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1  Gaming / Analog Gaming / DinoGenics board game on: March 24, 2017, 06:19:56 PM
Not sure how this forum feels about self-promotion but this is a board game Iíve been working on for about two years.  It is now past the play-testing phase and is scheduled to hit Kickstarter in early June.

DinoGenics is a worker placement game where three to five players compete to create the best dinosaur park. Players take turns deploying Workers to areas of the Mainland where they will collect various resources to enhance their individual parks. Dinosaurs are constructed by collecting sets of matching DNA and exchanging them for dinosaur meeples at the DinoGenics research facility. These dinosaurs must be penned and properly fed each season or you risk having them rampage and kill your visitors.

At the end of six rounds, the park with the most victory points is deemed the winner and acquires enough money and prestige to buy out his or her competitors.

I have just launched a Facebook page and posted a short game play preview on BoardGameGeek.  I would love if anyone would take a look.
2  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Free Nickelodeon game thing on: March 23, 2017, 08:42:23 PM
I don't really know what this is but if anyone wants it for their kids have at it.

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3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 07, 2017, 03:20:24 AM
Despite having zero anticipation (I've never cared for 3D Zelda), I'm really enjoying this one.  Playing on the Switch by the way.  Initially I was getting some pretty bad frame drops but a pretty large patch came out on the second day and seems to have fixed most of those issue.  I've been getting a kick out of charging enemies with a spear while riding my horse.  The combat system in general is more advanced than I was expecting, so high marks for that.  All in all, pretty impressed.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: March 04, 2017, 01:48:57 AM
Mine arrived.  First impression.

Joycons are waaaaay too small and uncomfortable to use in any fashion on their own.

Putting them in the dock makes them useable but still too small for long play sessions.
Playing with the Joycons connected to the screen is probably the best option but still awkward.
I would have actually preferred a little more plastic around the edge of the screen.  Because it’s a touch screen, it’s too easy to fumble options you don’t intend when trying to attach the Joycons or just moving it around.
I am going to need to buy a pro-controller, which is disappointing because I found the WiiU normal controller one of the most comfortable controllers I’ve ever used.

The system interface itself is snappy and a nice improvement over the sluggish WiiU.
eShop seems to work as expected.  I was able to transfer over my funds from my WiiU account with no problem.  Ordered Snipperclips and have it downloading right now.

Zelda seems pretty neat.  Framerate bombs at times though, which is disappointing. 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: March 03, 2017, 07:58:30 PM
Giant Bomb livestream.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: March 02, 2017, 07:19:35 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 02, 2017, 01:22:38 PM

for those who preordered from Amazon, have any of you received your shipping notification yet? Mine still says its set for delivery tomorrow, but it says it hasn't shipped yet.
Mine says preparing for shipment right now.  It might arrive by tomorrow but unless they preshipped a bunch to my distribution hub, Saturday or Sunday is more likely.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Aragami [PC/PS4] - stealth assassination Tenchu-style on: February 28, 2017, 08:23:19 PM
I played the whole game in co-op and thought it was pretty fun.  I have to give them credit for having incredibly stable net code.  In all the hours we played, I think we only had one weird desync error, something that many big developers have issues with.  That said the end of the game felt a bit rushed and story/character progression was definitely not a high priority for the developer.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 26, 2017) - Switch it up! on: February 27, 2017, 06:38:38 AM
I preordered a Switch on Amazon back when it was possible… The sad thing is there really isn’t a game I'm excited for in the launch window.  I have the new Zelda coming with it but I have never been a big fan of 3D Zelda.  I’ll probably pick up Snipperclips.

I backed Torment: Tides of Numenera on Kickstarter, which I’m excited for but I recently started Tyranny so it will probably be at least a couple weeks before I jump into that one.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: February 19, 2017, 06:07:00 PM
I think half measures in base building are the problem.  Back in DoW1, bases added a lot of personality to the factions and in some cases, extra strategic options.  Eldar bases were mobile, Guard bases were fortifications that could hold off entire armies with just a couple units and the Necron base turned into their super unit.  While I didnít exactly miss when they went away in DoW2, I thought they were unique and interesting. 

DoW3 seems to be going more the route of buildings for the sake of buildings, this I donít get.  The more videos I see of DoW3, the more worried I get that they are trying too hard to be StarCraft.  Basic production buildings and huge attack blob armies donít interest me.  I vastly prefer the smaller scale, tactical combat of DoW2.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Tyranny on: February 19, 2017, 05:23:27 AM
I finally got into this tonight and so far I’m really digging it. It’s exactly the kind of RPG I love with tons of choices that seem to make a lot of difference. I was particularly surprised when my party member started to fear me and it turned out to be a good thing.

