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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: February 06, 2013, 03:16:38 PM
I got this yesterday and played until getting into the city. So far, so good but I'm not sure I understand completely how combat works (and the manual didn't help).

1) When I select "attack", for instance, do I need to keep pushing the button or does pushing it once cause my guy to continually attack?

2) What is the clock like thing on the left side of the screen? I assume it's a timer but I can't quite figure out what it's trying to tell me.

3) I'm also not clear on how to get the "Nice" bonus; do you just need to attack at certain times depending on the monster? Or is it positional (i.e. getting behind the monster helps)?

4) Speaking of getting behind monsters, I've surprised a few but they still seem to turn around before I can attack them. Is that supposed to happen?

5) Finally, what's the benefit of using the familiar if my main guy has a higher attack power, since the HPs and MPs are shared?

Ok, I think that's about all the questions I had.


For now....

Thanks.
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- OFF SEASON IS NOW OPEN on: February 06, 2013, 01:47:10 AM

Quote from: Biyobi on February 05, 2013, 11:00:02 PM

So people buy new gear.

Unfortunately they must have forgotten that the Jaguars have no fans.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- OFF SEASON IS NOW OPEN on: February 05, 2013, 04:37:14 AM
If they had called it, the 49ers would've gotten 4 more plays. Defensive holding or a pass interference is an automatic first down.
164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- SUPERBOWL aka HARBOWL on: February 04, 2013, 06:16:27 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on February 04, 2013, 05:29:15 PM

Dunno.  But it is the wrong stadium.  That's replay footage from a previous MNF game.  Either that, or they've gotten really good at seeing the field from above through an opaque dome.   icon_razz

Er, yeah, I knew that.  ninja
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- SUPERBOWL aka HARBOWL on: February 04, 2013, 05:26:15 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on February 04, 2013, 03:28:11 PM



Is that flash of light to the left of the stadium a generator blowing up?
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you do your own Taxes? on: January 31, 2013, 09:42:50 PM
I do my own, but I have very few investments and make very little money, so it's pretty easy. Three cheers for being poor!
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 31, 2013, 05:33:52 PM
I watched a documentary called Indie Game last night. It follows two groups of developers (each comprising of only two people) each trying to make an XBOX Live Arcade game. It didn't go too much into the game industry, but it did give you a good picture of what it's like to be on such a small team making a game. The short version is that is looks completely shitty and stressful. It's not too surprising that two of the people they concentrate on seem pretty depressed. It's definitely worth watching if you have an interest in games (and if you don't, why the hell are you on GamingTrend?).
168  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 31, 2013, 04:12:56 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 31, 2013, 12:39:31 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 25, 2013, 03:05:47 PM

I got it this morning and played around with it a bit. It seems like there could be a pretty decently deep and interesting game there, but so far it hasn't been so promising: playing on my iPod 5 the game has already crashed twice and given me low memory warning. This all in about 10 minutes of game time.

From Itunes review:
IMPORTANT: The game needs a lot of memory due to its bitmap graphics. If you encounter memory issues (app crashing), please use the "low resolution" settings in the app settings.

I've done that and turned off the wireless and other background apps and since then no crashes. I think my iPod 5 is fairly similar in specs to the iPhone 4s, so you'll probably be ok. It's a fun game and definitely worth $1.99.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Film] Movie 43 on: January 29, 2013, 08:38:55 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 29, 2013, 07:08:31 PM

Tanked at the box office.  And rightfully so if the 4 percent rating they got on Rottentomatoes.com is any indication.

Let's not short-change the movie - among the top critics it managed to get a whopping 7% rating!
170  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 29, 2013, 02:43:12 PM

Quote from: Gratch on January 29, 2013, 02:24:46 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 12:06:32 AM

Dungelot is a damned good game and free for the moment. Casual roguelike.

I'm glad folks are enjoying it, but Dungelot is completely lost on me.  It feels like nothing more than a game of whack-a-mole with very little strategy involved.  Maybe I'm just missing something...

I enjoyed it for a bit, but it lost its luster pretty quickly. Still $2 for a few hours of fun isn't a bad deal.
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 28, 2013, 01:59:17 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 05:43:16 AM

Is 2 bucks really worth getting your blood pressure up about?

