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Signed On Feb 11, 2006, 06:24
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News Comments > PC Destiny Still Possible
19. Re: PC Destiny Still Possible Jun 17, 2016, 13:15 Numinar
Flak wrote on Jun 17, 2016, 12:36:
All this for an overhyped, console shooter?

Really? Have PC players even played Bungie games? They're so overrated it's not even funny.

Halo is good....for a console game. Qualifying it like that doesn't do it any favors either.

This comment is patently false, since the prevailing attitude seems to align more with your take on these games than how I experience them, which is in the opposite sense.

Nobody seems to have a counter about how these games are bad and which PC alternatives do what they do but better.

I would put any of the Bungie shooters with the exception of the flawed but still awesome Halo 2 up against any PC game I've played. They have always been full of great encounter design, some awesome local and internet multiplayer/co-op and other neat stuff and are a breath of fresh air compared to the army of FPS clones with their 22 weapon inventory and sensation of being a disembodied gun floating in space that have haunted the PC world since B.J. set foot in the castle.

And until Destiny (Glorious mess that it is), Bungie's derivative B grade Sci-fi was still better than valve or anyone else's attempt at a coherent narrative. Destiny's mechanics, character and level design is still best in class though so hopefully the rest of that game can catch up.

This PC elitism smacks of some kind of unfounded persecution or inferiority complex, it seems so irrational. Or maybe it's a pissing contest thing like guys who have cars with large engines? Play Diablo, Metal Gear V, Doom or Overwatch on a console and it's still a great game, not as good but are really great experiences. Quality exclusives like Uncharted or Halo that don't compromise on having to play nice on other platforms are even better. You can't play Factorio or Kerbal on consoles (yet) but more of that stuff is making it's way there as time goes on. I have no hesitation in recommending these machines to people who want to play games and don't want to spend what it takes to get a decent 1400p PC going.

They are chump change compared to the cost of a decent PC/monitor combo and are worth it for the one or two games a year that don't come to PC (or don't travel well) and as entry level gaming devices do that job really, really well. And if you are lucky you will get something like Halo which doesn't really have an equal in the PC world in terms of feature set, game modes and quality of content.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
3. Re: Evening Metaverse Jun 16, 2016, 05:20 Numinar
Oh man that is RICH.

Love Trent, good bloke and good musician. But when I read that he is a big wig at Apple Music, the tea I was drinking went through my nose and onto the keyboard.

The iPod only got the market penetration it got because the early adopters justified it's price because we could all rip music onto it (From our CD collections and Napster and co). Then we all grew up and I assume started buying stuff from Apple itself, or just stopped buying music altogether (Steam is a beast that needs feeding!)

I mean, am I wrong here or is he saying that Youtube got big on stolen content while working for a company who had one foot in the grave before launching a product that made them as big as they did because of stolen content? I could be wrong but that's how I remember it.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 9, 2016, 23:12 Numinar
Good luck! This is stressing me out like a Crusader Kings 2 game where the succession is up in the air and you have no idea who is going to run the place or how they even could replace the ballin' ruler you have now!  
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News Comments > 100 Million Minecraft March
3. Re: 100 Million Minecraft March Jun 3, 2016, 03:12 Numinar
All my friend's/relative's male kids are into this. Every. Single. One. Number almost seems too low.

I think the mobile/tablet version is the gateway that gets them badgering mum and dad for a console or PC to play "Real" Minecraft.

And it certainly deserves it. I can't think of any other game with the appeal, sophistication and possibilities of MC.
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News Comments > Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog
12. Re: Starbreeze Acquires Cinemaware Catalog Jun 1, 2016, 07:07 Numinar
These guys have their own VR system don't they? Maybe they can leverage this library into some amiga-bite sized arcade experiences that will actually move units of these things.

Because full game VR and the tech demo VR stuff we've been getting isn't exactly lighting the world on fire.
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News Comments > Elite Dangerous: Horizons Expands
3. Re: Elite Dangerous: Horizons Expands May 28, 2016, 01:57 Numinar
I want to try but I cannot just dabble in this game, it will own me for weeks. Especially if I get caught up in loops of community goals.

Maybe once I get sick of Doom, Stellaris, Uncharted 4 and Total Warhammer I will have time to get lost in space again.

Not to mention the temptation of Overwatch. Can't remember the last time I had so much good time sucking quality on tap at once.
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News Comments > Total War: WARHAMMER Sales Record
4. Re: Total War: WARHAMMER Sales Record May 28, 2016, 01:44 Numinar
Yeah it feels a bit thin in places, but it's the least buggy TW game I've ever played. It crashes less (As in, zero times!) than most of their games do after years of patches. Do not miss the repetitive small town assaults from Attila/Rome at all.

Campaign is awesome as Dwarves, I've restarted a few times now but keep learning. Every battle is rourkes drift with those guys. It's a nightmare as usual when you lose the race to uber-agents and it seems harder to catch up in that way. But the campaigns seem fresh and tight, moreso than the DLC campaigns for Shogun 2 which were my favorite up to this point.
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News Comments > LEGO Marvelís Avengers Assembles in January
9. Re: LEGO Marvelís Avengers Assembles in January May 23, 2016, 02:35 Numinar
Yeah I don't know if I was in charge I'd want to spend money on online co-op. It's a kids/family game, local is where it's at. Could help with the divorced parents I guess.

