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1001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 22, 2012, 12:24:31 AM
My console arrived earlier today.  My very brief impressions are that the WiiU does some things phenomenally well and so when it fails it other areas it’s very disappointing.  Backwards compatibility is clunky; I gave up trying to transfer my wii data over after I saw what I would have to do and the initial startup interface is slow and clunky.  I’m really hoping that maybe a firmware upgrade can solve a lot of the problems. 

I also feel that the lack of a blueray player is actually going to be one of my biggest annoyances with the system.  Currently I use my PS3 as a media center but after using the WiiU pad for just a couple hours I really love how fluid it is to browse the net/youtube and I assume Netflix will be the same.  The fact that I can’t play normal movies with the controller is a huge letdown.  Also, has anyone figured out if you connect a cable box like you can a normal TV?  That could be another problem if you can’t.

Impressions on games is limited to just Mario but I can happily say that this is my favorite Mario title since Super Mario World on the SNES.  So far my only complaints with it are that I feel like there should be twice as many worlds per over map section and for some reason it really bugs me that Yoshi cant aim his tongue straight up like he could in SMW.  Very small complaints.
1002  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Best 42 inch tv for the buck? on: November 19, 2012, 11:56:00 PM
I've purchased two LG's in the last 5 years (32in & 42in) and have been happy with both.  Neither was 3D so I cant comment on that.
1003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/19) on: November 19, 2012, 03:55:55 PM
All preorders that I didnít realize would arrive on the same dayÖ

Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion

Hitman: Absolutions

WiiU Deluxe Console with Nintendo Land
New Super Mario U
1004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 18, 2012, 05:56:53 PM
I preordered primarily because after the shortage the Wii experienced I didnít want a game I really wanted to play to come out (Pikmin3) and I not be able to find a system.  Beyond that Iím pretty sure I will love New Super Mario Bros U, I doubt the system is going to get many good deals between now and March, and I have the money now so why not?
1005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 18, 2012, 02:43:59 AM
Amazon and Nintendo had a falling out after the original 3DS.  Currently they are refusing to stock the Wii U and have only recently started carrying the 3DS XL.
1006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 17, 2012, 02:08:47 AM
I took the Walmart Delux bundle and my order is all over the place.  Mario U is supposed to arrive tomorrow, the console itself is still processing and the pro controller has been delayed until December.
1007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 15, 2012, 09:42:30 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 15, 2012, 07:12:29 PM

from IGN:

New Super Mario Bros. U 9.1
Nintendo Land 8.7
Wow, it sounds like Iíve finally gotten the Super Mario World 2 Iíve always wanted!
1008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC + WiiU] Little Inferno (World of Goo Developer) on: November 15, 2012, 06:56:33 PM
Already posted this on OO but I figured some people here might be interested as well.

Iíve been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it.  This is the newest game from the World of Goo developer.  Today I saw that anyone who preorders on their website will get access to the beta and also receive a Steam key when it comes out officially this Sunday.

First things first.  This is not a game in the traditional sense.  At the start of the game you get a fireplace and some basic instructions on how to light a fire.  The only problem is you have nothing to burn so you do the logical thing and throw your instructions into the fireplace and light those.  And then youíre alone. Not long after though you receive a catalog in the mail that lets you buy all new things to burn and the game officially starts.  

The gameplay itself is very simple, order a product, light it on fire and get more money.  Light objects on fire in the right combos and you unlock future catalogues and story elements.  And here is where the game actually gets interesting.  Much like World of Goo, Little Inferno has a story to tell and uses both humor and disturbing imagery/atmosphere to tell it very well.  The disturbing is played up in the main gameplay very effectively as you can see.

