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81  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.
82  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.
83  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.
84  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.
85  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.
86  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?
87  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.
88  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
89  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.
90  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.
91  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.

92  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.
93  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
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.)

98  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.
99  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.
100  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!
101  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.
102  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
103  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.
104  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.
105  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.

106  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!
107  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.
108  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.
109  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."
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Sunset Overdrive (Insomniac's latest) on: October 31, 2014, 06:03:57 PM
One little piece of advice:

If you're like me and like to spin off and do a lot of the collectibles before doing the main story, be aware that there are some that are unreachable until you unlock the appropriate move in the storyline missions.
111  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked $30 (normally $120) 20% All Games for 2 Years on: October 31, 2014, 01:56:04 PM
I'm going to pull the trigger on this tomorrow, even though I had not planned on buying anything. I'm just going to pick up Forza Horizon 2 or something and count it as one of my birthday presents.

There are at least 5 games on the pre-order list that I'd be getting an extra $10 in reward money on. Combine that with the 20% and free shipping and I think I'd just be kicking myself for the next two years for not taking advantage of this.

[Edit] Forza Horizon 2 is on sale right now for $47.99 - makes it even more of a no-brainer for me!
112  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.
113  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
114  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
115  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

116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movies]Avengers: Infinity Wars 1 & 2 2018-19 on: October 28, 2014, 07:41:19 PM
117  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.
118  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.
119  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.
120  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.
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