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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: Today at 05:47:47 AM
Fire Emblem: Awakening Ė As far as Iím concerned, this is the best game on the system and a must play.  I had never played a Fire Emblem game before this one and I was hooked from start to finish.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon  - Excellent.
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Ė Excellent.
Shovel Knight Ė A classic style metroidvania on the eShop.
Pushmo Ė A deceptively challenging puzzle game on the eShop.  Actually makes good use of the 3D effect without being annoying.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Ė Itís exactly more Mario RPG with all the strengths and weaknesses that entails.  Tutorial goes on a bit long for my taste but still solid.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars Ė A fun little TBS/Tactical game that deserved more attention than it got.
Both Professor Layton games on the 3DS are good.

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You can safely skip Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate looks awful and plays awkwardly unless you have the 2nd joystick add-on.  Better off waiting till you eventually get a WiiU and buy it on that instead.
2  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 27, 2014, 06:53:52 PM
Just an FYI, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is only $20 on amazon today if you don't mind waiting for the physical version.  Still comes with the Steam key.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 06:17:55 AM
Ah yes, Thomas Was Alone will show off the true power of the PS4!

(It's actually a really good game and you should play it.)
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 22, 2014, 10:33:46 PM
Nintendo is actually in a really good place right now.  Sony and MS havenít done much of anything this year and Nintendo has released 4 hits on the WiiU more or less in a row.  They will be rounding out the year with Captain Toad and starting next year strong with Kirby and Yoshi.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 22, 2014, 07:39:12 PM
So this is taking me back to my college days, the only thing missing is about 10 people hanging around who all want to play!

Is anyone interested in playing some multiplayer? 
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 06:07:09 AM
Playing online has taught me that I am terrible and should not play online.  crybaby
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 05:20:28 AM
Download complete and unlocking!
8  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Peanuts on: November 20, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
That looks like a labor of love for the subject material but I have a hard time believing this will do well at theaters.  Peanuts felt outdated when I was a kid, I doubt it will have any relevance to modern young audiences.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 05:44:49 PM
Probably Wasteland 2 or Divinity: Original Sin.  Both are flawed but still so good that I don't care.  Itís a great year for RPGs.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 19, 2014, 05:22:39 PM
The review embargo just ended and reviews have started to get get posted.  Not surprising from one of Nintendoís flag ships but reviews are looking really good!

Who else is picking this up this week?
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 03:46:16 AM
Really?  Ubisoft chose the release week of Smash Bros to release Watch Dogs on the WiiU?  Itís like they want their titles to fail on the systemÖ

Also, Super Smash Bros.  icon_biggrin
12  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: November 14, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
First batch of Terminators!



Will be adding a wash for extra detail but pretty happy with the results so far.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 14, 2014, 05:20:39 PM
Kind of a spoiler but...

Apparently you can get an alternate ending in record time if you simply do what you are told.

Seems like a pretty cool Easteregg to throw in the game.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 04:30:40 PM
I write a terrible blog for my company that gets about a hundred readers a week.  Does that count?
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Monument Valley on: November 13, 2014, 04:11:40 AM
That makes me sad.  Monument Valley is a great little mobile game.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 10:09:45 PM
So have any reviews mentioned how the ending is handled?  I am very much a person who wonít bother with a game if it doesnít have a satisfying conclusion.  I am really hoping to a return to DA1 form here vs the ME debacle.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 11, 2014, 08:41:26 PM
So just a heads up, Best Buy is apparently having a ridiculous Black Friday deal on the WiiU this year.  With the number of great games releasing on the system lately it's a great time to jump in.

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Best Buy is offering the Super Mario 3D World Wii U bundle that also includes Nintendo Land, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. for the low price of $360.
18  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Steam keys for the taking - Papo & Yo / Nosgoth Veteran Pack on: November 08, 2014, 05:02:30 PM
I took the 2nd Nosgoth code.  It looks like the top one has already been claimed.  Thanks.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 03:53:31 PM
Itís optimistic to assume that Ubisoft would pay attention in a ďgoodĒ way.  Itís more likely that they would come to the conclusion that PC is just not a viable market for their games and spend even less money developing for it than they already do.  Ubisoft has a history of inventing problems to prove what they already believe to be true.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 01, 2014, 10:10:33 PM
So my ~3 hours impressions.  Itís really enjoyable but gets old pretty fast.  I see this as the new Titan Fall.  A game with fun gameplay but very little long term staying power.  
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 30, 2014, 03:55:27 PM
Iím not normally into brawlers but I really love this game.  I had a bunch of friends over this weekend and even though it was only one player, it was still a big hit with everyone just because of the pure spectacle of it all.

