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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2017 on: April 28, 2017, 12:36:20 AM
Demo on PS4 does not leave a great impression. Buggy and the controls are super sluggish. Also I had to  Roll Eyes at the upgrade mechanism.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prey 2017 on: April 22, 2017, 01:53:03 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 22, 2017, 01:09:56 PM

There's been some discussion of 'Prey' over on OO and I for one am looking forward to this. Here's something I stumbled across earlier: System Shock for a new generation. A hands-on preview of the game. icon_cool

I worry this game is trying too hard to be the next System Shock. I'm also still not happy that this is what Prey became after those fantastic E3 trailers, I still want that parkour space bounty hunter game. We also have the SS remaster and an actual sequel coming from former Looking Glass folks. I'm in the wait for reviews/impressions on this one.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/21/17 edition on: April 21, 2017, 08:19:14 PM
Nier and Full Throttle probably.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2017 - Most Anticipated titles of this calendar year ... on: April 18, 2017, 09:57:25 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 18, 2017, 09:21:05 PM

Most of mine have already come and gone this year.  Horizon, Nier, Torment, Mass Effect, Persona 5.

While I'm sure there will be a ton of stuff I end up buying, the only things that jump immediately to mind are the FF XIV Stormblood expansion in June, the ESO Morrowind expansion (also in June), and the Final Fantasy XII HD remake.  Interested in Xenoblade 2, but can't see myself buying a Switch for it.  Sometime down the road, maybe.

Yeah this year was heavily frontloaded. Horizon Zero Dawn was my most anticipated game, and it pretty much lived up to expectations.

For the rest of the year Red Dead, Mordor, and God of War or Spiderman if they are this year.
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (April 16, 2017) - Rising from the dead edition on: April 16, 2017, 09:42:48 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on April 16, 2017, 09:36:05 PM

The Late Shift looks....fascinating, and possibly horrible. I'll keep my eye on reviews.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2017/03/08/interactive-crime-film-late-shift-coming-to-ps4-this-april/

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cnEfUwRQD3M

<edit> just learned that it is $5 on the iOS App Store, with the first chapter free. Reviews are surprisingly good. I'll check it out.
This has GiantBomb Vinny quicklook written all over it.

As for this week, Full Throttle on PC and probably Wonder Boy on PS4.
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games with conversation interruptions and resume systems? on: April 16, 2017, 12:45:29 PM

Quote from: TiLT on April 16, 2017, 12:10:09 PM

Uncharted 4 handles this masterfully. If a conversation gets interrupted, characters will pick it up again at the first opportunity, starting out by saying stuff like "so, like I was saying..." and then moving back into the original conversation where it left off, repeating sentences that were half-completed.

Yeah, this is probably the best I've seen so far.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/14/17 edition on: April 14, 2017, 11:50:47 PM
Watching MST3k and playing Nier.
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 10, 2017, 09:40:34 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on April 10, 2017, 01:40:39 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 10, 2017, 02:25:11 AM

Oh, and you didn't mention Dragon Quest Builders, which is a bit like a third person Minecraft with an actual world and some light RPG questing.  Might not have staying power, but fun if you get it on sale.

And there was Tearaway Unfolded, but you may not want that if you're not into platforming at all.

I see my kids playing it all the time and I tried it out a little just to see, but I still don't get Minecraft and the like. Light RPG questing makes it sound a little less sandbox, but it's rather cartoony too. No thanks.

Platforming is right up there with sandbox in the list of keywords that make Coop look elsewhere.

I will say I am a bit bothered by the openness of Bloodborne. First, I have no idea what I am doing and the game doesn't really help in that regard. I only know how to level up because I saw it in a video. I still have no idea where to go next, though I have managed to open a few doors so when I figure it out, I will be able to get there  faster when I die.

That is basically the Souls formula, where you have to explore and observe and figure it out, the game does not hold your hand at all. Nioh, which is Soulslike, is a little friendlier in that it at least breaks out the game into levels as opposed to the interconnected map of the Souls games.
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 09, 2017, 09:59:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 09, 2017, 09:33:03 PM

I thought I read recently that a Sunset Overdrive sequel was happening, but not as an exclusive.

