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641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: September 11, 2013, 04:20:13 AM
Is the beta handled through Steam?  I'll probably pick it up if it is. 
642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: September 11, 2013, 03:37:24 AM
So who are you sharing your extra code with?   icon_biggrin
643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Child of Light, a 2D sidescroller/RPG on: September 10, 2013, 04:39:13 PM

Quote from: EddieA on September 10, 2013, 12:42:22 PM

Ubisoft also unveiled another game using the Rayman Origins engine - a puzzle adventure game called Valiant Hearts.  It tells the story of five interconnected people involved in World War I.
That could probably use it's own thread since it sounds pretty interesting!
644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on: September 09, 2013, 07:42:18 PM
Unfortunately, the early impression/reviews on this one arenít great.  It sounds like a bit too much was simplified from the original and as such a lot of what made that one special is lost.  Probably still worth a look if you love horror games but I think I might sit this one out.
645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rayman Legends on: September 08, 2013, 03:40:53 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 08, 2013, 03:02:41 PM

I unlocked an Origins level last night, and playing it makes the amount of work that went into honing Legends evident.  Origins was a good game, for sure, but Legends has improved on it in every conceivable way.
I agree with that; Origins was also considerably less forgiving.  Rayman Legends is much more generous with checkpoints which alleviates a lot of the frustration with trying to explore and collect everything.

I did recently unlock one of the Origins Mosquito levels though and that made me realize how much I miss those.
646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rayman Legends on: September 07, 2013, 12:58:01 AM
The underwater stealth levels are good!  Has that ever been said before?    icon_biggrin
647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: September 06, 2013, 01:28:18 AM
That is a bit lame.  I knew that is how they did other Murphy levels but I was expecting something more there since part of the fun is making the paths, not just making the most efficient routes.
648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: September 06, 2013, 12:19:49 AM
Tonight I encountered my first invasion.  That was brutal. 

Quite a surprise but one of the gamepad based levels has been my favorite so far; itís called What the Duck.  You have to carve out sections of the level so that the main character, who has been turned into a duck, can navigate it safely.  If anyone with a non WiiU version of the game can chime in I would be really interested to know how that one works on other systems.
649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: September 04, 2013, 04:55:45 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 04, 2013, 03:47:31 PM

I got stuck in a timesink trying to top Lordnine's Daily Challenge score (which I did, by the way  icon_razz).  I normally don't go in for those types of things, either, but it was fast and really fun.

Hah, Iím out of practice on those.  Back when I used to play every day I was getting Gold on every challenge.  When I played yesterday I had to fight just to get silver.

-- Edit --

Ok Sir! I have a gold trophy for today's challenge.  Beat that one!   icon_biggrin
650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: September 03, 2013, 11:12:04 PM
That is a good point although I do feel there is a significant difference between shooting random cops who are trying to arrest you and executing every single person in a town because the local magistrate was preforming forbidden rituals and they ďmightĒ have been corrupted.
651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: September 03, 2013, 11:02:48 PM
Rayman Legends is now available!  Woohoo!

Iíve put about two into the game already and Iím going to lay some pretty high praise on it and say that this is probably the best platformer you can buy on any console.  

The controls are spot on, level design is excellent, the graphics are great and the game is filled to the brim with content.  In addition to the base levels you can also unlock ~40 levels from Rayman Origins.  There is also a casual multiplayer ballgame, a pet collection mechanic, scratch off tickets, tons of alternate characters to unlock and the very fun challenge mode that gives you four new levels every day available for leaderboard play.

On the WiiU the game also supports 5 player co-op with the fifth person playing as Murphy on the touch screen.  The most Iíve gotten to play is three + Murphy but it is a lot of fun.  Even better, because Murphy helps out the other plays instead of running the levels personally he is great for people who are not as good at platformers.

