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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Sega buys another strategy developer on: July 05, 2016, 04:11:39 PM
It looks like Sega has purchased another strategy game developer, Amplitude.  They are the studio behind the Endless games (Endless Space, Dungeon of the Endless and Endless Legend).

https://www.games2gether.com/endless-space-2/blog/452-amplitude-joins-the-sega-family

Sega already owns Creative Assembly and Relic, so they seem to be gathering a pretty nice collective of strategy devs.  Countdown to a Sonic RTS?  Maybe if it was still the 90's, haha.
122  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: July 05, 2016, 04:45:52 AM
John Cena on true patriotism and love of your country  thumbsup
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/1/16 US Independence Day Edition on: July 05, 2016, 02:22:53 AM
Yeah, I just can't go back to the MMO play style of using a skill bar and everything.  Regardless of the rest of the game that just feels like a really dated mechanic that literally puts me to sleep as soon as I start using it.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/03/16) on: July 04, 2016, 04:13:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 04, 2016, 03:20:36 PM

I'm in the same boat with Furi (I'm excited it's free).

Oh yeah, I forgot that it's a free PS+ game this month.  Woohoo! 
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/1/16 US Independence Day Edition on: July 04, 2016, 03:16:29 PM

Quote from: Gratch on July 04, 2016, 03:01:41 PM

So I jumped back into ESO for a little while.  Rolled a Redguard Dragonknight, which feels like a completely different experience than my Nightblade was.  Plus, it's awfully pretty.  smile

How would you say ESO compares to something like Skyrim at this point when it comes to basic combat and mechanics?  Is ESO still a game where you just hit 1, 2, 3, 4, 2, 1, etc or does it feel more like a single player action RPG?
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/03/16) on: July 04, 2016, 03:12:50 PM
I have heard lots of great things about Furi (including from this site itself: http://gamingtrend.com/reviews/furi-review/) so I would probably get that if not for just spending too much money on too many games during the Steam sale.

I was an Energy Hook backer on the Kickstarter 2 or 3 years ago, so I guess I get that.  Same with Carmageddon.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (7/03/16) on: July 04, 2016, 03:08:21 PM
Caine is probably out celebrating blowing things up, so here we have another list compiled by yours truly, gratefully stolen from other websites.

The Banner Saga 2 — PS4 (XB1 was released last week)
The Brookhaven Experiment — PC VR
Carmageddon: Max Damage — PS4, XB1 (PC version gets free upgrade I think)
Deep Space Dash — PC
Energy Hook — PS4, PC, Mac
Furi — PS4, PC
Hawken — XB1, PS4 (F2P, PC version has been out for ages)
In Case of Emergency, Release Raptor — PC
Inside — PC (released on XB1 last week)
Lost Sea — PC, PS4
Lumo — Vita (Already out on XB1, PC, Mac)
Metal Slug Anthology (PS2) — PS4
Rocket League Collector’s Edition — PS4, XB1, PC
Romance of the Three Kingdoms XIII — PS4, PC

So, with the Steam sale ending and the Xbox sale starting, whatcha buying, kids?
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: July 04, 2016, 02:06:39 PM

Quote from: kitsnow on July 04, 2016, 01:46:48 PM

Do Xbox One still do demos? I used to love downloading the demos on 360, found some great games that way.

It is no longer required for downloadable games (like the old XBLA games) to have a demo, so there are not nearly as many as before.  But there are still demos in the store for some games.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/1/16 US Independence Day Edition on: July 04, 2016, 01:08:17 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 01, 2016, 03:05:49 PM

Hopefully I get more time for The Technomancer.  I've also been enjoying Shadow Blade: Reload and probably more Dirty Bomb.

Yep, several more hours as a Technomancer.  Also Bladed some shadows and made some bombs dirty.  Maybe a bit more tomorrow before bbq and fireworks.
130  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2016 on: July 04, 2016, 01:02:19 AM

Quote from: EddieA on July 03, 2016, 09:38:18 PM

Here's the full list and discounts.  While there are a lot of games on sale, most have been on sale at these same prices (or even lower) before.

Yeah, I'm not seeing much that makes me want to really jump on them.  Though maybe a few 360 games just to have for backwards compat.
131  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: July 04, 2016, 12:17:16 AM
Last day to pick up any sale games.  I think it ends at 10am PST tomorrow morning. 
132  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2016 on: July 01, 2016, 11:25:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 01, 2016, 06:48:27 PM

I'll be interested to see Battleborn, but that's about it.