So something pretty cool that I didnít expect.  The alternate Nintendo costumes actually play slightly different from the normal ones.  If you use the Metroid costume you actually get the charge up blaster and when you run around you can turn into ball form and drop bombs everywhere.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Tomorrow Children on: October 30, 2014, 03:15:17 PM
This video works.  Neat concept, not sold on the art style.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: October 27, 2014, 08:55:50 PM
Impressive.  My best is 11 and I've only gotten there a couple times.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 27, 2014, 06:08:51 PM
I found this bizarrely funny.  Nintendo partners with Playboy to promote Bayonetta 2.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 24, 2014, 03:10:53 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 24, 2014, 10:45:29 AM

 From the reviews and impressions I've seen, including TB's and several others, it looks like there are lots of people out there that are pissed because this isn't the Alpha Centauri 2 they expected.  For some reason that just bugs me.  Why can't people appreciate a game for what it is, not for what they want it to be?  If they don't like it that's fine of course, but it would be nice if it was the game itself and not "It is not Alpha Centauri, so I hate it."  I played ALOT of that game back in the day, it was indeed great but I think most of these people have their rose-colored glasses on.
For me, itís because there are a lot of CIV games but there has only been one Alpha Centauri.  As someone who has gone back and played AC recently, I would agree that the interface has started to show its age but it still has features and unique gameplay elements that have yet to be surpassed in any CIV game.  

AC was also filled with personality and even had a compelling story that was integrated with the gameplay, something the rest of the CIV series has never even attempted.  AC made me feel like I was interacting with other global powers, each with their own personalities and quirks.  When you finally got to place your arch nemesis in the Punishment Sphere and watch them writhe in agony there was a great feeling of evil joy.  I have never felt like I was playing with anything other than computer AIís in any of the CIV games, and as such, never found them anywhere near as compelling.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 04:32:56 AM
Bayonetta 2

Civilization: Beyond Earth eventually.
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Banner Saga out now on: October 16, 2014, 04:18:41 PM

Quote from: msteelers on October 16, 2014, 01:39:53 PM

I might finish it this weekend depending on how long the game is.
About 8 hours on normal difficulty.  The atmosphere gets pretty oppressive by the end, which is impressive from a 2D strategy game.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 15, 2014, 04:18:34 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 14, 2014, 07:04:39 PM

I'm with you guys, I'm not really good at these sorts of games but all the glowing reviews sort of tempt me.  I tried the first Bayonetta when it had a demo on the 360, but I gave up quickly due to absurd "sexiness" and quick event gameplay.

I'd love to see a review of this game from the perspective of somebody who hates anime and isn't particularly great at combo-filled games like DMC and see if they still give it crazy props.   nod
I hate most anime and I donít play straight action games much.  I still had a ton of fun with the demo last night.  The sexuality is definitely there but itís so over the top it might as well be parody.  Actually the whole thing is.  The demo, which looks like the prologue of the game, has you fighting a skyscraper sized demon while riding on top of a jet, as other jets are blowing stuff up all around you.  Unless you really care about high scores you donít need to worry about not being good at combos either.  If you ďdieĒ you are given the option to full heal but with your score revoked. 
29  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Banner Saga out now on: October 14, 2014, 08:17:35 PM

Quote from: msteelers on October 13, 2014, 12:36:38 PM

I played this a lot over the weekend. It's starts out slowly with a lot of story elements. I almost couldn't make it through, because I found it difficult to keep all the characters in check and know what was going on. But once you break through the gameplay becomes pretty fun and enjoyable.
Did they ever add character names above the dialogue of who was speaking?  I played the PC version when it first came out.  I found the giants really hard to keep track of because of how similar they looked and their unfamiliar sounding names.  Once you get to the human characters itís not a problem but the early section could have been made a lot better with a slight change in interface/art direction.

