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41  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.
42  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.
43  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.
44  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.
45  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.
46  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.
47  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.
48  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


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.
49  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.
50  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'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.


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!
51  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.
52  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.
53  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.
54  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.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 07:55:24 AM
Damascus Gear

And waiting for the bugs to be worked out of Pillars of Eternity, which I'm very excited to about 3 months! Thank you to all of the early adopters!
56  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.

57  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......
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who is your cell provider? on: March 20, 2015, 12:05:36 PM

Quote from: Destructor on March 20, 2015, 02:04:29 AM

T-Mobile via a web only deal (which is a pay as you go plan).

$30 for 100 minutes, 'unlimited' LTE/4G data (5GB before they might slow down to 3G), and unlimited texts.

Only downside is limited coverage (I spend almost all of my time in a major metropolitan city, so no issue there so far), no insurance (seriously, it's not offered), you can't use any of T-Mobile's special deals like unlimited music streaming (doesn't count towards your data), and you have to buy the phone outright up front (but you can use any phone that they offer).

But for $30 a month plus tax...I sure as heck can't complain.

I use Verizon also. I'm not grandfathered in like some of you lucky people, so my plan caps at 8GB per month. But I use them because, as already mentioned, reception is flawless. I previously had USCellular and Sprint, and averaged a few dropped calls or poor reception a few times per week. With Verizon I've never had one dropped call or reception issues. I stick around solely for that.

Sprint is making it hard, however. They have a promotion wher they will give you the same plan as Verizon, and cut your bill in half. Apparently they also pay the cost cancellation charges.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: March 19, 2015, 11:51:46 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 16, 2015, 06:22:09 PM

I have been eyeing this for some reason.  I have an older PC so I can't really look at the cutting edge stuff and I love the old school RPGs.

I saw a couple impressions, anyone else have opinions? 


If you like old school, you'll probably like this. I'm still playing, and the game hasn't worn out its welcome. I wish the story was more involved, but what is there is solid. Just don't expect the next Baldur's Gate.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 07, 2015, 07:54:54 PM
Until the VR headsets are small enough to the point where I'm not shackling something about the size of a brick to my face, I'll probably wait on the sidelines...

....but I never want gaming to get to the point of something akin to a Star Trek holodeck, because then I'll probably lose my job, my girlfriend, and my desire to sleep or eat.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: March 01, 2015, 10:39:05 PM
I'm about half way through the game, and I'm really enjoying it. it has an above average storyline for a TPS, the voice acting is superb, and the graphics are probably the best on the PS4. And while the combat is average, the controls are tight and everything works well.

I'm not sure why some review sites have an axe to grind with this title, but to give it ratings of 20%, 40%' etc, is simply unwarranted. The vitriol thrown at The Order is baffling. I hope the game sells well, and the developers have a chance to improve on some of the combat mechanics, but with the current crucifixion of the title I have my doubts.

For people looking for a story driven TPS, you can do much, much worse. I would personally rate the title a solid 8.5/10, but I think an argument can be made for something as low as a 7.5.  Anything lower seems unreasonably harsh.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Frozen Cortex (formerly Frozen Endzone) on: February 25, 2015, 07:21:49 PM
I wish there was an option to turn off the cinematic camera. you are forced to watch it after every turn, and it is useless and disorienting. I end up using the refresh button to review what the computer did more often than not because of that poor design decision.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 20, 2015, 08:59:20 PM
As an adult with diminishing time to play games, I find myself preferring titles that offer cinematic experiences and a good storyline, wrapped up in a package that ends in 8-10 hours. The newest Wolfenstein and Alien games, for example,  tried my patience because they simply went on for too long, and the mechanics became stale and certain levels seemed like filler. Even with RPGs, I'd prefer 20 hours of exceptional content to 40 hours of content bloated by fetch quests and meaningless random battles.

