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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 02, 2015, 07:12:27 PM

Quote from: Greg Wak on April 02, 2015, 06:48:51 PM

Anybody wish combat was just a bit slower? I feel like I issue orders, play it out for 5 sec, pause, order, repeat. It would be nice if it could breath a little bit.
Have you tried clicking on the slow combat arrow to the left of the circle in the center of the screen?  I wonder if that would help?  There's also an option that will enable slow mode just for combat. 
2  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: April 02, 2015, 06:39:58 PM
Oh man...the wireless transfer is the worst.  I bought a 32gb micro sd card that came with a sd card adapter from Amazon.  I then copied the files from the old sd card in my 3ds xl to a folder on my pc, and then copied those files onto the new micro sd card.  With that approach I just started the transfer process and swapped cards and that was it. 
 
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: April 02, 2015, 06:33:59 PM
I haven't had much time to post since most of my very limited free time is spent actually playing this gem of a game.  Most of my time played has been spent getting a feel for the different classes in the prologue.  I didn't play the beta, so this is all new to me.  It really does feel like a spirtual successor to the pc Baldur's Gate series.       
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: March 26, 2015, 08:49:28 PM
The combat doesn't start getting interesting until more skills are unlocked with 6+ skills/spells available.  It also depends on what class you're playing.  My sword/shield - champion can get a little boring at times too.  When that happens I switch to one of the npcs with a different class and play that for awhile.

There are a ton of side quests.  I recommend sticking to the main story most of the time with some side quests along the way.  If you're a quest completionist this game can burn you out quickly.
 
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Bloodborne (previously known as Project Beast) on: March 20, 2015, 06:42:54 PM
I played a lot of Dark Souls 1, but skipped DS2.  I have to be in the right mindset to play games like this.  I'm planning on seeing how the game is received before buying. 
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: March 17, 2015, 03:16:18 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 17, 2015, 03:11:00 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 17, 2015, 02:59:24 PM

DLC
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/03/17/helldivers-reinforcement-dlc-deploys-today-for-ps4-ps3-ps-vita/#sf8058469

Basically 3 classes, but really 3 new outfits, 3 new weapons and 3 new stratagems.
Thanks for posting  icon_smile - sounds really fun. Backpack Drone System sounds cool, and the Sickle carbine appeals to me.
From the press release in the link:
"We remember and salute the 9 million brave Helldivers who have already sacrificed their lives in our fight for freedom! (2.3 million of those to Friendly Fire)."  lol

7  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 17, 2015, 02:52:00 PM

Quote from: Azhag on March 14, 2015, 09:43:43 PM

So due to you all I gave in and got a "new". I did wireless transfer and now want to resell the old 3ds xl. Question... it was the new super Mario bros version - does that mean super Mario is no longer on the old device? Want to make sure I market accurately for selling and don't want to go in and make a profile and all in it.
I did a system transfer from my Mario & Luigi limited edition (with Mario & Luigi Dream Team pre-loaded) to a new 3ds XL.  After the system transfer completed, and I put in the micro SD card I had ready with all of my data, Mario and Luigi Dream Team was on my new 3ds XL.  All of my digital games from my old 3ds XL were now on my new.  The system transfer process completely wiped my old 3ds XL to the factory default, including removing pre-loaded games.  

When I setup my son on my old 3ds XL after the system transfer, it was like starting with a brand new 3ds XL.  Hopefully that helps.
8  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dungeon Hunter 5 on: March 17, 2015, 02:42:32 PM
Thanks for the initial impressions Rittchard.  I saw DH5 in the app store, but I remember being turned off by DH4's use of timer lockouts.  I don't remember exactly what the timers were for, maybe equipment upgrades?  It sounds like DH5 uses diamonds as the IAP to keep the lockout barriers down.
9  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 14, 2015, 12:32:07 AM
I'm still playing a lot of Monster Hunter 4U.  I never could get into any of the previous versions, but this one is really good. 

I'll second how well the stable 3d works on the new 3ds xl.  I couldn't use it on my old 3ds xl because it was too hard to stay in the sweet spot to keep the 3d effect.  I always played with it off.  Being able to go back to old games like Occarina of Time with 3d turned on has been like playing a new game.
10  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Monster Hunter 4 on: March 06, 2015, 07:00:49 PM
This is the first MH title that I've really enjoyed.  I already have about 50 hours played, and I still feel like I'm just getting started.  I've done a few coop hunts with my family, but have mostly be doing solo quests. 

So far I've been using and learning the Gunlance, Hunting Horn and Charged Blade.  My son has been mainly using the new Insect Glaive, which has great mobility and easy vaulting, and comes with a "Kinsect" that can be upgraded and evolve (like a pokemon). 

