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801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: June 13, 2013, 11:37:28 PM
Dishonored was very much a spiritual successor to the original Thief games, perhaps even more so than Thief3 was.  I think there is still a chance this could turn out “alright” as a stand-alone title but trying to link it to the Thief brand is doing it a disservice. 

Fans of the originals don’t want it because of the changes and everyone else isn’t going to care either way.
802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thief 4? on: June 13, 2013, 07:20:02 PM
My take away from the video: A lot of people are complaining about the combat being a focus, which is valid if it really is a focus but I was more bothered by the type of combat.  My problem is that the combat looks WORSE than what was in Thief 1 & 2.  The originals had a fun sword fighting system where you could change the angle of your sword to counter attacks and parry (this was removed in Thief 3).  The new system looks like simple block and counter attacks with horrible quick timey type events (focus) added on.
803  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 13, 2013, 06:52:53 PM
I thought I had added you before but I guess I missed you.  Friend request sent!
804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 13, 2013, 04:26:40 PM
Not sure.  There was some bad press going around after it happened.  I believe there were 3-4 reviews in the 70’s range.  It may have been a direct publisher action.  Some game companies basically say, “You can review our game in advance as long as you don’t give it a rating below X”.  Those reviewers may have broken that agreement.
805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 13, 2013, 03:53:06 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on June 13, 2013, 03:31:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 13, 2013, 12:38:30 PM

Does Tom Chick like anything?  He's like the Mikey of games.

Edit: Not that this is a barometer, but there is not one negative review on metacritic.  Seems like Tommy just likes lavishing himself in contrarian robes.
Is Polygon not on Metacritic, they gave it a 7.5
Metacritic removed all the negative reviews for the game. Or rather, all the mediocre reviews, none were really negative.
806  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 13, 2013, 04:42:46 AM
MSDuncan is the only person I ever seem to catch online.  He has cooler stuff than I do.  icon_frown

To make up for this I built a dead-fall in front of his house and then stole his pears...  icon_smile
807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console longevity on: June 12, 2013, 03:52:05 AM
If you’re only going to get one get a PS4.  I like my WiiU a lot but it is definitely a secondary system.  There just aren’t enough games in the library right now to support it.  Microsoft has made almost every mistake imaginable with the Xbox One.  Unless you really love the idea of playing Halo or Gears of War I would stay far far away.
808  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 12, 2013, 01:09:40 AM
Yep, I just added MSd as a best friend.  Haven’t been able to enter anyone else’s towns though.  My town has oranges by the way if anyone wants some.
809  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 11, 2013, 10:42:13 PM
I haven't really done anything yet but my city doors are open to visitors.  Just curious how visiting works right now.
810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 11, 2013, 08:59:41 PM
A new challenger appears!  Just watch it, this is so much better than the Megaman reveal for the new Smash Bros.  icon_biggrin
811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Killer Instinct F2P on: June 11, 2013, 08:40:48 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on June 11, 2013, 08:30:33 PM

"It's really impressive to have a roster of 50 characters, but how many of those characters am I really going to play?" the producer said. "And I have to buy a $60 game in order to play those one or two characters I want to play."

That is just about one of the stupidest things I've ever heard. Really Microsoft? You think you know what's best for gamers? Thanks for looking out for us. The world is a better place because of you. How's that XBox None DRM policy working out for ya?
The only time I play fighters is when I have a group of friends sitting in my living room with me.  Every person tries each character a couple times and we pass the controllers around.  Is this not a thing for most people?
812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 11, 2013, 06:01:26 PM
There have been rumors circulating that that Nintendo will announce a price drop to coincide with an ambassador program similar to what the 3DS had, basically a bunch of “free” games for early adopters.  
813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 11, 2013, 05:32:37 PM
A couple more Nintendo trailers:

Super Mario 3D World –WiiU – Unremarkable but looks fun.