The full list of 250+ games should be available on July 3rd apparently.  Hopefully something else good on sale.
133  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Xbox Ultimate Game Sale 2016 on: July 01, 2016, 05:46:42 PM
Microsoft has released a trailer for their Xbox Ultimate Game Sale that will start on July 5th and run through July 11th.  It will be 40-60% off with Gold members saving an extra 10%.

The full list of over 250 games will be coming later, but for now these are the ones featured in the video:

Xbox One:
Ark: Survival Evolved
Assassin's Creed Syndicate
Battleborn
Star Wars: Battlefront
CoD: Black Ops 3
Dark Souls III
The Division + DLC
Doom
Fallout 4
Far Cry Primal
Fifa 16
GTA V
Halo 5
Just Cause 3
Mirror's Edge Catalyst
Quantum Break
The Witcher 3

Xbox 360 (backwards compatible):
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
Left 4 Dead 2
Force Unleashed 2
Saints Row 4
South Parth: The Stick of Truth
The Witcher 2

PC:
Quantum Break
Rise of the Tomb Raider
Gears of War: Ultimate Edition

Xbox One Console $279 + $50 coupon
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/1/16 US Independence Day Edition on: July 01, 2016, 03:05:49 PM
Hopefully I get more time for The Technomancer.  I've also been enjoying Shadow Blade: Reload and probably more Dirty Bomb.
135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Starting WoW in 2016 on: June 30, 2016, 05:19:01 AM
I'd imagine that you will start outleveling quests pretty easily with how much they have sped up the curve these days.  I think when I first played vanilla WoW it took me like a month or more of hardcore playing to get to my mid 40's, and now people do that like nothing. 

So I would maybe start different characters for all the races so you can get to check out the starting areas and the zones next to them without feeling like you're wasting your time.  Or they probably have a system for leveling quests along with you now?  No idea, it's been ages since I played.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock remake Kickstarter (and demo!) [PC/XB1] on: June 29, 2016, 05:28:55 PM
Well, they are more than halfway to their goal after less than a day, so I think the Kickstarter at least will succeed.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: June 29, 2016, 03:46:17 PM
Garbage truck came, videos taken, links sent to your PM, naednek! 
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: June 29, 2016, 02:47:31 PM
Also, Halo 5 is completely free to play for the next week for any Gold members!
139  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GMG Flash Sale - games for 15 cents! on: June 29, 2016, 03:51:01 AM

Quote from: Azhag on June 29, 2016, 02:04:38 AM

Grabbed a mystery bundle. Unsurprisingly, crap.

Yeah, I got a kinda lame game as well.  I did see several people on Twitter were getting really good recent games like Fallout 4, Just Cause 3, and such. 

I'm sure like any "grab bag" those are the vast minority of them, but cool to know they are out there.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] The Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 11:20:53 PM
Played for another couple hours, still having fun.  No crashes, no real performance complaints, no visible bugs and surprisingly little jank at all. 

Getting used to the stopping momentum animations, but still annoying. 

I failed one timed mission I think just because I picked up another one, which kind of sucked.  I should have just concentrated on what I was doing but I figured "I'm here, I'll just talk to this guy".  Nope.

I like switching combat styles depending on who I'm facing.  If it's one enemy I'll use the rogue and just keep pummeling him, but as soon as more guys jump into the fight I switch to the staff so I can do some sweeping attacks that hit them all.  So far I'm not really using the shield and club since that doesn't seem super effective (for me) with any group or enemy that attacks faster than me.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / System Shock remake Kickstarter (and demo!) [PC/XB1] on: June 28, 2016, 08:51:59 PM
What the title says, Nightdive Studios have launched a Kickstarter to reboot System Shock.  I think this was originally going to be an HD remaster but as they were building the demo I guess they decided to just update a bunch of stuff and make it a full remake/reboot.

Honestly, I think their video is pretty crappy about getting to the point so they're lucky so many people love System Shock.

And here is a link to the demo on Steam that supposedly gives you a good idea of the first 20 minutes remade.  It's also on GOG and Humble.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 08:44:40 PM
I've played for maybe an hour, up until after beating the first boss.  So far I would say it is almost exactly what I expected.

With one early exception: they made the character movement more animation-based so your character constantly overshoots bodies you want to loot and people you want to talk to as he plays his "slowing down" momentum animation.  It's super annoying just like it was in The Witcher 3 and every other game that does this.  I just played Bound By Flame the other day and I don't remember that at all, so I think it's a new problem.  Hopefully something they can add a patch to make optional like The Witcher 3 did.