So Iím gushing a bit but the game really is almost everything I wanted.  I do have some pretty minor complaints though.  First, the highpoint of the game is the music based levels that were featured in some of the promotional material.  I canít say this with certainty since I havenít unlocked everything yet but it looks like we only get 8 of those levels.  The second complaint is that despite having online leaderboards there is no online co-op.  Itís generally pretty hard for me to get a bunch of people together in person so itís disappointing that most of the game will be a single player experience.
652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps3/Vita] Guacamelee on: September 03, 2013, 10:44:12 PM
I recently finished this on the PC and generally enjoyed it.  Iíll agree about the difficulty though, the last hour or so of the game requires twitch precision the likes of which I havenít seen in a long time.  It actually got to the point where I thought it was too much and started to take away from my enjoyment of the game.
653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: September 03, 2013, 06:42:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 03, 2013, 05:54:45 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 03, 2013, 05:13:39 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 03, 2013, 04:51:47 PM

Considering the wonderfully detailed universe, I'm disappointed at how poorly WH40k has translated into gaming and cinema.
This.  I think Relic did a great job with the Dawn of War RTS series but aside from those two games everything else has been mediocre to pretty bad.  Even when Relic made Space Marine it didnít live up to its potential.

 I think the problem is that there is too much backstory that you need to know to make sense of the 40k universe and if you donít have that it is going to come across as confusing and unpleasant.


I think it's more a fear of that than actually that.  I think that when you get away from the "niche" category of PC RTS (what a world), the suits start worrying about dumbing it down for the masses.  Whereas, if you threw those details in, keeping the story coherent, the audience will catch up.

There is an inherent problem when it comes to bringing 40k to the masses though.  Aside from a couple exceptions there are no ďgood guysĒ in the 40k lore.  The human factions are just as bad, if not worse, than the monstrosities that they fight.

Relic bypassed this a bit with when Games workshop gave them complete creative control over the Blood Ravens.  Relic made them fairly heretical for a loyalist faction which actually made them more humane and appealing.  There were even lots of lore items in the games that alluded to the fact that they were actually descendent from a chaos faction. 

Aside from taking similar liberties most people are not going to want to play as fanatical characters who commit atrocities as part of their daily routine.
654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 03, 2013, 05:49:04 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 03, 2013, 05:36:04 PM

Nice Rayman Legends video review.  My one suggestion would be to lose the intro music; it made me mute the audio as soon as I heard it.
655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Space Hulk: Death Wing - FPS on: September 03, 2013, 05:13:39 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on September 03, 2013, 04:51:47 PM

Considering the wonderfully detailed universe, I'm disappointed at how poorly WH40k has translated into gaming and cinema.
This.  I think Relic did a great job with the Dawn of War RTS series but aside from those two games everything else has been mediocre to pretty bad.  Even when Relic made Space Marine it didnít live up to its potential.

 I think the problem is that there is too much backstory that you need to know to make sense of the 40k universe and if you donít have that it is going to come across as confusing and unpleasant.
656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on: September 03, 2013, 05:18:07 AM
Wait, youíre interested in the sequel despite having never finished the original?

Amnesia was a surprise for me.  I generally donít care for horror games but I was completely enthralled by the world and story from beginning to end.  I remember picking up the original on a whim during one of the Christmas Steam sales and I installed it three days before Christmas.  I ended up finishing the game on Christmas Eve as the sounds of tortured victims played through my headÖ  How is that for holiday cheer?  icon_biggrin
657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs on: September 03, 2013, 03:07:08 AM
I'm looking forward to it but haven't got in my preorder yet. I probably will though since it's 20% off on Steam.  I'm hoping for at-least a couple early reviews just to tell me that they didn't completely screw up the formula somehow.
658  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 02, 2013, 08:27:18 PM
So Iíve watched the first four episodes of Once Upon a Time season 2 and I was getting pretty worried because the first three were not very good.  Both the writing and acting seem to have taken a nose dive from season one. 

