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641  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Frictional Games teasing next game; Soma? on: October 11, 2013, 03:12:12 PM
Looks pretty good.  Now I'm just disappointed it's so far off.
642  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [wii u] Super Mario 3d World on: October 09, 2013, 03:57:41 PM
3D Land was a lot of fun on the 3DS and Iím definitely looking forward to this one.  That said, Nintendo needs to work on their naming structure because these names are not doing them any favors.  Most people I know think this is just a port of the 3DS game, which is par for the course since people also think the WiiU in an accessory for the Wii and that the 3DS is just a normal DS that can do 3D.
643  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: October 08, 2013, 03:48:40 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 08, 2013, 05:27:27 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 07, 2013, 03:27:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2013, 06:00:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 06, 2013, 06:34:11 PM

I figure when I see this for 99 cents I'll grab it just to check out the atmosphere, and probably the speed hack to make the speed at least the same as HL2.

You don't need the speed hack and if you do it's really not a game you should be bothering with, even for 99 cents.
I would disagree and say the environments are worth seeing for a $1, playing the way the developers intended, however, is not.  Speed hack away!   icon_razz
Why would you waste your time with the rest of the game to see some of the environments rather than watch high-res videos or look at screenshots? The caves last maybe 10 minutes, tops. I don't know, I guess I'm coming from the perspective of every gaming hour being precious, the few that I have left these days.
I guess because itís a bit like sightseeing?  You could watch a video of almost any vacation spot on earth but wouldn't you rather explore it yourself instead of watching a video?  Plus youíre not really going to know if you like the game or not unless you try it for yourself.  I loathe the game but that doesnít mean everyone will; a dollar isnít much to find out.
644  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dear Esther, a Half Life 2 Mod on: October 07, 2013, 03:27:53 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 07, 2013, 06:00:21 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 06, 2013, 06:34:11 PM

I figure when I see this for 99 cents I'll grab it just to check out the atmosphere, and probably the speed hack to make the speed at least the same as HL2.

You don't need the speed hack and if you do it's really not a game you should be bothering with, even for 99 cents.
I would disagree and say the environments are worth seeing for a $1, playing the way the developers intended, however, is not.  Speed hack away!   icon_razz
645  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Kickstarter] The Mandate (FTL+ XCOM) on: October 05, 2013, 06:30:52 PM
Glory to Soviet Space Union, Comrade!

 http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1964463742/the-mandate

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As the captain of a ship, youíll lead your men through battles, boarding operations, and space exploration through a hierarchy of officers, selected and honed by you.

Youíll explore your vessel isometrically, discovering the inner workings and day to day life of the officers and crew who serve under you. Invite dignitaries to your chamber, or defend your vessel from attack on foot (in the style of Jagged Alliance, X Com.)

As you lead your men to victory, yourself and officers who survive will have access to upgrades and talents, affecting gameplay and offering new tactical opportunities. Make the wrong decision, and expect to lose your officer for good with our rogue-like chain of command.

This looks like too much fun.  Ship to ship combat +RPG elements + Squad based tactical combat set in a future where Russia dominated to the space race to settle the galaxy.
646  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 03, 2013, 04:27:08 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 05:18:42 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 03, 2013, 04:18:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 01:41:56 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.

Make "a few drops" a shot and maybe we can talk.
Alcohol content in vanilla extract is a minimum 35% alcohol.  Most beer is apparently less than 10%.   icon_razz


Your typical beer is only 5-7% ABV, but your typical beer drinker makes up for it in volume. The easy equivalence to remember is 1 oz booze = 12 oz beer = 4 oz wine. That's a lot of drops however you slice it.

But hey, if a few drops of vanilla puts you in the zone, more power to you.
Iíve actually only finished one beer in my entire life so *shrug*.  The idea of becoming intoxicated doesnít appeal to me at all.
647  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 03, 2013, 04:18:10 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on October 03, 2013, 01:41:56 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.

