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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: March 03, 2016, 01:07:46 AM
This month they have:

Xbox One:
Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments (I highly recommend) 3/1-3/31
Lords of the Fallen 3/16-4/15
and Styx: Master of Shadows still running until 3/15

Xbox 360
Supreme Commander 2 3/1-3/15
Borderlands 3/16-3/31

I wish their dates weren't so screwy with the half month overlap stuff...makes it harder to remember to post about new stuff.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 02, 2016, 07:33:16 PM
I haven't seen too much noise being made about this yet, but it seems as if Microsoft is talking about the potential for hardware upgrades to come to the Xbox One.  There's a lot of talk about their Universal Windows Applications and the Universal Windows Platform unifying the Xbox One software and Windows 10.

But there are also some of more specific quotes from Phil Spencer:
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In other [consumer technology] ecosystems you get more continuous innovation in hardware that you rarely see in consoles because consoles lock the hardware and software platforms together at the beginning and they ride the generation out for seven years or so. We’re allowing ourselves to decouple our software platform from the hardware platform on which it runs.

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We believe we will see more hardware innovation in the console space than we’ve ever seen. We’ll see us come out with new hardware capability during a generation and allow the same games to run backwards and forward compatible because we have UWAs running on top of UWP. It allows us to focus on hardware innovation without invalidating the games that run on that platform.

We can effectively feel a little bit more like what we see on PC where I can still go back and run my old Quake and Doom games, but then I can also see the best 4K games coming out. Hardware innovation continues and software takes advantage. I don’t have to jump generation and lose everything I played before.

Here's a couple articles talking about it:
http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/mar/01/microsoft-to-unify-pc-and-xbox-one-platforms-ending-fixed-console-hardware
http://www.giantbomb.com/articles/microsoft-plans-to-upgrade-xbox-one-hardware-unify/1100-5406/
http://www.polygon.com/2016/3/1/11121666/xbox-one-hardware-upgrades-phil-spencer-microsoft
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished 2016 edition on: March 02, 2016, 06:32:14 PM
Finished:
Dragon's Dogma on the PC!
Fallout New Vegas (I think I finished this?  Quit before doing all DLC missions though)

Played and gave up on:
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 4
Trash TV
Gunnheim
Nuclear Throne
The Swindle

Waiting on more updates to continue (some Early Access):
Maximum Override
Snow
Subnautica
The Solus Project
MX vs ATV Supercross Encore
Just Cause 3
Next Car Game: Wreckfest

Still playing (or hoping to):
Grim Dawn
Victor Vran
Fortified
MXGP
Dirt Rally
Gravity Rush Remastered
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: March 02, 2016, 06:20:28 PM
The fact that the servers won't go up until that time means that reviews also won't be able to test any of the online features until then.  Which is fine since that means reviewers will be with fully populated servers with normal people, but that also means it's sort of a late embargo on reviews until probably days after launch.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBox One, PS4, PC] - Sébastien Loeb Rally EVO on: March 02, 2016, 06:11:12 PM
I see that our own Ron Burke (aka Knightshade Braggin' slywink ) did a nice interview with Milestone about this game: http://gamingtrend.com/2016/03/02/gaming-trend-interviews-milestone-about-sebastien-loeb-rally-evo/

I still haven't had enough time (or ambition?) to get this one, but when the magical day comes along when I have infinite time it is on the list.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Factorio on: March 02, 2016, 05:58:17 PM
I saw this game Factorio pop up in my big Steam game slideshow the other day and had to check out what it was (if only to figure out what the game's name actually was since it looked more like Factor:0 in their typeface).

Anyway, after checking out this sweet trailer I was definitely intrigued.  It looks like some sort of insane infinite 2D version of Infinifactory or something.  Build an ever sprawling automated infrastructure of machines, factories and transport to harvest various resources, build parts, move them around, create energy, etc. 

Here's a little more in depth gameplay trailer as well if that intrigues you.

It's currently sitting at 99% positive reviews on Steam with over 2400 reviews.  Maybe not surprising since they've apparently been in an unofficial early access mode and had already sold over 100k copies on their website before coming to Steam, but extremely impressive nonetheless!
127  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 02, 2016, 03:27:40 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 02, 2016, 03:25:31 PM

It just didn't have the Pixar magic I usually feel when watching them but I will still see it because they are a trusted brand. 

