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81  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Playing through the Uncharted series for the first time on: October 20, 2015, 04:25:48 PM
Yeah I'm also underwhelmed by Uncharted 1. The awful gun combat doesn't help either, nor does the pinpoint precision of the enemy even when set to normal. Eh. I like the characters and the settings thus far and every time I'm not in combat, I'm loving it. But then I have to wade through wave upon wave of guys and I stop caring. So it's a 50/50 game for me right now. I'm looking forward to Uncharted 2 though, so I'm planning on just slogging through the first.
82  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 12, 2015, 10:44:02 PM
The only mission where it was an issue was the Gastown Races (sing this song, Do Dah, Do Dah). There you need your Thunderpoon maxed and the vehicle armor maxed and as strong a set of handling as you can muster. I was able to take the enemy down in about 5 hits following a long string of failures. Also, drop the ramming grill and you should be fine.
83  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fall 2015 Shows on: October 12, 2015, 09:05:44 PM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2015, 06:37:10 PM

Was Lost the first "big" show to really make this kind of time-dancing storytelling popular? 

No, but I think it was the first to use the tool as a central conceit of the show. And it succeeded, for the most part. Really, who saw the flash forward coming? I still think they massively screwed up with the flash sideways storyline in season 6, but complaining about that has become a cliche in and of itself. icon_biggrin
84  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / I will no longer grind for certain achievements. on: October 12, 2015, 08:41:38 PM
Mad Max broke me. God as my witness, it broke me, and it did so last night as I wrapped up the story. I looked across the map after the story concluded (in a fairly ugly and off-putting way, btw) and saw an endless sea of collectibles. And it broke me.

I recently played through Saint's Row IV: Gat out of Hell and loved the main storyline (the musical bits especially) but 80% of the expansion pack was ginned up collectible hunting. About the same percentage can be applied to Mad Max, or anything recently from UbiSoft, and as such I can't take it anymore. If I happen to kill X monsters with Y gun and a trophy/achievement dings, cool. If not, screw off. Content is content, you lazy ass developers. Content is not collecting 150 red flowers or blowing up 25 cars using only a pistol. That's busy work, and I had enough of that in school. I've enjoyed gaming for a long time, but recent releases have started to wear on me and this is partly why.

I am not paying you a monthly subscription fee to feel like a hamster on a wheel. I am not paying you north of $60 to feel like a hamster on a wheel. Yes, this most likely means I'm done with everything UbiSoft and EA produce, probably ever as this whole pattern seems to be their MO.

Tonight I fire up the first of the Uncharted series courtesy of the Nathan Drake Collection and I'm hoping it's worth it. I don't mind if collectibles are in a game. I do mind if a game is an excuse to hunt for collectibles while slowly grinding your way across a group of loosely connected missions under the guise of a story.
85  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/9/15 Edition on: October 10, 2015, 02:19:29 AM
Like YK, I'm trying to burn off Mad Max now. Still a few story missions left, but the Nathan Drake Collection arrived today and that's caught my eye. At some point, I need to just finish Arkham Knight. However, I want the real ending and those goddamn Riddler trophies stand in my way. And no, YouTube is not the answer. smile
86  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: October 08, 2015, 02:57:57 AM
Finally DL'd the Tumbler the other day and I had to laugh because it handles a lot better than the standard Batmobile. No guns limits you on a lot of the challenges, but if all you're doing is racing or driving around the streets of Gotham, it's a pretty sweet ride.
87  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/6) on: October 08, 2015, 02:56:35 AM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 05, 2015, 12:51:32 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 05, 2015, 02:59:03 AM

Uncharted is an eventual must-buy, as I've never played any of the Uncharted games. However, it will have to wait until I get some of my backlog under control.

If you haven't played these great games yet, picking up the Uncharted Collection is an integral part of getting your backlog under control.  You're also saving a ton of money compared to people who bought the three games for $60 a piece, so in a way, it would actually be irresponsible not to buy the set and play it immediately.


