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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 30, 2014, 10:59:48 AM
I'm in the same boat....somewhat.....


I tried to cut Comcast cable altogether, but they offered to increase my Internet speed to the next tier, and the reduced my bill by $55 per month. I lost the premium channels, but we still get FX, Food Network, Lifetime, AE, etc.

We'll see what happens in one year....

my biggest concern is that Comcast will stop the bleeding by significantly raising Internet prices, especially for heavy users. one HD movie on Netflix can run over 5GB. In a week we hit about 60GB just from Streaming movies and TV shows. I think that day is fast approaching. Too many people are dumping cable and phone service.
42  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Back into the iOs realm - your top 3 games? on: April 29, 2014, 12:29:58 AM
There are SO many good games on IOS now, that it is very difficult to drive it down to three. What's even better is that most games have such a small footprint that you can easily fit your entire collection the ipad. I have the 128GB model, 41 games installed, and I still have 71GB open.

How about if I go by category?  slywink


Strategy:
Neuroshima Hex (especially once you add the in-game purchases)
Skulls of the Shogun
Battle of the Bulge

Strategy (Card Based):
Hearthstone
Summoner Wars
Ascension

RPG:
Baldur's Gate Series
Shadow Sun
Knights of the Old Republic

Action:
Infinity Blade series
Dead Space
Deus Ex: The Fall

Adventure:
Oceanhorn
Waking Mars
Horn

Other great Odds and Ends:
Amber Route
King of Dragon Pass
Rebuild
Hitman Go
Waterdeep
Agricola
Faster than Light
Gemini Rue
Art of War
New World Colony
Republique
Empire
Warhammer Quest


43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs martial arts easier on PC than X360? on: April 28, 2014, 08:55:41 AM
That nightclub mission is honestly one of the harder missions in the game. The PC version is in no way easier, but you can go into it better prepared than the demo allowed. Grab the right clothes, eat some food for perks, and there is a checkpoint in the PC version. Don't know about the 360 counterpart
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 07:04:20 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 27, 2014, 02:46:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  


 I live in a suburban area on the East Coast with comparatively modern infrastructure, and my current options are:

1) Comcast cable
2) AT&T DSL

That's it.

-Autistic Angel


I have those exact choices also. Godawful DSL or Comcast. And although Comcast's service has been reliable (cant recall the last outage) the quality fluctuates greatly. With so many people dropping regular cable TV in favor of things like Netflix and HBO Go, I foresee Comcast turning the screws on the streaming content providers AND the customer. In my area Comcast has already instituted a 250GB cap. (although it is temporarily suspended). After surpassing that cap they were planning to charge $1 for every extra 1GB in my area. Between downloading PS4 and Vita games, coupled with Netflix for my family, I run about 300GB per month. That would place my bill at $110 instead of the current $60.

Basically, that would place me right back to where I was before I dropped cable TV for only Internet service.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 27, 2014, 12:02:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 09:22:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM

I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

In general, this is exactly what net neutrality was intended to fix.  Without that your ISP can give preferential treatment to traffic from any companies that they want, and require payment from others (like Netflix) that use a disproportionately large amount of bandwidth or else throttle it.  You have no idea who or what could be throttling things behind the scenes but it's likely entirely out of your control.  

Also, make sure you're using an independent speed test and not something that is Comcast-only, as that will likely give you inflated numbers compared to reality.

I also use speedtest.net, and it reports basically the same thing. I have noticed, as you've mentioned, speeds can vary dramatically, as one time last week I was having trouble streaming Netflix and speedtest logged my connection as .2Mbps. I also think that Comcast begins throttling my bandwidth after a certain download cap. As the month goes on my speeds seem to become increasingly varied.

The bothersome part is that i purposefully picked the more expensive plan to avoid these issues. Regarding Net Neutrality, I agree that Pandora's Box may soon be opening as gamers and movie aficionados absorb more bandwidth due to the quickly growing data transfer sizes. Comcast and other providers will definitely begin a tiered system, and I have a feeling it will be rather restrictive or expensive.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bye Bye Net Neutrality on: April 26, 2014, 07:50:24 PM
I'm still trying to figure out the discrepancy between Comcast's Speed test, which rates my connection as 36Mbps, but I can't stream a Netflix HD movie without it randomly degrading to 480P, and my connection to Steam downloads caps out at about 4Mbps. I've got top tier equipment, so it can't be the hardware.

