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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 15, 2014, 09:37:43 PM
I think I'm over the line to buy now. Talk on podcasts I listen to say they've fixed the problems of DA2 and all the media seems to confirm it.

It really looks like they took time with it, heck, they literally took a lot more time with it since DA2 was released in 2011, so it's been over 3 years since the rushed DA2 was out. And I even though DA2 had many redeeming qualities despite the usual grievances.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you want to be scared sh$tless, play PT, the playable teaser for Silent Hills on: August 15, 2014, 09:33:42 PM
The engine and tech seems great. I only saw someone playing the last bit inside the house and they handled that claustrophobic dark house look in first person better than anything so far.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 15, 2014, 09:28:51 AM
Just finished it?
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: August 14, 2014, 04:47:34 AM
Newest trailer shows some returning characters:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Hawke from DA2 is in the game, finally, one of the protagonists from a prior game shows up. The person next to her was confirmed not to be The Warden. However, because the game has so many choices that carry over from DA1 and DA2, and all their expansions, your Hawke can be different, and the default canon is that The Warden died in DA1.
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/ps4] The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on: August 13, 2014, 11:03:30 PM
Probably, sounds like they really want to ease new players into the game. That said, this is like playing Mass Effect 3 without playing ME 1 or 2. You'll probably miss a lot of references and lose some emotional impact.

Another issue is that, W3 is the most evolved version of the game. If you end up liking the setting and game, it'll be difficult going back to the older, clunkier games. It's extremely hard to go back to ME1 after playing ME3 or 3. The same for Witcher 2 and Witcher 1.

I'd say pickup 1 and 2 for super cheap, they're always on sale, often for just a few dollars. Turn on cheats for them and play through for story. The Witcher world does a bunch of nice takes on fantasy tropes.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Shadow Realms - Bioware New IP on: August 13, 2014, 10:57:17 PM
From watching the gameplay video, I'm pretty sure they're using the Dragon Age Inquisition code for combat almost directly, including camera, enemies, enemy ai, and more. Sure it's using the same frostbite engine, but the actual extensions on the engine it uses is probably copied from DAI.

Go and watch a combat demo for Dragon Age where they pan out a bit farther from the character, the pacing and the way things move is almost the same.

It's a good move though, saves on coding time and gets a game up and running. More 4 player co-op is a good thing, so long as the core game stays interesting enough.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 10:53:18 AM
Ehh... I've kind of soured on the Pathfinder card game. It just didn't have enough mechanics for my group and especially not enough player interaction. It's not a game like Hearthstone, I don't see automating the die roll helping.
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 13, 2014, 12:30:40 AM

Quote from: ATB on August 11, 2014, 12:39:37 PM

Quote from: ATB on August 09, 2014, 11:55:10 PM

Listen to the Bombcast week in and week out but it's far less fun than it used to be. New blood seems to be making it more enjoyable, but Gerstmann has become so cynical about EVERYTHING that it just drains the life out of the show.

So naturally I type this and then finally get to the 7/22 podcast where Brad has taken over as host and it's the best show they've done in a long time. Lots of tangential conversations about movies, food and pooping.  Rykert is a character.

Brad simultaneously chooses the best and worst emails ever. I think a shake up was needed. The new crew in New York are still doing great stuff with video on the site.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 13, 2014, 12:26:06 AM
Eh, let's not say cancel. It's a timed exclusive guys. I'd bet money on it that, literally. No console manufacturer, could afford to completely buy out a game that's this far along from a third party. Meanwhile, no third party could afford to really put such huge and expensive games out on only one console, and one console that is already behind in numbers. MS just happened to be willing to pay large sums for a timed exclusive, and the standard practice is to keep silent about the "timed" part.

Bloodborne probably wouldn't have been made either if Sony hadn't wanted to bring back the Demon's Souls audience.

It's been less than a year since the new console release, I'm pretty sure that in 2015, most of the stuff "Exclusive" to XB1 and PS4 will be allowed to jump ship in some form.

Sadly, the only Mechwarrior thing we'll see on these new consoles is Mechwarrior Online's console version. With Free to Play games being both allowed, and more technically possible due to standard hard drives on both consoles and higher specs, that's about the only thing we'll see of it. Which is sad because MWO is not the game we wanted, barely more than a World of Tanks clone.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 12, 2014, 11:11:38 PM
The vita just needs to be turned into a controller for the ps4. Then release a pack of nintendoland style games for it, and also market it as a remote play terminal with improved ergonomics.

Heheh, not really concerned about this weak argument of what is or isn't AAA. Sony has already won the hearts and minds game since people are buying all multiplatforms on it. That's what truly let the 360 win last gen, the same as already happened for the ps4.

AAA games take time to make, so while Sony studios were busy making PS3 games to cap off a generation, MS just stopped everything late gen and relied on winning the multiplatform war to carry them. Now Sony gets to rely on winning the multiplatform war early as their studios as retool for PS4 Dev.

Heck, I'd argue that TLOU is an AAA title for this year despite being a remake. Is a last gen game that easily stands up to every current gen game release so far.

