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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 09, 2014, 01:40:56 PM
I currently buy most of the cross-platform titles on PS4 for the graphics/performance boost, even if it's negligible, but only because I have that choice. However, I've played many 900p games on the XB1 and never have my eyes started bleeding due to the lack of pixels. In the end if you care more about pixel count than you do games, you need to buy a PC because right now it's killing both consoles in terms of graphic quality.

I feel like the XB1 has by far had the better exclusives to date. Forza 2, Dead Rising 3, Titanfall, and Sunset Overdrive were all great, and I'm looking forward to the Master Chief collection once they get its issues ironed out. PS4 will certainly have some good exclusives, but it seems to be in a constant state of "just you wait, it's going to be good!" I'm hoping 2015 is the year we finally start to see some of those promises come to fruition.

In terms of the systems themselves, the PS4's interface is by far cleaner and easier to navigate, but I have to hand it to the XB1 team for providing constant meaningful updates to the UI. I've been really disappointed in Sony's rare "bug fix and performance improvement" patches that offer almost no discernible features or improvements.

I've been asked the question multiple times this holiday season on which console to buy, and my answer has always been, "It depends." I think the PS4 is a rock solid console if you just want to straight up play all the cross-platform titles with the best potential performance and graphics. I think the XB1 offers the better multiplayer and multimedia experience, and currently has the better exclusives. In the end, I'm really glad I got them both because they both fill a niche. I thought that the abundance of cross-platform games would make owning both consoles stupidly redundant, but I've been pleasantly surprised to find that I really do enjoy them both equally.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/8) on: December 08, 2014, 01:05:52 PM
Nothing this week, but I have my hands full anyway.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 08, 2014, 01:39:51 AM
So far so good, I'm really liking it. It's basically just Far Cry 3 - Cry Harder, but I loved FC3 so it's all good.

First thing I did was set myself up for an alternate ending (major spoiler below):

Spoiler for Hiden:
At the beginning of the game, Pagan Min tells you to wait and he'll be right back. If you do wait (approximately 12-15 mins), he comes back, you get on a chopper together. He flies you to a shrine where you place your mother's urn and credits roll. If you just do what you're told, you don't have to deal with all the bullshit of actually playing 30 hours. I laughed out loud.

84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The end of a gaming era on: December 08, 2014, 01:34:39 AM
I'm pretty much the opposite when it comes to sentimentality. I don't have time for ancient technology. My 360, which I had owned since launch, got kicked to the curb so fast it would have made your head swim when the new consoles were launched.

If consoles were puppies, I'd be the meanest SOB on the planet.

85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 07, 2014, 12:51:29 PM
I'm looking forward to this one. I exchanged my unopened copy of Assassin's Creed: Unity for it last night. I'll pick up Unity again at some point because I have a feeling it will be getting some deep discounts sooner rather than later. I was going to get GTA V, but ultimately needed my Ubisoft climbing towers fix.  icon_biggrin
86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: TV Viewing and Spending Thresholds Discussion on: December 05, 2014, 04:09:56 AM
Here's my biggest problem with cable. Not using realistic numbers here, just making it simple.

Let's say I'm a new customer, and I get a great deal and pay $50/month for the first year. First year comes and goes, then it goes up to $100/month. I'm now paying twice as much for the same content. The next year cable prices go up, and I'm now paying $125/month for the same content I was paying $50 for a couple of years ago. My neighbor gets fed up with his high bill, so he calls and threatens to cancel his service. They drop him to $75/month and HBO to make him happy. Meanwhile I haven't called and complained, so guess what? I'll be paying $150/month when they raise prices again in six months, and getting LESS content then neighbor Joe.

How, as a consumer, can you not feel like you're not getting f-ed over when the pricing is all over the map? I can ask five different people what they pay for cable, and I get five different answers.

I would happily pay for cable if I knew I was getting a fair price that was the same as everyone else. Instead, I feel like I'm being ripped off unless I'm willing to call them up and act like an asshole.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: December 04, 2014, 11:40:16 PM
I'm in the same boat, Travis, though I haven't given up many opportunities to play it. While it actually lends itself well to short play sessions since you can go knock out a quest or two and then set it aside, it's more rewarding and addictive when you can play it for a longer stretch. The most fun I've had with it so far is when I was able to play for a couple of hours uninterrupted.

With so many other games I want to play right now, this may just be the one that I'm content to finish over the course of several months rather than just trying to knock it out. The RPGs I've finished have typically been ones I've played when there was nothing around to distract me.