47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Lords of the Fallen on: April 26, 2014, 06:09:08 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2014, 02:58:55 AM

The visual style of those shots reminds me a lot of Darksiders.

That is exactly what I thought, albeit with a harder edge to it. If they manage to capture the Dark Souls mystique, and wrap it around a solid storyline, I'm in on day 1.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First CK, now MO? on: April 26, 2014, 06:06:32 AM

Quote from: ATB on April 25, 2014, 08:17:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 25, 2014, 08:15:17 PM


I've had a sharp decline in posting, mainly because gaming has taken a significant back seat to real life.  10-month-old twins tend to do that.  smile  I also find I have interest in far fewer games than I used to.

Agreed. I've purchased exactly 1 game this year and that was to play with the kids. (Kinect sports rivals).

I may get watch dogs, but it's pretty much a wasteland right now. New console blues. slywink.


That doesn't, however, explain why there is no new blood.

One game? Damn, between Steam, PS3, 360, Vita, XB1, IOS and the Wii I have gaming overload. If you've only purchased one game, I can't help but think that you are suffering from burnout. There are simply too many platforms and developers to not find something of interest.
49  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Vita games coming to US on: April 19, 2014, 06:48:22 PM
Despite being a "dead" system, I'm very happy to see publishers still supporting the platform. My 64GB card is already over half full, and will be getting quite a workout this year. I'm especially interested in Tales of Hearts and Oreshika.
50  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: SCOTUS Screws Us Again on: April 18, 2014, 11:03:56 AM
I would hazard to say that the Democratic Party is far from being the party of the poor. 7 of the top 10 wealthiest members of Congress are Democrats. Hollywood is a well known bastion of Democratic funding, and both candidates in 2012 spent over 1 billion dollars. In terms of big business, both Microsoft and Google were significant donators to the Obama campaign.

I'd be happier if each candidate got $100 and a used Winnebago.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 17, 2014, 07:54:53 PM
I just grabbed this on the iPad and played the first four tutorial(?) missions, up to King Mukla. I've done no real research on the game, but I definitely enjoyed what I've played so far.

Is there a true single player component, or is it simply a few tutorial games until it releases you in a multiplayer-only arena? I read that there is an actual campaign/storyline being released soon, but I'm curious as to how the robust the single player portion is now.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/14) on: April 15, 2014, 08:13:56 PM
Conception II for the Vita. I also just picked up Deception IV: Blood Ties for the Vita.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: April 10, 2014, 08:21:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 11, 2014, 10:13:49 PM

Beta is over, launch was today!

bah! I got all excited thinking that included the ios version.  crybaby
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: April 08, 2014, 06:29:39 PM
I'm very pleased to see all of the positive commentary about the additions and changes. Once this releases for the PS4, I'm definitely jumping in. If it's true that the PS4 version will bundle the new expansion and the original game, it sounds like the purchase would be a no-brainier.
55  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need a new router. Help Please on: April 08, 2014, 11:34:58 AM
Screw the haters! Apple airport express and AirPort Extreme.The best, easiest to setup, and most stable routers I've ever used. Much more loyal than my last girlfriend. The reviews on Amazon don't lie.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Outcast HD Reboot on: April 08, 2014, 10:58:03 AM
F--- Yeah!  I loved Outcast! gettin' my groove on, ridin' my Twon-ha, bitch-slappin' alien soldiers because of my GaamSaav, showin' those p-ssy Talans why nobody, aliens or otherwise, screws with America!

IN!


(Edit) Just looked at the Kickstarter. I'm not happy that the tiers go Windows->Mac/Linux->Direct X 11 optimization and dynamic weather.

Don't gimp the Windows optimization to shoe-horn other platforms into the design. Screw those arrogant, caviar eating Apple zealots. And the holier-than-thou Linux fanboys aren't any better. Where were they during the FIRST game, when I was up to my waist in dead aliens, fighting enemy hordes on the fringe of Ranzaar, out of ammunition, and using a sharpened credit card (Visa, and over the limit) to slice open alien necks?

