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121  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Terra Battle, from the creators of Final Fantasy on: October 11, 2014, 08:52:43 AM
I still can't understand why more developers don't give the option to choose between IAP, or a full priced premium download. The number of games I've skipped because of these stupid timers is in the dozens.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: October 11, 2014, 03:09:02 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 10, 2014, 06:26:25 PM

Finally got around to this. I was really surprised how short it was. I finished it in 2 days, although I wasn't going for full completion. Certainly compared to Watch_Dogs which I just finished and thought was probably too long. It seemed like it could have used a third island like the other Infamous games. Maybe they spent too much time working on the all different power sets.

I also hated a bunch of the boss battles, but I thought the way they managed the different powers overall was really impressive.

Infamous 1 is still my favorite in the series because of all of the platforming and the mission design. They was more in Second Son than Infamous 2, but for the most part it was just "go here, kill everything".

I loved the game, but they need to do a better job adding some meaningful side quests in the next game. It would be great if a few powers were tucked away in additional story based missions that helped make the character cast even more interesting.

but I've enjoyed every Infamous game, and can't wait to play Sunset Overdrive!
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 09, 2014, 11:26:43 PM
I'm cautiously optimistic, and grabbed the game for $30 with a Steam voucher. People should know that the second half of the game apparently takes a dive according to the professional reviews I've read.

Be careful buying the game at full price based upon initial user reviews. A little more minor spoiler info on that for the curious...
Spoiler for Hiden:
the second half of the game is an Alien game without any emphasis on an Alien. Cyborgs take over center stage.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [KS] The Flame in the Flood - river rafting survival sim on: October 08, 2014, 09:31:10 PM
Yeah, I noticed several ex-Irrational developers are the driving force behind this. I'm in.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [KS] The Flame in the Flood - river rafting survival sim on: October 08, 2014, 07:24:22 PM
When I first looked at your topic title, I thought a river rafting sim would probably be the stupidest idea I'd seen for a game this year. After watching that preview video it looks like one of the best ideas of the year if they can pull of the mechanics and nail the environments.

Loved the art style. If it was available to download today, I would have jumped on it. The game also screams for an ios port.

Thanks for putting this on my radar.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 08, 2014, 11:24:46 AM
 Few more impressions-

-definitely no problems with ledge detection. The one time I thought I had issues I discovered a ledge against the wall that allowed me to bypass the long jump.

-Quick save any time

-If a guard spots you, there is only a limited window to escape. If he comes within a certain proximity of you, combat is initiated and then it is kill or be killed. Combat is rather clunky, but purists won't mind. The idea is to never be seen.

-AI continues to be about industry norm. Some excellent behaviors, others that have you scratching your head. Even on higher difficulty settings I have yet to encounter a guard that discovered me in a "cheap" manner. No AI pathing issues yet, but I haven't reached the more complex areas.

I'm still giving a recommendation at the $24 price point. This is a solid mid-tier, 7.5 on a 10 scale game. Current reviews run as high as 90 and down to 50.

A reasonably good review:

127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 07, 2014, 08:17:11 PM
The game is on sale via Steam for $24, so I decided to be the forum lab rat. Initial impressions are favorable, and I think fans of the stealth genre will enjoy the game. I'm using the Xbox controller for the PC, and I'm playing on the highest detail settings and hard difficulty level. A few quick impressions:

+All the usual stealth mechanics are on display. Different surfaces lead to different detection rates, so carpet is your friend. Likewise, you can blow out candles, hide bodies, etc.
+Muffled (silent) kills take much longer than insta-kills, so you better have your timing down if other guards are making a circuit through the area.
+Unlike a couple of the reviews, the controls work flawlessly, BUT you need to listen during the tutorial. you must HOLD the "A" button to ensure a proper jump. dropping down and grabbing a ledge is only successful if you WALK up to the ledge, etc. I think some of the reviewers are expecting Assassin's Creed climbing.
+the environments are massive, vertical, and there seem to be multiple ways to approach any situation.
+The story actually seems interesting, and the VoiceOver for Styx and some of the other main characters are well done.
+AI seems reasonably solid. During the tutorial I accidentally knocked over an urn, and a guard from a nearby room came to investigate. He made an actual sweep of the area.

