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121  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Path of Exile on: October 28, 2013, 12:18:55 AM
My mind was blown when I saw the passive skill tree for the first time.  At first glance it seemed to have some good depth, and then I zoomed out.  That is the mother of all skill trees.  It was actually too much for me to look at for more than a few seconds, like I was trying to stare at the sun.     
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 19, 2013, 01:08:27 AM
I love my 360, both the launch version that died to a rrod at 4 years of age, and its newer replacement.  The 360 controller is like a work of art compared to the ps3 dual shock controller.  It just fits my hands so much better.  I don't love xbox live, and can't stand the evolving add fest of the interface.  I don't have confidence that xbox one live will be any better.  I also have become disillusioned with MS's ability to make good hardware.  

This generation my launch console will be the PS4.  They just seem to have their shit together more than MS this time around.  I'm on board with their vision for next gen gaming and their hardware design.  I've also read good reports about the PS4 controller.  Because of my kids, having access to Netflix streaming without having to go through a paywall is also a plus for PS4.  I still can't believe that MS keeps those services that their customers are already paying for behind a paywall.  That's nuts.

I have a decent PC, so that will be my other gaming system at launch for next gen titles.  I also think that the odds of games making their way to PC will be higher for Xbox 1 exclusives than for PS4 exclusives.  PS3 exclusives almost never made it to PC.      
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 09, 2013, 07:12:11 PM
It's a lot of fun on the console.  They did it right.  My wizard is almost done with normal and is fully decked out in legendaries and yellows from drops.  The itemization is right on.  It's great that all of the legendary drops I've seen so far have been usable by the character I'm playing.  So much better than the current PC version.  Also, dodge roll...yes. 
124  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Warhammer Online shutting down on: September 28, 2013, 01:09:12 AM
It's too bad EA didn't care enough to convert it to FTP a couple of years ago.  They milked the $14.99 sub until death.  While the pve was terrible, with the exception of the public quests during the first few months, the pvp was pretty good.  I loved tiers 1&2, so much fun both in rvr and scenarios.   
125  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV (Characters/Servers in first post) on: September 06, 2013, 12:16:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 05, 2013, 11:19:11 PM

a plea for better cat butts has been issued.

while they're at it I think they need to ask for a twerking emote, just so if I ever run into Gratch while he is AFK I can take some fun screenshots.
They were inspired by Miley Cyrus?
126  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 05, 2013, 07:03:05 PM
JJX is an awesome, polished sandbox builder.  I like it better than Terraria.  It seems easier to control. 
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 05, 2013, 05:34:11 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on September 05, 2013, 05:47:35 AM

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Quote from: siege on September 04, 2013, 06:15:29 PM

I've completed Act 1 and it's safe to say I prefer the console version. Feels better on a game pad, better loot drops, and couch coop is awesome of course. Playing on hard normal mode is pretty challenging so far but aside from losing item durability on death, there really isn't much of a penalty considering you can re spawn at your corpse after five seconds. I'm sure the gold hit will be a pain in later difficulties, however.

I feel like there are way less drops than the PC version (granted it's been months since I played on PC so not sure if that's changed)

That's correct. Less drops, better chance at quality loot that actually benefits the class you're playing.

Meaning, yes it has changed on the PC as well. Known officially as "Loot 2.0".  icon_wink
Has it changed already on PC?  I thought that patch was still in development? 
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: September 05, 2013, 05:27:11 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 05, 2013, 12:09:23 PM

If I can shoot an energy beam out of it, I'm in.  I don't care about game immersion.  It would be for my "home defense".   
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: September 05, 2013, 05:21:41 PM
While I usually prefer my PC for gaming, having the option to play on a console is something I've always appreciated.  Sometimes I just don't want to mess around with pc installation issues, graphics and optimization tweaking, and controller and keyboard mapping.  I want to be able to pick up a controller, put the new game in and play.  That's why I'm sticking with my PS4 preorder.  It will compliment my PC.  Besides, the only way I play co-op with my family is through console local co-op.  Being able to play local co-op on games like Dragon's Crown and Diablo 3 is a big deal, without having to buy multiple pc versions to do the same.

