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81  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 21, 2014, 06:26:35 PM

Quote from: Suitably Ironic Moniker on March 20, 2014, 07:59:05 PM

Have you played Galaxy of Fire 2? If so, how does it compare to that one in terms of number of star systems, game mechanics, ship customization and depth of trading?

I didn't realize I actually do have GoF2 but I never played it much.  From what I can tell thus far, Star Citizen is a very different game in spite of a similar perspective, it's much more action oriented (and maybe "story"/mission oriented).  You don't fly around free form in an open universe, etc.  You can dodge and move around but you are pretty much locked into a flight path during combat.  So in other words it's a much simpler game. 
82  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [ios] 'FTL: Faster Than Light' is Headed to iPad in Early 2014 on: March 21, 2014, 06:23:03 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on November 11, 2013, 08:45:03 PM

Fantastic!  I hope they add some new features instead of just doing a straight port, but this game is just perfect for tablet control.

I think they said it would include the upcoming expansion and price will be $10.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 21, 2014, 05:55:27 PM

Quote from: Crawley on March 21, 2014, 02:10:32 AM

Usually these tribe mix ups are a bust and either nothing much interesting happens or its predictable what will happen. So this was a nice surprise that both new tribes were really mixed up even though only a few things changed on them. Survivor continues to surprise.

I do think LJ should have played the idol. It was just stupid of him to chance it. When you know your name is going to be written down and one vote may determine if you stay or go - play the damn thing.

It just seemed like way too big a risk to take considering he didn't know/trust the people 100%.  Granted he probably knew he had that creepy cougar wrapped around his finger, but the shady cop guy is a completely different story.  Aside from missing sequences, all I can think is he felt it was worth the risk/gamble to hold it, because had he played it he would have made himself an even huger target the next round (and with no protection).

...and yeah, even though I'm gay I still think Morgan's bouncing boobs deserve their own show.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 21, 2014, 05:50:24 PM
That's interesting, I thought they were claiming each hero was supposed to be really unique/individualized/special to play, sounds like that's not the case?
85  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] The 100 on: March 20, 2014, 07:56:22 PM
It's the CW's latest attempt to cash in on a popular young adult theme - this time it's the dystopian future.  The premise is kind of cool  About 100 years after a nuclear wipeout of the planet, the only survivors are on a big space station above the earth.  Problem is they are running out of resources, so they have to cull the population accordingly.  So they send down 100 teenage "criminals" to the planet to see if it's viable or still radiation plagued.  Each is wearing a health monitor/transmitter.

Unfortunately our teens are sent to the wrong location, so one group (the main stars) sets out to look for the supplies that were supposed to keep them alive.  The rest of the outcasts start to go Lord of the Flies pretty much immediately, and don't seem to have any notion or care that they don't have any food.  The main team (including a built-in love triangle in the making) is filled with hotties, surprise!  But they start to encounter things that aren't what they were told and soon find they aren't alone (dun dun dun)!

The setup is actually quite interesting, both on the planet and on the ship where they are wrestling with impending starvation of humanity's last survivors.  Unfortunately the writing and dialog is just a little too CW-esque, which really hurts the show IMHO.  As an example, when the teens survive their crash landing and take the first steps onto the planet, one of our lead females hits the ground and yells out "We're back bitches!!!" - soon enough we're listening to "Radioactive" blaring in the background.  Ugh, seriously?

In spite of that, I still found it more enjoyable than that dinosaur show (Terra Nova?) that was on a couple years ago.  Will give it a couple more episodes to see how it shapes up.

86  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 20, 2014, 07:39:57 PM
Wheeee I never tire of seeing an old-fashioned blindside!!!!

Sometimes I wonder just how random the random draws are when they re-mix the teams.  I think I preferred it when they do team captains and then pick teams.  I think you get a more even mix that way, plus it can reveal a lot about what the contestants think about each other. 

