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161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 17, 2016, 09:22:46 PM
BTW if any of you happens to work at or have access to someone who works at Fry's or BB or some place that might get Fire Emblems Special Edition in on Friday, I'd be willing to pay $100 for it.  Vultures are selling it for like $250 on Ebay  icon_cry
162  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The 100 on: February 17, 2016, 09:19:49 PM
Keeping up with S3?  I love that this show seems willing to just take things as far as they want.  It may be a bit crazy but at least it doesn't get boring.
163  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Flash on: February 17, 2016, 09:17:32 PM
Flash has kept up with a great season thus far.  The last two weeks included a fun jaunt through Earth 2.

My only issue with the show this season is similar to Arrow, I feel like a single big bad for an entire season is kind of a drag.  Buffy was usually good about setting up a couple of major villains which I think helped the ongoing plotlines fresh.  Zoom is a great villain, but frankly I'm getting tired of his shtick.  I was hoping they'd resolve him and introduce something new but so far no luck.
164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/16/16) on: February 16, 2016, 11:04:03 PM
Just have Fire Emblem ordered, forgot which one.

Edit: looks like I ordered Birthright.  Couldn't get my hands on the stupid special edition, grrrr.
165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 16, 2016, 11:02:36 PM
Very nice analysis Bullwinkle!
166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 16, 2016, 11:01:17 PM
Not to belabor the argument, but for this movie, doesn't just the title itself give people a clue?  If you're a parent who has zero info on the Marvel Universe comic book characters, and your kid wants to see "DEADPOOL" - wouldn't you at least be suspicious?   It's not like it was called "Squirrel Girl"   Tongue
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Walking Dead Season 6 (Careful there will be Spoilers!) on: February 15, 2016, 07:33:04 PM
Yeah I wouldn't even know where to begin, that was an incredibly awesome piece of television from beginning to end.  I felt emotionally overwhelmed by the end of it, it's hard to explain.  Thank goodness for Talking Dead to bring you down from the high.  I needed a couple hours of boring NBA All-Star Game and Downton Abbey to finally calm down enough to go to sleep lol.

Spoiler for Hiden:
My only complaint/regret was losing Jessie and family so abruptly.  I thought she was a great add to the show, particularly since they chose to kill off the other blond chick early.  (Although I have to say her beautiful blond hair looked a little too good while sporting zombie flesh lol).  I actually liked (and by liked I mean hated) the two sons as well, I thought they each added something different.  They each in their own way were just a psychotic breakdown waiting to happen.  I loved the moment where Carl reaches out to hold the older brother's hand, and he's just so conflicted, the look on his face is priceless.  And I love the irony of him being the one who actually shoots Carl's eye out, echoing the themes of sometimes the people you help are just not deserving.  I also didn't think I was going to enjoy the Wolf guy story, but I loved the way it played out in some ways contrasting to the Carl storyline. 

I had forgotten that the eye came out before Negan in the comic, so I was guessing it was going to be Negan who did it.  But this follows the comic better, as I seem to remember him making some comments about how badass Carl was with his one eye.  I do feel bad for the actor though as he's going to be stuck with a bandage for a long time, and then after that presumably he's going to have to wear a prosthetic thingy all the time, yikes.   
168  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Deadpool on: February 15, 2016, 07:21:27 PM

Quote from: drifter on February 15, 2016, 07:01:57 PM

Sorry I don't think you could be more wrong. As a parent you need to know what you are taking your kids too. It's not up to the theatre to tell you that.  It takes a moment to google why a movie has a certain Rating to know what's in it.  Kids there were way to young and the mother didn't do anything.  Didn't say look at the floor or take them out cover their eyes etc.  so here is a group of preteen kids staring at tits and ass on the screen and some fairly blatant sex scenes.