Maybe I just find the subject matter appealing but I’m also finding the writing much more engaging than Pillars of Eternity. In Pillars, I found my attention wandering at times while here, I have read and enjoyed pretty much every piece of lore the game has thrown at me.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: January 30, 2017, 03:33:17 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 29, 2017, 04:14:31 PM

edit: removing what I put because it could be taken aggressively.  Just been rubbed the wrong way by the sheer numbers of friends/people not 'getting' the game and how it works.
For what it's worth, I think what you wrote was fine even if I'm one of the people who doesn't get it.  Or rather I do get it, it's just not what I wanted.  I was looking for Big Budget Chivalry, instead I got Big Budget Nidhogg.   icon_lol
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: January 28, 2017, 03:53:31 AM
Played a few rounds of this last night.  The control scheme does not feel PC friendly at all and I switched to a controller almost immediately.  The game looks great but the game-play left me a bit cold.  I was hoping for full large scale medieval warfare and the game really doesn't offer that.  Despite having NPC characters to beat up on it all feels very small, almost like a little tug of war.  Perhaps there will be more interesting objective based scenarios in the full game?
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire on: January 26, 2017, 09:57:52 PM
Divinity: Original Sin maybe?
Or even Wasteland 2, although that is sci-fi instead of fantasy.  Both are excellent by the way.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Orwell on: January 22, 2017, 04:59:57 AM
You can replay to try and get better outcomes but replayability is pretty limited.  That said, itís a $10 game.

When you first start the game they ask for your real email address for something interactive but I never received an email so I donít know if they donít have it working or if I never triggered the things that I was supposed to do.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Orwell on: January 21, 2017, 05:09:41 AM
I don’t think there is a thread on this yet.

I just finished Orwell tonight and have to say it was one of the most unique and compelling experiences I have had in a long time.  You play as The Investigator, who is basically you in the real world.  You have been hired by a country as an impartial observer of criminal activities.  Given access to the Orwell security system, you can spy on the lives of anyone involved in the crimes you are asked to investigate.

This is largely a game about following leads based on the interactions of a bunch of characters potentially involved in a terrorist operation.  Highlight the wrong information and you may indict an innocent person for a crime they didn’t commit, alternatively, your actions could save lives. 

The game is mostly reading blog posts and chat logs but I found it all really interesting.  Looking at mundane lives and trying to pull out anything incriminating and then cross referencing it with what you already know or what other people say afterwards. 

What really impressed me is your choices do seem to matter.  Most games with choice give you two seemingly branching paths only to have it be an illusion.  I suppose it helps that it’s not a very long game, but at $10, I got my money’s worth out of it (about 6 hours). 
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: January 13, 2017, 04:40:37 PM
As a WiiU early adopter with no regrets I was pretty underwhelmed by what Iíve seen so far.  The games are the big thing so maybe todayís presentation will impress me more. 

So far Iíve seen:
Zelda (Never been a fan of 3D Zelda)
Mario (Weird Mario in the real world is a no go for me)
Splatoon 2 (I liked Splatoon but I honestly didnít play it that much)
Bunch of JRPGs (meh)
17  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Overwhelmingly Positive Bundle on: January 12, 2017, 04:57:57 PM
Pony Island is great.  Go into it blind for the full experience.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: January 12, 2017, 04:51:52 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 12, 2017, 03:21:02 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 12, 2017, 03:17:19 AM

Finished the campaign tonight. Loved it. Last couple missions are insanely difficult. I was kind of impressed that the pre-ending cut-scene is slightly different based on who completes the mission. Ended up replaying my last save multiple times.

Unfortunately, it looks like the game is selling poorly. A damned shame, as the developers put their heart and soul into it, and created an excellent addition to the genre. I doubt we will get a sequel or DLC.
Steam Spy says there are about 85,000 owners.  Thatís not amazing but itís a farcry from a disaster considering it only came out a month ago in one of the worst release months.  With 97% positive reviews I feel like this is one that will have legs in future sales.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun (Commandos meets Ninjas/Samurais) on: January 12, 2017, 03:17:19 AM
Finished the campaign tonight. Loved it. Last couple missions are insanely difficult. I was kind of impressed that the pre-ending cut-scene is slightly different based on who completes the mission. Ended up replaying my last save multiple times.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anything you're looking forward to playing this year? on: January 10, 2017, 09:24:47 PM
Big budget mainstream titles interest me less with each year but thankfully the indie scene is booming.

