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681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 25, 2013, 07:33:01 PM

Quote from: Arkon on July 25, 2013, 07:10:12 PM



I haven't had a chance to play yet, but if you had to redo conversations wouldn't it be faster the second go because you already have read the dialog?

In theory yes, but since there are skill based dialogue options that can affect gameplay you canít just ignore everything because you may get an outcome you donít like.  Also, certain actions only open up if you pursue the right dialogue tree.
682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 25, 2013, 07:29:22 PM
Those are more copouts than anything.

1.   Games are meant to be fun. Donít dictate to your consumers what they should consider to be fun.


2.    Simple fix, donít allow the game to save during combat.  While not saving in combat can be annoying, the gaps are long enough to be annoying even for basic play without the threat of death. From what Iíve seen so far, outside of combat people mostly stand in one place so there is no danger of what they mention outside of combat.  
683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 25, 2013, 07:03:13 PM
I have to disagree about the saving.  I just put about two hours into the game and the save system is atrocious.  Given how much time is spent investigating or talking to people, if you have to shut your game off unexpectedly plan to spend a long time replaying content. 

An example of this come from pretty early on in what I assume will be a main base/hub for the game.  The time between entering the Seamstress Union and leaving was almost 30 minutes.  There are about 5 different people within the building that you have to talk to including shop keepers and even a little bit of investigation.  If I had had to stop mid play though and go through all of that again I would have been pretty pissed off.

That said everything else about the game is exactly what I wanted and is quite wonderful, itís just a shame they blundered on such a basic level.
684  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Free Facebook cash...and no entries? - Feedback on giveaways on: July 24, 2013, 09:19:43 PM
I already own all the games offered except SSDD, which doesn't interest me at all.  Facebook cash would also be wasted on me.  Now a nice gift certificate to Amazon....

If you're going to run similar promotions I would suggest focusing on the newer indie titles to come out.  With the exception of Van Helsing, all of those games could have been picked up for for a couple dollars in the Steam sale and anyone who was interested probably already did.
685  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 24, 2013, 09:06:37 PM
I caught a Mothman last night.




If I ever saw a bug that big in real life I would be more likely to use the shovel than the net on it.
686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gmail - WTF on: July 23, 2013, 08:40:09 PM
I turned off the new tabs.  Took about 10 seconds. 
687  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Giana Sisters Twisted Dreams on: July 22, 2013, 05:28:00 PM
I think that's actually cheaper than it was during the summer sale.  icon_eek
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: July 21, 2013, 06:37:14 PM
Probably too late to be useful now but I tried out the co-op for about 2 hours this morning and it seemed to work fine.  I do know there are still people having problems but so far it seems fine.
689  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Plants Vs Zombies 2 out only in NZ and Australia. on: July 20, 2013, 09:09:06 PM
Are there any items that you NEED to pay for in order to get?
690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So No one was excited for Earthbound coming out yesterday? on: July 20, 2013, 02:37:22 AM
I mentioned it in the "What are you buying" thread but I think there are only about 5 people here with WiiU's.
691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: July 19, 2013, 04:08:26 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 19, 2013, 10:57:19 AM

I kinda wish that games would put in more ways to be a bad ass and defeat enemies, whilst not actually killing or maiming them.

While not to the degree you're looking for, the Knife of Dunwall DLC expansion does offer a couple more nonlethal options. 
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: July 19, 2013, 05:05:03 AM

Quote from: Doopri on July 19, 2013, 12:05:57 AM

LOVED this game - did it end up doing well?  critically, sales-wise, at the box office etc etc etc? smile
It received fairly unanimous critical acclaim.  Sales wise I believe it did respectable but didnít exactly set the charts on fire. 
693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: July 18, 2013, 07:58:19 PM
Pretty sure that 90% of the complaints come from the (still) broken co-op and the fact that they released paid DLC before fixing said co-op.
694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/15) on: July 18, 2013, 06:43:02 PM
WiiU:
Earthbound

This was just revealed and is apparently a big deal.  I'll probably pick it up just to see what all the fuss is about.
695  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 17, 2013, 04:31:34 AM

Quote from: Turtle on July 17, 2013, 02:40:11 AM


However, the club nintendo $30 credit thing you'll have to make an account in club.nintendo.com then put your game PINs in there.

If you buy a lot of games on Nintendo systems, Club Nintendo is actually pretty cool so I would highly recommend it anyways.  Every game/system you register is worth points, get enough and you can trade them in for free games on the eShops.  Iíve gotten 3-4 games from the program in the last year; mostly SNES era titles.
696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: July 16, 2013, 05:22:16 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 16, 2013, 03:59:48 PM

and the final piece of DLC, the Brigmore Witches, hits August 13th.

