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81  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next and Everquest Next Landmark on: March 11, 2016, 08:31:27 PM
Cancelled
https://www.daybreakgames.com/news/daybreak-president-community-letter-everquest-next-2016
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN Montly Free Games on: March 08, 2016, 11:00:50 PM
Dead Star looks to be one of April's games, basically a next gen Subspace.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What's happening with E3? on: March 08, 2016, 08:55:51 PM

Quote from: Andrew Wonser on March 06, 2016, 12:59:21 AM

What would be nice to see are the Indie companies maybe getting a bigger piece of the show floor.

That's basically PAX what has been happening at PAX.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4] Paragon - 3D MOBA on: March 08, 2016, 06:30:33 PM
I've been in the alpha for a bit, don't think we are allowed to talk about it yet though.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Fable Legends on: March 08, 2016, 12:26:48 AM

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on March 07, 2016, 11:59:35 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2016, 03:11:44 PM

Huh.  Not totally surprising, I guess, since it never looked great and they've been so quiet on it for a while. 

The bigger surprise to me is this:

Quote
...and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.

Man, Microsoft has some really shitty track record with buying decent companies and kind of slowly killing them over time.

As a witness to what they did to WebTV years ago (I was an employee), this is what Microsoft excels at. Acquiring companies for their tech or engineering knowledge and then letting the rest go to shit.

Sadly this is the end result of most acquisitions. In tech I'm of the belief that they've hindered progress by at least a decade.
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1] Fable Legends on: March 07, 2016, 03:07:59 PM
Apparently this has now been cancelled
http://news.xbox.com/2016/03/07/microsoft-studios-changes-uk-denmark/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: March 05, 2016, 10:39:17 PM
Yeah I like it a lot and will play it for sure
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist (late) 3/4 edition on: March 05, 2016, 08:25:35 PM
Street Fighter and Uncharted beta. Maybe hitman beta too
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: March 05, 2016, 01:55:47 AM
I've enjoyed the multiplayer beta so far. Some neat kill streaks
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: March 03, 2016, 10:25:17 PM
This has a very cool look to it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47h6pQ6StCk
91  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: March 01, 2016, 04:10:12 PM
Mulitplayer beta this weekend, free no PS+ required.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/03/01/uncharted-4-multiplayer-stress-test-this-weekend/
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 15, 2016, 04:32:22 PM
Street Fighter on PS4.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XB1]Quantum Break on: February 11, 2016, 03:18:47 PM
PC is new news isn't it? Seems big. Some rumors of Gears 4 and Scalebound for PC as well.

At this point I can't see myself ever getting an XB1.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/PS4/XB1] The Division (Tom Clancy) on: January 29, 2016, 05:03:46 PM

Quote from: Ridah on January 28, 2016, 05:21:34 AM

I have beta codes for PS4, PM me you'd like one. I may have XB1 codes tomorrow.

I take it these all went?
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 16, 2016, 12:39:37 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 15, 2016, 11:04:28 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 15, 2016, 09:57:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 15, 2016, 04:21:42 PM

The coolest thing about this trailer is that JJ and co. stealthed everybody.  No one even knew this movie existed until today.  As of now, it doesn't even have an IMDB listing.

That's not exactly true. This was previously known as Valencia and was known to be in production, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has even talked about it in interviews. The re-title is the surprise. It's also unclear how connected to Cloverfield it is. “The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”

Well, those pieces have only recently been put together.  Every news article I saw this morning on it was flabbergasted that this was a completely unknown entity previous to the trailer release.
Bad reporting then? The title change and potential Cloverfield connection is a surprise but the movie hardly is.

Article from 2014 even matches the plot of the trailer.

http://indierevolver.com/2014/08/25/mary-elizabeth-winstead-joins-john-goodman-in-the-cellar-formerly-valencia/
96  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 15, 2016, 09:57:08 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 15, 2016, 04:21:42 PM

The coolest thing about this trailer is that JJ and co. stealthed everybody.  No one even knew this movie existed until today.  As of now, it doesn't even have an IMDB listing.

That's not exactly true. This was previously known as Valencia and was known to be in production, Mary Elizabeth Winstead has even talked about it in interviews. The re-title is the surprise. It's also unclear how connected to Cloverfield it is. “The idea came up a long time ago during production. We wanted to make it a blood relative of Cloverfield. The idea was developed over time. We wanted to hold back the title for as long as possible.”
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: January 13, 2016, 06:50:34 PM

Quote from: farley2k on January 07, 2016, 04:05:12 PM

High Rise

A trailer that doesn't give it all away but certianly teases there is more to the story.

