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121  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost a friend on: May 25, 2016, 03:07:36 AM
Thanks guys.  It means a lot.  I know the forum has been slowly dying for a long time but for whatever reason it's still my "home". 
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Lost a friend on: May 24, 2016, 08:24:36 PM
I just found out that I lost a good friend the other night.  Apparently he died of a heart attack over night.  He was only 36.   icon_cry

Besides being a friend I had worked very closely with him on 3 different projects over the last several years and he was one of the best people I've worked with.  Really smart and always just the most happy-go-lucky, cheery, and fun to be around guy even in the worst of crunches.  He kept me sane on more than one occasion.

I don't really know what the purpose of this post is, but I guess I'm just trying to process things.  Kind of surreal to lose a friend like that who is a year younger than me. 

123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER FANTASY! on: May 24, 2016, 08:09:13 PM
So this launched today.  Anybody picking it up?

They released this really cool 360 degree launch trailer gameplay footage video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSBWwnOHvM8
I love these sort of interactive trailers for games, as it really gives you a much better idea of what the game looks like in real time.  Be sure to pick a resolution larger than you normally would, otherwise it seems to end up looking like crap (and still never looks greatly detailed). 
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: May 24, 2016, 05:40:24 PM
They have announced the games for June:

Xbox One:
Goat Simulator 6/1 - 6/30
The Crew 6/15 - 7/15 - highly recommended for any driving game fans, it improved a lot over the first year

Xbox 360 (and XB1 via Back Compat)
Super Meat Boy 6/1 - 6/15
XCOM 6/15 - 6/30

And still available from the current/previous month
Xbox One
Defense Grid 2 05/01 – 05/31
Costume Quest 2 05/16 – 06/15

 Xbox 360 (and  XB1 via Back Compat)
Peggle 05/16 – 05/30
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 24, 2016, 05:40:03 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 24, 2016, 04:19:35 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on May 24, 2016, 03:32:05 AM

On the fence about Overwatch. On the one hand, I don't play MP games because they bore me. On the other hand, those animated shorts have been so amazing that I want to buy the game just to show my support even if I never actually play it. What to do.

Bummer you missed the beta.

So far my impressions of Overwatch are that it is cool, but it doesn't feel drastically different from TF2 despite all the characters.  The game is still just team-based grinding in small maps.  It's very polished, and maybe I'll grow to enjoy more depth as I play more characters, but right now I don't really feel like it tempts me to play any more than TF2 which I burned out on years ago.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: May 24, 2016, 03:31:37 AM
I've seen a few trailers for The Technomancer recently and it looks like it might be kind of interesting. 

It's coming next at the end of June from Focus Home Interactive and developed by Spiders.  Spiders has never had a real hit, but they seem constantly on the verge of doing something cool if they can get enough time to polish a game.  They made Bound By Flame, Mars: War Logs and Of Orcs And Men. 

I think The Technomancer is some sort of pseudo sequel to Mars: War Logs since it also takes place on Mars and has a similar style, so hopefully that means they can take a concept they had before and perfect it.  Visually I think it looks quite good for a game from a small non-AAA studio.

Here are a few videos:
Companions
Life and Death on Mars trailer
a longer Gameplay walkthrough
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 23, 2016, 05:49:27 PM
Overwatch on PC

TMNT on XBox One
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 22, 2016, 09:27:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 20, 2016, 03:16:44 PM

I'm playing a lot of Dying Light: The Following and still really enjoying it. It is a very meaty expansion, feels like a full game in it's own right.

I finished up The Following today and it was great.  Almost the perfect length of content for me an open world games so I didn't get totally overwhelmed but could still spend plenty of time playing.  Highly recommended if you enjoyed Dying Light at all (and if you didn't play that, it's also highly recommended). 
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/20/16 edition on: May 20, 2016, 03:16:44 PM
I'm playing a lot of Dying Light: The Following and still really enjoying it. It is a very meaty expansion, feels like a full game in it's own right.
130  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: May 19, 2016, 06:12:54 PM
It was slightly better than the first trailer, but still shows that they have a very different sense and level of humor going here than the original. 

