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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 11:42:37 AM
Diablo 3 UEE and Counterspy for PS4 and Sword Art Online : Hollow Fragment for Vita.  I'm kind of glad I haven't finished Tales of Xillia yet, or I'd be getting ToX 2 as well.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 08:48:16 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 17, 2014, 08:25:04 PM

Yeah, even the double dip decision is killing me. Spend $60 on something I've already sunk 50-60 hours into, or just spend $40 on Divinity:Original Sin which will probably offer about as much gameplay for $20 less. However, just knowing my play style, my chances of actually finishing Diablo 3 again are far greater than finishing D:OS.

If it makes you feel any better, I spent $60 on the original PC version and put about 110 hours into it.  I then paid $60 for the PS3 version and put another 70 or so hours into it, and I'm still really looking forward to getting UEE for PS4 on Tuesday.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 08:45:01 PM
Here's one nice change I saw mentioned in a video - environmental hazards (chandeliers, falling rocks, etc.) now do more than a few hit points of damage.  Any standard enemy is killed instantly if hit by a hazard, and elite/champion enemies are damaged and stunned.  I always used the hazards in D3, but only because they looked cool - it's nice that they'll actually do something now.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 14, 2014, 12:51:06 PM
Here's a new gameplay video from Gamescom.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 10:03:27 AM
Some other game announcements -

Life Is Strange, an episodic game from the makers of Remember Me.

Toy Soldiers : War Chest

Might & Magic : Heroes VII

Hellblade from Ninja Theory

Also, it looks like Obsidian might be working on both a digital version of the Pathfinder card game and a Pathfinder RPG.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/11) on: August 11, 2014, 09:57:31 AM
Day One - Hohokum
Someday - Risen 3
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 09, 2014, 02:01:38 PM
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.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 08, 2014, 08:35:01 AM

Quote from: Caine on August 07, 2014, 08:34:24 PM

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.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 06, 2014, 08:41:58 PM

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.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mario Kart 8 [Wii U] on: August 06, 2014, 11:45:53 AM
A patch is coming on August 27 that will add 3 Mercedes karts and add some nice new features, including a stats screen and an on-screen minimap smile
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 05, 2014, 10:02:49 PM
As part of the Meridian sale, Space Hack is available for free on Tuesday only.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360] Assassin's Creed: Rogue on: August 05, 2014, 07:18:04 PM
The next Game Informer will have more information.

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.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/04) on: August 04, 2014, 08:32:55 AM
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.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 03, 2014, 09:04:38 PM
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
175  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 03, 2014, 10:51:50 AM
Murdered : Soul Suspect is on sale now at the Humble Store for $14.99.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 02, 2014, 12:59:27 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on August 01, 2014, 05:13:45 PM

Keep in mind that this specifically applies to the end-game raids

True, this isn't going to affect much content.  Bungie hasn't confirmed this, but it looks like there might only be one raid in the whole game.
177  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Sorcery! on: August 01, 2014, 12:39:12 PM
Sorcery! is the Amazon Free App of The Day for 8/1.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PSN/XBLA]Sacred Citadel ..also Sacred 3 about to be announced? on: August 01, 2014, 12:38:43 PM
Here's a video review that goes over the basics of the game.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 01, 2014, 08:55:03 AM

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.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PSN/XBLA]Sacred Citadel ..also Sacred 3 about to be announced? on: July 31, 2014, 02:43:32 AM
There's a full playthrough for Sacred 3 here.  In addition to the lack of loot and skills, the game also looks super short - about 7 hours frown
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 31, 2014, 02:34:47 AM
In order to play a raid, you have to get 5 friends together (they don't allow matchmaking), all of whom have a few hours to play at a time.  That seems like a rather tall order.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: July 30, 2014, 09:41:14 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2014, 03:33:22 PM

I'm not sure about the cross-buy status of these games, but this is what they posted.  Fez and Proteus are cross-buy when you buy it but Dragon's Crown isn't. 

Dragon's Crown isn't cross buy, but a Sony rep confirmed that PS+ users will get both versions.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 08:41:31 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 30, 2014, 12:27:46 PM

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.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 30, 2014, 12:30:17 PM
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.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 12:22:59 PM
I've finally joined the PS4 club  nod  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 disgust.  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.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] EA Access on: July 29, 2014, 11:13:58 PM
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.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/28) on: July 29, 2014, 08:07:47 AM

Quote from: Lee on July 28, 2014, 06:20:07 PM

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.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: July 27, 2014, 11:15:21 AM
Because it's never too early to announce a sequel, Marvel has announced that Guardians of The Galaxy 2 is coming on July 28, 2017.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 12:51:17 PM
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.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 08:59:10 AM
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?
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Eternity [Obsidian Countdown] on: July 25, 2014, 02:44:02 AM
Obsidian is finally showing off gameplay - here's a Giantbomb quick look.
192  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy: 3DS games, buy 1 get 1 free on: July 23, 2014, 01:05:12 AM
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.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: July 22, 2014, 10:24:58 PM
The game has been delayed until November 18 crybaby
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 22, 2014, 03:02:37 AM
Day One - The Walking Dead Season 2, Episode 4: Amid the Ruins (PSN)
Someday - Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty (PSN)

Siesta Fiesta also looks intriguing.  It appears to be a side-scrolling breakout type of game.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 16, 2014, 01:40:20 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 16, 2014, 01:17:15 PM

Jeebus, that was a bleak final hour.  

I don't think it was quite upbeat enough to be bleak slywink  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
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/14) on: July 16, 2014, 01:35:46 AM
Wow - when there are no new releases to discuss, this thread just descends into chaos slywink
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 10:46:09 PM

Quote from: Canuck on July 15, 2014, 10:10:53 PM

Were the ratings good? The number of posts in this thread tell a different story.

I've heard the ratings described as "respectable" and "solid", especially for a summer show.  Its ratings were very close to those of the heavily-promoted Bachelorette on ABC.
198  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jack is back - 24 returning on: July 15, 2014, 10:01:43 PM

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.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/07) on: July 08, 2014, 12:06:21 PM
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.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Have 3DS releases gone into hibernation? on: July 03, 2014, 10:22:45 PM
Mario Golf : World Tour is also a lot of fun, and that came out in May.  We're definitely in a lull now, but the August - November lineup should make up for that.
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