Yes!  mad


 icon_wink
172  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 28, 2013, 01:33:03 AM

Quote from: Misguided on January 28, 2013, 12:06:32 AM

Dungelot is a damned good game and free for the moment. Casual roguelike.

How is it that as soon as I buy a game it either drops in price (Dungelot) or becomes free (Dungelot again)??

 mad
173  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 26, 2013, 03:31:15 PM
I seemed to have fixed the crashing problem (knock on wood!) by making sure to close down all my other apps and turning off the wireless. It must have been a memory problem with the iPods.

I've played about 2 hours so far and it's been pretty enjoyable. I'm still a bit confused about some of the classes that I didn't see as options during character creation (sorcerer for one) and whether that means that certain classes can eventually morph into those upper level classes. There also seems to be a lack of skills for certain classes. For instance, when my warrior levels up he only gains HP and sometimes a stat increase. I guess that means that many classes (warriors, rogues, hunters, monk, as far as I've seen), don't have any class specific skills other than certain weapons/armor they can use.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 25, 2013, 03:05:47 PM
I got it this morning and played around with it a bit. It seems like there could be a pretty decently deep and interesting game there, but so far it hasn't been so promising: playing on my iPod 5 the game has already crashed twice and given me low memory warning. This all in about 10 minutes of game time.
175  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 25, 2013, 02:06:29 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on January 23, 2013, 01:49:51 AM

I am so tempted to get this game, SilverSword. The few reviews it has are good and I like the screenshots, but it is obviously a one man operation and it's $5, so I'm hesitant. If it were only $2, I'd take the chance.

This is your luck day - Silver Sword has dropped to $1.99! For that price, I might even check it out on the iPod despite the small screen size.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: January 23, 2013, 06:04:22 PM
It all sounds pretty good, except that the game will be almost a year old when the expansion is released. If this had come out back when I was playing the game, I would be tempted. Now? not so much.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The next Terminator film after Salvation on: January 23, 2013, 04:20:53 PM
Maybe he'll be a terminator sent back to infiltrate a retirement home.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 23, 2013, 01:36:02 PM
I've been interested in Silversword as well. Unfortunately, at least on review states that you really need an iPad for this game; the smaller screen on the iPhone makes it too frustrating.
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 19, 2013, 03:41:37 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 15, 2013, 03:13:16 AM

If you have any work to get done in the next week or so, do not download Dungelot.
If you an imagine a casual rogue-like, dungeon raid, and minesweeper all tossed into a blender, this is it.
Turn-based on a grid. You tap squares to reveal monsters, chests, traps, etc.
There is no goal, it is a high score game. There are multiple classes w/ skills to upgrade.
Very, very, fun. Do NOT download!

This just dropped in price to $.99. Curses!
180  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 15, 2013, 05:55:17 PM
Is there any way to tell (a la Minesweepers) how many enemies there might be in adjacent squares? Or is it all luck?

Also, is there any way to go back to a previous level? I had one door say I need to bring a lantern, but there was no lantern on that level that I found (or any subsequent one for that matter).
181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 15, 2013, 03:37:34 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 15, 2013, 03:13:16 AM

If you have any work to get done in the next week or so, do not download Dungelot.
If you an imagine a casual rogue-like, dungeon raid, and minesweeper all tossed into a blender, this is it.
Turn-based on a grid. You tap squares to reveal monsters, chests, traps, etc.
There is no goal, it is a high score game. There are multiple classes w/ skills to upgrade.
Very, very, fun. Do NOT download!

I didn't listen to your advice. Tried the demo, seemed fun, bought the game. You accomplished exactly the opposite of your goal with that post!
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 15, 2013, 03:36:30 PM
I suppose the refs could've penalized the Falcons for a delay of game? Or unsportsmanlike conduct? Not that they ever would in that sort of situation, but they probably have that right. Apparently the Ravens kicker also got in a practice kick(s?) between the 1st and 2nd OTs before the refs saw him and kicked him off the field.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 15, 2013, 02:08:17 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 14, 2013, 03:33:43 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on January 14, 2013, 01:31:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 14, 2013, 07:17:01 AM

I thought carrol called the TO and they went ahead and snapped and kicked. That happens pretty often.