88  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Suicide Squad on: December 03, 2014, 04:11:10 PM
Jared Leto has a very huge challenge as Heath Ledger owned that role and I have a very hard time seeing someone else play it.

I'm probably the only person on the planet who didn't particularly care for Heath Ledger's take on the character. I'm not saying it wasn't good, but to me it wasn't The Joker. Just like Bane wasn't Bane.

I'm very interested to see what he'll do with the role, though.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 08:43:04 PM
I understand they are a business, but it doesn't mean we as consumers need to bend over and accept mediocre products. I hope Unity's disastrous launch is a wake-up call for them.
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 08:21:44 PM
I don't think Ubisoft is lazy, but I do think they are greedy. They need to stop trying to push out an Assassin's Creed installment every year. There is example after example of them over-promising and under-delivering, and I don't believe it's because they want to make bad games. I think their publishing arm is just pressuring to ship ship ship and damn the consequences.

Just today it was revealed there is a bug in The Crew that makes it impossible to actually join a crew. They had to release a day one patch for it. When you're shipping product that has core gameplay features that just don't work, you need to slow the fuck down.

91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox One Discussion on: December 02, 2014, 03:26:48 PM
They don't necessarily need to catch up to PS4 to be successful and profitable. They're making all their money off of software, so as long as they have enough units out there to make money off games and keep developers interested in making games, they should be fine. Now Sony needs to stop resting on their laurels and get some good exclusives out.
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 4 on: December 02, 2014, 01:36:00 PM
I kind of fall in the middle of you two guys (Bullwinkle and TiLT). I do enjoy the collectible stuff in the Ubisoft games, but I also recognize that their formula is starting to get a little old. It wouldn't be so bad if it was just one game, but all their games use the same side mechanics disguised as something else. Assassin's Creed, climb a tower to reveal side stuff. Far Cry, climb a radio tower to reveal side stuff. Watch Dogs, hack this tower to reveal side stuff. The Crew, pull up to this satellite dish to reveal side stuff.

At some point they need to change up the way they're doing things. I think there are creative ways to accomplish this and give some meaning to the side content. As an example: I thought Sunset Overdrive went a bit overboard in number of collectibles, but those collectibles were used as currency so there was some motivation to collect them outside of busy work. And Dragon Age has tied side collectible stuff into the broader story and at least made it appear to be something other than busy work.

To Ubisoft's credit, they pretty much invented this formula, so I cut them some slack for wanting to use it. However, as developers find new and interesting ways to tweak it I think they'll need to follow suit to keep us from getting bored or just ignoring it entirely.
93  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Marvel Unlimited - 75 cents for 1 month (new/returning users) on: December 01, 2014, 09:26:07 PM
I wish DC had a similar service. I'd love to go catch up on some old Batman stuff.

I'll definitely check this out, if nothing else just to read Civil War in preparation for the new Marvel movies.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/2) on: December 01, 2014, 02:37:59 PM
Nothing this week. I want Game of Thrones, but I still need to finish up Walking Dead Season 2 and The Wolf Among Us before tackling any more Telltale Games.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Episode VII Director Revealed on: December 01, 2014, 03:17:23 AM
I hope the shots of the ship battles in a planet's atmosphere and all the outdoorsy stuff means they were willing to take some creative risks with this film. One of the things that has always bugged me about Star Wars stuff outside of the films is that despite this huge galaxy to explore, the same tired themes and character types are trotted out over and over and over. As if to show any ounce of creativity would make it not Star Warsy enough and alienate fans.

Even Star Wars Rebels, which is a great show, still has some of the same tired elements. Most of the main characters in that show are just slight variants on the original trilogy cast doing slight variations of stuff we've already seen before.
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 28, 2014, 12:20:23 PM
I took the advice to "leave the f-ing Hinterlands" and very glad I did. Had more fun last night than I have since I started the game. Wrapped up one major story quest and set myself up for more adventure to come.

To be honest, I don't know how you can stick around the Hinterlands for any significant length of time anyway - the edges of that zone get into Level 12 territory, and I was getting my ass kicked trying to pick up some of the shards.

