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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 07, 2014, 04:56:08 AM
There are NPCs that can detect secrets as well as scrolls with the spell.  Also, once you do the dark shard in the Forge you get permanent detect secrets buff.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 07, 2014, 01:56:11 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on February 07, 2014, 01:07:57 AM

Don't buy Meditation, it's a crutch much like it's LoL equivalent was (though I know Ritt bought Clarity a lot any way Tongue )

I finally got him to stop that at some point.
163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 06, 2014, 11:09:37 PM
360 version delayed for two weeks for "reasons"
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 06, 2014, 03:52:03 AM

Quote from: Teggy on February 06, 2014, 03:17:50 AM

Quote from: Ridah on February 05, 2014, 11:44:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on February 05, 2014, 06:39:10 PM

Titanfall on the PC will require Origin   I know EA  has made Origin better, but I still refuse to download it...  


Anyway, I'm buying digitally from MS anyway

You're buying the Xbox One version digitally?


Sure, so am I.
I think you missed his point
165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Amazon console? on: February 06, 2014, 02:44:51 AM
So Amazon just purchased Double Helix games, the Killer Instinct/Strider developer.  Odd buy if they are just looking to make tablet games.  Supposedly includes IP too, which I would have to imagine would be the Shiny properties.

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/05/amazon-acquires-video-gaming-studio-double-helix-games/
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Outlast on: February 05, 2014, 02:53:20 AM
PSN is super flaky today.  I managed to get it down and played it for an hour.  This is going to be a short burst kind of game.
167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 04, 2014, 10:42:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 04, 2014, 10:15:19 PM

That's making try and think of what the absolute worst "We Legally Can't Say Mech" alternative mech name is.  Right now the "Hercs" from Missionforce Cyberstorm come to mind.

That was part of the Earthsiege universe which included the Earthsiege games, Cyberstorm, and Tribes, which is a bit weird when you think about it.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/Ps4] Outlast on: February 04, 2014, 08:13:18 PM
PS4 version is out now.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: February 04, 2014, 07:12:31 PM
They come across more as mecha than mechs, seem even faster than the ones in Hawken.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Annual Installments discussion on: February 04, 2014, 04:39:14 PM
Outside of sports games I think biennial would be much better.
171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Smite on: February 03, 2014, 08:05:54 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 01, 2014, 04:45:24 PM

Are there any gods that play like Rook from Demigod?  Slow, but hard to kill, generally focused on pushing creeps through the lane, and with some kind of placeable defenses?

Any gods that are focused on placing traps?

Bit of a tangent but I'm surprised you didn't get sucked into League of Legends or Dota 2 if you played Demigod.  We had quite a big
LoL crew running for a good long while.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 03, 2014, 08:03:35 PM
Also, I enjoyed this enough that after I finished it on Adventurer I created a new party on Warrior.
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: February 03, 2014, 07:30:31 PM

Quote from: Scraper on February 03, 2014, 07:25:13 PM

Crawley where did you get the power to walk on water? Is it a main story line bonus or side quest bonus?

Elemental shards get you the movement abilities and buffs.  I don't think any of them are story required outside of the Earth one.  You'll need to head back to the forge after you find one.
174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games you wish you could get into but can't on: February 01, 2014, 04:12:27 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on February 01, 2014, 03:45:06 PM

Dishonored. Maybe I am a bit burned out, but it is just not hooking me.

I had the same problem with that game, I forced myself to at least finish the party level that everyone seems to go gaga about and haven't been back to it.  I really should just finish it at some point as I don't think there is much left.
175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 30, 2014, 09:57:07 PM
I saw that thread unfold on GAF and it was a weird deal.  It was a lot of leaks but it was all very pro MS leaks to the point it felt like a controlled leak run by the MS marketing department.  The amount of disparate information over a wide array of time isn't something your average employee would know either, the "leaks" ranged from upcoming software releases, hardware SKUs, to games coming out in 2016.
176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: January 30, 2014, 07:59:14 PM
For anime Hunter x Hunter is fantastic, but not on Netflix.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 28, 2014, 11:25:20 PM
So be careful with that travel spell.  It seems if you use it in certain areas it will respawn the mobs and put them into hostile mode.  The result of this is as soon as you leave town you are in combat and can't do anything until you go back to where you just ported from and clear the mobs again. 
178  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Might & Magic X : Legacy on: January 28, 2014, 01:56:01 PM
Strange bug I had yesterday was leaving Karthal and being instantly put into combat mode, but there were no enemies I could see.  Same thing if I ported to a different city. Eventually I saw in the status display there were supposed to be Water Elementals, so i trekked to the last place I fought those and sure enough two I killed previously were there and I killed them again and finally took me out of combat mode.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 28, 2014, 01:52:05 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 28, 2014, 01:04:11 PM

Like you say, people buy consoles for the games.  That's why I just bought an Xbone.  But it's not like resolution & framerate weren't a factor in the decision.  Do I want my cross-platform titles to be prettier for the foreseeable future?  Or do I want to play Titanfall?   I want to play Titanfall. 

