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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: September 01, 2015, 07:02:59 PM
Yeah, once you download them they're yours to keep and play whenever, so it always pays to "buy" them when they become available. 

For 360 games they are yours even if you drop your Gold membership.  For Xbox One games you need to maintain an active Gold membership to play them, just like with PS+ games.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 01, 2015, 02:41:27 AM
So far reviews aren't great, but good enough for somebody like me who loves open world games, off road driving and Mad Max. 

Kind of annoyed that Steam seems to be unlocking this for a bunch of people but not worldwide at once.  There are 2200 people playing right now, and plenty of reviews with multiple hours put in but I can't access my copy.   icon_confused
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 3 on: August 31, 2015, 09:08:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 31, 2015, 08:04:32 PM

Is Crackdown 2 worth playing? It didn't exactly get much buzz.

If you're really jonesing for some more Crackdown and have already played out the first one then it's OK.  Definitely not great but not totally broken either. 

They reused a lot of the city layout and stuff from the first one and most of the additions don't really improve things.  Some of the new additions, like orbs that run away from you, are actively annoying and kind of ruin that fun.  And they removed some cool stuff like the transforming cars but added swarms of dumb enemies.

Overall you can tell it was a rushed production and they didn't have time for massive changes or proving out the ideas they had.  But it's still Crackdown.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 04:26:53 PM

Quote from: Punisher on August 31, 2015, 03:28:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 31, 2015, 04:03:05 AM

MAD MAX!!  (PC and Xbone)
Why buy on both?

Well, it's a long story...let's just say it's a combination of great pre-order deals, impatience, forgetfulness, and willingness to support the developers.  slywink
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 01:48:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2015, 11:31:20 AM

Like an idiot, I got suckered in by Disney Infinity again.  I keep hearing this is the best one by a wide margin (interesting combat, finally), plus it's Star Wars, so I couldn't say no.  Again.

Yeah, I kind of feel like "fool me once, shame on you. fool me twice, shame on me".  They're not getting me a third time. 

I really hoped they would release more interesting things for the Marvel ones but they basically just abandoned it after launch.  It seems clear they're much more interested in their "Infinity + 1" model of just shitting out another one next year rather than actually supporting it as a platform.  And man were the Marvel ones pretty weak sauce of low, repetitive content.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: August 31, 2015, 04:03:05 AM
MAD MAX!!  (PC and Xbone)
7  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 30, 2015, 01:13:14 AM
Keep in mind that article is from more than 2 years ago with games that are even older. 

If you're talking about RPGs, take a look at 4k performance in The Witcher 3 which is a modern game:
http://www.guru3d.com/articles_pages/the_witcher_3_graphics_performance_review,6.html
That's showing 13 frames per second for Ultra settings and 4k resolution on a 770. 

Here's some more thorough tests which show even a 980 GTX can barely get above 30fps on Medium settings at 4K resolution:
http://www.gamersnexus.net/game-bench/1947-witcher-3-pc-graphics-card-fps-benchmark
With a 770 even 1080p with Ultra settings is less than 30fps. 

I don't say this to discourage you (I still have a 760 myself), just to make sure you're aware that driving a monitor at those resolutions for modern and future games is not great with an older video card.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: August 29, 2015, 05:14:42 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 29, 2015, 04:56:28 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 29, 2015, 04:36:11 PM

Ah, Ubisoft, back to their old practices.

Did they ever leave them?

Yes, definitely.  For the last year or two they had changed to being committed to shipping PC versions at the same time as console.  Assassin's Creed: Unity, Watch Dogs, The Crew, Far Cry 4, etc all shipped same date on PC as they did on consoles.  This is a return to treating PC as a secondary platform for what is supposed to be their premier franchise.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: August 29, 2015, 04:36:11 PM
Ah, Ubisoft, back to their old practices.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: August 26, 2015, 09:44:47 PM

Quote from: Ridah on August 26, 2015, 06:30:36 PM

CD Project Red just released their financial details for the year ending June 30, here are the salient points:

6M units sold in 6 weeks, $83M dev budget, $53M in net profit so far.

