May 11, 2014

Gaming Thread 5/11/2014
— Gang of Gaming Morons!

One month away from E3. Monday's line up is going to be Microsoft, EA and then Ubisoft which will be on Spike TV and Sony's at 6PM eastern which will be streamed online. And then Tuesday, Nintendo is doing what ever the hell they're doing.

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NEWS

For expecting something akin to Quake Live for new Unreal Tournament, the idea of a community developed Unreal Tournament is quite interesting. I mean, it's to get more people to be able to use UE4 but it's an interesting marketing direction.

• Want some Hotline Miami 2 gameplay? Here you go

• This ToLove Ru gameplay trailer is just all sorts of wrong click here

Now, if I had the money, I'd rather buy an Omega Neo Geo but the brushed aluminum NES really is pure sex.

Da ghey stuff, it still bugs da Russia as they're giving The Sims 4 the equivalent of an Adults rating

So apparently the CEO of Occulus wants to build a new Second Life

• With how good Child of Light is, I'm really looking forward to the upcoming Valiant Hearts: The Great War.

So it took about 2 days for the pot to almost double for the upcoming DOTA 2 tourney, The International. Once again raising the bar for the biggest prize pool in eSports. DOTA 2 also hit a milestone of hitting the 750K concurrent players (it's was also close to hitting the 800K mark today at 796K players). Of course with all those players, it's still a shadow of the 4 or so million players (been awhile since I've looked at the number) you get playing League of Legends.

• Insomniac finally showing off the upcoming Sunset Overdrive

Well, I think it's safe to say that the Age of Empires re-release did great as they're looking for someone to lead a group in building a new entry in a "well-loved" RTS series.

• Bungie showing off loot in Destiny

Sony giving the lowdown on how the social aspects shakes out for the upcoming DriveClub.

• YOU GET A GAMEPLAY VID! YOU GET A GAMEPLAY VID! AND YOU GET A GAMEPLAY VID! EVERYONE GETS A GAMEPLAY VID!!! A teaser for the upcoming Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire remakes.

• In an interesting collaboration, an Eskimo tribe in Alaska has partnered up with a dev to create Upper One Games to create game focusing on Alaskan native games. The first release is called Never Alone. Looks like Limbo but hopefully not crap

With the way last gen sales have completely cratered, WB adding a release of Dying Light for Xbox One and PS4 was very smart. Now it has a new release month, February 2015.

Well, with the delay, Elder Scrolls Online might be F2P by the time the console releases are out as it's been pushed back 6 months out of it's June release. Considering they haven't shown off the console versions at all, this really isn't a shocker.

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Financial Stuff

When you don't really release anything, you have a bad year as Konami has found out with $60 million in net income.

In shocking news, Nintendo is in the red again under Iwata (who still has his job) with just under $230 million in the red. He also gave a "Please Understand" that they expect to be in the red till 2016 when their QoL non-wearables are released. If they were smart, they would get back into the Love Motel business with the Quality of Life marketing. They're estimating that they're going to move 12 million 3DS handhelds (lol) and 3.6 million Wii U systems (lol) this year. The release schedule is pretty barren with it riding on X, Mario Kart 8, Smash Brothers, Pokemon remakes and their entry into Skylanders type stuff. They also bought a tech company for $100-150 million but no one has a clue on what it is and Iwata didn't say jack about it to the investors.

On the wings of Monster Hunter 4, Capcom moved a billion in sales with a $34 million profit. Kinda surprised that Dead Rising 3 hit the 1.2 million copies sold mark that they set last year.

Though the release schedule barren for physical releases for the upcoming year (outside of the standard sports games, you have UFC, Sims 4, Dragon Age, TBA aka new Battlefield and a new golf game that won't bear Tiger Woods' name) they did great last year with a $1.12 billion revenue and $367 million in profit. In their finacials they said they're going to invest again into the digital and mobile sectors. Other than quoting March's NPD number (925K copies), they didn't say much at all about Titanfall other than announcing that the Respawn & EA partnership will continue.

