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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 22, 2016, 05:01:39 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 22, 2016, 03:32:04 PM

Angry Joe review

NSFW for language
After seeing what happens when you reach the center I don’t think I could even buy this game on sale.  Getting that after spending however many hours would infuriate me to no end. 
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Nintendo Selects (And Maybe a Wishlist?) on: August 19, 2016, 02:55:43 PM

Quote from: katamaris4ever on August 19, 2016, 01:42:23 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 09, 2016, 06:46:44 PM

Nice.  Lego City: Undercover has been going for around $50 on Amazon so it is nice to see it coming for $20.  Probably my favorite Lego game.



Should I get the Wii U or 3DS version? I'm seeing both being alright.
The WiiU version is solid.  The only problem I remember was that it has pretty ridiculous load times.  I wonder if that ever got fixed?
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Agony [XB1/PS4/PC] - gore horror on: August 19, 2016, 02:51:40 PM
That actually looks pretty disturbing in places. 
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: August 15, 2016, 09:14:51 PM
I enjoyed the first Titanfall a lot and I’m not normally the biggest fan of multiplayer shooters.  Unfortunately, it was a bit light on content which caused the player base to dry up pretty fast.  I’m cautiously optimistic for this one.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 12, 2016, 03:15:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 12, 2016, 05:50:19 AM

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Quote from: Lordnine on August 12, 2016, 01:21:43 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 12, 2016, 12:31:59 AM

Where the hell do you get "fail" from that?  I see Sterling's review again, and some Polygon grumbling, but everyone else is cautiously positive.
Currently sitting at a 70% on metacritic, which is generally considered pretty low.  For what its worth, I have enjoyed many games in the 70 percentile range but many people consider anything lower than 80 untouchable.

This is what I'm saying.   

This will be the first sub-80% game I've bought in years.

Really?? You've missed some great games.

First of all, I don't consider a score in the 70s to be "pretty low."  "Pretty low" is 60s and 50s.  Especially with a game that's divisive like NMS.
It’s the metacritic effect.  Metacritic converts unequal review types to decimal.  Four stars is a good game, right?  Well that is an 80% on metacritic.  Three stars is all the way down to a 60%, or just above failing if you treat that like a school grade.  This makes the other two stars pointless if you realize this is how most people are going to see your review.  You can track general score inflation of AAA published titles since metacritic became powerful.  It’s rare to find an AAA title that receives lower than an 8, even if the review is mostly negative.  It’s basically the Futurama joke made real; we’re going to give this game the worst grade imaginable, an A-minus MINUS!

The outliers are people like Jim Sterling who treat a 5 as average like it should be.  He doesn’t say it’s a bad game; just that it is very mundane in the survival/ exploration genre.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 12, 2016, 01:21:43 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 12, 2016, 12:31:59 AM

Where the hell do you get "fail" from that?  I see Sterling's review again, and some Polygon grumbling, but everyone else is cautiously positive.
Currently sitting at a 70% on metacritic, which is generally considered pretty low.  For what its worth, I have enjoyed many games in the 70 percentile range but many people consider anything lower than 80 untouchable.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 11, 2016, 04:44:43 AM
MMOs are largely popular because you are doing the repetitive task with other people.  You are also rewarded with unique items that you can then “show off” to other people.  You take out the player interaction and you are left with a pretty dull experience.   I’m sure there are some people who DO enjoy MMOs solo but I would wager they are the outliers instead of the norm. 

Of course, if you enjoy the game, all the power to you.  Although I am curious, what type of review would you want if not one about the gameplay?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Nintendo Selects (And Maybe a Wishlist?) on: August 09, 2016, 05:50:35 PM
Luigis Mansions: Dark Moon is excellent and anyone should pick it up at that price.  One of my favorite games on the 3DS.

I really hope the NX is backwards compatible; the WiiU has a bunch of great games that got overlooked by the majority of people because there was the belief that the WiiU had no games.   
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 09, 2016, 02:42:50 PM
I’ve been watching a few of first impressions videos put out so far and it seems perfectly “alright”.  It has some really cool ideas but it doesn’t look like many of them have really been expanded on.  It’s like it took the agenda of doing 20 things mediocre instead of 1-2 really well.

