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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 10:42:45 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 07, 2014, 04:43:35 AM

I just formatted the HD and unhooked my Xbox 360 in preparation for donating it to a Sub-for-Santa family through work.  Realized that this is the first time in 12 years that there has not been an Xbox of some sort in the Gratch household.  Given my recent purchase of a PS4, combined with the lack of a single exclusive that interests me on the XB1, I'm guessing that this is the end of the Xbox era for me. 

Pouring out a 40 for my dead Xbox homie...so many awesome gaming memories over the years.

Reciting a small prayer for Gratch's 360, let's all bow our heads...

I'm still keeping mine for now because I have  quite a few games on it I don't want to get rid of yet.  Red Dead Redemption, Ultra Street Fighter IV, Civ Revolution, etc.  Kids still have the original Wii in their room, PS3 died which is why I bought the PS4, so I think that's about it for last gen consoles in our house.

As a side note:  Wii-U and PS4 have to be two of the best consoles I've ever owned.  I really feel like I've more than got my money's worth with both.  Here's hoping things stay that way.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: December 03, 2014, 12:45:15 AM
So I go to download Injustice for free and get a nice message telling me that it will only work as long as I remain a PS+ member.  If I ever turn it off, I'll have to buy Injustice at full price.  Haven't been a member for very long, so not sure if this is standard practice.  I downloaded SteamWorld Dig last month and don't remember seeing any message like that.  Maybe it's only for Injustice?  Not really a big deal now, but will suck if/when I decide to cancel.

EDIT:  Okay so apparently Injustice is part of their "Instant Games Collection", which is only for Plus members.  I didn't know this, kind of lame though.  Everything I downloaded through Games With Gold still works even though I'm no longer a member.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 25, 2014, 02:37:29 AM
Marathons, hunting, drive a mini-sub, jet ski and boat races, scuba diving, rampages, dabble in the stock market, purchase real estate, assassinate unscrupulous characters for money, etc.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 09:05:41 PM
Yeah, eight player must be absolutely insane.  I don't see me doing that at home, not enough players even if I had the controllers.  Wouldn't mind getting a four player game going and then jumping online though.  I'm assuming that's possible, have to try it out sometime this weekend.

A "second adapter"?  Hell man, so far I haven't even been able to find a first one.  Everywhere I've checked they either don't carry them or are sold out.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 21, 2014, 08:59:02 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 21, 2014, 01:59:40 PM

Hah I did the boat mission on the first try entirely in first person,  that was nuts with Franklin blocking the windshield.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cB7ZVl2f-dE&feature=youtu.be

Very nice, and on the first try too!  I doubt I could have even made it out of the driveway.  Looks like poor Franklin was holding on for dear life!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 05:54:33 AM
Just got back from the release.  Played four matches with my daughters and everyone won once.  I managed a victory with Little Mac.  He seems pretty awesome to me, even though it's been so long I don't really know what I'm doing.  The girls won with Zero Suit Samus, Wii Fit Trainer, and Kirby.  The stages we played on were really cool, my personal favorite so far being the Mario Galaxy one.  Graphics are gorgeous full 1080p, silky smooth gameplay with four players, and what looks like tons of content to unlock.  Really think this is gonna be another huge system seller, Nintendo should have had both this and Mario Kart 8 ready at launch.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 21, 2014, 05:53:44 AM
Think it's already starting to come back.  The boat mission with Michael took me many attempts on 360.  I just completed it tonight on the first try and got the gold medal.  Now that's more like it!  I think I'm giving  up on trying to drive in first person.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 03:07:21 PM
I can't decide on which class to play.  Rolled a two-handed warrior last night but didn't really like the way he looked or played.  I plan on doing some research before I pick it back up for real this weekend.  I may end up going Rogue for once, or possibly another Mage.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 19, 2014, 01:45:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 19, 2014, 11:37:37 AM

The number of cars and pedestrians depends on where you are and the time of day. Certain parts of the city have plenty of pedestrians, while others have few. Go to the highways and you'll easily see the increased traffic density for cars.

