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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 29, 2015, 03:28:54 PM

Quote from: gangeli on March 29, 2015, 02:44:10 PM

Pretty much left me feeling old, inadequate, and thinking I should give up gaming.

The final ďchaseĒ sequence made me feel that way and Iím only 29!  icon_razz I died about 40 times during that.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 27, 2015, 01:29:10 AM

Quote from: Destructor on March 26, 2015, 10:34:42 PM


Reviews have also said that this game is amazingly bug free (especially considering this is from Obsidian), has an outstanding story (without script errors of any sort), and is just tons of fun to play.
I ran into a bug in the tutorial.   icon_razz  I clicked on a tutorial scroll just as it was minimizing and looped a horrible closing sound over and over until I got to the next tutorial scroll, which thankfully, didn't take too long.

But otherwise I agree, this seems very very good so far.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 24, 2015, 03:12:44 PM

Quote from: TieGuyTravis on March 24, 2015, 04:47:50 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 24, 2015, 04:05:45 AM

Just finished the game on PC.  An excellent experience through and through.  Final tally was 98% completion, 261 deaths and a total play time of 6 hours 40 minutes.

Glad to hear it, man! You completed way more of the game than I! What stopped you from wrapping up that final 2%?
I actually didnít realize I was at 98% until I finished the game and checked the leaderboard.  Iím not sure how it calculates that number, I still had about 4 upgrades from the mid tree to get so I assumed it would take me a while to get them all.  Beyond that, once you go to the volcano you are pushed pretty hard to continue onward to the end.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 24, 2015, 04:05:45 AM
Just finished the game on PC.  An excellent experience through and through.  Final tally was 98% completion, 261 deaths and a total play time of 6 hours 40 minutes.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: One weird trick for finishing a lot of games on: March 23, 2015, 06:06:23 PM
Play on easy, this usually reduces the time to finish something by about 30%.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 23, 2015, 03:32:13 PM
Illidan on his own is fine, however, when combined with an Abathur, he reaches ludicrous power.  Abathur can increase his attack speed by 25%, shield him periodically, and heal him for huge amount of damage while he is in the midst of a big team fight.  If you see the Abathur symbiont above Illidans head, and have less than 3 other people with you, you should be running.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/24) on: March 23, 2015, 02:41:23 PM
I had no idea Pillars of Eternity was coming out this week...and I backed it!    I honestly stopped reading their updates a long time ago because they were so frequent and long.  Pleasant surprise.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 21, 2015, 04:00:12 PM
I unlocked my Master Murky skin by the way!  If anyone wants an ally send me a friend request.  I generally play at-least a couple games in the evening.

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 21, 2015, 03:54:49 PM

Quote from: Lee on March 21, 2015, 04:18:17 AM

Wow. Seems simple enough, but so much going on, I was a bit lost. I get the basics, just hard to know where to be, when. The mine opened, I think, and everyone went down there, but I am not sure why. I kept going for the gate and was all alone. I can see my suckiness pissing people off badly in multiplayer.
When the mines open up you need to go down and help gather skulls.  The more skulls you have the larger your friendly golem will be.  A large golem is easily worth 3-4 players in its ability to push lanes.

Every map has some form of objective, be it collecting skulls/seeds, holding map areas, or turning in gold.  The team that completes the objectives the most successfully will usually win.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 19, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
Iím playing on PC, multiple save slots is just normal behavior from days long past.

Unfortunately, I would need an Xbox account to see those clips apparently.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 19, 2015, 03:36:00 PM
I'm not defending the bugs but you can make a copy of your save file directly from the main menu.  I do that every night after playing for a while.  Haven't had any issues that require me to use the backup yet but I'm glad to have it to fall back on. 

Difficulty level in this game gets kind of crazy in places.  I just got through the ice caves and that area probably caused me more deaths than the rest of the game put together.
12  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Chaos in the Old World (Table Top Simulator) on: March 17, 2015, 03:45:04 PM
This is not technically analog anymore, but since its analog adjacent, I felt like a bit of self-promotion.  I recently uploaded a complete conversion of Chaos in the Old World for Table Top Simulator to the Steam Workshop.  If you have any interest in playing table top games, but lack local friends to play with, TTS is a great way to do it.  It models the complete tabletop experience with full physics, manual movement of the pieces, hand management and even dice rolls.

