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General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: April 15, 2014, 09:35:11 PM »
I played a bit of the demo for Tesla Effect, the new Tex Murphy game.  I've never played any of the previous games, but I got some correspondence from Atlus advertising the game which got me interested.

I enjoyed what I played so far.  It's full of cheese and the puzzles seem like they could be fun.  Unless the game turns out really bad at release, I'll probably be picking this one up.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: April 14, 2014, 07:25:49 PM »
Still going back to Battlefield 4 multiplayer, which is amazing since I'm still really bad at it.  I still really enjoy the class-based combat, even if a lot of what you're doing is still "See man, shoot man".  The bugs are still there, though, apparently DICE have discovered that their server infrastructure was inadequate for the game, which they say is causing a lot of the issues with rubberbanding, and hit reg, and possibly other bugs.  They are currently beta-testing the new servers, which are searchable in the server browser.  Really shady of EA to publish two major titles within 6 months of each other, at full price, both of which seem unfinished.  Titanfall launched without things like private servers, and custom games, which are being added via patch, and everybody knows what's up with BF.  Shady, but not at all surprising.

Infamous Second Son - I just got my third power, and I feel like the game moves along at a really brisk pace, even when you are trying to 100% the areas.  I feel like many of the complaints I had about the first Infamous game are alleviated by the DS4 controller, which I really dig.  I wasn't overwhelmed by the visuals, but I've been playing on a decent-spec PC for a little while now, but they are very nice.  The particle effects are great, and the framerate, while variable, is fairly steady.  There are definitely moments that the game seems to chug along, but they are extremely rare, in my experience.  I wish the game could do a better job with the morality system.  Everything seems way too black/white, and doesn't really seem to fit any context.

I still have issues with the combat, and the way encounters play out.  There hasn't been enough enemy variety, and the way encounters play out doesn't leave much in the way of strategy.  You basically just "Pew, pew pew" your way through the city until everything is dead/subdued.  The few boss fights I've encountered have been extremely annoying, and the last boss I fought made me want to throw that conduit into a deep fryer.  I haven't even died during one yet, they are just really annoying.

Great news for me, I don't own any of those games!

General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: April 05, 2014, 12:24:13 PM »
Got myself a PS4 today - seems like the supply constraints are largely over.  Ultimately decided on the PS4 because of MLB The Show right now, even though the Xbox One might be considered a better deal at the moment with the bundles and the CDN dollar devaluation.

Grabbed NBA 2k14 digitally, and it took forever to download/install, even though my connection is pretty good.  Got to play a quick game, and I was surprised by how different the next-gen version felt compared to the PC version.  It took a little time to get used to the controller, but I'm really loving it.  The triggers are still something that I feel all controllers are really weak at, and this controller is really no different.  Also, I hate the location/size of the touchpad, and its proximity to the Share/Options buttons.  Minor complaints, really.  Everything else about it is great.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: March 31, 2014, 04:28:16 PM »
I loved Remember Me, especially considering it was a new IP from a new studio.  I found the choice of a biracial woman to be both risky, and fresh at the same time.  DontNod went into some sort of restructuring called "Judicial Reorganisation" earlier this year, which a few publications reported as bankruptcy at the time.  I'm not exactly sure what the full story is with their studio, but I am hoping they get another chance to make something.  Remember Me was far from perfect, but I definitely saw some potential in it.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: March 29, 2014, 03:03:22 PM »
Yeah, I skipped the first Bioshock Infinite DLC, since most people were saying it wasn't that great.  I've heard that the second DLC is actually pretty good, so I picked up the season pass and started on the first DLC last night.  Combat is still meh, but the environment is, as always, phenomenal.  I really like the style in the game, and Elizabeth's new design rocks.  After playing so many modern shooters recently, I find myself continuing to use right-click to ADS, only to toss out a vigor.  That's a bit annoying, but I'll eventually adjust.

FFX Vita - Taking this one pretty slow right now.  Just made it to Luca, and the game holds up pretty well to me.  The FMV cutscenes are gorgeous, though I don't really know if they've been tweaked other than to make them widescreen.  The work done to the main characters' faces is very much appreciated, though there are times when they look a bit odd.  Most NPC characters look downright ugly in comparison.  There are some spots where the framerate seems to take a hit, but it really isn't much of an issue.

