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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 01, 2014, 11:47:57 PM
You'll get there. In fact there is a mission fairly early on that requires you to reach level 3 to proceed. With overdrives it becomes even easier.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 01, 2014, 03:43:56 PM
OK, finished up this morning. Subtracting online from my total I played about 27 hours in SP, and that got me all collectibles, all missions (not all challenges, though) and about 75% of the achievements. I don't know if I'll be going for 1000GS primarily due to not having the patience to try and gold medal 50 challenges. I did 30 at at least silver so I feel pretty satisfied with that achievement. Some of the other achievements also require a bit of time, such as 15,000 OD kills - when I was done with the story this achievement was only at 50%.

I really enjoyed the game, but I thought there were plusses and minuses in every category (no spoilers).

Gameplay - I loved the traversal and that's a lot of what made the game fun. Running in the game is actually painfully slow, which I assume they did on purpose. String together long runs with grinding, bouncing, wall running and air dashing is very satisfying and they littered the world with so many things to use that is was very easy to keep moving and get across the world quickly. On the other hand, the places that traversal was used effectively in missions were few and far between. Many missions were "kill everything" missions, and while you need to use traversal effectively to keep your style level up (and survive), what I really wanted were chances to prove mastery of the traversal system with platforming challenges. The timed traversal challenges were a welcome addition, but I would prefer non-timed platforming requiring you to use all the skills to make it to a hard to reach area. Insomniac has done this so well in their platformers, I was hoping there would be more of it here.

Collectibles - an extension of gameplay, really. I think they could have done a lot better here. Insomniac platformers in the past offered a lot more challenge and a lot more reward for collectibles. Also, while you could get hints to help you with finding they collectibles, they never just flat out gave you a map. Way too many collectibles with very little reward. and that includes the reward of just being challenged in collecting them. This is especially for the non-currency collectibles.

Story and dialogue - the story was sufficient for the setting and feel, but really nothing special. I actually enjoyed a lot of the dialogue. There were a lot of pop-culture references and fourth-wall breaking that made me laugh. They may not hold up in the future, but they work now. As I mentioned before, I also really liked the female voice - she had great delivery, was very likable, and fit the character well. A lot of the other characters had their moments too. Where I thought they dropped the ball was on the over-reliance on "haha they're nerds" jokes and the incredible amount of swearing. Yes, it's an M rated game, but sometimes less in more.

Weapons - the weapons were a lot of fun, especially in combination with amps and overdrives. and there are a ton of them. I only maxed 5 weapons during the game, and that was with consciously switching off.  After finishing I swapped out pretty much my entire inventory to work on other weapons (I focused on single shot weapons during my play through and switched to automatics) and I still haven't purchased all the weapons yet. On the negative side, they didn't really differentiate between each weapon as well as they could. Something notable about the Ratchet and Clank series and the first Resistance is that each weapon has a purpose. You'll have a long distance weapon, a weapon that's good at killing multiple enemies, but only up close, a high powered weapon with limited ammo, etc. In this game there seemed to be a lot of the same weapon type with slightly different effects. For example, the fireworks gun, the teddybear gun, and the hairspray bomb all do kind of the same thing with some minor differences. Same for the taunt bot and turret copter. It was nice having all the guns, but it was rare that I felt I needed to use one specific gun in a certain situation. Overall though, the weapons are great and this is more of a comparison to thing Insomniac has done a little better in the past.

The MP is fun as well and is worth a try. It gives nice rewards for a well co-ordinated group (although that can be a challenge with randoms).

Overall I really enjoyed the game. I don't know if it will be my GOTY, but I have no problem recommending it, especially if you like chaotic shooters, games that don't take themselves seriously and 3D platforming.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 01, 2014, 06:11:07 AM
Got all the collectibles.  You don't get a new move in the awesomesmithing mission, so I don't know what Kotaku is talking about. If you have the boost bounce and air dash I think you can get everything. Maybe 3-4 of them took a little bit extra thought and one I accidentally figured out what to do by messing around.

I expect I'll finish the game tomorrow and give my final impressions.
164  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: November 01, 2014, 01:18:55 AM
Is Transistor more than a reskinned Bastion? I found Bastion kind of tedious.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 07:30:14 PM
I've collected 100% of the collectibles in areas one and two and so far in area 3 there is one that I haven't been able to get and I haven't tried that hard to get at that one. Just go after everything you want and just come back if something seems too hard. The maps make it easy.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 05:01:25 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 31, 2014, 04:14:30 PM

I like this game more the more I play of it, but I still really dislike the Amp horde defense missions. 

