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121  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gay Marriage is now totally a thing. on: June 28, 2015, 07:21:08 AM
Congratulations! I'm certain the divorce court lawyers across the nation are at their local bars, buying drinks for everybody! A whole new class of clients!
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 21, 2015, 11:31:22 PM
My final tally was:

Age of Decadence
Craft the World
Risen 3
Game of Thrones
War of the Overworld
Dungeons II
Borderlands The Pre Sequel
Wolfenstein The Old Blood
Tales of the Borderlands
Metro Redux Bundle
Space Hulk Ascension plus all DLC
Creeper World III
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 20, 2015, 07:33:48 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on June 19, 2015, 12:28:30 PM

I wound up returning several games because I realized I was just completely overwhelmed in backlog. It's stupid for me to keep buying 100-hour RPGs and such when my game time is so limited. So I scaled way back. Below is my current haul:

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments
Cook, Serve, Delicious
Age of Wonders 3

Not saying I'm not going to buy anything else, but I'll be much more selective in choosing titles that I genuinely feel that I'm going to play in the near future.

Yellowking,

Absolutely, positively grab the DLC for Age of Wonders. It's somewhat expensive even while discounted, but worth every penny.
124  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: June 18, 2015, 10:17:25 AM
I love that they took user feedback on tied Audible to the Echo. Now when I'm listening to an audiobook in my car, I car enter the house, and the Echo will pick up exactly where I left off while driving.

The speaker is also louder than I expected, and it makes a great Bluetooth speaker for my ipad. This little gadget is a steal for $99.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 15, 2015, 06:54:00 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 14, 2015, 02:23:14 AM

OK on Wolfenstein, I didn't understand how gifting works with the new Refund Policy. If you go into Steam support and click the "it's not what I expected" option, you're prompted to click a checkbox that allows the original gift-buyer to request a refund. The original gift-buyer spent the money, so that's the person that can get a refund if you don't want/can't play (my motion sickness case) the game.

I'll mention this in the Steam refund policy thread. It wasn't what I'd call an intuitive understanding on my part.  icon_smile

I had no idea that refunding gifts was an option. I just just got a refund on The Forest, and the process was simple and fast. Steam gets better and better, but I wonder what the long term developer backlash will be.

In other news, I grabbed Dungeons II. Another member of Steam was kind enough to gift me an additional 10% off coupon, on top of the already discounted price. If any of you have that Dungeon Keeper itch, this is very similar and seems to be excellent from the 90 minutes I played. It also has an overworld aspect, where you send some of your minions to the surface to wreak mayhem in a simplified RTS game while you continue building the dungeon.  

126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 14, 2015, 12:21:24 AM
I might grab Borderlands the Pre-sequel, now that it is 67% off. But the released so much DLC for Borderlands 2 that I still fell somewhat burnt out on the series.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 12, 2015, 07:41:24 PM

Quote from: Crawley on June 12, 2015, 06:29:01 PM

Darkest Dungeon - $14.99

Currently debating:

Grey Goo - $19.99
Starbound 4-pak - $30.14

Can't think of anything major I want on sale that I would immediately jump on.

I just picked up Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for $10. I'm debating Legends of Grimrock II for $6, but I've heard many of the puzzles are ridiculously hard. I hate scouring the Internet for a FAQ, so I'm on the fence.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 12, 2015, 07:10:02 AM
The summer sale begins! This sale will be something of an experiment, as the new refund policy may make the flash sales a non-issue. Previously, if you purchased a sale item and it went on an even deeper discount during the flash sale, you were screwed. Now can you ask for a refund and then purchase the game again? It would seem so.

Anyway, post your loot!

Out of the gate I snagged:

-Metro redux package at 80% off  (This is a fantastic FPS series if you don't already own it)
-Tales from the Borderlands at 50% off (This will be 75% off by winter, but I've got the itch for this type of game now)

I'm disappointed to see that Witcher III is only 10% off, and Borderlands the pre-sequel only dropped to 50% off. I was expecting at least 60%-75% off that title. There are 13 more games waiting in the wish list, hoping for some sweet, sweet love during the flash sales.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: June 09, 2015, 03:52:59 AM
do any of you remember this video?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_qYnvp2VVg

Awesomeness.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Does Fallout New Vegas Build Upon Fallout 3? on: June 09, 2015, 03:46:13 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 08, 2015, 10:40:16 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on June 08, 2015, 10:25:17 PM

With the announcement of Fallout 4 I decided to FINALLY play Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Unfortunately, Fallout 3 crashes randomly every 30-60 minutes, mostly when loading new rooms or areas. Although not game breaking, I can't seem to enjoy the game because I'm always anticipating a system lockup. This lingering sense of frustration keeps me from becoming immersed in the game. I have a very minimal set of mods installed, and those are only texture upgrades. The community patches are installed. So I'm assuming it doesn't play well with Windows 8.


