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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LEGO Dimensions - LEGOs...Skylanders-style on: September 27, 2016, 06:47:03 PM
As I mentioned in the buying thread, Year 2 for Dimensions launches today with their first wave featuring several kits of different sizes:

Ghostbusters - Story Pack (new movie, supposedly the equivalent of a full new LEGO game)
Adventure Time - Level Pack
Mission Impossible - Level Pack
Harry Potter - Team Pack (Harry and Voldemort)
Adventure Time - Team Pack (Jake and Lumpy Space Princess)
A-Team - Fun Pack (B.A. Baracus and van)

They have also done a new thing this year, where something like the B.A. Baracus A-Team figure is the only A-Team real-world kit being sold but in the game it can actually be used to control any of the A-Team members.  Fewer packs to buy, more possibilities in the end.  Woot!
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: September 27, 2016, 03:39:22 PM
They have announced that the first DLC pack, The Voice of Freedom, will be out later this week.  A 2.4 GB patch has hit Steam today in preparation of this.

3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 27, 2016, 03:37:17 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 27, 2016, 03:25:57 PM


Nice!

If this sort of thing interests you, I highly recommend checking out The Up Series of British documentaries (Seven Up, 7 Plus Seven, 21 Up, etc).  They did a documentary following a series of 7 year old children in 1964, and then revisiting them every 7 years continuing on with 56 Up from 2012.  It becomes a real reflection on life.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 27, 2016, 02:06:55 PM
Oh yeah, and I'll be getting...all of the LEGO Dimensions stuff.    ninja
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 27, 2016, 01:43:24 PM
I'm not sure how I missed this in the original post, but LEGO Dimensions Year 2 starts this week with several packs big and small:

Ghostbusters - Story Pack (new movie, supposedly the equivalent of a full new LEGO game)
Adventure Time - Level Pack
Mission Impossible - Level Pack
Harry Potter - Team Pack
Adventure Time - Team Pack
A-Team - Fun Pack
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP: Arnold Palmer on: September 26, 2016, 02:45:00 PM
I will always remember him with my summer ice tea and lemonade drinks.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 26, 2016, 02:37:29 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 26, 2016, 04:47:25 AM

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero isn’t coming out till November.  They announced this in a KS update.

Alrighty, updated.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 26, 2016, 04:14:42 AM
Multi-platform
LEGO Dimensions Year 2 stuff:
Ghostbusters - Story Pack (new movie, supposedly the equivalent of a full new LEGO game)
Adventure Time - Level Pack
Mission Impossible - Level Pack
Harry Potter - Team Pack
Adventure Time - Team Pack
A-Team - Fun Pack

PC
Burly Men at Sea
Clustertruck
Earthlock: Festival of Magic
FIFA 17
FIVE: Champions of Canaan
Forza Horizon 3
Hitman: Episode 5
Lichtspeer
Nebula Online
Quantum Break
Rogue Wizards
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Unloved

Xbox One
FIFA 17
Forza Horizon 3
Hitman: Episode 5
Lichtspeer
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Valhalla Hills
XCOM 2

PS4
Darkest Dungeon
FIFA 17
Hitman: Episode 5
Lichtspeer
Mount & Blade: Warband
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
Valhalla Hills
Wand Wars
XCOM 2
Zheros

Wii U
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero

Xbox 360
FIFA 17

PS3
FIFA 17

3DS
Azure Striker Gunvolt 2
Shantae and The Pirate’s Curse
Sonic Boom: Fire & Ice
Yo-Kai Watch 2: Bony Spirits/Fleshy Souls

Vita
Darkest Dungeon
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 26, 2016, 01:46:11 AM
I didn't really get a chance to play this weekend, coop, but when I do I'll definitely recruit you if it lets me...but from what I saw in the early game it was only letting me recruit racers it said you could? 
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 25, 2016, 03:54:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 25, 2016, 03:51:39 PM

I still see metallicorphan pop up.

Yeah, between him and my buddy Jay I now have two dead people driving around in my Forza games.  frown
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 25, 2016, 03:44:56 PM
I think they give generic drivatars to people who have played any at all, and the more you drive the more like you it supposedly gets. 

