http://gamingtrend.com
December 22, 2014, 11:04:33 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News:
 
  Home Help Search Calendar Login Register  
  Show Posts
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 69
1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/23) on: Today at 01:22:26 PM
I'll be picking up a few wishlist items that went on sale for Steam. Namely Spintires, Valiant Hearts, and possibly Grim Dawn.
2  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 19, 2014, 03:31:32 PM
Yeah the thing I like about that Alec Baldwin podcast is I feel like you more or less get a true sense of what the celebrity is really like. Kris Kardashian came across just as shallow and attention-whorey as I expected.
3  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 19, 2014, 01:15:14 AM
Yeah, that's why I pointed out it's better suited for some podcasts over others. I only use it for podcasts that are heavily information or interview oriented. I'd never use it for something like Serial, for example, where details are important, or something like Giant Bomb where the chance of comedy is really high. Alec Baldwin interviewing Kris Kardashian? Double speed all the way.  icon_biggrin
4  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 18, 2014, 02:45:48 PM
I'm still torn on Welcome to Night Vale. I'm about 7 or 8 episodes in, and it's rather formulaic and somewhat predictable. However, the musical interludes in each episode are really good and the extremely cynical humor occasionally makes me LOL.

I think it just doesn't lend itself well to binge-listening. I think I'll push through and catch up, then enjoy it as a bi-weekly program as it was clearly meant to be.

Also, being able to 1.5x or double speed podcasts is the greatest thing ever. Obviously some lend themselves to it more than others, but I've been doing some major catch-up at work by putting some on 2X and ripping through them.
5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 16, 2014, 01:48:27 PM
I listened to the pilot of "Welcome to Night Vale" based on that Slate recommendation, and I'll definitely be catching up on that one. Really weird but oddly fascinating - will be a good one to listen to in the evenings when the house is quiet.
6  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: December 15, 2014, 07:04:20 PM
I just started catching up on Here's The Thing with Alec Baldwin.

I'm not the world's biggest Alec Baldwin fan, but this is a really fascinating show. I also like that most episodes run fairly short (half hour or so).

Each episode he interviews a different celebrity - actors, actresses, musicians, political strategists, etc. He's a great interviewer and is able to ask sensitive/tough questions that a non-celebrity interviewer may not be able to get away with.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/16) on: December 15, 2014, 05:19:12 PM
I plan to keep up my tradition of buying everything that Steam puts on sale, then not play it.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 10, 2014, 01:13:41 PM
In Far Cry 3 I was really obsessive about getting every loot item, but I've been a lot more casual this time around since it takes up so much damn room and is so abundant. Also, I don't think it counts towards 100% completion, so there's no real reason for me to grab everything.

Also, don't try to kill Asian Rhinos with a bow.
9  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: December 09, 2014, 04:07:18 PM
I never got Day 1 but Day 2 showed up the other day. I made the mistake of opening it in front of my wife and like Lucy Ricardo, I had SOME 'SPLAININ' TO DO!!!  icon_biggrin
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 01:40:56 PM
I currently buy most of the cross-platform titles on PS4 for the graphics/performance boost, even if it's negligible, but only because I have that choice. However, I've played many 900p games on the XB1 and never have my eyes started bleeding due to the lack of pixels. In the end if you care more about pixel count than you do games, you need to buy a PC because right now it's killing both consoles in terms of graphic quality.

I feel like the XB1 has by far had the better exclusives to date. Forza 2, Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive were all great, and I'm looking forward to the Master Chief collection once they get its issues ironed out. PS4 will certainly have some good exclusives, but it seems to be in a constant state of "just you wait, it's going to be good!" I'm hoping 2015 is the year we finally start to see some of those promises come to fruition.

In terms of the systems themselves, the PS4's interface is by far cleaner and easier to navigate, but I have to hand it to the XB1 team for providing constant meaningful updates to the UI. I've been really disappointed in Sony's rare "bug fix and performance improvement" patches that offer almost no discernible features or improvements.

