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1041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 14, 2013, 01:50:20 AM
I just saw a couple reviews pop up online as well. 

Eurogamer gave it a 9/10
Edge Magazine gave it a 5/10

I really want a new game on the WiiU but I'm going to need a few more reviews before I make up my mind.  Looking forward to the GT review tomorrow!
1042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ouya on: March 13, 2013, 09:13:44 PM
The Ball is already available.  I double checked and it is the same publisher.  It's very Portal-like except horror ( I guess that's the Killing Floor part) based and instead of Portals, your gun manipulates a giant crushing bolder.  No idea about the Red Orchestra reference aside from them both being first person.
1043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 13, 2013, 04:51:25 PM
Sounds great to me.  If the levels are as detailed as the originals that’s a pretty reasonable price too.
1044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 13, 2013, 03:53:56 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 12, 2013, 11:41:51 PM

Mila Kunis has been miscast for this,but i quite liked her TBH

I was mostly distracted by the fact that she had a sister with a British accent.  Must have been adopted.  icon_biggrin
1045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm tomorrow! on: March 12, 2013, 04:57:01 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 11, 2013, 11:35:31 PM

Negative.  I pre-ordered the CE, so I'm getting it tomorrow regardless, but in this instance I have nothing to share with you guys on this one.  frown
When you get your CE could you tell me if the DVD has all the in-game and pre-rendered cinematics like the original CE did?  That was my favorite part of the original but they didnt specify that they were doing it again so I didn't bother to order this collectors edition.  If they did I might need to track down a copy at some point...
1046  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 11, 2013, 05:50:45 AM
Some friends wanted to go so I ended up seeing it this weekend.  It’s enjoyable enough while you’re watching it but easily forgotten a few hours later. 

When the movie does its own thing it is actually quite successful; the problem is it always reels itself back in to play it safe and tries too hard to connect to the original.  The worst offender here is any scene involving the traditional green witch.  Her mannerisms are straight out of the original and don’t fit the tone of the movie or how her character acted prior to being green.  Also, her “origin story” is pretty lame. (Note: I never read the books so I can’t comment on if they stick to the subject matter here.)

The 3D was quite good, something I don’t say often.

On the whole I would say it’s worth a rental but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.
1047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 10, 2013, 06:00:44 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 09, 2013, 07:08:19 PM

They'll only feed on someone if they are dead, not if they are passed out the ground? That's kind of them.

 icon_razz Unconscious people tend to get back up before being thrown in the dead body landfill. 

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2013, 07:31:06 PM

what if you get the Shadow Kill ability that turns foes to ash?  no corpses for the ratses biggrin

Well, um, you see…magic draws the rats because…

*runs away*
1048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 09, 2013, 07:06:50 PM
No morality although sometimes doing side missions will have effects on later events, like a character will help you or a house will be abandoned and boarded up.

The chaos system is actually pretty logical.  Killing people results in more corpses, which increases the number of rats feeding on them, which in turn increases the amount of plague victims.
1049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empires 2 HD Announced on: March 08, 2013, 10:50:58 PM
I think they are really just missing their ideal price point.  At $10 I think pretty much everyone with fond memories of the original would pick it up just for the nostalgia and the fact that it will using Steam matchmaking. 

At $20 we start to look for faults…
1050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empires 2 HD Announced on: March 08, 2013, 03:33:17 AM

Quote from: KC on March 08, 2013, 02:34:38 AM

I don't understand why they would do this when AOE3 has been out for years.  Was AOE2 that much different or better?

I preferred AOE2 much more than three.  Very different feeling games.
1051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is best,ICO or SOTC ? on: March 06, 2013, 11:31:08 PM
I know I’m the odd man out here but I really didn’t like either one of them.  I was super excited when I heard they were being released in HD for the PS3 because I had always wanted to play them.  I purchased it on release day; put the disk in and spent the next couple hours completely underwhelmed. 

I did manage to finish ICO eventually but I spent the whole time baffled at the praise it received.  There was a brief segment near the end where it seemed like they were going to flesh out the world and plot where I actually started to enjoy myself, but almost as soon as it started the game ended.

I never got much further than the third Colossi in SOTC.  It just felt tedious and empty.  It didn’t help that what little character development there was led me to believe the protagonist was a selfish prick and every time a colossus stepped on him I felt like cheering it on.  I watched the ending on YouTube and was glad I hadn’t tried to finish the game for real.