Rayman Legends E3 CGI trailer – WiiU – Now with jiggle physics!
Or if you prefer actual gameplay to exaggerated Viking women… - I’ve played Rayman Legends quite a lot so far and I have to say, between what I’ve already played and the trailer, they are leagues ahead of the platformers that Nintendo themselves make.

The Wonderful 101 – WiiU – If Freedom Force and Pikmin had a baby who went insane.

X – WiiU – Monolith Soft giant mech action RPG thingy.

Yoshi's New Island – 3DS- Love the painted style.

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team – 3DS – I hope it’s better than Paper Mario Super Star.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds – 3DS – Awesome.
814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 04:49:11 PM

Quote from: kronovan on June 11, 2013, 04:34:28 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 11, 2013, 04:21:11 PM

Other M, to me, killed the Metroid series for a while.

It's the only Metroid game I haven't played. From what I read, it didn't seem like a Metroid game I wanted to play and neither of my kids were interested in it either.
The gameplay is Other M was actually fine.  The problem was they shoehorned in a train wreck of a story that took center stage and gave Sammus a daddy complex and more or less destroyed any credibility she had as a bounty hunter.
815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 04:21:55 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 11, 2013, 04:15:41 PM

Haven't they just released a new Donkey Kong game just a few months back?

They released Donkey Kong Country Returns to the 3DS, which was just a port of the original Wii version with the motion controls removed.  This is supposed to be a whole new title.
816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 04:08:57 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 11, 2013, 03:50:31 PM

So, what did you think of the Nintendo conference, as our resident WiiU ownder L9?
Meh…  To be fair most of those games do interest me and I will probably buy them but nothing really stood out with any WOW factor. 

The biggest problem I see is none of those games (aside from Party U :sigh:) will make use of the WiiU pad in any meaningful way, which makes people ask why it’s there in the first place.  The best thing you can say is that you won’t have to worry about motion controls. 

It’s unfortunate because the pad really does allow for innovation in gaming.  ZombiU showed this very well.  Hell, even Rayman Legends does a fair job of this.  Nintendo really should have pushed for a new Metroid or a Zelda to show off what the system can do that is unique. 
817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 03:29:21 PM
Super Mario 3D World – December 13th - The new Wii U 3D Mario will feature four-player co-op, with players playing as Mario, Luigi, Toad, and Peach. The new cat suit will allow Mario and his friends to transform into a cat, gaining the ability to climb up walls and scratch enemies with claws.

Bayonetta 2 -2014- New gameplay trailer.  I have no idea what is going on but it’s pretty and could be fun.

Mario Kart 8 - 2014 – Video.  It’s HD Mario Kart.  

Super Smash Bros. – Unknown – New characters so far include a villager from Animal Crossing and Megaman.  Cross play with 3DS is possible.

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze –Fall - A brand new side-scrolling adventure for the Wii U, starring Donkey Kong and the return of Dixie Kong.

Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD – October – HD Windwaker.

Wii Party U – Announced -
818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age 3: Inquisition on: June 11, 2013, 12:51:39 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on June 10, 2013, 11:59:20 PM

might want to drop the 3 from the title.  Think Bioware trying to get away from DA:O (which most fans adore) and DA2 which is generally dislike depending on the person
Judging by the trailer this might be more of a direct sequel to the original than DA2 was.
819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 10, 2013, 09:47:59 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 10, 2013, 11:20:36 AM

This is from a terrible movie called Zeus and Roxanne.   My nieces loved it and made me watch it almost every-time I got stuck watching them as kids...
820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:42:27 PM
I’m surprised people thought the price would be less than $500.  I figured that would be the bare minimum for the base units and maybe a $100 less for the version bundled with the Live subscription.
821  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 10, 2013, 04:28:54 AM
The naive inhabitants of a small animal village have named me mayor.  With the money laundered to me from the Raccoon mafia I plan to build my empire!  Add me.   1075-0742-5539

(I may be playing the game wrong...)
822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gunpoint on: June 06, 2013, 04:11:50 AM
I just finished the game and got my epilogue.  It generates based on your actions in the game.  No real spoilers but very funny.  The game is short (3ish hours) but oh so enjoyable.  I’m tempted to try again and go completely nonlethal.  All of my kills came from the very last mission when they ramped the difficulty way up.