It is more likely that Fallout 3 doesn't play well with your multicore processor.  Here's the fix that worked for me when I encountered identical symptoms:

Quote
Open up the fallout.ini file in: My Documents\My Games\Fallout3
Find the line:

bUseThreadedAI=0

change it to:

bUseThreadedAI=1

Add another line after it and insert:

iNumHWThreads=2

This will limit the game to 2 cores and prevent the engine bug from causing the game to freeze.

*If the game still crashes write this iNumHWThreads=1


I went on to play 107 hours without having another crash.  What a shame the screenshots of my completed bobblehead collection and cool power armor didn't survive the last forum migration.  

Anyway, I hope the fix works for you as well!

-Autistic Angel

I'll check that out. Thank you.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Does Fallout New Vegas Build Upon Fallout 3? on: June 08, 2015, 10:25:17 PM
With the announcement of Fallout 4 I decided to FINALLY play Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Unfortunately, Fallout 3 crashes randomly every 30-60 minutes, mostly when loading new rooms or areas. Although not game breaking, I can't seem to enjoy the game because I'm always anticipating a system lockup. This lingering sense of frustration keeps me from becoming immersed in the game. I have a very minimal set of mods installed, and those are only texture upgrades. The community patches are installed. So I'm assuming it doesn't play well with Windows 8.

Can I skip it and move on to New Vegas? Or will I lose out on alot of the mythology? Very frustrating as it is a spectacular game.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Final Fantasy Type 0 on: June 03, 2015, 11:04:19 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 02, 2015, 02:17:38 PM

FF Type 0 is coming to PC. 

Will be interested to see if they are able to do anything to bump up the visuals.  This was originally a PSP game, after all.  And with all these FF games coming to PC, where's my remake of FF XII dammit?

Amen. With FFX HD selling better than expected, I hope it is in the pipeline. I own FFXII, but never played it yet.
133  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 19, 2015, 10:49:50 AM
So I called AT&T to cancel my installation. The CSR was very polite and asked why. When I mentioned that I would be dropping from Comcast's 50 MB/s service down to 18 MB/s with AT&T, he understood my concerns. Trying to get comparable Internet service, according to their website, is an additional $25 dollars per month.

30 seconds later he increased my Internet service by by 2 tiers (to 45 MB/s) for $1 extra per month.  Competition for the win.

134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Witch r you buying this week? (5/19) on: May 18, 2015, 06:13:41 PM
Witcher 3 is an absolute purchase. I keep hearing good things about Life is Strange, so I'm considering episode 1. Just hoping it isn't all teen-angst and high school.
135  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 18, 2015, 08:00:36 AM

Quote from: TheAtomicKid on May 18, 2015, 07:30:26 AM

This is true whether you use fiber, cooax, or anything else. At some point you WILL share bandwidth.

50 mbps is pretty good. If you're getting real speeds of 5-7 MB/sec for downloads you're getting excellent results for it... I'm assuming that's what you meant even though you actually put Mbps. Correct me if you actually meants Mbps.

Have you noticed traffic congestion on your cable?

Remember, salespeople are salespeople. They're programmed to sell. The truth is sometimes an inconvenience to them.

Atomic


I meant MB/s.  Looking at my monthly avergage, it has ranged from 3.2 MB/s to 6.6 MB/s over wireless. In terms of "real world" usage, with Comcast my fiancee and I can both be on separate TVs watching Netflix in HD (which happens with relative frequency),  plus I can be downloading a file from the internet and I'll have no slowdown. I have not noticed much congestion on the line. Perhaps once or twice a month.

