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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 29, 2014, 03:48:08 AM
Glad someone else took the plunge and has been enjoying it.  Itís such a great game; it disappointed me that most people seemed to be passing on it.

I feel like finding the stars is the real meat of the game.  Most puzzles can be solved in fairly expected ways but in order to reach many of the stars you have to really think outside the box when it comes to how your tools/abilities work.  There are also some great Easter eggs hidden throughout the game.  This one actually startled me when I found it.


82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 27, 2014, 01:09:43 AM
When you place a QR code, anyone on your friends list will be able to see it.  You actually unlock special things you can say in QR codes based on your actions in the game; some are pretty funny. 

I think the holograms are a combination of pre scripted events and other people who are playing the game.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 24, 2014, 04:47:57 PM
Finished the game last night.  I feel pretty satisfied with my experience.  The ending, or endings (there are multiple), leave a lot of unanswered questions but in a good way and makes you want to learn more.  A couple of the audio logs near the end actually made me feel pretty sad for the characters, which was unexpected.

I spent 20 hours with the game and I know I still missed a lot of hidden content.  I highly recommend picking up the game. 
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 23, 2014, 05:20:01 AM
Game of the Year
Right now my GOTY is neck and neck between Wasteland 2 and The Talos Principle.  Talos came out of nowhere for me; I didnít even know what it was a month ago.  The comparisons to Portal are unavoidable but it copies the formula superbly and, in some cases, even surpasses it with level design. The story is interesting and opens up a lot of room philosophical discussion. 

Runners up
Divinity: Original Sin: Excellent combat engine and great quest flexibility. Also the best implementation of Co-op in an RPG Iíve ever seen. Story could have been stronger.

Bayonetta 2: Takes a good game and expands upon it in every way. Combat is fun and fluid, story is over the top and hilarious, and level design stays new and interesting. A spectacle that is almost as fun to watch as it is to play.

Biggest Surprises of the Year
Shadow of Mordor: I had zero expectations for this one and it turned into a very fun stealth/action game. Comes close to game of the year contender but could have used some better mission variety and the controls were occasionally clunky.

The Talos Principle: This is made by the developer of Serious Sam. It is one of the smartest games you will ever play. WTF?

Disappointments
Transistor: Bastion was my favorite game of the year it was released and a hard act to follow, unfortunately, Transistor didnít capture the same the spirit that made me love the original.  Donít get me wrong, Transistor is not a bad game, in fact itís pretty good, but it still falls short of its legacy.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: December 16, 2014, 05:40:15 AM
In case anyone is still struggling to unlock characters.  The easiest way is to choose stock, 1 life, set opponent to easiest.  Either kill them or just jump off the stage.  Every 20 matches or so, win or lose, you unlock a new character.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 13, 2014, 06:33:39 PM
Forbidden towers are made for climbing!

I just made it to the second world.  This is definitely a game for people who like exploring.  There is so much hidden lore and backstory but unlocking it is the real challenge of the game.  I think the best moment for me so far was the realization that the individual self-contained ďpuzzle roomsĒ can be manipulated to interact with other rooms for special results.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Talos Principle on: December 12, 2014, 03:50:25 AM
Huh, I looked up the Free Public Test on YouTube.  That is the same gameplay but seems to be a completely different area than the full game. 
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The Talos Principle on: December 12, 2014, 03:19:20 AM
This wasnít even on my radar but I decided to pick it up after all the early hype.  So far it doesnít disappoint.  Itís a first person puzzle game in a very similar vein to portal.  You awaken on an island filled with Greek style ruins with a booming voice in your head claiming to be God.  All you really know at the start is you are a robot of some sort but you pick up information about what is going on as you progress.  

Puzzles are clever and the graphics are surprisingly gorgeous.  Also, the writing seems very strong.  Apparently itís the same person who wrote the story for The Swapper and shares some similar musings about the nature of the soul and what it means to be human.

Definitely worth a look if you enjoyed Portal.

