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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HBS Studios Battletech Game going Kickstarter Fall 2015 on: August 07, 2016, 12:50:19 PM
I noticed they're using the Mechwarrior Online designs, at least for some of them.

I'm still hoping they let the tabletop version, which is strangely under a different license for artwork, start using the same designs because the 50 year old designs are kind of garbage even if some gained iconic status.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sega buys another strategy developer on: July 10, 2016, 05:44:16 PM
Sega's PC wing has been doing very well for itself, trying more on solid staples and studios. It's an interesting strategy.

However, we'll see how Dawn of War 3 turns out, which seems to be going through a lot of trouble if the ramshackle marketing effort is any indication.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: July 09, 2016, 05:44:52 AM
This really should have had robust co-op content. It could have been the Monster Hunter of PC shooters. Instead, they leaned too heavily into esports.
44  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie]Captain America 3 on: May 28, 2016, 08:03:13 PM
Man, who knew going into the first movie that the Captain America movie series would be the one with the most interesting events and character development.

It's too bad they didn't have quite as much setup for this kind of thing while Iron Man solo movies were still being made, but I can see why RDJ decided to opt in for this one.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: May 13, 2016, 06:46:38 AM
Looks like they took the criticisms of U3 to heart. I remember they removed the stealth option from a bunch of scenarios, including from areas they initially demoed as stealthable. Kind of glad the leads from TLOU took over the project now that I'm hearing so many good things.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/PC/Ps4] Mirrors Edge 2 on: April 24, 2016, 10:50:34 PM
EA seems to be barely functioning in terms of their creativity.

I saw one preview video and knew I didn't want it due to the characters alone. As soon as the idiot with the night shades and no personality showed up I was out.

That said, Dying Light isn't the best thing to look at since most of its free running is automated. ME aimed for more skill-based and direct control. If they were to tone down combat, which they didn't do, then they need keep in some more manual elements.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS4 upgrade - Neo on: April 23, 2016, 08:06:52 PM
Also, no matter what they say, this will affect optimization of games. It's happened before, and it's happened recently with the crappy versions of non-New 3DS games.

I wish these guys had gotten their act together in terms of game development rather than try to push more hardware at a point when it's software that's needed.

This would be a great idea in say 2-4 years from now where instead of launching a whole new system, they launch this, but a bit more powerful. It's a good way to extend the life of the architecture and give developers more time to develop on the same architecture, but it's just too early at 3 years since launch.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: April 17, 2016, 09:16:38 AM
I never count the novels. It seems like MS' while lineup from that era was reliant on novels and external videos.

Still, I liked the series well enough, but poor story is just that. They got it by end of 3, but at least the gameplay held up for the rest of the series. Unfortunately, because they skimped on story, and the world has moved on from the gameplay, you're seeing the repercussions in reduced interest.

49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 4 on: April 08, 2016, 05:39:52 AM
What's this new gears about? They showed a lot of vague stuff, but now it looks like they're fighting more non-lambent mutants.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 10, 2016, 09:41:24 AM
What's the card system like? Is it just random consumables like everything else that uses the mechanic?

It's a good looking game. There is some discussion going on about how MOBA-like it should be, but this one is going to be way more Smite than direct shooter.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's happening with E3? on: March 05, 2016, 06:04:32 AM
Yes, this has happened before. It will adapt as needed.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 03, 2016, 06:32:52 AM
I'm fine with delays, as usual.

After all, I think one of the reasons why ME3's ending was so controversial was they had to cut it short just like KotOR2.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] SUPERHOT on: February 27, 2016, 10:13:44 PM
A friend as the Occulus DK2, I'll probably play this game on it.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps4, Xbox1] Resident Evil 4, 5 an 6 on: February 27, 2016, 05:45:33 AM
Wow, Capcom really is losing that much revenue? No wonder they jumped on SFV deals.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [ps4, Xbox1] Resident Evil 4, 5 an 6 on: February 26, 2016, 06:44:03 AM
They did, it's Revelations 2.

But, I'm okay with remasters because honestly, it really doesn't take much in the way of money or studio time. They can pump these out for people who haven't played them to try. It's not hurting any internal projects (assuming the management is good) and can even fund a better game in the future.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: February 25, 2016, 05:56:52 AM
Eh, it's still stylized enough that I can enjoy it.

