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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 10:14:37 AM
TotalBiscuit just posted some very negative technical impressions of the PC version, with the caveat that there's a day 1 patch he hasn't tried.

Long story short: Apart from some pretty nasty bugs, he can't even get stable 60 fps with two 980s running in SLI mode.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 02:48:43 PM

Quote from: Gratch on November 10, 2014, 02:36:44 PM

Nothing for me this week.  Waiting for Dragon Age next week.   drool

Heresy! Next week is for GTA V only!
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: November 10, 2014, 02:01:54 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 10, 2014, 02:00:32 PM

According to several sites

The original source is Playstation Europe's blog, so it's official.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 05:42:16 AM
Probably Assassin's Creed Unity for the PS4, though I'm mighty annoyed at Ubisoft's fan treatment recently ("nobody cares about 1080p", "30 fps is a better experience", as well as the whole disappearing games on Steam act), so I could turn on a dime if the reviews are lukewarm.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 09, 2014, 06:55:42 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 09, 2014, 06:43:40 PM

Where are the reviews??

You'll be lucky to see reviews before the game's release date.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 08, 2014, 12:11:44 PM
I've played the game for many hours throughout its various betas, but today was the first time I actually engaged in combat. I took my brand new Eagle out into a warzone between the Eranin system defense forces and Federal ships, and went to work on the Federals. It took a long time, but I eventually managed to take down one of them without taking damage on my own. The enemy was unable to get out of my sights, and couldn't get into position to fire back. One of the advantages of using what is possibly the most maneuverable ship in the game alongside an Oculus Rift that provides extreme situational awareness.

Combat requires patience in this game, at least this early on. My two loaned laser cannons barely dented the enemy Sidewinder. I rerouted some of my power into the weapons systems so that I could fire more often (my weapons kept overheating). Just taking out the enemy shields took a while, and if I couldn't keep up the pressure, they would eventually be fully restored. I'd say the duel took about 10 minutes in total, and the enemy got more and more defensive, trying to do 180-degree turns to evade me, weaving back and forth to avoid laser fire, and boosting to gain distance. None of it gave him anything more than a few seconds of respite, so he finally exploded.

Lesson: Purchase better weapons.

It was scary when a large Federal ship at one point flew straight past me, firing at some of the other combatants in the area. Had it turned its attention on me, I would have been forced to flee. I also got to witness a major battle between the two sides around a Federal capital ship. The only reason I found this battle was because the ship had sent out a distress signal. I wisely decided not to get involved in that particular conflict, and jumped out after enjoying the sights for a minute or two.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 08, 2014, 08:51:06 AM
I watched some leaked gameplay videos last week, and noticed some pretty extreme pop-in for the crowds. The game would replace one NPC model with a completely different one right in front of your eyes. I saw people that were just in front of the player character completely change their costume (including adding a hat!) in an instant.

Is any of that in these new streams?
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 07, 2014, 09:00:30 PM
A Team Fortress 2 clone made by Blizzard?

Alright, I'm out. There's not even a single thing in that gameplay trailer that appeals to my interests. Looks like a solid game, but it's just a total miss when it comes to genre and style for me, I'm afraid.

I'm sure Valve is worried right now, as this looks to be the most serious competition TF2 has ever had.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 07, 2014, 08:11:43 PM
This is a safe purchase for anyone who's even remotely interested in the idea of living a second life as a space traveler. The game is really solid even at this stage. Sure, there could be balance problems and stuff like that, but honestly, the game's not about that kind of thing anyway. It's about the immersion factor, and Elite: Dangerous has it in spades.

"Safe purchase" turns into a "must buy" if you own, or plan to own, an Oculus Rift, in which case you should also seriously consider a HOTAS setup.
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 07, 2014, 07:52:46 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 07, 2014, 07:51:13 PM

sorry, misspelled now

No, you mispelled then. The quoted post is correct, apart from a lack of capitalization.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: November 07, 2014, 07:20:55 PM
Doing the release date through process of elimination, are we? slywink
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 07:11:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 07, 2014, 07:00:13 PM

so, a lot of 'nothing to see here, move along now'?

There may be a lot to see here, regardless of the outcome. That's why the two companies should come out with some kind of statement. The silence is damning. If this was the result of negotiations that went sour, the public needs to know as soon as they become affected, as happened in this case.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 05:45:48 PM

Quote from: naednek on November 07, 2014, 05:42:00 PM

See that's stupid, you're not punishing the publisher, you're hurting the developers who are not part of this decision.