Btw, I'm pleased that with the new generation of hardware we're finally done with having the same cars everywhere (did you steal a garbage truck? Suddenly the streets are crawling with them. At least that's how it used to be before). Traffic contains a wide variety of cars at all times now.

Yeah, I took a walk down the street as Michael and their were lots of people everywhere.  Must have been the time of day and location.

I've discovered some cars I can drive in first person, others it is an exercise in frustration.  I was trying to take a tight corner this morning and ended up plowing into a group of people on the sidewalk.  I think I'll set it up to auto-switch into third person for driving.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 19, 2014, 10:20:17 AM
I botched the very first mission, got killed by the cops at least three times.  After that I was a little over zealous and ended up abandoning Michael and Brad by running to far ahead.  Once I finally start the first mission with Franklin I find that yet again I'm absolutely terrible at driving.  This happens with every single GTA game.  I start out running into anything and everything, swerving all over the road like a madman.  By the time the credits roll I've got it down so good that I weave in and out of traffic with ease, rarely slowing down from max speed.  Why is this not like riding a bike?  I've been playing these games for awhile now, you'd think I wouldn't have to go through this learning curve each time.  At any rate I barely finish the second mission, car is a smoldering heap.  At least it still runs, so thankfully that was good enough.  I'm also struggling a bit with the controls, after two straight Assassin's Creed games I keep hitting R2 to run.  I'm trying to move quickly and Franklin is instead furiously punching the air.

All of this in first person by the way.  Loving the game so far, looks really fantastic but I am kind of disappointed there aren't more peds.  In the trailers it showed streets filled with people, in the little bit I've played I don't really see that.  Maybe it's because I'm just starting out?  Really doesn't matter since I'm obviously enjoying myself.  It's a surreal experience car jacking a some hapless ped at 3AM in the morning in first person mode.  The looks on people's faces when you yank them out of the car is priceless.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 18, 2014, 11:51:29 AM
Just finished, really enjoyed it overall but the story was all over the place.  A really great Assassin's Creed game, but Black Flag is still my favorite.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 11:08:07 AM
This is going to be the most expensive week I've had in a very long time.  At least GTA is already paid for, plus I plan on wrapping up Unity and trading it in for DA:I.  That should make things a little more manageable.

GTA V (PS4)
Dragon Age : Inquisition (PS4)
Super Smash Brothers (WiiU)
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 14, 2014, 07:53:27 PM
Great link!  If I can't get a good coop session going tonight I think I'll try disconnecting from wifi and see if it helps.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 14, 2014, 04:34:20 PM
I can bring up the menu, but I don't see an option to quit.  Maybe I'm just missing something, I'll check again.

Unfortunately I'm totally screwed on the app until they fix it.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 14, 2014, 04:31:52 PM
Assassin's Creed : Unity on PS4, assuming it works of course.

Maybe some Blackguards on PC since I picked it up for $6 as part of the Humble Bundle, assuming I can actually squeeze in some computer time since my daughters are doing rotating shifts to play Warlords of Draenor.

Gotta get as much as I can in before next Tuesday, once GTA V hits I don't think I'll be playing much else for awhile.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 14, 2014, 09:48:11 AM
Because I'm a glutton for punishment? No, I REALLY liked the app they had for ACIV and was, laughably now that I look back, thinking this would be the same thing.  I couldn't care less about those blue chests.  I went premium hoping it would fix the problem I was having, but of course that didn't happen.  Oh well, the app was only two bucks and I traded in a bunch of old games I didn't want or had already finished for Unity.  If I'd spent cash and paid full price for it I think I would be even more pissed off than I am now.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 14, 2014, 09:32:55 AM
I guess I'm one of the lucky ones too, because aside from framerate dips and the texture pop-in I haven't had any of these issues.  Arno has never gotten stuck, fallen through floors, no NPC strangeness, and no lock-ups.  It does drive me nuts there is no way to quit the game, I had one occasion where the map and menus wouldn't come up until I restarted, framerate seems to be getting worse the more I play, plus my Uplay account is totally screwed up for the companion app.  I deleted and re-downloaded, was working great until it had me log into Uplay.  After that all my progress was gone and I'm stuck back at mission 1 with no assassins to do missions and no way to recruit any.  This is even after upgrading to the premium version.  I'm pretty much screwed until they fix it, which is really irritating.  Ubi has burned me for the last time.  I am not buying anything published by them until they fix this abomination.  I don't care if the PC version of Rogue is discounted to a dollar, I refuse to support this company any more until they deliver what they promised.  If they never fix it then this will the last Ubi product I purchase, Assassin's Creed or otherwise.

