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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X Patch Returns; Saved Game Fix Plans
4. Re: Mortal Kombat X Patch Returns; Saved Game Fix Plans May 7, 2015, 10:31 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on May 7, 2015, 09:19:
InBlack wrote on May 7, 2015, 09:13:
Since when do fighting games have save games???

Since there's a story mode/unlockables you progress through? I don't even play many fighters and think Soul Calibur had one back on the dreamcast ('99?). Maybe even the Tekken games on the ps1?


Yep and Mortal Kombat in particular has had quite a bit of save data for some time. I think for this particular franchise it started on the original XBOX and PS2 when they introduced the Krypt and the ability to keep separate user progress with regards to unlockables and storyline progress. Many other franchises, like Tekken, have been taking advantage of memory cards and hard drives to track progress in multiple modes of gameplay for even longer.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue May 6, 2015, 11:29 Jivaro
 
Verno wrote on May 6, 2015, 10:05:
I don't understand why people always want these ginormous TVs. I actually scaled down from 42" to a 32". Not that it gets a lot of use to begin with.

I don't sit like 5 feet away from my TV, 32" wouldn't cut it. I have a big living room and more than one person watches the TV from different angles. 55" is the norm now, manufacturers are slowing down on 50" stuff and anything below that you get start getting into reduced feature sets, worse panels and etc.

I use a 32" LED as the center of my three screen displays on my PC with a 24" LED on either side. They are mounted in a semi half circle nearly 5-7 feet from my eyes. The size of the screens is very important or I wouldn't be able to read the text on a basic website without scaling it to a ridiculous size. I use that setup because for gaming it can make for some incredible experiences, particularly with flying and racing games that support it. It's also nice to be able to run a windowed-fullscreen game on the center screen and have other things going on like email, Skype, espn, etc on the other two screens.

Like Verno, my living room is big enough that anything below 50" would make it so many people in the room wouldn't be able to tell what's happening on the screen from various angles. Even in my old apartment, which had a significantly smaller living room, once I made the jump from a 32" tube to a 56" DLP there was no going back to a sub 50" screen. It didn't make a difference with most TV shows of course, but it made a huge difference with movies and video games. Pairing the large screen with even a basic 3-piece sound system and basically creating a small scale cinematic experience is worth every penny.

I never owned a plasma TV, I went from DLP to LCD/LED. I really liked that DLP but my Samsung LED has much better blacks. The DLP had a bad habit of "greying" black a bit. I assumed it was the nature of the tech beast. If I can get more vibrant colors with a plasma I might go check out some used ones for the mancave gaming rig provided the blacks stay black. For whatever reason I tend to notice the white/black quality more than the vibrant color ability. Maybe because I keep the viewing spaces minimally lit? Not sure.

This comment was edited on May 6, 2015, 11:47.

edit: I am not talking about the size of the screens I use in a "mine are huge brah!" sort of way, I am just answering the "I don't understand why people have such big screens" question. This is why I have big screens...for the entertainment experiences they allow me to create.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 6, 2015, 11:21 Jivaro
 
Right before my 56" Gateway DLP made a popping noise, projected a little smoke out the side, and showed a display of what looked like melting black plastic across the screen....the color disappeared. Turns out I had a circuit board and the bulb fry at about the same time. At least that's my best guess. When the repair people told me how much they wanted to come look at, not including parts, it I just went and bought a new LED TV.

I loved my DLP, it was my first HD capable TV. *tears*
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
10. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 5, 2015, 01:45 Jivaro
 
Agent.X7 wrote on May 5, 2015, 00:44:
nin wrote on May 4, 2015, 23:50:
Jivaro wrote on May 4, 2015, 23:37:
I didn't pre-order it and I haven't played New Order Yet...but damn, that looked fun. Damn this backlog of games...

I paid full price for New Order and have no regrets. It's a good story, with memorable characters and great gunplay. My GOTY for 2014, hands down. If you buy it on steam for $45, you get both for $45.

