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721  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.
722  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.
723  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.
724  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.

725  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.
726  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.
727  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. 
728  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!
729  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
730  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.
731  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...
732  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.
733  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.
734  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*
735  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.
736  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. 
737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: When with this Gen stop? on: March 16, 2013, 02:12:58 AM
I would estimate the last of the AAA tiles arrive around August next year.   There will still be smaller publishes working on titles after that but anything in development that hasnít already been announced is almost surely going to be bumped to the next gen just to promote sales.
738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: March 15, 2013, 04:47:44 AM

Quote from: Turtle on March 14, 2013, 05:29:35 PM

I think people complaining over the new look of have some rose colored glasses for the old game. Even back then, he was still a generic black clad hood, and later a hood with a mechanical eye. It was many things beyond it that helped make him a character.

This new design does look like some bad design out of a teen to 20 something vampire romance flick. But if they can get the character right, and remove some eye shadow from him, it should turn out okay.
I'll take "generic" over emo ninja.   icon_razz




I'll withhold judgement for now since they did good with Deus Ex but almost everything they have said has me worried, especially the line about modernizing the game.  If they put quick time events in Thief I'm going to lead a riot...
739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 15, 2013, 01:39:05 AM
I have a feeling that is only for people with the basic version.  If the install takes more than 32GB I think they did something wrong....
740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 14, 2013, 10:08:27 PM
This is probably the best you will find before E3.

Deluxe Console which comes with Nintendo Land
+
ZombiU
Pro-controller  
-----
$390

You save about $50 assuming you wanted ZombiU and a Pro-controller.
741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 14, 2013, 07:38:37 PM
Iím fairly convinced I will pick it up now. 

Just a reminder for anyone who purchased the WiiU deluxe edition; a digital copy purchased on the eshop will grant you a $5 eshop credit on your next purchase. 

I have noticed faster load times for games downloaded as opposed to playing off from CDs.  Given that many of the complaints seem to be with load times this might be a good title to try it out with.
742  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What Are Your Favorite Sad Songs? on: March 14, 2013, 05:22:33 AM
Recently, The A Team - Ed Sheeran
743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Lego City Undercover on: March 14, 2013, 01:50:20 AM
I just saw a couple reviews pop up online as well. 

Quote
Eurogamer gave it a 9/10
Edge Magazine gave it a 5/10

I really want a new game on the WiiU but I'm going to need a few more reviews before I make up my mind.  Looking forward to the GT review tomorrow!
744  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Ouya on: March 13, 2013, 09:13:44 PM
The Ball is already available.  I double checked and it is the same publisher.  It's very Portal-like except horror ( I guess that's the Killing Floor part) based and instead of Portals, your gun manipulates a giant crushing bolder.  No idea about the Red Orchestra reference aside from them both being first person.
745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 13, 2013, 04:51:25 PM
Sounds great to me.  If the levels are as detailed as the originals thatís a pretty reasonable price too.
746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 13, 2013, 03:53:56 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 12, 2013, 11:41:51 PM

Mila Kunis has been miscast for this,but i quite liked her TBH


I was mostly distracted by the fact that she had a sister with a British accent.  Must have been adopted.  icon_biggrin
747  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm tomorrow! on: March 12, 2013, 04:57:01 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 11, 2013, 11:35:31 PM


Negative.  I pre-ordered the CE, so I'm getting it tomorrow regardless, but in this instance I have nothing to share with you guys on this one.  frown
When you get your CE could you tell me if the DVD has all the in-game and pre-rendered cinematics like the original CE did?  That was my favorite part of the original but they didnt specify that they were doing it again so I didn't bother to order this collectors edition.  If they did I might need to track down a copy at some point...
748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wizard of Oz getting a prequel 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' on: March 11, 2013, 05:50:45 AM
Some friends wanted to go so I ended up seeing it this weekend.  It’s enjoyable enough while you’re watching it but easily forgotten a few hours later. 

When the movie does its own thing it is actually quite successful; the problem is it always reels itself back in to play it safe and tries too hard to connect to the original.  The worst offender here is any scene involving the traditional green witch.  Her mannerisms are straight out of the original and don’t fit the tone of the movie or how her character acted prior to being green.  Also, her “origin story” is pretty lame. (Note: I never read the books so I can’t comment on if they stick to the subject matter here.)

The 3D was quite good, something I don’t say often.

On the whole I would say it’s worth a rental but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.
749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 10, 2013, 06:00:44 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 09, 2013, 07:08:19 PM

They'll only feed on someone if they are dead, not if they are passed out the ground? That's kind of them.

 icon_razz Unconscious people tend to get back up before being thrown in the dead body landfill. 

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2013, 07:31:06 PM

what if you get the Shadow Kill ability that turns foes to ash?  no corpses for the ratses biggrin

Well, um, you seeÖmagic draws the rats becauseÖ

*runs away*
750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Dishonored on: March 09, 2013, 07:06:50 PM
No morality although sometimes doing side missions will have effects on later events, like a character will help you or a house will be abandoned and boarded up.

