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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: November 05, 2015, 09:01:33 PM
So the patch was released today, which means I've been going through a few of my older levels and updating them, both to fix small issues and annoyances that I've discovered before, and to add checkpoints and tiered powerups. They feel more like true Mario levels now. smile

My currently updated levels are:
  • Heart of Ice v2 (0814-0000-00D7-D459)
  • Spooky Secrets v3 (DB60-0000-00D7-D92E)
  • Conveyor Castle v2 (A2E7-0000-00D8-343D)
  • Mario:Origins (for beginners) v2 (0B93-0000-00D8-36C3)

I wonder what this will do to the completion ratio of these levels. I've actually tightened the difficulty a tiny little bit on some of them due to the better distribution of powerups, so the difficulty level should be more even throughout the levels now, instead of front-loading everything.

The original levels are still where they used to be. For now.
82  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 05, 2015, 04:38:51 PM

Quote from: farley2k on November 05, 2015, 04:31:02 PM


LIES! I've seen almost all of those scenes before, some many, many years ago. I want my money back!
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2015, 02:46:38 PM
The PS4 has apparently passed the 500 games milestone.

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In fact, according to our database – which has been fact-checked against the PlayStation Store itself – there are now 516 games available on the PlayStation 4. 264 of these are “indies” (published by independent developers or small, indie-focused publishers). The remaining 252 have come through major publishers. We can anticipate another 20 or so titles arriving by the end of the year as well, depending on what the indies throw up.

It’s a milestone certainly worth celebrating, and the figure is well ahead of rival console the Xbox One, which has a currently available library of 349 games. However, the latter is expected to add 100 games through backwards compatibility on November 12.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 05, 2015, 06:16:21 AM

Quote from: Turtle on November 04, 2015, 11:22:36 PM

They did transition from Gamebryo, they're using one called the Creation engine, it probably still has some bits from gamebryo, but how much can you replace in something before it becomes an entirely new thing?

More than they've already replaced, apparently. Now that you mention it, I vaguely recall reading about what you're pointing out a while ago. Still, it doesn't help when their Creation Engine, whatever that is, has the exact same flaws as Gamebryo. I just don't get why they don't transition to a more modern 3rd party engine like Unreal. Skyrim is about the only time since Morrowind where they haven't received major flak for how their games look and behave, and that was only because the overall package was so damn compelling.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 04, 2015, 04:57:20 PM

Quote from: Caine on November 04, 2015, 04:16:53 PM

I haven't looked into it or seen it mentioned any where, but how does this handle zoning?  I know it was a big reason for how they got the games onto the limited memory of previous gens, but not whether they had any form of it.

From what I've heard, you can walk seamlessly in and out of smaller buildings, while larger buildings have loading screens that are apparently shorter than the ones in Fallout 3.

Keep in mind that the engine they use for this game is ancient, and it shows in many ways. I remember people criticizing this engine (Gamebryo) back when Morrowind was released, and many of the flaws pointed out back then have never been fixed. Bethesda needs to transition to some other engine soon, and you'd think they can afford it with the way these games sell.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 04, 2015, 05:33:29 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 04, 2015, 01:28:08 AM

(especially on PC)

This part is the most interesting to me, and the most expected. Bethesda has a horrible track record with console versions of their games. I usually buy my games for PS4 if I can, especially ones where it's likely that I would go for the platinum trophy, but from everything I've seen, F4 looks almost like a game from the previous generation of consoles on the PS4 and Xbox One. I'm probably getting it on PC instead.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a PS4. What games do I *need* to experience? on: November 03, 2015, 04:15:45 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 03, 2015, 04:12:10 PM

Until Dawn was fun to watch other people play, but it's basically cut scenes and quick-time events.

