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1  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: Today at 04:28:10 PM
Thanks guys - my wife kind of decided on her own that it wasn't for her but maybe I'll take in a showing myself.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: February 13, 2016, 10:29:35 PM
MasterType! That was it. Doesn't help you but I feel better now. slywink

3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 13, 2016, 05:01:56 PM
53 hours, XCOM 2 completed (veteran difficulty). Exhale.

Annoying high percentage missed shots aside, great game.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Typing program for 10 yr old....not Typing of the Dead on: February 13, 2016, 05:00:54 PM
Now I'm frustrated because I can't remember that typing game from the Apple II where you shot down UFOs.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 13, 2016, 04:56:40 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 12, 2016, 05:21:40 PM

Did anybody end up getting Dying Light: The Following?  I'm really interested in it but just still have too much on my plate right now to get into it.

I did, I fired it up and played the beginning just to get my bearings again. I had to delete and redownload the whole thing as I was getting terrible frame rates and that was the recommended solution. I'm hoping to knock off XCOM tomorrow and then I'll jump back in and see if it worked.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 13, 2016, 03:20:10 AM
48 hours in and I'm about to take on the final mission. It's going to be a doozy...

7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 12, 2016, 06:53:09 AM
If someone sees this on Friday could you chime in and say how bloody/gory it is? My wife has expressed interest in seeing this because we see all the Marvel movies, but I don't want her to have buyers remorse when it turns out to be not quite like the standard fare. I've already warned her but it would be good to be sure.
8  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Sooooo...did I break the forum? on: February 12, 2016, 03:18:36 AM
This afternoon I was posting a link to a picture in the xcom thread and when I hit "preview" the forum crashed.  icon_redface
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 12, 2016, 02:49:09 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 11, 2016, 10:07:58 PM

Thanks for the tips guys, I honestly can't see how I'd make it through this game without cheating.  I had a couple of easy missions and then bam, my ship got hit by a roaming UFO and it had the makings for a total bloodbath.  

In general while I like how it plays out thematically, it definitely feels like the player is operating at a huge deficit.  I guess that's part of the appeal of this game, but it seems so far unbalanced when the enemy has so many advantages over you (tech, numbers, psionics, resurrection, teleportation).  

Anyway, just curious approx. how many missions (I know it depends on how you play) did you play before you reach the "finale"?  I'm guessing it's made clear when you are at the finale?

What I have been doing is countering what I consider the worst enemy effects. Blocking attacks on the UFO seemed #1 because I haven't built any ship defenses. If not those I'll block things that can make missions a pain, like poison rounds.

Also, take your time and build up your tech. You can quickly knock down the doom counter by doing story missions, so don't freak out if it starts getting high. If you can, choose missions that are "difficult" or lower because you should be able to get out of them in reasonably good shape. Also, try to keep reasonably stocked with rookies you can bring on if necessary. They are cheap, and the alternative is getting caught understaffed.

Edit: oh and by the way there is a point in the game where you will get the ability to see what enemies are in each mission. Use that to your advantage when setting up your loadouts. If you are going up against robots, for example, bring bluescreen rounds, emp grenades, a specialist with combat specialization, etc. and you will clean up.

I'm sure more experienced players can play through in a much more streamlined manner, but if you are learning like me, taking your time is your key to success.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 11, 2016, 06:47:57 AM

Quote from: Purge on February 10, 2016, 04:48:38 PM

Also, I want Unravel. I have 10 hours due to EA Access though. Gonna see how far it lets me through. biggrin

The first 2 levels.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 06:45:29 AM
I stupidly decided to go after a story requirement during a timed mission and wound up with about 2 turns left to get into a building and destroy the communications thing. Except I had no grenades left. And when you went into the building it would spawn 2 mutons, a codex, 2 soldiers of some kind and a freaking sectopod. And then shortly after that a reinforcements drop. I tried save scumming a little but I just wasn't geared to make it happen. I did a tactical retreat. Bald guy was mad at me but all my guys survived to fight another day and I still took 3 ticks off the doomsday clock.

