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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 23, 2015, 03:21:08 PM
How are they going to avoid the problems that plagued the first year of Destiny?  (a game that many people compare this to)

Will this game be any fun playing as a solo player or in PUGs?  The vast majority of gamers don't have a full group of friends to play with most of the time.
162  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Just Cause 3 Steam key - $40 on: December 23, 2015, 05:55:07 AM
And gone.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I lost a friend last night. (onion cutting warning) on: December 23, 2015, 05:02:01 AM
Yeah, really sorry you lost your little buddy, especially at this time of year.   icon_frown
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Carmageddon Reincarnation on: December 22, 2015, 11:35:51 PM
Oh yeah, so this game did officially launch, no more Early Access, with some improvements to performance, destruction, tracks, physics, etc. 

And now they've added a couple new cars for free that actually look pretty decent.  The Shredlight seems clearly based on a 57-ish era Ferrari Testa Rossa, and the Blitzkrieger which is part muscle car, part tank:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hyM5uV-6PXo

And of course it's on sale 50% off during the Steam holiday sale.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 22, 2015, 11:17:41 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 22, 2015, 10:05:38 PM



This is actually my cynical thought, that it was done on purpose as a way to get more attention for the pageant.  Nobody gives a crap about those things anymore, and now it's one of the most talked about things online in the last few days. 
166  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Holiday Sale on: December 22, 2015, 10:53:23 PM
Daily Deals 22 December
Need for Speed - XB1 - 60% / 50% off
Popcap Bundle - XB1 - 50% / 40% off
Need for Speed Hot Pursuit - XB360 - 80% / 70% off
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox Holiday Sale on: December 22, 2015, 10:51:42 PM
The first week of sales for the 22nd-28th is up in a list over on Major Nelson here:
http://majornelson.com/2015/12/21/the-official-list-of-deals-on-xbox-stores-countdown-the-biggest-sale-ever/

Some sales are Gold-member only, and Gold members save an extra 10% on top of any of the other normal deals.

Some notables for big games so far (prices are US for Gold members):
Halo 5: $48
Rise of the Tomb Raider: $40

168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 22, 2015, 10:31:26 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on December 22, 2015, 07:44:57 PM

So, is this also the Steam Holiday sale thread? Because with no flash sales and no daily sales, I'm tempted just to put off any decisions on what to buy till January 3rd.

If the prices aren't going to change, why would you put them off at all?  Buy now AND by later.  slywink
169  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 22, 2015, 10:28:55 PM
Well, so far I bought:
- Fallout: New Vegas
- Gunnheim

Also tempted by:
- Subnautica
- Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition
- Infinifactory
170  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: December 22, 2015, 04:42:23 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 22, 2015, 04:36:37 PM

Bring your own!

I'm assuming we're waiting for 10am PST, right?
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY 2015 on: December 22, 2015, 05:14:51 AM
It's really hard for me to pick out one game as my GOTY this year.  Instead, here are a few I enjoyed despite some caveats:
- Cities: Skylines
- Mad Max
- Fallout 4
- Just Cause 3
- Dirt Rally
- Metal Gear Solid V
- Dying Light
- Grow Home

Best 2014 games I played in 2015:
- Sherlock Holmes: Crimes and Punishments
- MXGP
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment/surprise of the year 2015 on: December 22, 2015, 05:06:35 AM
Disappointing
- Fallout 4 was fun in several ways but very disappointing in how much potential it failed to capitalize on for roleplaying.

- Just Cause 3 is also fun but once again disappointing in how much it just feels like Just Cause 2.5.  There are a few new things but it largely feels like a fancied up (poor performing) last-gen game.

- The Witcher 3 was disappointing for how much I didn't get into it despite everybody else going gaga over it.

- MX vs ATV: Supercross Encore was disappointing for how broken it released out of Early Access, and for staying like that for going on a couple months after that.