Netflix currently recommends 5-6 megabits per second in terms of speed for their HD content. UHD is 25 megabits. (Which I have not used yet.) Using those numbers it looks like I would, in some cases, already be moving toward or peaking the AT&T plan.
136  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Question about Internet speeds and connections (AT&T/Comcast related) on: May 18, 2015, 02:23:52 AM
I'm hoping some of the more Internet savvy of you could help answer a question I have. AT&T just rolled out a fiber optic network in my town this week, and the sales force is going door-to-door trying to take away Comcast's monopoly in my area.

I currently have Comcast Blast! which offers speeds of up 50 Mbps. When downloading programs from PSN or Steam, the average download speed is 5-7Mbps, and torrents run at about 1.5Mbps. (wireless connections) Netflix works flawlessly. I online game infrequently. Speedtest does show with Comcast connection at 32Mbps down and 9Mbps up at the moment. (again wireless connections) Current router is an Apple Airport Express 802.11n

AT&T is offering me their "Max" U-Verse package, which runs up to 18Mbps. The salesperson has three other tiers available, but he said that this tier is best suited for me, and I didn't need anything higher when using a fiber optic network. When I mentioned 50Mbps vs 18Mbps, he said the Comcast 50 was "theoretical", on copper wire, and the usage was more dense, so I am sharing the bandwidth at a much higher traffic level. He mentioned this new fiber optic network being wide open, whereas the Comcast copper lines in the area are much older and at peak capacity.

Can anyone shed light on any of this?  Would fiber optic be better than copper? Will 18Mbps be a visible decline in my Internet service?


AT&T would be $25 more expensive per month ($125 vs 100), but they are also offering 50 additional premium channels, 3 DVRs, and 1 additional wireless receiver for any room of my choice.


Thanks!


137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Galactic Civilization 3 on: May 17, 2015, 07:58:25 AM
I grabbed it during early access, but haven't had a chance to play it yet. However, I wouldn't call ANY of the GalCiv games immediately accessible. Stick with it. The series of games are very rewarding.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: May 14, 2015, 07:37:51 PM
I know the Lego games are designed with a younger audience in mind, but I wish there was an option to increase the difficulty level during combat. I love the atmosphere in the games, but combat is so easy and dull.
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 13, 2015, 07:47:17 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:28:40 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.

Good to hear. I was really impressed with it, and it sounds like most people are quite happy with it.

I am worried because I bought a rMBP last summer and wifi kept dropping on my home network using an Airport Extreme. It only happened on my home network though, while nothing else on the network has any problems. Someone on Mac Rumors and Reddit is reporting the exact same problem with the MacBook. Maybe I need to get ride of the Airport if I have the same problem with the new machine.

I use an airport express, and I've never had any wifi issues with the new macbook. Anecdotal, obviously, but I don't think you need to concerned. I love the size and weight, but most important to me is the screen and and absolute silence of the laptop. For a first gen product it is stunningly well designed, if it fits your needs. I thought the keyboard would take a longer acclimation period, but it is very responsive and after a brief usage period I don't even notice a difference in my typing speeds between the rMB and my MBP.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 12, 2015, 10:35:15 AM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 07:56:40 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on May 11, 2015, 07:40:55 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 06:03:57 PM


And before anyone throws themselves into the defense of preorders right now, ask yourselves this: What products beyond games do you buy before they are done and tested, based on the creator's controlled marketing efforts alone? Movies? Nope. You get reviews of those first. Physical goods? Please.

Umm the Apple watch?  Or any new Apple product really and they are much more expensive than a game.  And yes I'm part of The Witcher III million gamer march.

Apple fans are in a class of their own though, and have always been. I'll never understand it. It's more like a religion than capitalism.

heyyyy....I'm one of those Apple people, although I don't wait in line. I find the hardware quality and ecosystem to be superlative. End of story.

Back to the Witcher and pre-ordering, I do agree that it is a slippery slope, much like free-to-play and DLC.  On more than one occasion I've been unhappy to see a publisher split up varying pre-order bonuses among different retailers. In a couple cases the preferred bonus content was available exclusively through I retailer I dislike (Gamestop) while a lesser bonus was available through my preferred merchant. (amazon) That is NOT a wise decision.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: May 11, 2015, 06:27:50 PM

Quote from: Caine on May 11, 2015, 05:00:37 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2015, 04:34:56 PM

They're celebrating one million preorders for this game right now, and that just makes me sad. This game could be the best game ever, and CD PROJEKT RED has a well-deserved good reputation, but people are still handing over money for a product they have no idea whether or not will be awesome, great, good, mediocre, or plain bad.

