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Description Using a steering wheel on a Burnout game is like using the Space Shuttle controls to fly a kite.
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Signed On Mar 14, 2002, 15:47
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News Comments > etc.
28. Re: etc. Mar 19, 2017, 23:24 The Half Elf
 
If you REALLY want to throw around animations (facial or otherwise), then lets go back to Half Life 2 for Facial Animations, and Assassin's Creed for character animations and work our way forward.

Half Life 2 released Nov 16th 2004, set an amazing bar for character facial animations and expressions, thanks in part to I believe Mike Belzer who had an extensive career with Walt Disney and I believe someone else who worked for Pixar for creating the amazing facial animations they used. BACK IN 2004.

Assassin's Creed released Nov 13th 2007 (the 1st one and most of the series in the franchise) has had an AMAZING set of very fluid animations over all sorts of terrain. Riding horses, climbing walls, parkour, moving through crowds, etc. Again BACK IN 2007.

Animation wise, no one bitches about Fallout 4 because they are so much better then Skyrim, Fallout New Vegas, Fallout 3, Oblivion, Morrowind etc.

The complaint is Bioware has released a few games in the Mass Effect Franchise without this glaring lack of care taken for characters, especially when they are putting in their own videos for Mass Effect Andromeda that they are taking EXTRA STEPS to make sure characters feel detailed and personable and alive.
Even Dragon Age Inquisition (another FROSTBYTE ENGINE GAME) has very detailed facial and skeletal animations.

Now you might say 'But most of the game isn't about the characters', to you I say BULLSHIT. Bioware has ALWAYS been about story and characters first (and use to be about character choices until ME 3 (and then patched in a less shitty ending).
When I played ME:A and Ryder's Face covers up 90% of the screen because he's having his closeup shot, and he looks like he's stoned out of his mind, or female Ryder looks like she's had so much bowtox and pot that she can't quit smiling or show any emotions it's bad.
It's SO FUCKING BAD that when the bitch on the Citadel... er whatever the fuck it's called talks about how her face is tired I don't know if she's serious or seriously trolling me considering she's a fucking grammar nazi who can't even be a complete grammer nazi for the rest of her conversations.

Bioware has stated they wanted their games to by YOUR story. But at least with a book I can decide how the characters "feel", when I have to constantly have conversations with lifeless faces for over 40 hours it detracts from the story, the game, and my interest in characters that are nothing but empty lifeless shells that just move their lips.

The video's are out there showing animations from all over Bioware's games. Going back all the way to KOTOR, they have gotten better and better with each game. This is a slap in the face of quality, and to ship a product in this condition and think the fan's won't say anything is asinine.
 
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News Comments > HITMAN First Anniversary Infographic
2. Re: HITMAN First Anniversary Infographic Mar 18, 2017, 18:48 The Half Elf
 
So how is this game now that it's complete?  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
5. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 17, 2017, 21:09 The Half Elf
 
DangerDog wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 20:39:
You're looking at the back of your characters head most of the game, does the goofy lip sync, face models really affect the play-ability of the game?

I think not.


And while combat is a large part of the ME series, the story comes first, and if the story is made up of dialog options that constantly show faces, body language, etc, then yes it DOES affect the play-ability of the game.
Especially when Bioware doesn't even have this sort of crappy animations going back to Mass Effect 1.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
3. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 17, 2017, 20:27 The Half Elf
 
CJ I useually can't stand you. But you sir have been on point.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer
1. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 17, 2017, 19:53 The Half Elf
 
*facial animations sold seperatly  
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News Comments > etc.
2. Re: etc. Mar 17, 2017, 12:01 The Half Elf
 
Not a great story but not a bad one from Eve.


Yeah Bioware... patch in some more fucking skin tones, ya know like the ones NPC's had in the 1st trailer before they were changed.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
2. Re: Evening Consolidation Mar 17, 2017, 08:49 The Half Elf
 
Max size for a Switch cartridge is 32 gigs.....  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
42. Re: On Sale Mar 17, 2017, 04:59 The Half Elf
 
It's his right to be an asshole. But I'd like to know who in the hell was in charge of animations, facial or otherwise cause someone fucked up.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
36. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 23:46 The Half Elf
 
Wow so much bleh with the demo that I'm done. I've hit about 3 hours and I as much as I'd love some more Mass Effect, I'm not going to finish the other 7 hours left of the trial.

Maybe in 6 months when this game goes on a huge sale I'll pick it up, but I'd rather play ME 1-3 again instead.

WTF happened to Bioware? Is this the results of the Dr's leaving?
 
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News Comments > Prey Typhon Trailer
4. Re: Prey Typhon Trailer Mar 16, 2017, 15:20 The Half Elf
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 14:39:
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 13:31:
You throw in a multiplayer mode where you have mimics vs humans (like the Half Life mod) and I'm in.

