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Signed On Jun 16, 2007, 02:48
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News Comments > IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Preorders
21. Re: IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Preorders Jul 29, 2013, 21:08 Aero
WyldKat wrote on Jul 29, 2013, 16:16:
That makes me feel better about it but I'm honestly not a fan of them leaving certain planes, very IMPORTANT planes from a sim/historic POV, only accessible via DLC. I suppose I'll just wait and see how the reviews go and wait for an all inclusive version a year down the road. 'Sides, IL2-1946 is still amazing and Star Citizen dogfighting alpha is coming soon too.

If they're using the Rise of Flight style of business model, which it seems they mostly are, then I don't see a problem with it. Rise of Flight, as it currently is, is a good example of DLC done right. They keep refining the base engine, while releasing new DLC content (planes, a new map) that are well worth the asking price.

It hardly seems like it looking back because it was so spread out, but I've probably spent in the neighborhood of $150 or more on it over the last couple years. The trick is, it was all in sub-$10 chunks, and it was always something I was looking forward to and, I felt, well worth its price.

If 1C/777 keeps releasing new, thoroughly and beautifully modelled (physically and aesthetically) airplanes for ~$10 each, and the odd new high-quality map for $20-$30. I think that's a gravy train we all can ride. They get to make a decent living developing a WWII flight sim, and I get a good WWII flight sim with new, interesting content coming out all the time.

Hopefully, a few years from now, I'll look back and realize I've given them hundreds of dollars over the years, because that means I thought it was worth it. Sure, I'd love it if we could roll back to the oldschool times of fancy, boxed flight sims, but for a variety of reasons (some good, some bad), those days are gone.
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News Comments > World of Warplanes Open Beta
15. Re: World of Warplanes Open Beta Jul 2, 2013, 18:59 Aero
War Thunder is based on Gaijin's evolution of the IL-2 engine. I hear lots both ways about it, though most of the legitimate criticism seems more about the gameplay mechanics (small maps, missions designed around the arcade settings) and historical accuracy (theaters and plane match ups) rather than the simulation itself.

I tried it early in the beta and didn't care for it. The basics of the simulation were sound enough though. It didn't seem like much had changed from Wings of Prey, which in turn was pretty similar to IL-2. So far as hardcore flight sims go, it's a dated physics and systems engine, but it got most of the basic concepts right.

It is damn beautiful looking and very well optimized if nothing else.
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News Comments > On Sale
4. Re: On Sale Jun 13, 2013, 22:05 Aero
nin wrote on Jun 13, 2013, 21:48:
I picked it up but haven't played it yet. I find the various youtube channels dedicated to it to be addicting to watch. It's like the old opening to Wild World Of Sports: I can't wait to see the next big explosion!

I have to admit, I've probably spent more time watching Youtube videos than actually playing. Though I love the hell out it, I don't have the time to put into it that some of these people clearly have, and it's amazing to see what they can do.

I still have lots of trouble designing a rocket that can just get to Mun, let alone return safely. But damn if it isn't just as much fun failing spectacularly as it is succeeding.

For a while I was a little concerned about overplaying the beta, because it looks like they might put an excellent 'game' on top of it, but really, just screwing around, figuring things out, and seeing what works is plenty of game.
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Jun 13, 2013, 21:18 Aero
Kerbal Space Program is absolutely worth the money if you think you might even be remotely interested.  
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News Comments > Mad Max Game Announced
37. Re: Mad Max Game Announced Jun 11, 2013, 19:16 Aero
I've always wanted sort of an Elite-style game, but taking place in a Mad Max like setting with cars and trucks instead of spaceships. Hard to say if that would actually work out in practice, but I like the idea. Surely this won't be it, of course.

