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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 11:40:02 PM
The killer app for me will be a horror title, channeling Silent Hill. The crew at Gametrailers got to test one that is in development, and they were floored by it. I just cant recall which piece of hardware it was for.

122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metal Gear Solid on: January 06, 2016, 11:31:00 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 06, 2016, 02:23:52 PM

Back in the day 1 was a break through in gaming. Part 2 was easily the worst of the early bunch (It really earned the name MovieGearSolid) and part 3 was the best of the pre PS3 games. You should really try 4 on the PS3, it was excellent upon release and I imagine that it still holds up today.

I plan on working though 3-5 in sequence. I just finished the first boss battle against The Pain, and it was grueling. Not because the boss was difficult, but because you fight him in the water, with small "islands" of land scattered throughout the battlefield. Every time you jump back into the water to hide (which is basically necessary) the controls reverse.

Made it through on my first attempt, but it took me 30 minutes because i kept screwing up the controls when I would need to attack while in the water.

Liking it better than MGS2, so far. The story is much better.

123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Metal Gear Solid on: January 06, 2016, 04:26:22 AM
As I grind through my massive backlog of games, I've finally delved into the HD remakes of Metal Gear 2 and 3. I've had very little exposure to the series, other than the Twin Snakes on the Gamecube, and The Metal Gear Acid titles on the PSP.

I just completed MGS2 , and am about 2 hours into Metal Gear 3: Snake Eater. I'm still trying to distill why I'm enjoying theses games so much. The controls are rather horrible (stealth has come a long way with the refinements seen in games like Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed), the plot is labyrinthine and pretentious, and the graphics, although remastered, are very dated.  

I think most of my enjoyment comes from the interesting cast of villians, Snake as a strong main character, and the sheer scope of what Hideo Kojima attempted to create.  There is also something strangely alluring about a game with such a serious storyline, coupled with gameplay that can have you running around with a box over your head, or laying porn magazines on the ground to distract enemies.

I can see why some gamers hated the series, especially due to the long cut scenes and CALL communication interruptions, but I find the overall package to be rather brilliant. Its a shame that the partnership between Kojima and Konami imploded. From everything I've heard, MGS5 is a masterpiece that was obviously cut short, and the demo of PT was, IMHO, probably the best horror "game" I've played in recent memory. I think a Kojima Productions Silent Hill would have been outstanding.

Can't wait to move on to MGS 4 and 5.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Scalebound on: January 06, 2016, 01:24:55 AM
I've been very impressed with Platinum games as a development house, even though many of their titles are commercial failures. Hopefully this title ends up being well reviewed AND a commercial success. Looking forward to this title.
125  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone running a Plex server? on: December 31, 2015, 07:30:26 PM
DVDfab. As mentioned, it is slightly slow, but the quality is good. It took a weekend to transfer over my entire library. But once you set up the initial settings, it is a start and walk away process.

The biggest benefit is that I can watch my library on any device, and am no longer confined to a dvd player.  I use Plex on my ipad, android tablet, laptop, etc.
126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone running a Plex server? on: December 31, 2015, 04:49:35 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 30, 2015, 01:43:55 PM

I'm thinking about doing this and I would like to know if you like it and was it worth ripping all your movies?   I have about 200 plus DvD and Blu-Rays and I'm thinking running a Plex server might be a good idea if it isn't too painful to set up

I ripped all my DVDs. Best decision ever. I'm especially fond of the Netflix-like UI on Plex. I run everything wirelessly via AC. No issues ever. I'm also shocked to see that it runs newer compression tech like h.265/HEVC flawlessly.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 31, 2015, 04:35:56 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 31, 2015, 12:25:10 AM

My resolution right now is to finish the following games in my backlog before buying anything new:

- Fallout 4
- Divinity: Original Sin
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate
- Witcher 3

Good luck finishing Divinity Original Sin. I'm at 150 hours and am finally hitting the home stretch. I've finished most of the side quests, so I guess you can get by in...80 hours...if you bypass some of them.
128  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I lost a friend last night. (onion cutting warning) on: December 25, 2015, 09:56:13 PM
Sorry about your loss. Losing a family pet is horrible. I have two Great Pyrenees (Sasha and Ronin) and I dread the day something takes them from me. Early this year Sasha developed a growth on her leg that I thought was a tumor. Dreading cancer, we had a biopsy done, and it turned out to simply be a fatty cell buildup. But it terrified me. Dogs make life better.