Shoot the coffee mugs! And every office chair, those devious chairs...

It's the stapler... it's ALWAYS the stapler....
 
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News Comments > Prey Typhon Trailer
2. Re: Prey Typhon Trailer Mar 16, 2017, 13:31 The Half Elf
 
You throw in a multiplayer mode where you have mimics vs humans (like the Half Life mod) and I'm in.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
10. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 13:18 The Half Elf
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:53:
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 11:00:
Joined Origin early access to play this. And I'm not sure if one person did all the heads in the game, but the facial animations are ugly, and all the lips looks like Goldie Hawn's lips after she had injections in The First Wife's Club. They all look like the puppets from The Thunderbirds.
And after playing Mirror's Edge Catalyst I'm not sure why they look so bad. I wanted to use the male Ryder and touch him up a bit and remove that pubic hair off his face, but nope.

Runs smoothly (turn off that fucking ugly film grain), the ride to the planet in a shuttle was actually pretty impressive.

Time to fix the water heater and then play the rest of the single player game.
Screw the h2o warmer upper, real gamers would forgoe bathing to play a much anticipated game.

But seriously I am looking forward to seeing what you have to say, especially since you're not needlessly complaining about getting over 50 fps with uber ultra graphic settings. :FacePalmSlap:

As much as I love going to Planet Fitness and showering (along with the scenery), almost done with the water heater. I don't ask for a lot in life, but a nice hot shower thing in the morning is one of them.

One of my biggest fucking gripes is when I turn everything to ULTRA, not everything is turned to Ultra. Leaving everything stock at ultra besides film grain, the game has been silky smooth.
i7-3700k @ 3.50 (stock)
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But the facial animations (or lack of) and ugly face quality (yeah you can see pores on their face) is jarring. And as the video above shows, I have to wonder WTF is going on at Bioware.

Also another major complaint is Bioware's used of "same characters" in both The Old Republic and this.

You have white angry/constipated women with short blond hair.
You have black guy with dreads (either game just one is more angry).
You have wookie or female taurien.
You have droid or salarians.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
4. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 11:34 The Half Elf
 
Yes, but you can't patch ugly lifeless facial animations.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access
2. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 11:00 The Half Elf
 
Joined Origin early access to play this. And I'm not sure if one person did all the heads in the game, but the facial animations are ugly, and all the lips looks like Goldie Hawn's lips after she had injections in The First Wife's Club. They all look like the puppets from The Thunderbirds.
And after playing Mirror's Edge Catalyst I'm not sure why they look so bad. I wanted to use the male Ryder and touch him up a bit and remove that pubic hair off his face, but nope.

Runs smoothly (turn off that fucking ugly film grain), the ride to the planet in a shuttle was actually pretty impressive.

Time to fix the water heater and then play the rest of the single player game.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Mar 16, 2017, 09:41 The Half Elf
 
El Pit wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 09:28:
This is the Youtube generation. Every guy with at least a single working brain cell would have guessed that the train will turn that train station into a blizzard hotspot, but nooooo - for the video this guy and that stupid girl before him just stood there waiting for shit to happen. I am still waiting for the selfie of some idiot whose parachute did not open the moment he hits ground, smiling happyily because he knows this foto will get a billion likes.

Message to those guys: Darwin called - YOU ARE OUT!

You are looking at this all wrong.

What we need is a smart person standing about 40 feet away recording the guy who was standing next to the tracks.

I was HIGHLY entertained either way, and I didn't get hit with a snow tsunami, or freeze my ass off in the process!
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Mar 15, 2017, 20:34 The Half Elf
 
Of all the people on here you're going to compare Cutter to Trump?!? Really?!?  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Maxtrix reboot Mar 15, 2017, 11:32 The Half Elf
 
The problem is they should have introduced a new Wolverine in the last X-Men movie, and let Huge do Logan. Personaly I really didn't enjoy/dislike Logan. Then again I did fall asleep for about 10 mins of it when they hit Vegas.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video
10. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 01:57 The Half Elf
 
Kxmode wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 01:23:
The Half Elf wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 20:27:
And here is our dull multiplayer mode that requires you to grind forever OR purchase all the shit instantly with your credit card and Bioware points.

You might want to see a doctor Half Elf. Your sodium is too high!

There was a leaked video of the multiplayer they were going to have, that used the Mako, that I would like to see. I'd rather see some sort of team vs team multiplayer.
 
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News Comments > Full Throttle Remastered Next Month
2. Re: Full Throttle Remastered Next Month Mar 15, 2017, 01:56 The Half Elf
 
Am I the only one tired of Double Fine riding on the coat tails of awesome Lucasarts games?

I want Psychonauts 2 dammit.
 
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News Comments > Evening Interviews
1. Re: Evening Interviews Mar 14, 2017, 20:31 The Half Elf
 
ASHLEY DID ALOY?!? Holy fuck never would have guessed.  
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