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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG "Reclaim Your Games" initiative on: April 03, 2015, 11:38:45 PM
One of the ways Steam got so big was them implementing something just like this.

I guess GoG is making a bigger play towards grabbing key generation deals with publishers and developers, and that's a good thing. Steam needs a more serious competitor. These games are super old, but it's a step in the right direction.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pillars of Eternity on: March 30, 2015, 08:53:22 AM
For example, you can use practically any weapon from the start, they're mainly trade offs although some individual weapons are better. You can specialize into weapon configurations if you want.

They do a lot of nice things in this game. One thing I really like is their take on the rest/camp mechanic. You can only rest in the field if you have the equipment. However, at Inns, you can rest in quality rooms that give long lasting buffs for money, although a cheap/free common room is available.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: March 26, 2015, 08:47:27 PM
Are you interested in the story?

What difficulty setting are you at?

Also, you can just hold down the trigger to attack.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 26, 2015, 06:55:39 PM
So, they kind of have a suspend mode in now? However, looks like they limited it to only when the system isn't being used further?
45  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tie Fighter Anime - Fan made on: March 24, 2015, 09:32:17 PM
Yeah, already made the rounds a while back.

It's cool, but I don't really like the feel of it. Too anime, doesn't really capture the feel of the movies beyond the ships. You could replace everything you see there with Gundam and it'd be the same.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kojima no longer associated with Metal Gear Solid on: March 19, 2015, 05:15:15 PM
Probably had something to do with Konami forcing him to do nothing but Metal Gear, over and over, and probably now still making arbitrary poor micromanagement decisions from its execs.

Konami's gaming division only exists because the rest of Konami keeps it afloat. Without metal gear, they probably would have dissolved it by now. And the exec that's causing this is probably completely entrenched in his position, so they're unwilling to go in a direct Kojima wants.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: March 19, 2015, 04:36:43 PM
Yeah, but how much?

The numbers for this game apparently show a ridiculous drop in players after the initial jump.
48  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NBC] Community on: March 18, 2015, 04:41:04 PM
Finally saw it.

Wow, it was all super dense, and I loved it all. Especially the call out to how the show is changing.

I'll need to watch it again to catch some more things.
49  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC pulled a Batgirl cover variant on: March 18, 2015, 03:21:14 AM
Actually, the full story is that the artist didn't receive any flak at all, he's gone on record saying this.

What really happened is that people who were critics of the cover started getting death threats and the usual internet gak, and that's what prompted DC to pull the cover.
50  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: SSD is NOT the way to go for gaming on: March 16, 2015, 12:48:16 AM
You can install different games to different drives, Steam does this. You can also backup games you don't play to another drive.

Second, older games, such as the ones you complain about not loading faster, aren't going to see the most benefit from SSDs. Texture pop in from Rage and Mass Effect were symptoms of engine problems, not so much the SSD. It's more likely poor programming and video card quirks. The same goes for lack of loading speed in general. Older games utilized older techniques.

Make sure you've done the correct tweaks, like turning off the page file and such, to prevent your PC from still using a slow drive/process to load big files. Also make sure that your PC hasn't accidentally set your SSD to a different access mode. Also, make sure you have Windows 7's latest service packs, as those include enhancements for using SSDs with windows, but even then W7 wasn't really designed with SSDs in mind, so you need to do manual tweaking to get the best from it.

Some recent games I've played, such as Dragon Age Inquisition, the SSD reduces my load times, late into games to 1/4 of the time it takes on a normal HD. I know this as fact because I had it installed on a normal HD, then moved it onto my SSD when I got tired of its slow load times.

Meanwhile, I recently loaded up Skyrim, and Deus Ex HR, and both games had hilariously slow loading due to their poor optimization.
51  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Media player software recommendations? on: March 12, 2015, 04:38:24 AM
So, I've been using VLC for all my playing needs, and I'm kind of over it. Yes, I even use it for legitimate purposes, like training videos I own and have been using to get familiar with some big changes in game industry graphics techniques.

