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81  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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  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.
86  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.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 06, 2014, 11:18:44 PM

Quote from: Lee on November 06, 2014, 11:16:17 PM

Thought that was only in the UK they were pulled from Steam? Only AC was pulled here in the States?

Well, you can go on Steam right now and see the Far Cry 4 and The Crew are not available currently.  At least they haven't shown up for me today and Far Cry 4 was definitely there yesterday.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 06, 2014, 11:07:10 PM
So Ubisoft has pulled their upcoming holiday releases (Assassin's Creed: Unity, Far Cry 4 and The Crew) off Steam today.   This was already being discussed a bit in the AC: Unity thread, but I figured some people may not go there if they don't care about Assassin's Creed, and this is a larger topic.

Since they did this without notice or comment, most people are assuming it is to drive everybody to their Uplay store.  Or perhaps as leverage to get a better percent from Valve (which will likely not happen).
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 11:04:15 PM
I'm pretty sure everybody was damn near livid when EA launched Origin and took their games of Steam, I'm not sure where you're getting the idea that we were all super cool with it, Tilt.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:14:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 06, 2014, 07:38:57 PM


I love how they go on and on about how "The genius of Echo is that it's a more nimble, leaner version of a technology that's been caged up inside of other devices for years."  Yes, as if having a single device plugged in to a single room of your house is more convenient than a phone or tablet or laptop that you carry around with you?

Sometimes I think writers on gadget sites have no real sense of reality and get far too caught up in marketing hype.  
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 06, 2014, 08:09:21 PM
I think I'd call mine "Jarvis". 

But I can't for the life of me imagine why I would want this.  I already have Google or Cortana I can talk to and I never use those services. 

I agree with those above that say for this to be compelling it needs to tie into the whole house or something (which won't happen for $100, obviously).
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: November 06, 2014, 05:13:26 PM
I really wish selecting an achievement from the dashboard to view more details on didn't load up the last game you were playing only to snap the achievements to the side.  That whole system needs a total revamp to make viewing achievements much faster and easier to access like they were before.
93  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 06, 2014, 03:36:36 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 05, 2014, 08:22:41 PM

Series

Clan Wars seems to be the newest "normal" version on sale. 

Aah, with a name like Clan Wars I assumed that was a multiplayer-only something or other.

I already bought Revolution assuming it was the latest, so now I own another outdated version of Worms.   icon_confused
94  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 05, 2014, 08:13:37 PM
Worms Revolution was the lastest "normal" Worms game, right? 
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [indie film]Hardcore on: November 05, 2014, 05:11:55 PM
Having a silent protagonist has the same problems as games, it forces some other idiot to spout unnatural dialog to tell the audience what is going on or what to pay attention to.

Also, it looks like that guy fired a fake guy like a 10 year old.  Simulating the opposite of kick from the shotgun by shoving it forward when he shot.  That really ruined the action for me. 

Also pretty sure it's not one cut, you can see certain times where they make transitions when pulling out grenades and such.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 05:06:03 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on November 05, 2014, 01:35:54 AM

I can't wait to play through this again on PS4.  The next gen videos look really good, and this time I can actually play the multiplayer without paying a monthly fee.

Um, except for PS+ you mean, right?
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360,XB1] Forza Horizon 2 on: November 04, 2014, 05:22:45 PM

Quote from: Purge on November 04, 2014, 03:29:17 PM

Who's drivatar do I have to PIT to get into a clan around here?!

The GT! one is open to anybody I think.  Once you get to the point where you can join a club it will give you the option to join one your friends are already in or enter the name, but you have to complete several races before that option opens up.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2014, 03:59:49 AM
I think I'll be abstaining for this week, just playing Sunset Overdrive and waiting for other new releases. 
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 01, 2014, 04:56:52 AM
For anyone interested, put one of these in Steam:

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   CODE for PC:
XJL75-Z35R8-R7FA9
XJL7X-5C4XG-KQ47F
XJL8I-2FVN3-W5YE0
XJL92-BB4VL-MA6FJ
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 06:24:01 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 31, 2014, 06:03:57 PM

One little piece of advice:

If you're like me and like to spin off and do a lot of the collectibles before doing the main story, be aware that there are some that are unreachable until you unlock the appropriate move in the storyline missions.

I saw Kotaku recommended playing through the Awesomesmithing mission to get the last major movement advancement, but that's halfway through the 4th and final chapter, so they're basically saying "complete 95% of the game and then do the open world stuff" which seems crazy to me.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 06:15:17 PM
Sunset Overdrive for sure.

Marvel Heroes a bit most likely, at least for the Halloween event stuff.

Forza Horizon 2 if I need a break from those for a bit.  This is one that I think I'll never even get close to finishing all the content.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: October 31, 2014, 06:00:57 PM
I'm glad to hear this one is pretty decent.  I have too many games right now to pick it up but it should be on sale by the time there is more of a lull.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 04:14:30 PM
I like this game more the more I play of it, but I still really dislike the Amp horde defense missions. 
104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fantasy Life on: October 31, 2014, 01:38:28 AM

Quote from: Destructor on October 31, 2014, 12:03:40 AM

This is surprisingly a ton of fun.

Imagine...if Final Fantasy XIV and Animal Crossing had a kid. This is sorta the result.

I hadn't been quite sure what this game was, if it was Animal Crossing or Harvest Moon or a JRPG or what.  Sounds like some combination of all the above.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 30, 2014, 05:53:11 PM
Um, so the PS+ Edition has been postponed until further notice and they're still working on the "fully connected experience", whatever that means.
106  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: cpu slow down on: October 30, 2014, 01:58:22 AM
Windows 7?

