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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 24, 2016, 05:09:57 PM
That trailer is the first time I've really looked at this.  It's hitting the uncanny valley and not sure I like it.
82  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: February 22, 2016, 09:48:12 PM
I would suspect it has more to do with not thinking that most people would care about the collector’s edition.  Fire Emblem games have not historically sold well in the west.  Awakening was the first game that hit mass market appeal.

For most gamers, Birthright is all the game they will need.

From what I’ve gathered…

All three games tell a complete story.

Birthright is the closest to FE: Awakening; you are allowed plenty of opportunities to level up your heroes.  It tells the story from the perspective of the defenders and is the easiest of the three.

Conquest has you side with the invaders but not in a traditional sense.  You basically acknowledge how evil your father is and are trying to bring his army down from within.  This version of the game is very difficult, does not give you bonus missions to level up, and plays out with a more linear quest structure.  This game is supposed to be very reminiscent of the more hardcore FE games prior to Awakening.

Revelations has your character reject both sides of the conflict and you go off to do your own thing.  The game recommends playing this one only after playing the others and is the hardest campaign. 
83  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 08:50:31 PM

Quote from: Fafhrd on February 20, 2016, 06:43:56 PM

I would be Interested in Nuclear Dawn please.  If steam ID needed: Fafhrd
There are a surprising number of people with that name.  Is this you?
84  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam Keys on: February 20, 2016, 04:51:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on February 13, 2016, 02:48:29 AM

Stonehearth Gift Key  Steam Key
I’m interested in trying Stonehearth

I have these to give away if anyone is interested.
Portal 1 2x
Nuclear Dawn
Carmageddon TDR 2000
Talisman Digital Edition
Forced: Slightly Better Edition
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 08, 2016, 05:07:13 AM
I'm interested in both Firewatch and Unravel.  The Giantbomb video on Firewatch pretty much sold me, but I will be waiting for reviews on Unravel.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 05:50:12 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 07, 2016, 01:18:42 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
If it's helpful (maybe you might see some specific difference between our systems or driver versions etc?), I'm using GTX 970 and the game runs smooth as glass at 1920X1080. Am using the driver dated 1/22/16 (

Here's my basic Asus gaming PC specs:
Operating System
Windows 8.1 64-bit

Intel Core i7 4790 @ 3.60GHz:
Haswell 22nm Technology

16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 798MHz (11-11-11-28)


SyncMaster ([email protected])
4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (NVIDIA):

119GB KINGSTON RBU-SC100S37128GD (SSD):  [note: *It's a relatively tiny SSD, and I don't run games off it.]
*I know some folks who have moved the Preset setting down from High (and then adjusted some individual settings) seemed to get much better performance and/or fewer problems.

I think other folks found that switching from Windowed Mode to Full Screen (or was it other way around?) made a big difference.

P.S. What the heck does "Bokeh" mean? I don't understand any of the names under "Depth of Field"  icon_redface
My specs:
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
   Intel Core i5 3570K @ 3.40GHz   
   16.0GB Dual-Channel DDR3 @ 668MHz (9-9-9-24)
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   DELL U2412M ([email protected])
   4095MB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 (EVGA)   
   931GB Samsung SSD 840 EVO 1TB ATA Device (SSD)
Really just seems like an optimization problem with the game. 
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 06, 2016, 05:36:49 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on February 05, 2016, 11:01:51 PM

I assume a lot of it is either technical issues --
This.  I am running a GTX 980 and my frame-rate regularly drops to 30FPS or even lower at times.  A computer that can run Witcher 3 at max should not have trouble with XCOM.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wanna play the new Grey Goo Definitive Edition? We got 5 keys for ya... on: February 04, 2016, 07:48:23 PM
I already own it so won’t be entering but nice contest. 
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: February 03, 2016, 06:36:52 PM
I just received my copy from the last Amazon sale.  Played a few rounds last night.  It's really fun.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 06:07:31 AM
I'm interested in giving Gravity Rush Remastered a try.  I've had my PS4 for a few months and it will be the first game I buy for it that didn't come with the system...

Also, Xcom2.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 09:44:29 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 27, 2016, 07:43:41 PM

The part where he speaks of no music, no story, no narrative, gives me pause. Once a few people complete their first run of the game, I'll make a more informed decision. But I'm still concerned about The Witness maintaining my interest if the environments are antiseptic and the story is nonexistent.
I was curious about that myself.  I found the “True/Secret” Ending on YouTube.  It is so pretentious that I almost love it just because of how absurd it is.  
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 09:18:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 26, 2016, 07:27:28 PM

It's a puzzle game. If that doesn't appeal to you on its own, it's honestly not a game for you. The rest of the stuff, mysterious or not, is irrelevant if puzzles alone don't attract your attention.
I love puzzle games where the puzzles have purpose within the story constructs of the world.  The Talos Principle was my favorite game of last year.  Games like that, Portal or even The Swapper have pushed “puzzle” games beyond simply being puzzles for the sake of puzzles.  I hope The Witness is such a game but my point was that the footage released so far makes it impossible to tell.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 05:02:01 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 26, 2016, 04:28:01 PM

