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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crackdown 3 on: Today at 08:04:32 PM
Is Crackdown 2 worth playing? It didn't exactly get much buzz.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: Today at 07:48:52 PM
http://gematsu.com/2015/08/call-of-duty-black-ops-iii-adds-nuketown-map-pre-order-bonus
3  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Guild Wars 2 (official review on pp 21) on: Today at 07:48:29 PM
One of the things I like about Guild Wars is that they didn't put in content you could get locked out of due to not having enough online friends to group up with. Oh well.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: Today at 05:13:14 PM
Metal Gear for xbone.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 30, 2015, 06:16:16 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 30, 2015, 11:24:36 AM

You might need to check some videos.  There are some insane wall traversal opportunities that you may be missing.

I found a few shortcuts that went around corners and stuff, but it's not open enough to allow for what I'd like to see.  Plus a lot of those longer ones require you to execute perfectly or you fall off the map :/
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 29, 2015, 08:52:56 PM
I loaded up the game yesterday (thanks ATB) and played around 6 matches. Had some good runs, had a lot more bad runs. It wasn't what I was hoping it would be, which is a scaled down version of Titanfall minus the bots and mechs. There's not a lot of opportunity for traversing the map using wallruns, and in fact you start slipping if you wallrun too far. Even the mechanics of wall running don't feel as easy as in Titanfall. Outside of that it feels pretty much like COD with some new weapons and ideas.

I realized what I really miss from COD is the sense of battle lines. There used to be a lot of maps where you would attack at certain points and then push forward until you flipped spawn points. There would be great battles fought to attack or defend those points. Now it's mostly everyone running and jumping around at top speed and it feels more like chaos than a battle.

I definitely won't be buying digital, but I might get the disc copy so I can play single player. Depending on how I take to the MP I can also make a quick trade.
7  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Please explain to me how this is not ridiculous. Come on guys. on: August 28, 2015, 04:18:59 PM
I don't know, I think if people want to be referred to in a certain way it's ok to work with them as long as it comes from an honest place (for example, I don't need to refer to someone with some sort of Pokemon identifier, because no matter what they say, they are not a Pokemon). Although I don't even understand how they intend the xe and ze stuff to be used.

What I don't like with regard to Universities is the overuse of trigger warnings. That particular concept has gotten way out of hand.  It's ok for Universities to create an inclusive environment, but they need to make sure they are not coddling people to the point of being unable to manage in the real world.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: August 27, 2015, 09:43:06 PM
Emily Rose has definitely gotten around on TV, she had her own show on SyFy, and Claudia Black (Chloe) is probably the most famous Uncharted personality. The rest of the cast, yeah, they are pretty much all voice actors at this point. I'm actually surprised that Troy Baker has not been taking on live action roles, although that could be by choice.  You may not get super rich being a VO artist, but it's probably a very easy way to make a living as an actor.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black Ops III on: August 27, 2015, 06:10:31 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 27, 2015, 06:02:11 PM

use smartglass

I tried that first actually - when you go to the store it says "bundle only".

Edit: never mind open beta starts tomorrow.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 27, 2015, 05:12:39 PM
Can someone school me? Beta is supposed to be open for gold members but I can't figure out how to download it.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [LttP] Last of Us on: August 27, 2015, 03:16:14 AM
Infected. You killed all those poor sick people.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/25) on: August 24, 2015, 01:49:05 PM

Quote from: Gratch on August 24, 2015, 12:06:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 24, 2015, 01:46:07 AM

You can almost hear the call of the publishers this week as they rush to get their wares out before a certain big name hits on September 1st (and another, older name with promises of an established developer).

I'm pretty much entirely out of the loop these days...what comes out Sept 1?

I assume he's referring to MGSV.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: August 18, 2015, 04:19:33 PM
The sad thing is I have BF4 on both PC and xbone and have played maybe an hour total of MP.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: August 18, 2015, 03:07:52 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 18, 2015, 01:38:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 14, 2015, 02:50:51 PM

BF4 is the new Gears Of War 3.

FTFY.

