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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 06, 2014, 01:03:59 AM
One man stands firm against the hype train!

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 9/5/14 on: September 05, 2014, 03:45:41 PM
Finishing up the campaign on Diablo 3. After that I'm going to take a break before delving into Adventure Mode. I need to finish up The Last of Us and Thief before the big October wave hits.

I'm going to be the anti-ATB as I have no interest in Destiny and plan on avoiding it.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: September 04, 2014, 12:06:02 AM
Quote from: Roguetad
I was spoiled leveling a crusader to 70.  He never died...still hasn't.

Yeah, the Crusader is pure easy mode. My fight with Diablo was hilarious. I stood in one spot and mashed a button over and over. I didn't even bother to move.

I was hoping Act V would bring some challenge, but it's still a cakewalk. Oh well, I really just want to blow through it anyway to unlock Adventure Mode. And I'm still having a blast - being nearly invincible is still fun in its own way!
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: September 02, 2014, 12:33:00 AM
I wound up playing Diablo 3 exclusively, except for the aforementioned D&D 5e. Got a good session of that in, and I like it WAY better than 4th and probably more than 3rd. Also, Roll20 is awesome! 
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/01) on: September 02, 2014, 12:31:38 AM
Nothing. This fall is too jam packed to be throwing money away on such codswallop!
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Costume Quest 2 Announced on: August 30, 2014, 08:59:22 PM
I wasn't reading names and almost replied to myself with a movie suggestion for someone who liked Halloween theming so much.  tear
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/29/14 -- Labor Day Weekend Edition! on: August 29, 2014, 03:32:05 PM
Finishing up Diablo 3 hopefully, and then taking it old school with some Dungeons & Dragons: 5th Edition!
88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hollywood will reboot anything - Underworld on: August 28, 2014, 05:12:57 PM
The Underworld series is one of my guilty pleasures. I love them.

So admittedly when I read this my reaction was not "another reboot, this sucks."

It was - "new Underworld movie, YAY!!!!!!"  icon_biggrin
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 05:09:39 PM
That damn foghorn/Inception sound of an impending Nemesis makes a little bit of pee pee come out every time I hear it.  Ironically despite my bad-assedness I've yet to beat a Nemesis. They just keep hitting me while I'm fighting an elite or a bunch of specials and I wind up screwing up and getting fried.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 28, 2014, 01:54:14 PM
Just hit Act III and the shine is starting to wear off just a tad. The problem is that the game is just too damn easy on Expert. I may have just been super lucky with loot drops, but I have been two-shotting stuff since the end of Act I. Every boss fight so far has been a joke.

At this point I'm ready to just blow through the rest of the game and open up Adventure mode and harder difficulties.
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Ps4] inFAMOUS: Second Son on: August 26, 2014, 12:27:20 PM
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It's a tedious fight, and not fun.  I did it once on normal and once on hard.  It's one of those fights that's more tedious and frustrating than actually challenging.  Some of the boss fights do exactly what you said, they go counter to the freedom of the main game and restrict movement.   

I thought that fight was easier on Hard than Normal, because I had already been through it and knew what to expect. However, I agree - it's easily the worst, most un-fun boss battle in the whole game.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 26, 2014, 12:25:27 PM
So I was playing last night on the couch and fell asleep. When I woke up, I had somehow reached Maghda in Act II and she was mouthing off at me. I have no idea how I got there. Apparently I'm so good at this game I can play it with my eyes closed.  saywhat
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 07:55:53 PM
I didn't know they scaled since they're doing such a piss-poor job at it.  icon_biggrin

I must be cray-cray overgeared. I'm like a porcupine in a balloon factory.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 25, 2014, 05:50:06 PM
I've been playing on Expert and I'm in the middle of Act II. It's been ridiculously easy since about halfway through Act I due to some lucky gear drops. I'm also a bit over-leveled since I had a lot of +XP gear and am a completionist when it comes to exploring zones. It's still tons of fun though just waltzing around kicking ass at my leisure. It's nice to know that I physically can't make the game any harder until I beat it, so I don't feel like I'm cheating.

This game is like virtual crack. I don't know why I'm having so much fun with it again on the console, but it's all I want to play.