I'm was makin' the universe safe for America and capitalism, and where was Mac/Linux THEN? Protesting the war, most likely. F--k them! Start your own damned Kickstarter you tofu-eatin', Tesla-drivin', tree-huggin' hippies.....
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/Windows 8] Project Spark on: April 05, 2014, 07:49:14 PM
I just loaded up Project Spark on Windows 8, and I'm highly impressed with it so far. I can see that they also did an excellent job creating an interface that works well with both Windows and the XB1. Creating your own worlds with a modest working AI is infinitely easier than any other user creation kit I have ever seen. Everything is basically drop and drag, using a paintbrush feature for terrain, or chaining AI commands together with a simple Lego-esque snap on feature.

I built a reasonable game world, complete with NPCs, dialogue and combat in under 2 hours. This is only a beta, so there is still work to be done, but it is amazing so far. If they allow users to upload character models and set pieces, Project Spak could possibly revolutionize the ease and stability of user generated content.

In the brief time I spent with it, I didn't see a way to modify combat damage, or weapon creation etc. Likewise, the amount of content is still very limited, and I've yet to see how involved commands for the AI can truly become. But creation is fun, addictive and satisfying. There is a lot of potential here.

I've tried my hand at creating mods for Neverwinter Nights, Morrowind, and Shadowrun Returns, and the barriers to entry we're very high. You quickly reached a point where coding experience became helpful or almost necessary. Project Spark is aimed at the casual audience that would love to tell a story or make a simple game, but don't have the time or desire to invest into learning complex mechanics.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: iOS games for a long flight? on: April 01, 2014, 08:13:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on April 01, 2014, 06:48:43 PM

I've got a flight across the pond coming up tomorrow.  I have KOTOR and FFIV loaded.  What else should I have on my iPad Air for this trip?

Thanks!

You have KOTOR and FFIV loaded and you want MORE gaming for the long flight? Are you an astronaut?

Republique
Skulls of the Samurai
Clash of Heroes
Art of War
Gemini Rue
Waking Mars
King of Dragon Pass
Rebuild


If you are going to Pluto add in:
Baldur's Gate II
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: March 24, 2014, 06:43:14 PM
Witch and the Hundred Knight also ships this week for the PS3. It is an action RPG from the makers of Disgaea. I'll be grabbing that.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 23, 2014, 12:45:04 AM
I'm a New XB1 owner also! Turned out to be a great deal:

By placing $500 of my tax return on an Amazon gift card, Amazon gave me an extra $50 (thus a $550 gift card)

Purchased Titanfall bundle for $499, sold the code for $40, and just got a friendly CSR at Amazon to refund me $50 because of the promotion. Basically got the XB1 for $360. Now I'm hunting for a cheap copy of Ryse on Ebay...
61  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: MKV files and Anime on the Ipad on: March 23, 2014, 12:39:45 AM

Quote from: Canuck on March 23, 2014, 12:15:33 AM

AVPlayerHD has been out since Dec of 2010. But it could probably still use a shoutout. smile

My heart=pierced.

62  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / MKV files and Anime on the Ipad on: March 22, 2014, 10:35:23 PM
I just wanted to let everyone know, if you are like me and were waiting for an app that could properly play 1080P MKV files without transcoding it into another file type, the iTunes store finally has the perfect app. It even works with absurdly high bitrate, 10 bit anime files. All subtitles also pull across properly.

I've tried it with a multitude of movies and anime, and it works flawlessly so far. I'm posting this because I had given up hope on an ipad player that could consistently play anime after trying 5 or 6 different types over the past 2 years.

Please note I have an ipad w/Retina display, so I can't comment on earlier hardware.

AVPlayerHD

Hope this helps anyone that shared my frustrations.

63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 09:48:48 PM
I'm with Gratch on this one. I'm relatively good at FPS, and the chain of quick deaths from seemingly nowhere is getting fatiguing. There is precious little time to enjoy the environments or the mechanics.

They should build in an "attrition" server, where everyone gets 5x-10x the health, so that players actually have time to react to incoming fire, instead of constantly running around like a jackrabbit on crack cocaine in an effort to avoid getting hit.

