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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/11/14 on: April 14, 2014, 08:31:11 PM
Update - Platinum on Infamous: Second Son achieved! Pretty easy on the second run-through since the fights really don't get all that much harder - you have to be a bit more careful with your health recovery, but by the time you play through again that should be old hat anyway. Overall I died less on Expert than I did on my first Normal run-through.

At any rate, good to get that monkey off my shoulders. Now it's on to Thief!

2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/11/14 on: April 13, 2014, 09:35:36 PM
I'm up to last portion of Infamous: Second Son - Expert Evil Karma run-through. Should have my platinum trophy tonight or tomorrow.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: April 10, 2014, 02:29:01 PM
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So from a GT perspective, is this game a failure?  I don't want to discuss sales numbers whatever they may be.

Not at all. I know you don't want to talk sales numbers, but it's credited for selling at least a million XB1s, and the cheap Titanfall bundles had to have improved XB1 console sales considerably.

Any perceived 'failure' comes from over-expectation, not reality. In business terms, it's an absolute success - you typically don't get original IPs to do these kinds of numbers, particularly against established giants like Call of Duty and Battlefield.

Anecdotal evidence is a pretty flimsy thing to hang your hat on. Every one of my friends who bought the game are still playing it religiously.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: April 09, 2014, 07:27:39 PM
Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! If they put out GTA 5 as well then my summer gaming slate will be all set (kicking things off with Watch Dogs on May 27th).
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: April 09, 2014, 05:21:36 PM
You won't get any argument from me, TiLT. That was a rather outlandish claim to make.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: April 09, 2014, 12:23:51 PM
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Brad Wardell (Galactic Civilizations/ Elemental Materials) claims that the DirectX 12 update will double the performance of the Xbox One:

I'm really skeptical of claims like that. Other developers have spoken out against this article as well denying those claims. I think it will offer some improvement, but you have to be realistic.

However, I do think the Xbox's performance "woes" have been vastly over-exaggerated. There's only one title I think truly suffered from the Xbox hardware and that was Assassin's Creed IV - and that was mainly due to the oversharpening filter (which has been fixed) and not the resolution downgrade. I still sunk over 40 hours into that game.

I've seen the difference first-hand between Thief on PS4 and XB1 and if you didn't tell me which was which I doubt I could have told you. And the PS4 is not immune from frame rate issues - both Infamous and Thief have noticeable frame rate drops at times.
7  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Great Cable Purge of 2014 on: April 08, 2014, 08:52:23 PM
Our special pricing ends in July and I've been weaning myself off of the bulk of TV I used to watch.

First I cut out all reality shows. They were massive timesinks, completely irrelevant, and I haven't missed them a bit.

Next I started trimming the fat by cutting out unnecessary shows that were on non-major networks. I still keep a few around (Walking Dead, Bates Motel), but dropped stuff I had been recording on SyFy, Travel Channel, etc.

When we go back to renegotiate, I'm also dropping whole house DVR (don't really use it as much as I thought I would), and cutting back my internet speed (I was at 50Mbps, but it's really overkill). I'm not quite yet ready to go Netflix/Hulu only, but I'm getting *really* close.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: April 08, 2014, 03:29:44 PM
I will caution you. I played with it for about 6 hours last weekend and by the end of the session my hand was cramping.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (04/07) on: April 07, 2014, 01:19:53 PM
Daylight was a potential for me, depending on reviews. But since it's been delayed, nothing this week.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: April 05, 2014, 10:50:49 PM
It doesn't matter which console's penis is bigger. In the end it's what developers do with the hardware and what games are available. It's a real bummer when even the developers can't stay out of the console war rhetoric.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 4/4/14 on: April 05, 2014, 12:48:36 AM
Titanfall tonight, then probably more Infamous (evil karma). I started Thief but I'm having trouble focusing on it with that Infamous platinum trophy hanging over my head.
12  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman vs Superman (Man of Steel 2) on: April 04, 2014, 11:35:33 PM
I've actually softened my hatred for Affleck for the role. Not that I think he's a brilliant actor or anything, but looks and attitude wise I think he could probably pull off a younger, cockier Bruce Wayne.

What finally changed my mind is that I started reading about Arkham Knight, restarting my Batman comics, etc. and I realized that as I was doing this I wasn't thinking about Bale's Batman anymore. I had moved on to other mediums and they were their own take on the character. And I was still enjoying them a great deal. I kind of had this "aha" moment when I realized that Batman vs Superman is its own entity. It exists in its own bubble, and Affleck's Batman doesn't have to adhere to Nolan's trilogy anymore than Nolan's trilogy had to adhere to Burton's or Schumacher's films. So why not give him a chance. If Clooney and Kilmer couldn't destroy my love for the Dark Knight, then I'm fairly certain Affleck can't either.
13  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon - FireTV - Set Top Box on: April 02, 2014, 08:15:43 PM
Yeah if I didn't have an Xbone I'd probably be all over it, but I definitely don't need yet another way to deliver Netflix to my TV. I like the voice search feature, though. I'm hoping they'll patch that into the Xbox at some point.
14  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: April 01, 2014, 02:06:56 PM
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There were remnants of a powdered milk package, along with some powder and a styrofoam bowl, on the ground next to the steps into the train car. Rick looks down and they show them just before they all go inside. I'm not sure what it meant, but it was definitely a deliberate effort to make you notice those things.