Episode 4, however, was excellent.  I hope it keeps it up.
659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/02) on: September 02, 2013, 04:43:25 PM
WiiU:
Rayman Legends

I have put probably 20 hours in the Rayman Legends challenge mode that was released for free on the WiiU a number of months ago.  I find the stylus controls pretty great for that and its one of the best examples of a game using the tablet well on the system.  If you haven’t tried that mode in co-op (one person as Murphy on touch pad and one on a normal controller), then it’s something you should really experience before you make your decision. Make sure you use the stylus and not your finger though; it really does require the precision.
660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hello, NSA can you help me recover deleted e-mail? on: September 02, 2013, 03:11:19 AM
Well, if they didn't have his email before they probably do now...
661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: September 02, 2013, 12:14:52 AM
There are a couple things that you may not know. 

First, if your prison is already open then you need guards to open locked doors so your workers can get in and out.  You can also manually set the doors to stay open but this means that prisoners can escape through them.

The second thing is donít build walls until a room is complete.  If you do the game will often give priority to them, which means that the room will never finish.
662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Trading Cards! on: September 01, 2013, 06:50:00 PM
I've made about $10 from the cards at this point.  The majority of it went back into increasing my level but as of right now I'm still $2.57 in the positive.  Now that I'm level 20 I don't care about going any higher so any boosters I pick up go onto the market for pure profit.
663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: September 01, 2013, 04:03:04 PM
It actually looks pretty good but it doesnít appear to have many of the elements that I loved in Origins.  I can enjoy it for what it is but it makes me sad that weíre unlikely to ever get a true follow up to that.
664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: September 01, 2013, 02:59:30 PM
They are but you really donít have much danger in losing them.  Nintendo tracks all your digital purchases and if something happens to your console they will replace them for you.  Itís more of an annoyance in having to do an extra step than anything.  I have a 3 terabyte hard drive hitched to my Wii U and itís pretty nice not having to worry about switching disks.

Also! For anyone with the Deluxe, donít forget about the Wii U digital promotion.  I just signed into the site a few day ago and discovered I had earned $15 in gift certificates. 
665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 10:38:28 PM
Do you have prisoners living in the holding cell area instead of getting their own rooms?   Judging by your picture you have 58 inmates. If you only have 20 beds thatís a problem.

Also I just noticed half your toilets are installed backwards.  I feel bad for your prisoners.

666  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 30, 2013, 09:47:24 PM
Once Upon a Time season 2 is now available.  Rough first couple episodes aside, I greatly enjoyed the first season.
667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 09:45:40 PM
It's hard to tell from the screenshot but it looks like you have have forgotten to zone each individual room.
668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Brace yourself - Fall 2013 preview list on: August 30, 2013, 04:14:15 PM
Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs should be on that list since it comes out in a couple weeks. Even if you don't like horror, watching the "Lets plays" on YouTube should be wonderful.  icon_biggrin

The new slide deck is an improvement. The old one used to freeze on Chrome.
669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prison Architect [PC/Steam] on: August 30, 2013, 03:05:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 30, 2013, 11:31:12 AM

been playing this on and off.  it's interesting, but I wished they would give you a bit more time before your first inmates showed up to design a layout.  if there is an option to do so I must have missed it.
I accidentally found out a way to do this.  If you remove the inmate access area the first drop off will just keep driving.  Doesn't appear to be any penalty.
670  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Humble Weekly 8/29 - 9/5: Paradox (super bundle available) on: August 30, 2013, 04:27:53 AM
Dungeonland is fun but ridiculously buggy.  The dungeon lord mode (one person places monsters and the rest have to fight them) is something that needs to happen in more games.
671  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 30, 2013, 04:21:19 AM
Just a heads up. I tested Netflix (on the WiiU) with the Wii remote, or rather I tried to.  Netflix does not support the normal remotes from the Wii.
672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: August 29, 2013, 07:19:47 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 29, 2013, 07:10:18 PM

Quote from: Destructor on August 29, 2013, 01:37:37 AM

It looks pretty but it doesn't make me want to buy it.

$100 more and I get a PS4 which blows it away as far as specs go.

I don't think Nintendo tried to compete in terms of specs with the other consoles.  They go their own way and see what happens.  So are (DS, Wii) it has been a pretty sound strategy. 

Having said that I still own a PS3 as well as a Wii U so I can have the horsepower when I want. 



You do know the WiiU is more powerful than the PS3, right?  Or do you mean that you WILL buy a PS4?

