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641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Better for kids to watch me Batman: Arkham City or Mass Effect 3 on: August 15, 2013, 11:36:12 PM
Iím am always a little surprised that the Batman games are only rated ďTeenĒ, I mean technically they donít have any blood or gore but they are VERY mature and the fighting is brutal. 
642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360] Tropico 5 on: August 15, 2013, 09:27:58 PM
You know, I keep buying these games when they are on sale but I donít think Iíve played more than 10 minutes of any of themÖ
643  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What D&D character are you? on: August 14, 2013, 08:28:24 PM
That test is waaay too long...

I actually scored equally for Lawful and Chaotic.

Lawful Neutral Human Sorcerer (4th Level)


Ability Scores:
Strength- 12
Dexterity- 14
Constitution- 14
Intelligence- 14
Wisdom- 15
Charisma- 14

Alignment:
Lawful Neutral- A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment when it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.

Class:
Sorcerers- Sorcerers are arcane spellcasters who manipulate magic energy with imagination and talent rather than studious discipline. They have no books, no mentors, no theories just raw power that they direct at will. Sorcerers know fewer spells than wizards do and acquire them more slowly, but they can cast individual spells more often and have no need to prepare their incantations ahead of time. Also unlike wizards, sorcerers cannot specialize in a school of magic. Since sorcerers gain their powers without undergoing the years of rigorous study that wizards go through, they have more time to learn fighting skills and are proficient with simple weapons. Charisma is very important for sorcerers; the higher their value in this ability, the higher the spell level they can cast.
644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 05:54:45 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 14, 2013, 04:27:20 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2013, 04:23:21 PM

The people designing items or levels are not normally the same people working on engine upgrades.  I'm not sure you aren't blinding yourself here.

Ok, the point still stands, it's not my fault their development model is bad.
Itís not so much that development model is bad itís that people expect a lot more from their games now.  AAA titles are not cheap and require a boatload of manpower to produce.  Even if a developer has moved onto the next game cycle, that project is going to be stuck in preproduction for a good long while.  Even if you assume that that will take half of the studio to work on, that leaves a ton of people without direct work.  

I mean, once again there are really bad studios that exploit DLC for all itís worth but you shouldnít hold the industry accountable for a few bad studios.
645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten... Starcraft: Brood War? on: August 14, 2013, 03:59:20 PM
Three times!  Back in my high school days StarCraft was my all-time favorite game.  Unfortunately, I only had access to crappy 56k internet so playing online was often met with disaster.
646  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 03:56:10 PM
While I wouldnít dream of defending all companies, Capcom for example, is notorious for bad DLC practices. However, many companies produce day one DLC because its stuff a small team worked on between the time a game went gold and when it actually shipped.  Basically, the game WAS done but the company needed to give the team SOMETHING to do to justify giving them a paycheck, so they got put on DLC duty.

When you consider how large game development studios have ballooned to it makes sense that you canít just have 30+ people sitting around with nothing to do for a month.
647  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 14, 2013, 04:28:27 AM
For the people who say $0, do you feel the same about the expansion packs of yesteryear?  And if youíre fine with expansion packs where and why do you draw the line at DLC? 
648  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 14, 2013, 12:07:16 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 13, 2013, 11:50:57 PM


That's also one of my main complaints about games to be played with the nunchuck and Wiimote, there is no right stick to control the camera.  I am a camera control freak and hate most default cameras (especially those from Japanese studios in general).
With the WiiRemote + Nunchuck you can snap the camera to the direction your character is currently facing with a single button press.  Not quite the free roaming camera you are looking for but it works well enough for Pikmin.
649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the DLC sweet-spot price point for you? on: August 13, 2013, 05:51:35 PM
Depends on the DLC.  Dishonored has been releasing DLC that is basically expansion packs.  The Knife of Dunwal + The Bridgmore Witches are $10 each and offers one complete 8-10 hours story.  I am very happy to pay $20 for a full on expansion so that is a great price.

However, if your DLC is a single character or weapon then you probably canít make it cheap enough for me to buy it.
650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 13, 2013, 04:29:12 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 13, 2013, 05:03:05 AM

It's funny, for a game that most of the time is so laid back and lets you do things in your own time, the boss fights are just terribly punishing.  Especially for someone who chose to use the gamepad.  I didn't even keep track, but on the last level and boss fight I must have used at least 10 in-game days, which is just ludicrous.

So all in all, if you haven't finished the game, just enjoy finding all the fruit and then quit.   icon_frown

Not to rub it your face butÖ so far the boss fights are pretty easy with the WiiMote + Nunchuck.  Being able to both run and throw pikmin in an opposite direction with pinpoint accuracy is clearly the way they intended the game to be played.
651  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/12) on: August 13, 2013, 04:25:25 PM
Payday 2 - I preordered because it was only $22 on GMG and friends want to play it.

