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News Comments > Call of Duty: WWII Images?

9. Re: Call of Duty: WWII Images? Mar 26, 2017, 01:14 Task
 
Jeez, how much ya'll want to bet you'll be stormin' the beach yet again, now in HD! Nope, can't do anything new - certainly not something barely covered like the Winter War.  
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10. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 24, 2017, 15:55 Task
 
So I'm trying to decide on what level Andromeda is as far as 'not giving a fuck'

Aliens Colonial Marines or Fallout 4?
 
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News Comments > Outlast 2 Outlasts AU Ban

2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 24, 2017, 11:10 Task
 
Zing!  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews

87. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 20, 2017, 22:10 Task
 
Instead of buying Andromeda Day 1, I bought Turok 2 for dinosaur shooting fun (violence against dinosaurs man!). Although I also started playing Mass Effect 2 again from an old ME1 import and the dialogue is like night day while watching dialogue scenes from twitch LP's of Andromeda. Andromeda dialogue and writing is sophomoric in comparison in many scenes, I simply can't not notice it. I'm generally very picky with books too, I don't just pick out something based on a cover.

Now I keep thinking about what would be an interesting premise for a future Mass Effect setting, and while going around reading about each planet in ME2, a lot of them that are out in the boonies of Milky Way are popular pirating locations. And then I thought, wouldn't it be interesting instead of a savior or do-gooder you start as a crew of a pirate ship or pirate Captain in the Mass Effect setting? I mean Andromeda is ripe for some piracy cropping up since it all went to shit. They could even let the player choose a race. Another idea would be starting out as ice haulers or haulers of whatever like The Expanse, and get caught up in some conspiracy between "Nu-Citadel" and other system powers.

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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews

34. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Reviews Mar 20, 2017, 13:15 Task
 
Man I was really hoping for some epic new galaxy Sci-Fi with some "The Expanse" style or Hard Sci-Fi thrown into the Mass Effect wheel :\.

The RPS one is my favorite. Some EA person will want heads rolling at Bioware Montreal maybe?

Basically this whole ordeal reminds me of the Fallout 4 release. A lot of Massive Hype and concludes in Mixed Disappointment (fallout - ehhhhhh). Just an average ho-hum do stuff on the map game, with weird ass sex scenes, that doesn't really try to improve (in all aspects) above and beyond other games with the IP name/brand.

I'll check it out on a super sale way later or something. People will find their fun with it I guess, so to each their own.
 
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4. Re: etc. Mar 19, 2017, 12:34 Task
 
Being a "Gamer" is only dependent on preferences. Some people play games to be immersed by really good graphics and cut-scenes, like Uncharted 4 for example. Some people like good game mechanics that are simple or complex, others good writing, or any combination. So the "Gamer" that goes into Andromeda looking to be immersed with animations that show human-like emotion to match dialogue, have their right to complain if that's what they are looking for IMO. It may seem dumb to others, but that's how it is so I can't really relate to the "not a gamer" thing. I hate Fallout 4 with a passion due to the writing and quest design, for example, but I don't call people that like it "Not Gamers" for enjoying it.  
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2. Re: etc. Mar 19, 2017, 12:19 Task
 
Meh, the animations are comedy, but I'm surprised the focus is so much on that when the writing is far better comedy with zingers like "My face is tired" and "You're not a pathfinder until you PATH found something" and Aliens talking like they are actually from this Century of Earth. Those keyboard bullies went after someone for dumb reasons, when the game has more problems than just animations.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer

20. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda 4K Trailer Mar 18, 2017, 09:57 Task
 
Ok so facial animations stuff aside for a 2017 game ;), apparently this was mined from the Data Files. Even "romancing" is written as Comedy. Someone literally Ok'ed that for Design meetings, do they not know how to make writing that sounds like how people actually talk ffs? I think the ending bits are just grunts from the characters moving around or something though or maybe not...

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News Comments > NieR:Automata Released

11. Re: NieR:Automata Released Mar 18, 2017, 09:50 Task
 
ninemil wrote on Mar 18, 2017, 04:10:
It's an amazing game, (triple-plat'd it on PS4Pro, up there with Planescape: Torment for narrative framing and story,)

Huh, that's an interesting take for an Action-RPG. So, as far as comparing new release titles, better writing and dialogue than Andromeda?
 
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Demo

7. Re: Sid Meier's Civilization VI Demo Mar 17, 2017, 04:41 Task
 
Maybe in a while when it's fully "expansioned" and modded?  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access

33. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 22:47 Task
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 19:20:
also, Fallout 4 is intentionally tongue in cheek... this does not appear to be that way

It's only tongue in cheek, because Beth doesn't understand Fallout. When I play FO1/2 and it comes off as serious, not a joyless comedy like FO4.

Anyways, the story is soooo good in Andromeda that you kill aliens on first contact. "My face is tired."
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access

29. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access Mar 16, 2017, 18:49 Task
 
Ok now I have to wonder did Bioware purposely make a comedy Sci-Fi game? Been watching a lot more of it. Yeah, the animation is baaaad, but the dialogue and writing itself is where I'm more focused. Ohhhh man is it not good. Like Fallout 4 Bad. Didn't even think it was possible for that to happen. And the "bad" guys are just goofy as fuck.