Watching other people play it misses the whole point, and makes it hard to understand what makes the game so good. You might as well just watch a slasher movie at that point. Until Dawn is good because you make decisions that matter, and that entire aspect disappears when you remove the interactivity.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have a PS4. What games do I *need* to experience? on: November 03, 2015, 03:56:03 PM
The Last of Us, Bloodborne, and Until Dawn are three major titles that immediately come to mind as well worth playing. There's plenty to play on PS4 that you won't get on any other platform (including PC), but you sometimes have to dig into the indie titles.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: November 02, 2015, 04:03:27 PM

Quote from: Teggy on November 02, 2015, 03:25:54 PM

I liked Tomb Raider a lot, but at no point did I find it better than Uncharted 2, the greatest game of all time. You people crazy have different opinions.

Yeah, Tomb Raider can't hold a candle to Uncharted 2. TR's storytelling and characters is downright primitive in comparison. But I guess some of the impact of Uncharted is lessened by going TR then UC. Even so, UC2 is still the superior game in every regard. Tomb Raider merely contains more filler content with its collectibles and semi-open world.

For the record, I've got 100% completion in Tomb Raider on PC, and a platinum trophy for Uncharted 2 (and the first one) on PS3. I feel like I've got a solid foundation for my opinion on this. Tongue
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/3) on: November 02, 2015, 05:21:15 AM
Man, what an unexciting season it has been for AAA games so far this year. Another week without anything that looks worthwhile on the list. This time last year it felt like I was buying something every week.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation 1 ( Is still popular? ) on: November 01, 2015, 09:07:37 PM
I never had a PS1, but I did replay Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on my Vita recently, and that's a PS1 game. So some of them still hold up.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So are the Steam forums always filled with so many immature people? on: October 28, 2015, 09:08:18 PM
Stay far away from big, public forums unless they are very strictly moderated. Otherwise, abandon hope all ye who enter here.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: October 27, 2015, 08:40:43 PM
I have issues with adrenaline, in that the substance has the opposite effect on my body from what it's supposed to have, leaving me cold, stiff and shaking while inhibiting my reaction speed and ability to concentrate. I get special anesthetics when I'm at the doctor, without adrenaline, just so I won't have a reaction. It's a real problem for me with certain kinds of games, mostly the ones where your choices have actual consequences. Heavy Rain was really bad for me in this way, and the Souls series of games does it too. Until Dawn too makes me feel absolutely horrible, but it's so fucking worth it!  icon_biggrin

I'm probably in the final third of the story right now, and I've only lost one character so far. Well, only one that I'm 100% certain is dead anyway.
Spoiler for Hiden:
No, it's not Josh. I think I can see where this story is going... slywink
Things are actually going quite well, all things considered.

Too bad I have to play in very short sessions though, or I would have finished this thing in two sittings. As it is, I have to limit myself to about 30-60 minutes per day, and that's pushing it. *sigh*

My story theory before I actually get to the end, just so I can point and laugh at myself when it's all over:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Based on my current position in the game, which is at the beginning of the chapter that's 4 hours before dawn. Hannah is alive and is orchestrating the whole thing while in a wheelchair. Her mind is so broken that she's barely human any more. She's the character you control in the Peter Stormare sections. He, by the way, is a guy who's made it a point to hunt down the former patients of the asylum, the miners who turned to cannibalism and became true monsters. At least one of them is still roaming the area, and Stormare is there to protect the kids from it. He's been locked away with Hannah while the whole thing happens.

Josh is the actual killer, though he's not doing all the killing (some are done by the miner(s)). He's turning the whole "it's just a prank" thing back on the others as revenge, and he's been planning it for a whole year. His on-screen death was a fakeout where his real body was behind the wall while he had a fake body filled with pig intestines beneath him.

I'm pretty sure that almost all of the above is correct, or at least very close to the truth. It'll be interesting to see if I'm off the mark or not.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gran Turismo Sport - The VR is strong in this one on: October 27, 2015, 08:26:22 PM
This kind of game is a no-brainer for VR. There's been some discussion about the next GT game being VR, but I wasn't sure if they'd be willing to risk it. Looks like they are, and that's probably a good thing for VR in general, and Playstation in particular.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: October 27, 2015, 08:24:34 PM
Oh boy oh boy oh boy! It's obvious they've been listening to feedback, because the first two updates in that video are some of the most requested features by the community. They even handle the checkpoints precisely the way the community has suggested, by forcing creators to also clear the course from the checkpoint before being able to upload it. I expect that's the magic ingredient they were missing when they originally developed the game, which made them leave it out in the first place.