-Autistic Angel

Which is why I bought it tonight via Amazon and should get it Friday, just in time for the weekend. Now to go decide how hard I want to pound on Mad Max to try and wrap that story up.
88  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Weekend Playlist - 09/11 Patriotic Edition on: September 12, 2015, 03:29:05 AM
So what's everyone have on tap for this weekend? When I can squeeze it in, I'm making another run through Torchlight II. Still working on Mad Max as well and I'm enjoying it more now that I have more options to trick out the Magnum Opus.
89  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 10, 2015, 03:56:32 PM
The more I've played it, the more I've come around to it as well. It's a solid game which perfectly captures the MM universe. When I went to the sulphur springs in the bottom left of the map though, my PS4 became a slideshow. Not sure if that's been everyone's experience, but I got in and got out as quick as possible and the framerate picked back up.
90  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 05, 2015, 02:44:17 AM

10 minutes of every character in a club. And there does happen to be a story going on as well.
91  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Random Youtube Links Part 1: This time it's random Youtube Links (NSFW) on: September 05, 2015, 02:43:09 AM

Quote from: farley2k on August 25, 2015, 06:39:12 PM

Ok, I laughed my head clean off at that. "About a War Boy" and the one for the Doof Warrior in particular (not spoiling it) killed me. thumbsup thumbsup
92  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 04, 2015, 03:31:53 PM
Ok, so I managed to get around to this later than I intended last night. It's beautiful, but the world of Mad Max is sparse to say the least. You start off in the blasted wasteland so there's little more than sand dunes and rusted out ship husks. Based on what's around, it's safe to infer that you start off in what used to be a harbor. The thing that surprised me was how jinky the controls are for driving. I thought they were twitchy for Arkham Knight, but for Max they're positively bonkers. I'm hoping that the handling improves as the car does, which would make sense, but it's a pain to do things right from the start. Take targeting for example. I hold L1 (I think) then rotate the camera until something lights up on my target then hit the Circle. In slo-mo.

This is the part where I shake my head because the game is not called Mad Max Payne.

I love the look of things, I find it funny it's either a prequel or a sidequel to Fury Road (which they lay out in the bios), and it looks to be as difficult as possible when you factor in scavenging for limited water and limited fuel. It's terrific that there are endless customization options for your car, but it sucks having a poor driving system. It's great fun scavenging a barren wasteland for parts and fuel and water, but it sucks having to use a poor ripoff of the Batman combat system. Notice a trend? For everything this game gets right, it fails in one of the others. Now this is just my first impression after playing for about two hours last night. I intend to keep plowing away for a long while so my opinion might improve once I get the hang of things.

But thus far, it's not exactly redefining the wheel and, if anything, it's making me worried about Just Cause 3 later this year. Did they screw up the driving and vehicle handling in that too? Will that one also have a convoluted way to shoot enemies while in a vehicle? I have no idea, but I'm concerned. More to come.
93  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 03, 2015, 02:57:49 PM
I will be later today. It should be here via Amazon once the mail arrives. My weekend trip to see the in-laws imploded courtesy of my wife coming down with a slight case of pneumonia, so I'll be here. And there will be much Mad Max played on my PS4. Details to follow.
94  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Xbox free Games With Gold program on: September 01, 2015, 05:14:27 PM
You have that window to download them. Full game, doesn't stop working after the window closes. I snagged a few of these on my 360 (BioShock Infinite being one) and it's a nice little perk.
95  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4, XB1, PC] Assassin's Creed Syndicate on: September 01, 2015, 02:58:00 PM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on May 13, 2015, 08:46:38 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 13, 2015, 07:51:29 PM

They were the last of the big ones to fall to evil, but boy did they fall in the end. Even EA comes off as the good guys these days thanks to Ubisoft's efforts.

That is a true statement, and it pains me to admit that, because I really dislike EA, other than FIFA.

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk

Yeah, but when FIFA crashes you at least have a chance of drawing a penalty.

