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681  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] New Zelda this year, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: April 17, 2013, 11:09:07 PM
My problem with that is that had they had fixed the loading problems with the WiiU back in January, released the Virtual Console in February, and then had a steady catalogue of first party releases every month leading up to the new consoles, they could have dominated that time.  Sure, they probably would still lose the winter months to Sony and Microsoft but they would have had a strong install base to build off from in the New Year.
 
Instead they are going to have to fight tooth and nail for every sale for the rest of the year and itís only going to get worst next year when games actually start coming out on those systems.
682  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] New Zelda this year, Oracle of Ages/Seasons coming to eShop on: April 17, 2013, 08:20:10 PM
Iíll probably pick up the majority of those but Nintendo continues to puzzle me.  They should be putting their best efforts behind the WiiU this year, not the 3DS.  The closer we get to the PS4/720 the harder they are going to have to fight for attention.
683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: April 17, 2013, 08:15:35 PM
Some more news on the Wii U front.

Pikmin 3 has a release date set for August. (So much for launch window...)
Earthbound is finally getting a release in the US on the Wii U virtual console.

A ton of 3DS titles were also announced.
684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: April 17, 2013, 02:52:02 AM
I just completed the first mission of the DLC.  I spent about 2 hours with it, completed all the optional objectives and finished with a nonlethal score.  If the other two missions are as good this will be one of the best pieces of DLC content Iíve played.
685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: April 16, 2013, 04:00:43 PM
The Knife of Dunwall DLC expansion is out today. It includes three new missions and people are reporting that it takes between 3-8 hours to finish depending on your play style. Thatís a pretty nice chunk of content for $10.

Mine is downloading right now.
686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/15) on: April 16, 2013, 04:23:45 AM
I tried that a couple days ago.  Iíve purchased lots of things from GMG and never had a problem but for some reason this time my bank put a hold on my account when I tried it.  icon_cry
687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: April 15, 2013, 07:33:26 PM
You can get your own beta key if you like the Relic page on Facebook
688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/15) on: April 15, 2013, 06:53:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 15, 2013, 05:42:00 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 15, 2013, 05:22:29 PM

PC: Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall

oh yeah, that's coming out.  definitely getting it but I'll probably wait for a sale since I won't get to it right away anyways.
I donít blame you for waiting on DLC but it looks like itís only $10.  Dishonored was my favorite game of last year so if the missions are as long and in-depth as they were in the main game thatís not a bad price for the time it will take to play through them.
689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/15) on: April 15, 2013, 05:22:29 PM
PC: Dishonored: The Knife of Dunwall
690  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Bioshock Infinite (PS3) + original Bioshock + ME3 or SSX on: April 14, 2013, 05:05:31 PM
I only posted because I assume he has already traded it in at this point and was hoping to offer some explanation for lack of interest.  Gratch, if you haven't traded it back and want me to delete my post I'm happy too.  As for my statement, I buy most new games from Greemangaming, which almost always offers 20% off on new releases and preorders.  Check out this thread if you donít believe me.

Console titles tend to hold their prices slightly better but I have seen BSI for $15 off already.
691  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Bioshock Infinite (PS3) + original Bioshock + ME3 or SSX on: April 14, 2013, 04:35:41 PM
The problem is most games drop to $15 off within a couple weeks of release now.  You could also buy the PC version of Bioshock for $46 new on release day.  icon_confused
692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA/PC]Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon on: April 14, 2013, 04:19:54 PM
Thanks for the heads up!  I was tempted to order a copy but it looks like I'm getting it free.   nod thumbsup
693  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk about piracy. on: April 13, 2013, 04:38:12 AM
My stance on piracy is complicated and probably full of hypocrisy.

On the whole Iím against it but there are times when it doesnít bother me at all.  An example is that there was a TV series on Netflix that I was enjoying and right when I got to the last two episodes it was taken off the service.  Annoyed, I tracked down the last two episodes and didnít feel remotely bad about it.

When it comes to movies and games I often use the success of the product to gauge guilt.  Stealing from a small, mostly unknown, indie developer should make anyone feel terrible whereas AAA developers are successful and therefore donít really need my money.  I actually feel the same when it comes to buying games legitimately; I will almost always buy indie games at full price but will usually wait for AAAís to drop to discount range.

All of this said, itís been a long time since Iíve pirated anything aside from those two TV episodes.  The rise of Steam has made it simply easier to buy everything legitimately for a reasonable price.  If there was a reliable service for buying movies/series (from ALL publishers) I would probably use that as well.
694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSN/XBLA/PC]Far Cry 3:Blood Dragon on: April 13, 2013, 02:33:40 AM

Quote from: Teggy on April 12, 2013, 11:16:41 PM

Emotigon?
I'm going to guess a joke in reference to David Cage

Quote
If POLYGONS = EMOTIONS

and

if POLYGONS = VIDEOGAMES

then

VIDEOGAMES = EMOTIONS
695  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What is Monster Hunter exactly? on: April 13, 2013, 01:19:12 AM
Tedious.   Tongue

To be fair that doesnít mean itís a bad game, just that it appeals to a very specific demographic (not me).  There is only a story in the very loosest definition, basically there is a big evil thing, kill all these smaller things so you are strong enough to kill the big thing.