-This isn't necessarily a negative, but be informed. This isn't Assassins Creed or Infamous. You can fall off ledges and beams if you don't pay attention. The earlier Tomb Raider games are a better comparison for climbing and balancing mechanics.
-Even on high settings the graphics are about on par with a late generation Xbox 360 or PS3 games. the environments are beautiful, but the textures are slightly muddy. Characters remind me of World of Warcraft, albeit with a more mature slant.
-Again, not necessarily a negatibe but be aware that if you enter combat, expect to die. This is a rather hardcore stealth game, especially on the higher difficulty setting. (of which there are 4)

Only about 45 minutes in, but for $24 I'm confident Ill enjoy the game. Stealth fans should be pleased.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 08:52:07 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 06, 2014, 11:15:45 AM

I'll be interested to see how the reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows turn out.  The preview content they've been putting out has looked so polished, I initially had no idea it was a PSN downloadable title.  I like stealth games, and I've been on something of a fantasy kick lately with Shadow of Mordor, Age of Wonders III, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On the downside, Styx is made by Cyanide Studios, a developer that has become increasingly notorious for undercutting its awesome game mechanics with the most brain dead AI this side of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.  It wouldn't surprise me learn the AI guards in Styx have dialogue like, "Eh?  What was that?  I must be hearing things again....better jam this dagger into my own ear to be sure-BLRRK!"

-Autistic Angel

Didn't Cyanide put out Aarklash Legacy? (think I misspelled that)

if so, it was fairly well received by players, and apparently the AI and difficulty were solid. hopefully this translates to Styx, which I'll pick up this week, as it is 20% off on Steam.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 08:49:19 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 06, 2014, 03:05:56 PM

This past year has been almost exclusively PC, mostly because I've only really only played one game since February (FF XIV).  Got a new PS4 over the weekend though, so that might change with some of the new things coming out.

I used to do a ton of iOS gaming, but it's felt really stale lately.  Everything feels like a copy of a copy of a copy, and nothing has really grabbed my attention since "Threes" came out.  frown  Picked up Banner Saga today...looking forward to giving that a spin.

Gratch, let us know how the Banner Saga looks and plays. I can't find one review online.

Back on topic, my PC is actually a living room PC, so that helps eliminate one true benefit of recent consoles - living room comfort. if I still had only a desktop PC, the PS4 would probably be my platform of choice.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 06, 2014, 10:42:30 AM
PC gaming ruined the newness factor of the most recent generation of consoles for me. This is the first time I can recall that the PC absolutely outperformed the newest consoles by such a wide margin. I'm already gaming at 4K resolutions on the PC and the consoles are struggling to sustain 1080P standards. Both offerings by MS and Sony are solid, but Steam and the newer versions of Windows have really changed the PC landscape

I'm wondering what the PS4 and XB1 look like on a 4K UHD TV, which are quickly dropping in price.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 12:03:27 AM
I own most of the consoles, handhelds, and a PC. Invariably, I find myself drawn back to the PC more often than my consoles, especially now that most games are compatible with an Xbox controller. The extra graphic features, along with higher FPS edge out even the newest generation of consoles. So the PC is the king of my "man-cave", followed next by the PS4. I prefer the controller and dashboard of my Xbox One, but not enough to sacrifice 1080P gaming for 720P or 900P. Among portable devices my ipad has unseated my Vita and 3DS for the top spot.

What is your primary gaming device?
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 29, 2014, 07:54:50 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 29, 2014, 04:21:08 AM

So an interesting thing I just discovered.  There are occasionally additional chat options you can use that are not given to you as options.  If you click above the chat dialogue options you can type in keywords.

I just used this system to complete a quest in what I assume was the optimal path.  Any other option would have likely resulted in bloodshed between two groups.

I saw that briefly touched upon in the tutorial. How do you determine which keywords to type?
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Buys Minecraft on: September 16, 2014, 11:04:39 PM
I don't understand the logic behind this purchase, either. For 2.5 billion dollars, they could have jump started 25-35 new AAA IPs, and possibly come up with the next Assassin's Creed, Destiny, Halo, or Gears of War. To spend this much money on one property is counterintuitive to me.