/soccer humor
96  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (9/1) Snake? SNAKE?! SNAAAAAAKKEEEEE!!!!!! on: September 01, 2015, 02:08:06 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on August 31, 2015, 04:48:04 AM

If I do buy it, I'm probably going to just trade/sell or in some other way get my current backlog out of sight and out of mind. I need to accept the fact there's no way I'm going to finish most of the games I own right now.

I've started getting brutal with my Steam queue. If a game hasn't grabbed me after, say, 10 hours or so, it gets deleted. Or if I'm playing something and I spot a title I like more, I delete the old one. It's the only way I can get through mine, and thus far it's working well.
97  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: September 01, 2015, 03:57:16 AM

Quote from: farley2k on August 28, 2015, 04:56:39 PM

These even killed my connection but they are worth checking out so I will link them.

I've been laughing at the baseball one for 10 minutes now. Thank you.  biggrin
98  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 01, 2015, 03:45:52 AM
I'll cut Avalanche a world of slack after Just Cause 2. That was some of the most fun I've had in years. Just... want to be sure on this one, which is probably due to my overt love of Mad Max.
99  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mad Max - open world game from Avalanche on: September 01, 2015, 03:39:50 AM
Yeah, I'm not thrilled that reviews are all over. IGN of course blew their load all over it (probably because WB bought some ad space and IGN's gonna IGN) but the metacritic range is from bad to pretty good. "If you like open world stuff, here's more of it with driving and car customizations" is really the gist. I'm heading out of town this weekend, so I'll probably pick it up next week. Unless someone here posts details on game stoppers, that is.
100  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Movie trailer catch all on: August 23, 2015, 09:56:38 PM
The Final Girls

I laughed quite a lot. One caveat is that it's PG-13 which means they pull their punches because they have to, or they found an inventive way of spoofing the R-rated horror genre. I'm hoping the latter, expecting the former. But it remains a fun trailer.
101  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Fear the Walking Dead on: August 21, 2015, 02:14:48 AM
Punisher, that theory of "killed w/o bite, stay dead" was done away with at the end of Season 2 w/ Shane. Also, his death/reanimation illustrated that there is no set time frame for when the dead turn. Earlier in the show, Andrea stayed with her sister all night (or so I remember) and she finally turned in the morning. So I think they've left themselves enough openings to change things up as much as they want depending on the direction they choose to go in.
102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III --Impressions start on page 36 -- on: August 20, 2015, 02:30:08 PM
So for those of us in the TL;DR crowd who ignored the 70+ previous pages and refused to pick up D3 upon release, would you recommend getting it now and if so for which platform - PC or PS4?
103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....I'm moving to Texas (with a new jerb!) on: August 11, 2015, 05:57:15 PM
And even though I'm in Plano, we were at the Ft. Worth Zoo last weekend and it only took me about half an hour to get there via the different highways. I'd love to meet up again anytime, man, though preferably after my renovation is complete. icon_smile
104  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: So....what fresh hell is this? on: August 11, 2015, 05:53:08 PM
Good lord man, I'm so sorry to hear all that. Let me know if there's anything we can do to help while you're here. And I was going to make a crack that with the weather in Texas now, it must feel like being back in AZ. Give me a hollar if you need to vent or anything amigo.
105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 7/24/15 Edition - Avoid Pixel at all cost edition on: July 24, 2015, 08:43:20 PM
I've been obsessively playing Craft the World (or as I call it, Dwarf Fortress 2.0) and I've finally hit burn-out. So I switched over to Unepic which is an amusing indie riff on Metroidvania style games. It's funny, and would be hilarious if the voice acting were better, so I'm getting my money's worth out of it. We have to vacate the house for a few days now to let contractors finish off the home remodel, so I don't think much gaming will be in my immediate future.
106  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Waning forum usage? on: July 23, 2015, 04:24:40 AM
I've been almost completely absent for the last few years due to raising kids and working. Hell, I barely write anymore, even though I completed a full first draft of a children's book about two months back. We're currently doing a renovation on our house and once we're through that, it's back to school time. Once we're through that, hell I don't know.

