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1  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.
2  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?
3  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!
4  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.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 25, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
"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.
6  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
7  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.
8  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.

9  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
10  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
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 08:59:03 PM
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
12  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.
13  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:

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.
14  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.
15  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.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 14, 2014, 01:15:28 PM
For those with an XB1 and EA Access, you can now play up to 6 hours of the game for free. This isn't a demo - any progress you make as you play will be carried over if you unlock the full version.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 13, 2014, 09:22:17 PM
Is the game buggy/glitchy on the console versions as well, or are those glitches mainly confined to the PC version?
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Have you ever written anything substantial? on: November 13, 2014, 06:58:27 PM
I've written several short stories. Nothing that has been published.

I really feel like I need to write something and submit it, but I've never had the discipline to do the necessary rewrites. One of these days I keep telling myself I'll find the time to really focus on it, but then a good game comes out or I find some other hobby to explore and I never get around to it.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 13, 2014, 12:44:30 AM
After reading the reviews and the amount of gameplay this has to offer, I've pretty much ditched my wish list of titles I wanted this holiday season.

I'll most likely be skipping Master Chief Collection, AC:Unity, and possibly even Far Cry 4 and GTA V. I'm sure I'll circle back to those games at some point, but right now a 100+ hour RPG scoring 9+ sounds like all I need to get me through these cold winter nights.  icon_biggrin
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 11, 2014, 11:57:43 PM
I think I'm going to pass on this one and pick it up later when it has dropped in price and my backlog isn't so full. It may be a "good" game, but this holiday is packed with "great" games.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: November 10, 2014, 10:13:59 PM
Finished this one up today. Really, really enjoyed it. In fact, it's a strong contender for Game of the Year for me, with its only competition being Shadow of Mordor. I give Sunset Overdrive the slight edge because of the innovative mobility and because the world overall was just more enjoyable to spend 25 hours in.

I had a few nitpicks:

- The base defense missions just weren't fun. I really dreaded them. Fortunately you only have to do a handful.

- While the collectibles are used as currency, and therefore serve a purpose, they don't really count towards any percentage progression in the game so they wind up feeling like a waste of time. The stuff you buy with them is certainly not needed to complete the game, and while I wound up collecting them all, I never felt a compelling game reason to do so.

- Ditto challenges - you can't even tell what challenges you've done by looking at the map, so I skipped these entirely.

- Weapons were uneven. Some were certainly better in some situations than others, but some are just awful. Ultimately most of the weapons I finished the game with were the same ones I started with, because they were already decent.

The game is really designed so that you can play however you want, and aside from the storyline missions, everything else is completely optional. While I appreciate that approach for what it is, I'm also a very focused, linear gamer. I have no interest in just running around "goofing off" and this game seems more geared towards that play style.

Overall, though, great game. Is it worth buying a system for? Maybe. If nothing else, it's definitely the best exclusive Microsoft has at this moment.

It's kind of funny that the two games that are my current Game of the Year contenders were two games I had absolutely zero interest in buying until the reviews hit.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/11) on: November 10, 2014, 12:23:58 PM
Technically not "allowed" to buy games from now until Dec. 25th due to birthday/Christmas, but I pretty much know that I'll be getting AC: Unity and Master Chief Collection this week. I'll also be getting either Lords of the Fallen or Alien Isolation through the Target B2G1 free promotion.

I'm really going to be stocked up on AAA games by the end of the year. I'm desperately trying to finish up Sunset Overdrive to prepare for the coming flood.

23  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Ad 11/9-11/15 [B2G1 Free on All Video Games] on: November 10, 2014, 12:29:38 AM
I was definitely getting AC: Unity and most likely Master Chief. For my third choice I threw Lords of the Fallen and Alien: Isolation in there. I probably wouldn't have bought either of those last two at full price, but free is free.
24  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Ad 11/9-11/15 [B2G1 Free on All Video Games] on: November 09, 2014, 03:39:05 PM
My birthday is in a couple of weeks so I will be casually mentioning this to my wife.  icon_twisted
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Hell froze over and Blizzard made a new IP] Overwatch on: November 07, 2014, 09:19:39 PM
Looks beautiful, but like TiLT I have zero interest in the genre. Pass.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/07/14 on: November 07, 2014, 06:51:39 PM
Unfortunately I'm taking a class/studying for my MCSA so probably won't get much gaming in at all this weekend. If anything, I'll work on Sunset Overdrive.
27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 03:12:19 AM
Quote from: Bullwinkle
Yeah, the bad actor father clearly said that Alexa was the wake word they chose.

Yet the Amazon product page description says the following:

Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always onójust ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

I'm guessing they locked the wake word into something that was easily recognized by the voice recognition and wouldn't be confused with a lot of other words. Maybe you can still change it from the default though.

Also I guess it's not truly wireless since it requires a power adapter. Makes the portability from room to room a little more annoying.
28  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: November 07, 2014, 02:39:03 AM
People are saying the title is too generic, but I for one am really happy to see them going back to generic titles. "The Phantom Menace" and "Attack of the Clones" are too of the most god-awful titles in the history of cinema. (And yes, I know they're a nod to old movie serials, blah blah blah don't make excuses for George Lucas' incompetence.)

29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Echo on: November 07, 2014, 02:36:29 AM
My only reason for wanting it would be as a Sonos-type speaker. I have no wireless speakers at all right now, and it would be nice to just tell the speaker to play something rather than have to fiddle with my phone and stream something to a "dumb" speaker.

