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121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 06:37:15 PM

Quote from: Gratch on February 10, 2015, 06:23:46 PM

I must be the only one who actually likes review scores, especially when it's combined with a bullet point "pros and cons" list (like how GT does it).  Gives me a quick snapshot of the reviewer's opinion, then I can read the more in-depth details if I want more info.

But you don't need the score to do that. The score doesn't really represent the reviewer's opinion in any meaningful way, but the bullet points do. You'd get a better impression of the reviewer's opinion if the score wasn't in the way.
122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 05:54:38 PM

Quote from: farley2k on February 10, 2015, 05:51:43 PM

It seems so silly.  I can still take a quick look at the "recommendation system" rather than read a full review.  This just makes it harder for something like Metacritic.  


Reading a quick synopsis of the review is enormously more informative than looking at a review score anyway, so it's all good for both consumers and, uh... consumers.
123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Eurogamer drops review scores on: February 10, 2015, 05:49:56 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 10, 2015, 05:03:07 PM

If you're giving it a star rating for Google SEO, why not just give it a damn star rating to begin with?

Because their main intention with this initiative is most likely to strangle Metacritic, a site that has way, way too much influence in the business. While many people are likely to say that they find Metacritic useful, there's nothing that site does that couldn't be done better and more useful in a different way. If a game in a niche genre has a Metascore of 75, what does that really tell us? What about an AAA game with that same score? Are they equally good/bad? Who, if any, should purchase the game? How good is it compared to classics of the genre that came before? Metacritic tells us none of these things, and never will. It gets even worse since publishers use Metacritic as one of their ways to measure a game's success, which can have real economic consequences for the developers (while most of these deals are confidential, one that has gained infamy is the Fallout: New Vegas deal where a difference of 1 in Metascore cost the developer their entire bonus). That site needs to die, and the sooner the better.

I'm glad to see that Eurogamer isn't the first to punish Metacritic, and I don't think they'll be anywhere near the last. With the door open, more publications are likely to follow in their footsteps.

Joystiq got rid of review scores recently, but they were sadly shut down for unrelated reasons soon after. Polygon (don't go there. It's one of the most shitty sites for gaming news on the Internet) have started doing "preliminary" review scores, where they won't hand their score over to Metacritic until they've had some time to evaluate the game after its release.

I welcome this initiative. It was about bloody time it started happening.
124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS+ Feb Games! Great Month on: February 09, 2015, 05:05:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 09, 2015, 04:42:16 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 09, 2015, 04:40:45 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on February 09, 2015, 03:07:33 AM

Quote from: Starshift on February 09, 2015, 01:49:12 AM

Quick question for you guys.  If I join PS+ this month do I qualify for these free games even if I sign up on the last day of the month?  Or do you have to have been a Plus member for sometime?


Yep, you can join PS+ any time during the month and get the free games.  You just need to subscribe and "buy" the current free set before the current games go away and are replaced with a new batch. 

It's kind of dumb that you have to manually get the games or it doesn't count, but that's how the system works.  I'm sure it saves them tons of money in the long run.

Weren't they going to add a kind of "add to library" feature to make that process easier?

I thought so too, but haven't seen it.

They did, but only on the PS4's PS Store. It won't work elsewhere.
125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/10) on: February 09, 2015, 05:31:54 AM
Nothing, and for once I'm also hoping that others will choose to go that way, at least when it comes to Evolve. That game is a low point in this industry when it comes to DLC and treating customers like stupid sheep, and hopefully people will see through that and steer clear.
126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 03, 2015, 04:15:47 PM
I think they'll return from their quests after a few weeks.
127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 02, 2015, 12:46:53 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 02, 2015, 12:37:11 PM

Use you camping skills wisely

I've only tried camping once, but I was ambushed while doing so and ended up in much worse shape than before I camped. It felt like bad use of pressure mechanics.
128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 02, 2015, 08:23:27 AM
It doesn't matter how awesome and "complete" (it isn't) Darkest Dungeon is. Early Access should not be part of this list.
129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/03) on: February 02, 2015, 06:23:49 AM
"I've got the season pass for GoT, so I've already 'bought' episode 2"
130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: February 01, 2015, 08:26:17 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on February 01, 2015, 05:23:30 PM

Any idea what the option "Extra Bark Time (seconds)" means?  icon_confused

If I were to guess, it probably means dialog bubbles stay on the screen for a longer time.
131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 09:16:15 PM
I guess it says a lot about the eagles in the game that if a car filled with NPCs spots one, they'll break, scream warnings to each other, run for cover and fire their fully automatic weapons at the thing... which STILL attacks them and kills at least a few of them.