Those women can all be funny, but they are not of the dryer humor of Ramis, Murray and Ackroyd.  It's too much of a low brow, broad comedy style to work for me.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 19, 2016, 06:08:19 PM

Quote from: Roman on May 18, 2016, 12:52:33 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 16, 2016, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 16, 2016, 05:29:23 PM

Does this have the same awful texture pop that Rage had on PS4?

My friend playing it last night said it was exactly like Rage with those problems.  He's still enjoying it, but said it was quit blurry at times (on PC playing on Ultra).

Didn't see this on the xbone.

For what it's worth, my friend said it was much better after he updated to the latest "game ready" Nvidia drivers which had optimizations for Doom specifically.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 19, 2016, 06:07:26 PM
Cool, glad to hear you guys are both enjoying it.  I don't need anything amazing if it has fun open world gameplay mixed with good gunplay and stealth. 

I often find that I enjoy "mediocre" games more than big budget ones because they just fit my playstyle more.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 18, 2016, 06:11:25 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on May 18, 2016, 03:23:38 PM

In response to a question posted yesterday, you are restricted to two weapons, a pistol and a primary gun (or crossbow). But the modular weapon system allows that pistol to be an SMG or a silenced pneumatic gun, and that rifle can be a sniper gun or an assault rifle or even a grenade launcher. Obviously the crossbow isn't going to fulfill the same needs as the rifle, but I've found the crossbow is an excellent choice for the Yellow (stealthy) Zone while the rifle works best in the Red Zone, where no civilians are allowed and it's open combat.

From what I saw in the Giant Bomb Quicklook you can change up your weapons on the run at any time, so you effectively have all the weapons from a sniper rifle to assault rifle to shotgun and grenade launcher all in one at the press of a button/menu.  You just seem to have the two categories of small arms (pistol, smg, etc) and medium (rifles, etc).
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 18, 2016, 04:09:11 PM
There was never a Homefront movie.  You're probably thinking of Red Dawn, which the original Homefront took inspiration from.  Well, there was a recent movie called Homefront, but it was completely unrelated to the games.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 17, 2016, 11:42:15 PM
Awesome, thanks for the impressions and answers, JZ! 

This sounds like it might be right up my alley.  I can spend a ton of time in open world games like Far Cry or Dying Light, so if the mechanics and map are all cool as you say that this might be one I need to pick up when it's on sale. 
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 17, 2016, 05:44:02 AM
Yay!  Now you can give us some early impressions.   icon_razz

It doesn't have to be amazing, but if it is as fun as something like Far Cry but in a new environment I might give it a try.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 06:30:16 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 16, 2016, 05:43:19 PM

Nothing on the list for me this week, but I thought I'd mention that the iOS version of Titan Quest is due out this week.  Looks really good so far:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wH2NyviHtn8

Bleh, virtual joysticks for an action game puke
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 16, 2016, 05:56:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 16, 2016, 05:29:23 PM

Does this have the same awful texture pop that Rage had on PS4?

My friend playing it last night said it was exactly like Rage with those problems.  He's still enjoying it, but said it was quit blurry at times (on PC playing on Ultra).
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/17/16) on: May 16, 2016, 03:10:17 PM
I have Far Harbor coming via the Fallout 4 Season Pass. 

I'm curious to see reviews of Homefront but not willing to jump in sight unseen since it had a rough development and seems to be coming out with little real impressions or marketing (that I have seen).
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: May 14, 2016, 01:14:04 PM
This is another one like Doom where I'm hoping the single player really comes through as great after not hearing much about it, but I'm not holding out hope.  There were lots of good ideas that fall into the genres I like, but I'll wait for reviews to see how it turns out in the end. 
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 13, 2016, 08:34:54 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on May 10, 2016, 08:28:49 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 06, 2016, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 06, 2016, 09:34:56 PM

Well I'm very interested. WWI is a time period that you hardly ever see in gaming.