Tangerine Dream's Love on a Real Train getting some usage lately, between this and Mr. Robot.
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 09, 2016, 02:29:31 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 08, 2016, 10:04:55 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 08, 2016, 08:58:54 PM

Keep in mind the PSVR comes with a processing box as well as the headset.

Don't get people's hopes up about this. It doesn't give the PS4 extra power or anything. It merely handles some of the mundane things that are necessary for VR, as well as provides a secondary output you can use to let people see what you're doing through a TV or monitor. The processing box means that the PS4 doesn't have to use too much of its valuable processing power for basic VR stuff, but that's about it.

Quote from: forgeforsaken on January 08, 2016, 08:58:54 PM

The other advantage that PSVR has is consistency of experience, as while it may not hit the graphic highs of PC developers can tune very specifically for the device as it's a static platform.

The Playstation VR system does not have such an advantage over the Oculus Rift. It does over the Vive for the moment, but not the Rift. This is what the minimum specs are for. If you're going to publish something for the Oculus Store, you must have developed it so that anyone with the minimum specs can run it at its intended graphical fidelity with 90 fps without any drops. If there are exceptions to this rule, I haven't heard about them. If you develop for the Rift, all you really need is to test at the minimum specs.

This is also why you're not going to see escalating demands from Rift-based software until Oculus updates the minimum specs, and that might take years.

So PC games are no longer going to ship with a bevy of graphics options and people with ultra high end rigs will be getting the exact same experience as people with minspec? How is Occulus even going to enforce this?
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 08:58:54 PM

Quote from: Zinfan on January 08, 2016, 08:50:53 PM

I'll wait as I'm concerned that if a 970 is min spec how much headroom does a 980 have?  I'd like my video card to be several steps above the minimum spec at least.  I worry about the Sony version as the console specs aren't that great compared to a PC running a 970 so how much can the PSVR do?  Too many unknowns for me to jump right now.

Keep in mind the PSVR comes with a processing box as well as the headset. The other advantage that PSVR has is consistency of experience, as while it may not hit the graphic highs of PC developers can tune very specifically for the device as it's a static platform. With PC you are still likely going to see graphics options, and with a VR experience that stuff could get real messy. You could conceivably even see instances where a game on a lower end rig is causing nausea in players where people aren't seeing the issue at higher settings.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oculus Rift VR headset on: January 08, 2016, 06:27:14 PM
I fail video card and CPU, so I'll probably go PSVR at first and wait and see how the Vive/Oculus battle sorts out a bit as I wait for the next gen of video cards before building a new PC.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My current musical obsession (metal) on: January 08, 2016, 01:32:32 PM
3TEETH. Not conventional metal, but industrial metal along the lines of Ministry or Godflesh. They are on tour at the moment opening for Tool, I saw them over a year ago at a tiny punk club near Boston.

They have a full album out and on Spotify. Heres a sample
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4Mq6u8kZNE

Here are a couple of tracks from their next album
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6paaCkzA3I
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNpl71gNBCU
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY 2015 on: December 21, 2015, 09:05:28 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 21, 2015, 06:47:17 PM

The Witcher 3 is my GotY.  All of my issues are technical.  Large, believable world, multiple endings to quests, fun combat and gameplay mechanics.  Stays solid throughout without breaking down at the end.  Satisfying storyline.

While I can totally see someone picking the Witcher 3 as their GOTY for the other reasons you mention I just can't agree with the bolded. Character movement was poor, later patched to being barely ok. Swimming controls were terrible, later patched to poor. Combat was kind of clunky, with an unreliable lock-on, weird hit boxes, and strange idiosyncrasies like the enemies ranged combat radius being larger than Geralt's combat engagement radius thus making it impossible to parry arrows at long range but something you
could do as you got closer to the archers. Mechanically a lot bugged me about that game.
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOTY 2015 on: December 21, 2015, 05:02:59 PM
Bloodborne
Rocket League
MGSV
104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 16, 2015, 11:44:57 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 16, 2015, 10:55:52 PM

You guys make fantastic points but I really believe that Microsoft anticipated these sales and structured the deal accordingly. Let's look at launch month numbers for TR on PS3 and 360:

PS3: 275,000 units
360: 330,000 units

We don't know if MS expected Rise to do equal, better, or worse than the first game, but let's take the average of the two platforms and use that as the target first month sales for the game on one platform: 300,000 (i'm rounding). They must have also factored into their forecasts that November is one of the most competitive months of the year.

Also keep in mind that the first Tomb Raider launched on March 5, 2014, vs. Rise which launched on Nov 10, 2015, giving the first game almost an extra week of sales before being tallied by NPD. Could 200k be THAT far off from their expectations? The studio director said both MS and SE are happy with the game's performance, I believe it.