Will you get a new pet soon? Some people immediately go out and add a new member to the family. For others, the mourning goes on for a long time.
129  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Merry Christmas one and all. on: December 25, 2015, 09:51:13 PM
Another great year at Gaming Trend! Merry Christmas to all of you!
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Christmas loot - 2015 on: December 25, 2015, 09:48:31 PM
My pool of friends and family got smaller in 2015, but I still received some very nice presents from my friends and fiancée:

-128GB iPod touch (I can finally fit all of my music and audiobooks on one device)
-Spyder winter coat and sweater
-$50 Steam card, just in time for the Steam sale!
-$25 iTunes gift card
-enough Lindt chocolate to put me in the hospital
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY 2015 on: December 22, 2015, 05:35:07 PM
My game of the year is easily Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition. There is so much to do, so much to see, and the NPC humor is the best I've ever seen in an RPG. Couple that with an awesome AI and great weapons, and you have a massive hit.

I haven't played Witcher 3 yet, but I can't see it beating out Divinity anyway. Any for Fallout 4, I'll be waiting for the game of the year edition.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 17, 2015, 01:09:35 AM
I've just learned that the developers recommend downloading the 10GB of data packs that are available on Nintendo's eshop. This may have been mentioned in this topic somewhere, but apparently they improve the textures and loading times. This is apparently extra and optimized information that could not be fit on the disc. They come automatically with the download version.

It makes a large difference in load times: (start at 1:15)
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 17, 2015, 12:47:10 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 16, 2015, 01:55:39 AM

Quote from: Ridah on December 15, 2015, 05:56:22 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 15, 2015, 04:18:24 AM

-On a 4K television the game is a hot mess. It looks like an early PS3 game in terms of jaggies and soft textures. I can see the beauty in the design, but the textures ruin the experience. Many of my PS3 and Xbox 360 games look much better than this, and THAT generation is dead and buried. Its a shame to see the creative vision limited by the WiiU hardware, but only graphic whores will be displeased.

How do PS4 and XB1 games look to you on your 4K set? I brought my PS4 to a Fry's electronics and tried out a variety of 4K sets across multiple games and they all looked bad.

I'm curious as well. I might be upgrading my TV to a 4K very soon.

I have a 65" LG 4K OLED television. Supposedly it has a very good upscaler. But OLED technology is also significantly different than LED, as the black is a true black (black= pixel is off). So that may impact the output. 1080p games looks excellent, as they are a straight 2:1 upconversion. 720p games look a little softer, but still very good. True 4K (which I run with my HTPC) looks glorious.

There are only a handful of games that look poor, and Xenoblade Chronicles is definietly one of them. Diablo III and The Witcher III look better upscaled to 4K than their native 1080p reolution. I borrowed a couple of my friend's games and did a side-by side comparison of the 4K LG OLED and my Z series Panasocic plasma.  

My guess for why the game doesnt look as good as many PS3/360 titles may have to do with this developer comment. It is basically their first HD title:

"Given that we at Monolith Soft had no experience with developing HD titles, our goal with this project was to experiment with and implement the assorted tech skills we needed for HD game development."
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 15, 2015, 04:18:24 AM
Grabbed this today, and put about 90 minutes into it. Very disappointed so far, but I'm keeping an open mind:

+Voice acting appears to be good
+The environments are well crafted
+Background music outside of battles is beautiful.

-On a 4K television the game is a hot mess. It looks like an early PS3 game in terms of jaggies and soft textures. I can see the beauty in the design, but the textures ruin the experience. Many of my PS3 and Xbox 360 games look much better than this, and THAT generation is dead and buried. Its a shame to see the creative vision limited by the WiiU hardware, but only graphic whores will be displeased.
-I HATE, HATE, HATE that the Nintendo "B" button is in a different place than the Microsoft controller B button. I've failed every quicktime event, as I automatically tap the wrong button. I was raised on the xbox controller. In defense of XCX, this would be the same frustration in any game with quicktime events on the wii controller.
-Awful battle music. What is that rap-esque gibberish in battles, anyway? Does that continue during the entire game? I think some intern at the development house was trying to mimic the Persona RPG's soundtrack, but hired a tone deaf friend to get the job done.

Take all of this with a grain of salt. I'm under the weather, so my patience is thin. But the game makes a lackluster first impression.

135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII remake for PS4 on: December 10, 2015, 01:58:01 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 08, 2015, 05:57:22 PM

They said that going episodic was really the only way to get the job done properly, so it was this or nothing. They're going way beyond I think what most people were expecting from a remake; changing the combat and altering the gameplay in general, adding new content, using a new graphics engine, etc.