I still greatly enjoyed the game though.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [KS] Human Resources: New game from Planetary Annihilation devs on: October 14, 2014, 07:18:20 PM
Planetary Annihilation was not received overly well by the community that backed it so Iím not surprised that they havenít been overwhelmed with support.  The fact that they ae asking for more money when they already have the engine built this time around probably doesnít help either.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: October 13, 2014, 09:55:14 PM
Big patch just hit which sounds like it fixes a lot of problems in the late game as well as the enemy movement problem.
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Highlights

- Large amount of memory optimizations, particularly with audio, to improve performance and stability on lower-spec systems and 32-bit operating systems.
- Fixed enemy ďunlimited APĒ movement bug that allowed them to sometimes move much farther than intended.
- Extensive improvements and fixes to California questlines, particularly in Hollywood and Griffith Park. May require you to load an older save file before Hollywood to fully benefit.
- Added a travel speed toggle to the world map, allowing you to zip and zoom around if you so please (doesnít affect encounters, only travel speed).
- Added a new UI when CNPCs are recruited. This lets you more easily compare their stats and choose to dismiss one when a new one offers to join.
- Custom portraits will now work correctly when Windows account username contains non-English characters.
- Added support for ďVery LargeĒ text.
- Added 50 messages to load screens containing gameplay hints and tips.
- Loading now continues when the game is tabbed out, and pauses after finishing.
- Further UI fixes and improvements, such as new and correctly used icons.
- Many localization updates and bug fixes across all languages.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: October 13, 2014, 03:41:34 PM
Itís been a while since I played but I think there were two types of costumes.  One type was purely cosmetic whereas the other gave you abilities that let you interact with the environment and reach new areas.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 06, 2014, 03:31:09 PM
Thatís fair, but is this REALLY the only game that interests you on the system?  The WiiU actually has a pretty good exclusives lineup now, at least better than the XBONE and PS4 currently has.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: October 03, 2014, 08:47:16 PM
Donít get too attached to your party members.  They have Game of Thrones syndrome.

Party members will live or die based on your decisions in and out of combat.

Party members who wonít die.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe there are only 4 characters that CANíT die over the course of the game.  Rook and Alette will be with you for the entire game.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 07:51:59 PM
One of the most frequent complaints Iíve seen is that the save points are really spread out.  Iím waiting to see if PC patches/moders can add in the option to save anywhere or at least put in some additional check points.  You can argue that checkpoints add to tense atmosphere of the game all you want but I donít have the time to deal with that silly nonsense.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console sales chart by generation on: October 01, 2014, 07:32:43 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 01, 2014, 05:26:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 12:48:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.

Hey man, don't mess with my narrative.

I'm just the bar hasn't moved much since then.

I believe the current numbers are roughly:
10 Million PS4
7 Million WiiU
5 Million Xbone
37  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: September 30, 2014, 03:53:20 PM
Well, I did manage to play my first game of Space Hulk this weekend.  Neither of us had ever played before so there was quite a bit of rule checking but it still managed to be quite fun.  Iím not sure if itís $130 worth of fun but the individual components are the best Iíve ever seen in a board game so I really canít complain too much.

I give it a moderate recommendation for the people who want to pick it up in 5 years when the next reprinting occurs.  icon_biggrin
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 29, 2014, 04:21:08 AM
So an interesting thing I just discovered.  There are occasionally additional chat options you can use that are not given to you as options.  If you click above the chat dialogue options you can type in keywords.

I just used this system to complete a quest in what I assume was the optimal path.  Any other option would have likely resulted in bloodshed between two groups.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 26, 2014, 04:03:19 AM
See a turtle, pick it up.  nod
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 25, 2014, 07:21:13 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 25, 2014, 04:41:56 PM

Getting back to the game.  icon_smile I like that I can ask you guys stuff and my question won't move to page 17 in 5 hours as happens on the Steam forums.  icon_smile

Couple questions:

Companion question (mild spoiler, so in spoiler codes):
Spoiler for Hiden:
-Rose, the medic-trained companion, is labeled "Grenadier." While she has the full maximum of intelligence points, I don't really see anything that cries out "I'm good at tossing TNT, pipe bombs, hand grenades."

So my question is, what exactly about Rose is supposed to make her a "Grenadier"?
Don't think this is really a spoiler.  Grenadier is just a rank.  Your other characters will have that rank at level 8.  Full list of ranks.
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