The chaos system is actually pretty logical.  Killing people results in more corpses, which increases the number of rats feeding on them, which in turn increases the amount of plague victims.
751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empires 2 HD Announced on: March 08, 2013, 10:50:58 PM
I think they are really just missing their ideal price point.  At $10 I think pretty much everyone with fond memories of the original would pick it up just for the nostalgia and the fact that it will using Steam matchmaking. 

At $20 we start to look for faultsÖ
752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Age of Empires 2 HD Announced on: March 08, 2013, 03:33:17 AM

Quote from: KC on March 08, 2013, 02:34:38 AM

I don't understand why they would do this when AOE3 has been out for years.  Was AOE2 that much different or better?

I preferred AOE2 much more than three.  Very different feeling games.
753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is best,ICO or SOTC ? on: March 06, 2013, 11:31:08 PM
I know I’m the odd man out here but I really didn’t like either one of them.  I was super excited when I heard they were being released in HD for the PS3 because I had always wanted to play them.  I purchased it on release day; put the disk in and spent the next couple hours completely underwhelmed. 

I did manage to finish ICO eventually but I spent the whole time baffled at the praise it received.  There was a brief segment near the end where it seemed like they were going to flesh out the world and plot where I actually started to enjoy myself, but almost as soon as it started the game ended.

I never got much further than the third Colossi in SOTC.  It just felt tedious and empty.  It didn’t help that what little character development there was led me to believe the protagonist was a selfish prick and every time a colossus stepped on him I felt like cheering it on.  I watched the ending on YouTube and was glad I hadn’t tried to finish the game for real.




Oh and to your questions; your assumptions are correct.  SOTC is very much action oriented although I wouldn’t really call it open world.  There is a bit of that but it’s mostly a series of in-depth and varied boss battles.  ICO is mostly one long escort mission punctuated with puzzles and the occasional (brief) action scene where you have to defend her. 
754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: March 05, 2013, 06:00:46 PM
This has two strikes against it out of the gate in my opinion.  Thief 1 & 2 are two of my all-time favorite games and while Thief 3 was a disappointment I didnít think it was awful.  I think they would have been much better served doing only a ďpartialĒ reboot.  Pick the story up after Thief 3 with the new character that was introduced at the end.  This way they could benefit from the same setting but wouldnít tread on anyoneís memory of the characters.  On top of that, Stephen Russell WAS Garrett.  I canít imagine anyone else playing the character and if they are going to change the character dramatically then why do a reboot?

My other problem is the look of the character.  They are trying way too hard to make Garrett look cool and edgy.  In the concept art he looks more like an assassin than a thief and the bow they gave him is far too modern.
755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are micro transactions the wave of the future? on: March 04, 2013, 12:35:18 AM
Done well I think micro transactions can actually be a good thing.  Having more content for the game you like or getting the option of paying only for the part of the game you like is a very good thing.  A lot of modern games have a single and very separate feeling multiplayer component.  I would love if I could say buy the single player part of Crysis 3 for $30; Iím never going to play the multiplayer. Likewise, Iím sure that many people who buy something like CoD will never play the single player.  Choice is good.

The problem is most companies that have tried to use them do so at the expense of the games quality and playability.
756  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WiiU: Worth the Investment? on: March 03, 2013, 05:34:31 AM
If you don’t like most first party Nintendo games…no.  I really like my WiiU but even I can’t recommend it right now because there just aren’t that many games out now or in the pipeline. 

Right now these are the (mostly) exclusive games that are out now, already know are being made or there has been strong evidence to support.

Out Now
ZombiU (Solid game, would recommend)
Nintendoland (Better than expected but not worth it unless you play with a group of people)
New Super Mario U (Best Mario since Super Mario World on SNES)
Scribblenauts Unlimited (Not bad but you can get it on PC)

Coming Soon
Game & Wario
LEGO City: Undercover
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (Can get on 3DS)
Pikmin 3
Toki Tori 2 (PC as well)
The Wonderful 101

Later
Bayonetta 2
Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem
Untitled Mario Kart
Yarn Yoshi
Rayman Legends (no longer exclusive but was made with the system in mind)
3D Mario
Smash Bros
Starfox
Zelda Windwaker HD
Monolith Soft RPG (Xenosaga?)
757  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Dawn of the Planet of the Apes on: March 01, 2013, 06:41:34 PM
You know, I liked the original a lot more than I thought I would, in fact I enjoyed it a lot.  That said I thought the worst parts of the movie were any of the scenes or plot points where they tried to connect it to Planet of the Apes.  I predict this will end in disaster.
758  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow - Mirror of Fate on: March 01, 2013, 06:36:38 PM
Tried the demo.  While I would have preferred a pure 2D Castlevania I thought it was really good!
759  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 01, 2013, 06:33:32 PM
The hobbit is probably the first movie Iíve ever seen where I would pay for an edition with an hour cut outÖ
760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Commander Keen kickstarter is failing on: February 28, 2013, 08:42:26 PM
First Iíve heard of it.  I watched the video and it really didnít do much for me though, I can see why it didnít turn out well.  The presentation itself seemed fine but the game had no personality. To get my kickstarter money you either need to be making something I canít get elsewhere or have a completely charming concept. 
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