In my opinion, this is how "remasters" should be done. Rebuild it from the ground up, don't just increase the resolution and update the UI. It's great to see FF7 and Resident Evil 2 going this route.

I'm fine with it being episodic, provided that the episodes are not several months or more apart. Anything more than 3 months would be a deal killer for me, and I'd probably wait until 2022, when they would release the full game on disc-- as a VR remastered ultra remastered edition.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 09, 2015, 07:44:34 PM
glad to hear it is moving in the right direction for you. In the forums I frequent, people are very divided on the story. I wonder if this is simply a matter of how far along they are in the game.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: December 09, 2015, 07:37:57 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 05, 2015, 01:49:48 PM

resurrecting this thread, as it had little fanfare from PS4 and XB1 owners. The enhanced edition of Divinity will probably be my Game of the Year. If you love RPGs, you should buy it. If you owned the PC version, the enhanced version is FREE. They made many excellent additions:

-69,000 lines of voice-acted dialogue (basically almost everyone is voice acted, and most of them very well)
-New areas, characters, and quests featuring new dialogs
-improved camera with 360 degree viewing
-New styles of play including Dual wielding, Wands, and Grenades (all of these work BRILLIANTLY)
-improved AI
-enhanced controller support (PC also)
-enhanced co-op (couch and online)
-new special effects and graphics
-new enemies (Elemental Wards, Enchanted Armours, Bolt-stricken Zombie, Arcane Vortex, Nether Jester, Poison Slug, Spitfire Totem, Void Crystal, Oilskin ExploSkeleton, Soul of Desperation, Angry Chest)
-improved loot system, heavily rebalanced
-the entire skill system has been changed to make it more rewarding in the mid-to-end-game

And the new tactician mode AI is absolutely superlative. One example:

I had Wolfgar (rogue class) use invisibility to sneak up on a group of 6 orcs that were a few levels higher than my team. I had him throw a charm grenade into the middle of the pack, and two of the orcs failed to resist. He followed up with a plague grenade, that weakens most of the orcs. As soon as he threw the grenades, he was no longer invisible, so combat started for everyone. Unfortunately, he didnt have enough action points to teleport away, so he had to run for his life. An Orc shaman hit him with oil slick, an orc sharpshooter followed up with a flaming arrow that doused him in flames, and an elite orc warrior hit him with knockdown. My rogue burned to death on the next turn. The four orcs then turned on their charmed comrades.

On the next turn the rest of my team (devoid my now dead rogue) hit the battlefield. I summoned a giant spider, threw a fear bomb amid all of the orcs (as charm only last two rounds), and followed up with an ice grenade that covered the area in a sheet of ice. The orcs all started slipping and falling, and my ranger started to pick them off with elemental arrows and nail bomb grenades. Everything was going well, until the orc sharpshooter successfully hit my wizard with a charm arrow, and the orc shaman summoned a fire elemental into the middle of my party.

Mayhem ensues. So the orcs are fighting each other on a slippery battlefield, tripping an falling all over one another. MY charmed wizard casts fireball in the center of his own team, setting everyone on fire, and don't forget the enemy fire elemental, who HEALED because of the fireball, and just started pounding on any hero he could find.

Battles like this are commonplace in the Enhanced Edition tactician mode. And all of the other improvements to the game improve an already excellent game.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 07, 2015, 02:57:21 PM
Yakuza 5, baby!! I have games 1-4 in my unplayed backlog, so I need to keep the tradition alive!
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 06, 2015, 03:13:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2015, 02:46:41 PM

There's no little emoticon of a dude holding an OUT! sign, but thank you guys for confirming my suspicions that this wouldn't be for me.

I agree. Gratch's initial impressions are damning. Poor balancing, obfuscated game mechanics, and a lifeless story are not exactly the ingredients for success. If after 6 hours of gameplay, this is the best the developers can do, it probably deserves to crash and burn.

