8 years of Obama. The Democrats will "survive" 4 or 8 years of Trump. There is no apocalypse. Starbucks is still handing out coffee, Comcast still has sh!tty customer service, and your dog is still happy to see you when you walk in the door. The founding fathers did an admirable job creating a government of checks and balances. Have faith in their vision.

How is that faith of yours going to work when Trump, as he has clearly stated during his campaign, not only stops all progress America has made towards stopping global warming, but actually reverses the progress as he has promised? We're already past the point of no return. Any delay to the process caused by Trump will have effects that will reverberate across generations.

How is that faith of yours going to help the minorities in your nation? I'm talking about the homosexuals, the lesbians, the bisexuals, the transsexuals, the non-white population, women, and so on. One look at your post reveals that you're privileged. That makes you special, but it also makes you an asshole if you abuse that privilege by ignoring those who don't have it. Trump has clearly demonstrated animosity and even outright hatred of most of these groups. They are going to have to face vile treatment over the coming years. How is the faith of the privileged going to help there? Is a lesbian couple that wants to get married going to appreciate your faith in the system when Trump makes it illegal for them to do so? Will your faith in the system comfort the thousands upon thousands of people who will be deported for no reason except their religion or skin color? Will your faith in the system help the women who will struggle to legally get an abortion thanks to Mike Pence and his crusades? I'm not extrapolating any of this. It's all been clearly stated by the candidates that this is what they want to happen.

No, I'm concerned about people, not about the institutions. The system can go fuck itself as long as the people suffer. I appreciate that your priorities are different, but I don't have to respect it.

Yes, I have faith in our Constitution, our forefathers, and the American people. ALL of them. Your commentary is absurd. If we are "past the point of no return on global warming" (as you say) then why would anything Trump does matter? Good or bad. If you already drove the car off the cliff, does it matter how quickly you hit the ground? Or perhaps you meant to say global warming is a clear and present danger that we must address. If that is what you meant, then say it that way. Dont speak in absolutes unless the outcome is absolute. And while you are at it, point that angst toward China also, if you are a crusader for the environment.

And why would you categorize me a privileged, and thus "special"? You have no idea who I am, or what my friends, family, and I have been challenged by throughout our lifetimes. My fiancée is Hispanic, and my best man is Thai. Or do you assume I can only have white, privileged, special friends, and no understanding of minority concerns? Neither of them would classify me as privileged, but I can see that you are race-baiting out of anger and frustration. Rise above it and learn not to paint with a broad brush. How many Coyotes have you had to deal with in your lifetime, Tilt? (I'm referring to the transport coyote along our southern border, not the animal). I've had to deal with three, one of which did some rather unspeakable things to my fiancee's cousin. But her story is neither uncommon nor unreported.

I wouldn't presume to think you are privileged, special, racist, nationalistic, idealistic, or any other variety of terms available to me. But you definitely sound ignorant.

Good or bad Trump is one man. I believe in the resiliency and strength of our country. I believe in our Constitution, and I believe in self reflection which leads, slowly, to a better United States. You've already stated that you wash your hands of the situation and country. Be gone then. Other people will work on the solutions.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: This country has gone insane on: November 09, 2016, 02:06:35 PM
The American people elected the lesser of the two evils. It is as simple as that. The overly dramatic teeth gnashing, the "America is DOOMED" rhetoric, have no place in calm discourse. The Republicans "survived" 8 years of Obama. The Democrats will "survive" 4 or 8 years of Trump. There is no apocalypse. Starbucks is still handing out coffee, Comcast still has sh!tty customer service, and your dog is still happy to see you when you walk in the door. The founding fathers did an admirable job creating a government of checks and balances. Have faith in their vision.

The better question is, in a country of over 300 million people, how did the election distill to these two people? Neither candidate was particularly palatable to either party, but we still, somehow, ended up in this spot.

Don't forget the words of Thomas Jefferson (or Joseph de Maistre, or HL Mencken...)- "The government you elect is the government you deserve."


Quote from: ATB on November 09, 2016, 01:53:18 PM

Yep. It's this ^^^^ kind of self righteous arrogance and empty reductionism that We The People just revolted against.

It's a referendum on media and political elites telling the hardworking average american what they think is wrong and what they should think and do. It's saying, guess what: we built this country and we still have a voice...

