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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: February 08, 2016, 05:42:32 PM
I logged into Origin for the first time since signing up for Origin Access and was dismayed by the lack of titles available. I thought EA Access on consoles offered up to 10 hours on ANY EA game - Battlefront, Titanfall, what have you. That wasn't the case, though. I cancelled the service, I'll be putting a few hours into Unravel and then moving on.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: February 08, 2016, 05:30:15 PM
If it's like the last beta there won't be keys, it'll just be activated on your account. Make sure you are opted into betas.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 05:41:26 PM
91 average score on OpenCritic!
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1]Final Fantasy XV on: February 01, 2016, 05:39:14 PM
A new video has been posted and the release date will be announced on March 30th.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 28, 2016, 05:21:34 AM
I have beta codes for PS4, PM me you'd like one. I may have XB1 codes tomorrow.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 27, 2016, 04:55:02 PM
I just learned that the game doesn't have music? Has that affected anyone's enjoyment of it? The developers and media have been comparing it to Myst, which I was excited for, but a huge part of the Myst experience was the soundtrack. Not that The Witness needs to be like Myst for me to enjoy it, but they shouldn't be compared to each other, despite the similarities of being on an island and solving puzzles.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 14, 2016, 05:56:28 PM
And another trailer... it's similar but shows off more of the gadgets.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 14, 2016, 05:25:57 PM
The new Agent Journey trailer.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: January 14, 2016, 05:14:16 PM
I'm super excited for Unravel, and the fact that they green lit a new Mirror's Edge is really encouraging. If Mass Effect Andromeda ends up coming out this year (I doubt it), I'll be spending a lot of time with EA games this year.

10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: January 13, 2016, 05:51:35 PM
Nothing in 2016 piques your interest? Unravel, Mass Effect (maybe), Mirror's Edge?
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best video game trailers on: January 13, 2016, 04:40:49 PM
I don't think I've ever seen a better trailer than the one for Starcraft 2: Legacy of the Void. A lot of trailers rely on a good soundtrack to draw a crowd (a cheap trick IMO), but Legacy's trailer was pure awesome.

It sounds weird but I tend to watch trailers without sound the first time to avoid getting tricked by my emotions.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Origin Access, the PC equivalent of EA Access, is now available on PC on: January 13, 2016, 04:33:39 PM
EA's Origin Access was launched today for PC. I had no interest in EA Access for Xbox but I've signed up for Origin. There's a lot of EA games I have only a passing interest in, such as Battlefront and Need for Speed, which I wouldn't pay $60 each for, but will gladly pay $5/mo to put a few hours into. I'll also use it for Unravel next month.

Anyone else planning to sign up, or are currently a member of EA Access?
13  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon Prime - 20% off Pre-Orders and Newly Released Games on: January 12, 2016, 05:29:57 PM
It's a bummer that most of Amazon's discounts don't apply to digital...
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Homefront: Revolution on: January 12, 2016, 05:22:42 PM
I played this at PAX Prime last year and was surprised at some of its more unique aspects. It's definitely not a mindless shooter, enemies are tough and you need to be strategic about your movement and your approach to enemies. There's also a motorcycle that, despite some clumsy controls, is fun to ride around in. The levels are actually designed with the motorcycle in mind, so there are tunnels, ramps, and the like all over the place.

I'm keeping an eye on this one.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 07, 2016, 03:32:56 AM
It's not literally a beta test but we're calling it that because because no one knows how it's going to perform in real world circumstances. Will it get uncomfortable quickly (I personally have never been able to keep the thing on my head for more than 20 minutes)? Are VR tailored games going to be fun for more than 15 minutes at a time? For games not tailored for VR but adapted to it, will a standard gaming setup still ultimately be preferable?

