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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: December 16, 2014, 08:30:20 PM
The long-awaited 1.04 patch is now available on PS4, and will be on Xbox One later today and on PC later this week. I've played it for half an hour on the PS4 now, and the game definitely feels smoother.

Be warned: The patch is 6.5 GB in size, probably because they apparently had to rebuild the entire Paris map.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 16, 2014, 07:37:51 AM
What exactly are you having trouble doing with the launcher? I haven't had any issues with it yet, personally, but maybe something has changed in the last few days.

I actually tested it while writing this post, and it found a new update which is downloading at a pretty solid rate. No trouble with it. Now that I think about it, are you talking about the external launcher or the in-game main menu? I've heard of people having crashes with the latter.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 16, 2014, 05:31:18 AM
Yeah, that's what you get for messing with CMDR TiLT!

Also, intercepting me in my solo game would be so impressive that I might just lose some cargo from shock alone.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 15, 2014, 04:42:09 PM
I'm probably going to get Far Cry 4 before the year is up, but that's it for me in 2014 (barring any exceptional deals in the Steam sale).
5  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 14, 2014, 03:49:55 PM

Quote from: Azhag on December 14, 2014, 02:53:37 PM

Pretty far into the 2nd case of Ace now and enjoying it. Funnier than I expected.

Glad to hear it. smile

FYI, the first case is considered to be one of the weakest in the series. The second case is solid, if nothing truly special. The third case is good, but drags a little in the middle. The fourth case is the original ending for the Japanese GBA-version and is very good indeed. The fifth case was made for the DS re-release (which was the first version we got in the west), and is one of the best cases in the entire series. In other words, you've got plenty to look forward to in the first game alone, and after that you've got two more games (with the third being considered the best).
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 12, 2014, 05:01:32 PM
They do this with every new Windows release though, and occasionally in between too. "We just wanted to let you know we're really committed to gaming on Windows this time, honest!" and then nothing comes of it. At most, you get one or two throwaway Xbox ports that are far beyond their shelf date.

If it sounds like I'm exaggerating, think again. This is what actually happens, and they've done this numerous times in the past. Hoping for something good to come for PC gaming from one of these events went past the "fool me twice" level many years ago.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 12, 2014, 05:29:48 AM
There are real cards like this from the first trilogy, right? What were on the cards with these numbers? If there's any significance to them, I would think it lies there.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 08:14:58 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2014, 07:47:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 11, 2014, 07:34:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2014, 07:01:47 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on December 11, 2014, 02:43:21 PM

Yeah, I suppose you're right, it isn't an MMO, per se.

There's also a solo mode available, in which case it matters even less if some players get a head start. 

I'd say it matters about the same (but of course, you're technically correct anyway), as the chances of running into other players are pretty damn low in this game.

I haven't played in a patch or two -- didn't they add some kind of way to track people in hyperspace and intercept them?

Yeah, I think they did. Even if you do however, you're still mostly going to find NPCs that way. You're not even close to being guaranteed to meet another player, even if you've agreed to meet up in the same place. The game instances the game world quite a bit.
9  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 11, 2014, 07:42:50 PM
It's pretty clever, actually. The front camera identifies where your face is at any given time, then adjusts the screen so that you'll get the optimal picture for your viewing angle. That means you can tilt the 3DS quite a bit to the sides now (but less up and down) without losing the 3D effect.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 07:34:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 11, 2014, 07:01:47 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on December 11, 2014, 02:43:21 PM

Yeah, I suppose you're right, it isn't an MMO, per se.

There's also a solo mode available, in which case it matters even less if some players get a head start. 

