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1281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: March 28, 2012, 02:38:36 AM
An interesting update this week.  They just started a global multiplayer event.  Looks like everyone got three new free missions and everyone in the world is working together to achieve a goal.  As people complete the missions they earn points to a global pool and if enough points are raised everyone is rewarded with career points which you can reinvest into your faction for better upgrades and promotions. 

Seems like a very cool way to incorporate multiplayer interaction into a single player game to add to the feel of being a faction architect.

Big image of the event.
Spoiler for Hiden:
1282  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Mickey Mouse + Paintbrush +3DS = Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on: March 28, 2012, 02:21:31 AM
Castle of Illusion was a lot of fun.  I think that may have been the very first game I ever finished.  I also enjoyed Monster Tale so here's hoping!
1283  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Kid Icarus: Uprising: Who's In? (3DS) on: March 27, 2012, 11:22:24 PM
Lengthy impressions cross posted with OO
Spoiler for Hiden:
I picked this one up because it was on sale for $30 on release day and Iím glad I did because aside from one serious flaw (Iíll get to that) this could be a system seller.  For those unfamiliar with the title it has almost nothing in common with its side scroller past. 

The game is broken up into chapters with each chapter being composed of both a flight mission and a land mission.  The flying sections of the game are pure rail shooters; enemies fly at you and you shoot them while dodging projectiles.  These levels are really a joy to behold being fast, fun and quite pretty.  The land based sections feel like range focused Zelda.  You do have a melee attack but most enemies are easier dealt with from far away.  Oddly enough, despite the protagonist having wings there doesnít appear to be any way to jump.

The gameplay is energetic and fun and the story is delightfully cheesy and completely self-aware.  An interesting design decision that I love is the fact that the game features fully recorded audio and the characters NEVER stop talking.  The protagonist carries out conversations with his patron god or AI sidekicks you pick up as you travel and either fill in backstory or comment on things you encounter.
The game also features TONS of collectible items and equipment.  After the 2nd level you pick up about 5 different types of weapons and it looks like down the line you can upgrade them directly or even combine multiple weapons into super weapons. 

Graphically the game is also excellent and looks on par with the best looking games on the Wii or even a little better.  In the flying sections the 3D is also quite good but it will likely to make you sick in the land based sections.
All this sounds good right?  WellÖone problem.  The controls, oh god the controls!   First off some personal bias.  I hate the stylus and any sort of motion/touch controls in general.  Unless the game uses touch controls exclusively, such as Professor Layton, I donít want them included at all!  The default control scheme for Kid Icarus fails here by requiring that you hold the 3DS with your left hand, use your left thumb for the joystick with your pointer for the trigger button while targeting enemies with the stylus in your right hand.  ARGHJSAKJHDSFJKSDFJK.

Now to the games credit that is just one of many control schemes that are available to you.  Most of the controls can be remapped and after fiddling with things a bit I found a solution that while not ideal is quite functional and makes it so I donít have to use the stylus at all.  Basically I changed it so that the buttons on the right control the camera like a second joystick and it works pretty well.

So my final thoughts:
If they ever end up bundling the game with the Circle Pad Pro or add a second joystick with a remodeled 3DS this is a must own.  Otherwise I would say your enjoyment will depend entirely on if you can look past the awkward controls.
1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 27, 2012, 08:39:46 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 27, 2012, 02:00:08 PM

I could live with ghost boy and the stupid 3 choices ending, if they actually showed me that all the work I did building alliances, scanning all the planets and getting all of the resources for that final fight mattered.
This is where I stand as well.  Many of my favorite game endings donít have spectacular visual endings but they reinforce the game by showing that your actions mattered.  Endings like in Fallout1/2/Vegas and Dragon Age all do this wonderfully and encourage additional play throughs.  The Mass Effect 3 felt more like the ending belonged in a straight up action game.
1285  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Indie Royale Ninja 'Lightning' Pack on: March 25, 2012, 05:55:46 AM
I picked this up.  The games all seem like fun and have some interesting ideas but they are clunky and lack polish.  Cloning Clyde defaults to a really low resolution and you actually need to edit an .ini file to change it. 
Still, if you don’t mind some rough edges they are probably worth the money.
1286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 23, 2012, 03:31:50 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on March 23, 2012, 01:06:40 PM

You don't like hard games but you invested money in what is considered one of the hardest games in the world and then proceed to shit on it when you can't play it because of the difficulty? The fuck?

"I don't like hard games."


Wow! People are bitter and aggressive here!  I had actually abandoned the thread but now I feel under direct attack!

