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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 27, 2015, 04:19:37 AM
I really should have thought my idea of going high intelligence, charisma, and luck build through when I selected to specialize in one shot pistols instead of rifles or automatics. In the mid 20 levels you really start to feel the lack of endurance and agility. Thankfully, one of the powered armors I have can get a level 4 Science mod that turns on the stealthboy effect whenever I crouch, so I'm aiming for that as soon as I can.

Enemies also start wearing armor that's more effective against energy, and everything, so location shooting is more important.

One thing I really hate about the inventory and UI system being a holdover ancient games is that around this time, enemies also start wearing a whole new tier of armor with a higher base stat, which is only indicated by a prefix, such as Sturdy Leather. So if you do anything to the gear that changes the title, you have no indication of this higher tier of gear.

If thee's anything I hope for the next Elder Scrolls is that they overhaul the UI completely.

Oh, and has anyone used the cover system in the game? I've heard reports that there is a cover system in the game, and the only way you see it is when your gun lowers when you're near a wall, haven't experimented with it, but my low endurance character should make use of it.

Currently travelling with Curie as well, only because I'm going through and seeing all companion stories. Big fan of Piper though, just because her commentary us usually funnier to me. But I did have a total heartwarming conversation with Codsworth.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: November 19, 2015, 02:21:56 AM
Honestly, with the mess of the pre-order marketing, and Square's own internal issues, I'm not surprised at a delay, but that's a pretty big delay.

Hopefully it means more quality content.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 15, 2015, 12:40:47 PM
Enjoying it immensely, just to buck the trend. There are problems, serious problems, but the additions do rise above most of them.

The additions to companions, in particular, are spectacular. It's nothing compared to Bioware, but it is a big change for Bethesda games.

It can be a grind if you let it be a grind. The question is, how exactly are you grinding and to what purpose?

The only simplification I'm seeing is that removal of skills, but I'm not sure how complex you can get with a set of percentage numbers that are poorly laid out holdovers that even the original creators of have moved away from in their more recent games. I do think the perk chart has many oddities in layout though.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 12, 2015, 09:49:34 AM
Best way to handle Dogmeat at Sanctuary is to use the workshop to scrap all the doghouses except one, then move the last one to where you want dogmeat to stay.

Unfortunately, unlike in the trailers, you currently cannot build a doghouse.

If you're doing the settler stuff, they really needed to create a settler management menu. I think they're relying a bit too much on the mod community for this stuff.

However, despite my complaints, I do think they've done a lot of refinement to the game and engine.

Also, the companions/followers are actually way more interesting. All of them have both fun generic stuff to say, and also specific stuff to say down to the enemy you're facing, or even the exact quest you're doing. While I was travelling with just dogmeat, I realized how much I preferred chatty companions like from Bioware's games. Makes me wish they had allowed for 2 companions to follow you instead of just 1.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 11, 2015, 10:44:18 AM
So, anyone find their companions again after dismissing them? I can't find any of them even though I always tell them to head back to Sanctuary.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 10, 2015, 04:12:50 PM
Also, I knew the project I was on would end this week, so I would have ample time to play now. I also want to talk about the game with friends and here as the conversation happens.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 10, 2015, 08:07:17 AM
I went specialized into Intelligence, Charisma, and Luck. Not too great in a fight, but I'll have science, companions, and sheer dumb luck to back me up.

Anyone else find themselves using the Walk speed more than previous games? While indoors and not in combat, I like to walk places to take it in and help with searching.

Also, the Pipboy light is much more useful now, I like how it actually shows the screen at full bright when it's on and you bring up the pipboy menu.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 11:18:09 PM
Yeah, but despite all that, it seems to have its own charm, and there's good additions alongside iffy ones.