PS4 doesn't need Tomb Raider at launch because Uncharted still surpasses it, and its standard practice to not let people mention timed exclusivity, so I have no doubt it will end up on both systems.

Now back to the games, did they show any gameplay from Until Dawn? Any more info about halo's new main character? Any media molecule announcements?
171  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: WTS: PS Vita (OLED screen) with Uncharted, Persona 4 Golden also available. on: August 12, 2014, 08:12:24 AM
I'll sell P4G separately if the person why buys the Vita isn't interested in it.

Item is now PENDING SALE.
172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: August 11, 2014, 08:45:45 AM
The CAGcast has gotten better since they went to a 3 man show, with CheapyD, Wombat, and Shipwreck. The third guy, Shipwreck used to do a community podcast with his wife, but that stopped and he just ended up on the show. It's a lot more enjoyable with 3 people, and he's the perfect foil to both CheapyD and Wombat, while also being an interesting person on his own (albeit he's not quite as talkative).

The Skeptic's Guide to the Universe is a very well done podcast for those interested in critical thinking and skepticism. It's not an educational podcast, rather it's more a group of people having fun discussing the latest topics that involve, or should involve critical thinking and skeptical views. They're also total closet geeks.

I second the Hardcore History podcasts from Dan Carlin.

Skeptoid is a good series of short podcasts that cover some topic looked at with a heavy skeptic view. He digs up the evidence, looks at all the facts, etc. Often times he'll go over some myth or legend, and it's interesting to hear it dissected.
173  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / WTS: PS Vita (OLED screen) with Uncharted, -PENDING on: August 11, 2014, 06:22:57 AM
I'm getting rid of my Vita, it's the older model, with an OLED screen. I need the extra spending cash to buy a 3D printer.

It has light wear all over, superficial dings on the outer edges, but the screen is in good condition save for a scuff in the lower left corner.

Also includes the charger, cables, and 8GB memory card.

Asking for $100 shipped.

Will post pictures soon.

I also have Persona 4 Golden, which is currently in an "extended" borrowing by a friend. If you're really interested in it, it'll be $15 extra and will delay shipping while I retrieve it. But don't worry, he treats everything well.
174  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures on: August 10, 2014, 08:49:44 PM
To be frank, all the TIEs would need are splotches of black on the solar panels and cockpit.

Likewise, splotches of red, or whatever color on the X-Wings. They're super small fighters that are unpainted, really just 3D tokens at this point.
175  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: August 09, 2014, 06:00:38 AM
Has anyone been watching the latest season of Avatar: The Legend of Korra on Nick?

This new season has been quite good.
176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: August 05, 2014, 06:04:54 AM
There's samples of the GlaDOS voice without the filtering, it sounds pretty dull.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 04, 2014, 08:03:43 PM
Make sure to get some coffee. You'll miss that coffee...

(You'll understand that joke later.)
178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Should I get a cat? on: August 01, 2014, 10:06:30 AM

Even though a cat can be way less maintenance than a dog, it's still a pet that will rely on you, that includes financially.

Wait until you have a more stable job or other income source. That's what I'm doing. After my cat was killed by coyotes a few years back, I've wanted to give another cat a long and pleasant life.

Another thing is that, even though some cats are super loners, there are many cats that can be very social, and really benefit from socializing with other cats. I say managing 2 cats is about the same as 1 since they can share a large litter box.
179  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Any interest in an Alienware Laptop? on: August 01, 2014, 08:15:15 AM
Asking price?

I need a new 3d work machine since my old work machine is now used by family. But money is tight and that seems like an expensive rig.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 30, 2014, 12:27:46 PM
Wanna try some Last of Us multiplayer? Playing that with a team is one of the best experiences you could have.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 30, 2014, 12:03:16 PM
Yep, that intro.

I've hooked so many people into trying the game, even non-gamers, just by having them watch the intro.

Then again, I hooked an entire room full of people at a party into watching someone play through most of Uncharted 2, just by initially playing a small segment of the intro.

The narratives they weave are just that compelling, or at the very least, refreshing in the way they present things. Even in a fun and pulpy action adventure like Uncharted, a lot of the story and dialog choices don't insult viewers.

How far have you gotten?

Reviews have also said that gunplay is drastically improved by the controller and smoother framerate. It seems like it's not just the FPS, but also input lag. Although going from 30fps then seeing the game in full 60fps is a bit jarring. Time to put my opinion that part of the reason why some say the actual gameplay sucked is because of technical matters at heart.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/MAC/360/PS3] Sacrilegium - 1 of the Better Upcoming RPG's on Nobody's Radar? on: July 25, 2014, 09:28:09 PM
It's giving off a bit of Vampire: Bloodlines vibe, which is a good thing. Here's to hoping this does well.

It's like another RPG renaissance here.
183  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [xbox LIVE] - Halo: Nightfall on: July 25, 2014, 07:29:36 PM
Lead character will eventually become a Spartan in Halo 5. The later Spartan 3 program apparently works on older kids.

