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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: February 23, 2015, 01:57:11 AM
Wolfenstein. It plays very well as a straight shooter.

Otherwise, you're going to have to tone down your graphics requirement, because the run and gun shooters you want are no longer being made at the AAA level, and that also usually means expensive games.

As for older games. Surprisingly you can play Payday 2 as a more direct shooter. You still have to fulfill funny objectives, but you can play a lot of that game guns blazing.

There's also always the older CoD games. FEAR games have excellent shooting as well, and there's a new FEAR Online which has co-op modes.

A quick search on Steam shows, Wrack, with a bordlands copying art style.
http://store.steampowered.com/app/253610/

The Painkiller series were basically extensions of the DOOM style shooter, and had good graphics for the time.

Far Cry: Blood Dragon was a great take on Far Cry, more shooting, less plot, more awesome.

Those two above are in an bundle deal on Steam: http://store.steampowered.com/tag/en/Action/#tag%5B%5D=1774&tag%5B%5D=1663&p=9&tab=NewReleases

Same for Call of Juarez: Gunslinger, by the same people, a good take on a Western action shooter.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Medieval Engineers (from the Space Engineers folks) on: February 19, 2015, 06:23:40 PM
I think this will do better than Space Engineers. The extra grounding lets players adjust to it more easily.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Help me pick my next game on: February 18, 2015, 08:59:46 AM
SoM or Wolfenstein are the two best options here. DAI will still be there when you finish with those two games, and will be even cheaper, not to mention patched more fully.

I feel you should probably at least look at some videos of DA1 and 2 to catch up before going into Inquisition. I do think DAI is okay to start from, but you miss out on so much context if you go in blind. Then again, it could still be interesting to play DAI, then go back if you find yourself drawn into the world to see what's the deal with all these characters you're meeting.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last Guardian - Trademark abandoned on: February 16, 2015, 09:53:47 PM
Honestly, the overall Sony corp has been bleeding money in so many ways. Only a few parts have been profitable. I doubt they have enough money to fund development on an extra game.

I honestly think they should have fully cancelled Last Guardian a long time ago, put that team on a different project for a while so they could learn to develop things efficiently, then come back to the idea.

Even if you want to make artistic games like this, spending the money on a team for what, 9 years now, is no way to do art or business.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 controller on: February 15, 2015, 06:07:07 AM
I am actually selling PS4 controllers, hardly used, for a decent price in the trade forum.
46  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: February 12, 2015, 06:29:43 PM
The people who damaged the property is responsible. You know, that's why car rentals offer insurance and such. slywink
47  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel Phase 3 Updates on: February 11, 2015, 12:36:44 AM
They need to add a scene back into the Avengers movie where the camera pans over a scene where a bunch of aliens are caught in a web.

Do it, Marvel.

Do it.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Jupiter Ascending on: February 10, 2015, 01:36:47 AM
That stupid article about originality should probably mention that the problem wasn't as much originality, but that the Wachowskis already blew their prestige on other lackluster weird projects, so not only did their name didn't have a draw, their name attached to this project actually kept people away.

And then there's that whole, stealing a writer's manuscript for the original Matrix, then running it into the ground.

Meanwhile, Interstellar did fine at box offices, and that's plenty new and original.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Marvel + Netflix = Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessic Jones, Defenders on: February 05, 2015, 01:37:00 PM
The suit is based off one of the early costumes he used in the comic timeline. So yeah, he'll probably upgrade at some point.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 29, 2015, 02:11:33 PM
Also, the harder zombies are attracted by loud noise.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 28, 2015, 05:54:07 PM
It's not in depth. You don't build a base, you just help survivors in story missions, and secure safe zones out in the field that are just safe houses for night and respawn points.

Most of the scavenging is for weapons since they break a lot, and for crafting ingredients.

Honestly, if you played Dead Island, it's the same game, just highly polished, with parkour, a more interesting story, and slightly better character(s). For someone like me who loved Dead Island, flaws and all, it's exactly what I want.

I'm just waiting for reviews to see if they followed through for the entire game.
52  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [teaser trailer] Fantastic 4 on: January 28, 2015, 07:47:12 AM
I'm very sure that this is just a movie made to fulfill a contractual obligation for Fox to make a F4 movie, or else the license goes back to Marvel.

