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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: Today at 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.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 28, 2015, 12:21:04 AM
As someone who doesnít understand the appeal of the Fantastic 4, I thought that generically ok.  That should probably mean that anyone who cares about the Fantastic 4 will hate the trailerÖ
3  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cthulhu Wars (Board game) [Picture Heavy Warning] on: January 22, 2015, 10:00:33 PM
All the rest of the stuff should be coming in the next shipment, which wonít be till summer.  I'm eager to get the custom dice and expansion since we usually have 5 people here instead of 4 on game nights. Right now it looks like my first game will be tomorrow. 

Having now punched out all the pieces I was actually surprised how few components there are.  My group of friends regularly play things like Eclipse and Caverna, which have hundreds of pieces.  This actually looks like a fairly fast and easy to setup game.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: January 21, 2015, 09:25:40 PM
Well, I ended up with the perfect unkillable combo.  This is made better by the fact that these were not my cards.  I mind controlled the first Kel'Thuzad, then I faceless manipulated it, then I mind-controlled Mal'Ganis.

5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/20) on: January 19, 2015, 05:41:16 AM
Grey Goo comes out this week for PC.  It's an RTS and looks pretty good!  Unless the reviews pan it for some reason, I'm definitely checking it out.
6  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cthulhu Wars (Board game) [Picture Heavy Warning] on: January 18, 2015, 04:39:24 PM
The last I heard, the expansions are already in production or at least preproduction.  One of the developers said that if everything goes as planned they expect them to ship out to backers around June-July.  The reason they havenít announced that officially is because last time, the manufacturer completely botched the release plan.  I think one of their guys is going to actually BE in China in March, and will confirm the release date then.
7  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Cthulhu Wars (Board game) [Picture Heavy Warning] on: January 17, 2015, 10:28:43 PM
My copy of Cthulhu Wars arrived today.  Since this is a huge and rather special release I figured I would document the unboxing.  I backed at a rather high level so I will also have the expansions coming later in the year if anyone is interested in seeing those as well.


The corner is a little damaged but I don’t care about that.  Look at those puny peasant games in the background.


Space Hulk for Size comparison


So what is in the box? 


A lot!  Most of it seems really high quality, but what is really impressive is that Kickstarter backers should be receiving higher quality versions of a few of the thinner components later this year for free in addition to a bunch of free plastic models.  On top of that, anyone who was willing to back at higher levels is getting some plastic components to swap out the cardboard with.


Detail on the larger models is pretty great.


They are also HUGE


Cthulhu now leads the Blood Ravens into an era of heresy!
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 14, 2015, 09:18:29 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 14, 2015, 09:10:31 PM

Isn't there another Wii U exclusive that was supposed to be really good?  Was it Bayonetta 2?
Yep, also, Wonderful 101 from the same developer.  ZombiU is another exclusive that is worth a look.  Itís FPS Dark Souls with zombies and a really good use of the WiiPad.

And donít forget all the first party Nintendo properties...
9  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 14, 2015, 05:51:51 AM

Quote from: msteelers on January 08, 2015, 01:39:31 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 07, 2015, 03:50:59 PM

Other games like, The Banner Saga, were split into episodes to keep cost down, but this has the negative effect of numerous people complaining and writing bad review because they are not getting a full game.

I don't remember The Banner Saga being episodic. I paid once and unlocked the full game. My brother is playing now. I'll check with him and see if it has changed.
You are right actually, I have no idea why I said Banner Saga, I was thinking Valiant Hearts.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Styx: Master of Shadows [PC/PS4/XB1] on: January 13, 2015, 09:08:15 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 13, 2015, 08:21:13 PM

- (not realistic, but something that makes it more difficult) In later levels the enemies can not only see you, they can smell you.
Could be realistic, you are a goblin after-all.   icon_biggrin
11  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: January 07, 2015, 03:50:59 PM
The majority of mobile devs who have tried releasing ďfull pricedĒ titles and then spoken about it, have said it really doesnít compare to the income from freemium releases.  Even the previously mentioned Monument Valley, which released for about $4 revealed just this week that only 5% of installs on Android were actually paid for instead of pirated (40% on iPad).

Other games like, Valiant Hearts, were split into episodes to keep cost down, but this has the negative effect of numerous people complaining and writing bad review because they are not getting a full game.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Space Hulk Ascension (bloody fun turn-based squad combat) on: January 06, 2015, 06:40:32 PM
I picked up the original version for about $5 and still wasnít very impressed with it.  What works and is fun as a tabletop game doesnít work so well when translated directly to PC.  Spacehulk is a tabletop game that is largely luck based (dice rolls) and having the computer do that for you (and then hiding the actual mechanic that is taking place) takes away the excitement and just seems frustrating.