That's not strictly true in this case. The Assassins Creed developers are, for all practical purposes, Ubisoft themselves, and they have already been paid. There may be bonuses involved, but considering how little developers and publishers talk about this aspect of the business, we have little way of knowing.

Due to the way the publisher/developer relationship works in this industry, developers get paid before the game's release in order to produce the game, and then are paid little or nothing afterwards. That's why so many developers close suddenly, even right after releasing a successful game.

While I can't necessarily say I agree with jztemple2's method (I think it muddles the issue and makes the situation between customer and publisher too confrontational and dishonest), it hurts the publisher way, way, way more than it hurts the developer.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 05:42:20 PM
Back here too. I sure hope Ubisoft/Valve releases some kind of statement about just what the hell happened. I want nothing more than to have been wrong in my criticism of Ubisoft during this last day, but right now I have no idea what to think.
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 04:34:49 PM
The sad thing is that out of the three big publishers (Activision, EA and Ubisoft), Ubisoft is the most willing to innovate and try new game concepts that the other two wouldn't touch under any circumstance. Ubisoft has done a lot of good for AAA gaming over the years, which makes all of this hurt more.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 06:10:49 AM

Quote from: TiLT on November 07, 2014, 05:34:21 AM

First of all, don't buy games from uPlay or Origin that can't be bought from Steam. If you must play these games, buy them on console.

I have to correct myself here. I keep forgetting about retail, since I've been buying games digitally only for years now. You can of course purchase Ubisoft games that aren't available on Steam through regular retail channels instead of going through the uPlay store. This is probably a more practical and realistic alternative for many of you. If you buy their games retail, Ubisoft earns less money from your purchase than if you had bought that same game through Steam, which is a good message to send. Even better, you can buy their games used in this way, which earns them no money at all.

So yeah, if you want Assassin's Creed Unity, Far Cry 4 or The Crew in the coming months, either buy retail or buy for console. Either way is fine if you're not willing to go to the more extreme option of not buying the game at all.
137  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 07, 2014, 05:42:42 AM
Yeah, I can't say I mind this title. It's perfectly in line with Star Wars tradition. The movies have had banal titles from the very beginning, and "The Force Awakens" avoids sounding cliched. That's enough for me.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft pulls upcoming games from Steam on: November 07, 2014, 05:34:21 AM
As I pointed out in the other thread, there are far more backsides to this than your extremely simplified description indicates:

- You have to run uPlay constantly for automatic patching to work. This affects your PCs performance.
- You can forget about seeing Ubisoft games as part of the Steam sales from now on. Were you hoping to see Assassin's Creed Unity or Far Cry 4 for 15-20% off this holiday? Forget about it. Now that Ubisoft only competes with themselves on their own platform, they won't bother. Sales come when it suits them.
- You will no longer be able to use Steamworks or Steam Cloud with their games. Unless Ubisoft implements their own system for it, that means no more synced savegames.
- You won't be able to rely on the Steam overlay to communicate with your friends on Steam, or use the myriad of useful features available in it. I'm sure your uPlay friends list (is there even such a thing?) is fully updated, right?
- You're going to have to give Ubisoft your credit card number and personal information in order to buy from them. They will sell this to their business partners (though not the credit card info, obviously).
- You can forget about keeping all your games in one place. Linked up your Ubisoft games to your Steam library? Have fun rebuilding all those links every time you reinstall Steam, your OS, or change computers.

It's not going to stop here. EA started this with Origin, and do you know why Ubisoft is following up with uPlay? It's because so many people shrugged and thought: "well, I guess I can live with Origin". As a result, Origin has become a success for EA, and Ubisoft isn't blind to this.

In short, that Ubisoft is pulling out of Steam is the fault of the consumers. If people were a little less naive and a little more shrewd, EA would have suffered a setback from pulling out of Steam, and Ubisoft would have seen this too. As it is right now, I'll be surprised if anyone will be able to buy next year's Call of Duty digitally outside of the Battle.net store (or a similar storefront). It'll all be fun and consumer-friendly when we have to go to different stores for each game we want to play, with half a dozen different publishers' own solutions installed on our computers.