I often see people in these games from my friendslist (or not) that have a level 1 Drivatar, and that generally means that they haven't even played this iteration at all.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 25, 2016, 03:28:03 PM
Open world can be Far Cry, but it can also be anything from The Witcher 3 or Fallout 4, to Firewatch, The Witness, Zelda games, Diablo, WoW, Forza Horizion, the GTA games, Divinity: Original Sin, ARK: Survival Evolved, Terrarria, Subnautica, Hitman, Planetside 2, Dying Light, Dead Rising, Farming Simulator, Eurotruck Simulator, and many, many, many others of different kinds.  If you think all of those games are just shallow filler, then fine, but we'll have to agree to disagree.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paladins [PC] - the poor man's Overwatch? on: September 24, 2016, 05:30:23 PM
For anybody interested, this is definitely popular enough to find constant matches.  It is up in the Steam top 10 played with over 46k concurrent today, and who knows how many playing not on Steam.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 24, 2016, 05:03:56 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on September 24, 2016, 01:15:12 AM

then you miss out on 'skill songs' that boost points.  the classical music one is 24 minutes long...  eek

Yeah, it also pissed me off that this was a required purchase for that skill tree...   finger
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Tiny Metal [PC] - Advance Wars spiritual successor on: September 23, 2016, 10:20:36 PM
I saw that some Japanese developers have launched a Kickstarter for Tiny Metal as a PC-based successor to the Advance Wars turn-based tactical games that came out on Nintendo platforms. 

They say they have enough funding to finish the basic game, and this is additional funds to add more content to the game. 

There is gameplay video and also a 3 level prototype that you can download from the Kickstarter page. 
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 09:09:19 PM
Once again these guys have pissed me off with their refusal to let you turn the music volume all the way down.  You can turn it low, but not off.  This is a racing game!  I don't want your shitty dance music!
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 07:50:57 PM
Yay, my copy just got delivered!  Now to install the 50GB from the disc plus the day 1 patch plus the Ultimate bundle stuff.  Cripes, sometimes I miss just jamming in a cartridge and playing!
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 05:41:55 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 23, 2016, 05:14:40 PM

Earlier this week I decided to reinstall Skyrim and start from scratch. Yeah, my life is already draining away. But I will say the second time is already much more fun because I don't have an overwhelming obligation to my ever-expanding quest log. If I want to do something, cool. If I want to explore somewhere and see what's there, fine. It's a relief to just sit back and find myself enveloped by the game world and as a result I'm enjoying it so much more. As an added bonus, the more time I sink into Skyrim, the less chance there is of me spending money on other games. smile

You couldn't have waited a few more weeks for the free update?  Haha. 
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 9/23/16 Edition on: September 23, 2016, 03:25:31 PM
Forza Horizon 3!!!  (once UPS gets here late this afternoon, bleh)

And more matches in Paladins, I'm sure.  And possibly a bit more Zombie Night Terror when I have time.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 03:21:59 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 23, 2016, 05:29:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 23, 2016, 12:03:38 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 23, 2016, 12:00:35 AM

I'd jump in for the combined version but I'm about to head out of town for 4 months or so.  I'll check it out when I get back I guess.

Four months???  Wow, that's one heck of a business trip!

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/ganso-de-am%C3%A9rica-del-sur-south-american-goose.1174518/

Not business!!

Oh man, that is awesome!  Sounds like an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime trip!  Definitely a valid excuse for missing out on a few games, hah.

(also, any time I see a Moto-Guzzi I can only think of the Cake song "Rock 'n Roll Lifestyle"... icon_smile)
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Recore on: September 23, 2016, 04:21:39 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 23, 2016, 04:16:20 AM

Everything I’ve read and seen about this game makes me think it would be right up my alley, unfortunately, everything I see also says that it is only half baked right now.  I really hope patches or a game of the year edition managed to fix everything.

There was a huge (like 5.6GB) day 1 patch, and now this one, so they're slowly improving things.  I'm really curious to know if they add back in the clearly cut end-game content via some free DLC or something.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Recore on: September 23, 2016, 12:07:01 AM
Apparently there is a new patch out for the Xbox One version that halves the loading times, so the worst ones that were 2 minutes are now "only" one minute.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 23, 2016, 12:03:38 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on September 23, 2016, 12:00:35 AM

I'd jump in for the combined version but I'm about to head out of town for 4 months or so.  I'll check it out when I get back I guess.

Four months???  Wow, that's one heck of a business trip!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 11:14:09 PM
Oh, somehow I completely forgot about Gas Guzzlers Extreme...it's available on Steam or consoles now as well I think.  And it's actually a really decent racing game with weapons, has single player and multiplayer.  Best of all, it's on sale on Steam this weekend!  Only $7 for the game and 2 DLC packs!

And Motorgun is another arena-type car combat game that just hit Early Access.  I'm watching it but waiting until they've done a few updates to see how often it's supported.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 22, 2016, 07:31:43 PM
Having said that, even though this is a different game than Road Retribution, I would keep your hopes modest.  This is a $40 release even on consoles, and Team 6 Games has not exactly been known for quality games in the past.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 22, 2016, 07:29:19 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 22, 2016, 07:20:20 PM

Does anyone still consider “open world” to be a good thing? 

I certainly do!  Most of the games I like are open world. 
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 22, 2016, 05:35:10 PM
Fans of the old Road Rash games might get some nostalgia and excitement to know that a seeming "spiritual successor" called Road Rage will be coming out on multiple platforms this November.