I've been asked the question multiple times this holiday season on which console to buy, and my answer has always been, "It depends." I think the PS4 is a rock solid console if you just want to straight up play all the cross-platform titles with the best potential performance and graphics. I think the XB1 offers the better multiplayer and multimedia experience, and currently has the better exclusives. In the end, I'm really glad I got them both because they both fill a niche. I thought that the abundance of cross-platform games would make owning both consoles stupidly redundant, but I've been pleasantly surprised to find that I really do enjoy them both equally.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 08, 2014, 01:05:52 PM
Nothing this week, but I have my hands full anyway.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 08, 2014, 01:39:51 AM
So far so good, I'm really liking it. It's basically just Far Cry 3 - Cry Harder, but I loved FC3 so it's all good.

First thing I did was set myself up for an alternate ending (major spoiler below):

Spoiler for Hiden:
At the beginning of the game, Pagan Min tells you to wait and he'll be right back. If you do wait (approximately 12-15 mins), he comes back, you get on a chopper together. He flies you to a shrine where you place your mother's urn and credits roll. If you just do what you're told, you don't have to deal with all the bullshit of actually playing 30 hours. I laughed out loud.

13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 01:34:39 AM
I'm pretty much the opposite when it comes to sentimentality. I don't have time for ancient technology. My 360, which I had owned since launch, got kicked to the curb so fast it would have made your head swim when the new consoles were launched.

If consoles were puppies, I'd be the meanest SOB on the planet.

14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 07, 2014, 12:51:29 PM
I'm looking forward to this one. I exchanged my unopened copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity for it last night. I'll pick up Unity again at some point because I have a feeling it will be getting some deep discounts sooner rather than later. I was going to get GTA V, but ultimately needed my Ubisoft climbing towers fix.  icon_biggrin
15  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 04:09:56 AM
Here's my biggest problem with cable. Not using realistic numbers here, just making it simple.

Let's say I'm a new customer, and I get a great deal and pay $50/month for the first year. First year comes and goes, then it goes up to $100/month. I'm now paying twice as much for the same content. The next year cable prices go up, and I'm now paying $125/month for the same content I was paying $50 for a couple of years ago. My neighbor gets fed up with his high bill, so he calls and threatens to cancel his service. They drop him to $75/month and HBO to make him happy. Meanwhile I haven't called and complained, so guess what? I'll be paying $150/month when they raise prices again in six months, and getting LESS content then neighbor Joe.

How, as a consumer, can you not feel like you're not getting f-ed over when the pricing is all over the map? I can ask five different people what they pay for cable, and I get five different answers.

I would happily pay for cable if I knew I was getting a fair price that was the same as everyone else. Instead, I feel like I'm being ripped off unless I'm willing to call them up and act like an asshole.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 04, 2014, 11:40:16 PM
I'm in the same boat, Travis, though I haven't given up many opportunities to play it. While it actually lends itself well to short play sessions since you can go knock out a quest or two and then set it aside, it's more rewarding and addictive when you can play it for a longer stretch. The most fun I've had with it so far is when I was able to play for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

With so many other games I want to play right now, this may just be the one that I'm content to finish over the course of several months rather than just trying to knock it out. The RPGs I've finished have typically been ones I've played when there was nothing around to distract me.

17  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: December 03, 2014, 04:11:10 PM
Quote
Jared Leto has a very huge challenge as Heath Ledger owned that role and I have a very hard time seeing someone else play it.

I'm probably the only person on the planet who didn't particularly care for Heath Ledger's take on the character. I'm not saying it wasn't good, but to me it wasn't The Joker. Just like Bane wasn't Bane.

I'm very interested to see what he'll do with the role, though.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 08:43:04 PM
I understand they are a business, but it doesn't mean we as consumers need to bend over and accept mediocre products. I hope Unity's disastrous launch is a wake-up call for them.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 08:21:44 PM
I don't think Ubisoft is lazy, but I do think they are greedy. They need to stop trying to push out an Assassin's Creed installment every year. There is example after example of them over-promising and under-delivering, and I don't believe it's because they want to make bad games. I think their publishing arm is just pressuring to ship ship ship and damn the consequences.

Just today it was revealed there is a bug in The Crew that makes it impossible to actually join a crew. They had to release a day one patch for it. When you're shipping product that has core gameplay features that just don't work, you need to slow the fuck down.