I don't have kids but yeah I don't get that parents wouldn't take a moment to notice that this is indeed an R-rated movie and therefor may be inappropriate.  Forget about the detail of why, isn't that enough?  Of course it does beg the question of who deems what is appropriate.  I guess most parents these days are totally OK with their kids seeing R-rated violence and/or maybe language, but sex and boobies are just too much?  Personally, if I did have kids, I would watch it myself first and then make the decision as to whether I felt it was OK for my child.  I reviewed it for my sister so she could decide if she would let my 11 year old nephew see it, as he's a big Deadpool fan.  FWIW I recommended she didn't.  Frankly I didn't think the violence was a big deal for him, and the dirty jokes he would never understand, but the non-stop language was too much. 

Anyway at the theater I went to, the lady introducing the movie actually DID take the time to say it was a R-rated movie, and "pushed the boundaries of what it means to be R" (her words, not mine).  Apparently they got complaints from exactly the kind of lazy parents who were apparently shocked by it. 
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend playlist - President's Day 2016 Edition on: February 12, 2016, 07:39:53 PM
XCOM 2 and maybe some FFIX on iOS.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 11, 2016, 10:07:58 PM
Thanks for the tips guys, I honestly can't see how I'd make it through this game without cheating.  I had a couple of easy missions and then bam, my ship got hit by a roaming UFO and it had the makings for a total bloodbath. 

In general while I like how it plays out thematically, it definitely feels like the player is operating at a huge deficit.  I guess that's part of the appeal of this game, but it seems so far unbalanced when the enemy has so many advantages over you (tech, numbers, psionics, resurrection, teleportation). 

Anyway, just curious approx. how many missions (I know it depends on how you play) did you play before you reach the "finale"?  I'm guessing it's made clear when you are at the finale?
171  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Black Desert Online on: February 11, 2016, 12:30:17 AM
This is going into final closed beta 2/26 and releasing March 3rd:

Some crazy game footage in the first minute here:

Looks great visually, I have no idea about the gameplay but I'm pre-ordered in now so I'll be trying it come release.
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 10, 2016, 11:09:45 PM
As much as I'm enjoying the game, I still have to question the balance/difficulty, especially since I'm on Easy.  I feel like the game pressures you into accepting certain "critical" missions, but they become absurdly difficult even at the easy setting.  Is the intent that you remain really patient and keep building up before taking on some of the bigger missions?  Or just be willing to sacrifice agents more?  But in that case isn't it even harder to level them up to a point where they can handle the more difficult content? 

Anyway here's what I faced last night, which really felt unreasonable.  Granted it was labeled as "difficult" so I guess that's my own fault.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I can't remember the mission name, but it was given fairly early on and I'd already postponed it multiple times.  It involved recovering some vial and discovering a bunch of human bodies or something like that.  Part of the difficulty was my own fault as I spawned the teleporting guy again after using the skulljack.  But that was just a small part.  The overall mission had like 4 or 5 waves of enemies, including armored types, turrets, and snake dudes.  I don't see how my 4 guys could ever have beat that mission, regardless of the teleporting thing.  I had to cheat to make it through, and it ended with 23 enemies killed.  I guess as time passes you can get more squad members, maybe that's enough to make the difference? 
173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] XCOM 2 on: February 09, 2016, 12:27:41 AM
I'm really loving the game but I get so tense when I play.  I may end up using some cheat codes to get past the point I'm at, sadly I think I ended up doing that with the original XCOM as well.

I'm playing on the easiest difficulty and I was surprised to see how quickly the difficulty ramped up.  I don't know if it was just bad luck/karma or what, but I got to an encounter that seemed pretty ridiculous relative to everything else I had faced up til then.

Spoiler for Hiden:
One of the "highly recommended" missions comes through and is listed as "Moderate" challenge.  Unfortunately my best couple of soldiers are still healing and this one won't let me wait a few more days for them to recover.  So I'm stuck with a couple of n00bs and only one of my better guys.  But what do I face?  Snake people that can grab you and suck your life out.  Some weird ass thing that can teleport, clone itself, shoot lasers, AND nullify my weapons???  I shot it point blank in the face a couple times but no go.  Eventually my party totally wiped.  Kind of crazy, even with my best soldiers I'm not sure I could beat this one.
174  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: February 02, 2016, 07:12:24 PM
I want to give it some more time but thanks to Gratch I've been only playing Crashlands.  Hopefully I get back to it before Fire Emblems comes out.
175  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: 2016 Republican Nomination on: February 01, 2016, 07:14:05 PM

Quote from: Ironrod on January 28, 2016, 11:42:28 PM

I don't understand how so many people find him charismatic.