I'd say it matters about the same (but of course, you're technically correct anyway), as the chances of running into other players are pretty damn low in this game.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: December 11, 2014, 05:32:53 AM
I don't think fairness matters much in this game as long as nothing actually manages to destabilize the economy. It's not like there's some kind of competition to reach max level (there's no such thing, nor is there an optimal ship), and there's no such thing as end-game content that you can't take part in because you're lagging behind. In short, it doesn't really matter if a bunch of people can play the game a week in advance. The galaxy is so huge that the impact is similar to that of a raindrop in the Pacific Ocean.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 11, 2014, 05:30:13 AM
It looked dangerous on Sony's side for a while, but I think the danger has passed. Right now things are turning around for most (but not all) divisions there, if slowly. Playstation is one of their two strongest businesses at the moment, which means it's considered vital and important by the company, which again means they're going to take good care of it.

Sony is nowhere near Microsoft in terms of money and earnings, but their CEO worked his way to his current position from the games division, and the company's safest future lies with games. I don't think there's anything to worry about for us.
13  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 11, 2014, 05:22:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on December 10, 2014, 09:41:41 PM

How are the improvements? I couldn't stand my old 3DS XL, and just got rid of it after a short time.

As I said, I haven't really seen many of them in action since I don't have the proper games. The 3D effect is much improved though. I turned it off on my old 3DS XL, but I'm keeping it on all the time now.

Quote from: Destructor on December 11, 2014, 12:35:26 AM

...wait, you can buy it in Australia (and Japan, obviously) right now? That is...really weird.

It is, isn't it? I have no idea why they decided to do it in this way, but that's how it is. Gives Europeans an opportunity to get the console early, but I don't know if that was ever a factor in the decision to release early in Australia.
14  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 11, 2014, 05:18:47 AM

Quote from: Hrothgar on December 11, 2014, 03:10:07 AM

Is there any reason to grab the $30 3DS version of the trilogy when I can grab the iPad version for a little more than half that ($17)?

The iPad version is considered to be absolute trash. It's full of animation and music bugs, and the graphics look horrible. I'm also not so sure you actually get all the cases for the price you mentioned, as they built that release around a DLC model. The 3DS version is better in every way.
15  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 06:21:40 PM
I couldn't go back to the regularly sized 3DS after using the XL, so I can't really recommend that. Then again, I know people disagree about this based on personal preference, especially since some people feel the XL's screen is actually too large. I don't.

I got the black New 3DS XL, to at least answer something about what I got. I don't really have any software that takes advantage of the new control knob and two new shoulder buttons (well, I do have Resident Evil: Revelations, but I've already completed that), so right now I'm just enjoying the improved 3D, faster downloads, and quicker load times while waiting for Ace Attorney Trilogy to release tomorrow.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: December 10, 2014, 02:55:13 PM
The weather update is now out for free, and according to those who've tried it, it completely changes the game in a seriously good way. I've linked to two different YouTube videos demonstrating the weather below. Even if you're not interested in the game, you really should see them. They're that amazing. These are the best graphics in a console game ever.

Rain

Snow
17  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 05:21:58 AM

Quote from: Destructor on December 10, 2014, 12:31:45 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 02, 2014, 05:26:38 AM

I've got a New 3DS XL on its way to me from Hong Kong right now. Should receive it tomorrow. Looking forward to giving it a spin. smile

You realize that Nintendo is still behind the times and they region lock their consoles, right? What exactly are you going to play on it (short of pirated games)?

A bit trigger happy with your conclusions, aren't you? slywink Yes, the 3DS is region locked. Specifically, the Australian 3DS (which is the one I bought) is region locked to Australia and... Europe.

What can I play on it? Everything I damn well please. Tongue

It's very good, btw. I've bee playing it daily since I got it, and the improved 3D in particular makes a huge difference.

