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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 07:28:25 PM

Quote from: naednek on March 17, 2014, 06:06:39 PM

2: I think with the addition of the bots that takes away your focus on human pilots.  This has affected me countless of times.  It's a needless distraction.  It's great for immersion but it also can be a hindrance.

Yeah, but the bots are the only ones I can kill!  smile
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 17, 2014, 03:55:07 PM
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD.  (shocking, I know.  smile)
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 17, 2014, 01:45:55 PM
Spent most of my time with Thief, finishing up most of the side missions and getting through the first 5 campaign missions as well.

Put about 3 hours into Titanfall, which made me realize that MP shooters just simply aren't my thing at all.  Even the good ones that are (supposedly) more n00b friendly.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 12:49:11 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on March 16, 2014, 09:48:48 PM

I'm with Gratch on this one. I'm relatively good at FPS, and the chain of quick deaths from seemingly nowhere is getting fatiguing. There is precious little time to enjoy the environments or the mechanics.

That's what I can't figure out.  I've started watching replays of my deaths to try and get some tips on how to get better, and watch myself get killed with one or two shots every single time.  Doesn't matter what weapon they're using...I'm dead within a shot or two no matter what.  I've unloaded what feels like an entire clip into enemy pilots and they're still standing, so I can't figure out what they're doing that I'm not.  I do consistently see something about "amped" weapons in the kill notification...I'm guessing that's a leveling perk that I just don't have. Is there some sort or armor that can counteract that?

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The more Casual FPS players will get turned off from Titanfall very quickly.

Pretty much.

45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 16, 2014, 12:18:00 AM
After spending a couple hours with Titanfall, I've come back around to the notion that no matter how polished they are, MP shooters simply aren't my thing.  Everything is far too hectic, and I can't even begin to wrap my brain around what the hell is going on.  All I know is that if I meet up against another player, I'll be dead within 5 seconds.  With enough practice, I'm sure I could probably gain enough skill to improve on my current "get killed within 10-15 seconds after spawning" situation, but I'm not sure I really enjoy the core gameplay enough to actually put in that time...especially with other games that are much more my slow-and-steady pace waiting in the wings (i.e. Thief).

 I'm going to try and play to at least the 8 hour mark (it's the same time commitment I give to RPG's), but I can't really see myself warming up to it a whole lot.  Hopefully I'm wrong.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 16, 2014, 12:16:56 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 15, 2014, 11:40:06 PM

You played the console version which implemented many of the same ideas.  You already owned and had completed the PC version, indicating that you felt strongly enough about the adjustments to shell out more money to get them early, and the fact that you completed a full playthough means even more given the fact that you never waste time on games that aren't fully engaging.

That's a better recommendation than most. nod

-Autistic Angel

In that case, I recommend it heartily!  smile
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 15, 2014, 08:02:01 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on March 15, 2014, 02:29:48 PM

Gratch also sold me on trying the new Diablo III patch and he was right: it makes the game *much* more fun.  A lot of attention has been paid to the new loot system, but there are also new power-ups, new challenges, and new monsters with new abilities that really spice up the combat encounters.  Many of the character abilities have also been rebalanced and shuffled around, so it's been a lot of fun experimenting with all my old Wizard runes.

Wasn't me...I haven't played with the new patch yet
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 01:47:26 PM
Is there a way to play against fellow low-level folks?  I just jumped into the campaign last night (figured that's as good a place as any to start) and when I got to the end of my last match, I noticed that I was the lowest level player by at least 15 levels.  I was 4, everyone else was at least 19.  Or do you just have to endure being target practice (me, doubly so) through the low levels until you gain some XP?
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 03:25:28 AM
Wow, I'm really...not good.  Played through the first three campaign missions and came in dead last in each one.  My matches typically ended up as a recurring cycle of:  spawn, run around for 30 seconds shooting grunts, hear 2-3 shots from a PC, dead (usually before I could even see what shot me), re-spawn.  frown  Going to keep playing and give it an honest try though...I really want to like it.  Unfortunately, after the third mission, I just kept getting a "Connection to server failed" error for about 10 minutes, so I think I'll go fire up Thief for a while instead.