Itís really hard to talk about the overreaching gameplay and story without giving too much away but I will say itís definitely an interesting experience.
1009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 15, 2012, 02:46:48 AM
Wii U can at-least use just about any HD.  Hitch a nice terabyte drive to it and never have to worry about space again.
1010  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: New Green Man Gaming 25% off code or 35% off XCOM, Borderlands 2 or Chivalry on: November 11, 2012, 08:34:55 PM
Chivalry is a lot of fun.  Picked it up yesterday.  Surprisingly deep melee combat with objective based multiplayer similar to the assault maps back in the original Unreal Tournament.
1011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard gets sued. on: November 11, 2012, 03:39:14 AM
I donít think itís worth a lawsuit but I do have a problem with the way Blizzard handles Authenticators.  Not everyone has a smartphone (I donít) and there are other measures they could have taken to protect users that wouldnít involve a keychain doodad.  If I recall correctly there are many countries where itís not even possible to buy the physical authenticator.
1012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3/Wii]Epic Mickey 2 on: November 09, 2012, 06:29:14 PM
I played the PS3 and the 3DS demos yesterday. 

The PS3 version seems like it will be a great co-op experience.  Mickey and Oswald each have their own abilities that you need to use in tandem to get through the levels.  Oswald can  fly short distances and Mickey can grab onto his feet similar to Tails and Sonic.  Mickey of course has his paint brush and Oswald also can interface with machines.  Co-op is drop in at anytime and the AI fills in when a human isn't controlling the second player.  The only problem here is that from what I've read there is no online co-op which is really going to limit it's potential.

The 3DS version is an entirely different experience.  At first I didn't care for it; Mickey feels very slow and floaty compared to most modern platformers.  The further I got into though the more I appreciated what they were doing and when I reached the end of the demo I wanted more.  The game-play mixes classic Castle of Illusion platforming with an almost Metroidvania style of upgrade progression.  Rescuing Disney characters gives you access to new abilities and new quests which leads to even more powers and abilities.  One early chain was upon rescuing Scrooge he requested that I find his lucky coin so he could open a store.  After finding his coin he opened a shop where I could upgrade my health, damage, and paint efficiency.  All the characters seemed to have similar quests to some degree.  In the end my only complaint with this one was that I dislike how much it uses the touchscreen.  I really hate having to keep the stylus out when playing a game.
1013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 08:34:11 PM
I have both.  Towns is better at automation and building but has a pretty bad interface for digging unground.  Gnomoria is a bit clunkier getting things set up but has a great engine for mining. 

Ultimately I think Gnomoria will eventually become the better game but right now Towns has it beat.
1014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 07:56:59 PM
Demo is a good call on this one.  I really like the game but itís definitely not going to appeal to everyone.
1015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC Steam] Steam Greenlight Towns now available on: November 07, 2012, 07:47:58 PM
Iíve been playing it for a couple weeks.  Itís basically above ground dwarf fortress with an actual interface and graphics engine.  Itís not quite as deep as DF but they are continuously adding new features so someday it could be. 

The tutorials are a bit lacking however; donít expect to pick the game up and be able to figure out everything on your first go.  In fact I restarted 5 times before I got the hang of it and that was with using the online wiki for tips.
1016  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: November 05, 2012, 03:21:54 AM
Sooo this showed up as an official poster.  I think someone was asleep on the job...
1017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: November 01, 2012, 05:31:38 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on November 01, 2012, 12:49:18 PM

I finished this last night

I liked the game,the graphics and art were great,but i do feel a little disappointed

I killed pretty much everyone i came across and got the ..i guess bad ending

Spoiler for Hiden:
It made me laugh when Emily said about the others who had been killed at the pub and said she probably would of had them killed anyway

Samuel shot into the air at the beginning of the last mission to give my position away,so i shot that bastard....sick of him being soooo fucking perfect anyway

I got the end,where Emily was older and she put a teddy bear on my grave....Samuel's grave featured,only for some reason i was not pissing on it

If it wasn't for collectables,there are some missions that could be done very quickly,even with no killing

It was a good little title to fill in the gaps between Borderlands 2 and the games coming out now,but nothing more i think
Yep, you got what is my least favorite ending. If anyone wants to see how things could have been different you can see them here.  MAJOR SPOILERS
1018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 29, 2012, 10:20:34 PM
Iíve now seen all of the endings.  Surprisingly I donít think any of them are bad.  Most games go out of their way to make the bad/evil/corrupt ending depressing and unsatisfying but here I thought they fit the world perfectly.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was a little surprised that I liked the ending where Emily dies more than when she lives if youíre playing with a high chaos rating.  Seeing her become an evil ruler was more disheartening than just seeing the world go to hell after her death I guess.
1019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 28, 2012, 08:59:46 PM
I tried the demo model today at Best Buy.  I was surprised by just how large the controller really is but was generally impressed with how responsive the touch screen was in conjunction with the main game.  The only demo that was running was Rayman Legends but it was fun. 
1020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 25, 2012, 06:08:54 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 25, 2012, 05:06:48 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 19, 2012, 07:26:10 PM

For anyone trying for only nonlethal.  You are allowed to kill dogs, rats and river crusts. 

