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41  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 03, 2016, 03:06:39 PM
If you are an Amazon Prime member , they have a great deal going on right now for Birthright/Conquest. They are $31.99 each. If you choose slow shipping, they give you a $6 credit toward amazon prime produce, which is good for a ton of different items like vitamins, laundry detergent, etc. And since you get free shipping on those items, you are effectively getting the games for $27.

I bought each separately for $31.99, got $12 in credit, and bought some vitamins I needed anyway.
42  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 27, 2016, 01:22:29 AM

Quote from: hepcat on February 22, 2016, 04:58:30 PM

Yup, what Scraper said.  The GOP needs to get its house in order and realize that they need to get rid of the extremists that have taken the reins the last few years.  I hate to say this, but I honestly think those extremists came into being because we elected an African American president, and because America has started to move away from homophobia.

It's becoming the antithesis of what it should be, considering its past.

The democrats have another problem:  they are letting a dynasty come into power.  I do not want a Clinton.  But my only other option is Bernie, and while I generally like what he says, his lack of any real foreign policy troubles me.

In short, this election is going to be a losing endeavor for me no matter what happens.

I agree. A country of a few hundred million people, and this is the best either side can do. I absolutely do not want Clinton in office, but there is no way that Trump can win once people actually need to cast a real vote. I was hoping for two moderates this time around, and ended up with two radicals.i didn't think it was possible to roll snake eyes through three presidential elections, but here we go.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 25, 2016, 02:16:49 PM
For some reason I've never been able to get into this series, or Assassin's Creed, despite wanting to enjoy them. The setting of this Far Cry intrigues me, but many reviews are basically saying it is reskinned more-of-the-same-old Farcry.

I haven't been able to figure out WHY neither of these series hold my interest. They have all of the ingredient- excellent visuals, fluid controls, open world, etc.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 24, 2016, 11:21:40 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 23, 2016, 04:44:56 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 23, 2016, 04:33:17 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM

-The AI is passable. Its somewhat akin to playing whack-a-mole, which is unfortunate, but they mix it up a little bit by having enemies that charge you. Once or twice groups of enemies tried to flank me, but it was uncommon. I was disappointed to see that the enemy doesn't press their advantage when they throw a smoke bomb that causes you to be disoriented
Little surprised at this... I had the enemy try flanking me a couple of times, especially in larger groups.. 2-3 tried holding my attention while 1-2 went around to my side.
I agree about the smoke/grenade thing though.

Agreed, they flanked often and will toss grenades to force you to move.   You certainly can't just stay in cover

I agree that they will attempt to flush you out. The AI seems to have difficulty moving through open doors/entry ways, however. Whenever I got forced back if I hid behind the wall to an entrance that AI never attempted to pass through. I'm replaying Mass Effect 3 currently, and i was surprised to see the that while i was hiding against the wall of an entry way, the AI threw a smoke bomb, followed by a grenade, and then a combat engineer rushed through the door at me. I was hoping for something more along these lines.

Of course, I only played for a brief period of time so the AI may perform better in other environments.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 24, 2016, 11:14:12 PM

Quote from: ydejin on February 23, 2016, 04:39:35 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM

-Is there a way to turn off the gamertags hovering above people's heads? I deleted the game before I remembered to check. Seeing Tyrone0579 or LaughingLoudly hovering about a character breaks the immersion for me.

There's an "Auto-Hide HUD" option, which hides the HUD outside of combat.  However, you may not want to use it in the Dark Zone.  Knowing whether that guy trailing behind you is Tyrone0579 (who revived you in that last firefight, even though he wasn't on your team) or if it's LaughingLoudly (who you've seen marked as rogue many times this evening) may be important for your future health and well being.  There's also apparently an annoying audio cue when you use it, telling you how to turn the HUD back on. 

Good point about the gamertags in the Dark Zone. I didn't think about that, as I'm a single player gamer by nature.

46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 24, 2016, 11:10:14 PM
In preparation for Uncharted 4 Ive been toying with the idea of replaying the other 3 games via the remastered collection. I'm concerned that I'll end up burning myself out before I have a chance to play the newest title.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: February 23, 2016, 01:15:40 AM
I got to play about two hours of the beta, and I enjoyed the game enough to pre-order it from Greenmangaming. I didnt try the dark zone, but I played the solo missions on hard and they offered enough challenge for me to need to contantly move through the areas cautiously. A few notes:

-Is there a way to turn off the gamertags hovering above people's heads? I deleted the game before I remembered to check. Seeing Tyrone0579 or LaughingLoudly hovering about a character breaks the immersion for me.

