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PHA2!?!? But I just got the PHA1........... frown.gif
Looooooooooooseeeeeer. Just kidding. This one is just DSD capable, which I have no interest in as the catalogue of SACD and DSD is quite limited.
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Originally Posted by Mimouille View Post  Looooooooooooseeeeeer. Just kidding. This one is just DSD capable, which I have no interest in as the catalogue of SACD and DSD is quite limited.

 

Also a different DAC chip, PCM1795 (or maybe the DSD1795, same thing) in lieu of the WM8740...

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Also a different DAC chip, PCM1795 (or maybe the DSD1795, same thing) in lieu of the WM8740...

 

Well I do like the Wolfson quite a bit....... Has pretty good synergy with my DT990..... 

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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post  Well I do like the Wolfson quite a bit....... Has pretty good synergy with my DT990..... 

 

The WM8740 is a very respectable chip; it only gets a bad rap because it's cheap and gets used in absolutely everything, good and bad. A properly implemented WM8740 should sound no worse than a PCM1795.

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The WM8740 is a very respectable chip; it only gets a bad rap because it's cheap and gets used in absolutely everything, good and bad. A properly implemented WM8740 should sound no worse than a PCM1795.

What does properly implemented mean? 

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Originally Posted by veyrongatti View Post  What does properly implemented mean? 


That's going to open up a can of worms that I'm not sure we want to get into here. Short answer is, if you don't need DSD support, you'll be okay with the PHA-1. Don't freak. :normal_smile :

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That's going to open up a can of worms that I'm not sure we want to get into here. Short answer is, if you don't need DSD support, you'll be okay with the PHA-1. Don't freak. :normal_smile :

 

^^ Cool, being a filthy casual I don't even know what DSD is......... 

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There's something insanely satisfying about blasting hordes of aliens with a laser shotgun to Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" as the US president dressed in a purple suit like The Warden from Superjail. Thank you, Saints Row IV.

 

Imma show you how to turn it up a notch. First you get a swimmin' pool full of liquor, then you dive in.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/6/13 at 5:12am
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There's something insanely satisfying about blasting hordes of aliens with a laser shotgun to Kendrick Lamar's "Swimming Pools" as the US president dressed in a purple suit like The Warden from Superjail. Thank you, Saints Row IV.

 

Imma show you how to turn it up a notch. First you get a swimmin' pool full of liquor, then you dive in.

 

You know, I'm sitting with that game right in front of me, but I can't play it just yet. But posts like that makes me want to grab the controller and just start blasting away. The problem with such games is that I get too caught up in free roaming. With GTA IV I was stuck with a mission for 4-5 months because I never wanted to do it. I just wanted to roam around, killing innocent people and cause all kinds of havoc. The same with Saints Row 2 and 3.

 

Damn... I have too many unfinished games. We're talking 70-80 Xbox games that I just haven't finished. Maybe I should finish them before buying anything new (except for GTA V). Also, since I got RLOD on my two previous Xbox:es, I couldn't get the saved games from the old ones to this new one. So, most of those games I have to start all over with. Some of them I'll happily start over, but some of them (I'm looking at you GTA IV) I just sigh at the thought of starting all over again.

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SR4 even gets in some refs to They Live! How cool is that?....

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SR4 even gets in some refs to They Live! How cool is that?....

 

I've had "They Live!" in my amazon cart for so long... I should just buy it already! Need to watch again... and again... and again... ;)

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You know, I'm sitting with that game right in front of me, but I can't play it just yet. But posts like that makes me want to grab the controller and just start blasting away. The problem with such games is that I get too caught up in free roaming. With GTA IV I was stuck with a mission for 4-5 months because I never wanted to do it. I just wanted to roam around, killing innocent people and cause all kinds of havoc. The same with Saints Row 2 and 3.

 

Damn... I have too many unfinished games. We're talking 70-80 Xbox games that I just haven't finished. Maybe I should finish them before buying anything new (except for GTA V). Also, since I got RLOD on my two previous Xbox:es, I couldn't get the saved games from the old ones to this new one. So, most of those games I have to start all over with. Some of them I'll happily start over, but some of them (I'm looking at you GTA IV) I just sigh at the thought of starting all over again.