My guild card says I'm HR1 (not sure how the ranks work), and I'm currently working on level 4&5 quests.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 05, 2015, 07:07:03 PM
I tried out the APC today with 1 other person, and I can see some good uses for it.  There is 1 turret slot, 2 side gun slots, and the driver.

I fully ranked up the exo suit...because...it's a freaking mech.  Ammo lasts a pretty long time at rank 3.  The missiles were taking out the heaviest armored bugs (the biggest ones).  I loaded up with 2 exo suits so I could call one in for my fellow freedom fighter.  It was fun stomping around with 2 mechs laying waste to bugs.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, PS3, Vita] Helldivers (Starship Troopers with friendly fire) on: March 05, 2015, 05:16:16 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 05, 2015, 03:24:22 AM

I really like this.  Had some good games with Rogue and RuperT.  There's some definite benefits to having a diverse makeup of weapons with your squad.   The SMG gets a mild stun effect that comes in super handy for slowing the swarms and it's also a one handed weapon so you can still use it while carrying a blackbox.
This game is awesome.  There were some great moments calling in support and revives when all hell was breaking loose, especially at the last extraction.  I really like the dynamic of having to be mindful of friendly fire.  It makes for some good coordinated fire and maneuver that you wouldn't get in a run and gun type game.  I'm looking forward to trying out the exo suits we unlocked.     
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: March 03, 2015, 01:02:32 AM

Quote from: farley2k on February 24, 2015, 06:51:23 PM

I pre-ordered from Amazon.  I don't have much confidence that retailers are going to receive many copies.  I'll be happy if it plays fairly close to the Wii version.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/3) on: March 03, 2015, 12:50:55 AM
Helldivers for some local coop action. 
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2015, 11:49:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2015, 02:40:35 PM

Space Miner received a big HD update this week.  If you missed it back in 2010, now's the time to rectify that mistake.  It's an Asteroids clone at it's core, but is still one of the funnest (and funniest) iOS games I've ever played.
Space Miner is great.  I played the original for many hours.
16  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 20, 2015, 09:40:21 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on February 20, 2015, 08:30:32 PM

I can't find a single place to buy one.   :/
I got lucky at Target.  None of the other stores near me seemed to know when they would get more.  Target seemed to have the best handle on new shipments coming.  I walked into the store around 9:30am and they had their new stock sitting on the counter behind the register (2 black and 3 red).

I was surprised how clueless my local Best Buy was about their shipments, they used to be my go to for things like that.  Their display case was still full of the regular 3ds XL and 2ds.     
17  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Games for kids (6 years old) on: February 19, 2015, 02:58:37 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on February 17, 2015, 02:40:02 AM

I got my 4 and 7 year olds 3ds's for Christmas.

They love Kirby (the newest one), The New Super Mario Bros (she may surprise you, my 4 year old plays it fine), Nintendogs and Scribblenauts (May be hard of she isn't reading yet).

They also like bomberman (the ds version, I got it for $2), and they can play each other with one cartridge (mario also has this)
When I bought Kirby Triple Deluxe for my kids, they were 4 and 6 at the time.  They loved it.  They completed the game on their own with a little help from me on the final boss fight.  A year later and they still go back to it frequently to replay levels.  It's a great game.

After I picked up a n3DS XL last weekend, I gave my 3DS XL to my son, and my daughter has a red crystal 2DS.  Here's what they're currently playing:
5 year old
Smash Bros (he really likes playing all of the different nintendo characters...he kicks my butt)
Kirby Triple Deluxe
Rayman Origins - eShop

7 year old
Pokemon Alpha Sapphire (she completed the game on her own and is going back and doing champion's league rematches with different teams...like her eevee team)
Animal Crossing - (she loves it)
Fantasy Life (she borrows my cart)
     
18  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 10, 2015, 12:27:36 AM

Quote from: Lordnine on February 09, 2015, 05:47:19 PM

That is pretty close…

Considering how bad the Wii version would look blown up to 60 inches on my TV, I think the 3DS wins.

Yep, I have the original and playing it via the Wii U on a large TV is rough on the eyes.  I'm looking forward to playing it on a handheld.     
19  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: February 06, 2015, 05:32:56 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 05, 2015, 12:54:57 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 04, 2015, 08:01:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 04, 2015, 05:59:15 PM

So I decided to use part of my tax refund to buy the new 3ds xl, but it appears Amazon doesn't have any pre-order stock... wth...

Anyone has any insight on why?