As for the mushroom -> fire flower thing, that one just had to get here at some point. This is the basic behavior for almost all fire flowers in the Mario games, so it was kind of weird for Super Mario Maker not to follow that behavior. Now we can make it function the way it has always done in this series.

The checkpoints are the biggest thing here though, by far. Now it will be possible to make much more interesting levels without having to seriously lower the danger level at the end. It won't stop people from making asshole levels, but it will make it easier to make a fun level that isn't also super short. I expect we'll only be able to place one checkpoint per level, but it'll do.
96  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 27, 2015, 06:58:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 27, 2015, 06:15:47 PM

How do you feel about kids who are 3, 4 and 5 and feel they are not the sex they actually are?  There's a wave of parents in this country embracing that as a reason to start treating them as the sex 'they feel they are'.

I see no problem with treating a boy like a girl if he wants that, or vice versa. Though I prefer we ditch the classical notions of what constitutes treating someone like a boy or a girl in the first place. Actually physically changing their gender though, that'll have to wait until they're legally capable of making such decisions. The limits for that I believe vary with country.
97  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Can kids decide? on: October 27, 2015, 05:12:56 PM
I merely read the first section of the article, but my opinion is very clear: Children should never be able to make this kind of decision on their own. They do not have the mental capacity and experience to understand the decision they're making. In questions of life and death, understanding is key. There's no going back.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 26, 2015, 05:24:29 AM
I'm getting Divinity automatically, but that's about it.
99  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 25, 2015, 06:56:18 AM
Get back to us when you actually live in a country that has oil and shares a border with Russia. Russia acts like a complete asshole over here in more ways than any of you probably even hear about in the news, while we have a constructive, friendly relationship (for the most part) with the US.

Arclight, it really doesn't sound like you're even at the brink of understanding when it comes to this topic. Put down that joint, go pick up your passport, and travel the world. Try to learn something before attempting to educate others.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:33:44 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 20, 2015, 04:16:14 PM

Where is the unmasked Kylo Ren pic?

Here you go.

Tongue
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:07:04 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 20, 2015, 02:01:09 PM

Quote from: Punisher on October 19, 2015, 07:28:45 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
Luke is missing.. Red Herring or is he Kylo Ren like some people think?

Spoiler for Hiden:
I know nothing about SW outside of the movies, but that was my first thought. He's the sith guy in this film.

Nope, Kylo Ren is not Luke. We've seen pictures of both, an official one where Kylo Ren was without his mask, and an unofficial one of Luke in his Jedi garb. I understand why people are jumping to the conclusion that they're doing, but it's just not the correct one.
102  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 20, 2015, 03:38:45 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 20, 2015, 02:21:02 PM

We're told as many lies as the Russian people are.

No you are not. You seem to be living in some kind of bubble where you think the US and Russia are the only two nations on this planet. If you actually stuck your head outside and listened instead of just talking, you'd know that while there's tons of criticism to toss at the USA, it all pales in comparison to the cause for criticism towards Russia.

This isn't even worth debating. The facts are available to everyone. You'd have to have your head stuck in the sand to believe even a single word coming out of Putin's mouth these days. There are videos, photos, endless witness accounts, international reports from independent observers, and all other kinds of evidence against Russia in both Syria and Ukraine. Just because the UN and NATO have their hands tied for diplomatic reasons doesn't mean that Russia isn't doing anything wrong.

Do you really have this much of a need to be part of someone's propaganda machine? Whatever propaganda you face within your own country is harmless fun compared to what goes on in the country you seem to have designated as saintly. Wake up and do some bloody research before jumping into your fantasy world of conspiracies.
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: October 20, 2015, 07:18:16 AM

Quote from: Canuck on October 20, 2015, 05:44:17 AM

Is OO down for anyone else or just me?

