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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 26, 2014, 04:10:06 AM
I'm enjoying it. Playing on Master difficulty for now, since I figure I would play the game as designed before turning things off to make it more like the originals. I am pleasantly surprised. It definitely still feels like Thief. I generally have found Master difficulty too easy, so far, but finally in chapter 2 I am encountering situations that aren't trivial to get past. I think the new guy doing Garret is adequate, but there really was zero reason not to use Stephen Russel. I certainly don't buy the motion capture excuse they gave. I think, so far, the mission design pales in comparison to the earlier games. They are very linear and merely offer multiple paths down the same linear path.

I am THRILLED that the game does actually have true Quicksave/Quickload functionality. I do wish they would let us have multiple save slots, but one true save anywhere slot is better than not having it. I was worried when it wouldn't let me save in the prologue, but once I got past that, I have been able to save whenever I want.

So far, I am finding navigating the city between story missions to be much more engaging than in Thief 3. I like the short little missions you can do in the city. I am also finding it bigger, and more fun that Thief 3 to this point. I hope that it doesn't get tiresome as I trek through it repeatedly which was a big issue with Thief 3.

My biggest regret so far in regards to early purchase decisions is that I didn't buy the wrench right away. Lots, and lots of opportunities to use it so far that I haven't been able to take advantage of.

I am playing this on the PC with a system that's barely above min requirements. The benchmark menu option gave me avg 20 fps, max 30 fps, but generally looked much more choppy than I have found the game to actually play so far. So, I am pleased with that. I generally took all the default graphic options with the exception of bumping the resolution up to 1080p and dumping the shadows down a notch. I think the game looks nice, but nothing mind blowing, but I am sure I am not seeing it in all its glory due to my modest, aging system.

The only real glitch I had today was a constant crash when I tried to perform the first (mandatory ) pick-pocket. Thankfully, updating my video drivers resolved this.

So, generally I feel positive about this so far, even if I don't think it will surpass or reach the glory of  the originals. I'll reserve final judgements until I complete the campaign.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 21, 2014, 07:44:54 PM
My GMG code arrived today and I am preloading on Steam as I type. I am both giddy with excitement and filled with trepidation for this. I still haven't decided if I will take a day off to play this...
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: February 20, 2014, 04:03:26 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on February 19, 2014, 06:00:24 PM

Count me in the minority, but I thought that was an awful trailer.  I had less interest in watching the movie after seeing it.

Agreed completely. My miniscule interest, due solely to Karen Gillan being in it, completely evaporated after watching that trailer.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Goodbye Bioshock. Irrational is shutting down?! on: February 19, 2014, 10:31:23 PM
I have enjoyed all 3 Bioshock games, with the first being my favorite. But, the "shock" game that makes me mourn for Irrational more than any other is still System Shock 2. It took me a while to get over how different Bioshock was from that game when I first got it. I appreciate it for its own merits, but I still long for a true System Shock 3, which will likely never happen or be a pale imitation like I hope the new Thief is not.
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Find me a more 80s album cover. I dare you on: February 18, 2014, 10:34:08 PM
I would say this is more 80s.... (To be fair this was from an early 90's compilation of a 70s-80s band.)

46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: February 18, 2014, 10:27:56 PM
I have seen the PS4 in stock once at a local Best Buy while I was in the store. One earlier time, I looked at the web site and they were available in store. They are certainly out of stock more often than in stock (per my experience) but if someone was diligent about checking, I think they could have bought one within your bet window.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 16, 2014, 02:51:52 AM
Does anyone know what the save system is in this? Thinking about it, if they don't have a save anywhere/anytime option that may upset me about as much as anything...
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 16, 2014, 12:57:44 AM
Was it the whole first mission? I am concerned if missions can be finished in 17 minutes, but don't want to watch it and be spoiled... Hopefully, if it is the whole mission they get longer...
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 09:40:46 PM
On another note, I enjoyed looking at these photos of the actors in/out of their Abbey garb. It's particularly striking how much more attractive Edith is outside of the show.

Pics in/out of character
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 09:37:30 PM
I didn't mean to imply the writing is poor... far from it. But, the plots are far less engaging than the characters, dialog, and scenery (for me).

When I finish with series 4, I am going to give "Upstairs, Downstairs" a try. I have heard some fans describe Downton Abbey as "Upstairs, Downstairs for morons". smile
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 12, 2014, 06:44:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 12, 2014, 01:26:24 PM

...oh, wait that plot was just terrible.  Why am I pretending to care?

LOL. That greatly encapsulates my continuing reaction to the show. I can't quite explain why I enjoy it as much as I do, since many of the plot lines irritate me, but it's just so charming and well performed, I keep returning to it. Plus, as others have noted, any scene with Maggie Smith is just fantastic.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 09:27:29 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 11, 2014, 05:25:18 PM

They even did bring someone back from the dead already (though he wasn't a character we knew).  Granted, it was the single worst storyline in the show's history, but they did it.

