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God, the 70's were a messed up time. Was everyone on coke? Were my parents much cooler than I thought they were?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyQA5vNjihs
Mar 22, 2017 1:04 PM
Wooley
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WooleyAfter playing several less-than-inspiring games, I decided to replay original Bioshock remastered for PS4.

Yep, still the best game I ever played.

It's a good one. I think they did a great job with the port, too. Although some of the freakier game-freaks on NeoGAF went nuts at certain water effects looking different.

Wooley, have you played the Metro Redux games?

I have not, haven't even heard of them, what's that about?

First-Person Shooter based on a series of Russian novels, set in a post-apocalyptic Moscow. I grabbed both games off PSN for $14.99 in a sale. Only got through the first game, but it was a good time. Will jump into the sequel when my backlog gets whittled down.

http://www.gameinformer.com/games/metro_redux/b/playstation4/archive/2014/08/26/a-post-apocalyptic-remodel.aspx
Mar 21, 2017 11:15 AM
WooleyAfter playing several less-than-inspiring games, I decided to replay original Bioshock remastered for PS4.

Yep, still the best game I ever played.

It's a good one. I think they did a great job with the port, too. Although some of the freakier game-freaks on NeoGAF went nuts at certain water effects looking different.

Wooley, have you played the Metro Redux games?
Mar 20, 2017 7:17 PM
[font=arial, sans-serif]Sure, there's a Supreme Court Justice hearing and an FBI hearing, but this shit is important.[/font]




[font=arial, sans-serif]http://mashable.com/2017/03/20/mass-effect-andromeda-reviews-round-up/[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]'Mass Effect: Andromeda' reviews are in: Bad game is bad[/font]


[font=arial, sans-serif]The Verge (Andrew Webster)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]Andromeda is a massive game with so much to do, remarkably little of which is fun. It's often a bland and tedious game to play, mercifully punctuated by endearing narrative moments. Your enjoyment will depend on how much you like chatting with blue aliens. [/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Digital Trends (Phil Hornshaw)[/font]
[font=arial, sans-serif]Almost immediately, Andromeda starts bombarding players with worn space opera cliches. A massive space anomaly crushes your shuttle as you head to explore the planet, which you quickly discover to be full of hostile green aliens, floating rocks, ancient alien monoliths. It looks like Halo. Or James Cameron's movie, Avatar. Or any of a dozen or so TV, film, and game properties including Mass Effect. Within a few steps, the range of endless possibilities fans hoped for narrows down to the sci-fi equivalent of business as usual.[/font]

[font=arial, sans-serif]Eurogamer (Edwin Evans-Thirlwell)
You're left with a zesty but unsurprising third-person shooter, struggling through a soup of mundane chores - a game of mesmerising, gargantuan landscapes sabotaged by uneven writing and (at the time of review) an astonishing quantity of bugs. Perhaps above all, there's a shortage of drama or real consequence to Andromeda, apparently brought on by the shift to an open world template, that is sadly new to Mass Effect - a series celebrated not merely for its freedom of choice, but for making those choices matter.

Destructoid (Brett Makedonski)
Gone is the classic Paragon and Renegade dialogue options to firmly establish your character as a good guy or bad guy. Replacing it is a more nuanced system of answering either logically, emotionally, casually, or professionally. Rarely does it feel as if it'll make a difference. Often, all the answers seem functionally the same. It's so hard (maybe impossible) to make Ryder into an asshole. It's more about how sappy or dopey you want them to be.

GameSpot (Scott Butterworth)
The vast majority of Andromeda's characters are just dull, and conversations rarely delve deeper than arduous "get to know you" small talk. No one yells or cries or expresses any measurable emotion at any point, even when they explicitly talk about their feelings, and there's no Tyrion Lannister or Francis Underwood to keep things interesting. There was plenty of room for Game of Thrones-style power struggles on the Nexus, yet all political disagreements are merely mentioned without being explored.[/font]
Mar 20, 2017 5:24 PM
Death Proof
Lady MaryGood Christ that picture. I mean, my mother taught me how to sit like a lady when I was child. Feet down, ankles crossed. WTF?



...and if a woman in Obama's cabinet was photographed doing the same thing the Republicans and Right Wingnuts would be screaming for blood.


God, yes. Remember how everyone freaked when Obama eliminated the jacket/tie unofficial dress code for Oval Office business? Imagine if Michelle had her feet on the furniture.
Feb 28, 2017 6:09 PM
Apex Predator
Here's hoping Emmett Otter's unaltered Jugband Christmas with Kermit becomes available in 2017 as well.

This really should be a top priority.
Feb 24, 2017 12:49 PM
Wooley
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WooleyPlaying Watchdogs now.

