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41  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.
42  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
43  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.
44  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.
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: March 20, 2014, 12:59:57 AM
I understand the Oculus can be used with controllers, but it's forcing the medium (the PC) to adapt to the Oculus rather than the other way around. I think VR is just a better fit for consoles because that native input method is already established.
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Morpheus: Sony Playstation VR on: March 19, 2014, 01:03:11 PM
I remember discussing this very thing with a friend of mine back in 1994. Our projections of when it would be a reality were WAY off (I was thinking within 10 years - or at that time about 2 console gens).

My 20 year old self back in '94 would have been doing cartwheels over this news. However, times have changed. With two kids and a wife competing for my attention, the VR stuff just seems like an avenue to further insulate yourself from reality. It's hard to sit down and find gaming time as it is, much less with earphones and a visor over my head so that I really can't tell what's going on in real life.

However, I will say that this makes more sense to me than the Oculus Rift. A controller can be used by touch alone with little to no difficulty, while trying to use the Rift with a keyboard never made any sense.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 19, 2014, 12:17:40 PM
I think we've also been spoiled by countless iterations of Call of Duty and Battlefield. There have been 10 Call of Duty titles, and 7 or 8 Battlefield titles (not counting expansions). That's a lot of time to improve and evolve. This is the first Titanfall game, and while it's easy to say "other games have already done it, just throw it in there," it's probably not as easy when you're starting from scratch.

I've already put 10 hours into the game and I'm only 36. Assuming all I wanted to do was reach 50 and quit, that's probably a good 15-20 hours of gameplay for someone of my skill level. Is that worth $60? Of course! Recent games like Thief and Tomb Raider that people happily shelled out $60 for were the same length, and with far less replayability.

My single biggest complaint right now about the game is the matchmaking. The game will happily throw 4 Level 2 n00bs against 6 Level 50s and not bat an eye. And they will keep those teams intact as long as you're willing to be the whipping boy for a bunch of veterans. Most of the time you end up either being crushed, or you cakewalk to victory because you happened to be on the "good" team.  

Out of the 10 or so matches I played last night, only one was close. The others were completely lopsided victories or defeats.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/360]Metal Gear Solid:Ground Zeroes on: March 19, 2014, 12:18:46 AM
Think I'm passing on this one, at least until a price drop. The last Metal Gear game I played was called Metal Gear and it came out on the NES.  icon_smile
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 19, 2014, 12:17:25 AM
Yes, sorry about the confusion. 10-12 hours per morality path. I tend to take a little longer than average to beat most games as well, since I like to explore and hunt down collectibles, side missions, etc.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 18, 2014, 07:20:31 PM
Early reports are that the game should take 10-12 hours per playthrough (assuming you want to play through once as good and once as evil). Full platinum ~30 hours.

I wish it was a little longer but I think it will still be worth the money seeing as it's the only thing I have to play on the PS4. smile

Dead Nation is fun in short bursts but honestly I'm a full AAA game kind of guy. These little indies just don't do anything for me.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 04:40:20 PM
Apparently there is also a way to shoot your own rockets against a wall to do some sort of splash damage that kills a rodeoer. I saw it in the tips between maps and then had somebody use it against me. I haven't figured out what weapon it works with yet.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 03:08:59 PM
Quote from: ATB
Any initial sales numbers yet?

I haven't seen anything official for US yet, but in the UK it's credited for increasing XB1 hardware sales almost 100%.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/17) on: March 17, 2014, 03:06:43 PM
Infamous for me.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 17, 2014, 12:29:27 PM
I'm still having great fun with it as well. I think it helps to be online with friends playing. If I was just doing it solo and getting destroyed I'd probably get burned out, but when I'm on with a bunch of friends and we're all laughing and talking trash then it doesn't really matter how poorly I'm doing.

I can certainly understand those who don't really enjoy these types of games. I'm not a multiplayer shooter-only type of guy either. It's why I usually always have a single player game going on the side that I can go to when I start getting a little fatigued with multiplayer.

55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 16, 2014, 12:21:55 PM
Thanks for the heads up AA!
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 16, 2014, 01:52:41 AM
I posted my quick impressions of the new PS4 up in the PS4 thread vs derailing this one any further.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: March 16, 2014, 01:51:25 AM
Got a chance to hook up the new PS4 and mess around with it a bit. No games yet other than the freebies, so here's my impressions:

- The console looks pretty slick on my TV stand. I've never hated the XB1's design - it looks like a media machine and fits well with my other equipment. The PS4 definitely looks like a console. Both are appealing in their own ways, though the PS4 taking up less room is a plus.

- The interface is much, much better than the XB1. I didn't think the XB1's was all that bad until I saw how easy it was to find stuff in this one. On the other hand, the XB1's offers far more customization, so there's a trade-off. Just for getting stuff done quickly, however, I prefer the PS4's UI.

