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41  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 09:10:16 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 03, 2014, 07:51:59 PM

One of the most frequent complaints Iíve seen is that the save points are really spread out.  Iím waiting to see if PC patches/moders can add in the option to save anywhere or at least put in some additional check points.  You can argue that checkpoints add to tense atmosphere of the game all you want but I donít have the time to deal with that silly nonsense.

I'm not too excited about this either, especially if you narrowly escape death and then have to do it all over again because you couldn't save.
42  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 09:08:55 PM

Quote from: Crawley on October 03, 2014, 08:52:42 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 03, 2014, 07:55:26 PM

I don't think the non-combat controls are horrible, but I do agree they could use some tweaking. Climbing up on something is particularly frustrating, as you may make several attempts at it and it doesn't take, then finally it says "Oh yeah, you can climb here" and lets you climb up. I think AC was better at climbing, Mordor is better at dropping. Both are annoying in terms of sticking to terrain.

The climbing was my biggest control issue initially. I didn't know what I could or couldn't climb/scale or how best to do it. I had the exact same problem in the AC games. But like those after an hour and change I got it down. I have almost no problems now with using structures to climb or maneuver on.

Only thing I do wish is you could move faster on it. Going up/down is not so bad but trying to shimmy left/right can be painfully slow.

Agreed, I think they nailed the non combat controls.  Being able to sneak and sprint is awesome, they made it easy to drop down to hang and run along tops of walls when sneaking around.  Some areas do seem like you can climb but then you can't, but I haven't seen too much of this.  The little boost from running over rocks or jumping down is also great.
43  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 08:40:14 PM
The big fights can be particularly tough early on as you have very few abilities to use.  I have almost everything unlocked now and I find I can mow down even large groups without much trouble.  Early on I would say you have to run and regroup sometimes.  Also the game asks you to take out the bodyguards of the war chiefs to make the fight easier.  There are fights in the garrisons where they sound the alarm and you just get an endless tide of bad guys.  I would say in this case you got reamed by the RNG and have to move the fight to a different location or wait and power up a bit.
44  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 04:53:30 PM
Metacritc for PS4 currently at 79 with 2 low scores and the rest good.

http://www.metacritic.com/game/playstation-4/alien-isolation/critic-reviews
45  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: October 03, 2014, 03:07:17 PM
Reviews are currently looking pretty good, with some high and low.  IGN has a bad one and games radar just gushes about it.  I want to get this, but want to wait for the bargain bin too.  Seems like most reviews say it goes on too long and loses it's luster.

http://www.gamerankings.com/ps4/751154-alien-isolation/index.html
46  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 12:46:06 AM

Quote from: Glycerine on October 03, 2014, 12:40:46 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 02, 2014, 11:24:44 PM

Possibly stupid question:

Does anyone know how to tell what your current "Power" level is? All I see is the progress bar to the next tier.

As it stands I have no clue if a level 8 Orc is easy or impossible.

Wondering that myself, only thing I've noticed so far is the higher level the more strengths/immunities and less weaknesses they seem to have.  The one I just took down was 15 and literally immune to everything but straight up attacks, I couldn't even jump over him.  I think I'm finally starting to hit my groove with the combat system, just pulled off a 110 hit combo and I have to say it felt awesome.

I think this is right.  I've fought some guys that you can only hurt by using finishing moves.  Nothing else damages them.  I got a rune that allows me to go 10 or 15 seconds without even hitting any baddies and it doesn't break the combo.  Some of the abilities even extend the combat more so that each crit is 2 or 3 x combo and you can even get hit once and not break the combo.  So good.  The shadow strike is a move I hadn't used much but it rules for running guys down or extending combos.
47  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 03, 2014, 12:34:35 AM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 02, 2014, 11:24:44 PM

Possibly stupid question:

Does anyone know how to tell what your current "Power" level is? All I see is the progress bar to the next tier.

As it stands I have no clue if a level 8 Orc is easy or impossible.