Awesome.  Can't wait!
697  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Shin Megami Tensei IV coming to North America on: July 15, 2013, 02:38:41 PM
Don't forget to register if you bought it and Fire Emblem.  Nintendo is running a great promotion and you will net yourself $30.
698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Surgeon Simulator 2013 on: July 15, 2013, 02:36:14 PM
I would say itís a neat toy but not much of a game.  At $3 you wonít regret it but I wouldnít pay much more than that.
699  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 12, 2013, 06:09:27 PM
Ah, I didn't realize that's how it worked.  I've just been picking the ones that I like the looks of. 
700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Towels on: July 12, 2013, 05:33:49 PM
It's humid where I live so usually about 3 days.
701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Pants on: July 12, 2013, 05:20:28 PM
I work from home so... pants?
702  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 12, 2013, 05:18:07 PM
I keep getting counterfeit art.  Twice in a row.  icon_frown
703  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 12, 2013, 03:42:43 PM
UhÖ are there a lot of minerals in bread, fruit and dairy?  I do cook solely in cast iron though, which Iíve been told fortifies everything with iron.  Maybe thatís why Iím still alive?
704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 12, 2013, 04:11:02 AM
What about someone who hasnít eaten a vegetable in 6 years and rarely eats meat?
705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Vitamins on: July 09, 2013, 05:09:50 PM
It seems like most health nuts claim they donít do much but I take them anyways because my diet is horrible and I figure itís better than nothing. 
706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 08, 2013, 04:52:03 PM
Iím actually a bit curious of the age differences between people that did well versus those that didnít.  I purposely avoided taking American history classes in school because I found it so dull in comparison to world history.  Iím guessing that wasnít as possible 15+ years ago.
707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur Impressions on: July 06, 2013, 03:50:33 PM

Quote from: skystride on July 06, 2013, 03:59:09 AM

Got this on a Steam sale and finally started playing it.  Went in with pretty low expectations but I'm finding it really good.  It's like playing an action version of Everquest 2.

It came with a bunch of DLC like Teeth of Naros which starts at level 10+.  I'm wondering, should I skip these until I finish the main quest?  It wouldn't be good if it overleved me and the main quest provided no challenge.  I didn't even like the weapon pack that I got to start with.  Bunch of set items that basically made loot pointless for the first part of the game and combat trivial.
I played this way back when it first came out and was very happy with it.  One of the problems it has though is that regardless of what you do, you will hit max level before the end of the game.  If you try to clear every area in the game you pass-through (DONíT DO THIS!) you will hit max level by about the 50% mark.

The developers admitted at one point that they incorrectly assumed that people would just follow the main quest line and pick up the odd quest here or there and balanced the game around that idea.

If you want the highlights of the optional quest lines track down the House of Sorrows, Scholia Arcana and Warsworn.  All of them have good story elements and fun gameplay. 

I would say House of Ballads is the worst set of faction quest in the game.

As for DLC, the Dead Kel expansion is better than anything in the main game so I would definitely make time for that.
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: July 05, 2013, 05:43:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 05, 2013, 05:29:05 PM


Before that, I talked about how his weekly work output could be replicated by an unpaid intern in just a couple afternoon hours.

Respectfully, allow me to suggest there might be a hidden message to my posts that's failing to translate.  Try looking them over again, except this time imagine them delivered in an incredibly sarcastic tone of voice. slywink

-Autistic Angel

To be fair, I thought your first post sounded sarcastic but then you posted two more times so I started to believe you were being serious and were also completely nuts.   icon_razz

A lesson to be learned, sarcasm doesnít translate well to text based message boards.
709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cubeworld - minecraft type openworld-action-rpg on: July 05, 2013, 05:40:11 PM
I like building better.  Tongue

I would also really like someone to take the crown away from Minecraft because it could be soooo much better than it is.
710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could you pass the US citizenship test? on: July 05, 2013, 03:42:07 PM
Uh...no.  No I couldn't.  I did bad enough I don't feel like sharing the results.  icon_redface
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cubeworld - minecraft type openworld-action-rpg on: July 05, 2013, 03:08:39 PM
Not having building at all seems like a missed opportunity.  Have a full RPG experience and then let people build whole cities to congregate at, trade in and defend.
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: July 05, 2013, 03:39:59 AM

Quote from: gellar on July 05, 2013, 12:57:16 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 04, 2013, 04:07:44 AM