Sure, being an early adopter for, say, the Wii or the iPhone was risky too, but at least there is precedent for their use (console, phone). This thing, despite all the hype, might not have ANY practical use. And it's incredibly expensive.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 06, 2016, 05:18:53 PM
I can't justify a nearly $700 price tag (including tax and shipping) for this thing, that's too high a price to be a beta tester.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 05, 2016, 05:01:04 PM
I plan to pre-order my kit tomorrow!
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: January 05, 2016, 04:38:11 PM
Perfect timing. It's XB1 launch date was too crowded.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange on: January 04, 2016, 11:11:10 PM
I need to replay the final episode again, I feel like there were a lot of significant moments I missed because I was really anxious to see the ending and barreled through it  icon_eek
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange on: January 03, 2016, 07:24:35 PM
I finally got around to finishing the last two episodes after letting them hang for months and wow... what an amazing game. Sprawling RPGs are typically the ones lauded for their character development and story but as far as I'm concerned LiS takes the cake. Has anyone else played through it?
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 30, 2015, 05:54:24 PM
They haven't... I don't think that's part of the plan. If anything I'd say it's a fairly sure thing that it won't ever work with a PC (outside of the hacker community enabling it) because that might keep people from potentially buying a PS4.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: December 30, 2015, 05:48:38 PM
Is anyone still playing this? My opinion is biased but it's by far the most fun I've had in a MP shooter since either Counter-Strike or Battlefield: Bad Company 2. My co-workers and I regularly play during our lunch hour and at least a couple evenings a week are dedicated to playing with my friends.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 30, 2015, 05:46:56 PM
Oh, I forgot one HUGE gaming resolution; include my wife more in my gaming activities. This year I brought her to BlizzCon with me which was fantastic, I'm hoping in 2016 I can bring her to PAX Prime since we both love Seattle anyways. We even had some fun playing coop games like Resogun and Diablo 3. I'm hoping in 2016 we do more gaming (and gaming-related) stuff together.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2016 gaming resolution on: December 30, 2015, 05:40:42 PM
My resolution for 2016 is to finish more games than I did in 2015. I let a lot of games this year just sort of trail off and go unfinished - MGS 5, Witcher 3, GTA V, and a few others. Granted, all of those games are way too fucking long for most people to finish, but I'd still like to finish what I start which probably means simply buying less games.

Gratch, my advice is to come up with a gaming schedule. It's what I've done and it's a schedule my wife has agreed to, which means she isn't harboring resentment towards me for playing video games anymore, and also gives me more time to exercise, or see friends, or what have you. My schedule is usually Tuesday and Sunday evenings which affords me about 6-8 hours of solid game time each week which is about all I need.

25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 28, 2015, 06:05:36 PM
It's going to be the cheapest path to VR (unless you include Samsung Gear VR), since the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will require a powerful PC.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 28, 2015, 06:02:04 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 25, 2015, 05:18:52 AM

I expect I'll play more Just Cause 3, and might try to play it on my new Steam Link to my big screen TV. 



Any Steam Link impressions?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - Expanded Christmas edition, 12/23 on: December 28, 2015, 06:01:03 PM
I went in with the goal of doing some leveling in WoW, finishing the GTA V story, and making good progress in Assassin's Creed Syndicate. All I did was play WoW  icon_surprised
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: December 22, 2015, 07:16:26 PM
Eurogamer has a great article discussing the external processor of the PSVR and its potential role in delivering a good VR experience. I didn't realize the screen was going to be a 120Hz OLED panel... I love me some OLED.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 17, 2015, 07:46:18 PM
Those are first week retail sales in the US from NPD. I'm using those numbers because that seems to be the basis on which everyone is saying Rise sold 70% less than the first game during its launch month.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 17, 2015, 05:46:53 PM

Quote from: Punisher on December 17, 2015, 02:09:19 PM

If anyone has anymore codes I would be willing to take one off your hands.. smile

The alpha ended last Saturday but the beta kicks off early next year. You can get a beta key from pre-ordering and once you get access you can actually invite additional people to the beta... but I also might have some keys to pass out =)
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 16, 2015, 10:55:52 PM
You guys make fantastic points but I really believe that Microsoft anticipated these sales and structured the deal accordingly. Let's look at launch month numbers for TR on PS3 and 360:

PS3: 275,000 units
360: 330,000 units

We don't know if MS expected Rise to do equal, better, or worse than the first game, but let's take the average of the two platforms and use that as the target first month sales for the game on one platform: 300,000 (i'm rounding). They must have also factored into their forecasts that November is one of the most competitive months of the year.