Yep; that's why he was so pissed. Carrol called the TO early enough so that Bryant shouldn't have been able to get a practice kick in, but he did it anyway.

Is that against the rules though?  Or is Carrol just upset that they did it? 

I'm not sure if there's technically a rule about it, but Carrol said that they refs came up to the coaches before the game and clearly stated that they would not allow kickers to have those practice kicks.
184  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 14, 2013, 01:31:23 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 14, 2013, 07:17:01 AM

I thought carrol called the TO and they went ahead and snapped and kicked. That happens pretty often.

Yep; that's why he was so pissed. Carrol called the TO early enough so that Bryant shouldn't have been able to get a practice kick in, but he did it anyway.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 14, 2013, 03:56:11 AM
He's probably referring to the TO before Atlanta kicked the final FG.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: January 13, 2013, 07:06:52 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 13, 2013, 04:58:46 PM


Episode 4

Spoiler for Hiden:

Did you reveal your bite to the group - I and 19% of players hid the bite


Episode 5

Spoiler for Hiden:
Did you cut off your arm - I and 70% of players removed Lee's arm




So how did those two things work together? If you don't
Spoiler for Hiden:
reveal your bite, when does it get revealed? It must be pretty soon after, right?
187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Re: NFL 2012 -- Divisional Playoffs on: January 13, 2013, 02:11:35 AM

Quote from: Xmann on January 12, 2013, 06:11:40 PM

Being a Broncos fan I'm naturally nervous. I have little worries about them actually losing.

Oops.  icon_razz 

But there's no way the Broncos should've lost that game. That was a serious choke.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 4? on: January 09, 2013, 07:56:14 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on January 09, 2013, 06:55:57 PM

My excitement is stifled somewhat by how much more I enjoyed New Vegas than Fallout 3.  Maybe they could share the work this time around and let Obsidian do all the writing and quest building and have Bethesda make the over world and handle Q&A.  I can dream, right?

Same here. Bethesda makes some great games, but story telling was never their strong suit.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Telltale]The Walking Dead on: January 09, 2013, 03:16:42 AM

Quote from: Captain Caveman on October 14, 2012, 02:47:08 AM

Quote from: The Grue on October 10, 2012, 08:19:19 PM

Just finished playing it.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm so pissed that Kenny claims that I wasn't there for him when I actually made choices against my own judgment just because I thought Kenny was a decent enough guy and put some trust in him.  So now he'll be over on the boat while I'm trying to rescue Clementine.  I anticipated many of the surprises in this one, but it was still a good story.  I keep yelling at Lee to cut the infected part of his arm off as it seems to work in the comic book (assuming you survive the cut).  Of course, the doctor took off, so I guess there's not really anyone to take care of him if they went that route.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I left to search for Clem with only Kenny and Ben (who I obviously did not let fall to his demise). How does one get the couple Onid and his preggers lady to come with you as well? Do you have to reveal your bite? Because I didn't, and I was surprised to see that only 19% of other players made the same choice. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
They came with me, in part at least because I showed them the bite. I think she even said something to that effect later in the episode. Kenny also came with me and Ben stayed with the boat (for all the good that did).

I wonder what happens if you let Ben drop to his death. Does Kenny then fall off the balcony like Ben did? Or can you keep Kenny alive until the end?
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: January 08, 2013, 05:18:26 PM
I think there are actually additional options from the ones listed above that open up if you beat the game on Impossible (something about Elirium having a half-life and one where funding levels drop every month).
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Rise of the Planet of the Apes on: January 07, 2013, 05:27:17 PM
No doubt. And most of my behavior problems with the movie didn't come from after the chimps were smartified; it was in their behavior beforehand. Like that damn orangutan, when asked why he was so smart - "I was raised in a circus". Ugh.

But I think you guys are missing the forest for the trees in my criticisms; I thought the behavior stuff was bad, but that wasn't my main concerns. My bigger issues were the ridiculous plots points I listed in the spoiler section. And I didn't even list half of my issues. Really, the last 40 minutes of the movie was just a mess.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Rise of the Planet of the Apes on: January 07, 2013, 04:01:09 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 07, 2013, 03:47:36 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 07, 2013, 02:02:37 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 07, 2013, 03:41:13 AM

To each their own, I suppose.  I enjoyed it quite a lot and am looking forward to the sequel.

this.

