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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [WiiU] WiiFitU on: November 02, 2013, 09:01:34 PM
WiiFitU is now available on the Nintendo eShop with a free one month trial.  After a month you can upgrade to the full version if you buy the $20 Nintendo heart monitor.  I haven’t touched my balance board in at least two years but I thought it would be at least worth a look.

My first impressions are that this is dramatically better than the original WiiFit.  This time around there seems to be at least twice as many games as well as the original yoga and straight exercise apps, many of which are actually fun to use this time around.  Also, I didn’t play around with it much but it looks like you can setup an actual routine this time around without having to go back and forth from the menus.  If I recall, this was one of the biggest complaints of the original.

I do have some complaints of my own though.  I’m a fairly tall, muscular guy (over 6’1), and my stance is also very wide.  If I stand comfortably on the WiiBoard the tips of my toes will be hanging off the sides.  This means that often when the game tells me I am balanced I find myself in about the most awkward stance possible.  Also, since the game basis everything on BMI it can be quite inaccurate.  After weighing me it pointed out that my proper weight should be 166.  From personal experience, anytime in my life when I have been below 180, I start to look sickly to the point people tell me to eat more.

 But all of that aside, it’s currently free, a much fuller experience than the original, and if you are a more modestly proportioned person you will probably like it quite a bit.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/28) on: November 02, 2013, 05:33:23 AM
Apparently WiiFitU came out yesterday on the eShop with a 1 month free download if you already have the balance board.  Has anyone tried it out yet?
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: October 23, 2013, 06:19:35 PM
That does look really good.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Wii Party U -- Is this party over yet? on: October 23, 2013, 04:53:19 PM
This one doesnít surprise me much. A couple weeks ago Newegg was offering this for preorder with the remote for $35.  At that price you canít really go wrong but otherwiseÖ meh.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: October 23, 2013, 12:34:35 AM
I played about 30 minutes, long enough to discover two wreckage components.  The gameplay is very solid but the world feels pretty empty right now.  Graphics are also poor by today's standards, even for a small team.  Textures look about on par with the original Mount and Blade.

At $10 I would still say it's worth a look but I think I'm going to wait for a couple more updated before really diving into it.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: October 22, 2013, 06:22:39 PM
Technically, Donít Starve has a storyline and a conclusion if you make it that far.

Iím very much a person who needs a reason to play a game, some story or plot needs to drive me forward.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: October 22, 2013, 05:46:46 PM
Has anyone completed the game in its current state?  Does it have some form of satisfying conclusion or does it basically just end?  At that price I'm definitely picking it up but not sure if I should still wait a while to play...
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Stanley Parable on: October 19, 2013, 09:51:42 PM
Personally, I would recommend spending some quality time in broom closets.
129  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Sonic Lost World on: October 19, 2013, 04:20:49 AM
That's too bad, I was really hoping these would turn out well, it's been a while since I've played a Sonic game.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Stanley Parable on: October 18, 2013, 04:54:46 AM
I also highly enjoyed it.  This is pretty-much what games like Dear Esther SHOULD have been.
131  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 16, 2013, 01:42:23 PM

Quote from: JCC on October 16, 2013, 11:24:36 AM

I own a DS but haven't done much with it the past few years. I think the last game I bought for it was Zelda spirit tracks which I really didn't care for. I'm excited for the Zelda in this thread which looks fantastic. I am curious about the new lungi mansion game which looks cute. I am curious about super Mario land 3d if isn't too difficult. Any other must haves for the 3ds?

Fire Emblem is an amazing game.  I finally finished it about a week ago and I would say itís in the running for my favorite game this year.  Luigis Mansion and Super Mario 3D Land are both very good as well.  A warning about 3D land though, there are a couple very short sections where the 3D is actually required. 

Ghost Recon is good but pales a bit as a strategy game after playing Fire Emblem.

You should also check out the eShop.  Pushmo and Crashmo are great puzzle games.  Steamworld Dig is also worth a look; itís a bit like if you mixed the resource collecting of Minecraft with a Metroidvania style game.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/Windows 8] Project Spark on: October 16, 2013, 04:23:20 AM
If I could play it on Windows 7 I would probably be there day one.  I can understand it being a XB1 (console) exclusive but I would think Microsoft would have learned by now that making games OS exclusives results in really terrible sales.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your 2nd PS4 Launch Game on: October 15, 2013, 07:33:27 PM

Quote from: Purge on October 15, 2013, 06:48:29 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 15, 2013, 05:19:03 PM

No Knack on the list?  Also, you realize Watch Dogs was delayed, right?

As someone who's played Knack (granted, E3) it's just not that good.
That's disappointing.  That was about the only exclusive announced for the system that interested me.
134  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Zelda A Link Between Worlds, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: October 14, 2013, 06:18:23 PM
What is your problem with the 3DS?  I've been very happy with mine.
135  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Guns of Icarus Online + Ace of Spades - Assassin's Creed 3 on: October 12, 2013, 04:51:10 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 10, 2013, 05:02:37 PM

Updated one of the midweek sales
Correction, apparently this is one of the weekend sales.


