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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: Today at 05:26:00 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on Today at 05:20:43 PM

Yep, sounds like it's time to bump up to Master.

Expert. You can't go up to Master until you finish act 4.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: Today at 05:47:49 AM
Yeah, server capacity is probably the least of these guys' problems. If they could fix this by throwing fresh servers at it, it wouldn't have been a problem for more than a few days at most. There's something fundamentally wrong with Driveclub's netcode, though it's impossible to say exactly what. Someone messed up, but it wasn't greed that caused this situation.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 30, 2014, 07:58:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 30, 2014, 07:21:23 PM

Well, I did it.  It seems the "hours" part comes from having to re-download every game update, but at least it's in menu.

It shouldn't do that unless there was something actually wrong about those downloads already. On the other hand, I've heard someone say that updating the database caused the system to realize that there were downloads available that it had completely missed earlier, which it then began to download.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: October 29, 2014, 02:10:13 PM
I got this game for PC yesterday and played it until I reached the second "bonfire". It seems very promising so far. Lots of people are talking about constant crashes and instability, but I haven't seen anything of the sort. On the other hand, my PC is pretty powerful, enough to run this game at a stable 60 fps on very high detail.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 29, 2014, 11:41:40 AM
Try rebuilding the PS4's database. Someone mentioned that it helped them fix their problem.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 29, 2014, 06:12:12 AM
It seems to be a problem that affects a few people at random. I haven't had any issues with my console after the update, though I didn't use it much. I did try restarting it from Rest mode, and it worked perfectly fine.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/PS4/XB1] Lords of the Fallen on: October 28, 2014, 07:41:26 AM
So, anyone getting this game? It's getting decent, stable reviews across the board, with most praising the combat system while saying that the story and setting is bland. GameSpot went so far as to call it "possible sleeper hit of the year". It's a game heavily inspired by Dark Souls, but not quite as hard and punishing.

Current list of review scores (shamelessly lifted from NeoGAF):

GameInformer: 8.5
IGN: 7.4
Polygon: 7.5
Readers Gambit: 7
Gametrailers: 7.3
Polish Mag CD Action: 9
Moviepilot: 7.8
TwinFinite - 3/5 or "Good"
Gry Online - 9.2
Gamers Temple: 7.8
GameZone: 7
Gamespot: 8
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 08:00:11 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 27, 2014, 07:33:59 PM

Video detailing all the updates coming.

That's actually just a highlight of some of the more central features, but there were several missing from that video, including Share Play and the improved game list.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 27, 2014, 04:44:59 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on October 27, 2014, 04:35:55 PM

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Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2014, 02:20:14 PM

Xbox One getting holiday only price drop to $350

MS really fucked up the initial launch of the XB1, but it's like they didn't learn anything from Sony and thei rlaunch  of the PS3.   The install base gap must be getting larger.  

Wait, what did they not learn? Aren't we happy to see a $350 XB1 this Christmas?

Yes people are happy, I'm guessing hos point is how Microsoft got to the point where they are offering a still  new system for $150 less with a pack in game one year after launch as I doubt this was nowhere in their thought process originally.

Yeah. When the Xbox One price was originally revealed, I remember Michael Pachter pointing out that Microsoft, if they were smart, would cut the price as soon as possible, taking the loss out of their own pockets in order to secure market share. This is something Microsoft can do, with its huge coffers, and which Sony can't. It appears Microsoft has learned this lesson, but the question is whether or not it's too little, too late.

Personally, I think it's probably been carefully analyzed and prepared, and I think they're being smart about it by making the price cuts temporary, allowing them to see the effects before committing 100%. Last time they tried it didn't have the huge effect they were hoping for, but that could change. By being cheaper than the PS4, they also take care of the biggest argument between those two systems. The customer is no longer making a choice between expensive and weaker (Xbox One) vs cheaper and more powerful (PS4). It's now an equation where the customer can actually make a meaningful choice between power and cost, and come out on top no matter what they end up with.

I fail to see how this is Microsoft failing in any way. This is them being smart. 
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 05:26:19 AM
Most likely Lords of the Fallen on PS4, unless it gets crap reviews. Early impressions from people who've been playing it appear to be positive.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 24, 2014, 09:16:48 PM

Quote from: farley2k on October 24, 2014, 08:46:02 PM

That can't be good news of Microsoft.