20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: December 02, 2014, 03:26:48 PM
They don't necessarily need to catch up to PS4 to be successful and profitable. They're making all their money off of software, so as long as they have enough units out there to make money off games and keep developers interested in making games, they should be fine. Now Sony needs to stop resting on their laurels and get some good exclusives out.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 01:36:00 PM
I kind of fall in the middle of you two guys (Bullwinkle and TiLT). I do enjoy the collectible stuff in the Ubisoft games, but I also recognize that their formula is starting to get a little old. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just one game, but all their games use the same side mechanics disguised as something else. Assassin's Creed, climb a tower to reveal side stuff. Far Cry, climb a radio tower to reveal side stuff. Watch Dogs, hack this tower to reveal side stuff. The Crew, pull up to this satellite dish to reveal side stuff.

At some point they need to change up the way they're doing things. I think there are creative ways to accomplish this and give some meaning to the side content. As an example: I thought Sunset Overdrive went a bit overboard in number of collectibles, but those collectibles were used as currency so there was some motivation to collect them outside of busy work. And Dragon Age has tied side collectible stuff into the broader story and at least made it appear to be something other than busy work.

To Ubisoft's credit, they pretty much invented this formula, so I cut them some slack for wanting to use it. However, as developers find new and interesting ways to tweak it I think they'll need to follow suit to keep us from getting bored or just ignoring it entirely.
22  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Marvel Unlimited - 75 cents for 1 month (new/returning users) on: December 01, 2014, 09:26:07 PM
I wish DC had a similar service. I'd love to go catch up on some old Batman stuff.

I'll definitely check this out, if nothing else just to read Civil War in preparation for the new Marvel movies.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 01, 2014, 02:37:59 PM
Nothing this week. I want Game of Thrones, but I still need to finish up Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us before tackling any more Telltale Games.
24  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 01, 2014, 03:17:23 AM
I hope the shots of the ship battles in a planet's atmosphere and all the outdoorsy stuff means they were willing to take some creative risks with this film. One of the things that has always bugged me about Star Wars stuff outside of the films is that despite this huge galaxy to explore, the same tired themes and character types are trotted out over and over and over. As if to show any ounce of creativity would make it not Star Warsy enough and alienate fans.

Even Star Wars Rebels, which is a great show, still has some of the same tired elements. Most of the main characters in that show are just slight variants on the original trilogy cast doing slight variations of stuff we've already seen before.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 28, 2014, 12:20:23 PM
I took the advice to "leave the f-ing Hinterlands" and very glad I did. Had more fun last night than I have since I started the game. Wrapped up one major story quest and set myself up for more adventure to come.

To be honest, I don't know how you can stick around the Hinterlands for any significant length of time anyway - the edges of that zone get into Level 12 territory, and I was getting my ass kicked trying to pick up some of the shards.

Spoiler for one region in the Hinterlands:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Walking into the Queen's Valley region and seeing a dragon flying overhead setting stuff on fire was one of the coolest moments ever in any RPG. It turned on me, toasted my party, and I was just sitting there going HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! over and over with this big smile on my face.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 27, 2014, 12:34:50 PM
I wound up getting this as a birthday present. Not sure if I want to keep it and give it a whirl once the patches hit, or just go ahead and trade it in for GTA V or something that I know is really good.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 10:49:10 PM
Stupid question time, but in my defense I kept drifting in and out of sleep playing the game last night.

How the hell do I get to the War Room/War Table thing?
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 26, 2014, 09:33:42 PM
My wife bought me Dragon Age: Inquisition for PS4. It has been quite a fun ride so far!
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 25, 2014, 08:29:08 PM
Yeah, and they act like online games are some new development, and that reviewers have no understanding of how to review games with online features impartially.

It's not only insulting to the consumer's intelligence, it's insulting to reviewers' intelligence.

This kind of stuff and the release-date review embargo trend is why I'll probably never pre-order another game in my life. You build trust with your customers by making good products, not by using shady tactics to trick them into buying a game that isn't as good as your marketing made it out to be.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 25, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
Quote
"We've had game critics out to try our new game.  Ignore anything they might say about it; just buy it and experience the finished product for yourself!"