I agree with you, but you must admit that Trump capitalized on the fear of the xenophobes, just as Clinton capitalized on the fears of minorities and racial division. Neither side is without fault. I will say that a part of me found myself almost wanting to vote for Trump by how simply one sided the reporting was throughout the campaign. For a brief period of time I was counting the articles on Yahoo's main page related to both candidates. There were 236 negative articles about Trump. 5 related to Clinton. That is hardly impartial reporting based upon Clinton's political history.  Last week at one point there were 55 articles on the Yahoo news feed, and 12 were Trump articles- all negative. Clinton had one mildly favorable article. All I kept thinking was, "with everything that is going on in the world, Yahoo picks 12 articles about Trump? Really? You want me to hate this guy SO much that I just might end up feeling the opposite if you aren't careful." It smacked of Newsroom bullying.

More frustrating to me is what I read among our nation's educators. My fiancée is a bilingual school teacher, and on their shared Facebook page it was a torrent of ridiculous drama on how could they possibly explain the outcome of this election to their students. One teacher posted a link to an article, that was intended to help them speak to the classroom. One of the initial lines was, "Tell your students we will protect them".

Really? Protect them from the President of the United States?  What type of fear mongering is that? Perhaps a better response would have been, "We will work with the President to help him see our point of view. We will explain our fears and hopes, and work with him to create an America that stands for everybody."

21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Doctor Strange on: November 07, 2016, 10:26:51 PM
When I first heard marvel was releasing a Doctor Strange movie, my first thought was that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel for a new franchise. Doctor Strange was never a wildly successful comic, and I figured they were just trying to capitalize on the current super hero fad. But like Ant-Man, it looks like they put together another fine movie. If they can be this successful with "b" tier heroes, Marvel is going to be printing money for a very long time.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: November 07, 2016, 10:20:07 PM
I really enjoyed the Steam free weekend, and ended up purchasing the game and season pass. Once all of it is released, I plan on a marathon session. The developers did a good job refining the game from what seemed like a horrific launch.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 6, 2016) - Fate of the free world edition on: November 07, 2016, 10:16:23 PM
I really, REALLY, want to purchase Tyranny. But like the Elder Scrolls games, I'll invariably wait for the definitive edition, as the game is bound to be buggy at launch and one or two large DLCs are a sure thing.

24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 01, 2016, 11:10:38 PM
I finished the campaign today. It was a love-hate relationship. The environments and combat are beautifully done, but the platforming and 'on foot' portions took up too much of the game. I would say you spend about 30 percent of your time in the Titan, and those are by far the best moments of the game. There were a couple instances when the platforming was very frustrating, as there are a few times when you also need to perform multiple actions while wall running.

I did enjoy the multiple boss battles against various mercenary mechs, and the storyline was better than the usual fare, but they failed to capitalize on a few possibilities for growing the relationship between you and BT (your titan's nickname).

It was certainly better than the usual Battlefield or CoD campaign, but they missed the opportunity to make it legendary due to a few missteps.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: October 31, 2016, 10:42:02 PM
I agree that the single player campaign is well made. I was nervous splurging for Titanfall 2, as the focus is obviously multiplayer, and that is a part of the game I will never play. But I'm satisfied so far. I'll finish it this week, and get a healthy trade in price to soften the blow.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (October 23, 2016) on: October 26, 2016, 02:38:02 PM

Now:

Corpse Party
Yomawari
Skrim Enhanced (for free due to owning it previously on Steam)


Eventually:

Batman
Titanfall 2
Minecraft Story Mode


On The Fence:

World of Final Fantasy (I heard the game is super easy, and that takes away most of the enjoyment for me. What is the point of awesome skills and abilities if they aren't needed?)
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 25, 2016, 06:16:19 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 25, 2016, 03:51:42 AM

Through maybe the most trial and effort I've ever put into a video game in my entire life, Chapter 12 is finally complete.  3 hours and 54 minutes...for what is essentially a 9 minute level.

Of course, I was missing two of the skills which made that run look easy (the "blind" skill) and the far teleport.

Poor difficulty design from an amateur developer. Lacking specific skills shouldn't exponentially increase difficulty to the point of frustration.

It sounds like the game is harder than I've originally read, which to me is a good thing. But frustrating design can turn a great game into a sub par one. I was loving Halo 5 until I met <spoilers>------------------------The Warden on the hard difficulty. Once I got past him after some controller throwing moments I thought "Glad that is over." Nope. You fight him again, and he creates TWO versions of himself. Did you get through that? The next time you meet him he splits into THREE duplicates.