Wow, that's quite a budget for a "smaller" AAA game (ie: not coming from one of the major publishers).  And that's quite a sizable profit for them already as well.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: CliffyB's new shooter is LawBreakers on: August 26, 2015, 09:34:50 PM
Supposedly they'll have some gameplay on Friday, which will be the point I start caring (or not).
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 25, 2015, 11:56:40 PM
Also coming to Xbone this week:

Yasai Ninja
Don’t Starve: Giant Edition
Goat Simulator: Mmore Goatz Edition
Octodad: Dadliest Catch
Blues and Bullets
Magnetic Cage Closed
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: August 25, 2015, 05:21:55 PM
September games are:

September 1:
- Deer God [Xbox One]
- Battlestations: Pacific[360]

September 15:
- Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition [Xbox One]
- Crysis 3 [360]

And a reminder that the Xbox One games are available for a full month (the mid-month ones continue until the middle of the next month), but the 360 ones are only available for 2 weeks each.  Also, the 360 games will all be backwards compatible on the Xbone when that launches.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 3 on: August 25, 2015, 04:05:52 AM

Quote from: Purge on August 25, 2015, 03:37:28 AM

The full destruction in the SP game doesn't make sense as you're trying to save the city, not level it. 😉

That never stopped the Earth Defense Force.  Tongue 

Fun is fun, and blowing up a city is fun regardless of whether it "makes sense" in a game here you play a super powered agent that shoots rocket launchers and throws cars to take down criminals.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: August 24, 2015, 09:08:59 PM
I've already played through Grow Home and it's definitely worth giving a try.

I didn't particularly enjoy Super Time Force Ultra, but other people seemed to.

I'll give Xeodrifter and La Mulana Ex a try.
16  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: August 22, 2015, 05:31:51 PM
Honestly, it feels a bit silly to me.  A 2GB 770 isn't going to to be able to play many games at 4k with decent settings and a playable framerate anyway, so I'd say there's no real point.  I also don't think that 4K resolution is really even necessary on a 28" scale, you kind of get into the territory of diminishing returns. 

If it was me I'd probably stick with 1440p or lower resolutions unless you feel like spending the same amount of money on a video card.  Or just buy the video card with that money and stick with whatever monitor you already have and you'll get way more bang for your buck.

But I'm also one that thinks 4K is being pushed on consumers way before it's necessary (ie: before there is hardware to drive it or video content for it), so take my opinion with a grain of salt. 
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: August 20, 2015, 09:24:16 PM
I'm sort of excited for this as well and I'm glad they're making it.  It certainly looks like they've taken the time to make it into a pretty robust package with the 4 different tile sets, changing physics and allowing things that weren't even in the original games. 

Having said that, I don't know how much of it I would actually play in reality.  I find that with games that have a ton of user generated content my interest wains really quickly, as I have little patience for dealing with mediocre content, finding the really good stuff, or even playing short levels and having to download more in between.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 20, 2015, 06:09:25 PM
Other games releasing on the Xbox One this week:

Velocity 2X
Smite
Squid Hero + Boom Ball
Giana Sisters: Dream Runners
Clash
Bridge Constructor
Pure Hold’Em
Never Alone Arctic Collection
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 19, 2015, 07:22:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 19, 2015, 06:03:48 PM

That's pretty cool, but my mind itches at the mis-matched angles on the buildings.

Yeah, same here.  I really like the idea but the execution was a bit sloppy.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Martian on: August 19, 2015, 05:20:40 PM
I really hate how much of the movie they keep showing in these trailers.  They've basically given away 90% of the plot.  If I hadn't already read the book I would be mad with how much tension they've stolen from the story.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: August 19, 2015, 05:14:24 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 19, 2015, 05:06:28 PM

I broke down and ordered it a couple of days ago too Roll Eyes.  With Rainbow Six being delayed and Just Cause 3 not coming till December as well, Fo4 will be my next big AAA title, unless I get caught up in the hype and pick up Assassin's Creed Syndicate ninja

If it makes you feel better, I don't think there's going to be any hype for Assassin's Creed.  slywink
22  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New Laptop crashing all the time: Bad pool Caller? on: August 18, 2015, 12:27:38 AM
Thankfully Microsoft has made rolling back a very simple process.  I think it took me like 20 minutes to roll my laptop back to Windows 7 after I got fed up of lost time dealing with bad driver issues.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 06:48:16 PM
I guess nothing new for me this week.  Though now that I'm moved in to my new place I can finally play Rare Replay and Godzilla.   icon_smile
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 13, 2015, 03:26:45 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on August 12, 2015, 06:48:20 PM

Seeing as I stream music constantly at my desk, my wife (3GB plan) and I are averaging 8GB a month.  Per AT&T's site, I could save a whopping $5/month to move to a 10GB plan with unlimited talk and text. 

I think I'll pass.