And yeah, I have the remastered collection too and I'll definitely be replaying it through on very easy difficulty.

You can definitely see the difference in tone in the advertising and game due to the change in leadership. Honestly after Uncharted 3's mess I'm glad for a little switch up and a slightly more serious tone, so long as they use that highlight some better humor.
57  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 20, 2016, 04:47:01 AM
I loved how much fourth wall breaking he was doing, but somehow they kept that aspect flowing as part of the movie, instead of a constant series of annoying cut aways. Jokes making fun of the comics, himself, Marvel stupidity, and even his stint as Green Lantern.
58  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: February 18, 2016, 06:48:03 AM
Zoom in the comics was a pretty interesting villain in motivation, but they haven't hinted at anything like that. So, it's unfortunate that they've been waiting so long to add a twist to zoom in the form of whoever that man in the iron mask is.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 12, 2016, 11:01:02 PM
UFO attacks are actually a good way to farm experience for your troops, but only if you have a good setup. If you have good troops and invest in the defense matrix then you can risk the UFO attack, it's not certain the UFO will catch you anyway. So the potential for one tough mission is less dangerous than making every mission for the upcoming month that much more difficult.

There's plenty of screenshots of players that had endless avenger defense missions where the entire map is littered with enemy corpses.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 07:11:09 AM
Okay, so I'm very, very angry right now at the level of bugs in this game.

I reached the final mission, I'm doing very well, I've slogged through the whole thing killing aliens left and right. There is one last objective to do, and the game bugs out and I can no longer complete the objective normally.

So, I've decided to break out the cheat codes because this bug is just so damn stupid and obvious. Having done game QA myself, there is no way they didn't know about this.

I'll describe it in detail in spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
At the end of the final mission you're tasked with killing 3 avatars while enemies constantly pour in from the sides via gates. I killed 2 avatars pretty easily with my squad, and had the third one dead to rights. Now the Avatars do teleport around, but everywhere in the room that he could teleport to I had someone that could hit him along with my ace sniper perched on high.

However, when the Avatar teleports for what should be the final time, instead of staying in the room, it teleports literally 5+ rooms away back near the start of the level. At first I thought this was intentional and that I had to fight a few waves of enemies before it would come back. But the enemies just kept coming and I scroll around and finally found the guy just sitting there. So I start running guys back there to try and get him, even mind controlling a Codex to teleport to him and attack. But instead of teleporting back to the boss fight room the Avatar teleports in that area hidden from sight, and the codex breaks its mind control. I just end up with my lead guy mind controlled since he'd run ahead of everyone and everyone else hit with a psi bomb.

This is the closest I've been to completely losing my temper. So, I'm about to cheat the hell out of the game then not touch it until they patch. It's one thing to have graphical and timing glitches, it's another to let something that dead ends progress.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 12:35:48 AM
There is no diagonal cover, only cover in the cardinal directions. However, if an enemy is at an angle where he's near the plane that your cover is on, they get a bonus to counteract that cover.

You can see it yourself in by opening up the To Hit percentages any time you  take a shot.

One tip is that if you put someone in full/high cover at a decent distance, it's very difficult to hit him, so it can be useful to just move into full cover instead of taking half cover. And if you want to make sure they don't get hit, add on an Aid Protocol from a specialist, it doesn't use up their action, so that specialist can shoot or move on their own.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 12:13:47 AM
Part of the issue is that you need to manage how much you encounter at one time. That mission isn't on a timer, so don't push forward and trigger more enemies when you're already fighting one group, the same goes for any mission, even timed missions when you have a turn or two to spare.

If you are overwhelmed, don't hesitate to back off into full cover and overwatch, preferably also behind complete line of sight blocking terrain. Because enemies move at different speeds and at different angles, they'll reach you at different times. It gets easier when you can fire your entire squad at just 1-2 guys, statistically you'll hit even with a lower hit percentage from range.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 05:37:24 AM
Okay, here's a really weird technical tip but I swear it works and has been confirmed many places elsewhere:

While loading after a mission, if it's taking a long time to load you can just hit the CAPSLOCK key. The game will stutter for a second, then it'll load immediately.

