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41  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jurassic World on: November 25, 2014, 09:06:48 PM
Man, as soon as that giant croc at the shark it was almost a literal shark jump moment.  Creating their own dinosaur hybrid puts this into SyFy territory.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 06:35:35 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 24, 2014, 05:14:39 AM

Super Mario Ball? Will have to look that up.

It's Mario Pinball Land (on Virtual Console) to those of us in the US.

Nothing new for me this week.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 22, 2014, 08:25:30 AM
Man, I've really been struggling to get into this one.  Things are feeling a little better after crafting some more bag space (for money, guns, loot, etc), but the first few hours are not sucking me in like I had hoped.

Maybe it's just because I've already played this game when it was Far Cry 3 and that frankly felt better a lot of the time.  A lot of the movement seems kind of stilted, like they've gone to animation-driven root motion or something.  And the mouse controls just don't quite feel right despite tweaking what settings exist, something is off.

Minor things also drive me a bit nuts, like the fact that they don't allow you to turn off the crouch and sprint toggles but they also don't allow you to turn on aim-down-sights as a toggle.   Roll Eyes

Worst of all, though, is just losing so much progress back to some checkpoint if I happen to die from some dumb random thing.  That's no fun at all and made me just quit playing again tonight.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 21, 2014, 04:39:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 21, 2014, 06:45:08 AM

I've only played about 2 hours but wow does this feel like a Far Cry 3 mod so far. I mean, that doesn't mean it's not fun, but it feels a little too familiar.

Yeah, I started playing last night and have to agree.  It's not terrible, but feels largely like the same exact thing in a less fun environment.

I also ran into the problem where the movement keys would just randomly stop responding as I was running, strafing, etc. and had to look it up to make sure I wasn't going insane or my keyboard wasn't failing.  Nope, just a FC4 bug if you have another controller plugged in, and of course my 360 gamepad was (like always).

Even after fixing that the controls still felt kind of clunky to me, especially the sprinting animations just feel jerky.  And I had to crank the look sensitivity way up, which normally never has to be changed.

Oh well, looking forward to playing some more.  Kinda.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 09:06:30 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 19, 2014, 08:19:49 PM

There's still 1 1/2 months left of the year, and whatever is freshest in our mind always shines the brightest. Give it a couple more months and ask again then. Any replies right now will be heavily skewed towards the latest releases, while completely skipping anything that hasn't come out yet.

There are no more big releases beyond Smash Bros and The Crew that I'm aware of.  A few more smaller games and re-releases I'm sure, but highly doubtful anything that would stick out as a GOTY.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 19, 2014, 08:22:03 PM
The GeForce Experience sets Optimal settings based on whether you want more Performance or more Quality.  I think there is a little wrench or something you can click to set your preference on that sliding scale if you'd prefer performance more than quality than it's currently giving you.  Or just manually change things as you did.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 07:50:35 PM
Yeah, I'd say Watch Dogs and Destiny are high for biggest disappointments.

Shadow of Mordor would be "best surprise" for me as well.  I had hopes, but was keeping expectations low.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 07:29:08 PM
I'd probably have to say Shadow of Mordor so far.  I haven't yet played Far Cry 4, but even if it's as fun as FC3 I don't see it overtaking Mordor since it's not really new or fresh.

Forza Horizon 2 is really good, but doesn't compel me quite as much as the first one did.

Sunset Overdrive is good fun, but not overall awesome.

The game I've put the most time into is probably Marvel Heroes 2015, but despite that weird 2015 monicker it still wasn't released this year, just new to me.
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 18, 2014, 04:49:32 AM
Mine is downloading now, but probably won't be here in time to play tonight.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 07:03:18 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on November 17, 2014, 01:24:33 PM

I sunk some time into Forza Horizon 2 and enjoyed it quite a bit. Even though it's an open world car game, it's a nice break from the back-to-back open world action titles I've just finished (Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive). I'm over halfway to the finale now. I doubt I'll go back and do the optional stuff any time soon, but I do want to "finish" it just to get it off my plate before Dragon Age.