One more runaway success like Halo would probably generate more profit than they will ever see from this deal. Of course, I don't understand why they let Bungie slip away in the first place, but I've got to believe certain factions in MS are kicking themselves over that decision.
134  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome/awful Friday on: September 09, 2014, 07:38:10 AM
Life absolutely love handing us something wonderful, and then promptly kicking us in the balls a few moments later.

I'm really sorry to hear about your dog. You didn't mention if you owned him all 12 years, but hopefully you have many fond memories to fall back upon.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: September 05, 2014, 06:59:02 AM
Ydejin, thank you for the excellent information you provided. This is one of my most anticipated games, and based upon what you posted it looks like things are moving along nicely. I can't wait to dig into this one!
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: September 03, 2014, 08:58:38 PM

Quote from: Ridah on September 03, 2014, 06:32:08 PM

I should play the first one this Halloween.

I was thinking the exact same thing. The first game is still sitting in my backlog. The only problem is The Evil Within releases in late October, and it seems like the perfect Halloween game.

a definite First World problem....
137  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: September 01, 2014, 10:04:24 AM
Better processor but the same sh!tty screen resolution.  thumbsdown
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Icewind Dale : Extended Edition Announced on: August 31, 2014, 09:05:40 PM
Great, but I would prefer PS Torment.

My dream scenario is that Apple actually releases that 12" iPad next year that the rumor mill has been speaking of.  Then this developer releases Icewind Dale and Torment on the iPad, along with the already excellent Baldur's Gate ports. Playing on the 9.7" screen is slightly too difficult due to the smaller screen size, but a larger ipad would be perfect.

I'd love to play these games curled up in bed.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: One of my dogs died suddenly today. on: August 24, 2014, 07:57:18 AM
Damn, six years is short, especially for smaller breeds. Sorry for your loss.

When my German Shepherd died at my house it really hit me hard. I couldn't own a dog for several years after that, since he died in my arms. I can still recall his eyes looking up at me in his last moments like it was yesterday. Every time I think of it, I need to go and play with my two Great Pyrenees.

Planning on getting another dog?
140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Go to a mirror. Look into it. Inhale deeply through only your nose. on: August 24, 2014, 07:46:08 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on August 24, 2014, 05:34:13 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on August 24, 2014, 04:55:11 AM

What inspires this action? What's it mean?!?

Right nostril constriction has a 73% correlation with a preference for furries.

Not true. I'm dressed up like a furry right now, and I constrict on the left.

The right nostril correlation only works if your testicles hang more to the left, which offsets the speedier inflow of air into your right lung. Its all about balance, really. I saw a documentary regarding this on Netflix.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 20, 2014, 12:45:06 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on August 20, 2014, 12:53:44 AM

Quote from: Canuck on August 19, 2014, 01:28:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 19, 2014, 10:52:13 AM

I hate this game. I had my girlfriend play it, and she got so freaked out that she couldn't fall asleep. Instead she spent the whole night keeping me awake.
And not in the good way, right? slywink
You mean like cooking?

She kept reading me poetry from her class of third grade students.....(she's a teacher)

I'm serious. F!ck this game. That was true horror.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 19, 2014, 10:52:13 AM
I hate this game. I had my girlfriend play it, and she got so freaked out that she couldn't fall asleep. Instead she spent the whole night keeping me awake.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 16, 2014, 06:00:42 PM
I'm hoping this generation brings us more horror games with a psychological focus, instead of the normal Resident Evil run-and-gun. Photorealism will do wonders for the genre if the right developer decides to focus on story and atmosphere.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 08, 2014, 11:20:44 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on August 08, 2014, 02:27:23 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on August 02, 2014, 04:45:03 AM

The recent CGI Captain Harlock movie just showed up on Netflix. This is something I've been dying to see since I saw the trailer months ago. I heard it's not that good but I loved the old Harlock TV series so I'll still give it a go.

Huh, watched it last night and enjoyed even with not knowing anything about Harlock going in.

I also enjoyed the new Harlock CGI movie. like you, I've never watched an episode of the series. the movie had absolutely beautiful animation.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 05:35:01 PM


1. Again - you can't ever change the neighbourhood and the train will also always be there and you will never get used to the 'white noise' people will tell you it ends up being. You will always love the home but hate, hate, hate the area where it is located plain and simple

It's interesting that you bring this up, because people keep telling me that "you get used to the train, and soon you don't even notice it..."  except for one of my friends, who said he would absolutely, positively never live by a train again.