I don't think there's a corresponding level for Talion. I think 20 is max for NPC though.
48  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 10:49:46 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 10:08:21 PM

Am I the only one that just executes every captain they come across after interrogating them for info?  I have yet to see somebody come back and I'm assuming it's because I constantly execute with prejudice.

I try to but sometimes it just snaps their neck instead of cutting the heads off and they seem to come back. 
49  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 10:48:52 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 02, 2014, 09:27:50 PM

Yeah, I think it's important to note that the open world design of this game is nothing revolutionary. It's a serviceable open world game with the typical missions, side quests, and collectibles you'd expect from any "decent" open world game. What makes it great is the Nemesis system and the solid mechanics of the combat. I'd also say that because the skill tree/weapon upgrade system is more in-depth than we've seen in similar open world games, you get more of a sense of purpose in hunting down optional content than you do in say..Watch Dogs. In Shadow of Mordor, you need to hunt down that collectible because it gives you money to purchase upgrades. In Watch Dogs or Assassin's Creed, a lot of times the only reason to hunt that collectible down is for bragging rights.

That's all to say that I would be hesitant to recommend this game to someone who doesn't like Ubisoft-style open world games in general. At its very core, that's what it is, and I'm not sure if the Nemesis system would be enough to keep someone who doesn't like that kind of game from getting bored.

Agree, but I thought the weapon rune system was pretty neat too.
50  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 04:01:39 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 02, 2014, 03:29:36 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 02, 2014, 03:24:57 PM

The combat in this game is so good it's ridiculous.  I'm about half way through main missions and I've done a ton of side content so I'm at the bottom tier of the P ability tree.  I am flying around huge groups, cutting off heads, shadow striking, turning allies, all in one group.  They nailed it with the combat in this game.  AC just got owned.

Middle Earth AC with the Batman combat engine is pretty much a spot on description of the game.

I forgot to mention I am throwing people off cliffs, too.
51  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 03:24:57 PM
The combat in this game is so good it's ridiculous.  I'm about half way through main missions and I've done a ton of side content so I'm at the bottom tier of the P ability tree.  I am flying around huge groups, cutting off heads, shadow striking, turning allies, all in one group.  They nailed it with the combat in this game.  AC just got owned.
52  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 02, 2014, 02:13:17 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 02, 2014, 12:35:05 AM

This game is really goddamn fun, and really goddamn good. 

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 06:59:21 PM

BTW, this game is really bad for gamer ADD.

Yes it is.  So easy to get distracted by 3 other things as you're making your way across the map for a mission.

Agree. This game is scratching my itch. Also I feel like I'm not going to like the next AC now.
53  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 08:58:36 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 01, 2014, 06:16:29 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM

Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?
I'm going to guess that you hadn't downloaded it prior to release?  I know when I pre-ordered it, it wasn't available to stream until the 28th, then I had to set up the download manually.  Not sure why they can't add an option to auto-start the download on a pre-purchase.

They do Caine, if you go to the pre-order before the pre-load starts, I think it's enabled by default.
54  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 08:50:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 06:59:21 PM

Leo, thanks for avenging my death. I have returned the favor.

BTW, this game is really bad for gamer ADD.

Heh yep!  I took a screen shot. How did you know it was me?  Do you get a notification?
55  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Console sales chart by generation on: October 01, 2014, 05:26:02 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 12:48:09 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 01, 2014, 05:59:55 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 01, 2014, 04:07:42 AM

The Wii U looks to be one the biggest flops of all time.

Keep in mind that this data was from May 2013, after about 6 months of it being on the market.

Hey man, don't mess with my narrative.

I'm just the bar hasn't moved much since then.
56  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 05:25:09 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 01, 2014, 05:23:56 PM

One thing I forgot to mention about the PS4 version - they make extensive use of the controller speaker, to a much greater extent than any PS4 game I've played to date. It's not just for descriptive narrative sequences - they actually pipe the sound of bushes rustling into it and some of the battle sounds.

