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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tomb Raider on: March 05, 2013, 06:20:50 AM
Played for about an hour with maxed settings except for the hair stuff and haven't had any problems, I have an Nvidia Card.
I started playing for about 10 minutes then I decided to try the 3D mode and it's awesome.  I think they made the game with 3D in mind as the opening scenes are really cool.
It has it's own 3D settings so I do see a little ghosting, I can't adjust the convergence manually without going into menus so it's kind of hard to really tell what I'm doing graphically.  So far it's been the best 3D game I've played. 

82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/04) on: March 05, 2013, 03:54:19 AM
Expensive Week for me.

Tomb Raider
Sim City
Castlevania -  The demo was really good.  The game looks great.

Tempted to pick up Etrian Odyssey IV the demo again was really great.
83  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/PS3] Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 on: March 02, 2013, 03:33:37 AM
I wished they would have ported this game to the PC.  It had some awesome graphics for the 360.
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 3/1/2013 on: March 02, 2013, 03:31:58 AM
Just got my new theater seat in and hooked up my buttkicker speaker so going to play games and watch movies with a lot of bass. 
One of my friends started playing Dwarf fortress this week and really talking it up so I may give that a try. 
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/25) on: February 26, 2013, 05:24:14 AM
Bit Trip Runner 2  - Steam
Brutal Legend - PC

May pickup EO4. 
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band DLC ending on 4/2 on: February 19, 2013, 12:01:41 AM
Knew the day was coming and although I am disappointed 5 years is a long time to support a game with DLC.  I have over 1000 songs and it taught me how to play the drums so kudos to Harmonix.   I still play to this day and hopefully will continue for years to come and just maybe they will introduce a new game in the series.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: What are you buying this week? (02/12) on: February 12, 2013, 01:58:59 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 12, 2013, 01:37:54 AM

Quote from: Punisher on February 11, 2013, 08:02:44 PM

Quote from: Caine on February 11, 2013, 01:31:27 PM

ACM is locked and preloaded.  Hoping that initial impressions of the net are wrong.

Guess I'm three guinea pig this time.

You and me both.. Already pre-loaded on my desktop and laptop and hoping for the best... Gonna have my wife try it as well and may pickup a 2nd copy...

cool.  Sent you a FR on steam for some co-op

Add me as well.  I bought the game last month on GMG for cheap hoping it would be good.
Countach - Steam

88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: February 11, 2013, 01:56:35 AM

Quote from: Caine on February 10, 2013, 08:26:59 PM


I've used both the alter start and Random Alternate Start and both are pretty good.  I've had some cool times with the random one, it can drop you somewhere safe or right in front of a hungry bear, if you just want to do sidequests or play around choose random, if you want to start on the main quest use Alternate as it drops you right where you need to begin.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: February 07, 2013, 03:48:23 AM
Well I restarted and put on the Skyrim Unleashed overhaul mod and see how this goes.  The creator is supposed to update the mod for Dragonborn by the end of the week.  I tried playing with Requiem but it was just too hard and I really wasn't having that great of a time.  This mod is not too crazy so hopefully together with the Duel mod I will fare better.

I had my first encounter and I thought that it felt right, I died and I should have but it wasn't instantly like in Requiem. 
90  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Dead Space 3 on: February 06, 2013, 04:46:40 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on February 06, 2013, 03:20:13 AM

Any more console or PC impressions? Does the PC version run pretty smooth (optimized)?
Just watched the quick look at Giant Bomb, they were not pleased frown
But I trust our community more anyways so.....

The game on PC runs just fine, I do have a newer rig though but I'm able to crank it up to maximum and even downsample and the game runs smooth.  There are quite a few options to tweak as well so it's more than just a basic port. 

I'm still enjoying the game and the enemies are getting more varied as well as their attacks.  I'm playing with a controller and it works well.  There is a ton of stuff to build and weapons to upgrade so if you like that it's there or you can just use the line cutter and try and make it through the game.  I'm playing on hard and once you get to chapter 3 and 4 you will run out of ammo, I didn't think that I would because early in the game I had a ton of stuff but that's dwindling now. 

There is a DLC button on the bench where you upgrade weapons but other than that I haven't thought about the invasive DLC and the co-op stuff seems like it's a different game mode as everything feels single player to me.

 

 
91  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Fire Emblem: Awakening coming Feb. 4 2013 to North America - Finally on: February 04, 2013, 05:16:15 PM
Downloaded it last night as well and played a couple of missions.  The 3D cutscenes are really good and look awesome.  I'm playing on casual/Hard, I've only played the first fire emblem for about an hour so I'm new to the series and hard is tough.  I had to start over a couple of times because I made some bad movement decisions and this was on the 2nd fight.   
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Dead Space 3 on: February 04, 2013, 05:12:44 PM
Had to use up the rest of my vacation time so I have the next 2 Mondays off and should have moved them to Tuesdays because of game release dates but I was able to start playing Dead Space 3 early. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
Who knew that changing the date on your computer would work with Origin.