It's been bugging me as well, but this recent Opinion article in the LA Times I found to be as good an explanation as any.  It's a bit high brow but I felt it was well written and well thought out.
176  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: February 01, 2016, 07:06:20 PM
I ended up playing a ton of this over the weekend.  I had originally thought it was "better" as a mobile, play a few minutes at a time, type of game.  Turns out it plays great in longer game sessions as well.  The map feels huge, but convenient teleport pads make it accessible.  It really feels like a huge open world to explore and discover with all sorts of nooks and crannies.

The game balance is fantastic.  Every time I would start to feel a little lost or like I couldn't get past something, within minutes that would get taken care of.  Either by a new recipe drop, discovering a new spot, crafting a new weapon, etc.  While there are no distinct levels in the game, there's certainly a distinct feel of progression governed by the items you craft, and as indicated by others, how well you can handle opponents over time.  I'm playing on the easiest level and yet combat feels challenging when it should, and there always seems to be something around the corner that I need to progress further to beat.

Oddly enough, this game reminds me in feel/spirit alot of my all-time favorite game, Diablo 2.  Not so much in character building, but for whatever reason the way uncovering the map and gameplay flows, the way you discover what you can and can't handle, the excitement when you get a better rarity item, even the "corpse recovery" - I haven't enjoyed a game this much in a long time.  I know it's extremely early, but this will definitely be on my list of best games of the year.
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/3/16) on: February 01, 2016, 06:26:34 PM
Whoa I didn't realize XCOM 2 was coming out already, woohoo!!
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [3DS] Final Fantasy Explorers on: January 29, 2016, 06:53:42 PM
Unfortunately Crashlands keeps competing for my time, so I've only scratched the surface on FFE.  Seems like a Monster Hunter type game, not too much "depth" in terms of story or anything from what I can tell.  The second tutorial quest almost made me quit the game, but hopefully it will be better now that I can change jobs and get some new skills.  I'm hoping it's a simple game I can play co-op with my 10 year old nephew but we'll see. 
179  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 29, 2016, 06:51:09 PM
Here's the review, I guess it fell off the main page:

Sounds like I still have a lot to look forward to.  Honestly I already feel like I got my money's worth in terms of fun factor.  I think I only have a couple hours actually played but it feels like a lot more. 

The developers pretty much just did everything right in terms of the tone, graphics, difficulty, humor, interface, progression, etc. 

Couple of questions for those further along:

- Will I eventually be able to readily beat those stupid floating heads?  I've killed 1 or 2, but just barely, and that's just the babies.

- What happens to the dirt I pick up?  It seems like I'm supposed to be growing seeds in it but I haven't quite figured that out.
180  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 28, 2016, 09:09:21 PM
Just curious does anyone know if the map is fixed or procedurally generated?  Also are drops, etc. randomized, both in terms of properties and locations where schematics drop?   It feels random, but I can't tell for sure.

Ironman mode would definitely up the ante, particularly if it was randomized, making it a rogue-like on top of everything else it has to offer.

181  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS/PC] Crashlands. You should really go buy this. on: January 27, 2016, 10:49:37 PM
I just grabbed it last night and it's definitely got it's hooks in me!  I wasn't sure at first looking at the screenshots, but it has some weird addictive element that goes beyond that.

I read one review for PC which wasn't entirely complimentary, and kept saying it might be better on mobile.  The interface certainly seems made for touch, so I'd vote for iPad as well.  I generally game on the iPad Mini, which I maintain is the best gaming platform overall at the moment in terms of comfort level (weight), screen size and quality of games.
182  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: January 26, 2016, 09:30:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 26, 2016, 05:11:09 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 22, 2016, 08:55:53 PM

It's over!  I guess that the show got cancelled so that was the series finale.

In spite of all the things that went wrong, there were just about enough good elements that I'm glad I watched it. 

