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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: October 07, 2014, 10:12:55 PM
The Great Martian War
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 07, 2014, 09:21:29 PM
Cool, thanks for taking one for the team, Dante! 

Your impressions sound mostly in line with what I was expecting: a pretty well made game but not pushing boundaries, and very much a game of stealth avoidance and not a combat/stealth game like Shadow of Mordor or AC.

I'm currently too busy with other games, but may pick this up before the sale ends (on the 13th I think).  I never feel bad supporting smaller developers doing somewhat niche games.
163  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Get rid of the multiplayer/MMO section and use the main gaming hub? on: October 07, 2014, 06:36:17 PM
I personally don't use that button because there are plenty of threads I don't care to read and just skip over, or I lose interest in after a while.  I don't even go into the P&RN forum, and wouldn't want those threads in a daily feed at all either.

And I don't mark everything as read because I actually want to know what I've read, in case I get interested in a thread later I can see that "oh, I quit reading this a couple months ago" and can catch up properly.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: October 07, 2014, 12:59:35 AM
It seemed like there were at least a few potentially interested people in the "what are you buying" thread, so I figured I'd start a topic.

For those who don't know, Styx is a stealth infiltration game with freerunning aspects where you play a goblin that can also spawn other little minions.  One cool use they've shown is to set a minion in a chest so that when any NPCs walk by it yanks them into the chest (and eats them?). 

It's from Cyanide Studio, developers of Of Orcs and Men so the final quality may be a bit in question, time will tell.  It's on sale on Steam for only $24 and will be a downloadable title on consoles, so it's not the typical $60 release these days.

Here's the launch trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pacPaPfCbXs  and they've put out several other gameplay trailers if you want to see more.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: October 07, 2014, 12:21:20 AM

Quote from: Moliere on October 06, 2014, 10:58:45 PM

Peaky Blinders

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A gangster family epic set in 1919 Birmingham, England and centered on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, who means to move up in the world.

I saw that pop up.  Has anybody watched it enough to recommend it?
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 09:36:25 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on October 06, 2014, 08:52:07 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 06, 2014, 11:15:45 AM

I'll be interested to see how the reviews for Styx: Master of Shadows turn out.  The preview content they've been putting out has looked so polished, I initially had no idea it was a PSN downloadable title.  I like stealth games, and I've been on something of a fantasy kick lately with Shadow of Mordor, Age of Wonders III, and Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.

On the downside, Styx is made by Cyanide Studios, a developer that has become increasingly notorious for undercutting its awesome game mechanics with the most brain dead AI this side of Big Rigs: Over the Road Racing.  It wouldn't surprise me learn the AI guards in Styx have dialogue like, "Eh?  What was that?  I must be hearing things again....better jam this dagger into my own ear to be sure-BLRRK!"

-Autistic Angel


Didn't Cyanide put out Aarklash Legacy? (think I misspelled that)

if so, it was fairly well received by players, and apparently the AI and difficulty were solid. hopefully this translates to Styx, which I'll pick up this week, as it is 20% off on Steam.

Yeah, that was their most recent release, I think , so that might bode well.  And Of Orcs and Men wasn't terrible, it got a 69 Metacritic, so hopefully they can improve on that or even just make a good niche game.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PC/Ps4] The Crew on: October 06, 2014, 07:57:11 PM
What, I don't know what you're talking about.   ninja
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PC/Ps4] The Crew on: October 06, 2014, 07:08:51 PM
Delayed until December 2nd

Sounds like they're using the extra time to actually take the beta feedback and make changes to improve collisions, effects, difficulty, the HUD, voice chat and general stability.  These sound like good things to improve. 
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes on: October 06, 2014, 05:49:38 PM
Apparently they have now released this as a free download for PC which includes demos of a couple playsets.  Any of the normal/retail characters or playsets you've registered (using the code card) can also be used with the PC version, or you can just buy a cheaper PC-only digital version of any characters or playsets.

I think if I had known this was actually coming this time with the full game and not just Toy Boxes, I would have just waited and gotten this version.  I'd much rather just have digital things and not all of these toys sitting around.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 06, 2014, 04:15:21 PM
Wow, I've never heard of such a sudden death from cancer.  So sorry to hear that.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 04:07:36 PM
I'm also watching reviews of Styx.  Not that I need another stealthy game right after Mordor, but it looks to be less combat and more true stealth.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 06, 2014, 02:28:04 AM

Quote from: Razgon on October 05, 2014, 10:52:19 AM

There is another book in the same excellent storytelling style you guys need to read then - Peter V. Brett "The Painted man" - I actually think the US title was something different. The first book is VERY good, and has worldbuilding unlike anything I've seen in recent years. Unfortunately, his second book is....not very good and changes perspective which annoys most people I talk with about it. Anyways - its very much worth a read, and I'd say the first book is just as good as Name of the Wind.