Oh, I thought you didn't like 3, my bad.
15  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / PS4 Rocket League night? on: August 17, 2015, 08:43:17 PM
Would anyone be interested in trying to set up a PS4 Rocket League night?  It was free so I assume a lot of people have it.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/18) on: August 17, 2015, 07:23:17 PM
I might get Volume and Adventures of Pip, but backlog will more likely win out.
17  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free codes for Warframe (because people are STUPID) on: August 15, 2015, 06:31:46 PM
Isn't Warframe FTP?
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - 8/14 edition on: August 14, 2015, 08:18:56 PM
TIL that beer can be chilled below freezing, very interesting. I'll be wrapping up vacation, so probably nothing this weekend frown
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 14, 2015, 08:12:30 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2015, 05:55:44 PM

so in this future world where everyone has super high reflexes, nobody can react to being under fire?  you're grasping here.

If you can actually run up a wall or slide in response to taking fire and not die doing so, lemme know.  I doubt it since every previous COD you are dead no matter what you do barring luck/lag.  I'd be fine with having the ability to boost up in the air to avoid fire too, or turn invisible and dart away, all things we don't do in real life.  The point was that there is nothing you can do in COD once you know you are tkaing fire before you die.  Even when you have a ballistic shield in COD, you can't even raise it before you die due to the ttk vs lag.

Man, who pissed in your cheerios?

The point is they designed this game for the soldiers to constantly be in motion, so it makes more sense to run up a wall or slide through a doorway when faced with fire then to stop and hit the ground. You can also float in the air and thrust in a direction to avoid fire.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 14, 2015, 05:28:25 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2015, 02:53:16 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 14, 2015, 02:30:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2015, 02:05:15 PM

  Most of these shooters are missing the type of movement people really do when under fire.  Quick reactionary dives to cover or bursts forward to the next area.

I think the fact that you can run on walls indicates they weren't really going for a realistic feel slywink


I realize you're making a joke, but this type of comment/attitude is really stupid.  That's like saying if a game has lasers or fireballs they simply shouldn't try to do ANYTHING realistic.  That's bullshit.  You don't have to go 'one shot kills you' realistic, but you can still make a game FEEL realistic with plenty of non-realistic stuff in it.  I guarantee I could make a game with superheroes feel realistic if I had the money to do so.  More importantly it would feel realistic AND fun which is something that seems foreign to anyone these days.

But this is realism in this world. If you are running on walls into slides you are going to run up a wall or slide to dodge gunfire. You're applying our world tactics to a world that uses completely different equipment and tactics.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PS4/PS3/360/PC]Battlefield 4 on: August 14, 2015, 02:50:51 PM
BF4 is the new Gears Of War 2.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 14, 2015, 02:30:50 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2015, 02:05:15 PM

 Most of these shooters are missing the type of movement people really do when under fire.  Quick reactionary dives to cover or bursts forward to the next area.

I think the fact that you can run on walls indicates they weren't really going for a realistic feel slywink

This looks mostly like Titanfall without robots. Which is not necessarily bad, but I really miss original Black Ops and would welcome a new shooter with that feel.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Black Ops III on: August 14, 2015, 01:55:48 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on August 14, 2015, 12:07:30 PM

This is my last COD unless it's amazing.  Only trying it because Treyarch hasn't had a shot yet this gen.  I'm tentatively excited since it looks like it has the mobility of AW and then some, without the crazy speed.  Bit bummed both this and Battlefront are same month though.

Wait, people running nonstop is not "crazy speed"?
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Black Ops III on: August 14, 2015, 02:11:01 AM
http://youtu.be/uUVuXiqEqkA

Unlimited sprint without a perk. I am sort of torn between not getting it because I will be terrible at it and getting it because it will be so different. I'm wondering if people will be able to do knife builds or quick scoping with this kind of setup.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 10:44:11 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 11, 2015, 10:11:09 PM

Bad business, but probably not effective in the long run.

Perhaps, I just don't generally think any video game business deal of this sort is worth a boycott. I thought the Destiny deal was annoying but still bought it on Xbox. In the end I feel it's just video games and it's just marketing. If I think it's a good product I'm going to want it and I'm going to buy it and not let it bother me.

Overpriced DLC, held back content and buggy games, yeah, I'll vote with my dollars.