It's bizarro land.
132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 08:58:04 PM
They're this generation's cliff racers.
133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: January 30, 2015, 08:43:23 PM
Crossposted from OO:

Played through the tutorial and two dungeons. This game is difficult! The second dungeon kicked my ass, and I barely managed to keep my tortured heroes alive long enough to flee shamefully, their objectives not completed. At least I got some treasure. Right now I'm having a hard time letting my heroes blow off steam between quests (the buildings in town unlock slowly at first, so you can't really do any stress relief until you've tried the first two quests), so I had to drag my crusader kicking and screaming into the dungeon at first. He became fearful and desperate to avoid any kind of adventuring as a result. Go figure.

Since I kept my "cleric" (don't remember the class name at the moment) in the front rows to bash enemies over their heads, my occultist had to do healing in the last quest I did. That meant cutting up the poor heroes every turn to perform extremely unpredictable healing while giving them the bleed condition. Yeah, nothing comes free here. Your torches run out very quickly, so bring spares. In fact, bring more than the game suggests.

So current status: Two quests attempted, and my heroes are already starting to become fearful and outright insane. My brigand is currently visiting the whorehouse for some "stress relief", my cleric is flagellating herself at the temple, and my crusader is praying to higher powers, probably glancing fearfully over his shoulder all the time. The heroes I'm planning to bring into my next quest are either fresh off the wagon or are begging me to not take them along.

Yup, good feelings all around.
134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 30, 2015, 05:32:44 AM
Honestly, it feels even more frustrating (and outright stupid, as with so much of this game) when you consider that almost none of those animals would attack humans in real life, especially not humans with guns.

Okay, show of hands: Who here has ever heard about an eagle attacking a grown human being?
135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 29, 2015, 09:25:22 PM
What files are you trying to copy? Saved games? Sony should have step by step instructions on its site for how to do this, in that case. Games can't be copied.
136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon's Dogma Online on: January 29, 2015, 08:15:06 PM
There are two words that come to mind regarding this announcement that leave me highly skeptical when combined:

"PS3" and "MMO".
137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 28, 2015, 08:03:45 PM
Oh wow, that is pretty nice, and it'll allow you to play music while playing games too. Definitely good news.
138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 28, 2015, 05:40:04 AM
You've got a bounty on you that is paid separately from fines. You can see bounties against you through your own ship computer, on the screen to the left. AFAIK, you can only pay this bounty on a federation station. I recommend locating an outpost and paying it there, as you risk getting shot by patrols or even the station itself if you dock with a major federation station.
139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 10:23:04 AM
I'm wary. The game looks fun, but the lack of review copies means the streams we've seen so far has been from the beginning of the game. That was the best part of Dead Island, and that game got worse from there on out. I'm not going to buy this until reviewers have managed to reach some kind of unified verdict, not least because I don't want to support the business practice of deliberately releasing games before reviewers have had a chance to look at them.
140  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 06:11:07 AM
I can't see any reason not to get Grim Fandango for the PS4. Been years and years since I last played it.

Quote from: Caine on January 26, 2015, 05:53:44 AM

next-gen (can we agree to stop saying this word?)

I believe we all stopped using that name over a year ago. "Current-gen" is what people use to talk about the PS4 and Xbox One now.
141  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: January 24, 2015, 09:42:36 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 24, 2015, 12:59:50 AM

Quote from: Teggy on January 24, 2015, 12:20:25 AM

No way, he's great. If you can't laugh at jokes about taking a dump, what can you laugh at?

It's not really the subject matter so much as the delivery.  He's terrible.

That goes for pretty much every NPC I've seen so far. They're enormously exaggerated and overacted, probably in an attempt to make the game the good kind of cheesy, but it doesn't work. It feels like I'm watching a bunch of theater rejects doing their best at acting. Only Troy Baker manages to pull it off, and his character is still compromised by the writers trying too hard to create an equivalent to Vaas. It doesn't help that the game is perhaps the most mindbogglingly stupid game I've played in years ("Eagle! Eagle!").

