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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 02, 2015, 09:13:18 PM
I'm sure the car combat will ramp up as you get more upgrades for your car. Will it still be interesting after twenty hours? I don't know. I've got seven hours in and I've found that car combat has been secondary to on-foot missions. The mission locations have been varied and interesting, but ultimately the missions seem to be mainly fight your way into some place, optionally collecting scrap and destroying insignia as you go along, then destroy some big thing or several smaller things to win the mission. Not really that different from a lot of other open world games of the same genre. And that's not a bad thing so far.

In the same way as the Assassin's Creed series, there are a number of things to collect, but that's optional; I haven't seen any indications that collecting relics (for instance) ultimately leads to anything substantial. And there really is a feel similar to Red Faction: Guerrilla in it as well, where you destroy enemy locations and items to lower the enemy control in an area. And I like that as well, as it give a purpose to doing things like knocking down the Scarecrows.

In other respects, like being pretty much bug and glitch free and running smoothly at 60 fps, kudos to the developers. And also lots of praise to them for really making it an immersive world. There are lots of really detailed touches to the clothing, armor, cars, what-have-you, like that often get so much mention in the AC games.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 02, 2015, 05:58:06 PM
I don't know SoM, so I can't comment on that, but there's not really a stealth component. I'd say it has aspects of Red Faction: Guerrilla, Far Cry 4 and Just Cause 2. You convert areas from enemy control to friendly control like in RF:G, and the exploration works somewhat like FC4 in that you find balloons rather than radio towers. The driving combat has elements of JC2 but is a lot more in-depth with lots of upgrades to your car.

By the way, just because there are aspects of other games in it doesn't invalidate how good the game is, and it really is good. I read a number of reviews and have to say that many of them just completely miss the mark. The guy on Kotaku just whined about the whole thing, like how bland the desert is, which it isn't, but hey, it's a desert, what do you expect? Waterfalls? He also was unhappy with the side missions and the whole scrap collection mechanism, which is just like what's in RF:G and works just as well here as it did there. And he also called the whole game "Watch_Dogs in the desert". Now I happened to like Watch_Dogs, so much so that I actually completed the game, sixty hours worth. It's really better than Watch_Dogs in that it's running on the PC at a smooth 60 fps with most everything cranked to Max icon_wink and the story and cutscenes are significantly better.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 02, 2015, 05:00:52 AM
I've got three hours in and I'm really enjoying it too. The cut scenes are excellent (lots of great voice acting), the graphics are top notch and the game play is a lot of fun.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 01, 2015, 04:14:09 AM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on September 01, 2015, 03:45:52 AM

I'll cut Avalanche a world of slack after Just Cause 2. That was some of the most fun I've had in years. Just... want to be sure on this one, which is probably due to my overt love of Mad Max.
Oddly enough, I know almost nothing about the Mad Max backstory, never having seen the movies, but I loved Just Cause 2 and if these are the same folks who gave me JC2 I also can cut them some slack.

Thirteen minutes to go on the download. 35 mbps may sound like a lot, but 24.6 GB is a bunch to download. I haven't bought a retail box in a couple of years, sheesh, how many DVDs are we including in boxes nowadays?
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 22, 2015, 10:19:31 PM

Quote from: Crawley on August 22, 2015, 09:27:50 PM

normal Arial.

Guess you could say it went to...

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 NormArial  icon_biggrin
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: August 19, 2015, 05:06:28 PM
I broke down and ordered it a couple of days ago too Roll Eyes.  With Rainbow Six being delayed and Just Cause 3 not coming till December as well, Fo4 will be my next big AAA title, unless I get caught up in the hype and pick up Assassin's Creed Syndicate ninja
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 10, 2015, 07:44:26 PM
Dammit, you people aren't making it easy for us old grognards who don't like to change things. How long will Microsoft support Win7? icon_biggrin
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: August 03, 2015, 10:27:49 PM
I've not upgraded to 10 yet, but I saw this article over on Gizmo's and thought it might be of interest: Newly Upgraded to Windows 10? Three Things to look out for
9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Assetto Corsa - Racing Game on: August 01, 2015, 07:49:10 PM
I was surprised there was no thread for this game. I've been looking at Assetto Corsa and Project Cars, but I've been mostly off racing games since I went PC and quit playing the Forza series. I grabbed this because it's 50% off on Steam with the DLC 50% off as well. I'll post some impressions later on.