In non-shocking news, Activision had a great year. Though WoW sub numbers is down to 7.6 million, the expansion pack for Diablo 3 helped right the ship on that side while they boasted that they had the top 2 games last year with Skylanders Swap Force and Call of Duty Ghosts. They also announced a $500 million marketing commitment to the Destiny franchise.

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Stuff I've been playing

I Bought and beat Tesla Effect. The story was pretty good, the acting is perfectly bad outside of a few (Todd Bridges and Curley Green being the worst offenders). That being said, there are a few weak points. The puzzles are pretty easy, there really wasn't much that stumped me. And at the end, Day 9, will make you hate your life as they force you to constantly backtrack through this one building four or five times. And for the love of God, can Bink Video please die? Especially as a PC game where you don't need this compression? Sure, you can film in HD but Bink will still make it look like crap.

If you like the series, this is one of the stronger entries that does well with tying the old games together. For someone who hasn't played any of the Tex Murphy games, there is a lot of hand holding you through the story so you shouldn't feel lost (though you will obviously get more out of it if you have). I got bad ending because I didn't stay true to Taylor or Ariel (tried for a menage a trois). It took me 8 or so hours to run through it the first time without rushing and I only missed two of the collectables (I searched everywhere and didn't find them). There are 5 endings so there is some re-playability (or youtubing). Personally got enough enjoyment out of my $20 to make it worthwhile.

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New Releases

Another week where there really isn't anything being released
Borderlands 2 (Vita) - Well, this is actually being released. Why? I have no idea. They really had to cut back on the visuals on this and it may or may not chug.

DreadOut (PC) - I don't know much about this Indonesia horror game other than it reminds me quite a bit of the Fatal Frame series which I'm totally cool with people aping (wish more people would look at it for insperation)

Thats it.
Catch me on twitter

Posted by: Gang of Gaming Morons! at 11:33 AM | Comments (45)
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1 DreadOut...  Chihiro gets lost again.  But no hotel for gods to save her this time.  Zombies!

Posted by: Anna Puma (+SmuD) at May 11, 2014 11:36 AM (HXcdb)

2 Not bad for one who drinks himself sober and wrote this

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 11:38 AM (fW/Ev)

3 "Da ghey stuff, it still bugs da Russia as they're giving The Sims 4 the equivalent of an Adults rating." There is only one rational reaction. Starting WWIII. It's going to be like Pong meets Pokemon meets Death. Meets Max Payne, which was actually a good game. Later.

Posted by: Mirror-Universe Mitt Romney at May 11, 2014 11:41 AM (9W+0f)

4 Blog, bloggers! Blog like you have never blogged before!

Posted by: DM at May 11, 2014 11:48 AM (Ztudx)

5 OT - A teenage boy is getting ready to take his girlfriend to the prom. First he goes to rent a tux, but there’s a long tux line at the shop and it takes forever. Next, he has to get some flowers, so he heads over to the florist and there’s a huge flower line there. He waits forever but eventually gets the flowers. Then he heads out to rent a limo. Unfortunately, there’s a large limo line at the rental office, but he’s patient and gets the job done. Finally, the day of the prom comes. The two are dancing happily and his girlfriend is having a great time. When the song is over, she asks him to get her some punch, so he heads over to the punch table and there’s no punchline.

Posted by: Al Gore's Toupee at May 11, 2014 11:49 AM (rCS6C)

6 I'm going to get a golf game/simulator/whatever for PC. Preferably a download from Amazon/Steam. Any suggestions before I start looking? I don't need fancy. Older/mainstream games are fine. Play with XBox controller.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 11:49 AM (ZshNr)

7 http://is.gd/0qhJUc

Posted by: HR at May 11, 2014 11:50 AM (hO8IJ)

8 There really isn't any golf games of the PC anymore. Frankly there isn't many golf games period but especially so on the PC. Definitely not any that has controller support

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 11:51 AM (5qa+L)