-Weapons have a nice feel and they seem to be well differentiated.

-The AI is passable. Its somewhat akin to playing whack-a-mole, which is unfortunate, but they mix it up a little bit by having enemies that charge you. Once or twice groups of enemies tried to flank me, but it was uncommon. I was disappointed to see that the enemy doesn't press their advantage when they throw a smoke bomb that causes you to be disoriented

-beautiful graphics in 4K resolutions, and I can play at roughly 60FPS with ultra settings on a single superclocked 980ti.


I think I'll get $40 of enjoyment out of it.

48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 11, 2016, 01:32:33 AM
I keep going back and forth between two sets of Paradigm speakers, and I'm curious which you would choose for your home from an aesthetics standpoint. These will be in the home theater room, adjacent to the living room. Both sound similar, although the 95F pulls slightly ahead in most instances:

95F (Piano Black) Hard to see in the pic, but the speakers are brushed aluminum
http://www.paradigm.com/products-current/type=tower/model=prestige-95f/page=overview





or Discontinued Studio 100 (Piano Black)

https://www.paradigm.com/products-archived/collection=reference/model=studio-100/page=overview



49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 08:43:03 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 09, 2016, 05:20:32 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 09, 2016, 05:18:47 PM

Ack. I kept myself on media blackout for Xcom 2, as the first title was one of my favorite games of the past few years. Bought it sight unseen from Steam, just loaded it up on my HTPC....and realized that it doesnt have xbox controller support.

My own fault, as the store page clearly does not list it, but I never thought a sequel would take gameplay options out. Is anyone using the Steam gamepad? If so, does it work well?

I'm using the steam controller and it works well. There is even an official configuration from Firaxis on there as well as the community ones that improve on it even further

Excellent! Looks like its time to invest in a controller...
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 05:18:47 PM
Ack. I kept myself on media blackout for Xcom 2, as the first title was one of my favorite games of the past few years. Bought it sight unseen from Steam, just loaded it up on my HTPC....and realized that it doesnt have xbox controller support.

My own fault, as the store page clearly does not list it, but I never thought a sequel would take gameplay options out, so I never reviewed the system requirements. Is anyone using the Steam gamepad? If so, does it work well?
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 31, 2016, 02:19:49 AM
Looks interesting. I Dont see how it would be possible for a solo player to survive in the dark zone once the game is out of beta and the player count rises dramatically. From the preview I watched, to exit the dark zone you call in an extraction helicopter, and that takes a couple minutes to arrive while AI enemies rush in, along with regular player groups that can hunt you down.

It would be worth it if when you died a random portion of your dark zone loot remained with you, but that isn't the case. Maybe even a 'hot zone extraction', option where the helicopter arrived in 30 seconds, but the cost was significant.

I've also read about camper groups that wait around at the designated extraction zones, and once you call for an extraction they pounce. I don't think I could hold off 4 or 5 equally leveled players for 2 minutes, waiting for the helicopter to arrive.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 30, 2016, 02:59:59 PM
On a few interviews, the developers claimed the game can be played in its entirety single player- you would just need to do more multi-tasking and also less "run-and-gun".  Has anyone playing the beta been able to confirm this?
53  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 28, 2016, 03:54:55 AM
Great recommendation. I am usually apathetic toward these types of games, but this one is strangely addicting. The humor goes a long way toward giving it a specific identity.

I just wish there was an Ironman mode. As it stands, when you die there is very minimal penalty, even at the higher difficulty.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 07:43:41 PM
I've seen more than a few posts like this one below on various forums, which has helped me decide to take a wait-and-see approach to the game, before I drop my money on it.

From jsnall over at QTT

"I'm about 5 hours and 166 solved puzzles in, with mixed feelings. Despite being pretty, the game is just dry as dust. No music, no story or narrative, nothing but walking around and solving puzzles. Maybe 90% of the puzzles I've seen have been of the "just stare at a 2d maze and think / think hard / think really hard" variety, with just 10% with some kind of external factor. The puzzles are fine, but the star of the show is indeed the process of inductively learning what the rules are (I've several times had to revise my understanding of symbols I thought I'd already mastered)."