I also never understood why MS didn't lock down Titanfall 2 as an exclusive.
The original didn't have a lot of staying power and its sales were kind of hohum. EA has come out and said the sequel under-performed their expectations too. So from a business sense MS might not have been in the wrong with that one.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 09, 2017, 03:19:01 PM
Also, Ratchet and Clank isn't exactly a platformer, those games are heavy on the shooting. More 3rd person shooter with platforming, they are very different from Mario and traditional platformers. It's also gorgeous on the Pro.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: [PS4] Help Coop pick a PS4 game to play on: April 09, 2017, 03:16:03 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 09, 2017, 01:24:24 PM

Why hasn't there been a God of War for the PS4?
Because it's coming later this year or next year, and it looks amazing, and a change in direction from the previous games.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJ_GCPaKywg
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Need a short game on: April 08, 2017, 05:18:18 PM
Inside is pretty short and worth a play.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 08, 2017, 12:43:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 08, 2017, 04:24:04 AM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on April 08, 2017, 12:12:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 07, 2017, 11:31:04 PM

Just because you don't see the need for something in your narrow view doesn't mean that millions of other people don't prefer that ecosystem.  Or like being able to play all of their old 360 games.  Or find the Xbox exclusives interesting.   retard

From my viewpoint, I personally hate JRPGs and interactive movies, so the vast majority of PS4 exclusives mean nothing to me.  But that's my opinion, I don't expect the platform to not exist for people who do like those.

Well your opinion of what you like can't be wrong but your assessment of the PS4 library as falling primarily into those two categories certainly is.

You're right, it was a hyperbolic exaggeration.  Lord knows we would never want to have one of those on the internet.  If it really matters to you, I have struck out the ones that I find to fall enough into those categories so that they don't interest me below.

Bloodborne
Nioh
Nier Automata
Persona
Uncharted
Yakuza
The Last Guardian
Gravity Rush
Ratchet and Clank
Dragon Quest Heroes 2
Horizon Zero Dawn
The Last of Us
Dynasty Warriors (certain variants)
Killzone
Infamous
The Order 1886
Until Dawn
Tales series
Spider Man
Days Gone
Trails of Cold Steel
God of War
Hellblade
Danganronpa
Berserk
Kindom Hearts
Zero Escape
Death Stranding
Ace Combat
Ni No Kuni 2

So it it just games developed in Japan or JRPGS? Nioh is not a JRPG, Nier really isn't either from what I've seen. We don't know exactly what Death Stranding is yet, and while it probably will have long cut scenes it will also have a stupid amount of gameplay if we compare it to MGSV, which had like 50+ hours of stealth/combat gameplay. Also, if you are gonna strike games like Uncharted and Last of Us for being interactive movies you need to do the same for Gears on the Xbox side, as those are story driven games with combat scenarios.

I mean you have a strike through Nioh, and not one through Blooborne and mechanically those games are similar.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 08, 2017, 12:12:05 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 07, 2017, 11:31:04 PM

Just because you don't see the need for something in your narrow view doesn't mean that millions of other people don't prefer that ecosystem.  Or like being able to play all of their old 360 games.  Or find the Xbox exclusives interesting.   retard

From my viewpoint, I personally hate JRPGs and interactive movies, so the vast majority of PS4 exclusives mean nothing to me.  But that's my opinion, I don't expect the platform to not exist for people who do like those.

Well your opinion of what you like can't be wrong but your assessment of the PS4 library as falling primarily into those two categories certainly is.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4/7/17 edition on: April 07, 2017, 07:12:12 PM
 I might end up buying Nier.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Project Scorpio on: April 07, 2017, 07:11:08 PM

Quote from: rittchard on April 07, 2017, 06:17:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2017, 03:20:30 PM

Quote from: Canuck on April 07, 2017, 02:58:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 07, 2017, 06:49:55 AM

(I never said "surge," so I'm not sure why that's in quotes),

Yes, I'm sorry I think I made that part up! lol
What you said was that Xbox (if they priced Scorpio right) would crush Sony.  That's even farther out there than them surging. I have no doubt that the console itself will do OK.  But it's not going to be a game changer. Won't Xbox have 3 different consoles for developers to try and make perform properly for? That sounds like a lot of work.

Well, I said "crush" only if they undercut the price (putting it in close range of the Switch), but as we've noted, that would be an unlikely price point.  And, again, I'm talking monthly and going forward, though it would eventually close the gap, I think.

I don't think it'll be a game changer for the console landscape, but I think if priced correctly, this console could change the game for Microsoft.  Certainly it would put them back in the game.  I know they see that, but it's just a question of whether they think they can afford the price.

I actually didn't know that Xbone was losing to PS4, but in any case I don't feel like hardware specs are really a differentiator any more.  I end up getting pretty much every new hardware release (yes I have multiple Xbones and PS4s sitting around collecting dust) and frankly there doesn't seem to be much difference one way or another, even on 4K TVs.  I just assumed it's been content exclusives that were the differentiators, but I have no idea.  I feel like game developers are not keeping pace (maybe purposely) with the power of the hardware available, but maybe that's just me.  So that's why something fresh like the Switch (which I actually did not buy) becomes successful, it's a different take on the console with a powerful exclusive, without  necessarily an advantage in actual hardware.   

