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#1952 May 01 2013 at 5:23 PM Rating: Excellent
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I just got mine a couple hours ago. I'm more than a little annoyed that it goes through Uplay. A Steam code would have been much easier.

Why on earth would Ubisoft give a promotional copy of their game away via a competitor's client?
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#1953 May 01 2013 at 5:27 PM Rating: Decent
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Why on Earth does every major publisher need their own digital distribution client? I'm tired of installing things I don't really have a use for just to play a game.
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I haven't noticed Uplay's service doing as many sales as Steam or even Origin. Smiley: frown
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#1955 May 01 2013 at 5:31 PM Rating: Excellent
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Why on Earth does every major publisher need their own digital distribution client?

Because if they're selling the product digitally, they keep more money when it's sold directly through them rather than giving Valve a cut. It's one thing when you're talking physical distribution and a producer is taking advantage of a retailer's distribution chain to get their product out there but, digitally, Ubisoft is no further from me than EA or Valve or whoever else.
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I haven't noticed Uplay's service doing as many sales as Steam or even Origin. Smiley: frown

They don't really that I've noticed. Although I think I bought Ghost Recon: Future Soldier for $10 from them on a sale. And they had a $1 sale where I got From Dust and Driver: San Francisco.

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#1956 May 01 2013 at 5:36 PM Rating: Decent
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Why on Earth does every major publisher need their own digital distribution client?

Because if they're selling the product digitally, they keep more money when it's sold directly through them rather than giving Valve a cut. It's one thing when you're talking physical distribution and a producer is taking advantage of a retailer's distribution chain to get their product out there but, digitally, Ubisoft is no further from me than EA or Valve or whoever else.


They also have to spend the money on creating and maintaining it. Servers cost money to setup, and they keep costing money to run. Obviously, I don't have access to the exact numbers, but setting up their own service is cutting into their profits to. The only difference is that they're not giving the money to the competition. Since Ubisoft is willing to work with Valve anyway, I don't see the need for Uplay.
#1957 May 01 2013 at 5:37 PM Rating: Excellent
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They also have to spend the money on creating and maintaining it.

I'll let their accountants worry about that. Regardless, it's not exactly a mystery why they'd want their own client and storefront.

Anyway, I like Uplay just fine. Works fine for me, doesn't cause me any problems and has the nifty feature of accumulating Upoints by playing the games which you can then spend on extras (wallpapers, DLC, etc).

Edited, May 1st 2013 6:40pm by Jophiel
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#1958 May 01 2013 at 5:39 PM Rating: Good
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If every game publisher has their own service for their own games, then there is no reason for them to sell to third party vendors to make all these sales we enjoy. Of course, so far my Origin catalog is Dragon Age Origins and II that I got from an Amazon sale, I think. And I'm pretty sure I got Kingdoms of Amalur from Amazon as well. So as of yet, it hasn't really happened... but it'd be like a monopoly on digital distribution.

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#1959 May 01 2013 at 5:42 PM Rating: Excellent
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Given that Ubi and EA games are widely available via other retailers, that doesn't seem to be a big worry right now. The only real schism has been EA and Valve and that's mainly over DLC rights.
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FC3:BD would be a lot more amusing if it wasn't two friggin' hours of tutorial. I swear, Far Cry 3 didn't put me through this much **** to be able to freely move around.
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FC3:BD would be a lot more amusing if it wasn't two friggin' hours of tutorial. I swear, Far Cry 3 didn't put me through this much **** to be able to freely move around.


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FC3:BD would be a lot more amusing if it wasn't two friggin' hours of tutorial. I swear, Far Cry 3 didn't put me through this much **** to be able to freely move around.


O.o From what I heard the tutorials take 5 mins, the full game only take 4-6 hours to beat. Least this is from reviews.
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#1963 May 01 2013 at 9:10 PM Rating: Excellent
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O.o From what I heard the tutorials take 5 mins, the full game only take 4-6 hours to beat. Least this is from reviews.

Depends on how you define "tutorial", I suppose. A few hours in (some of it idle) and it's still "Now we're going to use a vending machine..."

