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921  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.
922  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.
923  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.
924  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.
925  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. 
926  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.
927  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
928  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.
929  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.

That’s a major problem I had with Torchlight 2.  If you played both how would you say they compare?
930  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.
931  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
932  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.
933  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.
934  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 don’t think you can end an era early.  You don’t 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 don’t make a lot of sense.
935  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 don’t 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 don’t 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 don’t 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.  
936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 22, 2013, 05:40:56 PM
It’s 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.
937  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.
938  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 don’t do at least timed exclusives they are idiots.
939  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One]Quantum Break on: May 21, 2013, 09:17:27 PM
Kinda happy with that.  Alan Wake 2 is probably the only exclusive (if it was an exclusive) that could get me to consider a One (damn that sounds dumb) at this point.  Now I don't have to worry about it!
940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: May 21, 2013, 04:13:34 PM
• Iron Man 4
Feige says Marvel Studios is talking with Downey about if and when he could reprise the character. But if it doesn’t happen, we could find ourselves with a reboot. It has happened before, though rarely with a character so singularly identified with one actor.
“I believe there will be a fourth Iron Man film and a fifth and a sixth and a 10th and a 20th,” the producer says. “I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond. Or Batman for that matter. Or Spider-Man. I think Iron Man is a character just like that.”

That sounds terrible.  The Iron Man movies are fun but they are carried entirely by the charisma of Downey.  I doubt I would have any interest in seeing the movie with a different actor in the role.
941  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 21, 2013, 03:43:32 PM
Vents in the front, or Sony decided that 16 controller port are better than 2.   
942  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 21, 2013, 02:07:22 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 21, 2013, 12:31:24 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 20, 2013, 04:49:03 PM

How many of those people are working on piecing the still images together to get a look at the whole console?

well, someone did.  saw this shared on Facebook, it said a guy from Reddit (Taggart451) did it but there was no further link:

Spoiler for Hiden:
The PS4: Bringing modern art into every home in America!
943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/20) on: May 20, 2013, 06:32:11 PM
I have RE: Revelations for the 3DS and think it’s pretty good if you like the old style Resident Evil games.  If it was a cheaper I would consider picking it up for the WiiU just for the added features.  Allowing other players to tag monsters with text on death is just hilarious looking (think a monster with a comic-book chat bubble).  Ruins the horror atmosphere but I have a hard time taking the RE series seriously anyways so it just adds to it for me.  Not sure if all versions have that though.
944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: May 20, 2013, 04:49:03 PM

Quote from: Hrothgar on May 20, 2013, 04:29:32 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 20, 2013, 04:21:23 PM

I get the feeling they're subtly mocking all those people who made such a big deal about not revealing the casing.
How many of those people are working on piecing the still images together to get a look at the whole console?

Also, wasn’t there already a leaked promo vid that showed the whole thing anyways?  Or was that proven to be a fake?
945  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 20, 2013, 03:36:02 AM

Quote from: Gratch on May 20, 2013, 02:50:40 AM

I'll add to your list:

A couple more

Minecraft, God of War, Gran Turismo, Viva Pinata, Borderlands (?) Rage, Dunno, Castlevania, Starfox?, Unreal Tournament, Mario Carto, Final Fantasy, LA Noire.
Earthworm Jim, dunno, Yoshi's Island, dunno, Street Fighter (?), dunno, Doom, Half Life, Fallout, Mass Effect, dunno, Rock Band
Sonic, Left 4 Dead, Pikmin, Grand theft Auto, Diablo, dunno, dunno, dunno, Pokemon, Portal, Rayman Origins, Mortal Kombat
PacMan, Halo, Lemmings, Zelda, Metal Gear Solid, dunno, Gears of War, dunno, Contra, Monkey Island, Fable, Donkey Kong Country
Prince of Persia, Dunno, Dunno, Dunno, Plants Vs. Zombies, Quake, Kirby, Starcraft, Resident Evil 4, Professor Layton, Sims and Deus Ex
946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OZombie or Alice: Otherlands- what will Spicy Horse's next game be? on: May 20, 2013, 03:28:01 AM
Alice 2 is one of the few games whose art style elicited real emotions from me.  I actually found myself rather depressed while going through the fish area and the not-so-subtle implications of the doll house were rather unsettling.

