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  1. PC Gaming Thread

    Ubisoft is giving away 7 games right now and today is the last day to claim them (Uplay account required). Prince of Persia Sands of Time Splinter Cell Rayman Origins The Crew Beyond Good & Evil Far Cry Blood Dragon Assassin's Creed III https://club.ubisoft.com/en-US/ubi30
  2. Tom Clancy's The Division

    Managed to squeeze in a few hours last night on PC despite the (surprisingly short) hour-long server issues that were affecting both the PC and PS4 during the official launch time (the game was actually playable a couple hours before then). Anyway, it might be a bit too early to say this, but I'm a bit worried about the game's replay value. This is a loot-based RPG/shooter, but I don't know if the loot alone is enough to carry the game, for the gameplay itself feels very bland. The shooting part plays just like Gears of War without the relatively more interesting weapons and the more diverse enemy types to shoot. The RPG part also seems to lack room for experimentation. Since there are no classes in the game, eventually everyone will be running the same character configuration once they have figured out the most optimal setup. Loot-based games like Diablo often offer special items with stats that encourage the players to experiment different class/character builds...and so do The Division, but the gear is affecting only 3 primary stats: DPS (aka damage), Health (HP) and Skill Power (skills stat multiplier), which really have very little impact on the character's play style. To quote Elena from another Third-Person Shooter, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, "you just point and shoot." On the bright side, the game has great atmosphere and it's awesome to play with friends...as long as they don't try to crack a lame joke during an important cut scene over the mic. Having said that, I'll keep on grinding a little later tonight....
  3. PC Gaming Thread

    Apparently, SEGA want our email addresses. http://www.makewarnotlove.com/ It kinda sucks that Alpha Protocol isn't free...and I have yet to receive my keys they promised. Oh, and I'll get back to your earlier reply once I have the time, g_bassi13
  4. PC Gaming Thread

    They are going to invite more people when the closed beta comes back next week or so (mid Feb), so check your inbox. The beta weekend was probably my best FPS experience in years (Battlefield 3 came close). When one of your best moments made it in the Play of the Game, that feeling is just awesome.
  5. PC Gaming Thread

    The trilogy was for $3.79 US on Indie Gala (a bundle retailer like Humble Bundle) a few months back. Might happen again.
  6. PC Gaming Thread

    I bought a grand total of one game this past Winter Sale. It's a CDN$7 management simulation called Empire TV Tycoon. The game seems a bit overpriced after playing through it though, but that says a lot about my overall attitude toward this sale. I think the online market has become a lot more saturated and there are fewer and fewer quality games, yet the consumer base is still expanding with their ever growing library. There are simply fewer options when it comes to picking something that really catches your eye. And did I mention we have been spoiled for way too long and way too much? As an example, I have more games on Steam than I want to admit and I will probably never finish all of them in my lifetime (50% will be a lifetime achievement on its own), even without any further purchase. There is simply no immediate incentive for me to buy ANY game (unless its name is Overwatch), even for a big discount. However, I do buy games, but only out of habit, not out of hedonistic necessity. Nevertheless, here are a few indie games I recommend on Steam, in case you guys are wondering what to buy in the next sale. Sang-Froid - Tales of Werewolves [Third Person Tower-defense] (g_bassi13 recommended it a while ago, was not disappointed) http://steamcommunity.com/app/227220 Legend of Grimrock I/II [First Person Tile-based RPG] (unique/retro gameplay; great puzzles; sequel has best menu music only second to Civ 4's) http://store.steampowered.com/sub/49358/ Door Kickers [Real-time Tactic] (Rainbow Six 1 and 2 from Top-down) http://steamcommunity.com/app/248610 Qvadriga [Tactical Chariot Racing] (self-explanatory) http://store.steampowered.com/app/297760
  7. Tom Clancy's The Division