I'm probably in the minority, but I would prefer developers cut gameplay length by 25%, greatly diminish the trivial filler content, reduce development costs, and charge me $39.99 for the experience.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick my next game on: February 17, 2015, 08:26:38 PM
The cheapest is Wolfenstein, and it is a great game. I'd start there. You really can't lose with any of the games on that list, it's more a matter of what genre you feel like playing right now.
65  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Dell Venue 8 Pro Windows Tablet For Sale on: February 16, 2015, 05:11:58 AM
I've got a pristine Dell 8" Windows tablet for sale. Comes with the Dell certified black folio case. I paid $279 for the tablet and case when it first came out, since I opted for the 2GB RAM and 64GB version. I don't think you can purchase this configuration any longer, as Dell has opted to go with a cheaper $199 version with 1GB RAM and 32GB of storage configuration for the 2015 models:

Windows 8.1
8" 1280x800 IPS screen (Flawless. No dead pixels)
64GB version (expandable with microSD slot)
Intel Z3740D processor
Intel HD Graphics

Plays 1080P content flawlessly, and overall it is a fairly speedy tablet.

Looking for $110 shipped with delivery confirmation. Paypal.
66  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 15, 2015, 05:24:18 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 15, 2015, 05:10:06 PM

I ended up going with more of a gaming laptop.  Here is what I just pulled the trigger on.


  - Processor: Sager - 4th Generation Intel® Haswell Core™ i7-4710MQ (2.5GHz - 3.5GHz, 6MB Intel® Smart Cache) (SKU – SPU201)
  - Thermal Compound: FREE! - IC Diamond Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU
  - Graphics Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 970M (6.0GB) GDDR5 PCI-Express DX11 (Maxwell) [User Upgradeable]
  - Ram: 16GB DDR3 1600MHz [2x8GB] Dual Channel Memory (SKU - RAM04S)
  - Branding: Sager Branding
  - mSATA SSD Drive - Drive Option: mSATA Slot 1 Preconfigured as an OS Drive ( Operating System – Drive C: ) / mSATA Slot 2 ( Storage Drive )
  - mSATA SSD Drive ( Slot 1 ): 128GB Micron M600 mSATA SSD - Default
  - Primary Hard Drive: 1TB 7200RPM [SATA II - 3GB/s] (SKU - HDDYY1)
  - Optical Drive Bay: 8X Super Multi DVDRW/CDRW Combo Drive (Sager) (Dual Layer w/ Software)
  - Wireless Network: Sager - Bigfoot Networks Killer™ Wireless-N 1202 + Bluetooth 4.0
  - Memory Card Reader: Internal 9-in-1 Card Reader (MMC/RSMMC/SD/Mini SD/SDHC/SDXC/MS/MS Pro/MS Duo)
  - Camera: Built in 2.0 Megapixel Camera
  - Sound Card: Sound Blaster Compatible 3D Audio
  - Battery: Smart Li-ion Battery (8-Cell)
  - Fingerprint Reader: Integrated Fingerprint Reader

I can't wait!

A few questions...
1) I plan on using a controller for games where it makes sense to do so.  Is the DS 4 the best option and is it easy to setup?
2) I plan on using Steam for the first time in years, advice?
3) for those games that are good with a controller, would hooking it up to my tv be a good idea (55 inch)?

1. The DS4 works well, but the xbox 360 PC controller is currently the controller of choice. I have one and it works brilliantly. Be sure to grab the newest drivers from Microsoft if you go this route. If you are using Windows 8.1' I think the system already natively has the newest drivers installed. Setup is ridiculously easy. Install the drivers and Windows immediately recognizes the controller when you tun it on. Almost Every modern game supports the controller (excluding games specifically made for mouse gestures only) and the games instantly recognize your controller as soon as you tap a button. For some older games, like the original Bioshock, for instance, you may need to go into the in-game settings and toggle the gamepad option to 'on'.

2. Compared to years ago, Steam is much more flawless and stable. I'd recommend you play around with the Big Picture mode, and see if you like it. You'll have no issues getting started. Big picture mode works with your controller.

3. Hooking it up to your TV is an excellent idea. It is how I usually use my Alienware gaming laptop. And the card you selected, the 970m, will run most 1080p content flawlessly at very high settings @ 30 FPS or higher. Just be aware that you'll be hearing the laptop fans kick in more often than you would on a dedicated desktop, but don't worry about that.