Unfortunately the gameplay was average at best.
947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Video game fonts: how many do you recognize? on: May 19, 2013, 06:57:21 PM
36 for sure.  Could probably get a few more if I were to guess.
948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 05:58:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 19, 2013, 03:15:30 PM

Nintendo themselves did divergent gameplay back on the Gamecube with a GBA extension which let you play 4 Swords and a Pac-Man game that is extremely similar to a lot of the games in Nintendoland (the GBA player was Pac-Man and everyone else played the ghosts).

It wasn't built into the console, which I think was your point, but it was a gimmick.
Back then I would agree that it was a gimmick.  Part of the problem was that you needed the new hardware to play and then even if you had it, you were limited to one game.  As such I don’t think many people tried it.  This is the same thing that occurred with Wii Motion Plus.  Basic motion controls with the system sucked but the add-on actually made them pretty good.  The problem was it was a rather expensive add-on.  Games didn’t support it because they couldn’t be sure that users would own it, as such, it never took off as more than a novelty.

The WiiU has a lot more potential in that regard (if only people would make use of it).  Everyone who has the system has the hardware.  

Even the half assed ZombiU multiplayer is pretty cool.  For those that don’t know about it, the person with the gamepad gets a top down perspective of the world and is able to place various types of zombies on the battlefield in real time with the stylus.  You are able to place anywhere that the other player cannot currently see.  The person with the classic controller plays a more traditional FPS and has to fight his way to objectives avoiding the zombie traps placed by the game pad user.
949  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 04:55:01 AM
I wasn’t saying that they are always right, just that they develop hardware in anticipation of a game type they want to make, thus they are unlikely to want to be stuck with another companies hardware.

Quote from: Jumangi on May 19, 2013, 03:26:16 AM

There's nothing "ahead of the curve" with the WiiU tablet controller. Its a blatant attempt to get in on the tablet/smartphone popularity of the last few years. IMO its another gimmick by Nintendo.
Divergent gameplay is a thing though; as far as I know it has never been done before on a console (PC yes).  

Some of the games in Nintendoland do this very well (others very poorly) but give the player with the tablet a unique gameplay experience to what controller users have.  

Rayman Legends also uses this in an interesting way, allowing one player to manipulate the environment with the touchpad while the other player(s) run the course as a normal 2D platformer.  I highly recommend this one; by the way, we’ve been playing it extensively since they release new courses every day.

I can also see this used to great effect for future games that emulate table top roleplaying.  Basically, dungeon master on tablet.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on May 19, 2013, 04:34:25 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 19, 2013, 12:38:56 AM

GameCube – Duel Joysticks for better FPS.

The original PlayStation had a Dual Analog Controller released 4 years before the GameCube.  

I thought the PS1 had this thing?  
Spoiler for Hiden:
I don’t know personally, I never owned one.  Just going by what I remember from the article.
950  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 19, 2013, 12:38:56 AM
The thing with Nintendo on other systems is that they have a long history of developing technology because they want to experiment with/develop a certain type of game.  I don’t remember where it was but I remember reading a long editorial on it and it made sense.  They also tend to be at least briefly ahead of the curve control wise even if they aren’t graphically.

NES – Dpad allowed for easier side scrollers
N64 – Joystick to allow 3D platformers. 4 controller ports by default for party games.
GameCube – Duel Joysticks for better FPS.
Wii – Motion controlled games
DS – Touch controls
WiiU – Tablet for divergent gameplay experiences.  Player 1 doesn’t have to play the same type of game as player 2.
951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 18, 2013, 02:25:25 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 18, 2013, 01:46:06 AM

I'm not sure what the sales stats are on the 3DS at this point, but it's not at the GBA level for sure.  They may still be doing well with the DS, but I still doubt they could afford another Gamecube.

Actually, the 3DS is selling very well right now.  

3DS (+XL) To date has sold 38.87 Million over a little more than two years

The GBA(all versions) sold  81.48 million over 6 years.

The DS(all versions) sold 128.9 million over 9 years.

Also, for fun, the Vita has sold 5.12 million to date.
952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EA and the Wii U on: May 17, 2013, 01:35:27 AM
The strength of the WiiU is that it can offer experiences that you can't get on the other consoles and a port of games made for other consoles are never going to make use of that strength beyond throwing in something gimmicky and pointless.  If EA isn’t willing to develop exclusives for the system than I would rather them not bother if it just means getting an inferior version of something I can get elsewhere.
953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Reus on: May 17, 2013, 01:22:03 AM
Seems interesting.  A lot of the early impressions on Steam imply that it’s more of a puzzle game than a god sim though.  Might pick it up after some later game impressions show up.
954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2013 on: May 16, 2013, 06:48:53 PM
All rumors for Nintendo.

