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  1. Alright, alright, alright... This is big news for me. A NEW TORCHLIGHT GAME! [ame] [/ame] When HOB came out, I was more-or-less heartbroken. I don't really dig action/adventure/platformers, certainly not to the extent I used to when I was younger, so not seeing a follow up in the Torchlight series made me super sad. Furthermore, when Runic decided to close up shop, I was devastated, as I had been hoping for a new Torchlight title. There was a glimmer of hope though, as their heartfelt farewell message indicated that Torchlight fans shouldn't give up hope, but part of me did. My body is tingling. Max Schaefer, co-creator of both Diablo and Torchlight is the founder of Echtra Games who is tackling the project, so I couldn't be happier. This will 100% be a day one purchase for me and my wife. Anyone else as stoked as I am?
  2. Fantastic game, but I'm not sure about its console counterpart, as I've only played on PC. You could definitely get away with waiting for a steep sale price, this game is commonly found on sale.
  3. I too meant to call you out on that, jerk! I ended up browsing like four pages looking for a possible Crackdown 2 screenshot. I figured it was just a mistake though, haha.
  4. Perfect, even more reason to get my buddy and I on the Crackdown train. We've been talking about playing through these in anticipation for the third (even though it'll suck, I'm sure, haha). Hopefully the second one gets it soon too, though we both have our 360's still, so it doesn't matter all that much.
  5. Yeah... I don't like this at all. I have yet to experience it, but based off this video, I don't like the looks of it. I understand the appeal of consistency, in that no one will look too ridiculous or out of place, but this has to be the most elementary customization set-up that I've ever seen. It looks like you can customize bits and pieces further down the line, with currency you receive after matches and stuff, but to not be able to customize your core character seems a little wild to me. I swear, this went from being one of my most anticipated titles to something I'm likely to just brush off, come time of release. The more I watch in gameplay videos, streaming, and previews like this one, the less interested I'm becoming.
  6. PSA: If all this time has passed, and you've still not played Kingdoms of Amalur you're doing yourself a great disservice. For $4.99, you'd be silly not to pick it up!
  7. Fanatical (ex-BundleStars... I hate their new name, lol) was running a bundle sale all week. Featuring one to two new game bundles every day along with daily Flash sales. I scored quite a few things, with some duplicates to hand out to some buddies. I picked up the Lucius bundle for the sole purpose of adding the Lucius Demake to my collection. I figured I'd buy the whole thing since it was only a dollar, which allowed me to complete my collection and hand out the first two games to a buddy. Lucius (PC, Digital) Lucius II (PC, Digital) If you haven't previously heard of these games, I recommend looking into them immediately. It's pretty much a video game version of The Omen. You can find them very cheap and they'll provide you with hours of entertainment. I've only heard amazing things, but I've yet to start either one even though I've owned them both forever. Hopefully this finally pushes me. Lucius Demake (PC, Digital) - The demake is just that. It's pretty much the original game but top-down and pixelated to give it the feel that it's an 80's video game. I'm in no hurry for this one, but eventually I'll get around to it. Outside of that, I only purchased one other bundle during the sale and I mainly did it for a second copy of Barony and a copy of Bad Dream: Coma. Deadlight (PC, Digital) - This is a game I've had interest in for years. I'm sure by now everyone has played it and formed their opinions, but I have yet to do so. Unfortunately it won't be getting played for quite some time and it sounds like the PC version isn't the greatest so I may skip it entirely. Kingdom Rush Frontiers (PC, Digital) - A mobile-esque tower defense game. I've always been interested in the title as I love TD games, but again, too much on my plate currently to devote to a mobile TD game. It's got spectacular reviews on Steam though, so I'm not opposed, but I'd rather get some of my bigger games finished. GoNNER (PC, Digital) - Rouge-like platformer that looks to be not only hard as hell, but very entertaining. I'll likely load this guy up sometime soon just to get a feel for it. I've always hear phenomenal things and I need a platformer in my life right now. Replica (PC, Digital) - Interesting concept in that the entire game takes place on a cell phone. It's somewhat of a visual novel/interactive novel and it looks to have garnered wonderful reviews. Admittedly, I'm much more interested in Orwell, which has a similar feel to it but looks to be much deeper. However, this looks to be a quick run-through so I may give it a shot before Orwell. The Count Lucanor + Soundtrack (PC, Digital) - Horror themed RPG in the vein of early classics such as Zelda. I haven't gotten around to playing this yet, though I've owned a copy forever. I gave this copy to a friend who just got a PC but mainly collects retro, so he should enjoy it. Bad Dream: Coma (PC, Digital) - This is the main reason I purchased the bundle. This game looks awesome! It's a horror themed point and click adventure with a very interesting and dark art style. I'll be getting to this immediately! It looks very similar in aesthetic to Neverending Nightmares. Mad Games Tycoon (PC, Digital) - I love simulation games in this vein, and the game looks very similar to Game Dev Tycoon, which I loved! I'd like to do some more work on Game Dev and make it through some of the other achievements before moving onto Mad Games, but it's definitely something I'm looking forward to. Barony (PC, Digital) - Phenomenal game! I was happy to get another key to this and pass it out to a friend. This is a 3D first-person rogue-like dungeon crawler for up to 4 players via internet or LAN. It's very unforgiving but with a handful of friends it's a great time. Highly recommended. I'll have to take a break from buying games for a while, though I fully intend on purchasing Vermintide II soon. However, this trip back home to Chicago is going to cost a pretty penny and I should be saving some shekels for that.