What about tallboys?  I assume they are machines?
Nope. Zoom in on a tallboy sometime.  Everyone seems to think they are robots for some reason but if you look close you can see that they are really pretty-much just a guy on stilts with a bow and arrow.
1021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 38 Studios/Big Huge Games Problems on: October 23, 2012, 04:44:45 AM
I'm surprised employees didn't run off with some of those smaller items.
1022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBox 360 or PS3 on: October 20, 2012, 10:43:39 PM
I have both but much prefer my PS3.  About the only exclusives on 360 I play are on Live Arcade which really limits the amount of time I spend with the system.  I also refuse to pay for LIVE which means PS3 is my multiplayer console option.  

I also use my PS3 as an all-around media center so that is also a plus.  Blue Ray player, Netflix streaming as well as streaming from my PC.
1023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 20, 2012, 04:34:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 20, 2012, 03:20:35 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 18, 2012, 11:56:43 PM

My ending
Spoiler for Hiden:
The plague was cured and I ushered in a golden age for the empire and served as Emilyís most trusted advisor.  She grew up to be known as Emily the wise.  After I grew old and died Emily had me buried beside her mother in the family crypt.

Needless to say, my ending was rather different:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Emily took the throne "over a mountain of corpses" with the brutal assassin Corvo by her side.  She ruled, but quite brutally, and the plague certainly didn't go away.  There was an odd scene where it showed her putting a teddy bear over Corvo's gravestone...not sure if that meant I was killed, or that she made everyone think I was killed so I could continue to be her assassin.  Samuel went off on his boat and was drowned by a massive wave in the ocean.  BTW, you can kill him when he drops you off on the last case anyone was wondering.  smile

Thatís interesting how the endings differ.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Samuel was a good guy in my ending and lived on with Corvo to serve the empress.  Was any mention given to the two inventors?  They are the ones who cure the plague so if you fed them to the rats earlier in the game one or both may not have been still alive.
1024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 19, 2012, 07:26:10 PM

Quote from: JCC on October 19, 2012, 06:43:55 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 19, 2012, 06:29:44 AM

Can someone explain what it takes to get Ghost for any given mission?  I played through the brothel mission (3?) and thought I got it, but it wasn't marked on the screen at the end.  Do I lose it if I knock people out?  If I get any alert icons at all, even just the first one?

Assuming the developers are going by the Thief nerds' definition of "Ghosting" (and I would be shocked if they aren't since this game borrows a TON of design philosophies from Thief, which is why I love it so much), I believe knocking people out would keep you from getting it. As I recall, the Thief nerds considered Ghosting, never being detected and never knocking anyone out or killing anything. I always found this to be beyond the point of fun to me and have never tried it - despite me being an unabashed Thief nerd.

Nope, you can knock people out as long as they are not alerted first.  Being seen by dogs DOES count as being detected.  You are not allowed to kill anyone.  I managed to get my faceless and specter achievements (no alerts & no kills) and on the 3rd to last mission so it is possible but quite difficult.

For anyone trying for only nonlethal.  You are allowed to kill dogs, rats and river crusts. 
1025  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 19, 2012, 03:30:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 19, 2012, 01:07:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 19, 2012, 10:42:32 AM

Dang Gratch, you must be unlucky with the bugs. I only ran into a couple of things I thought were a bug but one turned out to be an engine limitation. I'd say hang in there, you're almost through.

I'm at the point where I'm just Rambo-ing through the last couple missions to see how it ends.  Screw stealth, I'm going for body count at this's quicker.   icon_twisted
Gratch, the man who doomed the empire with his callous impatient nature!

I'm surprised you are encountering as many bugs as you have.  I never encountered anything.  Compared to XCOM, which is the buggiest game I've played since Magicka, I was very impressed with how stable Dishonored was.

