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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 16 hours until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 21, 2013, 03:27:08 PM
Happy hunting to those of you heading out tonight to pickup your new Xbox.  Even though the discussion has been lively in this thread, I hope all goes well tonight and tomorrow for everyone.  I remember each launch day like it was a holiday.  Enjoy the day, now they only come around every 7-8 years.  I'm looking forward to reading impressions.     
162  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS, Android] Dungeon Keeper on: November 21, 2013, 01:28:53 AM
Canadians are iOS app beta testers?  Interesting... ninja
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 20, 2013, 07:34:52 PM
One thing I like in AC4 is that I can just freerun and press the attack button and my guy will do contextual attack animations based on where he is, and the # of bad guys.  I saw 2 pirates kneeling before 2 guards at gunpoint.  I was able to just run right at them and press attack, and I was rewarded with a jumping, crazy double sword attack skewering the 1st guard and killing the 2nd as he landed.  Really cool.

Countering is super easy with the red number that pops up over the attackers head.  Just for fun, I recommend switching to fists for one play session, and enjoy the well done hand to hand counter animations.  Some good blocking animations attacking the inside wrists of enemy sword wielders.  I didn't play AC3, but the combat animations seem much better than what I remember from AC2 (I didn't play Brotherhood).  
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 06:51:21 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 20, 2013, 04:50:40 PM

Bottom line is, speaking from someone that has a PS4 and have been playing it all week, Xbone is pushing the envelope.   PS4 is essentially PS3 2.0.
If it was clear that the XBO was pushing the envelope, I would've preodered it on day one.  Unfortunately, it seems like a mash up of ideas that may or may not work at this point...that cost $100 more than the competition.  Purely anecdotal, but the people I know that are purchasing the XBO are doing so because their gaming friends/family are doing the same, they have strong brand loyalty to Xbox, or they were burned in the past by a Sony product, or some combination of those 3.  If the XBO ends up really being able to push the envelope, as you said, that would just be a bonus to them.  
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 20, 2013, 04:17:52 PM
Launching a console in the $500-600 range used to be the kiss of death for early sales, especially with lower priced competition.  I think the tablet market is actually helping move the price range higher that consumers find acceptable for new tech toys.  It still may have an impact for cost conscious families this holiday season.  I don't think it will have much impact for enthusiasts, we're going to buy whatever we prefer.     
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 20, 2013, 04:03:23 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 20, 2013, 01:06:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 20, 2013, 12:22:12 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 20, 2013, 11:02:32 AM

Quote from: Caine on November 20, 2013, 04:35:38 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 20, 2013, 12:14:16 AM

how the hell do you get off the stupid island?  I don't think I have the patience for this game

do you mean Havana?  you'll need to advance the story before you get your own ship.  kind of a bum deal, but once you do that, the game opens up immensely. 

CeeKay, you can probably stop saving crew.  I think the first time you get to the ship, you'll get enough crew to start. 

No I mean the island where you crash land...   been running all over that island and I can't find the way off

once you catch the assassin you should see a boat in the bay, go towards it and a new goal should appear.

Missed the boat... will reload tonight
The way off the island is in the red restricted zone.  I mistakingly avoided that area at first and was running off in the wrong direction.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 20, 2013, 01:37:44 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on November 20, 2013, 01:30:29 AM

Had a cleverly placed turret get a triple kill, woo

And a bit of overkill from single player
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 20, 2013, 01:35:59 AM
Mine have been fast too.  Downloaded Resogun, Flower and Contrast.
169  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: November 19, 2013, 11:40:59 PM

Quote from: rittchard on November 19, 2013, 10:58:23 PM

Now this might have just been me, but the entire episode I was kind of on edge because I thought Gov was gonna go whacko and kill everyone for some reason or another.
I was feeling the same thing.  It seemed like in almost every scene his brain was processing whether to kill everyone.  If that tension was intended, it worked on me.  I kept saying to myself, "don't kill them, don't kill them, don't kill them".  But by the end I was kind of hoping/expecting that noncop would meet her demise.