As for my mod, I uploaded it late last night and it already has 83 subscribers, so Iím feeling pretty good about that.  Check it out!
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ori and the Blind Forest - a platformer made around the world on: March 11, 2015, 11:36:06 PM
I actually didnít realize this is a full on metroidvania game.  Picked up the PC version and loving it so far.
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Code Name S.T.E.A.M on: March 10, 2015, 11:31:04 PM
I think I would have liked it better if it just had a fixed camera perspective.  Maybe I didnít play far enough but I didnít see any benefit to it being in third person perspective.  When I eventually get a NEW 3DS Iíll probably still pick it up but I have zero interest in controlling that camera without a 2nd control stick.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/10) on: March 09, 2015, 02:54:19 PM
Iím interested in Cities: Skylines, Code Name: STEAM and Ori and the Blind Forest but no day one purchases at this point.
16  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: March 05, 2015, 04:13:25 PM
The Talos Principle is on sale as part of the big Steam OS sale.  Talos was a hidden gem of a game that was unfortunately glossed over by most sites because it released so late in the year.  If you like Portal, you will like this.



33% off. Sale price $26.79.
Metacritic score - 85 Critic 83 User
Steam user score - 98% positive in 1,429 reviews
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: March 04, 2015, 04:34:41 PM
We must have played different games.   icon_razz

Aside from the initially VERY buggy California, which has since been patched up to a good state, Wasteland 2 did everything I wanted gameplay wise.

Graphically, the game was a bit ugly, but still acceptable unless you zoomed in on the characters.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retail cashier preference: robot or buddy? on: February 27, 2015, 10:05:37 PM

Quote from: Destructor on February 27, 2015, 01:21:09 PM

As far as I'm concerned, people who pay with check need to have the checkbook taken from their hands and beaten over the head with it until they grab their debit card (which they have, as otherwise they wouldn't have a checkbook) and use that instead.
While I agree with the sentiment on principal, the second part isn't true.  You have to request a debit card from my bank.  My mother still doesn't have a debit card because she says it would encourage her to make more random purchases because it would be faster.
19  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What the Hell Color is This Dress? on: February 27, 2015, 08:07:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 27, 2015, 08:00:32 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 27, 2015, 07:57:18 PM

Pug, that test doesn't really make any sense and I hope it's a joke. 

Yes, the true chromatic color of the pixel may be light blue, but that says nothing about the true original color of the real article in shaded sunlight.

The argument isn't over the exact pixel color values of the image, it's about the color of the dress in reality.

I can't wrap my head around how the white/gold population is perceiving this thing, so yes it was a real test.  I thought the white/golders might still see white/gold in at least the first image.
I see blue on brownish, which is how gold tends to look when itís not reflecting something bright.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: February 25, 2015, 06:41:28 PM
Itís sad but this is one of about three games that make me kind of want a PS4Ö
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman: Arkham Knight is rated M on: February 24, 2015, 09:57:06 PM
To be honest, Iím surprised the first two Arkham games werenít rated M.  There was some seriously dark and messed up stuff in those games, especially if you collected all the audio logs.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 05:35:24 AM
Barring really bad reviewsÖ

PC
Homeworld Remastered Collection
Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty

And I already own Republique Remastered.  I took part in the closed beta, which was looking really good as of a couple months ago.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: February 23, 2015, 05:12:41 AM

Quote from: Turtle on February 23, 2015, 03:50:40 AM

Specifically, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

The others were crap.
Another recommendation for this.  For me, this had the best feeling FPS combat since the original FEAR.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 17, 2015, 09:01:59 PM
This topic was recently discussed quite a lot on the Co-Optional podcast if anyone is interested.  A bunch of Youtube personalities/critics and a guy who works at GameSpot.

Podcast (Language warning)
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/17) on: February 16, 2015, 04:44:59 PM
Waiting for reviews on Kirby.
26  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Games for kids (6 years old) on: February 14, 2015, 05:37:19 AM
Give Pushmo on the eShop a look.  The later levels will give even you a run for your money but the early levels should be simple enough for her to figure out.
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 14, 2015, 05:30:01 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 14, 2015, 05:25:36 AM

I bought FF Theatrhythm via the e-shop for my current 3DS.  So you're saying that if I get a New 3DS,  I can't download Theatrhythm onto the new device then transfer over my save file?

If so, I'm glad I didn't actually end up getting one today, as that's pretty much a deal-breaker.
You can TRANSFER Theatrhythm from the old 3DS with the save file.  It will remove it from the original device.
28  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 14, 2015, 05:14:30 AM
The NEW 3DS uses facial tracking to make the 3D effect better.  Itís possible your camera is dirty or itís losing track of your eyes.  Just be thankful, with the original 3DS you had to hold the thing perfectly still if you wanted to effect to keep working.  Itís the reason most people just switched it off for long gameplay sessions.  I noticed some eye strain when I first got mine but I think itís something you get used to and it will stop being an issue.