9 I finished Daylight today (retailing for $15, but bundled with my new video card) after a Steam-reported total playing time of 3 hours. I didn't realize until today that it's supposed to be the first commercial release based upon the Unreal 4 engine. I guess that's why it's being bundled with the newer NVIDIA cards..? Ehh, I wasn't impressed. It had a few exciting moments (running like hell through a labyrinth whilst completely defenseless from the evil being that's chasing me) but ultimately I found it boring. Someone online referred to it as a "basement crawler" which seems accurate. This is one instance where some genuine environmental interactivity and puzzle solving would have gone a long way toward improving the overall game. Now, I've got to go investigate the advert for the free Splinter Cell games that was also included with my card and see what the catch is.

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's Solid Gold Diaphragm at May 11, 2014 11:52 AM (bHnlE)

10 There was also a shitstorm about Nintendo not having Gay Marriage in one of their upcoming games. The internet lost it's shit, as it is wont to do as of late, and they apologized/said they would change the game. I would post a link, but Giant Bomb is down.

Posted by: Zakn at May 11, 2014 12:00 PM (zyaZ1)

11 Weird, my posts went poof

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:00 PM (bStrg)

12 There isn't any golf games on the PC that has controller support (and frankly there isn't many golf games on PC). If Blacklist is one of the free Splinter Cell games, that is worth playing. Wish it sold better

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:02 PM (bStrg)

13 The new Mario Golf on 3DS isn't bad, but that doesn't help

Posted by: Zakn at May 11, 2014 12:03 PM (zyaZ1)

14 nope and yeah, new Mario Golf is quite good. Nice to see Camelot in proper form

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:05 PM (bStrg)

15 That is what I am finding The Dude. I see a lot of recent excited mentions of a 35 dollar game simply called Golf Club, supposed to be debuting around now. Going to see what that's about.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 12:06 PM (ZshNr)

16 That is what I am finding The Dude. I see a lot of recent excited mentions of a 35 dollar game simply called Golf Club, supposed to be debuting around now. Going to see what that's about.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 05:06 PM (ZshNr)


well, it's in a paid beta state atm. Haven't checked it out yet. Hope it's good as Tiger Woods have been crap for almost 10 years (surprised there wasn't one this year).


IMO, the best Golf games of late has been the Hotshots on the Vita, PowerShot Golf on the XBox One and the new Mario Golf which aren't exactly on par with the PGA Tour games of old from Microsoft

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:10 PM (bStrg)

17 ...so he heads over to the punch table and there’s no punchline.
He should have asked the head waiter to help him out.

Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at May 11, 2014 12:11 PM (X3cIT)

18 I gave a quick look at the Golf Club demo, didn't see a controller-type mentioned. I assume people use "Wii" like controllers for a lot of golf games, which I guess is better suited to console.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 12:13 PM (ZshNr)

19 Weird, my posts went poof
Were you playing an NFL video-game, Dude?

Posted by: [/i]andycanuck[/b] at May 11, 2014 12:13 PM (X3cIT)

20 yeah, the Wii was perfect for golf games. Pretty accurate with enough fudging so you're not shanking the ball on every swing and natural movement.

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:15 PM (bStrg)

21 @18 I LOLed. Anyway, I just looked up information about the Omega Neo Geo since Dude mentioned it. Good to see that it's an improvement over the Neo Geo X Gold: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4iHoOK5HCHA

Posted by: Sandra Fluke's Solid Gold Diaphragm at May 11, 2014 12:18 PM (bHnlE)

22 I've been playing bits of the arkham origins expansion "cold cold heart." It's ok I'm about to get the Extreme Environment bat suit so we will see how that goes.

