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406  Community / License to Improvise / Re: Creatures of the night [Dark Fantasy] on: January 09, 2014, 02:44:31 PM
Hello guys, (and girls, wouldn't want Valentina to snap at me   Smiley  )

Wait, what?  I though it was said Valentina was a dude?

Ugh, the internet some days.  Tongue
407  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 07, 2014, 06:29:32 PM

Combine this with CoD: Ghost's Extinction mode, and we might be seeing the new trend.  Alien beasts are the new zombies.
408  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 07, 2014, 06:23:00 PM
It claims to run concurrent with Aftershock, and after Aftermath.  Maybe something to look into after I finish my Enemy Within round?  (The base defense was sweet.)

I got the Iceland Fishery mission just before my Base Defense.  What a bad day that was.
I got dumb lucky on my Base Defense, half my Colonels including two MECs were on the opening maniple.  Even got the achievement for Base Security whackin' Exrays.

Oh man.. I wish.  I lost a Bird to the whale.  My other Colonel was gravely wounded.  2 more Lts were Wounded.  My base defense was a bunch of rookies and squadies.  It was rough! lol

Just remember that the base defense will always happen after the alien base.  I think the timing is around 2 weeks, though it might vary.  Though also remember that putting it off for too long might end up getting you an Ethereal in the attack.

As for Afterlight, yes it does run at the same time as Aftershock, which was a sequel that takes place decades after Aftermath's bad ending, where humanity surrenders.
Nice little trivia: according to legends, supposedly the original UFO: Aftermath code was based on something Julian Gollop (one of the original XCOM creators) was working on in a last ditch attempt to revive the series.  He fails, and an Eastern European company (Altar Interactive) grabs it up and builds a game out of it.

Never got the chance to get it myself, but it intrigued me at the time. (Note: this was before I was an XCOM convert, so I didn't even really know much about it at the time)  Reviews were fair-to-good, though, which seems to be the curse of games like this, each one always had some bug you had to watch out for.

Whether or not you should get it doesn't bug me.  If you like XCOM, pick up the Afterblank series (when you can.  I still haven't gotten around to it  Tongue ).  What worries me is that the original company went out of business, and what's on Steam is listed as an "indie" game.  I'm also noticing that the other two games aren't up.

Now, I could be worrying over nothing.  It could be that a small group of dedicated fans have taken it upon themselves to bring the game back into the Steam library.  However, for the moment at least, I'd suggest checking out GoG for the whole series.

UFO: Aftermath's Geoscape music is definitely something to listen to, I'll tell you right now.  
409  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New Guns on: January 07, 2014, 05:18:30 AM
Looks like a a battery in the back and the magazine for the rounds in front of the trigger.

I'm not sure.  The caliber markings are on the back one, and considering the other gun...  I dunno.
410  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 06, 2014, 05:54:49 PM
Well this is interesting.  Just booted up Steam, and saw that they just re-released UFO: Afterlight.  Strangely, it's listed as an "indie" game, despite it being far from it.  The way the summary has been posted is a little strange as well, like it was done by someone inexperienced.
Might want to keep an eye on that.
411  Community / License to Improvise / Re: New Guns on: January 06, 2014, 04:54:09 PM
Slightly embarrassed that it took this long to bring this up, but:

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[Internet Movie Firearms Database]- "According to the official site, it fires 8.75x52mm FSDRAS (Fin Stabilized, Discarding Rail Accelerator Sabot) rounds with a muzzle energy of 18 kilo joules. It is a dual-stage weapon, use chemical propellant first and then electro-magnetic rails as the second stage."