The game starts off with some great set pieces and the action has been thrilling, I've said awesome a couple of times so far. It  still has that Dead Space feel which is great.  The graphics on the PC look fine, I am using downsampling so they are really sharp.  There are quite a few graphic options and one for FXAA(Console) which is strange.  I'm still not sure about the co-op yet and hopefully will give it a try later this week.   
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (02/04) on: February 04, 2013, 04:58:26 PM
Dead Space 3 - Loved the first 2
Fire Emblem Awakening -  Downloaded last night and played through a couple of scenarios.

Surface Pro - Same as poster above.  Hopefully will be able to play older PC games especially graphic adventure games with the touch.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] God of War III - Monday, March 8th on: January 31, 2013, 12:34:14 AM

Quote from: ATB on January 30, 2013, 06:17:53 PM

Got  through the battle with Hades and have decided to start over on the Hard difficulty as normal was not particularly challenging.
I tried hard last night and couldn't get past the first water horse. 
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 29, 2013, 01:35:03 AM
Just finished the game and it was very good, not too many frustrating fights.  The environments were really good and I'll probably try it again on a different difficulty.

96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 28, 2013, 09:30:07 PM
Really enjoying the game except my thumbs are pretty tired.  There are a ton of weapons and moves in the game and unless you are watching a cut scene you are doing some crazy things with the controller.  I'm playing on the hard difficulty and it hasn't been too bad, I've died a couple of times but I'm getting some S and SS ranks pretty regularly. 
The graphics are really good and they have some terrific levels. 
97  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 24, 2013, 07:34:12 AM
I was having some problems with combat but tonight I think I finally figured out what I was doing wrong.  The fights even early on can get hectic and I was making my decisions very quickly and attacking basically non-stop and trying to defend when necessary which was very tough because I'd have to cancel a lot and move to the defend slot.  I then slowed down and walked around the area and waited for the enemy to attack and when they finished I would get close and then attack and wow what a difference that makes.  I'm getting more health and mana drops and doing some major damage plus it helps with defending since I'm taking my time.  If you can time it well you get the golden drop which helps a lot. 

In combat, timing is very important and I guess I missed that instruction in the tutorials.  It's made the combat a lot more exciting.


98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN/Steam]Flashback Origins on: January 23, 2013, 11:34:40 PM
I remember driving 40 miles after college one day to pick up this game from a Babbage's for the PC.  It was an awesome game.

99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch on: January 22, 2013, 01:24:36 AM
After watching a review of the game they mentioned having to look at the in game book a lot if you don't get the collectors edition.  I wish they would make an iPad app for it.
100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: DmC - Devil May Cry on: January 21, 2013, 12:54:05 AM

Quote from: Ridah on January 20, 2013, 06:25:49 PM

I pre-ordered the PC version which comes out on Tuesday.

I believe this comes out on PC on Friday. 
101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games finished in 2013 ALL GAMING PLATFORMS (including Mobile Games) on: January 15, 2013, 11:00:46 PM
Deadlight      - Had to watch some youtube videos to complete.  Started off great then just puttered out.
Dishonored    -  Really enjoyed the game and now need to play again with combat as my focus, hopefully a totally new game.
Far Cry 3       - Not sure why I finish games as most endings......    The game itself was a blast.  
Dead Island  -  Got to Chapter 3 a long time ago and decided that I wanted to finish, once again, endings.....
Hitman Absolution -  Really enjoyed this one and will probably play again on a higher difficulty.
Limbo          - Never knew how close I was to finishing back when it was released.  Finally finished today.  Cool game.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/iOS/Android] Baldur's Gate 1 & 2 Enhanced Editions on: December 04, 2012, 12:10:39 AM

Quote from: Appollo on December 02, 2012, 11:04:18 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on December 01, 2012, 05:50:37 AM

I just cannot decide between PC or iOS!

In the same boat, leaning towards PC cause mods will probly follow and that is always interesting but half my life these days is spent away from my house with only a ipad for entertainment so...

Just read a review of the iPad version and it sounded like the best version of the game.  There were some interface quirks but nothing that was too bad so I will be picking up the iPad version. 
103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3]Far Cry 3 Reviews are coming in! on: November 29, 2012, 11:55:11 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 29, 2012, 07:12:51 PM

Quote from: Reemul on November 29, 2012, 06:36:03 PM

Quote from: skystride on November 29, 2012, 06:20:12 PM

How are people playing this already?  Isn't it out Dec 5th or something?

Australia was today (tromorrow there) EU is tomorrow (Friday) Also Blackbeard has got his copy.