Make "a few drops" a shot and maybe we can talk.
Alcohol content in vanilla extract is a minimum 35% alcohol.  Most beer is apparently less than 10%.   icon_razz
648  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 02, 2013, 10:51:34 PM

Quote from: Lee on October 02, 2013, 01:49:06 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM

Milk!

I know it's ignorant to say this, but I didn't realize people still drink milk outside of elementary school. Just something you don't see often anymore. At least I don't.
A cup of milk, a few drops of vanilla extract and a spoon of sugar is awfully tasty.  Joke or not, given the high alcohol content in vanilla, it probably does almost quality as a mix drink as much as some other things here.
649  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Eldritch on: October 02, 2013, 07:44:24 PM
Giant Bomb featured this in their games worth playing video.  Seeing it in motion gave a much better impression than just still screenshots.  I am terribly sick of pixel graphics though.  If you canít do realistic graphics why not try doing something more interesting like cell shading?
650  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero [Kickstarter] on: October 02, 2013, 05:47:10 PM
One sad, lonely bump since they are in the last 48 hours.  Fully funded and working on stretch goals now.

Some interesting news is that they have partnerships with both the teams behind Hyper Light Drifter and Mighty No. 9.





651  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: You're In the Mood for A Drink. What's Your Pleasure? on: October 01, 2013, 04:11:49 PM
Milk!
652  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 01, 2013, 04:08:04 PM
Some general Wii U news from todays direct.
  • Pikmin 3 has new content for download, both free and paid.
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze has been delayed until February
  • Sonic is the newest Super Smash Bros. character

New Super Mario 3D World for Wii U trailer
653  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: October 01, 2013, 03:03:31 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 01, 2013, 05:23:50 AM

from the 'wait, what?' department:

I was just updating to the latest firmware, when I noticed an odd recess on the back of the gamepad.  this thing has a stylus?  how the hell did I miss that during the almost year long period I've owned this console?  icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol icon_lol
How is that possible?  Most touch based games on the system are practically unplayable without the stylus!  saywhat
654  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lichdom on: September 27, 2013, 08:57:07 PM
Glad I'm not the only one who had to look that up.  icon_lol

I tend to turn most filtery visual effects off. Bloom, motion blur and any form of depth distortion gets switched off as soon as I see it in an option menu.   Give me crisp textures, good AA and I'm happy.
655  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lichdom on: September 27, 2013, 02:49:09 PM
Looks good.  I greatly enjoyed Dark Messiah and Arx Fatalis, if this is like either of those then I will be very happy.
656  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake Topic]Stephen King's Carrie on: September 26, 2013, 03:11:13 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on September 25, 2013, 08:40:46 PM

Weird thing I've noticed is that in the prom "blood drop scene," it seems more dark brown rather than the shocking bright red in DePalma's '76 film.
That is not entirely inaccurate to the real world.  As someone who has suffered with nightly nosebleeds since a kid I can attest that blood that has been exposed to the air for a while starts to take on more of a brownish/really dark (almost black)red color. 
657  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legacy of Kain Reboot? on: September 26, 2013, 04:29:37 AM
Anyone else annoyed by the fact that having a winged vampire invalidates Razielís uniqueness at having wings, and thus ruins the original plot device for the Soul Reaver games?
658  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 07:18:05 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 25, 2013, 03:42:17 PM

are you getting Arkham Origins that cheap via credit?  I've been looking for a cheap pre-order on this one. 
GMG offers 20% off on most preorders and new releases with a coupon code.  The code changes every month.  Right now I believe this one works. GMG20-8MUTY-M21VN
659  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 07:13:25 PM
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You are now one out of 34,719 eligible beta candidates.
Good Luck!
Woo.
660  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] The Wonderful 101 on: September 25, 2013, 03:51:14 PM
This is on-sale today on Amazon for $50.  I ordered one.
661  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Steam Box on: September 25, 2013, 04:55:09 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 10:59:34 PM

Quote from: Laner on September 24, 2013, 02:50:48 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on September 24, 2013, 01:35:40 AM

Quote from: Laner on September 23, 2013, 10:23:30 PM

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In-home Streaming
You can play all your Windows and Mac games on your SteamOS machine, too. Just turn on your existing computer and run Steam as you always have - then your SteamOS machine can stream those games over your home network straight to your TV!