Naturally, I can't seem to find it on the official site.  Though it does mention the other guns. Tongue

But yeah, an example of a chemical/gauss hybrid weapon.  On of my biggest grips with the movie was that I was looking forward to the moment this baby got used... and it happens to have the worst case of shaky cam I have ever seen.  And I have a reasonably high tolerance for that stuff!  I mean, sure, you could say the gun is that powerful, which is backed by how much hamburger the target was turned into (even firing through thick Elysium walls), but man, they could have least steadied the lens it after the initial firing.  Angry

EDIT- just noticed something... Is that supposed to be a bullpup?  Then what's the front magazine supposed to be?  The battery, maybe?  Urg, now I'm confused.  Undecided
412  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: January 06, 2014, 12:50:03 AM
LEGO Simpsons are happening.

I am so serious right now.

Now if they would only go back to the Alien Conquest range, I'd be happy.
413  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: January 04, 2014, 10:32:27 AM
Erg... ERG! *Digs self out of pile of snow*

Can't talk long, the servers are being crappy right now due to weather (which sucks because that means that getting achievements on Steam is unreliable right now).

A little late mentioning this, but the day after Christmas marked the end of the most out-of-the-way path to buying the Orange Box probably on record.  When it first came out, I had already gotten Half-Life 2 & Episode 1, and wasn't at all impressed with the suggestion to "give the spare code to a friend" (and essentially force them into the same situation).  Because of this, and due to the computer I had at the time being on the edge of being obsolete, I essentially started boycotting Valve products.  Then last summer I finally got access to a newer computer, and happened to hit a Steam sale.  So I finally ended the boycott with Episode 2.  Got TF2 when I went F2P, and then day after Christmas I grabbed Portal 1 & 2.  So, yay for me.

Also grabbed Psychonauts, so add that to the free Fallout games and Deus Ex: HR, and I'm just drowning in backlogged games right now.

Now if I could only get through the Military Base full of mutants.  Angry
414  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy New Year! on: January 01, 2014, 03:17:35 PM
Great, now I'm going to have to remember to put 14 in the year column.  Tongue
415  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Happy New Year! on: December 31, 2013, 04:56:23 PM
For all acquaintance we forgot,
yada yaaaaa daaaa yaaaaaaaa daaaaaaaa daaaaaaaa,
For all acquaintance we forgot,
yada yaaaaa daaaa yaaaaaaaa daaaaaaaa daaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

Next year, I resolve to szihcvcmznviuahuefrn.  I will then adnzxklcjvhukjneawrm, maybe followed by hlkbviobvzxcbvznsedbkrjhbjkbtkaj.

Oh, and Tier Zero.  Might work on that, too.  Once I get my head back on straight.
416  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 26, 2013, 10:46:15 PM
After playing the two mission DLCs for Saint's Row IV I feel compelled to wonder what alien shit the guys at Volition are smoking.

How the Saint's Save Christmas was trippy, but Enter the Dominatrix?

Batshit.

Complete batshit.

I believe Enter the Dominatrix was what SRIV was supposed to be, so there's that.

Also grabbed Deus Ex: HR DC for 5 cyberbucks.  Man, I'm not going to have time to play all these games I've got.

It's a good hurt.  Wink
417  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Season's Greetings on: December 26, 2013, 01:19:50 PM
Protip- Do not eat Chinese food on Christmas Eve.  Tongue

Happy holidays.
418  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Video game news and reaction on: December 26, 2013, 12:40:17 AM
BREAK BREAK!

Left 4 Dead 2 is FREE ON STEAM until 10AM on 12/26.

GRAB IT WHILE IT'S HOT!!
419  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2013: Let's Hope it's a Quiet One on: December 23, 2013, 06:41:37 PM
Lt. Gen. Mikhail T. Kalashnikov

Do svidaniya, Comrade!

Talk about men who changed the world... Evil

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Do svidaniya, Comrade!

Indeed.

Meh.

Might be my bias against AKs talking, there.
420  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: December 21, 2013, 02:28:05 PM
NASA streaming ISS repairs live...

Right this second.  Log on while you can!

EDIT-Crap, came across it just as they were finishing up for the day.  They still have work to do, though, so they might have some more footage the next few days.
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