I thought I was watching a video game in the beginning of the episode when he kept getting rpg quests.  He was doing those because they all somehow tied back to the girl.  I felt like I was watching an episode of Fallout for awhile. 
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 19, 2013, 08:22:27 PM
The definitely looks better.  I'm looking forward to playing more tonight.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 19, 2013, 06:09:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 19, 2013, 05:36:33 PM

I think I must be playing this game entirely wrong, but I'm not sure why or how.  I've tried playing that forest level probably a dozen times and every single time it feels like once I'm spotted I might as well just give up and die so I can restart back at the last checkpoint.  Until  I got to the point where it saved my checkpoint in the middle of a firefight so I just had to start the whole thing over again.  frown
That's exactly how I was feeling at that point.  I had to change my approach.  Some of these may help:
- This is mostly a stealth level where overt direct action will trigger alarms with endless waves of bad guys, or attract the attention of multiple snipers
- Use the Owl to disable security terminals
- Don't play like Halo or other run and gun shooters.  This was hard for me since I just finished Halo 4
- Use the shield ability on your Owl if you get in a tough spot
- Crouching next to things can sometimes put you in cover
- Use the right d pad ability that highlights bad guys through terrain and walls...often
- Try and avoid the interlocking sniper towers when moving to the 2 different objectives, you don't have to engage them
- On the far "right side" of the map facing the direction where you start the level (the landing pad bunker and big statue are the opposite direction) is the place to make your way up to one of the objectives.  Right near the water.  You can avoid a lot of the bad guys by going around stuff and heading to this spot.  You can even sprint to it if you need to.

The good news is that I haven't encountered another level like far.  
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Sleepy Hollow on: November 19, 2013, 03:27:57 PM
I just started watching season 1, and with all the craziness happening, this was the part that I felt completely jarring and impossible to believe:
[Setting: Ichabod and Abby are in a creepy revolution era underground tunnel network.  It's dark.  There's an evil witch that can combust people down there with them.]
Ichabod Crane:  We can cover more ground if we split up
Abby Mills:  Ok

What??  The writers missed a golden opportunity for a really funny scene.  Abby should have said hell no, and made a reference to horror movies, leaving IC confused but still moving on together.   
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 19, 2013, 03:21:02 PM

Quote from: Harpua3 on November 19, 2013, 11:43:23 AM

Quote from: Jumangi on November 19, 2013, 06:36:51 AM

Several times I found myself hitting the crouch button cause I thought well that I was crouching...but glad to see I'm not alone in having that sense of being lower than normal to the ground.

They need a UI crouch (not crotch) indicator. The cover system in general needs better feedback.  The weapon moving into a different position is the only way to tell.  During The Patriot level I was constantly running around in crouch (or not in crouch when I wanted to be) because of the height + lack of crouch indicator. 

Early game tip:  The Owl's shield mode can make fights in the forest much easier when you're caught out in the open.  I didn't figure this out until later in the game.  You can just stand behind the blue shield and fire away.   
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Shadowrun Returns (official review on Page 3) on: November 19, 2013, 03:10:54 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 19, 2013, 07:44:07 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 19, 2013, 02:41:53 AM

Berlin DLC titled Dragonfall and will be released Jan 2014.  Free to backers and cost 14.99 to everyone else

Thats a bit steep! The game itself wasn't very long, and had its fair share  of problems, and they want 14.99 for the expansion? Not going to happen in my case.
That does seem pricey for an add-on campaign.  I thought it would be in the $5-10 range.  I wonder if it will be a stand-alone then.     
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Killzone Shadow Fall on: November 19, 2013, 05:34:26 AM
The height thing is really funny.  I hadn't noticed it until it was pointed out.  I think because I'm used to looking up so often in RL, I didn't even think twice about it in game.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: November 18, 2013, 06:51:07 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 18, 2013, 06:05:18 PM

the noncop has such a red shirt outlook, they should have just had her wear one. 
The redshirt reference is right on.  That's what i was feeling too.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: November 18, 2013, 05:52:33 PM
Fistbump sister is toast.  She's too much of a cartoon character.  When I saw the twisted ankle scene I thought she wouldn't make it through the episode.  She's like a bad sitcom character.