My favorite part... you could have a relatively low-powered box sitting under your TV and stream locally from your gaming rig in another room.

Or I could just play the game on my gaming rig.


What's the point of this thing? Because I don't see it.

*shrug* I prefer playing on the couch on a big TV for a number of reasons.  Having access to my entire Steam library in the living room sounds great.


Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo.

Most STEAM games were made for the PC and a mouse/keyboard and I'd bet many of the ones that do support a controller came out on console too.

This is a "solution" to a problem that doesn't exist except in Gabe Newell's mind.
All of those games that also came out on console still look, and in many cases, play better on a PC.  They also have better support for mods. Personally I would still rather play in front of a PC but I can see the appeal.
662  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 24, 2013, 12:09:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 23, 2013, 09:15:35 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on September 22, 2013, 08:19:07 PM

Donít forget about the digital shop money back program.  I may end up taking a chance on this just because I have $10 in credit from that.  I have purchased most of my games for the WiiU on the eShop just so I donít have to worry about switching disks.

I had forgotten about that, but really I'm not compelled to buy digital games on this console since it only has 32GB of storage on board.  I feel like I'd be constantly trying to clear space like back in the original 360 days and I'd rather not go back to that.
My WiiU has a two terabyte hard drive.  I donít know what the problem is with yoursÖ  icon_biggrin
663  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Castle Story on: September 23, 2013, 10:35:39 PM
Ok, I tested the new patch.  They have indeed made some good progress, unfortunately, the current build feels like where it should have been about 6 months ago.  Interface is at-least usable now but still clunky.  The AI gets stumped by simple pathing problems and favors climbing over short walls instead of using doors.  Sometimes miners will just stop working for no reason.
664  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Castle Story on: September 23, 2013, 05:53:35 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 23, 2013, 05:23:58 PM

I'd forgotten all about this game.  looks to be almost feature complete at this point. 
http://www.sauropodstudio.com/steam-early-access-disclaimer/
I saw that there was a patch this morning but unless it was huge I'm going to refute that claim.  The previous version barely worked.
665  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 22, 2013, 08:19:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2013, 07:58:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 22, 2013, 03:48:54 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 22, 2013, 03:30:42 AM

Where is this game out that you guys are playing it now? 

the Nintendo eShop.

Aah, I had forgotten that they did the early release for the download version.  I'll still wait on the disc one since I have other things to play now.  smile
Donít forget about the digital shop money back program.  I may end up taking a chance on this just because I have $10 in credit from that.  I have purchased most of my games for the WiiU on the eShop just so I donít have to worry about switching disks.
666  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker remake on: September 21, 2013, 08:00:44 PM
Any chance someone who DIDNíT play the original could post some impressions?  Despite my best efforts I have never been able to get into a 3D Zelda game (have tried Ocarina on 3Ds and Twilight Princess on Wii).  I love the 2D top down versions but something about the third dimension doesnít gel with me.
667  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Shantae: Half-Genie Hero [Kickstarter] on: September 21, 2013, 04:47:47 AM
Kickstarter Link

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Shantae: Half-Genie Hero continues the tradition of action/adventure in the spirit of Metroid, Castlevania, and the Legend of Zelda. Our goal is to introduce Shantae to a whole new audience with a fresh art style and a brand spanking new storyline. As always, we're putting pitch perfect controls in the front seat.


