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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1] Just Cause 3 on: March 07, 2016, 11:56:32 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 07, 2016, 10:07:34 PM

So I finished this up yesterday. I'm definitely of two minds on the game. On the positive side, the island is amazingly huge, and filled with stuff to explode. It also have all sorts of caverns and caves to explore. Extremely well done on that front. I liberated everything on the first two islands, but when I got to the third island it was just too much and I was kind of ready to be done. This is kind of similar to JC2, where I think I had done less than 50% of the content when I finished the game. Flying around is really cool, all the weapons and vehicles are really cool.

On the negative side is all the super janky stuff. I got better at it as the game went on, but getting caught on geometry while you're trying to get around inside a base is very frustrating. I get it's probably difficult to deal with given the scope of the game, but that doesn't make it less annoying. Frame rate on xbox was terrible. Load times were terrible. I also wish they had kept the aim on left trigger from JC2 - there must have been somewhere else place they could have put the tether tightening. Then there is weird physics stuff like this:
https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=D5154DA59C8F0E6A!1435&authkey=!AKjGDvEC00mCIaQ&ithint=video%2cmp4

Overall there's plenty of fun to be had as long as you know what you are getting into. I'm sure performance on PC is a lot better as well.

I have not finished the game, and I am on the PS4, but this is pretty much my opinion as well. The game world is pretty amazing and it at least looks great. Once I got to the third massive island, it's become a total slog to get through. I think part of the problem is that even though the island is big, the settlements are a long distance between each other so it's a real pain in the butt to get around, especially by car/truck. The latest patch addressed the long load times so at least it is tolerable to me. The framerate though is a real problem. When the action gets hectic with an army of enemy vehicles and air units coming at you, the frame rate goes way down. Still playable but really noticeable.

I bought the season pass for the game so I'll still keep plugging away at it and I am looking forward to the sky based first DLC with the wingsuit fun. Sometimes this game feels like work, but I still keep coming back to it.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: March 03, 2016, 12:32:53 AM
Well, regardless, Broforce is pretty awesome. Mindless hilarious bloody violent shooty fun.
43  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: March 01, 2016, 12:41:09 AM
I wouldn't expect a whole of significant plot advancement until the season finale, which everyone suggests will be horrific.

Very awkward scene where Michonne and Rick were making googly eyes at one another during the RV drive.

It felt really out of character for Rick and the gang to be so over-confident that they can take out Negan. Clearly it's a setup to have very bad things happen to them, but telegraphing so aggressively is a bit much.

I also don't like the way Abraham is being emotionally neutered and becoming soft. Again, it's like they are setting him up for something really bad.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 23, 2016, 06:05:17 AM
It was an annoying episode up until the last 10 minutes or so. Dumb decisions resulting in ridiculous situations. I did like the scene between Carl and Michonne at the end. Then of course, that ending!  drool
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 09:42:59 PM
I totally understand what you are saying and I suppose it's the way parents are in this day and age, but it wasn't always that way. Being the old fossil I am today, I still remember when I was 10-12 years old, my parents were not movie goers at all, so they didn't know jack about what popular movies were but they had a hard and fast rule with me. Rated R movies were out of the question for me at the time. Didn't matter if it was because of sex, violence or language. The R rating was an automatic no go for me. Maybe that's a philosophy that wouldn't hold up today, but doesn't matter to me. It's the rule I apply to my 11 year old. The MPAA system might be flawed but at its most basic level, it should tell parents what is or is not appropriate for kids.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 15, 2016, 07:53:51 PM
One of the best things I learned is that Carrie Underwood and her mom are Walking Dead superfans.  icon_cool

Great episode. The body count was unbelievable. I believe this was the first time ever in the series run that:

Spoiler for Hiden:
They showed a kid getting eaten. That was awesome. I guess the death of Jessie was the one moment some people were referring to as a completely unnecessary, gratuitous character death that served no purpose. Whatever. It's the zombie apocalypse. People die. Get over it.
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 11, 2016, 10:16:51 PM
Most parents will pay attention and realize it's not kid appropriate, but there will inevitably be a few who are completely oblivious and take their kids anyhow. They'll be the ones complaining loudly afterwards.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 11, 2016, 09:38:30 PM
Curious to see how many parents bring their kids not realizing that it is a hardcore rated R movie. Oh the humanity!
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Which of These Two Floorstanding Speaker Would You Choose? on: February 11, 2016, 03:59:55 AM
Based on looks alone, I'd go with the first one. The second one looks butt ugly.
50  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 15, 2016, 02:13:54 AM
Rumor was that Kelly tried to trade for Kaepernick this past season, so it would not surprise me if they kept him, but the hints from York and Baalke all this season were that they were done with Kaep.

Honestly, I have no idea what York and Baalke are doing. It feels like they're just making it up as they go along. Who cares though? There's so much potential for crazy stuff to happen now it makes me giddy. Paranoid, power mad recluse in Baalke vs anti-social nut job in Kelly, with clueless Jed in the middle. If the team doesn't get off to a good start next season, the fireworks will be spectacular.
51  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 14, 2016, 07:31:05 PM
Bwahahahahahahaha!!!!

Bring on the shit show! This is going to be an epic Michael Bay level explosion filled experience for all Niner fans!
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 13, 2016, 09:16:06 PM
Hue Jackson to coach the Browns.

The Niners lost their top head coaching candidate to the freaking Browns. I'm laughing and crying at the sheer ineptitude of Jed and Trent. They really do live in their own self congratulatory fantasy world.

I'm hoping they hire Chip Kelly just for the shit show train wreck potential. It would be epic.
53  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 11, 2016, 05:08:05 AM
Never ever leave your playoff fortunes in the hands of a kicker.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: January 10, 2016, 06:43:42 PM
I agree. That is the one saving grace of Disney under Bob Iger. The way he's led the company has been nothing less than brilliant. Movies, merchandising, theme parks, whatever the property, they've generally done things right. I feel pretty comfortable that the quality and integrity of the Star Wars universe will be maintained.
55  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Wildcard on: January 10, 2016, 06:39:14 PM
That was one of the most epic meltdowns in football I've ever seen. From Jeremy Hill fumbling all the way to the last second of the game, just EPIC. The enduring image from the game was the random crowd shot of some grown woman crying like baby. Football fans are the best!

The secondary result of the Bengals choke is that it looks like Hue Jackson is on the verge of being hired by the Niners to be their head coach.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 17 on: January 04, 2016, 09:16:35 PM
The way the Niners make decisions, the next coach will be Mangini. Then we can all collectively cry in our beers.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 23, 2015, 07:06:04 PM
My impression is that Jeremy might not have been considered so much of a physical threat as others because he only won one immunity challenge near the end. Everyone was so focused on Joe for a while and then Kelly Wentworth, then Spencer and Keith since they were winning all the challenges. That probably allowed Jeremy to get he social game going, but he played that aspect masterfully, although he could have really blown it by being so mean to Kimmi when she was eliminated.

Spencer did blow it though. He was all about working on his social game but judging from the comments from the jury at the last tribal council, he was only partially successful since they still thought he was an arrogant prick a lot of the time.

Tasha played the classic end game fail. Ride other people's coat tails to the very end and get no jury love because they all thought she coasted to the end.

I really hope they bring back the second chances format again soon. It's way more fun seeing a group of alpha types who all know how to play the game.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2015: Second Chance! on: December 22, 2015, 11:22:54 PM
Arise! Since the season ended last week.