Also, just having the Marvel logo helps make it more appealing now that the Marvel name is known to a much wider audience. So, Fox is capitalizing off that.

It's going to be bad, I mean really, really bad. They're just throwing a bit of money at it and pooping it out to hold on to that license, especially now that Marvel licenses are worth a lot.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dying Light on: January 27, 2015, 10:12:59 AM
Hey! It's release day!

Unfortunately, WB/Techland didn't provide any review copies, so there are no release day reviews.

That's a really bad sign.

On the other hand, they have shown a lot of the game and youtube in the past few weeks. Literally letting people play large chunks of the early game, and it looks pretty fun and smooth. Production values are good.

So it's likely that the mid or late game is lackluster, or doesn't change things up much. Or perhaps it all falls apart with the story collapsing.

However, WB did make Shadow of Mordor and that ended up well. And Techland, while it had lots of issues with Dead Island, also did a lot of things right.
54  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: PS4 console, 1 controller, Killzone Shadowfall, Infamous Second Son on: January 26, 2015, 10:22:19 AM
I'm selling my PS4, everything works fine and all cords are included. Also comes with 1 controller and the games Killzone Shadowfall and Infamous Second Son.

Asking $320 + shipping

3 Extra controllers available for $40 each, still plan to use these for PC games if no one wants them.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/27) on: January 26, 2015, 08:11:44 AM
Dying Light, definitely. Planning to play it mainly co-op on PC.
56  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: January 24, 2015, 09:32:13 AM
Hey, so anyone watch the end, and the start of the new season?

That was an interesting end, a bit of madness. I don't think I would have liked it as much had I not waited to watch the end until season 2 started airing.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1] Borderlands: The Handsome Collection on: January 22, 2015, 02:51:48 AM
4 Player split screen co-op is a big deal. What other game have you seen in this and the last generation had that beyond year 1 and 2 of the 360?

It's why I think more games should have stylized graphics, so that you can put in more features like this.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 12 dead in Paris on: January 07, 2015, 10:55:45 PM
How many of those are major religious leaders? Because there needs to be more of that, apparently the braindead guys who do this sort of thing only respect the words of those.
59  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Need mp3 music software on: January 05, 2015, 09:14:31 AM
Give mediamonkey a try, they have a free version.

http://www.mediamonkey.com/

I used to use it a long time ago to manage podcasts back when the devices themselves did a poor job. It's been around forever, but doesn't seem bloated.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 24, 2014, 08:33:20 AM
I'm pretty sure the final story missions were rushed a bit.

That said, this is one of the few cases where I'm looking forward to DLC, instead of annoyed that EA is foisting so much DLC on us.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 23, 2014, 07:16:00 AM
I finished it, but plan a speed run through the game a second time using cheats to see what I missed and make different choices.
62  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: December 23, 2014, 04:26:20 AM
I should mention that there's a very nice feature I like on the A40s in regards to repairs and warranty.

The microphone boom is a simple attachment on the side, via a plug. This means if the mic breaks (and they always do), you can just replace the microphone.

The mic is starting to break on my Sennheiser PC-360 headset, but the speakers work fine. When it does break, I'll have to replace the whole thing, or use a crappy desktop mic from now on.

Another big, big use of the mixamp is its dedicated volume control. Most headsets, mine included, have crappy volume control that doesn't have enough range. Meaning, it can't go from practically muting the speakers, to making the sound blast from the headset. That's incredibly annoying, especially these days with so many amateur sound techs that don't know how to set a default sound level. The same goes for a good mic mute.
63  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Good 5.1 or 7.1 Headset (w/mic)? on: December 22, 2014, 08:31:25 AM
All you really need is the mixamp. That has dolby headphone built in, so it's able to take a 7.1 (or 5.1?) signal, then process it to simulate a very convincing 5.1 simulation, all without the quality loss that comes from having multiple tiny speakers instead of a single one.

The astro headset itself is something you can take or leave. You can probably get a more comfortable and better sounding headset elsewhere. And while my impressions after trying the A40 (and successor) headsets multiple times are positive, they cost a premium above things like some basic sennheiser (who also have quality issues despite their headsets sounding great).