Personally, I have a very powerful PC and I enjoy Nintendo games.  Most games for PS4/XBone will arrive on PC as well whereas Nintendo games never will, so the WiiU was a logical choice for me.
673  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 29, 2013, 04:14:36 PM

Quote from: kronovan on August 28, 2013, 11:59:21 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 25, 2013, 04:47:49 AM

...but that's like saying shit looks better after it's hardened a little.

You see, you have it all wrong there. Shit definitely looks better when it's not hardened...to a fly.  Tongue

I'm not very impressed with the Netflix interface either, but that's because I mostly run it via my 360. I do think the PS3 interface is much better but of all the device it runs on I've been most impressed with the Wii Netflix interface. Unfortunately there's no high-def on the Wii. Heck if the Wii-U version has the same interface and works as well with the Wiimote, I might just buy a Wii-U this year.
I run it with the Wiiu pad.  You get a touch interface and since it has its own screen you can look for new things to watch while something is already playing.  You can also pull what is playing onto just the pad and watch something else on the TV if need be.  If you have a cable box it also interfaces with that and you can set favorites and check listing schedules on the pad.  It's pretty cool actually, the only problem is battery is not great.
674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What stupid things did you do as a teen? on: August 28, 2013, 08:33:34 PM
I put a sword through the hand of a friend of mine in high school while rehearsing for a play I was directing.  The school knew we had swords but probably didnít realize they were real.
675  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nintendo 2DS? on: August 28, 2013, 04:36:44 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 28, 2013, 04:26:54 PM


Guess this means Nintendo is over the 3D gimmick, fun while it lasted.

Not necessarily.  This is launching alongside Pokemon X and Y to take advantage of the younger demographic.  The 3D that the 3DS has is bad for childrenís eyes so they are offering a 3D-less option for concerned parents.

It should also be noted that this has the basic sized screens, instead of the XL that most people seem to prefer. 
676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 28, 2013, 04:26:09 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 28, 2013, 04:16:53 PM

just saw this posted in portable:  $50 price drop for the 32 gig version, making it $299.99.

it's a start.
Yep, and it comes with Windwaker.
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Nintendo has announced a price cut for the Wii U today, stating that the Wii U Deluxe bundle will sell for $299 starting on September 20th. The Wii U Basic model has also been cancelled. The limited edition Wind Waker HD bundle will retail for this new price point, which includes a new deluxe model, the game, a digital copy of Hyrule Historia, and the Zelda-themed GamePad.

Now if they were really smart they will have the update that links games to accounts instead of systems before this comes out.  Officially, there is no confirmation that it exists but some screenshots of it leaked from Europe a couple months ago.
677  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime vs. CGI Animation on: August 27, 2013, 04:42:56 PM
I know several people in the industry, even one who works at an offshoot of Disney, and they all outsource the bulk of their hand drawn animation to eastern countries.  I think it has a lot to do with division of labor and costs to produce.  Hand drawn animation is time consuming to produce and so we sell it off to countries willing to work for much less per hour.

CGI based animation has a very high cost entry point to begin a project (and a fair amount of technical skill) but once models and sets have been built they can be reused by animators with very little input from the original modelers.  This also means that sequels and TV series can be produced relatively fast and cheap.

With hand drawn animation all that matters is time and skill, in a lot of ways this results in a more thought out design process.  When adding an extra minute of animation can add an extra week (or more) to your expenses you need to make sure that it was worth it.
678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Rayman Legends on: August 26, 2013, 08:18:30 PM
Reviews are coming out and they are very good!  While this did end up going multiplatform it sounds like, if you have the option, the WiiU is the superior version to play.  I'm looking forward to picking it up next week!
679  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV limited Edition FS on: August 26, 2013, 02:33:46 PM
Have you registered it to club Nintendo? 
680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sir, You Are Being Hunted (PC/Steam) on: August 25, 2013, 07:32:19 PM
Iím really looking forward to this one but I want to wait until itís closer to being finished.  The content they are talking about adding sounds like it will add a lot to the experience.
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