I know it sounds like one of those crazy sounding things that gamers do because of hearsay, but I just checked. This won't work if you have a slow HD and if your system is slow in general due to hardware, but if you have a powerful PC and it weirdly takes forever to load back into the Avenger after a mission, this will help. I haven't tried it during pre-mission loads though.

On the other hand, after trying it a few times more just now, it might have caused my game to crash. So yeah, this game has a lot of weird technical issues.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 01:34:56 AM
Yeah, even the devs said to play on Veteran even if you were experienced with the original XCOMs, specifically saying there were some traps in the overworld/tech game that could lead to a loss.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 12:47:11 AM
So, what building do you guys build first, the Advanced Warfare Center or the Guerrilla Tactics School?

In my next play through, I plan to start AWC to try to get more cross class abilities early. They've been incredibly useful for my current play through, despite getting the center late. A few of the GTS upgrades also seem retroactive, and to get other upgrades you need experienced troops anyway. Plus with fewer troops I can at least use an engineer to reduce recovery times.
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 08, 2016, 07:24:29 PM
Flash bangs are absolutely critical, there's enemies out there that are almost completely nullified for a turn using a flashbang.

The one item I really like and use, but have a problem with balance-wise is the Mimic Beacon. When you use it, it might as well be psionically taunting every single enemy in view of it because almost without fail enemies will go after it until it dies. I've seen only one instance where an enemy tried to act against one of my own troops. Even Sectoids don't try to use psi attacks and will shoot at it.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 07, 2016, 05:54:36 AM
In homage to Rick and Morty, my next play through might be one where my entire soldier base is made of Jan Michael Vincents.

As a tip for speeding up evacs, if you use Tab or whatever button to switch to a different soldier while the Evac animation is playing, it will skip that animation and jump straight to the next soldier.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 06, 2016, 07:19:17 AM
So after using some of these mods, I'd have to say they're interesting but don't have the polish to truly mesh with the game right now.

Most leader abilities have weird limitations or trade offs that are trying a bit too hard to put in that limitation.

The SMG's extra movement is very nice, but the damage in a damage centric game is far lower than expected, and the range is poorer than the shotgun which already does well at medium ranges, but also kills at short ranges. A blade-centric ranger could get a lot of use out of this, but rarely ever will you need that extra movement to get within range of a blade since you have 2 moves worth of movement.

I haven't faced the muton commander yet, but I'm not looking forward to it.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 06, 2016, 01:28:36 AM
It's definitely due to technical issues and bugs. The core game is sound and good as ever, but for some reason there's all sorts of oddities, and while most are cosmetic some do affect gameplay.

The big one for gameplay is that sometimes the game doesn't recognize when a soldier can lean out a tile to the side to take a shot or throw a grenade. The whole game is based on this functionality as most of the time your guys are temporarily stepping out of cover to shoot. However, in just my first session of playing, I had 3 critical times that my guy could take a shot or throw a grenade due to this bug.

The other bugs are stuff like walls and roofs not disappearing and other cosmetic glitches. There's also a lot of cases where soldiers seem to shoot through walls, which is understandably strange until you realize that enemies and soldiers all occupy the entire cuboid shape (or rather, the abstract digital representation) for the purpose of line of sight calculations.

My biggest tip is to watch out for those convoy trucks in convoy attack missions. While it may seem like only the front is on fire, the whole thing will explode like any other car. I had to reload due to a death from that on the first mission.

Also, use flashbangs and mimic beacons. In fact, the mimic beacon may be the most powerful item in the game.
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 04, 2016, 04:36:56 PM
So, anyone see the latest video from Firaxis showing the latest changes? They put in the final tuning on Legendary difficulty and if you've been seeing how it seemed a little easy for other pre-release youtubers, well it's no longer easy.

The new Chrysalids are a nightmare, but it's not a straight up increase in power, as there are some things about them that are also much more manageable. But the addition of an enemy that can come out of nowhere and do damage, forcing you to do the old 1 move and overwatch, while also forcing you to forge on ahead to save civilians is incredibly tense.