Has the luck element been toned down any with this release?  Or if not, is there at least an option to show a physical representation of dice?  How is multiplayer?  Have they tried to incorporate the story as anything more than just a long text log at the start of missions?

Quote from: Blackjack on January 06, 2015, 05:47:04 PM


I suspect maybe what bogs things down for some is during the biomorph's turn when essentially everything happens simultaneously. It's not (at least doesn't seem to be?) one alien moves, stuff happens; then another alien moves; more stuff happens; a third alien moves, other stuff happens. imho, if the biomorphs did one unit at a time, it would also be easier to see what happens during their turn. The game view doesn't like auto-zoom to an alien unit moving etc. I usually find it best on their turn to pull the camera zoom out as far as possible. It's not as visceral, yet you have a better idea of what's happening.
They are probably trying to still be somewhat faithful to the tabletop.  In that, the Space Marine player doesnít know how many Genestealers are in play until the models can actually see them.  Similarly, the Marine player has to make all his moves within the time limit of a sand timer while the Genestealer can take his time.  The idea being that the Genestealers are super-fast.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: January 03, 2015, 03:32:47 AM
The star ending wonít make sense unless you found one of the secret islands, so I would recommend at least going back and doing one of them.  They contain the audio time capsules which I like.  The easiest one to get to can be reached byÖ
Spoiler for Hiden:
Grabbing the axe from world 3 and bringing it back to world 1, use it on the wooden barricade in the main hall.
The star ending is a neat concept but Iím not sure itís worth the time commitment unless you want to read ALL the lore.

What happens
Spoiler for Hiden:
Because you mastered all the challenges, your character is immortalized within the program and becomes one of the helpers that are unlocked by solving the island worlds.  Iím pretty sure your Steam name is also engraved on one of the plaques in these rooms in your friendís games.
The sword in the stone is actually just an Easter egg; there are tons of them throughout the game.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: January 02, 2015, 05:25:53 PM

Quote from: Crawley on January 02, 2015, 03:36:52 AM

Awesome game. Beginning to end.

That last section of the game was just great. And more than happy with the ending I got.

I'll have to go back and get all those gold stars. I ended up getting 9 by the end, which wasn't enough for using them anywhere (need 10). Tried so hard to get a 10th one at the end but couldn't figure out how to get them. Either the gold stars left me stumped, or I kinda figured out what I needed to do but was unable to locate all the pieces. The gold star on top of the Egyptian monument was one I tried figuring out forever. I figured out how to get the beam I needed. And I saw the fan I needed but was unable to figure out how to get in there to get it. And then I also needed one of the crystal staffs for the beam but no clue of where that was located.

In any case I finished at 22hrs. Enjoyed the entire 22 hours. One of the top games I've played in 2014 and I'm sure I'm going to remember this one with fondness in a decade looking back at great game experiences.

Curious, which ending did you get?

The fan component had me puzzled for a while but it’s actually really easy to get. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
In the puzzle room that has 3-4 fans, grab an excess fan and carry it with you when the fans carry you to the back of the puzzle room.  Instead of riding the fan in that room back, disable it and place a box over the top of it. Jump on the box while carrying the fan and you can jump up onto the wall and then jump out.

As for the laser staff, it actually never fully leaves its puzzle room.  You need to stack boxes onto of the vertical fan in the room, jump onto the box before you activate the fan circuit and you will be high enough to jump onto the wall.  Make sure to grab the second staff before you are lifted into the air.  Place the staff on the wall itself and everything should line up.
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: December 29, 2014, 04:40:21 AM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 26, 2014, 06:06:35 AM

I'll definitely be watching Marco Polo, but am trying to figure out if it'd be good for my wife.  She is sensitive to gore, but overly sensitive to sex, is it over the top?
Violence is less gruesome than GoT, nudity is on par or slightly higher.  I cant say I would recommend the show though.  Production values were great but everything else seemed second rate.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 29, 2014, 03:48:08 AM
Glad someone else took the plunge and has been enjoying it.  Itís such a great game; it disappointed me that most people seemed to be passing on it.

I feel like finding the stars is the real meat of the game.  Most puzzles can be solved in fairly expected ways but in order to reach many of the stars you have to really think outside the box when it comes to how your tools/abilities work.  There are also some great Easter eggs hidden throughout the game.  This one actually startled me when I found it.


17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 27, 2014, 01:09:43 AM
When you place a QR code, anyone on your friends list will be able to see it.  You actually unlock special things you can say in QR codes based on your actions in the game; some are pretty funny. 

I think the holograms are a combination of pre scripted events and other people who are playing the game.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 24, 2014, 04:47:57 PM
Finished the game last night.  I feel pretty satisfied with my experience.  The ending, or endings (there are multiple), leave a lot of unanswered questions but in a good way and makes you want to learn more.  A couple of the audio logs near the end actually made me feel pretty sad for the characters, which was unexpected.