Is that the actual Finale, or just the first one?  Once you finish the first set of races at each location you'll realize that there are actually a bajillion more (32 race series in each of the 8 locations).  smile
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 04:15:04 AM
I played some Battlefield 4, a bit of Marvel Heroes. 

I also tried out Worms Crazy Golf and the Toybox Turbos demo. 
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 04:11:56 AM
Far Cry 4 on PC
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: November 16, 2014, 03:20:21 AM
They're still working on fixing all of the server issues, but in the meantime they'll be giving out the first DLC packs for free (it was intended to be  paid content):

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Hi everyone,

The team at Evolution continues to work diligently to resolve all of the server issues. We know you have all been extremely patient and understandably frustrated during DRIVECLUB’s launch, and to show our appreciation for the support during this challenging time, we will be offering the premium DLC packs for November (25th November-SCEA/26th November-SCEE/27th November-SCEJ) free to those who purchased the full game.

These premium DLC packs – The Ignition Expansion Pack and Photo-Finish Tour Pack along with two livery packs – will give you a total of five new cars, 22 new tour events, 10 new trophies and 10 new livery items to play with online and offline.

The Season Pass will be extended to include four extra packs in July 2015 to ensure players who purchased the pass get everything that was promised. So on top of the free DLC in November, the Season Pass will still include 38 cars, 176 tour events and 80 unique liveries.

On Tuesday we will also be releasing our next game update which includes our first round of player requested feature updates.

In addition to Photo Mode, which will allow you to share your most thrilling moments with your friends, we will be adding:

• Improved multiplayer collision physics to reduce frustrating spin-outs
• Adjustments to soften the corner cutting penalty system
• Options in the club menu to view everything your club has unlocked
• A fix to allow all club owners to update their club badges

This update also includes the first new tracks, which we announced back in September as part of our plans to keep supporting and expanding the game as you play. These include the following free new tracks for online and offline play (also playable in reverse):

• India – Yedepalli
• Scotland – Wester Ross
• Chile – Los Pelambres

Although currently we do not have an update regarding the timing for the launch of the PS Plus Edition, we are continually working on improving the server capacity to enable us to launch the PS Plus Edition as quickly as possible.

Once again, thank you for your support. We are truly sorry that the road to delivering the full DRIVECLUB racing experience on PS4 has been such a rocky one.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 15, 2014, 03:47:14 AM

Quote from: Destructor on November 14, 2014, 10:50:44 PM

Ubisoft has the gall to embargo a review of a game they KNOW is rife with problems until 12 hours AFTER the launch ...

This is not that uncommon of a practice for review embargoes to be at 9am PST on launch day.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 14, 2014, 03:10:16 AM
Oh yeah, things should improve quite a bit after a couple hours or so.  Hang in there and keep doing the story missions and hopefully your "meh" slowly turns into a "yeah" as you get more movement abilities and better story.  smile
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 14, 2014, 12:40:00 AM
I'll be the outlier and say it does actually look much better.  It's not like a total overhaul that replaces all the meshes and textures and stuff, but it does look much better and I'm sure even more-so in motion.  Those dynamic shadows definitely crank it up a notch too. 

Do you need the original Trespasser in order to run that mod?  That game isn't even on GOG or anything these days.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 13, 2014, 09:17:51 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 13, 2014, 09:06:41 PM

Sofar this game is Meh for me.

The comedy is not as funny as it thinks it is.

Yeah, the comedy and trying-too-hard attitude didn't really sit right with me at all.  The game, however, continues to get better the further you go.  And I'd say the characters and dialog are probably less annoying further in as well. 

How much have you played so far?
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 05:33:44 AM

Quote from: Crawley on November 13, 2014, 04:02:08 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 13, 2014, 02:43:08 AM

For those of you who are playing, how would you say the parkour and general control compares to older AC games and Shadow of Mordor? 

Not as easy to master as Shadows of Mordor, which I think did it perfectly. It's a bit clunky like the other AC games. Like sometimes I want to go through a window but instead I'll either hang on to the side of the window, or if there's a balcony I'll land on the balcony's railing. Then I do a little dance grabbing the side of the window and hopping to the railing for awhile a few times before making it through the window.

