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News Comments > Styx: Shards of Darkness Released
2. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 22:18 Kxmode
 

Bad decision to release this a week before MEA.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video
17. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 22:04 Kxmode
 
peteham wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 04:56:
https://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2017/03/14/mass-effect-andromeda-review-opening-hours/ I'm just gonna leave this here.. Now excuse me while I go cancel my pre-order.

I thought we established after "No Man's Sky" that games should not be pre-ordered? Anyhow, this editorial is depressing and a grim reminder of the stark difference between BioWare before and after the EA purchase. A few items of note with commentary:

1. "The first few hours of Andromeda are a gruesome trudge through the most trite bilge of the previous three games, smeared out in a setting that’s horribly familiar, burdened with some outstandingly awful writing, buried beneath a UI that appears to have been designed to infuriate in every possible way." -- I find this to be particularly ironic considering the excessive use of editorial nomenclature. The overwhelming sense is John Walker (is this his real name?) would rather work for the New York Times or Forbes, and is currently building up his resume of thesaurus-laded hipster work. But I digress! (By the way "most trite" could have become tritest; a rookie mistake.)

2. "This time out you begin by choosing whether you’re a lady or a man called Ryder, daughter or son of a leading figure in an expedition to leave the Milky Way." -- Why did no PRS editors review this? It takes about five minutes to find out, canonically, you're choosing the sex of twins. The twin you don't choose is presumably elsewhere in Andromeda; likely to be encountered later.

3. "Using magic telescopes the various familiar races of Mass Effect were able to spot “golden planets” in the new galaxy." -- I have problems with this. Nothing in the Mass Effect franchise is "magic." It's old technology that gives the various Milk Way races the ability to do things they would otherwise be able to.

4. "and some of the most dreadful writing. I cannot emphasise enough how poor it’s been." -- This discovery makes me disappointed. However, I'm hopeful. Make no mistake; video games aren't particular high on totem poles of excellent writing. That's one of the reasons they don't translate well into films. Also I've played games that had bad writing, but I liked the journey. In other words, a bad game isn't mutually inclusive to bad writing. By the way, he misspelled emphasize.

5. "A different galaxy and the diversion from the norm is so slight that between the generic bone-headed (literally) lizards and their pew-pew antics are, er, floating rocks?" -- I don't know if I'd go this far. We (and by that I mean humans and the other Milky Way races) are technically "invading" Andromeda. How do you think the Andromedans would react? Perhaps the same way the Milk Way natives reacted to the Reapers.

6. "Within seconds you’re apparently the Chosen One, a Pathfinder, which means someone who can look at a planet and say, 'Yes, I think people might be able to live here.'" -- I need to call this out as pure ignorance. IGN discussed MEA with BioWare's Creative Director Mac Walters specifically about the "hero's status." Mac states, "Commander Shepard was a hero (when we met him or her) who became a legend, For me, the people in Andromeda’s story are people who haven’t yet achieved hero status. This is much more of a hero’s journey. What that entails is a slightly more intimate story that you want to tell. Seeing the lens through someone who is learning and growing and actually has an arc throughout the course of the story. In order for someone to become a hero they need to be presented with a lot of challenges and trials and tribulations. It is a darker start, and you progress for that hopeful future as you go through it.” John Walker's issue is invalid.

7. "Characters painfully tell you what their personalities are, rather than, say, having one. (“I tend to live the way I work: kinda “feel it, do it.” Not a lot of close ties, no real sense of purpose.” – Actual dialogue someone wrote on purpose.)." Has a point here. I'm not a fan of characters telling me who they are instead of me learning this over many hours of togetherness and shared battles. Character building is one of the things BioWare knows well, so it's disappointing to read. However, the silver lining is that it's difficult to judge an entire game on an "hours" of play. Most RPGs and BioWare games, in particular, lend themselves to 50-70+ hour experiences.