Sh!tty design from a AAA developer almost made me go to Youtube to watch the cut scenes, and scrap the game altogether. What fool thought that design decision was a good idea?
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: October 23, 2016, 03:18:46 AM
I know that there is a subset of people that like to bash Apple and the iphone, but I am a rather hardcore customer based upon their superior customer service. I could tell a few different stories, but most recently I had a Macbook Pro that died about eight weeks after my extended applecare warranty expired. Took it in to my local apple store and it needed to go out for repairs. When I asked for an estimate I was told "free of charge." They knew my warranty had expired, but they saw that I also owned an ipad, iphone, AppleTV and apple router. The guy said, "Thank you for being a loyal customer across our product lines. We have some flexibility regarding this repair and the out of warranty period."

I'm all in for the Macbook Pro announcement next week. For comparison, my Toshiba laptop died two DAYS after my 1 year warranty expired. They told me to take a hike. I've never purchased Toshiba again.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: October 23, 2016, 02:57:13 AM

Quote from: drifter on October 22, 2016, 04:30:44 PM

Don't buy this for single player.  The solo missions are short stories anywhere from 2 - 6 "arcs" so to speak.  I have finished the air craft one and the Italian one they essentially introduce you to gameplay and different classes.  They are nice stories but not worth buying the game for.

#$#@!@#$#@@#!!!
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Control: Origins on: October 20, 2016, 06:17:56 PM
Still damned excited, but....crap....

The decision to go with a prequel rather than a sequel seems at first an odd choice, but it’s the result of the complexities of the Star Control franchise intellectual property. Even though Stardock has the naming and publishing rights to the Star Control franchise, it does not have the rights to use any of the Star Control aliens or story material in the first two games. All of that remains the property of original Star Control creators Fred Ford and Paul Reiche III. Ars reached out to Ford and Reiche for some elaboration, and Reiche responded with this clarifying statement:

Fred and I retain the copyright to all material in Star Control I & II, but we do not own the name "Star Control," which is why our open source project is called, "The Ur-Quan Masters." Stardock purchased the trademark for Star Control as well as the original material in Star Control III, which Fred and I also did not create. Super space-cows? What were they thinking?!
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Control: Origins on: October 20, 2016, 06:11:27 PM
OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!

PLEASE DON'T SCREW THIS UP. Playing Star Control II was one of the best memories I have from my early days of gaming. My friend and I would race home after school and play it on my 3DO together. He was an amazing combat pilot with that ridiculous little Spathi fighter, manhandling enemies that should have trounced him. I was the Captain, setting navigation routes around the universe, and whenever combat took place, I handed the controller over to him. There was nothing better than entering a new system and locating the next Byzantine alien race.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 05:43:33 PM
A few initial thoughts:

1) I love the idea of a seamless transition from a TV console to a portable. But that screen better be a high quality IPS Version similar to the PlayStation Vita. I don't want something akin to the crappy WiiU screen...and Nintendo is well known for going cheap on their screens.

2) I'm concerned with how small and close the buttons are on the detachable controller. And the analog stick looks cheap.

3) So, MS and Sony are moving on to 4K, and Nintendo brings up the rear with a console that should finally run all games at full 1080p. Not bad. My 4K TV upscales 1080p images fairly well, so it won't feel like a PS3 to Nintendo Wii comparison.

4) As mentioned by Gratch, it would be awesome if 3DS games were compatible, but I don't see that happening.

5) I'm really happy to see that the pro controller has offset analog sticks like the Xbox. Could this, finally, be a great controller from Nintendo? I hated the Wii controller. The clunky WiiU controller + screen was truly awful, and the normal console controller felt like a poor knockoff of an alpha version MS controller.

6) seeing how the Japanese market has gone heavily portable, this seems like a smart move by Nintendo. But I can't help but feel that the portable part is too big for actual on-the-go use. I like the kickstand, but I'm thinking iPhone 6 Plus size should have been the target size. I LOVE the extra screen real estate, but I'm not sure most people will prefer that over true portability.

7) I don't think that is a touchscreen. It would have been a selling point, and virtual sticks would have been shown.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: October 18, 2016, 11:17:13 PM
I might be in on this one. It sounds like the single player content is quite good.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption 2 on: October 17, 2016, 11:58:44 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on October 17, 2016, 01:35:56 PM

Rockstar has begun teasing a new game and it looks like Red Dead Redemption 2 is about to be officially announced

Is it possibly a RDR remaster?
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Shin Godzilla on: October 12, 2016, 02:28:03 PM
I have a love-hate relationship with the Godzilla movies. I still vaguely recall the weird martial arts antics of the Japanese versions, back when it was a man in a rubber suit. Weird things like this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGNhLZuD6a8
36  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 09, 2016, 06:27:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 08, 2016, 04:00:08 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 06, 2016, 11:52:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2016, 03:34:23 PM

Jade Empire hitting iOS, for real this time.