- Evolve was disappointing as a game that had a lot of promise but couldn't deliver on it, and couldn't keep an active community playing it.

Surprising
- Metal Gear Solid V might be my "most surprising" since I actually enjoyed it despite thinking the story was dumb and disliking the rest of the series.

- Dirt Rally was also very surprising, as a new rally-focused game from Codemasters coming out in Early Access the same day it was announced and really trying to meet fan expectations, and largely exceeding them with very regular patches and updates.

- Grow Home was surprising as it kind of came out of nowhere and was a lot of fun.

- Cities: Skyline was surprising in how much it fulfilled on the desires of a modern SimCity after the failure of that one.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 21, 2015, 03:39:14 PM
Looks like there is a demo for this now available on the Xbox One.  You'll still have to download the whole ~21GB, but can try it for free.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 21, 2015, 06:00:59 AM
Not buying anything, but hopefully opening up something beneath the tree.   icon_smile
175  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Xbox Holiday Sale on: December 21, 2015, 05:58:44 AM
According to Major Nelson, the Xbox Store is going to be having it's "biggest sale ever" starting this Tuesday, Dec 22nd. 

http://majornelson.com/2015/12/18/the-biggest-sale-ever-for-xbox-store-begins-dec-22/

Looks like they'll be having deals on the newer Xbone games like Halo 5, Gears, Tomb Raider, Rare Replay, Fallout 4, etc.  We'll probably have to wait until Tuesday for more details.

176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: December 20, 2015, 11:47:58 PM
IGN has a 12 minute video of developer-narrated gameplay footage.  I think it looks pretty good.

One great thing about this time period is that it allows a much wider range of interesting vehicles, from the classics to muscle cars.  A little less painful than some of earlier 20's and 30's vehicles that were less powerful.

Oh, and this is currently scheduled for April, so it will be another of the bigger (potentially great) games coming early in the year.
177  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Just Cause 3 Steam key - $40 on: December 19, 2015, 04:46:43 PM
This is still available, btw.  Price lowered.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: December 19, 2015, 12:47:27 AM
They just released a new patch on Steam:

Quote
The latest patch for Batman: Arkham Knight was released today and contains the following updates:

Fixed some issues with stars being awarded or lost incorrectly in specific AR Challenges
Improved target prioritization during combat
Restored heavier rain during the opening section of the game
Fixed missing rain effects on a few remaining player character skins
Miscellaneous gameplay fixes and stability improvements
Fixes to some keyboard and mouse prompts after being rebound
Made frame times more consistent for 60hz monitors running at 30fps with VSync enabled
Previously equipped gadgets can be selected with keyboard and mouse again after restarting an AR Challenge
Fixed the default key binding for Harley’s Snare gadget
Batgirl’s Remote Hacking Device can now be properly selected with keyboard & mouse in AR Challenges
Minor performance optimizations for certain combinations of hardware
Fixed keyboard & mouse controls that did not function in DLC AR Challenges when no previous save data existed
Quick Photo Mode can now be triggered with keyboard and mouse controls when using the Batmobile
Special Combo Takedowns can now be performed with Quickfire Gadget binds if they were rebound
Fixed graphical corruption that may occur after Alt-Tabbing
Improvements and corrections to some localized text
Added new Classic Harley Quinn skin for use in AR Challenges & the Harley Quinn Story Pack
Added Arkham Knight as a playable character for AR Challenges & the Red Hood Story Pack
Added support for December DLC content
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 18, 2015, 11:05:44 PM
I didn't really notice any speed up with the loading times on PC, but I also wasn't really seeing the issues others were either so I guess that's to be expected.  Glad to hear it improved the console experience significantly!   thumbsup

The game is fun and all, but it always leaves me a bit hollow for some reason.  It sort of feels like the equivalent of eating Doritos: fun while you're playing it, and I can spend more time in it than I ever think I will, but in the end it's not fully satisfying like a real meal would be. 
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/X360/PS3/VITA] MXGP - The Official Motocross Videogame on: December 18, 2015, 05:44:43 PM
It looks like MXGP 2 is going to be hitting shelves on March 31st of next year. 