Like Disney Infinity though it's well polished but a bit too fiddly for kids and too dumb most the time for adults. Maybe when my daughter gets a bit older we will try again.
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
5. Re: Gatherings & Competitions May 23, 2016, 00:10 Numinar
Hahaha. Can't have your hypersexualised PG rated fighting game ladies getting upstaged hey!  
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News Comments > Steam Top Seven
13. Re: Steam Top Seven May 16, 2016, 01:13 Numinar
Slashman wrote on May 15, 2016, 22:31:
Instead of Stellaris, people could also check out Star Ruler 2 and its expansion.

One of the best 4x space RTS games out there with epic scale, interesting diplomacy and oh...little things like building ring worlds and artificial planets, cap ships of ridiculous scale, blowing up whole star systems and creating black holes.

Just saying...

That looks good, I'll add that to the list. I jumped on Stelaris though because my collection of "Games like Master of Orion" is already too big and I didn't really enjoy even the ones that were meant to be good. Stelaris is hella fresh. Maybe thin and broken in places but it's a very different take on 4x. And because it's real time there is no "One more turn!" it's just a never ending stream of management issues and fear. Some people say the AI is too passive, but I'm not so sure. I think they are just doing the calculation where going to war against anyone who isn't super inferior to you is suicide because once your fleets are not at home you are open for a beating.

It feels like a 10x slower version of Sins of a Solar Empire. Not a bad thing at all.
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News Comments > Act of Aggression - Reboot Edition
3. Re: Act of Aggression - Reboot Edition May 11, 2016, 03:47 Numinar
Rhett wrote on May 11, 2016, 00:11:
Can anyone recommend this game?

Also, speaking of RTS'... a sleeper game from Petroglyph came out, reminiscent of Command and Conquer. 8-Bit Armies

I need to try this reboot of it, but it hasn't grabbed me in SP or MP. And Act of War and the Wargame series are some of my favourite games so I'm a little disappointed. This one feels a bit cheap and poorly thought out.
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News Comments > Stellaris Sales Record
26. Re: Stellaris Sales Record May 11, 2016, 00:57 Numinar
Frijoles wrote on May 10, 2016, 10:48:
25% off coupon over at GMG, bringing the cost to $30. If Doom wasn't launching in 2 days... ugg. Too many games.

Thanks. That burnt right through my impulse control and any concerns about bills and whatnot for the week.

Kind of wanted the new MOO and Uncharted 4 but they can wait as they are prettier version of existing, already good games. This thing looks fresh like the lovechild of Endless Legend, SoaSE and CK2. Bring it.
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News Comments > EVE Online Turns 13; Free Weekend
4. Re: EVE Online Turns 13; Free Weekend May 6, 2016, 00:57 Numinar
PacoTaco wrote on May 5, 2016, 21:20:
Free to play? They dont pay you to play it? I had a job like this once, and I quit after 2 weeks. Fuck this game.

SpreadSheets IN SPAAAAAAACE...

Yeah not my cup of tea either but props to it, I don't think there are any other MMO's where all the non-chinese players are in a single, never ending persistent world where war, invasion, production, politics, diplomacy and espionage can have massive multi-year consequences.
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News Comments > Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Announced; CoD4 Remaster Confirmed
50. Re: Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Announced; CoD4 Remaster Confirmed May 3, 2016, 08:56 Numinar
Why couldn't it be playable and off rails? Bungie managed a lot better than that in 2010 on 2005 console hardware with split screen and/or online co-op. Maybe the same people got hired by IW when the spaceships in Destiny turned out to be just cosmetic?

One mission om Reach (Long Night of Solace) went from a base assault, to launching a orbital defence fighter to boarding a larger ship and then getting thrown back down to the surface with just a few little seamless cut-scenes to hide loading in. The space combat wasn't super deep but it was a good 15 minutes+ of open-ended shooty goodness . It was still good fun when I replayed it recently.

There was some more "Starfox" style stuff in Halo 4 which wasn't as compelling.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
31. Re: Steam Top 10 May 2, 2016, 05:33 Numinar
Hey nothing wrong about impassioned opinions and hyperbole! I love that shit!

Maybe not a great top ten for new software but there are some gems there. It's not like it's 80% Sims and CoD.

Rocket League is the best computer sports game ever. Deathrow on the OG Xbox was great and Speedball 1/2, Kick-off and TV Sports Basketball on the Amiga are legendary but RL has finally buried them, only took 20+ years.

