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1  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 15, 2014, 08:22:01 PM

Quote from: farley2k on September 02, 2014, 01:33:17 PM

Icewind Dale coming to iOS

Seems that once they had the Infinity engine done it was easy to put out all those Bioware RPGs.
I've been playing a lot of Icewind Dale EE on my iPad.  They did a nice job.  I made a team of 4 dwarves, 1 hobbit, and 1 gnome.  They're all around levels 7-8 and are doing pretty well.  My vertically challenged party consists of a dwarven defender, berserker, wizard slayer (mostly ranged), fighter/cleric, cleric (one of the priest builds), and a thief/illusionist. 

My MVP for most kills and greatest % of exp is the dwarven wizard slayer (ranged)...but I think that would hold true for any ranged fighter or ranger.  2nd place goes to the dwarven berserker.  He's currently kicking ass dual wielding flails (would be hilarious to see in RL).  My support MVP goes to my pure dwarven cleric, but the gnome thief/illustionist is catching up now.

The one thing I really can't stand in the infinity engine games is the need to tediously detect traps.  I appreciate what they were trying to do, but it just kills the pace.  Sometimes I just say f* it and plow through the traps relying on my 2 clerics to heal everybody back up.               
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 15, 2014, 08:05:13 PM
It's a shame that the party banter is not working 100%, because there's some interesting and funny character development that happens out in the field.   
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 15, 2014, 05:38:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 15, 2014, 01:50:51 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 15, 2014, 01:35:07 PM

Seriously if you haven't upgraded Vivienne with a combo of Knight Enchanter (Everything except the snail skill) and the Spirit skill line, do it now, she can literally solo dragons.

I'm about 60 hours in as well, and have never even used Vivienne.  Her snooty, arrogant character bugged me so bad upon her initial introduction that I just never went back to her.  I dump my worst mage gear on her, but have never actually used her in combat, nor have I bothered to talk with her and start any of her story quests.  I probably should rectify that, but she just irritates me.
Wait until you hear her talk (down) to your favorite party members when the party banter is working.  She's a real joy to have around.  Sera doesn't put up with her.   
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 15, 2014, 05:33:24 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 15, 2014, 05:04:14 PM

Nothing on deck except the Steam sale.  And even then, it'll have to be a good deal.
I'm taking the same approach.

I'm all set right now with Dragon Age Inquisition and GTA5 taking up my game time.  And I got back into Skyrim to play the expansions and DLC that I've never touched.
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 11, 2014, 07:39:25 PM
I'm glad to hear the 3d is better.  I never use it on my XL because it's a losing battle trying to hold the console in the very small optimal viewing position.   
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 11, 2014, 07:36:07 PM

Quote from: Asharak on December 11, 2014, 06:17:49 PM

Cross posted from OO
Well written thoughts by Ash
Thanks for sharing that.  I'm about 45 hours into my game and agree with your thoughts.  This is a game that could keep on giving for months.  Lots of content.
7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 06:10:40 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 10, 2014, 05:40:51 PM



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Ugh...that's embarrasing icon_razz  Apologies for missing that.
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 05:32:05 PM
Which one did you get Tilt?  The new 3ds or 3ds XL?  I have a 3ds XL, but I'm thinking of getting a new 3ds when they launch in NA.  It sounds like the screens are bigger on the new 3ds.   
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: December 10, 2014, 05:30:01 PM
It gives me time to finish the 2nd game.  I've left Geralt stuck in the same spot for 2 years.   
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: December 10, 2014, 05:27:25 PM

Quote from: Roman on December 10, 2014, 02:06:43 PM

wow. just wow.

I caved and bought the content- what a joke. 3 new missions are lame and were over in about 10mins each. What the fuck did I pay for?
Sure there are more bounties from that new female character but really?

Lame.
Ugh...that's what I was afraid of.  Thanks for taking one for the team.  I'll buy an expansion when they really put some effort and content into it.  Have a full new planet with a new story arch for starters.  Maybe introduce a new class. 
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [WiiU] Zelda on: December 10, 2014, 05:23:13 PM
I'm really looking forward to this.  I hope it's more of a true open worlder.  Wind Waker is the first LoZ game I've finished, and a big part of that was the feeling (or well created illusion) that I could roam the open seas and go where I wanted.  The art style looks good too.  I don't remember a previous LoZ game looking anything like that.

2015 looks like it's going to be a good year for the WiiU. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 10, 2014, 05:17:06 PM

Quote from: Scraper on December 10, 2014, 05:00:03 PM

They're down by the stables and Blackwall.
They seem to hang out in the central courtyard area after a certain point in the game.  I think I've seen Ser hanging out near the vendor lady close to the stables.  He's probably trying to work his templar charm on her...
Spoiler for Hiden:
it won't work.