Sadly a missed opportunity overall, it seems like they didn't learn enough from the mistakes they made the first go-around.   And made really poor decisions such as with Zachary Levi's character.  I don't know who vetted it, but even the description on paper sounded problematic to me.

Still have to watch the last 2 episodes, but I don't believe it was canceled..more like it was written/expected to only be one season.

I'm sure if the ratings had been decent they would have continued, there's certainly more story to tell if they wanted.  I'd argue with how they left things it could make for a better story with less characters to worry about.  But sounds like you are correct on what NBC is saying.
183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/26/16) on: January 26, 2016, 12:42:27 AM

Quote from: Gratch on January 25, 2016, 04:25:55 AM

Final Fantasy Explorers for 3DS comes out on Tuesday, and looks pretty cool.  I'll be grabbing that one for sure.

I ordered that one too.

Kind of sad about Heroes Reborn, I guess they didn't think they were going to be cancelled lol.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 26, 2016, 12:41:13 AM
Agree with Crawley, especially about movement.  I bought up every port stone I could find but there aren't that many it seems.

I had a similar annoying experience.  I was trying to complete a quest to heal some stupid boy, and I guess somehow it was mis-interpreted and I ended up getting thrown in jail too.  That was pretty lame. 

I also didn't particularly like having to do some jumping puzzle-ish thing to solve another quest.  I suppose I could have left it alone but something made me want to finish it.

Just some minor nits, all in all I really like the game, particularly the pawn system.  Would love to see what they could do with a real next-gen engine.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 25, 2016, 06:29:16 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 25, 2016, 01:46:35 PM

I watched the show and it does have potential but the ability to time travel at will makes the plot hole analyst in me shine.

Spoiler for Hiden:
For instance the whole plot in the first episode was about finding Vandal Savage so they could kill him. Well the Professor/Son guy gives them pictures of Savage with very identifiable locations and dates. I.E. hop in the damn time machine, go to that place and kill him. Show over.

The same goes for the future. They know exactly where he will be and when. So just go there and kill him. Once again show over

Also, the biggest problem this show may have in the long run is having way too many characters. There are too many people to focus on.

I'm not sure how much of the other two shows you watch(ed), and/or if you saw the 2-part crossover?  From that perspective, it didn't feel like too many people for me, since the majority of the characters were introduced slowly over time and had all their backstories told.  But I can definitely see that if you are coming in cold it could be confusing.

As far as plot hole analysis, you'll have a tough time since they have both time travel AND magic/mysticism, which pretty much gives them carte blanche to do whatever they want.

Spoiler for Hiden:
If you saw the crossover, they already "killed" him, but it didn't stick lol.
186  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Blade and Soul on: January 24, 2016, 05:31:58 AM
I jumped in after reading this thread.  While there are some aspects I like so far, particularly the way the prologue story was presented, I'm also a bit surprised that the consensus has been so positive.  The game engine looks identical to some older games (is it Tera, I can't remember), down to the way things show up on the minimap with the double yellow arrow.  That's not a horrible thing, but I still question what, if anything, new or different is being offered by this game as opposed to any number of other Asian MMOs.

What really irks me is the queue/login system, which feels like a money grab to me.  I tried 3 servers last night and the wait times ranged from 15 - 50 minutes.  They make you wait 5 minutes to delete a character and there didn't seem to be a way to see how busy they were in advance when creating a character.  What it boiled down to was that in order to actually get to play the game, I forked over $5 to get a 7 day "Premium" pass, and voila, I was in the game immediately.  It made me a feel kind of dirty but whatever.

I'll see how things go over the 7 days and re-evaluate.

187  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Heroes Reborn on: January 22, 2016, 08:55:53 PM
It's over!  I guess that the show got cancelled so that was the series finale.

In spite of all the things that went wrong, there were just about enough good elements that I'm glad I watched it. 

Sadly a missed opportunity overall, it seems like they didn't learn enough from the mistakes they made the first go-around.   And made really poor decisions such as with Zachary Levi's character.  I don't know who vetted it, but even the description on paper sounded problematic to me.
188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 22, 2016, 08:51:37 PM

Quote from: EddieA on January 22, 2016, 03:11:34 PM

The first episode was really good and exceeded my high expectations.