The rest of the editorial is dripping with enough negativity that I couldn't get through it. However, I do appreciate the gripes. I still won't preorder. I'll wait for reviews on Amazon, Metacritic, and other sites.

 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
28. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 13:53 Kxmode
 
YourNick wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 09:24:
Well even a trillion trillion bits per second won't fix latency. Bandwidth (mbps) is how much data gets there once it gets there, latency (ms) is how long it takes to get there.

Absolutely. My intended meaning was simply to say the odds of a 100 Mbps having high latency is rare. My connection speed for example typically hovers around 7ms ping. Of course, if Sony PS Now servers are hosted on the east coast then my latency on the west coast would be higher. However, I'm going to conclude PS Now runs on a distributed cloud infrastructure like Amazon Web Services or Akamai to ensure good ping times all around. They have to, or else people would cancel their subscriptions.
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
26. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 02:10 Kxmode
 
YourNick wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 01:43:
It's not just latency like in say multiplayer games that can be sort of be "smoothed over" using client-side prediction. Everything is lagged. Panning the screen in RTSs is lagged, moving a cursor is lagged, you name it, it is lagged. Even in single player games!

I have 100 Mbps fiber up and down. I can stream 4K videos on Youtube with little or no buffering time. 5 Mbps is practically nothing. An average ISP is typically going to offer 20-30 Mbps. You shouldn't have an issue with 5.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video
9. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 01:25 Kxmode
 
Asmodai wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 00:05:
Wonder if my beloved Geth Juggernaught will be back...

Don't fear the Reapers
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video
8. Re: On Sale Mar 15, 2017, 01:23 Kxmode
 
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!
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
20. Re: Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag Mar 14, 2017, 21:35 Kxmode
 
YourNick wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 21:02:
An emulator runs the game code locally. PS Now appears to simply have a client send controller input, run the game code remotely, then send the resulting video back to you. The 5mbps requirement is a tell tale sign.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emulator
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cloud_gaming#Cloud_gaming_services

Noted. Thanks for clarifying. I wouldn't have an issue with the bandwidth.
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
18. Re: Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag Mar 14, 2017, 20:34 Kxmode
 
YourNick wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 10:58:
Not only do you have a big input to display latency, but it's also a bandwidth waste sending high res video data when there should be no need. Save that bandwidth for video services like YouTube and Netflix.

Why don't they just make an emulator for the PC?

They do. You play PS3/PS4 games from SONY's library through their PS Now app.

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/psnow/devices/
+ Compatible Windows PC
+ DUALSHOCK 4 Wireless Controller with USB mini cable
+ PlayStation Network account
+ Current PS Now Subscription or 7-Day Free Trial (credit card required)
+ 5Mbps or greater internet connection

The bandwidth is required so the stream can remain stable to allow play while the game downloads in the background. This is very similar to what Blizzard does with WOW. I wish Valve would implement this on Steam.
 
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News Comments > For Honor Bans
9. Re: For Honor Bans Mar 14, 2017, 13:46 Kxmode
 
Luke wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 13:23:
Woow a new game is released NOW...how can i cheat in it.......fucking twats..play or stay..away

Because people can make money through the Community Market.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Brother Can You Spare Some $100's Mar 14, 2017, 12:44 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 12:06:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 22:07:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 19:43:
Texas bill would fine men $100 each time they masturbate

I'm gonna need a gofundme and a indigogo.

Politics Bible. A theater book of words with no substance.
ftfy


Perhaps you could come up with your own line instead of, you know, copy-pasting others.
 
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News Comments > For Honor Bans
6. Re: For Honor Bans Mar 14, 2017, 12:39 Kxmode
 
It looks like they did it...

Glasses2

For Dishonor.
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
15. Re: On Sale Mar 14, 2017, 05:07 Kxmode
 
Slick wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 04:57:
Oh sick burn bro. Sick burn indeed good chap.

Especially because I was questioning my own story in my own post, how arrogant of me. Sick indeed.