Also, for those wondering about the length, some of the early videos have pointed out an option at the start of the game.  One is unguided sandbox, do what you want and the other is basically a guided tour to the center.  With the second option you can still explore as much as you want but it gives you a semi linear path to “finish” the game.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Man's Sky - all procedurally generated everything! on: August 05, 2016, 10:41:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 08:20:53 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 05, 2016, 07:28:28 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 05, 2016, 03:43:20 PM

I had the same impression.  When I read he'd rushed to the center, I stopped paying attention.

He specifically said he did not speed run to the center. 


Right, but neither did I.

Despite what he may have said later that he still had to do, he made a point of saying he finished the game in 30 hours, which, given the type of game this is, means he rushed to do so.

What percentage of an open world game do you need to have finished to NOT have rushed to the ending?  I find that open world games tend to have a ridiculous amount of pointless filler that I would just soon not experience.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Favorite game purchase going blind (i.e. not looking at any pre-release stuff) on: August 01, 2016, 06:02:21 PM
Fallout 2 was my first PC RPG and it remains my favorite to this day.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Nintendo NX is a handheld hybrid? on: July 31, 2016, 02:08:45 AM
The newest rumors speculate that it is actually the newer, currently unreleased version of Tegra, which would make a lot more sense considering there is already a lot of noise about XBone and PS4 ports headed for the system on release.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock remake Kickstarter (and demo!) [PC/XB1] on: July 29, 2016, 09:36:53 PM
I backed it day one.  Really excited for this since System Shock 2 is one of my all-time favorite games.  The only thing that gave me concern is that they stated they are going for a semi-retro aesthetic with the textures.  After playing the demo I had assumed they were just placeholder art.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Paper Mario: Color Splash on: July 29, 2016, 09:32:24 PM
I’m going with a wait and see approach.  The last couple Mario RPG’s haven’t done much for me.  The last one I really enjoyed was Bowsers Inside Story.  If they can capture that sort of feel I will be on board.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: July 29, 2016, 09:29:47 PM
I love the game in concept but I ultimately decided it wasn’t for me.  They never really fixed match making and the skill ceiling is huge. The result is that unless you were willing to dedicate 50+ hours to “getting good” you can expect most of your matches to be over in seconds after getting shot in the head by someone you didn’t even see. 
16  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: New to us: Recent successes and disappointments on: July 26, 2016, 11:43:35 PM

Quote from: WorkingMike on July 26, 2016, 04:20:56 PM


We played with 5 players both times, maybe player count was part of it? Nate and I wanted the combat to be something else as well. I understand that it isn't the focus of the game, but it felt a little lackluster.

We loved the upgrade mechanic and the popularity loss from attacking other players workers.


We have played most games with five but yeah, the game is about the threat of combat versus outright aggression.  You always need enough military might to defend your resources but you probably won’t use it unless you decide to keep all your goods on a single tile.  The one exception is the black faction (I don’t remember the name) who can use combat to fast track the game.  Since he is not limited in the number of stars he places from combat, he can easily end the game at any time once he has three stars.

In all the games we’ve played, I think the most battles fought in a single game were 5, and usually they are over the factory in the center.
17  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: New to us: Recent successes and disappointments on: July 25, 2016, 11:28:55 PM
I’m surprised at your “meh” impression of Scythe.  My group loves it.  The early fight for the Factory, laying out your workers as human shields, using your mobility power to sneak enemy resources is all good fun.

I’m a little confused how someone could have all their stuff out and have not ended the game.  Once stars start appearing they show up in mass.  The last game we played I managed to get 3 stars out on the same turn, thus ending the game.  Also, popularity is the most important resource you can go for.  It should feel like a rush to hit the third tier of popularity and then force end the game before your opponents can catch up.  That or realize that you are never going to hit the third tier and force an end as soon as you secure some form of advantage.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini NES on: July 22, 2016, 03:15:04 PM

Quote from: Roman on July 22, 2016, 12:56:26 PM

I'd like to see a mini SNES over NES. I'm old so I remember having the NES but the SNES was my fav.
That I would actually consider.  It would really come down to the game offered though.  Thanks to early adopter WiiU status I got quite a few of the SNES titles I care about free or very cheap.  Just this week I was able to finally get Super Mario RPG for $1.50.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini NES on: July 22, 2016, 01:48:54 AM
Hey, I guessed the right price on my first go! Youtube ad.  icon_lol
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: July 21, 2016, 03:56:36 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on July 21, 2016, 03:22:54 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 20, 2016, 10:05:30 PM

In case you don't hit the Steals & Deals forum too often, you can now pick up Battleborn along with a bunch of other stuff on the latest Humble Bundle for only $15!