I'm certainly not playing ironman but I think I'm striking a decent balance for someone who is mostly an XCOM newb. There are some pretty serious veterans in my graveyard.

I'm pretty addicted now - I really like finding out all the new tech you get each time you encounter and research new enemies. My team looks pretty badass when it goes out now smile
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 09:32:39 PM
I need to look at the community configurations. I found the official configuration to be pretty bad. The XCOM 1 configuration was really good and I'm not sure why they couldn't keep the basics of that intact, unless it's not flexible enough to allow for it. I'm using the keyboard - the horror!
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: February 09, 2016, 04:32:55 PM
You should get Sunset Overdrive, Sunset Overdrive and Sunset Overdrive.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 12:32:02 AM
Let me tell you a little story (about the first major mission in xcom2)...


Spoiler for Hiden:
I decided to do both the mindjack and blacksite missions together. Rookie Semyenova there didn't know it, but she was being set up to die. Well she was having nothing of it.

The team dropped in and acted like a well oiled machine, scanning for enemies to avoid surprises, watching corners and setting up ambushes. After dispatching a small team they found a captain with 2 grunts overwatched by a turret. They blew the turret up, took out the weaklings and then Semyenova cornered the Captain and jammed a mindjack into its skull. With a sniper up high, and everyone else in cover, the codex was dead almost immediately.

That's when things changed. This is where we learn that Codexes blow up when they die. Well, Corporal Kelly, the very first soldier on the team, the one you get in the very first tutorial mission - she goes flying through the air. Everyone looks at each other stunned, not even realizing what the hell just happened. The commander is just staring at the screen, finger over the esc key. But, no, we had to keep going.

The squad moves on, finding their target and deftly taking out 2 mechs, a viper and a bunch of grunts. Everything is going perfectly. They've got their loot and are heading for the evac. But wait, there's still more coming! Everyone tries to get back into a good position and fend off the opposition. Barnes is taking guys out with his pistol while retreating. Robertson is knocked out and Edwards tosses her on his back and hauls ass to the evac zone. Semyenova, a rookie(!), is tearing things apart and winds up with 7 kills. Everyone is getting out of here!

But wait, no sooner have the last group of enemies been put in the ground when another dropship comes in right on top of the evac zone. Soldiers start roping out, but Barnes can't reach the zone in one turn so he hunkers down by a rock one square away, hoping to just make it one turn. In that turn, a stun soldier climbs up and bashes his head in.

This game, man.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 08, 2016, 05:57:12 PM
The scan balls are pretty great. You can throw them a mile, they scan a lot and you get 2. They seem better than the XCOM1 version, which weren't bad at all. The specialist has a scan ability but I think my guy was gravely injured when I got that upgrade so I haven't been able to try it yet.

I'm a big fan of flash bangs - if a sectoid shows up they immediately get one tossed on them, which is a lot more reasonable than outfitting everyone with the mind shields. Of course, I'm pretty early in the game so we'll see how long these tactics stay viable.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: February 08, 2016, 05:51:23 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 08, 2016, 05:30:15 PM

If it's like the last beta there won't be keys, it'll just be activated on your account. Make sure you are opted into betas.

ok, thanks
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM2 screenshots/movies-only thread on: February 08, 2016, 04:06:14 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on February 06, 2016, 02:14:52 PM

I would just like to say



you're all really letting me down.

-Autistic Angel

Ouch. I'll admit I have been replaying missions to avoid major disasters so far, but have been backing off as I get more comfortable with the game. I played the first mission 4-5 times, then the second 2-3 times and finally I have been letting a some soldiers die if the mission as a whole is going well.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10/16) on: February 08, 2016, 03:22:04 PM
You missed a big one - Dying Light: The Following. I hope I don't get too pulled away from XCOM2 by that.

I'm really intrigued by Alekhine's Gun but I think I will try some of the other Death to Spies games first.

It took me way too long to get "I eat mop who." I really am getting old.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 08, 2016, 02:43:46 AM
The only places I am having an issue with are the shots on the sky ranger where everyone is just sitting around. Pretty weird. I guess they are using some specialized lighting/shadows in those scenes?