Spoiler for one region in the Hinterlands:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Walking into the Queen's Valley region and seeing a dragon flying overhead setting stuff on fire was one of the coolest moments ever in any RPG. It turned on me, toasted my party, and I was just sitting there going HOLY SHIT! HOLY SHIT! over and over with this big smile on my face.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 27, 2014, 12:34:50 PM
I wound up getting this as a birthday present. Not sure if I want to keep it and give it a whirl once the patches hit, or just go ahead and trade it in for GTA V or something that I know is really good.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1/Ps3/Ps4] Dragon Age: Inquisition on: November 26, 2014, 10:49:10 PM
Stupid question time, but in my defense I kept drifting in and out of sleep playing the game last night.

How the hell do I get to the War Room/War Table thing?
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 26, 2014, 09:33:42 PM
My wife bought me Dragon Age: Inquisition for PS4. It has been quite a fun ride so far!
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 25, 2014, 08:29:08 PM
Yeah, and they act like online games are some new development, and that reviewers have no understanding of how to review games with online features impartially.

It's not only insulting to the consumer's intelligence, it's insulting to reviewers' intelligence.

This kind of stuff and the release-date review embargo trend is why I'll probably never pre-order another game in my life. You build trust with your customers by making good products, not by using shady tactics to trick them into buying a game that isn't as good as your marketing made it out to be.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Assassin's Creed Unity on: November 25, 2014, 01:31:59 PM
"We've had game critics out to try our new game.  Ignore anything they might say about it; just buy it and experience the finished product for yourself!"

That's exactly what Bungie said about Destiny. This is becoming a trend.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/25) on: November 24, 2014, 01:49:03 PM
Nothing, and let me tell you it is KILLING me still having not jumped on any of the recent flood of games. Still holding out for birthday presents.  icon_biggrin
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: It's Almost Thanksgiving (USA! USA!), What's your GOTY? on: November 19, 2014, 09:23:33 PM
At one time I was wavering between Sunset Overdrive and Shadow of Mordor, but I finally went with Shadow because I feel like it had fewer flaws overall. I had a great time in Sunset Overdrive and overall the world is more "fun" in terms of variety, but there were parts of it I really disliked.

However, there is a LOT of gaming to be had before I can make this decision. I'm guessing Dragon Age is going to blow Shadow of Mordor off of my GOTY list in short order.
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's your biggest gaming disappointment/sleeper hit of 2014? on: November 19, 2014, 09:15:40 PM
Watch Dogs was my biggest disappointment, because I actually bought it. However, it was only a disappointment in that it was not the game-changing open world experience I had expected from the previews. Ultimately I did enjoy it for what it was, and didn't feel like I wasted my money. I just wish it had been the game I had built it up to be in my mind.

Destiny was a disappointment in that after playing the beta one time I knew it sucked (my opinion, not trying to take away from anyone else's enjoyment). I had all kinds of hope for that game and was following it pretty closely. However, just a couple of hours with it and I knew on a gut level that it was not what it had been hyped to be.

Biggest surprise? A tie between Shadow of Mordor and Sunset Overdrive. I had no clue Shadow of Mordor even existed until the GameInformer preview, and while that piqued my interest a tad, I had absolutely no plans on actually buying it. Then the reviews hit and it became a must-own. Really enjoyed it.

Sunset Overdrive I had been following ever since its first announcement, but only because it was an XB1 exclusive. Nothing about the game actually appealed to me - the humor, the graphics, the constantly moving, etc. On paper it looked like the LAST thing I would want to play after Shadow of Mordor. Then the reviews hit. Again, I was swayed. Again, I had a hell of a great time.

Wolfenstein was also a big surprise, but I don't put it on top only because I've always loved the Wolfenstein games. So there was always an underlying interest level, even if it wasn't a day one consideration.

Looking back on 2014, it was definitely the year of the surprise. Of the 8 big-budget games I finished this year, 5 were completely unexpected treasures.

105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 18, 2014, 11:09:42 PM
I was telling a buddy of mine about this and he said, "Why don't we do our own?"

So we're planning on grouping in a few other folks and doing a Secret Santa By Mail, hopefully in the poorest taste possible.  icon_biggrin
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cards Against Humanity holiday thing on: November 18, 2014, 12:08:16 AM
I'm in. I don't even own the game, but I love getting things in the mail.  icon_biggrin
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/14/14 on: November 17, 2014, 08:59:03 PM
Once you finish the first set of races at each location you'll realize that there are actually a bajillion more (32 race series in each of the 8 locations)

Well......FUCK!  retard
108  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.
109  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.
110  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.
111  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.
112  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.
113  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?
114  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.
115  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
116  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.
117  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.
118  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.

119  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.
120  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
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