The things Iím most excited for right now are Divinity: Original Sin 2, Pyre and Dawn of War 3.  DoW3 is the one that makes me a little nervous though.  I LOOOVED DoW2 and I will play DoW3 no matter what, but Iím not a huge fan of the direction I see it going in.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your biggest surprises and disappointments of 2016? on: December 29, 2016, 05:11:41 PM
My biggest surprise is Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.  I picked this one up on sale a couple days ago and have been completely enthralled by it.  I never could get into the old commandos games but this does everything right.  Gameplay is fun and frequently accounts for things I wouldnít expect.  An example being last night I was stuck on what to do next, I got a little frustrated and threw a corpse off a cliff, expecting to just reload.  Well instead of having the guards below set off an alarm, they instead got knocked out by the falling corpse, so I jumped down, slit their throats and was able to complete the mission.

Characters also have a ton of personality and continue to talk to each other through the missions.  It really helps drive the game onward.

Highly recommended if you can get over the high difficulty curve and the fact that you will need to reload constantly.
22  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: 3DS "Must Play" Games (No Mario!) on: December 19, 2016, 04:10:35 PM
With those caveats…why did you ask for a 3DS exactly?  icon_razz  Seriously though, the majority of games I enjoyed on the system fit into those categories.

I personally think Fire Emblem: Awakening is waaaaaay better than FE: Fates.
The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds is a top down Zelda in the style of the SNES game.
SteamWorld Heist is a must play.  It’s basically XCom from a sidescroller perspective…but if you don’t like platformers…
Pushmo is a good puzzle game.
Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon doesn’t play like any Mario game but is in the series… It’s basically a really good Ghostbusters game.
Shin Megami Tensei IV is pretty good.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 18, 2016) on: December 19, 2016, 03:42:30 PM
I've been playing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero since last week (KS backers got it early).  It gives me nostalgia to what it felt like to play SNES games as a kid.  I don't think it is the best in the series but it is undeniably fun and the overall tone is so happy it makes me smile.

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 19, 2016, 06:36:11 AM

I'll definitely be getting Shantae: Half-Genie Hero at some point, since I've loved every game in the series, but I don't know if I want to plop 30 bucks down for it.  Hopefully, it'll be on sale on one of the consoles.
Supposed to be $20 on Steam.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: December 17, 2016, 03:55:22 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 17, 2016, 03:19:26 PM

Geez... I love the Warhammer universe, but it is so disappointing to see that the vast majority of games released for it range from abysmal to mediocre. Once in a blue moon you get an actual stellar game. I would love to see a powerhouse developer get behind the Warhammer lore, and make an absolutely fantastic RPG or FPS. Bungie, Obsidian, Epic, etc.
Everything Relic made is pretty great.

Dawn of War: Dated but still strong.

Dawn of War II: The best 40k game ever made in my opinion.  Gameplay is excellent and you basically get three different games here.  Single player was a squad based action tactics game with persistent loot and leveling.  Multiplayer / Skirmish was a tactically minded micro heavy RTS with powerful hero units.  Last stand was a three player wave based co-op arena.  One of the better story campaigns ever put in an RTS as well.  The Chaos Rising expansion has an even stronger story campaign and while the third expansion isn't quite as good, it does let you play as all the different races and is still pretty solid.

Space Marine: Gameplay here nailed what it should feel like to be a Space Marine.  3rd person Combat was super meaty, even your basic bolter pistol felt amazing and could explode enemy heads in single shot.  I felt the story/ thematic elements of this one were a bit worse than the DoW games but it is still very good.

Not by Relic.

Battlefleet Gothic Armada: This one came out of nowhere for me this year.  You end up controlling a full Imperial Fleet by the end of the campaign in tall-ship style combat.  Played in real time, most missions are only a few minutes long but at any time you can activate “tactical cogitators” which lowers the game speed to about 1/10 normal speed.  This allows you to set up flanking maneuvers and manually aim torpedoes.  A well done story mode and really strong tactical gameplay on this.  It was a little rough on launch but most of that has been fixed at this point.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: For Honor [PC/XB1/PS4] - Ubisoft melee battlefield game on: December 16, 2016, 08:30:21 PM
Can anyone compare it to Chivalry?  I sunk well over 100 hours into that game and it may be my favorite online ďshooterĒ ever.  The main reason I kept going back to Chivalry is the fun melee combat system combined with interesting asymmetrical objectives that change as the match went on.  One minute you were slaughtering NPC villagers, the next you were pushing a battering-ram and finally you were charging down a hallway to try and kill the enemy king who just so happened to be the player on the enemy team with the highest score.  More games need objective focused multiplayer.  icon_lol
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (December 11, 2016) on: December 12, 2016, 04:36:23 AM
I'm interested in Space-hulk but early impressions were not very good.  I hope the delay allowed them to listen to criticism and fix a few things.
27  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: PSN Holiday Sale on: December 10, 2016, 04:15:35 PM
If you like couch co-op, Overcooked  is awesome. Play with three other people for a chaotic and hilarious time.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Android game recommendations under $5? on: November 22, 2016, 04:44:41 PM
If you haven't checked out Monument Valley yet, that is one of my favorite mobile games.  MC Escher inspired visuals in a charming puzzle game.  It's also only 99 cents right now.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Coming to all three major platforms] Titanfall 2 on: November 20, 2016, 06:25:20 PM
I just finished the campaign today.  I really wasnít expecting much from the campaign on this one but I have to say I was kind of blown away; this is one of the best FPS single player campaigns I have played in a long time.