Original DS games that had a 3D engine look terrible on the larger screen of the 3DS, you have been warned!

If you plan to get a larger SD, do it now before you download anything of substance.  While you can transfer data, itís more trouble than it should be.  Nintendo is archaic in that games are tied only to the one device, so if you buy something on the eShop, donít expect to download it again on a 2nd device.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: They've rebooted Hitman...the movie on: February 12, 2015, 05:18:53 PM
Man, that person is going to have a terrible score for killing all those people.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 11, 2015, 07:12:24 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 11, 2015, 06:22:57 PM



We're talking about gaming here, not human rights violations.  It's a hobby.  Something I do for fun when I have some extra time.  Sure it's fun to hang out and talk about it here (which I have continued to do for 15 years because I enjoy the company), but the word "serious" has never even crossed my mind.  I suppose that's my disconnect with this whole thing...everyone seems to be howling that this is some sort of large-scale, damning conspiracy that demands immediate attention, and I just don't see it that way at all.

When companies stop making games which appeal to me (which has already started happening, to a large extent), I'll stop buying games and move on to something else.  

I think that is key.  If you donít have a vested interest in the future of the industry, then itís kind of pointless to argue either way, isnít it?  The idea that you can enjoy something until it goes away and then just move on seems kind of selfish.

The gaming industry has quickly overtaken pretty much every other form of entertainment.  For a lot of us, it is our primary source of entertainment.  I donít care about sports or TV and I rarely go to the movies.  Keeping the level of quality high in the gaming industry is very important to me.    If something is damaging to that, be it the symptom or the disease (which I think Metacritic is) it needs to be looked at and addressed.
31  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 11, 2015, 04:29:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 11, 2015, 04:02:02 PM

Lord help me, I'm actually considering picking up a New 3DS.   I can transfer my game data over from my old 3DS system, right?

As you wish. 

Yes you can, but it is a bit tedious.  You need both systems in hand to do a system transfer, which is pretty much an automated process where all your data is moved over to the new system and then deleted from the old. 
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 11, 2015, 03:59:10 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 11, 2015, 03:36:21 PM


You think that removing Metacritic from the equation means that publishers will cease to use review scores as leverage against developers.  I think that leverage will simply be replaced by something else, and that "something" could potentially be significantly worse for the devs.  We'll just have to agree to disagree on this, I suppose.
Worse than a system that is broken because one reviewer can bomb a game without much effort, simply because their review scale doesn't translate well to a percentage?

Quote from: Dante Rising on February 11, 2015, 06:35:50 AM


And the problem with this is you had/have reviewers like Tom Chick at Quarter to Three giving a game one or two stars, which equates to a 20% or 40% on Metacritic. But if you actually read his reviews he isn't saying the game is broken or without redeeming qualities, just that it was rather mundane and didn't hold his personal interest.

One or two of those and you are probably knocked out of bonus range.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 09:07:56 PM
The problem with review scores and Metacritic go deep.  There have been instances of developers not getting bonuses because their game (New Vegas I think?) was a couple points too low on Metacritic.  That case is particularly silly because MC aggregates reviews that should not be considered the same. Four stars =/= to an 80% even if the math suggests it is. Treating it as such puts a lot of good games in a position where a single reviewer who actually hated the game, can destroy its position.  This is amplified if itís a smaller game that doesnít get numerous reviews.
34  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 09, 2015, 05:47:19 PM
That is pretty closeÖ

Considering how bad the Wii version would look blown up to 60 inches on my TV, I think the 3DS wins.
35  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Club Nintendo codes on: February 09, 2015, 04:33:38 PM
Assuming you have 600 coins and a WiiU, I highly recommend Wonderful101.  That is probably the best reward they every offered through the program.

Or, if you just have a 3DS, Super Mario 3D Land, also for 600, is a no brainer.
36  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Wii controllers? on: February 09, 2015, 04:30:53 PM
No, but Iím going to recommend that you just go ahead and pick up one of the new Wii Remote Plus controllers.  The Remote Plus controllers have an extra gyroscope in them that makes them much more accurate and are actually required for motion control in most WiiU games and some later original Wii games.

