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881  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?
882  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 ďfreeĒ games for early adopters.  
883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: June 11, 2013, 05:32:37 PM
A couple more Nintendo trailers:

Super Mario 3D World ĖWiiU Ė Unremarkable but looks fun.

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

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

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

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

Mario & Luigi: Dream Team Ė 3DS Ė I hope itís better than Paper Mario Super Star.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds Ė 3DS Ė Awesome.
884  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.
885  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.
886  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?
MehÖ  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 itís there in the first place.  The best thing you can say is that you wonít have to worry about motion controls. 

Itís 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. 
887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Nintendo is next! on: June 11, 2013, 03:29:21 PM
Super Mario 3D World Ė 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 itís pretty and could be fun.

Mario Kart 8 - 2014 Ė Video.  Itís HD Mario Kart.  

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

Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze ĖFall - 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 Ė October Ė HD Windwaker.

Wii Party U Ė Announced -
888  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.
889  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...
890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 - Microsoft is up first! on: June 10, 2013, 06:42:27 PM
Iím 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.
891  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...)
892  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.  Iím 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
893  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, ďSevens are good games that may even have some great partsĒ. 

I suppose it mimics real life though; if you ask someone to rate their attractiveness they will say, ďI think Iím about average, you know, a 7 or an 8Ē.  icon_lol
894  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.
895  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 ďChange Res (if things look too small)Ē.

Canít comment on the performance.  Iím 5-6 missions in and no problems yet.
896  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."
897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 03, 2013, 03:11:18 PM
898  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 monthsí time.
899  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 donít 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 donít activate it unless you are ready to finish the game.   Once you activate it there is no going back.  I didnít 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.
900  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. 
901  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 wonít make sense unless you play the main game first.  I still enjoyed it but I wouldnít recommend it unless you love the main game.  Itís much more action oriented and somewhat repetitive.
902  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 youíre 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.
903  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 Iím 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 itís that while the puzzles are very good they donít seem to really fit in with the game world.  Instead of being integrated into the environment itís more akin to a series of puzzle rooms that you must complete to carry on the story.  In a lesser game this wouldnít be an issue but here it feels a bit like a missed opportunity.

Speaking of the story, itís surprisingly good.  I havenít finished it yet and I donít want to spoil anything but it is psychologically poignant and deals heavily with the morality of clones and the soul.
904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Massive Chalice on: May 31, 2013, 02:58:51 PM
Iím 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.  Iím also not sure how Costume Quest could be considered a strategy game either unless I just didnít play long enough to see it.
905  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Massive Chalice on: May 30, 2013, 06:41:26 PM
Iím 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.
906  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.
907  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. 
908  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.
909  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
910  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.
911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 26, 2013, 10:37:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 26, 2013, 09:31:25 PM

They would do well to tone down the loot drops somewhat.  It honestly feels like I'm swapping out my equipment after 3 steps because every.  single.  monster drops a rare item.  I know these games are all about the loot, but this one seems to have gone a bit overboard in that regard.

Thatís a major problem I had with Torchlight 2.  If you played both how would you say they compare?
912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Based entirely on the 1st presentations of the PS4 / XBOne, which would you buy? on: May 26, 2013, 03:22:28 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on May 26, 2013, 03:11:45 PM

I'll stick with my PC and Wii U. There are so few non-Nintendo one-platform-only releases that I want to play that I can't see dropping all that money on a system.
This.  Anything that will be released on PC I would rather just play there and I have a hard time coming up with any Sony or MS exclusives that I care about.  Maybe by Christmas 2014 that will have changed but I doubt anything will sway me this year.
913  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: May 25, 2013, 03:07:31 PM
In other news.... Wii U sales rank jumps 875% after Xbox reveal

And I know that doesn't mean much in the long term but when Microsoft is doing more to sell the WiiU than Nintendo you have to laugh a bit.   icon_biggrin
914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: May 24, 2013, 04:45:51 PM