It's up, and I haven't noticed any downtime on it.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 05:31:07 AM
The other games aren't the way you describe. Just power through it. It's definitely worth it in the end.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: October 20, 2015, 04:29:32 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on October 20, 2015, 03:22:33 AM

Great trailer. I'm a big fan of trailers that leave some mystery to the movie going in.

They've been very deliberate about it. I heard something about how the previous teasers hadn't shown anything that isn't in the first 1/3 of the film, and it doesn't look to me like the full trailer goes any further in. Just the way a good trailer should be for a franchise as familiar as this. We have the basic outline of a plot, but not enough to actually spoil it.
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:09 AM
The first game hasn't aged that well, but stick with it for the story. The second game is one of the best console games of the last generation.

I'm kind of surprised the story and characters aren't resonating with you though. I was pulled in from the start.
107  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Who do Isis fear? on: October 19, 2015, 04:08:53 PM

Quote from: Arclight on October 19, 2015, 12:47:09 PM

Last few days have certainly been revealing to me. Russia has apparently done more to stop the so called, Isis machine, than the US.

You mean by bombing cities where ISIS hasn't had a presence for months, but where, by pure random chance, rebels were holed up? Yeah, that'll show those ISIS guys, for sure!

Don't fool yourself into thinking ISIS is Russia's main target in this conflict. They're there to secure Assad's regime first and foremost. ISIS is a bonus they get to whenever they feel like it. Should ISIS fear them? Sure, because Russia doesn't give a shit who they're trampling all over with their war engine, unlike the US which actually does care about international conventions for the most part (with some notable and serious exceptions).

Russia outsmarted everyone else in the Syria conflict, of that there is no doubt. China scored brownie points too. I doubt the rest of the world will be as unprepared for their stunts the next time. ISIS, on the other hand, have plenty of time to dig their foxholes before Russia decides to deem them worthy of bombing.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 19, 2015, 08:36:12 AM
Surprisingly for such a long list, I'm not seeing anything I feel like buying right now. I might get Assassin's Creed after a few price drops, but I have no hope for that series any more. I've got more than enough to deal with in my backlog, not to mention Wasteland 2 Director's Cut that came out last week.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: October 14, 2015, 08:28:24 PM
I'm seeing lots of subtle changes to the game so far. The most surprising (and very welcome) one was the simplification of the valve quest in Highpool. That one was very fiddly before, but they removed the annoying parts and turned it into what appears to be a more straightforward dungeon crawl. Previously you had to let one of your party members stay behind, but not this time. It made the quest interesting, but it was kind of frustrating to have to deal with, so I can see why they removed it.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 14, 2015, 07:29:22 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 14, 2015, 07:20:03 PM

This is really why I thought Mad Max was inferior to Mordor (last year's under the radar WB game). I enjoyed playing it, but expect I left at least 30% of the map undone because at some point it just became busywork.

Mordor has its fair share of incredibly annoying trophies too. Take that from someone who platinumed the game. I expressed my frustrations with a few of the trophies in the main thread for that game at the time.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:39:31 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 14, 2015, 05:17:59 PM

(can you imagine not having control over the camera?)