It was probably the most entertaining season in Survivor's long run. Seemed like every week was a blindside vote at tribal and we had just about everything happen this season. Horrible torrential mind numbing rain, injuries, a player suddenly pulling out due to family emergency, crazy immunity idol shenanigans, alliances that changed literally week to week. My favorite moments this season:

1. Kelly Wentworth playing her idol, surprising everyone at tribal, including Andrew who was blindsided by the votes cast against him. The look on Andrew's face was classic, only to be topped off by him flipping Kelly the bird as he was leaving.
2. Stephen's Moby Dick-like obsession with trying to get Joe the golden boy out of the game. It was like a geek's life metaphor.
3. The wild final tribal council where two idols were played and ALL votes were nullified. First time in Survivor history.
4. Jeremy's emotional answer at the jury questioning tribal council. He pretty much won it right there by tugging on everyone's heart strings. Maybe a calculated tactic, but he seemed pretty sincere. He was a very worthy winner.
5. Kelly Wigglesworth absolutely laming out and having her vote for a winner determined by random number selection. It was stupid in season one and it's still stupid. Wigglesworth sucks.

Next season, in February is the return of a normal cast but they're bringing back the lame brains vs. beauty vs. brawn format. Ugh. It's going to be a massive letdown after the wild drama of second chances but of course, I'll be watching.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 10:18:15 PM
It's close to my price ceiling, but I'll get one then.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 09:06:50 PM
Unless it is outrageously expensive, I'm IN!
61  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 20, 2015, 06:52:28 PM
Regarding:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The reuse of plot elements and themes from the past movies, there was an article with JJ Abrams, which I can't find right now, where he says the repeating elements was intentional to drive the notion of passing the legacy on to a new generation. I know a fair number of people didn't like it because it invites the criticism that the movie is just a rehash of episode 4, but I think it works and it didn't bother me one bit. Yes, theme are recycled but there's still plenty of new fresh things and by grounding a lot in familiar territory it retains the whole "Star Wars-y" feel that everyone has been longing for since the prequels.
62  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 18, 2015, 09:22:40 PM
Regarding Kylo Ren:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I love the fact that he isn't a one note villain. He's an evolving incomplete bad guy which I find much more interesting. It did strike me that he was moody, and a tad aggro-emo but somehow it was pulled off successfully, unlike Hayden Christensen's Anakin. Because Ren is still conflicted, it sets up the whole idea that maybe he can be saved, or he goes full dark side. We don't know at this point and we can only assume that is a thread of the next two movies.

On the visual starkness, that's kind of interesting. I sort of noticed that. Especially when the story moved off of Jakku. My theory is that was wholly intentional as a theme in the context that in the 30 or so years since Jedi, things have deteriorated across the galaxy. We all know Lucas's original vision was a world where things looked used and lived in. I think in this movie they took that notion to the next level. The interiors of the Falcon looked pretty drab and junky, as an example. A lot more than it was in the previous movies.

Also:

Spoiler for Hiden:
There were so many nods to the old movies I have to see it again to remember them all. I got a chuckle during the scene in the Falcon where I think it was Finn rummaging through the tool boxes and found the training drone from the scene in A New Hope where Ben is giving Luke an intro to the force when he was trying out the lightsaber.
The Daniel Craig thing was hilarious because when Simon Pegg accidentally spoiled it months ago, Craig emphatically denied it as being ridiculous. What a liar!
Finally, I got the little remote controlled BB-8 (the expensive one, not the crappy cheap one) when it first became available and it is all sorts of awesome.
63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 18, 2015, 06:17:03 PM
Totally agree with your assessment. I saw it last night and holy cow, what a great movie. It's unfortunate but the longer you put off seeing it the greater the chances that the one major plot twist will be spoiled because it WILL be discussed openly as the days and weeks go by. Knowing that twist before seeing it will dampen the impact.

As a Star Wars fanboy, I would rank it below Empire, but above Jedi. Maybe just a hair below A New Hope mainly because of the cultural impact that movie has had since 1977.

A few other thoughts:

-Finally a legit non-princess-y female hero for little girls to look up to. Rey is an awesome character. I am excited to see how she evolves through the trilogy.
-BB-8 really steals most of the scenes it's in. Remarkable that the little droid is so expressive and almost human. Reminds me so much of how people took to R2D2 back in the day.
-Han Solo's dialog is priceless. Harrison Ford really brought it as an actor bringing back the old Solo we all love.
-For me though, my favorite character was surprisingly, Poe Dameron. His piloting surpasses even Anakin's legendary status. Plus, he's such a likable charismatic guy. Oscar Isaacs was an inspired casting choice.
-All I will say about Kylo Ren is that he is a very different kind of villain in the Star Wars universe. Not cookie cutter at all.