Launch Trailer
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 10, 2014, 04:12:17 PM
Pretty-sure they can.  Stealth as well.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 10, 2014, 01:29:42 AM
Just got this in a deck.  Love the art.  Usefulness seems questionable....  icon_biggrin

91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 09, 2014, 12:53:59 AM
I must have just been lucky.  Worked perfectly for me on launch.  New cards are fun but most of the ones I have only have synergy with other mechs so I cant do much with them yet.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Zelda on: December 08, 2014, 05:41:52 PM
The new Zelda looks very nice but I haven't been able to get into any of the 3D Zeldas.  Here's hoping this will convert me.

As far Starfox, very little is known.  If you go back to E3 there were some video demos of it circulating but there was no big announcement to go along with them. 
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 08, 2014, 05:27:35 AM
I wasn’t really in a hurry to play this but I ended up with a free copy.  I’m shocked by how poorly it runs on my system.  I ran Farcry 3 at max settings but this frequently drops down below 30FPS even at medium.  Pretty much unplayable.

Also, no proper support for 16x10 resolutions.  I’m almost positive I ran Farcry 3 without black bars.   Very lazy.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: December 04, 2014, 10:00:36 PM
Everyone has been given a free arena run and the new cards are available to draft. Note: you cant win the new cards yet.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: December 04, 2014, 02:58:24 AM
Has anyone seen any mods to break the games atmosphere by adding quick save yet?
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 01, 2014, 04:49:28 AM
I will most likely pick up Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker eventually, but It's not a day one purchase.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: November 28, 2014, 05:47:47 AM
Fire Emblem: Awakening Ė As far as Iím concerned, this is the best game on the system and a must play.  I had never played a Fire Emblem game before this one and I was hooked from start to finish.

Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon  - Excellent.
Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Ė Excellent.
Shovel Knight Ė A classic style metroidvania on the eShop.
Pushmo Ė A deceptively challenging puzzle game on the eShop.  Actually makes good use of the 3D effect without being annoying.
Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Ė Itís exactly more Mario RPG with all the strengths and weaknesses that entails.  Tutorial goes on a bit long for my taste but still solid.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars Ė A fun little TBS/Tactical game that deserved more attention than it got.
Both Professor Layton games on the 3DS are good.

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You can safely skip Paper Mario: Sticker Star
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate looks awful and plays awkwardly unless you have the 2nd joystick add-on.  Better off waiting till you eventually get a WiiU and buy it on that instead.
98  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 27, 2014, 06:53:52 PM
Just an FYI, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor is only $20 on amazon today if you don't mind waiting for the physical version.  Still comes with the Steam key.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 06:17:55 AM
Ah yes, Thomas Was Alone will show off the true power of the PS4!

(It's actually a really good game and you should play it.)
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 22, 2014, 10:33:46 PM
Nintendo is actually in a really good place right now.  Sony and MS havenít done much of anything this year and Nintendo has released 4 hits on the WiiU more or less in a row.  They will be rounding out the year with Captain Toad and starting next year strong with Kirby and Yoshi.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 22, 2014, 07:39:12 PM
So this is taking me back to my college days, the only thing missing is about 10 people hanging around who all want to play!

Is anyone interested in playing some multiplayer? 
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 06:07:09 AM
Playing online has taught me that I am terrible and should not play online.  crybaby
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 21, 2014, 05:20:28 AM
Download complete and unlocking!
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Peanuts on: November 20, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
That looks like a labor of love for the subject material but I have a hard time believing this will do well at theaters.  Peanuts felt outdated when I was a kid, I doubt it will have any relevance to modern young audiences.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 05:44:49 PM
Probably Wasteland 2 or Divinity: Original Sin.  Both are flawed but still so good that I don't care.  Itís a great year for RPGs.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [WiiU] Super Smash Bros. on: November 19, 2014, 05:22:39 PM
The review embargo just ended and reviews have started to get get posted.  Not surprising from one of Nintendoís flag ships but reviews are looking really good!