Did they? I liked how they left that ambiguous, but I left that thinking he was a fraud.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 11, 2014, 05:19:09 PM
All they really need is to have some married couple be revealed to be brother and sister and have someone come back from the dead and they'd have hit all the major soapy plot points. smile

Three episodes into season 4 (or two episodes by the way PBS broadcast it) and I'm still enjoying it, suds and all, though I was groaning a bit at how they've decided to add more angst and turmoil to the Bates couple.
54  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: February 11, 2014, 05:15:38 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on February 11, 2014, 04:53:43 PM

What rez do you like to game at? Just curious. Since I have no desire to fork over for a new monitor I'm at 1650x1080 and my 770 is breezing through everything with all effects maxed. But then, I don't have Crysis 3 yet!

I am pretty sure you mean 1680x1050. smile

I would guess most people who buy high end video cards are rocking at least a 1080p (1900x1080) or higher resolution. I would think your card will be more than good for quite a while. I think the current "sweet spot" for price vs performance is probably a 760. (I stare forlornly at my nearly 6 year old gaming pc with a 460 in it....)
55  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 3DS LL (XL in the States) - Circle Pad Pro XL! on: February 11, 2014, 01:27:37 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 11, 2014, 12:31:59 AM

Picked one up to play Bravely Default, which they were sold out of so ordered it off Amazon. Bought Zelda A Link Between Worlds. What else do I need to get? Mainly an RPG player, love games like FF Tactics. So I guess Fire Emblem? Animal Crossing? Pokemon?

Definitely Fire Emblem.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Downton Abbey on: February 10, 2014, 05:58:27 PM
I have been watching the whole series for the past few weeks, and started series 4 last night. I enjoy it a lot, even if it is a soap opera wrapped in period piece clothing. It's supposed to be MORE soap opera this season?! It's been nothing but a soap since the start. smile
57  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Comcast cable modem choice? on: February 07, 2014, 11:51:34 AM
The modem linked above is the current version of my modem, the 6121. It's worked fine. You can still buy my modem from amazon for $67, compared to $80 for the 6141 (I would just buy the 6141 today).
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 06, 2014, 06:00:59 PM

Quote from: JCC on January 24, 2014, 10:10:55 PM

I've also never done the Dark Mod... I guess I will fall back on that if Thief ends up sucking....

Apologies for quoting myself.

I didn't wait. I downloaded the Dark Mod this week. It's fantastic. It isn't a Dark engine game, (Thief 1 and 2) but it feels WAY more like one than Thief Deadly Shadows did. They have made some minor changes to the mechanics: Lockpicking is different, reading a scroll/book does NOT pause the game, the use item key/click is not the same as the FROB key/click, etc. but wow does this feel like the first 2 games' engine with a new coat of paint. The game comes with a tutorial mission (good to learn some of the differences) and one fan mission (which was great). There are around 70 missions available to download right now, and it's all done from within the game itself, so it's super easy and convenient. This no longer requires Doom 3 to run.

If you are fretting over the new Thief not being like the old Thief, stop fretting and download this NOW.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 04, 2014, 05:13:51 PM
Already preordered. Full of trepidation, but that trailer was very nice.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 01, 2014, 04:18:56 PM
The article's "source" says the original model would also be dropped to the PS4 price. Apparently you would be choosing between black with optical drive vs white with bluetooth and no optical drive. Seems odd to me, which makes me doubt it being completely true. We'll see.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 01, 2014, 02:00:33 PM
Today there are no ps4s in stock at the best buys in the state. There are XBones in stock at all of those stores.

Gamespot has an article rumoring that a $399 XBone model may be released this year (possibly with no optical drive). A $399 model would greatly increase my interest in the XBone but not without an optical drive. Of course the lack of games for either system that I care about has kept me from jumping in yet.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 31, 2014, 05:42:45 PM
Since I was marveling about this last week for the XBone, I will report that today the best buy site is showing me whether or not a ps4 is in stock at my local store (it is). I'm amazed this is happening so quickly after launch for both of these consoles. Has demand plummeted since the holidays or are they just making that many more than all previous launches? January NPD numbers should be interesting.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 29, 2014, 11:04:59 PM
The sputtering Wii U managed to sell 1.9 million in the final quarter of 2013.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 29, 2014, 08:03:52 PM
Has anyone seen the final, special episode of the IT crowd from last Fall? It's not on netflix. I was wondering if it was any good.
65  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 28, 2014, 04:33:25 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on January 28, 2014, 03:01:49 AM

I thought of that JCC, but I'm so on the fence. However, the only thing I really care about is playing games with the detail cranked, and OC'ing won't make much of a difference one way or the other. But then I think I have a K version for no reason.