Firstly, I never said the game was bad.  I said I didnít like it and it wasnít for me.  My response was to the fact that someone claimed the game could only be enjoyed with one mindset, which I donít believe.  People mod features into games all the time.  Think of all the mods that completely alter games like Skyrim and Oblivion.  Or, think back to Farcry1, it shipped with no quick save feature and it was the first thing people moded into the game.  Sometime after that the developers patched quick save into the game proper.  Is it only cheating if you used quick save before the patch?

On the subject of cheating; how do you cheat at a single player game?  Who are you cheating exactly?  Games are meant to be fun.  If something allows you to enjoy the game more than shouldnít you use it?  Iím not saying that Ďcheatingí will improve the game for everyone.  What I am saying is people enjoy different things in games.

Why do I play hard games? I like to see what all the fuss is about.  If there is a way for me to enjoy them I do what I can to have fun with them.  If not, I move on to something more entertaining.  Simple Really.  nod
1287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 22, 2012, 03:57:48 PM
Itís just a difference in opinion on whatís fun.  Like when I played Amnesia I discovered early on that there was something you could do to remove the monster from the levels entirely except for some scripted events.  So on starting every new area I would remove him from play and then explore at my leisure.  Playing like this Amnesia was in my top 10 games last year; playing normally I never would have finished it.
1288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 21, 2012, 10:55:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2012, 10:00:53 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 21, 2012, 09:22:58 PM

Now if someone were to mod in quick save support I might actually play it!

What's the point? You'd be left with a mediocre and short RPG with no personality. The way the game mechanics work right now is exactly what Dark Souls is about. If you can't accept that, then I guarantee you that you'll never like the game, even with quicksave added.

Thatís not very flattering for the title then is it?  ďOur game is short and has no personality but you should play it to prove youíre hardcore!Ē

I played Demon Souls for a while and thought it has some cool ideas and moments but it didnít take me long to realize it wasn't for me because of the difficulty.  I donít like hard games.  I play pretty much every game I own on the easiest setting because I want to relax and explore the world or enjoy the story.   I just want to be entertained.   Not everyone enjoys games the same way.
1289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 21, 2012, 09:22:58 PM
Now if someone were to mod in quick save support I might actually play it!
1290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 20, 2012, 09:08:40 PM
Can we just have someone mod these endings in?

Tali Romance Ending
Liara Romance Ending
You failed and Reapers win ending

Basically a good example of the bittersweet ending Bioware claims the game has as opposed to just a bitter one.
1291  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Unstoppable Gorg + LA Noire - Orcs Must Die - Anno 2070 on: March 18, 2012, 05:32:12 AM

Quote from: Chaz on March 16, 2012, 01:19:59 AM

Want Anno, but with that DRM in place, I can't make myself spend more than $20 on it.

I read on the forums that they made a change to the DRM recently.  Even if you use up your 3 activations one gets reset automatically every 90 days. 

And for what itís worth Iím enjoying the game quite a bit.  The tutorial is a bit dense and the voice acting could be better but otherwise I donít have much to complain about.
1292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Chernobyl Diaries on: March 18, 2012, 04:24:42 AM
Iíve seen too many documentaries about people going to the real modern day Chernobyl.  While you could definitely make an awesome movie on the same subject that just looks silly.  In fact, the paranormal stuff they find is probably just as fake but if you have Netflix instant watch look for the episode of Destination Truth in which they go to Chernobyl.  At the very least they actually go to the site and the atmosphere is probably creepier than anything in the movie.
1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: March 16, 2012, 11:21:16 PM
I only have about an hourís playtime but I have to say the presentation of the game is awesome. I love games that put you in control as opposed to watching the person in control and this game has that in spades. The last game that really gave me this feeling was Alpha Centauri. 

Gameplay seems complex enough that I donít really know what Iím doing but not in a bad way.  The tutorial is rather vague at times, not to mention that the game throws you into the command seat and doesnít give you a tutorial until you start the first mission.  Graphics are gorgeous but the voice acting is not very good which is made worse by repetitive quotes.  Still, Iím very intrigued by the game.