A million preorders is cause for the industry to bow its head in shame and sorrow. This is what our hobby has degenerated into, and it's not looking like it's going to become better any time soon.

Preorders will be fine in two days, after the reviews have been allowed to sink in. At that point the preorder is justified. Right now though, this is a dark day for gaming, and that it's being celebrated makes it even darker.

To those of you who preorder games blindly: Shame on you!
Or, people want to make a statement that they are willing to support a game and a developer who doesn't pull the same pre-order shenanigans that almost every other company does.  CDPR  is not offering different in game content depending on who you buy from, only physical goodies or digital for GoG/Steam.  None of this exclusive quests/weapons/armors like most retailers.  They have also committed to a lot of free DLC at and after launch.  This is a a stance I and many others get behind and want to show them and the industry how we want pre-orders to be structured.  

I see Tilt's point, but this is one company that I think deserves my pre-order "vote". They are not churning out multiple variations of the title, as witnessed with games like Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty. They made significant updates to the first game for free, and were active in taking community feedback. Most important, the second game was a significant improvement over the first, and the third game seems to continue that trend based upon the previews I have seen.

and don't forget CDPR is releasing the embargo on reviews before release date.

To reply to your message about other things people preorder, the answer is..... Cars. A LOT more expensive, unknown quality, and it flies in the face of the "never buy a first year production run" adage.  I'm assuming you are against early access games also?
142  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 09:58:46 PM

Quote from: Lee on May 10, 2015, 09:24:18 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on May 10, 2015, 06:37:14 PM

Americans love complaining about how much they hate Congress and The President, but Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government you elect is government you deserve.”   

I don't feel this is true anymore. I feel like our government is controlled by lobbyist and money so it doesn't matter who I vote for, in either party. I don't feel like there is anything we can do as citizens/voters to change this. Am I being overly cynical thinking that?

Lobbyists definitely have a significant sway in government. Like you, I'm not enthusiastic about either party. I'm a fiscal conservative, and both the Democrats and the Republicans are too attached to their pet programs. I also believe all branches of government should have term limits, IMO. Career politicians are not a good idea. 

143  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: It's been a full month without any new R&P Discussions on: May 10, 2015, 06:37:14 PM
The name of the author escapes me (Charles Dickens?), but he was quoted as saying something akin to 'The difference between England and America is that an English person sees "the wealthy" and says: How do I take that from them?  The American person sees the wealthy and says: How do I become like them?

That definitely isnt the case any longer. The United States' move toward a welfare state, and the consistent bashing of "the 1%", coupled with the loss of patriotism and nationalism has led me away from politics. I think the final nail in the coffin was during a dinner while speaking to my fiancee's family, all of whom are Hispanic. They were voting for Obama simply because "Obama is a minority." None of them had any understanding of the candidate's actual positions.

I did not like Obama's political perspectives from the onset, but I can respect someone voting for Obama if he/she shared a host of his political viewpoints. Instead many people vote without knowing anything about anything. They just check mark one side of the card or the other, and hope for the best.

Americans love complaining about how much they hate Congress and The President, but Thomas Jefferson said it best: “The government you elect is government you deserve.”   

144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: May 10, 2015, 03:15:43 AM

Quote from: Lee on May 09, 2015, 10:35:27 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 28, 2015, 11:25:44 PM

...I got my Macbook on time...

How are you liking it Rittchard? I ordered one today and it says it won't be available until June 23 for in-store pick up (June 10 if I order it to ship). Talk about a botched launch! icon_wink I am actually very annoyed because the web store says 3-5 weeks for any of the models, but the guy in the store said they had silvers and golds in stocks and that until recently had space greys in stock as well. I am unsure if I should do in store pick up or ship to my house to get it quicker. Since I sold my Surface, I really need a laptop by June 1.

I went into the Apple Store today to play with one. I opened about 10 apps and then scrolled through Photos (which had a ton of photos on it) and it was able to scroll as fast as my iMac which has twice the memory and a much faster processor. It was very slow to load Civ 5, but seemed to play fine and didn't get that hot. I was really impressed with it and the space grey is just gorgeous. The keyboard will take awhile to get used to though.

