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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Games Finished 2014 Edition on: October 19, 2014, 02:56:46 PM
Finished 2014
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Assassin's Creed IV : Black Flag (PC)
X-Com : Enemy Within (PC)
Might and Magic X (PC)
South Park : The Stick of Truth (360)
Divinity : Original Sin (PC)
Lego Marvel Super Heroes (PC)
Darksiders (PC)
Diablo 3 : Ultimate Evil Edition (PS4)
Middle Earth : Shadow of Mordor (PS4)


Now Playing
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Assassins Creed IV : Black Flag (PS4)
Infamous : Second Son (PS4)
Dead Rising 3 (PC)
Darksiders 2 (PC)
Deus Ex : Human Revolution Director's Cut (PC)
Fable Anniversary (360)
Halo Anniversary (360)


Now Re-Playing
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Red Dead Redemption (360) - Started over, going for 100% completion
Halo : Reach (360) - Legendary solo run
The Force Unleashed (360) - Sith Master run
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 18, 2014, 08:45:50 AM
Congrats!  I would like to do that eventually.  Did you roll up a hardcore character?
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 17, 2014, 05:55:24 PM
Gorgeous pics forge, are those yours or pulled off the web?

Awesome video too!  Shortest epic battle in Middle Earth history!
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 15, 2014, 10:57:38 AM
Excellent review, Ron!  Think I may pick this one up if it appears in one of the forthcoming fall or winter Steam sales.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360/PC] Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel on: October 14, 2014, 04:09:08 PM
Really want this, but since I haven't even finished all the DLC for the last game I'm holding off for a sale.  Let us know how it is after a couple days play time.  Did you pick ClapTrap as your class?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 14, 2014, 02:07:10 PM
...and pay dirt!  Found a Maximus blade this morning on my first Greater Rift.  Finally a weapon with higher DPS, though I am losing around 10K of life per hit.  Think I have a level 70 Cindercoat in my stash, may be time to switch over and try a Fire Crusader build.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 14, 2014, 09:53:28 AM
Quote from: Canuck
I had no idea the purpose of the game was to collect trophies. Sounds like a boring game to me.

I know some people find achievements and trophies annoying, pointless, etc.  I myself love collecting them.  If you ask me why I'd say it's because each one is a little memory of something I did in game.  It's a cool way for me to remember things about games I finished long ago and have forgotten.  Like a gaming diary of sorts, each time I get one another entry is added.

That being said I haven't gotten 100% on a a single game on any system, so they obviously aren't that important to me.  I usually just go for the ones that are reasonably easy.  Mordor was the first game that I really thought about trying to get them all.  It started with the ones related to the Nemesis system and then just went from there.  I'd say White Rider was the biggest pain for me, freeing 30 slaves in 180 seconds is quite a bit harder than it sounds.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 14, 2014, 09:22:42 AM
Thanks for all the tips.  Managed to compete a GR12, but ran out of time before I could get it done.  I'll run a T1 rift, get another keystone, and start back at GR1.  I think I only need four more items and everything should either be a level 70 legendary or set piece.  Another run like the last should get me all set.  Once I gear this guy out it's back to my hardcore witch doctor.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 14, 2014, 09:01:04 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on October 13, 2014, 11:40:05 PM

I have an insane captain that keeps pursuing me all over the map named Ikesh the Mad.  I've killed him a few times but he keeps reappearing.  It wouldn't be that noteworthy except for how terrible he looks now, and what he yells enthusiastically every time he finds me, " 'ello Buttons!" 

I swear it seems to get angrier each time he yells it.  The last time I saw him I was in a big fight near a stronghold, feeling good about how I was doing, when out of my right headphone I hear," 'ello Buttons!!"  And there he was, grinning and looking a lot worse for wear.  "I've been lookin' for ya Buttons!"

     

Damn, that guy sounds awesome!  Never ran into him myself, wish I had though.  Wonder why he calls you Buttons?
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 13, 2014, 10:59:29 PM
Yeah that's what I've been doing, will keep going.  Just wondered if the higher level 70 items drop only on torment.  Maybe I've just had bad luck.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 10:56:59 PM
Come to think of it I only remember a few captains remarking to me about how I had beaten them before, definitely didn't happen often.  I do remember one with a scarred black face I apparently burned, he specially mentioned it when I ran into him.  I remember thinking, "Damn what happened to his face!" right before.  Really did not remember doing it, but I'm still sure I enjoyed it.  

