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1  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Finishing What is Left Undone on: August 25, 2014, 03:58:59 AM
Since I started to buy games from Humble, I built up this weird backlog of games that I'm only vaguely aware of owning. The up side is that if I feel like playing a specific genre of game, I can look through my list and usually have an "Oh, right. I forgot I had this, lets give it a go" moment. That's more or less how my current F.E.A.R. marathon came about. I've also decided to try and complete the games I start, since I'm not the type of person that can just jump right back to where I left off after an extended period of time, and usually restart from the beginning.
2  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Why would I buy a ps4? on: August 24, 2014, 03:59:21 PM
Depends on what kind of RPGs you're into. For me, last gen (PS360 era) was absolutely rubbish for the RPGs I tend to enjoy. Current gen has at least a few decent RPGs in the works (Witcher 3, DA Inquisition and Bloodborne) but if you're more into jRPGs you're better off sticking with handhelds. Also, there's a good chance that most of the games worth playing will be available on PC, so it might be better to pick up a 3DS and use the spare cash to upgrade your PC instead.

It all depends on how many console exclusive games you're interested in.
3  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 24, 2014, 01:45:31 PM
Making my way through F.E.A.R. 3. While playing through them in order, its interesting to see the series gradually transform into a modern military cover based shooter. F.E.A.R. allowed you to store ten health packs and armor stacked with each pickup to a set max value.
F.E.A.R 2 only let you store three med kits and one armor pick up instantly gave you full armor. F.E.A.R 3 has no med kits, no armor and regenerating health.

F.E.A.R 3 also seems to pretend Extraction Point never happened (That probably includes Perseus Mandate as well, but that was mostly self contained and didn't have any impact on the main story and its cast).
The story is a bit of a mess, not as much as I though at first (once I figured out what was cannon and what wasn't). The combat is pretty good though, the weapons pack the punch that was missing from the previous games and it flows nicely. Something about it feels rushed, though I'm warming  up to it as I go. On interval 8 at the moment so I should be pretty close to the end.
4  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 23, 2014, 05:34:47 PM
Just finished up F.E.A.R 2: Project Origin. It was much more coherent than the first game and its expansions. I also liked the gameplay, once it got rolling. Overall, it was a pretty good game, though the ending was really weird, even by F.E.A.R. standards.

Been playing a few hidden object games by a company called Artifax mundi. I picked them up in a humble because I had a weird itch for a first person puzzler (especially since my Dracula purchase didn't go so well, still waiting for Meridian4 to come through with their promise of bringing the proper versions to steam).
At first, I wasn't thrilled that they turned out to be casual puzzle/hidden object games, but for some reason I really enjoy them. Even on the "expert" setting the puzzles are rather easy with backtracking and trying to find which of the hidden object areas has reactivated probably being the biggest annoyance. They have this weird charm to them though, I find that rather odd because initially I didn't expect to like them that much.
5  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Completion List 2014 on: August 23, 2014, 05:19:38 PM
1. DmC
2. Southpark: Stick of Truth
3. F.E.A.R.
4. F.E.A.R.: Extraction Point
5. F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate
6. R.E.A.R 2: Project Origin
7. Dead Space
8. Deponia
9. 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpan Creek
10. Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart
11. Nightmares from the Deep: The Siren's Call
12. Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden
6  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 13, 2014, 03:42:24 AM
Beat 9 Clues: The Secret of Serpent Creek that I picked up as part of a flash bundle (all 5 of these suckers for a minimum of $6 which isn't a bad deal considering that just the 9 clues game on it's own costs 6,49 on Steam). Had a weird itch for this type game, not sure why. I was supposed to just have a look at it and play it later but ended up beating the whole thing in one sitting. Very easy and cheesy, but still oddly enjoyable. 1 down 4 to go.
7  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Misc. Gaming News Topic on: August 13, 2014, 03:41:11 AM
A little PSA
A while back I bought the Dracula trilogy on Steam from a published called Meridian4. As it turns out, what I actually got was mobile ports of the games that apparently have inferior graphics, missing cutscenes and missing/simplified puzzles (butchered as some people on the steam forums like to put it).
Having no comparison to the originals, I can't say how much is missing and how dumbed down the puzzles are. What I can say is that right off the bat the first cutscene in the first game is gone and the graphics are rather blurry.
A lot of people have been reporting these issues on the steam forums and in reviews, with the publisher admitting that these are indeed the "updated" versions, though it seems like more of a downgrade to me.
There was no mention of this on the store page despite the publisher being aware and even acknowledging the issue. Meridian4 eventually promised to try and bring the full PC versions to Steam and offer them as a free bonus to anyone that bought the mobile port equivalents, but its been over three months since the statement was made and still no sign of anything done. To me it just sounds like PR nonsense intended to diffuse the situation until it can get swept under the rug, but here's hoping I'm wrong.