Fattenin' them up?
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: April 01, 2014, 12:25:09 PM
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Wait...what?

Somebody in my Titanfall gaming group accidentally called it Tit-n-Fall, which turned into TittyFall, which then morphed into Titty Fail. Unfortunately this is an example of my particular group's more mature, highbrow humor.  icon_biggrin
16  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 31, 2014, 08:54:16 PM
Quote from: rittchard
While it certainly appears our heroes are at a disadvantage, I have to question the strategic decision to put the new group together with the rest of their friends.

While I think the fact they really didn't have the luxury of time is certainly part of it, I also get the idea that this Terminus group is pretty arrogant. I think Rick recognizes this too, and plans to exploit it to his advantage (hence the "they're going to feel stupid" line at the end).
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/31) on: March 31, 2014, 08:45:32 PM
Nothing this week. Just started Thief, working on second Infamous: Second Son playthrough, and of course, Titty Fail.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/28/14 - Hope Spring has Sprung edition on: March 31, 2014, 02:32:30 AM
I beat Infamous and started my evil playthrough. Also got in quite a bit of Titanfall.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 29, 2014, 11:53:18 PM
I should be able to knock out the good karma playthrough tonight. Since April pretty much sucks for new games, I guess I'll shoot for platinum. I bought Thief during the flash sale and I've also got Arkham Origins on the PC, so those should keep me busy.

Infamous was fun, not perfect.

Things I liked:

- Getting new powers is awesome. I liked the RPG aspects of upgrading your skill tree.

- Combat is challenging but fair.

- Getting around the city is so much fun - Assassin's Creed is going to feel like a slog after being able to simply run up the side of a building at a 90-degree angle.

Things I didn't like:

- The gameplay gets a bit samey after awhile. You're clearing similar districts the same way against the same enemies over and over and over again. Only two things salvage this. One is the fact that they didn't go overboard with the side quests and collectibles. They could have really made it tedious, but they put in just enough that you can clear everything in a district in a short play session. The other is the fact that you get new powers - these are just different enough to change your combat approach and spice things up a bit.

- The lack of enemy variety.

- The morality system is just dumb. They should just let you choose "good" or "evil" from the start and eliminate the charade they put on that your choice has any effect whatsoever. Anyone who plays through as a mix of good and evil is just going to severely handicap themselves, so in reality you have no choice at all.

Overall I thought AC4 was the better game, just in terms of scope and things to do. If Infamous was cross-platform, or came out at some other point when there were a lot of other PS4 exclusives available, I don't think it would have gotten nearly the hype. I don't regret the purchase a bit - it's a fun game, I've put close to 20 hours in it and I plan to put in another 10-15 more, but just being honest. I think the 80 Metacritic score is pretty much spot-on.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playstation Plus - Now with lots more free games! on: March 29, 2014, 12:37:30 AM
Only good if you own a PS3. It's just going to take time for the next-gen to get enough content to be interesting.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/28/14 - Hope Spring has Sprung edition on: March 28, 2014, 01:19:37 PM
Hoping to finish up Infamous (good Karma) and start on an evil playthrough. Also plan on some late night Titanfall sessions Friday and Saturday. Hoping to make 50.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 28, 2014, 01:18:24 PM
I'm another one holding out for the PS4 version. I played the Diablo 3 extensively, and really want the expansion, but I have so many other games on the backlog right now that I don't think it would be prudent. By the time the console version comes out I'll be finished with Infamous, Thief, and Arkham Origins and will probably be in the market for a new game.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: March 27, 2014, 08:57:06 PM
Yeah, I'd be all over it as well. The Last of Us (and to a lesser extent Uncharted), are my only regrets about never owning a PS3.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 27, 2014, 02:30:36 PM
I pulled the trigger on it, even though I'd prefer the physical disc. The reason being, I have no games lined up after Infamous which I should be completely done with in a couple of weeks. I figured the chances of it going even lower in the next 2 weeks is pretty slim.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 27, 2014, 03:15:51 AM
Yes, this is the game that changed my mind about the XB1 controller being better overall. There are still many things I love about the XB1 controller over the DualShock, but the built in speaker on the DS is awesome, and I even like the touchpad features. Most importantly, however, my hand doesn't seem to cramp as much with the PS4 controller.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: March 26, 2014, 12:32:54 PM
Heck yeah! I'm all over this for $30.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 26, 2014, 12:09:54 PM
I can see where doing the side mission stuff would get repetitive - it's the same problem that plagued AC4. However, that's a little bit self-inflicted. Last night I decided to just stop the side stuff hamster wheel and hit the main missions again, and that broke the monotony. It's still really fun though. Unlike Assassin's Creed, I always feel in danger when entering combat.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 24, 2014, 02:15:41 PM
I plan on playing through with Good karma on Normal, then playing through with Bad karma on Expert. I figure Expert will be easier if I don't have to worry about blowing up civilians and can just kill everything that moves.  icon_biggrin