Quote from: kronovan on May 24, 2013, 04:06:25 PM

Has anyone played this co-op yet? I'm interested in getting copies for my son and I, but we're only interested in playing it co-op. One question I have, is whether you have to do a co-op connect through the publishers servers or whether you can do a direct/LAN connect?
The Steam forums say that co-op is broke right now.  Either you have lag, get disconnected after a couple minutes or can have your character deleted outright.  The devs say they are working on it.
915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is the first video game you ever purchased? on: May 24, 2013, 03:37:35 PM

It was a good purchase.
916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 23, 2013, 03:37:46 PM
Yeah, the top bar on the left tells you how long you have left.  When the bar fills your giants will start to fall asleep, shortly after the era ends.

The bar underneath that one fills as your prosperity grows. Every time that bar fills a new settler will appear on the map, if you have made an empty resource rich spot somewhere he will seek it out and build a new city.

I donít think you can end an era early.  You donít really have a reason to though as you can unlock more upgrades than just the three it shows per era.

An in game viewable tech tree would be really nice.  I generally know what turns into what now but I still screw up sometimes when planning upgrades, especially desert plants which donít make a lot of sense.
917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 22, 2013, 10:25:04 PM
To become efficient in the game you need to memorize a lot of information otherwise you do spend an awful lot of time reading tooltips.  

Here are some pointers.

Greed is generated when you help a village too much, meaning they have a lot more of a resource than they can currently use.  If the resource is 20 more than you currently can use you will generate 1 greedy red face in your city panel.  You can offset this with either resources that generate Awe or animals that are hostile. If you have more red faces than blue the village will attack a neighbor.  If it gets high enough the villagers will attack your giants.

You donít need to destroy a village if they turn violent.  The swamp giants attack is great for destroying armies without hurting the village.  Alternately, you can use dangerous animals to prevent a village from growing too big too fast.

Resources are broken into three categories; minerals, plants and animals.   Minerals give you either Tech or Wealth.  Animals and Plants can give you Wealth, Food or Tech.  

Pay close attention to the range of a resource when you put it down (shown below the resource).  Animals in particular tend to have a long range which can add bonuses to many tiles.  

You upgrade resources through giant abilities that are earned via completing special projects for villages.  Always make sure to look what an upgrade will do before using it.  While most upgrades are better some change the resource that is generated, which may hurt you in the long run.

You also have buffs that you can put on resources. (leaf, fruit, toxic, heard, predator etc.)  Level 1 resources only hold one buff but you will get more later on.  These buffs stack so donít be afraid to use or mix and match them.

Every so often a village will try to build a special building.  Not only do these buildings generate special buffs and resources but if you finish one you can add a new ability to 1 giant via a village ambassador.  Note that if you donít like the project a village is building you can use your swamp giant to destroy it without penalty.

You must have 1 ambassador for each giant before you are allowed to take a 2nd.

Each ambassador will do something different for each giant, make sure to hover over the ambassador before picking him up to make sure it will give abilities you want.  
918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 22, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
Itís fun; just realize that it really is more of a tile based puzzle game than a god game.

The gameplay consists around building the most efficient layout of resources possible for the current biome your villagers settled in.  Every resource has some other type of resource that it reacts with to improve productivity so you are often stuck reorganizing your layout to squeeze out a few more points every time a resource levels up.

Early on you are limited to 30 minute games but as you earn achievements you unlock 60 minute and longer game modes as well as new animals and plants.
919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: May 22, 2013, 03:58:59 PM
Alan Wake actually did that as well.  Throughout the world there were a number of TV sets showing interviews and things.  The people on the TVs were always live video.  It may have worked better there given the paranormal aspect though.
920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One]Quantum Break on: May 21, 2013, 10:46:00 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 21, 2013, 09:37:27 PM

Well, you can always play that on your new PC anyway.

If they donít do at least timed exclusives they are idiots.
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