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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER FANTASY! on: May 24, 2016, 10:36:24 PM
I'm getting really bad screen tearing so far.  Turn on V-Sync and it gets even worse with interface flickering.  Quite a few people reporting the problem in the support forums.

On the other hand, there is an option after winning a battle to eat the captives, which I wholeheartedly approve of.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (5/24/16) on: May 23, 2016, 04:35:52 AM
Total Warhammer (Seems like a missed opportunity not to call it that)

Interested to see how well Turtles reviews.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DOOM on: May 14, 2016, 05:17:10 PM
TotalBiscuit gushed over it pretty hard here.  Sounds like if you are looking for an oldschool Doom style campaign than you will be very happy.  It's not really my thing but I can appreciate that a publisher dared to do it in the modern gamespace. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 12, 2016, 05:58:28 PM
That sounds like a HUGE improvement.  What is the damage model like in general?  One thing I really disliked was how bullet spongey basic human enemies felt.  I played through the majority of Uncharted 2 doing nothing but melee kills as a result.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Battlefield 1 (Alt-history WW1) on: May 06, 2016, 11:04:58 PM
Huh, that could be fun.  Itís the Hollywood over-the-top version of WW1 for sure but that is a heck of a lot more interesting than their last few settings!
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Shadwen - stealth action from Frozenbyte on: May 06, 2016, 12:11:43 AM
Trine 1 & 2 are wonderful.  That trailer doesnít sell me though.  Physics and animations look unfinished, like a game that should be releasing next year not in a couple weeks.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 06, 2016, 12:06:08 AM
Um, if I opt to use Cell-shading can I play story mode at 60FPS?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: May 03, 2016, 04:46:21 PM
PC Gamer has some additional information. 

I'm hyped.  Dawn of War 2 is the multiplayer game that I have put the most time into ever.  During its height, a friend and I were rated in the top 100 on the 2v2 global leader-board. 

I'm a little concerned that they are going back towards larger scale battles, I really enjoyed the tight tactical combat of DoW2.  Hopefully they can strike a good balance, I would hate to see it go the way of unit meat-grinders like most other RTS still on the market today. 

There is already a Steam listing up for the game, is it possible that we see a release by the end of the year?   icon_biggrin
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 02, 2016, 05:43:47 PM
I’ll make you one out of cotton balls for half that!
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: April 27, 2016, 03:41:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 27, 2016, 03:00:10 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 27, 2016, 01:18:57 PM

That really kind of annoys me.  I know it shouldn't and it is silly to be annoyed but I was looking forward to Zelda sometime this fall and now I have to wait a year.

Yeah, I have to agree.  I knew to expect it but it still annoys me and devalues the Wii U I've been trying to support.
Yep, I feel this pretty much just killed the WiiU completely.  I really hope that the NX has backwards compatibility so that people who skip it donít miss out on the really great games on the system.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/26/16) on: April 25, 2016, 03:42:23 PM
The Magic Circle is quite wonderful.  I played it when it was on PC. It’s a game about an unfinished game that has been in development for a long time.  It’s a bit of an adventure/puzzle game with some minion summoning action thrown in for good measure.  Assuming they didn’t mess something up in the Gold Edition, I highly recommend it.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 03:42:39 AM

Quote from: Ridah on April 23, 2016, 12:16:30 AM

I'm surprised anyone is upset about this. If I was a console-only gamer I would be thrilled at the option to upgrade my system. As it stands, I already spend something north of $500/year upgrading my PC. I also upgrade my phone every 1-2 years. Get a new car lease every 3 years. Seems to match the cadence of every other toy in my life  icon_lol
I would be OK with it if there were an abundance of games to justify the upgrade.  As it stands, I own four PS4 games and three are remakes/remasters.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 20, 2016, 04:53:19 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 20, 2016, 02:55:30 PM

Almost every PS4 game that you download has an initial download that lets you play early sections of the game and then a second download that you don't actually see that downloads the rest of the game. If you go into your storage management and look at the individual game right after you first download it the system will tell you how much more is left to download.

Also, I would be curious to know if your frame rate improved after the game completely downloaded. I have had several games improve their performance after the full download.
Ah, that explains it.  This is only the second game I've bought for the PS4 that didn't come with the system.