Which is a successful bit of marketing on Microsoft's part as the game is coming out to PC and 360 too, so you already had the ability to play it.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 27, 2014, 08:29:58 PM
Pendulum wars is just a human conflict though.
181  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2014 Winter TV Season on: January 27, 2014, 08:00:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on January 27, 2014, 07:34:27 PM

I'm really liking True Detective.  I read that the show is going to be an anthology format, with a different cast/story each season.  This one is getting really good, imo.

Yeah it's fantastic.  I've postulated elsewhere it's sort of a take on The Tale of Inspector Legrasse from Call of Cthulhu.
At the very least it's made some references to Chambers if not Lovecraft.
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 27, 2014, 07:44:39 PM
It was probably more wildly inconsistent or hovering around 30 anyways.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 27, 2014, 07:14:41 PM
It's more that they finished the story.  Character arcs finished, main characters died, the enemy was completely obliterated etc.  So for any new game they either have to set it in the past or come up with a new enemy, or I suppose pull some sort of retcon in regards to the fate of the Locusts. 

This all happened by three too, Judgement already went the flashback route.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 27, 2014, 06:26:09 PM
Digital Foundry takes a look at Tomb Raider.  Not the truest comparison as XB1 is capped while the PS4 is uncapped.
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2014-tomb-raider-definitive-performance-analysis

Gameplay Analysis    Xbox One    PlayStation 4
Lowest Frame-Rate    24fps    33fps
Highest Frame-Rate    30fps    60fps
Average Frame-Rate    29.84fps    50.98fps
185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 27, 2014, 05:50:10 PM
It will effect multiplatform titles.  BF4 supports kinect for leaning for instance.  You'll see titles where they have to opt for head tracking/leaning and the like or try and get closer to PS4 graphics parity.
186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MS Acquires Rights to Gears of War on: January 27, 2014, 02:50:54 PM
Black Tusk haven't made anything yet, they are one of Microsoft's new internal studios.

I liked Gears, but I'm also kind of done with it, I never bought Judgement and don't feel like I missed anything there.    I realize it was a successful franchise and no one wants to just let that go, but those characters and that universe kind of ran its course and I feel like a new IP even with similar gameplay would be a better path.

Black Tusk were originally supposed to be developing a new IP to alternate years with Halo, but now it looks like they are just going to be the Gears shop.  What they showed at E3 has now been said to have just been concept work, and didn't represent an actual game in development.

Also, this sort of seems to imply Epic is done making conventional console games and is just going to be an engine house and maybe mobile games I guess.  Not sure what's up with Fortnite though.
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 09:01:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 24, 2014, 08:15:10 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 24, 2014, 08:06:41 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 24, 2014, 07:37:42 PM

It's also worth noting that the units on shelves aren't exactly boxes of disappointment to be thrown into the ocean.  I don't know how much of a system seller Titanfall will be, but if the supply situation still looks like this when it hits, anyone who wants an Xbone for Titanfall will be able to find one.  And when the next big cross-platform titles hit, will a Joe Gamer who thinks he wants to play Metal Gear Solid on a PS4 be patient enough to hunt for one?  Or will he just give up after the first try or two and buy an Xbone instead because one is right there on a shelf?

Interesting point really. We'll have to see.

As far as Titanfall goes - it's *the* reason I asked for an Xbox One for Christmas even though I already had a PS4. So that's one piece of anecdotal evidence that it is a system seller for some.

System seller for me, too, but I have always have such a hard time predicting the minds of the casual gamer masses.  My family member whose 360 was his CoD/Madden machine is my usual litmus test, and as of Thanksgiving he hadn't even heard of Titanfall.  But if Titanfall does catch the eyes of the CoD/Halo masses?  I don't want to jump the gun, but it seems like it could really really move some units.

March will be interesting.  Right now Infamous Second Son is tracking higher if you look at social media sites, more likes to the Facebook page and higher view count on videos on youtube.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 24, 2014, 02:35:23 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 24, 2014, 02:30:42 AM

one was that it'll likely have better graphics on cross-platform titles for most if not all of this generation.  But getting 1080p more often on cross-platform games just wasn't important enough to me to outweigh access to Xbone exclusives.


It's not just 1080p though.  Tomb Raider Definitive Edition is supposedly 1080 on both but 60FPS roughly on PS4 and 30FPS roughly on XB1, or at least that's the current scuttlebutt blowing up on GAF.  So these things manifest in multiple ways, not always resolution.
189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 23, 2014, 09:38:18 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 23, 2014, 09:32:00 PM

MS has released their Q2 earning reports.  Can someone decipher this

Quote from: MS
   The company sold 7.4 million Xbox console units into the retail channel, including 3.9 million Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million Xbox 360 consoles.