I'm in this boat, too.

Not sure why Devil didn't like it, but I will say it sounds like Ralph never should have come anywhere near this movie, given his background.  You remind me of when my dad, who was a lawyer, went to see The Untouchables, and when the courtroom scene at the end happened, he threw up his hands and said, "That would never happen!  This movie's terrible."

Perhaps so. Throughout the movie I kept wondering what Jane Goodall would think.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: January 07, 2013, 01:32:26 PM
Sorry to spoil the fun.

Quote
This wild tale of movie viewership gone wickedly awry wasn't an actual news story. It was instead a humor piece presented to the public at large on 4 May 2010 by the Brazilian satirical news site Sensacionalista, a publication whose slogan translates as "The newspaper exempt from truth."
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Rise of the Planet of the Apes on: January 07, 2013, 02:00:50 AM

Quote from: hepcat on January 07, 2013, 12:47:59 AM

So you weren't bored but thought it was a horrible movie?  Well, that makes perfect sense.   icon_lol

Movies don't have to be boring to be terrible, although boring movies usually are terrible. There are all sorts of reasons that can make a movie bad.
195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Rise of the Planet of the Apes on: January 06, 2013, 12:39:31 AM
Saw this last night and maybe I'm just a curmudgeon but I thought the movie was terrible. The premise was fine, but once Caesar gets to the sanctuary it just all goes to hell. The chimp behavior, even before the virus, was completely unrealistic. And every primate has the same hand signal for submissiveness? I will admit that I may be looking at it with too critical an eye, however, since animal behavior is what I study.

More importantly, though, some parts make absolutely no sense. A couple of examples:

 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Caesar can get on the roof of the sanctuary from a pulley that's placed within the chimp pathways that opens the window? Not a smart design.

How was it that as soon as they free the chimps and apes from the zoo, those animals are all suddenly just as smart as the rest of them (as is evidenced from the apes using the bus as a barricade when only one ape was given the virus)?

Finally, the ending was ridiculous. So these chimps have just escaped to the woods by outsmarting and killing scores of humans. But 1) James Franco still wants to take him home and 2) when Caesar says he is home, he just shrugs his shoulders and just walks away? Uh, maybe leaving these murderous primates alone isn't the best idea in the world?

I will grant that the CGI was generally well done and, even though I thought the movie was horrible, it certainly wasn't boring. So that's something.
196  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 05, 2013, 05:44:09 PM
I beat Undercroft today. The game took about 17.5 hours; not bad for a freebie! I really enjoyed it, although it's completely linear and a bit unbalanced - you can use as many potions as you want on a given turn, even on players that are stunned or frozen, making the game pretty easy. I wish there were more party-based mobile games like this.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Been five years, what did I miss? on: January 03, 2013, 11:37:36 PM

Quote from: Misguided on January 03, 2013, 09:02:40 PM

Some great games already mentioned. I'd also through Fallout 3 as one to consider.

Fallout 3 is great, but I would recommend getting Fallout: New Vegas over the original. Better story and game play. And since the two games have completely different stories, you can always go back to the first one if you need more Fallout.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Been five years, what did I miss? on: January 03, 2013, 08:25:05 PM
I would say the two games that immediately come to mind are the new XCOM game and Sykrim. Then you'll get both your strategy and your RPG fix.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Twin Peaks (Season 3)?! on: January 03, 2013, 06:09:49 PM
I only recently watched Twin Peaks for the first time. Season 1 was great. Season 2... not so much. I actually stopped watching partway through (as soon as they revealed the killer, I think) and never went back.

As for a season 3, who knows? I'd probably give it a shot.
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: January 02, 2013, 12:30:56 AM
I think it's been mentioned briefly in this thread once, but I just started playing Undercroft yesterday and think it's pretty good. It's more or less a Might and Magic style, party based, RPG. The game is light on story and is fairly generic, but there's a bit of customization in character creation/leveling up. And best of all, it's free. As an additional bonus, since it's an older game, I can play for hours on my iPod without seeing much battery drain. I'm not sure how long the game is or whether I'll get bored of it before I finish, but so far (~3 hours in), it's been a nice diversion.
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