If you want to send a message to Ubisoft and EA about this and actually make a difference, there are two things you should do in my opinion. First of all, don't buy games from uPlay or Origin that can't be bought from Steam. If you must play these games, buy them on console. If the number of PC customers dropped significantly after this move, Ubisoft would pay attention. That's not what happened with Origin. Second, you need to voice your opinion in a way that Ubisoft cares about, not necessarily in that they'll notice you directly, but they'll notice a sufficient number of people doing this. This very post is an example of what you can do. Inform other customers of their options and the negative aspects of this move, and help them make an informed decision. Complain on Twitter or other public forums where your voice is heard. Once this kind of outcry reaches a sufficient level, the media starts talking about it. That's when things start to get uncomfortable for the company in question.

So for anyone here who feels even mildly upset about Ubisoft's (and EA's) little stunt, it's your responsibility to help change things back in a consumer-friendly direction. Don't just give in and expect others to do the job for you. It's ironic that I, someone from a somewhat socialistic country, have to point this out, but vote with your money! With your voice too, but your money is what these companies want first and foremost, either by selling you games or by selling you as a product to business partners. Deny them this opportunity!
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 10:29:29 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 06, 2014, 10:24:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 06, 2014, 10:18:17 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 06, 2014, 10:13:48 PM

nobody listened?  wtf did you expect us to do about it?  you crazy

Do anything? Oh, I didn't expect any of you to do anything. I would have expected something other than different variations of "no way is that going to happen" though, but that was what I got.

So yeah. Oh, have you guys noticed Battle.net? You know, that storefront owned by Activision, the one that you are required to use to buy Blizzard games digitally? Isn't it starting to look a little scary right about now?

OMG TILT YOU ARE RIGHT OMG!!!!11!!!




Better?

I don't care about being right. I care about consumers being able to think for themselves and stop being so fucking naive!
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 10:27:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 06, 2014, 10:21:49 PM

When you buy Ubi games on Steam it's just a link to Uplay. Difference is now you have to make the link yourself.

And you have to run uPlay constantly for automatic patching to work.

And you can forget about seeing Ubisoft games as part of the Steam sales from now on.

And you will no longer be able to use Steamworks or Steam Cloud with the games.

Nor will you be able to rely on the Steam overlay to communicate with your friends on Steam, or use the myriad of useful features available in it. I'm sure your uPlay friends list (is there even such a thing?) is fully updated, right?

And you're going to have to give Ubisoft your credit card number in order to buy from them. Not that this particular part bothers me personally, but it's going to bother a lot of people, and it adds another weak link to your personal security.

And you can forget about keeping all your games in one place. Linked up your Ubisoft games to your Steam library? Have fun rebuilding all those links every time you reinstall Steam, your OS, or change computers.

Don't make excuses for this, people! Ubisoft has done nothing to deserve your defense. It's fine to not be upset, but under no circumstance should you actually come to their defense. They don't need it, and they don't deserve it.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 10:18:17 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 06, 2014, 10:13:48 PM

nobody listened?  wtf did you expect us to do about it?  you crazy

Do anything? Oh, I didn't expect any of you to do anything. I would have expected something other than different variations of "no way is that going to happen" though, but that was what I got.

So yeah. Oh, have you guys noticed Battle.net? You know, that storefront owned by Activision, the one that you are required to use to buy Blizzard games digitally? Isn't it starting to look a little scary right about now?
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 06, 2014, 09:41:04 PM
Don't worry about buying it on PC. Ubisoft has just pulled it from Steam anyway. They now want you to buy it through uPlay, and we all love that storefront so much, don't we?

You can thank EA for this. I warned you all when EA pulled out of Steam, but nobody listened. Next up: Activision.

Oh, also, Far Cry 4 has been pulled from Steam as well.
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: November 06, 2014, 06:28:53 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 06, 2014, 05:18:50 PM

I've got to try these two methods:  leave the berserker for last, then throw him into a fire, hit the R3+L3 to do the unlimited executions, then hit him.  Try the fire pit in a stronghold after letting the alarm go off for a target rich environment.

No need for that. Build up a combo in a battle where a berserker is involved, but try to avoid hitting him if possible. Once the combo is ready, simply shoot a fire arrow at the berserker, and without stopping focus mode, move up to him and start the execution. The italicized text is the important part, and the one that makes this much, much easier than any other solution I've seen. I struggled with this trophy too, but once I tried this particular method, I did it on my first attempt.
144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 05, 2014, 09:07:18 PM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on November 05, 2014, 08:55:45 PM

I know you can transfer over the last gen saved game file but holy crap, the game looks so amazing I think I'd rather just start over from the beginning.