I don't recall the specifics why but Amazon is not an official retailer of Nintendo hardware.
Thanks... did some research and I see that they had a undocumented fallout  back in 2012 or so.  I guess I'll get it from Best Buy
It's pretty silly when you consider how much money both Amazon and Nintendo would make if they could rise above the bs and partner together.  I'd prefer to pre-order and purchase through Amazon.  Instead I'll probably go to Best Buy or Target.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: February 06, 2015, 05:29:32 AM
Introducing my young kids to gaming through the Wii U has been some of the most fun I've had playing video games.  A lot of the games have local co-op, which seems to be a dying a concept.  It's just fun gaming...like the experience I had as a kid and teenager playing NES and SNES games.
21  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fantasy Life on: January 27, 2015, 10:09:03 PM
My oldest and I have been playing it since the holidays.  He loves it.  He completed the main story, leveled up a few crafting professions and adventure professions to master, and is working towards level 50 to play the expansion.   

I've been a little less enthusiastic about it, but it's still good...better than the North American reviews would indicate.  It has a mmorpg feel to it, with a switchable job system.  The only downside for me is the crazy amount of dialogue.  It's nuts.  But that's only for the main story stuff.  The heart of the game is the open world mmo-like exploration and crafting.  The player ratings for the game are much higher than the critic ratings in NA.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U] Xenoblade Chronicles X on: January 15, 2015, 01:20:21 AM
If you like fun, the Wii U has a great library.  Here are a few classics that I've played since I bought mine a little over a year ago:
Super Mario 3D World
Mario Kart 8
Pikmin 3
Bayonetta 2 (and 1)
Wind Waker (first LoZ game I've ever completed)
Rayman Legends (Wii U version is actually the best version)
Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze

And for 2015 I'm looking forward to:
Splatoon
Xenoblade Chronicles X
Zelda


23  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire vs DS on: January 12, 2015, 02:35:10 AM
I bought my 7 year old daughter a red crystal 2DS for Christmas.  She's really into Pokemon, but I wasn't sure if she would be able to handle all of the reading in Pokemon Alpha Sapphire on her own.  It's amazing what a strong desire to play a game can do to jump start reading.  She's doing awesome now.  I know it sounds corny, but it really has boosted her reading more than anything we were trying at home.

I really like the form factor of the 2DS too.  It's small, with easy to reach buttons.  It's not heavy...especially compared to a 3DS XL.  She loves it.  Her 5 year old little brother wants one too, but we've told him he has to practice reading first.  He doesn't know yet that he's going to eventually get my 3DS XL when I upgrade to the New 3DS/3DS XL this year. 

It's pretty cool seeing how happy my daughter is trading pokemon with me.  Now she hunts for unusual ones to trade with me.  That's worth the price of admission alone.   
24  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Trend for mobile sucks monkey nuts on: December 22, 2014, 05:56:08 PM
I can't stand it when developers create a fun moble game like World of Warriors, and then ruin it with excessively long lock out timers and other monetized IAP strategies.  I'm using World of Warriors as a recent example of a fun core game, bloated full of lock outs, timers, and incentives to use real money to reduce the lock outs and timers.  My little warrior dudes are at the point now where training after leveling up takes 8+ hours real time.  It's silly.  I'd rather pay $5-15 for a full game experience than be locked out of stuff playing a freeware version.

Here are some good examples of high quality iOS games I've purchased without obnoxious IAP nonsense:  Baldur's Gate, Icewind Dale, Banner Sage, King of Dragon Pass, The Battle for Wesnoth HD, Ravenmark, all of the Shenandoah Studio titles like Battle of the Bulge, Warhammer Quest.  Some of these games have IAPs, but they are to unlock new optional features like additional characters, campaigns or maps.  I'm ok with that.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If It's Okay With TiLT, Name Your 2014 Game(s) of the Year! (and other awards) on: December 22, 2014, 05:38:30 PM
Games of the Year: Dragon Age Inquisition (PS4) and Mario Kart 8 (Wii U)

Honorable Mentions: Bayonetta 2 (Wii U), Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor (PS4), and Divine Divinity: Orignal Sin (PC)

Best Remasters: The Last of Us (PS4), Diablo 3 (PS4), GTA5 (PS4)

Biggest Dissapointment: Destiny (PS4)

Best New IP: Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor      
26  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.               
27  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.   
28  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.   
29  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.
30  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.   
31  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.
32  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



; )
Ugh...that's embarrasing icon_razz  Apologies for missing that.
33  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.   
34  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.   
35  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. 
36  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. 
37  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.
38  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.
39  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.
40  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.     
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