Quote from: Turtle on October 19, 2012, 01:30:55 AM

My thoughts

Spoiler for Hiden:

Anyone else spare Daud? I did, even though I originally planned to make him be one of the few I do kill. It was also interesting to see all the different takes on Outsider powers that various NPCs had. Most were take son powers you could get, but different. Daud's men could blink to places they couldn't see, although I suppose that'd be difficult to do in a game.

I do wonder if they're going to do anything with the obvious hints that the heart you're carrying around is the Empress' heart.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I spared Daud as well; I was a little disappointed it didnít have any effect on things later on.  He didnít seem to notice that I had stolen from him and just insulted me for running away.

I was wondering about the heart but I didnít think they ever explicitly said it was the empress.  Was there something explicit that I missed?  The biggest suggestion I heard was the area speeches when you are exploring the tower.
1026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 19, 2012, 04:00:28 AM
While that is a pretty dumb decision it really doesnít bother me much.  Nintendo consoles are for playing with friends who are in the room with you.  The idea of playing with random people online makes me cringe.
1027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 19, 2012, 03:54:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 19, 2012, 02:59:06 AM

Sheesh, I've hit what I'm assuming is yet another major bug.

Spoiler for Hiden:
On the 8th mission (where you re-infiltrate the Hound's Pit), I snuck back in, found Piero and Sokolov, and reactivated Peiro's arc pylon which killed all the guards.  I was then supposed to find a signal flare to signal Samuel.  Made my way up to the room where the flare was supposed to be, used the key, and the quest marker simply...disappeared.  I never picked up a flare (it's not listed in my inventory), there's nothing in the room, and there's no quest indicator for where I'm supposed to go next.  My quest log still said there was a quest to "Find Emily", but all the specifics were suddenly gone.  I wandered around the empty area for another 20 minutes hoping to trigger something, but never did.  Apparently, there is supposed to be a flare cannon in that room that you activate, and Samuel is supposed to meet you on the beach.  Neither were there.  I ended up reloading a previous save (from about 1/2-hour before  Roll Eyes) and I guess I'll try it again.

I'm at the point where I'm sick of the constant bugs (I blinked through the scenery twice during the last mission, bother requiring reloads) and pretty much just want to finish it since I'm so close to the end.  Another few bugs like this one, however, and I'm not even sure I'll bother trying.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The flare is the audiophone thing that is pointed out the window.  Once you activate it Samuel will show up on the beach not far from the tower, it's not the normal place where you found him earlier in the game though.  I suggest going to your bedroom...
1028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 18, 2012, 11:56:43 PM
Completed my low chaos play through.  The game is definitely my favorite title of the year. 

I really like that the game doesnít explain everything on the surface but if you explore enough you can find out pretty much everything about the world.  The fact that certain details, like the origin of the plague, are only discovered through a non-violent resolution is also an interesting choice.  It definitely encourages multiple playthroughs.

The only complaints I have is that I wish it was a couple missions longer and that the ending, while good is a bit too brief for my tastes.  What I do like about the ending is it seems like it has multiple levels of variance so Iím curious how it plays out for others.

My ending
Spoiler for Hiden:
The plague was cured and I ushered in a golden age for the empire and served as Emilyís most trusted advisor.  She grew up to be known as Emily the wise.  After I grew old and died Emily had me buried beside her mother in the family crypt.

Corvo, the Empress and Emily
Spoiler for Hiden:
I donít think itís ever fully explained but is Corvo supposed to be Emilys father?  Perhaps a secret parentage?  The relationship between Corvo and Emily seems deeper than just bodyguard and at one point if you have low chaos Emily paints a picture of Corvo with Daddy written above it.  I donít know if it was supposed to be literal or just that she perceives him as a father.  There is also a hidden voice message from the empress to Corvo in the tower that seems to imply that they had a romantic relationship.
1029  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Indie Royale Fall Bundle on: October 18, 2012, 03:00:12 PM
To The Moon is worth $5 on it's own if you are a fan of storytelling in your games.
1030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 18, 2012, 06:06:54 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 18, 2012, 04:37:17 AM

I'm getting closer to the end (mission 8 ) and have basically given up on the no-kill option.  Especially now that there are assassins who can spot me from 100 yards away and teleport right next to me.  I'm still trying to be somewhat stealthy (crossbow has started to get much more use), but no-kill seems damn near impossible.  I'm currently sitting at a 'high' chaos rating with 54 enemy kills.