I dunno. 40 percent is waaaay better than what has been estimated based on public statements by the two companies so far. When the PS4 reached the 10 million mark, the Xbox One was supposedly still just past 5. This 40% number confuses me in light of that, as this would have required the Xbox One to have sold considerably more than the PS4 worldwide since this summer, which I strongly doubt that it did.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: October 24, 2014, 08:38:48 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 24, 2014, 08:34:38 PM

Are the books worth reading?

Yes, although the English translation is frustratingly clunky. Just accept that every character in the books speaks in ways nobody would ever speak in real life, probably due to the translation.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: October 24, 2014, 08:27:06 PM
A neat detail about that video is that all the three primary characters portrayed are very central in the books. There's Geralt and Vesemir, his mentor from the witcher castle. We saw him in the beginning of the first game. The woman they're hunting is Yennefer of Vengerberg, Geralt's primary love interest before the games.

This is going to be great. smile
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Grimrock II - looks sweet on: October 23, 2014, 04:29:33 AM
Yeah, the devs deliberately reduced the importance of perfect timing in this game. There are still timed puzzles, but the window you have to complete whatever you need to do is larger and more forgiving than in the first game.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Legend of Grimrock II - looks sweet on: October 22, 2014, 06:40:24 PM
Steam says I've put in 13 hours with this game so far, and I love it, as I loved the original one. Anyone who loved Eye of the Beholder and similar games will love this. It's more or less a perfected version of that formula. Maybe they'll try to make something more like the first Lands of Lore next, with more focus on story? That'd be nice.

Quote from: Crawley on October 22, 2014, 05:59:40 PM

I also didn't have a guy in the party that could create heal potions. And it worked fine. There were plenty of healing potions around or the save crystals were not too far away if needed. I recently put a point in alchemy just so I could start getting rid of all the components I was picking up.

A dedicated alchemist can create more powerful potions than the ones I've found so far, without using any more ingredients than regular potions. I've got enough ingredients to make over 30 greater healing potions at the moment. Also, alchemists can, at max level (or so I believe) create potions that give permanent stat boosts. A character with the alchemist class can create more of these than a regular character who picks up that skill, as the alchemist will actually have the incredibly rare ingredients duplicate in his inventory as long as he doesn't use them right away.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 21, 2014, 07:25:03 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 21, 2014, 06:41:40 PM

Or simply create two lines, one for recently used apps/games and one for your full library, with various sort options like Alphabetical or Release Date.

Isn't that exactly what they're doing with this patch?
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 21, 2014, 04:31:13 AM

Quote from: Ridah on October 20, 2014, 10:55:45 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 18, 2014, 03:30:04 PM

Version 2.0 of the PS4 OS unveiled.

The PS4 already displays apps in order of last use, doesn't it?

Yes, with no limit to the amount of games it'll show in the list. There's been one change here since the PS4 was first released: For the first few months, if a game was patched it would instantly move to the left in your list, regardless of whether or not you played it. Patching counted as an activity, but that hasn't been the case for a while.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 04:27:59 AM
Lots of tempting stuff this week, but nothing I'm burning to play right now, especially since I'm already knee-deep in games I really want to play and/or finish. I'm getting Dreamfall Chapters regardless, as a backer. Civilization: Beyond Earth is a given at some point, but I'm not sure if I'll get it right away.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 17, 2014, 09:21:51 PM
I decided to try this again after a few days' break, and it seems much better now. I immediately connected to the club to discover that we're now three people in it (thanks guys!). I played a couple of races and leveled the club up to level 2, which allowed me to pick a new paint scheme for our cars. There's still room for 3 more players in the club, so get in while you can! smile

Didn't look like challenges were working for me, but I've heard others say they're working fine for them. I suspect we're very close to getting these issues resolved.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: September Sales Info - PS4 leads hardware, Destiny software on: October 17, 2014, 08:53:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 17, 2014, 08:36:07 PM

Interestingly enough, the Xbox One version of Destiny supposedly sold more than the PS4 version. But then again, Microsoft was giving a free game away that month with a console purchase, and the bundled PS4 version wasn't counted.

