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Everything posted by Parrish

  1. I guess I'm still an Insider (on my old Xbox One), but it's limited to 36 months (it first said 2022 so I bought two years of gold before doing it). I've read that it works for regular folks too though on CAG. Sweet deal. I'm set through Dec 2021 with both.
  2. Honestly, I've never even looked at the store in-game and it hasn't felt any more grindy than Origins (which I enjoyed a lot).
  3. I loved the Witcher 3 (replaying it now) but the mounts controlled much better in Origins (the pathing is really well done). I had forgotten how much I wanted to kill Roach.
  4. I just Krazy Glued them back on - works fine but it's not pretty. I've read enough posts of folks with similar problems to believe it isn't an isolated issue, but it wouldn't scare me away from buying another - I would just get a replacement warranty or buy it at Costco next time around. Three months isn't enough of a warranty for something in this price range.
  5. Seems like it's due for an update as it doesn't have bluetooth and the original had a lot of build quality issues (I've had a bumper break and both grips start to peel). Maybe they are trying to get v1 inventory sold before announcing it. I still love the thing though and will probably get an updated one if they ever release it (and a warranty).
  6. I played an hour or so when I first got the X, but haven't felt any pull to go back to it - everything just seemed overcooked. I'll give it another try at some point but right now it's my biggest gaming disappointment of 2017 ( and I really enjoyed the first one).
  7. The Xbox winter sale has begun and the complete edition is on sale again for $20.
  8. No Switch here, so nothing from that on my list. Horizon: Zero Dawn - A beautifully rendered world, great gameplay, and most surprising for me, a touching story. My favorite surprise of the year - the KillZone games never didn't much at all for me, so I was shocked that they made something so different. Assassin's Creed Origins - It may be the best AC title yet (hard to take off my rose-colored glasses when it comes to the Ezio trilogy). I liked Syndicate, but the extra year of polish really shows here. Uncharted: Lost Legacy - Short and sweet, but so much fun. The pairing of Chloe and Nadine was brilliant. Overwatch - I played a few of the free trials. It was ok, but I didn't get how this was a GOTY last year. Then it clicked. Once you play enough with each of the characters, you understand just how every game plays out in so many different ways because of the matchups and it just doesn't get old. Even if it threatens to, they add new characters, maps, special events or rebalance so regularly that it's always fresh. Prey - Why they named this after the horrible 360 game when there's no connection whatsoever is beyond me. A next-gen Half-Life that lets you solve problems in lots of different, interesting ways - it deserved more love than it got. Wolfenstein II - Haven't finished it (probably about 2/3 of the way through), but an amazing follow-up which doubles down on the story. Playstation VR - Not a game, but I waited a year because I had been burned by the PS Move and the Kinect, and I wanted to make sure it was worth it (and would be supported). With the price drop and a lot more games, it is *so* worth it. So worth it that I've almost upgraded to a PS Pro just for the VR improvement.
  9. I had a free Redbox rental so I picked this up to finish the campaign (I had done the first three missions in the EA Access trial). I liked the campaign (though it is quite short and ends in a surprising way), and I thought they did a nice job of integrating the hero concept that is in MP with the story so it felt like more than just an extended tutorial. I then played a little MP just to see what it looks like and overall, I just feel kind of bad for the people that worked on this game that weren't involved with the loot box decision. Other than that it feels like they addressed a lot of the complaints people had with the first game, and the game itself is gorgeous.
  10. Really interesting. I didn't know that the narrative director for Horizon did Fallout New Vegas. Be warned though, watching this will make you want to play Horizon again.
  11. It's hard to imagine that they won't keep Fox as a separate division, given that they have been so focused on having Disney='family friendly' that they dumped their Miramax/Dimension catalog to Lions Gate a few years ago. Even as far as comic book movies go, there's no way Logan or Deadpool gets made with a Disney label, and they aren't leaving that cash on the table. What happens with Hulu in the long term will be interesting, given that Fox has been moving their content their once deals expire with Netflix.
  12. I have to chuckle that I'm following up an old post expressing worry with this - MoviePass is apparently experiencing login issues today, and their 'help' suggests trying again later. I'm sure glad I discovered this when I was just browsing times rather than being at the theater. Yikes.
  13. For a few selected titles like COD:WWII, AC:Origins, Battlefront 2, and Shadow of War. What makes it more interesting is in stacks with GCU, so if you have that - the first game is $48 and the second is $24. To make it *extra* interesting the Best Buy app said that if you chose in-store pickup you'll get a $10 GC code in mid-January. So $32 each - not bad.
  14. I'll be interested to hear you compare the two, since I have Farpoint. You're like the Roger Ebert of LCVG - I may not share your opinion on everything (you enjoy difficulty levels that are beyond me for instance) but I always get a better of sense of whether *I'll* enjoy a game from your impressions.
  15. What I'm reading so far doesn't seem very enthusiastic about the AIM controller support, which is pretty disappointing. But I can be patient - I'm lucky enough to have a VR backlog at the moment.
  16. I finally picked up the Black and Chrome edition on Black Friday, and if you love this movie, it's worth a watch. I don't know if I prefer it as Miller does, but I do agree with his assessment that some things work better in b&w and some work better in color. For me it made me pay attention to foreground details that I didn't in color, but there are certainly backgrounds (particularly brighter daylight ones) that lose out in b&w. Overall, it does change the feel in an intangible way. Like the old Brazil Criterion that highlighted the power of editing, this is a great example of the power of color vs b&w.
  17. Yup - the combination of the teleportation and the awful menus would make an actual playthrough of Skyrim VR with the Move too annoying for me. The combat is wicked cool with the Move controllers though.
  18. When you have a mechanism in your game that is built to reduce returns on players' time invested that isn't clearly indicated, how much it diminishes the amount isn't the issue. All of this whale hunting in AAA $60 titles is awfully depressing.
  19. I can see it working fine without a headset - much like Wing Commander or Descent Freespace. I can't say from the demo how it holds up against those though.
  20. The demo for Eve:Valkyrie is pretty cool - looking back in thread i see a few of you bought the full game. How does it compare to the demo?
  21. No reason you couldn't play it before finishing Syndicate. It's basically a prequel to the entire series to date and outside of the core AC mechanics, they feel pretty different (Origins is more horizontal, and obviously the weaponry is different). It's not perfect by any stretch (both the progression in terms of your leveling and the story have some minor issues IMO) but the world is expansive and beautifully rendered. I finished the main story and I still feel like going back and doing the side quests I skipped, etc.
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