On the negative side of things it took me three tries to get the game to even start.  The Ubisoft launcher failed to patch and was continuously crashing. 
1294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSN) Journey, from the makers of Flower on: March 16, 2012, 12:05:01 AM
Just completed (the) Journey.  While I feel that $15 for under 3 hours is a bit pricey I don't regret buying it at all.  Not really much can be said about it other than it's more of an experience than a game.  I was actually sad when my first "friend" got separated from me and I never saw him again. 
1295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: March 11, 2012, 03:44:58 AM
Actually, Iíve never played Diablo with random internet people, only with friends in closed games.  It never occurred to me that people would want to fight with other people.  Being a loot based game, skill wouldnít enter into the fight; whoever had played the most wins.
1296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: March 10, 2012, 09:02:54 PM
There was PvP in previous Diablo games?
1297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2012, 03:49:53 PM

Quote from: cheeba on March 09, 2012, 01:53:22 PM

The ending... bad. Really bad. The game was so awesome and they fucked up the ending. Will never understand why people can't end things well.

The ending actually makes me angry.  So much so that it sours the whole series for me.
1298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sim City V!!!! on: March 08, 2012, 12:42:50 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 08:43:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 07, 2012, 08:26:23 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 06:53:46 PM

Probably an Origin exclusive. Better get your torches and pitchforks ready!  Torches and Happiness!

and every other building will probably need to be bought as DLC.  those nuclear reactors you saw in the trailer?  $3.50.
EA will charge you a penny per SimCity person. Overpopulation could be expensive!  smirk

May not be that far off.
1299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Kingdoms on: March 01, 2012, 03:50:46 PM
I tried this out with a friend the day it became available.  I love the idea but we both agreed that it failed in execution.  You have to fight the menu the entire time, parts of the tutorial are unclear and itís just not very fun to play. 
1300  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 29, 2012, 06:11:00 PM
That gif. makes me want to avoid nature even more.
1301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Joss Whedon to direct 'The Avengers' on: February 29, 2012, 06:05:55 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 28, 2012, 06:12:27 PM

Looks like each of those characters were simply Photoshopped out of a frame of their original films and slapped on that poster.
The more you look at that picture the worse it gets.  Johansson is about 3 feet tall and Captain America is at least 30 feet.  All of the heads look photoshoped onto the bodies except for Jackson but he is the only one without a light source on the left side of his face.  
1302  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Be Mine Indie Bundle on: February 21, 2012, 07:16:16 PM
I picked this up a couple days ago. 

The Ball is a pretty good Portal-lite type game.  It falls short of being a classic but itís still worth a look.

Sideways New York is a very cool concept but I warn you, itís pretty much unplayable without a gamepad.  I also found the soundtrack awful but your personal taste might differ.   
1303  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My friend's 4-hour stop-motion animation Lego film on: February 21, 2012, 07:12:25 PM
The animation quality is actually pretty great but the video quality and audio mixing could use some work.  Also, I made an hour long live action video for my college portfolio and people thought I was crazy.  4 hours?   icon_eek
1304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 21, 2012, 07:02:15 PM
I think it depends how you try to play the game.  I came to the conclusion pretty early on that the developers never intended for you to play even half of the side quests in an area.  Instead you should pick up a couple and complete them on the way to the primary quest line.  Given how much better written and content intensive the main quests are I don’t think you would want to do anything else anyways. 

The same could be said for the crafting skills.  If you do every quest in an area and salvage every item you find you will probably break the game but you’re also forcing your character to level up faster than they would with just the normal progression of the game.  Also, don’t over explore.  Creatures in a new area are set roughly to your level when you enter it the first time.  I’m not a fan of this convention but it’s better to know about it in advance.
1305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 18, 2012, 08:21:24 PM
Just finished the House of Ballads and I’m curious about alternate endings.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose to rule alongside the Maid of Windermere despite her being the villain. Of the characters she seemed the most sympathetic; basically forced by fate to play the villain and always destined to lose. She chose to rise above the nature of her people and change her fate, which is admirable in my opinion.

Anyways, I think the Maid and I are married and co-ruling tyrants now. I also received the Iconoclast Twist of Fate card. I’m hoping the cards you receive are different based on your choices…
1306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Great shows that lasted only one season on: February 16, 2012, 04:15:18 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on February 15, 2012, 09:00:11 PM

Better Off Ted comes to mind, although it made into at least part way into a second season.  Regardless, I'm including it anyway.
Not sure if you're aware but you can watch the complete second season on Netflix instant watch.  It was never aired or even released on DVD.
1307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the top 50 best endings in games(get ready to call BS) on: February 16, 2012, 04:06:41 PM
I donít mind that there are so many modern games but there are some really bizarre choices there.  Multiple Super Mario games? Force Unleashed II over the original?  Fallout 3 over New Vegas?  An Elderscrolls game?  The ending in those are so unsatisfying they always let you keep playing.   icon_razz
1308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: February 15, 2012, 12:18:03 AM
My impressionsÖ

Environments and character models look great but animations are weird.  Itís possible Iím not remembering ME2 properly but lip synching seems worse. Also, Femshep runs funny, kinda like she just got off a horse.
Story elements seem very strong and well done again.
Nice branching level up system.
Was nice to see Wrex in action again.