  8. Vikings - Wolves of Midgard PC, Digital 7/10 My wife and I just completed this last week, and it's the last game either of us have recently finished. We had a wonderful time for the most part with this title, and we were even pleasantly surprised quite a few times, especially considering how this game has been received by most. Vikings - Wolves of Midgard is an isometric ARPG in the vein of titles like Diablo, Torchlight, Path of Exile, etc. from the team who brought you the Air Conflicts series as well as the ARPG series Heretic Kingdoms. It's a tried and true formula, and it's easily one of my favorites. This title, however, differs in that it follows Norse mythology, requires a slightly different combat style, and doesn't involve things like ladders, PvP, etc. It's a much more basic ARPG, similar to that of Victor Vran, Torchlight, or even the old-school titles like Dark Alliance. Having never really enjoyed the previous titles from this developer, I was scared going in, to say the least. The game revolves around you, the player, fighting against hordes of undead, Jotan, frost and fire giants, etc. in an attempt to restore order to the Vikings home of Midgard. The main story is divided into three 'campaigns', but it doesn't really play like that - it's all very fluid and if it weren't for the trophies/achievements telling you that a third of the game had been completed, you wouldn't really know. Each mission takes place in a new level, more-or-less, and each level has anywhere from 3-4 challenges to complete. If, during your first run-through, you didn't complete all of the challenges, you can go back and complete the level in the form of a 'hunt', allowing you to clean up some challenges, get resources for upgrading, or grinding out some levels to boost your performance. Aside from main missions and hunts, there are also challenge levels called Trials. These differ from the story levels and act more as a challenge arena. You can pick between two characters, five skill trees, four difficulties, and many different weapon-types and armor-types. Outside of all of this, when the game is completed, there is also a New Game+ option and a hardcore mode to tide you over if you’re needing more action. Overall, my wife and I completed the game within 34 hours, which allowed us time to explore the campaign in its entirety, various hunts, a couple trials, etc. The game sets itself apart from its competitors in several different ways. The most noticeable is that it tackles Norse mythology, something that I find to be lacking in the gaming world in general. It works so well with the ARPG model considering the possibilities for bosses, quests, playable characters, etc. Beyond that, the combat is certainly refreshing, as it’s not all ‘spam button, kill spongey boss/packs, continue’, rather it’s more involved and requires more timing and care. Rolling, evading, timing attacks, and keeping track of boss motions is all very important and allows for a fresher combat mechanic for an older genre of games. The controls were great and worked flawlessly with my Xbox One controller and my generic Power A Xbox One controller. Apparently the game plays pretty horribly on mouse and keyboard, but as I played couch co-op throughout, we used controllers and had no issues. However, I do think it’s pretty unacceptable to release and leave a game on a PC marketplace with fairly horrible M+KB controls. Graphically, the game was pretty and it sits well with not only its competitors, but also games in general for this generation. Outside of the graphics themselves, the level design, character design, and overall aesthetic of the game was on point and there’s nothing I can really talk down upon in this regard. Sound was on point, the music was fine, and the voice acting was more than acceptable. Outside of the punny and sometimes purposely cringey dialogue, there was some cool narration and character interaction. The game works beautifully as a co-op title, and I’d go as far as saying it’s a must. I have yet to play it alone, but I wouldn’t have had near as much fun if it wasn’t for co-op, though I think that’s usually the case with all games in my opinion – the more the merrier. I do, however, hear there are issues with playing online co-op as opposed to local co-op but that wasn’t an issue for me. Achievements and trophies are fairly easy to obtain, and I was able to get more than half of them without trying throughout our time with the game. With that said, expect to beat the game on both hardcore, and hardcore with the highest difficulty, which will likely prove to be difficult for many. Vikings – Wolves of Midgard has received extremely mixed reviews on all platforms, across all sites, etc. with the majority of them leaning towards negative. I was pleasantly surprised to have an almost flawless experience with it, considering all the problems other users seemed to be plagued with. There were a couple times that the game had ‘broken’ on us, whether it was trading between players not working, the screen going black and requiring us to quit to the main menu, and one incident of us spawning between a boss instance and a gate, requiring us to again head back to the main menu. Outside of that, the game ran fine for us throughout, and overall we had a highly enjoyable 34 hours with the game. Recommending this game for its current MSRP is a little hard, as people aren’t as into ARPG’s as much as I am, but I picked it up on sale for ~$11 USD and I would recommend it ten times over for that price. Admittedly, I would have been fine spending the whole $30, but it does hurt knowing the game isn’t completely bug-free and that there are some issues throughout that can be quite annoying – recommending at full price to the average gamer or someone that isn’t obsessed with co-op or ARPG’s like me would be more difficult.