Anyone try using a VM host in Australia to get it to activate in North America or does that trick not work any more for Steam games?

That's what I did, I live in Arkansas and it worked without any problems.  I did have to pay $2 for the VPN service, I thought about using a free version, but decided against it.

PC Specs
i5-2500K
8G Ram
Geforce GTX 580 3G version
Win 7 64bit
SSD Drive
1920x1080 on my TV


If I want to run constant 60fps then I have to use Directx9.  I'm still tweaking but with Dx11 I'm getting around 45-50 fps on very high which isn't that bad.  I've read some other things to tweak so I'll post the results later. 

104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3]Far Cry 3 Reviews are coming in! on: November 29, 2012, 05:44:48 AM
Played about 3 hours tonight and the game is pretty awesome.  I have the PC version and they still need to optimize Directx 11 for Nvidia cards with  the new patch and drivers I still can't max out the graphics and keep 60fps, it still looks great though.   The cutscenes and characters are great and the story has been pretty good so far.   I like the cover and stealth system as you do have time to get away before someone comes after you.  They do need to patch out the HUD as it does take out some of the immersion, they also need to move it down and to the left some it's almost like they placed it for a letterbox screen.  Also they do show you everything on the map once you get to the top of the tower, I wish you could turn that off too as that diminishes some of the exploration.   

I'm playing with a controller and it works well, but the goats and pigs are hard to hit.  Hunting has been fun and when you first encounter a tiger you get a little nervous.  You will be skinning a lot of animals so you can upgrade your items, but you have to be careful cause it can draw attention from the rebels.  There is just so much to do that it should keep me playing for a long time. 
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 23, 2012, 02:59:04 AM
I've played about an hour of ZombiU and I really like it so far.  The best part is the atmosphere and the world you are in.  The way the game uses the pad is really great and it may be a game that I play standing up most of the time.  I think this game will appeal to certain gamers and maybe that's why the reviews are all over the place. 
106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Wii U Nintendo ID List on: November 21, 2012, 04:01:08 AM
Mine is : Hollams
107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: November 21, 2012, 02:23:56 AM
Just tried the wii mode and the screen was all messed up.  The wii menu was all red almost like a cable was loose but the wii u mode is fine. 

Downloading zombiu now will take 2:30 hours pretty slow going.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 11/2/12 on: November 04, 2012, 09:49:38 PM
Just finished I Am Alive.  It was pretty good, except for the ending, there were some really good ideas in the game that they could have went farther with.  The climbing segments were good because there were multiple options and some just leading to nothing which I wish Uncharted had, it's platforming was linear and they need to make it more of a challenge like I Am Alive.

Forza Horizons -  Played with the Microsoft Steering wheel since my G27 won't hook up to the Xbox and it was so good that I splurged on the CSR elite pedal and clubsport pedals which hopefully will be here by the end of the week. 

Need for Speed Most Wanted -  Another great racing game that is very different from Forza.  I wish there was a hood cam, if you play with the street cam it really shows the speed of the vehicle more than the 3rd person view, but you lose a lot of your perspective. 
109  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Recommendation for new Vita owner? on: November 03, 2012, 05:18:26 AM
Rayman - If you haven't played this already it's really great.
Little Big Planet Vita -  Another great platformer that works well on the system.
Orgarhythm -  An RTS/rhythm game kind of like Patapon but from a top down perspective.  I just got it and it's pretty original and I like the music. 
Hot Shots Golf: World International -  Probably my favorite golf game and perfect for on the go or before you go to bed to wind down.

Good PSP Games that are a bit different than other games you may have played before.
Corpse Party  -  A 2D horror game, sounds crazy, but the atmosphere is pretty creepy.
Z.H.P Undying Ranger  -  If you like Rouge-likes, this takes that formula and wraps a great and funny story around it. 
Half Minute Hero -  A full RPG experience you can play in 2 minutes with ending credits.  Hint: The whole game does last more than 2 minutes.


There haven't been a ton of games yet that really utilize the functions of the Vita.   Most of the touch features in games I think are just there to be put on the box and do not really add great functionality to the games.  It's the same on the iPad, most of the controls are shoehorned in and there aren't many games that are built from the ground up with touch controls in mind.   

110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/360/Ps3] Doom 3 remastered in BFG Edition on: October 19, 2012, 12:04:43 AM
I picked it up for the PC and played for about an hour and the game looks better than the vanilla Doom 3 but it isn't that great.  The bald heads still have angles, not even close to being round.  They did fix up some of the textures.  It runs very smooth with a fast frame rate.  I'm playing with a controller and you can use your flashlight at anytime even with your weapon out with the right trigger.  I do think using the flashlight takes away from the game.  It still has decent shadows and it can get very dark.