Playing solo you are going to spend between 20 minutes and an hour fighting a single monster.

In a way I would say it has a similar appeal to that of the Dark Souls games with a similar, although maybe not quite as bad, difficulty/learning curve.  If that sounds like your thing it might be worth delving into, otherwise I would give it a pass.
696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: April 12, 2013, 05:21:32 PM
Do you ever get the ability to jump higher?  I see lots of blocks that I probably COULD get to if I wanted to work for it but Iíve held off because it seems like something that might happen soon.
697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: April 11, 2013, 05:49:34 PM

Quote from: ATB on April 11, 2013, 05:30:36 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 11, 2013, 04:23:45 PM

Weather is interesting but itís not quite right yet.  Part of the problem is caused by other problems in the game (See pathing is terrible).  In one game I played I had my tank roll over my fire pit going backwards instead of heading forwards like I had asked.  As a result my infantry started to freeze to death because I couldnít rebuild it.  There are talks about adding other sources of heat, like use a Flamer to light a tree (or tank) on fire for warmth until it burns out.

This makes weather sound more of a hassle rather than adding anything fun to the gameplay. is it?
I actually do like it because it offers some new strategic elements but right now the implementation is a bit clunky.  One of my favorite additions in the game is ice over rivers.  When frozen, tanks and infantry can drive over it but a well-placed explosive or artillery barrage will collapse the ice and sink the tanks.  Iíve taken to planting TNT on ice wherever there is heavy traffic.

That said there are a number of ways they can improve weather, they just need to pick one and carry through with it.

Also, there are summer maps as well as winter so you don't always need to use the same tactics.

698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: April 11, 2013, 04:23:45 PM
Iím also in the beta (12 hours of experience so far); some of the writerís statements are blatantly incorrect.  The game actually supports 4v4, so 8 players at once.  

The zoom level is also perfectly fine in my opinion.  There is a world zoom option that defaults to 133% for me for whatever reason.  I turned that off, maybe he did not.

The game IS overwhelming.  You will be at least three games in before you have any idea what youíre doing.  Even now there are some things that I donít know how they work or which unit is better in a situation but that is standard for any Relic RTS.  

Some legitimate complaints:

Vehicle pathing is terrible.  This was bad in DoW2 but they somehow made it worse here.  This is supposed to be addressed in an upcoming patch.

Weather is interesting but itís not quite right yet.  Part of the problem is caused by other problems in the game (See pathing is terrible).  In one game I played I had my tank roll over my fire pit going backwards instead of heading forwards like I had asked.  As a result my infantry started to freeze to death because I couldnít rebuild it.  There are talks about adding other sources of heat, like use a Flamer to light a tree (or tank) on fire for warmth until it burns out.
699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Xbox: Always online, no second-hand games, 50GB Blu-ray and new kinect(EDGE) on: April 09, 2013, 09:55:10 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on April 09, 2013, 08:45:04 PM

If the system has been designed to operate only with a network/Internet connection you can't just change that in a month or so.
Unless youíre Simcity, in which case you just need to alter one line of code.  icon_biggrin

The rumors seem to imply that that it is just a programmed cutoff time.  If that is the case it would be possible to remove it or at the very least extend it.  The only reason I can think that that wouldnít be the case is if MS did something where part of the game or OS is actually streamed to the user.
700  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 09, 2013, 09:49:14 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 09, 2013, 06:36:29 PM



Speaking of the Lutece siblings:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I kept waiting for an explanation that they are, in fact, the same person.  IIRC, most of the vox tapes referenced only one of them for a long time. I'm missing 3 tapes, so it's entirely possible that I missed it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I believe the missing tapes you are looking for are in the Lutece Lab.  If I recall there were two there.  One explains what the Luteces are and the other explains a bit more about the relationship between Sir and Lady Comstock.  The lab is more or less across the road from the graveyard.
701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 08, 2013, 11:13:58 PM
I donít think the gore has to do with trying to be mature so much as giving the player a clear cut representation of combat.  Gore as used in Infinite makes the combat feel more responsive.  If a personís head explodes you know instantly that they are dead and you can switch targets.  It may only be a couple seconds different but itís enough to change the flow and feel of combat.  This is actually something that bothers me in FPS that donít use some form of damage modeling.
702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Steam - Newbie question on: April 08, 2013, 06:39:21 PM
You should be able to purchase from any computer with internet access.  You can have your copy of Steam on as many computers as you want as long as you are only signed into one of them at a time.
703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ATB] It's April! What's your game of the quarter? on: April 08, 2013, 05:45:54 PM
Strangely enough: Luigis Mansion: Dark Moon.
Runner up: Bioshock: Infinite.

