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681  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on: April 02, 2013, 04:49:32 AM
Just something that displays in the lab.  Video spoiler.

Also, apparently if you find all the Boos you get a bonus mission.
682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: April 02, 2013, 04:46:00 AM
Finally downloaded my copy.  ThatÖtook a while on wireless. 

Gameplay is fun but nothing spectacular.  Iím a little disappointed with the usage of the WiiU pad.  At this point I compare everything to ZombiU which used the pad perfectly but here it feels more tacked on than useful.  On that note, the scanning mini game is annoying.

Humor is good in a corny slapstick sort of way.  Iíve found myself laughing a number of times already.  Graphics are actually a lot worse than I was expecting.  On my 60inch TV the jaggies are VERY noticeable, more so than in any other WiiU game Iíve played. 

On the whole though it seems solid enough.
683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 02, 2013, 04:37:39 AM
Not horribleÖbut not Thief.  icon_neutral
684  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on: April 02, 2013, 12:13:38 AM
I don't think there really is a benefit.  If you collect all the gems you get a Luigi statue.  Not worth the trouble in my opinion.
685  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on: April 01, 2013, 04:18:51 PM
Unfortunately, that is correct.  Most missions can be completed in about 15 minutes so I haven't run into any problems so far but that is a definite weakness of the game.
686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: April 1st Jokes on: April 01, 2013, 04:12:02 PM
War for the Overworld: The Democorn.

I kind of want them to put it in the game for real now...
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 31, 2013, 07:53:10 PM
I think gems on the auction house ruined the game more than anything else for my group of regulars.  One of my friends would just buy a huge stack of flawless gems and hand them out to us.  They were so cheap and common that we never even bothered to recover them from an item before selling it.  They also made crappy items with sockets better than any of the named items we found in the game.
688  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 3DS Friend Codes on: March 31, 2013, 03:56:24 PM
1075-0742-5539
689  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion:Dark Moon on: March 31, 2013, 03:41:34 PM
I'm willing to give it a try.  My only experience with multiplayer on the 3DS was a few rounds of Mario Kart against random people though...

-Added you as a friend-
690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What 360 should I buy? on: March 30, 2013, 05:07:19 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 30, 2013, 02:25:47 AM

Oh and I guess the new Wii U "pro" controller is like this too. Well, Nintendo used to understand this anyway. smile

Eh?  The WiiU pro is like a 360 with the right side inverted.  It's actually pretty comfy.

691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 30, 2013, 04:54:42 AM
Just finished the game.  I stand by my complaints but the last third of the game is brilliant enough that I would still recommend the game whole heartedly. 

The tonal shifts that occur around the halfway point make me wonder if they went with the intro section as it was because they were afraid of scaring people off.  The Patriotic ideology really doesnít fit with the rest of the game and if they had gone with a pure religious tone I think the game would have been stronger for it.

I had actually been expecting the ending revelation for quite a while.  They still handled it in a clever and satisfying fashion so high marks to them for that.
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What 360 should I buy? on: March 30, 2013, 12:01:56 AM
Are you dead set on a 360?  This seems like an odd time to be picking one up.  Even if you donít care about next gen the price of the system is bound to drop in a few months.  My personal opinion is also that the PS3 beats the 360 in almost every way.

As for the size, mine has a 120GB and itís about half full from light usage and the occasional downloadable game.  If you intend to use the marketplace at all I would go with the larger hard drive.  The price difference isnít much and you never regret having too much space but if you ever run out you will be kicking yourself.
693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: March 29, 2013, 12:50:39 AM
Looks like the closed beta will start next week.
694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] ID Forever (Independence Day 2 & 3) on: March 27, 2013, 11:45:05 PM
I know Iím overthinking an Independence Day sequel but wasnít the point of the aliens in the first one that they are like locust and move their entire civilization from planet to planet, use everything up, then move on?  If we committed mass genocide on their race who is responding to the distress call? 
695  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: March 27, 2013, 08:44:51 PM
Backed.  I was really looking forward to this one. 
696  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion:Dark Moon on: March 27, 2013, 08:36:44 PM
I picked this up during the $30 sale.  Only made it through one mission but my first impressions are very good!  My only real complaint isnít the games fault so much as the system and that is the number of jaggies on characters and the environment is a bit distracting.  Zelda did something where turning off the 3D applied a sort of anti-aliasing that I wish they had done here.

That is a very minor complaint though; if you own a 3DS go buy this now!
697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 27, 2013, 12:45:30 AM

Quote from: gellar on March 26, 2013, 09:23:32 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 26, 2013, 04:08:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2013, 03:57:03 PM

just out of curiosity, are you using the 'alternative' post processing setting?  I hear that one is screwing up the details on close-up objects.
That one I'm not sure.  Will have to look into it when I get done with work today.

I'm not using alternative and some of the textures are pretty bad.  The roses are a good example.  It's like 95% beautiful and 5% bad.