Don't you mean "Slick indeed?"
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
12. Re: On Sale Mar 14, 2017, 02:33 Kxmode
 
Caladell wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 22:49:
Kxmode wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 21:41:
Conditions Apply: You need

- a free Sony Entertainment Network account,
- PlayStation Now-compatible device (including compatible Windows PC or PS4),
- a compatible DualShock®4 controller,
- 5Mbs or greater broadband Internet connection,

"including compatible Windows PC or PS4." Does this mean I don't need to buy a PS4? The "or" implies this.

You don't need a PS4. It's just that the service can be used on a PS4.

Wait. So I can buy and play PS4 games on my PC through the PS Now service?! Really? Well, that's amazing if true. There's a huge library of exclusives I'd like to play beginning with Final Fantasy 15. Please don't crush my excitement.

Edit: And of course my excitement was crushed. The 450+ line-up doesn't include these games I'd like to play.

- Final Fantasy titles (really bummed about this)
- Kingdom Hearts titles
- Ridge Racer titles
- Gran Turismo titles
- WipEout Omega Collection

Though I am happy to see:

- Beyond: Two Souls
- Katamari Forever
- The Last of Us (with Left Behind)
- Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune
- Uncharted 2: Among Thieves
- Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception - Game of the Year Edition

I think this service is a mixed bag. I don't believe the service is worth $20. $10 to $15 sounds better.

This comment was edited on Mar 14, 2017, 02:52.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
1. Re: On Sale Mar 14, 2017, 02:30 Kxmode
 

Speaking of Into the Black, I forgot how much Event Horizon terrifies me. Still, does. I've only been able to watch it in parts. I have to stop watching near the ending. It's way too intense. Somehow EH remains scarier than The Thing, and that used to be the scariest movie for me.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Brother Can You Spare Some $100's Mar 13, 2017, 22:07 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 13, 2017, 19:43:
Texas bill would fine men $100 each time they masturbate

I'm gonna need a gofundme and a indigogo.

Politics. A theater of words with no substance.
 
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News Comments > PS4 Games Coming to PCs via PS Now
4. Re: Blizzard's Overwatch Hits TM Snag Mar 13, 2017, 21:41 Kxmode
 
Conditions Apply: You need

- a free Sony Entertainment Network account,
- PlayStation Now-compatible device (including compatible Windows PC or PS4),
- a compatible DualShock®4 controller,
- 5Mbs or greater broadband Internet connection,

"including compatible Windows PC or PS4." Does this mean I don't need to buy a PS4? The "or" implies this.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
6. Re: Sunday Consolidation Mar 13, 2017, 14:13 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2017, 22:59:
Because "Does 4K!" is "good" marketing?

If there's one thing Sean Murray is good for it would be "good" marketing.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
25. Re: On Sale Mar 12, 2017, 18:52 Kxmode
 
jdreyer wrote on Mar 12, 2017, 03:19:
Dear Hollywood,

There are plenty of original sci fi stories out there. For example, nearly any story from any edition of The Year's Best Science Fiction Anthology would make a better movie than the utter tripe that will be Alien Covenant. Please try harder.

Thanks,
Moviegoers Everywhere.

Tabernacle! Preach it!
 
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News Comments > Sunday Consolidation
2. Re: On Sale Mar 12, 2017, 18:48 Kxmode
 
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 12, 2017, 13:48:
Sean Murray would like to thank all those who pre-ordered NMS and made this possible.

"You're welcome." *grumble grumble grumble ice tea*
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
10. Re: On Sale Mar 12, 2017, 18:46 Kxmode
 
I think it might be better to go by Steam's Top Sellers list from the front page.

1. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon® Wildlands
2. NieR: Automata™
3. Slime Rancher
4. Blackwake
5. Rocket League®
6. H1Z1: King of the Kill
7. No Man's Sky
8. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
9. FOR HONOR™
10. Sid Meier’s Civilization® VI

This looks more accurate.
 
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