I have the new MacBook in space grey. it is a fantastic machine. Excellent build quality, gorgeous display, and no slowdown for the apps and programs I use. It certainly isn't a processing Titan, but it gets the job done.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: May 05, 2015, 06:33:17 PM
I've never understood those types of design choices, where the developer throws a huge difficulty spike somewhere in the game that is totally unexpected in comparison to the rest of the gameplay. It's understandable in a game like Dark Souls to have these frustrations, as the core gameplay is built around it.

Drakengard 3 was the same way. The last boss was so frustrating in comparison to the rest of the game that many people just went on to Youtube to see the final cut scene. That is an epic fail in design choice from my perspective.

I wonder how many people postponed or declined purchasing Ori and the Blind Forest because of the commentary across the Internet regarding the difficulty spikes. I'm certainly one of them.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Yooka-Laylee (colorful 3D platformer, spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie) on: May 02, 2015, 07:57:50 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 01, 2015, 09:41:09 PM

A bunch of ex-Rare developers have launched their Kickstarter for Yooka-Laylee, a spiritual successor to the old school 3D platforming of Banjo-Kazooie. 

They just launched today and are already over 300% of their goal, so I think this one will make it.  slywink

I'm not as fond of these characters as I was of the bear and bird (or at least the bear), but I could definitely go for some of that platforming action that has been missing the last few years.  I think bringing back their old composers also really helps, that music set the mood for the old games.

Most titles in my gaming library are dark and violent. Every so often it's nice to pick up a title that is more lighthearted. For some reason I detest most of the Nintendo franchises, so I don't have those to fall back on. This looks great.

It also makes me really wish another Ratchet and Clank was on the horizon.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: April 27, 2015, 05:11:49 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on April 26, 2015, 04:57:34 PM

Quote from: Lee
I pictured you as Android guy YK.

Nope, far from it. I started out buying an iPhone, and then my company gave me a Droid. I used it for about a week and then told them to keep it. Couldn't stand it. I've just never been one to tinker and customize - I detest added complexity for the sake of personalization. Just give me something simple that works. Unlike a lot of tech people, I'm a fan of "walled garden" ecosystems. I prefer curated experiences over unlimited freedom.

This describes me, also. I'm a hardcore PC Gamer, but for my laptop, tablet,  phone, and Internet router, Apple cannot be beaten. Everything is easy to use, works in perfect harmony, and has an extensive ecosystem that I enjoy.

There are definitely good Android systems out there (I own the new Dell Venue with the OLED screen) but the fragmentation of Android is on another level in comparison to OSX and iOS.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Who else sucks in online games? on: April 20, 2015, 07:48:46 AM
I remember getting Titanfall the day after release. Some of those people must have played for 24 hours straight based upon the levels of some players.

I hate online FPS. I also can't get into RPGs. Seeing usernames like ThickMiddleAppendage pull me right out of the game.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: April 20, 2015, 07:43:52 AM
There are a few cheap ways to beat boss 7. Youtube is your friend if you get overly frustrated. But since you played Bloodborne, I think you won't get discouraged here.
150  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Spiderweb quits iOS on: April 19, 2015, 04:25:34 AM
This isn't an iOS problem, it is a mobile platform problem. Android suffers from the same issues.

unfortunately, most people have been conditioned to the point where anything over $5 is considered too expensive, so they wait for the inevitable 99 cent sale.  I've got a wish list of games that each have several hours of content, excellent production standards, and none of them are over $10. On any other platform other than iOS or Android, I would have already purchased them. But on Android and iOS the paradigm is different.

I don't understand your comment about "I get sick of the Apple thing". The marketplace is to a large extent self evolving, and Apple has very little control over free to play and price points. People speak with their pocketbooks, and the market adapts.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: April 19, 2015, 01:52:58 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 18, 2015, 11:03:49 PM

Also, I think I've now been fighting this boss for the better part of 3 hours.  frown

EDIT: Yes!  Finally!!  That son of a bitch can burn in hell!!!  Whew!

And yet, for some reason this is still more compelling to me than Bloodborne was.   icon_confused


congrats!