No he said they were happy with the studio, which makes sense as the project looks to have been released on budget and on schedule and has reviewed well. The studio hit the goals they were assigned basically.  It's failure/success of project as opposed to product (which would be the games sales).
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 16, 2015, 10:05:07 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 16, 2015, 09:39:26 PM

Quote from: TiLT on December 15, 2015, 10:11:24 PM

Your speculation would have sounded a lot better if it wasn't for Square Enix' public disappointment in the previous Tomb Raider's 3.4 million sold copies in 4 weeks. Rise of the Tomb Raider is a disaster for them and a borderline embarrassment for Microsoft, both because of lacking sales and because of the bad press they caused with the exclusivity, which they're still getting raked over the coals because of. Buying this kind of exclusivity is expensive, and there's no chance in hell that Microsoft got even a fraction of their investment back. Square Enix may recoup some of their losses with the PC and PS4 versions, but by that time it will be too little, too late.

All we can do at this point is hope that the industry as a whole learned from this mess of an anti-consumer backroom deal. Judging by how Sony suddenly started being a lot clearer about the exclusivity status of their titles right after Microsoft's backlash, it at least sounds like they got scared by the whole thing.

Would Square Enix event be the primary stakeholder of this game, or would that be Microsoft? I think Microsoft is taking the brunt of the sales impact which is why the deal went forward in the first place. And if that's the case, Microsoft may have different metrics for success than Square Enix which is what I was alluding to.

You'd really need to know more details about the deal and how much SE got paid and then that ties into speculative things like lost sales which are somewhat unknowable.

Related, Crystal Dynamics head has left the company
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2015-12-16-crystal-dynamics-boss-quits-after-decade-at-square-enix
106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 15, 2015, 07:12:34 PM

Quote from: Ridah on December 15, 2015, 06:33:27 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on December 11, 2015, 01:43:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 16, 2015, 10:34:08 PM

The game will come out on PS4 next year, will look great, have all sorts of nice quotes on the cover and it will sell fine.

I don't know we'll see. NPD is out and based on the leaks it did just 200k in the US for launch month, that's a 70% decline from the previous Tomb Raider's first month. Unless it has an unprecedentedly amazing second month or picks up enough GotY wins to propel sales it's pretty much a bomb and that will potentially haunt its future releases, with PC users possibly expecting quick price drops on Steam sales. Also with the game being released later on other platforms they practically will have to include all DLC with the game, so they lose out on DLC sales as well on those units.

There's a reasonable chance this release has killed this iteration of the franchise and this will be the last TR game we see for quite some time, which is a shame as they have been of high quality.

200k is low, but I'm not sure it's low enough against internal expectations to be considered a failure. Square Enix (publisher) wasn't even behind making the game, it was Microsoft who stepped in and provided assistance in order to add another exclusive to their Holiday 2015 lineup. It's going to continue selling over Christmas and it's part of what has enabled Microsoft to claim 2015 as "the best lineup in Xbox history". Moreso than simply unit sales, it's made the Xbox platform more attractive to a lot of people, even if a lot of those people don't end up buying Tomb Raider.
Dude it's a 70% drop from Tomb Raider 2013s first month sales, in no way is that not considered bad by SE.

In other news it looks like Jan 29th for PC which is a faster turn around than I expected when they said early 2016. I was thinking more March. This is a smart move though as that's when the first DLC hits, so they can launch on PC along side the new DLC and avoid having to bundle DLC with the game as a complete edition. I think you're still going to see that though when the PS4 version drops in Q4 unless they can accelerate that release due to poor sales.
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocket League on: December 15, 2015, 07:09:06 PM
The Hockey mode is out and it's great, a nice change of pace from soccer mode. The biggest difference is the puck not only bounces a lot less but slides up and along the walls, even the ceiling if it's going fast enough. The game ends up being less aerial oriented and more about playing on the walls.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/15) on: December 14, 2015, 06:03:21 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 14, 2015, 04:41:05 AM


PC
Dead Star


Is this really out this week or is that Early Access?  I thought this was a spring title and Early Access on Steam with beta access on PS4. Noteworthy that like Rocket League it will support PC/PS4 crossplay.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Helldivers: "Come on you apes! You wanna live forever?" on: December 11, 2015, 12:42:57 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on December 11, 2015, 07:37:36 AM

Had a rough start going solo for the first few levels, and then had a few matches with Blackjack which were really fun. Ended up with a totally random group that turned out to be a bunch of cool guys working great together and went from level 4 to lvl 13. Great game
Yeah don't play this solo. Solo it's mediocre, but co-op it's amazing.
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: December 11, 2015, 01:43:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 16, 2015, 10:34:08 PM

The game will come out on PS4 next year, will look great, have all sorts of nice quotes on the cover and it will sell fine.