My only concern is the length of the DLC, as I think it's only like 7 chapters. We'll see how long that translates into hours of gameplay tomorrow, with reviews (I hope).

But I REALLY hope Machine Games (who did both the game and DLC) gets to make the followup. The ending (of New Order) is a bit of a cliffhanger (stick around for the very end of the credits), and I'd love to know what happens next.


Yeah, hoping for a sequel too. Really was a fantastic game. And I won't even botch about the engine. (Crossed my fingers behind my back, nya nya)

Good to know! Thanks to both of you
 
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News Comments > Mortal Kombat X Jason Voorhees Bundle Tomorrow
3. Re: Mortal Kombat X Jason Voorhees Bundle Tomorrow May 4, 2015, 23:44 Jivaro
 
Xero wrote on May 4, 2015, 21:05:
Since I got the premium edition, I'm suppose to get all these characters when they come out? Why the hell did I have to pay for Goro?

You paid extra for Goro? I thought it was the pre-order bonus. It was for me through Amazon.

I am loving this new MK. The story is, as always, cheesy and only mildly entertaining but the variety of gameplay modes provide some great replay value. I am underwhelmed with Jason, but the other addon characters look interesting although I hope Tanya isn't a Sonya clone in a different skin.

Still looking for a good fighting stick for my PS4 though. I had two for my PS3, one came with a Collector's Edition of Street Fighter vs Tekken and the other came with the Collector's Edition of MK9. I dig the new dualshock but it's still not nearly as good as an arcade stick for fighting games.
 
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News Comments > Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer
6. Re: Wolfenstein: The Old Blood Trailer May 4, 2015, 23:37 Jivaro
 
nin wrote on May 4, 2015, 18:57:
Preloaded and ready to go! Hit it!


I didn't pre-order it and I haven't played New Order Yet...but damn, that looked fun. Damn this backlog of games...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse May 1, 2015, 02:20 Jivaro
 
Smart move.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
13. Re: Morning Consolidation May 1, 2015, 02:19 Jivaro
 
I bought a PS4 the February after it released and usually I don't buy consoles in the first year of release. Just like with the 3 Sony consoles before it, and 2 portable consoles, I dig it. I must be exactly whatever Sony views as it's target audience because I have been really satisfied with all of their hardware. (despite some obvious bumps in the road)

Having been sick the last week, I particularly like being able to play my PS4 games on my Vita remotely while in bed. That is a very cool feature.
 
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News Comments > Steam Ending Paid Mods; Providing Refunds
18. Re: Steam Ending Paid Mods; Providing Refunds Apr 27, 2015, 22:02 Jivaro
 
I guess the upside for Bethesda is that from now on....when people want to take a pot shot at them...it most likely won't be about horse armor. They really outdid themselves this time.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 27, 2015, 10:18 Jivaro
 
Happy Anniversary Blue  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Apr 26, 2015, 18:57 Jivaro
 
If you were a fan of the original Thief game...the reboot is a disappointment from a gameplay standpoint.

If you never played the first game and dig "fast" stealth games than the reboot is a 6 or 7 on the 1-10 scale. Good graphics, good sound, and on the PS3 the controls were tight. Obviously on the PC the controls might not translate as well, maybe someone else here can speak to that. The steampunk-ish atmosphere was fairly good on the console, I can only imagine that it would be better on PC. The story itself is fairly cliche however....so if that is important to you that 6 or 7 score might drop to 5 or 6.

I myself didn't finish the game. I had expectations because of the fun I had with the original game and the reboot is a pretty big departure in a number of ways. QTEs, cinematics that interrupt the gameplay, and things like bonus XP for "headshots" just made the game feel very casual and not very "Thief" to me. That said, some of my friends that played and liked Dishonored also liked this new Thief game. I have not played Dishonored yet (I know, the shame) but I assume it has something to do with the similar "focus" gameplay mechanic where you can slow down time to execute skills and moves with precision.