I'm a little torn on the graphics. Sometimes they look absolutely spectacular, and sometimes they look horrible. It's a bit of a mixed bag depending on what you happen to be looking at.


This is the first game I haven't liked the use of controller speaker.  I think they just pipe too much. I turned it off completely.
57  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 05:22:17 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on October 01, 2014, 04:51:17 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 01, 2014, 04:37:55 PM

I had to kill my favorite nemesis today.

Rash the Poet will be missed.  He was not a very good poet, but he tried, and that won him a place in my heart. Even though he had to get a blade run through his own heart.

He might be back, lord knows Horza the Assassin won't stay dead, think I've pulled up 5 runes from him now.  He's as undying as the player character.

I think unless their head comes off their neck, there's a chance they will come back looking worse for wear.
58  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 05:21:21 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 03:58:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 01, 2014, 03:51:36 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 03:23:08 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM

Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?

No, it won't. You didn't fully download the game before playing, but had you waited a bit, you wouldn't have had to see that screen you're describing. Almost all PS4-games support playing before the download is fully finished, and the download bar on the main UI only shows how much you need to reach the ability to start the game. You can find the actual download size and progress in the console's settings menu.

Or you can click options on the game icon in XMB and go to information and it will show you download progress.

It will? Is that a new feature? I've never heard anyone mention anything but the settings menu before.

I never knew about the settings thing. I've always looked at the game icon > information to see download status.
59  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 03:51:36 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 01, 2014, 03:23:08 PM

Quote from: Crusis on October 01, 2014, 03:16:32 PM

Gorgeous game on the PS4 - what little I got to play. After the opening chapter I was stuck a screen that said "Downloading - 45 minutes remaining." This was after the game had downloaded. Will this happen with every freaking level for the digital edition?

No, it won't. You didn't fully download the game before playing, but had you waited a bit, you wouldn't have had to see that screen you're describing. Almost all PS4-games support playing before the download is fully finished, and the download bar on the main UI only shows how much you need to reach the ability to start the game. You can find the actual download size and progress in the console's settings menu.

Or you can click options on the game icon in XMB and go to information and it will show you download progress.
60  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: October 01, 2014, 01:25:19 AM
I've got the combat down pretty good and really enjoying myself now.  Seems to be much easier to kick ass than the AC games.  My only complaint is that the terrain is dull and there's not a lot of variation in what you see.  It's all dull brown rocks.  I would say do the first few story missions before you go exploring, they serve as the tutorial.
61  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 07:45:23 PM
What do you mean it's like AC?

62  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 30, 2014, 07:41:31 PM
Uh oh Pug!

63  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 4 on: September 30, 2014, 06:11:33 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 30, 2014, 05:36:04 PM

FCC votes to abolish NFL blackout rule.  I think this is a great thing.

Does this mean they have to comply immediately?
64  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Apple Watch on: September 30, 2014, 06:00:51 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 10, 2014, 01:13:58 PM

Smash hit.

http://appleinsider.com/articles/14/09/30/apple-watch-steals-the-spotlight-during-paris-fashion-week
65  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 08:20:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 07:58:46 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 29, 2014, 06:40:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 05:44:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 04:09:55 PM

I won't be able to tell the difference between 720p and 30 frames vs 1080 vs 60...so I'm pretty sure I'll be okay.

You can't tell the difference between 30 and 60 fps?

You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?

Not that I'm aware of?

I was trying to make the joke from happy gilmore.  It's how I envisioned you saying "you can't tell the difference between 30 and 60 fps?!"
66  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/360/Ps3/Ps4] Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor on: September 29, 2014, 06:40:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 05:44:32 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 04:09:55 PM

I won't be able to tell the difference between 720p and 30 frames vs 1080 vs 60...so I'm pretty sure I'll be okay.

You can't tell the difference between 30 and 60 fps?

You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?
67  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 03:20:45 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 29, 2014, 03:04:25 PM

Quote from: ATB on September 29, 2014, 12:30:35 PM

I will simply walk into the store and buy Mordor.