Yeah, it felt like the Cars stuff where it only has the kid-level of humor and not the old multi-layer appeal.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Moon-like game No. 1 at Steam's top sellers list on: March 02, 2016, 04:21:03 AM
Has anybody jumped in to give this a try yet?  Seems well received; like a fun game to just chill with.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: March 02, 2016, 04:09:03 AM

Quote from: Arclight on March 01, 2016, 09:54:50 PM

Well, no more speculating. I did a Steam buy of the game, and I'm glad I did so far.
I have no idea, from my perspective anyway, what those nay sayers are on about.??

Apparently some new Nvidia "game ready" WHQL drivers just hit tonight and Far Cry Primal is one of the games mentioned.  Maybe certain cards weren't performing or looking very good with the older drivers?

Anyway, I played a couple hours of the game and I'm still digging it.  I find myself playing much slower and more deliberate than other Far Cry games. 
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: March 01, 2016, 11:58:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 01, 2016, 09:31:46 PM

Apparently I am not buying Alekhine's Gun.

I don't really know anything about that game.  What's the deal?  I just looked up screenshots and it almost seemed like a Mafia game but with Hitman stealth?  Seems interesting, but I don't think the name is doing them any favors, to be honest.
131  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: March 01, 2016, 10:23:05 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 01, 2016, 10:05:47 PM

So I guess my question is how much advantage/enjoyment is it using the 21:9 monitor factor for gaming?  Does it make a difference in 2.5D games like Diablo 3?  Also what does the G-Sync bring to the table?

If you're curious, Dave Snider (formerly of Giant Bomb) got a 21:9 monitor a few months ago and he puts up monthly screenshots. 

His batch for February include several from Divinity: Original Sin that make it look quite useful: http://www.davesnider.org/gallery/february-2016-screenshots/  And a few from Pillars of Eternity in December that look maybe not as useful in some dungeons: http://www.davesnider.org/gallery/december-2015-screenshots/
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 01, 2016, 08:58:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 01, 2016, 08:47:48 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 01, 2016, 06:31:14 PM

It looks like they are finally trying to bring this to PC, via a $1.5 million Fig campaign: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/rock-band-4-pc

I'm surprised to hear that, given how underwhelming the response supposedly is.

I would guess that's probably exactly why they're doing it, to make up for the other platforms kind of being underwhelming for them.  And why they're crowd funding it, so it's not a total loss shot in the dark.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: March 01, 2016, 06:41:33 PM
Yeah, I have an Nvidia GTX 760 2GB with the latest WHQL drivers.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: March 01, 2016, 06:34:38 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 01, 2016, 04:13:46 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 01, 2016, 03:00:37 PM

Any PC gamers playing this one?

I bought it on GMG so got a Uplay key but haven't had time to fire it up yet.  I had it preloaded, though, so might be able to at least test it out in a bit.

I fired it up for a few minutes during my lunch break and so far I'd have to say I don't see anything to complain about.  It looks great running at High on my PC.  There is also Very High and Ultra settings beyond that, but I don't think my rig can handle that anymore.

The only real graphical complaint is that everything is brown, it's so much less vibrant than FC3 or 4, but that is more of an artistic and setting choice than something to complain about when it comes to graphics.  There is already a great vista in the prologue area and I expect to see more of that when I find more open areas again.

I played through the short prologue and a little bit of hunting after that and so far it kind of won me over.  I went in pretty jaded after reading all the reviews, but I have to say the setting and feeling of it kind of grabbed me.  We'll see if it maintains that for any length of time, but I'm feeling much better about my prepurchase now than I was the last few days.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Rock Band 4 on: March 01, 2016, 06:31:14 PM
It looks like they are finally trying to bring this to PC, via a $1.5 million Fig campaign: https://www.fig.co/campaigns/rock-band-4-pc
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Forza Motorsport 6: Apex coming to Win 10 PCs on: March 01, 2016, 04:18:22 PM
I saw this story over at ShackNews that says Microsoft announced Forza 6 is going to have a Free stripped-down version available for Windows 10 PCs later this spring.

It will feature 20 tracks but only 63 of the normal 460 cars.  My guess is if it's successful at all they'll just sell car packs and make it a true free-to-play game.

This is a nice way to introduce the series to PCs and get some extra eyes on their Windows Store and DX12.  I know I'll at least download and give it a whirl.  Let's hope it runs well on a wide range of systems!
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: March 01, 2016, 04:13:46 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 01, 2016, 03:00:37 PM

Any PC gamers playing this one?

