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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 15, 2014, 12:06:30 AM
Unless you hate playing arena, definitely.  Even if you lose every game you are still guaranteed one booster pack for playing in arena.  On top of that you get rewards based on your wins.

0 = A pack and about 25-30 gold or dust.
1 = A pack, and either about 30-50 gold or dust, or a common card.
2= A pack, and either about 40-50 gold or dust, or a rare or common card.
3= A pack and about 25-30 gold, plus either about 25 dust, 25 gold, a common card, or a rare card.

Prizes increase all the way up to 12 wins

12 = One or two packs and a minimum of 225 gold. With a possibility of common, rare and/or golden cards. Possible epic or legendary card rewards. (one individual card)

In my opinion, there is no reason NOT to spend your gold on arena.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 14, 2014, 11:52:36 PM
Some are probably paying money but I would wager the majority just play more than you.  Every booster pack you get has at least one “gemmed” card in it.  By just completing your daily quests and then rolling your earned money into playing in the arena you can get a booster pack about every other day.  Considerably more if you get a good run in arena.

I play maybe an hour a day and I tend to unlock 3-4 booster packs a week.  Doing well in arena also gives you dust which you can use to create any card you want.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Nintendo Direct of 2014 on: February 14, 2014, 04:17:39 PM
A lot of people were pretty excited about the new Bayonetta 2 trailer.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/WiiU/360/PS3/PC] Child of Light on: February 06, 2014, 05:42:20 PM
I love the art-style of this one.  Looking forward to it.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: February 06, 2014, 02:59:13 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 05, 2014, 08:40:51 PM

Will have to do that Wonderpug. My problem with all games I play is that I tend to rush and not think things through, and that is hurting me (I am not a patient person).
Rush decks are pretty deadly if you don’t like having to combo cards.  Make a Rogue deck that is 3/4 minions under cost 4 and just throw everything you have at your opponent.  Put as many charge minions in your deck as you can.  Always go for the enemy hero, ignoring all but the most deadly of minions.  Priest and mages will give you trouble but most other players will crumble under the pressure.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 05, 2014, 07:58:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on February 05, 2014, 06:15:25 PM

Imagine Cradle level where you could just slaugther everything - fun? Not really.

Not going to disagree on the overall point but I will say it was possible to kill everything on the cradle level quite easily.  There was a type of potion that would one-shot them.  Was kind of funny to walk around the level with all the creepy noises continuing despite the fact that all the enemies were dead.

Going back to the original Thief games I also remember getting quite good at sword fighting.  Because of how the fighting engine was put into that game it was possible to block and parry attacks.  At my best I could take on three normal guards at once or one Hammerite.  I really hated when they took the dynamic sword fighting out with Thief 3.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 04, 2014, 05:32:26 PM
So now Iím really confused.  I thought this was a straight reboot?  The trailer intro seems to imply that it takes place after Thief 3 after all.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gone Home on: February 03, 2014, 06:20:42 AM
Well, I am completely shocked.  First, a little background information; I loathed Dear Esther.  That is not an exaggeration.  Dear Esther is my least favorite ďgamingĒ experience of the last ten years, probably longer.

All that said, I finished Gone Home tonight in one sitting and enjoyed it completely.  I donít have much to add beyond that, but given how skeptical I was of the game I had to share in case anyone else felt the same.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2014, 06:47:33 PM
If you just want to see if Last Exile is for you you can view the first episode on YouTube.
170  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 31, 2014, 06:35:50 PM I'm afraid of rocks.
171  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / (3DS) Zelda Four Swords - Free on: January 31, 2014, 05:13:49 AM
If you have a 3DS or 2DS you can download a free copy of Zelda the Four Swords on the eShop from now until Sunday, Feb. 2.

172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 30, 2014, 09:08:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on January 30, 2014, 07:53:35 PM

Is any of the anime kinda like epic western adventures without the heroes being kids with spikey hair and big swords or small girls? Not judging, its just not for me.
I dislike over exaggeration and super powered characters in anime as well.  Here are a couple I enjoyed:

Le Chevalier D'Eon - The story begins in Paris 1742, when the body of a woman named Lia de Beaumont is found in a casket floating along the Seine. The only clue regarding her death is the word "Psalms", which is written in blood on the lid of the casket. D'Eon de Beaumont, Lia's younger brother and a knight in service of King Louis XV, takes it upon himself to investigate his sister's mysterious death.

I thought the final couple episodes went a bit over the top with paranormal stuff but everything else was pretty great.  I especially loved the episodes in Russia that showed how Catharine the Great came to power.