My biggest pleasant surprise with this game is that it's not as easy as I was expecting. They did a good job of making you feel like a bad-ass superhero, but not so much that you can just walk around with impunity.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/24) on: March 24, 2014, 02:10:20 PM
In some other universe D3:Reaper of Souls would be a must-buy, but I've got too much on my plate right now to tackle it. Maybe one day when my pendulum swings around again to PC gaming.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 22, 2014, 06:29:05 PM
Question: For the objects listed on the map screen that don't actually show up as symbols (hidden cameras, secret agent, etc.) do you just have to go exploring and hunt them down?
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 22, 2014, 02:37:45 PM
I've only had the chance to play about an hour, but I'm really loving it so far. The graphics are amazing for a console title, the combat is just challenging enough, and the powers are a ton of fun. I have never played any of the games in the series, so I didn't really know that powers were limited by energy, and that has made all the difference for me. I really like the idea of having to be a little conservative so that I don't run out mid-battle.

The biggest problem for me so far is just getting used to the PS4 controller. That's certainly not the game's fault though - in fact, I really like how they've incorporated the unique features of the PS4 controller into the gameplay.

I don't know if it's a *true* "system seller," but it definitely made me feel better about purchasing a PS4. Between this and Titanfall, life is good.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 22, 2014, 12:42:47 AM
I picked this up today, will try it here in a few. PS4's virgin AAA voyage!
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed V: Unity - rumors, early pics on: March 21, 2014, 06:04:00 PM
I hope they make the game more mission-focused this time around.

While I had a blast with AC4 and put in over 40 hours with it, the missions seemed to be an afterthought in favor of hunting down collectibles. After awhile, I almost dreaded going to a new island because it was basically a shopping list: Get 4 treasure chests, 2 Aztec stones, 3 Sea Shanties, 2 Assassin Jobs, and a carton of milk.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 21, 2014, 02:22:44 PM
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I don't know, at this point Titanfall is all but defining Xbox One.  Unless they have some staggering exclusives lined up that they are completely confident will be able to replace TF, it may be extremely valuable to Microsoft to pay through the nose.  "When you think of Titanfall, you think of Xbox One" may be enough.

They've got plenty of exclusives that can replace TF. Halo 5, Gears of War 4 - those two alone will have Xbox fans lining up in droves.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/21/14 - "First day of Spring?" Yeah right, edition. on: March 21, 2014, 02:17:52 PM
Infamous: Second Son and Titanfall. Expect this to be a recurring theme for the next few weeks.  icon_biggrin
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 20, 2014, 08:39:12 PM
Microsoft Confirms DX12 Will Improve Xbox One Performance

Now obviously it remains to be seen how big those improvements are, but this is good news.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 06:10:40 PM
I'll still buy it on XB1, unless the graphical difference is amazing. I trust MS's network/server infrastructure way more than Sony's.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 20, 2014, 03:31:26 PM
Those reviews are good enough for me. I didn't expect Game of the Year, I just want something to play besides Knack.  icon_biggrin
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 12:21:21 PM
I use the Ogre only in Last Titan Standing, and only due to the Shield Core. I try to hang back and let other Titans take the heat until my Shield Core is up (or use a burn card to instant it), then charge in and lay waste.

For almost everything else I use the Stryder just because its evasive abilities are amazing. Due to its shield strength, I really haven't found it to be that much vulnerable than anything else. Occasionally I will use the Atlas just to give myself a little compromise between health and agility, but it's rare.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 20, 2014, 01:08:29 AM
I treat Titans like I treated tanks in the old M1 Abrams Battle Tank game for the Sega Genesis (which was cited by Respawn was one of their inspirations, which I thought was awesome).

Just like tank combat games, if you go head to head, you're going to get destroyed. If you expose your flanks, you're going to get destroyed. It's all about using cover. Darting in and out to take potshots at the enemy then retreating back to your cover. Knowing when to back off. If your shields go down, you're screwed. You have to know when to retreat, shield back up, then re-enter the fray.

I think the mistake lies in thinking that Titans, by their look (and by the conditioning we've received from other mech games), are these big unstoppable beasts. They're not. You have to play them as you're almost as vulnerable as a pilot, and use many of the same tactics you'd use while in pilot mode.
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