Posted by: Buzzion at May 11, 2014 12:29 PM (z/Ubi)

23 Eve needs a new war. Waiting for someone to start it. They posted all the Fanfest stuff. You should check out Laz's talk about the B-R fight. http://themittani.com/media/fanfest-remaining-videos-now-online

Posted by: Zakn at May 11, 2014 12:31 PM (zyaZ1)

24 I don't want to see what the controller for a game that incorporates gay marriage looks like. Just.Don't.Need.That.

Posted by: fairweatherbill at May 11, 2014 12:32 PM (ejkNv)

25 So when the hell does Fallout 4 come out?

Posted by: packsoldier at May 11, 2014 12:34 PM (aiU1e)

26 Pretty much nothing but The Golf Club on Steam. I was hoping for a more traditional Tiger Woods-kind of game.So of course I started scanning the Specials, and wondering if I'd rather be a Ski Resort Mogul or build a Space Empire, so I walked away from Steam for the moment. Need something new, not action-oriented like NBA, but not sedentary like a puzzle game.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 12:39 PM (ZshNr)

27 oh yeah, you can watch me hit a hole in one in Poweshot Golf

http://bit.ly/1meZEkx

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:50 PM (bStrg)

28

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 05:39 PM (ZshNr)\


Monster Monpiece comes out in a few weeks

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 12:51 PM (bStrg)

29 What do you think about driving games, particularly NASCAR 2013? Just watched a game play video, looks fun.Think it's XBox controller-compatible or do people use steering wheels/pedals?

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 01:08 PM (ZshNr)

30 gaming...about what it boils down to when it comes to staying alive in so-called "Tierra Caliente" West Mexico. It's a matter of "registering" arms and vigilantes. If the point is to empower vigilantes to fight the drug cartels, why the "demobilization" instead of "mobilization"? Anyway, news to me since Mexican citizens aren't allowed to legally own firearms. -- "Mexico to legalize vigilantes fighting drug cartel," by Alberto Arce (AP), yahoo.news APATZINGAN, Mexico (AP) — Mexico's government plans on Saturday to begin demobilizing a vigilante movement of assault rifle-wielding ranchers and farmers that formed in the western state of Michoacan and succeeded in largely expelling the Knights Templar cartel when state and local authorities couldn't. The ceremony in the town of Tepalcatepec, where the movement began in February 2013, will involve the registration of thousands of guns by the federal government and an agreement that the so-called "self-defense" groups will either join a new official rural police force or return to their normal lives and acts as voluntary reserves when called on. The government will go town by town to organize and recruit the new rural forces. "This is a process of giving legal standing to the self-defense forces," said vigilante leader Estanislao Beltran. But tension remained on Friday in the coastal part of the state outside the port of Lazaro Cardenas, where other "self-defense" groups plan to continue as they are, defending their territory without registering their arms. Vigilantes against the demobilization have set up roadblocks in the coastal town of Caleta. ... the vigilante movement has been plagued by divisions, ... "This (demobilization) agreement is just something to please the government," said Rene Sanchez, 22, a vigilante from the self-defense stronghold of Buenavista. "With them or without them, we are going to keep at it."

Posted by: panzernashorn at May 11, 2014 01:10 PM (gmrH5)

31 Monster Monpiece is just creepy.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 01:12 PM (ZshNr)

32 What do you think about driving games, particularly NASCAR 2013? Just watched a game play video, looks fun.Think it's XBox controller-compatible or do people use steering wheels/pedals?

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 11, 2014 06:08 PM (ZshNr)


eh, frankly there hasn't been a good NASCAR branded game since the early 2000's when Papyrus was doing God's work on the PC. If you want NASCAR now, there is really only one option and that is iRacing. The F1 games from Codemasters are decent though frankly, I think you're better going with iRacing too be honest. Or something like rFactor 2 or Assetto Corsa


And yeah, a wheel is what the majority uses on a PC

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 01:16 PM (bStrg)

33 panzernashorn - much as I generally appreciate your authentic gibberish, unless you're reviewing an expansion to "Call of Juarez" I recommend one of the open-threads

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at May 11, 2014 01:24 PM (30eLQ)

34 I just looked up Child of Light. It does look pretty impressive

Posted by: boulder t'hobo at May 11, 2014 01:29 PM (30eLQ)

35 Yea that game looks pretty good

Posted by: Zakn at May 11, 2014 01:36 PM (zyaZ1)

36 ...so he heads over to the punch table and there’s no punchline. He should have asked the head waiter to help him out. Posted by: andycanuck Well, that's better than Jonestown. The punchlines there were too long. And that's why they never told any jokes there......