    I was finally accepted into the closed beta this past weekend, and was somewhat disappointed by the lack of content in the beta, which has many features locked away, albeit understandably. The graphics and the environment are great (PC, high settings), reminded me of Crysis 2 with a tad less aberration effect. However, I'm really not a fan of the HUD/user interface. Graphical indicators are everyfrackingwhere, it's way worse than Battlefield 3/4. As for the gameplay, the PvE part of the beta is downright boring. You spend 80% of your time traveling between missions/side quests, all of which involve you killing N enemies and more of the same. I would suggest getting into a squad if you don't want to play a walking simulator (in a ghost town), but that wouldn't help much I imagine. I did not get to spend much time in the Dark Zone though (the supposed PvP section that has a level requirement), having to spend 20 minutes or so to find some guy I can shoot at, just some 10 minutes before the beta ended. There's definitely some potential here, if you can find a group of friends to play with, well, two friends. I have been looking forward to the game the moment they put up the very first teaser, but the lack of media exposure prior to the beta has really killed the hype for me. It didn't help that the beta lasted like 3 days. Having said that, I may still end up buying the game later, since there are just not many quality open world multiplayer shooters out there.
  8. PC Gaming Thread

    Thank you for the heads-up, I'm downloading it now! I've heard about the reboot, but I didn't realize they could release the game this quick in any form. I hope it retains what has made the original game such a classic. For me, UT has forever spoiled my expectations for the FPS genre. IMO, Epic's "jump" from UT to Gears is a total devolution of shooters, playing the Gears multiplayer feels like driving a tank, although the single player campaigns were great fun.
  9. Eastside Hockey Manager 2015/Early Access Edition

    The game is now 33% off on Steam for the next 24 hours. http://store.steampowered.com/app/301120/ CDN$ 11.38
  10. Fallout 4

    "The item you've requested is not currently available in the Canadian Store."
  11. PC Gaming Thread

    I've had this game on my radar (wishlist) for sometime now, but I'm still not swayed by the price tag just yet. For me, story-driven adventure games are always a risk to buy. They're either an exceptional experience or a huge letdown.
  12. PC Gaming Thread

    Saw g_bassi13 last replied, and came expecting an essay. Was not disappointed. And yeah, no way I'm getting any multiplayer-centric games at launch nowadays.
  13. PC Gaming Thread

    I wanted to give Steam more money today, but the god-awful deals saved my wallet.
  14. Rate the Last Game You Played

    Stayed up and finished Gone Home last night. The bush-beating review is up in the original post.
  15. PC Gaming Thread

    Not yet, but the new game engine is beautiful. Anyway, I did pour a lot of hours into the first Crusader Kings though. It’s my second most played game on Steam and I only started playing it like this year. It’s basically a royalty-crossing simulator and an addictive one. In my still incomplete CKI run (at 7th generation), I started off small in Ireland and took ages to take over the country. Then I conquered most of northern Africa and slowly inched into Middle East. I didn’t bother England for some reason (nor Iceland for that matter LOL). The latest I did was move into Iberia (from my secured African base) and try to stir things up in the French kingdom (who is, or was, one of the two major powers, the other being Germany). I also had some small remotely vassalized provinces here and there in the continent, but not much success otherwise. I’ve only inherited like one piece of land so far (in the middle of nowhere in Sweden). I was appointed Papal Controller once, and it felt great. Overall, I think CKI may be a harder game than its sequel, because in CKI you just can't invade anyone you want. You have to spend prestige to wage war and prestige is so hard to come by when you start off as a nobody. You just have to do everything on your own and with patience. If there is one thing I hate about Paradox, it is their mass production of overpriced DLCs. So I always wait until they put up some bulk deals or something on the DLCs. I think I got vanilla CK2 from Paradox’s Humble Bundle and later bought a discounted DLC collection from GamersGate, albeit an incomplete collection. I also had the save problem with HoI 3 where hours of world conquest went to waste after the update, and I had never heard of the update/version control you spoke of and I doubt it’d save my progress. Hearts of Iron 3 is also one of the poorest optimized 2D games with just sprites. The late game is barely playable even on a modern machine and the cure Paradox offer you is via a full priced DLC expansion which fixes the performance issue. If Paradox had real competition in this particular niche of gaming, they wouldn’t get away with this BS.