Kind of a mess. Like they took a bunch of good ideas and just threw them at the wall and kept even the ones that didn't stick.
Seems like a stealth game at first, then it's a driving game. Oh shit, I just killed a bunch of people with my car and caused absurd collateral damage by accident, no apparent consequences. Wait, now it's a bit of an RPG, wait, now it's a driving game again, hold on, now there's cut-scenes that make me seem like a really good guy trying to do the right thing... except that I make money by covertly robbing innocent people on the street, including cancer victims (which I know from their phones or whatever)... and I just shot 8 guards in the head to get inside a building, but apparently that's ok. Maybe I'm not such a good guy? Wait, now I'm saving people from petty crimes in the street and my public persona improves... but it didn't go down when I killed that other hacker instead of just apprehending him... and I just bought an assault rifle so I can shoot more people.

Just an absolute mess.

Couldn't agree more, Wooley. Plus they make your character look like a hipster douchebag tool.

I mentioned it earlier but I'll plug it again: Mafia 3 was a great game. Go play Black Charles Bronson and take your revenge on those bastards.

Yeah, I started playing Watchdogs because your post about Mafia 3 made me wanna play something interesting and I had Watchdogs laying around.
I'll just take you advice here.

The reviews all brought up a valid criticism: The gameplay CAN be repetitive, but only if you allow it to become that way. I made it a point to approach my objectives different ways. Sometimes stealth, sometimes guns blazing, sometimes popping a cap in a dude's head from afar and getting the fuck out of Dodge. I never felt bored, but I also didn't get in to the side-missions all that much, because I figured they would be more of the same gameplay elements. I just saved them for when I feel like jumping back into the world later on.
Feb 23, 2017 1:14 PM
WooleyPlaying Watchdogs now.

Kind of a mess. Like they took a bunch of good ideas and just threw them at the wall and kept even the ones that didn't stick.
Seems like a stealth game at first, then it's a driving game. Oh shit, I just killed a bunch of people with my car and caused absurd collateral damage by accident, no apparent consequences. Wait, now it's a bit of an RPG, wait, now it's a driving game again, hold on, now there's cut-scenes that make me seem like a really good guy trying to do the right thing... except that I make money by covertly robbing innocent people on the street, including cancer victims (which I know from their phones or whatever)... and I just shot 8 guards in the head to get inside a building, but apparently that's ok. Maybe I'm not such a good guy? Wait, now I'm saving people from petty crimes in the street and my public persona improves... but it didn't go down when I killed that other hacker instead of just apprehending him... and I just bought an assault rifle so I can shoot more people.

Just an absolute mess.

Couldn't agree more, Wooley. Plus they make your character look like a hipster douchebag tool.

I mentioned it earlier but I'll plug it again: Mafia 3 was a great game. Go play Black Charles Bronson and take your revenge on those bastards.
Feb 21, 2017 12:35 PM
Hey, has anyone played Divinity: Original Sin? I borrowed it from a friend as a change of pace. I've never played a turn-based RPG before, and this one definitely is for the hardcores. I've already restarted twice with different builds. I'm not sure if the game is for me or not, but it's so damn pretty!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxnApC7Uxik

[img]https://gamerant.com/wp-content/uploads/Divinity-Gameplay-2-700x394.jpg[/img]
Feb 17, 2017 1:35 PM
WooleyTried the Resident Evil 2 Remastered and it's funny, I just don't think these games are for me.
I played the original a little while after it came out and couldn't get into it. ?I tried RE4 when it came out and it did nothing for me, only got about an hour into it before I quit, and now this one I played about 2 hours and I'm done.
I'm not sure what it is, but I struggle to understand what's supposed to be so great about these games.

I bought the original on PS4 because I read that it was more an adventure & puzzle solving game. And while it is, I just can't get into it. It looks great but the old-school game mechanics just aren't cutting it for me. I've heard great things about RE4 so I may pick that up during a Flash Sale.
Feb 17, 2017 1:33 PM
You know, I never thought I'd ever actually hear someone from either Party say, "Party Before Country," but Rand Paul came pretty damn close.

"I just don't think it's useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party. We'll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we're spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense."

http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/14/politics/kfile-rand-paul-republican-investigations/
Feb 15, 2017 1:39 PM
Curtis Armstrong could have saved us all with his wacky shenanigans.
Feb 14, 2017 6:41 PM
Mafia 3 story complete. I vanquished the clan, Eye-talian mob, and have the Haitians and Irish under my thumb. A good time was had by most, and I have plenty of side crap to do whenever I feel like jumping in my flamed out muscle car and cruising the streets of New Bordeaux and listening to the awesome radio stations. Very impressed with the world created and how the different districts each had their own vibe.
Feb 11, 2017 1:38 AM
Obi SpenobiAnyone playing Nioh? I'm curious about it. A game structured after Dark Souls, Ninja Gaiden fighting and Onimusha aesthetics? That sounds pretty, pretty... pretty good.