I was kind of in the same boat but now that I have some more interesting traps and weapons they are more fun.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Wonder Woman on: October 31, 2014, 02:21:32 PM
They already have the actress, Gal Gadot.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 02:20:07 PM

Quote from: Chrisoc13 on October 31, 2014, 02:14:11 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 29, 2014, 02:42:00 PM



This is about as close to a 3d platformer we get these days so I am predisposed to like the game.


Unless you own a Wii u of course, where the king of platformers still is alive and well. But they are gone for playstation and xbox yes.

I do, actually and I have to get SM 3D World. I loved Galaxy 1 but got frustrated early on with some of the controls on Galaxy 2. I have to give it another shot. I'm looking more forward the Ratchet and Clank remake they are coming out with.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 02:15:59 PM
Sunset Overdrive, and then I got myself a little overwhelmed with games in progress - Bayonetta, Evil Within, Alpha Protocol and Shantae (GBC version).
170  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 31, 2014, 02:34:34 AM
One example was quoted in this very thread. Racism aside, you speak in terms about the president that other people do not use when trying to have a serious conversation.
171  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 30, 2014, 11:35:42 PM
Eco, now that you've been run out of both OO and GT (partially), for the same behavior, you may just want to consider that the issue is not that anyone is trying to censor you, but we don't appreciate the way that you express your views and take steps to protect the character of our community.

The people on this board are capable of reading the news and you should deduce that they choose to make their decisions based on multiple factors, not just one poll that they don't participate in and that you seem so enamored of.

Rip and MSDuncan tend to have very different political views than many here yet they still manage to be able to get along on both boards.

Having people respond negatively to things you say is not censorship, it is simply the result of expressing yourself in the way you do. If you want to use the language you do there are outlets where you can do so comfortably. Stormfront, for example.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 30, 2014, 12:47:24 AM
I did my update and then put my console in sleep mode. I'm kind of afraid to turn it back on. I'll keep playing Sunset Overdrive and wait for the patch smile
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 30, 2014, 12:46:01 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2014, 09:17:56 PM


I would also love it if they got rid of the ammo.  Nothing worse than being out of ammo for the gun(s) that are effective against the type of enemies you're fighting and having to shoot nonstop records at humans that barely take notice.  It's not fun to run out of ammo, ever, and for a game that should be much more about over-the-top action I don't want to have to worry about that.  


It's really a minor variation on the Ratchet and Clank and Resistance weapon wheel systems. You're required to learn what the weapons do so you can switch off when needed. There's actually a lot of ammo around in the white boxes.

How on earth does the Xbox not have a screenshot function? Even taking one shot from a video?

Oh, I should mention there are two additional collectibles that get introduced that have no purpose (as far as I can tell) other than giving an  achievement. To that I give a "shame on you" to Insomniac.
174  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: October 29, 2014, 05:10:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 28, 2014, 05:40:13 PM

Spintires is fantastic!

I watched the trailer. It looks like a getting stuck in the mud sim.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 29, 2014, 02:44:07 PM
I wonder if this is going to be like an MMO expansion where playing the new solo content gets you better gear than doing the original raid content.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 29, 2014, 02:42:00 PM
Having a lot of fun. The humor definitely leans to the juvenile side, but that doesn't mean I'm not laughing smile Really like the female VA.

Key to the game is really to keep moving and never touch the ground if you don't have to. Collectibles don't offer any challenge, which is a negative, but there is at least a reason to get them other than achievements. Between overdrives, amps and weapons you can also tailor your buffs to your play style, which is nice. Weapons also have strengths and weaknesses against enemies, so you are required to switch up.

This is about as close to a 3d platformer we get these days so I am predisposed to like the game. On the other hand, it is yet another open world game.

I played one round of the co-op. Probably would be more fun with friends.
177  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 8 on: October 28, 2014, 01:19:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 28, 2014, 04:23:10 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 28, 2014, 03:44:40 AM

Absolutely terrible loss by Dallas after the gift they got from Arizona, and a division loss to boot. Hopefully Romo is OK.

The good news is that Washington might not win many more games this season so this one division loss shouldn't hurt.

It's not about Washington, it's about Philadelphia and any tie breakers.
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 8 on: October 28, 2014, 03:44:40 AM
Absolutely terrible loss by Dallas after the gift they got from Arizona, and a division loss to boot. Hopefully Romo is OK.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 06:38:18 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2014, 06:25:40 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 27, 2014, 06:23:19 PM

Where's my early adopters reward?

Didn't you get an avatar or some silly text on your controller?