Voice acting on the main character isn't great, but definitely not the worst I've ever heard.

I like the combat.  Very similar to Bound By Flame but with one more tree for combat style and every option has a dodge which is nice (the heavy combat in BBF didn't have a dodge and it sucked).  They do kind of throw you into some chaotic combat pretty early, so much so that I decided to just play on Easy and avoid the frustration I saw in BBF.

Oh, and the boss fight sucked.  Maybe I'm just dumb but even though I could see the big attacks coming my dodge/rolls rarely seemed to avoid them properly.  I just ended up mashing and attrition to kill it.   disgust
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 05:05:51 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on June 28, 2016, 04:40:54 PM

20 minutes...

Downloading now, on my slow internet.

Here's a couple decent reviews to read in the meantime if you have already read the GT one: Game Skinny and We Got This Covered.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Inside - from the makers of Limbo [PC/XB1] on: June 28, 2016, 04:42:35 PM
I looked around and couldn't find an existing thread for this one.  Anyway, it launched today on Xbox One and will hit PC next week on July 7th.

It looks like it starts a bit like Limbo, but by all accounts from reviews and such it is incredible and even better than Limbo. 
145  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: June 28, 2016, 04:35:43 PM
Idiocracy's Frito endorses Trump  icon_lol
146  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / GMG Flash Sale - games for 15 cents! on: June 28, 2016, 04:32:37 PM
GMG has been running different flash sales every day, probably to draw a few people from the Steam Sale, and today's is kind of silly.  Lots of smaller/indie games for only 15 cents each!

https://www.greenmangaming.com/flash-offers/
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 04:19:02 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 28, 2016, 12:10:14 PM


I said this in the "What are you buying" thread, but I'm not really put off by the reviews so far.  It is getting similar scores to what Bound By Flame did, so about what I expected.  I'm fine with some less detailed faces, cinematic animations and voice work as long as it doesn't totally distract.  And I'm hoping the PC version doesn't have any of the rare performance issues seen on the consoles.  The fact that they mention the combat as a highlight that really stands out is a good thing in my mind.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 04:17:10 PM
Gah, I'm just sitting at home with nothing to do and of course the Steam unlock for downloading is late.   disgust
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: June 28, 2016, 04:15:46 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 28, 2016, 04:42:47 AM

Ghost Team

I laughed more at this than at all of the footage from the new Ghostbusters.

Yeah, that doesn't seem perfect but it seems like a better movie than the new Ghostbusters by far.
150  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: June 28, 2016, 04:12:53 PM
Thanks for bumping this Caine, I probably would have already forgotten to be ready tomorrow morning!   icon_smile
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 28, 2016, 03:52:25 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 28, 2016, 03:23:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on June 28, 2016, 01:10:00 PM

Good luck on the job hunt Caine.

Thank you, Gratch. 

Yes, best of luck in the job hung, Caine!  Things are looking up these days compared to a few years ago so hopefully you find some good options.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 28, 2016, 03:51:32 PM
Everything I'm hearing about Inside is that it seems like it is amazing and even way better than Limbo.  

I'm not really put off by the reviews for The Technomancer.  It is getting similar scores to what Bound By Flame did, so I guess that's to be expected.  I can put up with some less than perfect facial faces, cinematic animations and janky stuff without much problem.  And I'm hoping the PC version doesn't have any of the rare performance issues seen on the consoles.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 28, 2016, 12:14:37 AM
Woohoo!  One of us, one of us, one of us!  icon_biggrin  I'm just glad to see that I'm not the only one going to be giving this a try.
154  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: MMO-ARPGs?? on: June 27, 2016, 11:54:34 PM
I have played a ton of Marvel Heroes (now 2016) and it's actually a really great Diablo-like game in an MMO wrapper.  They have done a ton of work on it over the years and are constantly releasing new content and characters every month.  And it's one of the few free-to-play games that I felt was really a great implementation of F2P mechanics.  It never felt like a rip off and I was more than willing to spend money over time because I didn't feel like I was being nickel and dimed.

As you say, there is also Path of Exile, which I haven't played but know some people that got really deep into it.  It's aesthetic is far closer to Diablo than Marvel Heroes, and I think it's skill trees are supposed to be insanely deep.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 27, 2016, 03:36:41 PM
Also: launch trailer
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4] Technomancer - action-based RPG on: June 27, 2016, 03:24:01 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on June 27, 2016, 02:57:18 AM

15 years ago this game would have slotted in perfectly as a $40 B tier title. Heck it's $40 on Steam. That looks like the right price.