I was glad to see my boy Spencer finally on the upswing; at this rate he might actually make it to the merge and have a shot at winning.  But LJ is looking really strong at this point, with a 4-way alliance and still holding onto his idol.  I suspect they cut some footage out because it seemed crazy to me that he didn't play it.  Playing it would have been almost a guarantee to knock Cliff out.  Of course the way it worked out was way better for him so kudos for taking the risk. 
87  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 20, 2014, 07:32:01 PM
Just picked up Star Horizon last night; pretty cool space shooter with a 3rd person spaceship (not sure if that's how it should be described) perspective.   Graphics are fantastic and gameplay is really smooth on the iPad.
88  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS - also on Steam] Bravelands on: March 20, 2014, 07:27:07 PM

Quote from: msteelers on March 20, 2014, 09:34:36 AM

I bought it last night and played for about an hour. It's pretty good and does a decent job ramping up the difficulty so that you can learn via trial and error, but outside of special attacks it doesn't really explain much. I kind of wish there was a text box to explain exactly how the hourglass and shield buttons work. I assume the hourglass is the wait option and the shield provides a boost to defense, but it would be nice to know for sure. The graphics are wonderful though. So far I'm happy with the purchase and having fun.

Cool!  I'm definitely having fun with it too, but I'm only playing in small 10-15 minute chunks so it feels satisfying over a longer period of time.  Clearly it doesn't have the depth of a real HOMM game.

Yes the hourglass is Wait (looks like your turn gets moved to the very end of the cycle).  The shield, like you, I assume is just a defend option when you can't do anything else but still have movement points left.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 20, 2014, 07:18:53 PM
So far everything you list in the good column sounds really good to me, definitely seems like it will give a different MOBA experience.  Shorter matches with more focus on fighting and interaction just all around seem great for gameplay.

As for the cons, obviously I haven't tried it but I'd imagine the dynamic game mechanic inherently needs to be match-altering, or it ends up not being an interesting point of conflict which kind of defeats the point of having it there.  The shared afk penalty sounds like it has to be changed, hopefully if enough people give feedback.  Gold income I suspect will also change once the game gets some momentum, they are probably still testing.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 19, 2014, 07:49:24 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 19, 2014, 04:22:16 PM

Quote from: Moliere on March 19, 2014, 03:24:16 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 18, 2014, 07:02:06 PM

I think he's just slammed with school
That's no excuse for avoiding his responsibilities here to comment on every thread and create at least half of all new threads.

I think the real Top Secret reason is that the NSA reassigned him to data mining and he is at full operational capacity. School is just a convenient scapegoat.

Wait, is CK's real identity Edward Snowden?!?!
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [iOS - also on Steam] Bravelands on: March 19, 2014, 07:45:41 PM

Quote from: msteelers on March 19, 2014, 12:52:37 PM

Seems interesting. I'll probably download it, as I just got an iPad and I'm looking for some good games. I pretty much only plays iOS games anymore. My biggest concern is that some are saying bravelands is light on strategy.

I'm playing it in normal mode and the battles are pretty similar to what I've experienced in other similar games.  There's been one I got completely creamed in, so I've been moving around elsewhere trying to build up before I go back.  If you are talking about the overland map, that is definitely simplified quite a bit.  There are no resources to collect or need to leave troops to defend spots, etc.  Essentially every spot is either a fight or a one-time boost or a store.  Once you get a little further along in the game, there are a few more divergent branches to go along but nothing like exploring a real HOMM map.

So hardcore gamers looking for a deep strategic experience will likely be disappointed.  If you are happy with a more casual experience focused on the tactical battles, though, you will probably enjoy it.  Everything is much more streamlined; one of my favorite features is that after a fight, any units you lost are replenished - but with a corresponding gold cost.  So effectively this removes the need to go back to a spot to re-buy troops but you are still motivated to lose the least amount of troops since you'll have your gold reward instantly reduced in a direct proportion to the amount of units that you lost.  If you die/lose a fight, instead of making you start over, you are just sent back and are actually given a bit of pittance cash to help you along.  Again, hardcore gamers may find these features unappealing.
92  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time + Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on: March 18, 2014, 05:03:03 PM

Quote from: sgoldj on March 18, 2014, 02:45:11 AM

So who is the Wicked Witch's father?

Someone green and lizardy!
93  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 07:43:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 17, 2014, 07:13:01 PM

I was wondering if there would really be controversy or if, like rittchard here, everyone would just be expecting controversy.  Really, though the choices were tough and debatable, they also seem perfectly within the bounds of this defined world and its characters.