Every section felt unique and a couple did things Iíve never seen in a game before.  One of which introduced a new mechanic that felt like it could have been expanded into a whole game of its own.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Tyranny on: November 16, 2016, 12:47:17 AM
I plan to pick it up soon. 
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (Nov 6, 2016) - Fate of the free world edition on: November 08, 2016, 12:16:17 AM
Dishonored 2 and Tyranny are both at the top of my anticipation list this year. Why did they have to come out at the same time?!
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Warrior 2 on: October 22, 2016, 03:08:30 PM

Quote from: shon on October 22, 2016, 02:59:54 AM

I really wish the game was a pure sequel to the last game, meaning a linear story campaign. 
I watched TotalBiscuits video and it pretty much panned the game because of this and the loot mechanics.  He was a big fan of the original.  Disappointing because the combat does look pretty fun.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: October 20, 2016, 02:45:06 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 20, 2016, 02:40:24 PM

I notice there is no visible disc slot on any side of that thing.  Surprising that they would go that direction, but I guess it looks like they'll get to re-sell all the WiiU games in digital form.

I'm curious if it has touchscreen functionality.  It seems like if it did they would have shown off something like Mario Maker. 
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Quest Builders [PS4/Vita] - like Minecraft with decent quests/combat/etc? on: October 13, 2016, 04:28:08 AM
Does this have online co-op?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Kickstarter] Hyper Light Drifter on: September 28, 2016, 08:17:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 28, 2016, 05:22:17 PM

a new update in public beta on Steam now adds 60 frames per second
Good on them.  I love to see developers who take criticism to heart and try to improve their product.  Will probably pick this up now.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wasteland 3 [PC/Mac/Linux/PS4/XBOne] on: September 28, 2016, 08:08:16 PM
Wasteland 2 was my game of the year when it came out so I am all for another one.  What is the deal with using Fig though?
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Whatchu buyin' this week, Willis? (Sept 25, 2016) on: September 26, 2016, 04:47:25 AM
Shantae: Half-Genie Hero isnít coming out till November.  They announced this in a KS update.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 25, 2016, 04:11:38 PM
I guess we are disagreeing on the definition of open world at this point with a couple of those titles.  Open World as a “genre” has come to mean something a bit different from games that happen to have a play area larger than a corridor.  These titles tend to have an emphasis on side quests that exists for the sake of xp or resource grind, item collection and long expanses between “story driven” content.  Essentially checklist or achievement based game play.  It’s interesting that you included WoW since an MMO embodies a lot of the negatives of the open world gameplay.  The saving grace of an MMO being that you get to face it with friends, so the mundane becomes an engaging social experience.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Road Rage [PC/PS4/XB1] - open world Road Rash-like game on: September 25, 2016, 05:00:05 AM
It’s generally just that most open world games have an ocean of content but that content has the depth of a kiddie pool.  I would rather have a handful of highly fleshed out and compelling encounters than a bunch of side missions that usually amount to little more than filler or busywork.   Ubisoft games are probably the worst offenders here but I would say the majority suffer from it.

I enjoyed Arkham City well enough but it really gained nothing from being open world other than it being a time sink to get from one interesting point to the next.  In fact, most meaningful content in that game was located in buildings anyways so loading screens and traditional levels would have worked just fine.

Witcher 3 I will grant you is a bit of an exception to the rule and really did deliver both breadth and depth of content.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Recore on: September 23, 2016, 06:08:35 PM
Half-baked in this case does refer to the ending.  A lot of reviews mention that things start to fall apart more and more the further you get into the game.  Basically sounds like it was rushed to launch and could have been something really special with a couple more months of development time.
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