Like I said though, I appear to be one of the lucky ones.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 06:38:06 PM
Ubi is getting hammered by the press, gamers, and now investors:

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30040613

Their stock has tanked 12.8% after Unity's disastrous launch.  Still love the game, but glad to see they are taking a beating on this.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 06:47:39 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 13, 2014, 03:33:20 AM

Also, I've been using the Companion App on my Android Nexus 10 and it's been working very well. I can track Arno, I have the larger map for the second screen and I've been able to assign my Nomads to various tasks.

I can get it to connect, but it won't do much besides track Arno and let me scroll around the map.  Doesn't register the fact that I've completed previous games for some reason.  I also can't figure out how to get Nomads.  Says I have the first mission available, but always tells me I have no assassins to do it.  As far as I can tell I don't see a way to recruit any, so for now it appears I'll be setting that aside.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 12, 2014, 10:26:31 PM
Good to hear since I loved AC IV so much, but I still think I'll still be waiting for a sale and price drop.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 12, 2014, 07:17:57 PM
Yep, exact same thing happened to me.  I did the first puzzle, now it says I have no assassins available for the first real mission.  On top of that I think the service has been spotty at best, it's down right now but was up this morning.

Ubi really screwed this launch up royally.  I think Unity will be the last full price game I pick up by them.  If I even bother with Rogue it will have to be heavily discounted and on sale.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 12, 2014, 04:46:20 PM
The huge sprawling city is what reminds me of AC1, combat in Unity is a totally different ball game as you've pointed out.  The first time I started running around Paris reminded me of the first time I started exploring Acre and Damascus.  For some reason those cities even seemed bigger, but that is clearly not the case.

I did notice some slight slow down yesterday evening, also the texture pop-in can get annoying.  Still having a blast and can't wait to get back to it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 12, 2014, 11:20:22 AM
I'm posting impressions, not in any way trying to "sell the game" to anyone.  I get that you don't like it, but to be blunt I really don't care.  You are entitled to your opinion, and I completely understand why anyone would have reservations after the wave of bad reviews.  Love it or loathe it, doesn't make a bit of difference from my end.  I guess at this point my comments will be directed to those of us who are playing and actually like it.

Back to the impressions:  It may be because I'm still early on, but guards are downright brutal.  I tried to take on a group of four and they kicked my ass over and over before I gave up.  Think it was one heavy, one officer, and two regulars.  I did manage to kill them all but one, but that's the closest I got.  Seemed like it only took two or three hits from any of them and I was down.  Combat is no joke in this game, at this point guards are definitely to be avoided.

Edit:  Hopefully this doesn't come off the wrong way.  I'm not trying to be an ass, and I do value your opinion Forge, it's just in this case I happen to disagree with you.  smile
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 12, 2014, 02:49:22 AM
Still having a blast, for some reason it reminds me quite a bit of the original game.  Combat can be downright brutal at times.  I've been one-shotted by ranged attacks twice now while low on health.  I could slice through a dozen guards with ease in Black Flag.  In this game that would be a death sentence.  I think I ran into an officer earlier who parried my attack and then killed me because I was again low on health.  I seem to be low on health a lot, think it's from jumping too far.