Here is an introduction trailer.

Personally I was never a huge fan of Road Rash back in the day, but I know a lot of people were.  Hopefully this one turns out to scratch that itch.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 22, 2016, 05:22:39 PM
Official Launch Trailer.  Can't wait for my Ultimate Edition to arrive tomorrow!   headbang
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 04:24:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2016, 04:12:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2016, 03:42:08 PM

Oh, I guess I forgot to mention, did you try the new Carmageddon?  It isn't quite weapon-heavy like Blur, but it is racing with powerups and has lots of crashing and blowing up other cars in it.  They should be releasing the console version any week now I think.

The console version came out a couple of months ago.  With a thud of bad reviews and not great performance, as I understand it.

Oh, yup.  Damn.  I had hoped that the console release would bring some major updates and changes to the game, but I guess that was too much to hope for.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 03:42:08 PM
Oh, I guess I forgot to mention, did you try the new Carmageddon?  It isn't quite weapon-heavy like Blur, but it is racing with powerups and has lots of crashing and blowing up other cars in it.  They should be releasing the console version any week now I think.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Combat Racing Games on: September 22, 2016, 03:37:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 22, 2016, 01:54:43 PM

Why, by the love of all that's holy, has no one remade I76?  I would take some "spiritual successor" nonsense, even.

Yeah, that is one of my all-time favorite games and I have been waiting for someone to take up the mantle for ages!

I'm in the alpha for Auto Age: Standoff and it is a really fun and promising car combat game.  But while it is strongly influenced by I'76 it only focuses on Twisted Metal-style arena combat.  No races or story or anything. 

Of course there are games like Robocraft and Crossout and all of the build-your-vehicle combat games these days, which are fun as well.  But nothing that captures the feeling of Interstate '76.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: September 22, 2016, 03:49:43 AM
And with their test server finally coming next week after a delay, they are talking more in depth about the changes to come:

http://tomclancy-thedivision.ubi.com/game/en-GB/news/detail.aspx?c=tcm:154-268296-16&ct=tcm:148-76770-32

To me the big problem here is that they are focusing largely on the end game.  They keep referencing "similar to the level 1-30 experience" as if that was perfect.  I thought this was going to be a larger reworking from the ground up. 

I mean, I guess that's fine if they just want to keep the players who were already mostly happy with the game and just doing end-game raiding, but if they want to get back people like me who burned out early I think they need to address a lot more than just end-game stats.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2016 Season Begins! on: September 21, 2016, 03:39:13 AM
I like Kristen Bell, so I watched and enjoyed The Good Place on Hulu.  It's light fare, but decent fun.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: September 20, 2016, 09:32:47 PM
They have released the minimum and recommended specs.  Which are kind of surprising, since the Minimum is below what I have and the beta still ran like absolute garbage on my machine with everything turned to Low.  

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Minimum:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10
Processor: AMD FX-6350 or Intel Core i5 6600K
Memory: 8GB RAM
Graphics card: AMD Radeon HD 7850 2GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 2GB
DirectX: 11.0 Compatible video card or equivalent

Recommended:
OS: 64-bit Windows 10 or later
Processor: AMD FX 8350 Wraith or Intel Core i7 4790 or equivalent
Memory: 16GB RAM
Graphics card: AMD Radeon RX 480 4GB or Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3GB
DirectX: 11.1 Compatible video card or equivalent

Both minimum and recommended configurations will require 50GB of hard drive space and a 512 KBPS or faster Internet connection.

Oh, and in case you're curious what they learned from the beta that is a short write-up.  Shockingly, they learned that Conquest would be better with the way it always has been.   Roll Eyes
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Horizon 3 [XB1/PC] on: September 20, 2016, 07:27:53 PM
Speaking of the game itself, reviews are hitting and most are expectedly great.  Average on Metacritic is currently 91, despite one odd outlier review giving it a 40 and one a 70.   saywhat
36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Jumbo Bundle on: September 20, 2016, 07:25:25 PM
I have free copies of Stronghold Crusader 2 and Prison Architect for anybody that doesn't want to get the bigger bundles.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crossout [PC] - Twisted Metal meets Mad Max meets Nuts & Bolts on: September 20, 2016, 06:54:38 PM
Rock, Paper, Shotgun did a review of the Early Access version currently available and came to the conclusion that it's a great game marred by grindy leveling and microtransactions.

https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2016/09/19/crossout-review-early-access/

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Put this editor together with the rampant combat and you’re left with a rough and tumble action game with tons of potential. It’s wonderful. It’s creative and brainless. It’s Besiege meets World of Tanks.

It’s also one of the grubbiest grindfests I have ever had to play. And this is where Crossout starts to fall apart.