Edit: By the way, if you were implying that I pirate games, then shame on you! I worked in the game industry for 4 years. I don't pirate squat, and that's not going to change. I routinely purchase software worth hundreds of dollars. Heck, just yesterday I bought a single piece of software for approx. $177.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 09, 2014, 08:37:27 PM
No, I don't think SPECTRE was ever mentioned in Skyfall, not least because, as you say, they didn't have the rights to do so.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 01:58:25 PM
Disregarding the hardware itself, there's really only one thing holding the Xbox One back right now after all the positive changes Microsoft has done to it, and that's the infamous indie parity clause (which I, until yesterday, thought was already gone). There's a very informative thread about this at NeoGAF right now, started by an actual indie dev having to deal with that problem, which goes in-depth on what it does and how harmful it is. It's not just harming Microsoft and Xbox One owners, but probably also even those who only own a PS4.

Boiled down to the essentials, Microsoft has a clause in its contracts that says indie developers are not allowed to release a game on Xbox One if it has already been released on a different platform. This rule was probably written to ensure that Xbox owners wouldn't have to play second fiddle and feel like they were getting games later than Playstation owners. However, what has happened is that Xbox owners don't get to play a fiddle at all, as many indie devs, faced with the economic realities of developing for multiple platforms at once, choose to simply ditch the Xbox One as a potential platform to avoid having to deal with the clause to begin with. The author of the NeoGAF thread has gathered a list of indie games announced since September 1st, 2014 (and skipping PSX for equality's sake), and found that there were 66 of them for the PS4, with 47 of those having no mention of Xbox One in the announcement (which essentially means that unless they can somehow negotiate a deal directly with Phil Spencer, the Xbox One will never get that game). Of the 24 games announced for Xbox One in the same period, only 4 were not announced for PS4. The author puts the blame for this situation purely on the indie parity clause, and I agree with him. It's horribly misguided when aimed at indies, and it benefits absolutely nobody. Indie developers want to publish games on the Xbox One, but Microsoft won't let them.

The thread also deals with the common myth that Microsoft has higher quality control for indies, selecting only the best for their platform. Devs confirm that there is no such situation and that Microsoft will, just like Sony, accept anything that meets certain minimum standards that are about equal for both platforms. In short, the lack of indies on Xbox One isn't Microsoft's choice, at least not directly and certainly not voluntarily.
20  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: What to get for 3DS on: December 09, 2014, 11:40:26 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 04, 2014, 05:23:44 AM

The first three are considered to be the "Phoenix Wright trilogy", which is what's getting a remake on the 3DS next week, and those are the most important games to play in the series. They form one complete story arc for the main characters.

Speaking of which, GamingTrend has just posted a review for the Ace Attorney Trilogy, an improved collection of the first three games coming out today in the US. In case you doubt my words about how good this series is, the reviewer here is in full agreement, giving the collection a score of 95 and the summary: "Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy is a complete and utter masterpiece, and not playing it should be considered a criminal offense in the gaming community."

I rest my case. slywink

(Interestingly, the reviewer also says that Justice For All is the best game in the series, something most other fans feel quite different about, typically ranking it near the bottom. It does have what is arguably one of the absolutely best single cases in the entire series though)
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: December 09, 2014, 05:39:37 AM
Eh, with all the rushed games we've seen recently, this is a good thing.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 05:37:11 AM

Quote from: Ridah on December 08, 2014, 10:32:23 PM

I think the graphics debate is a dumb one so I listed credible sources to defend against being called dishonest.

I realize that these are the kind of things you based your argument on, but the problem is that you seem to have said something other than what you seem to think you said. Those links you just posted affect neither of our arguments. Your argument was that only some games have any differences at all between them, and when they do, it's pretty much indiscernible anyway. That's what I called dishonest, and I'm sure you can see why if you stop and think about it. That there are a few games, particularly recently from Ubisoft (a company that has a marketing deal with Microsoft this fall), where the graphics differences are small, has nothing to do with that, and changes nothing.

But yeah, I'll let it rest here so we don't end up completely derailing the thread with this.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 09:39:40 PM

Quote from: Gratch on December 08, 2014, 09:37:20 PM

Tomb Raider is just a timed exclusive, right?