Quote from: Blackjack on February 07, 2016, 03:48:58 AM

Can we talk about THAT? Um, being vague here. The "jack" objective.  icon_smile
Spoiler for Hiden:
Be sure you really want to read about this.  icon_smile
Spoiler for Hiden:
I mean, WHAT THE HELL? Codex? I felt like these crazy cloning things dropped a giant piano on my team when I was just about to complete a data nabbing mission.

Clones all over and whammo comic book size blast attacks that obliterated 3/5 of my squad and a couple Advent in the process.

But it seemed like a great opportunity to jack into this Advent Officer (a main objective we all get), and old melodramatic guy kept nagging me to do the jack objective. I just, wow, I don't think I want to face the Codex until I've got some seriously armored troops, which I'm still pretty far from.

I might reload my save just to see if I can take the Codex out faster, but he/she/it just teleported and spouted his clones so fast, I didn't know what to do. It was cool I guess, just pissed me off too.  icon_razz Curious how others dealt with it.

Haha, I had a really similar experience. I went on what seemed like a pretty easy mission to grab some supplies and decided to try that particular task and holy cow did things go bad. Although I think it more had to do with the fact that I stupidly went chasing after an enemy and bumped into a huge group of enemies including one entirely new type and all of my snipers were in the med bay.

I decided to take a mulligan on that one and load an older save smile
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: February 07, 2016, 10:52:29 PM
Are there beta keys floating around for this or do I just have to wait and get accepted thorough Blizzard?
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: February 03, 2016, 04:35:23 AM
Yeah, I saw a video on it and the guy used the sleep function on the PS4 to work around that. Given that I find that a little lame and am also on PC I decided not to bother.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 10:36:11 PM
I was going to cancel my xcom purchase since there is so much coming out now and I haven't finished the first one, but I found out I couldn't, so I'm getting xcom smile
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: February 01, 2016, 06:21:55 PM
Oh yeah, I'm definitely done. Been reading about stuff and there is so much craziness going on in this game, but it's the kind of craziness you could spend incredible amounts of hours puzzling out. I will happily let others figure that out and will read/watch when it's done.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: February 01, 2016, 04:22:41 AM
I "finished" the game this afternoon in that I finished the main path but still had a lot left to do. So many devious puzzles but I could usually go work on something else and use experience from other puzzles to figure it out. 421 puzzles plus some of the extra stuff down so far. There's some obvious secret stuff I really want to puzzle out but I don't know how many more hours I want to sink into the game right now given other things I'd like to get back to.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: January 29, 2016, 02:59:31 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 29, 2016, 06:29:58 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 29, 2016, 06:18:03 AM

What happened to the October fight?

Short story version is that my opponent missed weight. Not by a little either, his KFC loving butt was two weight classes above 48 hours before weigh ins.  I wasn't not able to to accept the fight even if I wanted to due to commission regulations, however I was fairly compensated for showing up at weight.  Very anticlimactic end to a grueling fight camp in which my trainer had two world class strikers from Thailand help train me. 

True story is he was afraid of the The Spider (that is your new UFC name until I come up with a better one) and was stress eating.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Advice/input welcome for my amateur fighting career! on: January 29, 2016, 06:18:03 AM
What happened to the October fight?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witness on: January 26, 2016, 05:21:42 AM
Geez, this game has been around since 2010?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 25, 2016, 03:29:00 PM
Hm...I wasn't going to pick up The Witness right away but initial impressions seem really good.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Championship Round on: January 24, 2016, 11:50:46 PM
I guess that's why they changed the PAT rule.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 21, 2016, 02:55:39 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 21, 2016, 12:13:29 AM

Maybe I just play too much, but some of you need to keep playing more so I can continue to use your pawns.  Tongue

Yeah Kato is slacking, I had to pick up a stranger's warrior slywink

31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 20, 2016, 09:54:22 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 20, 2016, 03:45:15 PM

Quote from: Teggy on January 20, 2016, 03:33:40 AM

Someone rated my pawn 1 star 1 star 2 star frown

Man, that sucks.  If it helps, I've used your pawn quite a bit (and I still am) and I like her. 