Biggest Disappointment: The Cave.
704  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on: April 07, 2013, 03:54:26 AM
Yep, level in the 2nd area is also a time attack.  I found all the Boos through normal exploration but I agree, I wouldn't go out of my way for it.
705  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon on: April 07, 2013, 12:32:38 AM
Iím about half way through now and still having a blast.  This has really taken me by surprise and is now probably my favorite game on the system. 

I can also confirm that getting all the ďBooĒ ghost in one game hub will unlock an extra mission in that area.
706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: April 06, 2013, 04:16:14 AM
Monster Hunter, Lego City, and in Japan they had a new Dragon Quest.
707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: April 05, 2013, 11:27:47 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on April 05, 2013, 11:05:55 PM

The left mouse button controls the weapon in your right hand because that makes perfect sense.  Oh, unless you're using an X-Box 360 controller, in which case it's the right trigger.  These fucktarts really put the "irrational" in "Irrational Games!"
That is actually a legitimate complaint I have.  It seems like every FPS in the last few years that allows duel wielding has done it.  Thankfully, itís easy to remap.
708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3/WiiU]Aliens Colonial Marines on: April 05, 2013, 10:42:34 PM
WiiU actually had a shockingly good upswing last week.  In one week they apparently doubled the amount of units sold since launch.  Amazing what happens when you actually release games on a new console.  icon_wink
709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [food] KFC to introduce "Boneless Chicken" on: April 05, 2013, 08:54:43 PM
People buy something other than crispy strips at KFC?  Learn something new every day!
710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 04, 2013, 05:00:33 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on April 04, 2013, 02:09:56 PM


As for the Voice Actor:
I for one can not remember the voice from the Thief title i played on the Xbox 1(Deadly Shadows),but as someone who is upset from no David Hayter in MGSV,i can certainly understand why people are upset by it
Garrets original background. icon_smile A bit more of his original voice.

No focus on multiplayer is very good news.
711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 03, 2013, 09:16:23 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 03, 2013, 08:35:44 PM

Stupid excuse from Eidos, but I still don't think it's that big of a deal.  The amount of internet handwringing and "OMG they've RUINED the Thief series!" seems awfully silly to me, but to each their own.

A large part of it is that Garret was not an anonymous protagonist.  His personality made the game just as much as the stealthy game play did.  Actually, I would say even more so since Thief3 already saw a departure from elements of the originals (not for the better in my opinion) and Russellís performance played a large role in holding it together.

Now Thief 4 might be a great game on its own merits but a lot of what they have shown so far points it as a very different feeling game and a different feeling protagonist.  This begs the question, why set it in the Thief universe at all?  And if you are determined to for marketing reasons, why not just choose a new protagonist altogether and maybe give Garrett a cameo?

Quote from: wonderpug on April 03, 2013, 08:43:20 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 03, 2013, 08:35:44 PM

Stupid excuse from Eidos, but I still don't think it's that big of a deal.  The amount of internet handwringing and "OMG they've RUINED the Thief series!" seems awfully silly to me, but to each their own.

Ok, Gratch gets the Garrett voice actor that sounds like the Hamburglar.
icon_lol
712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 03, 2013, 05:56:31 PM
Eidos explains reason for new voice actor.   icon_cry
713  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So what would ya say.....ya do here? on: April 02, 2013, 06:24:04 PM
Web/graphic designer.  SEO Specialist. Blogger.  Animator. Other random crap my office makes me do...
714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: April 02, 2013, 05:37:55 PM
This is what I meant by graphics problems. 


Character models look fine (aside from the weird head/shoulder clipping thing that occurs on occasion) but if you look at the edges of any of the scenery there is an obvious lack of antialiasing going on.  The size of your TV is going to make a huge difference here, you can see them in the screen shot but on a 60 inch TV they are huge.

Part of the problem with the game pad is the pace of the game.  In ZombiU having the map there was perfect because it was a slow paced game and it functioned as a motion tracker as well.  Here if you look down at the map while driving youíre probably going to drive into something.  A mini map on the screen would actually have served better in this case.   

Also, with the touch pad they have nearly unlimited access to buttons and yet the game reuses the same buttons on the controller to do multiple things.  Thatís just a missed opportunity. 
715  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.
716  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.
717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: April 02, 2013, 04:37:39 AM
Not horribleÖbut not Thief.  icon_neutral
718  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.
719  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.
720  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...
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