The home is brick with triple layered glass, so the train sound was definitely muted when I was in the home as one passed by. it could absolutely be heard at a level that was noticeable and distracting.

but every one keeps saying give it a few weeks, and it's just background noise.
146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 03:23:40 PM
I'm surprised that so many people,are picking house two, although it does fall under the old mantra of "location, location, location". my one added concern with house number ONE is that the appraisal was supposed to take 48-72 hours to get a response back. It has now been 12 days. Our mortgage broker said the appraiser is having a very difficult time coming up with a number.

I'm guessing that he is looking at the amount the builder put into the home (all the receipts), but can't properly marry that to the location, where it is about $80,000 above the other homes in the immediate area.

one other fact :

House 1 selling price: $200,000.
town's average home price (population 9800 people) $135,000

House 2 selling price: $205,000
Town's average home price (population 2300 people) $212,000

I think part of the problem is I'm emotionally invested in house one because I love the history behind it and the fact that one main rebuilt it as a labor of love

147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 11:14:39 AM
Home 1

Master bedroom

Home 2

Master bedroom
148  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Buying a House. Stuck on the Final Decision. Advice? on: August 08, 2014, 06:55:28 AM
I could really use all of your opinions on a home purchase that I’m about to make, as I’m currently gridlocked on the final choice. Hopefully a voice of reason here will sway me that 1% point in either direction.
I currently have two homes that just went under inspection. I'll post some pics later.

Home 1: $200,000 .25 acre lot.  2400 sq. ft, 5 bedrooms, “library”, 3 bathrooms, detached garage. Unfinished basement.

The first home is from 1860. All brick, albeit very worn. Brand new everything. A retired custom home builder purchased this dilapidated property for $30,000 and gutted it down to the studs. He added $100,000 in hard wood (floor, chair rails, crown molding), premium appliances, all brand new heating/cooling. Brand new roof. On the interior, the home is absolutely breathtaking. He did almost all of the work himself over an 18 month period, and invested $160,000 of materials into the home. (He, literally, has every receipt.) The home inspector stated that the interior workmanship and quality of the products used is some of the finest he has seen in the 10 years he has been inspecting homes. Unfortunately for him, he overimproved the inside, and is now forced to take a loss on the home. Thus he stopped adding any landscaping.

The yard is very small and it is in poor condition. The home is also about 100 feet from a train. (7 times per day) Finally, the neighborhood is referred to as a “tear-down” area. This means the 4 homes on my block are all fully restored, but they are surrounded by homes that are only a few notches up from being considered shacks. The brand new police station is two blocks away, so crime is not a concern but the community is very safe anyway. For a quick comparison, the homes on my block would average $205,000 in value. The surrounding 8 blocks average $45,000. The town as a whole is shifting slightly, from solid middle class to lower middle class. The surrounding towns are upper middle class.

Home 2: $205,000. .49 acre lot. 2500 sq ft.  4 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, attached garage, partially finished basement.

The second home was built in 1998. It is built from cedar. The owner has kept it in immaculate condition.  The interior is part hard wood and part carpet. Compared to the first home, the entire interior is less premium, but well maintained. Appliances, heating and cooling are all older units (5+ years). Kitchen cabinets and space are smaller, master bedroom is smaller, etc. But the large yard and landscaping are outstanding, and the house sits at the end of a dead end street, with a massive farmer’s field bordering the back yard. The town is solidly middle class to upper middle class. The surrounding towns are upper middle class.

Basically, I’m stuck between choosing a home that is absolutely gorgeous on the interior, all brick, new everything, but is stuck in a horrible location and coupled with a small yard and unimpressive overall exterior. Versus a home that is in a better community with more land, better landscaping, better looking exterior, but lacks all of the premium interior construction of the 1st home.

Taxes and mortgage would be nearly identical.

Any advice?

149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 04, 2014, 01:24:34 AM

Quote from: EddieA on August 03, 2014, 09:04:38 PM

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is how the content breaks down - There are four main types of content -

Campaign - single or co-op story mode with cutscenes.  instanced, so you don't see other players unless they're in your party.  Missions are replayable, but people are speculating the campaign will probably be about the same length as the Halo campaigns.  I think the whole campaign is supposed to be playable solo, but we won't know for sure until the game is out.