Figuring out things is the entire point of the game, which includes even figuring out certain game mechanics. Showing off these things would ruin an important aspect of a game. This isn't just "we're trying to be keep the story secret". It's about maintaining the core gameplay about discovery and exploration and learning what you can do and how to do it.
In your opinion.  icon_razz  If it is not possible to gauge the types of interactions that are possible within the game it’s not possible to tell if the game offers anything worth looking into.  The one interesting thing that was “spoiled” in the Giant Bomb video was kind of neat but it’s been done before.  I need evidence that there is something more to the game than just somewhat clever puzzles.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 03:59:45 PM
Is anyone else getting annoyed with all the coverage of this game choosing NOT to show anything out of fear of “spoilers”?  It’s mostly, this game does really cool stuff but we’re not going to show it because we don’t want to spoil it!  The little I see makes me think it’s The Talos Principal with all the compelling bits removed.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 19, 2016, 06:55:25 PM
Early reviews suggests a solid campaign but lacking on the multiplayer front.  Only two races and 5 maps on release.  No map editor. 
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4,XB1,PC] Rebel Galaxy, by ex Diablo/Torchlight devs on: January 19, 2016, 06:11:46 PM
For people who have finished the game, do the story/setting/characters ever come into their own?  I put about 2-3 hours into it and I thought the gameplay is fine, but the world building is nonexistent and I thought it just felt terribly dull.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PC] Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 on: January 14, 2016, 09:55:25 PM
I enjoyed the first quite a bit.  I hope this one gets a bit more recognition on PC.  That trailer was super cringe worthy though…
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pony Island on: January 13, 2016, 11:16:33 PM
This is a game in much the same way “The Stanley Parable” is a game, but also completely different. You will either love it or just walk away confused.  I loved almost every minute of it.  It’s an exercise in 4th wall breaking and some clever logic puzzles thrown in for good measure.  I think the less you know about it the better but from the official about the game description.

Pony Island is a suspense puzzle game in disguise. You are in limbo, trapped in a malevolent and malfunctioning arcade machine devised by the devil himself. The devil detests having his puzzles solved and poor programming exposed; you will need to think outside the box to proceed and you will be insulted when you do.

It’s $5 on Steam.  Give it a shot.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 09, 2016, 08:10:14 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 09, 2016, 05:01:10 PM

I haven't done any of the side missions yet, so there should still be several hours of other fun after the main story ends.  If I'm not burned out by then.
Two quests you need to check out are the White Glove Society and the Repconn Test Site.  White Glove is probably one of the best questlines in the game with about 5 different ways you can handle the “situation”. 

Repconn just made me happy.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC,XB1,PS4] A Boy and His Blob on: January 05, 2016, 10:58:02 PM
I played this back on the Wii.  It was good but be warned, the last world is tear-your-hair-out in frustration hard.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: January 02, 2016, 04:46:28 PM
This is pretty neat, you can now view your Mario Maker level stats online.  It's also the only way to view how hard your levels are rated as far as I know. 

I'm baffled that my Treetop Hooray level is rated as expert.  I guess I completely missed the mark on my intent of casual bouncy fun!  icon_lol
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: January 01, 2016, 05:28:19 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 31, 2015, 06:52:13 PM

Overall, I'm having fun but I'm less than impressed with this game.  I've had very few interesting choices to make, none of the quests are all that interesting, and I still end up shooting my way into or out of things 95% of the time.  Maybe I'm still not to the "good" part since I'm not in Vegas yet?
It sounds like you’ve been mostly doing “filler” quests.  Get to New Vegas and the main story opens up a lot.  You will find out what you are supposed to be doing and learn a lot more about the factions that are controlling things.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - late to the party thread on: December 29, 2015, 06:44:36 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 28, 2015, 12:58:30 AM

Unlike Fallout 4, New Vegas seems to really put you at odds with a couple factions from the start.  Of course I could side with the prisoners and the butchers, but they make them seem so cartoonishly pure evil that I'm not sure why I would. 

I was expecting a bit more subtlety and nuance making for tough decisions and deception, so hopefully there is some of that later.
Once you get to New Vegas itself the game becomes quite amazing.  I remember some people were a little turned off by how grey the morality is in some places but I loved it; very in spirit to the original Fallouts.
104  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: December 27, 2015, 05:37:50 AM
Fire Emblem Awakening was actually my pick for Game of the Year when it came out.  I had never gotten into a FE game before but I loved every minute of it.