Maybe it would be worth playing with friends or SO as a drinking game? You know, once it's 5$.
 
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News Comments > Prey Typhon Trailer

5. Re: Prey Typhon Trailer Mar 16, 2017, 17:44 Task
 
They should rename it Talos.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Early Access

23. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 16, 2017, 15:37 Task
 
I broke my spoiler embargo last night, fuck it. Holy Hell is this looking like a pass.

Graphics and Animation that is somehow worse than ME2, TW2&3, or Bloodlines is one thing - I still play old games, but the reports of nonsensical characters, quests, dry-pan dialogue and story beats is what matters to me and it's not sounding up to par in that regard.
 
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News Comments > Game Reviews

43. Re: Game Reviews Mar 15, 2017, 20:39 Task
 
bigspender wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 19:34:
And that's why you don't pre-order games :-)

I learnt my lesson with Arkham Knight. And while they were able to fix the technical issues in the game, you can't really fix the flawed gameplay mechanics in a game like Mass Effect 4, well you can, but they're not going to.

I didn't thankfully... I probably should have been paying more attention lately with Andromeda, but it seems people had some fair points from earlier threads that this may be a let down of a game. I thought about giving EA/Bioware the benefit of the doubt, hoping they'd learn from past crap. Then again EA fucks shit up.

I just saw this video, for example, maybe this is Beta and Preview footage stuff? But damn, those animations are pretty bad. Like worse than Bloodlines, and that game is OLD. And certainly no where near as well-crafted as CD Projekt's God Level abilities. And then I'm like, "Ok, that's animations, if the game looks shit I can handle that, gameplay/story can make the game," but then reading hints that the story/quests are dog piles :\.

Once Andromeda is released I'm forgoing my own spoiler embargo and watch some let's play to see if the badness persists. If this game is a turd, I'm definitely not giving Bioware the benefit of the doubt for that new, unannounced 'mystery' RPG they are making.

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News Comments > Game Reviews

41. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 15, 2017, 18:48 Task
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 17:55:
Task wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 17:28:
And from that first bit of the RPS it seems whatever Bioware was going for with the whole "new universe" trope, it reads to me like they went for generic action Sci Fi schlock.

The only reason they went with "a new universe" is because there was no way for them to re-use the Milky Way after the Mac Walters' special that was ME3. I hope someone just mods all mentions of Andromeda out of it, and we can just pretend it's the Milky Way galaxy.

But even so, Sci-Fi Schlock is kind of the whole motto of Mass Effect. It's Star Wars, not a Space Odyssey.

Yes, I know that's the 'why' they chose the new universe trope. What I mean is how well written that tried story can be told altogether. Take The Expanse books as a recent example (now adapted for TV) spoiler they go to a new universe or galaxies/star systems/etc and it's done pretty well, wild and weird.

And why not Space Odyssey? Isn't that the idea, Star trek style? Mass Effect or parts of it remind me way more of that like Deep Space Nine than Star Wars. Star Wars is definitely an awesome schlock in the space ways, but it's underlying story isn't boldly exploring, but an allegory for rebellion and republics falling into the ruin of Empire.

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News Comments > Game Reviews

33. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 15, 2017, 17:28 Task
 
Creston wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:15:
Task wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:08:
Jeez. Just started reading RPS piece for Andromeda and the first few paragraphs are about how terrible the writing and characters are.

In the opening mission. I think it's probably fair to put that up as a caveat.


Well yes, I saw that, I hope it's not evidence of most all other parts of the game though. I mean this is Bioware, they've been hit or miss for quite a while now.

CD Project should just offer a 101 course for devs on how to combine writing with non-trite character interaction+quest design.

And from that first bit of the RPS it seems whatever Bioware was going for with the whole "new universe" trope, it reads to me like they went for generic action Sci Fi schlock. Maybe something meaningful happens or they make players 'think deep' but so far it doesn't seem that way besides diplomacy with a barrel of a Sci Fi gun.

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24. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 15, 2017, 16:08 Task
 
Jeez. Just started reading RPS piece for Andromeda and the first few paragraphs are about how terrible the writing and characters are. Kotaku's first impression doesn't mention it for some reason, but it's Patricia - she seems more like a lot of gamers that are into really simpleton stuff.

I was afraid of this - what happened to you Bioware? I had planned on a day one purchase, not so sure now. I had purposely avoided watching all the trailers and vids to avoid spoilers too.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video

3. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Multiplayer Video Mar 14, 2017, 21:25 Task
 
I always had some fun with it with friends. It's nothing special, but a fun challenge.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer

45. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Launch Trailer Mar 12, 2017, 13:07 Task
 
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 10, 2017, 20:25:
and noticed the lipsynching of conversations in the in-game cutscenes was way, way, way off - it looks so wrong.. like 90s era stuff

Which is odd to me, because there are some rare gems from the old days that actually did have pretty good lip synching for old tech. And then there is Half-Life 2 (2004), Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines (2004), and also Heavenly Sword (2007) with really good facial animation (and also Witcher 2 and 3). Not sure what gives with EA/Dice not being able to pull off good facial animations when its been done long before the tech used for Andromeda.
 
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