Oh and to your questions; your assumptions are correct.  SOTC is very much action oriented although I wouldn’t really call it open world.  There is a bit of that but it’s mostly a series of in-depth and varied boss battles.  ICO is mostly one long escort mission punctuated with puzzles and the occasional (brief) action scene where you have to defend her. 
1052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: March 05, 2013, 06:00:46 PM
This has two strikes against it out of the gate in my opinion.  Thief 1 & 2 are two of my all-time favorite games and while Thief 3 was a disappointment I didn’t think it was awful.  I think they would have been much better served doing only a “partial” reboot.  Pick the story up after Thief 3 with the new character that was introduced at the end.  This way they could benefit from the same setting but wouldn’t tread on anyone’s memory of the characters.  On top of that, Stephen Russell WAS Garrett.  I can’t imagine anyone else playing the character and if they are going to change the character dramatically then why do a reboot?

My other problem is the look of the character.  They are trying way too hard to make Garrett look cool and edgy.  In the concept art he looks more like an assassin than a thief and the bow they gave him is far too modern.
1053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are micro transactions the wave of the future? on: March 04, 2013, 12:35:18 AM
Done well I think micro transactions can actually be a good thing.  Having more content for the game you like or getting the option of paying only for the part of the game you like is a very good thing.  A lot of modern games have a single and very separate feeling multiplayer component.  I would love if I could say buy the single player part of Crysis 3 for $30; I’m never going to play the multiplayer. Likewise, I’m sure that many people who buy something like CoD will never play the single player.  Choice is good.

The problem is most companies that have tried to use them do so at the expense of the games quality and playability.
1054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiU: Worth the Investment? on: March 03, 2013, 05:34:31 AM
If you don’t like most first party Nintendo games…no.  I really like my WiiU but even I can’t recommend it right now because there just aren’t that many games out now or in the pipeline. 

Right now these are the (mostly) exclusive games that are out now, already know are being made or there has been strong evidence to support.

Out Now
ZombiU (Solid game, would recommend)
Nintendoland (Better than expected but not worth it unless you play with a group of people)
New Super Mario U (Best Mario since Super Mario World on SNES)
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Not bad but you can get it on PC)

Coming Soon
Game & Wario
LEGO City: Undercover
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Can get on 3DS)
Pikmin 3
Toki Tori 2 (PC as well)
The Wonderful 101

Bayonetta 2
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
Untitled Mario Kart
Yarn Yoshi
Rayman Legends (no longer exclusive but was made with the system in mind)
3D Mario
Smash Bros
Zelda Windwaker HD
Monolith Soft RPG (Xenosaga?)
1055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on: March 01, 2013, 06:41:34 PM
You know, I liked the original a lot more than I thought I would, in fact I enjoyed it a lot.  That said I thought the worst parts of the movie were any of the scenes or plot points where they tried to connect it to Planet of the Apes.  I predict this will end in disaster.
1056  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on: March 01, 2013, 06:36:38 PM
Tried the demo.  While I would have preferred a pure 2D Castlevania I thought it was really good!
1057  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 01, 2013, 06:33:32 PM
The hobbit is probably the first movie I’ve ever seen where I would pay for an edition with an hour cut out…
1058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Commander Keen kickstarter is failing on: February 28, 2013, 08:42:26 PM
First I’ve heard of it.  I watched the video and it really didn’t do much for me though, I can see why it didn’t turn out well.  The presentation itself seemed fine but the game had no personality. To get my kickstarter money you either need to be making something I can’t get elsewhere or have a completely charming concept. 
1059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 28, 2013, 05:43:16 AM
I think the reason backwards compatibility goes away is because the people who really want it are not really their primary demographic.  Even if there are a lot of you, and there probably are, you have pretty much admitted the fact that you mostly buy/play games much later in their life cycles.  If you are not going to buy the latest and greatest on release day at $60 a piece there is little incentive for them to try and keep you happy.
1060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: February 26, 2013, 08:25:39 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 26, 2013, 03:35:26 PM

I wish this wasn't a Wii U exclusive as i would love to play this,this game being the only game due out for Wii U that i want to play,the rest i have no interest in whatsoever...unfortunately the days of me buying a console for one game(PS3/MGS4)are long gone
People need to stop wishing for non-exclusives. Tongue  For games to actually take advantage of what the WiiU can do they NEED to be built from the ground up for the platform.  If that doesn’t happen there is no reason for the game to be on the WiiU in the first place.

Now if Nintendo pulled a Sega I would be very happy but for this generation at least it is what it is and I want some more good games on the WiiU!
1061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: February 26, 2013, 08:19:45 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 26, 2013, 05:02:11 PM

“With the next Xbox, you supposedly have to have an internet connection, and the discs are watermarked, whereby once played on one console it won’t play on another," Livingston said. "So I think the generation after that will be digital-only.”