How do I find GT'ers to play with?  Assuming you'd be willing to play with a n00b, that is.  I'm skinypupy on Origin...not sure if we have an Origin handle list around here or not.  Tried to import my friends list from XBL (no idea if it's cross-platform or not), and just kept getting server errors.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 14, 2014, 09:47:43 PM
Decided to break down and try something outside my gaming comfort zone.  Downloading now...we'll see how this goes.   paranoid
51  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Kids say the darndest things... on: March 14, 2014, 07:19:04 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 14, 2014, 07:06:12 PM

I realize now that he's a bigot at heart, but as an adult he's been able to act appropriately in public.  But kids don't have that level of maturity by dint of being kids.  I guess I just can't wrap my mind around someone being confronted with this and not realizing that they need to change their ways for the sake of their kids.  



Because in his mind, there's nothing wrong with his kid's actions.  I'd be willing to be he's secretly proud of his kid for "standing up to liberals/Obama/the boogeyman/whatever". 
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 14, 2014, 04:49:53 PM
Maybe some Thief, or I might start Remember Me on PS3.  Or maybe something else entirely...who knows.
53  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Bravely Default coming to North America on: March 14, 2014, 04:48:22 PM
Man, I hit an absolute wall with this game.  About the time they cheerily said:

Spoiler for Hiden:
"Hey, let's have you play everything you've already done for a second time!"

My brain said, "Yeah, I don't think so" and I haven't fired it up since.  Keep meaning to go back to it, but just can't generate the interest.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2014, 12:37:01 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 11, 2014, 11:31:55 PM

For those who are n00bs, I understand not wanting to be a punching bag. But the only way to improve is to play regularly with people better than you. The only surefire way to stay a n00b is to be scared to play. I don't think there's any better game or time to jump into a franchise. CoD and BF are filled with veterans who have played those games for years. At least with Titanfall, everyone is on a relatively level playing field. And you can always play it safe and run around killing AI grunts.

Point taken, but "scared to play" and "not finding a game fun because you get killed every 2.3 seconds" are not quite the same thing.  Especially for those of us with limited FPS experience to begin with.

That being said, I don't have any idea how Titanfall actually plays, I'm just going off my previous MP shooter experience...maybe this one is entirely different.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 08:30:15 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 11, 2014, 04:58:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2014, 03:01:24 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 11, 2014, 02:32:13 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 10, 2014, 08:10:53 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 08:08:20 PM

I hate the concept that every single player game needs to have multiplayer and that every multiplayer game needs to have single player. If I like flight sims, I don't complain that Thief doesn't have an airplane level. I just go buy a flight sim. Since when did every game have to please every player?

Exactly! This game doesn't need single player. It's about pwning noobs... in mechs.. or with a jetpack strapped to your back!  icon_biggrin

Speaking as a noob, this is the exact reason why I won't be buying this game.  The whole package looks pretty awesome, but going up against the COD bro-sect holds exactly zero appeal to me.

Did you try the beta?  The game does quite a lot of great things to make the game noob-friendly.  Of course, you have to raise above the ritt skill threshold for it to have an effect.  icon_wink

LOL yeah.  As I mentioned I couldn't even make it through the entire tutorial, and not for lack of trying.  I just don't do well with jumping puzzles in any game.  When you add the FPS perspective it just makes it worse for me.  Then you factor in the pace of MP and everyone else being way ahead of you in all facets of the game, and I guarantee it is NOT noob-friendly. 

So to answer the later comment below, it's not that I demand SP content to get my money's worth or whatever, but in a game like this, it would be the only way I might be able to practice/learn enough to be viable in multiplayer. 

I'm in the same boat as rittchard.  I kinda suck at FPS anyways, so playing an MP game and getting my ass absolutely handed to me every single time I boot it up isn't particularly fun.  I have very little gaming time, so practicing to get significantly better isn't much of an option either.

Everything about Titanfall looks really damn cool though (i.e. the world, the setting, the combat, etc.), which is why it's disappointing that there isn't any form of single player for those of us who don't enjoy being perpetual noobs.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 02:32:13 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 10, 2014, 08:10:53 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 08:08:20 PM

I hate the concept that every single player game needs to have multiplayer and that every multiplayer game needs to have single player. If I like flight sims, I don't complain that Thief doesn't have an airplane level. I just go buy a flight sim. Since when did every game have to please every player?