  9. That Steam Lunar Sale though... Death's Hangover (Digital, PC) - A bat/ball style game, similar to titles such as Breakout. This particular titles deals heavily with horror and humor and also features a local co-op mode. Nothing too special but it's usually $0.49 when it hits a sale, and I've contemplated getting it the last five times it was on sale, and never did. Finally had to snag it. Dragonpath (Digital, PC) - I actually just discovered this game, and it's a small little indie top-down action RPG with local co-op. It certainly doesn't look like anything too crazy, but it looks like it could provide us with about 10-15 hours worth of fun. The reviews are good, the price is low ($1.59), and the time is right. Not sure when the wife and I will get to this, but I'm excited. Iron Fisticle (Digital, PC) - This title is a local co-op rogue-like top down shooter with RPG elements. It was remastered by the developers and released under the title Iron Crypticle a few years later, but most people agree that the original is the best due to mechanics, RPG elements, etc. I'm excited to give this one a shot! Kopanito All-Stars Soccer (Digital, PC) - I'm always down for whacky sports games, and to be honest, it's the best way to play a sports game, I think. This title was cheap and it's something I've been eyeballing for some time. Local co-op and multiplayer as well as online multiplayer and co-op, a large amount of single-player content, a plethora of achievements, etc. Very excited to finally give this game a shot. I'm sure we could turn it into a drinking game fairly easily too, haha. Outcast 1.1 (Digital, PC) - This is a title that I admittedly didn't know about until maybe five or six years ago. A cult classic PC title that just saw a sequel nearly 20 years later. 1.1 is the remastered version of the classic PC title and with nearly 30 hours worth of content, I'm excited to see what all the fuss is about. By the time I get around to completing this title, I'm hoping the second one will see a steep sale price. Rampage Knights (Digital, PC) - I'm not sure many people are familiar with the title Lost Castle, but it is an awesome rogue-lite side scrolling beat 'em up with heavy RPG elements and persistent progression. My wife and I have dumped nearly 30 hours into it and we're still not bored with it. This game looks like a carbon copy of the title, with some visible differences to set it apart some. Not sure when we will get around to this, but I couldn't pass up this couch co-op title. Sacred Gold (Digital, PC) - I hate to admit it, but I've never played the Sacred series. I'm a huge isometric ARPG fan, so to say I've never played it is both embarrassing and painful. I've had the complete edition of the second one for some time due to a bundle I bought ages ago, but I can't play them out of order, so I'll need to get to this title eventually. My next single player RPG will be between this, Torchlight, or Kingdoms of Amalur - I haven't decided yet. Sacred 3 Gold (Digital, PC) - This title has been shit on by every Sacred fan for not being a faithful sequel to the amazing titles that were Sacred 1 and 2. Having not played either yet, and loving couch co-op, I figured it can't hurt to pick this up for $3.99. People say it's a solid casual couch co-op adventure as long as you can dissociate the title with the Sacred series, which should be easy for me to do considering I'm new to it.
