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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: April 26, 2017, 04:51:31 PM
I think the DoW2 campaigns were all hugely overlooked.  Most people expect RTS to have very simple campaigns but the DoW2 ones donít event play like a normal RTS.  They are more like tactical squad based diablo style games.  They even have loot and upgrade mechanics.  The storytelling/writing was also well above average for the genre.

 I would also say that if you have the chance; play them on the hardest difficulty in co-op mode with a friend.  You will each control two (hero) squads and it works great.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: April 26, 2017, 04:13:11 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 26, 2017, 04:01:44 PM

Looks like this comes out tomorrow, and all impressions I have read are similar to yours, Lordnine.  They went in another new direction that doesn't really satisfy old fans, but what is there might be pretty well made.

Pardon my ignorance (or bad memory), but is this the first DoW game to have the Orks in it?  I didn't ever play the expansions but I don't remember the option to play as them before.
All of them have had Orks in multiplayer.  You could play as the Orks in a campaign in DoW1: Dark Crusade and Soulstorm.  They also had an Ork campaign in DoW2: Retribution; it was actually one of the better campaigns.

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3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: April 24, 2017, 05:05:46 PM
I played maybe a dozen games over the weekend.  My initial impression was complete disappointment.  It feels almost nothing like DoW2 and only vaguely like DoW1.  That said, after giving it a longer chance I did warm up to it quite a bit.  It will never replace DoW2 for me but I think it can stand OK as its own thing.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: April 20, 2017, 02:46:48 PM
The open beta kicks off tomorrow.  Who shall join my crusade against the lesser races?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 13, 2017, 05:00:50 PM

Quote from: Scraper on April 13, 2017, 01:22:38 PM

Story Path of Destiny was free a couple of months ago on PS Plus.
I enjoyed that one as well but performance is really bad on PS4.  In a lot of areas it can't even hold 30FPS which is pretty bad for a game that isnít graphically impressive.

I still stuck with it long enough to get the ďGoodĒ ending though, so I guess that is a recommendation.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: April 13, 2017, 04:56:44 PM
Mostly re-releases and special editions.  I like the Switch well enough but that lineup isnít going to sell many consoles.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Potential Bayonetta News on: April 12, 2017, 04:02:10 PM
I doubt you will see Bayonetta 2 on PC because I think Nintendo paid for its development in full.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War III on: April 12, 2017, 12:33:06 AM
Hammer is about the size I expected.  If they had gone with a cool dynamic battle sculpture I probably would have bought it but I have cooler real weapons hanging on my walls.   icon_smile
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 11, 2017, 02:55:11 PM
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun – Awesome tactical/ strategy stealth game.  The best game no one knew came out last year.  Not super short, about 20 hours.

Orwell – Not for everyone but highly engrossing.  You get to spy on people, read through their personal documents and look for clues that they may be a terrorist.  If you liked Papers Please you would probably like this. 5 hours or less.

Shantae: Half-Genie Hero – This seemed to go under the radar for most people.  Fun little side scrolling action game with Metroid elements. About 8 hours.

Titanfall 2 – Really good single player campaign with some brilliant level design.  6-8 hours.

Pony Island – A Bizarre meta type experience that you should just give a chance because looking up what the game is will ruin it.  It’s also really cheap.  About 3 hours.

Steamworld Heist – The first Steam World game was OK, but Heist knocked it out of the park.  Best way to describe it is 2D XCom.  Really enjoyed this one last year. 18 hours.

Inside – It’s basically Limbo part 2.  Enjoyable with an awesome ending. 3 hours.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild - Release date 3/3/2017 on: March 30, 2017, 04:11:02 PM
Thatís interesting because for the same set of conditions I came to a completely different opinion of the game.  I donít like that weapons degrade but I am fine that it disincentives fighting.  Generally in open world games I become frustrated or bored because I am forced to fight things that I donít care about.  Here, there is almost always a way of bypassing enemies.  Itís a bit like the over world is the dungeon puzzle, get from X to Y in the most efficient way possible.

The ďempty shrinesĒ are nicely bite sized, meaning if I donít have a lot of time to play, I can go finish a shrine and feel like Iíve made progress without needing to invest a bunch of hours.  This may be different between the WiiU and Switch version, but on the Switch, you can save anywhere and powering down the system just goes into hibernate mode, so when you come back you can boot up where you left off almost instantly.

Also, that opal is way more valuable than a weapon.  The real reward items in the game are almost all armor sets, which you need to buy.  Gems are one of the easiest ways to make money.
11  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: DinoGenics board game on: March 29, 2017, 02:14:23 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 28, 2017, 03:13:57 AM

Was Reaper one of those companies?  Their hq is five minutes from my house.
Reaper Miniatures?  I wasnít aware they did actual board game printing/construction/packaging etc.  Splitting production between multiple companies isnít in the cards for me right now.
12  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: DinoGenics board game on: March 27, 2017, 10:47:19 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 27, 2017, 12:46:01 AM

Looks interesting.. Any plans to go with mini's as an option instead of meeples?
Unfortunately not.  When calculating the budget and contacting various production companies I quickly learned how cost prohibitive miniatures are.  They would easily raise my funding goal by an additional 20k-30k and that is if I went with fairly poor quality ones.
13  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.
14  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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15  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.
16  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. 
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo Switch - the NX unveiled on: March 03, 2017, 07:58:30 PM
Giant Bomb livestream.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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
24  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?
25  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.
26  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.
27  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). 
28  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)
29  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.
30  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.
31  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.
32  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.
33  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.
34  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.
35  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.
36  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.
37  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
38  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.
39  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.
40  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.
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