Origin breaks my internet and prevents any other devices from working while itís runningÖ
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 11, 2012, 01:16:36 AM
I don't think the "not having to drink a potion" thing is really fair since they changed the dynamic of the game to include health orbs so that you wouldn't have to drink potions.  It makes me wonder if the difficulty is just a matter of perception.  If they removed health Orbs but but made twice as many potions drop would people say it was harder or the same?
1310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 06, 2012, 11:17:36 PM
You didnít.  Or maybe you did; I guess that depends if EA or Valve takes a bigger piece of the revenue.  But they took a chance by releasing it on Steam and if no one buys it there they might not release their next game on the platform.  Either way Origin becomes more powerful and while I canít say for certain I highly doubt EA will continue to discount their games if they find people flocking to their service. 

1311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 06, 2012, 10:23:32 PM
Personally I thought it was worth an extra $9 to not have to use Origin.  The Steam version is the only one that doesnít register with Origin.  I also wanted to show support for the developer who chose to self-publish on Steam against EAís wishes.
1312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: January 29, 2012, 07:59:03 PM
Really really like the demo.  Itís like Gothic/Risen and Fable had a beautiful and polished baby.  I went from knowing nothing about it to considering a preorder.

Also, Iím still bitter that Mass Effect 3 wonít be on Steam so this made me smile.  "All PC versions of Reckoning, except for the Steam version, require a one-time authentication through Origin and the Origin client. If you purchase Reckoning through Steam, you only need to authenticate the game through Steam."
1313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: January 29, 2012, 07:56:49 PM
I played the PC demo.  Itís like Gothic/Risen and Fable had a beautiful and polished baby.  I went from knowing nothing about it to considering a preorder.

Also, Iím still bitter that Mass Effect 3 wonít be on Steam so this made me smile.  "All PC versions of Reckoning, except for the Steam version, require a one-time authentication through Origin and the Origin client. If you purchase Reckoning through Steam, you only need to authenticate the game through Steam."
1314  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Alien Hallway on: January 23, 2012, 09:33:27 PM
Alien Hallway has one of the worst trailers I've ever seen for a game.  From what I could tell you stand perfectly still while holding down the fire button and very SLOWLY kill enemies who walk into your bullets.

-edit- Oooo apparently it's supposed to be quasi tower-defense-ish.  I thought it was an action game... That may be an even bigger failing of the trailer.
1315  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Glee Season 3 on: January 20, 2012, 12:30:54 AM
I was surprised to enjoy the first season but completely hated the second with the exception maybe 3 episodes.  Is season 3 more like the first or second season?
1316  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter project] From the makers of the Trebuchette on: January 19, 2012, 09:57:50 PM
Those are actually pretty cool.  I would donate if the Starter Pack was $30. 
1317  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: January 19, 2012, 09:53:04 PM
The Flaminí Spicy Chicken strips from KFC. 

And a similar but less good item, the Chicken Kickers from Dominos.  The things they replaced them with are AWFUL.
1318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pushmo on: January 17, 2012, 10:47:26 PM
Just picked this up today after seeing all the positive reviews on Metacritic.  Pushmo takes a very simple concept (push + pull blocks to solve puzzles) and turns it into a very fun and addictive game. Along with basic platforming and pushing and pulling skills you also have the ability to reset the whole puzzle or rewind time if you screw but don’t need to start over.  The simple mechanics hide really complex solutions once you get past the tutorial levels.  I’m now to level 2 puzzles and it’s taking multiple tries to find a solution.

It's probably difficult to understand what type of game it is from just my impressions.  Check out the trailer.

Worth a look at $7.

Anyone else pick it up?
1319  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: January 15, 2012, 05:43:30 PM
That makes me think of this...

Spoiler for Hiden:
1320  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo Reach Collectorís Edition DLC on: January 11, 2012, 05:55:56 AM
Recently was given the Halo Reach Collectorís edition which comes with two sets of specialty DLC. I have no intention of playing the game online so it would be wasted on me. Iíve seen them go for ridiculous amounts of money on Ebay but I donít want to bother with that.

If you will legitimately use them make an offer and they are probably yours.

For clarification the items are:
Recon Helmet
Flaming Helmet
Elite Armor
Falcon Avatar
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