The half off sale is over tomorrow, so those interested might want to grab it soon.
10  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Winders 10 and gamin' on: July 31, 2015, 03:46:31 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on July 31, 2015, 03:09:47 AM

So for reasons I can't begin to explain, I decided to click the button and move to Windows 10.

 icon_eek

I'll say about Win7 what I said about WinXP. I'll upgrade when they unwrap my cold, dead hand off the mouse nod

Still, the wife wants a new laptop for her volunteer work and what the hell, I'll let her take the plunge first, as we both use Win7 and haven't a clue about Win8 and all the fancy they added to it from Win7.

Not happy at all to hear about "apps" and "ads". Please tell me you can turn off all that nonsense.

Anyway, I'd like to hear about it as a gaming platform as well and if there's any "must have" features that would make me upgrade from Win7 for gaming.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC, PS4, XB1]Fallout 4 on: July 30, 2015, 03:52:34 AM

Quote from: Caine on July 30, 2015, 03:40:52 AM

I snagged this yesterday.  After the limited runs of the FO3 and FONV hardcover guides, I wanted to make sure I got this too.  I do wish the style of this matched those though.

I got the FONV hardcover guide, but I didn't use it that much, preferring to not potentially spoil my playing experience. I'm torn between getting it because it's the hardcover and would look awesome next to the FONV one and not wanting to spend the bucks on a book I'll be trying desperately not to touch till I get started in the game.
12  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: HBS Studios Battletech Game going Kickstarter Fall 2015 on: July 29, 2015, 06:22:02 PM

Quote from: Jarrodhk on July 29, 2015, 05:33:33 PM

As long as they don't say 'multiplayer only'.

+1 to that. Please give me a single player campaign plus a sandbox and I'll throw money all over it.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: July 21, 2015, 03:35:03 AM
I completed W_D months ago and enjoyed it. And, unusual for me, I completed the whole campaign. I too think this is a good start for the franchise, and they did a good job with the companion apps as well. It needs a better story next time, with better characters as well.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 04, 2015, 06:27:18 PM
Now that I'm installing it via Steam, any recommendations on what to do with the C:\Program Files (x86)\Frontier installation? Just delete everything? I know that the important info is in AppData, so I'm guessing it's OK to delete the stuff in C:\Program Files (x86)\Frontier.
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 04, 2015, 06:16:35 PM

Quote from: pingwrx on July 04, 2015, 05:56:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on July 04, 2015, 05:13:14 PM

Any word on when folks who bought it direct will be able to get Steam keys? I've been getting the newsletters but I figure I might have missed it.

The Steam keys are available already just look in your frontier account to download it.

Got it, thanks!
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Elite: Dangerous on: July 04, 2015, 05:13:14 PM
Any word on when folks who bought it direct will be able to get Steam keys? I've been getting the newsletters but I figure I might have missed it.
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game in Steam Early Access on: June 30, 2015, 01:42:06 AM
Just did the Daily Event on one of the new tarmac stages. I swear at one point my co-driver said "Be brave". Be brave? He's the one who has to be brave... eek

The new daily single stage with a car you own is interesting, except it picked a car I own but I'm not very good with.