I spent 20 hours with the game and I know I still missed a lot of hidden content.  I highly recommend picking up the game. 
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 23, 2014, 05:20:01 AM
Game of the Year
Right now my GOTY is neck and neck between Wasteland 2 and The Talos Principle.  Talos came out of nowhere for me; I didnít even know what it was a month ago.  The comparisons to Portal are unavoidable but it copies the formula superbly and, in some cases, even surpasses it with level design. The story is interesting and opens up a lot of room philosophical discussion. 

Runners up
Divinity: Original Sin: Excellent combat engine and great quest flexibility. Also the best implementation of Co-op in an RPG Iíve ever seen. Story could have been stronger.

Bayonetta 2: Takes a good game and expands upon it in every way. Combat is fun and fluid, story is over the top and hilarious, and level design stays new and interesting. A spectacle that is almost as fun to watch as it is to play.

Biggest Surprises of the Year
Shadow of Mordor: I had zero expectations for this one and it turned into a very fun stealth/action game. Comes close to game of the year contender but could have used some better mission variety and the controls were occasionally clunky.

The Talos Principle: This is made by the developer of Serious Sam. It is one of the smartest games you will ever play. WTF?

Disappointments
Transistor: Bastion was my favorite game of the year it was released and a hard act to follow, unfortunately, Transistor didnít capture the same the spirit that made me love the original.  Donít get me wrong, Transistor is not a bad game, in fact itís pretty good, but it still falls short of its legacy.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: December 16, 2014, 05:40:15 AM
In case anyone is still struggling to unlock characters.  The easiest way is to choose stock, 1 life, set opponent to easiest.  Either kill them or just jump off the stage.  Every 20 matches or so, win or lose, you unlock a new character.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 13, 2014, 06:33:39 PM
Forbidden towers are made for climbing!

I just made it to the second world.  This is definitely a game for people who like exploring.  There is so much hidden lore and backstory but unlocking it is the real challenge of the game.  I think the best moment for me so far was the realization that the individual self-contained ďpuzzle roomsĒ can be manipulated to interact with other rooms for special results.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 12, 2014, 03:50:25 AM
Huh, I looked up the Free Public Test on YouTube.  That is the same gameplay but seems to be a completely different area than the full game. 
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Talos Principle on: December 12, 2014, 03:19:20 AM
This wasnít even on my radar but I decided to pick it up after all the early hype.  So far it doesnít disappoint.  Itís a first person puzzle game in a very similar vein to portal.  You awaken on an island filled with Greek style ruins with a booming voice in your head claiming to be God.  All you really know at the start is you are a robot of some sort but you pick up information about what is going on as you progress.  

Puzzles are clever and the graphics are surprisingly gorgeous.  Also, the writing seems very strong.  Apparently itís the same person who wrote the story for The Swapper and shares some similar musings about the nature of the soul and what it means to be human.

Definitely worth a look if you enjoyed Portal.

Launch Trailer
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 10, 2014, 04:12:17 PM
Pretty-sure they can.  Stealth as well.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 10, 2014, 01:29:42 AM
Just got this in a deck.  Love the art.  Usefulness seems questionable....  icon_biggrin

26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 09, 2014, 12:53:59 AM
I must have just been lucky.  Worked perfectly for me on launch.  New cards are fun but most of the ones I have only have synergy with other mechs so I cant do much with them yet.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Zelda on: December 08, 2014, 05:41:52 PM
The new Zelda looks very nice but I haven't been able to get into any of the 3D Zeldas.  Here's hoping this will convert me.

As far Starfox, very little is known.  If you go back to E3 there were some video demos of it circulating but there was no big announcement to go along with them. 
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 08, 2014, 05:27:35 AM
I wasn’t really in a hurry to play this but I ended up with a free copy.  I’m shocked by how poorly it runs on my system.  I ran Farcry 3 at max settings but this frequently drops down below 30FPS even at medium.  Pretty much unplayable.

Also, no proper support for 16x10 resolutions.  I’m almost positive I ran Farcry 3 without black bars.   Very lazy.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 04, 2014, 10:00:36 PM
Everyone has been given a free arena run and the new cards are available to draft. Note: you cant win the new cards yet.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: December 04, 2014, 02:58:24 AM
Has anyone seen any mods to break the games atmosphere by adding quick save yet?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 01, 2014, 04:49:28 AM
I will most likely pick up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker eventually, but It's not a day one purchase.
32  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: November 28, 2014, 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.
33  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.
34  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.)
35  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.
36  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? 
37  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
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 05:20:28 AM
Download complete and unlocking!
39  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.
40  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.
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