tl;dr If you want to pick up a game from the Dracula series (1-3 to be precise), you're probably better off picking it up from somewhere other than Steam until the "full" versions of the games make an appearance (assuming it ever happens).
8  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Converting to PC - Need Guidance on: August 06, 2014, 04:52:56 AM
Don't go for pre built. You'll almost certainly end up paying more than its worth (then again, you should be used to that as a Mac user trolololololol. Seriously though, Macs are indeed great machines, just not so much for gaming). Do some research and buy the parts on their own, assembly is very easy so even an inexperienced person shouldn't have too much problems putting it all together. Do keep in mind that next gen just hit so minimum specs will go up from what we saw in the last couple of years. Don't buy the latest hardware though, unless you can afford it. Usually the difference between a brand spanking new top of the line graphics card and a slightly older but much cheaper model isn't that significant. Have a look at some benchmarks, read a bit about specs and invest in a good Motherboard. Keep in mind that a PC is only as strong as its weakest element so try to balance it all. Also, get an SSD.
9  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Trails in the Sky FC PC release July 29th on: August 06, 2014, 04:28:17 AM
So wait, lets see if I got this right, this is a jRPG with an sRPG battle system?
10  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 06, 2014, 04:23:33 AM
So I recently found out Resident Evil remake and Zero were both on the wii. I have a Wii U so I was happy. I fucking bought them but even though I have no interest in using the wiimote to control the game (I have a gamepad) I still have to pair a wimmote and nunchuck to the system for the menu. FUCK YOU Nintendo. I have some friends that never use their wiis. So I have to borrow them I guess.

of fucking course

http://www.gameinformer.com/games/resident_evil/b/playstation4/archive/2014/08/05/capcom-announces-hd-update-for-gamecube-resident-evil-remake-.aspx

Just skip this one and wait for the Ultra HD arcade EX plus edition.
Seriously, Its hardly a surprise though, and given how some of the HD remastered version seem to be handled these days, you might be better off with the port anyway.
11  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: August 05, 2014, 04:39:13 AM
Still playing a bit of F.E.A.R 2 and some Dota 2.
About half way through Chaos on Deponia. Goodbye Deponia has a fairly meaty discount on Steam until the 11th so it seems like the perfect time to pick it up and round off the trilogy.
12  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 23, 2014, 05:11:01 PM
Started on F.E.A.R 2. It's way more focused on the plot than the first game and at least now the flashlight doesn't run out. On the flip side, no more quicksaves or any kind of manual saves for that matter. Its just checkpoints... The mouse settings are pretty bad as well, might need to mess about with the ini files like I had to with Bioshock.
13  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 22, 2014, 12:58:29 PM
Making my way through Chaos on Deponia, just started on the second act. I'll say this much, has a lot more dark humor than the first one as well as some 4th wall breaking. It's just as good as the first one though, if not better.

About to start making my way through F.E.A.R.: Perseus Mandate. Got the main game and both its expansions in a humble, so may as well play through them all. For a game I find mostly unremarkable, I do seem to play a lot of it.
14  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fallout 2 Review on: July 21, 2014, 02:06:09 PM
I highly doubt that this is the only forum he puts these links on.
Truth be told I'd rather he did this and nothing else rather than post some random +1 LOL, ROTFL and "me too" posts just so he (and anyone else going down that path) can "legitimize" his forum presence.
On a side note, his views are woeful at the moment. Even if he is monetizing, it's highly unlikely he made even a dollar on this particular video (and probably any other video hes done for that matter) so no worries there if for some reason it bothers you.

I say, leave it up to the admins.
Heck, maybe even make a poll about advertising to see how many people on these forums actually care.
Personally, I don't like it, but I won't be losing any sleep over the matter.
15  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: A Game Journal Reborn on: July 21, 2014, 08:02:22 AM
SPECIAL NOTE: I bitched about the glitchiness erroneously. I played the last two chapters on my alternate PS3 and it ran smooth as can be. Ok, so it wasn't quite smooth... But it totally was NOT AT ALL as bad as it was on my first system. This strikes me as really odd seeing as how they are both the same model (60gb) PS3's.

Just out of curiosity, why would you have two identical PS3's?
Might be a difference in firmware depending on weather or not you do regular updates on both systems or just your main one.
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