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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What Collector's Edition purchase do you regret most? on: December 31, 2013, 03:44:49 PM
The Diablo III collectorís edition is probably the closest I have to regret, but even then I donít feel like I wasted my money.  Generally, I only buy them once they have been heavily discounted.  I picked up the Skyrim CE for $70 about a month after the game came out, so for an extra $20 I got a pretty cool dragon statue. 
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So....these snow globes and cards and stuff. [Steam] on: December 30, 2013, 01:40:09 AM
If you want real money you build the badges and then wait for booster packs! Those things sell for $2-3 dollars each!
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on: December 29, 2013, 07:11:09 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 29, 2013, 06:29:00 PM

The game is only three hours long so I urge you guys to go back and finish. It started off really slow for me, but the last 2/3 of the game was much, much more interesting. Stick with it, there's more to the game than you think.
I actually finished the game in two settings.  I know what part you are referring to but having me control the character actually took me further out of the game.  Because I already didn’t care about the characters I ended up screwing around during those scenes which broke the immersion more than if I had simply watched the events.

Ultimately, I think the choice of making the game third person, and then choosing to have no dialogue broke the game for me.  In order for me to care about the characters I either need to like their personalities or become the character.  Maybe if the game had been first person I could have felt more like it was me carrying out the actions which would have had a greater emotional impact.  That or simply have really developed personalities so that I care about the troubles they face.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons on: December 29, 2013, 04:11:56 PM
This has gotten near universal acclaim as one of the best games of the year, but honestly, it did nothing for me.  I never became emotionally connected to the brothers because of the limited character development.  It felt like a game that relies solely on you tying your real world relationships to the characters in the game.  Because I never had a strong connection my real life brother or father the game had to get by on its simple, vague story and fairly tedious mechanics.

But since most other people love it I guess itís still worth a look to find out if you are the type of the person who will be wowed by what itís trying to do.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men:Days Of Future Past on: December 23, 2013, 04:55:47 PM

Quote from: Purge on December 23, 2013, 04:28:25 AM

Apparently it was a rescue scene. I loved the top comment on the news article:

"I don't know what character she was playing in the first three films, but it sure as hell wasn't Rogue."

I didn't mind her, but she was never Rogue-like.
Eh?  They covered the early part of her life pretty well in the first movie.  In the comics she didn't get super strength or the ability to fly until Mystique tricked her into sucking them out of Ms. Marvel.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda Dynasty Warriors on: December 18, 2013, 04:28:10 PM
Direct link to the trailer.

Actually looks pretty fun to me!  I never tried the Dynasty Warriors games because I didn't care for the aesthetic but the more cartoony look of Zelda really works for me with the game play.
167  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Nintendo eShop 2 Games for $2 each every 2 days. on: December 17, 2013, 04:22:05 PM
Wow, way to go Nintendo!  Thanks for the heads up.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 15, 2013, 04:11:37 PM
That is even more disturbing when you realize the thing they are trying to get out of is the porous back of their mother
169  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem: Awakening coming Feb. 4 2013 to North America - Finally on: December 15, 2013, 04:07:22 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 15, 2013, 03:50:33 PM

Just got this a week or so ago. I know a lot of people absolutely love it, but for some reason it's just not grabbing me that much. The tactics seem way more cut & dry compared I my memories of the early Fire Emblems--but I'm admittedly still very early in the game, just a wee but past the east/west khan tournament.

Do I just need to give it more time? Right now it's really just making crave a new Advance Wars game.
If you havenít been hooked by that point Iím going to guess you are probably not going to be.  Personally, I found the characters interactions with each other to be the most rewarding part of the game and kept going back to it to see what would happen next.  The fun fighting and level progression systems were just an added bonus.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: December 13, 2013, 07:50:43 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 13, 2013, 06:07:17 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on December 13, 2013, 06:00:00 PM

Would play.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2013 GOTY/G.O.A.T on: December 13, 2013, 06:27:29 PM
My top 5:
1. Fire Emblem: Awakening (3DS)
2. The Last of Us (PS3)
3. Rayman Legends (WiiU)
4. Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS)
5. The Swapper (PC)

As predominately a PC gamer I have to sayÖthis wasn't a great year for PC games.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish could be remade.. or would have been better. on: December 12, 2013, 07:22:44 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 12, 2013, 06:47:48 PM


Other games I wish could make a comeback: 'Dungeon Keeper'. Man, I really would love to see a current gen version of that game.
Wish granted.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grab Fallout 1, 2 & Tactics Free for the next 48 hrs on: December 12, 2013, 03:17:39 PM
Tactics (especially turn-based mode) was a lot of multiplayer fun for a very specific set of rules.  If you could get a bunch of people to play with a low point cap and a mandatory squad it was a blast.  Unfortunately, most pub games devolved into everyone decking a single character out in power armor and a plasma rifle.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: FortressCraft Evolved - Early Access [PC/Steam] on: December 11, 2013, 05:32:20 AM
So is this just EXTREME Minecraft Creative Mode?  It looks neat but part of the appeal for MC for me is that you have to work for the materials you use.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: December 07, 2013, 07:00:28 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 05, 2013, 09:08:30 PM

So is this one far enough along now to make it worthwhile?  Or does it still feel sort of hollow?
Itís fully playable with solid gameplay but it doesnít grab me yet.  Seems fairly devoid of personality.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Starbound on: December 06, 2013, 05:47:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 06, 2013, 05:29:51 PM

AA just does this gag from time to time, nonspecific to Brad-reviewed games.