PS4 is at at around 55M sold and Xbox One is at 26-30M based on recent reports. These are WW numbers, in the US Xbox is closer but still lagging PS4 by a few million.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 05, 2017, 08:33:34 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on April 05, 2017, 12:47:17 PM

thumbsup

I still have the quest tracker / marker thing on in spite of the fact that it sometimes wants to me to go a more... circuitous... route than I would take since it wants to stay on the trails and cross rivers at bridges. So I'll just point myself in the general direction of the quest and head cross country until things sync up when I get closer. For whatever that is worth.

I turned off the dynamic pathfinding for most of the game, except on a couple of underground/indoor bits.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 05, 2017, 03:32:27 AM

Quote from: Americanidle on April 05, 2017, 02:52:32 AM

There is a setting for the HUD for dynamic that I saw in a beginner guide before I started the game. I believe it pops things up as needed instead of constantly showing them.


Quote from: Scraper on April 04, 2017, 02:43:40 PM

I must be the odd man out on this one because I'm having a really hard time getting into this game. There are several things that bother me about the game. The biggest issue for me is that the lighting is really dark. It seems like it's nighttime way more than day and the game is really hard to see. I thought it may be my gamma settings but I've adjusted them and its not that. Adding to that problem is the horrendous HUD. There are so many things on the HUD and it takes up so much space that it distracts me from the actual game. It shouldn't be a chore to be able to see things in the environment and it is.


Not only that but the HUD is customizable, so you can go full dynamic or set individual elements to on,off, or dynamic.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 05, 2017, 12:02:28 AM
I never had a problem seeing in this game. Your settings must be mucked up somehow, because it's pretty easy to see at night as they love giant full moons with bright moonlight. The game employs a hyper realism in the environment, trying to always evoke BBC nature documentary shots.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 03, 2017, 09:55:35 PM

Quote from: Gratch on April 02, 2017, 10:04:43 PM

I'm constantly scanning for them with the focus, but never see any.  Weird.

Also finished all the bandit camps and all the Tallnecks today.  It's been a productive afternoon.  smile

EDIT: Scanned through a bunch of reviews for HZD tonight.  It's strange to read how many reviews say that the human combat in this game is really weak.  My favorite thing in the game has been sneaking around and stealthily clearing out the bandit dens with headshot after headshot.  There must be something all the critics were disliking that I am (thankfully) missing entirely.  I also find it odd how many of them complain about the "weak" story.  I find it absolutely fascinating.

The story is fantastic. I've seen a lot of reviews saying so as well too. The only story complaint that I think is somewhat legit is it relies a little too heavily on found audio clips.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: April 03, 2017, 09:53:05 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 02, 2017, 09:31:14 PM

Racoons are around (I don't think animals are tied to specific areas).  They can look like foxes, though, or even rabbits, if you're not looking carefully.

They were by far the hardest resource to acquire in my playthrough.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 29, 2017, 10:55:03 PM

Quote from: Roman on March 29, 2017, 07:19:24 PM

I'm still only a few hours in but I would really like to see a 'compare' screen showing me what I have equipped vs what I think I want to buy  retard

There's not much to compare. Purple is better than Blue is better than Green. For weapons there is a minor stat difference but the big things are more mod slots and an additional ammo type typically. Each class of weapon is a new set of ammo types, so there are 3 types of bows each with their own classes of ammo and reasons for using them for instance.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 29, 2017, 10:53:18 PM

Quote from: farley2k on March 29, 2017, 05:12:14 PM

HORIZON ZERO DAWN (Honest Games Trailers)

https://youtu.be/Zlj03FjL3_g
There are some spoilers so be careful if you are early still.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 28, 2017, 09:55:21 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 28, 2017, 12:04:54 PM

Confirmed that you cannot tag specific body parts, just the monster itself.  Still, the vunerable parts glow when you're zoomed in, which I assume is supposed to make them easier to hit.  Unless you're a terrible shot, like me.  smile

The first big piece of the story puzzle dropped into place last night after listening to the CEO (vague to avoid spoilers).  I continue to be surprised at how fascinating and well-written the story is.  Now that I have Chief Daniels in my ear 24-7 (The Wire fans will get it), I'm off to figure out what the hell this Zero Dawn thing is.  Can't wait.

You're just getting to the good story stuff.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 26, 2017) on: March 27, 2017, 09:31:39 PM
Snake Pass actually looks really cool, think I'll grab that.
26  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Train to Busan on: March 25, 2017, 04:48:39 PM
Be warned, ninja2 Ninjas ninja may start cutting onions while you are watching this film  
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/24/17 edition on: March 24, 2017, 11:18:01 AM
100% and platinumed Horizon Zero Dawn last weekend so not sure what's next. Might try Until Dawn since it was on sale for 10$.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 21, 2017, 10:56:07 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 21, 2017, 08:08:04 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on March 20, 2017, 10:04:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2017, 05:33:16 PM

Still curious about the negativity - if this wasn't a Mass Effect sequel, would people be more interested?  I guess I'm just lucky that I don't feel excess expectations or whatever from the previous games?  There just aren't a lot of sci-fi games with this kind of depth and storytelling combining RPG and action elements.  Most of the games in this venue are slanted toward the action side, so I'm enjoying a game that appears to be more interested in telling a big story with me in the thick of it.