Performance was exactly the same before and after.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 19, 2016, 10:29:09 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 19, 2016, 01:53:37 PM


Scarlette Johansson has pale skin. I can't recommend her.
Unequal equivalent.  Would be more like if she had a lisp and was auditioning for Shakespeare.  icon_razz

Ultimately, I wish companies would just give gamers the option to choose.  Want the shiny graphics? On by default.  Want your game to run better? Click here to disable adv lighting or something.  A couple notable console games have already gone this route.

I did also have some strangeness with the install.  I purchased the digital version and it told me everything was downloaded and installed.  I played for about an hour and then when I reached a new planet I got stuck at a downloading screen.  Took about 20 minutes to finish.  Assuming that was a one-time thing, (it hasn’t happened again) not a game breaker, but a little annoying.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 18, 2016, 05:13:31 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 18, 2016, 04:38:14 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 18, 2016, 03:58:03 PM

I had some gift card balance left on my account so I picked this up over the weekend.  Itís very good. 

Shame about the framerate though, itís the only thing preventing me from fully recommending the game.   


What seriously? It's a rock solid 30, yeah 60 would be nice, but with those visuals come on man don't be unreasonable.
Frame rate is more important than graphics for me.  I would rather play a worse looking game with solid 60.  Frame rate is very noticeable anytime you rotate the camera and jumping is a bit awkward. 

The fact that Iím willing to put up with it at all should be telling that I like the game, because most sub 60 experiences I wonít even touch.  Tongue
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (4/17/16) on: April 18, 2016, 05:07:48 PM
I already have my code for Banner Saga from the Kickstarter.  Interested in StarFox but giving it a wait and see since early reception made it sound painfully short.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Ratchet and Clank on: April 18, 2016, 03:58:03 PM
I had some gift card balance left on my account so I picked this up over the weekend.  Itís very good. 

Shame about the framerate though, itís the only thing preventing me from fully recommending the game.   
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: April 14, 2016, 03:51:34 AM

Quote from: farley2k on April 13, 2016, 12:43:10 PM

Doctor Strange

Seemed fine.  Didn't get me really excited but it also didn't give anything away which was nice.
As someone who knows almost nothing about Dr Strange, that looks ok.

The funny thing with all the Marvel movies is that I generally enjoy the first one in the series and then hate the follow-ups.  Once the heroes actually have powers and equally powerful villains resembling their comic book counterparts I find them far less interesting.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: April 13, 2016, 07:22:44 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 13, 2016, 06:53:42 PM

Quote from: farley2k on April 13, 2016, 03:51:08 PM

111 Megs is huge for embedding but really you should watch, then try to go to sleep...

http://i.imgur.com/Yd512Pf.webm

So, before I look...is it spider related? 
That should not exist.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: April 01, 2016, 09:13:41 PM
I was curious so I went back and looked at the reception that Alan Wake received; they are actually pretty similar review wise.  That gives me some hope that I will still enjoy the game.  Iím in no hurry though considering Microsoft is locking the PC version behind the Windows 10 store.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 31, 2016, 04:54:31 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on March 31, 2016, 10:36:53 AM

Apples and Oranges man. There are games on the PS4/Xbox that run fine. Also its ridiculous to compare Mario Kart or Smash Brothers to something like The Witcher 3. The games that run poorly on those systems is developers that push them too far and don't prioritize consistant performance enough.

In the end the WiiU frankly deserved its fate. Nintendo thought they had done something revolutionary with the Wii. They tried another gimmick with the pseudo tablet controller of the WiiU and it bombed.
But why did it bomb? I would say it’s because people thought that that the controller was all the system had to offer. Heck, a lot of people STILL think the WiiU is just a really expensive attachment being sold for the normal Wii.  That’s a perception problem, not a system problem.  The tablet was a cool feature for the games that utilized it but it was ultimately a tool that was optional, unlike the Wii Motes, there was nothing stopping developers from developing completely normal games.  People just got it in their heads that the system was a failure, so it was a failure.

Also, I looked up the games that do run at 60, it’s mostly a lot of sports games and re-releases from the PS3 era.  Not exactly impressive.  My point being that new games on the WiiU run better than *most* new games on the other consoles and still manage to look great. Art direction trumps pure polygons.  As someone who can’t really play games at 30FPS, that is very important for me.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 30, 2016, 06:37:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 30, 2016, 06:19:08 PM

While I agree that the controller is great to hold and play with, I would not say that I can come close to streaming a game to any room in my house.  Nor would I want to, since the screen's resolution is kinda crappy.