$23.99


$19.99 if you have Divinity 2

My impressions! The developers made the game I always wanted in the form of the political and tactical over world game, but then they celebrated that achievement by getting drunk off their asses and kicked out some of the worst RTS gameplay I have ever played.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frictional Games teasing next game; Soma? on: October 11, 2013, 03:12:12 PM
Looks pretty good.  Now I'm just disappointed it's so far off.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: October 09, 2013, 03:57:41 PM
3D Land was a lot of fun on the 3DS and Iím definitely looking forward to this one.  That said, Nintendo needs to work on their naming structure because these names are not doing them any favors.  Most people I know think this is just a port of the 3DS game, which is par for the course since people also think the WiiU in an accessory for the Wii and that the 3DS is just a normal DS that can do 3D.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: October 08, 2013, 03:48:40 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 08, 2013, 05:27:27 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 07, 2013, 03:27:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2013, 06:00:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 06, 2013, 06:34:11 PM

I figure when I see this for 99 cents I'll grab it just to check out the atmosphere, and probably the speed hack to make the speed at least the same as HL2.

You don't need the speed hack and if you do it's really not a game you should be bothering with, even for 99 cents.
I would disagree and say the environments are worth seeing for a $1, playing the way the developers intended, however, is not.  Speed hack away!   icon_razz
Why would you waste your time with the rest of the game to see some of the environments rather than watch high-res videos or look at screenshots? The caves last maybe 10 minutes, tops. I don't know, I guess I'm coming from the perspective of every gaming hour being precious, the few that I have left these days.
I guess because itís a bit like sightseeing?  You could watch a video of almost any vacation spot on earth but wouldn't you rather explore it yourself instead of watching a video?  Plus youíre not really going to know if you like the game or not unless you try it for yourself.  I loathe the game but that doesnít mean everyone will; a dollar isnít much to find out.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: October 07, 2013, 03:27:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2013, 06:00:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 06, 2013, 06:34:11 PM

I figure when I see this for 99 cents I'll grab it just to check out the atmosphere, and probably the speed hack to make the speed at least the same as HL2.

You don't need the speed hack and if you do it's really not a game you should be bothering with, even for 99 cents.
I would disagree and say the environments are worth seeing for a $1, playing the way the developers intended, however, is not.  Speed hack away!   icon_razz
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Kickstarter] The Mandate (FTL+ XCOM) on: October 05, 2013, 06:30:52 PM
Glory to Soviet Space Union, Comrade!

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate

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As the captain of a ship, youíll lead your men through battles, boarding operations, and space exploration through a hierarchy of officers, selected and honed by you.

Youíll explore your vessel isometrically, discovering the inner workings and day to day life of the officers and crew who serve under you. Invite dignitaries to your chamber, or defend your vessel from attack on foot (in the style of Jagged Alliance, X Com.)

As you lead your men to victory, yourself and officers who survive will have access to upgrades and talents, affecting gameplay and offering new tactical opportunities. Make the wrong decision, and expect to lose your officer for good with our rogue-like chain of command.

This looks like too much fun.  Ship to ship combat +RPG elements + Squad based tactical combat set in a future where Russia dominated to the space race to settle the galaxy.
141  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 03, 2013, 04:27:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 05:18:42 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 03, 2013, 04:18:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 01:41:56 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.

Make "a few drops" a shot and maybe we can talk.
Alcohol content in vanilla extract is a minimum 35% alcohol.  Most beer is apparently less than 10%.   icon_razz


Your typical beer is only 5-7% ABV, but your typical beer drinker makes up for it in volume. The easy equivalence to remember is 1 oz booze = 12 oz beer = 4 oz wine. That's a lot of drops however you slice it.

But hey, if a few drops of vanilla puts you in the zone, more power to you.
Iíve actually only finished one beer in my entire life so *shrug*.  The idea of becoming intoxicated doesnít appeal to me at all.
142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 03, 2013, 04:18:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 01:41:56 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.

Make "a few drops" a shot and maybe we can talk.
Alcohol content in vanilla extract is a minimum 35% alcohol.  Most beer is apparently less than 10%.   icon_razz
143  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Eldritch on: October 02, 2013, 07:44:24 PM
Giant Bomb featured this in their games worth playing video.  Seeing it in motion gave a much better impression than just still screenshots.  I am terribly sick of pixel graphics though.  If you canít do realistic graphics why not try doing something more interesting like cell shading?
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero [Kickstarter] on: October 02, 2013, 05:47:10 PM
One sad, lonely bump since they are in the last 48 hours.  Fully funded and working on stretch goals now.

Some interesting news is that they have partnerships with both the teams behind Hyper Light Drifter and Mighty No. 9.





