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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Arcade (yes, Arcade)] Star Wars Battle Pod on: February 27, 2015, 06:19:20 PM
How much does it cost to play a game?
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 23, 2015, 07:14:05 PM
I finally got to play a bit of this. I am up to chapter 3, probably where TiLT was when you posted your initial impressions. I have to say, your observations are right on target. This game is unabashedly all about the cinematic storytelling experience and less so about game mechanics. In my limited time with the game, the thing that struck me was just how good it looked. Years ago everyone sort of wondered whether or not console game graphics could get to the point where the whole thing could be cut scene quality, and not just limited to the jarring transition to non-interactive movie sequences. I think with this game that point has clearly been reached. The graphic fidelity is so good and transitions so seamlessly from movie to gameplay that it's quite stunning. I don't actually mind the bits where you cannot run and are forced to walk at a slow pace because I can take my time to see the little details the developers have put into the environments. There's some pretty amazing stuff in this game world to look at, which honestly no one would even bother with if the game was a high adrenaline, fast paced shooter.

That being said, I can see why a fair number of reviews have been negative. Sony themselves sort of set the game up to fail by not being transparent with their marketing of the game. I don't recall any of the preview material ever emphasizing the cinematic nature of the storytelling. There were a lot of videos of the shooter aspect though so I bet that set the expectation that the game was a pure squad based shooter. And as TiLT suggested, the Battlefield and Call of Duty games over the years have pretty much primed the game playing public to expect all first/third person shooter games to be fast paced, chaotic experiences.

The game does have some shortcoming though. No multiplayer is significant and a bit of a missed opportunity. Multiplayer in the awesome game world that the developers created would have been unique. I assume the game really has no replay value once it's finished. These two factors alone make the $60 cost pretty dicey.  All in all, I like the game a lot. It's certainly a polarizing game but I hope it does well enough for Sony to greenlight a sequel.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 20, 2015, 11:30:07 PM
TiLT's description is exactly the type of game I like and appreciate. I too am weary of full blast shooters that are pretty much amped up all the time. Maybe it's my advanced age icon_razz but I like games that are more deliberate. I watched a bit of Giant Bomb's quick look of the game and the thing that struck me is that the game just looks really awesome. The graphics and the world they created are clearly the draw here. I don't mind relatively short games if they are well done. The only thing that the GB guys said that worries me is that they suggested the story of the game is driving towards an end that never gets fully realized, whatever that means. Maybe it's a setup for a sequel. They said the ending wasn't Halo 2 bad, but it did leave a lot to be desired.

Anyhow, I pre-ordered and received the edition of the game with the Galahad statue. Looks really nice and I look forward to playing the game.
4  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 20, 2015, 09:54:07 PM
I just picked up one today at Gamestop. Checking their store availability online seems to be pretty reliable.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2015, 07:17:53 AM
Well, even if the game isn't that good, it's still free!
6  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2015, 12:10:54 AM
Frozen Synapse, the popular strategy game, is free right now. Not sure for how long but I believe it was a $10 game.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Order: 1886 on: February 19, 2015, 09:35:03 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 19, 2015, 08:54:31 PM

Wow the trolls are out in the review comments on the main page!

Jesus, so much hate over an OPINION.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: February 18, 2015, 09:55:21 PM
I thought AC3 was just okay, but it's been so long since I played it, maybe that is through rose colored glasses. I absolutely loved AC4, mainly because the pirate theme was so appealing to me.

I don't know, based on how you just described Unity, I suppose I'll wait until it's in the bargain bin at $20 or something before getting it.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My Laptop is dead. Long live my laptop! on: February 18, 2015, 08:41:01 PM
It's a tragedy that there is no YouTube video of this happening.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: February 18, 2015, 08:24:33 PM
Hmm, I wonder if the game might actually be worth getting now.
11  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 09, 2015, 11:55:16 PM
What happens when a movie premieres and no one watches it?  icon_razz

Jupiter Ascending in its opening weekend made all of 19 million, which qualifies it as a bomb of flaming wreck status considering it cost 179 million to make (ouch).
I think the Wachowski's make great, if often flawed, movies but I can't say that I am surprised that JA crashed and burned so hard.

Variety had an interesting perspective on the consequences of the failure of the movie: http://variety.com/2015/film/news/jupiter-ascending-flop-wachowskis-failure-1201427887/

The top movie of the weekend was Spongebob Squarepants at 56 million. Oh cruel irony...
12  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 04, 2015, 08:01:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 04, 2015, 05:59:15 PM

So I decided to use part of my tax refund to buy the new 3ds xl, but it appears Amazon doesn't have any pre-order stock... wth...