Will be watching this when it comes out. Although, I still say the story in the games sucks, and no one should have to go through the terrible tie in books just to get story, or hop around looking for obscure terminals.

So, this is a decent way of getting the wider Halo story out to the fans. Most probably didn't even know about the colonial troubles. And don't get me started on the whole forerunner stuff.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioware - "You've been chosen"? on: July 25, 2014, 04:54:27 PM
Eh, I'm all for it.

It's basically The Secret World, but probably not an MMO, although it will probably have a lot of multiplayer elements. I always thought the Secret World was a great idea, and there hasn't been a good conspiracy, magic or aliens, game in a while.
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: July 24, 2014, 10:42:55 PM
The locations are reused from single player.
186  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Anime thread of anime on: July 23, 2014, 03:38:00 PM
Do yourself a favor and watch Sword Art Online, season 1. It's a great anime that explores what happens if you trap people in a VR MMO, including PK and real death situations.

Make sure you skip Season 2, although I'm not sure if it's labeled as season 2, but you'll know when it switches. Season 1 is a masterpiece, season 2 is garbage.

Sadly, it seems like Season 2 is more like the books itself, but the reason why it's so terrible is they add back in a lot of fan service and effectively kill the personalities of many characters story-wise.

Sword Art Online II, aka season 3, a new anime based on stories after season 2 just started, it's including some fan service, but seems to have toned it down. Too early to tell if they're going to botch things as badly as season 2, but I'll let you guys know.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: July 23, 2014, 12:57:15 AM
Eh, it's one more month, and moves it out of the SUPER GAME MONTH OCTOBER! Big games like RPGs can always use more time for polishing.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 21, 2014, 03:52:54 PM
Yeah, I wasn't arguing that. Just saying how crazy people on the internet were saying it's a Z-95. Tongue
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: July 21, 2014, 03:47:09 PM
People all over the internet have been saying that it's a Z-95, or based on it.

Apparently though, it's heavily based on some original Star Wars paintings of the X-Wing where it had the exact same sleeker shape.

Of course, I love that they took the time to put plenty of wear on it. The problem with the prequels wasn't the seemingly out of place tech, but rather that nothing looked like it was used.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 21, 2014, 12:43:23 PM
Yep. Sometimes old school isn't all it's cracked up to be.

That said, the separate money pools is still a part of the game's co-op dynamic. Some duos, or later on 4 player modules, will have players slightly at odds, or disagreeing on things. All part of the fun of the game for those that want that dynamic.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity : Original Sin on: July 21, 2014, 03:08:03 AM
Who wrote the GT review? Perhaps a contract writer didn't do his job properly?
192  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 19, 2014, 07:53:36 AM
That's because they most likely did it.

Just before news hit of a passenger jet going down, the rebels were the first to post online about how they downed another Ukrainian fighter jet.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Passenger Jet Shot Down over Ukraine on: July 17, 2014, 04:06:17 PM
Wonder which idiotic side did it.
194  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Taken 3? on: July 17, 2014, 02:49:30 PM
Taken 3: Taker

Liam Neeson runs around kidnapping the family members of a cartel to use as a bargaining chip to get his entire family out of a warzone.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/?] Gigantic (TPS MOBA) on: July 17, 2014, 02:43:43 PM
I'd consider those late wave 2. From what I hear Dawngate fixes a ton of problems, but doesn't go as far as casual oriented mobas like HOTS. I have no idea where Strife lands in the spectrum.
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/?] Gigantic (TPS MOBA) on: July 17, 2014, 10:18:15 AM
Yeah, this and that new Gearbox game is like the second wave of MOBA clones.

Or is it now the third wave considering the first wave really only had LoL and DOTA 2 left? DOTA 2 being lumped in with with first wave despite coming out much later, it's very much a clone of the original.

Either way, these might do better than Smite, which seemed the one that was following more closely to the MOBA style just in third person.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: July 14, 2014, 12:31:18 PM
ATB: To be honest, this will probably be an MMO that doesn't play as much like an MMO, but if the thing about MMOs that you hated was the loot grind, you should probably still avoid this.

From all that I'm hearing, the best way to see if you'll be interested in the gameplay over the long run is if you liked Borderlands 2's combat. It's almost the same style of shooter where you have positioning and movement, but the damage is heavily level dependent, to the point where if you're 2+ levels above or below a target, they soak up a lot of fire.
198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/neXtBox/360/Ps3/Ps4] Wolfenstein:The New Order on: July 08, 2014, 11:26:36 PM
Be prepared to have most AAA games from now on require 64bit, there's probably a bunch of PC only titles that will make that switch as well in the coming years.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Civilization: Beyond Earth - Finally an Alpha Centauri successor? on: July 05, 2014, 09:36:44 AM
It is actually more than Civ 5 in space, although it does share a lot of the same core mechanics. But that's like saying Alpha Centauri was just another Civ 2 clone.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: July 02, 2014, 08:09:43 PM
So according to this:

Playstation 4 DS4 controllers now work in wireless mode with the PS3, including the PS button functionality. You can even turn on the PS3 with a DS4.
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