I think as a gamer community I suspect we might have a different perspective than many other people.  We're all used to making tough decisions and sacrifices in the games we play.  I suspect for more "regular" folk who are watching the show, it could be a lot more to handle.  No matter how we slice it and justify it, the end sequence is essentially one of the show's heroines executing a pre-teen girl.
94  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [iOS - also on Steam] Bravelands on: March 17, 2014, 04:30:01 PM

I've had my eye on this for a while.  While I wouldn't consider it a major release, in many ways it's the game I've been wanting to play on my iPad pretty much since day one.  Essentially it's a simplified version of HOMM with an art style similar to Battleheart.  You move your character on the main map and build up your levels and army.  When you level you can choose to upgrade a particular stat.  The only resource is gold, and it can be used to purchase units or items for your leader.  Unit types are pretty traditional fantasy, and there don't seem to be a big variety, but the art/animation is very endearing in its simplicity.

There have been a ton of SRPGs for iOS over the years, even including a direct clone of HOMM, but I haven't really been happy with any of them.  So far this one seems to be fitting the bill in a way others haven't; it's simple and streamlined and the touch interface feels very effective.  Some may argue that it's too dumbed down, but for me, that's why it works well on the tablet, where I often can only play a couple of minutes and/or don't remember where I left off, or I just want a more relaxed gaming experience.  Battles use a hex-based grid similar to HOMM, and that's also something I've been wanting.  

I don't think the game would be as effective on the PC but apparently its available on Steam as well.  I suppose for $3.99 it's probably still worth trying out if you don't play on mobile.  Otherwise, at $2.99, it was a no-brainer for me.   Not sure at this point how long the game is or what the replayability is like.
95  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 17, 2014, 04:03:45 PM
Yeah, that was a fantastic episode, I just couldn't get it out of my mind afterwards.  I thought it would be more controversial here in terms of like/dislike so I'll be interested to see others' opinions.  I have to say when it first started I was a bit annoyed since I quickly realized it was another single-group-centric story.  And then I realized just how contrived it was to put this particular group together, particularly Carol with Tyrese - gee how convenient!  But somewhere during the episode I shut my brain down and just became mesmerized with everything going on, and by the end I was just completely enthralled.

So the question that people seem to be asking is did Carol go too far?  But what were her other choices, all things considered? 
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 14, 2014, 08:37:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 14, 2014, 07:49:37 PM

Have any other MOBAs ever had experienced shared team-wide?  Seems like a pretty big departure from the ones I've played, and it seems like it would do a lot to encourage playing support roles.

Nope not that I'm aware of, this is one of the things they are doing to help balance out having players who may be more skilled than their teammates with n00bs.  Sounds like a really good idea as it ensures no one teammate should bring the whole team down from that perspective.  What can happen in a typical MOBA is that you get a cascade/domino effect - bad player keeps dying, levels slower, then gets killed even more because he is low.
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Heroes of the Storm on: March 14, 2014, 06:23:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 14, 2014, 03:20:59 PM

Woo, just checked and there's no NDA.  Anyone else get into the alpha? 

You got in, really?!?!  I hate you!!!
98  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Tablets] First Strike on: March 14, 2014, 06:20:59 PM
Finally tried this out last night.  It's like a blend of Risk with a RTS-ish feel and light 4X elements (research, expansion, etc), reminiscent of Plague Inc but in 3D.  The interface is very cool, basically you touch a country and all the options available to you show up.  I think the intent is about half hour-ish games against the AI but I'm not exactly sure.  The research tree does run out fairly quickly so I guess that a lot of the strategy is deciding which things are most important to you (such as improving missile range, early detection, speed of takeover of a neighboring country, etc).
99  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Helix on: March 13, 2014, 11:46:29 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 13, 2014, 01:42:55 PM

It's got a lot of minor plot holes and incongruities that will make your eyes roll at times, but the main story has me intrigued.  Especially after the last couple of episodes. 

Like The Following, I feel like the show has gone kinda bonkers and jumped the shark for lack of a better term.  But like The Following I totally am into watching the show every week.  And like The Following they have some dudes I like to look at (for some reason I'm totally into that fat dude but also the evil soldier dude). 