I looked it up, it's called "The Warded Man" in the US.  I'll have to check it out when I get time.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 12:34:18 AM
I think by far I spend most time on my PC followed by Xbox One.  I have everything else as well (PS4, WiiU, Vita, 3DSXL, 360, PS3) so I just play whatever games interest me where ever makes sense at the time.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 04, 2014, 08:56:39 PM
Cool, Shadow of Mordor is an awesome game so it should be a great game to break in your new PS4.  smile

If you feel like, be sure to add your gamertag(s) to the GT Ultimate Friends list linked from this thread (this goes for anyone else as well).
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bugbear's Next Car Game on: October 04, 2014, 05:58:03 AM
They've put out update 6 and in a new blog post with patch notes also announced that Next Car Game now has an official name: Wreckfest

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Wreck fest
noun

“Mostly common in racing series such as NASCAR and Formula 1 (aka F1). This happens on some tracks during races where the cars are close together and drivers misjudge how close the cars are. Thus, resulting in one big wreck after another.” -Urban Dictionary
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Human Resources: New game from Planetary Annihilation devs on: October 04, 2014, 05:49:23 AM
Looks like they're over $150k already ($157, 279 currently) so not a bad start.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/3/14 on: October 04, 2014, 12:06:12 AM
This will be a busy gaming weekend: I've got Forza Horizon 2 and Shadow of Mordor just begging for attention.  And I always want to play a little Marvel Heroes as well.

Oh, and maybe try to paint my Space Hulk dudes.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 03, 2014, 09:21:38 PM
I really loved the first book but unlike you guys I found the second one mildly disappointing.  I really enjoy the way Rothfuss writes in general, though.

I have a hard time believing that the third one will live up to them after so long when they were supposedly all written once before he did these versions.  Probably over thinking and over complicating everything.  Or maybe I'm just projecting too much GRRMartin disappointment on this.

Not sure I like hearing about the TV series.  Fox in general doesn't do much quality drama/action/scifi/fantasy stuff these days.  My guess is it's going to be cheesy and barely follow the books at all.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 07:48:30 PM
Funny, I find the navigation to be much easier to control and much more predictable than Assassin's Creed.  I never run up things I'm not trying to, and in general it just works.

If you want to jump off a ledge you can either run at it holding A to dive off, or hit B to grab the ledge.  You can then hold B to drop all the way down or keep tapping B to go down one height at a time.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New game from Planetary Annihilation devs: Human Resources on: October 03, 2014, 04:11:25 PM
Yeah, the title of this thread could maybe be reworded to put the important info first.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 11:25:10 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2014, 10:30:04 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on October 02, 2014, 10:25:48 PM

Windows X? (say that one out loud... maybe X Windows, hmmm)

Too Apple-y.

Or too 1999.  Windows X-TREME!!!  Tongue
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 10:08:21 PM
Am I the only one that just executes every captain they come across after interrogating them for info?  I have yet to see somebody come back and I'm assuming it's because I constantly execute with prejudice.
183  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: October 02, 2014, 10:00:32 PM
I find it really amusing (and sad) that Dynasty Warriors has a higher Metacritic score than Planetary Annihilation.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 announced on: October 02, 2014, 09:35:54 PM
That's all just a lot of rubbish, obviously.  There are plenty of other ways they could have gone that didn't directly contradict their current naming scheme and confuse everybody for no other reason than marketing.

If they really didn't want to use the number 9 then they should have just given it another name like they did for Windows 2000, or Windows XP, or ME, or NT, or pretty much anything between 95 and before Windows 7. 
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New game from Planetary Annihilation devs: Human Resources on: October 02, 2014, 09:04:23 PM
Yes, this looks incredible for a fan of giant monsters and city destruction.   headbang  I don't even care about RTS games anymore, but I want this to happen so badly.   icon_biggrin

One thing that strikes me a little wrong, though, they weren't really clear in the video that it was pre-visualization.  It says way down in their "Risks and Challenges" that it is, but there was no mention of it like there was in the Planetary Annihilation video.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: October 02, 2014, 04:06:26 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on October 02, 2014, 12:19:03 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM

I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?

Yeah, it unlocks a little later in the game. Probably a few hours, if you're solely focused on championships. That guy will offer you a job and the Horizon Promo section of the Progress menu will unlock. Then you get 1,000 CR per car photographed, and an escalating bonus every 20 cars. It gets a -lot- easier when you get the perk that puts a little icon over every active car you haven't photographed in the open world.

Oh, I already have the perk, I just can't make any use of it yet.   icon_lol
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: October 02, 2014, 05:19:52 AM
I guess I still haven't unlocked the photo missions?  Do you have to do more of the main missions to unlock that or something?
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: October 02, 2014, 02:31:15 AM
I watched the pilot last night and have to agree that I don't see this guy as Gordon. 

And the treatment of the villains was just too much.  Too many of them, too many things far too early.

I doubt I'll watch more than one more episode to give it another try.  Overall, I can't see this lasting unless something really improves soon. 
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 12:35:05 AM
This game is really goddamn fun, and really goddamn good. 

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 06:59:21 PM

BTW, this game is really bad for gamer ADD.