I spent so much time just wandering around, getting into fights, then killing everything around me.  I cut so many captains down by the end of the game I lost count.  Usually when one would kill me I would drop whatever I was doing and go straight for them.  Some I left alive for trophies.  Like TiLT said, once you get the combat down almost nothing can stand in your way.  You still have to pay attention though, or at least I do.  Maybe that's why I find it so much fun, what kept drawing me back in.  Wasn't really paying much attention to the story.  I'm sure I'll still play it from time to time, if nothing more than to see an uruk head go sailing from one end of the screen to the other.  For me that never gets old.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 13, 2014, 10:32:17 PM
Recently hit 70 with my Crusader, using a Lightning-Hammerdin build I found on the forums.  For the pros out there, what's the most efficient way to gear up for higher level torment?  I'm talking T2 and up, I can solo a T1 Greater Rift in under 15 minutes pretty easily.  Last time I tried T2 it was downright brutal, but I think my DPS was only around 150K.  I've since picked up quite a few set and legendary items, so now it's pushing 300K.  This morning I was actually able to clear a GR10.  When I started I don't think I made it past GR6.  If I'm not mistaken 12 is where torment 2 kicks in, so that's why I'm thinking I may need to gear up just a bit more to be safe.

One thing I find odd is I'm picking up legendary weapons, but their DPS is over 1K or more less than the yellow I picked up gambling when I started.  Do the higher stats only drop in torment?  Is it best to farm bosses in adventure mode on torment, run regular rifts, or run greater?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 08:04:51 PM
Exactly the opposite for me, loved the nemesis system.  Every single captain I ran into was unique and memorable in some way, never saw any that were duplicates of or even close to any others.  Different experiences I guess.  Also played quite a bit of the first two batman games, so combat came pretty easy for me too.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 07:16:58 PM
I got that one also without any problem.  Was about to start all the intricate planning when one just dropped off a level 20 war chief. Guess I got lucky, all I have now is the extra collectibles/side missions and I'll have the platinum. Interest has faded since I beat it, but will try and come back every once in awhile and knock a few out until I get it done. Fantastic game, hoping for a sequel that has all or a at least a much bigger part of Middle Earth.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 11:31:54 PM
PC, but that being said I haven't touched it since I got the PS4 a couple weeks ago.  I picked up Shadow of Mordor on PS4, which would have normally been a no-brainer for PC.  Fact is my rig is starting to show it's age, don't even thinks my new GFX card has enough memory to run it at max settings.  Probably end up doing the same thing for GTA V when it comes out.  The Beast still has quite a bit of life left in her though.  I don't play strategy games on anything but PC, I've got a massive Steam backlog to work through, and even some "next gen" games like Dead Rising 3 run great on max settings.  Also play 360 on occasion as well, kids play the Wii-U fairly regularly too.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 05, 2014, 02:01:13 AM
Man, sounds like I really need to spend a point on that upgrade, kept putting it off because I didn't think it would make much difference.

Just picked up the trophy to raise a regular Uruk to warchief then kill him.  Pain in the ass but didn't take too long.  My first candidate made it all the way to the second tier.  As luck would have it one of the current warchiefs met an untimely end, so a slot opened up.  I run out to let this idiot Uruk kill me one more time, but before I can do it a graug shows up and pounds him into the ground.  Ugh, the time and effort you put into someone climbing the ladder of success only to have him squashed like a bug right before your very eyes, quite literally I might add.

My next candidate was Ughu the Brown.  Never spoke, clicked like the zombies from World War Z, slobbers and laughs, but never a word.  I let him cut me down time after time, hoping and praying he wouldn't get his ass killed.  He finally makes it to warchief and I call him out, only to be in a fortress surrounded by his men.  Fortunately a few caragors happened to get loose, and with their help I was able to polish him off with a double execution.  Finally shut his ass up, the slow motion scene of his head hurling through the air made for a particularly sweet revenge.  Gotta say I love this game, may not be for everyone but definitely is for me.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 11:25:16 PM
"A little piece of advice.  You see an agent, you do what we do.  You run.  You run your ass off."

