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Signed On Jun 18, 2003, 22:23
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
33. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 18:00 Fion
 
Just as with Civ5 war is most likely to happen on smaller maps where the nations have to via for resources and land. I always enjoyed playing the Europe mod because it was so cramped war was going on everywhere haha.  
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
18. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 14:42 Fion
 
Jamil20 wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 14:37:
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 14:19:
What you are really saying is that Brian Reynolds was the reason Alpha Centauri was what it was, one of the best 4x games ever made.

Actually, I've never really played Alpha Centauri. I'm just referring to X-Com. One of the few games I bought for full price in a long time, fueled by nostalgia. I had almost instant buyer's remorse when I finally witnessed how on-rails the game was, which is nothing like the original. A lot of people enjoyed it, but I found the game had zero replay value, because you ultimately don't make any choices in the game.

Have you heard about the Long War mod? It's the most popular XCom: EU/EW mod that ups the difficulty, choices and really puts that classic feel into the game. I suggest you check it out.
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released
16. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth Released Oct 24, 2014, 14:36 Fion
 
I've only played about an hour and was confused during most of it. Launched a satellite I found while exploring with absolutely no idea what it does. I'm going to enjoy learning all the new tricks and how to maximize these new resources.

For those saying it's dumbed down, let us remember that Civ V was considered pretty heavily dumbed down itself and had mediocre reviews out the gate. It wasn't until BNW that the game was considered 'great'.

About factions, I'd say its too early to see if they have any over-arching personality or goals. They are an a disadvantage because they aren't based on real world historical people (who had personalities and notoriety) and thus we aren't going to create our own idea of what their personality is like. A lot of the 'personality' of the civs in V is what we - the players - put into them.

As to an SDK, I'm sure one is in the works as there's a 'mods' selection menu and I'm sure at least one group is already prepping an Alpha Centauri mod.
 
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News Comments > Morning Interviews
11. Re: Morning Interviews Oct 23, 2014, 12:13 Fion
 
What these fucktards are doing is deplorable but don't these idiots realize that by giving voice and by extension, fame to these people, they prolong the problem?

Stop putting this shit all over the net, on the news, giving a voice to this extreme minority and 'threats' will stop.
 
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News Comments > TOXIKK Movement Trailer
2. Re: TOXIKK Movement Trailer Oct 23, 2014, 12:08 Fion
 
garrywong wrote on Oct 23, 2014, 10:08:
Does anyone know if they changed their mind yet and will make dedicated servers possible?

If you purchase 'clan admin privileges' you can run a server and LAN.

Speaking of movement, in my opinion no 'arena' shooter has yet topped Quake 2 as far as movement potential. The ceiling for what you could learn to do was very high and it dramatically separated the top guys from the rest. As someone who played professionally for a short while, it was a hell of a lot of fun learning to eek out all the movement capabilities within a map from strafe-jumping to double-box-jumping. Some jumps you couldn't pull off if your framerate was under ~120. A lot of that stuff was brought over into Quake Live which is nice.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
3. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 19, 2014, 15:32 Fion
 
No spoiler but the ending of Mordor certainly left it open for a sequel. One might go so far as to call it sequel baiting.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews Oct 16, 2014, 15:24 Fion
 
Yahtzee's review of SoM is rather upbeat and funny.

Morrrrrdorrrr!
 
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News Comments > etc.
13. Re: etc. Oct 16, 2014, 14:58 Fion
 
The bat shit crazy people have unfortunately completely turned the meaning of 'gamergate' on its head. That said Anita Sarkeesian has only worsened the issue with her lies and extremely biased videos that are filled with lies and half-truths. The latest 'death threat' stunt only makes things worse.  
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News Comments > Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released
14. Re: Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Released Oct 14, 2014, 13:44 Fion
 
Everyone gets their own loot in co-op.

I've been quite enjoying it. I probably wouldn't have spent $60 on the game, but thanks to GMG I only paid $35.

I'm playing Athena the Gladiator, the shield mechanic is pretty sweet. Very much looking to go a a melee tank & spank build (14/33/0).
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
7. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 13, 2014, 14:52 Fion
 
3.2m players? I guess console players just got their first taste of addictive grinding ah? So many people hate the game and yet still play it constantly in the hopes of getting one of those top tier guns so they can PvP without getting creamed until they need to grind for the next tier of guns.  
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: Sunday Consolidation Oct 12, 2014, 17:02 Fion
 
If anyone can make that show not suck it's Sharlto Copley.

I'll watch it streaming online, not buying a PS4 for what appears to be a lukewarm 'comic-inspired' cop drama.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Nears $58M
12. Re: Star Citizen Nears $58M Oct 12, 2014, 15:36 Fion
 
Holy shit multi-person ships you can walk around in. It isn't like I was doing that in Star Wars Galaxies in 2003. Only it was way more involved in SWG, with different stations and jobs you could perform, with resources that needed managing and tasks to work toward to keep the ship working.