They only measure standalone retail sales for these stats, so bundles and digital purchases don't count. That makes it hard to estimate the actual sales, especially as retail is becoming less and less relevant to gamers.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 16, 2014, 08:17:38 PM
HBO Nordic licenses other shows too, from time to time, as well as a bunch of movies (nowhere near Netflix levels though. Not even close). We've had shows like Vikings and Fargo, for example, but they are often limited in how long they'll be available. Fargo went away yesterday, but will return for the next season.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 15, 2014, 08:54:09 PM
It costs the same as Netflix' cheapest option around here.
23  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HBO to start "no cable sub required" streaming service in 2015 on: October 15, 2014, 07:36:07 PM
HBO offers this kind of service in Scandinavia right now, called HBO Nordic. It's really crappy, only saved by the excellent selection of HBO shows. I hope you get the same service so that the chance of ours getting improved becomes better. Hell, the only console it works on right now is Xbox 360!
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 15, 2014, 05:20:26 AM
One example of a choice (I'm not talking about Bioware-style "choices" here, with neon signs and warnings everywhere around you) with heavy consequences I believe he mentioned was getting locked into a boss battle checkpoint/save with only a sliver of health remaining, leaving him unable to sprint and making the boss battle next to impossible to complete. In the game's logic, he was making a choice by entering the boss battle without enough resources, but he had no way of knowing that he was about to do so, and no way to fix the situation (the game saved at the checkpoint) once he had ended up in it.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360/PS3/PS4/PC]The Evil Within on: October 14, 2014, 08:34:31 PM
There's quite the variation in review scores for this. It looks like I game I could potentially enjoy (in small doses. I don't handle adrenaline well), but Jim Sterling's review worries me. He's a very smart guy, and he points out that the game routinely tells you to make decisions without giving you any information with which to base those decisions on, and that's front and center among things that constitute bad game design. Games like XCOM show us that making hard choices can be extremely rewarding, but such games also give us enough information to make an educated choice where we aren't surprised by the consequences (and if we are, it's our own fault). It sounds like The Evil Within tells you to make choices blind and then punishes you heavily for making the wrong one. That's not rewarding. That's just frustrating.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 14, 2014, 04:44:55 AM
As far as I'm aware, there are no new items that drop once you go above Torment 1, so you're not restricting yourself from loot (beyond the reduced drop chances) by playing at that level. If you want to see how the DPS for your weapons has been calculated (the big one you have is probably caused by a damage effect mixed in among the regular stats, which means it has less of the other possible stats available), you can hit right or left (don't remember which) on the d-pad to see the range used by the random number generator.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 14, 2014, 04:40:14 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 14, 2014, 12:15:24 AM

I had no idea the purpose of the game was to collect trophies. Sounds like a boring game to me.

Don't turn this into a debate about trophies/achievements. You have nothing to gain from doing so, and it's clear you don't understand the concept to begin with. Just leave it alone.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 08:21:44 PM
Well, the ones I met were technically unique, it was just that it was hard to tell them apart regardless. They all started sounding and looking alike after a very short time, and most of them didn't come back to haunt me (that I noticed, which may tie into them not being memorable enough for me to have noticed).
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 07:20:08 PM
I'm kind of surprised how little the nemesis system came into play in my game. The first 3 captains I encountered in the game were unique and memorable, but pretty much every single one I've met since then has been utterly forgettable. One of those first three lost his most memorable feature (a burning helmet) after his first defeat too, which was disappointing. It doesn't help that after I had killed my second warchief, I didn't die again until long after finishing the story.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 06:51:41 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 13, 2014, 06:39:33 PM

Weird I got that trophy randomly in a fight towards the end
Spoiler for Hiden:
the group of 5 elite named bad guys before you climb up the black gate and fight the creepy guy who you have to stealth drain.  One of the 5 named dudes dropped a rune that gave me the trophy

Well, either they had a death threat (which I don't think is possible with those guys) or they killed you before. I don't think there are any other modifiers. In any case, it's extremely unlikely to accidentally run across that trophy during regular gameplay. You're the first I've heard mention having that happen to him.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 06:20:38 PM
It took me another hour, but I finally got that last trophy and the platinum. I spent some time on Google to find a better solution than the one I listed above, and it turns out it does exist, but requires gaming the system and exploiting obscure game mechanics. For anyone trying to get the A Mighty Doom trophy, here's what you should do:

- Make sure your target is a level 20 warchief.
- Interrogate to learn all his strengths and weaknesses.
- Let him kill you once. It's easiest if you make an empty spot among the warchiefs (perhaps by killing one you have branded as well as his bodyguards. Just hit down after summoning him to make it simple) and then let the guy kill you while he's still captain. He'll get promoted to the empty warchief spot for killing you.
- Send a death threat towards him.
- Brand all his bodyguards. If he's only got one or two, brand other captains and turn them into bodyguards for him, until he has at least 3 or 4 of them, with all of them on your side.
- Send one of his bodyguards to betray him, and then start the betrayal.
- DO NOT INTERFERE! Just press up to command your minions to fight, and then let your bodyguards handle the battle. That's why you had so many of them. If there are reinforcements coming to the warchief's aid, kill them at your leisure, but let the bodyguards handle the warchief.
- As long as you don't kill the warchief yourself, he should not drop an epic rune (this is the obscure part I was talking about). Having done all of the above, he should now drop a rune that is exactly level 25. If, for some reason, a hate or fear was exploited by the bodyguards, the rune will be level 26, but it doesn't matter.

