I put some time into Sacred 3 (2 main missions and 2 side missions) and here are my impressions. The game is definitely nothing like the first two games. Oddly enough, the game Sacred 3 reminds me most of is Skylanders. It's got a similar battle system, skill upgrade trees, gold drops to spend on upgrades, and a rather corny sense of humor. It's also fun in the same way that Skylanders is. It's got a little more depth than I first thought. Although you can only have two skills active at a time, there are actually seven total to choose from, and everything from weapons to skills to even blocking and dodging have branching skill trees of upgrades. Combat has a great feel to it, and there's some variety, with some enemies having shields that need to be taken down, some enemies that you can pick up and throw, disarmable traps on the battlefield, etc.
I wouldn't encourage anyone to rush out and buy the game, but once it comes down in price (which probably won't take long), I'd recommend it. It's hard not to imagine what could have been if they had combined this battle system with the huge open world and skill system of Sacred 2, but for what Sacred 3 is, I'm enjoying it.
That was on purpose as they usually make a point of with these releases. For some reason, there is no mention of any improvements to Sleeping Dogs though.
According to the Amazon listing, the game has been "rebuilt specifically for next-gen consoles". The PS4/XBO definitive version of Tomb Raider had a few things the PC version didn't, such as a new facial animation system and better hair animations.
Quote from: rittchard on August 06, 2014, 05:24:53 PM
I knew it was an action game, which didn't bother me, but it seems like reviews on Steam are universally bad, so I'll probably wait for a sale. It doesn't sound too different from Gauntlet, so I'm still a little tempted, just wish it were on one of the next gen consoles.
I wouldn't put much stock in the reviews. Most people can't get over the fact that this game isn't like Sacred 2, and even if it were the greatest hack-and-slash action game ever made, they'd still hate it. Since Best Buy cancelled my Destiny Limited Edition preorder and gave me $50 gift card in compensation and the game is only $30 (after my Gamers Club discount and the $10 gift card that comes with the game) I decided to buy it. I'll post some impressions once I've played some.
Rogue places fans in the shoes of a Templar, controlling former Assassin-turned-Templar Shay Patrick Cormac. Employing the popular naval gameplay from Black Flag, you navigate a ship across the frigid North Atlantic. Other locales you visit include the Appalachian River Valley and a reimagined New York. Shay is an assassin hunter who has to be even more clever to outsmart his sneaky foes. This entry takes place during the Seven Years' War, filling in the gap between Black Flag and Assassin's Creed III. We won't spoil much, but it has a crucial link to the Kenway saga. Our exclusive feature gives more insight into Shay, details how the cold waters are different from Black Flag's Caribbean setting, and discusses the tools Shay has at his disposal for outsmarting assassins. The Seven Years' War is part of what lead to France's financial troubles, and it's hinted that Shay has even deeper ties to Unity.
I'll be getting Road Not Taken for PS4 and Metrico for Vita as part of PS+. Also, the early access version of Lords of Xulima is out on Steam this week, so I'll be getting that since I backed the kickstarter.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe this is how the content breaks down - There are four main types of content -
Campaign - single or co-op story mode with cutscenes. instanced, so you don't see other players unless they're in your party. Missions are replayable, but people are speculating the campaign will probably be about the same length as the Halo campaigns. I think the whole campaign is supposed to be playable solo, but we won't know for sure until the game is out.
Crucible - 6 multiplayer game modes, like deathmatch, capture the flag, control points, etc. 1-6 player teams
Free roam - single or co-op. wander around open areas taking on enemies and random events. You can play by yourself, but other players will be visible.
End-game/other - strikes, raids, daily events. strikes and raids require groups, but I'm not sure about the daily events
Quote from: Harkonis on July 31, 2014, 04:58:02 PM
I don't find it silly at all and I hope they don't change it.
It's not that hard to make friends and invite people, and they are talking a level of teamwork and trust that would just be too frustrating with randoms. Play with randoms in the rest of the game, make your friends, then use them to do this.
I can understand their reasoning, but it seems like the restrictions are going to limit the raids to a small fraction of players. I'm sure they'll be fun for them, but I would guess the majority of players will never even see this content. That's not much of a concern with MMOs that have hundreds of hours of other stuff to do, but with the (relatively) limited amount of content in Destiny, I can see why people are bummed that the raid will be so difficult to play.
Wanna try some Last of Us multiplayer? Playing that with a team is one of the best experiences you could have.
Unfortunately, I don't have TLOU yet. Between PS+ and the handful of retail games I've bought, I'm kind of overflowing with PS4 games now.
The first rule of Skylanders is that you should never, ever buy a figure at MSRP. There's a sale at either Best Buy, Target, or Toys R Us almost every week, and although TRU is notorious for marking up all of their Skylanders, their frequent Buy 2, Get 1 Free deals still offer the best bang for your buck.
Amazon also has good sales on the figures. Other than some of the swappable figures I bought with some gift cards and paid full price for, I've gotten most of the my ~35 figures for $3-$4.
I'm strangely hyped for this game (I even have the PS4 LE preordered at Best Buy), even though I'm not the biggest FPS fan and I'm not that into multiplayer. I just really like the idea of mixing single and multi, like with Destiny, Defiance, and Guild Wars 2. Being able to do my own thing, but still having the choice of if and when to interact with other people is appealing, and I hope more games go this route. I'm not going to be the best player around, but feel free to friend me on PSN - my name there is Corvelay.