People seem divided on the new voiced dialog system, and the 4 button dialog system with little to no backtracking to ask prior questions.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 09, 2015, 06:14:51 AM
It's very similar, it's likely a bug with the code in general. When almost every other game out there shows slightly better performance on PS4, and almost every developer says that hardware-wise the PS4 is slightly superior, then it's probably a bug in their specific optimizations. Because of the difference in memory architecture, work done for the kind of streaming fallout needs in one area might impact it on other systems in strange ways. Such hitching in a specific spot is a big giveaway symptom of a memory issue. When you aim, the camera zooms in, that means the engine often needs to stream in better versions of models and textures for objects that now appear closer, this is exacerbated by the sniper rifle scope.

It might also be that some of the middleware software they use is made by and optimized for nvidia chips, and the PS4 uses an AMD chip. Which shouldn't be an issue, but video card wars and all that. The X1 does the same, so that puts more credence on a streaming issue.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 06, 2015, 11:08:02 PM
Gone are the days where companies switch to a whole new engine out of nowhere. These days, engines have been written in such a way that they can be replaced part by part. These HD/Definitive remakes are basically engine test beds where they upgrade only what's necessary and work from there.

However, the biggest reason why they hadn't changed the engine much for the last 8 years was that the console spec didn't change, thus anything they added would not be usable for at least half, if not more, of their market.

Another issue is all the tools they have to work with the engine, an entirely new engine means developing an entirely new tool set to work with it, that's basically developing a complex new app suite on top of developing the game.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 06, 2015, 07:52:28 AM
I didn't think you were bashing the PS4, I just noticed you actually did use the term, "Shit." slywink I'm an indie developer, so are a few friends. So I took a little personal offense to that. But no harm done. I understand you love all games, but while I haven't experienced it, because I haven't released, I have some friends who are a bit frustrated by the expectation of AAA everything from others.

Honestly however, the PS4 is a little behind, but not by much. The fact of the matter is, it's all about the third party right now, and games already take forever and a half to make, those AAA games you see today can't be made by a single studio anymore. They're all now made by bunches of studios under a publisher, that means the output of everyone as a whole is much less.

Both MS and Sony have had to restructure their development to meet this new kind of AAA development, whereas third parties were already doing it.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2015, 05:11:07 PM
You know, I do have respect for people who prefer AAA titles and only want to play that for their money.

However, when you call things shit without trying them when I think that's a very narrow minded opinion. A lot of what people call Indie are actually AAA or AA developers making smaller games at more reasonable budgets, or are doing stories or gameplay that the usual publishers won't bother with.

If you have a problem with it showing up elsewhere, then just buy it on PC and spend money on your PC first, it really is that simple.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 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?

It's actually been a long time since they used gamebryo whole, not even Skyrim used it.

More info here:
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 04, 2015, 05:54:59 AM
F4 looks like a game that's way, way over what the old generation of consoles could handle. The key is, it's put into wide area looks and gameplay, rather than flashy effects and up close corridors. In person, moving, you'll definitely see the difference from last gen. Also someone should put up that side by side comparison pic again.

Another important thing is that it controls and reacts like a shooter, even GTA 5 had lots of input lag requiring a lock on aiming system. Even FO3 needed VATS to work. In FO4, VATS is a nice feature, rather than a necessity.

I looked at some of the released and leaked videos and it all looks good. As mentioned already, the gunplay looks like a solid FPS, so much so that I'm sure there will be people concerned about whether it's an RPG. There will probably be complaints like the transition from ME1 to ME2 especially considering the percentage based skills are gone. I'm not concerned though, and I'm optimistic. The fact is the shooting was terrible before, and VATS is still around.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: November 02, 2015, 09:53:44 PM
I think part of the reason why it was so obvious is that the consoles these games were made on had so little processing left that they couldn't do some of the checks to find safer paths. I don't think this will be as much of a problem in the future. It's also why Lara never travels with anyone in the TR games, it's incredibly complex. I err on the side of wanting an NPC nearby at all times to provide more opportunities for conversation, despite also noticing the same problem as you.

Oh and before anyone thinks I hate TR. I bought and played all the way through it and enjoyed it. But I also saw a lot of flaws that would be improved on later, just like the original Uncharted had.