Who else is picking this up this week?
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 03:46:16 AM
Really?  Ubisoft chose the release week of Smash Bros to release Watch Dogs on the WiiU?  Itís like they want their titles to fail on the systemÖ

Also, Super Smash Bros.  icon_biggrin
108  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Space Hulk on: November 14, 2014, 11:06:29 PM
First batch of Terminators!



Will be adding a wash for extra detail but pretty happy with the results so far.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: November 14, 2014, 05:20:39 PM
Kind of a spoiler but...

Apparently you can get an alternate ending in record time if you simply do what you are told.

Seems like a pretty cool Easteregg to throw in the game.
110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 04:30:40 PM
I write a terrible blog for my company that gets about a hundred readers a week.  Does that count?
111  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Monument Valley on: November 13, 2014, 04:11:40 AM
That makes me sad.  Monument Valley is a great little mobile game.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 12, 2014, 10:09:45 PM
So have any reviews mentioned how the ending is handled?  I am very much a person who wonít bother with a game if it doesnít have a satisfying conclusion.  I am really hoping to a return to DA1 form here vs the ME debacle.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 11, 2014, 08:41:26 PM
So just a heads up, Best Buy is apparently having a ridiculous Black Friday deal on the WiiU this year.  With the number of great games releasing on the system lately it's a great time to jump in.

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Best Buy is offering the Super Mario 3D World Wii U bundle that also includes Nintendo Land, as well as Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze and Super Smash Bros. for the low price of $360.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 03:53:31 PM
Itís optimistic to assume that Ubisoft would pay attention in a ďgoodĒ way.  Itís more likely that they would come to the conclusion that PC is just not a viable market for their games and spend even less money developing for it than they already do.  Ubisoft has a history of inventing problems to prove what they already believe to be true.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 01, 2014, 10:10:33 PM
So my ~3 hours impressions.  Itís really enjoyable but gets old pretty fast.  I see this as the new Titan Fall.  A game with fun gameplay but very little long term staying power.  
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 30, 2014, 03:55:27 PM
Iím not normally into brawlers but I really love this game.  I had a bunch of friends over this weekend and even though it was only one player, it was still a big hit with everyone just because of the pure spectacle of it all.

So something pretty cool that I didnít expect.  The alternate Nintendo costumes actually play slightly different from the normal ones.  If you use the Metroid costume you actually get the charge up blaster and when you run around you can turn into ball form and drop bombs everywhere.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] The Tomorrow Children on: October 30, 2014, 03:15:17 PM
This video works.  Neat concept, not sold on the art style.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hearthstone on: October 27, 2014, 08:55:50 PM
Impressive.  My best is 11 and I've only gotten there a couple times.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 27, 2014, 06:08:51 PM
I found this bizarrely funny.  Nintendo partners with Playboy to promote Bayonetta 2.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: October 24, 2014, 03:10:53 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 24, 2014, 10:45:29 AM

 From the reviews and impressions I've seen, including TB's and several others, it looks like there are lots of people out there that are pissed because this isn't the Alpha Centauri 2 they expected.  For some reason that just bugs me.  Why can't people appreciate a game for what it is, not for what they want it to be?  If they don't like it that's fine of course, but it would be nice if it was the game itself and not "It is not Alpha Centauri, so I hate it."  I played ALOT of that game back in the day, it was indeed great but I think most of these people have their rose-colored glasses on.
For me, itís because there are a lot of CIV games but there has only been one Alpha Centauri.  As someone who has gone back and played AC recently, I would agree that the interface has started to show its age but it still has features and unique gameplay elements that have yet to be surpassed in any CIV game.  

AC was also filled with personality and even had a compelling story that was integrated with the gameplay, something the rest of the CIV series has never even attempted.  AC made me feel like I was interacting with other global powers, each with their own personalities and quirks.  When you finally got to place your arch nemesis in the Punishment Sphere and watch them writhe in agony there was a great feeling of evil joy.  I have never felt like I was playing with anything other than computer AIís in any of the CIV games, and as such, never found them anywhere near as compelling.
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