130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Total War: Rome 2 on: September 04, 2013, 03:56:03 PM
I'd really like to play this now because of the positive nostalgia I have for the original, but it sounds like the game could benefit from a few optimization and gameplay patches.  It seems like this has become the norm for CA releases.   
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: August 28, 2013, 06:14:23 PM

Quote from: Arkon on August 27, 2013, 09:56:00 PM

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Quote from: Arkon on August 27, 2013, 07:26:36 PM

Well, just beat the game finally, had a lot of trouble on the last battle with my decker.

I am sadly still waiting for my physical goods from the kickstarter.

I haven't been reading the thread. Would you recommend?

The game is short, took me about 12-15 hours to beat, but I really enjoyed the ride, and am looking forward to the mods that get released.  I would certainly recommend it.
I really enjoyed it too.  It was short enought that I could play through with a couple of different builds/classes.  They did the magic plus sci-fi setting well.  I'm looking forward to more campaigns.
132  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 23, 2013, 05:02:10 PM
I'm all in for a buy to play model, like with GW2.  There have been some well polished and fun games recently that did their particular form of mmorpg very well, and were not able to sustain a monthly sub model.  ESO would have to be really, really special.   
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Don Mattrick leaving MS for Zynga - Ballmer retiring too! on: August 23, 2013, 04:41:47 PM
From the linked article:
Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

This has always been their albatross.  I have an old HD Zune at home collecting dust that I'm going to save as a potential tech relic.  They were doing well when people were willing to pay for their incremental OS and MS office updates every few years.       

134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: August 22, 2013, 07:37:33 PM
I'll probably pickup the XB1 a year after launch when there's a price drop and an established library.  I'm feeling good about my PS4 preorder.  I think developers will go where the money is, and in this case, that translates to user base.  It seems like the PS4 will have a nice footprint in NA based on preorders.
135  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Elder Scrolls Online on: August 22, 2013, 02:24:05 PM
That's a bold decision.  Maybe they already have a srategy for transitioning to free to play based on how long subs are healthy?  6-12 months generate primary revenue from subs, 1 year and beyond mixture of free to play plus subs?

I don't think many games can sustain a sub model anymore, even with the a really well known IP.  There are too many alternatives in the mmo space.   
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2013, 01:33:37 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 21, 2013, 04:56:39 PM

Still, I love the look and feel of the game, and it's quite cathartic after a long day of work to just mindlessly kill shit.
It's a good stress relief.  D3 is the kind of game where I can just zone in on the gameplay and forget about everything else.
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: August 20, 2013, 09:10:11 PM

Quote from: Canuck on August 20, 2013, 08:59:38 PM

Perhaps we all forgot that it would be silly to release the console before the games actually come out. Definitely disappointing though. Glad I didn't stay up for this conference.
As crazy as it sounds, I bet there would still be a good amount of people though that would buy either console if they launched initially with no games.  Especially if they had access to all of the online features in the meantime, like apps and netflix.         
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors begin. on: August 20, 2013, 08:45:24 PM
Seems smart to get the ps4 it into retail before the biggest shopping weekends in NA.  Sony can ride that consumer wave all the way through the holidays into 2014. 

I never would have considered purchasing a Vita, but if the price is right, and it does cool things with the ps4, I may do it. 
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Mac/iOS] Space Hulk on: August 17, 2013, 12:41:11 AM
I'll wait for the holiday steam sale.  It's too bad they didn't expand on the board game by allowing for some experience gain and skill tree development for the squad members.  Xcom nailed that.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS/Android] Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions on: August 15, 2013, 06:43:18 PM
Awesome. I've spent a lot of time playing BGEE on my ipad mini and pc. Looking forward to BG2EE.
141  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Dragons crown is out! Vita/ps3 on: August 09, 2013, 07:10:44 PM
This game is a lot of fun.  The combat is very polished and easy to get into, but there's good depth to it too.  The art and music are great, down to the smallest touches and details.  All of the characters play differently.  Local coop is a blast.  They did a really nice job.