That's pretty much been my mantra if the situation goes south or I'm about to die.  Dodging and rolling has gotten me out of just about any bad situation.  I've also noticed the uruks are pretty dumb, as they should be.  You can almost always lose them by climbing up, back down, and then around buildings.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 04:04:24 AM
Just took down a level 20 elite captain, literally nothing worked on his guy.  I was pretty much in a constant run for my life.  Didn't have any intel on him, threw everything I had at him and he just kept coming.  In a last ditch effort I look up and see a giant Morgai nest above me.  Captain and his Uruks are closing in from all sides, health is almost out, if nothing else it would make a good distraction to get away and heal.  I take my last arrow and shoot, the nest falls right as they are passing underneath.  What happens next?  Pandemonium.  A thousand angry bugs come whirling out in an expanding cyclone of death.  They swarm all over the regular Uruks in an instant.  Turns out this big bad captain is racked with fear at the very site of Morgai.  He immediately makes a run for it, I give chase, catch up, and slice his head clean off.  Very satisfying kill, as he had killed me once before.

Bullwinkle has also been avenged!
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 12:40:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 02, 2014, 11:24:44 PM

Possibly stupid question:

Does anyone know how to tell what your current "Power" level is? All I see is the progress bar to the next tier.

As it stands I have no clue if a level 8 Orc is easy or impossible.

Wondering that myself, only thing I've noticed so far is the higher level the more strengths/immunities and less weaknesses they seem to have.  The one I just took down was 15 and literally immune to everything but straight up attacks, I couldn't even jump over him.  I think I'm finally starting to hit my groove with the combat system, just pulled off a 110 hit combo and I have to say it felt awesome.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 12:22:08 AM
I finally got him, only got to cut his throat so dear god I hope he doesn't come back.

Also, TheGrue has been avenged!  Stupid uruk tried to turn tail and run, but I chased him down.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Gauntlet on: October 02, 2014, 06:53:42 PM
Thanks for all the impressions Blackjack, will definitely pick this up once it's on sale.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 05:08:18 PM
Added you Mike, avenged a couple people last night but I can't remember who.  I've tracked down and killed all the captains that killed me during my first hour of the game, all except one.  Somehow he always manages to turn up at the most inconvenient times, usually when I'm locked in a battle with two or more different captains.  They overwhelm and kill me, and of course he gets a promotion.  This one orc has made his entire career from my many deaths.  At this point warchief is the only promotion he has left.  I'm at work so I don't have his name, but I think he's around power level 13 to 15 and has some sort of tall bone helmet on.  It's gotten to the point that any time I'm killed he gets more power and recruits, even if he is on the other side of the map and not involved in the fight.  He is immune to everything and always surrounded by guards, but is also deathly afraid of caragors.  Every time I try to tame one and go after him something always goes wrong.  So if anyone sees a vengeance mission for me that involves a short, stubby little orc with a long bone helmet please do me a favor and separate his head from his body.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 28, 2014, 12:44:30 PM
I'm sold, I'll be pre-ordering today or tomorrow for PS4.  I don't do full price very often, so hopefully this is as good as it looks.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 22, 2014, 09:00:41 AM

Quote from: Turtle on September 22, 2014, 03:22:03 AM

Kind of hoping they port over Dragon's Crown to PS4 and other similar games.

Same here, really enjoyed the first one even though I never finished it.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 22, 2014, 08:58:59 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 21, 2014, 12:04:07 PM

Glycerine,  check out Sports Friends (which is free with plus I think right now) and Tower Fall.  They are both retro couch games to be played 2-4 players.

Will definitely check those out when I get a chance, thanks!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 22, 2014, 08:49:29 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 21, 2014, 06:53:32 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on September 21, 2014, 10:20:13 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2014, 03:49:11 PM

Looks like I can cash in about a third of my Delta Frequent Flyer miles and get a PS4.  Debating whether I want to or not, as there's nothing out at the moment that I'm really dying to play.  

Decisions, decisions...