Bad timing, as I'm neck deep in three other mobile RPG's at the moment (Icewind Dale, Ember, and Banner Saga 2).  Might wait a while before I grab it.

I'm in, if the controls are good. Waiting for some brave souls in the app store to report back.

I played through the first couple hours last night.  The controls seem ok, but certainly take some getting used to.  The virtual stick means that I found myself accidentally hitting the button to change stances when I was trying to move.  Other than that, everything seems fine.  Looks amazing as well, actually better than the PC version.

Good to hear. I remember this being one of my favorite RPGs. I just can't remember why.  retard  Hopefully it lives up to the fond memories.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: October 09, 2016, 06:16:51 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 08, 2016, 05:47:24 PM

Yeah, this game is definitely not one for those easily frustrated.  It's extremely unforgiving, and at times I have no idea why I was spotted when in full shadow. 

I also hate the fact that your shadow powers are so restricted in distance.  Most of the time I can't even look straight ahead and jump 20 or 30 feet to a shadow I can clearly see. 

But I do like the general working of the zipping to shadows mechanic more than I thought I would.  And the game has a great visual style.  It just makes me want to punch babies.

Is it possible there is some mechanic you are not using, or perhaps misunderstanding some component of the game? I've read multiple posts about people completing the game in 5-8 hours and calling it "too easy". I actually prefer it be as difficult as you are describing.
38  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: October 06, 2016, 11:52:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 05, 2016, 03:34:23 PM

Jade Empire hitting iOS, for real this time.

Bad timing, as I'm neck deep in three other mobile RPG's at the moment (Icewind Dale, Ember, and Banner Saga 2).  Might wait a while before I grab it.

I'm in, if the controls are good. Waiting for some brave souls in the app store to report back.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Combat Racing Games on: September 21, 2016, 10:19:39 PM
So I downloaded the demo of Forza Horizon 3, and thought it was absolutely amazing. But as I was playing, one thought kept going through my head- "This would be even more fun with a rocket launcher bolted to my Ferrari's hood." Finishing the Forza demo, I promptly loaded up the 2010 game Blur, and had an absolute blast. For those of you that may not know, Blur was a racing game in which you would drive over power-ups such as mines, shields, lightning, etc, and use them against other vehicles. There is nothing better than being in 2nd place in a race, and using a well timed homing missile to take out the first place car.

Does anyone know of any recent vehicular combat games with high production values? Blur and Split Second came out in 2010, and except for Mad Max I'm not finding much else. I wish the developers of Forza or Need for Speed built these features into their game, similar to the Call of Duty Zombies mode.
40  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: (ios- $7) Ember on: September 15, 2016, 09:35:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on September 15, 2016, 09:23:28 PM

So I pick up a unique sword in the opening area which grants a "double strike" skill.  I equip the sword.  I click on the sword in my character sheet to see it's stats.  The weapon proceeds to unequip itself...and disappears.  It's not back in my inventory, it's not on the ground, and it's not equipped on my character.  I spent 15 minutes looking everywhere for it, and come up empty.  Decide just to move on.

I proceed to the first boss battle.  The huge, glowing hint outside the door of the boss battle is "Be sure to use your 'double strike' skill because it does significantly more damage".  You know, that skill I can't use because my weapon is now gone.  I go on to die multiple times to said boss.

We're not off to a very good start.   icon_confused

Strange. You don't need that weapon to win the battle. I didn't have it equipped. You can quickly change the difficulty to easy in the options, also, to get past that battle. The good news is also that weapon is fairly benign the moment you walk out of the crypt. Their will be a merchant with slightly better weapons, and if you save before going to him, his loot is somewhat random upon reload.

And playing on hard is....very hard. Lol. I'm lucky I grabbed a leather cap that gives mass healing to my warrior. A small ball of light falls from the sky and heals my party for 100-200 hit points. Got it at the first merchant. Saved my ass about a dozen times already.

Recommend playing on normal if you are looking for a somewhat relaxed play through. Also, the difficulty can be changed at any time, and there are toggles in the options to pause the game upon entering combat, when health is critically low, etc. I toggled like of these to 'on' and it has made combat much more sane.
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