At least the gameplay is still as fun as ever, even if the package it's wrapped within is reused toilet paper.
142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What to look forward to in 2015 on: January 24, 2015, 09:37:27 AM
I'm disappointed to see only one mention of Darkest Dungeon in this thread. You should all be ashamed. ASHAMED, I tell you!  Tongue
143  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 22, 2015, 06:53:35 PM
I think it's just a move to get everyone on an OS that covers all the important platforms, letting MS get their foot in the door with all PC users. If you've got Windows 10 and like it, who's to say you won't get a Windows phone next, or a tablet, or an Xbox One, and then take advantage of the synergy Windows 10 offers between them? It's an attempt to gain relevance, and even dominance, across phones, tablets, PCs and consoles. Will it work? The articles I've read seem skeptical that Windows phones can be saved at this point, but as far as efforts go, this is good stuff. At the very least, it'll plug the holes and make it harder for people to decide to leave the Windows family of products.

I'm kind of skeptical myself. I'm interested in Windows mostly from the PC user side, and the focus on one OS across multiple platforms worries me. That's exactly what went wrong with Windows 8, so they'd better have done an incredible job on making the OS feel natural and at home on each and every one of those platforms. If PC users boot up Windows 10 and are left with the impression that the OS can't decide if they're using a tablet or a keyboard/mouse (as was the case with Windows 8 ), MS could be in big trouble.
144  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: January 22, 2015, 05:18:19 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 22, 2015, 04:07:53 PM

My decision now is do I read along for the rest of the way or do I wait another 5 years for the next book?

You just answered your own question. The Order of the Stick works best when you read each strip as it's put online, and the jokes are stronger for it as you don't become numbed from the sheer number of gags in a row. By the time the book is out, you'll have forgotten the details and can appreciate the story all over again, as well as get bonus material you didn't read the first time.
145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 22, 2015, 12:03:16 PM

Quote from: Pyperkub on January 22, 2015, 11:59:39 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 21, 2015, 10:41:13 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 21, 2015, 10:24:26 PM

Am I reading right that everyone using Windows 7 or 8 gets Windows 10 free??

yup.  now we just need to decide if it's worth it, given what they are saying about Windows as a Service related fees ala office 365

Haven't seen anything about fees - do you have a reference link or is this an  assumption?

Sent from my One using Tapatalk

I don't think they stated it outright, but it was strongly implied if nothing else. It also fits neatly into the vision Microsoft has of becoming a company for services, not products.
146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 22, 2015, 05:25:14 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 21, 2015, 10:34:37 PM

I keep getting locked up when I play.  I get like an hour and then the game just freezes. 

I think it's time to rebuild the pc. 

Could be a heat or memory problem. How much RAM do you have?
147  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 07:17:27 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 21, 2015, 07:11:16 PM

I agree that their general "commitment to PC gaming" has always been bullshit, but these are concrete features that they're announcing.  You may or may not be interested in those features, but it's not a vague promise.

This guy would like to have a talk with you about those "concrete features". slywink

148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Windows 10 - Xbox One features on: January 21, 2015, 06:58:25 PM
I'd take Microsoft's words about gaming on PC with a HUGE truckload of salt. They have a notorious reputation for not keeping what they promise, and every single time they come out with a new OS, they keep saying the same "we're dedicated to gaming on Windows", and they never deliver in the slightest.

Expect nothing, and at least you are less likely to be disappointed, though with Microsoft you never know. From what I hear, Windows will now become a service, just what we've all been asking for. Right?
149  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: [PC, PS4, PS3, Xbox1, Xbox 360]Can we dispense with the thread naming convention on: January 20, 2015, 05:47:53 AM
I suspect this problem is about to fix itself though, as the previous generation of consoles isn't going to receive many more gaming titles now that we're this far into a very successful new generation. The worst case scenario (and yeah, I'm ignoring the Wii U) is going to be "[PC/PS4/XB1]".
150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/20) on: January 19, 2015, 06:12:51 AM
There are no must-buys here, but I'll keep an eye on good review scores as always.
151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Eternity [Obsidian Countdown] on: January 17, 2015, 02:30:53 PM

Quote from: Azhag on January 14, 2015, 08:01:17 PM

I've enjoyed the recent CRPGs (haven't played Dragon Age yet), but the problem with them mostly being kickstarter babies is none of them quite feel like a full game. Not quite enough time/length/detail to make them feel epic like the old bioware and interplay days.