Spoiler-ed as well in case you don't want to view it online or are scared of the nonexistent spoilers.

Spoiler for Hiden:
A case of crossed wires
5 dead. 9 injured. 20 jobs. $13,000. I've had better weeks.
They don't let me name names on this blog, but the person behind the hit I was investigating is dead now.
He played a dangerous game: insulting my hat.
The trigger man's dead. That would have felt good if I hadn't just taken a seven story body slam.
I don't know.
I guess I picked the least shitty of two incredibly shitty sides.
Maybe that doesn't matter. Maybe all that matters is that I now have the ability to kick down doors.
Either way, I think I need 10ccs of ketamine and a Columbo marathon.


Super Jumping

Rewiring Security

Property Damage

Falling Over
823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 05, 2013, 11:44:21 PM
Getting hung up on review scores amuses me since they have been inflated to the point of meaninglessness.  By all rights a 5 should be average and anything higher than that should be worth a look but few critics use that scale.  Polygon seems to be one of the few reviewers to actually use the whole spectrum.  On their own scale, “Sevens are good games that may even have some great parts”. 

I suppose it mimics real life though; if you ask someone to rate their attractiveness they will say, “I think I’m about average, you know, a 7 or an 8”.  icon_lol
824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Company of Heroes 2 on: June 04, 2013, 06:24:11 PM
The game feels a lot better than it did in the first beta.  Unfortunately, pathing on vehicles is still a bit rough.
825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gunpoint on: June 04, 2013, 04:13:17 AM

Quote from: Punisher on June 04, 2013, 03:45:53 AM

Picked it up and while I think I will like it, it is unplayable at the moment... about 15-25 seconds in, the game gets EXTREMELY slow.. to the point where it is unplayable... everything is at a crawl... got through 2 missions, then just had to stop...
Definitely not my specs...
Also, don't see a way to change resolution or fullscreen/windowed mode, once you select one..

From the main menu choose “Change Res (if things look too small)”.

Can’t comment on the performance.  I’m 5-6 missions in and no problems yet.
826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gunpoint on: June 03, 2013, 10:45:18 PM
The developer posted this today so if you're thinking of picking it up consider where you buy it from.

"Because people are wonderful, we've had far more sales from this site than on Steam, because I mentioned we get a bigger cut that way. This is fantastic and was definitely the right thing to do for pre-orders.

The downside is, we look a bit limp on Steam. Our highest chart position was #38, just behind "Crusader Kings II: Norse Portraits DLC". This means people who don't already know about Gunpoint are unlikely to see it there, and it might hurt our chances of Valve promoting it - apparently they go largely on what's already selling well.

So today, the best way you can support Gunpoint is to buy it on Steam. If we can do well there, it could be a huge help."
827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 03, 2013, 03:11:18 PM
828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Swapper on: June 02, 2013, 04:20:00 PM
Depends on how much you value $3.    icon_smile

The game is already 25% off, I really doubt it would be more than 50% off in a months’ time.
829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Swapper on: June 01, 2013, 05:28:01 PM
Hmm, no interest here.  Disappointing.

I finished up the story late last night.  Without giving anything away I will say the ending is satisfying but don’t go in expecting a Disney ending.  The game is creepy and mildly unsettling from beginning to end.
A warning for anyone who picks up the game; if you reach the last 124 orb door don’t activate it unless you are ready to finish the game.   Once you activate it there is no going back.  I didn’t realize I was at the end of the game and missed a sizeable portion of the ship as a result.