I'm looking forward to it, although end-of-financial-quarter releases always give me some reservations.  Hopefully we see some videos coming out soon.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HURTWORLD........not another one. on: December 18, 2015, 05:31:48 PM
So has anybody actually played Hurtworld, since we're in that thread? 

I liked seeing they had at least a few offroad vehicles, but I'm not sure if those are super rare or somewhat easy to come by.  I'm guessing since they say "Hurtworld aims to punish" that they're super rare and only used by the dedicated people that would kill me in about 5 minutes.   disgust
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 17, 2015, 03:55:19 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on December 17, 2015, 03:05:12 PM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Looks pretty funny

Yeah, that looks pretty good.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 17, 2015, 01:42:43 AM
Well, it seems like the first of four exclusive movies from Adam Sandler has appeared on Netflix with nary a fart sound. 

The Ridiculous 6 showed up a week or two ago, and unlike most things Netflix produces it was not splashed across every header and advertisement space they have.  And for good reason, it pretty much falls in like with the worst terrible Sandler tripe despite having a bevy of recognizable faces in it.   thumbsdown

So glad they have three more of these to come...   Head meets wall
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: December 17, 2015, 01:24:07 AM
New games available:

Xbox One: Thief
Xbox 360: Sacred 3, Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising

And Van Helsing is still available until the 31st.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: December 16, 2015, 09:27:26 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 16, 2015, 07:59:00 PM


That's certainly 25 movies, but it seems to have missed a few of the most well regarded and also included some that have yet to even be released.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 16, 2015, 03:02:57 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 16, 2015, 02:49:48 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 15, 2015, 10:15:06 PM

Hey, waddya know, farley posted something.

I sometimes feel like this is my personal space to post whatever I find funny.  It is safer than Facebook where it might be seen by people I run into on holidays  (because really that is all Facebook is to me a way to find out about relatives I don't see often)



Haha, too true.  That is one of the reasons I deleted my Facebook profile some time ago, it often just felt like oversight by people I'm not that close to.
187  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Playstation Holiday Sale on: December 16, 2015, 03:56:53 AM
I guess Week 2 is up, see the deals in this list:

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/12/15/holiday-sale-week-2-star-wars-battlefront-deluxe-the-last-of-us/
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bring back MST3K kickstarter launched on: December 15, 2015, 06:50:00 PM
People interested in MST3K might also want to know that there is a Rifftrax Live event tonight in theaters for the movie Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny.
http://www.fathomevents.com/event/return-of-rifftrax-live-santa-and-the-ice-cream-bunny
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 15, 2015, 04:04:54 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 15, 2015, 02:01:26 PM

Did anyone read the book?  I like the trailer but I have no idea if the source material is good.

I was kind of thinking the same thing.  Not sure if the story and characters were actually good to begin with.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: December 14, 2015, 08:34:17 PM

Quote from: farley2k on December 14, 2015, 04:54:24 PM

New Star Trek one leaked so the studio released it.  Great idea, too bad it looks so silly.  I mean motorcycle jumps?  Really?

Yeah, it seems like they're going even more for the "big dumb fun" with this one.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/15) on: December 14, 2015, 04:46:06 PM

Quote from: Reemul on December 14, 2015, 09:15:44 AM

I think Elite was EA on the Xbox first!

Yeah, they also had The Long Dark on there, which was how I tried that game enough to know it wouldn't hold my interest.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist -- 12/11/15 Edition - Pre Star Wars Mania!!! on: December 14, 2015, 04:35:17 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 11, 2015, 04:17:17 PM

Well, since I finally finished Fallout 4 I guess I'll probably be spending my gaming time with Just Cause 3 and The Crew.