However it seems there is a stigma, and a high cost with publishing on a major console platform. A $20 cost, not so sure, but it does seem silly.

I would have been more interested in jumping in early if it was $40 or even $50 off the bat, I mean Spiders is known for solid games wrapped in a janky design decisions.

I just have to wonder sometimes if publishers have really done the market research on pricing, launch dates etc. I want to say they have, but knowing all the marketing departments I've dealt with I am not too sure.

Yeah, it seems to fit perfectly in that $40 tier which is why I bought it for $38 on Steam.  I want to support these guys making their ambitious and slightly weird games at a lower budget.

I'm sure the publisher and marketing divisions are perfectly aware of all of those factors.  Release date for a product of this size probably has more to do with budget and time than anything.    They need to plan those things out like 6 months in advance for all the marketing and retailer agreements to line up.

My guess on the console release being full price is that first off it's a $15 difference between the post-launch PC price and the console price.  Secondly, they have a different publisher involved for the console release so that is another cut being taken off the top in addition to the console fees.  And of course then there is the stigma of being a lower priced retail game on consoles these days and they probably figure that releasing at a lower price like $50 doesn't get them any more initial sales and only saddles them with less income and then people will be more excited when/if it does drop in price.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 27, 2016, 03:17:06 PM
Oh, as for me I'm getting The Technomancer.  It may be janky, but I want to support Spiders to keep them developing their weird shit.

And I have The Division DLC coming from my idiotic purchasing of the season pass.

Also interested to hear how BoxBoxBoy, God Eater and Inside turn out.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (6/26/16) on: June 27, 2016, 03:14:42 PM
So, what are you buying this week?  The zillionth LEGO game?  The follow up to Limbo that we seem to know nothing about?  An RPG from a promising European developer that is bound to be ambitious but janky?  Some DLC for your big game?  Old games on new platforms?  Other things?

7 Days To Die — PS4, XB1
Ash — 3DS eShop
A Boy and his Blob — PS3
BoxBoxBoy — 3DS eShop
Castles — PS4
The Division Underground DLC — PS4, XB1, PC
Doodle God — PS4 Digital
Full Mojo Rampage — PS4
God Eater: Resurrection — PS4, Vita
Grand Kingdom — PS4, Vita
Heart and Slash — PS4
Inside — XB1
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven — PS3, PS4
LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens — PC, PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, XB1, 3DS, Wii U
Lost Sea — XB1
Panda Run — Vita
Pharaonic — PS4
Prison Architect — PS4, XB1
Resident Evil 5 — PS4
Spy Chameleon — PS4
Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness — PS4
Steredenn— PS4
The Technomancer — PS4, XB1, PC
Terraria — Wii U
Zero Time Dilemma — 3DS, Vita, PC
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 6/24/16 Can't believe they did it editiion on: June 27, 2016, 03:06:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 24, 2016, 03:01:30 PM

Well, I'm sure I will be playing more Dirty Bomb.  And I'd like to try to get further into Bound by Flame, but I also picked up like 10 new cheap titles on the Steam sale so I'm sure I will be bouncing around just trying out new things like an idiot.   icon_biggrin

Yep, I played several rounds of Dirty Bomb and a few more hours of Bound By Flame.  BBF is really cool, but man is it tough.  I think I need to change the difficulty to wuss mode just to get past the normal enemies.

I also tried out a few cheap games that I got in the Steam sale:
Epsilon - I bought this to support the small developer to hopefully get another tactical shooter made, but it feels like they still don't even have a lot of basic mechanics down and with the lack of actual content and so little coming in updates I went for a refund.
Orion - Yeah, a new game from the dino jetpack people for 50 cents.  And it was really nothing like the videos so another loser.
Mushroom 11 - A fun puzzle game with some action-y platformer elements but a totally unique mechanic for it.  Not on a big sale, but worth it.
Critical Annihilation - Twin stick shooter with voxel graphics so everything explodes.  Not very deep since it is just wave-based destruction at this point, but fun.
Wreckfest - Not a new game, but they finally put out a new track.  Seems decent but I have lost all hope for this to ever get finished since Bugbear seems to be abandoning it.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Odd Request but for a good cause on: June 25, 2016, 05:12:31 PM
Cool, I'll try to get some video of the trucks when they come by next week if I can catch them. 

Also, glad to hear that he is getting his wish!  That should be a great day for him!   icon_smile thumbsup
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