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Gaming Discussion / Re: Gaming Progress Thread
« on: August 16, 2013, 02:33:32 am »
The game does a good job at making you feel as if the pressure is on, but I think most of it is just a feeling. In my playthrough I could have started the final mission much earlier than I did, but instead I kept doing missions to tech and train my people and the game didn't punish me for it. But yeah, the first ~5 missions are probably the most important. If you fuck up too much there it might be better to start over. But later things mostly run on autopilot. Evacuation missions are by far the hardest, don't beat yourself up if you must let most civilians die. It's also strongly RNG based, if most civs are on the far side of the map in a building there is just no way to get to them in time.

By the way, don't feel bad about using some savestates during battles. The game is buggy and often unclear. If people perma-die because you thought you'd have a good shot after switching cover, but it turns out you can't even hit the enemy and the cover is terrible, it's really not your fault if the game does not make such things clear enough. Also wasted moves because of misclicks 2 pixels too far off the mark... (this one might not be an issue on controllers, dunno). I think it's legit to reload the game in such BS situations. Iron Man mode is pretty much impossible or at least an exercise in frustration with the game being as luck based and potential buggy as it is.

Btw I wouldn't recommend the original games, they aren't much more complex really. If you want to play the crowning achievement of the genre, play Jagged Alliance 2 instead. It makes Xcom look like kids beating with sticks on tin pots.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: August 15, 2013, 12:22:43 pm »
Finished my first campaign in Europa Universalis IV. I wanted an easy start to get used to the new systems so I picked the Ottoman Empire and made it my goal to conquer both Rome and Moscow (it's an achievement). Managed to do that after about 15 hours. The game is pretty intuitiv for series veterans, even if most things work differently now. No idea how good a complete newbie to the series would get into it, I didn't look at the tutorials.

My first impression (yes even a 15 hour campaign is just a first impression when it comes to grand strategy games) is that the new systems work and make sense. I like how administration/diplomatic/military is at the base of everything now, it makes for many more choices that have to be made and for greater differentiation between playstyles. Also conquering of territory is much more streamlined now, with manual core creation instead of the obtuse "bad boy" mechanic of EU3. The only aspect I find lacking is the new missions. They are mostly simply not worth doing.

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100k seems very lowball, even if it looks like that's only for 3D work. (I only skimmed the page).

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Gaming Discussion / Re: This is why you should not patronize Gamestop
« on: August 11, 2013, 11:58:33 am »
Not everything that is legal is morally right. ::)

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I'm trying to think of what people used to do with their free time waiting in line/on buses/coffee breaks before smartphones and their bullshit games came along, but I'm drawing a blank.

Magazines and news-papers.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Games With Good Voice Acting
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:48:38 am »

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: August 11, 2013, 07:45:20 am »
Beaten Sacred 2.

Ugh, this one was pretty meh. It's a Diablo clone with (for the time) amazing graphics. But aside from the graphics it doesn't do much better than Diablo (the character progression is deeper IMO) but a ton of things worse. Special attacks have such stilted unrespronsive animations that I prefered to fight purely with auto attacks instead, often you mindlessly slash into the air without a clear reason why, targeting issues and bad item progression. I faced the final boss at level 36 and still had some lv 15-ish items because nothing better dropped. If you are starved for more hack'n'slay, sure go ahead, but there is always Titan Quest and Torchlight too.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: This is why you should not patronize Gamestop
« on: August 11, 2013, 05:33:33 am »
Personally I do not see anything remotely wrong with this*.

...what?  :o

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Games With Good Voice Acting
« on: August 11, 2013, 04:38:12 am »
Red Dead Redemption
Max Payne 3

It's not something easy to remember specifically, the average is pretty damn solid these days. I remember Lunar to be pretty stilted and meh.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Does anyone have Super Mario Fighter 2?
« on: August 08, 2013, 05:53:17 pm »
Not to mention the game might be "free", but it's brimming with stolen copyrighted content.

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Gaming Discussion / X Rebirth
« on: August 08, 2013, 01:39:35 pm »
I've waited a long time for high-res gameplay footage, and Egosoft finally delivered:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEbL1p5vZpw&feature=share&list=PLRNrultsQ-Ti7bEZvxJU58YrYiDy4n4JM

And they also have a release date too, 15th November. I can't wait.