That's not the case. You can only transfer your GTA Online progress, not the single player.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2014, 03:15:11 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 05, 2014, 03:09:43 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 05, 2014, 01:49:24 PM

Quote from: EddieA on November 05, 2014, 01:39:58 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 05, 2014, 12:46:44 PM

Quote from: TiLT on November 05, 2014, 05:49:51 AM

https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/529846820751806464

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@PlayStation 8:05 PM
PS4 software update v2.01 is coming soon, and will address issues some users have encountered when powering on the system from Rest Mode

How soon is now? (Today, anyway)

I've already waited too long, and all my hope is gone slywink


You shut your mouth


Also, it is out now, as I'm currently downloading it.
Too bad I can't have it in rest mode, or it would have downloaded the update on its own.  

KHAAAAAAANNNNNNNN!!!!!!

Oh noez! Your life is ruined!
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2014, 05:49:51 AM
https://twitter.com/PlayStation/status/529846820751806464

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@PlayStation 8:05 PM
PS4 software update v2.01 is coming soon, and will address issues some users have encountered when powering on the system from Rest Mode
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: November 04, 2014, 09:34:05 PM
Nice, two "big" games I don't have. I guess this means an end to the complaining that the PS4 PS+ offerings are only indie games. It also means an end to the expectation that Knack would be the first free full PS+ game for PS4.
148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3,360,PS4,XB1,PC] Grand Theft Auto V on: November 04, 2014, 08:16:15 PM
It actually looks like they put some work into this new mode too.

Also, I wonder how many attempts they needed to record those clips from the trailer. The driving/flying is absolutely insane.
149  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 03, 2014, 07:03:29 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 03, 2014, 06:57:55 PM

I think I understand your complaint, but you don't think the player should be the hero instead of a NPC?

That's the exact opposite of my point. I don't think the NPCs should constantly tell you what to do, including who to fire upon and when. This game is essentially like a huge, glorified quicktime event. You have no agency, and only exist in the campaign to aim and to click buttons when the game tells you to. Tactics are mostly wasted as the NPCs tell you what to do and what to use at pretty much all times.

Let's put it like this: If you joined a squad of elite soldiers and one of the soldiers in that squad kept constantly telling one particular other soldier in that same squad what to do, even including things they've drilled on and practiced for years, wouldn't you get a little worried?
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare on: November 03, 2014, 06:07:27 PM
I have no intention of buying this game, but I've been watching a Let's Play on YouTube since I want to see Spacey in action. Don't get your hopes up about the story. It's beyond stupid (jaw-droppingly so at times), as is the setting itself. Spacey is brilliant as always though, and the spectacle is over the top as always. The graphics are also quite beautiful for the first time in years for this particular series of games.

Edit: Also, the way the game constantly tells the player what to do is quite patronizing. Watching the story unfold without having to actually play it, it becomes blindingly obvious how NPCs keep telling the player every single thing he has to do (use your EMP grenade! Find some cover! Aim for the tanks! Place the mine! Climb the wall!), while not even a single NPC receives similar instructions. Yet at the end of the day, it's always the player who's the hero for some reason. Go figure.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2014, 05:28:13 AM
Nothing.

It's kind of sad to see that publishers still don't dare release games in the same week as CoD.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 01, 2014, 08:36:03 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on November 01, 2014, 12:09:40 AM

I don't use sleep mode. Ever.

You're losing out on some of the more handy features of the PS4, then. Mine downloads patches whenever it feels like it, and I routinely purchase new games from my web browser (often while at work, since that's when the store updates), which makes the PS4 turn itself on and make sure they're downloaded by the time I get home. It also allows my Vita to turn on and off the PS4 if I decide to use Remote Play.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: October 31, 2014, 05:26:00 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 31, 2014, 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.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Driveclub on: October 31, 2014, 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.
155  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.
156  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.
157  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.
158  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.
159  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
MMGN: 7
Moviepilot: 7.8
TwinFinite - 3/5 or "Good"
Gry Online - 9.2
Gamers Temple: 7.8
GameZone: 7
Gamespot: 8
160  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.

http://youtu.be/n8j90KcOX64

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.
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