I don't know we'll see. NPD is out and based on the leaks it did just 200k in the US for launch month, that's a 70% decline from the previous Tomb Raider's first month. Unless it has an unprecedentedly amazing second month or picks up enough GotY wins to propel sales it's pretty much a bomb and that will potentially haunt its future releases, with PC users possibly expecting quick price drops on Steam sales. Also with the game being released later on other platforms they practically will have to include all DLC with the game, so they lose out on DLC sales as well on those units.

There's a reasonable chance this release has killed this iteration of the franchise and this will be the last TR game we see for quite some time, which is a shame as they have been of high quality.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paragon (Epic Games thirdperson MOBA) on: December 10, 2015, 01:17:26 AM
Not to go all Blackjack on you all but Gamespot has a good interview up
http://www.gamespot.com/articles/epic-talks-moving-from-gears-of-war-to-mobas-with-/1100-6432936/

I like a lot of what I'm reading so far, as well as some things I saw in the gameplay video which I'll probably go into detail later once I have a better idea if they are doing what I think they are and why it's so important, need to wait for the NDA on some other games I've played expire to really expound on it too. But just from that short clip I saw what looks like some very smart gameplay design decisions.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Paragon (Epic Games thirdperson MOBA) on: December 07, 2015, 11:47:40 PM
http://blog.us.playstation.com/2015/12/05/epic-games-brings-paragon-to-ps4-in-2016/

Crossplay between PC and PS4 and you can use the same account on each so progress is shared. Also free to play.
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Paragon (Epic Games thirdperson MOBA) on: December 05, 2015, 08:06:37 PM
Coming in 2016 for PS4 and PC. Already looks better than Battleborne. Some interesting skills shown in the gameplay trailer

Announce trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OCJCZJWA68&feature=youtu.be

Gameplay trailer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Gw9fJGKvcc
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL 2015 Week 12 on: November 30, 2015, 04:40:37 PM
Officiating this year has been terrible. If Goodell is really serious about the integrity of the game he'd be looking into full time crews and other ways to instill some consistency in officiating. I no longer have any idea what constitutes a catch, pass interference, holding, or when the clock should be stopped or let run.
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 30, 2015, 12:31:08 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on November 29, 2015, 11:31:49 PM

Is anyone selling the books after they get the buff?

I store them at my base in a magazine rack. Caps aren't really a problem for me and I have a water production plant to make caps if need be.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 11/25/15 - US Thanksgiving Edition - Black Friday Madness on: November 25, 2015, 12:57:23 PM
I may put Fallout down for a bit to run the Bloodborne expansion.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/24) on: November 23, 2015, 12:44:21 PM
The Bloodborne expansion is this week as well.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: November 16, 2015, 11:57:55 PM
I love coming across places I recognize just from the visual. They play fast and loose with the geography of course but some locations are close enough, like the Pit in Harvard Square (College Square in game).
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: November 16, 2015, 09:31:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on November 16, 2015, 09:21:39 PM

I suspect the game's not being on PS4 is a bigger factor in those numbers than the Fallout 4 release.

I mean, statistically, there are fewer people who have the right console for it and there are also many who have the Xbone who are waiting for the PS4 release anyway.

OTOH, I saw a report that the Xbone sales were up, so it may have been a short-term smart move for MS (even though I still think the exclusivity deal was badly chosen, handled and timed for long-term customer loyalty).

But whenever the sales come and people start playing it, they will enjoy it.  It's a great game.

The danger is that the sales may not come, or at least be seriously reduced. PC gamers have already had to wait, so many of them may just opt to wait longer for the inevitable Steam sale, potentially that summer. Then when it finally hits PS4 much later the game will likely be selling at half cost on Xbox One and will be competing with net new games seeing their first release. PS4 version would have to include all DLC expansions, which means they are also losing out on DLC sales. The fact that it's a great game makes its potential failure due to bad business decisions all the more depressing. Looking at Amazon top sellers, it doesn't look good in the US either.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rise of Tomb Raider on: November 16, 2015, 03:47:33 PM
So we got some sales numbers for the UK via GAF....
Rise of the Tomb Raider < 63,000, by comparison Tomb Raider (2013) debuted around 183,000 units. Fallout 4 did about 480k. Seems like the combination of a bad launch date and poorly thought out exclusivity contracts might kill this franchise. We'll need to see how it fairs in the States still, but wont see those numbers until Dec as NPD doesn't release weeklies.
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