I liked the break from the regular cast.  I didn't mind the focus on the Gov.  It was interesting to see what happened to him.  I can't tell if he's on a personal redemption journey, or he's just heading further down crazy road.

I'm surprised that they're devoting an entire episode to his story though. 
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PS3/PS4/Wii U/PC]Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag on: November 18, 2013, 04:25:40 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 18, 2013, 01:25:35 AM

So I haven't played an Assassin's Creed game since the first one, and I'm kind of surprised at the lack of progress in the mechanics and such.  It seems like many times I want my guy to do something he doesn't and just stops dead, and other times he does something that makes no sense.  I expected this to be much more fluid by the 6th (?) iteration on this series.
I haven't played since vanilla AC2, and you're right, there's still plenty of comedic potential for unintended animations in AC4.  I like it when I'm trying to chase someone and decide and do a little wall jig to help keep spirits festive.  I've never been able to pull off perfect assassinations in the AC games.  Mine are almost always horribly botched Monty Python affairs.  Bodies and swords flying everywhere, people falling off rooftops, pots and vases breaking, screaming and yelling.  I start off all sneaky and clandestine, but then my guy will do something I didn't want him to do, like hop off a rooftop right into the middle of a guard circle jerk...and the chaos begins.

My AC experience is not so much assassinations as it is spreading chaos wherever I go as loudly as I can.  Most of the time I'm playing I'm laughing at all of the stupid, insane stuff my guy does in the performance of his execution duties.     
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 18, 2013, 04:06:37 PM
I really appreciate that the UI doesn't look like someone barfed Metro on my tv screen...with adds and other nonsense.  Having the ability to move things around, or hide apps would be good, especially for things I'll never use.  Having my games lined up for me to play as soon as I start is exactly what I wanted.

I'm really tempted to get a Vita so I can try the remote play in my house.  I was waiting because it sounded too good to be true.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 4 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 18, 2013, 03:57:51 PM
It's not surprising to see that the launch titles have been mostly in the 60-80 range.  I'd consider any launch title for both systems that scores about an 80 to be a standout.  I'm looking forward to seeing the real next gen titles early in 2014.  

It's a badly beaten dead horse, but EA needs some competition for Madden.  Anyone to push them.  Next gen football should be awesome.  It's the perfect sport to blow people away with next gen tech and gameplay.    
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 Days until Xbone. Which system are you getting? on: November 17, 2013, 07:10:01 PM
Setting up my ps4 was easy.  The only issue I ran into was the PSN servers getting hammered.  I exited out of that part of the process and tried again a few minutes later.  All good.  I signed up for PSN plus earlier this month, and was happy to see that I had 2 free indie titles ready for download, and I was able to download Flower (ps4) for free.  

So far I really like the streamlined UI.  It's not a bunch of adds or crap all over the screen.  Standby mode is great, and allows for very quick starts.  The first thing I see when I start are all my games...perfect.

The controller is a huge improvement over the DS3.  I love the 360 controller, and the DS4 is on par with that classic.

I'm embarrassed to say that Killzone was kicking my butt for awhile (the first forest zone), but then I realized I was taking the wrong approach trying to play guns blazing. Graphics are really good.  The lighting is exceptional, especially in the level after the forest.    

AC4 has been fun.  Great setting.  Combat has been good so far.  

Resogun is awesome.  It's like a modern, cylindrical version of the Williams arcade classic Defender.  
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 9 hours until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 14, 2013, 09:32:45 PM
Amazon is on the ball.  PS4 inbound.  And to think I stood in freezing cold lines at the start of the last generation to get my 360. 
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 14, 2013, 08:32:07 PM

Quote from: msduncan on November 14, 2013, 05:42:05 PM

I want Honda to make a console that ships with a robot.
Me too.  As long as it comes with a robot and not a droid. 

I know I'm not the target audience for any of the VR headset or OR tech.  The last 2 batman games made me really motion sick.  There's no way I could handle a VR set.  I'd be barfing within 15 minutes.     


184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] X-Rebirth on: November 14, 2013, 07:06:47 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 08, 2013, 07:44:51 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 08, 2013, 01:26:20 AM

Exploration.  Just over a week away!  it's a Friday release too.