Seems pretty specific to me...

177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Knack outsold Mario on: December 03, 2013, 05:34:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 03, 2013, 02:53:59 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 03, 2013, 02:40:38 AM

We go on forums, so we could be considered the discussion level informed. Eventually the right info gets to us and we also probably read a few news sites like GT. But our natural filters can easily filter out all news about something.

There are others who's only discussion might be a comment or two on facebook about gaming, but they still play just as many games, if not more, than we do. That's the type that where it's so surprising to us informed for them to have missed it.

From what I know, the Wii U hits the trifecta of "gaming things I don't give a shit about":

1.  Nintendo first party titles (i.e. Mario, Zelda, etc.)
2.  An emphasis on "social gaming" (I know exactly zero people IRL that play games)
3.  An emphasis on motion controllers and/or touchpad gaming. (I'm fine gaming on my iPad, but the idea of using a touchpad to control something on my TV is entirely lost on me)

Hence why I just ignored it entirely.
The first two points Iíll agree with but thatís mostly because Nintendo screwed up their launch and has failed to attract any third parties that arenít making ports from other systems.

Your third point though Iím going to disagree with as being an over simplification.  The best games on the system use the touch mechanics sparingly to provide either unique experiences or to add additional convenience to the game.  A very simple example is that instead of hiding additional options in menus you can just throw a ďbuttonĒ or your player inventory on the touch screen.  Basically the same reason why complex games work better on PC than most consoles.

Iíll also say that Pikmin 3 has a brilliant control scheme that almost perfectly uses ďmotionĒ controls.  The Wii Remote works great as a mouse analogue to give you precise RTS controls which is impossible with just a game pad.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2+ Local Play Games Thread on: December 02, 2013, 02:54:37 AM
I know you have it for PC but the version of Trine 2 on the WiiU is really good for local co-op.  Three player only, of course.
179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: December 01, 2013, 06:58:19 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on December 01, 2013, 02:08:40 PM

I do believe my Zombie Apocalypse Team is awesome!!

Daryl Dixon,Darth Vader and Angelina Jolie  dude

River Tam and Gandalf will hold the line and if things start to go bad we will feed Kim Kardashian to the zombies so we can escape.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gaming Trend Giveaways!!!! on: November 30, 2013, 06:31:56 PM
So are you purposely choosing prizes for machines I donít have or donít want to use?  icon_razz

Nice contest though!
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Puppeteer on: November 30, 2013, 06:26:12 PM
I guess Iím the odd one out on this.  I generally love platformers and despite really wanting to like this one, I canít seem to get into it.  The aesthetic is nice but I find the actual gameplay to be severely lacking.  Movement in general feels unresponsive with no sense of momentum and the scissor/QuickTime event mechanic makes my hands hurt in any area that uses them extensively.  Also, while I like the narrator I find most of the other voice actors to be obnoxious.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thanksgiving Weekend Playlist - What are you playing? on: November 28, 2013, 05:34:17 PM
Mostly Super Mario 3D World and there will probably be at-least one game I pick up from the Steam sale.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So I took A Picture of the Top of My Head on: November 26, 2013, 05:32:28 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 26, 2013, 02:01:50 AM

All the I'm going bald stress goes away pretty quickly, it's super easy to maintain, and you never have to go to a barber again or need shampoo.
+1.  Baldness starts early in my family and Iíve been shaving my head since my 2nd year of college.  Once you start you wonder why you put it off for so long.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on: November 25, 2013, 11:47:11 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 25, 2013, 09:37:27 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on November 25, 2013, 05:13:59 AM

Iím really holding off to see if they rewrite a better ending to the series for the movies than the books.  I greatly enjoyed book 1 & 2 but book 3 was not only bad, but it ended in such a way that it took away from the first two.