Also not sure if mentioned already, but if you've been watching videos of people putting their guys in the open to drop concealment and get an extra turn of shooting, that's not going to work as cleanly anymore, and enemies catching guys out of cover but in concealment will now sometimes stand and shoot without moving.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 08:07:50 PM
I don't judge anyone for playing the game as they like. In fact, XCOM is one of those games that really can appeal to both types, and you can definitely try to up the challenge as you become more experienced and it becomes less stressful to you.

I've been watching new videos that popped up today since an embargo over, it's looking like there's a lot more story in the game. So playing this one for the narrative is even more appealing than before. The increase in story elements has been mentioned in multiple reviews. There's even hints from the devs that as the game escalates later in the game, things change more than you'd expect.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 01, 2016, 06:50:25 PM
So how many of you guys are playing with those Day 1 mods from Long War Studios?

I think I will play with all 3, the SMG and Leader skills tree to give me more choices, and the Muton Commander to balance out the potential advantages those mods.

I'm also considering making some mods since they're really pushing that aspect.

The first one I'm considering is Soldier Quirks and Relationships. The quirks are very minor advantages to soldiers upon recruitment for very specific things, meant to differentiate soldiers in the base game, without being as extreme as the random stats in the second wave setting. Stuff like +5 to shooting a very specific enemy because that enemy type killed his best friend. Depending on the reception, these could turn into greater advantages through some method.

Soldier Relationships are similar, but gained by soldiers going on missions together and doing things. They might confer advantages like extra Will when near, or extra Aim when shooting at the same target. It'd likely start as smaller advantages, such as gaining +5% to hit when shooting at an enemy that has flanked someone that the soldier is friends with. Of course, effects for death or serious injury of one or the other is a must.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 07:44:21 AM
XCOM 2 on Friday, let's see how many friends and forum members survive the first week.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 05:08:45 PM
So, how's this comparing with say, Destiny?

More importantly, is there any indication of a good story, or is it primarily MMO-like fare? Destiny drove me away with its lack of coherent and interesting story despite how much its advertising and setting really seemed to push the idea of a deeper narrative. The Division didn't seem to push that element, so I won't knock it as much if it doesn't have as much, but I would like to know how interesting the story that's there is.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 28, 2016, 01:34:02 AM
I was completely unaware you had a youtube channel, I've subscribed. I wonder if I could produce some multiplayer streams or casts for GT since I have time.

Positioning is super important, in a good way similar to Company of Heroes, where some engagement distances are long. But thankfully not beyond a screen distance.

I mentioned above that the scale works well and they don't fall into the super zoom trap like SupCom and PA did. The sensors manager is really good at providing just enough into and control that you can pop in and out of it. There is no mini-map though, so good players will have to check that more often

One major problem is that the game has a rush problem as the Gaalsiens. Their early sand skimmer vehicle and ability to produce units on the move from production cruisers is dictating the early game way too much. You just rush production of skimmers and keep producing them right into the enemy starting area. If you aren't directly countered with 1, maybe 2, of the only opening strategies then you win. It's even worse if you encounter an enemy Gaalsien player who are often using the same strategy, so the whole match devolves into a boring scrum in the center until one side lags slightly behind in producing these fast and cheap vehicles, then concedes.

I even saw one twitch stream go through an hour and a half of games devolving into Rush with Gaals, win within 3 minutes, if not, concede the moment things go slightly wrong the complaining about his inability to handle mid to late game. Then he got all stuffy when I called out that basing your entire play on this samey opening move is boring and stupid.

It also just pointed out one of the things I hate about so-called hardcore RTS players, and often in other game communities. People who are willing to put up with really bad, stale, or broken design just because there's a tiny narrow way to counter it. Then whining about how fixing this glaring design and fun factor issue is somehow limiting their play, then later whining about how bad matchmaking is because all players looking to actually have fun have left. I think it's one of the reasons why RTS games lost so much ground, not just the consoles, but a player base that was so unwilling to adapt to new game dynamics while somehow willing to adapt to every strategy.

Thankfully, when this rush strategy was countered it quickly opened up and the better player showed through, with the overall game being much more dynamic. However, it's just a shame that this singular powerful strategy locked up the early game into some boring and narrow pathways.