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I cannot emphasise enough how much of a shame this is, because the actual game buried underneath all this nightmarish grind-goop is excellent. Build a weird apocalypse car and go to war in it? Yes, please! If only you could make things like those shown in the exhibition tab without jumping through all these disgusting hoops. Some hoops? Fine. But not these hoops. These hoops are rotten.

Although, after reading several of the comments on the article, it seems like the author is a bit off, since the game doesn't actually have any way to buy currency right now so there are no microtransactions.  It's all in-game currency.  And the in-game market is a player-driven economy, meaning players are setting the prices and you can buy low, sell high and make money that way if you are smart. 

That means the grind may still be bad right now, but it's not [currently] there to bleed you of money.  Probably will be once it goes free to play, but there will hopefully be more balancing before then.
38  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Humble Jumbo Bundle on: September 20, 2016, 06:45:35 PM

https://www.humblebundle.com/jumbo-bundle-7

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Devil Daggers
Runestone Keeper

Pay more than average (cur $4.45) for:
Stronghold Crusader 2
Prison Architect
Punch Club
more to come

Pay $9.99 or more to add:
Miscreated

PLUS, free stuff for Duelyst just for giving your email address:
Enter your email address to get these dual Duelyst keys right now:
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39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paladins [PC] - the poor man's Overwatch? on: September 19, 2016, 07:21:23 PM
OH!  And if anybody wants to try this out, let me know your email that you sign up with and we can get some referral bonus stuff going on for free Gold, skins, etc.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paladins [PC] - the poor man's Overwatch? on: September 19, 2016, 07:19:29 PM
I figured it might be worth starting this into it's own thread rather than keep hijacking the "What are you buying" one.  I have played for about 6 hours and I really like the game.  

I'll repost my general thoughts and comparisons to Overwatch with some additions:

So far I'm not able to put my finger on what makes this so much more enjoyable or sticky for me than Overwatch was, but Paladins clicked right away (despite how much I don't like the name, hah).  I played like 2 games and then wanted to pay to get access to more heroes so I got the Founder's pack.  Overwatch wasn't bad by any means, but I felt very underwhelmed and got kind of bored.  Maybe it's a hype vs expectations thing?  Or pacing?

Overall this is another character-based 5v5 objective FPS with multi-match games.  Each match has 2 phases, a capture phase and a push/defend phase (push by whomever won the capture).  Winning the capture round gets you 1 point and if the pushing team wins the second phase they get a second point.  The neat thing is that if the defending team holds the push to less than half way (I think), then they get a point for defending successfully.  The time for each round is fairly limited, but there is a great Overtime mechanic so the round keeps going as long as the objective is still being contested.  First team to 4 points wins the game, so it may be over in 2 rounds or up to 4 if things are very well balanced.

Characters are slotted into 1 of 4 categories: Front Line, Attack, Flank and Support.  Each character can only be chosen by a team once, and that selection screen is clear to show you a checkbox that your team has (or doesn't have) at least one of each type.  There is a "rip off" feel to a few of the characters, like a they have similar visuals or powers to Overwatch characters, or at least that's what people have been saying.  Obviously a lot of the Overwatch characters were in turn influenced by DOTA, Heroes, etc, so that's arguable.  

It doesn't bother me that much, to be honest, since this is clearly not just a cheap also-ran being shoved out the door by a fly-by-night company.  These are the same guys that made Tribes: Ascend and Smite, so they know what they're doing and I have no doubt that they'll be supporting it for a long time and defining their own look and feel.

Like Overwatch, this is definitely a shooter first, MOBA-influence second (unlike say Battleborn, which was a poor shooter in my opinion).  The action is fast and often frantic, the shooting feels good and the powers are frequent enough that I use them all the time.  The rounds go relatively quick, and even if there is a bit of a stalemate in a capture or push it never feels like there is too much time spent at any one thing, and that you have a chance to break through.

There is also a loadout card system, that basically allows you to pre-configure which of your powers you want to be better.  I was skeptical of it at first (I hate collectable card type things), but it seems fine and you have a default loadout that is good for every character.  This loadout is balanced on a points-based system, so you can have 3 great cards, or 2 decent with 3 mediocre ones, etc.

It also has in-match upgrades to buy with disposable currency you gain from normal objective stuff.  Importantly, unlike MOBAs there are relatively few and you have like 40 seconds between every round to buy them, so you aren't doing it during the match while feeling like you are wasting time that should be spent on the battlefield.

It's free to play, so you can try it out with a few characters with no overheat.  And to get the Founder's pack that gets you all characters now and in the future (plus 20 chests), it's only $13.  

Oh, one down-side so far is that since it's still new and still in Early Access, a lot of the extra visual customization is a bit underwhelming.  Some characters only have color swap skins, some don't have extra heads yet, etc.  But I'm sure that's all coming.
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