Here's how the level for the rune is calculated:
+20 for the warchief's level.
+2 for being a warchief.
+1 for the death threat.
+1 for knowing his strengths/weaknesses.
+1 for him having killed you before.
(+1 for exploiting a hate/fear)

3 hours for this fucking bronze trophy. I'm done with this game for good.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 13, 2014, 03:36:59 PM
The product isn't broken, but the servers are.

By the way, I believe the servers are mostly up by now. Challenges have been disabled for the time being, but people are playing multiplayer and contributing to their clubs.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 04:30:08 AM
Wow, what a week!

I'm getting Legend of Grimrock 2 for sure. The Evil Within on PS4 is a potential buy at some point, based on reviews. Not touching Borderlands: The Cash Grab with a 10-foot pole.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 12, 2014, 07:48:29 PM
I'm trying to platinum this game, and holy fuck is that final trophy ridiculous beyond all compare. A Mighty Doom is a bronze trophy, but it's infuriatingly hard to get, of the "what the fuck were they thinking when they designed this" type. Here's what it requires:

- A warchief who's exactly level 20 without becoming a legendary warchief.
- He must have killed you.
- He must have a fear or a rage.
- You must know his stats.
- You must exploit his rage/fear and any potential weaknesses in battle.
- You must never have issued a death threat to him.

Add to this the typical routine of having to take care of his bodyguards first, and that a normal betrayal is dangerous because you risk having the warchief get killed before you can exploit his fear/rage, and you're looking at at least 30 minutes of work to even get to the point where you can challenge him. At that point, pray that you don't get an epic rune from him, because that doesn't count as they don't have levels. If you get an epic rune, prepare to start over from scratch. I think I've gone through this routine 4-5 times now, and I've gotten an epic rune every fucking time, and there's nothing I can do about it within reason. I just have to keep trying until the game deems me worthy of receiving a non-epic drop, or I'll have to exhaust the game's supply of roughly 40 epic runes so that it's forced to drop normal ones.

I've wasted several hours on this trophy alone, and I'm just about ready to strangle the trophy's designer.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 12, 2014, 03:59:45 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 12, 2014, 02:54:08 PM

Free version available yet?

No, it won't be available until the server issues are completely resolved.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 11, 2014, 10:16:50 PM
There's a new patch out for the game now, which sounds like it improves things quite a bit.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 11, 2014, 07:15:31 AM
Uh, it's 11/10 now. Someone messed up their dates, it sounds like.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: October 11, 2014, 07:13:16 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2014, 04:37:47 AM

I need to figure out how to turn off the OCD gamer in me, because I know that trying to grab every item/side mission/etc will keep me from actually finishing it.  smile

It's not too bad in this game. Even getting the Platinum trophy is relatively quick to do, compared to other games.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 11, 2014, 07:12:02 AM
Yes, it's fun (the NeoGAF forums love the game), but the most interesting and compelling features of the game are only available when online. Speaking of which, if any of you actually own the game, please do try to join the GamingTrend club (if you want to), as it is still inactive as far as I can tell. I feel like I'm partly wasting my time racing without having a club active. I'd like to improve the club while playing, but it needs one more member for that to happen.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: October 08, 2014, 09:05:07 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 08, 2014, 08:58:35 PM

I've been on the defensive side of this debate so far which is strange because graphics are a critical aspect of a game for me. But you simply can't tell the difference between 900p and 1080p and it's ridiculous how much people are complaining about it. The resolution drama is so arbitrary.

I respect your opinion, but this is simply wrong. The idea that people can't tell the various near-HD resolutions apart from actual HD resolutions comes from a chart that has been widely distributed in discussions like these, but that chart is factually wrong. People with normal eyesight can see individual pixels, even at 1080p resolution, from a surprisingly long range.

Note that this is only valid for games. Movies are so supersampled that it becomes somewhat harder to tell the upper resolutions apart from a distance.

Edit: As for the AC4 quote you edited in, Digital Foundry has an article about that. The AA technique was added for both Xbox One and PS4, leaving nothing but the resolution and some framerate differences to separate them, and the two versions are still easy to tell apart in graphical quality.
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