I just picked up Xenoblade Chronicles for the 3DS XL, so I guess start with that title, and check this one out when it hits the bargain bin. I was looking forward to a big screen RPG experience for the holidays, however, and Xenoblade Chronicles X was going to be my choice. I may need to take a closer look at Tales of  Zistiria.
140  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] SteamWorld: Heist on: December 06, 2015, 01:54:21 AM
It does look interesting, but I can't see much it being a very deep or engaging strategy game from the trailer. It looks like an introductory title for kids/young adults.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: December 04, 2015, 12:29:19 AM
I was really hoping for a new Rainbow Six game that had a strong single player aspect. <sigh>
Crossing my fingers that there will be another Splinter Cell on the horizon.
142  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / is it possible to use a receiver for audio only on a PC? on: December 03, 2015, 03:34:27 PM
I purchased a 4K television recently, for 4K gaming on my PC. The problem is that my Marantz SR 5008 receiver only supports [email protected], and my newly built PC is able to push out 60.  I am currently bypassing my receiver and sending the hdmi signal directly from my PC to the HDTV, but this limits my sound to the tv speakers.

Is it possible to use HDMI directly to the TV, and split the audio to the receiver? my speakers are a 2.1 Klipsch floor standing speaker system with subwoofer.

Also, Will splitting the signal degrade the audio or video? My motherboard has the following audio connectors: s/pdif, center/sub speaker out, rear speaker out, headphone speaker out

Thank you for any help you can provide. I'd prefer not to drop several hundred dollars on a new receiver if it is not necessary.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 02, 2015, 08:00:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 01, 2015, 02:11:05 PM

Sounds like there is an incredible world to explore here, but very little in the way of story.

144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need PC recommendations on: December 02, 2015, 07:57:46 PM
Dont want to come across as a PC snob, especially since I enjoy console systems, but most third party AAA titles for the consoles wind up on the PC also. With the rare exception, the PC version is always the best if you have a decent system. Also, be sure to pick up an xbox controller for your PC. Almost every modern game supports it, with the obvious exception of certain games built specifically for the PC.
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: November 14, 2015, 09:23:40 AM
I picked up the ipad pro also. I'm using it mostly as a consumption device, and I couldn't be happier. Comics and magazines look absolutely glorious on it, and the weight is a non issue. It actually weighs less than the ipad 4 did "back in the day", albeit stretched out into a larger format.

I'm pleased to see that all of my apps and games that were created for the regular ipad look very good on the screen.I was concerned about issues due to the unusual resolution. The speakers are better than my fiancées ipad air, which makes it a great device to stream Netflix in the kitchen while I cook, without the need to use a blue tooth speaker.

The pen was available at my local Apple store, along with the smart case and Smart Cover. The pen is exceptional, and even though I'm an amateur artist, I love it. in the hands of a professional, amazing things could be done.

Apple should push adobe to enhance their line of products for ios.

Anyway, a well made, beautiful device.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: November 13, 2015, 01:03:16 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on November 12, 2015, 11:05:02 PM

fwiw, for years I've recommend GT forums to friends of mine. I've been here since around 2007-2008 after a temporary falling out at a smaller forum. But most of the folks I tried to convince to hang out here didn't stay. Some said we're one big "clique" and new posters either aren't welcome or they're ignored. Others didn't like the feeling of being on a large forum with masses of posters -- essentially feeling like a "nobody" here. That's not my take on GT forums though.  icon_smile

I'm surprised that people you've brought here felt like they weren't welcome. I haven't experienced that, but I do see some topics being ignored. I think that is simply related to low traffic coupled with a topic that doesn't get much interest.

I do agree that it is very cool to see just about EVERY game on Steam get its own forum. Sometimes it is the only place I can find the answer to a particular puzzle in an RPG or adventure game.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/10) on: November 11, 2015, 01:56:24 PM
Damn, when I heard that the new Tomb Raider was a timed XB1 exclusive, I assumed that meant XB1 and PC. I didn't realize MS locked it down solely to the console. It makes sense, but I'm disappointed.
148  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time to research home theater speakers? on: November 10, 2015, 02:10:46 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 03, 2015, 01:21:51 AM

So we ended up going with a set of Klipsh for the theater set, and we used a soundbar for the front room TV.   So far so good.  biggrin

klipsch are excellent. Congrats! Bang for the buck, they are hard to beat.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 10, 2015, 02:08:59 PM
I'm surprised that there aren't more and more people simply waiting on the game of the year editions for Fallout/Elder Scrolls. This is especially true if you are a PC gamer. By that time the bugs have been worked out, the mod scene is in full force, and all of the official DLC is available.

This is one of those rare titles that only gets better with a reasonable amount of age.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 29, 2015, 12:15:13 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 29, 2015, 03:14:16 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising
1) Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition was released on Xbox live several hours before Steam. Certain individuals went berserk, despite the fact that all owners of the PC original edition game were getting the enhanced edition for FREE.  All they had to do was wait a few extra hours. Instead comments were posted talking about how Larian had stabbed PC gamers in the back, and how they were catering to console gamers instead of the people who saved their development house.