Spoiler for Hiden:
WTF you get 7 of 9 on your show then she's only in 2 episodes and you chop her head off?  Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] The Following on: March 13, 2014, 11:26:07 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on March 13, 2014, 01:21:27 PM

Renewed for a third season.  thumbsup

wow, that was quick!  This has quickly moved into the category of show where I really really don't want to think about what's going on at all, but I still find the show very engaging.  They've totally got me rooting for Joe now, not sure if that was the intention.  And of course Shawn Ashmore is just so full of yum.  The only thing that could be better is if they brought his twin onto the show too.
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 13, 2014, 11:21:33 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 13, 2014, 09:14:50 PM

Are we still talking about Titanfall?

I think we've moved into the pr0n thread: Tittyballs!
102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 13, 2014, 06:01:09 PM
Mine is in February 2015 - apparently I've been a member since 2005  icon_eek  Don't I get some 10-year anniversary bonus lol?
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Dark Souls II on: March 13, 2014, 05:00:36 PM
How "punishing"/hardcore is it compared to the original game?
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Prime price hike coming? on: March 12, 2014, 06:38:13 PM

Quote from: ATB on March 12, 2014, 03:16:28 PM

Free 2 day shipping on everything regardless of how much you spend.

Unlimited access to Amazon Instant Video titles.

It's basically the greatest thing ever.

Agreed.  Also another feature I discovered at Christmastime.  If you buy any CD (yes some of us still do that), they instantly allow you to download all the songs, and these can easily be ported to iTunes as well.  This is great when you are buying gifts for others, as you end up getting all the content yourself.  I'm hoping they do the same with Blu-Rays as well, though I guess it's kind of being done with Ultraviolet, etc. anyway.
105  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: CeeKay AWOL? on: March 12, 2014, 05:03:23 PM
Half the threads here die a quick death without CK, so I definitely miss him here.  Glad he is OK. 

I"m trying to pick up some of his slack, but let's face it, it's pretty much impossible.  I would need a clone army of at least 5 more of me to get to CK levels.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Captain America: The Winter Soldier confirmed on: March 12, 2014, 05:00:56 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 11, 2014, 03:11:48 PM

BJ level excited

Just the phrase "BJ level excited" excites me.  Interpret this any way you want.  Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 11, 2014, 04:58:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 11, 2014, 03:01:24 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 11, 2014, 02:32:13 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on March 10, 2014, 08:10:53 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on March 10, 2014, 08:08:20 PM

I hate the concept that every single player game needs to have multiplayer and that every multiplayer game needs to have single player. If I like flight sims, I don't complain that Thief doesn't have an airplane level. I just go buy a flight sim. Since when did every game have to please every player?

Exactly! This game doesn't need single player. It's about pwning noobs... in mechs.. or with a jetpack strapped to your back!  icon_biggrin

Speaking as a noob, this is the exact reason why I won't be buying this game.  The whole package looks pretty awesome, but going up against the COD bro-sect holds exactly zero appeal to me.

Did you try the beta?  The game does quite a lot of great things to make the game noob-friendly.  Of course, you have to raise above the ritt skill threshold for it to have an effect.  icon_wink

LOL yeah.  As I mentioned I couldn't even make it through the entire tutorial, and not for lack of trying.  I just don't do well with jumping puzzles in any game.  When you add the FPS perspective it just makes it worse for me.  Then you factor in the pace of MP and everyone else being way ahead of you in all facets of the game, and I guarantee it is NOT noob-friendly. 

So to answer the later comment below, it's not that I demand SP content to get my money's worth or whatever, but in a game like this, it would be the only way I might be able to practice/learn enough to be viable in multiplayer. 
108  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 11:42:34 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 10, 2014, 10:55:07 PM

That was definitely them.  The actor who plays joe is one of those character actors I always recognize.  He also plays the Mayor in Sons of Anarchy.

ohhhh I totally forgot about those guys!  This is what happens when you do these protracted plotlines, grrr.  Wonder if they are also the ones that took Beth, though they don't seem to have vehicles.
109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Exclusive Preview] Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II on: March 10, 2014, 11:39:47 PM
Looks fantastic!  As an ARPG lover this is definitely a great time to be gaming. 