The Last Exile - The story is set on the fictional world of Prester, where its inhabitants use aerial vehicles known as vanships as a means of transportation. On this world which is divided in eternal conflict between the nations of Anatoray and Disith, sky couriers Claus Valca and Lavie Head must deliver a girl who holds the key to uniting the two factions.

Technically this features pretty young teens as the protagonist but they are treated more as eyes to view the story from.  The bulk of the story centers on the war and features really unique airship style combat.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Mighty Quest for Epic Loot on: January 27, 2014, 07:35:49 PM
All hearsay but my understanding was it started out pretty great. Then they basically added in the ability to buy power, which angered all the people who were playing already and many of them left. Then the developer realized they had made a mistake and tried to reset, or tone back, the power buying thing but the audience had already moved on.

I will still try out the finished product but Iím not willing to pay into the beta.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 27, 2014, 04:04:49 PM
I assumed Microsoft already had the rights...
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: January 25, 2014, 04:06:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 25, 2014, 08:18:54 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 25, 2014, 05:55:08 AM

If it wasn't also coming out on PC, the WiiU version would be my platform of choice since it has slightly better graphics capabilities than the PS3 of 360

This is a risky assumption. While technically correct, developers don't seem to spend much effort exploiting the capabilities of the system since it's not worth the cost to them. The result is that several games have ended up looking worse on the Wii U than any other platform, PS3 and 360 included.
Iím going from the last couple ports Iíve seen from Ubisoft on the system, such as Assassins Creed IV and Splinter cell, both of which had noticeably better textures on the WiiU.  Thatís not to say they are huge differences but last gen graphics look pretty terrible at 60inch 1080p at this point anyways so any improvement helps.  Itís actually the reason why I prefer less realistic graphic styles on console games.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: January 25, 2014, 05:55:08 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 25, 2014, 03:05:09 AM

Quote from: TiLT on January 24, 2014, 07:04:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 24, 2014, 07:00:46 PM

That's kind of surprising.  Since they already have the last gen versions you'd think it would be relatively trivial to port to one more system with that version.
There's nothing trivial about porting between the three last-gen platforms, least of all the Wii U with its touch screen and infamously hard developer tools. The entire rendering engine would have to be specifically written for that platform, and the control system would need to be overhauled as well, not to mention the additional testing required. At some point the costs outweigh the potential income, particularly when the platform has so few potential customers, most of who already own another console anyway.

Exactly. And who buys multiplatform titles on the WiiU anyhow?

That said, Kotaku has updated their article saying that it was just a glitch in Gamestop's computers. It'll be back up tomorrow.
If it wasn't also coming out on PC, the WiiU version would be my platform of choice since it has slightly better graphics capabilities than the PS3 of 360 and I find that when games use the 2nd screen properly it is very convenient.  I also find the WiiU pad more comfortable to hold with my large hands. That said, PC will always trump consoles for me.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 24, 2014, 05:35:59 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 23, 2014, 07:29:34 PM

I've heard the combat compared to Final Fantasy Tactics (certainly a favorite of mine). Is that true?  icon_smile

Blackguards (another turn-based tactical RPG that) just completed Early Access on Steam and released the other day earlier than expected. Enjoying it OK, but assigning the roughly zillion action points gets on my nerve and the battles tend to involve a lot of popping up a menu and rolling your mouse around to choose menus within nested sub menus. Perhaps Banner Saga would be more my style.
Roughly I guess but I think of it more like elaborate chess. Positioning is very important and for the most part each character only has a regular attack and one special attack. Stat management is pretty minimal and each character can only equip one item.
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 19, 2014, 05:46:51 AM
Finished the game tonight. Overall Iím pretty happy with it but the final battle pissed me off.  The game is not easy to begin with but the ending goes from a steep hill to a sheer cliff.  My party was just not equipped to deal with the ďuniqueĒ win condition.  After 4 failed attempts I had to drop the difficulty, and even then it was pretty hard for my party.

Despite my ending difficulties I would still give the game a solid 8/10. It's just a shame that with a little more polish and ending consideration, it could have gone from "Good" to a classic.

Some general strategy advice to avoid my trouble.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Get at least two characters to armor break 3, preferably archers.