The part where he speaks of no music, no story, no narrative, gives me pause. Once a few people complete their first run of the game, I'll make a more informed decision. But I'm still concerned about The Witness maintaining my interest if the environments are antiseptic and the story is nonexistent.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 09:07:30 PM

Quote from: SeaMoosi on January 25, 2016, 05:08:37 AM


Anyways, The Witness! Excited to pick this thing apart.

It looks fascinating, but I can't tell if there is any form of story to keep me invested. The three reviews I read speak vaguely of the island's mysteries, but they never explain if that refers to finding new locations and more puzzles, or if means piecing a storyline together.

I don't know if 50 hours of walking from one puzzle to another without any context would keep me interested.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP - David Bowie on: January 11, 2016, 09:48:18 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 11, 2016, 06:12:55 PM

I'm typically rather ambivalent when celebrities die, but this one is different.  I feel gutted today, almost like I lost a family member.  Bowie was simply incomparable.  Was always three steps ahead and four steps outside everyone else.  There isn't a musician working today that wasn't influenced by him in some way or another.  

Fittingly, he goes out after dropping an absolute masterpiece of an album last week in "Blackstar".  I've listened to it a couple times this morning...it's amazing how different it sounds today than it did yesterday.  I can't watch the video for Lazarus without tearing up.

The world is less today because he's gone, but is so much more because he was here at all.  RIP Starman, you will be greatly missed by so many.

His stuff was always a little too strange for me, although I never sampled very much. I LOVED his soundtrack for the really old game Omikron: The Nomad Soul. I'm not sure if you ever played it, but you could watch his avatar's "band" digitized into the game. It was a game that was way ahead of its time, and David Bowie offered his talents to the game waaaaaay before it was cool to be involved musically in video games :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7bA57xNw20

Apparently he look the project very seriously. He added music to the game, and also played a part in it. I still remember the opening song "New Angels of Promise" like it was yesterday.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSIhX-VWhtQ
57  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Ipad 4 for sale, Marantz SR 5008 receiver on: January 07, 2016, 04:42:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 07, 2016, 03:28:45 PM

Tempted by this, but how is the generation compare to the current generation and how does it fare with the current generation of apps?

Every app plays fine. Even more intensive games like Infinity Blade are smooth. Most games being release currently are for the ipad 2 hardware and above. I imagine 1 year from now it will be ipad 3 and above. I would say that you have ~1.5-2 years before obsolescence in graphics intensive gaming. Regular apps...probably double that number.

My ipad 4 currently has 138 games on it. From banner saga, to Infinity Blade, to The Walking Dead. All work well.
58  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Ipad 4 for sale, Marantz SR 5008 receiver on: January 07, 2016, 02:56:53 PM
My fiancee and I got some new technology for Christmas, and I thought I'd attempt selling my used products here before moving on to launching them on ebay for a higher price. I can send pictures of any item to give you a better idea of the condition.

Payment types accepted: Paypal, Amazon gift cards, Steam gift cards

1)128GB Black ipad 4 WiFi only, Excellent Condition, $179. (ebay trend @ $401)   ****SOLD****
Comes with ipad and charger.

2)128GB Black ipad 4 WIFI only good condition, $129 (ebay trend @ $325)     ****SOLD****

3) Marantz SR5008 Receiver, $259 (ebay trend @ $400, purchased for $900 originally)  
Excellent condition, comes with receiver, remote, and original box.
The only reason I'm selling this is because I moved my home theater to 4K, and while this has 4K upscaling and pass thru, it limits PC gaming to [email protected] I wanted to be at 60FPS, so the upgrade was necessary.

More product info here:
http://us.marantz.com/us/Products/Pages/ProductDetails.aspx?CatId=avreceivers&ProductId=SR5008

 Items will ship via UPS, with delivery confirmation.
59  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.

60  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.

61  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.
62  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.
63  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.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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.
67  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!
68  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
69  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.
70  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.

http://www.destructoid.com/you-ll-want-to-install-the-xenoblade-chronicles-x-data-packs-before-launch-320691.phtml

It makes a large difference in load times: (start at 1:15)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7lBVaLb0nw
71  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."
72  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.

73  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.
74  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.
75  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.
76  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!
77  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.
78  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.
79  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.
80  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.
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