With so many games coming out this fall, it's likely that I'll just finish the campaign on Expert and set it aside for awhile, but I've already more than received my money's worth in terms of fun.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/25) on: August 25, 2014, 06:57:31 AM
I've been considering my first Madden purchase in probably....forever? Will definitely depend on reviews, though. I'm just itching for some next-gen sports. If I don't end up getting Madden, I'll definitely be buying FIFA 15.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: August 22, 2014, 06:31:56 PM
I need to buy a new one as well. My launch controller triggers squeak like a rusty hinge, to the point I've seriously just considered spraying the shit out of it with WD40.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/22/14 on: August 22, 2014, 06:27:42 PM
Happy birthday, PR_GMR!

I'll be hitting up some Diablo 3 on PS4 this weekend, and will try to make a little progress in TLOU.

But first thing's first. Tonight my mom is keeping the kids, so it's date night. So I may be "unlocking a few achievements" if you know what I mean, wink wink, nudge nudge!
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 03:02:21 PM
I started on Expert and just hit 15. Haven't even fought the Skeleton King yet!
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 22, 2014, 12:46:54 PM
I need to add some of you guys to my friends list. I have exactly one friend on PS4 which is Hetz. I feel like the last kid picked for the kickball team.  icon_frown
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 21, 2014, 05:00:24 PM
Yes, I played every class but the Crusader on the PC, but he is by far my favorite now. It's the first class where I actually felt kinship with the character. I feel like I'm doing God's holy work, smashing evil and kicking ass in the name of the Lord.

I also love that you don't have to deal with mana.

101  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Daily, Weekly, Midweek, Weekend and all other sales! on: August 21, 2014, 12:33:01 PM
Thanks for the heads up on that one Crawley. I love Pinball Arcade on the iPad but the tables are so damn expensive. How well does it play on the PC?
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Do you buy DVDs anymore? on: August 20, 2014, 08:52:39 PM
I used to buy DVDs right and left. At one point I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 300.

When Blu-Ray hit mainstream, I decided to just quit cold turkey. I realized that A) Those 300 movies, for the most part, just sat on a shelf doing nothing, B) they had already been replaced by a superior format, and C) they had practically no resale value. I was determined not to make the same mistake again.

Since then I've moved to a completely on-demand lifestyle in terms of movie consumption. I will buy occasional DVDs for the kids because they will watch a movie 20 times and not get tired of it. However, as far as I'm concerned if I want to watch something I'll either wait for it on Amazon/Netflix, rent it at Redbox, or rent it on-demand from Vudu, Xbox Video, my cable provider, or some other service.

About the only form of entertainment that I haven't completely replaced with digital versions is console games, and I'm slowly starting to come around on that front. I bought both Thief and Diablo 3 digital versions, and I'm getting more and more comfortable with the idea of just buying all my console stuff digitally. I hate stuff cluttering up my house. Any dust collector I can move into the cloud is a good thing.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 08:45:11 PM
I went home for lunch to play and re-rolled my Crusader on Expert. I know I could have just upped the difficulty, but I wanted a "clean" run knowing I started on Expert with no gear.

The game is about 10x more fun now. That is definitely the sweet spot for me in terms of challenge. Really I see no reason for anyone to start on something lower than Expert unless you just like mindlessly mashing buttons. Expert makes potion drops actually mean something. You have to use strategy, pull mobs, etc, vs wading into crowds. Skill selection becomes much more crucial. Gear drops become much more exciting because they actually impact your success. It just improves the game in every conceivable way.

To answer ATB's question, here's my take on it. This is coming from a long time PC gamer who only recently delved back into the console world:

- Interface - I used to get the dreaded "Diablo hand" from clicking the damn mouse so much on the PC. The console version alleviates that. It seems weird, but hitting A feels more visceral than clicking the mouse button. It makes the combat more fun to me. I grew up playing every action RPG that came out on the consoles (Baldur's Gate Dark Alliance, etc.), and this throws me back to those good old days.

- Graphics - I've got a nice 24" monitor in my office, but seeing Diablo 3 blown up on a 50-inch is way better. Sitting my lazy ass on a couch instead of an office chair is also way better.

- Sound - This game sounds REALLY good when piped through a home theater system. I play all my games through my surround sound, but this is the first one that's really made me sit up and take notice, mostly because it can get loud as hell in the rears when you're bashing monsters.