26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 10:06:34 PM
Meh. It's business. Buying it day one.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 10, 2015, 03:26:27 AM
I will be doing simulated walking with Everyone's Gone To The Rapture.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 06, 2015, 11:16:42 PM

Quote from: naednek on August 06, 2015, 11:08:31 PM


While Mafia 2 was fun, I felt like they dumbed down the city atmosphere and driving experiences.

What did you feel they dumbed down? You could actually run out of gas in Mafia 2, which was just silly. You could drive manual in Mafia 1, but the hell if I was going to do that, I just set the cars on automatic and left it there for the whole game smile Both games required you stay under the speed limit and honk to make the braindead pedestrians get out of the way. I don't think either city had much atmosphere - they both seemed pretty dead. They also modeled snow and rain in Mafia 2 - driving in the snow was particularly fun.

Oh, and I forgot to mention the radio stations in Mafia 2 were great, even if they cheated a bit with the time periods (the game ended in 1951 but they played songs that didn't come out until nearly 1960).
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom - Trailer Added on: August 06, 2015, 10:01:08 PM
I've finished Mafia II and it was a much more pleasant experience. It's basically the first game with much better driving and shooting, and of course graphics. They did their best to make it feel like a Scorsese gangster movie and really hit the mark at times.

I know exactly what happened to Caine now as well. I actually almost made the same mistake but got killed during the first robbery I attempted while starting to raise the money. After fighting through the mission and killing the target, there is a really quick message in the top left of the screen that says to search his office. It shows up once and never again. If you leave, all it says on the screen is to do robberies or steal cars. If you go to his office, you get pretty much the entire sum of money you need save for about $2000, which you can get by crushing 3 or 4 cars. Why they don't just give you the entire amount is beyond me. Maybe because they realized that at that point in the game there had been no reason to rob stores or steal cars and they wanted the guys who programmed that stuff to feel good.

There are still a few things about the game I hope they tweak in the third entry. There was still a lot of useless driving. For example, at the end of a lot of missions they just tell you to go home and go to sleep. They should give you the option to just warp there if you don't want to drive. Especially since there is very little to do in the town. There are no real side activities, just clothes shops, repair shops, gas stations, gun shops and the completely unexplained phone booths. I never even used a gun shop because it was easy to pick up guns as you went on missions.

They should also just get rid of the traffic stops. You can get pulled over for speeding or for hitting a police car. In the first game you could get pulled over for running a red light, but in this game you just get scolded by your passenger if you have one. There's no real point to this. If you get seen with a gun or robbing a car, I get it, but simulating driving laws in this arbitrary way is kind of silly.

Overall I had a good time with it, though. The way they referenced the first game was great as well. I hope they just work on these little nitpicks and the game should be really good.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 04, 2015, 10:17:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on August 03, 2015, 08:56:18 PM


There was also freedom to solve problems with creativity, which was very appealing. Just ask people how they deal with the car chase at the very beginning of the game, and you'll get a million unique stories. I did it by locking into the other car's side and pushing it, at high speed, into an oncoming tram. I never expected the game to actually understand what had happened, but it did, and it was enormously impressive.

Yes, but if you don't flip the switches right at the shipping yard and send the tanker off in the wrong direction you are stuck in that mission and the game doesn't inform you in any way.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: August 04, 2015, 01:32:31 PM
I have had no problems with instant on outside some games not handling it too well. The OS has always handled it just fine and the auto downloads and being able to remote download is a plus.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 08:30:45 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on August 03, 2015, 07:32:35 PM


Teggy, I'd love to check out that Godfather game, but I don't see it available on Steam.



Looks like it was removed some time ago and wasn't put on Origin. Your best bet would be 360 or PS3 or even Wii/WiiU if you have one of those consoles.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/4) on: August 03, 2015, 05:42:04 PM
I got Galak-Z on the summer promotion and Rare Replay, also on some xbox rewards promotion a couple of months ago.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 03, 2015, 05:03:40 AM

Quote from: Exodor on August 03, 2015, 01:00:06 AM

Updated my main gaming rig and the only game I can't play is Rocksmith2014 - the system just will not load the driver for it and none of the suggested fixes I've found online have worked.