Anyone know if once you get to sequence three if all of the map is open?  In the first game other districts were locked out until you did the story missions, in this one it seems to indicate that all of Paris is open.  If that's so it seems to be pretty small compared to the other games, but maybe that's just me.  Of course almost every building has an interior now, so there's that to consider.  Back to playing, got a few more towers to climb.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 06:16:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2014, 05:53:13 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on November 11, 2014, 05:40:40 PM

Uh, I'm not twisting and turning things.

I apologize. It sounded like I was accusing you of twisting and turning, but I was speaking in more general terms.

No apology necessary, you are entitled to your opinion just like everyone else.  And you're right, the fact that a big budget title is released in this shape is unacceptable.  I'll be honest, Ubi is one of my least favorite developers and I absolutely loathe UPlay.  I love the Assassin's Creed series though, so I'm kind of stuck with them.  All I can do is hope they fix everything, if not then Rogue and future Ubi purchases will most certainly be a "wait for price drop and sale".  Honestly it's pretty much like that now for anything they put out, save for "must-haves" like this and Might and Magic X.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 05:50:18 PM
I'm anxious to read the GT review...hint hint.  smile
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 05:40:40 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 11, 2014, 05:31:37 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on November 11, 2014, 05:29:28 PM

And now we know why the reviews had an embargo.

That's not an excuse though. If Ubisoft had to cut it this close, they've messed up no matter how you twist and turn things.

Uh, I'm not twisting and turning things.  Ubi screwed up, not like that's a big news flash.  I think we all knew this was coming when the reviews were held.  I posted my honest impressions, good and bad.  What I find hilarious is how angry you get about it.  I am enjoying it regardless and don't regret buying it at all.  And I'll be playing it tonight, unless I start having similar problems.  Why that bothers you is beyond me.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 05:29:28 PM
And now we know why the reviews had an embargo.  I haven't run into hardly any of the bugs they mentioned, but I'm only two hours in.  If things get really bad I will probably shelve it until Ubi puts out a couple patches.  GTA V is coming out next week anwyway, so if need be I can wait.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS3/360] Assassin's Creed: Rogue on: November 11, 2014, 05:11:27 PM
I am planning on getting it when the PC version comes out next year, assuming it's still on Steam of course.  I'm also forcing myself to wait for a sale.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 05:08:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 11, 2014, 04:37:14 PM


Wow, I did that exact same mission and had zero frame rate problems.  Maybe the patch helped?  As far as I know it only downloaded one last night, I'll check and see if I have another one when I get home.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 04:03:45 PM
Yeah, it pulled a patch down last night before I played.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 02:56:49 PM
I spent a couple hours playing the PS4 version and love it so far, with a few caveats:

- Texture pop-in is still a problem, but it only seems really noticeable when there are massive amounts of peds on screen.

- Frame rate takes a dip from time to time in cutscenes, haven't noticed it yet in game even when there are lots of things happening.

- Not that wild about constantly hearing the peds speak French then the main characters speak English, though it's better than having them all speak with cheesy French accents.

- There does not seem to be a way to exit the game and get back to the PS4 menu, very odd and irritating.

- Load times seem a bit long.

That's really about the only negatives I have right now.  On the positive side:

+ This is without a doubt the best looking game I've ever played, I envy anyone with a PC hefty enough to run it max with a smooth framerate. (Though if TB is having problems with his setup that doesn't bode well)

+ The artwork all around is really impressive, hats off to the art team because they really outdid themselves.

+ The city is truly massive, packed with detail and lots of interiors to explore.  They aren't just empty buildings either.  I've entered people's homes, walked in on dinners and parties, ran through shops, etc.

+ The large crowds really make for a chaotic atmosphere, things were happening all around me as I ran from mission to mission.

+ Peds definitely feel more alive, they react to what you and other NPCs do.  I had one older couple scream at me in french when I entered their house to loot a chest.  Another person yelled and eventually attacked when I didn't get out of his house.