- The PS4 definitely has more stuff going on in its Store. More free games, more downloadable games in general. The free game stuff with PS+ is definitely nice. I downloaded Resogun and Dead Nation. Sorry I missed Outlast, as that was on my want list.

- While this controller is a drastic improvement over previous PS controllers, I still prefer the Xbox's offset analog sticks. And I've never been able to get used to the PS's damn shape buttons. Don't care for the light bar as it seems like a waste of battery, but the touchpad is nice. Also, I love the speaker in the controller (even though it's too loud!) Still, having my controller tell me info in game was pretty cool.

- I don't like Resogun. Sorry, but if this is the game Sony and reviewers were holding up as an awesome launch title, color me unimpressed. Reminds me of the Geometry Wars hype of the Xbox 360, and yeah, I hated that game too. Just not my playstyle - I stopped playing arcade shooters for points back in the '80s.

- Dead Nation is pretty fun. Especially for free.

- I agree with Crusis - the thing is really fast. The XB1 definitely feels like it suffers from a bit of MS "bloat" after speeding through this UI.

Until I get a "real" game it's hard for me to really judge it on its gaming merits, but so far I'm very happy with it. It seems like a solid pure gaming machine, and I can't wait to get my hands on some AAA titles for it. Is it so vastly superior to the XB1 that I'm kicking myself repeatedly for foolishly giving MS my money? Not by a long shot - I still prefer Xbox Live, the XB1 controller, the launch titles, and the multimedia integration on the XB1 - but it's nice to know the PS4 is there to play some awesome looking exclusives.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 07:57:22 PM
Ummm I don't see any war here - if anything I see camaraderie...
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 06:13:20 PM
I truly believe level differences are far less important in this game than any other multiplayer shooter. The variety of weapons, mods, and tier kits is honestly not that great - which puts most people on a relatively even playing field.

And hell, I'm level 30 and I suck! You level quick enough in this game that I don't automatically look at someone who is 5 levels higher and assume he's better than me.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 05:07:01 PM
The gaming gods were kind today. Walked into Target and they had one PS4 in stock. Gave my wife the puppy dog eyes and she relented after I impressed on her the utter rarity of this event (not really because I've seen them all over the place around here, but she didn't know that).

The Target lady was all excited and there were employees gathered around like I had come in to purchase the Mona Lisa or something. The girl who sold it to me was obviously a gamer because she was geeking out hard. If my wife had not been there I'm pretty sure she would have proposed.

When I told her I didn't want a game she looked shell-shocked. Then I told her I was waiting on Infamous. Her whole face lit up and she gave me the "fellow gamer telepathic gaze of total understanding."

I have a date night tonight so probably won't get to hook it up, but I'm all set for next week!
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 04:53:25 PM
All I'm saying is that if one variable stays the same (PS4 is hard to find) and one variable changes (XB1 sales increase), then it's fair to say that XB1 sales increased. At any rate, the PS4 isn't hard to find in my area because I bought one at Target 15 minutes ago smile
62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 01:38:56 PM
I thought I read that framerate was kept at 30 for this one, so I'm hoping it should be solid. After watching a few more vids and seeing those screenshots, I think I'm sold assuming I can find one in stock.
63  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 15, 2014, 01:36:25 PM
I've got a few tips after putting in a marathon (for me) session last night and doing quite well:

- Learn to wall run, wall hang, and climb. A lot of people still aren't totally adept at these or don't use them, and they can help you get the edge on opponents. Last night I had one instance where I got up on a roof and took out 5 or 6 players before anyone ever spotted me. Particularly in some of the bigger maps, people forget to look up.

- If you're playing Hardpoint, you can get 75 points every few seconds just by sitting in a hardpoint. It's easy XP, and you're helping your team defend captured points (something few people actually do).

- Kill/death is not everything in this game. I can't tell you how many matches last night I was in that I was top scorer, even though I had low kill counts. Learn what nets points for each game type - you don't have to have the best K/D to come in first and make mad XP.

- Electric smoke is not just good for getting pilots off you. That crap is NASTY up close in melee. If I'm ever in a one-on-one with a Titan that has more health than me and I think I'm going down, I'll charge him swinging and pop smoke. A lot of the time I end up surviving.

- Don't neglect the heavy turrets on some maps. They only take a few seconds to hack, but they can be a complete nuisance to enemy pilots and Titans.

- If you're not very good at going toe to toe with people, try skirting the edges of the map and coming up on enemies from behind. A lot of people just charge straight through the middle. I use this tactic quite often with Titans, because people tend not to watch their rear when they're in those. Plus their backs are really vulnerable when the hatch gets blown off.
64  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 15, 2014, 12:56:15 AM
I just hope the gameplay matches the visuals. Pretty particle effects are all well and good, but if the gameplay sucks, who cares.