Because warfare sucked back then.  The guns sucked, the variety sucked...everything was primitive trench warfare.
the aviation was amazing

This is true.  Dogfights galore.  But the flying has always been the absolute worst aspect of the Battlefield games in my opinion, so hopefully they rework it entirely.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/13/16 edition on: May 13, 2016, 03:44:10 PM
I've started playing Dying Light again, starting up The Following expansion, and really enjoying it.  I almost forgot how much fun that game is!
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TMNT - Mutants in Manhattan from Platinum on: May 13, 2016, 12:37:51 AM
This is coming out in a couple weeks so they released new trailers for each of the heroes: Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael.

I think I'll probably end up getting this one, as I could go for a good action brawler and I tend to like the Turtles for some reason.  Childhood memories are strong, I guess.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars on: May 11, 2016, 04:51:23 PM
Well, it looks like the Disney Infinity series is over.  Disney has cancelled the Infinity series and shut down it's game publishing arm and shut down the developers at Avalanche Software.

I had a modicum of hope that they had learned something when they said there would be no new version this holiday season, thinking that they might instead expand on the playset that was out and quit making people buy whole new games.  But I guess they decided to just get out all together.

If you watch sales at all you've no doubt seen Infinity, LEGO Dimensions and the latest Skylanders for 50% or more off for months, so not super surprising to see they aren't selling as well as projected.  Another genre that has been run into the ground. 
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fork in the road? on: May 09, 2016, 04:52:19 PM
Yeah, I am kind of along the lines of dfs and farley2k.  There are so many games coming out now, and so many available at low prices, that it's hard to ever get too excited about any one release or focus on it for too long after it comes out. 

The noise of the marketing, the internet, constant releases, and frequent sales has made it all just sort of lose the peaks and valleys that made it so exciting many years ago.  It has all become a quagmire of hype that causes me gaming ADD.

Very rarely does a game come out of left field to blow me away.  Not to mention that the "big" games (and even many indies) are mostly iterative these days, so you largely know what to expect when RPG XV or FPS 4: The Repeat come out. 
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/10/16) on: May 09, 2016, 03:53:03 PM
Nothing for me.  Though I'm interested to hear if Doom is any good.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 07, 2016, 09:07:04 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on May 07, 2016, 06:10:06 PM

Back when I did play online shooters,  there was a HL2 mod that I really liked that was set in WW1. It had more of a strategic pace to it. Because unlike modern guns, they took time to load and there was a lot more uncertainty in the air. And then there were the charges (grenades) that were unpredictable. But you know what? It was fun.

If you are looking for a more realistic WW1 shooter you should check out Verdun

And I'm not saying that a realistic WW1 shooter can't be fun, but what I'm saying is that it isn't exactly what I've come to want out of a Battlefield game.  But we'll see, I guess.  I just have less and less faith in DICE with every game they released after Bad Company 2.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6: Apex coming to Win 10 PCs on: May 07, 2016, 03:34:43 PM
Yeah, one awesome thing about the Windows 10 Store is that it seems like you can't even select where a game installs.  It's putting this 19GB game on my main OS SSD since that's the C: drive, but that's not where I want any of my games installed. disgust
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 07, 2016, 03:23:11 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on May 07, 2016, 06:38:36 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 06, 2016, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 06, 2016, 09:34:56 PM

Well I'm very interested. WWI is a time period that you hardly ever see in gaming.

Because warfare sucked back then.  The guns sucked, the variety sucked...everything was primitive trench warfare.

The trailer pretty clearly shows this isn't some WWI sim. More like WWI as envisioned by Michael Bay.

They have said it's no alternate history, they're sticking with what was there.  Which means there are none of the things that make most shooters enjoyable like variable scopes, red dot sights, holo sights, reflex sights, lots of automatic weapons. 

They can make the trailer look as bombastic as they want, shooting crappy guns via iron sights is no fun for me.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 06, 2016, 11:43:13 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on May 06, 2016, 09:34:56 PM

Well I'm very interested. WWI is a time period that you hardly ever see in gaming.