The more Casual FPS players will get turned off from Titanfall very quickly.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 06, 2014, 11:30:41 AM
I grabbed the Xb1 Titanfall Edition. Between The free pack-in game and Turbo Tax giving customers XB1 consoles for $450 via Amazon gift card, it seemed like a good deal.

I'm just disappointed that there is no single player portion, or offline bot gameplay. I detest multiplayer, so Ill just end up flipping the game.
65  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Arizona passes controversial anti-gay bill on: March 05, 2014, 08:33:00 PM
Fiscal conservatives are the only group that kept my county from falling into a state of near bankruptcy. Despite high foreclosures in the area, and a reduction in businesses, the Democratic block felt the best way to increase revenue was to increase taxes and sternly "suggest" the law enforcement agencies to double down on issuing tickets.

Forget about tightening our belts. No, they wanted expenditures to rise on the backs of the people who can barely afford to stay in their homes. And while doing that, give them a speeding ticket when they rush home from working two jobs so they can spend an hour an evening with their families.

Squabbling about petty bullshit like this is akin to to arguing over a slice of toast at the breakfast table while the house is burning down. A basic human right is not the freedom to buy a cappuccino wherever you damned well please. If you hate that a person or persons excludes another from service based upon religious reasons, use economic forces to solve the matter. The owner has the right to give the gay customer the finger based upon his religious beliefs, and the gay customer has the right to give the business owner the finger, and take his business, and all of his friends' business to the competitor next door.

66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 03, 2014, 09:44:53 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 03, 2014, 09:11:14 PM

Just finished the game, and absolutely loved it. It's good already at the beginning, but it really does get better in the final half. Where the first half is slower-paced, with more focus on platforming, exploration, and combat against common enemies, the second half pits you against an almost constant series of awesome boss fights, sometimes with no chance to rest between them (three of the best bosses came in a row, with just one group of common enemies between two of them). The boss fights in this game are far superior to the last one, with some encounters that are pure, awesome Castlevania fan service. The bosses that, by tradition, always show up in classic Castlevania games, show up here too, and now they are closer to their classic forms than they were in the previous game.

The reviewers who rated this game low were out of their fucking minds. The much-criticized stealth sections are indeed horrible, but they account for roughly 5% of the total game's length, and pretty much never last more than 5 minutes each. The "horrible" stealth section that had Edge stuck for 4 hours, according to themselves, took me all of 3 minutes, and that seems to be the general experience among players I've heard from. The future environments are dull and clichéd too, but they also don't last very long. The modern cityscapes are gothic and atmospheric on the other hand, and the castle itself is pure eye candy.  

The story kind of doesn't really end where you expect it to though. It seems they might finish the last part of it in the upcoming DLC, and I'm going to get it Day 1. smile

Total playtime: 16 hours.

You  had my interest until you mentioned three boss fights in a row without any rest. I don't think I have the fortitude for those types of grind sessions any longer. Lol. glad you enjoyed it.
67  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / TitanFall Digital Download on: March 01, 2014, 11:41:59 PM
I'm purchasing the XB1 TitanFall edition from Amazon, but have no desire to play a multiplayer only title. I'd like to sell or trade for a different game, and send you the digital code. Looking for "like new" (complete) copies of:

-Dead Rising 3
-Ryse Son of Rome


I'd also take a $40 Amazon e-mail gift card

The delivery date for my system is currently 1-3 days after TitanFall's release, so please note I could not provide the code on its initial release day.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 09:10:43 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 24, 2014, 06:03:41 PM

Our review is on the front page.   smile

http://gamingtrend.com/reviews/welcome-back-taffer-we-review-thief/

In short, play it like a Thief game and you'll enjoy it.  Play it like a shooter and a.) you are an idiot and b.) you aren't going to enjoy it.    Almost every negative review I read prefaced their opinion with "I'm more of a first person shooter guy" or "I've played all of the Call of Duty games" (well good for you, junior).   I also get the feeling that some of these guys didn't play past the first two levels.  