The tarmac stages are truly terrifying. You can go very, very fast... sometimes too fast:



18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: June 28, 2015, 06:58:46 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on June 26, 2015, 03:50:53 AM

Don't faint, but... an interview by someone other than IGN  smirk

E3 2015: XCOM 2 interview
http://www.gamingnexus.com/Article/4845/E3-2015-XCOM-2-interview/

I guess someone besides IGN is excited about it as well icon_wink. This fall is looking like a great release season.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you Batman Batman Batman Bat-(sorry) buyying this week? (6/23) on: June 22, 2015, 09:41:00 PM
Just FYI, Green Man Gaming is offering 40% off both the regular and premium editions of that Batman thing from now till the 26th, according to an email I just received.
20  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: June 22, 2015, 09:39:05 PM
Sorry if this has already been posted, but if it hasn't, Green Man Gaming is offering 40% off both the regular and premium editions from now till the 26th, according to an email I just got from them.
21  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 22, 2015, 12:13:29 AM
My loot:

Alien: Isolation
Distant Worlds (didn't like, requested refund)*
DLC for Crusader Kings II and Europa Universalis IV

*I paid with a credit card but requested that the refund go to my Steam Wallet. The refund was approved but they said it could be up to seven days before the credit showed up in my Wallet. Weird.
22  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 18, 2015, 09:13:51 PM
Broke down and bought Distant Worlds: Universe after watching a half-dozen of the videos by Das24680. Even at 50% off it was still thirty bucks, but I think I might enjoy it.
23  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 17, 2015, 10:23:57 PM
Picked up Alien: Isolation at 75% off.

That's it so far. Really a disappointing sale for me. Must be the time of year, or maybe because E3 is going on and I'm thinking about all the new stuff coming out, which makes this old stuff pale in comparison. Or maybe I'm just grumpy disgust
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: E3 2015 on: June 16, 2015, 01:16:57 AM

Quote from: Zinfan on June 15, 2015, 06:18:03 PM

The W10 XB1 cross abilities (i.e. making Fallout 4 mods on the computer that can be used in XB1 version) seem like it opens a lot of things up.

Fingers crossed that someday soon all these cross abilities will lead to the Forza series being available on Win10 on the PC.
25  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: June 14, 2015, 10:59:42 PM
Need some guidance... I see that Alien: Isolation is on sale at 75% off on the Steam Summer Sale and while I normally stay away from this genre, Isolation is supposedly one of the better games. Now I'm wondering, do I bother with the Season Pass? And what's the difference between the Season Pass, which is $7.49, versus getting all the DLC, which is $11.93? Is it just because of the discount you get by getting the Season Pass, or does the Season Pass not include all the DLC? Don't mean to make someone do all the grunt work I could do to find this out, just wondering if someone knows off the top of their head.

Also, is all that DLC really worth it? I've been burned before by Season Pass content that seemed to be churned out just to satisfy the requirement of having Season Pass content. Thanks for any help!
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game in Steam Early Access on: May 26, 2015, 11:18:01 PM
I'm still on vacation for the next ten days, so no impressions from me for a couple of weeks. Looking forward to hearing from other folks.
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 23, 2015, 03:15:45 AM
You will also find that it's possible to change practically all the settings for a campaign, giving the game lots of replayability.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC]Cities: Skylines on: May 20, 2015, 01:06:14 AM
Tunnels? Awesome!
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 13, 2015, 04:46:04 AM
I completed the campaign on the second try, abet at the "Beginner" difficulty. I won't give anything away, but be sure to let the credits keep rolling once they start, there is an additional cutscene that nicely rounds things out.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 13, 2015, 12:45:48 AM
Kotaku in-depth review, covers the game very well. Excerpt below:

Quote
Let’s get straight to it: for some of you, Invisible, Inc. will be close to the perfect video game.

There’s an easy way to determine if you’re one of those people. Ask yourself this question: “Would I enjoy a game that takes (most of) the best parts of XCOM, Splinter Cell and roguelikes and combines them?”