  10. Hasn't this game more or less been abandoned?
  11. Is that the unpopular opinion? It's mine as well... POSSIBLE SPOILERS I finally got around to watching The Cloverfield Paradox last night and overall I was very upset. I really enjoyed the original Cloverfield, I thought it was not only a solid found footage film, but it was a legitimately entertaining American monster movie. I loved everything from the promotion to the final execution of the film. Nothing felt out of place, I didn't feel like I was being fed an overrated piece of marketing, etc. I was generally entertained by everything revolving around this particular film. The sequel was entertaining, but it definitely didn't have the feel I was hoping for. I wanted more of the original, more of the monster, etc. What I got was a strange film that ended with one of the most anti-climactic alien scenes I may have ever seen on film. It was by no means a bad movie, it just wasn't a good movie either and I just expected more. The most fun I had with the film was dissecting it after my first viewing and connecting the dots between the first two films, but like, what does that even do? It's almost sad that I had the most fun doing that. As for The Cloverfield Paradox, I can't really say all too much about it - I should have known it would be shit after the way it was announced and the fact that it's currently a Netflix exclusive. I felt like I was watching a wacky 90's sci-fi adventure, akin to The Cube, Alien Resurrection, Event Horizon, or even a long episode of Black Mirror - I was completely detached from the Cloverfield name. From the generally unlikable cast that have no depth in their being (a perfectly ethnically diverse and stereotypical space crew - I also think this is the first time I've ever been completely unimpressed with Chris O'Dowd), the cheesy dialogue, the boring set design, the easy cop-out of an idea like dimension hopping (they can literally just do anything now), to the predictable nature of the film and more - I can't give it anything more than a 4 or 5 out of 10. [spoiler=cloverfield]The only thing that I can really commend it for was getting under my skin with a few of the scenes (the eyeball scene, being stuck in a dimension that I'm not a part of, drowning, etc.), making some sort of connection to my favorite installment in the franchise, and seeing the monster once again. Aside from that, I was thoroughly unimpressed. I have a feeling this series is going to be driven right into the ground, and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up getting picked up for direct to DVD/Digital releases after the fourth or fifth installment, unless it already is - will the 4th be in theaters? With the way this film ended, I can't help but think the series will be abused. I also can't help but think that the story has become so convoluted over time... Like is this really where they planned on taking the series when they talked sequels at first? Are we watching movies or two hour long marketing ploys with a recognizable brand name slapped on it?
  12. Talk about a late response, haha, yeah this is what I was talking about.
  13. Well that's a damn shame. I'll find out on Wednesday when I finally watch it, but that's a really depressing thing to read the day before I plan on watching it, haha.
  14. IndieGala is currently running a Leisure Suit Larry bundle. It also came with some unrelated games, but unfortunately it looks like I was gimped on the freebie that came with any purchase over $1 on the website. I received the following for $4. Leisure Suit Larry 1: In The Land of the Lounge Lizards (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry 2: Looking for Love [in Several Wrong Places (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate Patti in the Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry 5: Passionate Patti Does A Little Undercover Work (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry 6: Shape Up Or Slip Out (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry 7: Love for Sail (Digital, PC) Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude Uncut and Uncensored (Digital, PC) The Great Art Race (Digital, PC) Twickles (Digital, PC) Ceville (Digital, PC) Pizza Connection (Digital, PC) Pizza Connection 2 (Digital, PC) I truly don't care about the last five games - I purchased the bundle specifically for Leisure Suit Larry. Outside of Magna Cum Laude, I haven't really played all that much in the series. My dad had a few of the games back in the day on floppy, and even one on disc. I think it was six or seven that was on disc, and then we had one of the very early ones, I'd say 2 or 3. It's an infamous series that I couldn't pass up for $4, especially for the 'nearly' complete edition (there was no 4, they decided to number them oddly, no idea why it was cancelled. The bundle is only missing Box Office Bust and the Reloaded remake from a few years back). I'm not sure when I'll get around to playing these but again, I couldn't pass it up. This is the first game I've purchased in nearly a month... Feels good to be back, haha. Also, the end of the previous monthly Humble Bundle and the early release of the new month's titles all came in a few days ago. Once again, fairly disappointed so far with my Humble Monthly subscription. Between owning two of the games and only have slight interest two or three outside of that, I don't have much I'm interested in. Tacoma (Digital, PC) - This title isn't one of the titles that specifically interests me, but the title doesn't look terrible by any means. It'll be a while until I start it, but I've only heard good things. Owlboy (Digital, PC) - This title is probably what I have the most interest in, and was actually an additional early unlock for last month, which I've never seen them do before. The game got incredible reviews and is one of the few platformers I really want to try as of late. The Norwood Suite (Digital, PC) - This is the other title that I've got the most interest in aside from Owlboy. It looks quite interesting and short and sweet, so I may play this between Far Cry 3 and my second playing of Amalur. Black the Fall (Digital, PC) - I don't know much about the title, but I've heard decent things from a friend who curates a Steam review page. Dark Souls III & Ariandel DLC (Digital, PC) - I've only ever played one game from the Souls series, and that was the first Dark Souls. I've not completed it, and have zero interest in playing the third. May likely sell it or gift it to a friend. As for the two games I already own: Life is Strange (Digital, PC) - I have this game already and hate it with my entire being, haha. Snake Pass (Digital, PC) - Awesome platformer that I already have, so I gifted it to a friend for his birthday. I also purchased some DLC while it was on a Steam sale. I wanted to wait to purchase anything off Steam as they're having a large sale coming up in just a handful of days but I won $75 due to the Super Bowl and not buying anything for a month was getting hard. Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning's Teeth of Naros DLC (Digital, PC) Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning's Legend of Dead Kel DLC (Digital, PC) I played through this game a bit on PC, making my way through about 16 hours of gameplay and ended up with a corrupted save file. That was years ago, and now that the DLC is on sale again (though it happens frequently), I figured this will be my next backlog game after working through Far Cry 3.