Sleeping darts are essential if you don’t want to kill anyone.  Also, don’t forget that you can combine spells to do things that otherwise wouldn’t be possible.  Slow time and then walk behind a person to knock them out or just possess a rat or a fish and sneak behind them.  If you can’t find a rat normally you can also use the rat summon spell to make your own.  Human possession is useful even if you don’t want to use their body  because a recently possessed person spend the next few seconds vomiting which buys you time to incapacitate them.
1031  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 18, 2012, 06:01:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 18, 2012, 03:33:58 AM

and done.  the last mission ended up with the 'High Chaos' rating.

Spoiler for Hiden:
blinked back to the boat and killed Samuel after he blew my cover.  his sudden dislike for Corvo seemed a bit too scripted, I didn't notice his demeanor changing at all over the game when I was busy piling up the bodies.

Peoples reactions change based on your chaos level.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Samuel had a rather heartfelt goodbye for my character, saying that he looked up to and respected me. I completed most of the missions without killing anyone including the targets though.  I had Very Low chaos until the 2nd to last mission and still had Low Chaos at the start of the last.
1032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: October 16, 2012, 05:22:27 PM
PC version is now out on Steam.
1033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 16, 2012, 05:21:34 AM
There are some really interesting story elements hidden if you search enough.  I found a recording in a secret room that I had to climb through a fireplace to find that most people will probably never hear. 
1034  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I think she has a point! on: October 15, 2012, 03:10:23 PM
1035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 12, 2012, 06:39:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 12, 2012, 10:38:50 AM

First mission spoilers
Spoiler for Hiden:
didn't kill the Overseer though.  had fun tranqing him as he ran down the stairs and then branding him as a heretic.

Hah! I wish I had done that.  I did do the non lethal completion on the second mission though and thought it was far more satisfying than actually killing the targets.  I'm glad that the nonlethal solutions arent lame like just sending the guilty to jail or something.  Evil people deserve punishments worse than death.   icon_twisted
1036  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 12, 2012, 05:21:01 AM
Iíve gotten quite a bit further and love how you see how your actions changed the world when you revisit an area.  Houses you explored before can be boarded up and abandoned or new people could have moved in.  Some of the more interesting results I wonít go into because of spoilers but itís safe to say there is a lot of fun stuff if you look for it.
1037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 12, 2012, 01:06:09 AM
I discovered an incredibly simple feature by accident that other FPS should be ashamed that they donít have.  Not only can you pull yourself up onto objects but if you jump from one surface and miss or if the other surface is a reasonable height above your head your character will still grab the edge and pull himself up.  Why doesnít every FPS do this?!
1038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 11, 2012, 04:44:12 AM
Vision upgrade is found in the workshop in the first mission or shortly after.   Make sure you take notice that there are both upgrades and item to purchases there.

On an unrelated note you can find a Thief Easter egg. 
1039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: October 10, 2012, 08:30:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 10, 2012, 05:55:49 PM

For stealth I bought....
Spoiler for Hiden:
Crossbow upgrades and vision upgrades - all of em.  I also bought the boot upgrades that make me quieter.   I maxed vision, stop time, and blink.  Beyond that it didn't matter for stealth.
I'm not sure why we're putting this in spoiler tags but I guess I can play along...
Spoiler for Hiden:
You may want to pick up possession and even rat summoning.  There are areas you can bypass by becoming a rat and running through holes in the walls.
1040  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Babel Rising + Risen 2 sale - Blocks that Matter on: October 10, 2012, 04:44:13 PM

Quote from: Crawley on October 10, 2012, 12:47:39 AM

Risen 2 gets a mild reccomendation. I played the entire thing and had fun with it throughout. But they should really have just priced that at a flat $20 for everything - at $15 it would be a great buy.

I agree, Risen 2 is a good Gothic style game but the number of GREAT games that have come out in the last two months lessen the recommendation somewhat.
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