On a side note anyone hear anything from the Torchlight guys lately?  Been a while since TL2 came out... 
110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: March 10, 2014, 11:30:16 PM

Quote from: Arclight on March 10, 2014, 08:51:38 PM

 I'm wondering at this rate how they can keep the loot fresh and exciting
Its like the polar opposite of what it was pre-patch.

Definitely agree it's almost the exact opposite.  It's like someone killed Scrooge (aka Jay Wilson) and now Santa is giving out all the toys he had stored up for 2 years.

Of course you do the run the risk of having cool loot not seem so cool anymore, but thus far I haven't found that to be the case.  Of all the legendaries I've had drop, only a couple were truly special.  I think at the highest levels there are more possibilities for special affixes and prefixes, both class specific and not, and those will be what creates differentiation.  An example: a pal of mine got a weapon yesterday that not only boosted electrical damage, but also had a proc that could turn an enemy into an electrical turret of some sort.  There's also a mod that gives you your own personal treasure goblin, who drops a rare every time he picks up 15 (or something like that) normal drops.  And I think Forge got one that increases the number of pets he can have.  It's great to see them showing some creativity alongside the new generosity.  Now if only they'd allow us to trade at least between friends...
111  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 10, 2014, 05:30:25 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 08, 2014, 06:41:34 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 08, 2014, 02:30:35 AM

Quote from: Lee on March 08, 2014, 12:55:14 AM

TouchArcade just gave it 5 stars with talk of it being a legendary game.

 saywhat  It's fun, but it's not that fun.

Yeah, "Legenday" might be a little strong.  It is a blast to play, though.

Very addictive - and yeah that trailer is awesome.
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/XB1]Respawn's Titanfall on: March 10, 2014, 05:28:37 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 10, 2014, 05:22:06 PM

And that's why I raise an eyebrow at "those savings aren't being passed on to gamers."  If Respawn did make a quality SP campaign mode, there's no way we would be getting the same level of quality for the MP portion.  

Why do you say that?  Haven't plenty of other FPS games provided OK SP modes and still delivered good MP quality?

I have to say that the complete lack of SP made it a non-purchase for me.  I tried the beta/demo and the MP was just too difficult for me to get into (literally I would take a few steps and die; I did manage to get into a mech once before taking a few steps in the mech and dying lol), so without a SP element there was no way for me to feel comfortable learning the game. 
113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Once Upon a Time + Once Upon a Time in Wonderland on: March 10, 2014, 05:10:42 PM
It's back!  With the Wicked Witch of the West - and 100% more Diablo 3 screenshots!!
114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Xerxes, the follow up to 300 on: March 10, 2014, 05:08:32 PM
Wha happen?  No one else went to see this this weekend?

I loved it.  Sure it was insane and some of the plot elements were ludicrous, but who cares?  It's freaking 300!!!! 

Damn those mens are so HOT.  Eva Green not bad to look at either, and always love Lena Headey!
115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead tap dances onto AMC for Season 4 on: March 10, 2014, 05:04:38 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 10, 2014, 04:44:00 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 10, 2014, 04:30:25 PM

last week dragged on too long, but this one wasn't long enough imo.  one, we open with a bit of a future scene with no intermediate explanation for why these two were back together.  it underlined the action scenes with Daryl later on as you already knew (beyond the normal ZA armor he's wearing) that everything ends ok.  except it doesn't and it breaks the peace and happiness they were building.  the standoff with the new group leaves you wondering where about this new direction is going:  towards Terminus or towards the lawlessness of the group Rick barely escaped from? 

great episode. I skipped the next ep highlights though as they've been getting more and more spoiler-filled. 

I'm pretty sure that opening was a past scene, not a future scene.

Yeah - the opening montage was to show Bob's time spent alone and how he became a bitter lonely alcoholic.  Then they cut to how he meets up with the group, which I believe was never mentioned before.  I actually thought he was brought in with the governor's people so that bit seemed unnecessary to me.

