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#1 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

I think the timing of this release sucks. Blaming EA for the timing and calling them tone deaf is silly. They obviously began work on this game a couple years ago. There's no way they could have known how the social climate surrounding police militarization would be today. Is delaying the game even further a good idea? That's hard to know since the public perception could either improve or worsen depending on any number of factors.

I will say that EA needs to be very careful about how they market this game. A poorly worded answer during an interview could easily sink this game with the way things are. If I was them I would not be putting any developers in an interview setting pre-release. They need to create very targeted commercials that put the focus on the fact that the criminals in this game are awful people and that the cops are not above the law. If that isn't how the story was written they need to either change it or position the story as a commentary on how society is and not how it should be.

#2 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

Works on PS3 and Vita. Don't have a PS4 to try but it's been mostly working on those two systems for a couple days now.

#3 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

@mbradley1992: I'd highly suggest NOT playing on heroic for Halo 2. There are sequences towards the end of that game that are a bitch to get through solo and the Brutes just aren't fun to fight. I enjoyed Halo 1,3,Reach, ODST, and 4 on Normal and they are all not exceptionally hard on heroic, especially with a co-op partner. But 2 is just frustrating and not fun. I never even finished it until years after it came out. Blew through it on easy just to complete the story.

#4 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

My total currently stands at 35, but I also spent a ton of time on turn-based-strategy games this year which can't exactly be beaten. I also have a handful of additional games I might be able to wrap up by year's end. 35 is a pretty good number for me. I usually end up in the mid-30's so I'm pretty pleased with the games I beat.

#5 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

@professoress: I like the UPlay and Steam systems. I don't get why people have problems with them. You are getting something for nothing. If you don't want to interact with it then don't but I really don't see how anyone could have an issue with a system that rewards you for playing the games you purchase.

#6 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

People who are complaining about the economy of this might not understand it. In theory there are a limited number of total possible gems (basically the value of every item that can be traded for gems on Steam). Once someone wins an auction those gems are removed from the economy, lowering the total. So while early on bids will be very high, over time the top bid will get lower and lower as fewer and fewer gems remain on the market. At the same time the value of each gem will then increase, meaning if you have too few gems to actually bid on anything I would suggest waiting until later in the auction when the difference between winning and losing an item will be a couple dozen gems not a couple thousand.

Of course players can always get more gems by playing more games and getting more Steam Cards and more badges from those cards and so on, but there are only so many cards you can earn in a day. Even if you have dozens of games with cards left to drop, you need a computer with enough memory to run all of those games at once if you want to farm enough cards for it to make a difference. I currently have five games running at once with two more waiting in the wings. But at the rate of about 10 cards a day I will still end up with under 1000 gems by the end of the auction.

#7 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

@thankyougiantbomb: Are you certain it isn't any sort of Metal Gear trailer? That sounds a lot like the trailer for MGS2 they showed on the It's Just a Bonus episode of Metal Gear Scanlon and it is also vaguely similar to one of the MGS5 trailers (the one that takes place on a ship where they are sending a body overboard). The other possible option would be Resident Evil Revelations. It takes place on a ship and I'm pretty sure there are enemies with snipers in the game and you do play as at least one military operative.

#8 Edited by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

@quarters: Arrow is an interesting case study in modern TV show pacing. It has so many subplots going on at any one time that many episodes feel hectic and quite a few feel pointless when they first air. I think the brilliance of the show, and why I always watch despite some episodes not being all that great on their own, is that by the end of each season, each and every character in every single episode ends up having a purpose. It's hard to imagine how certain episodes will amount to anything more than filler, but then suddenly these seemingly unrelated things all tie together in a way you don't expect. In SHIELD this season I don't think they've had one bad episode. But the overall structure of the show isn't as tight from a storytelling perspective. It can be hard to get into and stick with Arrow, but if you are willing to watch a show that is MUCH darker than SHIELD or The Flash then I would give it a go. It's a dark and brutal show, the type that The CW normally doesn't put out, but I think the way the story arc of each season concludes makes all of the tonal issues and seemingly pointless characters and sub-plots feel worth it and in a way even intentional.

@theht: It's truly amazing how SHIELD went from a mediocre teen melodrama with occasional sci-fi elements to one of the best parts of the MCU in such a short amount of time. It really makes you wonder what would happen to other shows with great premises that start off on the wrong foot if they were given a chance to right the ship for a second season instead of getting cancelled after three episodes. Networks are so obsessed with having the very best ratings every single week they don't give shows enough time to grow. I always mention Looney Tunes when things like this happen. While not a TV show, WB put out its first Looney Tunes short in 1930. But they didn't introduce Daffy Duck until 1937, Bugs Bunny until 1940, and most other popular characters until after that. If the studio had cancelled the project after a couple mediocre episodes, instead of 40 years worth of incredible cartoons we would have had 40 minutes worth of crap.

#9 Edited by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

So I thought that there are probably a lot of comic book fans among us and we just saw the midseason finales of The Flash, Agents of SHIELD, and The Arrow. So I'm curious what people's thoughts were on the finales and the shows themselves so far this season.

So spoiler alert for anyone not caught up on those three shows!

At the start of the season I was pretty meh on The Flash. The super corny monologues and overdone melodrama just weren't doing it for me. But I think they have found their footing by now and I really enjoyed this last episode. Of the three I think it is the only one that didn't happen almost exactly how fans predicted it. Is Wells the Reverse Flash? Are they separating Zoom and Reverse Flash into two characters and having them both? I admit that I know next to nothing about The Flash as a character but I have no idea who or what Wells is going forward. All the action scenes were also great and the pacing was much improved over the crappy crossover episode and some of the earlier episodes. It was a solid 4/5 to me.

Arrow started out the season super strong with that amazing opening episode and the even better second episode. But it kind of lost its way after that. The Arrow always has that issue midseason where you aren't sure where they are going with everything and certain episodes feel pointless. But if this season turns out like the last two I'm sure everything will end up falling in place. Meanwhile, I guess I didn't expect Thea to be Sarah's killer but I think it will end up being an interesting way to evolve the character. And I'm really glad the epside ending with Ra's just butchering Ollie in like 30 seconds without even trying. It shows just how powerful he is compared to every villain on the show thus far and it will be interesting to see Arrow's version of the Lazarus Pit as that is obviously the only direction for the show to go from here. The Lance family portions of the episode didn't really go anywhere, though, so I would say this episode was maybe a 3/5.

Last season SHIELD suffered from major tonal and pacing issues. They got things down by the end of the season but this season just took things to a whole different level. Talk about most improved show. Every character has changed for the better, and while Skye being an Inhuman I think has been obvious for a while, the reveal of her being Daisy and her father being Mr. Hyde was well done if not unexpected. I just really like the acting and writing on SHIELD. In any other show(or movie honestly), Skye would have let Ward turn around and give her a speech before shooting him. Same with Coulson and Whitehall. It was great to see highly trained special agents behave like highly trained special agents. And I am really glad Skye (or should I call her Daisy now?) didn't just forgive Ward like, again, she would have done in most other shows. The special effects may have been a step below those of The Flash, and neither show is shot and edited nearly as well as The Arrow. But overall I think I enjoyed it the most of the three finales. 4.5./5

So what did everyone else think?

#10 Posted by Raven10 (1938 posts) -

@privodotmenit: Okay, I'll concede that there are certain situations where it would be helpful. But for $500 he isn't going to be getting anything ending in 50. Most laptops in that range are lucky to have a dedicated GPU at all, and if they do it is a couple generations old and on the very lowest end of the spectrum.