I like how Ser responds to questions about his name.  Don't you have any other name?  No, just Ser.  The writers missed the opportunity to ask him if he wanted to be called Mister Ser, or Sir Ser.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: December 09, 2014, 03:23:02 AM
Congrats Kato.  Would you say you're in better shape now than you were in the Corps?  I imagine getting into fighting shape is no joke...the amount of training and conditioning required.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 05, 2014, 01:10:59 AM
This game is massive, especially when you realize that the Hinterlands is just a small % of the game's many zones.  It feels like a large mmorpg with all of the quest zones.  I've never had more active quests in a game than I currently have in DA:I. 

I recommend sticking to the main plot related quests to keep from getting too overwhelmed.  I always do a couple of plot quests each play session to keep myself from getting bogged down.  I'm really enjoying the game, but it requires focus to not get hopelessly distracted.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: December 04, 2014, 01:46:52 AM

Quote from: Kvothe on December 02, 2014, 05:38:13 PM

Agree, I almost bought it but held off for more impressions.  That Oddworld Bounty Hunter game looks pretty good too.
I was really surprised to see this on the app store.  I played the original on the Xbox 9 years ago (Oddworld Stranger's Wrath).  The way the game handles different ammo types is unique.  Each ammo type is actually a critter that rides along on the weapon.  If I'm remembering right, there's a mix of melee sections (3rd person) and 1st person shooting. 

Has anyone tried the iOS version?  I'm curious how it controls.     
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: December 02, 2014, 01:10:59 AM
**Mid season spoiler warning**


The "ward system" in the hospital was about as close as the show could get to institutionalized slavery.  I thought it was pretty clear that some of the female wards were raped based on some of the conversations with the other minor characters and cops.  The doctor and head cop both kind of made Beth their property, under their protection, so we didn't see Beth endure the worst of it.  Their operating procedure was to hit the road "recruiting" for new wards.  We learn that they "save" them by abducting them.  They justify it all by "helping" them.  In turn, the wards get to live permanently in the hospital, and act as servants who are abused mentally, physically and sexually by some of the power corrupt "cops".  Among the hospital staff some seemed to identify each other as good guys, while others weren't.  Either way, the bad ones were allowed to do bad things to the wards...unless they were killed off by the head cop.

I thought the point of the story arch in the hospital was to show what could happen to good people with good intentions.  Also how out of control justifying for the greater good can be.  Beth was kind of like our reality camera for the hospital story. 

I completely agree about feeling much more for Maggie's loss than for Beth's actual death.  I think that was by design?  Shoving a pair of small scissors into body armor is not going to do anything, except get you killed.  Beth knows how to kill, she's done it to walkers.  She understands vital areas.  The only conclusion I could come away with from that scene was that she wanted the lady to shoot her. 
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: December 02, 2014, 12:52:36 AM
Dragon Age Inquisition jumped to the top of my list.  It's such a massive game with so many finely crafted details.  The combat system is fun.  If I want to go open world for an hour or two, I can do that.  If I want to get back on script, I can do that too.  And then there's the exploration.  I run into cool encounters that I never would've experienced if I hadn't been free roaming.  Did I mention this game is massive?  It has to be one of the biggest single player games I've ever played (both in geography and content). 
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 30, 2014, 01:15:52 AM
I think some people are looking through the wrong lenses (with practicality and function in mind) at what appears to be a heavily modified sith lightsaber.  Jedi would build a lightsaber with minimalist functionality in mind, but not necessarily a sith.  They embrace the strength of the individual.  It could just be a sith wanting to express their power, or looking for a way to intimidate or shock.  Or maybe they hail from an ancient house that holds the symbol of a sword as a sign of authority or power...so they customized their saber to look like that. 

The T cross is probably 100% ornamentation.  While it may make design engineers cringe, that sith could probably kill just fine with it.

Seeing the falcon in the teaser gave me chills.  I also liked the quick shots of the stormtroopers in some kind drop ship or landing formation.  They looked intimidating.  The SW movies and animated series have made stormtroopers look like bumbling fodder not capable of hitting anything with their blasters.  It would be a good change if this movie made them more competent and deadly.     

 
19  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: November 29, 2014, 12:27:49 AM
Fire Emblem:Awakening is a very good turn based strategy game with forgiving difficulty settings.  I didn't put this one down until I completed it. 

I enjoyed A Link Between Worlds more than Occarina.  I have both.  They're good on the 3ds.

Bravely Default has a fun turn based combat and job system.  It goes a little off the rails with the story.

Kirby Triple Deluxe is an awesome platformer.  Loved this game.