General Gaming / Re: Hey all. Looking for new PS3/Vita friends!
« on: March 29, 2014, 02:52:57 PM »
Oh god, should I feel really lame for having a good idea of the context for that gif?

If you want to add me, my PSN ID is(hold on, gotta check...)... magic_pixie

Only just recently started playing multiplayer on PC in games like BF4 and Titanfall, and, fair warning: I suck.  Like, really, really bad.  So, if you're looking for an easy frag, or someone to drag the team down, I'm your man.

General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: March 19, 2014, 04:39:39 PM »
Picked up Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for the Vita.  Played the first bit of X, and the game looks great on the Vita's screen.  It's kind of neat how much of the game I don't remember.  The reworked textures really bring out the designs of the characters and the environments.  X was one of my favourite FF's, so I'm really looking forward to playing through this one.

General Gaming / Re: Xbox One and external storage
« on: March 15, 2014, 08:01:46 PM »
I thought this feature was added in a recent firmware update.  If not, it is coming in the near future.  I agree that it was a huge oversight to have plans for a potentially Digital-only console and have no support for external storage.

General Gaming / Re: Dark Souls 2 discussion thread
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:41:38 PM »
I've definitely kept my eye on the reviews for this game, and I'm glad to see that the game is receiving near-universal praise.  I thought it would be harder for me to avoid double-dipping, but the reports of excessive screen-tearing on the 360 version, and a crap framerate on the PS3 is making the wait for the PC version so much easier.  1080P/60fps, hellz yes.

General Gaming / Re: What games should everybody play?
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:38:14 PM »
Ain't nobody got time for that!

I think this is a different question than asking what the best games are. Sometimes something comes along that might not be the best game, but does things that are unique and interesting that everyone should experience.

Bolded for emphasis.  I think this is the most important, and fundamentally fascinating, part of the question.  Not necessarily what everyone should play, but what everyone should experience.  And yes, they are two wholly different concepts.  When I was in high school, my best friend and I would play FFVIII everyday after school on PC, while my sister would just sit off to the side and watch.  At the time, she really had no interest in videogames, but that specific game really caught her attention.  Of course, at the time, the cinematics were cutting edge, and that kind of storytelling in games seemed to be fairly unique.  I always wondered if the connections she formed with the characters could have been anything similar to the ones we formed with them.

I also watched my friend play through Half-Life on his PC at the time.  I always thought it was really cool, but at the time, my only experience with FPSes was Doom and Duke Nukem 3D, which I played entirely with a keyboard, so mouselook really fekked with my mind.  When I got my own PC capable of playing it, I borrowed his copy and played through it myself.  The experience was entirely different, feeling the tension, the adrenaline.

I dunno what my point is, but to this day, my sister has played through the Uncharted games, the Mass Effect series, pretty much all of the recent Mario and Zelda titles, and has her own 3DS.  Even experiencing all the emotions that we get out of gaming second-hand can be enough to entice somebody to expand their gaming horizons.  And while some may scoff at the idea of watching other people play videogames, the undeniable popularity of Twitch, and Let's Plays indicates a demand to consume videogames in a non-traditional manner.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: March 11, 2014, 06:15:40 PM »
Just a lot of stuff regarding the interface, menus, and even lore that didn't seem like they were properly explained, but then again, that was part of the game's charm.

Jumped into Titanfall's "campaign", and it's even worse than what CoD and Battlefield usually have to offer.  The multiplayer stuff is fine, but I still think Respawn would have been better off keeping the crap AI out.  They clutter the games too much, and that's coming from someone who sucks online who supposedly gets the most out of the bots being there.  The game is ugly as sin, and the fact that there are reports of uneven framerates on the Xbone really says a lot.  I haven't had many issues with framerate, aside from some random stuttering.  I've heard that can be fixed by forcing some graphics options outside of the game.

I have had a few connection issues.  I wanted to play the game at midnight launch(had it preloaded) but I couldn't connect to the servers.  When you select "Play" the game brings up a dialog that says "Attempting connection 1/10" or something, all the way up to 10.  The game had to probably go through that process 5 times before succeeding, where a screen would pop up saying "Initializing" and then nothing.  I tried that 3 times before going to bed last night.  My first attempt to connect to a game after work today resulted in me getting dropped just as the game began.  Since then, though, it's been smooth sailing, which, with EA's record lately, is remarkable.  I guess MS's Azure servers are a success.

