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1  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: October 30, 2014, 12:37:04 PM
I really wanted to stop buying physical media but damn that's a lot of money to be saved. I hate the idea of going all the way across town to Best Buy every time I want a game but 20% is not insignificant.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 30, 2014, 12:27:34 PM
Also, I love my character, but I'm not sure I'm getting what's so fun or special about character creation.

Basically the fact that it exists. They could have easily just made the mohawk dude from the commercials the main character and called it a day. It's nice that they not only did the wacky outfits, but let you play as a man or a woman, various races, etc. It's not that the character creation is revolutionary or anything, just that it's there and has a lot of choices compared to a lot of other open world games.

And yes, the weapon ammo is annoying when you run out, but I understand the need for it. They had to give you some motivation for switching weapons frequently and leveling them up. The more I play, the less I mind it. There are crates everywhere you can smash for ammo, and once you get used to the movement it's not that difficult. Also, refilling all your ammo is DIRT cheap.

This does seem like a game that rewards the time put into it. The first night I played I was absolutely HORRIBLE and never felt truly comfortable with the controls. Last night after putting another couple of hours in, I was stringing together traversal combos, had my style meter pegged, shooting stuff while grinding and bouncing, etc. At some point it starts to click.

The thing about the combat in this game that is really tough compared to a lot of other open world games is that you never catch a break. It's not like you can go leisurely hunting collectibles, because in any given area you will have swarms of roaming enemies. And once they realize you're in the vicinity, they start zerg rushing you. However, areas can be "cleared" temporarily if you're patient. My typical strategy is to put a waypoint down for a collectible, head over, then start killing until I've cleared the wave. Grab the collectible, move on to the next. It gives me an excuse to fight rather than avoid.

If you're having problems, all I can say is keep playing. It does all start to click, and as your weapons grow in power and you start keeping that style meter full, things start to get easier to manage. Make no mistake, though, the game is not a cakewalk by any means. For some reason I thought cartoon = easy and I've been getting my ass handed to me.  icon_biggrin
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 29, 2014, 07:39:48 PM
Dragons Age, GTA5, Far Cry 4, Little Big Planet 3, WWE2k15 for PS4/XB1 and more...

That's only if you have enough money left over from the previous week's Assassin's Creed: Unity and Master Chief Collection.  crybaby
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 29, 2014, 12:30:29 PM
Ok, some more thoughts/impressions after getting a little more play time in:

- While the humor style isn't completely my cup of tea, I admit to laughing out loud a few times.

Spoiler for Hiden:
The "unseen narrator" telling me I need to go through the tutorial because it's the "best way to learn shit" then getting mad when I didn't practice an attack roll like he wanted me to.

- The game is not easy - while death doesn't have a lot of consequence, even some of the early missions are quite challenging to complete since you're having to fight while trying to get used to the controls. The challenges are very difficult early in the game (maybe it gets easier once you get more amps, etc.) I had trouble even getting bronze on a lot of them.

- Like the best open world games, it starts off limited in scope and slowly reveals new layers that expand the complexity. I can already tell I'm going to have a TON of fun trying to unlock everything.

- The weapons are awesome and really make you want to buy them as soon as possible to try them out. The shooting is very forgiving - basically as long as you're pointed in the general direction of the monster it will throw a target up on it and shooting will kind of auto-hit it. However, due to the number of enemies, the amount of damage they can do, and the speed at which they move, it's certainly not a cakewalk even with the assist.

- To show you how good the character creation is, I spent $6500 on a bikini for my avatar. Partly because I'm a perv, and partly because it just matched her jean shorts so well.  unibrow

5  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:41:19 PM
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 28, 2014, 12:57:01 PM
I stayed up until midnight when it unlocked to give it a shot. Haven't even finished the tutorial yet because the character customization was so much fun. They seriously have a better character creation system than some MMOs I've played. I wound up creating a cute little ponytailed punk chick that I think fits in perfectly with the game's style.

If you're on the fence about this game, the first gun you get to shoot has testicles. That pretty much sets the tone.  icon_biggrin

I'm still far too early in the game to get a great feel for how good it's going to be, but the movement and combat feels good. While the grinding and jumping around looks slow in the gameplay videos, I understood it better while playing. It's fast enough to get you around, but slow enough that you have time to strategize combos and engage in combat while on the go.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 28, 2014, 12:11:17 AM
The reviews have persuaded me to pick this one up. (Dammit!) Microsoft is on a roll with these XB1 exclusives; I hope they can keep the momentum going.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 04:42:07 AM
Well, there's a big difference between a console reversing its success from one gen to the next, and that same console being "dead." The PS4's slow start compared to the Xbox 360 didn't kill Sony, and they had far fewer resources to spare on it. The XB1 still has a huge install base and plenty of room for growth, so it's not going anywhere.