Well then, let me entice you.  I picked up the standard black console, two controllers, Infamous Second Son, and Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition for a little less than $500.  It wasn't supposed to be here until Tuesday, then just shows up yesterday morning.  Turned it on about 1 in the afternoon when I got home from work and it stayed on until 11 that night when I went to bed.  Absolutely love it so far, haven't felt this good about a console purchase since the Dreamcast.  Spent most of the time playing D3 with my daughter.  She's rolling with a Wizard, me a Crusader.  We finished act 1, will move on and hopefully through act 2 and maybe 3 today.  It's a pretty cool feeling mowing down monsters with her, especially since I remember playing the original coop with a friend 16 years ago when she was less than a month old.  Now here we are powering through this one together.  I have to say it puts a big old smile on my face.  Even her decidedly non-gamer (at least if it's not Sims, Nintendo, or South Park) twin sister is showing a mild interest.  I only played Infamous for about 5 minutes, but I really liked what I saw!  Now back to D3...I'm already thinking of trying a hardcore witch doctor.  Plus I'll either roll a monk or barbarian to play with my wife.  Sucks the controllers are 60 bucks, I think I'm gonna end up needing four eventually.

Meh.  I've played D3 to death on PC (and no one to play co-op with), and have zero interest in Infamous.

Think I'm going to hold off until there's an RPG or two that are console exclusive.

So have I, to the point that I completely burned out on it on PC.  That didn't stop me from putting many many hours in this past weekend.  It's a totally different game on console, even when playing alone.  I can't describe it, but if you've had your fill of D3 I can most certainly appreciate and understand that.

I would say you are probably better off to wait if you don't see anything you want right now.  That was my original reason for holding off, would still have the old PS3 if it had not died.  Short of Watch Dogs (which I will probably get on PC anyway), and Last of Us Remastered, there really isn't much else out right now I want.  I knew I loved the previous Infamous games, and I knew I wanted D3UE to play couch coop with the family, so those two were easy choices.  Only other thing I see on the horizon right now is GTAV in November.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 21, 2014, 10:20:13 AM

Quote from: Gratch on September 16, 2014, 03:49:11 PM

Looks like I can cash in about a third of my Delta Frequent Flyer miles and get a PS4.  Debating whether I want to or not, as there's nothing out at the moment that I'm really dying to play.  

Decisions, decisions...

Well then, let me entice you.  I picked up the standard black console, two controllers, Infamous Second Son, and Diablo 3 Ultimate Evil Edition for a little less than $500.  It wasn't supposed to be here until Tuesday, then just shows up yesterday morning.  Turned it on about 1 in the afternoon when I got home from work and it stayed on until 11 that night when I went to bed.  Absolutely love it so far, haven't felt this good about a console purchase since the Dreamcast.  Spent most of the time playing D3 with my daughter.  She's rolling with a Wizard, me a Crusader.  We finished act 1, will move on and hopefully through act 2 and maybe 3 today.  It's a pretty cool feeling mowing down monsters with her, especially since I remember playing the original coop with a friend 16 years ago when she was less than a month old.  Now here we are powering through this one together.  I have to say it puts a big old smile on my face.  Even her decidedly non-gamer (at least if it's not Sims, Nintendo, or South Park) twin sister is showing a mild interest.  I only played Infamous for about 5 minutes, but I really liked what I saw!  Now back to D3...I'm already thinking of trying a hardcore witch doctor.  Plus I'll either roll a monk or barbarian to play with my wife.  Sucks the controllers are 60 bucks, I think I'm gonna end up needing four eventually.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: September 10, 2014, 10:08:49 AM
Well, my nearly seven year old PS3 Metal Gear Solid Special Edition died yesterday right after my wife finished watching a blu-ray.  I was just going to buy another one, but decided not to since they are still close to THREE HUNDRED DOLLARS!  Just can't see myself paying that much for a last gen console, so I'm picking up a PS4 next Friday.  Would really love to get a Diablo Ultimate Evil bundle, but haven't seen any online.  That being the case, I'm thinking about getting the Destiny bundle.  Don't know much about the game though, plus white really wouldn't be my first choice.  I'll admit I didn't plan on buying one for at least another year, so I know nothing about either.  Any current PS4 owners and Destiny betas players care to comment?  I've heard the game is mainly focused on PvP, which I could give a shit about.  I've also heard that there's a campaign you can play coop, which would really be more my style.  If it's main focus is PvP I think I'll just skip it.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of an Xbox One addict on: July 03, 2014, 07:20:49 PM
Didn't really give a shit about either, nothing has happened in the last seven months to change that.  The only XBone game I really wanted, Dead Rising 3, is now coming to PC.  PS4 hasn't impressed either, but my assumption is when I do buy a new console it will probably be first.