Pokémon News
Pokemon X and Y and Pokemon Rumble U news expected with no other Pokémon games revealed.

Game Updates

Yoshi Wii U is said to be a late 2013/early 2014 title.
Games said to be at the E3 showfloor include: 3D Mario, Mario Kart, Pikmin 3, W101, X, Mario and Luigi: Dream Team.

Rumoured/Unconfirmed Games
Capcom supposedly working on a Resident Evil remake from their back catalogue.
Nintendo wanting to continue Picross on Nintendo 3DS.
New Star Fox title, said to be more like Lylat Wars, expected this generation.
Star Wars expected on Wii U as “Disney likes the Wii U so far”.
Nintendo titles to use NFC – new IP from Nintendo.
New Animal Crossing expected, but “way off” for Wii U.
Nintendo tried to regain Banjo Kazooie but it didn’t work.
A Final Fantasy remake is being developed for Wii U.
Games that will use dual GamePad controllers will be announced.

Legend of Zelda
New Legend of Zelda is said to feature a return for past races like the Gorons, Zoras plus new additional species to encounter.
The game is also venturing into more “RPG-like” territory without “going full out RPG”, like Skyward Sword.

Hardware Revisions and Performance
Wii U periperhals expected this year (to connect to the GamePad).
A New Nintendo Wii U is expected by the end of 2014 with more internal storage but Blu-ray is unknown.
A new Nintendo 3DS revision is expected, but not within the next two years.
Denies Wii U clock-speed increases.
Achievements and linked accounts said to be coming but “in a different way than anyone else does”.
Nintendo working on trying to get more engines supported by Wii U.

Virtual Console Releases
Nintendo are expected to show and highlight classic GameCube titles heading to Virtual Console.
Online multiplayer for classic Virtual Console games isn’t likely from Nintendo but “third parties will”.
Plans to release classic titles, like Xenoblade Chronicles, on the Wii U eShop is likely at some point.

Retro Studios Wii U Project
The upcoming, untitled game from Retro Studios is said to be first-person, futuristic and “something everyone wants them to make”.
Said to be working on a Donkey Kong track for Mario Kart Wii U.
955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Among the Sleep on: May 15, 2013, 06:06:51 PM
I finished the Alpha yesterday.  Looked pretty good!  My one concern is that the FOV is a bit narrow and there is a lot of head bobbing in the game right now.  I sent the devs a question about it and they said that it has been common feedback and they will be offering sliders in the final version to fix both problems.
956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Bioshock: Infinite - Impressions Incoming! Impressions pg 6 on: May 14, 2013, 04:48:06 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2013, 11:31:26 PM

what if Elizabeth was more realistic (some coarse language).
957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Anno 2070 - Deep Ocean Expansion coming on: May 13, 2013, 09:19:48 PM
You should definitely play it if you already own it.  It’s my favorite builder in years.  I recently got back into it and would be interested to try some multiplayer if you’re interested.  It’s the one area I’ve never really experimented with.
958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/13) on: May 13, 2013, 05:03:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 13, 2013, 04:46:09 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on May 13, 2013, 04:39:25 PM

Super Metroid (eShop) for 30 cents!

only 30 cents?  what the hell, IN.

It’s part of their 30th anniversary promotion.  Every month they've released one game on the WiiU eShop for 30 cents.

Jan – Balloon Fight (NES)
March Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream (NES)
April Kirby's Adventure (NES)
May Super Metroid (SNES)
June Yoshi (NES)
July Donkey Kong (NES)

Also, while not a new release it might be worth mentioning.  If you have any coins on your club Nintendo account you can pick up Super Mario RPG this month.
959  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/13) on: May 13, 2013, 04:39:25 PM
Super Metroid (eShop) for 30 cents!

960  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TMNT Live Action Reboot inc? on: May 11, 2013, 03:22:45 PM
Of all the things to complain about that wouldn’t make my top 100.  The original Turtles movie didn’t have a yellow jumpsuit and the movie was great for the time; it even holds up pretty well for today.  Just don’t try to watch the sequels…
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