This is a great point, and I've seen that mentality is some of the other stealth games. I remember one review for Splinter Cell Blacklist said something akin to 'the game is highly improved as a run-and-gun title, but could still use some refinement in those mechanics..." Er.... Spinter Cell isn't meant to be a third person shooter.

I'm  growing tired of amateur Internet reviewers basing their ratings on what they wanted or expected, instead of the the design vision and execution of that vision.  I don't need Call of Duty multiplayer components wedged into Dishonored. It just diverts resources and talent onto something shoehorned into the wrong package.
69  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [VITA] Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc on: February 24, 2014, 07:13:51 AM
This game is fantastic! If you enjoy visual novels, it should be an insta-buy for your Vita. The characters are over-the-top anime stereotypes, but the story is engaging, the trials are fun, and the visuals are outstanding for this genre.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/24) on: February 24, 2014, 07:02:36 AM
Tales of Symphonia Chronicles
Thief (I'm hoping this will be in the running for my Game of the Year)
Shadowrun Dragonfall
71  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Inazuma Eleven on: February 21, 2014, 01:06:41 PM
great game, but absurdly easy. They definitely needed a higher difficulty level for adults. Apparently games 2 and 3 addressed this issue in some fashion.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Drakengard 3 Announced on: February 10, 2014, 10:00:05 AM
A few people on Neogaf have said that the Japanese press found it to be mediocre. The first two games, iirc, we're nothing to rave about, either.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Suggestions for a great mattress on: February 03, 2014, 08:04:47 AM
I'm looking to get a new mattress, so some suggestions would be appreciated. Currently I have some random Sealy model that I purchased at Menards several years ago. Either I'm getting older, or this mattress is getting crappier. smile

I still haven't decided on a budget. I have a hard time believing that mattress costing thousands of dollars can be that much better than their less expensive cousins, but I'm open to counter-arguments. I'm leaning toward memory foam at the moment, but nothing is certain yet.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:52:12 AM

Quote from: soulbringer on February 02, 2014, 11:16:03 PM

Dont get me started on this damn use tax shit.  My wife works at the state govt.  Each year, I get a lecture on how Im supposed to pay the sales tax on the shit I buy online and pay the difference in my local tax if I bought something out of state or in another county.  For example, If I go to Charlotte and buy something and pay 5% sales tax (no idea if thats there tax rate) Im supposed to pay 3% to the state to make up the 8% tax for where I live.  I asked if I bought something somewhere that had a 10% tax if I got a 2% refund and was told no. So screw em.  To stay on topic, Amazon recently built a hub here about 10 miles from me so there will be sales tax coming from them in the next year or so.  

Yeah, Illinois is filled with the same type of crooks. Our property taxes are supposed to be tied to our home values. But when my home lost ~40% of its value, I attempted to get them lowered. THAT was an exercise in red tape and frustration. But they were damned near instantaneous on RAISING my taxes during the two years my property actually appreciated before the real estate bust. I didn't even need to leave my home. A shiny new bill just arrived one day with the increase.

But when I go to lower my taxes? Well...One of the clerks, after seeing me for the fifth or sixth time, had the audacity to say "The state still needs its money."

My friends in California have it much worse. They can be considered solid middle class. When you take into account all of the federal, state, and sales taxes they pay it comes out to almost 50% of their paychecks go to taxes. I don't think the founding fathers had these levels of taxes in mind.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon To Start Charging Tax In My State on: February 03, 2014, 07:44:43 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 30, 2014, 08:39:26 PM

Quote from: Scuzz on January 30, 2014, 07:21:37 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 28, 2014, 06:28:22 PM

Yeah when we got it last year (CA) I was pretty bummed but what can you do.  The fact is it does make the competition more fair for companies like Best Buy and Target, not to mention the last remaining traditional book stores.  Still, even with the taxes, with free Prime shipping I'll still tend to go with Amazon out of convenience - and of course their pricing is almost always the best unless there's some sort of special/exclusive sale.

You know, if it means we keep a book store in town or a Best Buy I am willing to pay sales tax on Amazon purchases.

I can't remember the last time I walked into a brick and mortar book store.  But I'm sure when I did it was a Barnes & Nobles, so it's not like I was helping some small local business.