I think you'll love your new laptop. Congrats!
67  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Time for a New Laptop on: February 15, 2015, 09:17:36 AM
my boss just got the new Dell XPS 13 with the infinity display, and it is definitely one very sweet laptop. He purchased the i5 version. The fit and finish, on both the interior and exterior is excellent. I own a MacBook Pro and Air,  and I would put this laptop ahead of the current MacBook Air line.

I'm considering one now.
68  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 11, 2015, 05:21:38 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 09, 2015, 06:59:43 PM

Grimrock would be great for the iPad. Even more excited about the possibility of Darkest Dungeon on the platform.

Darkest Dungeon on the ipad would be fantastic. It would immediately become my platform of choice.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 11, 2015, 06:35:50 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 10, 2015, 09:07:56 PM

The problem with review scores and Metacritic go deep.  There have been instances of developers not getting bonuses because their game (New Vegas I think?) was a couple points too low on Metacritic.  That case is particularly silly because MC aggregates reviews that should not be considered the same. Four stars =/= to an 80% even if the math suggests it is. Treating it as such puts a lot of good games in a position where a single reviewer who actually hated the game, can destroy its position.  This is amplified if it’s a smaller game that doesn’t get numerous reviews.

And the problem with this is you had/have reviewers like Tom Chick at Quarter to Three giving a game one or two stars, which equates to a 20% or 40% on Metacritic. But if you actually read his reviews he isn't saying the game is broken or without redeeming qualities, just that it was rather mundane and didn't hold his personal interest.

One or two of those and you are probably knocked out of bonus range.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I took a wrong turn and ended... on: February 08, 2015, 09:17:53 PM
I'm still unconvinced this is really him. I'm guessing this is some 20 year old Chinese hacker, working for the PLA, and attempting to bring down Gaming Trend from the Inside. We're all about to become victims of identity theft....
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 06, 2015, 06:22:51 PM

Quote from: TheEgoWhip on February 05, 2015, 07:38:23 PM

Its a fun game.  Pretty hard and I have learned not to get too attached to any one character.  Or at least I am trying to keep a main damage dealer and a healer alive and relatively healthy so they can advance their skills and gear. Its the supporting cast I cant seem to keep alive.

I only played about an hour, and got my a$$ handed to me. Surprisingly, some players are complaining that the game is too easy in the later stages.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: January 31, 2015, 08:28:55 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 31, 2015, 04:22:34 PM

Awesome stuff... barely made it through the first 'dungeon' and into town. Another game where I'm impressed with the art style and the narration, would be sweet if a transcript of the intro was available somewhere.

I'm not a fan of early access games, but people on various forums are speaking very highly of the current build. This may be one of the first games I'll ever purchase before the official release.

I absolutely love the artistic flair of the game, and the mechanics look solid.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: January 31, 2015, 03:24:44 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 30, 2015, 07:47:50 PM

Imma gonna go ahead and add Thief to my list.

So uncompelling. Ugh.

I'm playing this currently, and am beginning to agree with you. I initially loved it, but it is starting to feel very limited. The optional side missions are so small that they are basically pointless, and the world hub is too fragmented. I am enjoying the story missions, however. I just began Mission 4. They would have been better served by eliminating the many pointless side missions, and instead they should have created 2 or 3 well crafted ones.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: January 30, 2015, 06:56:00 PM
Keeps us informed on what you think. I'm really looking forward to this one!
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: January 28, 2015, 09:44:27 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 28, 2015, 06:34:28 PM

I ended up getting it during the Steam sale but only put in an hour or so. Its definitely old school RPG in difficulty and punishing you quickly, such as all my lockpicks breaking on my first chest. I'll want to go back to it but too many other things to play at the moment. 

One quick note about lock picking that many people missed- in the right side of the puzzle it shows your number of lock picks, and the number of cogs. So if it says 10 cogs that is the exact number of spaces you must move to complete the puzzle. Knowing this immediately reduces the number of possible paths by about 50 percent.

I'm not sure if you were aware of this or not, but I didn't realize it until after several lock picking sessions. It appears that many other players also failed to realize this.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / (PC RPG) Lords of Xulima on: January 27, 2015, 10:24:57 PM
I'm surprised there has been so little interest on the forum for the RPG Lords of Xulima. I picked this up during a daily Steam sale, and the game is superb. If you like classic RPGs such as Baldur's Gate or Might and Magic, you should definitely pick this one up.