Posted by: Bossy Conservative riding Orca at May 11, 2014 01:56 PM (+1T7c)

37 Been trying out the Wildstar open beta, which is running till 5/18. Enjoyed it, like that they have a race of giant space hamsters. Definitely feels like space WoW. Also got and beat risk of rain. Bunch of fun as a scifi 2d shooter rogue like.

Posted by: ConservativeMonster at May 11, 2014 02:02 PM (SpnmQ)

38 bah, forgot to mention that this week's humble bundle is very much worth the $9. System Shock 2, Harvester and I Have A Mouth And I Must Scream

Posted by: The Dude at May 11, 2014 02:04 PM (bStrg)

39 There was also a shitstorm about Nintendo not having Gay Marriage in one of their upcoming games. The internet lost it's shit, as it is wont to do as of late, and they apologized/said they would change the game. ---------------------- Final Fantasy XI had a marriage ceremony thing in the game, complete with a chapel. But Square Enix said no same sex marriages. There was the predictable uproar, but the developers didn't budge. Final Fantasy XIV is supposed to be adding a marriage ceremony thing as well. No mention yet whether they'll be including SSM. On another note, the renewed interest in Age of Empires doesn't surprise me. Age of Empires Online (which was basically AoE 2 with a cartoony AoE 1 setting) seemed to do well enough.

Posted by: junior at May 11, 2014 02:24 PM (GBsi2)

40 Love the Wii U. The downloadable Wii Golf/Bowling game is especially fun. Nintendo is Nintendo. Try not to judge too harshly, as if you're a big investor. They do not exist in a vacuum, and I am not impressed with any other company's quality level or strategy (other than Valve as Steam publisher). Sony likes to think its s*** don't stank, but to me the smell like boo-woo-woo. Microsoft musical executives are a sign the company is full of parasites. EA is incompetent. Social games suck. MMOs suck. So you have indies & Nintendo. IMO.

Posted by: Meekle at May 11, 2014 03:11 PM (kqHcW)

41 EA is full of progressive parasites in particular.

Posted by: Meekle at May 11, 2014 03:12 PM (kqHcW)

42 On another note, the renewed interest in Age of Empires doesn't surprise me. Age of Empires Online (which was basically AoE 2 with a cartoony AoE 1 setting) seemed to do well enough.

Posted by: junior at May 11, 2014 07:24 PM (GBsi2)


I am so excited for a new AOE game!

Posted by: NWConservative at May 11, 2014 03:25 PM (buZ/8)

43 I am having some serious fun with Skyrim on the new PC. Sure, it was fun on the XBox, if sometimes (understatement) frustrating, and the color was all grayed out, plus many glitches. On the PC, it's like a very different game. Good colors, even without mods, and while there are still glitches, the console can get me past almost all of them. Plus I can eliminate a lot of wasted time and cussing by being able to give merchants enough gold I don't have to travel all over the province to sell what I get in one or two quests. I've even managed to do a few quests on the PC that I couldn't do on the Xbox. Me like! Now, if I could figure what if any advantage there is to clearing a perk tree rather than taking a skill legendary, it would be very nice. And wondering if one can take a skill legendary more than once.

Posted by: Empire1 at May 11, 2014 04:09 PM (4Ikku)

44 Maybe Bethesda will finally announce Fallout 4..... yeah right.

I think my chances are better of turning my crawlspace under my house into a Vault.

Posted by: Daniel at May 11, 2014 06:01 PM (xTgSv)

45 So does any Morons play Clash of Clans? Because there really needs to be a Clan of Morons.

Posted by: Mark in Sandy Ut at May 11, 2014 06:30 PM (xGX1p)

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