Anyone has any insight on why?

I don't recall the specifics why but Amazon is not an official retailer of Nintendo hardware.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 28, 2015, 08:58:46 PM
Yeah that is pretty awesome. I've been a Spotify premium subscriber for over a year and this is a nice bonus.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: January 23, 2015, 11:34:50 PM
It's another ambitious movie from the Wachowski's (The Matrix trilogy). Their movies are pretty hit or miss to most people. Their last one, Cloud Atlas bombed financially and was a pretty love it or hate it movie. I happen to think the Wachowski's are brilliant, and I was one of the love it category with Cloud Atlas, so I am totally psyched for Jupiter Ascending. You can never really tell how good a story is just from the trailer, but visually, it's pretty incredible.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 12:49:12 AM
I bought the Wii U in anticipation of Bayonetta 2. There ARE other great games for it, and aside from Xenoblade Chronicles X, the open world Zelda game is coming too.

In other words, resistance if futile. slywink
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nyko Data Bank for Playstation 4 on: January 07, 2015, 07:59:24 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 07, 2015, 06:39:06 PM

I upgraded mine to 2TB already and got a 500 GB external drive out of it as well.

Pretty easy, just get one of these and swap the drive with the PS4 drive.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ILALU9G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Oh, I've already done that. The Nyko thing lets you use a drive larger than 2TB though.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Nyko Data Bank for Playstation 4 on: January 07, 2015, 06:31:58 PM
http://www.ign.com/articles/2015/01/07/hands-on-nyko-data-bank

I'm tempted because who wouldn't like to have a massive hard drive in a PS4 instead of the laughably small default 500GB one. Only thing is that Nyko hardware is not the greatest quality and there is no info yet on drive performance in that enclosure. A product to keep an eye on though.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 30, 2014, 08:30:11 PM
Wow, this is just remarkable. Jed York went on KNBR radio this morning and was absolutely grilled quite aggressively by Brian Murphy, the morning host and ex-sports reporter for the SF Chronicle. He didn't hold back at all in his questioning and asked the tough questions everyone has been wondering. The result is York coming across as a total hypocrite and contradicting himself repeatedly. I give York credit for not hiding and trying to explain things from his perspective but holy crap, he might have been better off just not even going on the air.

In any case, here is the transcript in all its crazy glory:

http://blogs.mercurynews.com/49ers/2014/12/30/jed-york-interrogated-by-knbrs-brian-murphy-cites-football-philosophy-for-harbaugh-exit-wants-to-win-with-class/
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] [Playoffs] Wild Card on: December 30, 2014, 07:10:05 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on December 30, 2014, 12:04:22 PM

The thing about the 49ers under the Yorks is that the Harbaugh hire is the anomaly.  Losing him seems to be business as usual, and is a major reason why we gave up our season tickets a few years ago.

Baalke actually hasn't done too bad of a job - eg the Kaepernick contract is nowhere near the albatross that the Cutler contract is, and the 49ers have generally stayed out of cap hell, but he has had some huge misses in the draft, likely in places where there was contention with Harbaugh.  The biggest to me was not resigning Delainie Walker and then passing on Coby Fleener in the draft for AJ Jenkins.  This move completely trashed Harbaugh's 2+ TE offense that took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, and the offense never quite looked the same afterwards.  Whiffing on LaMichael James was another issue.

Of course, letting Harbaugh go will be the biggest.  They can't afford to get this wrong.  If they can't retain Fangio as well, I see a near future of mediocrity with a downward trend, ending with Baalke's firing.

Listening and watching the BS spin doctoring York and Baalke are doing today and yesterday to the media, it's flat out disgusting. Jed talks about "winning with class", doing things the 49er way, and invoking the name of Bill Walsh and the Super Bowl or bust attitude over and over, but their actions not only under him but also under his dad back in the dark days after Mariucci was fired flies against everything he is spewing. As a fan, it insulting, confusing and frustrating as hell. Everything he is saying is so passive-aggressive. He wants to blame Harbaugh for stuff but won't come out and say it, suggesting everyone, including him, is at fault.

Fucking aggravating.
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 17 on: December 29, 2014, 05:28:37 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 29, 2014, 05:02:57 AM


I think Deadspin does a better job at expressing the fan-rage:

http://deadspin.com/the-niners-are-fucking-stupid-1675908516
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 22, 2014, 06:27:59 PM
Two games really stood out for me this year.