But I now have a job that's almost entirely work from home, so in theory I should be able to post more and come back here more frequently. So I think I'll stop talking about it and actually do it. smile
107  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Ash vs. Evil Dead on: July 23, 2015, 04:18:11 AM
I lost it at the false teeth. If we're basing it solely on the trailer, then Starz looks like they absolutely crushed it.
108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Remastered Journey coming to PS4 July 21 on: July 21, 2015, 09:50:34 PM
I always thought this looked fascinating, but didn't realize it was forced MP (I avoided write ups on it). Thanks for saving me the time on it, Tilt, because I can't stand MP. If that's the point of the game ala Left 4 Dead, then that's fine. But a game like Journey should at least have an option (or Drop-in/Drop-out like the LEGO series) that you can turn on or off at your discretion.
109  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: I think my 360 is dying on: July 20, 2015, 06:52:47 PM
Tried that and it didn't work. The fan is spinning up, but there's nothing going on in the rest of the console. It's like the HDD isn't getting juice at all. Anyone?
110  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / I think my 360 is dying on: July 19, 2015, 10:41:11 PM
So the other day, I fired it up and it was working fine. Watched some vids, my son played MineCraft, etc. The next day he hits the power button and the light comes on (ditto on the control) but there's no sound like it's booting up. It's like when the alternator dies in the car - the light comes on but there's no engine revving up noise. Same thing here. Any thoughts on things to check on it?
111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 03, 2015, 07:45:00 PM
Yup, that worked. I'm apparently with stupid.

I'm at around 43% now and opened up the third island. I pegged who I figured the Arkham Knight was right from the start, but it wouldn't make sense in this universe because they never mentioned the original character. Uh, yeah that changed in a big way just now. I don't know who all has completed the main storyline yet, but this is was my original prediction and who I think it still is:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Jason Todd
112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 4th of July Edition on: July 03, 2015, 01:25:17 AM
Arkham Knight as much as possible, and when that's not possible I'll continue sinking an ungodly amount of time into Craft the World, aka "Dwarf Fortress w/ Pretty Graphics."
113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4] Uncharted 4 on: July 03, 2015, 01:24:17 AM
I never played the games in this series as I skipped the PS3. When the revamped bundle is released this fall for PS4, would you advise picking it up?
114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 03, 2015, 01:01:32 AM
Oh FFS, seriously?  RTFM!
115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 02, 2015, 09:14:56 PM

Quote from: TiLT on July 02, 2015, 08:41:08 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on July 02, 2015, 08:34:25 PM

SWEETNESS! I'm also still instinctively hitting the L2 when I try to brake, which completely fucks you during a chase/race/driving around.

Their choice of mapping for this one puzzles me. Using L2 for brake/reverse would have been much better than what they're using it for now, which is to have you hold it down to stay in battle mode. My hand gets tired during extended battles due to having to constantly hold this down. They would have been better off making battle mode a toggle and putting it on the square button (PS4) instead of having the braking there. I mean, it's not like you're about to voluntarily and temporarily turn back into driving mode in the middle of a battle, so why force us to hold down the button?

Exactly. Especially considering the frequency of the tank fights. I initially ignored some of the Batmobile upgrades because I didn't think I'd be fighting drones all the time. Now, I'm pumping points into that section because tanks are everywhere. This pisses me off considerably because now I'm ignoring other moves/upgrades I need for the hand to hand sections. And I agree with you on the hand cramping. Stalking the uber tanks while holding down L2 with my middle finger and steering with my thumb is poor design.
116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 02, 2015, 08:34:25 PM
Ok, the Batmobile can go to hell. The side missions where you take down the Arkham Knight's lieutenants is horrible. Chase down an APC, fine. Oh wait, you mean the targeting on the thing is flaky? Ok... uh, can you make it worse? SURE THING! How about we throw in three or four Humvees with rockets who cause you to go into slo-mo upon impact, thereby causing you to lose track of the APC entirely?