Dishonored: The Brigmore Witches - Because more Dishonored!
652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: August 13, 2013, 04:19:57 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 13, 2013, 01:12:19 PM


Not that it's super complicated, but it's unique enough that a little more handholding would make me feel less like a clueless spaz.
A simple tutorial would have made all the difference.  I was half way through the demo before I realized half of the things I could do.  At that point it was an ďoh, wow!Ē moment followed by a ďdamn it game!Ē   

It may also have to do with what sort of gamer you are.  Personally, I am not someone who replays games so I want to experience everything in my first play through.
653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: August 13, 2013, 02:48:59 AM
I enjoyed it as well. Not enough to play through another 20 times but I fully expect to pick it up on launch.   icon_smile
654  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Dark Horse]The Star Wars on: August 11, 2013, 06:21:28 PM
But that isnít his original vision.  In the documentary it mentioned that originally the Jedi would use medieval broadswords instead of Light sabers.  icon_razz
655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 10, 2013, 07:35:43 PM

Quote from: Tebunker on August 10, 2013, 03:06:44 AM

I enjoyed it, and have heard that there are two secret missions, and the game warrants playing all 20 playthroughs allowed. May warrant a new thread.
I finally played through it.  That was pretty great and not what I was expecting.  The game is unique enough that I could actually see that selling systems.  I'm excited to see what the critical reception will be for the full game now.
656  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 10, 2013, 02:35:55 AM
A demo for the Wonderful 101 is now available on the eshop!
657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Swapper on: August 09, 2013, 05:21:29 PM
Just a heads up; this is on sale today for $7.49 on Steam. Absolutely recommended at that price. This game deserves more attention.
658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XBLA Castlestorm on: August 08, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
I played through the Steam version.  Itís decent but nothing spectacular.  Certain aspects like designing the castle seemed more like an afterthought than something that was actually important or fun to use.  The castle editor also suffers from severe consolitis.

I finished the two campaigns in 6 hours so itís also pretty short.  Given that the 2nd campaign is just a retread of the first but playing as the Vikings, that isnít very good. 
659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten....a Zelda title? on: August 08, 2013, 05:54:15 PM
Iíve finished most of the 2D ones.  Really donít care for the ones in 3D.
660  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're Not Drinking Enough Soda! on: August 07, 2013, 03:34:32 PM
I generally drink one can of soda per work day.  And since I drink the odd soda on the weekend I'll round that number up and say I drink about 23 gallons of soda a year.

That number used to be considerably higher just a couple years ago.  When I cut back I lost 15 pounds in just a couple months without doing anything else.
661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 07, 2013, 03:21:41 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 07, 2013, 10:56:48 AM

poor Wii U.
You can keep your silly Bethesda games!  We get Spin The Bottle: Bumpies Party! It even comes out tomorrow!  icon_lol
662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 06, 2013, 10:49:49 PM

Quote from: davidrobots on August 06, 2013, 09:13:07 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 06, 2013, 08:57:36 PM

I was really interested in this game until I heard it uses the old Wii controller. I detested that thing. And from what I've read the regular game pad controls are unintuitive, and I've long since passed the point in my life where I'm willing to spend time fighting a control scheme.

but I'm happy to hear that some people are really enjoying the game.


Honestly, the Wii Remote is damn near perfect for this game. It doesn't use the "waggle," but rather the pointer, and the ability to aim while moving is a godsend.

This x1000.  I hate touch and motion controls with a passion but the Wii Remote works perfectly for controlling this game. 



Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 05, 2013, 05:41:51 PM



I also wish the days were a bit longer.  It seems I'm just getting my feet wet and figuring out what I need to do and the sun is already setting so I have to run all the way back to the ship to not lose my pack.

I donít believe this is true, as long as your Pikmin are selected and near a commander they should make it back to the ship automatically.
663  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Muppets Most Wanted on: August 06, 2013, 08:47:13 PM
I was actually rather disappointed in the last one but I'll still check this out because... muppets.
664  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Burgers on: August 06, 2013, 05:00:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on August 05, 2013, 05:27:13 PM



here is quite some intense taste; it's close to meat, but it's not that juicy. The consistency is perfect, but I miss salt and pepper."


I would probably prefer these.  The only way I eat hamburger is if itís been blackened in a cast iron frying pan until it crunches.
665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/05) on: August 05, 2013, 02:53:06 PM
Could be an expensive week.  Not sure if I will actually buy all of these but itís pretty likely!

PC
Divinity Dragon Commander - Unless the reviews are terrible, which I doubt based on what I've seen already.
Guacamelee! - Maybe
Spelunky - Maybe
Papers, Please - Definitely picking up

WiiU
Pikmin 3 Ė Already picked this up yesterday and I am enjoying it greatly.
666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pikmin 3 (WiiU) on: August 04, 2013, 06:16:48 PM
The WiiU finally has a game!  My copy finished downloading about two hours ago and Iíve been having a blast.  Pikmin 3 is completely charming and well worth your money. 