General Gaming / Re: What is your most recent gaming purchase?
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:27:22 PM »
Donkey Kong Country Returns (Wii). Planning on patching in Classic Controller Pro support via Homebrew Channel, too.

Now if I could only tear myself away from FFXIV...

When ARR first released, I was enamored with it.  Once I hit level-cap and realized that this MMO community was just like every other MMO at cap, I dropped it and only once looked back(for the Goddess-Lightning event, of course).  Definitely got my money's worth out of that month, though.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: March 09, 2014, 05:23:04 PM »
I also got to play the first little bit of South Park.  So far, I'm liking its humour.  It really is mostly fanservice so far, but I like the series(mostly) so that isn't a bad thing.  The combat system is a bit "simple", but that isn't a bit issue for me, tbh.  Honestly, all the complaints about the game being a bit short, right now, feel a little bit unjustified.  I can already see a game like this being shoved full of filler to pad out a 30+ hour experience really wearing out its welcome.  I'm looking forward to a game that I'll be able to pick up here and there and get a few laughs.

In anticipation of Dark Souls 2, I just started up a run of Dark Souls.  Been a while since I played last, and it took a while to get used to the controls and interface again.  I really hope they do a good job of communicating some of that vital information in the sequel, as I think it should be possible to do so without dumbing down the game.  I think some of the game's "intentional" obscurity falls into the trendy "hipster"mindset of being a part of some secret society that few others "get".  I'll have a bit over a month before the sequel's release, though, since I'm holding out for the PC version.  Hopefully, they've learned their lesson and the PC "port" isn't complete ass.

I picked up Thief on launch day, and tried to get into it.  The game featured a sound bug right out of the gate, and I had no dialog.  It was incredibly annoying, so I haven't played it since.  There's been a patch since, but I haven't tested it to see if my problem was resolved.  Many people are bemoaning the fact that this game is not a "Thief" game.  I was hoping to approach the game with an open mind, but that day one bug is hurting the game's chances in my books.

General Gaming / Re: Dark Souls 2 discussion thread
« on: March 07, 2014, 05:49:19 PM »
Off-TV play is friggin'awesome.  I wish I could hack my Vita to use as a display for my PC ala Shield.  I'm looking forward to Dark Souls 2, but I will be waiting until April to play on PC.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 16, 2014, 01:58:11 PM »
Yeah, that's about my impressions, too.  I finally got my PC key and I played 4 matches.  The game is fine, but I doubt it would hold my attention for very long.  The game is best as a pilot, as the traversal system is actually pretty fun.  I really enjoyed playing cat and mouse with the mechs, and the system of wall-running makes it much more difficult for them to anticipate where you will attack from.  There were a few times when my mech would be ready, and I would ignore it because I was having way more fun playing on the ground.

Also, I refuse to call them anything but mechs.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 15, 2014, 11:32:52 PM »
I watched the first few episodes of the anime, but it didn't really catch my attention.  If I didn't find the anime all that exciting, is the game any different?

Also, *facepalm* at the Titanfall beta.  I signed up for the PC beta, and I've now received TWO Xbox One beta keys, this latest one coming after the announcement that the beta will be open to all on the Xbox One.  On the bright side, apparently they are planning on opening the beta up on PC, too, leaving some seriously salty people who paid for beta codes.

I've heard that Titanfall succeeds at making noobs feel better about their crappy skills, which is great since I'm a noob.  I was playing BF4 and got my ass reamed by some 12 year old for hurting the team, despite having a score in the top-10 on a large conquest map.  I kind of remembered why I stopped playing online for over 10 years.

I played a bit more of Call of Juarez: Gunslinger today.  I really like this game in bits and pieces, but the formula wears thin after 30-45 mins.  Then it gets put back into the backlog until I feel like playing it again.  The game manages to recreate the feel of some of those old lightgun games, which is really damned awesome.  I think the game sometimes pulls you away from the experience a little too often with the narration of the storyline.  Sometimes, with a game like this, you really just want to get in and blast away.