I mean Horizon Zero Dawn just came out and it has probably one of the best Sci-Fi stories to be in a game.

Maybe, that's what I've read... but these are very different styles of games in my mind.  I guess I'll be the one contrarian on Horizon and just say while I was very impressed with my first couple hours playing it, it certainly didn't come across as some sort of masterpiece in sci-fi writing, and honestly I haven't felt compelled to jump back into it.  It still felt a lot like an action/stealth game and I felt like I was going to have to do a lot of sneaking around and creeping around to get the drop on things, which just isn't my preferred style of gameplay.  I'd like to come back to the game again when I have more time, as I have universally heard the story was excellent.


I'd say you haven't gotten far enough into the story then. Overall plot is excellent and it takes some major turns, it also somehow completely justifies its premise of primitive man v. robot dinosaurs/animals. One of the few game stories that would work as a novel.
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 19, 2017) on: March 21, 2017, 10:34:48 PM
Until Dawn apparently as it's on sale for 10 bucks.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (March 19, 2017) on: March 20, 2017, 10:29:44 PM
I'm torn on ME:A, but it's sounding like it's better to wait for a patch or two.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 20, 2017, 10:04:20 PM

Quote from: rittchard on March 20, 2017, 05:33:16 PM

Still curious about the negativity - if this wasn't a Mass Effect sequel, would people be more interested?  I guess I'm just lucky that I don't feel excess expectations or whatever from the previous games?  There just aren't a lot of sci-fi games with this kind of depth and storytelling combining RPG and action elements.  Most of the games in this venue are slanted toward the action side, so I'm enjoying a game that appears to be more interested in telling a big story with me in the thick of it.

I mean Horizon Zero Dawn just came out and it has probably one of the best Sci-Fi stories to be in a game.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 19, 2017, 12:41:04 AM
Well, got the platinum trophy...when is the expansion pack?
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 3/17/17 Edition on: March 18, 2017, 01:54:54 PM
Should be able to get the platinum trophy for Horizon Zero Dawn this weekend.
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 16, 2017, 09:56:18 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on March 16, 2017, 07:18:12 PM

I canceled my pre order of Mass Effect. Severely disappointed and this is one of the very few times I have canceled a pre order.

Now I mostly played the Mass Effect series for the multiplayer, and only played the campaign when I had no friends online or when I was bored.  I did try the campaign for three hours with Adromeda, and nothing was there to sway me to buy it for the campaign alone.  I had fun with the multiplayer but again the technical issues was frustrating. 

Take my opinion with a grain of salt because looking at the videos on YouTube and twitch, PC and PS4 pro versions, the game looks so much smoother and playable.  On XB1, it's pretty ugly and choppy. 

P.S. I would have gone through and bought the game if it came out during a video game release drought, but at this time I have plenty to play.  Who knows, I may buy this game on Project Scorpio the game gets patched to take advantage of the new hardware

That's disappointing to hear about the MP, I was hoping that might still might be solid with all the bad buzz the single player had been getting, but it sounds like it's a mess all around huh?
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, and PC] Mass Effect Andromeda Will Release In Q1 2017 on: March 15, 2017, 10:47:23 PM
I'm watching Giant Bomb play it and man it's disappointing looking so far.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Are you buying more things? Really? (Week of 3/12/2017 on: March 14, 2017, 04:59:53 PM
Nothing this week as I'm still absorbed by Horizon Zero Dawn.
37  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Netflix] Iron Fist on: March 14, 2017, 12:59:16 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on March 14, 2017, 05:54:45 AM

The original character is a white dude. It's not like they changed the race of the character for the new series. He isn't Tilda Swinton.
That doesn't mean he wasn't a Mighty Whitey.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/MightyWhitey
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/10/17 Edition on: March 11, 2017, 04:25:32 AM
Horizon Zero Dawn, and maybe check out Disk Jam.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Horizon Zero Dawn on: March 07, 2017, 10:40:59 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2017, 07:58:05 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 07, 2017, 07:34:41 PM

It's not really a shooter. I don't do console shooters either, this is closer to assassin's creed or something like that.

Except the vast majority of combat is shooting a bow, isn't it?  From everything I've seen and read it's like Far Cry Primal with cyber stuff.

You can slow down time when aiming, and you can spec in the skill tree to lengthen the duration. Also, you can approach the game with more of a trap focus if you want.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (February 19, 2017) on: February 20, 2017, 02:05:35 PM
Maybe Rhombus of Ruin depending on reviews, I still don't know how it plays. Other than that mostly waiting for Horizon: Zero Dawn to drop next week.
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