That would be a worse decision than having a code based requirement for a game that ties to an online account.  If your console breaks and you need a new one your whole library has to be replaced?  How about if a new version of the console comes out and you want to upgrade?
1062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: February 26, 2013, 08:14:18 PM

Quote from: disarm on February 26, 2013, 05:18:42 AM

Spoilers for my ending...
Spoiler for Hiden:
I was really disappointed that my final mission to stop Havelock was as basic as climbing the lighthouse, walking into a room where he was standing alone at a table, Blinking behind him for a choke-out, and letting Emily out of a locked room. As soon as she jumped into my arms, the final cutscene and credits final dialogue with the big bad guy, just a summary of everyone's life after the rescue.  It wasn't bad, but I guess I expected a bit more.
Spoiler for Hiden:
The bad guy has a big long monologue if you jump down in front of him instead of just killing him outright.
1063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Rumor]Tomb Raider goes survival-horror? on: February 25, 2013, 05:17:10 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 25, 2013, 04:43:54 PM

 I get the impression that the developers are trying to send us a message, but the only message I'm receiving is that they're sexist.
I think it could be looked at as sexist but not in the way you are implying.  It comes down to most men want to protect/shelter women but they don’t give a damn about other men.

If you want a vulnerable male protagonist you can also find them in a few games, although it seems to always be first person.  I’m thinking games like Amnesia or even ZombiU.
1064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: February 22, 2013, 07:11:18 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 22, 2013, 05:27:04 PM

They're already seriously struggling for sales, with only 57K consoles sold in January.  With very few big games scheduled from third parties I'm pretty sure it will quickly become an also-ran that is only really good for the Nintento first-party games.  Which will be enough for a niche audience.

This is a true statement but I’m not sure why it should surprise anyone.  The Wii was an anomaly.  People buy Nintendo systems for Nintendo exclusives.  Nintendo has a unique degree of nostalgia and charm that the other console producers can’t touch.  Look at Playstation all-stars vs Smash Bros. Sales so far are abysmal because there are really only three games on the system that you can’t buy elsewhere.  I really don’t know why there was a push to get third party ports on the system in the first place.  And I do mean ports.  If a developer wants to throw everything into the game, like ZombiU, then I’m all for it.  But if it’s a game you can buy somewhere else, only now with touchscreen support, than they are better off putting their efforts somewhere else.

That said, once a few games come out I think the WiiU will do well for itself in the role of a second console.
1065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/18) on: February 21, 2013, 08:27:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 21, 2013, 04:43:46 PM

Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate demos, F-Zero for .$30, and PicDun 2!

Spoiler for Nintendo Weekly Download:
Wii U demos
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Trine 2: Director’s Cut

Wii U Virtual Console
F-Zero – 30 cents

3DS demos
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed

3DS Virtual Console
Yoshi – $4.99

3DS retail
Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of the Titan – $39.99

3DS Download
Picdun 2: Witch’s Curse – $4.99
Viking Invasion 2 – Tower Defense – $7.99

I picked up F-Zero on the WiiU yesterday and I’m actually pretty impressed how it’s handled on the system.  When you start the game you get a SNES controller display and you can remap any button on the SNES to any button on the WiiU pad.  I also saw the option to add a checkpoint into your current game to save progress.  Of course the best feature for me is that the games can be played directly from the WiiU pad without needing the TV on.
1066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: "Let’s Rank The Civilization Games, Best To Worst" - Kotaku on: February 20, 2013, 06:05:38 AM
Can I just vote for Alpha Centauri instead?  I played that first and all the civ games have been a disappointment in comparison.
1067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 19, 2013, 04:58:27 PM
A new appeasement offer, the Wii U will now get the online challenge mode for free in April.  This mode will contain daily and weekly level challenges for between 1-5 players.  This will be the first time Rayman has ever been online and will feature leader-boards and more.

It's not what I wanted but it's better than a demo.  Doesn't seem like it's going to be enough to calm the fans down though.
1068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: System Shock 2 is returning! on: February 18, 2013, 07:55:00 PM

Quote from: Crawley on February 18, 2013, 06:42:26 PM

Not sure what class you are playing but I'd stay away from the PsiOps class for a first go around.