Really looking forward to this one.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Biggest disappointment of the year 2015 on: December 21, 2015, 10:00:19 PM
Disappointing: The Pillars of Eternity expansion.  Not because its bad, by all accounts it is really good, my problem is it is a midgame expansion instead of a continuation of the story.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/22) on: December 21, 2015, 03:26:18 PM
This is Steam Sale week, so I imagine quite a bit.  icon_smile
107  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Life is Strange ep1, FF XIII steam keys on: December 20, 2015, 04:11:25 PM
Thank You!
108  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Life is Strange ep1, FF XIII steam keys on: December 19, 2015, 04:28:56 PM
I'll take Life is Strange if no one else it interested.  I've been curious about it for a while.
109  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cthulhu Wars (Board game) [Picture Heavy Warning] on: December 10, 2015, 09:19:58 PM
Some pictures of the new stuff!

This is MOST of the items from my CDG pledge.  The cardboard box on the right is filled with the plastic grey gates and there are about a dozen more figures that are duplicates of monsters from the main factions, as well as little plastic stands to display them all in another box.

A comparison of the largest new models in CW with the largest from Blood Rage.

I think the Giant can take it!

Sword lady, maybe not so much.
110  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] SteamWorld: Heist on: December 07, 2015, 08:25:54 PM
The first Steam World game was pretty good if not terribly deep.  I’m looking forward to this one but will probably pick it up on WiiU instead of 3DS.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Affordable Space Adventures on: December 07, 2015, 06:33:07 PM
I finally got the chance to play this last night and it was a blast.  We had a full three person party and it really made this one of the best Co-op game experiences I have had in quite a while.  Judging by the map, I would say we made it a little over half way through in a single setting and everyone was having fun.

I do think three people may be a bit overkill as the Tech Officer and Pilot roles could easily be done by the same person, but no one really minded either way.   

The mix of humor and challenge was nearly perfect and I got a distinctive Douglas Adams vibe from the cut scenes and info graphics.

If you have someone to play with, I highly recommend picking up this game.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts 2!!! on: December 04, 2015, 06:08:17 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 04, 2015, 06:00:51 AM

As long as there isn't a meat circus 2.
The whole game will be one long meat circus.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 04, 2015, 05:18:23 AM
If anyone wants to get the digital version of the game but wants to save a few bucks in tax, you can buy the download code on amazon and input it in the eShop.  You get the code instantly, I just tried it.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 03, 2015, 05:56:24 AM

Quote from: Gratch on December 02, 2015, 04:58:27 PM

Went to pre-order this today, only to discover that it requires 22.5 GB of disc space.  With the one game I have loaded on the WiiU system (Mario 3D world), I only have 22 GB available.  So I'm either going to have to buy an external hard drive or order a physical copy of the game.

Stupid Nintendo.   icon_evil
I can’t imagine trying to go with downloadable games on the default hard drive.  I’ve had a 2TB drive hitched to mine since day one.  Works great.

While Nintendo recommends against it, I also know someone who simply uses a 1TB thumb drive.  He says it works fine.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 01, 2015, 03:30:42 PM
I read in one review that the developer had actually sent a guidebook to reviewers to help them get through one area early on that was important to the story.  The reviewer said that even with the guidebook, it was easy to miss what you were looking for in that area.

I’m still pretty excited for this one.
116  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Cthulhu Wars (Board game) [Picture Heavy Warning] on: November 28, 2015, 07:45:03 PM
The expansions from the first wave are finally shipping.  Should be here in a week or two.

ALSO, if you like the base game, you might want to hurry up and do a Late Backer Signup here if you think you will ever want the expansions.  This was a 2nd Kickstarter that just ended and they have been pretty upfront that because of the costs to produce, this might be your only chance to get the expansion content.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 25, 2015, 08:47:09 PM
What classes did you try playing?  All of the assault classes follow pretty standard FPS conventions but some of the others feel very different. 

My personal favorite character was the Ice Girl (Mei I think?)  Her gun was very short range and didn’t do much damage but it slowly froze targets, locking them in place.  She was also pretty beefy on the health side of things, so even though she didn’t do much damage, she could outlast most other characters in a 1on1 fight.  One of her abilities allowed you to build a wall of ice in front of you; I discovered it had another purpose.  If I looked down before using it, I could lift myself or anyone near me into the air, allowing us to get to places that were otherwise unreachable.  Her final ability was to encase herself completely in ice, which made her invulnerable for about 5 seconds, during which she would heal about 50% of her health.

I went an entire round once without dying with her.  Was a lot of fun.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: November 08, 2015, 03:37:34 PM
Of course... I just bought a PS4 because it was on sale.  Helldivers was one of like 3 exclusives on the system.  Now I have even less justification for my purchase.  icon_lol
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: October 27, 2015, 07:14:46 PM
New update on 11/4 fixes my biggest gripe with the game!  Checkpoints! This will get me back into making levels again. 

Also included in the update, variable power-ups.  Are you small? Then you get a mushroom.  Already big?  You get a fire-flower.  This should allow for levels that encourage exploring a lot more than the game currently does.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Fatal Frame: Maiden of Black Water on: October 19, 2015, 03:26:42 PM
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