I'm the same way. Amazon, Newegg, iTunes and Steam account for just about everything I buy. I remember growing up, I used to love going into the mall. Electronics Boutique and Borders were two of my favorite places.  A couple weeks ago I stopped in a mall to grab a last minute present for someone, and I couldn't wait to get out of there. I was also surprised by how few customers were walking around. It was the first time in about 6 or 7 years that I've been back in one.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/03) on: February 03, 2014, 07:32:49 AM
Bravely Default
Fable Anniversary

77  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: February 02, 2014, 09:23:58 AM

Quote from: rittchard on January 27, 2014, 09:19:39 PM

OK here's an update.  The game is less like HA than I originally thought; though there are many similarities, in some sense it's a much more strategic affair.  From what I can tell, there's very little (perhaps none) randomness involved.  I believe you and your opponent have access to the exact same pool of unit types, and the only difference would be you each have 2 spells which could be different.  From a map standpoint, it's a square grid, with the variation being where "power points" are located.

Here's how the game works.  Each turn you start with a set number of energy points, nominally 10.  These are used for summoning a unit, moving a unit, casting a spell, attacking, etc.  Holding a power point at the end of your turn increases the number you have available to you, so these are important spots.  The match is won by either killing enough of the enemy units (1 pt per kill) or destroying enough of their towers (2 pts per tower), or some combo in between (total of 10 points needed to win).  There are about 7 or 8 unit types; each has a different set of stats and move/attack capabilities.  Some units can only move diagonally, others can only move forward or to the side, ditto on attacking; range and energy points vary as well. Early on I suspect it's more about just getting used to the different units and understanding their limitations, and then as you become more experienced you'll understand what units counter what others the best, as well as different tactics/strategies to try.

Game modes are relatively straightforward.  Multi is either local or internet (not sure if it's async but I assume so).  Single is either campaign or custom.  Campaign is really just a series of matches unlocking using different exterior maps with different accessible spells for you and your opponent; there's not much variation as far as I can tell.  Each mission has different sub-goals if you are into that sort of thing (like only summoning a limited number of units, winning in an allotted time, etc).  Otherwise you may have more fun just creating the custom fight you want to try, since you can choose the map (both graphically and where power spots are located), which spells you each get, etc.  I haven't seen any different AI settings; I'm gonna ask about that.

Thanks for the update! Have they discussed a release date? Also, does it play somewhat similar to chess, ala Battle Chess?
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance on: February 02, 2014, 09:17:06 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 01, 2014, 02:47:39 AM

Quote from: Ridah on February 01, 2014, 12:46:52 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 31, 2014, 01:28:01 AM

3 hours in, and I'm absolutely loving it...and this is coming from someone a) with zero investment in the Metal Gear games and b) who typically doesn't like action games very much.  This one is completely absurd, but a hell of a lot of fun.  My only real gripe is with the sometimes wonky camera, but it only cause me problems a couple of times.  The combat system is incredibly fluid (no surprise, given the devs), it looks incredible on my new gaming rig, it's alternately corny, ridiculous, hilarious, and pulse pounding, and the set pieces are fantastic. 

Quote from: Ridah on January 27, 2014, 07:24:12 AM

I'm definitely rooting for you to enjoy the game, Gratch. It probably was just something that didn't click with me.

Sounds like that's the case. 

Save your judgement until you finishing playing through it. What difficulty setting are you on?

I'm playing on easy, as I do with nearly every action game.  I'm not much of a twitch gamer to begin with, and enjoy being able to kick ass any enjoy a fun story and world.

I play games to have fun, not to be frustrated.  smile

I played on normal and loved it until one specific boss. Then things became absurd. Later, I entered another boss fight, and the checkpoint saved while I had no rations. Wanted to throw my controller through the plasma TV.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 02, 2014, 09:13:24 AM
Metal Gear Revengeance. I wanted to love it, but it just didn't grip me. A couple very hard bosses, coupled with a poor dodge mechanism, ruined it for me.
80  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Uhr - Warlords on: January 26, 2014, 10:15:49 AM
looks great! I didn't even know this was in development. My ipad is quickly surpassing my PC as my platform of choice for strategy games.
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