However, I will concede that the XB1's performance this gen could kill the successor to the XB1. MS's shareholders have been wanting to get out of the console business for awhile now, and MS may just say "F--- this" and bow out next time. That would not surprise me one bit.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2014, 04:35:47 AM
Nothing for me unless Sunset Overdrive or Lords of the Fallen get stellar reviews. I'm still holding out for AC: Unity and Far Cry 4.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: October 27, 2014, 01:47:19 AM
Any talk of XB1's demise before Master Chief Collection & Halo 5 come out is super premature.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 26, 2014, 03:05:50 AM
Waiting for reviews. The gameplay videos haven't really done anything for me. I'm not sure if it's the game's style that is turning me off, or the fact that the grinding around looks too slow. 
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/24/14 on: October 24, 2014, 04:58:25 PM
I finished up Shadow of Mordor last night so now I'm deciding whether or not I want to buy a new game (Forza Horizon 2? Fantasia?) or just knock out The Last of Us DLC and tinker with some PC games until Assassin's Creed: Unity hits.

First world problems!
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 08:57:01 PM
Yeah, I could listen to her talk all day. She has the uncanny knack of making you feel like she's discovering all this stuff for the first time right along with you, even though she's been immersed in the case for a long time.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 22, 2014, 08:52:55 PM
I played through the demo last night as well, and it was a lot of fun. In a less crowded gaming season I'd pick this up without a second thought, but with a ton of AAA titles coming in the next few weeks, I'll have to pass for now and wait for a sale later on.

Still, it exceeded my expectations. I found it quite challenging - I'm usually really good at music games but it took me a few tries to wrap my brain around the timing on this one. I'm also a big Disney fan, so I really enjoyed the artwork and presentation.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 08:46:41 PM
Yeah, I think you're right. It's been a long week.  icon_razz
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 06:09:51 PM
No, I mean you can't find Grubbins on Ice anymore.

Though now that I look at it, it appears that the current original version of Costume Quest includes it. So maybe I just need to reinstall mine and I'll get it automatically.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: October 22, 2014, 04:47:39 PM
I held off on buying it just because I never played Grubbins on Ice. However, I can't find it for purchase anywhere.
18  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 22, 2014, 03:08:37 PM
Just started Serial last night and it's quite fascinating. Thanks for the heads up.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1/360] Fantasia: Music Evolved on: October 21, 2014, 08:14:50 PM
Very tempted by this one as well. I'm going to try the demo as soon as I get home tonight.

I figure I may as well have some reason to keep my Kinect turned on.   icon_biggrin
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/20) on: October 20, 2014, 12:33:18 PM
Provided I finish up Shadow of Mordor, I'll probably be picking up Forza Horizon 2.
21  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CBS offers standalone streaming service on: October 17, 2014, 06:04:52 PM
It just occurred to me, this may not be true anymore. Is CBS still the channel that old people watch? I watch Survivor, that's it. I think I have seen 10 minutes of one of the CSIs, that was more than enough to make me vow never to watch the channel outside of Survivor again.

The median age for NCIS viewers is 61. Half of NCIS viewers are above retirement age.  icon_eek

While CBS isn't truly an "old person's network" in terms of demographics (they just attract a lot of viewers, period), the perception is still there. That isn't helped by the large amount of procedural series they air, and 60 Minutes.  icon_biggrin

They're trying to shake loose that perception with some genre shows like Under the Dome and Extant (and an upcoming Supergirl series - blechh), but I think they have their work cut out for them.

Still, you wonder if they even need to shake the perception. So far it's certainly not hurting them.
22  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Podcasts on: October 17, 2014, 04:41:40 PM
Update on my podcast habits since I wound up getting totally hooked:

My current subscriptions:

- In the Loop - theme park podcast - industry news, interviews, and commentary, but pretty informal.

- CoasterRadio - probably my favorite podcast - very informal theme park and rollercoaster discussion, family-friendly - If you click on show 902 at and jump to the 25 minute mark you can hear my live trip report from Scarowinds.  icon_biggrin

- Chips, Dips, & Dorks - 80's movie podcast where they discuss a different 80's movie every week. Fun show and co-hosted by Mike Collins from CoasterRadio.

- GiantBomb Bombcast - I changed my mind about Giant Bomb - I love these guys now.

- Screenrant podcast - I needed a good pop culture podcast to fill that gap and this one fits the bill for now. Movie/TV news with an in-depth featured movie review each week.

I will definitely check out Metatheory!
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 16, 2014, 01:19:18 PM
Getting close to wrapping this one up. Once you unlock your 4th tier abilities you really start feeling like a bad-ass.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: COD Veterans (and noobs): Are you getting Advanced Warfare? on: October 16, 2014, 01:12:43 AM
Not buying.

