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#1 Edited by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

Heh, I was hoping you were talking about this book when I read the thread title. I actually finished it about a month ago; it was a great read. As much as I love the little "twist" (for lack of a better term) of the beginning I think the ending is the real gem. The best way I can describe it is warmly terrifying.

Agreed. The ending is unique and stands in stark contrast to the end of The Last of Us. It even seemed preferable.

#2 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

The Last of Us is similar to most post apocalyptic stories. Most reference it's similarities (almost blatant rip off in parts) to The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

That's a great point about The Road. I'm also a fan (survivor?) of that book and it does provide the framework for both this novel and the game. That (and the Cordyceps hype @shagge mentioned above) make the genesis of both much more understandable.

#3 Edited by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey (Mike Carey's pen name, of Hellblazer and Felix Castor fame)

(I'll keep this spoiler-free aside from revealing a very early and obvious facet of the world.)

I just finished reading it moments ago and it is now my SF&F book of the year. It's thrilling and very, very dark. The similarities with The Last of Us begin with the catastrophe which has rocked the book's world: a fungal, pseudo-zombie infection.

As similarities in setting and themes mounted, I had to look up some dates to see if one could have inspired the other. Though the book only came out in 2014, its short story incarnation, Iphigenia in Aulis, was published in 2012. So it's unlikely that either source drew from the other.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy the game's world or Mike Carey's writing. The plots are wildly different, but The Girl With All the Gifts could have been a subversive DLC side-story set in the same universe. But please don't even glance at the plot synopsis if you decide to read it. It doesn't sell the book well and spoils the fantastic, creeping dread of the first third.

And if anyone else has read it, I'd love to hear your comparison between the two.

#4 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

@bofooq said:

I now changing my last level headed posting.

Fuck Bungie! this week's heroic and nightfall missions are in DLC, which means I can't play them. This will also mean going forward they there will be many of this missions I will not be able to play, and when the next part of DLC comes out even more I will not be able to play. I was fine with the idea of you want more stuff give us more money. However, they are now basically taking things I've had away unless I give them more money. FUCK THAT.

Yikes! I didn't know that they would lock those events behind a paywall. That seems super-shady because they're taking away existing content.

Thanks for the review, @zevvion. I've been a casual Destiny player and your review just saved me a bit of money (at least until I finish Dragon Age).

#5 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

I'm assuming what happens to Ethan occurs regardless of your choices. I chose to offer himself as a hostage to save his sister.

I treated Ramsey Snow like the piece of shit he is, and I got a knife through the throat...didn't see that coming.

Just to round out the choices, I was perfectly civil to Snow but chose to pull the sister away from him. Same result.

That was a hell of an episode 1, though. I loved everything about it, and the ending was icing on the cake.

#6 Edited by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

@meaninoflife42 said:

I had a good time with the first episode and, after playing both seasons of Walking Dead and Wolf Among Us, it's nice to see Telltale finally get back to their lighthearted comedic side.

I totally agree. I've completed Borderlands 1 & 2, and dabbled with the Pre-Sequel, but wouldn't consider myself really stoked about the lore. But I had a wide grin the entire time I played the first episode. It's fun to see Telltale working in an absurd universe again, and using their more evolved storytelling abilities to tell some good jokes. It feels like a Star Wars Expanded Universe story–completely tangential to the original franchise, but really well done.

And, (minor spoiler alert): way to go, Telltale, for saving Claptrap for a later episode. I was expecting a Claptrap-fest (and I love me some Claptrap), but was pleasantly surprised that they're not playing that card yet.

#7 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

@theht said:

Bah, I should really get around to playing Wolf Among Us too. Everything about that looks right up my alley.

I highly recommend Wolf Among Us, especially now that all of the episodes are available. Some of the individual episodes weren't very satisfying on their own, but the overall experience was some of the most fun I've had with a game this year. Definitely better than The Walking Dead season 2.

#8 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

@thatdudeguy: I would just shut off AA and enable FXAA through the Nvidia Control Panel for even more frames

Thanks! I'll give that a shot

#9 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

@moab said:

@thatdudeguy said:

Just to throw in my 2 cents, I'm running a GeForce 560 Ti from many years ago on an old i5 processor and this game runs just fine with most sliders set to High.

Just out of curiosity, what does "just fine" mean?

Good question!

At 1080p, I was getting low-30's FPS at the bare minimum settings, which didn't look or feel that great.

At 720p, I'm setting most complexity sliders to High, AO to HBAO+, AA to SMAA, God Rays off, and Textures to Low, and getting 48-60 FPS. Switching AO to SSAO yields a steady 60 FPS at this resolution, but it makes a huge visual difference for me and I can deal with the occasional dip during combat.

TL;DR Not as pretty as on current-gen consoles, but I'm happy I can play it :)

#10 Posted by thatdudeguy (125 posts) -

Just to throw in my 2 cents, I'm running a GeForce 560 Ti from many years ago on an old i5 processor and this game runs just fine with most sliders set to High. I was disappointed earlier this week when I couldn't run AC: Unity at all (12-15 laggy FPS), but this game looks and runs great!

NVidia posted a really thorough walkthrough of the graphics options and had an interesting comparison of the FC4 engine's development versus the new AC:U engine's development: