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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 05:08:33 PM
Like Diablo 3 the real value seems to be the combat and gameplay.  It has been fun so far.  I'm not sure how the solo experience will hold up over time though.  I was playing solo last night and it was always more fun when I was around other players.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 10, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
I agree, I don't see how smart watches will become mainstream until they aren't tethered to a smartphone.  And Apple playing catch up on technology innovation is weird to see.  They had a good run.   
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 10, 2014, 03:07:12 PM
If any of the late night PS4 crew sees me on (roguelorcain) feel free to join or invite me.  I know it's tough at that time to do voice chat with sleeping families, so I'm good rolling with a silent guardian team.

I'm still figuring out the game, but I really enjoyed playing a warlock to level 6 last night.  It took my a little while to figure out that the Patrol missions are just open ended zones for exploration, bounty completions, and the beacon mini-missions.  I probably spent about 90 minutes just roaming around the Old Russia patrol zone letting the game pull in whatever direction it wanted.  It was pretty cool.  I did 2 public events that were mostly just wave survival battles, but they were fun.          
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 08, 2014, 11:57:00 PM
It's hard for me to place a value on the criticisms about the classes because the people complaining seem to be talking about high level Torment performance, which is something I probably will never play.  From my point of view, Wizard is a strong class through Master.  I haven't tried Torment 1 yet.  Normally mage type classes are glass cannons, but the Wizard has good defensive skills, runes and passives.     
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 08, 2014, 07:15:26 PM
I got my wizard to 70 last night, and was surprised how hardy he was leveling compared to my DH and Barbarian.  Wizard's have a lot of defensive runes and passives that really make him tough to kill.  They even have a passive that rewards them for face tanking standing still.  It's a really interesting mix of offensive and defensive choices.  I rarely ever felt like he was in trouble (on expert). 

In terms of overall offensive and defensive strength, this is how I would rank the classes I've taken to 70:
1.  Crusader 
2.  Wizard
3.  DH
4.  Barbarian

I think my experiences with the Barbarian were in large part due to me playing him more reckless than the other classes.  I also didn't start using more defensive runes and passives for him until much later in the game (around levels 60-70).  With that said, each class has some obvious strengths: 
- The Crusader and Wizard feel powerful and hard to kill, with both having decent to great single target and aoe options
- The DH is a good elite/boss killer. Lots of upside skill potential depending on the player (not me)           
- I had a blast leveling the Barbarian, but I got him killed a lot along the way.  Jumping into the middle of the fray is not always wise, but it's fun!
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My awesome/awful Friday on: September 08, 2014, 04:08:21 PM
Losing a family dog (or cat) is really hard.  I wish their lifespans were double or triple what they are.  Unconditional companionship is awesome though.  It's why a lot of us welcome a new dog or cat into the family again, even when we know their time with us is limited.

Your day at the comic con sounds like a great memory that you created for your family.  I need to take my young kids to one. I bet they would have a good time too.        
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 05, 2014, 10:21:30 PM
I avoided the beta so it would be fresh.  I'm really looking forward to playing.  The SP/MP integration sounds perfect.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 05, 2014, 04:45:07 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 05, 2014, 04:35:24 PM

Hot damn this game, I have 3 level 70s and one more who is close!
Me too.  My DH just hit 70 today.  That 4th passive slot is really welcome...and helpful.  This was the perfect game to buy digitally.  It's ready to play whenever I want, even with another game in the drive.  Being able to do a rift, or a few bounties with 20-30 minutes of game time is awesome.   
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 04, 2014, 05:08:52 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 04, 2014, 03:55:43 PM