Not trying to rain on anyone's parade though, just a personal preference.  Glad to hear most are getting their money's worth.  I have no doubt that eventually I'll end up with both, just probably won't be any time soon.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: May 01, 2014, 06:56:37 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 18, 2014, 05:38:03 PM

I am always a little puzzled when I hear about people having network problems with their WiiUís.  Maybe I just got lucky but I have never had trouble getting them to sync up instantly, even when Iíve brought it to other peopleís houses.  My router also has two walls between it and the console so Iím not sure why distance is a problem for you unless you live in a lead bunker.

Same here, my WiiU is upstairs on the opposite side of the house and I've never had a problem.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 25, 2014, 02:16:41 PM
Great review Ron, much more even-keeled than others I've read.  Played through the prologue on master thief difficulty and really like it so far.  Had to head off to work, otherwise I'd still be playing.  The cut-scenes are a little rough at times, plus the game definitely doesn't perform as well as DX:HR.  Minor complaints though, really looking forward to diving back in tonight after my daughter's swim meet.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 02:08:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 25, 2014, 02:00:05 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on February 25, 2014, 11:33:01 AM

Interesting point about Nintendo needing to innovate more.  I was just thinking, when was the last totally original IP they came up with?

Wii Music.

Yep, that sounds about right.  smile
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 11:33:01 AM
Yeah, no doubt that Nintendo really screwed the pooch with this launch.  I don't regret my purchase, and I still don't see myself getting either of the others any time soon.  I was leaning towards a PS4 when my PS3 dies, but since there is no backward compatability I probably will just get another PS3.  I honestly think it's because I have yet to see a single exclusive game for either console that I give a shit about.  Plus I have a pretty decent gaming rig, which definitely helps.  The Wii-U, on the other hand, has all the games both I and my family love and want to play.  I just couldn't justify it to myself to spend that much money for something that I really don't even use that much now.  I could easily buy both, but for what?  So they sit and collect dust?  The Wii-U gets pretty much daily use around here, PS3 is mainly for blu-rays and Netflix (with an occasional game played every once in awhile), 360 gets turned on maybe once or twice a week.  For my family, it really was a no brainer.  For other people that game online daily, are really excited about the exclusives, I can definitely understand going PS4 or XBOne instead.  All it will take for me is one game I have to play that I can't get on PC, then I'll pick one up.  Haven't seen or heard about anything as of yet though.

Interesting point about Nintendo needing to innovate more.  I was just thinking, when was the last totally original IP they came up with?
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 01:49:29 AM
Still not feeling it with either console, so I don't see myself getting one any time soon.  I guess I'm one of the very few minority that bought a Wii-U instead.  Don't really get all the hate for it, big hit with the family in my house.  Super Mario 3D World has now dethroned the original SNES as my all time favorite Mario game ever.  Can't wait to pick up the new Mario Kart and Smash Brothers.  Hopefully Nintendo will get off their dead asses and announce a new Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Metroid.  Why these titles didn't ship at launch, and why we are over a year later with no announcement is beyond me.  Even still, lots of other good stuff I'd like to pick up like Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 4, and X whenever it gets released.

I'm not exactly sure why I can't get excited about the other two.  I think it's because I've seen this so many times before that I'm just burnt out on it.  I think this will be the first generation that I don't own the new console by Sony, Microsoft, or both.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 07:04:09 PM
Bought it from GameFly during the sale, pre-loaded and ready to go.  I really don't give a shit what most of these so-called reviewers think.  From what I've read, and admittedly I shouldn't be that surprised, is that it's not exactly like the original so it sucks.  I find it strange that some reviewers are talking like its a bug-ridden mess, while others barely mention having any problems at all.  Methinks it's because those same reviewers really do not like the fact that's it's not a carbon-copy of the original, so they've decided the game sucks and made it their mission to rip it as much as possible.  I've played all the others and, to be honest, I thought they were really good but not this holy grail of gaming that some people make them out to be.  My thought is that MANY people are looking back fifteen plus years through their rose-colored glasses and remembering a far different game than what I played.

Also:  I watched Total Biscuit and a few other streams and I don't see any of the shit others are talking about as far as boken AI, corridor level design, etc.  Honestly looks quite a bit like the original, albeit with a new coat of paint.  Admittedly I haven't spent a whole lot of time looking at previews, so I guess I'll reserve judgement until <GASP> I actually play it!  Cool concept, eh?
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 18, 2014, 12:51:04 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on May 28, 1974, 07:09:24 PM

Wow, I would never have thought of even trying that. I have always gone through alien research before plasma. Maybe I'm playing the game wrong? I do know I'm always out of money right after I get my budget; I must be spending too much on facilities early on.

