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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: Today at 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.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: Today at 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).    
3  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.    

    
4  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.   
5  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.
6  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?       
7  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.   
8  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.   
9  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.   
10  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.    
11  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.     
12  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.   
13  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!"

     
14  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.
15  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. 
 
16  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.     
17  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.   
18  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.
19  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.     
20  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: We lost a forumer last night :( on: October 07, 2014, 08:45:29 PM
No...that sucks.  I hate cancer.  It took my dad and my grandmother.  RIP Peter.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 07, 2014, 08:27:06 PM
Iron Banner might actually improve regular crucible by pulling away the most competitive players with the best gear.  Maybe?
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is your primary gaming device? on: October 05, 2014, 12:21:26 AM
I've spent more time playing games on my PS4, WiiU and 3DS this year than on my PC.  I'm enjoying the resurgence of the turn-based crpg genre on my PC though.  And I still have a steam sale backlog of good titles I wish I had more time to play.

In time spent playing games it would probably be:
1.  PS4
2.  WiiU
3.  3DS
4.  PC
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Strain on: September 30, 2014, 11:04:33 PM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on September 30, 2014, 07:29:04 PM

Did they ever give us the age of Abraham, because by any reasonable estimate he's got to be at least 90 (looks like he was in his 20s during WW2?). If that's the case, he's in the best damn shape of any 90 year old I've ever seen. Maybe staring at your wife's heart for 50 years will do that to you.
Don't forget he was also Lord Frey of House Frey, Lord of the Crossing, and sire to a small company of offspring, long before we see him as Setrakian the vampire slayer.  Who knows how old he really is.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 08:58:47 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 30, 2014, 08:03:14 PM

It's pronounced "theh-wee-ACK", you jerks.  In Uruk, it means "mighty one of poor dental hygiene," and is quite the noble line.
Glad to know I was pronouncing that correctly in my head.  I speak a little Uruk, and already knew it meant strong but dentally impaired.  He's already a captain, so things are looking up for him.  Unless Leo decides to decapitate him.  Don't do it Leo!
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 29, 2014, 05:11:34 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 29, 2014, 04:22:39 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 29, 2014, 04:20:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 02:59:39 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 29, 2014, 02:17:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 01:26:50 AM

This is so weird. I hope Bungie comes clean about what happened at some point.

http://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/2hqmkb/how_destinys_content_completely_changed_over_the/

So it's true. We are the baddies.

Were - they may have scrapped that story.

I've barely touched my grimoire, but from impressions I've heard it sounds like the grimoire stories do still hint that we may be the bad guys.
I posted a link earlier that speculated that same thing
Now that would have been a good story.  Uncovering that humanity was tricked into strengthening an evil entity, and actually allying with it.  I like the idea that the guardians are the captains of an undead army of sorts.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 05:02:34 AM
Shadow of Mordor (PS4)
My plan is to seek out the goofiest orc I can find, and orchestrate his rise to dominance and power.  Grabnok "The Stinky" Boogersnot maybe the next supreme warlord of the Orcs of Mordor.   
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hyrule Warriors is out on: September 27, 2014, 11:57:01 PM
I played the first 4 SP missions and then some local co-op and both were fun.  They did a nice job with all of the small LoZ details.  The art for the characters is very well done.  I played the Legend Campaign, and then did some Free Mode with my kids (they took turns using the gamepad).  Seems like there is a good amount of content. 

While some of the terrain and object textures can be rough, the characters, weapons, and combat effects are well done.  I could tell there was a downgrade in graphics quality playing co-op, but it wasn't too bad.  Not enough to keep me from enjoying the experience with my kids.