I had my first Nemesis invasion last night courtesy of Leo, and since I was already fighting other monsters I didn't even realize what was going on until i was about dead.  So that one killed me and went back out stalking some new prey.   paranoid
They are normally cowards, attacking only when I'm in the middle of a big fight with elites.  When I hear the incoming nemesis horns I high tail it back to a recently cleared area so I have a safe place to fight.  I can't choose the time when a nemesis invades, but I can choose the place.     
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 04, 2014, 03:49:43 PM
How distinctly different do the 3 classes play and feel?  I've read the wiki, but I didn't get a sense for how that translates into actual gameplay.  It seems like it's kind of a tank-rogue-mage setup.   
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 03, 2014, 08:10:43 PM
Request sent for PS4.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 03, 2014, 07:56:32 PM
I was spoiled leveling a crusader to 70.  He never died...still hasn't.  He could stand in elemental areas of effect and his health bar would barely move.  He also has the amulet that grants immunity to arcane damage plus heals a % back.  I would run the resist elements law with Kormac running health regen.  My DH on the other hand is not immortal.  One strike from the small environmental mortars in Act 5 kills him.  If he gets walled in with elemental aoe at his feet he's toast.      
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 03, 2014, 06:53:54 PM
I've been playing the Demon Hunter I transferred over from my PS3 save the past few nights.  I had forgotten how fragile he is.  Gotta move, kite, trap, and most importantly kill quickly.  I'm afraid I unleashed a small squad of nemesis on my friends list.  Thanks to Leo for the set piece amulet gift.  That was very helpful for my DH.  Lots of dexterity, vitality, and life on hit.

94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 15 on: September 03, 2014, 12:03:44 AM
Oh man the 'lil guy gets creamed by his own player after being hurdled.  So if I'm understanding the story right, someone made a typo in the code listing his height at 1'2 instead of 6'2?  At least the player has a good sense of humor about it.
95  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: September 02, 2014, 07:56:49 PM

Quote from: TiLT on September 01, 2014, 08:58:23 PM

It's kind of interesting actually, because this new 3DS model gives credence to Nintendo's very recent claims that they're going to stop focusing on casual players, considering them lost to cell phones and tablets.
That's an interesting thought.  Tighten up their demographic aim and concede the casuals to tablets/phones.  Sony has been succesfull in NA and Europe with that approach for the PS4.   
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: True Blood on: August 30, 2014, 12:16:35 AM
To quote the Kurgan from Highlander, "It's better to burn out than to fade away."  True Blood faded away with one of the most boring series finale episodes I've ever seen.  It's like they just gave up and decided to go with the safe (boring) happy ending.  Bon Temps is a not a place for happy endings.  It's the equivalent of a Buffy the Vampire Slayer hellmouth for the supernatural.  The show was at its best when the writers went bonkers crazy and just had fun with it.  They should have gone out in a blaze of glory.

The writers seemed to have lost touch with their characters too, especially Bill and Sookie.  Their last scene just didn't work.  Definitely a disappointing way to end the series.
97  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: August 30, 2014, 12:05:36 AM
Being able to play Xenoblade Chronicles on a handheld is almost worth it by itself.  I just bought my first 3DS XL last holiday season.  I guess I could give that one to my kids if I pick up the new one.  It depends on how much it is.  We have time though.  We probably won't see it in NA until 2015.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 03:59:42 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 28, 2014, 03:54:52 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on August 28, 2014, 03:38:59 PM

Thank you to Leo for pushing the edge of the envelope in the Torment difficulties so we can all experience the nemesis system  icon_smile

The music/sound effects that warn of an impending nemesis invasion are awesome.  Immediate adrenaline rush.

Man I started a wizard and I'm getting my ass handed to me.  Sorry to everyone who is getting invaded regularly.  My Crusader and WD fared much better than this glass (non) cannon wizard!  I've even moved down and the wiz is still getting owned pretty regularly.
I like the nemesis invasions...keep playing your Wizard  Tongue
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 03:38:59 PM
Thank you to Leo for pushing the edge of the envelope in the Torment difficulties so we can all experience the nemesis system  icon_smile

The music/sound effects that warn of an impending nemesis invasion are awesome.  Immediate adrenaline rush.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 27, 2014, 05:56:37 AM
I was invaded by Leo's nemesis tonight while working on a bounty.  Its timing was uncanny, dropping in during the middle of an elite fight.  The good news is that there's a gift in Leo's mailbox courtesy of one deceased nemesis.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 26, 2014, 06:08:17 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 26, 2014, 05:16:44 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 26, 2014, 04:27:32 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on August 26, 2014, 04:25:26 PM

Regarding adventure mode and bounties, do I need to complete all 5 bounties in an act during the same play session to get a cache?  I give it a try last night and completed 2 bounties, but needed to shut down and do something else.  When I started up again later that night those 2 completed bounties were gone. 

You need to complete all five if you're on the XB1 you should be able to switch to another app and come back to it in later as I've done this several times.  I'm not sure if you but the XB1 to sleep if it will work

It's per game session, so if you return to menu then the bounties reset.
Thanks...just wanted to make sure I wasn't doing something wrong and inadvertently resetting them.

102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 26, 2014, 04:25:26 PM
Regarding adventure mode and bounties, do I need to complete all 5 bounties in an act during the same play session to get a cache?  I give it a try last night and completed 2 bounties, but needed to shut down and do something else.  When I started up again later that night those 2 completed bounties were gone. 
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: August 26, 2014, 04:22:05 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 26, 2014, 02:23:34 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 26, 2014, 02:15:36 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 26, 2014, 01:57:00 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 26, 2014, 01:08:02 PM

Oh and "video" power sucks so far so I don't even expect to use it much.

I had the same immediate impression, but it quickly grew into my favorite power.
I sucks early on but gets better once you power it up.  I hated it too until I did that. 

Same, after getting some more powers I actually used it most of the time.  Especially when traveling it was my favorite!
Being able to hover strafe with an attack that is essentially a machine gun was effective (and fun).  It's been awhile, but I think video is the power that lets you stealth kill/subdue?  I used that a lot zipping in to take people out without getting hammered.     
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: August 25, 2014, 07:45:59 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 25, 2014, 07:06:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on August 25, 2014, 07:04:07 PM

Rather than dig through this whole thread let me just rant.

I f-ing hate boss battles.  I have been loving the game up to the point where I have to face the Angel conduit.  It has every stupid hallmark of a boss battle - which I hate!  

It doesn't even f*&%ing fit even remotely with the rest of the game play up to that point.  I spent hours running around town climbing things choosing how to defeat enemies and using many different powers but no now I have to f-ing fight in a boxed in area where the safe spots disappear so I have to keep running around, and of course the boss is strong enough that I need to constantly seek out more ammo.  Of course the boss has three stages where he gets different powers or protections so I have to figure that out while jumping around like an idiot over lava.

I can't think of any boss battle cliche they don't cover.  It is maddening and stupid.  Why do developers think they have to include this.  It is like a stupid checklist or something.

Uggg!

I didn't like that fight at all either.
It's a tedious fight, and not fun.  I did it once on normal and once on hard.  It's one of those fights that's more tedious and frustrating than actually challenging.  Some of the boss fights do exactly what you said, they go counter to the freedom of the main game and restrict movement.   
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 05:05:32 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 25, 2014, 05:03:37 PM

So they list the active effects of the various Law Chants, but don't show the passive.  Are the passive effects ingame or am I missing something?
You just need to pull one of the triggers to scroll down to see the passive.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 05:00:38 PM
Act 5 is awesome.  I'm really enjoying the setting and tone.  Unlocking transmorgify is huge for someone like me who's particular about having a character that also doesn't look like a junkyard knight.

Expert difficulty worked out well for me solo and local co-op for the main game.  I ended Act 4 at level 60...which is much better than my first time on PC finishing around level 30.  They did a nice job with the Crusader.  I tried out everything.  Throwing hammers, mostly ranged magic, shield throwing, all melee, melee ranged combo, and everything worked well.  When I needed to I could slot all healing + health regen skills and pretty much just stand and tank through the worst boss fights or encounters against epic packs.  It's a fun class that can provide that rewarding melee close combat feel, or more of a battlemage type of experience.         
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 24, 2014, 12:24:37 AM

Quote from: TiLT on August 23, 2014, 09:21:50 PM

Adventure Mode is a specific game mode. It gives you access to the entire game without the campaign, and adds random bounties across the various acts. These bounties can ask you to enter a specific cave and clear it of monsters, defeat a certain named monster, find a specific item, kill a specific boss, and so on. Once you've done 5 of these in one act, that act is "completed" (though you can just restart to gain all new bounties for that act) and you gain a Horadrim Cache for your trouble. This contains a bunch of useful stuff, and it has a chance of dropping completely unique legendaries that can only be gained this way.

Through doing bounties you also gain rift fragments. You spend these to gain access to a Nephilim Rift. This costs 5 fragments at the moment, but an upcoming patch will reduce it to 1 fragment per player who wishes to enter. These are completely randomized dungeons of anywhere between 1 and 10 levels without regard to logic when it comes to what monsters you will encounter. This is where you can find the clickers from The Last of Us. Rifts have a dramatically increased chance of dropping legendaries, encouraging you to play them as often as possible to improve your character.
Now that's how to do an end game.  Sounds awesome. 
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 05:14:02 PM

Quote from: rittchard on August 22, 2014, 05:03:22 PM

OK so I finally saw that legendary gift sitting in my inventory but I didn't know how to send it lol.  Does anyone know if it's scaled to when the receiving player opens it, or when it was generated by the giver? 

Also wondering in an online MP game, what happens if there are 3 or 4 players but 1 of them opens their pause menu - does the whole game pause for everyone or are the remaining players still able to play? 
I just learned that too.  A couple of nights ago I was surprised to see a gift wrapped present drop on the ground as loot.  Above the present it said "Rittchard".  Things were happening so fast that I didn't have time to stop and see what happened to it.  I later found it in my gift bag in my inventory.  Hopefully you got it. 
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 05:03:50 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 22, 2014, 03:57:23 PM

On another note, I started a Monk last night and am enjoying that much more than the Crusader for some reason.  Maybe I was just tired the night before, or maybe the speedier attacks felt better, who knows.
I played a monk through the old nightmare and hell difficulties, and I agree, the playstyle feels fast.  It's a fun class.  And I wasn't paying attention to optimal build guides or anything like that.  I just went with whatever skills and runes were the most fun for me (at that moment).  

The crusader has a different pace, but I'm imagining him as kind of a Warhammer 40k SM chaplain type, wearing stupidly heavy armor, wielding giant maces, and dispensing the fury of the Emperor...I mean Zakarum.  
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 02:24:29 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on August 22, 2014, 02:12:21 PM

I wish I had played with higher difficulty before.  I just got to Act 5 and I'm at level 48.  XP and gold bonus are amazing.
I know.  My crusader is level 33 at the start of Act 2 playing expert.  I started on Hard, which worked for awhile.  But once I started socketing gems it became easy.  I switched to expert towards the end of Act 1 which really ratcheted up experience gain.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 03:15:28 PM
The next gen version of this game is so good.  Playing a Crusader is like playing Thor + Capt America + spartan warrior + paladin knight all rolled into one.  It's such a fun class that I have a hard time deciding what skills I'm going to use each session.  Do I want to throw shields at things, or do I want to throw hammers?  Do I feel like smashing things in close with huge weapons, or doing a mix of mid-range and melee?  And he can carry 2 handed weapons while using a shield?  Awesome.   
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 12:23:36 AM
I tried local co-op with my Crusader being level 15, and the other 2 people starting at level 1.  A message popped up saying that their stats were boosted.  They seemed to do just fine, especially after they started getting good drops.  It seemed like their leveling pace was fast too.  After about an hour of play they were level 11 and my crusader was level 18.  The apprentice boost seemed to work well.   
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hypochondriac on: August 10, 2014, 01:37:49 AM
I've never been diagnosed with hypochondria, but I know I suffer from it too.  I also felt immortal as a teen and in my early 20's, but then my dad died of cancer.  Since his mom also died of cancer, that really kicked my hypochondria into gear.  Since then, when I learn that someone else is sick, I start asking tons of questions about all of the symptoms to make sure I don't have it.  It's selfish, stupid and frustrating. 