What are some good media players out there that you guys use?

There's a lot out there, but these days it's hard to tell if something is legitimate, or just a crapshoot loaded with spyware. I'm even willing to pay for good software, instead of just relying on freeware, something that's been working out well lately.

The two I'm looking at are PotPlayer and BS Player. Unfortunately BS Player throws up a security warning when I try to download, so I'm pretty sure it's bundled with spyware.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2015, 02:16:47 AM
They might also want to include an actual single player mode this time. because despite what many say, single player does help games sell, and moreover, they help build that dedicated multiplayer pool of players.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: March 11, 2015, 02:51:09 PM
Considering that they went through a major upheaval of the game last year, they're likely going back and redoing more stuff, instead of trying to use scenarios created for the prior version, whatever it was under Hennig and Co.

Naughty Dog with a delay is most likely a good thing. We've seen how bad things can get when an Uncharted game is rushed. The last thing we need is more of Uncharted 3's rushed encounter design.
54  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Apple] It's about time... on: March 09, 2015, 05:40:49 PM
I'm actually interested in the new macbook pro, but as a PC computer using bootcamp.
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: March 09, 2015, 04:26:40 AM
Maybe we're just too hardcore for you here in California.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "You're it until you're dead or I find someone better" on: March 06, 2015, 10:53:57 AM
It's a standard dual stick shooter with some hardcore elements when playing single player. However, with teammates, you really have to work together, not only in what you shoot, but positioning, being careful about fire, and other things like reviving each other.

If you don't have friends, at least jump in with some pubs, the game quickly weeds out anyone who can't hack this kind of cooperation.
57  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: RAID 1 questions on: March 05, 2015, 10:10:49 PM
RAID 6 was basically a combination of backup and speed enhancement in one. I forget how many drives were needed, I think 3 identical, but you get data protection and that big RAID boost to performance.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Wasteland 2 on: March 04, 2015, 06:00:35 AM
I certainly hope they are serious about the graphical and gameplay upgrades. Because as it stands Wasteland 2 is still a janky mess on PC. Really only good because of nostalgia and role playing elements in the story.

59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So 2015 the year of VR? on: March 02, 2015, 01:42:02 AM
Remember Steambox? Yeah, Valve still makes great games, but Occulus will be the way to go. Give Valve a lot more years for their weird and slow studio process to actually get something done.

As above, we won't see it getting serious until a year or two after major headsets release to the public, because it will take that time for the first games to release supporting it in a meaningful way.

We'll also need the hardware to match, so that extra year lets devs solidify around the XB1/PS4 hardware spec, and then PC hardware manufacturers can push it forward in terms of stability and framerate, which is key for any VR experience.

There's a whole lot of tricks used for game development that just don't work in the VR space as well, mainly a lot of texture mapping magic. So, they need time to adjust for that.
60  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New ĎAliení Movie Confirmed with Director Neill Blomkamp on: February 27, 2015, 01:07:34 PM
I like this idea of retconning bad movies, instead of rebooting the entire series when they feel like it.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: February 23, 2015, 11:41:02 PM
Yep. They're probably counting total monster choices, and not just the choices made after they hit level 20.

Also, given that it hasn't been that long, and it takes a stupid amount of time to unlock the other classes and monsters, the stats are likely skewed.

For example, there was a lot of discussion early on about how much more powerful the later monsters and hunter characters were.
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/24) on: February 23, 2015, 06:05:37 AM
I should make sure I'm still registered with the kickstarter to receive republique.

Also grabbing Homeworld if the reviews are okay.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A good, basic FPS? on: February 23, 2015, 03:50:40 AM
Specifically, Call of Juarez: Gunslinger.

The others were crap.
64  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.
65  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.
66  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.
67  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.
68  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.
69  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
70  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.
71  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.
72  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.
73  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.
74  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.
75  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.
76  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.
77  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.
78  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.
79  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.
80  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.
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