I'm generally not a fan of the "future tech" style shooters. I either want balls out sci-fi like Halo or Titanfall, or realistic/historical.

Coupled with the fact I'm generally just burned out on the Call of Duty franchise in general, and this year definitely equals a pass.
25  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 10:52:27 PM
Yep I misread. Rick bites people, Coral does the shootin'.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 07:10:07 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
Rick didn't kill him, he shot him. Morgan had body armor on.

27  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 14, 2014, 01:31:52 PM
Yeah, Talking Dead more or less confirmed that Terminus is done.

I thought the weakest part of the episode was the weak sauce justification of people turning from kidnappees to cannibals. I almost wish they had just let it remain a vague mystery.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 13, 2014, 06:53:29 PM
Thanks for taking one for the team TiLT. I think I'm going to pass on the platinum for this one. As much as I like this game, I think I'm ready to finish it up and move on.
29  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 5 on: October 13, 2014, 06:49:15 PM
It's interesting to see how my feelings have Carol have changed from indifference (early on), to hatred (when she got kicked out of the prison), to omgwtfbbqsauce when she told someone to look at the flowers, to utter adoration when she played her bad-ass card this episode.

If I was a woman, I would totally go as blood covered Bad Ass Carol this Halloween.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 13, 2014, 01:37:23 PM
I knocked out a good chunk of Mordor but it's not going as fast as I had hoped. Those story missions don't look like a lot, but some of them can be quite time-consuming.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/13) on: October 13, 2014, 06:56:38 AM
Duck Dynasty Collector's Edition with duck whistle and fake beard + Season Pass including all boat camouflage DLC.

32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 12, 2014, 08:41:00 PM
My only minor complaint about this game is some of the missions require you to do a good deal of work that can end up being a lot of wasted time if you screw it up at the end. I spent over half an hour last night doing one of the legendary dagger missions which essentially requires you to enter a stronghold and kill 12 orcs without being detected.

All was well and good as I painstakingly inched my way through it. I finally had one last Orc to kill and bungled my headshot. Instant detection, mission failed. Start over. So frustrating.

It's not that the missions are insanely difficult or anything, but the random nature of the AI means there are ample opportunities for one little slip-up to cost you huge amounts of time.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 10, 2014, 08:34:03 PM
I will be getting married. I'm pretty sure that will take care of any "free" time.

Congrats! Honeymoon night is more fun than gaming anyway.  icon_wink
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/10/14 on: October 10, 2014, 06:46:31 PM
One does not simply "finish" Mordor. Not this weekend anyway.

Like EngineNo9 I'm going to give it a good go, but I'm only 50% as well. So I don't see it happening.

I think I'm also going to play a little ArcheAge. I've been out of the MMO game for quite some time, but I'm in the mood for a little mindless fun and so far it seems to fit the bill.
35  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV]Gotham - Batman Prequel on: October 07, 2014, 06:06:11 PM
I find Boardwalk Empire entertaining even though I know the outcome.  icon_biggrin
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/06) on: October 06, 2014, 12:05:13 PM
Costume Quest 2. I had originally planned to pick up Forza Horizon 2 this week, but I think I'm going to wait until after I've finished Shadow of Mordor.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 08:11:37 PM
I don't think I've gotten to the first war chief mission yet (I've been messing around with a lot of side content), but when I get to it I'll see if I have the same experience.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 07:55:26 PM
I don't think the non-combat controls are horrible, but I do agree they could use some tweaking. Climbing up on something is particularly frustrating, as you may make several attempts at it and it doesn't take, then finally it says "Oh yeah, you can climb here" and lets you climb up. I think AC was better at climbing, Mordor is better at dropping. Both are annoying in terms of sticking to terrain.

I don't think the game is particularly hard if you're careful, so I'm guessing that's just some frustration talking. One thing I realized early on is that if a mission is too hard, you're probably under-leveled. Some of the skill unlocks are absolutely crucial to certain mission types. For example, there's one legendary weapon mission that requires you to kill 100 orcs that spawn in waves around you. If you don't have the wraith attack that does AoE damage, I don't know how you'd get through that one.

Never beat your head against the wall in this game, because you're just empowering the enemy. If I die twice on a mission, I go elsewhere.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 05:07:17 PM
I'm kind of glad this one has some mixed scores, I need an excuse not to buy it right now.  icon_biggrin

I definitely want to play it at some point just because I'm a huge Alien fan and it sounds like they really nailed the details from the movies.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/3/14 on: October 03, 2014, 03:57:15 PM
Going out of town this weekend so I'll probably just get a little Mordor in Sunday night.
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