This means sold to stores not to consumers. correct?
Correct.
190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 22, 2014, 01:28:05 AM
Infamous, and possibly Thief.
191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: January 21, 2014, 05:29:47 PM

Quote from: paulstraytalker on January 21, 2014, 05:27:45 PM

It's Aliens....I'm gonna wait and see... I do like the visuals though.




Not Aliens, it's Alien.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 20, 2014, 04:17:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 20, 2014, 04:13:11 PM

Quote from: ATB on January 20, 2014, 04:07:33 PM

Quote from: Caine on January 20, 2014, 03:57:24 PM

was hoping for a decent SP campaign.  with that, the smaller mp and skipping out on PS4, I'm out.  I do like the extraction phase though.

and the game looks slick too. 

I've heard that there's an SP MP campaign if that makes sense. 
yeah, I heard that too. 

it's understandable considering that the majority of players don't finish the SP game, but regrettable to me as they could have really had something different in a campaign instead of the usual CoD Bay-splosion and FP death scene-fest.

Well even if it had SP you can be sure it was going to be "the usual CoD Bay-splosion and FP death scene-fest."

I hope they release a PC demo, really not sure about it and would like to play it before making a buying decision. This still looks very CoD in a lot of ways and more of that kind of competitive FPS just doesn't interest me much these days (or really competitive FPSs in general.)
193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: January 17, 2014, 12:49:09 PM
Yeah as I predicted MS took Dec in the US, though Sony is still in the lead LTD in the US as well as worldwide.   So MS won Dec in the US but Sony won 2013 in the US and worldwide.   Nintendo 3DS still the best selling game thing though.
194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 16, 2014, 07:32:14 PM
I'm not sure this is open enrollment.  They sent out a bunch of emails, and now everyone is trying to sign up, but I think unless you got the email, it might not matter if you sign up.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: January 16, 2014, 04:12:09 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on January 16, 2014, 12:59:35 PM

Alpha invites are going out.   You can sign up here

Looks to be XB1 and maybe 360 only

Shouldn't this be at least Beta by now?
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 14, 2014, 05:33:34 AM
I fail to see how Sony set things back when they offer a digital version day one with the disk release for pretty much every game on PS4.
197  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Evolve (from Turtle Rock) on: January 10, 2014, 08:35:12 PM
Some shots and concept art


http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2014/01/10/evolve-preview-meet-the-goliath.aspx?PostPageIndex=1

198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 10, 2014, 07:10:05 PM

Quote from: Jumangi on January 10, 2014, 07:07:40 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 10, 2014, 06:34:30 PM



That's why I suggested the USB drive and partnering with Gamespot, or even better Red Box.  Just go up to a Red Box plug your drive in and download the install files.

Eh at that point you might as well still sell discs as people still have to leave their homes to go get the content.

I disagree.  One, the USB is reusable, so you're not adding physical items to your home. Two you are changing the presentation, which is key.
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 10, 2014, 06:34:30 PM

Quote from: gellar on January 10, 2014, 06:25:51 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 10, 2014, 05:14:13 PM

I think the biggest mistake with their initial required-online approach was going for it while we're still in a weird hybrid zone of disc and digital distribution.  If they wanted it to be online-only, they should have just gone full-bore and release a console with no disc drive.  People raised eyebrows at Apple when they started releasing laptops with no disc drive, but it didn't take much to realize that just about everything was available via digital distribution.

Having no disc drive would mean they'd be mocked for having no ability to play blu-ray movies compared to the PS4, but if they set up a good digital distribution model I think there'd be a good chance of being looked at as being more forward-thinking.  Unless it's just too early for digital-only, which maybe it is.  But I do think online-only and disc-free go hand in hand.  Nobody's going to bat an eye if Steam boxes are online-only with no disc drive, and so it could have been with the Xbone.  

I think the games are too large to really make that feasible for the majority of the market. If you went full bore no disk drive, you'd drastically lower your total addressable market to those who could download 30GB in a reasonable timeframe.

I'm all for digital distribution. The only physical next gen games I have are the games I got at launch with the PS4. The last three purchases have been downloaded and I'm quite happy to keep going that way.

That's why I suggested the USB drive and partnering with Gamespot, or even better Red Box.  Just go up to a Red Box plug your drive in and download the install files.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orbis. aka PlayStation 4? The rumors are put to rest. on: January 10, 2014, 02:50:52 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on January 10, 2014, 02:37:29 AM

It's also why believing that consoles should be offline capable with no DRM, etc. is completely delusional thinking. Video stores are extinct, CD players in cars are going extinct, the death of physical media has begun in earnest and it's not going to slow down.

That wasn't the core issue, it was that XB1 was a half measure where it should have been a full measure.  There were numerous other ways for them to handle it, the disks really would have been a convenience delivery system but MS totally mishandled the marketing.  Really they should have not even had game disks and shipped everysystem with a USB drive that you could bring down to your local Gamestop to load a game install on if your bandwidth was too slow.  You can't just suddenly tell people those game disks they've been buying for years behave differently, you need to change the presentation.
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