+ The refined control system makes going up and down buildings a breeze, though there still was the occasional problem of jumping somewhere or onto something I didn't intend.  I think that also could be just me getting used to the controls.

+ Combat is more challenging, guards seem much tougher, countering is much more difficult because you only get a slight flash on your enemy's health bar to signal a parry instead of a nice big icon.  It takes some getting used to, but I really like it so far.

+ There are lots of customization options for your outfit, but most are of course locked in the beginning.

+ There are many different weapons to choose from in several categories:  one-handed, long, heavy, pistol, and rifle.

+ So far the only in-game purchases I've seen are for quickly unlocking things that you can gradually unlock by playing the game.


So overall I'm really enjoying it, can't wait to get home and play more tonight.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 11, 2014, 05:38:43 AM
Same here, picked it up for PS4 about 30 minutes ago. I would have gone PC if my graphics card had 3GB of memory.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 05:32:00 AM
That's odd, did you try restarting both Steam and UPlay?

Just got back from GameStop a little while ago.  Gonna try and get an hour or so in before I crash out.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 02:26:27 AM
Just watched about an hour of some guy in Canada streaming this on PS4, didn't really notice any of the graphical or AI issues mentioned.  Sound seemed a little out of sync, but that could have been his stream.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: November 10, 2014, 11:40:33 AM
Dabbled in this a little bit yesterday after trading in Mordor.  Only spent about an hour, but I have to say it's really good so far.  Reading the review over at Qt3 made me think it would be horrible, but I went ahead and picked it up anyway.  Mainly because it seems that site has a habit of giving good games low scores, especially the bigger name releases.  Also was reading lots of good impressions in this thread and elsewhere.  I'm not sure what it is with Qt3, maybe they just hate fun.  slywink

I won't get much play time in since Unity comes out tonight, but I'm really glad I didn't pass it up.  GTA V comes out the week after so it may be awhile, but I WILL eventually get back to it. Thank you to everyone that's posted, I probably would have skipped it entirely if it wasn't for the GT community.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 10, 2014, 11:27:29 AM
If you start to take damage and your health is low, just keep rolling until you are out of combat and then start running while you check the minimap for any nearby herbs. There's always something close, you just have to find it and get there. One thing that really confuses the AI is climbing over structures, so that's what I would usually do. Climb over and around several different buildings, after that the orcs are usually confused enough that you have a little time to heal up.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 11:20:22 AM
Already have Unity pre-ordered on PS4.  May even go to the launch event tonight, but I doubt it.  I know it's probably cliche, but I'm getting too old for this shit.

Elsewhere in the house all three of my girls are excited for Warlords of Draenor, especially the oldest.  She's actually mad they have her working the day after.  She was planning on staying up until the expansion went live, knowing her she probably will anyway.  Kid is a beast with that game, think she has like 6 level 90s in all epics.  How she doesn't ever get burned out in it is beyond me.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 09, 2014, 08:30:53 PM
Just traded mine in this morning, got 30 bucks for it which I thought wasn't bad.

1.  As far as I can tell there does not seem to be a way to tell Talion's level.  I think it's mainly there as a general difficulty rating.  The higher the level, the more immunities and buffs your enemy will have.  I think 20 is the max but not sure.

2.  I had the exact same thing happen to me when I started.  I would just leave him be for now and go do story missions.  Some key abilities are locked until you compete certain ones.

3.  I would go for Execution, Impact, Wraith Stun, Detonate, and Critical Strike to start.  For later Vault Stun, Blademaster, Resilience, and Critical Strike II are all must haves.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 09, 2014, 11:17:47 AM
I've seen that in every Assassin's Creed game, doesn't matter what system you play it on.  I was kind of hoping they would fix it since this is supposed to be a new engine, but oh well.  It drove me nuts when I first noticed it in AC3, especially the horrible texture pop-in on models, almost thought it was something with my PC.  I guess I've gotten used to it because I hardly noticed at all while playing Black Flag on PS4.  Disappointing to see Unity has the same problem.
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