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 on: November 22, 2014, 10:46:32 PM 
Started by TiLT - Last post by TiLT
Yeah, Ubisoft's games pale dramatically when you've played GTA 5. Where Ubisoft's primary design principle is to litter their games with collectibles to keep you distracted, GTA 5 keeps you distracted with its good design, emergent situations, and large amount of interesting and fun missions. You actually have to go out of your way to even enable any of the collectibles here, and even then they aren't trying to distract you or get in the way of other things, whereas Ubisoft keeps dangling them in front of your face to keep you busy (and to reduce the risk of you trading in the game during the vital first few weeks after release).

It's also amazing how natural GTA 5's world feels. Even Ubisoft's most beautiful games come off as artificial and constructed, while GTA 5 feels like an actual world people could live in. Every single part of the world feels lovingly handcrafted, and there's no sign of copied and pasted content.

I'm growing increasingly tired of games, across all genres, that try to save themselves work by using layers upon layers of collectibles to pretend like they have content, when the actual campaign would otherwise have taken only a couple of hours to complete. GTA 5 is filled to the brim with actual content, and doesn't need to pretend.

 on: November 22, 2014, 10:33:46 PM 
Started by Lordnine - Last post by Lordnine
Nintendo is actually in a really good place right now.  Sony and MS haven’t done much of anything this year and Nintendo has released 4 hits on the WiiU more or less in a row.  They will be rounding out the year with Captain Toad and starting next year strong with Kirby and Yoshi.

 on: November 22, 2014, 10:07:03 PM 
Started by Lordnine - Last post by Kvothe
Nice review GT, wow, a 100!  

First in a long time I'd say, and for Wii U no less.

I firmly feel Nintendo's forte is in software development and making portable hardware.

If I were their consultant I would recommend that they become a third party developer and release their classics on mobile.  

I realize this isn't exactly the right place for this, but it seems so obvious and when they release a masterpiece every so often on a platform with such an abysmal base it brings it back up again.   They could literally print money if they did this.  

I look forward to playing this at my friends house, the only one I know that owns a Wii U.  

 on: November 22, 2014, 10:06:47 PM 
Started by Lordnine - Last post by Autistic Angel
I am.  Is there going to be a GamingTrend tournament?

-Autistic Angel

 on: November 22, 2014, 09:59:36 PM 
Started by TiLT - Last post by Kvothe
Man, this game is really exceeding my expectations.  I played 3 and 4, but not all the way to completion and enjoyed them, but they weren't nearly as good as this.

I haven't made it far at all yet and still feel this is one of the best games I've played.  The attention to detail is astonishing and the world is huge.

IGN gave it a 10, and reading the comments of that review remind me why I normally don't read comments. Go do it if you want to feel even worse about the intelligence of people in general.

Anyway, Rockstar are up there with Naughty Dog in my opinion as some of the best developers out there.  I really hope they have a next gen Red Dead in the works...

This game really made my opinion for Watchdogs decrease even more.   As of now, I think I'm kind of tired of Ubisoft in general, Far Cry has my interest peaked, but I'm so tired of Ubisoft's control scheme and with Unity getting slammed, I really have no desire to return to a Ubisoft universe until I see something new. 

 on: November 22, 2014, 09:36:11 PM 
Started by Harkonis - Last post by Harkonis
Send me a msg if you see me on or just join my party.  I'm playing and streaming a ton of this and will play whatever difficulty you want. smile

 on: November 22, 2014, 07:44:17 PM 
Started by metallicorphan - Last post by jztemple2
Played my first Hurk mission last night, those are the pre-order specials that will probably be available as DLC. Much better than the Hurk missions in FC3 which were somewhat throwaways. The first FC4 Hurk mission was quite long and really very interesting with a nice change of environments all in one mission.

One significant change from FC3 to FC4 is the accumulation of points for upgrading skills. In FC3 you got these by finding statues all over the islands, which pushed you to do more exploring early if you wanted to build up your skills. In FC4 you get these skill points by getting XP, which you get through a variety of sources. Personally I have been exploring every unknown site, finding every loot chest and all the other collectibles and so I'm maxed out on skills except for the ones I haven't unlocked yet by playing certain missions, and this with less than half the campaign complete.

It's a shame that some folks are having issues with the FC4 gameplay, I'm enjoying the heck out of it.

 on: November 22, 2014, 07:39:12 PM 
Started by Lordnine - Last post by Lordnine
So this is taking me back to my college days, the only thing missing is about 10 people hanging around who all want to play!

Is anyone interested in playing some multiplayer? 

 on: November 22, 2014, 06:23:37 PM 
Started by hepcat - Last post by Ironrod
The hits just keep on coming. Don't ever change, Sarah.

Sarah Palin said today that illegal immigrants from Mexico should be put on boats and sent back across the ocean to their home country.

In an interview with Fox News tonight, the former Alaskan governor was asked about President Obama’s new plan to partially legalize some of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in America. Palin dismissed the president's idea as “amnesty” and offered an  unconventional solution of her own.

“If I were Obama I’d put all 11 million of these folks on boats and send them back to Mexico,” she opined. “The liberal media says it’s impossible to deport that many people. But I say we can do it if we have enough ships.

“Let’s commandeer all the cruise ships, all the fishing vessels and all the yachts those fat cat Obama donors own. And then let’s pack ‘em full of illegals and send these people on a one-way cruise to Mexico City.

“The long voyage back across the Mexican Ocean should give them plenty of time to think about how they shouldn’t be coming here to America and jeopardizing our freedom and prosperity by breaking our laws.”

(OK, it was satire. Had me going though, and I'll bet it got you, too.)

 on: November 22, 2014, 04:45:53 PM 
Started by CeeKay - Last post by Crawley

Quote from: Scoop20906 on November 20, 2014, 09:48:33 PM

[INFO] PC Community Concerns [ New ]
‎11-19-2014 03:18 PM - last edited on ‎11-20-2014 03:05 AM by  Community Manager   EA_Nils

With the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, we've been hearing a number of concerns from members of our PC community, including:

Driver support
Hitching and frame rate issues in cutscenes
Feedback on keyboard and mouse controls
General user interface optimizations for PC

We've been following these issues closely and are looking into them.

Player experience is a top priority for us. Our goal is to address as many of these as possible in our upcoming patches, including some in our next patch, which is underway. We’ll release further details in the coming days and will continue to monitor your concerns.

Your feedback is important to us, and we appreciate your contribution to making Dragon Age: Inquisition a better overall experience.

Hopefully the fix for the cut-sequences issue comes out soonish. I've stopped playing the game and gone back to AC: Unity in the mien time.

My wife downloaded the game on her computer, which has an AMD 7870, and the cut sequences run flawlessly. So certainly seems like an nVidia specific issue.

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