The premise of the game is that the Lords of Xulima (similar to the Greek Gods) are losing their power, and have vacated our realm to fight an enemy that threatens to reshape the world through the use of destroyed human souls. In their absence, several corrupted princes have divided up the the land of Xulima and subjugated its people. Your quest is to overcome these princes, who have fallen under the influence of the enemy, and restore the Xulima back to the Lords.

Exploration is played out in an isometric view similar to Diablo III or Baldur's Gate. You create 6 user generated characters and navigate through a HUGE country, exploring, harvesting herbs, and fighting various on-screen and randomly encountered enemies:

Exploration is more limited than Baldur's Gate, as you can not actually enter buildings. Instead, people stand outside of them offering up quests or selling their goods. Likewise, dungeons are not quite as intricate, although they do still feature traps, hidden doors, and secret locations. The world also has fewer NPCs, but the main focus of the game is exploration and combat, so I do not consider this to be a fault. I recommend playing on the "Classic" difficulty, as it makes the need to forage for food and gather herbs much more crucial. Likewise, almost every enemy encounter will test the player, and you will need to use every weapon, spell, and potion in your arsenal to win.

Combat is turn based, and takes place in a perspective similar to the of Might and Magic Legacy:

On classic difficulty most battles, especially in the early game, tend to be gratifying, hard-fought wins. Initiative, encumbrance, speed, weapon type, etc, are all factors in gameplay. Enemies use various buffs and debuffs to excellent effect, and the AI does a good job attacking the weaker mage and cleric units hiding in the back row. I'm also pleased to report that there is a wide variation in the types of enemies you will encounter, along with the typical "re-coloring" of enemies you've already seen.  As mentioned previously, there is a combination of on-screen and random encounters. Random encounters are tolerable, as one only occurs every 30 seconds to one minute. Each area you explore also has a limited number of random encounter enemies, and once they are defeated the area is safe. You also gain extra experience points for purging the area.

Character creation and leveling is detailed, and leveling occurs frequently enough to keep that next upgrade just beyond the horizon. Along with your typical stat upgrades, characters also learn skills such as lockpicking, harvesting, hunting, mercantilism, etc. Likewise, various spells also upgrade and the usual suspects are all present: fire, ice, poison, wind, etc.

Overall, I'm very pleased with Lords of Xulima. While not as feature rich or story driven as Baldur's Gate, it is a well crafted RPG with tons of nooks and crannies to explore. The storyline is also slightly off the beaten path, and the combat is difficult enough to keep things interesting. Steam users rate the game as "Very Positive", and Metacritic currently has it rated at 79%.

+Large maps to explore
+Excellent customization of your party
+Difficult, varied combat (on classic mode)
+Solid storyline
+Pleasing graphics and a great soundtrack

-The best weapons and armor are only at the merchants. Chests usually have gold, gems, or potions.
-Less NPC interaction than the AAA RPGs.
-Cannot explore building interiors

77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: January 24, 2015, 08:44:59 PM
I tend to only play through games once. Can a few of you recommend the the class of character that you found to be the most entertaining, or have the best loot?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] The Long Dark - FP Survival on: January 24, 2015, 04:12:05 PM
It's difficult to tell if this game is absolutely awesome, or a long, boring, meandering trudge through the Great White North. The premise looks interesting, but I question if there is enough actual content.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Eternity [Obsidian Countdown] on: January 15, 2015, 01:31:12 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 14, 2015, 08:01:17 PM

I've enjoyed the recent CRPGs (haven't played Dragon Age yet), but the problem with them mostly being kickstarter babies is none of them quite feel like a full game. Not quite enough time/length/detail to make them feel epic like the old bioware and interplay days.

Lords of Xulima and Divinity Original Sin were both kickstarter
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: January 12, 2015, 09:34:45 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 08, 2014, 01:11:25 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 07, 2014, 10:12:55 PM

That was cool. I would pay money to see that movie.

I agree, that was awesome! But they picked horrible music to accompany the video. The two didn't mesh at all.
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