Lot of fun - I wonder how people who haven't been watching Flash/Arrow would react to it though.
189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Terminator: Genesis + a TV series? on: January 22, 2016, 01:24:08 AM
I've seen it 3 times now and I honestly can't see why people hated it so much, but oh well!  Disappointed there won't be another sequel.  I'd much rather see another Terminator movie than yet another teendystopianfuturebooktomovie conversion. 
190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Arrow on: January 22, 2016, 01:16:27 AM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on January 21, 2016, 01:57:37 PM

At least now we know someone on the list who isn't in the grave...

Spoiler for Hiden:
I like the way that was presented.  I had pretty much convinced myself it wasn't going to be Felicity, in part because she's so much the heart of the show, and also in part after she already got shot up at the mid-season finale.  But it was nice to have that confirmed, and also see the change in her demeanor.  Of course now it begs the question of who IS in the grave.  My original guess was Speedy but that would seem to have less impact on Felicity herself, who seems to have gone into "kill-em" reversal in the future.  The way it was shot I would have guessed it was her mom, but I've also read that it was supposed to be a main character from season 1, which pretty much leaves Diggle or police chief guy.  Given that there's 4 months to go, I'm guessing maybe he ends up marrying her mom, and then gets killed making it more personally devastating for her.  Just a guess.

The other thing I'm wondering about is whether the killer in question is also a twist.  It appears to be Dark but given we've already had months of kind of the same thing, Team Arrow unsuccessfully going after him, the implication is it's going to be ANOTHER FOUR MONTHS of the same?  Hard to believe.  Maybe the killer will be Malcolm, or even Speedy gone psycho, which would make for a pretty cool plotline.
191  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 20, 2016, 06:23:06 PM

Quote from: Punisher on January 20, 2016, 04:30:24 PM

Quote from: rittchard on January 20, 2016, 12:40:55 AM

Can't wait!!

Side note: I am wondering how the two Cold/Fire actors are going to handle the remake of Prison Break that has recently been talked about.  Hopefully they can do both shows but that would be rough considering they are the stars of PB.
I believe I read that the PB shooting would revolve around LoT

Nice!  I'm a big Wentworth fan even though he's really not that great of an actor lol.

Really looking forward to Thursday, I hope this show does well.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 20, 2016, 01:10:12 AM
Random comments:

This game is really fun, compares well to Dragon Age (particularly the way I played DA as more of an adventure game), and the Pawn system is great.  They seem to have balanced the pawns well enough, as I grabbed some really high level pawns from my friends but they haven't really unbalanced the game.  I play on Easy difficulty and I still have trouble occasionally.  I've died multiple times already even with my super pawns, so I'm finding sometimes I just have to run/escape and I'm getting more religious about saving before something fishy is coming up.  I like a game that challenges well even in "Easy" difficulty.

BTW, I have a fighter pawn named Robbie, but he's only like level 14 or 15.  He's a cute ginger if that makes any difference!

I'm playing in 5K resolution (iMac) and it looks really good in general, but you can still tell at times that it's coming from an older engine.

The one complaint I have is that the Keyboard/Mouse interface felt rather clunky, mostly because so many things required an Enter press to continue.  So instead of being able to click through things (as would be intuitive), you have to reach over to hit Enter.  I suppose it is probably customizable but there were enough things that felt odd that I went to controller.  Personally I'd have preferred a well fleshed out keyboard/mouse combo for playing on the PC but it's not a big deal.

Would love to see this game get a real sequel with a newer engine.
193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: DC's Legends of Tomorrow on: January 20, 2016, 12:40:55 AM
Can't wait!!