Crucible - 6 multiplayer game modes, like deathmatch, capture the flag, control points, etc. 1-6 player teams

Free roam - single or co-op.  wander around open areas taking on enemies and random events.  You can play by yourself, but other players will be visible.

End-game/other - strikes, raids, daily events.  strikes and raids require groups, but I'm not sure about the daily events

If this us accurate, then I would definitely grab the game
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 03, 2014, 08:12:39 PM
Never played Defiance. On various forums I've read that single player is going to be lackluster, and by going solo much of the game content is one huge roadblock. Then in the next post I read the opposite.

I love the idea of a living, breathing environment. But I don't want to be tied to a clan, or harassed by some 12 year old over voice. I prefer being the observer, and maybe lending a helping hand here or there without the constant pressure to join, join, join.

I know that is counterintuitive to a multiplayer focused title, but my schedule often makes me drop in and out of games randomly, so it is often difficult to be part of a team.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 03, 2014, 07:49:00 PM
Can someone better explain the single player aspect of the game, and how effective a person can be going lone wolf in the multiplayer portion? (If they can even be divided up under those headers).  The information I've read in a couple places is contradictory.

I'm not a big fan of multiplayer, mostly because I have limited time to sink into these games. By the time I'm at level 5 it seems like everyone else is at level 50. smile

152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So when do you quit? on: July 28, 2014, 08:56:28 PM
If your asking yourself these questions, and have been doing so for awhile, it is time for a change. Be cautious, however, as the grass usually isn't much greener.......
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: July 27, 2014, 08:59:13 PM
I haven't paid any attention to the news regarding the single player campaign, and the end product seems a little underwhelming. I expected some type of storyline or maps, more artwork, more animations, etc. instead it's seems to be a line of matches just stringed together.

still fun, but I expected more from blizzard, especially for $20.
154  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Pocket Gamer's 100 most anticipated iOS/Android games on: July 22, 2014, 10:59:59 AM
Lots of sweet, sweet Warhammer love coming to my iPad.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Comcast on: July 22, 2014, 10:51:45 AM

Quote from: Gratch on July 18, 2014, 10:50:27 PM

I've had Comcast cable and internet service for going on 17 years now, and can count the number of issues on one hand.  Even when one does arise, they've been pretty quick to get it fixed, and their people have all be quite nice (even if they don't seem like the sharpest knives in the drawer). 

Guess I should just consider myself lucky.

I've also had exceptional service from Comcast. My first outage in the last year happened three days ago, and when I called an automated message replied that the issue for my address was known, and a team was out fixing the problem, with a three hour window until service was restored.

Can't ask for much more than that. And my price plan is reasonable after one phone call was placed.
156  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So...what would ya say...ya do here? on: July 21, 2014, 07:40:13 AM
I'm an Operations Manager for a large Distribution Center. I've got about 150 employees working for me, so every day brings
157  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Acid motherf****ing reflux! on: July 21, 2014, 07:31:40 AM
I had it briefly, and it was horrifically painful. My throat was so burned badly in one overnight attack that swallowing anything felt like molten lava moving down my throat for about three days afterward. the pain was borderline unbearable. You know how the average person doesn't realize how often he or she blinks? Well, the same can be said swallowing and random clearing of the throat. But after those three days I learned that both of those bodily functions happen with more regularity than I ever suspected.

Gah!! I don't even like bringing up those memories!
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 21, 2014, 07:23:28 AM
I'm pleased to see that Divinity OS has been pulling in some good sales numbers. this is easily one of the best RPGs I've played in the last couple years. I'd love to see this team build upon this franchise.
159  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Civilization Revolution 2 Reased for Ipad...and apparently nobody knew... on: July 02, 2014, 10:39:11 AM
Did anyone here realize that a new Civilization Revolution game had been released? Or that it was even in development? I'm a fairly hardcore strategy game fan, and I heard absolutely nothing about this game until it showed up on Appshopper. None of my friends knew it was in development either. Not sure if that is a good or bad thing....

Quick! Someone go be the forum Lab rat!
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/30) on: June 30, 2014, 09:54:27 AM
nothing for me. I need to take a second mortgage out on my house after all the games I bought from Steam this past week...
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