SWEETNESS! I'm also still instinctively hitting the L2 when I try to brake, which completely fucks you during a chase/race/driving around.

Spoiler for Hiden:
As for the Joker randomly appearing, I had a laugh out loud moment last night. I'm in the middle of a fight on the street, and I 'm rolling through a combo. Batman spins around and clotheslines a guy and I peg him as the Joker the second before impact. I rolled laughing. The little bits of him popping in and out (the Man-Bat one slayed me too) while saying he's your "wingman" are great. Hamill just crushes it this time.
117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 01, 2015, 08:14:58 PM
One other thing - I agree with the griping here about the review scores being ridiculously high. I'm a massive Batman fan, adore the series (even Origins has its moments), but right now I'd rank this about an 8.5 out of 10. Not sure where it will go based on the finale, but that's my opinion thus far and I'm closing in on 30% complete.
118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS4/XB1/PC] Batman: Arkham Knight (Rocksteady Returns) on: July 01, 2015, 08:12:26 PM
Loving the game more and more, but the Batmobile... eh. I'm starting to get the hang of it, but the trick I've found is to ride the handbrake hard. The turn radius on that beast is air tight when you hit the brake just so, but the second you let off the Batmobile leaps forward. This is genuinely bad vehicular handling, but it moves up to passable so long as you work that brake at the same time. If they wanted to convey the sense that Batman drives with both feet, mission accomplished.

My biggest problem with Arkham City was how fast it drowned you in quests. An hour into the game, you just kept getting hit with side quest after side quest. Based on the radial wheel in Arkham Knight, I see I have a ton more to look forward to. But I like that it spreads them out over time rather than all at once.

Visually, the game is gorgeous (PS4), and enormous. I'm picking up Riddler trophies as I come to them, rather than going out of my way to hunt for them. The city is too damn big and looks like an actual city. The result is one of complete immersion, but it makes finding those damn things extra difficult. I love that you have to think like Batman all the time and remember what weapons he has, that he can remotely access the Batmobile, and so forth (the interrogation of the Arkham Knight driver being one of my favorite moments - "Remember something else?").

My favorite thing though is the one thing we can't talk about as it will spoil the surprise for the rest, provided that it's not splashed all over the news and ads at the moment (haven't been watching TV lately so I don't know). How they kept that a surprise, I really don't know.
119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: on: June 19, 2015, 03:29:24 PM

Quote from: Rumpy on June 17, 2015, 11:35:57 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on June 15, 2015, 06:53:11 PM

D. id just conclusively proved they can do absolutely nothing original.

I dunno, but I feel like Rage is one of the best things they've done recently. Sure, the game received a lot of criticism, but if you take the game for what it is,  it's great. I'm currently playing it and I feel it has a lot of personality going for it. I wish they'd go more in that direction than Doom & Quake over and over again.

I quit RAGE (RAGEquit?) after about two hours. Could not get into it in the slightest and, oh yeah, everything was brown again. Yay color palettes! Look, I'm not a default id hater, as I recognize they make terrific engines and pioneered the shooter genre. But it seems that even when they try to branch out (ie RAGE) they fail. At that point, it's time to hire some new people who actually understand how to craft stories and unique worlds. Let id's programmers build up the engine, and hire others to do the rest of the work. But that's me.
120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Post Your Steam Summer Sale Loot Here! on: June 19, 2015, 03:23:12 PM
Ok, so I finally relented and picked up a few things:

Back to the Future: The Game - $4.99
Deponia - $.99
Waveform - $.99
Polarity - $.99
Transistor - $4.99
Craft The World - I forget
The Witcher: Enhanced Edition - $1.99
The Stanley Parable - $7.99

Craft the World is fabulous and it's the only thing I've played for days. It's Dwarf Fortress with beautiful graphics and I adore it. It's super addictive to, as it's caused me to be up until 1 a.m. every night the last week.
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