Exactly! This game doesn't need single player. It's about pwning noobs... in mechs.. or with a jetpack strapped to your back!  icon_biggrin

Speaking as a noob, this is the exact reason why I won't be buying this game.  The whole package looks pretty awesome, but going up against the COD bro-sect holds exactly zero appeal to me.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 11:02:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2014, 10:44:07 PM

Quote from: Morgul on March 10, 2014, 10:25:40 PM

I never noticed voice over thing being that bad.  One time, I overheard a chick telling some dude about some loot near a fireplace.  I broke into the house near by and sure enough, a hidden panel by the fire place.  Other times I wasnt able to find what the people on the street were talking about.

I have heard some repetitiveness, but it hasnt annoyed me near as much as it did skyrim.   But I am only halfway through chapter 5, but I did complete all the side quests.   So maybe theyll start grating soon, probably will notice them now that you have talked about it argh.

Sorry.

I'm only at Chapter 3, IIRC.  I spend a lot of time pissing out areas of the city, though, so maybe I'm getting them more often.  But the repetition is at a ridiculous level.

I spent quite a bit of time on one of the side missions (looking for the poems in the dude's house...never did find them all, was one short), and I must have heard the Polly Adler dockfrock thing at least 15-20 times while I was in that house.  I'm assuming it must have been a bug, but man it was annoying.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 10, 2014, 08:26:47 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2014, 04:39:03 PM

More annoyingly, the dialogue repeats to a ridiculous level.  I mentioned earlier in this thread the "What does a third offense get you" exchange which I must have heard a dozen times in my brief time in that section of the city (it does seem to move on to other repeated dialogue bits as you progress in the story).  I have heard people say a bit of dialogue that is taken from a larger exchange, but not heard the rest of it, even if I haven't moved.  I have heard people have a full conversation and then immediately repeat that exact same conversation.  And these can be long back and forths with no option to skip them.  Rarely do they say anything useful, and the background details they do add are ham-fisted at best.

OMG, yes.  If I have to hear one more time about the guy who "rolled around with Polly Adler, the sweetest smelling dockfrock in the skinmarket", I'm going to put an arrow in his neck out of sheer principle.  Even better is when it triggers multiple people to have the same conversation about 5 seconds apart, so you end up with this weird echo effect.

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The fact that I have to go through a button-mash sequence to get through windows every time is irritating. 

Agree that it's irritating, but certainly not a game-breaker.  Hoping that gets patched out sometime.

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The load times are too long.  This would be one thing if it only happened when you were moving into and out of story sections, but it happens getting to a new part of the city, too (often accompanied by a window button mash sequence).  Reloading saves takes a bit longer than you'd think, too.

I saw multiple reviews complain about this, but I haven't had any issues with loading times.  The longest I've seen is about 10 seconds.

About the only gripe I would add it the worthless world map.  Especially since lots of the side missions are spread out far and wide all over the city, and it makes them rather difficult to find.  Other than that, I'm thoroughly enjoying the game and think it's gotten a bit of an unfair shake by reviewers.  It obviously isn't GOTY material, but it's still a hell of a lot of fun.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/10) on: March 10, 2014, 11:57:06 AM
Nothing
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 09, 2014, 03:51:25 PM
I'm enjoying Farscape so much that I checked into buying the seasons on iTunes so I could continue watching on my upcoming flights. 

They want $50 per season?!  Fuck that noise.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 09, 2014, 03:48:45 PM
My account got hacked a while back, and I logged on yesterday for the first time since it happened.  All my characters were still there and had apparently been left untouched, but my entire friends list was gone.  frown

I've run through the game 4.5 times now (3.5 times on PC, once on PS3)...trying to decide if I want to do it all again.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: March 08, 2014, 03:02:37 PM
No.  Just...no.
63  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 08, 2014, 02:30:35 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 08, 2014, 12:55:14 AM

TouchArcade just gave it 5 stars with talk of it being a legendary game.

 saywhat  It's fun, but it's not that fun.
64  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 07, 2014, 08:23:39 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 07, 2014, 07:44:34 PM

Toucharcade's forums sound like there are issues with the iPad version, but iPhone version works fine.

Mine seems to work fine. 

It's a decent game.  Wish there was more of a carryover from game to game though.  Starting over from level 1 every game feels a bit anticlimactic.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/07/14 - Daylight Savings Weekend* on: March 07, 2014, 03:37:15 PM
Might squeeze in some Thief between my Farscape marathon sessions.
66  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 07, 2014, 03:33:59 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 07, 2014, 02:44:47 PM

Block Legend popped up on the app store today.

This is what it looks like:



That seemed very BTDT, so I didn't pay it much mind.