If you ever want to play something like Pikmin 3, it will play MUCH better with the Wii Remote than it does with the game pad.  It basically gives you an onscreen mouse as if you were controlling an RTS.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 08, 2015, 05:50:45 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 08, 2015, 04:38:09 AM

While I enjoyed Super Mario 3D World, I pretty much hit my platforming skill limit around World 5.  After losing 15 lives on the gorram trapeze level, I remembered why I never really cared for Mario that much.  smile
If you havenít, try using Peach, it makes the game the game a whole lot easier as you get a little hover move.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: February 07, 2015, 05:23:18 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 07, 2015, 04:56:37 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 06, 2015, 07:31:21 PM

Xenoblade Chronicle  New 3DS only  releases April 15th

I want to play this game, but I'm not really sold on buying a new 3ds to play it, especially since there are unlikely to be a lot of New 3ds exclusives. If I have to shell out $60 for it to play on wii u it's still probably going to be the better way to go, especially for the graphics.
I believe the 3DS game is technically just a port of the original Wii game.  So you could play it on that if you really wantedÖ
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 02, 2015, 04:35:14 PM
Just a heads up, if you are part of Club Nintendo, this is the last month of rewardsÖever.
Their final list of rewards is awesome.  Pick up Wonderful101 if you donít already have it.  Itís made by the developer of Bayonetta.
Full List with Prices:
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Wii U:

[NES] Balloon Fight (200)
[NES] Baseball (200)
[NES] Clu Clu Land (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong 3 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong Jr. (200)
[NES] Dr. Mario (200)
[NES] Excitebike (200)
[NES] Golf (200)
[NES] Ice Climber (200)
[NES] Ice Hockey (200)
[NES] Kid Icarus (200)
[NES] Mario Bros. (200)
[NES] Metroid (200)
[NES] NES Open Tournament Golf (200)
[NES] Pinball (200)
[NES] Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros.: The Lost Levels (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. 2 (200)
[NES] Super Mario Bros. 3 (200)
[NES] Tennis (200)
[NES] Volleyball (200)
[NES] Urban Champion (200)
[NES] Warioís Woods (200)
[NES] Wrecking Crew (200)
[NES] Yoshi (200)
[NES] Zelda II: the Adventure of Link (200)
[SNES] Earthbound (250)
[SNES] F-Zero (200)
[SNES] Pilotwings (200)
[SNES] Super Mario World (200)
[SNES] Super Metroid (200)
[SNES] Super Punch-Out!! (200)
[GBA] F-Zero: Maximum Velocity (200)
[GBA] Golden Sun (200)
[GBA] Yoshiís Island: Super Mario Advance 3 (200)
[WiiU] Dr. Luigi (300)
[WiiU] NES Remix (300)
[WiiU] Game & Wario (600)
[WiiU] Wii Fit U (600)
[WiiU] Wii Party U (850)
[WiiU] The Wonderful 101 (600)


3DS:

[GB] Baseball (150)
[GB] Donkey Kong (150)
[GB] Golf (150)
[GB] Kid Icarus of Myths and Monsters (150)
[GB] Marioís Picross (150)
[GB] Metroid II: Return of Samus (150)
[GB] Radar Mission (150)
[GB] Super Mario Land (150)
[GB] Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins (150)
[GB] Tennis (150)
[GBC] The Legend of Zelda: Linkís Awakening (200)
[GBC] Mario Golf (200)
[GBC] Wario Land 2 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong 3 (200)
[NES] Donkey Kong Jr. (200)
[NES] The Legend of Zelda (200)
[NES] Metroid (200)
[NES] Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Excitebike (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Kid Icarus (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: TwinBee (150)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Urban Champion (200)
[3DS] 3D Classics: Xevious (150)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Arts & Letters (200)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Math (200)
[3DS] Brain Age Express: Sudoku (200)
[3DS] A Kappaís Tale (200) [3DS] Chibi Robo: Photo Finder (250)
[3DS] Crosswords Plus (600)
[3DS] Dillonís Rolling Western (250)
[3DS] Dillonís Rolling Western: The Last Ranger (300)
[3DS] Fluidity: Spin Cycle (300)
[3DS] HarmoKnight (300)
[3DS] Kersploosh (150)
[3DS] Ketzalís Corridors (200)
[3DS] Looksleyís Line Up (200)
[3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis March Again! (200)
[3DS] Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move (250)
[3DS] Sakura Samurai: Art of the Sword (200)
[3DS] Sparkle Snapshots 3D (200)
[3DS] Tokyo Crash Mobs (200)
[3DS] Brain Age: Concentration Training (600)
[3DS] Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D (600)
[3DS] Kid Icarus: Uprising (700)
[3DS] New Super Mario Bros. 2 (600)
[3DS] Paper Mario: Sticker Star (700)
[3DS] Star Fox 64 3D (700)
[3DS] Super Mario 3D Land (600)
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 01, 2015, 04:58:48 PM
As someone with large hands, the default WiiU pad is the most comfortable controller Iíve used in years.  Also, the cashier was either an idiot or thinking of the WiiU Gamecube controllers.
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