- Polish - Having not played Diablo 3 since they made a lot of the major changes and fixes, it's nice to have what amounts to "the whole package" in one game without worrying about patches, expansions, etc. Here's the game with every improvement, every bit of content, and a couple of little extra features that you don't see on PC as an added bonus.

Now, I am experiencing a tinge of buyer's remorse for spending that $60 on a game I've (mostly) already played before. There are a LOT of really great new games coming out in the next two months I could have spent that money on. But I can tell you that despite having played this before, I'm still itching to get back home and dive back in.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2014, 03:26:47 PM
Would any of you guys recommend going Expert with a brand new character? Or is it better to just stick with Normal/Hard until you have some decent gear?
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 19, 2014, 11:05:41 PM
My AC broke today so I had an excuse to sit at home and play Diablo 3 while waiting on the guy.  icon_biggrin

I really like the console controls, though the UI in terms of navigating inventory and the like is taking some getting used to. However, as pointed out previously, playing this thing on a TV with surround sound is just awesome. You can really appreciate the graphical touches when they're blown up that big, and the sound is excellent as well.

Since I never bought the expansion I wanted to play through as a Crusader. Fun class but man is he overpowered. I plan on bumping the difficulty up to Expert, as Normal is no challenge at all. I'm all the way to the Skeleton King and haven't even drank a health potion yet!
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] The Last Of Us on: August 19, 2014, 12:24:53 PM
I've found I can only play this game an hour at a time, tops. Any more than that and it's just too stressful.  icon_biggrin
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 06:34:53 PM
I'm justifying this by telling myself that I didn't buy the Reaper of Souls expansion, which is still $30. So I'm really only double-dipping for half of the cost, which is justifiable in terms of this being a definitive edition. Plus it will be worth $30 to not have to figure out the status of my Battlenet account again. I feel the Caine pain on that front.

108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 05:42:18 PM
Quote from: TiLT
How is the weather in the future?

It's awesome! Too bad the PS4 wound up going under after Microsoft bought exclusivity rights to every future game from Sony's first party developers.  icon_frown
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (08/18) on: August 18, 2014, 01:12:13 PM
Diablo 4 and Shadowgate. Shadowgate still holds the title for NES game I rented the most consecutive times in a row.  icon_biggrin
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 18, 2014, 01:11:03 PM
I don't have first-hand experience, but the reviews I've read say that the controller UI works really well and some people even prefer it to the PC version.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 08:25:04 PM
Yeah, even the double dip decision is killing me. Spend $60 on something I've already sunk 50-60 hours into, or just spend $40 on Divinity:Original Sin which will probably offer about as much gameplay for $20 less. However, just knowing my play style, my chances of actually finishing Diablo 3 again are far greater than finishing D:OS.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 17, 2014, 07:15:39 PM
I think I'm going to buy this as well. I bought the PC version when it first came out and played the hell out of it, but never bought the expansion and never revisited it after all the loot/marketplace updates. Since this is supposedly the definitive version of the game, I figure it's a safe bet I'll get my money's worth. Just plan on playing through it with a Crusader.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 10:32:58 PM
Not that shouting and name-calling warrant any excuse, but console launch time was very different. There were hundreds of dollars riding on console decisions, hype factor was in overdrive, passions were in overdrive, etc.

Really my arguments with TiLT were one of the primary factors in me buying both consoles. I realized after that whole ordeal that this decision was causing me WAY more stress than it had any right to. The hobby I loved just wasn't fun, because it seemed like every article I read was a pissing match between fanboys. The only solution for me was to just take away that indecision and get both consoles. Yeah, it's an expensive way to alleviate some angst, but it's a decision I'm glad I made. There's no more second-guessing, or getting angry at some person's criticism of one console or another. It doesn't matter anymore.

The other big change in my life, and it may sound somewhat silly, is that my son got a year older. He's now almost 3, and that's a big difference from "almost 2" which is where he was around console launch. I think dealing with a 3 year old and a 1 year old last year had me pretty damn stir crazy. This year (particularly over the summer), I was really able to start doing some things that I haven't been able to do much since my oldest was born. Go to concerts, take up disc golf, start running seriously. Those outlets have helped a great deal with my temperament.
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 8/15/14 on: August 15, 2014, 10:15:53 PM
Going to put forth a concerted effort with TLOU again. That game has yet to really grab me. I don't think it's the game's fault, I think I'm just in RPG mode right now.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 12:07:15 PM
Quote from: TiLT
I was just curious why you thought this particular one wasn't when I thought it was.