  15. Gotcha... I wasn't sure if there was some sort of forced incentive to stay with Game Pass, such as saves only being compatible with game pass or something.
  16. Maybe I'm confused with how Game Pass works, but I imagine that a majority of the Game Pass users are going to have recurring subscriptions, no? Like, I never just use my Netflix subscription one month at a time... At $10 a month, I can be playing AAA exclusives and other AAA games, and it would take me six months to accrue what the MSRP of one of them would be... Like, sure, there will be people taking advantage of the free trials, or using it for a single exclusive at ten bucks, but I imagine most people can afford the $120 to have an entire year of choosing from a ton of digital games, and would likely do it. I rarely hear of people only getting Xbox Live when an anticipated multiplayer game comes out or something. If Netflix made 17 million in a year at $7.99 a month in 2012 (9.99-11.99 if you want to have it on multiple devices, which most people do), I imagine something like gaming, a 70 billion dollar industry (as of 2015) is going to make a killing doing something similar, even if it's just an Xbox thing. Out of curiosity, does anyone know how the 'cloud' or saving works? Does saving the game go to your hard drive?
  17. http://vampyrgame.net/news/what-is-vampyr/
  18. So did anything happen? Did GDQ say/do anything? People are toxic to anyone on stream... Ya'll saw last years official Heartstone stuff regarding TerrenceM? Super obnoxious racial stuff. I get that it's obnoxious, annoying, and uncalled for, but this is the internet after all, not that there's any excuse for abhorrent behavior like that, but it's going to happen.
  19. I voted for the Kingdom Come: Deliverance, Sea of Thieves, Far Cry 5, Crackdown 3, Vampyr, and 'other'. Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a title I've had my eye on forever. Deep Silver being added to the involvement is certainly quite terrifying, but not enough to deter me. I've always enjoyed RPG's that don't involve fantasy, such as Mount and Blade, so something like this is very exciting. Will likely be a day one purchase for me. Sea of Thieves is a game that is unfortunately looking less fun every time I see something for it, whether a trailer, a stream, or recorded gameplay. I'm sad the beta requires a pre-order to be honest, and I refuse to pre-order/cancel just for the beta. I guess I'll be waiting for the reviews after it releases, but man, was I looking forward to this. Far Cry 5 is a title that I really am only interested in due to co-op. My friend and I play through as much co-op as we possibly can, and this game will be no exception. I'm making my way through Far Cry 3 to pump myself up. Crackdown 3 is another title that I'm only excited for due to co-op. I was a big fan of the original and never played the sequel unfortunately. This looks like it'll be a rushed out cash-grab but I'm a sucker for anything co-op. Give it to me! Vampyr is a game that I'm extremely skeptical about. I absolutely HATED Life is Strange and never had any interest in Remember Me. With that said, I'm a sucker for anything that involves this timeframe, this location, and specifically, vampires. Delays and the fact that it's a Dontnod game has me very scared, but I'm looking forward to it regardless. Other (in no particular order) Monster Hunter World - PC A Way Out Vermintide 2 Agony Dauntless EDF: Iron Rain EDF 5 Jurassic World Evolution Spider-Man ToeJam & Earl: Back in the Groove
  20. Yep, in one of the scummiest parts of our town too. It was great though, we have been able to live a pretty gluttonous and carefree lifestyle for the last four years while renting... All of that is going to change come August, haha.
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