If that's the "joke", it's a tedious one since it detracts from the awesomeness of shooting cyborgs and neon lit blood dragons.
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O.o From what I heard the tutorials take 5 mins, the full game only take 4-6 hours to beat. Least this is from reviews.

Depends on how you define "tutorial", I suppose. A few hours in (some of it idle) and it's still "Now we're going to use a vending machine..."

If that's the "joke", it's a tedious one since it detracts from the awesomeness of shooting cyborgs and neon lit blood dragons.


Rule #1 of ironic game design: Making reference to the tedious thing that you're asking the character to do does not make the thing not tedious to do.


I gather the Duke Nukem reboot suffered greatly from this. Crate pushing or valve puzzles, or something to that effect (not sure - I didn't play it because duh).
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#1965 May 02 2013 at 9:08 AM Rating: Excellent
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Just for the record, the actual "game" parts of the game are fun. It's just that the constant speed bumps detract from the flow of it and make it less entertaining. More shooting, less forced hand-holding sections on how to do a side mission.
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Anyone interested in buying into a Torchlight II four-pack? Cost per game would be $4.10

I don't need it myself (already own it) but thought I'd make the offer.
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#1967 May 02 2013 at 10:54 AM Rating: Good
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The gun and shotgun you get in Blood Dragon are nice references to Robocop and Terminator 2. I also like the description for the bow. Smiley: lol
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Anyone interested in buying into a Torchlight II four-pack? Cost per game would be $4.10

I don't need it myself (already own it) but thought I'd make the offer.

If you get three and need a fourth, let me know.
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Jophiel wrote:
Anyone interested in buying into a Torchlight II four-pack? Cost per game would be $4.10

I don't need it myself (already own it) but thought I'd make the offer.

If you get three and need a fourth, let me know.
Ahh, the old prom question routine. I just pulled that one off again last week.


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If you missed GMG's Tomb Raider sale last week, this weekend is Steam's. 50% off, so it's the same 24.99, but you don't get the coupon deal that GMG has all the time.
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ugh, sorry but FC:BD is just terrible, I cant go on.
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Oh, awesome. FC3:BD being out means /r/gaming will be spammed with all the item descriptions for the next few weeks, just like it was when FC3 was released. Yes, yes I know. Unsub from /r/gaming and sub to /r/games.
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You guys should split a 4-pack of Monaco.
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Are there that many item descriptions? The potential **** seems a lot smaller than in FC3 and I don't think there's any crafting (haven't seen hint of it yet anyway and animals don't drop materials).
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You guys should split a 4-pack of Monaco.


I'm down for that.
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Are there that many item descriptions? The potential **** seems a lot smaller than in FC3 and I don't think there's any crafting (haven't seen hint of it yet anyway and animals don't drop materials).


All the weapons, attachments, animals, VHS Tapes, Research Notes, and various menu screens have unique descriptions on them. There are probably other things that I haven't found yet.
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Well, yeah but they all did in FC3 as well. My point is that there's fewer of them overall.

I'm curious about KTurner's hatred for the game.

Edited, May 3rd 2013 9:37am by Jophiel
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I'm curious about KTurner's hatred for the game.


To put it simply: too much stealth and I'm not a stealth game fan. hated Deus Ex HR because of it, hated Crysis 3 because of it, hated the MGS games.

I didnt get far at all, only did the first area where you get captured and stripped of your gear, then it tells you to go somewhere 'undetected' and i shut it off.

Put aside the stealth bits and I wasn't impressed with the gameplay. /shrug. Maybe it gets better and maybe i'll revisit it someday but I've got no shortage of top tier games sitting around still.
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It was only mandatory stealth for that section as a tutorial and to introduce you to the Blood Dragons. If you want to go all out for the rest of the game there is nothing stopping you from doing so.
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There's some stealth later on: Rescuing the scientists in the side missions requires you to use some stealth since they'll start shooting the hostage when they see you. Although you can also snipe them from distance I believe provided they don't ever actually locate you visually. Bow and arrow work best since they'll hear and locate you if you're using an unsilenced weapon. Or get in close with the suppressed pistol but that requires stealth to get into reasonable pistol range.