However, the folks at TouchArcade seem to be enjoying it.  And they got me to watch this trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ChIZO2h36wI

Bought.

I'm buying it just for that trailer (and because I'm a total sucker for match-3 variants with RPG elements)
67  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 07, 2014, 12:52:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 07, 2014, 07:08:53 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 07, 2014, 12:19:19 AM

Dance moves like this fascinate me..  I have no idea how the human body can move like that.

or fingers

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJwPydpJHyA

68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 07, 2014, 01:59:03 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on March 07, 2014, 01:35:40 AM


Nice.  Reminds me I need to finish Season 1.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: March 07, 2014, 12:19:19 AM
Dance moves like this fascinate me..  I have no idea how the human body can move like that.
70  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 04:42:52 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 06, 2014, 03:52:42 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 06, 2014, 04:37:21 AM


Horrible seems pretty strong.  I thought it was a fun (and somewhat flawed) Diablo clone.


Perhaps.  I think Nox was a better clone though

Nox was fun too.  Been tempted to grab it from GOG a couple times...wonder how it holds up.

One of the things I remember about Darkstone was the trail of bloody footprints your characters would leave behind.  That seemed so damn cool back then.   icon_lol
71  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 03:34:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 06, 2014, 12:28:48 AM

There are a bunch of new releases again this week.  One that totally caught me by surprise and might be of interest to old school RPG lovers is a remake of Darkstone.

http://forums.toucharcade.com/showthread.php?t=221169

It's free with IAP so who knows what they did to it.

My favorite part of the description is:

8 Character Classes = 8 Gameplays

I don't know why but every time I read that it makes me giggle.

Apparently this is only a soft launch in specific territories, not the US.   crybaby
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 06, 2014, 03:32:26 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 06, 2014, 02:35:08 AM

I haven't really watched much South Park, think I'd still enjoy/get it?

Been wondering that as well.  Not a big South Park fan, but I do enjoy a good RPG.  Probably something I'll pick up on a Steam sale sometime next year.
73  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 04:37:21 AM

Quote from: farley2k on March 06, 2014, 02:57:16 AM

Once I looked at the page I remember that game...and it was horrible.  Why can't they port the great RPGs of the age rather than the crappy ones?  Why can't I have Wizzardy 8? 



Horrible seems pretty strong.  I thought it was a fun (and somewhat flawed) Diablo clone.

Was going to post a link to the song, but was on my iPhone.  Glad Destructor picked up my slack.  smile
74  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 01:31:58 AM
Let the Darkstone shiiiiiiiiiiiiiine...
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 05, 2014, 03:52:08 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 04, 2014, 10:32:31 PM

The Clone Wars animated series is coming on March 7.  They'll have the first five seasons, the Clone Wars movie, and the unaired 13-episode sixth season.

I was looking into buying these recently, but between the movie and the multiple series, I couldn't figure out where I was supposed to start.  Glad I waited.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 04, 2014, 05:20:07 PM
Farscape popped back up in my recommended list last week.  I had tried getting through the first episode on three separate occasions, but the cheesy effects and sorta lackluster acting turned me off.  I decided I'd give it one more shot to see if it clicked...and it finally did.  Watched the first three episodes and I'm quite enjoying it now.  As long as I approach it knowing the whole thing is going to me somewhat silly, it's pretty fun.
77  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 04, 2014, 02:34:57 PM
Been having lots of fun with Word Mage, which plays like a hyperactive RPG version of Bookworm.  It's a frantic blast.

Also tried Tengami, which might be the most stunningly beautiful iOS game I've ever played.  It really must be seen to be believed.  However, I got stuck on an obscure puzzle about midway through and haven't been able to get past it.  Should probably look up a solution so I can finish it up.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/03) on: March 03, 2014, 12:52:35 PM
Not a fan of either South Park or Walking Dead, so I guess nothing.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 2/28/14 on: March 03, 2014, 04:49:59 AM
I'm about 9 hours into Thief, just finished Chapter 4.  Thoroughly enjoying it, and I haven't even dug into any side missions yet...which most people say are the best part of the game.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 02, 2014, 06:34:04 PM
Anyone care to tell me how the hell you get through the library tower part in Chapter 3?  I've been running around in there for what feels like forever, and I swear I'm just going in circles through a bunch of rooms that look exactly the fucking same.  Frustrated... icon_evil

Edit:  Nvm, I ended up youtubing it.  Stupid puzzle in an otherwise great level.
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