My total playtime was 7 hours.  Given the amount of stuff I missed, I think you could add at least an hour or two to that if you do everything.
830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Must Haves on: May 31, 2013, 11:35:27 PM
Additional votes for Ni No Kuni, Journey, The Unfinished Swan and Sly Cooper. 
831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 31, 2013, 07:08:50 PM
Alan Wake surprised me by being one of my favorite games of last year.  (note: it came out long before that on 360)  The PC port was really well done and had the developers redo all the textures in the game to make them higher resolution.  The game itself is very story focused (at least for an action game) and if you get into it, is very compelling.  I highly recommend picking it up.

American Nightmare is basically a standalone expansion pack.  It technically takes place after the original game but does so in an unconventional fashion that won’t make sense unless you play the main game first.  I still enjoyed it but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you love the main game.  It’s much more action oriented and somewhat repetitive.
832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: May 31, 2013, 04:06:10 PM
Nintendo was trying to differentiate itself by focusing its conference to gamers instead of publishers.  If you’re actually interested in playing some of the games they will have on display you may want to check out your local BestBuy.  Bestbuy is doing a promo where, during the conference, you will be able to play many of the games on display on units in the stores.

Can check availability here.
833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] The Swapper on: May 31, 2013, 03:53:21 PM
(Cross posted with OO because this game deserves some attention.)

The Swapper came out on Steam yesterday and so far I’m impressed.

What really makes the game stand out is its unique art style.  The game uses real-world clay models and found objects for almost everything in the game world.  It creates an eerie surreal environment, which, when combined with the minimalist sound direction, is completely haunting.

Gameplay itself is puzzle platforming, with an emphasis on the puzzle.  You use the Swapper device to create clones of yourself which you can then swap to in order to reach otherwise impassible areas.  The game starts out pretty simple but after about an hour in it starts to get downright devious.  If I had to level a complaint at the game it’s that while the puzzles are very good they don’t seem to really fit in with the game world.  Instead of being integrated into the environment it’s more akin to a series of puzzle rooms that you must complete to carry on the story.  In a lesser game this wouldn’t be an issue but here it feels a bit like a missed opportunity.

Speaking of the story, it’s surprisingly good.  I haven’t finished it yet and I don’t want to spoil anything but it is psychologically poignant and deals heavily with the morality of clones and the soul.
834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Massive Chalice on: May 31, 2013, 02:58:51 PM
I’m not sure I would really call Iron Brigade a strategy game.  You had towers but your mechs tended to do the real work.  I finished that one and never felt like it mattered where I put my towers as long as I had them somewhere.  I’m also not sure how Costume Quest could be considered a strategy game either unless I just didn’t play long enough to see it.
835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Massive Chalice on: May 30, 2013, 06:41:26 PM
I’m interested but their presentation, video aside, is a bit weak.  I want to see gameplay and a look at what the game will actually look like.
836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: May 30, 2013, 06:39:08 PM
I dont think anyone posted this yet; you can now preorder on Amazon UK!  I wish that were the real price just to see peoples reactions.
837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/27) on: May 30, 2013, 05:26:54 PM
Just purchased The Swapper.  Looks pretty amazing, supposedly a lot of the things in the game were modeled in clay. 
838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gunpoint on: May 29, 2013, 03:13:51 PM
Probably not an issue on normal sized monitors.  Mine is rather large(27").  Someone on the Steam forums suggested choosing a lower resolution with the same aspect ratio.
839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gunpoint on: May 28, 2013, 06:12:46 PM
I was really excited about this one when first saw it about a year ago.  Downloading the demo now.


Impressions: Fun mechanics, good sense of humor, itty bitty hard to see graphics.
Overall: I liked it!  icon_biggrin
840  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/Android] Curiosity: What's Inside the Cube? on: May 27, 2013, 03:59:55 PM
And as many people expected, the winner is a guy who has never played a Molyneux game and had only downloaded the game about an hour before he won.
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