Oh, yes, how silly of me to forget.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 06:23:19 PM
Where's my early adopters reward?
181  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 27, 2014, 06:21:48 PM
Oh to be a fly on the wall.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 01:39:29 PM
Sunset Overdrive
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 27, 2014, 03:08:03 AM
No, I am on chapter 8 I think?  My nerves were getting a little rattled so I took a little break. Hope to get back to it this week.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 26, 2014, 09:41:38 PM
Are we going to have to move this to R&P?
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 25, 2014, 11:40:43 PM
I am. I like new IP and I like insomniac (although I passed on Fuse).  Hoping for the best.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Steam] Nosgoth on: October 25, 2014, 10:32:33 PM
I got a whole bunch of veteran pack codes for buying from gmg. Don't know if anyone wants one.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 25, 2014, 02:55:37 AM
Looks like Hanging With The Inlaws 2014 with special DLC Neices and Nephew Horse Show Adventures.

:/

If I could I would be playing Alpha Protocol, Bayonetta and Evil Within.
188  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: GeForce DSR Tech - Play games at higher resolutions than normally can on: October 24, 2014, 08:42:53 PM
How does it work? So if your PC doesn't normally perform as well at 1440p it will perform well now? Or it literally just allows you to run at higher resolutions if your monitor doesn't support it?
189  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 24, 2014, 07:00:42 PM
He did that another time and was told to cut it out.
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 10:12:56 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 10:00:51 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:38:52 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 09:28:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:14:31 PM

It's a terrible thing. A huge number of people were trolled and continue to be trolled. The threats are embarrassing, the advertising bans are embarrassing, the ethics conversation is embarrassing. Anyone who actually understands how this started and what it's become should rightfully think that both sides, the 4chan trolls and the hashtaggers who continue to think this is a real issue, are a bunch of tools.
 I think you are misusing both sides there, as the trolls and hashtaggers are on the same side.

Not exactly. The trolls started the whole thing. The overwhelming majority of people using the hashtag are the ones who were fooled by the trolls into thinking it was a real thing. That includes #gamergate and the #notyourshield tag which got a lot of use as well.

They are still essentially allied though and are on the same side, the other side would be the so called SJWs, along with female game developers and journalists.


Sorry, I didn't mean opposing sides, just the segment acting in bad faith and the segment who believes that gamergate is some real thing.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 09:38:52 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 21, 2014, 09:28:17 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 21, 2014, 09:14:31 PM

It's a terrible thing. A huge number of people were trolled and continue to be trolled. The threats are embarrassing, the advertising bans are embarrassing, the ethics conversation is embarrassing. Anyone who actually understands how this started and what it's become should rightfully think that both sides, the 4chan trolls and the hashtaggers who continue to think this is a real issue, are a bunch of tools.
  I think you are misusing both sides there, as the trolls and hashtaggers are on the same side.

Not exactly. The trolls started the whole thing. The overwhelming majority of people using the hashtag are the ones who were fooled by the trolls into thinking it was a real thing. That includes #gamergate and the #notyourshield tag which got a lot of use as well.
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Gamergate - Thoughts on: October 21, 2014, 09:14:31 PM
It's a terrible thing. A huge number of people were trolled and continue to be trolled. The threats are embarrassing, the advertising bans are embarrassing, the ethics conversation is embarrassing. Anyone who actually understands how this started and what it's become should rightfully think that both sides, the 4chan trolls and the hashtaggers who continue to think this is a real issue, are a bunch of tools.
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: October 21, 2014, 06:01:36 PM
I haven't done the vault yet as well and am at 28.5 (gunslinger)
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 7 on: October 20, 2014, 09:10:13 PM
I don't understand how Dallas lost to SF at this point.

Either Rod Marinelli is some kind of miracle worker or the Cowboys D is going to come crashing down to earth at some point.

195  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Is the Ebola in Texas thread gone? on: October 20, 2014, 09:08:42 PM
Surprised it wasn't just moved to R&P, which would have served the same purpose.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 03:42:36 AM
Bayonetta 2
197  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help/Advice for amateur fighting on: October 20, 2014, 02:29:39 AM
No, no experience. I would suggest you avoid lying on the ground and getting punched in the face repeatedly. That always looks painful.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/PS4] Guilty Gear Xrd -Sign- on: October 16, 2014, 06:10:55 PM
How do you pronounce "Xrd"?

199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 16, 2014, 12:45:10 AM
Yes, although it's just reflex at this point. Buying it physically and with the $15 back in MS bucks.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 15, 2014, 05:37:51 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 15, 2014, 05:29:17 PM

Ugh, that's so ghetto (the widescreen thing).

I'm glad you seem to be enjoying it, Teggy. I'll continue pressing onward.

I could totally see people not being into it, especially the trial and error stuff and some of the jankiness. However, it's what I was expecting and the type of game I was in the mood for.
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