Thatís fair although I find it only slightly longer than DoW2.  Most matches seem to be 20-30 minutes for a 2v2 and slightly longer for a 3v3.  It really depends on how aggressive each side is though.  Also, more matches than not seem to end with surrender than having points tick all the way to zero.  Breaking the enemy spirit is more important than capturing points.  Thinking about it, that actually seems appropriate and intentionalÖ

Yeah they are much longer for me (but that's likely because I'm not as good as you are).  I played a few 2v2s and they were definitely over 45 mins long and a few 3v3s that were extremely long.  Hiro, Nomo and I actually beat a team 9-0 and that game lasted 1:15.  That's just a ton of time.
Wow, thatís crazy long.  I can understand the frustration.  Either those were some incredibly contested VPs or they werenít at all.  Generally speaking, if you can hold onto at least two VPs the tickets count down at a pretty good rate.
713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Talons - a sci-fi RTS on: July 04, 2013, 05:08:06 PM
I think people tend to frown on making an account just to promote your game.

That said it looks very much inspired by Dawn of War 2, which is OK in my opinion!  There is a serious lack of RTS games on the market right now.
714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: July 04, 2013, 04:07:44 AM
Thatís fair although I find it only slightly longer than DoW2.  Most matches seem to be 20-30 minutes for a 2v2 and slightly longer for a 3v3.  It really depends on how aggressive each side is though.  Also, more matches than not seem to end with surrender than having points tick all the way to zero.  Breaking the enemy spirit is more important than capturing points.  Thinking about it, that actually seems appropriate and intentionalÖ
715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 - Now with GT Review on page 2! on: July 04, 2013, 02:44:59 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on July 03, 2013, 11:05:14 PM

Speaking as a big fan of the original Company of Heroes, I have to say I'm pretty baffled by how the sequel has been handled.  I mean, I haven't played CoH 2 for myself, but this Quick Look by the ever-diligent Brad Shoemaker makes it seem awful.
That quick look was cringe worthy.  You really shouldnít get a Starcraft only RTS player to do a quick look on a Relic style game.  I felt really bad for his ally in the multiplayer match.

Quote from: gellar on July 04, 2013, 12:38:23 AM

I honestly really, really regret purchasing the game.  It's just not good.  In any way.
What is it that you donít enjoy?  I find the campaign a bit lackluster after the excellent DoW2 campaigns but I am still having a blast with multiplayer.  Turtle and I actually had some awesome matches as Soviets the other night against some Germans who thought it would be a good idea bunker down all over the map.  At the end of the round they started whining about how lame it is that they lost because of our noob ďartillery bullshitĒ.  icon_lol
716  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 03, 2013, 08:21:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 03, 2013, 07:44:54 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on July 01, 2013, 10:06:44 PM

Why didn't anyone tell me to put my money in the bank yesterday!  I didn't realize we received interest on the first of every month.

I wouldn't feel too bad, it seems that the interest rates in Animal Crossing aren't much better than the real world.  slywink  I had somewhere just over 150,000 in the bank and got 753 bells in interest, so that's about 0.5% interest...not really worthwhile.
From what I read you get the full interest regardless of how long you have the money in the bank.  So the day before the 1st it's still a good idea to throw all your money in the bank.
717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft - Uplay Hacked on: July 02, 2013, 08:56:49 PM
I find it funny that the last time I signed into Uplay was the last time they had a breach and told me to reset my password.
718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Incognita by Klei - turn-based tactical espionage on: July 02, 2013, 08:08:21 PM
If they pull this off they will have very good brawler, stealth, survival/building and strategy games on their resume.  That is some impressive versatility.  I canít think of many developers that branch out that much with success. 
719  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: July 01, 2013, 10:06:44 PM
Why didn't anyone tell me to put my money in the bank yesterday!  I didn't realize we received interest on the first of every month.

Also, is everyone else's town infested with cicadas today?  Raking in the money just selling bugs.
720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 29, 2013, 04:09:11 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 29, 2013, 04:04:01 PM

So, I tried again to play it, and that lasted all of 10 minutes until I quit in frustration - Does the sneaking become easier, or am I just incredibly hopeless at this game? Trying to sneak past some soldiers in the rain and I have no idea what to do, other than I was told to distract them - Tried telling jokes - No luck. Tried throwing a brick, helped for 2 seconds and that was it.
Make sure you are moving slowly when you get close to them.  If you rush they will hear your footsteps.  Distracting isnít required unless they are currently facing the direction you are coming from.  Unless there is a bit group of them I generally found it better to just stealth kill everyone instead of trying to completely avoid though.
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