That's exactly what Bungie said about Destiny. This is becoming a trend.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 01:49:03 PM
Nothing, and let me tell you it is KILLING me still having not jumped on any of the recent flood of games. Still holding out for birthday presents.  icon_biggrin
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 09:23:33 PM
At one time I was wavering between Sunset Overdrive and Shadow of Mordor, but I finally went with Shadow because I feel like it had fewer flaws overall. I had a great time in Sunset Overdrive and overall the world is more "fun" in terms of variety, but there were parts of it I really disliked.

However, there is a LOT of gaming to be had before I can make this decision. I'm guessing Dragon Age is going to blow Shadow of Mordor off of my GOTY list in short order.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 09:15:40 PM
Watch Dogs was my biggest disappointment, because I actually bought it. However, it was only a disappointment in that it was not the game-changing open world experience I had expected from the previews. Ultimately I did enjoy it for what it was, and didn't feel like I wasted my money. I just wish it had been the game I had built it up to be in my mind.

Destiny was a disappointment in that after playing the beta one time I knew it sucked (my opinion, not trying to take away from anyone else's enjoyment). I had all kinds of hope for that game and was following it pretty closely. However, just a couple of hours with it and I knew on a gut level that it was not what it had been hyped to be.

Biggest surprise? A tie between Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive. I had no clue Shadow of Mordor even existed until the GameInformer preview, and while that piqued my interest a tad, I had absolutely no plans on actually buying it. Then the reviews hit and it became a must-own. Really enjoyed it.

Sunset Overdrive I had been following ever since its first announcement, but only because it was an XB1 exclusive. Nothing about the game actually appealed to me - the humor, the graphics, the constantly moving, etc. On paper it looked like the LAST thing I would want to play after Shadow of Mordor. Then the reviews hit. Again, I was swayed. Again, I had a hell of a great time.

Wolfenstein was also a big surprise, but I don't put it on top only because I've always loved the Wolfenstein games. So there was always an underlying interest level, even if it wasn't a day one consideration.

Looking back on 2014, it was definitely the year of the surprise. Of the 8 big-budget games I finished this year, 5 were completely unexpected treasures.




34  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 18, 2014, 11:09:42 PM
I was telling a buddy of mine about this and he said, "Why don't we do our own?"

So we're planning on grouping in a few other folks and doing a Secret Santa By Mail, hopefully in the poorest taste possible.  icon_biggrin
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 18, 2014, 12:08:16 AM
I'm in. I don't even own the game, but I love getting things in the mail.  icon_biggrin
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 08:59:03 PM
Quote
Once you finish the first set of races at each location you'll realize that there are actually a bajillion more (32 race series in each of the 8 locations)

Well......FUCK!  retard
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 01:24:33 PM
I sunk some time into Forza Horizon 2 and enjoyed it quite a bit. Even though it's an open world car game, it's a nice break from the back-to-back open world action titles I've just finished (Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive). I'm over halfway to the finale now. I doubt I'll go back and do the optional stuff any time soon, but I do want to "finish" it just to get it off my plate before Dragon Age.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/18) on: November 17, 2014, 01:22:06 PM
Not actually buying any of these this week since I'm still in the birthday/Xmas moratorium on buying stuff for myself, but the ones I WILL get are:

GTA V (PS4)
Far Cry 4 (PS4)
Dragon Age: Inquisition (PS4)

Dragon Age has moved to the top of my list. That's going to be my primary game through the end of the year. The good news is that when the inevitable slump hits in Q1, I'll have at least 2-3 AAA titles to carry me through it.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 15, 2014, 03:52:46 AM
Forza Horizon 2 for me, though I'm in a bit of a slump right now. I have the pre-big release week blues.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 15, 2014, 12:39:24 AM
Yeah, I've been a loyal fan and customer of this series since the original, but I'll be passing on this one. First AC game I've ever missed. I just can't get behind Ubisoft's increasingly evil business practices. Such a shame, too - there was a time when they were a phenomenal publisher.
Pages: [1] 2 3 ... 69
Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.19 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.226 seconds with 20 queries. (Pretty URLs adds 0.145s, 1q)