Say “no” and you might still find this to be a very good video game. Say “yes”, though, and holy shit, you’re in for a good time.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: May 12, 2015, 05:55:41 PM
I liked Watch_Dogs (even if the main character was pretty dull) and was one of the lucky ones who didn't have performance issues or glitching with Unity, so I'll be looking forward to more about Syndicate.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 12, 2015, 05:51:32 PM
Launch trailer. Be aware that the cutscenes shown are all part of the introductory video sequence. Their positioning with actual snippets of the gameplay is a bit misleading. Still a great game nod
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 11, 2015, 10:23:52 PM
If anyone wants some tips, let me know. And just remember, the levels are all procedurally generated, so each play-through will be different. And sometimes, because it's procedurally generated, you'll get to a level that will just kick your butt. That's why the "Rewind" function is good, you can restart from the previous turn or even restart the level. No shame in that, you can always do Ironman later on icon_biggrin
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 11, 2015, 10:14:33 PM
It has really been changed since early in Early Access and is much easier to understand what you are supposed to be doing. In some ways I'm reminded of the new XCOM from Firaxis in that the first time you play you're going to get your ass handed to you, and maybe the second and third, but as you figure out things you'll do better and enjoy it more.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC] Invisible, Inc (formerly Incognito) on: May 08, 2015, 04:58:42 AM
Starting a new thread on Invisible, Inc since the name was changed, and the previous thread hadn't been updated for a year icon_wink.

Another fine game from Klei (rhymes with Play they say) Entertainment, makers of Don't Starve and Mark of the Ninja.

For those who had already bought the game in Early Access, today Klei provided the launch version, aka 1.0. People who haven't bought it yet have to wait till Tuesday to get the game.

Just played for a little while, going through the tutorial and the introduction of the campaign. I hadn't touched the game in over a year, really since it was Incognito, and there's a lot of polish to it now. The opening cinematic of the campaign really gives it a good backstory to explain what's going on. There is a lot new and it really has made the game even nicer. Will post more as I go along in the campaign. I would suggest for folks who already have the game, be sure to go through the tutorial to get a look at the new interface.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/Wii U/Ps4] Project CARS on: May 06, 2015, 10:02:17 PM
That's an interesting article, especially the noting of the frame rate drop in the rain. I was wondering how much of a hit weather was going to be. Looking forward to an analysis of the PC performance, I'm hoping my GTX 780 is still going to be good enough to crank the graphics up to 11.
37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/Wii U/Ps4] Project CARS on: May 06, 2015, 09:47:58 PM
I'm definitely interested in this, but only for solo/offline playing, so any impressions on this aspect of the game would be appreciated. I'm off on vacation soon so I won't be considering getting it for a few weeks anyway.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game in Steam Early Access on: May 01, 2015, 04:03:16 AM
Found this on the latest blog update from the developer, giving a better idea what the co-driver callouts mean:

39  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Any opinions on Chromebooks? on: April 30, 2015, 04:35:52 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 30, 2015, 01:13:59 PM

Mind you, he also lived on a netbook for the longest time.

I'm still using my Acer Aspire 11-inch netbook right now, although even with Win-XP it's barely able to handle running the latest Firefox plus what usually runs in the background.

I also have a Nexus 10-inch tablet running the latest Android OS which I use on trips. When I finally have to replace it I'm going for a no-frills laptop with Windows. While a touch screen is nice at times, I prefer a mouse. And while Android OS does have a number of nice features, I find Windows gives me more flexibility. But I do agree that it's a decent option if you are looking for an inexpensive solution.
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] DiRT Rally - new Codemasters racing game in Steam Early Access on: April 30, 2015, 02:22:56 AM
Alrighty then, some impressions. It's awesome. Really. If you want a true rally game, closer to Richard Burns Rally than the latest DiRT iteration (before this one of course), then DiRT Rally is what you're looking for. It is still in early access with content planned to be release through the next several months, so you can always wait and see what's happening with it. The last planned update is in November, "Winter Wonderland".

And on to some pics. I started off using the Dash view...


... but that was rather restrictive so I'm using the Cockpit view. It's a good way to see if you've broken your windshield yet. If you haven't, you just aren't trying:


This how my first Career rally ended, "Terminal Damage'


I thought this was interesting. There are no "rewinds" or the like, where you click a button and the action rewinds several seconds, giving you a do-over or a Mulligan. If you just decide to restart the race, there is a penalty of sorts:


This is what my car looked like at the end of one stage. This is actually better than it looked at the end of other stages:


Finally, an action shot taken using the replay feature, which allows a review of the race and the ability to switch cameras. As of right now, replays can't be saved, but that might come in the future.
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