I bought it on GMG so got a Uplay key but haven't had time to fire it up yet.  I had it preloaded, though, so might be able to at least test it out in a bit.
138  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Happy Leap Year Day! on: February 29, 2016, 09:13:38 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 29, 2016, 09:10:44 PM

I read a suggestion someplace that we should all just take the day off and treat the leap day like it doesn't exist for work purposes. In this year's case, 2/28 is Sunday, stay home on the leap day, and we all go back to work on 3/1 as a Monday...day off for everyone, and no time lost in the work week!

Sunday 2: The Sundering!
139  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Happy Leap Year Day! on: February 29, 2016, 05:38:22 PM
Happy calendar irregularity! 

I think the world's governments need to make February 29th a national holiday.  It only happens once every four years, we should all get out of work and school to celebrate!  Parades, balloons, confetti, clowns throwing candy at kids, the works!    Cabbage Patch
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: February 29, 2016, 04:25:32 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 29, 2016, 04:23:03 PM

Twilight Princess HD already pre-ordered with my amimbo.  I would take Friday off to enjoy but I don't know what time it will arrive so I will just save Saturday for it.

The secret is to always take off the next Monday!  That way you guarantee to get the game first, still get the 3 day weekend without feeling guilty about zoning out in front of a new game, but can still pretend to work that it's for some legit reason.  slywink
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: February 29, 2016, 04:22:43 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 29, 2016, 02:14:38 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 27, 2016, 11:23:09 PM

I appreciate the free offer, but I went the way of EngineNo9 and just bought it. I have the funds and have enjoyed your other stuff anyway..

So will this make me a cheap ass if I email for a free copy?

Not at all!  It just makes me a lazy-ass because I'd rather have Amazon auto-deliver it than have to manually side load a .mobi file.  slywink
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 29, 2016, 05:21:44 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2016, 12:59:42 AM

Still plunking away at Dragon's Dogma.  We'll see if I have time for anything else.

Finally decided to just finish Dragon's Dogma so I can move on to other things.  I don't think I'll go back for more New Game+.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/1/16) on: February 29, 2016, 05:18:55 AM
I guess I'm getting both Far Cry Primal on PC and Twilight Princess HD.  I don't think I'll have enough time to play these games...
144  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 21:9 gaming computer on: February 29, 2016, 02:09:55 AM
I've thought about getting a 21:9 monitor but I know I'd need to get a high end videocard to drive that.  I do like the idea of having it more wrapped around, though.  And from everything I've heard most games that don't support 21:9 do a good job of just displaying in the center.

Oh, also, Zinfan I think it would totally be worth the relatively minor cost to go with 16GB of RAM if you can.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 28, 2016, 05:33:55 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 28, 2016, 04:21:10 PM

You've also got a bow and arrow instead of machine guns.  That alone makes for a pretty big shift in how you approach enemies and animals.  I spend a lot more time crouching in this game.  I also have yet to approach a camp in the same way I would in the previous games.  Usually, I figure out the best approach, then snipe one or two baddies before sneaking in and doing stealth takedowns on everyone else.  Unless it all goes to hell, then I start shooting.  In Primal, I stay far away and try to get an arrow into everyone I can, as stealthily as possible.  If that goes to hell, I try to run and stick to the bow and arrow.  Only if they're on top of me do I switch to the club (or spear, if I forgot to map the fast switch to the club).  I think I have done one stealth takedown in the whole game so far.

That's the one thing that won't really be different for me.  In the other Far Cry games I end up using the bow almost exclusively (aside from stealth take-downs) since it's the best stealthy weapon.  I hardly ever used guns at all unless I was using the grenade launcher or something went very wrong and I couldn't run away.  I'm afraid that not having the sight on the bow is going to make it suck much more than I'm used to.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Harvest Moon-like game No. 1 at Steam's top sellers list on: February 28, 2016, 03:38:31 AM
I haven't bought it since I have so many other games and more on the way, but it does sound good.

The one thing I don't really like is the design of the characters.  I kind of wish they were shorter, fatter, or just cuter to fit the style a little better.
147  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Not more zombie books! on: February 27, 2016, 04:38:25 PM
Cool, congrats on the new book!  I just bought it on Amazon and look forward to reading it!  Although I may not get to it for a couple months since I still have a backlog from holiday gifts (and my own lack of restraint).   icon_biggrin
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 2/26/16 edition on: February 27, 2016, 12:59:42 AM
Still plunking away at Dragon's Dogma.  We'll see if I have time for anything else.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps4, Xbox1] Resident Evil 4, 5 an 6 on: February 25, 2016, 07:44:30 PM
Wait, they're doing them in reverse order?  What the heck?
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/23/16) on: February 25, 2016, 07:28:19 PM
Superhot also comes out today and definitely looks super interesting.  Very weird stuff even beyond the cool slow-mo shooting mechanics.

