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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    Picked up a surplus-to-requirements steam key for Mirrors Edge from the humble bundle if anyone wants it?
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    *looks around and shrugs* I'll take it. My steam name is also brittanica.

    This current Humble Bundle is pretty awesome, but Origin? That's another thing I have to download and remember a password for, right? Ugh.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    Excuse the noob, but what's Origin? I saw a friend posting his name on FB earlier today.
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013 edited
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    It's EA's customer portal that is trying to be Steam. It has had some problems. Plus a bevy of security flaws and it was a mandatory download for a while (no idea if it still is, i was forced to download it when i tried TOR and then deleted it once i stopped playing the game).
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    Origin has come a ways since that article but it still has a bunch of flaws that'll keep it from really competing with Steam. It doesn't have the same selection of titles that Steam does, while it occasionally has sales they're not as often or as big as Steam's, and it's UI just isn't as well put together. It's better than uPlay. One cool thing that EA did do with Origin is that there are a handful of pre-Origin retail games that you can punch the cd-key into Origin and add them to your Origin library and download directly from them (Mirror's Edge and the Dead Space games are the ones that I had that allowed this). It also has the integrated twitch.tv livestreaming, which is pretty cool if you're into that.

    In other news: Microsoft appears to be in the process of killing off Games for Windows LIVE. Kind of a mixed blessing. The Batman: Arkham games are being patched to switch them over completely to Steamworks, but quite a few other games are going to be left out in the cold once the service goes down. I'll be particularly annoyed if I'll be unable to play Red Faction: Guerrilla ever again.
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      CommentAuthorkrushdbug
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    So I finally got around to playing XCOM multiplayer, and basically got my ass handed to me by some ten year old from the US. Squad balance is real hard. Or at least that's my excuse. Did win some matches when I played again last night. My XBL nick is the same as my nick here if anyone wants to play chryssalid-chess with me (and win, probably).

    Also, Syndicate co-op is a thing, if anyone here actually bought that.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 15th 2013
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    I'll have to give multiplayer a shot.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
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    Ok, just beat XCOM last night and whoever up thread said the game got to them based on the stories you create for yourself regarding your squaddies, all I have to say is they were right and god damn. 8(
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      CommentAuthorInternaut
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013 edited
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    Everyone playing XCom, have you seen the stuff for The Bureau? The retro future stuff looks awesome.



    although the lack of strategy play is sad.

    ...or maybe the delay changed the gameplay?



    Because this starts out as a 3rd person shooter and ends up with more of a classic xcom feel.

    Edited for newer info. I wanted to keep the first video because the black goo alien things and the Obelisk portal thing are creepy.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeAug 16th 2013
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    I'm rather hesitant on it. I haven't seen much to suggest they've been able to put it all together in a way that is interesting. At this point I expect it to be a reasonably competent game that no one will remember six months after it launched.

    Still, keeping an eye on it.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2013
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    It seems to be a third person squad shooter now, like the Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter games. One to keep an eye on, but I suspect everyone will be playing Saints Row or GTA for most of the next couple of months.

    Disney Infinity is out next week, and my local gameshop has the toys in already. They're bigger than I was expecting, on the same sort of scale as the Skylanders Giants figures rather than the normal Skylanders. This one is apparently make or break for Disney's games division, they've put insane amounts of money into it.
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    Just got Crusader Kings 2 from a friend (as he pre-ordered something that came with a free copy) and, well, I started a game at noon yesterday and eventually went to bed at 6am. Despite that, I'm not sure what to think of it. It's mechanically fascinating but some of the tasks you need to do regularly, eg. finding a good choice of spouse for one of your children, force you to scroll through a vast list of terrible candidates that won't sort properly. They even have a people finder with dropdown filters, it's basically the same box, but it comes up without the filters if you use it via any other button.
    On the other hand, I just spent 16 hours being a belligerent little sod of a Polish duke, eventually getting hold of a faked claim to the throne and storming through with mercenaries. People keep forming factions to depose me, presumably because I sort of stole the throne, but I've managed to make Poland about as big as Norway at this point. I figure I'll just keep going until I get to be emperor of something or until I misunderstand succession rules and half my territory turns Scottish (or whatever).
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
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    Thanks for the Mirror's Edge, Jehrot! That game has been on my "games that look really cool but I forget they exist so I'll probably never play them" list ever since it came out. I'm excited!
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
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    @Flabyo I'm friends with Bill Roper and he's, unsurprisingly, had some very good things to say about it. I wouldn't say that it's make or break for the games division but I would say that if this doesn't do as well as they hope it will make things a lot harder on Bill to bring to market the kind of games he'd like to.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
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    @RenThing - Disney don't have too much goodwill from the UK side of the games industry after they shut down all of the studios they owned here... Black Rock being the main casualty.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 18th 2013
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    Holy crap, Mirror's Edge took a shit on itself in a serious way; turned the graphics settings all the way down, and still the framerate slows down to completely unplayable levels. In the second level. And only in this one section (in the high rise, after talking to her sister, in case it is a common problem).
    Otherwise, I really enjoyed what I've gotten to play.
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    Make sure PhysX is turned off. If you don't have a PhysX capable card, it'll fall over dead anywhere that glass breaks.
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2013
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    Gone Home is something really special. Read no information on it; go in cold. Wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorbrittanica
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2013 edited
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    Thanks, man. That was the one setting I didn't touch, as I wasn't sure what it affected. I'll give it a shot!
    (ETA: that was exactly what the problem was. Thanks again.)
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      CommentAuthorJehrot
    • CommentTimeAug 19th 2013
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    No worries brittanica! Hope you got the bugs ironed out.