Don't overlook Pokemon X/Y or Alpha/Ruby, they're good turn based strategy games.



20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 06:58:28 PM
I decided to explore Storm Island last night with no goal or mission, just pure exploration.  A couple of hours later I finished my adventure having seen and encountered most of what the island had to offer.  Bioware nailed the balance between plot driven narrative and open world exploration.     
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 04:21:52 PM
What about knight enchanter is broken?  I haven't unlocked the advanced specializations yet so I haven't tried it.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 24, 2014, 10:37:22 PM

Quote from: Turtle on November 23, 2014, 04:57:48 PM

When attacking rifts, it's no coincidence that one of the earliest things they teach you is that you should disrupt rifts. Doing so will turn an overwhelming fight with demons into a much easier one. Try some method to get agro off your inquisitor as soon as possible, then disrupt the rift ASAP. Don't just forget about the ability like I did and have to slog through all these demon fights.
Disrupting rifts definitely helps make those fights easier.  The enemy rift AI does have a tendency to want to interrupt you though.  You just have to find a spot not near any baddies...especially those horrors/terrors that create the green circles on the ground that they can jump up through.

I've noticed that the party AI is similar to previous DA games.  The AI handles archers and tanks well, but is less adept at using mages and melee rogues.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 24, 2014, 08:44:15 PM
I liked the gunplay in Destiny, it felt good.  But it was obvious that something happened during development where large chunks of the story and feature set were cut.  I was really surprised once I hit the light levels to learn that leveling was now accomplished through grinding of old content.  So that's my disappointment as well.

ME: Shadow of Mordor was my surprise hit.  I thought it would be a cheap AC and Batman rip off.  It heavily borrowed from those franchises but improved upon their design.  The nemesis system is one of the biggest AI game changers that I can remember, particularly to open world sandbox experiences.  I'm sure if there was a way to tally up the amount of hours I spent free roaming playing the nemesis system, they would be double or triple the amount of time I spent on the actual story (which I liked too).    
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 20, 2014, 09:05:21 PM
I appreciate that they carried over the mage auto attack combat animations from DA2.  It makes playing a mage feel a little more exciting with the staff twirling and ground slamming Gandalf style, versus just pew pewing from the back row.  Some of the early mage spells have great sound and visual effects.  

Of the melee options, the rogue dual dagger feels the most rewarding and fun.  It's like playing a DA version of Nightcrawler.  Most of the rogue specializations look fun too, expecially Assassin and Tempest.  I'm not confident that the AI can play a melee rogue well.  This may be one of the better human party options.

Just like in DA2 the initial behavior sliders make the AI party members wait until the last possible moment to drink a potion, which often results in them getting knocked out from spike damage.  I'll have to raise the potion drinking health % like I did in DA2.

I like most of what they did with the character creator, except the hair.  Yikes.  There are so few hair options, and they are the same options for male and female.  It would've been cool to have some crazier hair styles, maybe some mohawks or other interesting options.    

    
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 19, 2014, 10:01:37 PM
I was hoping to recreate my dual wielding male city elf from DA:Origins, but I can't for the life of me make a decent looking male elf in DA:I.  They all look so f'ng weird and goofy when they first step out into the light of day.  They're like horrible lab creations gone awry.  I've had a couple of immediate "nopes" during the first cutscene and then exit to menu.  I did create a cool looking human and dwarf, so I'll probably go with one of those.   
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 05, 2014, 12:23:57 AM
Thumbs up for Injustice and First Light.  I was going to buy those if they went on sale during the holidays.
27  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fantasy Life on: October 27, 2014, 11:55:12 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 27, 2014, 07:18:15 PM

In some ways it seems like a MMORPG that's been ported into a single player game. 
That's what I was thinking too.  Even with mediocre reviews it still looks like something my kids and I would enjoy, especially if we can quest in co-op. The way the game handles different jobs reminds me of SOE's Free Realms, which my oldest played a lot before they shut it down. 

Maybe people were expecting more of an Animal Crossing experience?       
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 27, 2014, 11:31:16 PM
I'm not very far into the game (Ch. 5), but it's crazy fun.  I decided to play on normal (2nd Climax), and so far it hasn't been very difficult.  Some of the boss fights took a 2nd or 3rd try to figure out what I was supposed to do.  Combo timing seems much more forgiving than Bayonetta.  My goal is to play through once expecting to get mostly Stones for my chapter scores while I learn the game and combo system.  I'm starting to get silvers on a lot of fights, but I miss a lot of hidden things and die 2-3 times per chapter, which tanks my overall rating.   
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 27, 2014, 11:23:22 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 27, 2014, 07:48:23 PM

Quote from: Alefroth on October 27, 2014, 03:56:33 PM

The annoying ads for this at the theatre will make it hard for me to pick up.