Those types of games aren't my style, but a buddy of mine is playing it and is really, really enjoying it.

From a FB message:
"Speaking of great games, Nioh really is amazing. Considerably more complex than Bloodborne and has a distinct flavor: think DS/BB mechanics, but with a bizarre sense of humor and actual historical references, including this guy in the flesh.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Derrick"
Feb 10, 2017 1:16 PM
Death Proof
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john ashtoni remember in the 80's seeing on tv a show or movie that had a boy and his father/uncle/other, don't remember which, sitting on a boat, and the boy sees numbers tattooed on the man's arm, asks him, "i thought you said we weren't allowed to get tattoos," the father/uncle/other replies that he got it in the holocaust. ?anyone have any idea? ? thanks.

a.k.a. Pablo


No, it was clearly ?Rob!



1. I can't believe I had to look that up.
2. I can't believe I looked that up.
Feb 9, 2017 6:59 PM
john ashtoni remember in the 80's seeing on tv a show or movie that had a boy and his father/uncle/other, don't remember which, sitting on a boat, and the boy sees numbers tattooed on the man's arm, asks him, "i thought you said we weren't allowed to get tattoos," the father/uncle/other replies that he got it in the holocaust. ?anyone have any idea? ? thanks.

a.k.a. Pablo
Feb 9, 2017 12:24 PM
Ned FlandersI beat Uncharted 4 a couple weeks ago. Graphics were pretty good. Story was good for a video game but not really that great, gameplay was fun at times but meh at others. The shooting and cover mechanics work great, but the climbing parts where you basically just mash X and do nothing else got really annoying fast. The puzzles were a bit too easy I felt. Overall it's a decent game, and considering it comes with a lot of the PS4 models now you might be able to get it for cheaper than 40 dollars used

I got UC4 for Christmas and I thought it was a mixed bag. Graphically, I thought it was great and the voice-acting work was really well done. I especially liked the fact the older brother Sam always called Nate 'Nathan'. That's definitely an older sibling thing to do. A lot of people didn't like the villain but I really liked the quietly unhinged Buscemi wanna-be, although his henchwoman was sadly underutilized. I thought the overall story was good and I liked the family tensions that played out over the course of the story. The chase scenes were pretty fantastic, too.

BUT...

I think the game just tried too hard to set itself from the other three that it ended up including things that didn't need to be there. The grappling hook? Really unnecessary and overused. The larger hub areas were nice, but also too easy to get lost in. Especially when I just wanted to move on to the story and I couldn't figure out where to aim the freakin' Jeep. Oh, it's that barely exposed road over there near the waterfall.

I really, REALLY hated the flashback scenes. Especially one later in the game that comes after a huge reveal and "oh shit!" moment. I did not want to pause the current-day story to watch Nate and Sam break into a mansion. It completely ruins the momentum of the story.
Overall, a decent game but unnecessary in the grand scheme of things.
Feb 8, 2017 1:12 PM
Rumpled 4 Skin
DeschainICYMI:

FFXV Clueless Gamer is gold.

https://youtu.be/eXJFbsQBvLw

Bwhahaha :)

Hey lets go check out that wedding dress?

"Do you think Justin will get back together with us?"
Feb 7, 2017 6:19 PM
Post your ugly mutts here.

[img]http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff285/perry0718/FullSizeRender_zpsemxs1bol.jpg[/img]
Feb 7, 2017 3:01 PM
Steve BrandonOne of my all-time favourite films, Wayne's World, was released on Valentine's Day in 1992, which was, checks watch, 25 years ago.

I still love Wayne's World and I try to watch it every year on February 14th (since it's not like I have anything else going on that day) and was only anticipating watching it on Blu-Ray again this year, but, apparently, it's still enough of a cult movie to get a 400-screen re-release in the United States on February 7th and 8th and there are some Canadian screenings too that aren't on that list.

Best of all, for me personally, there is an Ottawa screening, but it will be on the actual anniversary itself (February 14th, 7pm at Cineplex South Keys)... I was already planning on seeing the Lego Batman Movie that day (since it's "Cheap Tuesday") but I guess I can watch 2 movies.

Anyway, good night and party on.

Bonus link: 25th anniversary interview with director Penelope Spheeris in Vanity Fair.

Jesus, 25 years? I was working at a Loews when this came out. A co-worker and I dressed up and sat on a couch in the lobby making noise with guitars and spouting out nonsense.

Best Scene Ever.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRCTc6stICc
Feb 7, 2017 1:30 PM