Running at Ultra Settings, 2560x1440 resolution.

I didn't have alternative turned on but I was curious what it would do so I just tried turning it on. Doing so broke even more textures!  The door texture next to where I was standing wouldn't have looked out of place in a 10 year old game.
698  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't eat the sausage if you visit Thailand on: March 26, 2013, 05:00:11 PM
Actually, I remember news about a tasting robot  that reported that humans taste like pork...
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 26, 2013, 04:08:51 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 26, 2013, 03:57:03 PM

just out of curiosity, are you using the 'alternative' post processing setting?  I hear that one is screwing up the details on close-up objects.
That one I'm not sure.  Will have to look into it when I get done with work today.
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 26, 2013, 03:52:33 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 26, 2013, 07:03:14 AM

L9, do you have everything set on ultra? Because while the rosebushes while I'm playing aren't high detail, they definitely look better than that.

Yep, just doubled checked and everything is set to ultra.  Certain things just seem to have really crappy textures. 

Another shot of the rare and blurry Pixel Roses.  Open the image full screen for the full effect.

Spoiler for Hiden:
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: March 26, 2013, 05:43:20 AM

Quote from: naednek on March 26, 2013, 04:50:33 AM

long intro, but man it's purty on the PC.
Pretty until you play spot the bad texture.   Or in that case, the GOOD texture.  icon_biggrin

Check point only save earns the game a pretty bad black mark from me.
702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: March 26, 2013, 04:15:17 AM
Ender could see better if he turned his helmet around.
703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Transistor (Super Giant Games Ė Bastion) on: March 24, 2013, 04:53:52 PM
Total Biscuit did a video on this yesterday.  You can see the tactical combat engine in action as well as hear the glorious return of the narrator! 
704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Duck Tales Remastered on: March 24, 2013, 02:39:09 AM
Quote
Scrooge's voice actor is now 94 years old but he still came into the studio and did his thing like a pro. The voice work really adds a lot to the package.

That is just awesome.
705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Don't eat the sausage if you visit Thailand on: March 23, 2013, 11:55:38 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 23, 2013, 02:02:17 PM

I'd totally eat a dog, cat, or horse if given the opportunity.  Not sure why these three animals are offlimits when we eat other animals we domesticate.
Itís the cute factor.  People donít like to eat animals that remain in a state of cuteness for the majority of their life.
706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: March 22, 2013, 02:58:01 AM
Would also recommend Once Upon a Time.  I though the first couple episodes were a bit weak but it picked up fast after that.  My only real complaint beyond that is I wish they had a slightly larger budget.  Anytime they try to go too epic the special effects canít quite pull it off.
707  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion:Dark Moon on: March 22, 2013, 02:53:12 AM
Not sure separating the handhelds from consoles was such a good idea; this seems to be where threads go to die.  Maybe it should have been Apps and Analog?

Anyways, the Giant Bomb quick look sold me completely on this one.  The level of interactivity in the levels actually surprised me.  This is probably going to be the system seller that finally gets a lot of people to pick up the 3DS.
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 21, 2013, 03:31:10 PM

Quote from: Reemul on March 21, 2013, 02:24:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 21, 2013, 01:00:46 PM

Yeah, the load times really kill this thing.

The driving isn't as bad as I was fearing, but that aspect clearly needed just a little bit more time in the oven.

Is it possible to install to an external hard drive or even something they may look at?
Ahem.  Tongue

Quote from: Lordnine on March 20, 2013, 08:44:46 PM


After doing some digging I did find some comparison people have had between the start-up load times and in game load times.  There is some variance based on the quality of external drive you use but most people experience 15-20 second faster boot up times and 5-8 second faster in game load times when using the downloaded version versus the disk version.  Not exactly a huge difference but it might be enough to sway people towards the download version if you have a HD handy.

709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 20, 2013, 08:44:46 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 20, 2013, 07:06:45 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 20, 2013, 06:43:22 PM

March 18th was the release date, at-least in the US.  Apparently there is a shipping shortage a lot of places are experiencing though.  Nintendo also priced the eshop version incorrectly on release.  Anyone who purchased on release day is getting a $10 refund.

After doing some digging I did find some comparison people have had between the start-up load times and in game load times.  There is some variance based on the quality of external drive you use but most people experience 15-20 second faster boot up times and 5-8 second faster in game load times when using the downloaded version versus the disk version.  Not exactly a huge difference but it might be enough to sway people towards the download version if you have a HD handy.

Can you use an SSD…

Is that solid state drive?  You can use any hard drive (2TB and under) that uses a dedicated power supply.  The hard drive has to be formatted for the Wii U though, meaning you canít use the device for any other purpose after format it.  Also, the WiiU is USB2.0 only.
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 20, 2013, 06:43:22 PM
March 18th was the release date, at-least in the US.  Apparently there is a shipping shortage a lot of places are experiencing though.  Nintendo also priced the eshop version incorrectly on release.  Anyone who purchased on release day is getting a $10 refund.