For the record, I remember really liking the NES game. Though to be fair, I was like 10 years old, and the first two Mad Max movies were up there with Star Wars as my favorite childhood movies, so I may have just been suckered by the license. That won't cut it anymore, but I still hope it's good (not holding my breath).
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
5. Re: Evening Consolidation Jun 10, 2013, 23:26 Aero
The Division is definitely the first really "next generation" looking game I've seen so far. Everything else has been the same old stuff better graphics.

I also don't see how Microsoft will have any choice but to lower their price to $399 unless they can offer some real tangible advantage or major feature that PS4 lacks, which I definitely haven't seen mentioned yet. The PS4 (presumably, they could always weasel out of it) having fewer strings and gotchas certainly isn't making the Xbox any more attractive.
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News Comments > Game Reviews
1. Re: Game Reviews Jun 6, 2013, 18:35 Aero
It's a shame about Remember Me. Back when it was previewed, it looked like they might have an interesting concept, but then it turns out that's all they had and they didn't really know how to go about turning that into an actual game.  
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News Comments > DuckTales: Remastered for PC This Summer
1. Re: DuckTales: Remastered for PC This Summer Jun 4, 2013, 20:06 Aero
After the first bit of the trailer, I was about to come back here and bitch if they didn't use the theme song. Glad I got that wrong. I'd actually never heard of the original game, and though I'm not really interested in it or the remastered version, I'm a little piqued by its apparent classic-ness. I definitely liked the show when I was a kid, though I was maybe a bit old for it. Talespin might make a good game with all the planes and stuff.

I also learned that the phrase is "derring do" not "daring do," which was news to me.
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News Comments > Deus Ex: The Fall Teasing?
9. Re: Deus Ex: The Fall Teasing? Jun 3, 2013, 22:08 Aero
I hope they're also trying to imply a fall release date with that. Given it was August of '11 HR came out, that wouldn't be too unreasonable.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
3. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 1, 2013, 15:47 Aero
Andrew Reisse is a good example of why Police should not be involving themselves in high speed chases.  
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News Comments > ORION: Dino Horde Free Weekend
4. Re: ORION: Dino Horde Free Weekend May 31, 2013, 23:44 Aero
No, that's a different game (you were thinking of Orion: Dino Horde/Origon: Dino Beatdown). These two are separate, different developers. I haven't played either, though. Primal Carnage has a considerably higher review average though, so I guess I'd go with that one.  
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News Comments > ORION: Dino Horde Free Weekend
2. Re: ORION: Dino Horde Free Weekend May 31, 2013, 23:03 Aero
It took me a moment to realize Blue had added new stories when I first reloaded the page.  
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News Comments > Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Box Not Empty
7. Re: Sins of a Solar Empire: Rebellion Box Not Empty May 31, 2013, 15:55 Aero
Ah, the manual used to be half of what you're buying. I can think back to games that came with 200+ page printed manuals yet the actual gameplay itself could easily have been fully explained in two or three pages. There's probably a good argument to be made that modern games can have enough depth and content, not to mention interactive tutorials, that they don't require so much outside exposition, but I still miss it.  
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News Comments > Game Reviews
2. Re: Game Reviews May 31, 2013, 15:48 Aero
Van Helsing is pretty good. I'm not really a connoisseur of ARPGs for what it's worth, but Van Helsing seems to work well. The engine is a little wonky sometimes (doesn't play quite as smoothly as Diablo 3 or Torchlight) and I haven't tried multiplayer, but it has kept me clicking for 7 hours so far, so it must be doing something right for $15. I like the setting, characters and story. The loot and equipment manages the right balance to keep you clicking. I'm not really qualified to critique the character development bit, but that seems okay, if a bit more limited than other titles.  
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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Expeditions: Conquistador
8. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Expeditions: Conquistador May 31, 2013, 15:05 Aero
Oh, there's nothing necessarily wrong with it or its premise. It's not the subject matter per se (it's clearly not a detached, historical game), but the way they're selling it. I mean, "the suffering of the Spanish conquistadors at the hands of the savage natives," really?

They are specifically trying to leverage the Streisand effect.