Looking forward to seeing your impressions of U3 if you're up for it, I think that actually does have elements closer to TR. And with the tone of U4's trailers, makes me think they'll have a better mix of tones in it.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: November 02, 2015, 09:07:33 PM
Yeah, it's a genre that feeds on itself, to a positive net effect.

Lara is probably a better character than Drake at this point, however they did a lot simplistic and iffy if not skeezy stuff to get people to empathize. However, the supporting cast around Lara is dull as dirt. Her older male mentor, for example, somehow tops Sully in terms of how much of a stereotypical trope he is, constantly spouting how Lara is going to be fine because she's a Croft. There's a female damsel, a geek that does nothing, about the only one interesting is the larger guy some Samoa or something. Meanwhile, Chloe, Elena, Sully do more and are involved more with the story.

They start doing more with Drake in U3, despite that game's other issues. That leads into U4, which I think a lot of that hullabaloo turnover in Naughty Dog was in part due to them trying to make Drake take things a bit more seriously.

TR also does a way better job of hiding the chest high walls, but they're still there.

As for the sneaky AI issue in TLoU, it's important to note that without Ellie being able to move and sneak freely, the game would easily turn into either the worst stealth escort mission ever, or a different game where you constantly have to drag her around to safe spots, or just hide her in a dumpster until you kill everyone like in RE4. The way it's actually implemented, Ellie just keeps up with you if you're sneaking and if you bypass a bunch of enemies. I do think they only thing they should change was to make it clearer up front, including making it so that if you're spotted, the NPCs with you will tell you that the enemy saw you, intsead of letting so many people assume that the enemy had spotted the NPCs even though that's impossible.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: October 28, 2015, 05:23:25 AM
Yeah, I think it's pretty cool they're bringing in some fun supernatural effects into the MP, they'll probably have modes without it, but there's some cools nods to the rest of the series in there.

Uncharted and TLoU MP are the best MP modes I've played in a long while. I can't remember having as much interesting online fun since the first two Spies vs. Mercs modes for Splinter Cell. Sure there's other bigger and more popular modes, but these had something extra. And I think the only reason why Uncharted and TLoU's multiplayer modes didn't become even more popular was the non MP focused PS3 platform.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: October 27, 2015, 06:34:38 AM
So much slow motion with the flash moving around normally. Unfortunately, that's not what I want to see of the Flash, it's actually an effect the comics have been using for Reverse Flash instead.

In the comics, I think the cold gun also generates a cold field that slows down the Flash, beyond just freezing him, although there was also a storyline where he did turn into a metahuman. There was also a big story where he did turn into a good guy for a long while.

Anyone else hoping this new Harrison Wells isn't the obviously evil guy they're hinting he is? I suspect it's the real Wells, not Thond.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange - final episode on Oct 20 on: October 22, 2015, 09:20:45 PM
The girlfriend part is new so not really. She's more of a geek than I am, but hasn't touched a lot of dedicated serious games due to so few of them being interesting to her. In this case, she knew she wanted to go through it at some point but our schedules just weren't lining up.

I mainly watch lets plays after finishing the game or during it, just to see other perspectives. In particular I've been watching stuff from the Geek Remix channel, two girls from weird backgrounds, so it's better than if it was just one person yapping away and they often discuss serious issues around the themes of the game alongside the usual fangirl stuff. I already get a lot of the guy perspective from local friends, which isn't bad since i have a lot of progressive friends, but it's different.

The mainly do lets plays for stuff with a lot of choice, mainly because I don't have the time to replay a game, so if I want to experience it again, I'd rather experience it with some other commentary. The let's players I watch often choose differently than I would.