Having never played any of the previous entries in the series, I don't know much of what to expect other than what I've read. I will say, however, that the 20 minute gameplay video did more to sell me on a PS4 than all the reading I've done on the game so far.
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 15, 2014, 12:23:32 AM
Quote from: JCC
I really don't have any dog in any console war since I am sitting comfortably on the sidelines, but I think any comparison between XB1 and PS4 monthly sales is meaningless until the PS4 is as readily available as the XB1. I haven't seen a PS4 anywhere in weeks.

I don't think it's meaningless for the simple reason that the PS4 outsold the XB1 2:1 in January, yet one would presume it was just as scarce then (if not scarcer).
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/14/14 on: March 14, 2014, 04:31:45 PM
Titanfall. Got to grind dem levels.
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: March 14, 2014, 01:01:51 PM
The NPD numbers for February are out, and it spells good news for XB1. XB1 sold 90% of PS4's numbers (258,000 to an estimated 286,000). Due to the XB1's higher prices, it actually outsold the PS4 in terms of dollars. Attach rate was also quite high at 2.75. Note that this is before the "Titanfall" effect, so hopefully March will look good as well.

Theories behind this are early sales in anticipation of Titanfall, or consumers getting fed up with the scarcity of the PS4 and going Xbone. Whatever the case, though, it seems the rumors of the XB1's demise have been greatly exaggerated, which is great news for gamers.
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 14, 2014, 12:27:50 PM
Had a great time playing with msduncan last night. Fortunately he never whipped out his balls.
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 13, 2014, 08:07:03 PM
Standby for Titanballs!
70  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: March 13, 2014, 07:27:50 PM
That looked pretty dang sweet. If this scores in the 8+ range I think it will tip me over the fence to buying a PS4.
71  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 13, 2014, 01:14:35 PM
Did anybody order this from the Microsoft Store for the $10 store credit? I still haven't seen any emails or codes or anything on how to redeem the credit.
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 12, 2014, 03:05:00 AM
Didn't have any problems hopping on tonight, though my friend five minutes from me couldn't get logged in all night. Weird.

At any rate, played through the entire Militia campaign. Honestly, I could do without it. I was expecting a bit more story and scripted stuff, but instead you basically just get little 30 second cutscenes before each match. Most of which are Attrition, which is my LEAST favorite game type. I'll play through IFC just to unlock the last Titan, but I'd have been fine if they had ditched Campaign altogether.
73  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 11:31:55 PM
For those who are n00bs, I understand not wanting to be a punching bag. But the only way to improve is to play regularly with people better than you. The only surefire way to stay a n00b is to be scared to play. I don't think there's any better game or time to jump into a franchise. CoD and BF are filled with veterans who have played those games for years. At least with Titanfall, everyone is on a relatively level playing field. And you can always play it safe and run around killing AI grunts.
74  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: March 11, 2014, 06:50:35 PM
Pretty excited about this one too. I actually didn't play Costume Quest until well after release, when I finally picked it up cheap on a Steam sale. Absolutely loved it. I'm a huge Halloween nut, and the theming was perfect.
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 06:49:01 PM
Went home at lunch to play. Install was quicker than I anticipated, maybe 15 minutes? No problem getting connected. Got through the tutorial one one campaign mission. We wound up utterly annihilating the other team in domination and I had a 2:1 K/D so it was a good initiation into my Titanfall career.  nod
76  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 12:37:40 PM
Full disclosure - the reason I fired the first shot in the console vs PC "war" was that this is the first multiplayer shooter since Halo I've actually played on a console. I've been a LONG time PC-only shooter guy for the precise reasons you guys described. It was a bit of poking fun at myself.  icon_biggrin
77  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 08:17:42 PM
You PC players enjoy being tethered to your 24" monitor while the Xboners chill on the couch with a beer in front of their 60" TVs.  icon_twisted
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 08:08:20 PM
I hate the concept that every single player game needs to have multiplayer and that every multiplayer game needs to have single player. If I like flight sims, I don't complain that Thief doesn't have an airplane level. I just go buy a flight sim. Since when did every game have to please every player?
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/10) on: March 10, 2014, 03:41:07 PM
Nothing this week.

Just kidding. Titanfall XB1.
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 12:59:37 AM
I have my physical copy coming from Microsoft on launch day. I've already told my wife that Tuesday is "Titanfall Day" and that means Tuesday night I play Titanfall. We don't catch up on TV shows, we don't snuggle on the couch watching a movie. It's "leave me alone, bitch, my Titan is ready," time. I've also notified her that we must come to an agreement before Tuesday on what nights are Titanfall nights. This is akin to a prenuptial - when she starts threatening me with divorce proceedings, I want this agreement in writing.  icon_biggrin
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