At this point I think the real game is the store. And lots of people are playing it.
 
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News Comments > Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs
23. Re: Dragon Age: Inquisition Specs Oct 10, 2014, 20:49 Fion
 
Please don't suck!

Nice to see 2gb for recommended specs. If these guys can make a multi-platform game without outlandish texture memory requirements, why cant the other guys? How hard is it to decouple GPU memory from RAM?
 
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News Comments > Shadow of Mordor Review Pressure Allegations
12. Re: Shadow of Mordor Review Pressure Allegations Oct 7, 2014, 19:49 Fion
 
You can get a better idea if the game is good from just watching some Twitch streams, seeing what the player (often a prominent youtube reviewers) has to say about the game before they even release a 'pr-ed to death' review.

I personally waited a few days to get the game being fairly unsure because of the failure streak this year. I watched Angry Joe (perhaps my favorite youtube gamer) play the hell out of it and build this awesome rivalry with a powerful warchief.
 
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News Comments > Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced
3. Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Expansion Announced Oct 6, 2014, 14:02 Fion
 
What does it say about this game that it took this long to even hint at the story-arch of the game that inspired the MMO?  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
30. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 5, 2014, 18:28 Fion
 
Actually as you do the weapon missions the weapon gets updated with cool runes and stuff, though I'm not sure as of yet if you get some kind or rewards besides that for completing all of them.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
20. Re: Steam Top 10 Oct 5, 2014, 14:45 Fion
 
Techie714 wrote on Oct 5, 2014, 11:05:
Shadow of Mordor is getting some really solid reviews. I think a lot of folks are enjoying it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OOd1SrDDH0

My only qualm with this review is that he says 'the captains aren't actually roaming the map in real time.' That isn't true, not only do they roam their small quadrants in the map, but if you build a rival they will seek you out. I had one who managed to kill me and I defeated him, he came back with a big metal plate in his head. Add to that a time or two I ran from him or he escaped me and he got pretty powerful. He would actively seek me out, ambushing me during big fights with other captains. When I finally put him down it was very satisfying because he no longer had any weaknesses accept Graugs (which I hadn't unlocked) and was immune to most everything ahd had a lot of powerful moves.

I'm glad to see the game in the top spot. It isn't the best game I've played but it's certainly one of the best AAA games in a year of repeated disappointments in that market. The game is a little samey, it's mostly about killing orcs but it does that I'd say better than any other similar game whether it be the Batman series or Assassin's Creed. I would definitely recommend it.

I'm currently 17 hours in, I haven't gotten to the 2nd zone yet and I just as of yesterday killed the last warchief and I am about 1/2 way through the weapon side-quests.

My one issue with the game is that I wish it were possibly to kill 'every' captain before replacements came in. I really enjoy the way advancement takes place if you get killed or pass between day & night but I dislike that new Uruks are promoted outside of that window. I want to slaughter them all. Though I suppose when I unlock the ability I can probably take control of all of them.

What most impresses me about the game is the Nemesis system, the shear variety of Uruk chiefs possible and that their look evolves as they gain rank or are defeated and come back wounded after being defeated. My story above, how a rival will track you down, attack with another Captain, etc.

The sound design is fantastic as well, from the sounds of combat to the fact that the game pronounces every captains name (if you find them while in wraith mode), with so many I've only seen the same name twice so far. No two have said the same line to me either, and they tend to be remarkably poignant.

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News Comments > Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer
17. Re: Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer Oct 1, 2014, 18:33 Fion
 
I'm seriously considering Harmony just so I can own my own Kaiju for the express purpose of attacking a Supremacy city to fight their giant robots.  
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News Comments > Op Ed
16. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 13:19 Fion
 
It's click-bait, I didn't even read it.

wait...

Damn you Cutter and your bedeviling influence!
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
14. Re: Op Ed Oct 1, 2014, 13:12 Fion
 
This guys a moron who clearly hasn't tried the Rift. 3d is largely a gimmick that when done well can really enhance a movie but isn't done well 95% of the time.

I think the Rift and it's potential competition could absolutely have mass market or at least multi-market appeal. I mean yea obviously it's going to be a gaming tech first but it's potential is huge. As Lucky Palmer has said himself there are dozens of fields that could see real use of the Rift.

Saying it will never see the market potential of the Iphone is short sighted. 20 years ago the mobile phone was the size of a brick. If someone showed that off to you, it was pretty cool but 'obviously' without any mass market appeal. 20 years of technological advancement we have the smartphone of today. Similarly the Rift is in it's technological infancy with a future a decade or two from now we cannot truly fathom. It's market potential right now is low but with additional competition driving innovation it lead to a product used by billions.

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