142  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Falling Skies Season 3 on: August 09, 2013, 04:45:47 PM
I try not to get hung up on the goofy plot holes.  It's an entertaining show for me.  I like sci-fi as a genre, and there isn't much out there on TV.  I don't go into Falling Skies with high expectations.  I just appreciate that they're trying to keep a scripted sci-fi show on TV.  They could just say screw it and put another scripted cop show or reality show on.     
143  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Bloodmasque - Fighter/RPG from Squeenix on: July 31, 2013, 03:13:03 PM
Thanks for the early impressions Gratch...and for biting the bullet on the purchase.  Is the multiplayer all Dragon's Dogma style like you said (using their pawns/companions), or do you team up with other players too?
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 31, 2013, 03:02:40 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on July 31, 2013, 02:09:07 PM

So I'm running Dead Man's Switch again with a Dwarf Shaman and I'm finding myself constantly broke.  I just saved ML from the UB and approached Mr. J for the Renarku Run and I have enough nuyen on hand to hire just one additional runner.  I didn't have this problem with my decker
Is that because of the expense of restocking fetishes?  I usually only bring 2 with me, and rely on conjuration spells and ranged to support the group.  The higher level fetishes are expensive.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 30, 2013, 07:27:14 PM
Thanks for clarifying how the quiet spells work.  I think I'm spoiled by having some form of gameplay feedback like a noise or stealth meter.

I'm wondering if there was an oversight in having all of the ranged weapons share the same range of 19.  I just assumed that rifles would have greater range than a shotgun, but that's not the case.  Shotguns are powerful at any range.  I think accuracy changes based on the type of ranged weapon, but it's not enough to make it a requirement to switch from shotgon/pistol/smg to a rifle.

Btw, really enjoying the game.     
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 29, 2013, 09:28:28 PM
What the heck do the shaman quiet spells do?  There's a silence spell that seems to help friendly characters sneak better, except there isn't any sneaking in the game.  There's also a "quiet bomb" spell that prevents noise in an area.  

I figured out a good use for the shaman's shadow spell during one of the key set pieces.  It basically turns your runners invisible as long as they are inside the shadow area.  It's nice to have if you want your group to disappear for a few rounds.  

The shaman elemental barrier spells are good for putting up temp cover spots for your runners in open space, or to build upon existing cover.  The higher level barrier spells have some nice effects too.  Your runners will go into the cover animation when they are directly adjacent to a tile with a barrier effect.  It's cool watching enemies that are already wounded kill themselves running through barrier tiles...or drain their AP.
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: July 29, 2013, 02:59:40 PM
I started a custom dwarf mage/adept and a custom troll melee/ranged.  Both are fun.  My original concept for the dwarf was that he could rely on adept skills to handle foes that rushed him in melee, but that just doesn't happen that much.  His mage spells are powerful enough to handle every encounter (so far).  It is cool to see him carrying an axe around in his mystical hoodie though.  His current spell loadout allows him to lock down 2 enemies at once (blind and mind wipe), dish out good single target and aoe damage, heal, and triple strike anyone dumb enough to get close to him (chi focus x3). 

It wasn't clear to me at first, but the adept melee chi focus passives only seem to work when equipping the right magic resistance spell.  With Magic Resistance II he can now choose between using double or tripple strike chi focus.       

My troll custom samurai is not nearly as complex as my dwarf, but he's fun to play.  He's melee centric with good assault rifle support, and can lob grenades like a pro. 

I'm really enjoying the game, especially for the $17 I paid.   
148  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE!!! on: July 20, 2013, 08:29:15 PM

Quote from: Caine on July 20, 2013, 05:14:59 PM

I know Prison Architect has been on a bunch of people's lists, but I'm waiting to hear back on it.  Also semi interested in Starforge, Sonic Racing Transformed.  Picking up the Pit for now as I missed that on the last GMG sale.
Sonic Racing Transformed is a great kart racer.  Definitely worth $8.  If you like that type of game, it's one of the best this generation.
149  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Baby Time Again on: July 20, 2013, 12:19:02 AM
A healthy looking little guy.  Cool hat too.  Congrats! 
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 7/19/13 on: July 19, 2013, 07:46:21 PM
Playing Borderlands 2 as Kreig.  Bought the season pass during the steam sale, so lots of extra content to play. 
151  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE!!! on: July 19, 2013, 06:08:57 PM
Bethesda isn't budging on the price of their Skyrim DLC.  The retail price remains $19.99, which makes the steam DLC deals not seem that great at $9.99 each.  I'd like to pickup both Dragonborn and Dawnguard at some point. 
152  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Your Steam Summer Sale (SSS) Haul on: July 15, 2013, 03:50:55 AM
So far:
Borderlands 2 Season Pass
Borderlands 2 Psycho Pack
Fallen Enchantress: LH
153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: July 14, 2013, 12:25:08 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on July 13, 2013, 12:36:32 AM

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What were they called in your version of the book?

