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News Comments > BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character
4. Re: BioWare Apologizes for Mass Effect: Andromeda Character Apr 6, 2017, 10:42 Verno
 
Ultimately I want them to tell a story, not tick off boxes on some social justice list. It's not that its good or bad, its just really transparent pandering that doesn't mesh well with the game nor its audience. Include a minority character if its story appropriate, don't do it because "we need to have one of everything".

Polygon wrote some bullshit about how Persona 5 is bad because the devs didn't include a gay character option too apparently. This is what happens when devs pander Polygon, fuck off.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week
49. Re: Game Reviews Apr 5, 2017, 17:11 Verno
 
peteham wrote on Apr 5, 2017, 16:34:
Agree on the dialogue system. With some notable exceptions, most of it boiled down to nice Ryder vs. snarky Ryder. And the annoyance of abbreviated labels returns. So infuriating when the character ends up saying something completely different to what I intended. I like what they were aiming for by removing paragon/renegade though. I.e. having choices and consequences but no defined "good" or "bad" path as such (like Deus Ex).

If that's what they were aiming for then they've failed miserably, at least where I'm at. Choice was the hallmark of the series and it feels like an afterthought here. Yeah for sure, its infuriating and pulls you right out of the game when your character says something totally different from your choices too and this has that in spades.

Been trying to put my finger on what's so different between ME:A and Witcher 3 in the quest department; the "tasks" really boil down to the same thing but everything felt a lot more fetchy in ME:A whereas it didn't in Witcher. And OTOH ME:A's combat is vastly superior to Witcher, but it still manages to be less enjoyable overall for me. Maybe it's the writing. Or maybe it's just another dozen months of Open World Fatigue(tm). The whole "here's some wreckage - scan five more and I can locate the signal!" schtick of ME:A didn't help, though. I think the maps would've benefited from being a bit more empty in general - just let me drive around in peace without stumbling over something to scan every two seconds. Eladen was slightly better than the other planets for this, I found. Eos was kind'a terrible with respawning MMO-style Kett-camps every two feet.

I've encountered almost nothing except fetch quests and slight variations thereof. I'm not sure what is off with the execution here but I agree with you, its way worse than other games. The sheer volume of shit they throw at you makes the constant sorting and prioritization just extremely tedious, its a bit depressing. I can't help but think of how little regard developers have for their customers when I'm hit with this stuff repeatedly.

Can't wait for that patch by the way, whoever thought these unskippable sequences were a good idea needs to be shot into orbit.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week
46. Re: Mass Effect: Andromeda Patch This Week Apr 5, 2017, 14:51 Verno
 
Playing the PC version right now and this game is really tedious when you're not in combat or just roaming around in the Nomad. Is every single quest in this game just a fetch variation? I hope the other planets are an improvement, this is even more obnoxious than DA:I. The dialogue complaints are definitely something I would share, a noticeable decline in characterization and the new dialogue system sucks so far. They said this would lead to more personalized main characters but so far it just seems to be similar dialogue that is not what the label says anyway. I miss Paragon and Renegade so much, this stuff from DA:I is not an improvement.

I guess I should say something positive. I love exploring again, loved it in ME1 and love it here. Visually the game is gorgeous too...until you see the character models and animations. I'm surprised so many people were defending this, it seems like a huge step back in quality from the prior games in almost every way. There better be a big jump up as this goes on.

Edit: What's a good build to just power through the main story? I'm not interested in prolonging my time with the game but want to give the main story a chance.

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News Comments > Steam Discovery Changes Will "Fight Fake Games"
5. Re: Steam Discovery Changes Will Apr 4, 2017, 10:18 Verno
 
I'm not willing to put time into doing this stuff for them but I see plenty of people chasing meaningless metrics on Steam who will probably do so. I guess the end result will hopefully be better for everyone. It can't really get worse, I've given up trying to browse Steam anymore.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Apr 3, 2017, 14:50 Verno
 
I totally trust you behemoth corporation, no worries!  
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News Comments > The Witcher Sells 25M Copies
34. Re: The Witcher Sells 25M Copies Mar 31, 2017, 09:28 Verno
 
One of the best games I've ever played. After Blood & Wine I admit I felt a bit empty, its that same sense you get from a good book where you think to yourself "Whats next?". They did such a great job on the last game, I can't wait for Cyberpunk 2077.  
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News Comments > Dean Hall's Stationeers Revealed
6. Re: Dean Hall's Stationeers Revealed Mar 30, 2017, 14:18 Verno
 
Creston wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 13:30:
"Please buy my latest idea that I'll work on for a few weeks, then never, ever finish!"