After doing some digging I did find some comparison people have had between the start-up load times and in game load times.  There is some variance based on the quality of external drive you use but most people experience 15-20 second faster boot up times and 5-8 second faster in game load times when using the downloaded version versus the disk version.  Not exactly a huge difference but it might be enough to sway people towards the download version if you have a HD handy.
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 20, 2013, 05:41:02 PM
So did anyone pick this up?  I ended up holding off after learning that I wouldnít be able to download it without an add-on hard drive. 
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock: Infinite on: March 20, 2013, 04:09:14 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 19, 2013, 01:04:58 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 19, 2013, 05:26:05 AM

Took me a minute to realize what I was looking at.  My state doesn't even allow billboards...

What? How do you know what to buy?
We only buy practical things here!  Like fur hats and chainsaws to cut down trees and build houses!
713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Transistor (Super Giant Games Ė Bastion) on: March 19, 2013, 07:02:34 PM
Cross posted with OO because I love Bastion.

Super Giant Games just announced their second game, Transistor

Trailer

Looks like they are going a bit more science fiction than fantasy this time around.  Gameplay is looks similar to bastion except maybe with a bit more planning involved. 



Bastion was my favorite game of 2011 so Iím definitely excited for this one.  An early build is supposed to be playable at PAX East; anyone going who would like to report back impressions?   smile
714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/mobile] Dungeon Defenders 2 on: March 19, 2013, 05:30:41 AM
I enjoyed the first a lot but my group of friends never got past the 2nd level of the DLC.  Just got too grindy to move on.  I hope they do something about that with this one but I somehow doubt it if they are moving twords a dota style mode for it.
715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock: Infinite on: March 19, 2013, 05:26:05 AM
Took me a minute to realize what I was looking at.  My state doesn't even allow billboards...
716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What should I buy for my new Wii U on: March 19, 2013, 05:24:16 AM
Um, I hope this is a stupid question but have you tried interacting with the game pad?  If I recall the initial setup only displays on the handheld screen.

If itís running its update donít turn it off.  If you do you will brick it.
717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What should I buy for my new Wii U on: March 19, 2013, 12:53:09 AM
This is the list I found for Pro Controller compatibility.

Quote
Assassin's Creed III
Ben 10: Omniverse
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
FIFA 13
Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Nano Assault (Multiplayer only)
Skylanders Giants
Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed
Tank! Tank! Tank!
Tekken Tag Tournament 2
Trine 2: Director's Cut
Warriors Orochi 3 Hyper
ZombiU (Multiplayer only)
Darksiders II

The only ones I know from experience are Trine 2, Tekken and ZombiU multiplayer.  ZombiU is a special case since you cant use it in single-player.  It does however offer a very interesting multiplayer mode.  The person with the WiiU pad gets an overworld view and gets to place zombies with the touch screen.  The person with the pro controller plays a survivor and has to complete objectives.
718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What should I buy for my new Wii U on: March 18, 2013, 09:44:58 PM
Unfortunately, very little is compatible with the procontroller.  Even a lot of WiiU games donít support it. *glares at Mario U*
719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What should I buy for my new Wii U on: March 18, 2013, 06:44:08 PM
If the idea of true survival horror interests you then definitely give ZombiU a look.  This is not a game about run and gun combat, most of the time a straight up attack will get you killed.  On top of that, ammo is limited and the atmosphere is the most tense Iíve experienced since Amnesia.

New Super Mario Bros U has the feel of Super Mario World from the SNES, which makes it my favorite new Mario title by far.  There are also a ton of secrets hidden in the over world map which gives it good longevity.

If your system didnít come with it, Nintendo Land is a great party game.  A warning though, a couple of the games require a ton of add ons (Motion Plus + Nunchucks).

Donít have a gaming PC?  Look into Trine 2.  Itís a beautiful (up to) three player puzzle platformer.  And for something a bit different and more casual, Little Inferno offers a unique non-game experience.  Both of these titles are on the eshop.

Also, Monster Hunter comes out tomorrow.  It did NOTHING for me but you can at least check out the demo on the eshop.
720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 16, 2013, 06:36:25 PM

Quote from: Reemul on March 16, 2013, 06:16:46 PM


Quote from: metallicorphan on March 15, 2013, 03:39:21 PM

Wii U sounds more and more of a complete clusterfuck as weeks go by



I think people who have it enjoy it for what it is and ignore those that slam it but dont have it.
Pretty much this.  The system has its problems but it offers an experience you canít get elsewhere.   Take ZombiU for instance, it borrows many of the ideas from Dark Souls but the way the controller touch screen interacts with the game is something a person wonít understand unless they experience it themselves.

 The system has a chach-22 problem going for it right now.  It needs more exclusives to sell the system but no developers will sign up to do it because the system isnít selling that well.  The other problem is because there are so few exclusives people are judging the system based on ports which do little to sell the unique features of the system. 
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