Unfortunately this is becoming more and more common as technology gives us the power to get anything we want almost instantly. My kids will never know what it means to have to wait for anything.

Jeff Tucker on the 91 Reasons podcast related a story about how he used to work the door at the Snoopy Ice Show at Knott's Berry Farm. He was in charge of turning people away when the theater filled to capacity. He said that he had people threaten to kill him because the venue was full and they'd have to wait for the next show. Threaten to KILL him.  retard

I agree that instantaneous delivery of content is a double edged sword. While I love having access to hundreds of thousands of books and movies at my fingertips, I miss the days of wandering through a Borders Bookstore, or Blockbuster video, looking for that hidden gem I never knew existed. For my family and I, it was something of a weekend ritual. We would stop by Blockbuster, get a movie for the evening, and then drive over to Borders Bookstore. There we would grab some food and browse through the bookshelves. Neither of those stores exist in my area any longer. I just push a button on Netflix or my Kindle.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not sure what to do with my MacBook Pro on: October 29, 2015, 02:53:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 29, 2015, 02:44:15 AM

Well good news, the problem I have is a known defect and I'll be getting my MacBook repaired free of charge. Hopefully it's got a new lease on life and I can get my next MacBook when they release one I like.

And my xbox will be getting an additional TB of storage.

That is great news! Was it someone at the Apple Store that identified the problem?
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 29, 2015, 01:02:12 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 28, 2015, 11:37:22 PM

I'll just leave this here:

In short, what TiLT and Teggy said.

Awesome. I still remember going online a few years ago, excited about playing a new MMO. I'm the type of person who enjoys getting immersed in the game, and I had high hopes for this title.

I walked up to someone's avatar, expecting a name like Nicodemus or Stormwarden. Instead I got......19InchJohnson.

153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 28, 2015, 08:59:17 PM
I usually don't frequent the Steam forums, but lately I've been going there to get specific information on a several games. The level of idiocy on display is remarkable. I feel like I have a front row seat viewing the decline of western civilization. A few tidbits:

1) Divinity Original Sin Enhanced Edition was released on Xbox live several hours before Steam. Certain individuals went berserk, despite the fact that all owners of the PC original edition game were getting the enhanced edition for FREE.  All they had to do was wait a few extra hours. Instead comments were posted talking about how Larian had stabbed PC gamers in the back, and how they were catering to console gamers instead of the people who saved their development house.

2) Rebel galaxy was released and one particular gamer had technical issues (save game mysteriously disappeared), so he went on a tirade about the game being released in alpha status. He also demanded a refund, PLUS $75 per hour for each hour of gaming that he lost. (Since when he does game testing that is his hourly wage.Suuuure.) The developer tried everything to apologize for his unfortunate experience, and even offered to send him a new save game file with some extras, but the tirade continued.

3) My friend was having difficulty with controller support for a game, and posted that he was very disappointed that the game was not recognizing the Xbox or PS4 controller. Several people started bashing him for using a gamepad instead of a KB/M configuration. When he explained that his only PC was his HTPC, and a KB/M wasn't optimal, a few forum members went into high gear with the veiled profanity. When the developer chimed in to resolve the gamepad issues, these same individuals attacked him for "dumbing down PC gaming".

4) Another friend, this time a female gamer, made the mistake of mentioning that she was female. The forum topic devolved into people asking her to "prove" that she was female, because she didn't "write" like a girl. And then someone decided to bring up rape....

The most grating portion of these types of situations is that other people who come out to defend the developer or topic creator start to use the same type of disparaging comments against the people who are already acting like idiots. It is amazing what anonymity does to certain individuals morale compasses.

Anyway, just my own distorted perspective on the Steam forums. I realize that absurd behavior is everywhere. My fiancee is a school teacher, and her stories border on the impossible. I think she actually works in the Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars.

154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 28, 2015, 03:05:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 28, 2015, 02:29:21 PM

Quote from: siege on October 27, 2015, 12:43:45 PM

Divinity on PS4. Been playing it all morning and it's excellent!

Good to hear.  It fell a little flat with me on PC, but I think I just wasn't in the right mood when I tried it.  I find that I generally have better luck playing things on the big screen...will have to give it another look.