One key thing is the warranty. I haven't looked at the A40 warranty, but if it's a good warranty, then it's worth the extra cost. Headsets seem to be something that break with such regularity that it doesn't matter how good the base headset it, they will always break within 2 years due to things like the constant motion of taking it on or off, pulling cables, and more.
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Constantine on: December 22, 2014, 07:33:55 AM
It was cancelled, although I think it still has some episodes left to air, or go to video.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: December 16, 2014, 06:59:49 AM

Quote from: Teggy on December 15, 2014, 10:35:00 PM

And done. Definitely finished strong.

Spoiler for Hiden:
They really amped up the tension with the space station coming apart and also dropping you into the nest. Man face huggers creep me out.

What I'm not clear on is the source of all the aliens. Aliens (the movie) established the queen laying the eggs. I know that the original Alien movie had the idea of prisoners somehow being converted into eggs (the different parts of the face hugger are converted human body parts), but I thought that idea was thrown out. But here we have tons of Aliens and eggs all over without an egg chamber.

I'm also curious how they will explain Amanda not warning everyone about the Aliens. I'm guessing WY picks her up and keeps her under control for the rest of her life.

Spoiler for Hiden:
About that egg thing...

In a deleted scene from Alien, now restored to most cuts of it, they showed how the lone alien could infect people and turn them into eggs by embedding them in that alien web goo. It was one of the first instances in the series of someone trapped in that goo/webbing saying, "kiiiiill meeee..."

They took it out because the scene kind of ruined the urgent pacing of the ending scenes as Ripley was running away and preparing the ship to self destruct. However, it's been added back in since the movie's classic status lets most people get over the break in pacing, and the director really liked the scene despite its pacing break. Most people who watched the movie when they were young haven't seen the scene.

As for the overall game, I think they could have woven the android segments more into the base game, cutting out the longer and slower android segments. This would result in a shorter, but more concisely paced game.
66  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 16, 2014, 12:39:07 AM
He's just been around since podcasts started to be a thing, for a time he was the only major tech podcast. He's also often included in many podcast software's default podcast lists, or top podcasts, so he draws an audience that way too.

Even I've listened to him for a while, but it's been years since I have.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 15, 2014, 07:55:50 PM
Yep, I didn't like her much at all. She doesn't get much in the way of direct character time either. Very little dialog at HQ, and not even a decent personal quest. Which is why party banter, bug or not, is really important as the way she relates to other characters is very important.
68  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 15, 2014, 07:44:32 PM
Tested.com still has the Tested podcast, they do cover tech, but also a lot of other things.

They also recently launched a bunch of extra podcasts, one about being a bunch of Dads, for example. They also have their usual podcast with Adam Savage, and those are always a treat to hear.
69  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: WTF is going on here? on: December 15, 2014, 12:30:13 AM
Use Process Explorer to see if there's any strange .exes or services running.
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: December 12, 2014, 11:30:25 PM
Was waiting for people to catch up so I could talk about it:

Spoiler for Hiden:
He'll be back, but I wouldn't be surprised if he has an extended disappearance, either for an episode or two, or they'll advance time again within the story.

They'll definitely have to use Lazarus pit level of plot devices to bring him back. What they showed was a bit much for even a main character to survive. And I do like how they made it really clear that he never really had a chance.

I wonder if they'll take this opportunity to branch off into this green arrow of destiny plotline I've seen elsewhere, where the only reason he is revived is because someone needs him as part of the search for that special arrow. That, or he has some trick up his sleeve with his ex-Argus partner.

I also wonder if Merlin really did put Thea up to this, or if someone was also playing Malcolm by using Thea, sending him that video to force him out of hiding. It seems to go against a lot of what they setup for Malcolm. You know he wants to make her a killer, but drugging someone to make them kill for him doesn't seem his style.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 11, 2014, 06:25:04 PM
If you have issues with characters not being where they usually should, quick save and reload in that location, they should appear.