I've always had a difficult time getting the controls down for the AC games. But eventually they click with me.

So in short its no better than the previous entries but in the long run likely not worse either.

Too bad, that's entirely a deal breaker for me.  Those are the exact problems that drive me nuts.  I guess it was too much to expect them to really fix something they've been doing one way for 6 iterations.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 02:43:08 AM
For those of you who are playing, how would you say the parkour and general control compares to older AC games and Shadow of Mordor? 

I couldn't stand the random unpredictability of the older AC games (even Black Flag) but found that Shadow of Mordor just clicked for me and pretty much worked all the time.  They were selling this one as reworking those core systems, but so far I haven't heard much positive feedback on that.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: November 13, 2014, 02:13:34 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 12, 2014, 06:02:13 PM


I blame the 2.0 firmware update.  slywink
61  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: November 13, 2014, 12:04:54 AM
Maybe worth posting that over in this thread so it doesn't get forgotten and can be with the other feedback/requests.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How do you use your tablet on: November 12, 2014, 05:15:09 PM
Kind of sadly, I find I mostly just use mine for reading Twitter and occasionally reading some internet or watching YouTube videos (though mostly just things linked from Twitter).  I barely use it for games anymore.

I also have an older laptop that I tend to use for the majority of my internet reading while watching TV sort of thing.  It's just miles easier to read, navigate and type on (for me) than my older 7" Nexus tablet or newer 8"  Shield tablet.  And still faster at pretty much everything too.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me use my holiday gaming time! on: November 12, 2014, 05:10:38 PM
I'm not your type of gamer, but my choice out of those would definitely be Shadow of Mordor (or Far Cry 4, if that's on the table). 

I've heard several people say they were disappointed that Civ:BE was far too much like Civ V.  That could be good if all you want is more of the same but bad if you're looking for something that actually changes the formula a bit and does something interesting with space.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The next LEGO game is... on: November 12, 2014, 05:06:28 PM

Quote from: heloder on November 12, 2014, 02:51:27 PM

I think this is the most criminally underutilized IP in gaming, so I have no problem with this, though I'd prefer a good JP game not based on LEGO.

I agree, I'd love to see something like a real attempt at what Trespasser tried back in the day with today's technology.  Or a decent take on a dino survival island (kind of like what The Stomping Land was supposed to be before all the controversy).

However, I can get down with some LEGO dinosaurs!
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 12, 2014, 06:37:17 AM
Goddamnit, a new Just Cause was officially announced!  This is time for celebration, you doodyheads! 
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 11, 2014, 10:16:42 PM

Quote from: Clanwolfer on November 11, 2014, 02:24:37 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 11, 2014, 02:16:08 PM

So, what's the story with this 15-gig Day 1 patch for the Master Chief Collection?  Is it possible to interrupt this for the sake of playing the campaigns, or is it basically locked down until finished?

-Autistic Angel

I read somewhere that, basically, the campaigns took up the whole disc, so the 15-gig Day 1 patch is the multiplayer components. Not sure it's accurate, but makes some sense (and means you'd probably be able to play the SP before the patch is done downloading?)

Yeah, they've said that the big download is multiplayer-only components, so it would ensure people who "needed" that content to play would already be online.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 10:14:27 PM
Conan with his Clueless Gamer take on AC:U
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 11, 2014, 06:50:20 PM
To get back on topic of Just Cause 3, it looks like they are officially announcing it this month with a Game Informer cover story.

Here is a short little video talking with the Avalanche NY team

And they'll be updated this page on Game Informer as the month goes on.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 11, 2014, 01:14:39 AM
10 Days (or Whatever) of Kwanzaa

$15 gets you maybe about 10 random packages in the mail in December.  Obviously expect some things to be CAH related like they've done in the past, heh.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ash vs. Evil Dead on: November 10, 2014, 10:28:16 PM
Cool.  Not sure what kind of Ash Bruce Campbell will be at this point, but knowing these guys it will be one very self-aware of his age and fitness level.  smile
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Iron Sky 2 - Space Nazis and dinosaurs in the hollow Earth... on: November 10, 2014, 07:24:53 PM
Yeah, so they released this teaser trailer for Iron Sky The Coming Race, which, as the thread title says, is about the space nazis now controlling dinosaurs in the hollow Earth.  Because of course they do.