I can. I played through Revelations on the 3DS, and played a bunch of that extra mode in it too. Loved it.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 14, 2015, 05:36:06 AM
I find myself limited in my trophy/achievement grinding simply by the fact that even the most single-player focused games seem to have some trophies that require a serious investment of time in a typically lackluster multiplayer mode, and I just don't do multiplayer. If a fun game comes out with realistically obtainable trophies that require no multiplayer, then I'm all over it like flies on shit. A rather apt comparison, if I have to say so myself.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:33:26 AM
That's interesting. I seem to recall that the first Revelations received great reviews and great feedback from players, whereas the second game wasn't well liked at all. Everything I heard about it indicated that it had turned into a The Last of Us-wannabe, but that it didn't manage do a single one of the good things that The Last of Us did right.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Mario Maker (Wii U) on: October 09, 2015, 08:23:38 PM
Yup. You should stay far away from Expert levels.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry: Primal takes it back to the Stone Age on: October 06, 2015, 07:40:39 PM
I just hope it's not going to be another iteration of Ubisoft: The Game. Far Cry 4 is notorious at this, with an endless series of collectibles and mindless drudgery that can only barely be called "content", and the truly interesting missions and sidequests appearing only rarely. I just wish I could play a AAA Ubisoft game again without feeling as if I'm sitting there working my way through a glorified spreadsheet. Oh, and I'd be very happy if they stopped with the "something has to happen all the time, everywhere! Action! Action! ACTION!" Even if you stand still in FC4, some kind of "content" will pop up on your screen since the developers are scared witless over the fact that you might, just might, be bored.

And let's stop with the "every animal in the history of animals will attack humans on sight, and won't stop until death". It ended up a parody of itself in FC4, and I don't think that was intentional. I mean, has anyone here ever heard about an eagle repeatedly dive-bombing a grown human being? One who's firing at it with a loud weapon, even.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Has anyone played The Beginner's Guide? on: October 06, 2015, 04:33:49 AM
I played it and liked it. The nature of the game and the narrative within is such that it becomes really, really hard, if not impossible, to discuss it with any thoroughness without falling into the trap that the game apparently warns about.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 05, 2015, 04:29:21 AM
I want to buy Rock Band 4, but like with RB3, Europe seems to be treated like some disease-ridden bum. There's no way to buy the game yet, either digitally (it doesn't even show up on the PS Store) or physically. Heck, I can't even find a clear indication of release date. Some places say the 6th, while others say the 16th. Who knows if it'll even be possible to buy instruments around here? It was next to impossible with RB3.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 03, 2015, 06:22:17 PM
What's really insulting is the sheer lack of believability of these "campaigns". They're pretending to be crowdfunding campaigns without really offering anything, all because there's no accountability. How many pre-orders will lead to unlocking a specific tier? Who the hell knows! The real answer is: The tiers aren't set to unlock at certain amounts of pre-orders, but at certain points in time. What kind of marketing campaign would offer pre-order incentives where there's even the slightest risk that the customers will feel as if they aren't getting the full product because there weren't enough people pre-ordering, especially when there's no need at all to take these risks? No, these campaigns are carefully designed so that tiers will unlock when they're the most dramatically appropriate. Of course the final tier would end up unlocking a mere days before the game's release. This was never an honest competition. Such campaigns never are. They're 100% marketing.

But people seem to swallow this huge bluff. They swallow it hook, line, and sinker, and then ask for seconds.

I hate this whole "we're crowdfunding too, honest!" scheme, but if I were to set my personal distaste for the concept aside for a moment and look at what specifically caused the problems this time around, it's these two factors:

1) Deus Ex appeals to a more thoughtful audience than regular action games, an audience that mostly consists of actual gamers with some experience with publishers and their antics. Pulling the rug out from under this audience is tougher.
2) This is the big one: The campaign was built so that the customers would "choose" between two options at set tiers (another bluff, for the most part). The real faux pas here was that the publisher added the implication that no matter how well the campaign went, the customers would still "lose" something at these tiers. That kind of thing makes even the uninformed angry.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 02, 2015, 04:24:56 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2015, 11:07:05 PM

I was never really sure why people were so up in arms about that preorder campaign when several similar ones have been done on Steam before.

Two wrongs do not make a right. Also, people not caring about one game doesn't mean they aren't allowed to care about other games.
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Con Man - Alan Tudyk and Nathan Filiion on: September 28, 2015, 08:48:43 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on September 28, 2015, 08:45:26 PM

I'm assuming you were a backer, then?  The first three episodes won't be publicly available for another couple days.

Of course I'm a backer! biggrin
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