It's one of the major bugs they haven't fixed yet.
72  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: NEW 3DS and XL on: December 10, 2014, 09:41:41 PM
How are the improvements? I couldn't stand my old 3DS XL, and just got rid of it after a short time.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 10, 2014, 01:45:04 PM
They should be standing at the front gate, just as before.

Otherwise, they might be standing near the characters that use their talents.

Also, if you had already turned in a quest, that locks you into using it, so save beforehand.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 10, 2014, 07:38:21 AM
Eh, considering the bait and switch they did when advertising the interface, and DA2 in general, I'm less inclined to believe bioware's posts than I am to believe there is a bug that was, "known shippable" that they put out. This is more a damage control post to fans.

If not a discreet bug, then it's still a failure of code and design that people are going for many hours in silence. I think I've gone 1 banter for 5 hours of play, once at the beginning, then never again.

I do think there are some key triggers as they say. First, I haven't done many of the keeps, and it seems like one of the big triggers is gated behind your progression at taking over keeps. I literally would go 5 hours in silence, then I take a keep and a bunch of dialog starts triggering, one after another. I'd been running around doing side quests and pretty much had everything done, along with switching party members and walking around on foot too.

If not a straight up error in code, it's still a major failure in presentation since there's a lot of character aspects in that banter that aren't revealed in story missions, or during character moments at base.

So, take those keeps early guys, and revisit them, as they seem to be a place where party banter triggers. Keeps are actually a better place to get most crafting and selling done for your current party of 4. Also, taking a keep will usually pop up a plethora of new side quests, and war room missions.

edit: New patch put out a number of interesting fixes that weren't listed in the patch notes.

For example, using the search now highlights things for much longer, and it will put little blips on your radar in the lower left UI. Useful for people tired of playing the yellow outline hunt while searching for stuff.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 04:52:03 PM
Eh, Elena looked human, but yes, they deviated from her previous look. Actually, I think they brought in more of Emily Rose, her actress. Unfortunately, the biggest problem was that they made her eyes slightly more Asian in how they arched. Didn't quite look like the American Blonde reporter woman people had gotten used to.

I think one of the reasons why Elena wasn't in UE3 as much is that she had a scheduling conflict with the Haven TV show.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Street Fighter V on: December 07, 2014, 04:45:53 PM
Actually, crazy as it sounds, according to a number of game writers, Resident Evil 5 completely blew every game Capcom has made out of the water in terms of sales. It also explains how they got so big headed that they made the mess that was RE6, and why they've continued making offshoots and sequels for RE after RE6 bombed. It all sells better than anything else Capcom makes to such a degree that they can't afford to stop making them.

Yes, that includes all the Street Fighter series. One thing to remember with Street Fighter is that despite the solid audience for it, it's still a niche game in that it's a fighter. If you think about it, not a whole lot of people play them compared to other genres.
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Squenix, the ultimate troll on: December 07, 2014, 09:43:59 AM
Strangely enough, it's the more Western parts of Square that are doing the most interesting things. Stuff like Deus Ex HR came out of them, a few other recent good PC games too.

Their JRPG business seems to have gone into milking mode on their fanbase, harder than they were before anyway.
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: December 07, 2014, 02:17:22 AM
None of that is unbelievable in any way considering the current released games. It's just all put in one very polished package.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: December 05, 2014, 02:02:37 AM
Evil Within was trying too hard, and put too much of the story in collectables instead of dedicating its cutscene time to putting in story, they waste it on banal gore and jump scares.

Which is not to say Alien doesn't have its own problems. I'd have loved a better layer of human interaction with the survivor groups in the game.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 05, 2014, 01:59:15 AM
I do have to say that the individual missions, outside the big story missions, which are obvious, are pretty short. A much more manageable amount of time if you need to jump in and play a chunk for an hour or two.

That and the whole real-time war table stuff means it's useful to take it slow anyway.

Edit: A ridiculous number of hours in, with a lot of party switching, and I feel like I barely know anyone outside set story points. I've got the party banter bug badly.

For example, banter moments between Iron Bull and Solas (non story spoiler):
Spoiler for Hiden:
There's an entire chess match played out over multiple banter sessions by Solas and Iron bull.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky19-1fuL2U

I've had them in my party for long swaths of the game and they've only spoken once.
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