As a side note, the screen is also a personal problem, since I only wear reading glasses, and I have to keep putting them on every time I need to look down at the screen.  That's probably just me, though.
Really? The gamepad is 480p, itís no Ipad Air but I find that perfectly acceptable for a 6inch display.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 30, 2016, 04:31:15 PM
Comments in this thread make me realize that the WiiU just had a perception/marketing problem.  Most of the things everyone is asking for is what the WiiU delivered.

Controller is weird.
Most people who actually used the controller found it very comfortable and even if you didnít, did you know that you could play 90% of the games with one of these?


But why have THAT controller if I can just use a modified looking 360 Controller?
Did you know you can use that funky controller to stream and play your game from the console to any room in your house?  No TV required!  You can do the same with Netflix or YouTube.

Touch controls are weird and no one uses them.
Did you know the PS4 controller has built in touch controls that no one uses?

The hardware is underpowered.
Well I suppose, but every first party Nintendo game has looked gorgeous and most hold a solid 60 FPS despite the hardware limitations.  This is something neither the PS4 or XBone can come close to claim.

There are no games on the system.
Compare the number of exclusives on the WiiU to the other consoles and marvel at the bounty.  Heck, Iíll let you add the other systems exclusives together and then compare.  Now I suppose if you donít also have a gaming PC you might also care about multiplats, but if you do have a PC I canít imagine playing a multi-platform release on a console.

Nintendo only makes games for Kids.
Well, I guess you got me there.  Doesnít make them any less fun though.  icon_biggrin  Oh, and Bayonetta.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/29/16) on: March 28, 2016, 02:48:55 PM
I remember the Kickstarter for Hyper Light Drifter looking pretty cool.  I wonder how it turned outÖ
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 26, 2016, 03:30:58 AM

Quote from: EddieA on March 26, 2016, 03:06:58 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 25, 2016, 07:10:06 PM

We'll see what they really have to reveal, but that never seemed like a sensible design to me from technical, cost, ergonomics, or functionality standpoints.

None of that stopped them from making the Wii U gamepad slywink

The WiiU gamepad is probably my favorite controller ever...
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Salt and Sanctuary on: March 21, 2016, 06:33:03 PM
Itís strange how perspective can change the desirability of a game.  I canít stand the Souls games in 3D but as a 2D sidescroller Iím actually pretty interested.
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 18, 2016, 11:38:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 17, 2016, 06:27:11 PM

Weekend Deal
Offer ends Monday at 10am Pacific Time.


50% off. Sale price $19.99
Metacritic score - n/a Critic n/a User
Steam user score -  77% positive in 912 reviews

Offworld Trading Company is incredibly solid for an Early Access title.  The game is all about manipulating stock market prices and harvesting resources on Mars. I played a multiplayer game tonight and was suprised that I was able to get into a game almost instantly.  Having only played against the easy AI prior, I promptly lost, but it was fun nonetheless.   icon_lol
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX Console - aka Super Nintendo 2 on: March 18, 2016, 11:31:42 PM
That looks incredibly awkward to use.  If it is a real device, the thing that seems like the oddest omission for a Nintendo console is the lack of their trademark Dpad. 
29  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: March 10, 2016, 03:46:41 PM

Quote from: hitbyambulance on March 05, 2016, 10:58:46 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 20, 2016, 04:51:07 PM



I have these to give away if anyone is interested.

Carmageddon TDR 2000


i have the CD for this still, but if no one will take the Steam key, i would take that.

Send me a PM with you email and I will gift it to you.
30  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Ghostbusters Movie in the Works on: March 07, 2016, 09:58:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2016, 03:21:24 PM

The very moment that I realized this new one would not be for me was when the ghost puked ectoplasm. 
Yep, that's when I knew I was out as well.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beyond Good and Evil 2? on: March 04, 2016, 04:52:29 PM
I highly doubt that BGE2 will be a Nintendo exclusive.  BGE has a very vocal cult following but I doubt it would be worthwhile to make it an exclusive. Not to mention the Nintendo/Ubisoft relationship was strained pretty hard with the WiiU and even if it wasnít, Ubisoft doesnít like exclusives.