What? Which RPGs are you talking about here? Divinity and Wasteland 2 are massive games. They are the type of game that will take 40+ hours to complete, and that's if you rush them. They can easily last a huge amount of time each. AAA RPGs these days extend their playtime with meaningless collectibles and fetch quests (Dragon Age Inquisition is particularly guilty of this) to appear longer than they are, and the big Kickstarter RPGs (the first Shadowrun Returns excluded) still make them feel short, and that through meaningful, hand-crafted content.
152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] [Kickstarter] Darkest Dungeon on: January 12, 2015, 02:49:05 PM
Me too. From what I understand, the early access version of the game will contain 10 classes and 3 dungeons, which should be enough to play around with for a while.
153  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Awesomeness....Darkest Dungeon on: January 12, 2015, 05:26:20 AM
We already have a thread about this game here.
154  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 11, 2015, 08:35:53 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on January 11, 2015, 06:41:44 PM

It had an odd quirk during my first couple trade runs: spooling up the hyperdrive would immediately redline the temperature gauge.  Every interstellar jump I made had my heat levels at 115% - 125% capacity.  It wasn't causing any damage, but that would change real fast if I were ever interdicted near a star.  Turned out that jumping with a full hold was overtaxing the basic power plant, so upgrading to a higher grade core fixed things right up.

That happened to me with the T6 too, which I had immediately upgraded right after buying it with increased cargo space. Ended up buying a very good power plant that kept the thing cool even when making multiple jumps in a row.
155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anyone read The Order of the Stick webcomic? on: January 08, 2015, 05:35:56 AM
Curse you! I haven't even received a shipping notification yet.
156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/5) on: January 08, 2015, 05:34:46 AM
The story in the Infamous games (caveat: I haven't played the second one) is pretty ham-fisted schlock with a hilariously inept morality system though, so it's not like you'd be missing much anyway. The gameplay is the important part here.
157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 07, 2015, 05:49:48 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on January 07, 2015, 02:34:27 AM

And here's something interesting in that vein: Game Recreates Entire Galaxy, 1,000 Players Determined To Explore It

I guess the biggest lesson to get out of this is that those 1000 people suck at math. I mean, they really, really suck at it. Let's put it like this: If those 1000 people fully map 1000 systems each every single day, it'll take them almost 1096 years before they're done.

Yeah, good luck with that.
158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Neverending Nightmares on: January 07, 2015, 05:44:59 AM
Had it on my Steam wishlist and bought it during the sale. It's getting played some time in the near future.  smile
159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 06, 2015, 11:15:34 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on January 06, 2015, 11:02:10 AM

Edit to add: It is really cool to be in a mining cluster and see an NPC miner doing his thing and have two or three NPC guardian ships hanging around him to protect him from NPC/Player pirates. It is a small thing, but I love seeing things like that.

There are some fun situations like that in the game, apparently. I heard that the system that NeoGAF has been inciting, Ho Hsi, automatically set up a perimeter around their asteroid field where a group of Elite ships from the system's primary (defending) faction told incoming miners to identify themselves or get shot.
160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: January 05, 2015, 03:00:19 PM

Quote from: Lockdown on January 05, 2015, 02:54:21 PM

More in depth question about scanning: Do I get paid more if I buzz around the entire system and ID all the bodies? Is each planet/belt/sun worth 'X' - or just go in, ID the Star, and move on?

I've never done any exploration in this game, but it's the detail scans that are supposed to be truly valuable, while simply scanning a system's star gives you mere pocket change in comparison. As the game is expanded, you're supposed to be able to do even more detailed mapping. Apparently, the current detail scans are considered detail level 3 (or 1. I might get the order wrong), while level 2 and 1 are not currently possible to achieve. It's assumed that those two levels are related to planetary landings, so that you could get further levels of detail scans by scanning from a planet's atmosphere, and even more detailed levels by landing on and exploring the planet at ground level.
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