Yeah I think Dean Hall has great ideas but I'm not buying into his half finished messes anymore.
 
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Plans
19. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Plans Mar 30, 2017, 14:07 Verno
 
If I had to pick one thing they could fix to get me to buy it, probably be the awful crafting system and as a by-product the UI. I didn't think it could get worse than the Dragon Age Inquisition crafting system but they managed somehow.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
2. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 30, 2017, 11:46 Verno
 
Never saw that one Blue but I tossed it on the server to check out later, thanks for the heads up.  
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News Comments > Mass Effect Andromeda Plans
3. Re: Mass Effect Andromeda Plans Mar 30, 2017, 11:05 Verno
 
Prez wrote on Mar 30, 2017, 10:54:
Having read that the initial reports of the game's problems were blown completely out of proportion, I can say that I'm back to wanting this game. Hopefully by the time I finish ME 3 Andromeda will be discounted.

I don't know, I've played it and I think the games problems are pretty much in line with initial reports. I hear a lot of stuff from franchise fans that the critics were too harsh and yadda yadda but I think pretty much every criticism in the reviews I read were spot on. Enough so that I decided to wait it out for patches and polish.

You can already get this 25% off on several sites so it's going to be at least half off in no time and with some patches will be an even better deal. Do yourself a favor though and take a break after ME3 so you go into it with an open mind

 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 29, 2017, 11:41 Verno
 
Where did this discussion happen yesterday? I need some comic relief today.  
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
34. Re: StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free Mar 28, 2017, 15:00 Verno
 
Eh... Blizzard seems to have trouble coming out with new IP and new concepts. They have this core of Starcraft/Diablo/Warcraft and they kind of have tossed all the intellectual concepts into a blender and hit puree for the last 15 years or so.

For the past 15-20 years they've pretty much been all about refinement. That's pretty much their deal, take existing thing and make it accessible and enjoyable. They also stand behind their games and give practically unheard of support in the industry.

Blizzard is an outstanding company, we should be so lucky to have a dozen others like them.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
9. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 28, 2017, 14:47 Verno
 
I liked season 2 but it sort of fell apart after a good initial build up. Early on the writers did great character work but by the end they resorted to lame cliches to let the plot limp over the finish line. A very simple story told in an incredibly convoluted manner with a lot of silly red herrings and other annoyances. Despite all of that the season was saved by great performances and one of the best shoot out scenes in recent history.

McAdam's deserved better, the last few episodes she was reduced to traditional gender roles that seemed totally out of character. Farrell's intensity was incredible and the real standout performance. Vince Vaughan did his best in the most tragically miscast role I've seen in a long time. Kitsch was even very good, I've seen that character type already in many other police dramas but he managed to make it interesting.

I think their big problem was that they didn't really seem to know where they going, the show felt it veered off the deep end after the midway point. I would gladly give it another shot, an average season of True Detective is still heads and tails above most other shows.
 
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News Comments > Star Citizen Year Five
92. Re: Star Citizen Year Five Mar 27, 2017, 14:02 Verno
 
Steele Johnson wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 14:55:
I'm not sure why everyone is questioning the failure of this project. When a game is in development for 5 years with no release date in sight, it's already a failure. They've recently talked about big architectural changes and everything, just like we saw with Duke Nukem Forever development, and you all know how that turned out. But sure, keep giving them money lol.

Err what? The only objective measure of success for a game is money and this game has already succeeded. I guess you could say Metacritic but that's just a bunch of subjective opinions with a number attached. It could never sell enough copies to make back its budget, whether it ever "comes out" now or not is inconsequential.

The real question is how long this will go on generating ongoing revenue?
 
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News Comments > etc.
4. Re: etc. Mar 27, 2017, 12:31 Verno
 
Do you want insurance on your preorder? In case it gets lost in transit you get to pay for another copy!