However, the sound quality would have to be really good for the price, and the voice recognition would have to work better than Siri and Kinect. That's an awful lot of "ifs." I'm not totally dismissing it, but it will have to get some stellar reviews to pique my interest.
30  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 06, 2014, 01:03:06 PM
Quote from: Ironrod
So this Republican wave has a mandate be Obama? Or something like that.

Yes. People do not like this President. It was basically a way to slap him in the face and say wake the fuck up, we're not happy.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: November 05, 2014, 07:55:16 PM
I kind of dodged this bullet. Haven't turned the PS4 on since Sunset Overdrive came out. Got the first chance to boot it up today and 2.01 was waiting on me. Boom!
32  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: GOP Storms Congress: FulL Control of Senate and House on: November 05, 2014, 02:26:06 PM
What you will see is the Republicans submitting a lot of "for the people" bills that they know Obama will veto, just so that in 2016 they can show how the Democrats rejected every attempt to help the country.

Unfortunately politics has become more about the next election than about getting anything done. The 2016 election starts today.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/XB1/PC/Wii U/3DS/DS/Ps3/Ps4/Vita] LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on: November 05, 2014, 02:22:01 PM
Wow, I'll definitely pick this up for the kiddos (and me) slywink
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/03) on: November 03, 2014, 06:50:57 PM
Nothing this week, with Sunset Overdrive actively playing and Forza Horizon 2 in the backlog. Also the next two weeks bring some must-buy titles, so I'm digging a deep hole right now as it is.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: November 02, 2014, 05:25:10 PM
I haven't played the alpha yet, but I was a little worried about that. I spent one night watching gameplay videos and by the end I was less excited than when I started. It looks neat, but I got tired of Titanfall after a month. I can imagine this would wear out its welcome even more quickly than that.
36  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: November 02, 2014, 05:22:45 PM
If I buy as many full price games next year as I bought this year, then I'll save $132 in 2015 and $264 over the life of the deal. Considering Best Buy charges tax, those numbers are slightly higher than reality, but any way you slice it, it's a great deal if you're willing to lock into one vendor and go physical. I'll essentially be getting two games a year for free.

If I take advantage of pre-owned games and trade-ins, I can probably ratchet up those savings quite a bit more.

37  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: November 02, 2014, 03:50:48 PM
Looks like this deal may have been extended. It was mentioned in today's flyer (Sunday, Nov. 2), and it's still on the website.

I took advantage of it yesterday. Unfortunately Forza Horizon 2 had already gone off sale, but I still wound up getting it for $48 once the GCU 20% applied, so I didn't mind. Total for Forza Horizon 2 + the 2 year GCU membership was $78. Insane!
38  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Crisis of faith or is it over? on: November 01, 2014, 06:34:25 PM
I went through all this awhile back, and it wound up resulting in some depression and dark moments.

I was raised Baptist and was 100% firm Christian believer all the way up through college, when it all kind of went off the rails. I ignored religion entirely in my 20s, and when I hit my 30s I started questioning God, the universe, and everything. I wound up going through an Atheist period, and struggled with the depressing aspects of that for quite some time.

However, that journey all led to a good place.

After years of reading both the religious and scientific sides of things, I came to the conclusion that I don't know, and I will never know. I do not have enough faith to embrace the concept of God, yet I don't have enough arrogance to believe man understands everything there is to know about the universe. In that respect I guess you could call me agnostic, but I think that's too simplistic to describe what I believe.

Ultimately I believe that being a good person is the right thing to do. I believe that religion, like everything, can be good or bad depending on how it is used. I prefer it to be used for good, and I embrace the things that are positive about it and reject the things that are negative about it. I believe my family, friends, and loved ones are the most important things in life. I believe in making memories at every opportunity, because they are what give your life value. In this way, it doesn't matter whether or not there is a God. If He exists, then you have lived your life in a way compatible with what He would want. If He doesn't exist, then you've still made a positive impact on the world.

This philosophy gives me comfort. I don't feel like I have to know "the truth" because it doesn't impact my actions either way. I try to keep in mind that even the "worst case scenario" - no God, no afterlife, no point to this whole thing - I was given the rarest of rare opportunities to witness this universe. To be a sentient being witness to this wondrous creation and have the ability to impact it even if it's in a tiny way. We've all already won, no matter what the endgame is.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/31/14 on: October 31, 2014, 07:28:28 PM
Sunset Overdrive for sure. If I cave and buy Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition I may dabble in that just to change things up a bit.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 07:13:56 PM
Quote from: EngineNo9
I saw Kotaku recommended playing through the Awesomesmithing mission to get the last major movement advancement, but that's halfway through the 4th and final chapter, so they're basically saying "complete 95% of the game and then do the open world stuff" which seems crazy to me.

It seems especially crazy given that the collectibles are used to purchase amps. If you totally ignore them, you're losing out on a lot of upgrades that could potentially make your life easier.

I've settled on a compromise solution - I don't go out of my way to get collectibles, but I'll pick up any that I see and that are within reach on the way to each mission waypoint. So far that has worked out pretty well and I've been able to afford some amps without spending a great deal of time collecting stuff. I did buy all the collectible maps so that I'd be able to see everything that is in the vicinity.

It remains to be seen if I'm going to have the tenacity to go after everything once I've beaten this game, though. Under normal circumstances I'd be all over it, but with so many good games coming out in the next month it's going to be tough to justify sinking hours into a game I've technically already "finished."
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