I don't have an Xbone, but thought the same thing when I saw it.   This is the game that peaked my interest the most on the Xbox, seems good, but the commercials are awful.
And they didn't have to go in that direction with the commercials.  Just show gameplay.  It's looks like a modern Dreamcast game loaded with fun.   
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need community help! Dragon Age Inquisition on: October 17, 2014, 04:31:04 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 16, 2014, 02:58:31 PM

I don't know, Bioware has done well with the platonic relationships as well.  While Garrus was romance-able for female Shepard, as male Shepard his friendship was extremely well handled.
They really did a nice job with the male Shepard - Garrus friendship.  One of my favorite moments in the entire series was the target practice scene with Shepard and Garrus on the Citadel.  After everything the 2 of them had been through together in the series, it was a great moment. 

My Hawke in DA2 had some good dialogue moments with Merrill.  I appreciate that Bioware tries do something.   
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 14, 2014, 10:52:39 PM
My kids and I have used pro controllers (with one person using the gamepad) for Mario Kart 8, DK Country TF, Super Mario 3d World, Rayman Legends, and Hyrule Warriors all with good results.  There's an adjustment period going from my 360 controller, but it doesn't take long.  I prefer using the pro controllers over the gamepad when I can.    
32  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 14, 2014, 09:19:57 PM
It's frustrating that in 2014 we don't have a reliable cure or treatment for most of the major types of cancer.  Just as important as treatment is an early detection technology.  Star Trek had that body scanning wand in the '70s, and then the med table that provided instant treatments.  When I was a kid I thought for sure we would have something like that by the time we were adults.  It's just weird that with so much $ that we donate to cancer research, we're not there yet.   

I know treatments have improved, but it seems like we're always just one breakthrough away from figuring it out.     
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 14, 2014, 08:46:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 14, 2014, 07:50:58 PM

I went ahead a preordered with a pro controller. We'll see how I do.
Even if the game doesn't click with you, that pro controller will be awesome.  I love mine.  Very comfortable and incredibly long battery life between charges.  My PS4 controllers drain so fast compared to the pro controller.   
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 11:40:05 PM
I have an insane captain that keeps pursuing me all over the map named Ikesh the Mad.  I've killed him a few times but he keeps reappearing.  It wouldn't be that noteworthy except for how terrible he looks now, and what he yells enthusiastically every time he finds me, " 'ello Buttons!" 

I swear it seems to get angrier each time he yells it.  The last time I saw him I was in a big fight near a stronghold, feeling good about how I was doing, when out of my right headphone I hear," 'ello Buttons!!"  And there he was, grinning and looking a lot worse for wear.  "I've been lookin' for ya Buttons!"

     
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 07:05:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 13, 2014, 06:42:15 PM

Nice post credit scene too.
I'm glad I left the dvr playing after the credits or I would've missed that scene.  Very cool.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Bayonetta 2 on: October 13, 2014, 05:21:34 PM
I hope Bayonetta 2 will also have an easy combo button option, like the first game, for people that just want to jump in and play.  You still have to get the timing right, but pressing that one button has her unleash all sorts of insane combos that would normally require lots of practice and memorization.  I did that first so I could get a feel for what she could actually do, and then I went back and started learning how to do the combos. 

Bayonetta 2 looks just as insane (fun) as the first game. 
 
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 05:11:56 PM
Now that's how to start a season!  Wow.  One of the best episodes.  Carol was badass.  The character reunions were hard earned...and worth it.  I'm sure there are things that can be nitpicked, but I thought it was a great start to the season.     
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 10, 2014, 07:13:42 PM
I was dealing with a bad cold/sinus funk this week, so I've neglected Mordor and Destiny.  Playing fast moving first and third person games while I'm loaded up on decongestants is not good...for anyone.   

I played a lot of Baldur's Gate:EE on my iPad this week, and will probably play more over the weekend.  I'd like to simply walk back into Mordor if I'm feeling better.  My son and I will probably finish legacy mode in Hyrule Warriors this weekend.  That's been a lot of fun.  I'll try and play some Wasteland 2 as well.   
39  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] Banner Saga out now on: October 07, 2014, 11:58:46 PM
I got it too.  I was waiting to get this during a steam sale on the pc, but the iPad is even better.  I'm looking forward to playing some tonight.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicles on: October 07, 2014, 08:51:57 PM
Rothfuss is a good, natural storyteller.  I found it very easy to get completely absorbed into both books.  Yes, the second is a little slower paced in spots, but it's still good.  There's something about his writing style that's both intelligent, but also like talking with a buddy.  His ability to describe music is really good too.     
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