The movie is being partially crowdfunded, which you can see here.  I think this sort of silliness deserves a few dollars.   icon_biggrin
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 03:36:24 AM
Lego Batman 3 for XB1.

Interested to read impressions of the new AC to see if it actually improves core systems.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 08, 2014, 05:03:52 AM
Apparently an Avalanche founder has tried to clear this up on Twitter:

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We currently have ONE F2P game and it's been out since 2009. I hope that helps you guys getting some sleep. Doesn't change my opinion though

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Thank you everyone for your patience. Enjoy the silence for a couple of days now. You have nothing to worry about. Promise. smile
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 08, 2014, 04:31:10 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 08, 2014, 02:16:02 AM

On the other hand, if you don't mind not getting the game through Steam, there is a VIP sale at Green Man Gaming where you can pick up ACU and FC4 for 20% off.

Ooh, I thought I had already prepurchased there, but now I remember that their coupon codes never worked for Far Cry 4.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/07/14 on: November 07, 2014, 10:36:50 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 07, 2014, 09:36:19 PM

As long as xbox live doesn't explode this weekend I'll be playing 📞 of 💩 on the XB1

Box of box?  Sweeeet.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loot Crate on: November 07, 2014, 10:26:13 PM
For what it's worth, I tried a 3 month run of it late last year partially out of my own curiosity and out of potentially getting a subscription for my nephew as a holiday gift.

It wasn't terrible, but by the second box I knew it was not something I was going to continue.  A lot of the filler things in there are small tchotchkes that you could see being giving out for free at a trade event or something.  And some of them felt like things that a company would want put in there as free advertising, like a breakfast drink in the "celebrate" gamers themed box.

I think the best thing I got out of it was the Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks.

Some things seemed to skew very young (like the toys), and some older (like a shot glass), so it didn't seem particularly great for me or my nephew in the long run.  And I realized most of the items were things I wanted to give away or throw away so they weren't clutter in my house.  I  didn't care about them beyond the "ooh, new thing" fun of opening a box.  But that's just my experience. 

If you want a good idea of what's in each month, this site shows all the boxes for the last year+: http://www.mysubscriptionaddiction.com/category/loot-crate-reviews

At the very least you can maybe reuse some of it as holiday stocking stuffers.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 07, 2014, 09:13:48 PM
Looks very similar to TF2, but I would bet they're creating the characters with more mind towards DOTA/LOL so they can continue to release them as time goes on.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 3 on: November 07, 2014, 09:11:14 PM
I'll give these guys the benefit of the doubt until they actually announce something. 

There's no reason to assume something they were trying out internally is going to be in the final game, especially given how the wind has changed on free to play in "core" games over the last couple years.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 07, 2014, 02:41:57 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 07, 2014, 01:28:13 AM

Why do you guys still play games on the PC?  Weird.

I hope this is a joke...  If not, I'd say it's for many reasons depending on the game or person: cheaper prices and frequent sales, higher framerates and resolutions, mod support, longer lifespan for games in general, faster patching, mouse and keyboard support, choice of gamepad, and on and on.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 02:37:33 AM
The problem is that one of the main reasons the PC has grown so huge in the last few years is because the market has largely settled under the single roof of Steam.  They provide a great, reliable service and have consistently driven consumer friendly prices with sales that also benefit developers.

Sure, some people still buy certain games in retail or from GOG or Desura, but by and large it seems like most "casual hardcore" players only check Steam these days, especially for major releases.

If you split the market up again into all of these disparate services with different logins and different support for patches and online failures and everything else then things are taking a huge step backwards from a usability and consumer friendliness standpoint.
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