Because warfare sucked back then.  The guns sucked, the variety sucked...everything was primitive trench warfare.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 06, 2016, 11:42:25 PM
So I guess now I am officially over caring about Battlefield.  As if they hadn't been trying hard enough to run the franchise into the ground the last few years.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Shadwen - stealth action from Frozenbyte on: May 06, 2016, 07:22:20 PM
Yeah, I tried the demo and it's interesting but I don't know that I want to play it for real. 

The main hook seems to be almost like SuperHot in that the world pauses entirely when you are not moving.  This is nice so you can do things like jump *autopause* judge where to shoot your grappling hook while in mid-air, and then swing.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 5/6/16 Capt. America -Civil War Edition on: May 06, 2016, 06:33:02 PM
Well, I reinstalled Skyrim to go back and play through it all again with the DLC and some mods, since I can't seem to find anything else to hold my interest.  We'll see how long that lasts.

I also have to finish Transformers: Devestation.  And maybe play more Dark Souls 3.  And who knows what else...
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] MXGP 2 - The Official Motocross Videogame on: May 06, 2016, 04:17:18 PM
It looks like this is continuing to get pretty good reviews on Steam (Mostly Positive with 75%), so I think I will get it on Xbone when that version hits next month.

They also just released 2 new tracks as DLC, Agueda and Bastogne with a video that makes them look a lot like every other dirt track, haha. But from what people say the tracks in this one are a big improvement in design over the first MXGP.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/PS4] Shadwen - stealth action from Frozenbyte on: May 05, 2016, 10:54:41 PM
From the makers of the Trine games it kind of looks like they are taking some of their physics-based action platforming and mixing it with stealth for their new game Shadwen.

The game is supposed to release on PC/Mac/Linux and PS4 on May 17th.  I hope it's good, but after the turmoil of Trine 3 not really being complete on launch I'll be waiting for reviews at least.

Release trailer that I think doesn't make the game look as cool as some of their earlier videos.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Forza Motorsport 6: Apex coming to Win 10 PCs on: May 05, 2016, 10:48:13 PM
Apparently the demo for this is now available in the Windows store (if you're on Windows 10, of course).  I'll have to download it and see how it runs on my PC.

Required and Recommended specs:
Quote
Minimum
Processor: Intel Core i3-4170 @ 3.7 Ghz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GT 740 or Radeon R7 250X
HD Space: 30 GB
RAM: 8 GB
VRAM: 2 GB

Recommended (1080p at 60 FPS)
Processor: Intel Core i7-3820 @ 3.6 Ghz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce 970 or Radeon R9 290X
HD Space: 30 GB
RAM: 12 GB
VRAM: 4 GB

Ideal (4K at 60 FPS)
Processor: Intel Core i7-6700k @ 4 Ghz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980ti or Radeon Fury X
HD Space: SSD + 30 GB
RAM: 16 GB
VRAM: 6+ GB
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: May 03, 2016, 04:14:14 PM
This was just announced today as a new game coming from Relic and Sega.  Should be pretty good given their past reputation with the Dawn of War and Company of Heroes games.

Cinematic announcement trailer

The things of note so far seem to be the giant war machines and the fact that the campaign will have 3 factions (Space Marines, Orcs and Eldar).

https://www.dawnofwar.com/
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/3/16) on: May 02, 2016, 05:06:44 PM
Nothing
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: April 30, 2016, 04:55:57 PM
I don't know if you are still looking for more typing games, but there have been a couple released on Steam recently that might be interesting if they are a bit experienced and you want something more entertaining to keep them practicing. 

Typefighters is a competitive typing game with several game modes.  And it's only $2, so even if you don't use it a ton it might be fun.  Giant Bomb did a Quick Look video of it if you are curious.

And then Epistory is more of an action adventure game where you have to type to attack enemies.  AnotherQuick Look video if it helps.

Letter Quest: Grimm's Journey Remastered also has really good reviews and may be a bit more straight forward typing game.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/29/16 edition on: April 30, 2016, 02:56:49 AM
I'm still playing Far Cry Primal now with the Survival mode active and it's pretty fun.

I might also get back to Transformers: Devestation on XB1.

Edit: also I see there is another thread for this weekend of playing.
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