Gameplay isnít much changed from the past games but it is highly refined.  The biggest change is that you can now throw party members to locations you canít reach on foot and you can also assign waypoints for them to follow, allowing you to cover more ground at a time.  Small changes to the control interface go a long way towards making controlling your Pikmin more fluid and responsive.  Iím using the Wiimote + Nunchuck control scheme and it feels very much like controlling an RTS with a mouse and keyboard.  You can play with just the gamepad, and they even have extra options on the touch pad to make that easier, but I prefer the speed and accuracy of the pointer.

Graphically, this is the best looking game Nintendo has ever put out.  The environments are beautifully rendered and at times it feels more like youíre looking out a window at your garden than playing a game.  The exception to this is the Pikmin and protagonists themselves, who are very cartoony, but all in all it makes finding them easy and is very pleasing to look at.

If you are not a fan of the Pikmin formula this probably wonít change your mind but if you have even a passing interest and have a WiiU there is really no reason not to pick this up.
667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you ever beaten....a Command & Conquer title? on: August 03, 2013, 06:35:25 PM
Yep, Tiberian Sun, Red Alert 2 and Red Alert 3. 
668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Have you beaten a Metal Gear game? on: August 02, 2013, 09:26:34 PM
Yes, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty.  I've never had an interest in playing any of the other games.
669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mechwarrior Online - Founders are in! on: August 01, 2013, 09:00:20 PM
Right now combat is mostly where it should be but I still grow tired of it after a few rounds.  The problem is that itís pretty much straight up team death match in mechs.    If that sounds good to you then you will probably have a blast.  Me, Iím waiting and hoping for some more interesting modes.
670  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: August 01, 2013, 06:44:56 PM
During development they talked about multiple control schemes.  Gamepad alone, Wiimote alone or some combination of the two.  The GT review mentioned two of these as well.

I played through Pikmin Motion Plus on Wii and have to say that using the Wii remote was perfect for this type of game.  Itís a puzzle RTS, therefore the Wii remote mimics a mouse.
And yes, that is probably the only time you will ever hear someone describe motion controls as perfect.
671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 31, 2013, 06:24:05 PM

Quote from: davidrobots on July 31, 2013, 05:03:27 PM

Review for Pikmin 3 is live, along with 20 minutes of gameplay footage: http://gamingtrend.com/game_reviews/tiny-steps-forward-pikmin-3-review/

Well, a year late isn't too bad, right?  Guys?  Hello?  Awww, I'm all alone again aren't I?

(Pikmin 3 was the main reason I bought my WiiU on release...)
672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 31, 2013, 03:22:31 PM
Whatís really puzzling about that decision is they are also not carrying the 3DS anymore.  The WiiU makes sense but the 3DS is selling like crazy right now.
673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat....Final Fantasy VII? on: July 30, 2013, 01:18:59 AM
Nope.  This may have been the first game I owned that I never finished.  I had only every played CRPGs up to that point but after all the hype the game received I decided to try it when it was released for PC.

Most things I enjoy and attribute to ďroleplaying gamesĒ donít exist in JRPGs and I was very disappointed.  I didnít get very far.  To this day I have only finished a handful of JRPGs.
674  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you wear a watch? on: July 29, 2013, 09:39:11 PM
Nope.  My whole family kills watches just by wearing them.  Mechanical or electronic, it doesnít seem to matter.
675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/29) on: July 29, 2013, 03:01:10 PM
If you include Sunday, I will be picking up Pikmin 3 on the WiiU.
676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 26, 2013, 09:40:49 PM

Quote from: Misguided on July 26, 2013, 05:24:05 AM

I made a physical adept, what is everyone else using?
Iím a Decker with Drones who looks really funny with melee weapons.  

A minor nitpick but melee combat is this game is animated laughably bad.  I donít so much hit enemies as gently massage them with my weapons.
677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 26, 2013, 03:53:18 PM
The console is fine, the lack of games sucks.

ZombiU is the game that best shows off what makes the system unique.
New Super Mario Bros. U is a great 2D Mario game.
Nintendo Land is great if you can get 3-4 friends together.
Getting the Rayman Legends Challenge App for free gave me probably 20 hours of enjoyment by itself.

With Pikmin 3 coming out in a couple weeks and Wonderful 101 plus the new Mario coming later this year, things are looking up.  Itís just a shame it took them almost a full year to release the first set of games.
678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat....Fallout? on: July 26, 2013, 03:37:42 PM
Yes, only about three times.  I've finished Fallout 2 at least six times though!  These are all my time favorite RPG's.
679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat.... Super Mario Bros? on: July 25, 2013, 11:30:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 25, 2013, 11:01:23 PM

I think once Mario went 3D is when I started not liking them.  Couldn't stand Galaxy, never tried Galaxy 2 and the 64 remake for the DS didn't get far with me, yet I played through Super Paper Mario on the Wii just fine.

not sure how I'm going to feel about Super Mario 3D World...
Have you tried New Super Mario Bros. U ?  Itís 2D and more or less feels like Super Mario World 2.
680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Did you beat.... Super Mario Bros? on: July 25, 2013, 08:52:25 PM
Yep, a game has to be really bad or incredibly frustrating for me not to finish it once I start.
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