Very specific spoiler strategy advice.
Spoiler for Hiden:
One of the archers NEEDS to be Alette or you will regret it in the final battle.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 18, 2014, 04:15:52 AM
Things really pick up in the second half of the game.  Iíve just made it through chapter 6 and things are looking pretty bleak for my party.  The atmosphere of the late game is really quite impressive in just how oppressive it is.  My caravan is starving, Iíve been forced to abandon multiple villagers to their own fate and a recent event upset me more than expected from a game like this. 
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 16, 2014, 06:46:41 PM
If youíre on the fence this might push you over. TotalBiscuit just ran his WTF on the game.  Pretty positive but he also points out some of the problems he has encountered.  Worth a watch.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 15, 2014, 01:14:22 AM
Iíve played a couple hours now and overall Iím really enjoying it.  I thought the early section was a bit muddled with the game throwing a bunch of characters at you but really picked up once you got to the human protagonists.  The early game has you playing as a bunch of giants that are a bit hard to keep track of but that only seems to last about 30 minutes.  Afterwards, you take control of a huntsman and his daughter and end up leading a band of survivors.  I assume the two groups will meet up later on but I havenít gotten that far yet.

Iím impressed how much your choices seem to matter.  During an early scene I had to decide whether to attack an enemy or try to distract him instead. I chose wrong and a party member was killed outright.  I was curious if it was preventable, and on reloading, managed to save the character and was allowed to use him in the next battle.

I have encountered a couple problems, however.  Iíve already encountered a couple different occasions where the dialogue just seems ďoffĒ, as if the person writing didnít have a strong grasp of English.  Also, the game frequently gives you new characters but doesnít let you see their special abilities until after you have assigned them to a battle order.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: January 14, 2014, 09:31:48 PM
RPS seems to be the odd one out on this.  Most reviews are pretty positive. 
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/13) on: January 13, 2014, 03:18:45 PM
Backed the Banner Saga and Broken Age.  I have a Steam key for Banner Saga but the last message I got from Double Fine was back in December.  Do people really already have a key for that?
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squeezing in GOTY candidates on: January 10, 2014, 05:35:22 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 10, 2014, 05:31:28 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
fleeing from that invisible frost giant or whatever in the snowy village? I tried like 20 times, and the little brother doesn't seem fast enough to get away - get's killed every time.
So I quit playing it. Not sure I'm physically inept or just not understanding the trick in getting past that area.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hide behind the snowmen
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squeezing in GOTY candidates on: January 09, 2014, 07:00:54 PM

Quote from: The Grue on January 09, 2014, 05:42:23 PM

Lordnine, trying to figure out why you hate Dear Esther with a passion.  I can understand it not being your thing or being indifferent about it and it's really just you pushing your character through the entire experience (which is also the same for Gone Home, though you get a little more interaction), but not sure how you can hate it with a passion.
Itís because I feel like it wasted my time.  If I had booted it up, walked around for a few minutes and then shut it off I would have simply been confused about it.  But I HAD to understand why people thought it was great.  So I played it, and I started to get angry because it didnít make sense. So I continued to play it, becoming more and more annoyed by the pretentious ďnarrativeĒ that barely connected to anything within the ďgameĒ.  When I got to the ending scene, where something new actually happened, I was outright mad that THAT had been it.

Later, I looked up discussions pertaining to what the game was actually about, but since no two people could agree on what happened I just gave up.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 09, 2014, 04:23:05 PM
I watched Europa Report and thought it was actually pretty good.  Itís basically what you would get if NASA made a found footage movie.  Itís a bit on the slow side but if youíre patient, quite enjoyable.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squeezing in GOTY candidates on: January 09, 2014, 04:17:51 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 09, 2014, 03:07:28 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 09, 2014, 03:05:44 AM

I just couldn't get into Papers, Please at all.  It was not fun even a little bit.  Looking forward to trying out Brothers when it comes out on PS+.

Felt the same way about Papers Please.  I'm baffled at how people think it's fun, but to each their own.

I cared more about the green guard in Papers Please than I did about either of the brothers...
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 06, 2014, 04:39:40 PM

Quote from: Purge on January 06, 2014, 03:51:27 PM

What is this thing?
Soot Sprites from Spirited Away.
189  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 2 free codes - Company of Heroes 2 in-game content on: January 06, 2014, 05:42:10 AM
I would be interested to know what commander it is since I already have some of the DLC commanders.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most anticipated titles of Q1 2014 on: January 02, 2014, 12:30:34 AM
While there are a few I will probably buy none of them really jump out to me as DAY ONE MUST OWN.

My Shortlist
Broken Age (Technically already own)
Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze
Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy
Watchdogs (Maybe)
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squeezing in GOTY candidates on: January 01, 2014, 11:40:40 PM
Nice to see a list of lesser known titles.  I greatly enjoyed The Swapper, Papers, Please and Gunpoint and consider all of them to be among the best games I've played this year.  Gone Home I will play at some point but I'm reluctant because I hated Dear Esther with a passion.  Tearaway sounds great but I cant justify buying a Vita for one game.
192  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. 
193  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!
194  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.
195  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.
196  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.
197  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.
198  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.
199  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
200  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.
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