I'm not sure exactly what you mean by it being "bad" or taking away from the first two, although I do agree the third book is certainly a major departure in tone and content. 
Big spoilers from the final book.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Three big points ruined the book for me:
1.   Katniss was turned from a strong independent character to a whiney, mopey brat. 
2.   Having the sister killed off invalidated the purpose of the original book. 
3.   Forcing the capitalís children to fight in one final hunger games is something that none of the characters would have voted for, and yet they all did, which ultimately reduces the heroes of the story to the same sort of low lifeís that they were rebelling against.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Thor:The Dark World on: November 25, 2013, 03:59:45 PM
I thought it was enjoyable enough while watching it but largely forgettable.  Itís definitely one of the weakest Marvel movies but still worth a look for the amusing banter between the characters.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire on: November 25, 2013, 05:13:59 AM
Iím really holding off to see if they rewrite a better ending to the series for the movies than the books.  I greatly enjoyed book 1 & 2 but book 3 was not only bad, but it ended in such a way that it took away from the first two.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 24, 2013, 04:35:44 AM
I made it to the first Ghost House level and just happened to get Luigi as my character.  I really want a Luigis mansion game on the WiiU now.   nod

Iím happy to see more levels in the later worlds.  World 1 & 2 only had about 5 levels each but World 3 appears to have 12.  I hope that trend continues. 
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 23, 2013, 12:14:33 AM
I downloaded my copy earlier today.  Having a great time with it.  I completed all the levels in the first world and they all seemed to be really unique tried some new things that Iíve never seen in a Mario game before.  I was actually a little surprised when a Goomba was smart enough to chase me through a pipe.  Iím also a little surprised that the general difficulty seemed higher than the last few Mario titles.  Iím not talking Meatboy here but for a first world, it was challenging enough to keep me on your toes and ensure that you donít collect everything in your first run through.

Graphically, this is about as good looking as you could want from a Mario title; everything is bright, vibrant and nicely modeled. 

The four characters also play differently enough to be fun to experiment with.  The game has an option to just randomize which character you take and I have been using it every time.

The only thing I would list as a complaint so far is that the change to momentum is strange.  You start off with a slow walk, go slightly faster if you hold the run button, and then finally gain a huge boost of speed after a couple seconds.  Itís jarring and feels unnatural that you donít have complete control over your momentum.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half-Life: almost old enough to drive. on: November 21, 2013, 06:28:30 AM

Quote from: Sparhawk on November 20, 2013, 08:16:15 PM

Whoever is closest to picking the Half-Life 3 announcement date wins one steam game, from me, to you. ($60.00 limit)

Two months prior to the release of the first official Steam-box.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PC Games - Graphical Showcases on: November 19, 2013, 06:48:33 PM
Metro Last Light and Crysis 3 are probably the two best looking games around.  I have a very high end PC and Crysis 3 still doesnít run great at maximum settings.

Also, I love Dishonored but it is a rather ugly looking game.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The "No Next-Gen Console" Support Group on: November 19, 2013, 03:50:16 PM
Do we really need a support group?  I feel like weíre in better shape than the people who are buying the new consoles.  icon_razz

So far all the reviews on the system exclusives have been pretty mediocre.  As it stands right now it will probably be at least 6 months before the first *must have* games come out for the systems.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the worst game you've ever played? on: November 18, 2013, 10:49:54 PM
I generally avoid games that are getting a lot of negativity so I havenít played many games that are outright bad.

In recent memory, the worst is probably Duke Nukem Forever.  I finished the game so that answers your second question, although, in my defense, I completed the game in only 4 hours so not that big of deal.

Going back a ways further I would go with Streets of Sim City, a game that barely worked and when it did, wasnít any fun.

Now if the question was which game did I hate playing most that award would go to Demonís Souls; a game that while technically well made, did the opposite of everything I could possibly want in a game.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 18, 2013, 04:48:48 PM
Super Mario 3D World

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds

Adventure Time: Explore the Dungeon Because I DON'T Know (If the reviews look good)
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rumored Fallout Teaser on: November 17, 2013, 07:40:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 17, 2013, 07:22:07 PM

they'd better still have bloody mess too.
They need to go back to the F1&2 style of that perk where each weapon results in a different...bloody mess.  The way the perk was in the new games was just boring.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Noah - 2014 on: November 15, 2013, 05:39:21 AM
Itís like they realized they couldnít make both the religious and non-religious happy so they decided to piss them both off equallyÖ
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360: the must-play games. on: November 14, 2013, 05:19:26 PM
Oh, another vote for Alan Wake if you canít play it on PC.  The PC version is better in every conceivable way though.  I played Alan Wake for the first time only about a year ago and I was surprised but how good it was, it was actually one of my favorite games of the year.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox 360: the must-play games. on: November 14, 2013, 05:27:03 AM
I got my 360 late and really never played it much because I found most Xbox 360 games that were worth playing were eventually ported to PC.  The only one I can think of that wasnít is Shadow Complex.

That said, if you havenít played these elsewhere, definitely download:
Mark of the Ninja
Dust: An Elysium Tale
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: November 12, 2013, 06:07:23 PM
Odd, I was able to add it to my cart without problem.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 11, 2013, 03:39:21 PM
PC: Contrast

It comes out on Friday for some reason. 
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 6 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 10, 2013, 04:44:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 10, 2013, 10:13:28 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 10, 2013, 08:47:31 AM

Wow, I can afford the PS4 and XB1 since I saved for both, but a Wii U too? How do you find money for the games?

Well, the Wii U doesn't really have any, so... slywink
Looking at the launch lineup for the PS4 and XB1, I donít think you can judge yetÖ  icon_razz
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