I've had an arrhythmia since I was a teenager that became a little worse in my early 30's due to stress.  That really freaked me out.  It results in extra contractions, or early contractions that feel like skipped or extra beats.  It can be really unnerving (and has resulted in 1 trip to the ER in my 30's).  Doctors have all said not to worry and that it's not uncommon.  Regular exercise helps a lot.  Now in my early 40's the arrhythmia still reminds that it's there, which gets the hypochondriac anxiety going, but I'm much better about it now. 

I get white coat syndrome every time I go to a clinic or doctors office and get my vitals checked.  It's stupid because I'm a runner and cyclist and have healthy vitals.  I guess what I'm trying to say is that you're definitely not alone.  It seems to run in my family.

I wholeheartedly agree about trying not to research things on the internet.  I also try and remind myself that my energy is better spent thinking about other things.           
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 09, 2014, 12:40:40 AM

Quote from: Ridah on August 08, 2014, 06:02:37 PM

Looks like there's more to this update -

"We're giving old and new fans a lot reasons to pick up the game, as we've gone beyond just increasing resolution and running at 1080p," said Dan Sochan, senior producer at United Front Games, in a press release. "We listened to the fans: We tuned gameplay, we added to the ambience of Hong Kong, increased audio fidelity and pushed the visuals further than we could on the previous generation of consoles."

I wonder if the PC version gets the update for free? If not, I might bite on the PS4 version. This is one of the few video games I've played in a long time that left an impression on me long after I stopped playing it.
Me too.  I really enjoyed the setting, characters and story.  It will be interesting to see what new features they add. 
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Guardians of the Galaxy on: August 01, 2014, 01:54:34 AM
I'm in!  Glad to hear that it's getting some good reviews.
116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: X-Men Origins: Deadpool on: August 01, 2014, 01:50:49 AM
That was good.  I agree, Ryan Reynolds is a perfect fit for the role.  I hope they do this.   
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization 5: !#@#!@ Impressions Incoming! Brave New World! on: August 01, 2014, 01:40:43 AM

Quote from: Lee on August 01, 2014, 12:49:48 AM

After 68 hours of total play, I have finally finished a game of Civ V. On Chieftain. I always play on large maps at epic speed and I always get bogged down in the end game and quit playing. Heck to win this game I think it took me 20 hours. It was fun though, too easy obviously, looking forward to starting again at a higher difficulty level.
That's impressive.  I've never had the focus needed to finish a game of Civ 5.  I really enjoy playing, and I tend to binge play for a few days, but then I get distracted by something else.  I've lost focus with pretty much every 4x or Civ type game I've ever played.   
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: July 22, 2014, 04:05:13 AM
I keep my gamepad in the charging cradle when I'm not using it.  That helps keep it ready for play.  I do use the pro controllers more though.  You heard right, they last a long time on one charge.

The gamepad is really nice for off-tv play.  The other day one of my kids was playing DK Tropical Freeze on the gamepad, the other was playing DK Country on the 3DS, and I was watching recorded dvr shows on the tv.  Pretty cool. 
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (07/21) on: July 22, 2014, 03:59:35 AM
I picked up Kirby Triple Deluxe and Zelda ALBW from Best Buy's buy one get one free deal.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 06:27:19 PM
That's terrible news.  And it was shot down?  Even worse.
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