Yeah, though I don't think anyone is allowed to say for how long, due to contracts. For all we know, it could be years until we see a PS4 version. My money is on 6 months.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 08, 2014, 08:49:16 PM
I'm not following you, to be honest. Are you saying that SPECTRE was mentioned, or even alluded to, at the end of Skyfall? Because that's what it sounds like you're saying.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 08:40:27 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 08, 2014, 08:00:10 PM

The XB1 and PS4 are at hardware parity

No. No, they aren't. Not on a theoretical level (where the PS4 vastly outperforms the Xbox One), nor at a practical level (where practical concerns place them closer to each other).

If you think the difference between, say, 900p and 1080p is small in terms of hardware capability, then I suggest you take a look at the number of pixels rendered at the screen for each of those two resolutions and consider just how much bigger 1080p really is.

You may not feel as if there are important differences between the two in terms of your own experience, but they do not have hardware parity. Don't mix opinion with the specs, which are pretty well known at this point, and pretty different in several regards.

Quote from: Ridah on December 08, 2014, 08:00:10 PM

despite a few hardly discernible advantages in the PS4 versions of some games

Now this statement is just dishonest. There are differences in almost every game, not some. And again with your opinion when you state "hardly discernible advantages" as if they were fact. If they were hardly discernible, they wouldn't be a big deal, yet we're having this conversation anyway, which you started. What does that tell you about the real state of affairs between the two consoles, more than a year into their life cycle?
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 02:44:49 PM

Quote from: JayDee on December 08, 2014, 02:38:29 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on December 08, 2014, 01:34:39 AM

I'm pretty much the opposite when it comes to sentimentality. I don't have time for ancient technology. My 360, which I had owned since launch, got kicked to the curb so fast it would have made your head swim when the new consoles were launched.

If consoles were puppies, I'd be the meanest SOB on the planet.



This. The only thing that has spared my 360's life by being stored in the basement instead of being put in the trash is that I still have all the Rock Band peripherals and my four year old son may one day find it fun to play with all that stuff. Doesn't look like the whole Guitar Hero/Rock Band thing is coming back for next gen so until then my 360's death sentence is on hold.

It's the same with me (except for the PS3). You may want to hold off on that death sentence for Rock Band on the current-gen consoles however. Harmonix has been hinting that they'd like to revisit that franchise in the near future. As for Guitar Hero, I hope it doesn't come back, because that was what ended up causing the current lack of games in that genre.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 08, 2014, 07:42:46 AM
That list is missing Ace Attorney Trilogy for the 3DS, which comes out tomorrow in the US, and Thursday in Europe. That's the only game I'm getting this week.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] James Bond #24: SPECTRE on: December 07, 2014, 09:17:37 PM
Yeah, Skyfall is the only Bond-movie with Daniel Craig that doesn't feature Quantum in any way. Quantum of Solace resolved the most immediate parts of that plot, leaving SPECTRE to pick up the pieces.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 04:50:35 PM
No, not that I've heard of.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 04:23:25 PM
Man, that video reminds of how much they screwed up Elena's looks in the third game. She barely looks human, and not even close to what she looked like in the previous games. I hope they don't make this mistake in the new one.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 03:32:33 PM

Quote from: naednek on December 07, 2014, 03:14:43 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 07, 2014, 07:09:07 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 07, 2014, 05:41:11 AM

maybe I forgot the ending of 3, but it looks like Nathan is married.  He's wearing a wedding ring it seems.

He got married between games 2 and 3. Part of the plot of the third game revolves around this topic.

Weird I don't remember anything of it.

I don't think they state it outright, but it's pretty obvious. He isn't wearing the ring during the game, but he both talks about it and carries it with him. At the end, he puts it back on.

I may be remembering the details wrong, but this should be the gist of it.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 07, 2014, 07:11:19 AM
It does. There's probably going to be subtle combat differences from the last game, but the subtleties of it will likely be lost on most of us.