It's been fun to revisit and since I owned Doom 3 already I got it for $20 but not sure it's worth it.  You can also play Doom and Doom 2 with a controller.
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I really wish these games would hurry up and come out on the iPad on: October 04, 2012, 10:45:19 PM
Sim Golf would be awesome.

112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 09/28/12 on: September 28, 2012, 04:47:14 PM
Rockband 3.  Playing drums is just awesome.
Boderlands 2.
Torchlight 2
113  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band DLC - 1100 tracks on sale on: September 25, 2012, 01:36:05 AM
Here is my set, a little hard to take pictures since I moved it into my back bedroom which is my music room.  I did go overboard but it's just so much fun to play.  I have it setup so that I play through a drum amp so I can hear what I'm actually playing instead of the game drum sounds.  I also have software that let's you do flams and other tweaks so that you can play the songs as you normally would with real drums.  If you do play a lot then I would suggest upgrading to at least a Roland TD6.  I had a friend who played on the IONS with his son for a couple of years and then I sold him my set and he is in heaven now.  I upgraded to a little bit better set but the mesh heads really do make a difference.






114  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Rock Band DLC - 1100 tracks on sale on: September 22, 2012, 05:10:03 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 22, 2012, 07:15:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 22, 2012, 06:45:36 AM

tempting, but with them not really releasing replacement instruments anymore (and places asking crazy prices for what is still available) I'm holding off on any new DLC.  you'd think after nearly 2 years they'd do a new batch of instruments.

Still rocking the ION kit here - that's most of what I care about.   

Yep I bought a Roland set that was quite expensive but one of the best purchases that I've made.  Extremely fun with Rockband. 
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Greenlight live! on: September 11, 2012, 01:59:08 AM
I really like the big picture mode.  I have been using my Tv for PC games for many years as there is no way I'm going to sit in a computer chair looking at a monitor when I get home, feels too much like work.  I have xpadder that allows me to use it as a mouse, it works very well, but the big picture mode is pretty awesome.

The layout feels somewhat like xbox live, but without ads.  The game icons are huge and they look really cool.  The interface is fast and typing with a controller is probably the easiest I've used in any type of interface.  The browser is pretty good it's different of course than the layout I'm used to using xpadder but it works ok.  I've had some issues playing videos, they take quite a bit of time to load and if you are viewing your games and want more detail and then back out it takes you back to the start of your games list.  You can use the bumpers to cycle through the alphabet and get back quickly but that should be fixed soon.

You can take screenshots by using the guide and another button which is a cool feature.  There are some problems with this on games that use GFWL so it's best not to turn on the interface while playing those games.
 
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith! on: September 08, 2012, 05:20:09 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on September 08, 2012, 04:28:30 PM

I own the game, I just don't own a guitar.  Anyone have a recommendation for a 'starter' guitar? 

Squier Affinity Series Telecaster
Epiphone Les Paul Special II

These are pretty good beginner guitars that are less than $200.  If you have a guitar center close you should be able to go and try them out and see which one feels good to you. One good thing to try is on each string just go up the entire fret board fret by fret and see how easy it is to press down as you get to the higher frets.  Starting out you want a guitar that has a decent action, meaning that the strings aren't that high off the fret board.  When you start playing your fingers will get sore and if the guitar has a low action it will make things a little easier especially when you start playing barre chords.

I wish I had this game when I started learning guitar over 23 years ago.  I remember wanting to learn some van halen songs and I ordered a cassette and it came with blank tabulature paper.  I had to listen to the tape and then they would speak out the string and fret location of each note which I would have to write out on the tab paper.  It took me a couple of days to get it all right, especially with cassettes so if I didn't hear a note I would have to rewind and then try to catch up.

117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 07, 2012, 11:25:52 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on September 07, 2012, 10:31:50 PM

played the trial and it was pretty fun, but in the process I also noticed how many full XBLA titles I have that I haven't finished, so I'll be waiting for either a sale or when I finish up that backlog, whichever comes first.

C'mon it's just money, and you can always make more money... icon_biggrin
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist 9/7/2012 on: September 07, 2012, 09:46:57 PM
Mark of the Ninja - Awesome XBLA game.
GW2 - Not much of an MMO player and didn't like the first two characters I created, but once I tried the Thief class it got better.
Rockband 3 - Still play pretty much every day.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rocksmith! on: September 07, 2012, 07:01:27 PM
They just added the bass expansion for the game so I'm really interested now.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 07, 2012, 06:59:56 PM
Played about 45 minutes and the game is just awesome.  The stealth works really well and you can make the game as hard or easy as you want.  You get extra points for not killing any enemies and that can take some thinking on how to accomplish that goal.  I've only opened up a couple of gadgets and there a ton to chose from.  The enemies are interesting as well and have some cool tactics.

Don't hesisate go and buy it tonight and have a fun ninja weekend.
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