146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM
Milk!
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 01, 2013, 04:08:04 PM
Some general Wii U news from todays direct.
  • Pikmin 3 has new content for download, both free and paid.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been delayed until February
  • Sonic is the newest Super Smash Bros. character

New Super Mario 3D World for Wii U trailer
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 01, 2013, 03:03:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2013, 05:23:50 AM

from the 'wait, what?' department:

I was just updating to the latest firmware, when I noticed an odd recess on the back of the gamepad.  this thing has a stylus?  how the hell did I miss that during the almost year long period I've owned this console?  icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
How is that possible?  Most touch based games on the system are practically unplayable without the stylus!  saywhat
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lichdom on: September 27, 2013, 08:57:07 PM
Glad I'm not the only one who had to look that up.  icon_lol

I tend to turn most filtery visual effects off. Bloom, motion blur and any form of depth distortion gets switched off as soon as I see it in an option menu.   Give me crisp textures, good AA and I'm happy.
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lichdom on: September 27, 2013, 02:49:09 PM
Looks good.  I greatly enjoyed Dark Messiah and Arx Fatalis, if this is like either of those then I will be very happy.
151  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake Topic]Stephen King's Carrie on: September 26, 2013, 03:11:13 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 25, 2013, 08:40:46 PM

Weird thing I've noticed is that in the prom "blood drop scene," it seems more dark brown rather than the shocking bright red in DePalma's '76 film.
That is not entirely inaccurate to the real world.  As someone who has suffered with nightly nosebleeds since a kid I can attest that blood that has been exposed to the air for a while starts to take on more of a brownish/really dark (almost black)red color. 
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legacy of Kain Reboot? on: September 26, 2013, 04:29:37 AM
Anyone else annoyed by the fact that having a winged vampire invalidates Razielís uniqueness at having wings, and thus ruins the original plot device for the Soul Reaver games?
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 07:18:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 25, 2013, 03:42:17 PM

are you getting Arkham Origins that cheap via credit?  I've been looking for a cheap pre-order on this one. 
GMG offers 20% off on most preorders and new releases with a coupon code.  The code changes every month.  Right now I believe this one works. GMG20-8MUTY-M21VN
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 07:13:25 PM
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You are now one out of 34,719 eligible beta candidates.
Good Luck!
Woo.
155  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: September 25, 2013, 03:51:14 PM
This is on-sale today on Amazon for $50.  I ordered one.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 04:55:09 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 10:59:34 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 24, 2013, 02:50:48 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 01:35:40 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM

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In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.

Or I could just play the game on my gaming rig.


What's the point of this thing? Because I don't see it.

*shrug* I prefer playing on the couch on a big TV for a number of reasons.  Having access to my entire Steam library in the living room sounds great.


Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo.

Most STEAM games were made for the PC and a mouse/keyboard and I'd bet many of the ones that do support a controller came out on console too.

This is a "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist except in Gabe Newell's mind.
All of those games that also came out on console still look, and in many cases, play better on a PC.  They also have better support for mods. Personally I would still rather play in front of a PC but I can see the appeal.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 24, 2013, 12:09:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 23, 2013, 09:15:35 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 22, 2013, 08:19:07 PM

Donít forget about the digital shop money back program.  I may end up taking a chance on this just because I have $10 in credit from that.  I have purchased most of my games for the WiiU on the eShop just so I donít have to worry about switching disks.

I had forgotten about that, but really I'm not compelled to buy digital games on this console since it only has 32GB of storage on board.  I feel like I'd be constantly trying to clear space like back in the original 360 days and I'd rather not go back to that.
My WiiU has a two terabyte hard drive.  I donít know what the problem is with yoursÖ  icon_biggrin
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Castle Story on: September 23, 2013, 10:35:39 PM
Ok, I tested the new patch.  They have indeed made some good progress, unfortunately, the current build feels like where it should have been about 6 months ago.  Interface is at-least usable now but still clunky.  The AI gets stumped by simple pathing problems and favors climbing over short walls instead of using doors.  Sometimes miners will just stop working for no reason.
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Castle Story on: September 23, 2013, 05:53:35 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2013, 05:23:58 PM

I'd forgotten all about this game.  looks to be almost feature complete at this point. 
http://www.sauropodstudio.com/steam-early-access-disclaimer/
I saw that there was a patch this morning but unless it was huge I'm going to refute that claim.  The previous version barely worked.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 22, 2013, 08:19:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2013, 07:58:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 22, 2013, 03:48:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2013, 03:30:42 AM

Where is this game out that you guys are playing it now? 

the Nintendo eShop.

Aah, I had forgotten that they did the early release for the download version.  I'll still wait on the disc one since I have other things to play now.  smile
Donít forget about the digital shop money back program.  I may end up taking a chance on this just because I have $10 in credit from that.  I have purchased most of my games for the WiiU on the eShop just so I donít have to worry about switching disks.
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