I'm able to play on my MacMini but most of my custom songs don't have mac versions available.   crybaby

I was having a problem with the tone cable working and I had to change a setting on my motherboard. I can look it up for you tomorrow. 
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mafia 3 Confirmed - More info @ Gamescom on: August 03, 2015, 02:52:24 AM

Quote from: Rumpy on July 29, 2015, 01:47:37 AM

Well, that's the thing. I never once felt like there was any real progression, which is a disappointment  I have with the story in general. In terms of character growth, sure. But I never felt like he was getting more powerful or more respected within the organization. It just felt like he was a peon all the way through. I still liked the story though. I just think they could have given him more responsibilities as he went up the ranks gaining more respect and favor, opening up new mission types by having a crew,  and possibly splintering off. That's something I'd like to see in the next game.

This is pretty much exactly what the Godfather game is, if you haven't played it.

While we're on the topic, I finished up Mafia today. I don't know if this was just a case of "you had to be there", but this was one of the worst games I've ever played. Clunky controls, unsatisfying gunplay, a sim-like driving model that for 80% of missions only served to artificially lengthen the game, glitches that failed missions, missions you could get stuck in permanently if you didn't do exactly what the game wanted, and to top it off a final boss who had x-ray vision and 100% accuracy. Even the story, which was maybe the one good thing about the game, had dumb issues like the way the main character's love life was made out to be very important by the consigliere, but his girlfriend was shown in one mission, then never shown again. An off hand comment was made about him getting married and then later having child who is never shown.

I'm so surprised that people look back on this game so fondly. Maybe game mechanics have changed so much that there are some games you just can't go back to.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 06:14:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 05:16:12 PM

Quote from: Teggy on July 31, 2015, 02:39:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 01:39:17 PM

The main reason for the offset stick is to keep the thumbs from bumping into each other (and to keep it from feeling cramped).  The PS4 controller did make them wide enough apart that it doesn't seem to be an issue this go round.   Really, the PS4 and Xbone controllers really are fairly comparable this gen.

The other benefit of offset sticks is that your left thumb is in a resting position on the stick instead of curved back a little and the resting position of the right thumb is on the buttons.

I sort of agree about the organization of the xbone UI, but the fact that you can just speak to jump to anything makes it kind of a minor issue. Kind of like how I have apps scattered all over my iPhone, but I don't care because I just use spotlight  to load anything I'm interested in.

It's not a minor issue if you have an Xbone with no Kinect or, like me, are frequently gaming when others in the house are sleeping.

Hey man, sounds like a personal problem.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 02:39:26 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 31, 2015, 01:39:17 PM

The main reason for the offset stick is to keep the thumbs from bumping into each other (and to keep it from feeling cramped).  The PS4 controller did make them wide enough apart that it doesn't seem to be an issue this go round.   Really, the PS4 and Xbone controllers really are fairly comparable this gen.

The other benefit of offset sticks is that your left thumb is in a resting position on the stick instead of curved back a little and the resting position of the right thumb is on the buttons.

I sort of agree about the organization of the xbone UI, but the fact that you can just speak to jump to anything makes it kind of a minor issue. Kind of like how I have apps scattered all over my iPhone, but I don't care because I just use spotlight  to load anything I'm interested in.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I think I'm going back to being an XBOT on: July 31, 2015, 04:32:11 AM
In all seriousness, I don't really participate in the console wars, but I think going forward I am going to buy cross platform stuff on Xbox. I know PS4 is generally going to have better graphics, but there is one thing it doesn't have and that's the Xbox controller. I know a lot of people like the new PlayStation controller, but I'm just not a big fan. It doesn't sit well in my hands, the triggers are too stiff, and particularly in any kind of shooter it makes my hands hurt.

Then surpringly, I actually use the tv features of the Xbox so I'd rather that be my go to machine anyway. And while talking to the machine sometimes makes me feel a little silly, it's also very useful and works pretty well.

No one is more surprised by this than me. At the beginning of the generation I was fully expecting to be back in Sonys camp. But I have to give credit to MS - they've done a lot of work to improve the xbone over the last year or so.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 04:17:46 AM
I've run into some issues. Borderlands the pre sequel has broken SLI and Mafia won't run full screen but that's an old game. I assume stuff like that will get ironed out pretty soon, though.
40  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: New WoW Expansion revealed @ Gamescom on: July 29, 2015, 07:30:02 PM
Well, they've still got a long way to match Everquest, although at least Everquest is coming up on their 2nd sequel.
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