Sorry we only had 3 copies of Game That Came Out This Morning but we have 20 used copies somehow, only $68.99!

Sign up for our membership card to get discount pricing, the same you would get on Amazon!

Gamestop sucks so much.

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News Comments > U.K. Sales Charts
2. Re: U.K. Sales Charts Mar 27, 2017, 12:28 Verno
 
Yeah I don't know, I love the originals but after spending some time playing it with a bud I just didn't care for it at all. 90% of the games activities seem to consist of Assassin's Creed filler junk. The minimap being littered with so much shit is really off-putting after coming off Zelda especially, it feels overwhelming and unnecessary. I felt more like I was working for Fiverr, running dumb errands for the galaxy.

The crafting system seems really convoluted but perhaps its just the games terrible UI, I don't know. The intern who worked on the games UX should be shot out of a cannon. The dialogue seemed much worse than previous games but to be fair I haven't played them in 2-3 years. I think part of it is the downright terrible facial animations ruining delivery and any dramatic impact the dialogue is intended to have. I heard a lot about this but after seeing it for myself I have to say this wasn't overstated or exaggerated at all. It is really that bad and I ran into several bizarre cutscene bugs that probably didn't help.

The gameplay was merely average. Better combat than the prior games but still janky compared to other stuff on the market. Heck even the first Titanfall game makes this seem like childs play. I had the most fun with the combat but it didn't impress me overall, at least not enough to go buy the game.

I don't know about how the story plays out so I can't really comment on that and I didn't try the multiplayer. The planets are jaw dropping and really cool to fart around in but the galaxy map wears quickly on you after all of the unskippable hidden loads. Also planet scanning again. Fuck off Bioware go vacuum your own galaxy.

Anyways I will do the obligatory "pick it up cheap" comment because I didn't get a good vibe from the game or really any enthusiasm to run out and spend $50 on it. It really plays like Bioware B reel. I think if it was $30 I would probably be ok with that, we'll see when I actually play it all the way through one day.

edit: spelling

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News Comments > etc.
1. Re: etc. Mar 27, 2017, 11:00 Verno
 
Gamestop being a giant pile of shit with terrible prices probably also had something to do with it.  
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News Comments > StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free
29. Re: StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free Mar 27, 2017, 10:56 Verno
 
Mordhaus wrote on Mar 26, 2017, 16:56:
The Blizzard I remember wouldn't re-release a game, they had standards.

Blizzard has a long history of packing up their games and re-releasing them, this is just the first remaster and there is no issue with them doing so. Work went into this, they didn't just apply a filter and call it a day.

Frankly seeing posts like yours reminds me what an ungrateful bunch gamers can be. Blizzard provides absolutely stellar support for their products and should be praised as an industry leader in this regard. I guess it's ok to just hate on Blizzard because Diablo 3 wasn't everyones favorite cup of tea though.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
9. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 24, 2017, 23:00 Verno
 
Simon Says wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 19:28:
Turn that tongue over a few times in your mouth and look in the mirror as well as research your statements next time you have an idea like this...

I said household debt to GDP ratios in my post, not government debt to GDP. Increasing sin taxes will impact already stretched consumer finances, a problem that Canada has been struggling with thanks to its immense housing bubble. The Greece comment was in reference to the silly budget just tabled and the idea that runaway deficits are a good idea, something we've discovered isn't so wonderful south of the border.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Mar 24, 2017, 17:44 Verno
 
Fantaz wrote on Mar 24, 2017, 14:05:
dude, beer will go up ~5 cents for a 24 pack, wine 1 cent per liter, cigarettes ~5 cents per pack, foreign tourist will not get back the sales tax. even the transit credit allowed us to claim only 15% of expenses, which made a difference only for the lowest income bracket. when you have a tax credit thet does not mean 15% directly off of your tax payable, just that much off of your total taxable income. the tax difference paid is minimal.

So what? If it's so minimal then take it from top earners instead of everyone in society. Why should people pay even more "sin" taxes? Maybe the government could get more efficient about how money is used instead of just constantly being a black hole for it. The proposed budget for your tiny ass country just about made me shit a brick. You guys are the next Greece in the making, the household debt to GDP ratios alone are comedic. At least down here we've got the population density to justify our idiotic government
 
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