There was that section where the fighters smash through a wall and continue fighting inside the building though. That was interesting and very different from earlier games.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 07:09:07 AM

Quote from: naednek on December 07, 2014, 05:41:11 AM

maybe I forgot the ending of 3, but it looks like Nathan is married.  He's wearing a wedding ring it seems.

He got married between games 2 and 3. Part of the plot of the third game revolves around this topic.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 06, 2014, 10:16:17 PM
Here's a rule of thumb I've learned about NeoGAF discussions about games: If a poster mentions the word "IQ" (as in "Image Quality") and isn't ironic about it, he's not worthy of your time. That place has a small, but important selection of people who really know their shit, but the backside of that is that the remaining 99% think that this rubs off on them. It doesn't. The vast majority of the people in those threads talking about technical stuff (and IQ is the biggest tell here) don't know even the first thing about the subject.

So in short: If you see the acronym "IQ" in a post, skip that post. It's written by a dumb wannabe.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 09:55:42 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 06, 2014, 09:52:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 06, 2014, 09:32:32 PM

I briefly mentioned this earlier in the thread, but remember that Microsoft outright refuses to allow any games on the Xbox platform to have cross-platform multiplayer with other platforms. Street Fighter V will be cross-platform in that way, so this could have been an important factor for the exclusivity.

That's weird because they did the Shadowrun FPS which had it.

I believe that may have been more of a Microsoft experiment to strengthen Vista as a platform during its early days. After all, Microsoft published that game themselves. There have been several development studios openly talking about Microsoft's attitude towards cross-platform saves, and recently too.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: December 06, 2014, 09:38:19 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 06, 2014, 09:35:42 PM

It's really a lot of fun, actually.

I believe you. I just don't like tower defense or multiplayer. slywink
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 09:32:32 PM
I briefly mentioned this earlier in the thread, but remember that Microsoft outright refuses to allow any games on the Xbox platform to have cross-platform multiplayer with other platforms. Street Fighter V will be cross-platform in that way, so this could have been an important factor for the exclusivity.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Xbox One] Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare on: December 06, 2014, 09:28:42 PM
I guess I'll download it, but it's not really my thing.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 06, 2014, 08:52:12 PM
While watching that, I kept thinking "okay, they're just showing us these old graphics to get us nostalgic before revealing the new HD visuals... right?" But no, it's a straight up direct port with no changes that I can see (having said that, I never played the original and never intend to).

It's fine for them to re-release games like this, but it certainly doesn't deserve stage time in a show like Playstation Experience.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 06, 2014, 08:48:16 PM

Quote from: Destructor on December 06, 2014, 08:41:02 PM

Like I said about Tomb Raider, this is absolutely terrible for the gaming industry.

The two aren't really comparable though. Tomb Raider was announced for both Playstation and Xbox, then Microsoft stepped in and bought timed exclusivity. Street Fighter 5 would apparently not even have been made in the first place if Sony hadn't co-financed development, and it was never announced for Xbox in the first place.

This is a case where, at least with the facts we have on the outside, Street Fighter 5's exclusivity doesn't actually hurt the industry, because it allowed Capcom to give Sony an incentive to fund development. Without that incentive, there would have been far less of a reason for Sony to step in, and the game might not have been made.

There's also the less important difference where Street Fighter's story is bollocks and has almost no continuity, whereas the new Tomb Raider is a story-based sequel to a game that was on both platforms earlier this year.

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On the flip side...this also shows that Capcom is absolutely fucking broke. ALL THREE companies have bought exclusives now - Nintendo with Bayonetta 2, Microsoft with Dead Rising 3, and now Capcom with Street Fighter V.

At least this kind of thing allows those games to have been made, when they could have gone away to trademark heaven otherwise. Dead Rising 3 is a much better comparison with Street Fighter 5 than Tomb Raider, IMO.
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