For Life is Strange, considering the two main characters were female, their commentary was very interesting and went into things like their own messed up experiences similar to what was going on in the game. One of the girls apparently has a personality and style very much like Chloe.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Deus Ex: Mankind Divided on: October 22, 2015, 08:52:08 PM
Any of these previews mention Sarif and what he's up to? I know they were basically combining a bit of all 4 button endings from the original. I'm just wondering where Adam is getting his augmentations from. Last time he was basically a walking Sarif ad, which is how he avoided a lot of the red tape on his augs. Now I guess he's partly working for the government.

Wouldn't be surprised if Sarif was still around, just now working closer with the government.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 21, 2015, 03:38:40 AM
And play on easy if you aren't already. Even this it gets annoying, but it's far less so. Not sure if they added in Very Easy for U1, but if it's there use that.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: October 21, 2015, 03:37:22 AM
Considering that Let's Players will do the same thing anyway, this lets them control the narrative a bit more early on.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 07:58:08 AM
Just think of Uncharted 1 as awkward setup of a studio just getting its feet wet with a new style of game they helped create and that everyone emulates now. It was great for its time, but even then it was still very much awkward.

What you're experiencing now is similar to going back to a lot of classics that you haven't actually played yet. You get to see where so many aspects of today's cinematic games originate, but you don't get the "Wow!" factor that comes from experiencing it for the first time, especially since so many games have used Uncharted as a template. Imagine this is back only a few years out from the PS3 launch.

You're also seeing some really failed gameplay experiments in those jetski segments.

There's more twists to come, some you probably won't like, but there is also more characterization.

Just power through, it really starts picking up after that and I think you'll be happy with it overall in the end. However, even if you aren't, I really, really, really suggest you still go on to play Uncharted 2.

Uncharted 2 is considered the pioneer of the cinematic action style of game you see everywhere now.

Oh, and just use the pistol in Uncharted 1, it's more accurate, kills in 3 body hits, and is the best gun in the game. They fix that in Uncharted 2.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Life is Strange - final episode on Oct 20 on: October 20, 2015, 06:14:20 AM
I bought the game, but ended up just watching it with my favorite female let's players to hear their reactions and opinions. I plan to play it with my girlfriend later, introduce her to the new style of adventure games.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: October 18, 2015, 11:52:57 AM
Good, and hopefully this will convince producers, Sony or otherwise, to try some more games like this that aren't tied to David Cage's madness and overproduction.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 14, 2015, 05:05:40 AM
Yeah, so much better than Rev 1. Rev 1 was a crappy cash grab. Crappy characterization, even for an RE game, crappy monsters, crappy gameplay, and crappy graphics.

For Rev 2, imagine they had taken the good ideas that work from games like Uncharted, The Last of Us, Tomb Raider, and many more, kept a lot of the RE charm, slowed the pacing back closer to between RE4 and 5, and tossed in some characters that have been neglected in the series.

The only weirdness is that the game is pretty obviously a budget title. But I forsee them sticking to the new techniques they're using in this.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 13, 2015, 03:17:22 AM
Well here's the thing, I actually think that Revelations 2 was a very good indicator of their willingness to look at all the progress every other series has made since the golden era of RE games. If they can't innovate, they can at least pull from the best. Already they've backed away from the stupid pacing of RE6 in that game, and have actually done something interesting with the co-op.

So, despite RE6 being such garbage, Revelations 2 seems like they were appropriately humbled.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 09, 2015, 09:37:01 AM
This day and age, we don't have to gamble and buy. We have youtube streamers galore that will show day 1 gameplay footage, some even before. We'll know if it's a trainwreck like RE6.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: October 09, 2015, 09:35:24 AM
I am so glad I splurged and got an i7 4770, just below recommended spec. I knew games would start to utilize the extra cores once they moved to PS4/X1 console specs.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Do you want a Resident Evil 7? on: October 08, 2015, 05:01:58 AM
I'm actually looking forward to it. If you've played Revelations 2, you can finally see the RE team start to take note of gameplay improvements from all the other games that came after.
31  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on: September 25, 2015, 08:48:07 AM
You know, despite what Whedon might have wanted, AoSH is turning out pretty good with Coulson in it.