I've finally joined the PS4 club I was planning on waiting until August 19 when Diablo 3 comes out, but I bought one early in order to try out the Destiny beta. Of course, the day after I order the PS4, they announced the beta is over . I'm intending to do more multiplayer this gen, so I'm trying to build up a friends list - I'm Corvelay on PSN if anyone wants to add me.
It seems a lot like PS+, but with only EA games. You get full games (Madden 25, FIFA 14, Peggle 2, and Battlefield 4 to start), trials, and discounts. If you like the games in question and they add games regularly, this doesn't seem like a bad deal. The fact that PS+ is only $20 more kind of hurts the deal, though.
Sacred 2 had a pretty big following IIRC, so why is there is no hype over Sacred 3? I haven't read anything about it, did they do something to ruin it?
All it seems to have in common with Sacred 2 is the setting. Sacred 3 is an action game with set levels (rather than an open world), only a few skills per character, and no loot. It's more of a sequel to the downloadable Sacred Citadel than Sacred 2. I don't think the $15 Sacred Citadel exactly lit up the sales charts, so I'm not sure why they think people will pay $50 for this. The gameplay itself actually looks like a lot of fun, but without the RPG elements, I'll be waiting until this hits the bargain bin.
People have done some digging and it looks like the new game might be called Shadow Realms and involve missing people and ancient secret societies. Whatever it is, it will be unveiled at Gamescom on August 13.
I got an email from Bioware today with a link to a website called You've Been Chosen and the words "The time is near... they are watching...Your power is rising...You’ve been chosen." The link isn't working now, but it's apparently supposed to lead to this video. I can't imagine this is related to Dragon Age or Mass Effect, so perhaps they're teasing their new IP?
I picked up Yoshi's New Island, Kirby Triple Deluxe, Mario Party : Island Tour, and Tomodachi Life for less than $65 after my Gamers Club discount. Given that Nintendo first-party games usually stay at full price years after release, this is a crazy good deal.
I don't think it was quite upbeat enough to be bleak Here's how everyone ended up -
Spoiler for Hiden:
Jack - About to suffer horrible pain at the hands of the Russians. Only two people left alive that he cares about, and one of them wants nothing to do with him. Chloe - Boyfriend (who was just using her) is dead, only friend is about to suffer years of torture because of her, life in complete shambles. President Heller - Daughter's dead, son-in-law and friend arrested for treason, about to lose presidency, has horrible illness that will cause him to lose everything he ever loved Audrey - Died a pointless death Mark - Wife's dead (and she hated him in the end, probably never really loved him, and was willing to dump him for a psychopathic killer), arrested for treason, facing death Kate - mistake led to death of the president's daughter, must live with the fact that her husband killed himself because she didn't believe in him, even though he was innocent, no job
Quote from: rittchard on July 15, 2014, 06:05:13 PM
Did anybody else end up watching this (Live Another Day)? Wrapped up last night, writing and direction in this last episode felt really choppy and discombobulated, and I found the last couple of plot "twists" irritating and contrived. Pretty disappointing after a good start to the season, and I really liked Yvonne Strahotski in it. I suspect the show won't be back, but who knows.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Really? After all they did to bring Audrey back, this is how they kill her, without even a scene with Jack in the final episode? I found it almost insultingly annoying, pretty much a slap in the face. I call it the Game of Thrones effect. Everyone and their brother now apparently thinks it's cool to kill off main characters for shock value. The whole point of bringing the show back, I thought, was to service the fans with a last hurrah (or two). Instead I guess they thought it would be cool to kill off one of the series' best characters (again) with an unceremonious random shot. Sadly the only actress Kiefer Sutherland has ever shown any palpable chemistry with is Audrey, so it was pretty stupid all in all. Oh well, time to move on.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't mind Audrey dying. After the excesses of the last few seasons of the show, where the writers thought they had to shock people with every episode, I thought Live Another Day did a good job of not going over-the-top with the shock value. I also thought Audrey's death was fitting given the overall incredibly depressing tone of the finale. President Heller's final speech about forgetting Audrey was one of the saddest things I've ever heard, although it was extremely well-done and probably the highlight of the season for me. Overall, I really enjoyed LAD. My only problem with it was that Jack ended up being the least interesting character in the show. After Jack expressed remorse for his actions from the end of the last season, I though we'd see some kind of path of redemption, but instead they turned him into a a complete psychopath. On the other hand, I thought the subplots with the president and Audrey's husband were some of the best side stories since season one. I liked how they made Mark a good guy in a bad situation whose one mistake led to catastrophe.
Also, it looks like the show will very likely be back in the future. The writers/producers want to do more, and there's no way Fox will ignore the ratings the series had.
I'll be betting Episode 5 of The Wolf Among Us from the season pass. I've also got One Piece Unlimited World Red on preorder from Amazon, but I don't know what's going on with its release. The game is supposed to be out today, but Amazon still has no information on when it will ship and it's now listed as "temporarily out of stock". I may just cancel the order and download it from PSN.
Shadowrun : Dragonfall - $5.99 Warlock 2 : The Exiled - $14.99 Borderlands 2 : Sir Hammerlock vs. The Son of Crawmerax - $.98 Original War - $.99 Risk of Rain - $2.49 Space Hulk : Ultimate Pack - $13.59 Age of Wonders III - $19.99 Baldur's Gate II : Enhanced Edition - $6.24 Broken Age - $8.49 Sudeki - $2.99 Coldfire Keep - $3.49 Talisman + Season Pass - $39.73