I'll be seeing it again Saturday afternoon. Can't wait!
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Napster Coming to Wii U on: December 16, 2015, 10:16:41 PM
Send me an invite on Friendster!!!
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Napster Coming to Wii U on: December 16, 2015, 08:59:56 PM
What. The. Hell??
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 08, 2015, 12:04:05 AM
I just bought the game but have not tried it yet. In the meantime, I watched the Giant Bomb quick look of the game and wow, this game is all over the place. Some of the music and voice acting is truly mind numbingly bad yet hysterically funny at the same time, but the graphics look nice and the massive open world is pretty impressive. There seems to be a LOT of detail embedded in the game but trying to decipher it all is part of the challenge I guess. At the end of the video, the two guys estimate that playing the game beginning to end would take easily 100 hours. Yikes.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ni No Kuni 2 Announced! on: December 06, 2015, 05:59:57 PM
Loved the first game. It's been quite a while since I finished it, but it looks like this sequel has no link to the first one. Still quite a nice surprise that a sequel is coming.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 emulation on the PS4 is an exciting prospect on: December 04, 2015, 11:34:46 PM
As much as I'd like to play a lot of those games again, the prices are outrageous.
69  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: December 01, 2015, 06:56:20 PM
Well yes. I've been watching the show from the very beginning and this season started out very strong up until the episode where Glenn's predicament sent everyone into a frenzy, which to me felt like such a cheap gimmick which the show has never had to resort to. After that, it lost all its momentum and got stuck in a lot of overwrought moralizing, questionable decisions and really bad dialog. Part of the problem was that the jumping around in time sequence really messed with the pacing. I get the whole artistic intent of all that, but imo it screwed up the intense pacing they had spent the first half of the season creating. To give an example, the Daryl episode when he ran into the trio of people in the woods. Daryl's been built up to be the show's badass loner and expert tracker and hasn't done anything questionably stupid that I can recall, yet the way he ended up losing some key items (without spoiling details) was unbelievable.

Glad you're enjoying the season thus far though. It's been too much of an up and down frustrating rollercoaster for me, but I'll still keep watching. The key character they are bringing in during the second half of the season will certainly make it entertaining.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: November 30, 2015, 07:22:05 PM
It was a terrible episode. In fact, the last several episodes have been nearly unwatchable. Rick and company really should have left Alexandria long ago because staying there has made them all stupid. The whole Carol-Morgan-evil Dave Grohl sub plot was painful to watch. The blonde's wimpy son Sam, please let him die.

The only good thing is that we're all on a trajectory to bring Negan into the story, which will really stir things up, assuming the writers don't screw that up.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/17) on: November 18, 2015, 08:34:21 PM
Anyone notice that the old SNES game Super Star Wars is available for $9.99 on PS4 and Vita? I'm tempted to get it but I've heard nothing about this port and how good it is. Hmm.
72  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 8 on: November 02, 2015, 10:29:27 PM
Niners traded Vernon Davis to Denver for essentially a 6th round draft pick in 2017.

Wow. Just...wow.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 8 on: November 02, 2015, 06:50:57 PM
I hate him.
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: October 26, 2015, 09:08:02 PM
I watched last week's and last night's episode back to back. Man, that was a brutal grind as a viewer to endure.

It's interesting to read all the rumor scuttle about is he or isn't he dead but I have mixed feelings about that because it seems like such a cheap and gimmicky thing to do to make it look like he died and then surprise! A magic escape.

My theory is that he'll return as a hallucination to his significant other, who will descend into madness now that the only important thing to her is gone. Sort of like when Rick hallucinated Lori after she died.
75  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 7 on: October 25, 2015, 06:42:48 PM

Quote from: gellar on October 23, 2015, 04:17:48 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 23, 2015, 03:25:47 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on October 23, 2015, 05:42:20 AM

Jed York and Trent Baalke need to fucking die.

yep.