In case you are clueless what this is about, X Rebirth is a space simulation and the 4th game in the long running X series. This one took 7 years to make and it looks like the wait was worth it. Their claims sound unrealistic? Well X3 already had most of that, I played it, it's real. This one will just be bigger and more epic. (And hopefully it'll finally have a good UI, the only real issue the series had).

It irks me that Star Citizen gets all the spotlight, just because they leech off long past glory and keep stirring the hype machinery.


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General Discussion / Re: In vitro hamburger
« on: August 08, 2013, 12:16:19 pm »
but would people prefer this meat over traditional meat

This would never ever replace normal meat entirely. What can happen is, the poor masses will eat the ersatz-meat while the rich enjoy the real thing. With technological progress it's inevitable that with enough time the artificial meat will be significantly cheaper than the real thing. Also people living in hypothetical space stations will probably have no choice  but eat the artificial stuff. But it's probably still way better than current astronaut food  ;)

Semi related: There are also first attempts with "printing" food with 3D printers. The ingredient selection is still extremely limited, but again, given enough time I wouldn't be surprised if you'll some day "print" your own pizza at home.

I don't judge either as good or bad, for now I'm just in wait and see mode.

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General Discussion / Re: In vintro hamburger
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:56:17 pm »
Sounds like you picked the wrong picture, because he doesn't quite look like a super warrior.


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General Discussion / Re: In vintro hamburger
« on: August 06, 2013, 03:32:17 pm »
What else can they grow artificially from stem cells? Organs?

Getting there. A few simlpe ones are possible (They successfully grown and transplanted esophagi IIRC). If they get it to work with everything it's a big deal, since if those are grown from the patient's stemcells himself, there is no rejection. And rejection is what makes transplants dangerous.

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General Discussion / Re: In vintro hamburger
« on: August 06, 2013, 09:26:16 am »
Sounds good in theory, if it tastes the same, why the hell not.

But I'm sure PETA members and other crazies will find an axe to grind with this still, since the whole combat against consumer culture is a replacement religion and not something you can win with arguments or by offering viable alternatives.

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General Discussion / Re: Sure has got quiet in here...
« on: August 05, 2013, 04:32:04 pm »
The signal to noise ratio has been readjusted. Some people mistake noise for a good thing. Like leaving the TV on all day just to have any kind of sound in the background. And some people mistake quiets for inactivity. Neither is actually true.

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Gaming Discussion / Re: John Carmack 2013
« on: August 04, 2013, 03:49:42 pm »
Altogether that's 3 hours, care to narrow down a bit what you want to talk about?...

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Randomly generated platforming has arrived
« on: August 04, 2013, 03:51:26 am »
It's not like the game is intended to be played at that level. It's just the upper limit that the algorithm can generate that's still beatable in theory.

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The series is dead to me since BoF5 anyway...

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Gaming Discussion / Re: Victoly!
« on: July 30, 2013, 07:52:11 am »
I'd say the game is as good as any RPG I've played on a handheld.


I'd say a mainline entry of such a series should be as good as any console RPG... I still consider releasing this on 3DS and DQIX on DS mistakes. But well, the Japanese market is getting what it deserves.

I beat Max Payne 3 just now. The gameplay is the same as back in the day, which is both good and bad. I like that it's brutally hard (even on the second out of five difficulty levels, bullet time is relatively sparse and you die in 2 or 3 shots), and that you don't regenerate health by hiding in cover and modern crap like that. I also sometimes had ammunition problems. On harder difficulties I imagine this game to be really hardcore. It's not much  more than that either though, basically long tube levels in which you move from room to room, leaving mountains of corpses and annihilation in your wake. It really feels like "Die Hard - The Video Game" towards the end. But damn it, the presentation of this game is amazing. Great voice acting, great cutscenes, fantastic graphics, fantastic looking levels with tons of attention to detail and a really well tailored soundtrack to acompany the mayhem. Too bad the story isn't nearly as good as back in the day.

I wouldn't spend $50 on this (and I didn't), but nowadays it should be available for cheap and then I'd definitely recommend getting it if a good old fashioned dose of 3rd persion shooting is something you can get into.

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