Oh and multiplayer match length isn't that long either, around 15-30 minutes which is just right for these days.
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 27, 2016, 03:25:12 PM
I'm going to pick this up soon.

I've been watching video of MP matches and while it's in the early stages of learning the game, there's a lot to the game so far. There's a lot of the homeworld feel in the MP, but also it goes beyond that.

The biggest change I like is that you really can, and should, use the carrier more directly as both support or in combat. People are still figuring this element out, and it is dangerous, but it's an incredibly powerful move. This is helped by the power upgrades system, where you have a set amount of power for the carrier that you distribute between four systems, the amount you get can be upgraded, and you can run hot for a short time. Switching distribution takes a short time after every change, but if you set them properly you can adapt to the situation. The Coalition carrier can do this more easily from the beginning, since it moves quickly from the beginning, and has a built in armor system. Meanwhile, the Galsian carrier moves slowly to start, but has a Speed power system that can make it much faster. After that you can put power into repair systems, weapons strength, and weapon range. The repair system repairs units around the carrier and I think the carrier itself, so having units around the carrier in combat will last a lot longer. The Weapons turns on various weapons systems, but the weapon range power system can make the carrier's weapons reach as far as artillery.

This is a great improvement over Homeworld's motherships, which just sat there most of the time as a base and target. Now, you can risk the carrier for great rewards. Most players are still figuring things out, but I'll probably play MP trying to learn how to use the Galsian carrier as a fast moving attack platform, using the speed to strike, switching to weapons, to cause damage, then zipping out with repair and speed systems maxed.

The other elements are all looking good. The combat happens at a very homeworld pace, units can die quickly, but it's at a manageable pace if you make sure units aren't being attacked by their direct counter. They don't fall into the zoom trap, although you'll spend a lot of time hopping in and out of the sensors manager, you still have enough time to and are encouraged to manage fights directly.

Unfortunately, there are issues with matchmaking, since all the MP matches are region locked. They also don't have Replay functionality yet, which is why there aren't the usual replay casts on youtube to promote the game. The skirmish AI is pretty bad as well, but they've already committed to fixing all of these issues.

Right now there's also only a limited amount of difference between the two factions, which has been a problem in homeworld, but the differences that are there will become more obvious as people learn the game more.

The map situation may seem bad with only 5 maps, but not only have they announced a new map already for the next patch, the maps that are there are utilized really well. The terrain matters and is interesting. It does get a little samey since it's a desert planet, but the maps are utilized well. It's also amazing to see how all the units move around the maps.

Overall, I find myself more excited for Homeworld 3 if it keeps these ground war elements some how. It's very much homeworld, but on a more manageable ground combat scale.
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 22, 2016, 11:08:13 AM
New terminator series set in the future war against Skynet, but this time, a Terminator from an even more distant future arrives and seems to be playing both sides of the conflict. Entirely new actors, no more arnold. Really reboot the whole thing such that only 1 and 2 matter.

The new trilogy could do a better job of the whole man/machine and introduce shades of gray in terms of machines that become smart enough to disobey Skynet. Then also make use of something Cameron said about how Skynet is now so intelligent that it's guilty about destroying most of humanity, and its inefficient efforts to exterminate what's left of humanity is only a part of Skynet's defensive programming that won't let itself be destroyed, but it also can't finish the job.

Then weave in the concept that the use of the time travel has trapped everyone in a recursive loop that a new trilogy could help untangle.

And throw in Robocop. Tongue
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 20, 2016, 12:50:30 AM
Some footage of AI Skirmish:

There does seem to be some interesting power balancing and upgrade mechanics with the carrier.
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak on: January 17, 2016, 11:42:11 AM
So, this game is out really soon, 3 days from my post here.

The videos look good, but has anyone seen some more in depth opinions of the gameplay, specifically multiplayer?

A long time ago I was part of the pre-alpha test, but had to excuse myself due to conflicts of interest. I completely lost track of it and there wasn't much to see then.

Now, I've been itching for a good RTS to play some multiplayer in.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Psychonauts 2!!! on: January 12, 2016, 10:24:58 PM
It's a terrible investment, but glad it got funded enough to create a sequel.
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