At this point, I think you should be fine performance wise without any tinkering with the CPU. And, it's not like it's that onerous to swap out the heatsink later if and when you do decide to dabble with overclocking.
66  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 28, 2014, 02:49:33 AM
Just don't overclock it. Install with the stock cooler. If a day comes when you want to squeeze more out of your CPU then buy a new cooler.
67  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: New rig on: January 27, 2014, 05:45:57 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on January 27, 2014, 01:49:48 PM

Thanks for the tips!  Is the default cooler really that bad?

I think conventional wisdom is that the default cooler is ok if you don't want to over clock the CPU.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 24, 2014, 11:46:21 PM
Some mixed impressions from Gamespot.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 24, 2014, 10:10:55 PM
To be fair, I believe they did remove the QTEs after hearing lots of negative feedback from fans. I'm expecting to be disappointed with Thief in comparison to the first 2 masterpieces, but I am still hoping it will be a fun game.

I've also never done the Dark Mod... I guess I will fall back on that if Thief ends up sucking....
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 06:10:52 PM
Ultimately the issues of in stock vs out stock do not in and of themselves lead to any conclusion (as I noted in my earlier post). I just think the rampant availability of the XBone is interesting because I can't remember any other console being this readily available this close to launch. I mean you can look at best buy's web site to see if they are in stock at your local stores. It's barely been out two months! I am just amazed by that. Until the January NPDs reveal the numbers any conclusion drawn about what that means is speculation.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 04:17:11 AM
I'm still trying to figure out if the XBone being readily available is a sign of MS providing more than adequate supply or is a sign of post launch lack of demand. I really have no idea which it is. Maybe some of both?
72  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem: Awakening coming Feb. 4 2013 to North America - Finally on: January 23, 2014, 10:45:33 PM
Just finished this last night. I loved it. I absolutely loved the "Casual" setting which took away a lot of stress I had playing the earlier games as I just refused to let anyone die and would restart missions over and over. It also meant that I didn't have to play so conservatively, which meant I enjoyed myself more playing through each fight. A great option that I hope carries through to all future Fire Emblem games. The story was a lot of fun too. Great game!
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: January 22, 2014, 06:32:57 PM
Caine, thanks for the heads up on the GMG savings. Went ahead and ordered it today. I have a lot of trepidation on this reboot of Thief, but I am such a Thief whore I can't resist being on day one!
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: January 21, 2014, 09:25:50 PM
Over the weekend the PC requirements were released:

Minimum System Requirements

OS:Windows Vista with platform update

CPU: High-performance dual core CPU or quad core CPU


Graphics Card: AMD Radeon 4800 series / Nvidia GTS 250

DirectX: DirectX 10


Recommended Specs

OS: Windows 7 or 8

CPU: AMD FX 8000 series or better / Intel i7 Quad Core CPU

RAM: 4+ GB

Graphics Card:AMD Radeon HD / R9 series or better / Nvidia GTX 660 series or better

DirectX: DirectX 11

75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 05:41:55 PM
Agree on the Wii U. It's cheaper than the ps4 and XBone but still costs too much for me right now. Drop the price and get out new, good metroid and Zelda titles and I will be on board.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 01:29:06 PM
It was clear they weren't going to meet their target for the Wii U since it was some ridiculous number.

They also aren't going to meet their projections for the 3DS either - which is their successful system. I think whoever is making their hardware sale projections needs to tune into Sanity FM (to steal from Red Dwarf).

I think Nintendo is just lost about what to do with the home console market. They just had the overwhelming "winner" of the last gen in terms of systems sold. But, the Wii tapered off the last few years. Even with the astronomical hardware sales, the Wii still got porous 3rd party support. They came out with another underpowered, quirky/different, less expensive console and it has flopped. The last time they made a system that was similar in functionality/specs/power to their 2 competitors they finished 3rd. I'm sure there is plenty of panic in Mario Land.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 11:53:33 AM
I think the XBone price is only being referenced in comparison to the 3DS which did sell more units than any home console in December. At least that's how I read the article. Since NPD no longer gives real numbers I find their reports less interesting. Anecdotal evidence and public data from both Sony and MS do indicate that the ps4 has been less supplied in the US than the XBone. I know Best Buy's app/web site lets you see if the XBone is in stock locally now. I can't remember any console last gen where that happened so quickly after launch. MS wanted to focus on the US and they have certainly succeeded.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: January 15, 2014, 10:02:19 PM
So, not according to plan, I played a little more last night and actually enjoyed myself. My abandonment of the series has apparently been postponed. smile
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 14, 2014, 11:48:07 AM
The highlight of the captains is listening to all the incoherent answers the completely baked Avery Brooks gives to all of the questions (many of which he sings). And by the way you should watch DS9 if you haven't, since it is by far the best Star Trek series...
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [BBC]Sherlock on: January 13, 2014, 09:55:51 PM
I thought the series 3 finale was incredible. Awesome series overall (like the first two). Can't wait to pick up the blurays.
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