This is currently my most anticipated game! The whole thing is right up my alley, so to speak. Its kinda like EVE is supposed to be my favorite game ever, but I find it quite boring, so I'm hoping this is more fun!
I'm really looking forward to it too.  If this can be like a modern version of Elite, which I loved, that would make me very happy.  I hope the gameplay and world is more engaging than the previous X titles.  The graphics look amazing.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Retirement for Veterans on: November 14, 2013, 01:53:32 AM

Quote from: Lee on November 13, 2013, 10:46:52 PM

Joined you retired guys today. Had a little ceremony, got a bunch of letters from ex-presidents, and even a signed letter from Arsene Wenger, Arsenal's manager. Feels pretty good to be done.
Congrats Lee!  Thanks for your service.  You can now start an exciting new career with XCOM.  Don't worry, it's much safer than what you were probably doing.       
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 14, 2013, 01:46:31 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 14, 2013, 01:14:13 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 11, 2013, 12:21:57 PM

X Rebirth!  it's due out Friday on the PC.

decided to hold off on X Rebirth since GMG doesn't have any codes that work with it for now, and I have a feeling there will be a 25-30% voucher up soon.  I did finally grab AssCreed4Gold at 25% off though.
I hope X Rebirth is good.  What a weird name for a game though.  It sounds disgusting. 
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 14, 2013, 01:39:34 AM
Instead of wraith powers they should have given him the mercantile powers of a hobbit trader.  The game would be an equal mix of 3rd person action rpg mixed with managing an expanding business.  In addition to overcoming the dark forces of mordor, he also has to weather a recession in the increasingly litigious world of Middle Earth.    
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: November 12, 2013, 01:22:57 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 12, 2013, 12:37:23 AM

looking awesome, I wonder if I'll ever get to play it though.
Have you been recalled to your homeworld?  Ask for a reprieve.  We need you here. 
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 11, 2013, 06:39:43 PM
PS4 preordered
Killzone (PS4)

X: Rebirth (PC)
190  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Path of Exile on: November 01, 2013, 01:45:20 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 31, 2013, 03:57:31 PM

I meant to ask, are blue gems meant to be near impossible to find?

I finally found one at about L31 last night. It's a "toggle" passive for your shield that gives a chance to zap nearby targets with a bit of lightning damage when you successfully block an attack. It looks cool, not sure how effective it is, and it cuts down your mana reservoir a bit. So far, that's the only blue gem I've ever seen in the game.
Are you asking about blue skill gems, or is a blue gem something else?  When I started a witch a couple of days ago, most of her quest rewards were blue skill gems.  Seems itemized by class. 
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: November 01, 2013, 01:38:38 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 31, 2013, 10:56:22 PM

Quote from: Chrisoc13 on October 31, 2013, 07:49:33 PM

Struck a nerve with the club Sony comment eh? Just stating what I saw as I read through this thread.  Get mad if you want I guess just a comment from an observer reading through.  Carry on don't let me interrupt your regularly scheduled console war haha
Two posts in a row with absolutely no worthwhile content. You're on a roll!
Do I have to know what club Sony is to be in it?  What if I'm currently in club Xbox, have a PS3 too, will be purchasing a launch PS4, and will be keeping an eye on how the Xbox1 does after launch?  What am I permitted to say without being permanently placed into a club?  If I'm in a club, is it like a gang, blood in blood out?  Or can I leave freely?  Does someone else put me in a club against my will, or is it voluntary?  This club thing sounds very draconian.  Who's in charge of the club admittance policy?   
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Star Wars:1313 on: November 01, 2013, 01:27:22 AM
I like how in the SW universe they have the tech to make deadly light beam swords, but rifles need to be 6-7 feet long to be accurate?  Maybe it doubles as a walking cane.       
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kato, Stay away from Lewisville, TX..... on: October 28, 2013, 12:24:59 AM
That reads like the opening to a Michael Crichton novel.  Those aren't normal baby tarantulas.  She "rescued" them from a research facility. 
194  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.     
195  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.      
196  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. 
197  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.   
198  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?
199  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. 
200  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

Quote from: siege on September 04, 2013, 08:00:49 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 04, 2013, 07:33:10 PM

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? 
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