I do wish they could keep more of the personal trauma and backlash from being brought back to life, just to keep that idea alive even if it's not at the forefront. But eventually they're going to have to decide whether they reconnect the show with the movies or not. With Whedon out of the way, it's not a bad idea.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: September 25, 2015, 08:35:48 AM
They're leaning harder into their more active combat gameplay, which is okay. I didn't realize skills were gone from the game until now, but I'm not particularly tied to things that were just a percentage value.
33  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: 4K gaming on: September 02, 2015, 06:21:51 AM
Dangerous unless it's so cheap that you consider it replaceable. Even my previous primary monitor started having issues almost out of warranty, and when I got it fixed, it failed a year after again.

That said, you can run things windowed and still have it large enough to be immersed on 4k screens.

Me, I actually want an extra wide screen over a traditional 4K, there's one at work that's also curved and it sold me on it. If some games adopted support for extra wide screens it's super immersive. You can also have two full sized windows open side by side on the monitor.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: August 29, 2015, 05:32:26 AM
Interesting that I'm seeing facial cap dots on the actors now. Naughty Dog actually hand animates the faces and hands for all characters, so all the stuff up until TLoU is an artist's interpretation of the actor's performance. It's worked out well. With the facial dots it means they can capture a small part of the actor's performance. I suppose it's necessary and easier to have the basis of facial animation from the actors now that they're using much higher detail character models.

Emily Rose looks wonderful as always, and apparently is super helpful off the set in production. The man who plays Sully still does small part work in movies and TV, although less now. I suspect he'll continue to get a lot of work in digital acting.

35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 07:02:53 AM
Yeah, I'm going to wait on this one, not because I don't want the game, but rather because I'm busy with work and want to wait until I can sit down and play it with my girlfriend who likes these kinds of movies more than I do.

The animations and faces are so stilted though, you can tell they used older mocap and animation tech from the PS3 era. I bet all the models they have now are based on how the actors looked back when this was first being made, which was a long time ago.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Until Dawn on: August 27, 2015, 04:05:48 AM
Isn't that Wade from Agents of SHIELD?
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 24, 2015, 04:25:10 AM
38  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Free codes for Warframe (because people are STUPID) on: August 16, 2015, 11:09:31 AM
They're probably for small content packs, which aren't free.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: August 11, 2015, 10:11:09 PM
Bad business, but probably not effective in the long run. But this sort of stuff has been proven effective in many ways. PS4 is still killing the XB1 to an extent that it would kill the TR franchise again if they made it fully exclusive to XB1.

I doubt that Square wouldn't have made another Tomb Raider, partly because this game is too far along to not have already started by the time the deal was made.

Besides, it's something to play while waiting for Uncharted 4, assuming they have it come out on PS4 at some point before UC4 does.
40  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Steam in-home streaming lags every 8 seconds on wifi, fine on cable. on: August 06, 2015, 05:56:30 AM
So here's a tough one. I have a setup at my apartment where my personal PC is in my room, but my old laptop is in the living room where my roommates have their PCs. So, I use steam streaming to stream games from my powerful PC so I can play in the same room with them.

Only problem is that when using wifi, type ac, it introduces a major 1 second lag every 8 seconds that shuts down all controls, usually resulting in mayhem. However, while not in that lag spike the game stream runs as smooth as butter. Then I fired up a speed test and sure enough, the lag spike every 8 seconds hits during normal use, I just hadn't noticed it until now since I didn't start playing games again until I moved in.

I ran a long cat 5 cable to my PC to test, and sure enough it works fine, no lag spikes.

So at this point, I'm thinking that it's either the cheap TP-Link USB 3.0 wifi adapter causing it, or the USB 3.0 hardware on my motherboard itself.

Could there be something else I'm missing that I should test? I have an old USB 2.0 wireless G or N adapter I'm going to try out to see if that affects things. Likewise I'll move my adapter to a USB 2.0 slot to see if it changes things too.
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