Anybody still playing this?  Enjoying it?

I have the same question. Is it worth $15 for a single player romp?
Pure single player, probably not.  If you have at least one more person to play it through cooperative with though I would say sure.  I think the game would be a bit too grindy with only one, but that is my opinion of Borderlands as well I know some people enjoyed that single player.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini NES on: July 14, 2016, 09:24:20 PM

Quote from: Purge on July 14, 2016, 06:57:53 PM

And if you consider how much those 30 games would cost you on the Wii Store, $60 is a steal. slywink
And I’m sure that is Nintendo’s logic too.  Their pricing structure has always baffled me.  Most people have fond memories of or at-least a curiosity about many titles on the eShop.  If they priced them at $2 each I bet they could get thousands of additional sales.  Selling them at the price of new titles during a Steam sale, I don’t imagine they sell well at all.

I remember there was a Megaman promotion on the WiiU that was supposed to run for a full week.  I think they priced Mega Man X at $1.50.  The promotion was canceled after two days.  I don’t think we ever got an official response but someone claimed it was shut down because it sold so fast that someone in the company didn’t want to lose out on full price sales.  Roll Eyes
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Classic Mini NES on: July 14, 2016, 05:36:21 PM
If it were really cheap, I could see it, but knowing Nintendo they will want at least $60 for it plus another $25 for the second controller.  Personally, I don’t have much fondness for the original NES lineup and if I did, I would rather buy the games on the Virtual console for WiiU or 3DS.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Inside - from the makers of Limbo [PC/XB1] on: July 09, 2016, 01:38:10 AM
OK, I’ll give them credit.  I didn’t see that ending coming…
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Inside - from the makers of Limbo [PC/XB1] on: July 08, 2016, 04:32:03 PM
I played about an hour of it yesterday.  It definitely feels like Limbo to me.  It is well made but I haven’t been blown away yet.  Still want to play more though.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/03/16) on: July 07, 2016, 04:06:49 PM
I tried Furi out on PS4 yesterday.  It actually seems pretty good.  Hard but good.  If you have PS Plus I would highly recommend checking it out while you can.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Battleborn - Gearbox new IP on: July 05, 2016, 06:53:00 PM
I enjoyed the Beta quite a lot but I think Overwatch hype killed the game before it was even released.  Unfortunate because I actually liked what Battleborn was attempting a lot more.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/03/16) on: July 05, 2016, 12:58:34 AM
Inside for PC releases this week.  That's a day one for me.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Inside - from the makers of Limbo [PC/XB1] on: June 28, 2016, 06:50:12 PM
I'm interested in picking it up on PC.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2016 Full games list/Live coverage thread - Nintendo @ 12pm ET on: June 14, 2016, 11:40:37 PM

Quote from: Caine on June 14, 2016, 03:45:34 PM

Did you like The Last Guardian?  Did you love it enough to want to drop an unknown amount* of more money on a big ass dragon-thing statue, a metal box and an art book?  Well, act now before all the ebay campers scoop up the pre-orders**

Amazon link***



* in reallity, $119.99, as found on Bestbuy.com
** yes, I fully expect this to happen with copies appearing on ebay within the hour after it sells out everywhere.
***page currently not working....
Amazon Prime is amazing for these collectors editions.  $20 off on a preorder. 
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/7/16) on: June 06, 2016, 04:42:04 AM
SteamWorld Heist for PC is a good bet as long as the port is good. 
31  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.
32  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.
33  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. 
34  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.
35  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.  It’s 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!
36  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 doesn’t sell me though.  Physics and animations look unfinished, like a game that should be releasing next year not in a couple weeks.
37  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?
38  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
39  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!
40  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 don’t miss out on the really great games on the system.
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