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NeoGutsman

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#11838468 The RetroN 5 in-stock tracking thread/deals thread. Currently sold out everyw...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 13 June 2014 - 12:35 AM

Do I need any specific memory card in order to complete the firmware updates? I actually don't have any random memory cards floating around, only a flash drive.


You'll definitely need an SD memory card. I used a microSD card with SD adapter, but same thing, really. Your flash drive won't work, unfortunately.
The food news is that you don't need a big SD card since the files for updating are small. A cheap 4GB card is more than enough for your needs, if that.


#11456244 Amazon PCDD - Important Update New Community Manager Incoming!

Posted by NeoGutsman on 19 January 2014 - 07:58 AM

Marlowe Briggs is awesome, guys.  It's beautifully audacious, and that's a compliment.  I just started playing, and it's actually rather tongue-in-cheek in a fun way.  This is the exact kind of game I've been looking for my PC.




#11454956 Amazon PCDD - Important Update New Community Manager Incoming!

Posted by NeoGutsman on 18 January 2014 - 08:42 PM

Just wanted to chime in to anyone who is curious about Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons.  I picked it up last month on Amazon PCDD and finally got around to playing it this week.  No spoilers, but basically it's one hell of a treat and I totally recommend it.  I think I'm near the end (it's a short game), but what's there is sweet and engaging.  The mechanics, as executed, are charming (you use the analog sticks to control each brother respectively, and the corresponding trigger button to activate context-sensitive actions).  I thought it would be maddening, but you're rarely forced to play as a pure test of your dexterity, and the game generally gives you ample time and clues to figure out how to progress.
 
Of note is the relationship between both brothers.  I won't go into detail, but it's very sincere.  I can't wait to finish the game tonight.  I kind of wish there were more games like this.  It's a real treat.
 
P.S. How do you make Secret selections on this board now?  I haven't posted much in a while and can't seem to find it.

 

P.P.S. I just finished the game a few minutes ago.  Wonderful, just... wonderful.  I HIGHLY recommend playing this with a good analog gamepad with rumble.  There are people who have played using keyboard, but trust me when I say that the game is totally worth having a rumble analog pad to play with.




#11417060 Groupees: BaGB10 + Preorder Steampunk 3 + ST: Ion Robots Bundle for a $1...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 04 January 2014 - 09:30 PM

It's not just Arthur Darvill's likeness and voice; it's actually the most sophisticated of what are admittedly a series of not-terribly-complicated adventure games. There's a lot going on. Here's my four-year-old review of the first two games: http://rimeoftheanci...-in-the-tardis/

 

You can't put him in the cupboard with a vicious dictator! That wouldn't be very cricket, would it?

Now I'm really looking forward to finishing these.  In a way I was hoping these wouldn't be overly complicated anyway.  I kind of just wanted to enjoy more of the story and characters, sorta like the Telltale Back to the Future adventure games.  Not that I don't like involved adventure games (I love The Longest Journey and similar games).

 

For the record, you guys made me laugh with the reference to the cupboard :D




#11415758 Groupees: BaGB10 + Preorder Steampunk 3 + ST: Ion Robots Bundle for a $1...

Posted by NeoGutsman on 04 January 2014 - 09:17 AM

I think the first season is episodes 1-4 for some reason.

I can confirm that the first "season" of the Doctor Who game is episodes 1-4 (after extracting the .zip, you'll find four executables).  The fifth episode is just that.  I agree that it's a bit confusing.
 
I've only played through about half of the first episode, and so far it's not bad.  The controls and camera fight each other a little, but given the price it's worth a download.
 
More thoughts:

  • The environments are pretty good.  The character models and animation, however, are a tad rough.  I think they should have gone with a more stylized look, like a mix of realistic and slight caricature.  There's an uncanny valley here, but it doesn't detract from the gameplay, of course.
  • Puzzles are fairly simple, but I've already encountered a kind of dexterity-based minigame which I'm going to dread if it appears again a third time (or more).
  • Stealthing around is fairly easy so far, but remember that I'm barely finished with Episode 1 ;)  We'll see if it gets harder; Amy is right behind you, so if you don't hustle, she'll get shot and you'll go back to the most recent save point.  I'm not a fan of stealth games, but so far it's okay.
  • Music is basically all Murray Gold (which I love).
  • You can collect cards which give you data on characters, villains, etc. in Doctor Who.  These aren't essential to beating the game, but they're kind of fun to go out of your way to obtain.
  • Some objects in the game give you random information about the show or info on things in general.  I'm not sure why I'd need to know the origin of an English taxi cab, but there it is :)
  • Lastly, Karen Gillan is as lively as Amy as her lines allow, which is to say she does well with what was written for Amy.  Matt Smith's lines are delivered a bit flat, and sometimes they don't seem to carry the gravity they should given a situation or character dialog.  It's not awful, but in fairness he probably had to read his lines quickly as he was likely also working on the show at the same time.  Perhaps things will pick up near the end of Episode 1 or in the other episodes.