I didn't get a ton of time to play, but when I did I played some Just Cause 3.  The formula is still very fun, but not really compelling me the way I imagined it would.

I also fired up Tribes: Ascend since they put out a big patch that completely changed the game from class-based to build-your-own, as well as unlocking everything and adding some maps.  It's still really fun, but the learning curve is what likely keeps new players away.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/15) on: December 14, 2015, 05:48:32 AM
Yeah, just the free Games with Gold that come out this week (Thief, Sacred 3 and Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising).
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HURTWORLD........not another one. on: December 14, 2015, 12:40:53 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 14, 2015, 12:24:29 AM

I've never played any of these survival games - is there a consensus on the best one out there currently? I've got a couple of friends who play Don't Starve, Rust, and ARK, but I haven't been able to get a good feel on what the conventional wisdom is.

Personally I felt like Ark was the one that was best implemented, most robust, and is also being frequently updated and improved every month.  It seemed like even several months and a few large patches ago there was a very long grind of content if you were interested in putting in the time.  Iit was also probably the most interesting for a single player out of those I've played, but I think it would also be much better if you had a group of people to play with since there are clan fort mechanics.

I haven't played them all, but I've put time into DayZ (was very broken, but interesting in concept), Infestation (was better than expected by the time I played it, it was a massive disaster when originally released as WarZ), Don't Starve (didn't hold my interest much at all when I played), H1Z1 (not nearly as polished as I would have expected from Sony, and lost interest after ~15 hours), , Asteroids: Outpost (very unfinished), Minecraft (amazing), and maybe some others.

I'm interested in trying out Subnatica, since it's very different from the others with it's lush underwater environment and has had a good reception even in Early Access.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 12, 2015, 11:33:54 PM
I found some these knock-off Chinese Star Wars characters to be pretty funny:



























196  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Playstation Holiday Sale on: December 12, 2015, 05:24:58 PM
It seems like they'll be doing multiple weeks of deals for their PS Holiday Sale, with week 1 available now.  Too many things over different pages for me to post here, but as usual there are sales on big games and better prices for PS+ members. 

Holiday Headquarters
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bring back MST3K kickstarter launched on: December 12, 2015, 05:20:55 PM

Quote from: EddieA on December 12, 2015, 12:37:29 PM

The kickstarter has ended with $5.7 million pledged, enough to make 14 new episodes.

Wow, good for them! 
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 12, 2015, 05:19:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 12, 2015, 08:35:07 AM

The load times stopped being a problem after the first two days, further reinforcing the theory that it was caused by server problems. Load times are actually quite reasonable now, lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds.

Oh, yeah, I did have troubles connecting to the Square Enix servers for a bit yesterday, and saw that any time I pulled up the map it would try to reconnect.  And take a long time doing so.

Basically the same problem that MGSV had when it launched.  It's mostly fixed now, but I'm hoping that their first patch helps to keep it from being problematic.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: December 12, 2015, 06:52:36 AM
I'm actually enjoying the game and not really having any serious troubles that would impact my fun.

I do get occasional framerate dips at odd times, usually when first jumping into a vehicle or when driving fast and hitting some invisible boundary, but other than that it's not too bad.  I do certainly wish it ran faster overall, and I hope that their performance patch can help that.

It does feel at times like there is a middle tier of mission types that is missing or something.  I'm not sure what it is, but I wish there was a little more meat between the random chaos of taking over towns and the scripted story missions.  Maybe their DLC will add some of that, but I get the feeling they might not realize it's missing.
200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Ant-Man on: December 12, 2015, 03:31:03 AM
I finally got to see this tonight with the bluray from Netflix.  I really enjoyed it!  Maybe not the best Marvel movie, but much better than I had expected. 

I think I had feared that the slightly awkward humor of the trailer would be the most funny parts of the movie.  And of course the whole Edgar Wright leaving the film left a bad taste in my mouth.  But I think it all came around to work out pretty well regardless.
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