Child of Light: as an RPG, it wasn't terribly sophisticated, but as an artistic effort it was really really well done. The art style of the graphics was beautiful and the music was excellent.

Shadows of Mordor: from beginning to end it was an awesome game. Great graphics, music and gameplay. The system of Orc promotion and progression was interesting and different, although I'm not sure how much of an effect it had on the final outcome. The voice acting was movie quality too. I don't finish too many games but this was one that engaged me the whole time and I never got tired of. I felt motivated to finish every mission and find every collectable item. If there's going to be a sequel, it'll be an insta-buy to me.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 16, 2014, 11:43:12 PM
It's not about being cynical. It's about the media saturation everyone has access to from every online source imaginable. In today's world, long before any movie is out, you can find out just about anything and everything about it before setting foot into the theater. I 100% guarantee that the plot of the new Star Wars movie will be leaked/stolen/posted months before anyone will see it. It's this kind of ease of access in media that makes it just about impossible for a movie to come out of nowhere and really surprise people in a magical way that Blackjack was referring to. IMO, people are even conditioned to find out everything they can about a movie before paying to see it. I really doubt a lot of people want to purposely avoid reading/watching anything about a movie in order to just walk in thinking "I wonder what this is about".

I'm not being critical of this attitude, just saying it's a product of today's social media and online saturated world we live in, and it's changed the movie watching attitudes of everyone. Nothing cynical about that.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: December 16, 2014, 10:06:34 PM
Did anything noticeable change on the map? Are there still treasure chests that require the stupid mobile app to unlock?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft - A sinking ship? on: December 12, 2014, 08:34:39 PM
If you're going to compare Ubisoft to any company, a more relevant comparison would be EA.

Thing is, as high profile a disaster as AC Unity has been, it's not like Ubisoft has been a flaming plane crash of a company. The reality is with any mega-publisher of their scale, they are going to run the gamut of successes and failures. Sure Unity and The Crew have been the more recent missteps, they also release a number of successful franchise games in the last year. I thought Assassin's Creed Black Flag was their best AC game by far. While it's had no publicity, AC Rogue has had decent reviews even if it is a derivative lesser release. Far Cry 4 has had good reviews. Rayman, Rocksmith are well regarded. Also, Ubi published what I consider two of the most underrated games in the last year. Valiant Hearts and Child of Light.

Anyhow, as for a direct comparison between Ubi and Naughty Dog, I don't see it.

And Shadows of Mordor is a phenomenal game (not an Ubisoft game btw).
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 15 on: December 10, 2014, 08:09:45 PM
Haha, that is awesome.

The Niners are going to get clowned so hard in Seattle.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:47:51 PM
According to the movie's IMDB page, they shot 80% of the movie with practical effects, which is about as old skool as you can get nowadays on a movie of this type.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:40:10 PM
Whoa, didn't even catch that until you brought it up.

The trailer is all sorts of crazy. Reading up on the background of this, it's a reboot but George Miller decided to go straight to the apocalyptic wasteland story rather than retell the origin story from the very first Mad Max movie. Smart move IMO. The Road Warrior was the best out of all the Max movies and the simplest of stories and it sound like Miller wanted to return to that. I'm really looking forward to this new movie.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Mad Max Returns in Fury Road on: December 10, 2014, 07:33:48 PM
Mel Gibson??
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 09, 2014, 09:58:01 PM
I understand that, but I would expect more professionalism from coach and the QB. It's ridiculous for Kaep to give one or two word answers to legit questions. Look, I watch the replay of many of the press conferences and obviously there are certain reporters who are just incredible dicks. Guys like Lowell Cohn and his amateur level son Grant, Tim Kawakami, Ann Killion to name a few. But there are other reporters who are respectful and ask questions I would not consider outrageous. As a fan, I want to hear what their thought process is. Look at the difference compared to Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Things are bad and they face the questions and answer them honestly. The press doesn't seem to have any problems with them.

Kaep, when he's on, is an otherworldly talent, but as a fan it is so frustrating to see his behavior. He is so obsessed with this world is out to get me attitude that it's distracting. He should spend less time worrying about what people are saying to and about him and spend more time on figuring out how he can improve his game.

Whatever though. The whole season is a train wreck and could have been avoided by all parties involved. Everyone should share the blame.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 14 on: December 09, 2014, 08:06:38 PM
If they hire Jim Tomsula as the head coach, then we'll know all they wanted was a 'yes man'. Now if they go out and get someone like Sean Payton, then maybe there's hope.

