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881  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 16, 2013, 03:03:24 AM
Are beehives good for anything other than selling?
882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 or Fallout New Vegas? on: June 16, 2013, 02:30:07 AM
Vegas will always get my vote as the better game but since you are replaying that goes double.  Vegas has multiple endings as well as location specific endings for every town you visit; which means every play through can be different based on your actions.  F3 on the other hand will always end in the same way.
883  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 16, 2013, 12:02:21 AM
My museum is filling out nicely.  The Aquarium in particular has some pretty cool things in it like piranhas and squid. 

The rock thing is news to me though, what do you hit them with?
884  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing on: June 15, 2013, 06:02:00 PM
Iím guessing itís more of an expand-alone expansion pack.  Given that itís a $15 game Iím ok with that.  I do wish they would fix multiplayer first though since Iím holding out for that.
885  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Animal Crossing New Leaf on: June 15, 2013, 05:55:36 PM
Paid off my house and so it sucks slightly less now!  I have a triceratops skull mounted on my wall.

I'm pretty sure I won the bug-off as well.
886  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gene Wilder-'Willy Wonka' remake was an Insult on: June 15, 2013, 04:32:39 PM
I was surprised with myself when I mostly liked the new version.  My problem was that I thought Johnny Depps portrayal of Wonka was terrible and completely unlikeable whereas Wilders is one of my favorite characters. 
887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: June 15, 2013, 12:21:29 AM
Iíve gotta say, this is one of the first console games in a long time to hold my interest. 

Iím a little surprised by the reports that itís a long game though.  The in game percentage tracker says Iím at 15% after only about an hour.  That seems to imply only about 7 hours. 
888  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 ďalrightĒ as a stand-alone title but trying to link it to the Thief brand is doing it a disservice. 

Fans of the originals donít want it because of the changes and everyone else isnít going to care either way.
889  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.
890  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!
891  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 70ís range.  It may have been a direct publisher action.  Some game companies basically say, ďYou can review our game in advance as long as you donít give it a rating below XĒ.  Those reviewers may have broken that agreement.
892  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.
893  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
894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console longevity on: June 12, 2013, 03:52:05 AM
If youíre only going to get one get a PS4.  I like my WiiU a lot but it is definitely a secondary system.  There just arenít 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.
895  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.  Havenít been able to enter anyone elseís towns though.  My town has oranges by the way if anyone wants some.
896  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.
897  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
898  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?
899  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.  
900  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.
901  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.
902  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.
903  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. 
904  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 -
905  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.
906  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...
907  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.
908  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...)
909  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
910  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
911  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.
912  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.
913  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."
914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/03) on: June 03, 2013, 03:11:18 PM
915  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.
916  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.
917  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. 
918  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.
919  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.
920  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.
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