I thought I would throw this up here in case anyone else was interested.  Iíve enjoyed quite a few of Wayforwards previous games so I chipped in my $12.  Wayforward is mostly known for making really solid 2D platformers with bright and colorful art-styles.  They are currently about 90% funded with 13 days to go.
668  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rayman Legends on: September 20, 2013, 03:09:58 PM
Heh, I use that friends list because it opens instantly, whereas the Miiverse thing has a loading screen and a bunch of stuff I donít care about.

I donít blame her on the final level.  I didnít think the final boss was too hard but the section getting there was infuriating if you wanted all the Teensies.  The 8-bit versions of the levels are pretty great; they even put a fish eye effect on them to imitate the rounded screens of TVís from back in the day.
669  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rayman Legends on: September 19, 2013, 09:40:41 PM
I unlocked the final world.  If anyone wants to know if itís worth it here is what you get.  One completely new song level unlocked immediately plus 8-bit versions of all the previous song levels.  Pretty cool in my opinion.
670  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Pinball FX 2 + Company of Heroes 2 - Street Fighter x Tekken on: September 19, 2013, 05:33:22 PM
I really wanted to love CoH2, and itís an OK game, but it is definitely Relics worst title to date.  The campaign is a bit lacking and multiplayer balance until quite recently was bad enough that Soviets couldnít win in team games unless the German players were just screwing around.  The latest balance patches (as of about a week ago) have fixed this but itís still lopsided.

That said, if you only care about 1v1 itís probably fine.
671  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rayman Legends on: September 19, 2013, 03:48:28 PM
I finished the main game last night!  Given how much the aesthetic changed and the introduction of the swarming enemies, the final world felt almost like a different game, although an equally good one so Iím OK with that.

Iím still 20 Teensy coins short of unlocking the bonus world so I donít think that will take too long.  I still have most of the Origins levels to play through as well.


Quote from: The Grue on September 13, 2013, 06:09:29 PM

I know there are two ways to send a friend request and only one lets the other person know.  I'll take a look and see if I see the invite and if not, send the request.
Still doesn't look like you accepted.  I canceled and sent another request.
672  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 17, 2013, 04:14:07 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 17, 2013, 04:00:33 PM

I'm not sure I understand the backlash about bad guy characters.  Does this also apply to shows you watch as well?  I enjoy shows that are 'gritty' and show a side of life that I don't ever experience in real life...ditto games (though I've not played the GTA series...).
It really depends.  I have to be able to relate or like the characters, if I donít then why would I care what happens to them?  Itís possible for a bad character to have enough charisma to make me care about them but itís far harder.  If a character is outright despicable I will actively root for their demise, which is bad in a game in which I can repeatedly place them in front of oncoming traffic.  icon_biggrin

What disappoints me is that the GTA series never lets you choose the type of criminal you want to be.  If Iím skilled enough let me complete crimes without murdering innocents.  Let me become a Kingpin type character who can be stern instead of cruel, who eventually controls all the gangs of a city and holds them in check. 
673  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 17, 2013, 04:02:05 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 17, 2013, 03:04:55 PM

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Is this really what people find interesting? It IS a shame, because the world building seems incredibly talented and well-done, and if only they could tone it down a bit, it would probably be the best game ever. Its just a shame that it has to be ultra-violence, that I do no think any 11 year old ever should be exposed to, that is selling the game.

I came to this thread to post a bit of a lament that what looks like a great game is one that I can't play with my kids.  But others have already been doing it.

My kids would love being able to run around this world, drive different vehicles, etc. but the ultra violence and themes just make it unplayable.  I am sure that with the real market for video games being 20-40 year olds that won't be a problem for the developer but it make me annoyed as a gamer with kids.