Do you not have wifi you can use for that?  Or stream directly through whatever computer you're using a that desk?
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 13, 2015, 02:59:21 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 13, 2015, 12:44:58 PM

I may have fixed my issue where Filter Keys was getting turned on after an extended period of time. There were instances where I'd come back to find the screen locked and Filter Keys turned on. Going into accessibility settings would show they were turned off, but the keyboard wouldn't work properly until I rebooted.

I went into accessibility settings and under advanced unchecked the hotkey shortcuts for enabling Filter Keys, so that there was no way to turn them on via key press. Ever since then I have not had the issue occur. Don't understand the logic behind it, but so far so good.

I don't think I had ever even heard of the FilterKeys feature until now...   saywhat
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 11, 2015, 09:44:32 PM
Well, I ended up rolling my laptop back to Windows 7 today.  Thankfully Microsoft made that very easy to do (within the first month, at least). 

There were just too many problems with drivers and things that were interfering with productivity, and since I'm now trying to work using my laptop that just became unacceptable. 

I'll definitely still try it out in the future, assuming they fix these issues.  And it will go on my home desktop PC assuming there are no similar issues there.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Thinking about ditching my unlimited data plan on: August 10, 2015, 06:35:19 PM
You may already do this, but make sure your phone is on wifi any time it possibly can be.  I have mine on wifi at the house and work and that covers 95% of the time it's active.  I also don't use my phone a ton (not streaming audio in the car or anything), but I get by with a very low data limit without much trouble. 
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 10, 2015, 06:24:08 PM
Curious about Toy Soldiers, but not enough to jump in right away. 
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: August 08, 2015, 12:21:02 AM
I played for a bit on the PC and it has definitely improved quite a bit due to the patches.  I got further in my first 8 days than I had in any previous try total. 

Obviously I knew what I was doing now, but the lower prices definitely helped a lot, and something about the controls also felt better though I can't say why. 

Oh, and one minor thing that was either patched or I never noticed before: it now only shows stars for skills you can afford to unlock now.  It may have been there before and I just never had enough money to unlock anything so I never noticed?
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 3 on: August 07, 2015, 10:58:00 PM
Good god this looks SO AMAZING!!!  icon_eek drool 

What they're doing with destruction and making it that seamless for dynamically offloading to servers is just incredible.  I can't wait to play this! 
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Swindle - 2D procedural heist game on: August 07, 2015, 09:38:11 PM
Has anybody played this much since they've been patching it?  Supposedly prices on starting gear have been lowered considerably, and some movement bugs have been fixed among other things. 

Oh, it's also out on Xbone now as well.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/7 edition on: August 07, 2015, 09:37:11 PM
I'm still at my sister's place since I can't move into my new place until the 15th, so no consoles for me yet.  Maybe I'll play some of The Swindle on my laptop. 
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015- Blizzard @ Noon EST on: August 07, 2015, 06:19:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 07, 2015, 03:06:18 PM

Lego Dimensions - Gameplay demo

Man, these guys really knew what properties to get to hit that geek demographic.  The prices all seem too high for me to want to jump in on another "toys to life" game, but I'll be damned if they don't keep tempting me with Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Simpsons, etc etc.  And being able to use any character in any set is fixing exactly what Disney Infinity got so wrong.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: August 07, 2015, 06:16:13 PM
FYI, if you are a VIP at GreenManGaming you can get this for 40% off right now.  Avalanche has a history of making great PC versions so I'm not really worried about bad port syndrome.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 07, 2015, 01:39:19 AM
I'm glad to see they are willing to pull some drastic moves to improve core elements of Destiny.  I think they need to if they expect to get people back for future games (and expansions).
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Victor Vran - action RPG on: August 07, 2015, 01:36:56 AM
So I guess they're making an expansion...based on Motörhead?   saywhat

37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 05, 2015, 02:37:40 PM
And for those (like me) that missed the edited addition of the trailer above: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HMxHfIxQfc
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015 on: August 04, 2015, 03:50:32 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 04, 2015, 02:48:26 PM

Crackdown 3 Gameplay Trailer

I don't have headphones here to hear anything, but damn that looked great.  So psyched!   drool
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015 on: August 04, 2015, 03:37:10 PM
So that other thread wasn't good enough?
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2015- Microsoft up first @ 10 am ET on: August 04, 2015, 01:22:53 PM
Mostly excited for Crackdown, but the others should be interesting as well.  smile

If anybody else likes that sort of thing, Giant Bomb is talking over the MS press conference here: http://www.giantbomb.com/chat/
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