This.  I would choose a navy/tech guy if you want to experience everything the game has to offer.  Hack doors, rewire security systems, etc.  PsiOps is fun as well but pretty hard until you get used to the game mechanics.  The heavy weapons guy just seems a bit dull in comparison to the others.
1069  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/18) on: February 18, 2013, 04:36:32 PM
F-Zero (WiiUShop)

Because it's hard to beat a .30 cent game.
1070  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time on: February 17, 2013, 07:50:16 PM
Amazon price matched as well.  Picked it up there for $30 with no tax/free shipping.   icon_biggrin
1071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 15, 2013, 10:32:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on February 15, 2013, 09:15:28 PM

If your thumbs hit each other when using that controller, you're doing it wrong. I've never ever had that happen to me. The thought has never even struck me.
Eh, I actually have a bit of the same problem. If I put more than just the tip of my thumbs on the sticks my fingers hit.  If I were to rest my thumb in the same position as it sits on the 360 controller I can actually touch the opposite joystick from the one my thumb is resting on.
1072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: February 15, 2013, 05:45:46 PM
Another photo of the previously pictured controller.

It looks OK, nothing great.  I would actually prefer a bit more bulk to it.  As one of about three people who own one I have to say the WiiU controller is actually my favorite in a long time.  I have large hands and both the 360 and PS3 controllers cause my hands to cramp up after about 30 minutes.
1073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 13, 2013, 07:30:47 PM
They have over 10,000 signatures on the petition now.  Ubisoft offered a NEW exclusive demo for the WiiU which just made people angrier.  Now they’ve fired the PR person who came up with the demo idea and even the developers are publicly opposing the delay.

The whole thing is turning into a nightmare for Ubisoft now as even non-gaming websites are starting to pick up the story.  I saw an article on Forbes this morning.  It looks like they have their own personal ME3 style PR disaster on their hands
1074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ouya on: February 12, 2013, 12:14:26 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 11, 2013, 10:30:06 PM

If the hardware is good and it only costs $100, is that really so much to pay every year?  At $8 a month I don’t think you can complain that much.
1075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legacy of Kain Reboot? on: February 11, 2013, 08:57:38 PM
I LOVED the story and voice acting of the LoK games but the actual gameplay was pretty bad.  If they want to keep the same writers and voice talent and move the gameplay in a new direction sign me up. 
1076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 08, 2013, 05:23:42 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 07, 2013, 08:48:33 PM

I imagine any minute now they will be announcing that this delay is not related to the game going multi-platform.

The development team confirmed that wasnt the case.  They aren't happy either.

I completely understand you but you have to understand one thing. This is not a decision taken by the development team, this comes from really really high up, so please don't pick on the game.

If you're pissed, imagine how we feel. Think on the situation, we've been making overtime with this game practically since May preparing E3, and then almost a demo per month (gamescon, Wii U presentation, shops, eShop, etc...) and at the same time trying to actually finish the game. We had a first delay because it was obvious we couldn't finish on time but we gave it all to be there on February. What face do you think we had when the week we had to close the game we're being told it's not going to be released? I couldn't believe it. 

For practical matters, you'll have to wait for some months for the game to be released and will most likely serve for more content to be added and do it better. For us, this means we've spent 6 months barely seeing our wifes, kids, and friends for nothing because, after all, such a haste wasn't needed. Believe it, it was a hell to swallow these news. - Xavier Poix
1077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 07, 2013, 11:19:52 PM
Not surprising, a petition was started.
1078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 07, 2013, 06:32:10 PM
The amount of hatred they are getting on their Facebook account right now is amazing.  I would say they’ve gotten well over 200 hate posts in less than an hour.  If they are smart they will reinstate the original release date and release the other versions with a couple extra levels or something.
1079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: February 07, 2013, 05:58:22 PM
Some bad news for people looking forward to this one at the end of the month.

Rayman Legends has been delayed once again, to "early September." This is annoying news for Wii U owners, who already saw it delayed out of the launch window and into February and March. But it's good news for PS3 and Xbox owners who had yet to pick up a Wii U, as the game is now planned for simultaneous release on those platforms. - Joystiq

Horrible business practice.  I have no problem with an eventual multiplatform release but delaying a finished game 6 months is unacceptable.

The forums are starting to go ballistic with multiple people canceling preorders and threatening to boycott the company’s other games.
1080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are You Stepping Into the Next Gen? on: February 01, 2013, 05:48:58 PM
Given a couple years and some price drops probably both, but I’m in no hurry.  I purchased a WiiU on release day because I enjoy first party Nintendo games.  I can’t really name a first party Sony or Microsoft game series that I care about. I will always be a PC gamer first and most third party titles will come out there anyways so I can wait.
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