Yes it is.  So easy to get distracted by 3 other things as you're making your way across the map for a mission.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console sales chart by generation on: October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: October 01, 2014, 05:46:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 30, 2014, 06:31:49 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 30, 2014, 05:59:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 30, 2014, 02:02:14 PM

I'd like to know how the drivetards work.

I found myself racing metallicorphan this morning, which was a little disheartening.

I assumed it would only use Drivatars for people who had played Horizon 2, but if MO is in there it must be using those from Forza 5 as well. 

That's what I was guessing, too. It was pretty jarring, though.

It seems like the easiest way to tell somebody that is actually playing is to look at their level when driving in the open world.  If they're only a level 1 car then it's probably just a "fake" player and not somebody actively playing Horizon 2.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Windows 10 announced on: October 01, 2014, 01:09:46 AM
I wasn't really sure what forum was best for this (Off Topic?  Hardware/Software? Gaming?) so I figured I'd just put it in here since our caring about Windows is mostly about PC gaming.  Mods can feel free to move it as usual.

Anyway, in case you didn't see the news on all the tech sites today, Windows 10 was announced and shown off today for the first time and it's coming in late 2015.

No, you're not going crazy.  You didn't miss Windows 9, they skipped it.  The explanation given in this big announcement/demo video has some garbage about it being "such a big step forward" and all that, but clearly that's all just marketing bullshit. 

The big features here really seem to be that there are no big features.  Start menu?  It's back.  Normal desktop?  It's back.  Live tiles?  Visible in the Start menu.  Windows Store "apps"?  Can now run in a window like any sane person would want.  These are all really good things, but this is basically just what Windows 8 should have been for desktop users from the start.

The feature of setting up multiple desktops might be cool.

193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hardwood floors and dogs. Any suggestions? on: September 30, 2014, 06:07:18 PM
I know my sister uses a Roomba at least partially because of the hair from their 3 cats.  She says it works well for removing daily buildup as long as you empty it after every trip.  It's basically like vacuuming/sweeping every day, just less hassle, heh.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: September 30, 2014, 05:59:42 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 30, 2014, 02:02:14 PM

I'd like to know how the drivetards work.

I found myself racing metallicorphan this morning, which was a little disheartening.

I assumed it would only use Drivatars for people who had played Horizon 2, but if MO is in there it must be using those from Forza 5 as well. 
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 08:52:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 29, 2014, 08:14:05 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 08:09:02 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 29, 2014, 08:04:11 PM

As for you ATB, that you claim not to be able to tell the difference between 60 fps and 30 fps tells me that you haven't actually played many 60 fps games. The difference is huge, though I have no problem playing games at 30 fps personally. For an example of of what kind of difference it makes, just look at The Last of Us. Most people found the PS4 version to be easier than the PS3 version (me included), and that's because of only two things: The improved controller and the improved framerate. It's not just a visual thing. A higher framerate also improves control latency, which means you can react quicker and make finer, more precise adjustments to your aim.

You tell me: I have recently played destiny, BF4 on XB1, Gears of War 3, COD Ghosts, Tombraider reboot whatever it's called, Dishonored, Guacamelee STCE,  Kinect Sports Rivals.

Forza 5 is 1080p/60fps, did you try that?

And Forza Horizon 2 is 1080p/30fps to no real detriment.
196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: September 29, 2014, 08:51:36 PM
It's in my Hulu queue, but I haven't watched it yet.  I have the same concern of longevity given there is only so much "hey look, this kid has the same name as an eventual enemy of Batman" before that gets old.  And I don't need another pure police procedural either.
197  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Get rid of the multiplayer/MMO section and use the main gaming hub? on: September 29, 2014, 06:21:20 PM
Yeah, I think I'd like to see that as well.  It made sense to be separate at the time, but the traffic there is just not crazy enough to need it's own paddock anymore.  As you say, now it's the opposite and topics there often get overlooked.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 06:18:08 PM
Time will tell, but I would guess that the performance and visual problem is probably less drastic than GAF would be making it out to be.  As with most games these days, whatever platform you play it on you'll probably have a good experience since you're not actively comparing it to something else at that time.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 04:08:58 AM
Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Shadow of Mordor for PC.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: September 28, 2014, 05:49:55 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on September 28, 2014, 05:04:52 PM

Where does everyone stand on the VIP/Ultimate editions of this?

Everything I've heard about Horizon 2 suggests that there is no grind and they go out of their way to give you in-game money and chances to get free cars.  I think they learned that from hard feedback and backlash on Forza 5 (which they did patch to improve).

If you're not a hardcore car fan the car packs are generally not all that worthwhile unless you really want some specific cars.  I never bought any car packs for Forza 5 and was plenty happy with the ones it shipped with.  There are more than 200 here, so should be plenty variety of the "big" ones.

Having said that, I also had the VIP for Forza 5 (bought a Limited Edition on the cheap several months after launch) so I decided to just do the $10 upgrade to VIP for Horizon 2 as well.  I'm a sucker for a deal I guess...
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