I loved Lords of the Fallen. The best is yet to come. it's a shame it sold so poorly, as the developers had some great ideas for a sequel.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: April 18, 2015, 10:36:57 PM
With the Commander, circle strafing and getting in close when he hammers the ground is the best way to go.  You can also go the cheap route and spam your gauntlet to win. He is one of the few bosses that you can defeat solely with the gauntlet. Just be sure you have enough potions, or be patient as your bar replenishes. Kill the minions and just pelt him with magic projectiles.


https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=SOpgiRLVesI
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: War for the Overworld - basically a new Dungeon Keeper on: April 05, 2015, 06:17:14 AM

Quote from: Gratch on April 05, 2015, 03:38:38 AM

I grabbed this today and played through the first few missions.  While it certainly needs some polish (the devs are cranking out patches fast and furious), they did an absolutely fantastic job of re-creating Dungeon Keeper.  The tone, the style, the look...it's all a very welcome wave of nostalgia for those of us who played the DK games.

Had an absolute blast with it tonight and would certainly give it a big thumbs up, with the caveat that you may want to wait until it's patched a little further before pulling the trigger.

Must.....resist......


Dungeon Keeper was one of my favorite games of all time. Every developer attempting to recreate it has failed horribly. Don't play with my heart strings, Gratch!
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Final Fantasy Type 0 on: March 30, 2015, 05:13:35 AM
My girlfriend got this as a gift for me today. I absolutely loved the opening sequence, as it is much darker than anything seen in recent Japanese RPGs. But as soon as control was turned over to me, I quickly hated the game. Unfortunately, since this was a PSP game, almost every single room you enter has a brief loading screen. Every town also. The entire game is highly compartmentalized and to walk from one area to another that is in very close proximity can involve three or four transition screens.

After about an hour I was ready to trade the game in, despite the rather clever combat mechanics. I went out to dinner with my girlfriend, and decided to give the game one last chance as I settled in for the evening. And suddenly two hours had passed. Although hampered by its PSP roots, there is a surprising amount of depth to the game. Raising chocobos, upgrading magic, upgrading skills, very lite RTS army battles, etc. Plus, the combat can be surprisingly difficult if you wander into the wrong place at the wrong time. I also met an adventurer who rattled off about 15 different locations that seem to be side quest dungeons filled with all manner of high-leveled horrors.

The game limps along technologically, but it is much more adult, and possibly addictive, than the recent Final Fantasy offerings. We'll see how it holds up.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How far would you commute for a significant pay raise? on: March 28, 2015, 08:01:42 PM
A drive that long will suck, but Audible is your friend. I drive about 45 minutes one way to work, and probably wouldn't have survived it without audiobooks. There are times when I'm disappointed to have reached my destination thanks to Audible.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 28, 2015, 01:26:05 AM
Its great to hear that you are all finding the game to be very stable and mostly bug free. Between Divinity Original Sin, Lords of Xulima, and Pillars of Eternity, Kickstarter has delivered on the RPG front.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 27, 2015, 07:46:27 PM
I really, REALLY, want to play this game, but I've promised myself I wouldn't touch it until another patch comes out. We all know how buggy these types of games tend to be.

still, the developers already have my money so I've voted "thumbs up" on their work, and a potential for a sequel.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 07:55:24 AM
Damascus Gear
Bloodborne

And waiting for the bugs to be worked out of Pillars of Eternity, which I'm very excited to play....in about 3 months! Thank you to all of the early adopters!
159  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Plex or Kodi (xmbc) on: March 21, 2015, 05:34:17 PM
Just curious which of these you guys prefer. I'm looking to organize my media library and stream it throughout my house to my TV via apple TV, XB1, PS4, tablet, etc. My one worry is that if Plex folds up shop, all of my time organizing this media is lost.

Also, I'm assuming there is a way in Plex to have TV episodes appear under 1 image (folder), instead of each episode blown out across the entire library of movies and TV episodes. In other words, if my library consisted of 50 movies 1 one television series, I would like to see 51 thumbnails on the main navigation screen, not 76. Can anyone give me a quick tutorial, or link that helps me clean up the organization of my TV episodes.

Thanks!
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Final Fantasy Type 0 on: March 20, 2015, 10:52:40 PM
Screw you, Gratch! I did my best on those voice overs! Do you think it's EASY for me to sound female? My crotch STILL hurts!



Ungrateful SoB......
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