Factorio is fucking magic. How do they get all those entities to render and track without it dropping frames or visually abstracting it in a way that's noticeable? It's amazing and quite unique but can feel like work sometimes, but that's more a testament to the fidelity of what it's simulating than a knock. Feels great when shit is running JUST right. And then you have to tear all that up and rejig it somewhere else because you need more throughput! Once they shake out MP it should be a great sandbox, like some of the better Mine-craft Mods but better as the engine is optimised for the complexity. Those slick Red-Alert style graphics makes me want to build an army of tanks to send out on a genocidal bug cleansing sweep. Maybe there will be mods for that later.

Battlefleet Armada seems like good stuff from the people that played it. It's made my list.

Everyone seems to love the Witcher but I don't know. They all felt like junk and needed major combat/movement overhauls after release and then still kind of felt like junk. Setting is ok, reminds me of the few bits of the first Dragon Age that were actually good.

As for Total Warhammer... I'm cautiously optimistic. Shogun, Medieval, Rome and Shogun 2 (Especially it's expansions) were great games. Recent shit has been pretty dire though. Fingers crossed this isn't another SHAMFUR DISHPRAY.

And GTAV is certainly worth a playthrough if you have a rig that it will sing on. It was worth it on the gutless X360. Certainly good value even if you never use it for the hackfest MP or mucking around in the open world with the AI (Which seems a bit of a step back compared to 4/SA/RDR but that doesn't make it a bad game.)

I finished half of Mordor and really enjoyed it but then got sick of it. Arkham Knight is a much better "one of those" games (Played through it twice which I just don't do with anything anymore) but since the PC port is borked and most of you can't/wont swallow your pride on that matter you'll just have to miss out. Mordor was certainly quality enough to make any sequel something to keep an eye on if they keep monolith around for it.
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News Comments > Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Free Trial
2. Re: Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2 Free Trial Apr 27, 2016, 05:16 Numinar
Olayed the first heaps with my daughter in split screen but not sure if PC supports that. This will let me see if it does as Splitscreen would be much better at 1440/60  
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News Comments > Rocket League Hoops Mode Released
5. Re: Rocket League Hoops Mode Released Apr 27, 2016, 05:13 Numinar
I waited 20 years for a worthy successor to the accessibility and fun of Speedball/2 on Amiga. And it was worth the wait. Probably won't throw money at them for this DLC as I left my basketball fandom in 1994 but whatever helps them with the continued support and content is ok with me.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 20, 2016, 06:03 Numinar
PHJF wrote on Apr 19, 2016, 16:22:
I see KSP just had a big update.

Yeah it's epic, and because they had a pre-release the best mod (Kerbal Engineer) along with some others are already updated and ready to go.

I'm almost too scared to start as I know it will be another 60 hours of my life gone as I restart the campaign again. It seems way snappier in menus and flight now. I am super excited though. KERBAL!
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
7. Re: Steam Top 10 Apr 18, 2016, 00:07 Numinar
Yay Gamemaker Studio Games!

Gungeon has this annoying bug where unlike every other game I have (Except the original Dark Souls) it goes nuts unless I pull my Sidewinder out of the back of my PC. Which is annoying as it's just the kind of game I need after a long space trucking session.

It's a great game. Just like Towerfall is to Samurai Gunn, It's like a more content rich, higher production value, deeper (maybe) version of Nuclear throne, and just like Samurai Gunn I think I like Throne better but it's still an awesome well made game. Shooting is better than Isaac but as someone has said already the insane ramp up to god like power that Isaac has is missing. Not necessarily a bad thing. Or maybe I just haven't gotten far enough yet.

Hyper Light Drifter I have even less time with but since they rip the aesthetic right from my favorite Miyazaki film I had to have it and it is really good. It's the kind of game 80's console/Amiga games seemed like to 10 year old me. It's got the guy who made Samurai Gunn doing programing/design for it and it feels like it to. Fantastic rhythm to the combat.

Doesn't feel too unfair/difficult, and I'm old and slow and useless at games these days. It's got Halo-like savepoints so you only have to clear a few fights and traps to reach the next save. Whenever I get stuck I back off, explore somewhere else, save up for a new upgrade and come back.

On my 390x I need to set it from Fullscreen to Windowed Fullscreen to remove all the vomitous jitter. It's still not super smooth (It is a gamemaker game after all) but it's at least very enjoyable then.

I recommend both of these games to anyone and everyone who doesn't feel every purchase they make on steam needs to justify their months wages worth of PC hardware.
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Apr 16, 2016, 02:15 Numinar
Cutter wrote on Apr 15, 2016, 21:34:
Why did they even bother? America is a de facto police state now anyway. Who the hell would anyone complain to? And who the hell would do it anything about if they did?

It's taken me years to come to this conclusion but I know you are not an idiot Cutter so this statement surprises me.

For all it's faults, and they are many and unacceptable, the US is not a police state. You don't get your tea sweetened by Polonium for writing insane crap about the head of state, or locked up for insulting someones precious religion in the form of song like in some countries. I'm sure cointelpro or something like it still goes on but I don't think there was ever a time in any functioning society where something like that didn't.

When their presidents start getting 99% approval ratings and dissidents only speak their mind when out of the country, then we can give them that label. Everything else is actionable within the current framework if people put a bit more effort into it than whinging online.
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