Problem is we have no freaking idea what they are thinking. Baalke talks like there is nothing wrong with the relationship with Harbaugh and other than the infamous Thanksgiving night tweet, who knows what wonderboy Jed York is thinking. I thought maybe he'd be different and be more like Eddie D, but in the end he's coming across as just another clueless York family member.

I agree that it's crazy to fire Harbaugh over what amounts to butt hurt feelings but it doesn't help their cause when he and Kaepernick are so openly defiant and often hostile to the local media. As a fan I want to understand things from their perspective both in good times and bad times, but it's hard to sympathize with either of them at this point.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 06, 2014, 08:29:53 PM
Wow, that looked amazing. The thing that stood out to me was that the enemy death animations looked completely improvised. Nothing canned looking. Also the textures and lighting were sheer eye candy.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 04, 2014, 10:53:58 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on December 04, 2014, 10:26:14 PM

While I enjoyed Courtney's work in Spartacus, can Hollywood please stop trying to jam him Jai down our throats as the New Action Star Du Jour? Just reminds me that the late Andy Whitfield probably would've done much better work in movies here had he lived to get the chance.  tear

And please let's have a moratorium on "person hanging from a person hanging from a person, dangling off a bridge or rooftop or helicopter or etc. etc." There has GOT to be a different signature action scene someone can come up with, right?  icon_razz

imho the beauty of the first film (my brother and I did see it when it opened in 1984) is not something you can recapture today. You just can't do this type of film with "practical" FX on a shoestring budget and actually surprise people. You can't get people to go to a Terminator film and wonder, "What is this about it? It's probably terrible," because you don't know what to expect, and then deliver a wonderful experience instead. Now it's just a long in the tooth franchise dragging around too much expectation and hype.

They can reimagine it and reboot it and recast aside from Arnold along with a dozen digital FX houses painting every frame digitally and trying to make Arnold looking young again, but I suspect that's not going to do any better box office than Jonathan Mostow's Terminator 3, which actually did pretty well overseas but nobody afik fondly remembers it.

Exactly how I feel. Sadly, I think the same thing can be applied to the new Star Wars movie as well. Not to say that it won't be a really good movie, but the sense of wonder and magic is near impossible to capture in today's media saturated world.
33  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: December 04, 2014, 07:43:44 PM
I don't know. It seems like a reboot/alternate/parallel universe story sort of like the Star Trek reboot movies. I was skeptical at first, but I'll give it a chance. It'll either be a flaming wreck of a mess or a pleasant surprise.
34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 03, 2014, 10:45:32 PM
Her name is Tara, and yes, the character is gay. In season 4, she was shacked up with one of the women in the trailer camp that the Governor ended up becoming the leader of.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 28, 2014, 05:58:35 PM
Nerdgasm for the X-Wings on the water and the spectacular looping shot of the Falcon.
36  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: November 17, 2014, 11:34:36 PM
But the airbag deployed! ninja
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 11 on: November 17, 2014, 08:12:10 PM
Niner game was a total shit show, with Brooks sulking on the sidelines as an added bonus.

Hopefully gellar escaped without getting assaulted.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 08:10:01 PM
Dear lord, this week is going to hurt:

Little Big Planet 3
GTA V
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Far Cry 4
Super Smash Bros
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 12:06:34 AM
I don't have the game...yet, but some of the bugs are laugh out loud hilarious:

http://kotaku.com/assassins-creed-unity-has-the-best-glitches-1657939797

I so wanted this game but I guess I'll wait a while for it to go on sale cheap, or Ubisoft to fix these kind of game breaking issues.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Loot Crate on: November 07, 2014, 10:43:42 PM
I subscribe to a similar thing called Nerd Block. Same concept of a monthly subscription where you get random mystery items. The kicker for me though is that every month comes with a Shirt Punch t-shirt. I generally like Shirt Punch t-shirts so those are usually the thing I look forward to the most. The quality and "coolness" of the other items will vary wildly from month to month, I am sure as it does with Loot Crate. Nerd Block also has several other theme subscriptions in addition to the main "classic" subscription. They have cheaper ($20) subs for boys and girls. I tried both but canceled the boys sub because I found the quality of loot from month to month pretty poor. The girls Nerd Block surprisingly has been very good so far and my 10 year old daughter loves it. They also have a horror Block and an Arcade (gaming) Block. I have not tried either of those because it would be way too expensive to subscribe to 4 of these things at one time.
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