The new revised version of Divinity Original Sin is absolutely superb. I owned it on the PC, so I received the upgrade for free. The updates are excellent, especially the tactician difficulty level, which allows the enemies to use a wider range of combat techniques and spells. However, Gratch, if you didn't like the original release, I can't see you falling in love with this one.

But you owned it on the PC, so everyone gets the upgrade for free. I think it is worth a second look. I'm playing it on my HTPC with an Xbox controller, and it is glorious.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How long do you give a game to capture your interest? on: October 22, 2015, 06:29:59 PM
I'm surprised by the number of people who only find a few titles worth playing. There are so many platforms now, with so much new content on a weekly or monthly basis, that the choices seem almost overwhelming now. And many of these new games, especially on the indie side, are very high quality.

One of our own forum members mentioned that there are only two or three games being released this holiday season that he is interested in. I'm not even sure how that is possible. Almost every genre has an extensive number of high quality releases on the horizon. Perhaps if you only own one console, that may be the case. But for those of us who own multiple consoles and handhelds....there is almost too much content
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / How long do you give a game to capture your interest? on: October 22, 2015, 04:03:36 AM
Between the various consoles, handhelds, ios and Steam, I have a few hundred games in my backlog. There are more interesting games coming out than I can keep up with, so the backlog continues to expand.

Recently, I was playing Natural Doctrine, and came to the realization that I was playing the game simply to complete it, and not because I was enjoying it. Upon further reflection, I never really enjoyed the game. Instead I was expecting it to get better, so I kept trudging along. Tonight I traded it in, along with a dozen other games.

I'm curious how each of you moves through your backlog. And if you don't have a backlog, how long do you give a game to capture your interest before it gets moved to the discard pile?

I've recently turned 40, and I simply can't devote as much time to games as I once did. I still play 8-10 hours per week, but that isn't nearly enough time to burn through my backlog. One of my business associates starting giving a game 1 hour to win him over. Once he started doing that, he cut his backlog in half.

I can see that for some games, but not strategy titles or RPGs. He disagrees. A developer has one hour to prove their concept.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Age of Decadence on: October 22, 2015, 03:38:31 AM

Quote from: Tokek on October 21, 2015, 12:45:40 PM

Quote from: Arnir on October 18, 2015, 09:48:15 PM

I see this one is now released.  Any thoughts?

I see the reviews either praise or damn the game for it's combat difficulty.  I dl'ed the demo and I can't beat the tutorial fighter even changing up gear, etc., but I'm not a power gamer and could be missing something obvious.

The game is hard, and combat is even harder. I think that's the way the developer intended it, combat as a last resort.

Unfortunately, I haven't put in enough time on it to be able to even give a review.

I played the demo, and was impressed with the game. it's rather clunky, the graphics look like something out of Neverwinter Nights (albeit in a Roman environment) and the music is merely average. But I kept getting pulled back to the game to see what would happen next. I agree that combat is designed to be the option of last resort.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are any of you specifically playing horror games since its October? on: October 22, 2015, 03:34:07 AM
I just finished Until Dawn, and it was superb. If you enjoy horror themed games, and don't mind quick time events (with rather forgiving timing) definitely give it a try. It is one of the few games I've played in recent memory that made me want to go back and see what would have happened if I chose various alternate routes. In this game your branching decisions most definitely matter.

I was about to start The Evil Within, especially since I just purchased a new OLED TV. However, my friend is trying to convince me to play Corpse Party on the PSP. Someone else is adamant that I play Amnesia.

159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 19, 2015, 12:43:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 18, 2015, 11:18:02 PM

I ended up grabbing both the Uncharted Collection and Dragon Age GOTY Edition (includes all the DLC) yesterday. 

I'm intrigued by that new Dragon Quest game, but not sure it's worth full price for a genre I've never really tried before.

I agree. I love Dragon Quest, but I'm not very fond of the Dynasty Warriors franchise. The game is getting solid reviews, but every time I've attempted to play Dynasty Warriors the button mashing invariably becomes a chore. My friends love the series, and call me an elitish snob because I prefer Romance of the Three Kingdoms. ninja
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not sure what to do with my MacBook Pro on: October 15, 2015, 09:15:16 AM

Quote from: Crusis on October 14, 2015, 11:41:53 PM

Pick up a new Macbook and add one of these for $159 bucks for the 256 Gig. I've had one in my Macbook Pro Retina for over a year and it's a great drive.

I have the exact same thing for my Macbook Pro. Works flawlessly. I have all of my music stored on it.
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