Speaking of, I was on the dam last night and crouched behind some boxes. I killed a guy with an arrow from hiding and someone came over to investigate his dead co-worker. So I shot him. And the next guy. And the next guy. And the guy after that who thought a pile of corpses was something to walk toward rather than away from. It was pretty ridiculous in an amusing fashion.
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Speaking of, I was on the dam last night and crouched behind some boxes. I killed a guy with an arrow from hiding and someone came over to investigate his dead co-worker. So I shot him. And the next guy. And the next guy. And the guy after that who thought a pile of corpses was something to walk toward rather than away from. It was pretty ridiculous in an amusing fashion.


Lol, I did the same thing in a garrison that had one of the mental shielded Blood Dragons standing guard. Best part about that was the fact that the jeep patrol kept driving past the fresh bodies without stopping.
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It was only mandatory stealth for that section as a tutorial and to introduce you to the Blood Dragons. If you want to go all out for the rest of the game there is nothing stopping you from doing so.


I know what you mean, and thats how Crysis and DE:HR were. Stealth wasnt required but I still got the sense that the developers wanted me to play that way and going in guns blazing always had the same effect: alarms sound, reinforcements come, kill em all, repeat.
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Playing FC3, I had the sense that both styles were equally effective. Yeah, you had to kill more people if you went in hostile (vs disabling alarms, etc) but that was part of the fun of the guns blazin' approach. Unlike what I played of DE:HR, there's no shortage of weapons or ammo so you're not penalized for wanting to just gun it out.

The combination of effective paths sometimes crossed in fun ways. I could mine a road and then sneak into camp and place C4 charges on the vehicles. Sneak out, shoot a few guys, let them call in reinforcements to drive to the camp, some of them also jump into the jeep to chase me and the rest writes itself. Far less efficient than just sitting in a bush and plinking them off with a silenced sniper rifle but a whole lot of fun in its own right.

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Playing FC3, I had the sense that both styles were equally effective. Yeah, you had to kill more people if you went in hostile (vs disabling alarms, etc) but that was part of the fun of the guns blazin' approach.


This is how crysis 1 was, and it worked for me because it was very open world, like (ive heard) far cry 3 is. Plus the suit in crysis made it more fun imo.

Does FC:BD become open world at some point?
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After you complete the Garrison capture tutorial.
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After you complete the Garrison capture tutorial.


oooo ok. Well i'll have to give it another chance then.
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I will say that FC3 is a better game than FC:BD. I appreciate what BD is doing but the fact remains that the game is an intentional joke and tongue-in-cheek affair. If nothing else, FC3's tropical visuals are much easier on the eyes than the over-saturated dark blue & red color palette of BD.

Short version: Even if you dislike BD, you might still enjoy FC3 judging from what you describe liking.
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If nothing else, FC3's tropical visuals are much easier on the eyes than the over-saturated dark blue & red color palette of BD.


^This. I cannot tell you how many times I've walked off a cliff in BD because I couldn't tell where the end of the cliff was when it was overlapping with the grass on the ground below.
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I discovered a new definition for hilarity today. Hilarity is a tower full of snipers getting picked off one by one by a guy with a bright neon-blue bow sitting 200 ft away from them in the open.
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I discovered a new definition for hilarity today. Hilarity is a tower full of snipers getting picked off one by one by a guy with a bright neon-blue bow sitting 200 ft away from them in the open.


There's a fine line between hilarity and bad game design.
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Anyone seen XCom EU for 10 bucks or less?


Gamefly deal XCOM and Civ 5 bundle for $16, Steam activated. Use code GFDMAY20.

Edit: Technically this makes XCOM less than $10.

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Dragonborn DLC for Skyrim is $10 on GMG. Other DLC is 50% as well.
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Gamefly deal XCOM and Civ 5 bundle for $16, Steam activated. Use code GFDMAY20.

Edit: Technically this makes XCOM less than $10.

Edited, May 3rd 2013 2:51pm by Shaowstrike


Hey, good work. I think I'll jump on that.
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I've never heard of that game before. What's it about?
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Mostly about chasing butterfly poon.
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It's FC3 in a 1970s style.

So, you know... Pong.
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Just checked the BD map, the reason why there are so few weapons is because the entire game is based on the eastern half of the first island. Vaas' compound is where the small island on the top of the map is located.
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So you're saying we've played FC3 on the same island before?

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