I have heard that it is possible to finish Thief without actually killing anyone. I am personally fairly skeptical, it sure seemed like the developers went out of there way to teach me how to beat the hell out of the guards in the opening of the game, but seeing as I quit after less than 2 hours of gameplay...I guess I wouldn't really know.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Apr 22, 2015, 11:24 Jivaro
 
Both of my "smart" TVs have had recent updates to the Youtube app. One would assume they were to keep them functioning. I have a blu-ray player with a Youtube app built-in as well...I am very certain it won't be getting the same update. It was already out of production when I bought it.

Planned obsolescence, you gotta love it.
 
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News Comments > Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online
34. Re: Firefly Cast Returns for Firefly Online Apr 21, 2015, 22:49 Jivaro
 
Going by Joss's most recent comments, I would say it is far more likely that he will attempt to create a totally new IP before he revisits anything.

The answers Joss has been giving to interviewers are things that sound like "After so many years of doing Marvel's stuff, I need to go do my own stuff. I need to create something new again and make sure I still can." (paraphrasing)

Firefly, Buffy, Dollhouse....we all want to see more and everyone in the world knows it. It's literally money sitting there to be collected. I think some of that will be done but it really sounds to me like Joss isn't in any hurry to redo old stuff. It sounds like he wants to do new stuff right now. Can't say I blame him.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
6. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 17, 2015, 11:08 Jivaro
 
descender wrote on Apr 17, 2015, 11:04:
Guitar hero is confirmed to have a new guitar layout (3 frets in 2 rows) and no old instruments are compatible. None of the old purchased music moves with you either, but they are offering tons of tracks through some sort of "guitar hero radio" service.

Thanks for that!

Rock Band sounds like it will appeal to my household.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Apr 17, 2015, 10:50 Jivaro
 
So let me get this straight...

Rock Band 4 will support not only it's own franchise's old instruments but also Guitar Hero's instruments. It also plans to use as much of your previously owned music as well. Sounds like a win.

Has Guitar Hero Live confirmed any of the same claims? I visited their website and closed it nearly immediately. It's one of those sites that is so poorly designed that you say "screw this" inside of your first 3 clicks.
 
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News Comments > Blizzard Killing Diablo III Trial Rifts
3. Re: Blizzard Killing Diablo III Trial Rifts Apr 17, 2015, 10:43 Jivaro
 
It wasn't a bad concept, it was just poorly implemented. At least I think so as a solo player.

Having never done Diablo 3 as a multiplayer game I can't really speak to that perspective. It seems like most people agree they are heavily flawed though.
 
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News Comments > EA Ending BF Heroes and Other F2P Games
7. Re: EA Ending BF Heroes and Other F2P Games Apr 16, 2015, 01:20 Jivaro
 
FIFA World became globally available in May of last year. They never even got out of beta or had a version 1.x.

LOL.

 
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - Mortal Kombat X
14. Re: Ship Ahoy - Mortal Kombat X Apr 14, 2015, 15:33 Jivaro
 
When I buy a fighting game (or a sports game) on day one...I am buying it on console. I buy them on PC when the price has dropped usually, and the pay off is that any problems are usually worked out as well. (not to mention the DLC is usually included as well)

By the sounds of it, this pattern of behavior is paying off big time with MKX. It sounds like the PC launch has been miserable for folks.
 
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News Comments > Ship Ahoy - Mortal Kombat X
4. Re: Ship Ahoy - Mortal Kombat X Apr 14, 2015, 10:03 Jivaro
 
I feel like I am the only one at this site that pr-ordered this instead of GTA.

I always looked at the crazy inputs needed to pull off fatalities and such as part of the Mortal Kombat experience but I can see why people might want easier ways to do it. It's just like any other "pay to not actually play the game" mechanic...I wouldn't do it but if Warner can get the extra money from people who are willing to pay it, I am not going to say much.
 
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News Comments > Pillars of Eternity Beta Patches
15. Re: Pillars of Eternity Beta Patches Apr 11, 2015, 10:31 Jivaro
 
Since there is DLC coming, it is not unreasonable to imagine that new NPCs the represent previously unused classes will become available.  
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