The combat is actually deeper than I was expecting (I don't have a lot of Dynasty Warriors experience to judge if this is on par with those games).  Once I started getting the hang of the combo system, I was easily switching between different elemental attacks for
Spoiler for Hiden:
Shiek
, or doing different types of fire attacks for Link.   
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 26, 2014, 11:56:35 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 26, 2014, 10:20:30 PM

That's what we needed.  Don't save legendary engrams found before the patch though...they will all be downgraded to rares.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/25/14 on: September 26, 2014, 07:45:03 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on September 26, 2014, 02:03:43 PM

I'll be trying to finish up (or at least make a significant dent in) The Last of Us Remastered. Since I've been focusing the game it has started to grow on me more, but it's still so stressful that I'm almost happy when my game time is over and I can set it aside.
That's exactly how I feel about the TLoU.  It's been a great ride so far, but it stresses me out.  When it comes to my limited amount of play time at night, I end up choosing something that I can kind of zone out with, like Diablo 3 or even Destiny doing strike playlists.

This weekend will be Hyrule Warriors, some Destiny, and hopefully Wasteland 2. 
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 26, 2014, 03:16:28 PM
I'm glad to see a new Monolith title getting a positive reception from critics.  I was sold after seeing a gameplay trailer that showcased the nemesis system.  But I was really sold when I saw him dominate a beast (caragor?) turning it into his personal mount.   
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 25, 2014, 07:24:06 PM
It looks really good.  I hope it plays as good as it looks in the trailers and previews.  
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 24, 2014, 02:19:57 AM
Thanks for the help Scraper.  I was a bit over my head on that heroic daily.  You joined at the perfect time. 
33  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blizzard's Next MMO: Titan on: September 23, 2014, 06:33:55 PM
Whoa.  I wonder if they can parlay any of that development into other projects on console, pc or mobile?  Not even Blizzard can replace WoW.   
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 23, 2014, 04:38:00 PM
I like the implementation of friendly fire.  My shotgunner can't just spray into a crowd and my other team members magically avoid the buckshot.  Also line of sight is actually important.  You can't magically shoot through other team members in the line of fire.  I had a team member that was offset slightly from the shooters line of sight, but not enough to miss being hit by a wild shot.  Very cool.     
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 23, 2014, 03:47:12 PM
I'm not wild about the double randomness of engram drops.  There's the first random calculation for when/if an engram drops (and what color it is), and then there's almost a slot machine vegas random element in what color item the engram will turn into once decyrpted.  Of course it can turn into a resource too.  And the chances of getting the same color as the engram go down the more rare the engram.  It's weird.  If I had to design a loot system to mentally mess with people, it would be something like this.

The system is too random at this point.  It would be so much better if they matched loot with classes, got rid of their "try your luck!" engram concept and just matched the loot to the rarity of the engram.  The same goes for the Crucible.  Take out the completely random nature of post match loot, and link it to match performance.  There's so much they could do with the pvp rewards that would be better than just a 100% random loot assignment at the end.

I just don't understand how their current concept for loot made it past design discussions.            
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 20, 2014, 10:08:50 PM
That portrait pack is really good.  Thanks for linking it Blackjack. 
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 20, 2014, 02:35:12 PM
The interface is clunky.  I don't like it when equipped weapons and armor also appear in the general inventory grid.  I want to see equipped stuff in the character paper doll slots, but not also in the general inventory.  It's confusing.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 20, 2014, 03:49:25 AM
Not sure about the voice acting so far, but the combat is good. 
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: September 19, 2014, 02:45:45 PM

Quote from: Turtle on September 19, 2014, 01:26:20 PM

Anyway, this is a treat, I haven't really watched, read, or played anything except for the earliest previews during the kickstarter. Nice to go into a game blind these days.
That's how I feel too.  I'm looking forward to going into the game for the first time.  I was really tempted to use my backer beta access, but I held strong. 
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you (AT)Buying this week? (09/15) on: September 18, 2014, 06:15:15 PM
I was a backer for Wasteland 2, intentionally avoiding the beta so it would be new for me at release.  I'm really looking foward to playing.  But then Destiny happened...so that's what I'll be playing this week.  I'm level 18, finished the story content, and would like to max out my SunSlinger(thank you Wonderpug) subclass doing strikes and crucible.     
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