"Summere", which basically means buzzers, as in the noise insects make.

And I actually though it was common knowledge what a bugger means, but I guess thats a UK thing mostly, and not as widespread in the states.

Nope, but when I read the book with the name bugger in it I just assumed it was because they looked like bugs.

I've lived in a lot of different parts of the US, and I've never heard "bugger" used as an insult for anything.  Reading the book in high school was the first time I saw it, and I thought it was just a nickname for the bugs.  As an adult I've heard it used by Brits as an exclamation that I understand to be similar to "f**k", but not as bad?  When I hear Americans use it now they're using it as an expression for frustration. 
154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: SUMMER SALE!!! on: July 12, 2013, 02:32:55 PM

Quote from: Moliere on July 12, 2013, 02:13:06 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 12, 2013, 11:21:37 AM

Community Choice #3 is Saints Row the Third for $4.99, plus 75% off all DLC.

I've never played these games. Are they good? What would you compare it to?
I loved Saints Row 3 as an absurd, over the top, but very fun sandbox game.  It is not for people sensitive to comedic violence, T&A, and juvenile humour.  It never takes itself seriously.  The on foot and vehicle combat is a ton of fun.  The DLC adds a lot of very cool vehicles, weapons, and costumes.  It's a well done sandbox game, with fun scripted story missions too.  It's just...well, juvenile is the best word I can describe, but the game knows this, and relishes in it.     
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Ender's Game on: July 10, 2013, 11:21:25 PM
I'm glad I was able to enjoy his book in high school before OSC started his public spiral into crazy.  The messages from the book resonated with me at that age.  I loved how creative Ender was.  He was appreciated for his mind and not his physical appearance.  Later when I served in the Marines the book made it on their official reading list.

I haven't had a problem in the past seperating people from their art.  I've liked bands and musicians for their music, even though I thought they were assholes as people.  Same for some authors and actors.  It's interesting how some creative people can be so abhorrant as individuals, but brilliant at their craft.       
156  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [PC/PS3] Final Fantasy XIV Online - A Realm Reborn this Winter on: July 10, 2013, 11:06:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 10, 2013, 09:57:02 PM

woohoo....i got the 3rd dungeon done,party must of been good..although one was rude with everyone,called one guy an idiot and said i shouldn't use my Limit Breaks..dunno why,he did explain but it was all greek to me,i just stopped using my Limit Breaks...but i don't care because i got that dungeon done
That's the worst aspect of mmos.  I hate that kind of behavior.  It's a shame because that person probably could have shared some good tips, but it's ruined by his shitty delivery.

I'm looking forward to giving ARR a shot.  It sounds like fun.  I wish there was a red mage class/job.   
157  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free iOS games: Badlands, Infinity Blade 2, Tiny Wings, more on: July 09, 2013, 03:33:56 PM
I downloaded Tiny Wings.  Very cool game.  How are the other free titles?  I played Infinity Blade 1 and thought the graphics were great, but the gameplay was just ok. 
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Second Playthrough 22 months after first! on: July 08, 2013, 08:22:14 PM
This is one of those games that I picked up during a Steam sale that I really need/want to play.  Without knowing too much about the details of the game mechanics, I was planning on going with a combat heavy development, so I could experience the story and not have to worry too much about survivability.  I'm not sure if that's possible, but that's my plan!
159  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Sony on a roll (positive personal story) on: July 08, 2013, 08:13:34 PM
I had no idea that Sony had so many issues with their LCD TVs when I purchased mine.  The consumer reports info all looked good, but I don't think they had the time to see many of the defects.  I was very surprised that Sony was willing to do a factory refurbish replacement, but it sounds like they may have been forced to because of previous law suits.  I was both relieved (because I wasn't the only one) and shocked to see how many other people had the same issues I did with their expensive Bravia's over the past 4-6 years. 

I have Samsung and Sharp LCDs that have performed great, with no issues.
160  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Sharknado on: July 08, 2013, 05:05:40 PM
This is going on the dvr.  Because sharks and tornadoes.   
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