Probably because we're pretty much polar opposites when it comes to opinions.  icon_biggrin

It's all good though. It's a worthwhile read and food for thought.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 12:03:54 PM
I don't think there's anything "wrong" about it, because it's an opinion piece. I just don't happen to totally agree with all of his opinions. Opinions are inherently one-sided, which is why I don't think you can call this article balanced. Well-researched? Maybe. Who knows. Definitely not balanced.

As far as the previous articles, it's more the wording he uses than the subject matter itself. His negative adjectives for describing Microsoft and its events must have required a couple of thesauruses.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 15, 2014, 11:38:26 AM
That article is about as fair and balanced as that Polygon article. If you go look at his previous articles they all have a heavy anti-Microsoft slant.


118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 07:35:45 PM
Quote from: TiLT
Sony doesn't have that luxury.

And we as gamers have benefited from that. Which is why even though it may sound like I'm defending Microsoft, I'm just defending them from a general business sense. As a consumer and gamer, I'd rather them be in a position where their console division was going to make or break them, because then I'd feel their backs were against the wall to make that product as good as it can be.

Case in point - my brother's girlfriend's cousin (not making that up) was one of the lead producers of the original Bioshock. He also co-produced Ryse and has been in the games industry quite some time. My brother was talking to him one day about the gaming industry and he said one of the biggest frustrations from a developer's standpoint about a big publisher like Microsoft is that they don't always care if their product is the best it can be. His example was that he would be given a budget and a time to complete a game in. He'd come back and say, "We can make this mediocre game that will sell X copies, but if you give us this little bit more money, we can make an awesome game that will sell a gazillion copies." Microsoft would say, "Yeah, we're not giving you any more money, go ahead and make that mediocre game. Kthxbai!" From a corporate standpoint, that money just doesn't always fall in line with what you or I would think makes sense.

Now, there are people at Microsoft who I think really care passionately about their gaming division and want it to be great. But they're small cogs in a big corporate machine.

Where do consumers benefit from Microsoft's size? I think that they see long-term benefits in R&D that come to fruition in other products and services, but they've got to hit those short-term road bumps to get there. The XB1 may not be the greatest thing since sliced bread in the short term, but ultimately it's another stepping stone that pushes the industry forward in ways both seen and unseen. Nobody (except me, apparently) really likes voice controlling their console now, but they very well might love it in 10 years. And the only reason we'll have that is because Microsoft was big enough to throw the money at it, win or lose.

119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamescom 2014 on: August 14, 2014, 07:16:25 PM
This is a different scenario. One side has already "won." The losing side is trying to increase market share. At this point, they're not going to lose market share by adding more exclusive titles to their library.

Quote from: Eco-Logic
Yeah?  And MS has made enormously poor decisions the past few years (with every single aspect of their business).   That my friend is  the point.

I won't argue that they've made poor decisions in the past few years. Yet at the end of the day they're still destroying Sony in profits. This Tomb Raider isn't even a blip on their radar. They probably took it out of petty cash.

As far as TiLT's comments about losing customer trust, I agree that it's something that any company (no matter how big) needs to concern themselves with. But at the same time, this is a relatively small segment of their company. The vast majority of their customers don't even know what the fuck an Xbox is. In short, I think the importance we place on it is not the same importance they place on it. I go back to the Electronic Arts example. That's a company that won AWARDS for being the shittiest company on the planet, and they still manage to turn a profit year after year.

I'm not saying that it makes it "right" that a customer doesn't place the same importance on customer relations as the customers themselves do, but at some point companies get so big that the mechanisms of money and business easily overshadow these little flare-ups of customer dissatisfaction.

 
120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I fixed my iPad on: August 14, 2014, 07:02:40 PM
Nice, Teggy! How hard was it to do? Mine has a hairline crack in the bottom right corner that bugs the heck out of me, but it's not bad enough that I've been tempted to fix it myself yet.
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