I don't blame the coach, I don't fully blame Kap or the O-line, this all stems from York and Balke which caused the mass exodus.



Stems from, but the other three aren't blameless. Kap is probably the least to blame, but he's also played even worse than expected.



Kaep shares some blame, but I agree that he is least to blame. He does have raw physical talent as a QB. Problem is that the environment and coaching have pretty much destroyed him mentally. The way they are going, he's going to get cut or traded by next season and I bet if he goes to a good team who knows how to develop him he will eventually be a good QB. If there is any poetic justice, he'll come back as the QB for another team and shred the Niners.

Everything else about the Niners is a flaming train wreck. A head coach in way over his head, but to be fair he was set up to fail miserably by management. The GM is bizarrely afraid to talk to the press and hasn't drafted well, wasting picks on redshirted injured players. The owner however deserves his own special place in hell. Letting go the best coach they've had in a generation over ego and butt hurt feelings. Plus he's a hypocrite. Win with class? Ha. Yeah tweeting a post throwing your coach under the bus after a loss is real classy. The most laughable thing is him saying fans should hold him accountable since he is the owner. Yet he's completely disappeared this season.

After all the depressing losing seasons between Mariucci and Singletary, I can't take any more of the loser culture under the Yorks. Niner football is dead to me until they sell the team, which will never happen since they got their shiny cash cow stadium.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 7 on: October 23, 2015, 05:42:20 AM
Jed York and Trent Baalke need to fucking die.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 20, 2015, 04:29:32 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 20, 2015, 03:22:33 AM

Great trailer. I'm a big fan of trailers that leave some mystery to the movie going in.

They've been very deliberate about it. I heard something about how the previous teasers hadn't shown anything that isn't in the first 1/3 of the film, and it doesn't look to me like the full trailer goes any further in. Just the way a good trailer should be for a franchise as familiar as this. We have the basic outline of a plot, but not enough to actually spoil it.

I for one appreciate the trailer still leaving a LOT unanswered. The trend of trailers nowadays pretty much giving away the whole story, or huge spoilers (Terminator Genisys anyone?) is ridiculous.

BTW, the new SW trailer is GLORIOUS.
78  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful for Spoilers) on: October 12, 2015, 09:11:24 PM
They could have saved themselves a lot of effort by simply throwing a whole bunch of molotov cocktails in the quarry, but I guess it's less dramatic that way.

Also, where did they get all those cars to line up along the sides of the road??

I wasn't a fan of the constant jumping back and forth between the black and white flashbacks and the colorized action. It was too distracting to the flow of the story.
79  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: October 06, 2015, 03:09:21 AM
The original Walking Dead season 1 was awesome despite a small handful of episodes.

The Fear finale, well the pacing for most of the episode was well done. The big problem I had was with the appearance of the massive herd, which I guess was the crowd locked up in the arena? It wasn't clearly defined which is just flat out lazy storytelling. Wherever the horde came from, it was pretty laughable that Salazar just strolled right up to the military compound so casually with the zombie herd literally right behind him. That was truly a WTF moment. Then the lady doctor mercy killing everyone and then sitting there in a mentally checked out state was such a cliche moment.

The character who died at the end because she was bitten, well that bite looked so unconvincing. It looked like a deep scratch and completely unbelievable. I get that they wanted to make it a surprise moment at the end for drama, but hiding it by making the "bite" a mere flesh wound was lame.

A truly frustrating season to watch. There were elements that were compelling or interesting, but holy cow there were so many missed opportunities and unlikeable characters. I'll still give it a go with season 2 because they've set up some interesting stuff like the boat, zombie apocalypse coast side, the mysterious rich black guy, and the remnants of the army are still running around.

Now we have Walking Dead to look forward to next Sunday.
80  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 4 --- Make it stop! on: October 01, 2015, 05:44:46 PM
Brace for another Niner ass-whipping.
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