While I enjoyed this week's episode much more than last, I was kind of disappointed again.  Not so much with the quality of the episode itself, but in the way the producers are handling the series.  In fact I think this one almost made last week's feel even more like a filler ep.  Tighter writing could have integrated the key plot elements of last week's episode into this week's and given viewers a lot more bang for the buck.  If this were a "full" show with 22 to 25 episodes per season, I'd be fine with this more relaxed pace and more intimate moments with each character.  But given how few episodes we get each year (there are only 3 left in the season!), it's a bit disheartening to not get to see the majority of the ensemble cast.  You're left with multiple plot threads for characters you care about with no guarantee when you'll get to see them again.  And it looks like next week follows the format again.  I'm assuming the last two episodes will hopefully get everyone who survives back in the show again, if not physically reunited.

It's starting to remind me  a lot of Lost Season 2.  Now given that I love(d) Lost, that could be a good or bad thing.  In this case, it's good in the sense that I really do enjoy this style of character and story progression (forward, backward, re-tracing same routes with different characters) in general, but bad in that with these short seasons I feel like there's a sense of urgency that's not being met.  A lot of people got fed up with Lost exactly for this reason during season 2.  I didn't mind because I felt like they had plenty of time to tell their story in their own way.  Here it's not quite the same since there's so much less actual screen time - though maybe it's just me being impatient.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]South Park:The Stick of Truth on: March 06, 2014, 08:59:46 PM
I definitely agree it's primarily a game for fans of the show.  But I'm also starting to think there's enough game in it for RPG/adventure game fans as well.  There are some old-school-ish "puzzle" elements to solve, things to collect, side quests,and the combat actually takes some strategy depending on what you encounter and when.  I'm playing on normal difficulty and had to re-stock up on items to get past one particular fight.  Sounds like others may not be having the same experience I am.  I routinely lose Butters and get close to losing fights; without the special Jew headgear, I would have lost another couple fights.  I actually made an effort to upgrade my gear, plus there are options to modify/enhance them further, and that's definitely been an improvement.

While I'm not a big fan of the button mashing/timing elements, I think ultimately it does add something to the gameplay.  There's a little bit of skill and randomness involved along with the more traditional strategic elements.  It's a pretty decent RPG combat system, reminiscent of some JRPGs.

All in all I'm really impressed with the game, from both the South Park side as well as the game side.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC] Mighty Quest for Epic Loot on: March 06, 2014, 07:14:43 PM
Hmmm, I don't know if I played it before or after the overhaul you mention.  It seemed pretty fun to me when I played, but I didn't get that far.
118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Survivor 2014: Brawn, Beauty and No Brains! on: March 06, 2014, 06:01:24 PM

Quote from: Lee on February 27, 2014, 09:58:48 PM

The girls on the beauty team are pretty cute, I have to say. The gay guy though? I am not gay, but he doesn't seem to fit in with the tribe's namesake.

Apparently the tribe agreed with you lol, I know I do!  I mean come on, they couldn't have come up with someone better looking than that?  At least he had a funny/queeny exit speech.

I'm still finding it hard to imagine just about any of these people on any of the tribes actually winning the whole thing.  I can certainly imagine some tag-alongs, but very few with the personality and strategic mindset to make it all the way.  The brawn tribe seems fairly strong at the moment but when the most strategic player is a lying cop who builds a "spyshack" next to the camp, it's hard to imagine him winning the final vote.  If it were already merged I could see maybe LJ or Spencer winning; if I had to pick someone right now I'd probably guess LJ. 
119  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 05:55:23 PM
Sorry about that - I found out about the soft launch last night as well.

Darkstone at its release IIRC was a pretty big deal.  Sure it had its flaws but it was the first Diablo clone to go with a full 3D-ish perspective.  And on top of that it had you running 2 characters at once...

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To make up for my soft launch mishap, here's some good news:  Lionheart Tactics is finally available in the US.  The first few battles are tutorial-ish easy, so I can't tell exactly how the IAP affects the game yet.  I believe it still requires you to be online which was a big bone of contention for this type of game.  I do like the art style and the Tactics-clone-ish design.  Either way it's free to try so no harm done.
120  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: March 06, 2014, 12:28:48 AM
There are a bunch of new releases again this week.  One that totally caught me by surprise and might be of interest to old school RPG lovers is a remake of Darkstone.

It's free with IAP so who knows what they did to it.

My favorite part of the description is:

8 Character Classes = 8 Gameplays

I don't know why but every time I read that it makes me giggle.
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