I had similar troubles in my last game, so this time I did some reading and went in with a plan.  This last game I took Europe as my starting location mainly for the workshop bonus.  Right off the bat I tunneled down to the second level, built a workshop and satellite facility, started clearing out the first level.  I planned ahead to make sure I had room to build the facilities that have synergy right next to each other:  workshop on one side with opening for a MEC lab later, satellite on the other with room to build more all around it.  Power is pretty much a requirement  next, so I built one up in the far corner.  If you get lucky and have a steam vent close you may be able to build that first.  I also left spots open around it so I could build more and get the same bonuses.  Research wise I think I went alien materials first, then the early weapons one next that I can't quite place, seemed like beam weapons was pretty close after that.  Took engineer bonus for abduction missions so I could ramp up the workshop.  Also started building satellites themselves as soon as I could since they take forever, even if I didn't have the ability to launch them yet.  Plus did what others have already mentioned, like waiting to launch sats after the initial first few until a country had high panic.  It was like balancing spinning plates for the first couple months, trying to do whatever I could to keep a country from going in to full panic with many others so teetering close.  I noticed it helps to so the miscellaneous requests when they come up, as they reduce panic I think.  Most important thing of all is base design, at least in my opinion.  If you keep in mind what facilities get bonuses from each other it really adds up.  I'm at the end of the game and I don't think I've used half of my space yet, last game I remember almost running out.

My A-team squad now is all colonels; Support, Assault, Sniper, Heavy, and two MEC troopers with different abilities.  Every one but the MECs gene modded with something that would complement their role.  Slow and seady seems to work best for me.  I try to only move enough to keep most on Overwatch, except a couple to scout.  I've also tried to keep them together, only splitting up into a minimum of three man teams and never get too far away.  Bad things always happens when I split everyone up, someone gets killed and I have to reload.  I don't let team members did if I can help it.  I guess I think of it as a learning experience that's telling me I need to try a different tactic.  They still get injured, a lot in fact, so I made sure I grabbed the healing bonus from OCS as soon as I could. Oh, and explosives.  I use lots and lots of explosives; grenades and rockets galore.  If I can blow their asses up, you bet I will.

37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 17, 2014, 04:18:24 PM
Hope to finish up my Normal play through this weekend.  Full satellite coverage, all research completed (no Edison achievement, it's bugged in EW) ready to do the final mission.  Those first few months are downright brutal, but after I got everything up and going it became almost too easy.  For this game I focused on getting laser weapons and satellites before anything else.  I also did not even capture a live alien until I had plasma weapons and titan armor.  It seemed to work okay, only lost one country and it was Nigeria.  Next time I may try it on Classic, but no way am I even messing with Ironman mode.  I play games to have fun, and to me that would be a exercise in frustration.
38  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS - 4GB 360 /w Skyrim, Halo 4, and Minecraft on: December 27, 2013, 03:20:41 PM
I have a black 4GB 360, one controller, less than 3 months old.  It comes with Skyrim, Halo 4, and Minecraft.  Looking for $175 shipped to anywhere inside US.  PM me if interested.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 19, 2013, 10:44:02 AM
Neither at launch.  Honestly haven't seen anything yet that impresses me, nor does it seem like much of a graphical leap from the current generation.  That said I will eventually end up with both, but it won't be for a few years.  I'll pick up the inevitable much later, newer, better designed PS4 after my PS3 dies.  XBOne doesn't really interest me at all, even with the new Dead Rising.  I know I will eventually get one, but again it won't be a first run machine.  Got burned on that before, not doing it again.  Looking forward to impressions though!  Maybe the temptation will be too much for me and will break down and grab the PS4 when Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out.

So for all those that are in on day one, what's the first game you throw in that shiny new console once it's hooked up?
40  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/T - Grand Theft Auto V (360) on: October 16, 2013, 06:59:18 PM
Finished it, looking to unload it since I'm planning on getting the PC version next year.  It is of course brand new, in pristine condition, and comes with a unused pre-order bonus code for the blimp.  Looking for $55 shipped, PayPal or Steam cash would work.  Might consider a trade for Diablo III on 360.  PM me if interested.
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