And Grim Dawn as mentioned in that thread.

And Bierzerkers.  And probably other things, heh.
151  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: fragmented packets message ps4 on: February 25, 2016, 01:09:22 AM
I've never heard of that one, sorry.  icon_confused  Have you tried changing the MTU on your router?

EDIT: actually, it looks like there is an MTU setting on the PS4 itself as well (see this older issue) so it might be worth double checking that both it and your router are set to the save value?  I'm kind of stabbing in the educated dark.
152  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: February 24, 2016, 04:10:35 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 24, 2016, 03:34:09 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 24, 2016, 03:17:54 PM

The Boss  Red Band Trailer

I think McCarthy is passing that tipping point.  I happens to many comedians.  A little is funny, so they go farther, and farther until they push it too past funny.  Happened to Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and others.

I kind of thought she had already reached that point with Tammy.  Pushing the same schtick just gets old after a while.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gnomoria - A Dwarf Fortress-like with a graphical UI on: February 23, 2016, 09:18:36 PM
Necrothread!  icon_twisted  So almost 4 years later and this has finally released out of Early Access. 

I haven't tried it out in ages so I don't know how much it has progressed, but the recent reviews seem positive on the game.
154  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 23, 2016, 07:27:42 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on February 23, 2016, 07:19:29 PM

"piano black" = trend that needs to die ugghhhh

I'm sure it will at some point, but the other ones felt very much like a chunky 90's design to me so even more played out.

Speaking of, now that we've all dissed the available choices, which one did you end up getting?  slywink
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: February 23, 2016, 06:46:17 PM

Quote from: rittchard on February 23, 2016, 05:57:46 PM

Is this similar to TQ where you pick 2 class masteries?

Yes, you can pick a secondary class later on in your development.  I can't comment on how the Shaman plays, though.
156  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 23, 2016, 02:43:38 AM
I also have a couple keys for the Sega pack with Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: Battle for Asgard.
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: February 23, 2016, 02:41:28 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 22, 2016, 01:05:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2016, 01:20:24 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 19, 2016, 07:07:02 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 06:52:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 18, 2016, 07:58:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on February 16, 2016, 10:47:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 16, 2016, 09:51:04 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 16, 2016, 07:30:43 PM


This is worth calling out.  You can get 3 games for free to keep if you click to install them.  Jet Set Radio, Golden Axe (the original) and Hell Yeah! with DLC.  Go to any of their pages and click Install to add the package to your account (you don't have to actually install it right now).


There's supposed to be another free pack coming too.


They moved the free pack to route through their web site instead of directly through steam.

http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results.php

Hmm, 24 hours later and I still haven't gotten my code.  Anyone else?

Nothing for me, either.

EDIT:  Just got mine (@3:45 EST).

They've got another signup for Gunstar Heroes, Renegade Ops and Viking: http://www.makewarnotlove.com/results-final.php

If I'm reading it right, you don't have to do anything if you've already signed up for the last one, but they're saying to allow 3 days this time.

Hmm, I just got the second key but it says product already owned.  PM me if you'd like a free key for Gunstar Heroes, Viking and Renegade Ops.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ex-Titan Quest Developers working on a new game: Grim Dawn on: February 23, 2016, 01:37:44 AM
They have just released the final patch (notes here) and have announced that the the final release date for coming out of Early Access is this Thursday the 25th. 

Too bad this is coming out right in the new spring rush of games!
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/19/16 edition on: February 22, 2016, 05:04:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 19, 2016, 04:33:59 PM

Still working on Dragon's Dogma.  I just finally killed the dragon and now it's time for round 2 in the crazier world.  smile

Also going to try to play a bit of The Division beta and see if it will be worth picking up.

I played enough of The Division to make me think it will be worth playing.

And I played a few more hours of Dragon's Dogma, exploring the more dangerous world and killing bigger monsters.  It's good.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: February 22, 2016, 05:00:33 PM
For anyone interested I see Giant Bomb did a (50 minute) Quick Look of this one: http://www.giantbomb.com/videos/quick-look-far-cry-primal/2300-10994/

A little worried that they say it basically feels like a Far Cry game where all of the content is side missions.
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