Digital kthxbai
68  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 29, 2014, 04:22:39 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 29, 2014, 04:20:20 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 02:59:39 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 29, 2014, 02:17:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 01:26:50 AM

This is so weird. I hope Bungie comes clean about what happened at some point.

http://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/2hqmkb/how_destinys_content_completely_changed_over_the/

So it's true. We are the baddies.

Were - they may have scrapped that story.

I've barely touched my grimoire, but from impressions I've heard it sounds like the grimoire stories do still hint that we may be the bad guys.
I posted a link earlier that speculated that same thing
69  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/29) on: September 29, 2014, 03:46:55 AM
Shadow of Mordor PS4
70  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 4 on: September 29, 2014, 02:58:53 AM
Uh oh Teg!
71  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 4 on: September 29, 2014, 02:22:11 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 02:18:58 AM

Are these the actual Cowboys?

I was gonna say that!
72  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 29, 2014, 02:17:59 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 01:26:50 AM

This is so weird. I hope Bungie comes clean about what happened at some point.

http://www.reddit.com/r/DestinyTheGame/comments/2hqmkb/how_destinys_content_completely_changed_over_the/

So it's true. We are the baddies.
73  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NFL 2014] Week 4 on: September 29, 2014, 12:49:54 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2014, 12:00:27 AM

Thanks to the 49ers for doing the Cowboys a solid and not choking there at the end.

Looked like they were trying to choke for a bit there
74  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 28, 2014, 02:52:25 PM

Quote from: gellar on September 27, 2014, 10:52:56 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on September 27, 2014, 05:36:42 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 27, 2014, 05:23:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 26, 2014, 06:00:03 PM



The 6- was comfortable in-pocket and in-hand, except for one handed use.  Browsing through some web pages and some system menus, it was immediately apparent that my thumb could no longer reach everywhere on the screen like it can on my 4s. 

So I'm left a bit torn between getting the 5s or the 6- this fall.  I guess I'll likely get the 6- and just get used to the different handling.

Something that I thought was a bug but turned out to be a feature is that a double tap (not press) of the home button pulls the page down so you can get to something out of reach.

That's the one hand mode

Does that exist in both the 6 and 6+?

Yeah it works on both
75  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last of US BoSs help (spoiler) on: September 28, 2014, 02:51:34 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on September 28, 2014, 12:12:40 AM

I got past it last night, thanks!  Now I'm almost to the Surgery room smile. Must be close to the end right?

Indeed.
76  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 27, 2014, 02:37:59 PM
"Consumer Reports test results find iPhone 6 and 6 Plus not as bendy as believed"

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/09/consumer-reports-tests-iphone-6-bendgate/index.htm

I'm shocked!
77  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Let's talk Iphone on: September 27, 2014, 05:36:42 AM

Quote from: Teggy on September 27, 2014, 05:23:30 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on September 26, 2014, 06:00:03 PM



The 6- was comfortable in-pocket and in-hand, except for one handed use.  Browsing through some web pages and some system menus, it was immediately apparent that my thumb could no longer reach everywhere on the screen like it can on my 4s. 

So I'm left a bit torn between getting the 5s or the 6- this fall.  I guess I'll likely get the 6- and just get used to the different handling.

Something that I thought was a bug but turned out to be a feature is that a double tap (not press) of the home button pulls the page down so you can get to something out of reach.

That's the one hand mode
78  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien: Isolation announced - kinda looks good? on: September 27, 2014, 02:41:11 AM
Really hope this is good, but also hope it goes on sale soon!
79  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Last of US BoSs help (spoiler) on: September 27, 2014, 01:33:57 AM
This is a tense fight!
80  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Destiny -Bungie's new game with Activision on: September 26, 2014, 10:20:30 PM
http://www.polygon.com/2014/9/26/6852027/destiny-patch-loot-system-engrams-legendary-rare
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