Well, if playing a Nintendo game wonít ruin you man credibility as someone in this thread seemed to suggest,( icon_lol) there is Lego City on the WiiU which is GTA with Lego people.  A few faults aside, it is pretty good and does more or less what you are looking for while managing to be quite hilarious on occasion.
674  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rogue Legacy on: September 17, 2013, 04:07:56 AM
The platforming is pretty dependent on the runes you take.  You get things like double jump and the ability to charge midair which greatly improve your ability to get around.  The game is really based around the fact that you are supposed to be terrible early on.  Run in, grab as much loot as you can, die and then upgrade.  The only time I would really bother to be careful is if I was going after a boss, in which case the lock down ability was essential.
675  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Rogue Legacy on: September 17, 2013, 03:12:13 AM
Pretty sure tunnel vision removes the off screen notice for projectiles.  Not sure about savant.

I had a ton of fun with this one while playing it but after finishing it once I have no interest in going back.
676  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godus on: September 16, 2013, 10:26:16 PM
Itís better for them to hear the criticism now and have a chance of fixing the problems instead of getting closer to release and having a fully broken game.

As it stands, I think most of their problems can be ironed out before release as long as they are willing to change a couple of their fundamental game-play elements.  Even though the game is not "good" in its current state it still has a number of cool ideas that makes me want to go back to it.
677  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 16, 2013, 10:19:22 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on September 16, 2013, 09:01:09 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 16, 2013, 07:49:05 PM



That is fair in most cases, but not when it comes to GTA. You always play a selfish, criminal prick in these games. The closest we got to morals was Nico, and he's a homicidal maniac who would get counted as a terrorist by even the most forgiving of nations. Anyone who, after 4 main games and a multitude of great spinoffs, doesn't understand that these games aren't about playing someone who gives you warm, fuzzy feelings, isn't qualified to review these games since he clearly hasn't done his research. It's like picking up a puzzle game and listing "it's a puzzle game" under cons.


I agree. I think that anybody by now should be able to figure out that those kind of characters come with the territory. Anybody expecting anything less has clearly not been paying attention all these years. Perhaps if that's what they want, they should go play Nintendo games.
So is it wrong for there to be a review written for people who are NOT already fans of the series?  Iíve never been able to get into a GTA title but every time a new one comes out I wonder if they have made changes to the formula that will make me change my mind.  A review is an opinion, nothing more.  The reviewersí opinion is that the characters are despicable and that, for him, it takes away from the experience.  I would agree.  His review has informed me that I probably would not enjoy the game and so it was helpful.  
678  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto V on: September 16, 2013, 07:24:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 16, 2013, 03:12:19 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on September 16, 2013, 03:08:04 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on September 16, 2013, 02:42:31 PM


just to balance things a little bit
The Escapist
Spoiler for Hiden:
3.5/5

"excellently crafted open world is marred by a script that presents despicable characters as the protagonists."

Give me a fucking break.  It's GTA.

Yeah. Loathe as I am to say "he doesn't get it" about a reviewer, he just doesn't get it.
I think that is a valid criticism.  In my mind there is a difference between being a criminal and being a horrible human being.  Itís fun to be the bad guy but I want to be the bad guy with a moral code that I can still respect.  I have the same problem with the Payday series.  It can be fun but I hate the characters and takes away my enjoyment from the games.
679  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godus on: September 16, 2013, 04:05:10 PM
I saw this on the Steam forums this morning and it made me smile.

Quote from: Mooner on September 15, 2013, 09:02:28 PM

Poetry - I am no god!
I am no god!

I am a mouse clicker, enslaved by the cult of Followers to do their bidding.
For clicking, I am rewarded with bubbles to click which enables me to click even more.

I am no god!

By clicking, I clear the land. When the land is clear, the Followers can move in.
By clicking, I awaken the Followers. When the Followers are awake, they can expand on the new land.

I am no god!

By clicking, I search for treasures. When the treasures are found the Followers can advance.
By each click, I make the cult of Followers stronger. The stronger they become, the more clicking they require.

I am a slave to the Followers. It is my duty to click. I click, therefore I am.

I am no god!
680  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Godus on: September 15, 2013, 08:22:25 PM
On the whole I agree with that but I did find a patch of gems in my world.  It looks like I can eventually have people mine there but I havenít cleared away the mountain to get there quite yet.
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