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#1  Edited By AndrewB

@senseiofworms: I'm amazed to get a reply this many years later but my point is still valid there :P. The sliders in Worms 2 were ridiculous to the point of being broken, yet funny; whereas Armageddon was going for less of a range and more limited depending on the weapon.

And I'm pretty sure at the time I wrote this that Worms: Armageddon was completely abandoned and the only way you could even play it on modern hardware was through a third party hack. Any updates have only come about more recently after years of neglect. But I'm glad it's been picked up again for updates because it's still my favorite overall of the series.

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Dwarf Noble is also my favorite. I freaking loved dwarves in Origins.

This. It makes for a very interesting story situation later in the game. Probably the most interesting overall, although the Dalish Elf line has major ties to an overall important story arc (I just think it turns out to be more of a nod than anything of substance, but then - like all origin stories - there are still some heavy ties to certain other plots in the Origins main story).

My first character was a rogue, and while I think playing a mage ultimately turned out to be more fun, rogues are also totally viable beasts at dealing damage in melee. Not as boring to play as a sword-and-board while you're trying to get around to the backside of an enemy for maximum potency

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I turned off bokeh blur (not even sure how much that matters) and I'm running FXAA. A few early cutscenes seemed chunky but so far things are smooth. GTX 670 at what amounts to 1080p. I really do feel like the complaints about performance probably stem from MSAA. Image quality is what is is, but the best quality comes from a steady framerate.

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You guys are weird. They already announced the steep system requirements ahead of time, and if you think of the Rift as buying a high-end gaming monitor then the price is either in line with or maybe slightly more expensive than you'd normally be spending. It's the reason I've been holding off on a monitor upgrade.

I'm not saying the price is something I'd like to swallow since I hate sinking $600 on any one thing, but come on...

The only thing I wish they had was an option to drop the pack-in controller for a little bit off because I already have an Xbox One controller; though I doubt it would mean too much off because I'm pretty sure Oculus aren't paying MS full retail price per controller.

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You might have already made up your mind, but for reference to anyone out there with the same question - the story missions continue to be what they were in the first chapter, so if you liked that style of Metal Gear then you have your answer.

You don't necessarily need to play the rehash (a less harsh term would be "tweaked") versions of existing old missions to unlock story missions. I did it all solely through playing side missions. Yes, they're more cookie-cutter "boring" ones, but the rewards you get from doing them were better, to me, than fighting through equally boring content - because I'd already seen it before - but just harder. I just wanted to get to the new story stuff.

For what it's worth, I never stopped having fun with the game until it was over - despite the rushed presentation that is the second chapter.

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To be fair, they were never really useful in the base UI to begin with. The only time I've ever seen it work is when it's accidentally triggered by people in the room gesturing their arms during a conversation. I own a Kinect 2.0, but since it's basically useless for anything other than a room mic, I wish Microsoft would just patch in the capability for any mic to be able to pick up voice commands (and the thing already ships with a headset to do that anyway).

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#7  Edited By AndrewB

I preorder games from companies I trust when they're putting out a game of the type I know I'll enjoy. It's never for preorder bonuses - always because I want to play it as soon as I can. Most recently was Fallout 4 and the Rising Tide expansion for Civilization: Beyond Earth.

BE is a great fleshing out of a game I already enjoyed, flawed as it was. Trust continues.

Fallout 4 will be entertaining at least. I know it will appeal to me enough to not be bad, but I'm cautious that it might be underwhelming. If it is, I won't preorder a future Obsidian developed Fallout interim title (Fallout: New England?).

That's the way my brain operates when it comes to pre-paying.

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Hooked up to a TV or monitor seems to be the definition, so...

Technically 4? XBox One in the living room, PC and 360 (although I haven't turned that thing on for months) to my monitor, and in the bedroom I have a Gamecube hooked up to a teensy CRT.

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After Sonic Rush. Seriously. The series stopped being quite prolific after Sonic 3 and Knuckles - though CD is also great, but I didn't have the luxury of playing it back in it's day. Yet I still enjoyed all of the GBA incarnations and the first DS one was serviceable too. Sonic Rush Adventure tacked on some really dumb mechanics to prevent the fluidity of moving from stage to stage. The actual gameplay might very well have been okay if not for that.

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The transition to "chapter 2" (the intro to Skyhold) is riddled with bugs. The first part in the underground area, I entered the level up screen while a cutscene laggily (new word) started to play and was stuck in some sort of in-between of gameplay and menu hybrid until restarting. Just before reaching the camp while traversing the mountain and deep snow, if you pause and unpause just before reaching the group that rushes toward you, you can run past them toward the background scenery. If you try to skip the dialogue in the next sequence, you can be faced with either a denial where it refuses to let you skip or a complete freeze of the game from attempting to (happened to me multiple times - just take it slow if you are skipping through scenes). Also had the game lockup on me when I left it to idle shortly after reaching Skyhold in a dialogue wheel before I had a chance to save the game.

Here's a funny one with a minor-minor spoiler warning.

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