And after a bunch of time with Assetto Corsa and Gran Turismo 6, I tried to put a bit of time into F1 2013.  Boy, Codemasters's force feedback and wheel simulation is terrible after playing the two aforementionned games.  I tried forever to dial in a setting that I would feel comfortable driving with, but I could never get it right.  The feedback feels incredibly delayed at times, and sometimes disappears altogether.  It took me a while to realize that I'd need to go into my wheel's settings and change the degrees of rotation manually, which helped immensely.  After spending a while with a bunch of different racing games, from Gran Turismo to rFactor, I can really understand the disdain for Codemasters latest games from the hardcore sim community.  The games are great fun for the uninitiated, but once you expand your horizons, it seems impossible to go back.

General Gaming / Re: Flaws in Great Games
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:37:15 AM »
Bullet sponges in the Uncharted series.  Ghost mom in Bioshock Infinite(though, whether that one is a great game is up for debate).  Flood in Halo games.  On-foot sections in Rogue Squadron 3.  Ending to Mass Effect 3.  Infinite spawning enemies from the old CoD games.  Jumping on Xen.

Oh, and escort missions.

General Gaming / Re: What are you playing?
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:25:10 AM »
Don't worry, this is EA we're talking about here.  I'm sure everything will be running fine by the time the game launches...

General Gaming / Re: What is the last game you beat? Thoughts/impressions?
« on: February 15, 2014, 03:23:09 AM »
The Last of Us DLC - Left Behind

For $15, it's tempting to say that this single player DLC is overpriced.  At the same time, with new assets, and the whole performance capture aspect, I can understand that the content was probably pretty expensive to create.  Overall, there's not really anything here that wasn't in the original game.  It's gameplay sections spliced together with cinematic sequences, and sections where characters converse with each other while you walk around.  Again, the appeal of these games lies in Naughty Dog's ability to create a cohesive world with likeable and/or believable characters.

For the most part, I think they did a pretty good job with this content.  Animations are still top notch.  Voice work is astonishing.  I really enjoyed Ellie's character, and getting the chance to explore her past(and some parts from the main game) was most welcome.  I loved the pacing - combat and exposition gameplay was cleanly delineated, and the plot mechanic they used to do so was executed perfectly.  My biggest complaint with the story was that the plot's main twist kind of fell flat to me, mostly because it felt to me like Ellie and Riley were acting years beyond their 14ish years.  Of course, that may have just been a way to show that kids growing up in such an oppressive environment are forced to mature faster.  I think Ellie may have been even more foul-mouthed in the DLC than the main game.

Actual gameplay was a mixed bag for me.  The sandbox arenas are back with the twist that enemy encounters are not just limited to one type.  Infected and survivors both inhabit the same encounters, opening up new tactical opportunities to pit foe against foe.  I had fun with this mechanic, but in such a short DLC, encounters were obviously limited.

There was also a bit of a quirk to one of the encounters.  I had to get a generator up and running before crossing a parking garage.  Before attending to the generator, I explored the entire room before doubling back.  As soon as I picked up an item I needed, a bunch of enemies spawned out of nowhere.   A minor quibble, but it was definitely jarring.

Ultimately, I felt a bit disappointed with this DLC.  I loved getting back into Ellie's perspective, and I loved getting back into that world.  Seeing a bit more about who Ellie is raises some questions for me about Ellie's reaction at the end of the main game, and the discussion I have with myself is compelling.  I think the DLC's length really shines a light on its weakest component, the combat, and makes it really hard to justify the price.  But if you loved The Last of Us, and you loved Ellie as much as I did, there are enough moments here to make you smile.

They sent me an Xbone beta key which I cant use since I dont have an Xbone yet.  I'm assuming it was a mix up, since I'm pretty sure I signed up for the PC beta.

TalkBack / Re: Steel Diver Sub Wars Available Now on Nintendo eShop
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:32:52 PM »
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TalkBack / Re: Bayonetta 2 Out Later This Year
« on: February 13, 2014, 11:17:52 PM »

TalkBack / Re: NES Remix 2 Revealed
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:29:00 PM »
That Luigi Bros. stuff blew my mind.  I recognized the levels, but everything was so... wrong.  Didn't do the first remix, will definitely jump into this one.

Also, ice hocket?

TalkBack / Re: Bayonetta 2 Out Later This Year
« on: February 13, 2014, 06:23:13 PM »
Oh man, this game...

Short hair Bayonetta is based Bayonetta.

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