Ah, I see that isn't actually their quote.

Also, I hadn't read the Steam description (just watched the video--saw hexagons and knew it wasn't for me), which makes it sound a little more reasonable.

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News Comments > Steamships Ahoy - Expeditions: Conquistador
5. Re: Steamships Ahoy - Expeditions: Conquistador May 31, 2013, 12:03 Aero
This definitely is in pretty poor taste, I have to say.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
9. Re: Evening Metaverse May 31, 2013, 11:41 Aero
The interface is what is pissing me off most about Netflix lately. They're monkeying with the user interface and many of their decisions seem to be driven by the marketing department and are aimed at making the library seem bigger than it is. It's not as bad as it was, at least you can sort by rating and etc. again, but you used to be able to get a big sortable, static list of titles you could just scroll through. The problem was that you could easily see exactly how many titles they had for a given genre or whatever. It's not that I have any particular interest in counting videos, but I don't like them intentionally making it harder to use by taking away basic features. Of course, as I said, InstantWatcher does take care of that well.

My opinion of Netflix is mainly colored by the fact that I've been using it since it started, and up until about a year-and-a-half ago, it was constantly improving in every sense. Then, suddenly, it started to go downhill, and the hill seems to be steepening as more time goes by.

I definitely stand by Amazon Prime being awful as a video service (the shipping part, of course, pays for itself many times over), but I hate the interface to browse streaming videos. This is mostly due to the categorizing, which seems to have been done entirely by machine word-matching on descriptions to start with. Also, the video performance is considerably worse for me than Netflix (which is surely ISP and/or location related). They are, however, improving. I still can't shake the impression that Amazon really isn't all that into it's Prime video service as a product itself, but rather as a method of funneling money to its other services.
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News Comments > Rising Storm Rises
2. Re: Rising Storm Rises May 30, 2013, 22:23 Aero
I would guess that if you didn't like Red Orchestra 2, odds are you won't like Rising Storm either. It still feels a little clumsy, and the cover system fights you as least as much as it helps you. That said, I think it's an improvement in many respects. So if you almost, but not quite, liked RO2, Rising Storm might be enough to get you over the hump of getting used to its oddities.

If, by "Red Orchestra" you are going back to Osfront or Combined Arms, then I would say you probably wouldn't like Rising Storm.

edit: I probably should add my own overall opinion, which is that I thought Red Orchestra 2 was pretty awful, bordering on broken, at release. So I never put a whole lot of time into it and didn't keep trying it when they released beta updates. Therefore, my opinion relating RO2 to RS is based on R02 at release and the first bit of the post-release "beta" version.

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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse May 30, 2013, 20:53 Aero
Netflix has definitely been going downhill pretty fast. Amazon is definitely improving, but considering how awful it was and largely still is, it would be hard for it not to. I'd say, on balance, right now Netflix is still better.

If I wasn't already a customer, I probably wouldn't subscribe to Netflix, but it's not so bad yet I would unsubscribe. If it wasn't for the free shipping with Amazon Prime (the reason I got it in the first place prior to the video thing), I wouldn't pay them for what they offer either.

It's really a shame this is the case. I want a monthly-fee, streaming service with a large library of content, and I would be happy to pay more for it than what's currently available costs. If there were a service that had *everything* over, say, two years old, and with as high a quality as technology allows (and preferably no wonky DRM), I would pay $60 a month for that, easy. That seems unlikely to ever be possible.

Well, it is possible, right now and for free, of course, but I would like to pay the people that make it somehow. As a rule, I haven't pirated anything in a long time, and I'm grown-up enough to just do without if I don't like the terms of a deal, but there is still a tipping point there.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
2. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 30, 2013, 18:39 Aero
I didn't really associate the hanged man (zombie?) image with suicide until they brought it up. I'd be willing to bet there have been a lot more people hanged against their will than have hanged themselves. Nor really the couple blowing themselves up; at least not in the same sense.  
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