Occasionally when I'm just trying to "refresh" a pawn I might send them both back with 3-star ratings just to be quick (and lazy) since I know I'm just rehiring them right then.

It's ok smile I just was wondering what was so bad that they did that? Did she insult their mom?
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 20, 2016, 03:33:40 AM
Someone rated my pawn 1 star 1 star 2 star frown
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 19, 2016, 04:18:24 AM
Will pawns update if you stay at an inn or do you have to release them and pick them up again? I was using Kato's tank but I've got quite a few levels on him now and didn't know if that's just because Kato hasn't been playing or I need to update him somehow.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/18/2016) on: January 18, 2016, 05:20:03 PM
Origins collection is also on xbone btw, I'm getting that. I'm also picking up Paper Jam. I know when I looked at Deadly Tower of Monsters it looked kind of crazy so I'll take a closer look.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Divisional Round on: January 17, 2016, 07:41:33 PM
So much for the rematch!
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 17, 2016, 02:20:21 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 17, 2016, 06:24:50 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 17, 2016, 05:58:19 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2016, 05:26:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 17, 2016, 03:53:57 AM

OK, someone on my friends list needs to make a fighter pawn. There are none to be had so I am helping out randoms.

I have a Ranger pawn that fights mostly with daggers if that helps.  And I finally rested in the inn so she should be properly available.

I think Kato has a true fighter pawn as well with The Grey.  Looks like he has a giant hammer or something.

I think Kato's is a Mage.

I changed my pawn to a Fighter right away.  Even leveled that old bastard up a bit and got some decent gear for him.  Got lucky with some mats I picked up and was able to enhance his main weapon Hammer to lvl 3.

Ok cool I'll definitely pick him up today.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 17, 2016, 05:58:19 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 17, 2016, 05:26:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 17, 2016, 03:53:57 AM

OK, someone on my friends list needs to make a fighter pawn. There are none to be had so I am helping out randoms.

I have a Ranger pawn that fights mostly with daggers if that helps.  And I finally rested in the inn so she should be properly available.

I think Kato has a true fighter pawn as well with The Grey.  Looks like he has a giant hammer or something.

I think Kato's is a Mage.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 17, 2016, 03:53:57 AM
OK, someone on my friends list needs to make a fighter pawn. There are none to be had so I am helping out randoms.

So either my game bugged and didn't put a marker on the map or I just didn't realize what I was supposed to do, but after my initial training I just went off, thinking I was supposed to travel. I went way up the map and into a dungeon that turns out is part of some later quest. I finally looked it up and I was supposed to go talk to the woman at the encampment and rest. I guess she did have a thing over her head but I thought she was just like an inn or something. So I got leveled up a bunch in meantime but feel kind of silly.

39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 17, 2016, 12:49:48 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 17, 2016, 12:42:58 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 17, 2016, 12:19:10 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 16, 2016, 06:28:37 PM






EDIT EDIT:  You guys have rested at an Inn so your pawn uploads, right?  I can't imagine that every friend I have playing hasn't done that yet (hence the empty list), but stranger things have happened...

I didn't know that you had to do that, so no 😳

I think this pawn thing is really super cool, like nemesis system cool as far as an innovation. I can't believe it hasn't been copied in the last few years.

Maybe this stuff is in the manual but I'll just ask here 😊 Is it correct that only your pawn levels when you play? So you have to periodically refresh your companions? Also, is there a max level for pawns you can pick up to prevent you from cheesing stuff?

Yes, Pawns only level when you play.  It's a good idea to refresh your pawn after you level them up and add new skills, weapons and armor.
No max level to pick up pawns to make things easier. It's just that if you go outside your friends list, the cost would be really really high if way above your current level.  Friends pawns, at least on the 360, was always free no matter what level

Ok that makes sense - friends have been showing up free but non-friend higher level pawns have cost a lot of crystal points or whatever they are.
40  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: January 17, 2016, 12:23:12 AM
I hope I am proven wrong but I am definitely in the Luther seems terrible camp so far.
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