I'm assuming you've run malware and virus detection like MalwareBytes and Microsoft Security Essentials or something?
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 30, 2014, 01:55:08 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 30, 2014, 12:47:24 AM

I did my update and then put my console in sleep mode. I'm kind of afraid to turn it back on. I'll keep playing Sunset Overdrive and wait for the patch smile

Yeah, I think I'll just wait to download this update until they send out a fix.  Although I always have mine in true "off" (low power) mode and not sleep, so might not be affected anyway.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: October 30, 2014, 01:53:24 AM
I'm interested to hear some opinions out of this "big alpha", assuming some balancing and changes have happened.  I went from "definitely buying" based on previews to "holding off" after trying the last one.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 30, 2014, 01:50:11 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 30, 2014, 12:46:01 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2014, 09:17:56 PM


I would also love it if they got rid of the ammo.  Nothing worse than being out of ammo for the gun(s) that are effective against the type of enemies you're fighting and having to shoot nonstop records at humans that barely take notice.  It's not fun to run out of ammo, ever, and for a game that should be much more about over-the-top action I don't want to have to worry about that. 


It's really a minor variation on the Ratchet and Clank and Resistance weapon wheel systems. You're required to learn what the weapons do so you can switch off when needed. There's actually a lot of ammo around in the white boxes.

I think it would be less of a problem if I was down on the ground exploring the environment as I was shooting and running out of ammo.  The fact that I'm up on some grind wires so far away from those boxes and enemies (that sometimes drop ammo) and need to stay away from them by design means that I ran out of ammo a lot during the times I actually need it: when fighting hordes from a distance. 

I may be mistaken but it seemed like the loot vacuum distance also seems to change size depending on what you're doing.  That makes it less predictable for a new player and hard to know if it didn't pick up that ammo box because it's of a type you're already full of or because you're too far or in the wrong state or something.  I'm sure more time with the game will help with identifying this, but the game would be better overall if I didn't have to.
110  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: October 29, 2014, 09:21:46 PM
Just be aware that the 30 day average for players online is less than 20, and since it's a multiplayer game you're probably best off getting it right now when there is a bump in popularity or waiting until eventual release.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 29, 2014, 09:17:56 PM
I played a couple hours last night and so far I'm a bit luke warm on it.  I'm going to give it time, though, as I know you get more traversal options later on.

In general it feels a lot like Dead Rising 3 (in a good way), except you have to keep moving which doesn't really work great for me.  Especially when fighting the big creatures or giant mobs of them, I just end up grinding back and forth and back and forth and back and forth shooting the same monster or mobs of them.  That's not super fun in any way. 

I would also love it if they got rid of the ammo.  Nothing worse than being out of ammo for the gun(s) that are effective against the type of enemies you're fighting and having to shoot nonstop records at humans that barely take notice.  It's not fun to run out of ammo, ever, and for a game that should be much more about over-the-top action I don't want to have to worry about that. 

Unlike others, I felt pretty limited by the character creation.  It's extremely hard to find options that don't make you look like a total douchebag a-hole.  In the end I went with the shaved head and a beard, and then got a bandanna to cover up the beard anyway.  I looked at other things available at the first clothing vendor, and that all looked pretty terrible as well. 
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4] The Tomorrow Children on: October 28, 2014, 10:53:40 PM
Cooperative building, mining and town protecting against attacking kaiju in a blank canvas world of animated futuristic 1967 Russia made by the PixelJunk guys.  Or something.

I just found this 40 minute video of them streaming the gameplay during an ExtraLife marathon and goddamn, their materials and lighting just blows my mind.  Combined with the art style of the old style 50's/60's toys and animation it all has a really unique, awesome look to it.

I think they had an alpha sign up until very recently, but I can't find that anymore.
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 09:42:40 PM
Four years from now?  Gah.  This thread is going to be insufferably long before it even gets near release.
114  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: October 28, 2014, 09:33:36 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2014, 05:40:13 PM

Spintires is fantastic!

thumbsup  GT Curated!   slywink
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: LucasArts games coming to GOG on: October 28, 2014, 02:51:48 AM
Lots of good stuff there!  I think this shows that the Disney acquisition was actually a good thing, as they realize the inherent value in older properties and are finally doing the obvious thing.

I'm most excited for Sam & Max Hit the Road.  That is one of my all-time favorites and still one of the funniest games I've ever played (at least according to my memories from when I was ~15 or whatever).
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 05:45:33 AM
I've got Sunset Overdrive on the way.  Crossing my fingers it's fun.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 26, 2014, 05:02:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 26, 2014, 02:51:30 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 26, 2014, 03:33:47 AM

System software update v2.00 launches next Tuesday, 28th October.

So, this Tuesday.

When it was posted it was Saturday of last week.  Now it is Sunday so it is this week.  slywink
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 25, 2014, 11:10:45 PM
So this one comes out on Tuesday the 28th and there hasn't been much talk about it around here.  Anybody excited for it?

I'm hoping for the best (basically that it's a fast action version of Dead Rising 3), but I keep getting a weird vibe about it maybe being less fun than they want you to think.  They are also trying waaaay too hard with the "attitude" part of the game. 
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 05:50:08 PM
I finished up Shadow of Mordor last weekend, so I think mostly Forza Horizon 2 and maybe try a little more of Styx.

And I'm sure at least a couple hours of Marvel Heroes to get Captain America to level 60 before I switch to another hero.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on: October 24, 2014, 12:18:40 AM
Trailer looked good.  Certainly more than what I generally consider a "teaser" these days.  Now to go on media blackout for 9 months until it comes out.
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