Side note: I am wondering how the two Cold/Fire actors are going to handle the remake of Prison Break that has recently been talked about.  Hopefully they can do both shows but that would be rough considering they are the stars of PB.
194  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Endgame in MMO's on: January 15, 2016, 01:15:24 AM
I wouldn't call that ADD, you definitely spent good quality time in these games if you've got multi max level toons - it's more likely you just aren't into that style of gameplay.  So-called endgame MMO gameplay generally consists of hardcore grinding (running the same content over and over for a particular drop), group raids (which requires a lot of coordination and time), or maybe PvP.  These are all very different animals than the original gameplay and it's not uncommon to move on once you've completed the more single-player-esque and/or casual friendly portion of the game.  

Real ADD is me, where I play a new MMO for a few days/weeks, maybe months at the best, start 3 or 4 different alts, never get close to max level and then move on to the next shiny object lol.  I'm even worse now with mobile games, sometimes I only last a few hours before I move on to the next one.

195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 13, 2016, 06:50:04 PM
Not to sound snarky, but is there really a review embargo on what's essentially a PC port of a 3 year old game?  Isn't that a little odd?
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma - Dark Arisen out! on: January 11, 2016, 06:36:27 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 11, 2016, 06:35:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on January 11, 2016, 06:05:32 PM

Anybody picking this up on PC this week?  I'm curious to hear impressions from those that played on the 360 as well as new players.

I'll be picking this up.

I ordered it too, can I send you all my pawns or whatever??!!
197  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 08, 2016, 09:48:24 PM
I haven't noticed any IAP pan-handling yet.  I did spend a couple dollars to get a nice piece of armor but that was totally of my own volition and curiosity.  Thus far quests have been giving gear out.  I'm actually not quite sure what the in-game currency is supposed to be used for, which I guess is a good thing.
198  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS] Age of Wushu Dynasty on: January 07, 2016, 09:34:19 PM
Wasn't sure if this belonged in MMORPG or here, but I guess this makes more sense. 

Pretty decent Mobile MMO (emphasis on the Mobile) set in ancient Chinese martial arts time.  If you played the original PC Age of Wushu you know the drill already.  If not, think Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon on steroids.  I definitely get a kick out of the animations of jumping/flying around.  The rest of the gameplay is similar to other mobile MMOs like Taichi Panda if you happened to try that.  Hard to say if it has much depth but if you like old Chinese style martial arts movie, you might get a kick out of it.  Pun intended.
199  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Surface 4 and Surface Book on: January 06, 2016, 10:32:02 PM
I haven't tried the pen, but that aside, thus far I am really happy with the Surface Book.  This is probably the best Windows laptop (in the "ultrabook" class, not talking about desktop replacement/gaming laptops) I've ever used, and definitely is the best tablet/laptop convertible.  Though the hinge makes it look a little goofy, overall the design is fantastic and the usability is great.  Detaching and re-attaching the tablet is seamless, and the functionality as a tablet is solid.  Still I find myself using it pretty much as a laptop in general, and it is pretty much a really good experience.  The keyboard is lacking compared to the Macbook Air, but better than the 12" Retina Macbook.  On the other hand you get a really nice high resolution touchscreen and the capability to turn into a top of the line tablet, while not that useful for myself, is a feature that stands out above the Apple line.  Not to mention the clever dGPU designed into the keyboard, I love that design as it offers the possibility for upgrades of the keyboard portion only to dramatically improve graphics performance.

The one place I'm finding the latest round of ultrabooks lacking in is battery life.  Not talking about the test numbers or the advertised ones, but the actual usage.  I don't know if the MBA I have has some weird magic to it or what, but the battery life is levels above the Macbook and Surfacebook, primarily because it doesn't seem to drain when in sleep mode.  I didn't touch my MBA over an 11 day period, and when I opened it up it was at 85% battery life.  Generally over a weekend it stays at 100%.  Pretty much every other laptop I use will drain significantly even after 4-6 hours.  I really don't know if it's a software or hardware thing, bu
200  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Fire Emblem: Fates on: January 05, 2016, 11:02:35 PM
Very excited for this too.  I really like that they are letting you make your own main character. 

I'm not thrilled with the Pokemon-like double dipping dual version approach, but I guess if you really love the series, that just means more content.  I didn't know which version to pick so I tried to choose the one with better looking people, but that was fairly even.  So I just went with Birthright in the end. 
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