I was an early adopter of the WiiU.  Iíve gotten my moneyís worth out of the system but I still think it would be a mistake to launch the new console already.  There will also be problems if the hardware IS comparable to an XBONE.  That system is already three years old and the hardware wasnít that good to begin with.  Using old tech does seem like a Nintendo thing to do but if they want to be mass-market competitive they are going to need to go above and beyond.

All that said, a good BGE2 game as an exclusive on the NX would be enough to get ME to be an early adopter.
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 03, 2016, 04:54:10 PM
I think I must have seen a different trailerÖthat looks abysmal.
33  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: March 01, 2016, 09:08:18 PM
Iím pretty sure I saw an option in the menu to start a new game from the decision point and skip the first 6 chapters of the game.  If you donít like your current path you might want to look for that before starting again.

Iím currently playing through Birthright and really like it.  So far, Iím not quite as taken with the characters as I was in Awakening but they are still very solid and the gameplay itself is great.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 24, 2016, 05:09:57 PM
That trailer is the first time I've really looked at this.  It's hitting the uncanny valley and not sure I like it.
35  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: February 22, 2016, 09:48:12 PM
I would suspect it has more to do with not thinking that most people would care about the collectorís edition.  Fire Emblem games have not historically sold well in the west.  Awakening was the first game that hit mass market appeal.

For most gamers, Birthright is all the game they will need.

From what Iíve gatheredÖ

All three games tell a complete story.

Birthright is the closest to FE: Awakening; you are allowed plenty of opportunities to level up your heroes.  It tells the story from the perspective of the defenders and is the easiest of the three.

Conquest has you side with the invaders but not in a traditional sense.  You basically acknowledge how evil your father is and are trying to bring his army down from within.  This version of the game is very difficult, does not give you bonus missions to level up, and plays out with a more linear quest structure.  This game is supposed to be very reminiscent of the more hardcore FE games prior to Awakening.

Revelations has your character reject both sides of the conflict and you go off to do your own thing.  The game recommends playing this one only after playing the others and is the hardest campaign. 
36  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 08:50:31 PM

Quote from: Fafhrd on February 20, 2016, 06:43:56 PM

I would be Interested in Nuclear Dawn please.  If steam ID needed: Fafhrd
There are a surprising number of people with that name.  Is this you?
37  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 04:51:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 13, 2016, 02:48:29 AM


Stonehearth Gift Key  Steam Key
Iím interested in trying Stonehearth


I have these to give away if anyone is interested.
Portal 1 2x
Nuclear Dawn
Carmageddon TDR 2000
Talisman Digital Edition
Forced: Slightly Better Edition
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 08, 2016, 05:07:13 AM
I'm interested in both Firewatch and Unravel.  The Giantbomb video on Firewatch pretty much sold me, but I will be waiting for reviews on Unravel.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 05:50:12 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 07, 2016, 01:18:42 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
If it's helpful (maybe you might see some specific difference between our systems or driver versions etc?), I'm using GTX 970 and the game runs smooth as glass at 1920X1080. Am using the driver dated 1/22/16 (10.18.13.6175).

Here's my basic Asus gaming PC specs:
Quote
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit

CPU
Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz:
Haswell 22nm Technology

RAM
16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)

Motherboard
ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. G10AJ (SOCKET 1150):

Graphics
SyncMaster ([email protected])
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (NVIDIA):

Storage
119GB KINGSTON RBU-SC100S37128GD (SSD):  [note: *It's a relatively tiny SSD, and I don't run games off it.]
1863GB TOSHIBA DT01ACA200 (SATA):
*I know some folks who have moved the Preset setting down from High (and then adjusted some individual settings) seemed to get much better performance and/or fewer problems.

I think other folks found that switching from Windowed Mode to Full Screen (or was it other way around?) made a big difference.

P.S. What the heck does "Bokeh" mean? I don't understand any of the names under "Depth of Field"  icon_redface
My specs:
Quote
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
CPU
   Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz   
   
RAM
   16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
Motherboard
   ASUSTeK COMPUTER INC. P8Z77-V PRO (LGA1155)   
Graphics
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (EVGA)   
Storage
   931GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1TB ATA Device (SSD)
Really just seems like an optimization problem with the game. 
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
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