Also keep in mind that the first Tomb Raider launched on March 5, 2014, vs. Rise which launched on Nov 10, 2015, giving the first game almost an extra week of sales before being tallied by NPD. Could 200k be THAT far off from their expectations? The studio director said both MS and SE are happy with the game's performance, I believe it.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 16, 2015, 09:39:26 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 15, 2015, 10:11:24 PM

Your speculation would have sounded a lot better if it wasn't for Square Enix' public disappointment in the previous Tomb Raider's 3.4 million sold copies in 4 weeks. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a disaster for them and a borderline embarrassment for Microsoft, both because of lacking sales and because of the bad press they caused with the exclusivity, which they're still getting raked over the coals because of. Buying this kind of exclusivity is expensive, and there's no chance in hell that Microsoft got even a fraction of their investment back. Square Enix may recoup some of their losses with the PC and PS4 versions, but by that time it will be too little, too late.

All we can do at this point is hope that the industry as a whole learned from this mess of an anti-consumer backroom deal. Judging by how Sony suddenly started being a lot clearer about the exclusivity status of their titles right after Microsoft's backlash, it at least sounds like they got scared by the whole thing.

Would Square Enix event be the primary stakeholder of this game, or would that be Microsoft? I think Microsoft is taking the brunt of the sales impact which is why the deal went forward in the first place. And if that's the case, Microsoft may have different metrics for success than Square Enix which is what I was alluding to.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 15, 2015, 06:33:27 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 11, 2015, 01:43:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 16, 2015, 10:34:08 PM

The game will come out on PS4 next year, will look great, have all sorts of nice quotes on the cover and it will sell fine.

I don't know we'll see. NPD is out and based on the leaks it did just 200k in the US for launch month, that's a 70% decline from the previous Tomb Raider's first month. Unless it has an unprecedentedly amazing second month or picks up enough GotY wins to propel sales it's pretty much a bomb and that will potentially haunt its future releases, with PC users possibly expecting quick price drops on Steam sales. Also with the game being released later on other platforms they practically will have to include all DLC with the game, so they lose out on DLC sales as well on those units.

There's a reasonable chance this release has killed this iteration of the franchise and this will be the last TR game we see for quite some time, which is a shame as they have been of high quality.

200k is low, but I'm not sure it's low enough against internal expectations to be considered a failure. Square Enix (publisher) wasn't even behind making the game, it was Microsoft who stepped in and provided assistance in order to add another exclusive to their Holiday 2015 lineup. It's going to continue selling over Christmas and it's part of what has enabled Microsoft to claim 2015 as "the best lineup in Xbox history". Moreso than simply unit sales, it's made the Xbox platform more attractive to a lot of people, even if a lot of those people don't end up buying Tomb Raider.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII remake for PS4 on: December 15, 2015, 05:58:04 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 14, 2015, 02:56:13 PM

Once you get past the "holy hell, these guys have waaaaaay too much time on their hands" feeling, this is a pretty cool (and crazy in-depth) breakdown of the new FFVII trailer.

I don't think there's anything NOT crazy about the FF7 remake, including all the people going bananas over it  slywink
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: December 15, 2015, 05:56:22 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 15, 2015, 04:18:24 AM


-On a 4K television the game is a hot mess. It looks like an early PS3 game in terms of jaggies and soft textures. I can see the beauty in the design, but the textures ruin the experience. Many of my PS3 and Xbox 360 games look much better than this, and THAT generation is dead and buried. Its a shame to see the creative vision limited by the WiiU hardware, but only graphic whores will be displeased.


How do PS4 and XB1 games look to you on your 4K set? I brought my PS4 to a Fry's electronics and tried out a variety of 4K sets across multiple games and they all looked bad.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 11, 2015, 12:14:41 AM
I'll probably be spending some time with it on Saturday morning. What time zone are you in?
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: December 10, 2015, 06:37:38 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on December 10, 2015, 04:38:51 PM

I would be playing but for some idiotic reason they decided only physical preorders can play and not digital ones and I have no desire to buy anything physical for xbox.

But I see how it is, you'll play a game like this, but not CoD, Battlefront or even Rainbow Six with us. pfft   crybaby

Hark, I should have access to some codes. If I do would are you still interested?
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy VII remake for PS4 on: December 10, 2015, 06:34:20 PM
I agree with the concern over episode timing, that's usually what kills the game of that nature for me. Half-Life 2, Broken Age, etc. If the episodes take too long I lose interest.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1]Rainbow 6: Siege on: December 08, 2015, 06:04:08 PM
Movement, aiming, and shooting all feel great for me on the PC version.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: December 08, 2015, 06:01:38 PM
Are you playing on normal difficulty?
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