 

 

Yeah, I hear you on the backlog of games. This year, because of my schedule, I've had to be especially selective as to what I devote my time to playing. First there was Dead Space 3 followed by BioShock Infinite, both of which ended up being somewhat disappointing to me. Fortunately Blood Dragon came along and filled the FPS void left in my cyborg heart. Things only got better from there thanks to The Last of Us and Saints Row IV. In between those last two I also replayed the Uncharted series because I was on a Naughty Dog binge; in fact I almost ordered the Jak & Daxter collection too, but I came to my senses and realized I had enough on my plate as is

 

I'll be giving GTA V a chance when it comes out this month. I've actually never played GTA IV, but hearing about the sim-like aspects of it make it seem kinda tedious. Stuff like having to spend a few minutes trying to find a taxi cab in order to go to the other side of town and taking forever just to drive anywhere. By comparison I can literally run faster than a sports car and leap over buildings in Saints Row IV. Really, it's so much fun jumping off the roof of a skyscraper and gliding over an entire city with your arms and legs stretched out like a human plane. Cars and other vehicles like UFOs exist not as necessities, but rather optional things for having fun and causing mayhem. Obviously it's a different sort of game despite having similar mechanics and drawing from the same wellspring, and superpowers would be out of place in the more 'realistic' world of GTA, but I mention this because of what it really represents at its core. Nothing in Saints Row IV feels tedious. There are challenges, sure, but it doesn't feel like the game is making you do chores. That's one thing I really hated about No More Heroes despite liking the game overall: they included these really mundane and repetitive tasks as a commentary on game design, but at the end of the day I still had to do them. I just hope that GTA V doesn't feel too much like grind work. When looking at pictures of the game, I was impressed with the scope and variety of the environments. For instance large rolling countryside and scenic vistas with ground freshly tilled by day laborers. I'm a sucker for detailed game worlds in which I can be immersed.

 

By the same token, I understand what you mean about getting sidetracked all the time. With vastly open world games (Elder Scrolls for instance) I experience something akin to overstimulation, a sort of panic that sets in due to all the freedom. It's almost like an existential dread where I'm paddling out in the middle of the ocean and can't get to shore. I lack direction. I end up wandering around aimlessly for hours staring at foliage. Which is actually pretty damn cool, and if I didn't have a life outside of gaming I could probably enter some kind of zen state doing it. Ultimately though I find there's something appealing about balance. Ideally I want a strong, compelling story at the core of the game while it maintains a few open side quests and room for exploration to an extent most of the time. That's why BioWare is one was one of my favorite developers. Deux Ex always did this well too. As for Saints Row IV, I'm finding its main storyline is a lot more captivating than I was expecting. It's just so much fun, the characters are so likable, and the scenarios are so diverse. The writing is quite good---dare I say witty---and it does a good job of lampooning other games. I actually find I have to limit the time I spend on the main story, as I want to savor it, so I "force" myself to do some free roaming now and then. The real stroke of genius though in my humble opinion comes from the way the game treats your stirring up trouble and going on destructive rampages. Here it's actually an integral part of the main story line, not just a sideline indulgence. The goal is to cause mayhem and run amok in the world, essentially trying to break it. Thus you're never in a position to say "forget the story, I just want to do whatever" since doing whatever is part of the story. There are a number of entertaining side challenges too, and I'm actually inspired to earn gold rankings in them because they reward you with crazy items or abilities.

 

Speaking of sandbox type games, the next release that'll probably eat up all my time for such things is Arkham Origins. I really enjoyed Arkham Asylum. It still wows me with its production values and level of polish. I find the series manages to regulate pace rather effectively for its respective genre due to the Metroid-like elements where you can only advance to certain points in a given area with your current gear which in turn gets updated as you play the main story. As with Saints Row, the story is compelling and leaves you eager to find out what happens next, the characters (ie. rogues gallery) are compelling, and the roaming is handled effortlessly. The overall mood of these games is what stands out the most to me; it feels authentic to its source material, and you actually feel like a superhero when you play. Aside from that, I'm looking forward to Beyond: Two Souls, AquaPazza, Disgaea D2, Guided Fate Paradox, the Kingdom Hearts remix, Zelda Link Between Worlds, Ys: Memories of Celceta, Watchdogs, Black Flag, Dead Rising 3, and Second Son. Whew.

 

There are quite a few games I regret not having enough time to get into this year: Shin Megami Tensei IV, Wrath of the White Witch, Far Cry 3 (which is kinda funny since I've played the add-on Blood Dragon but not the main game), Remember Me, Dead or Alive 5Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Killer Is Dead, Metro Last Light, the new X-Com games, the Painkiller remake, and the reboots for Devil May Cry and Tomb Raider. I may go back and revisit some of these at some point, but for now it seems unlikely with what lurks on the horizon. It'll be especially hard for me to work up the motivation once the next generation of consoles launches.

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Wouldn't have pegged you as a Dead or Alive fan for some reason.

Speaking of fighting games, did you play Persona 4 Arena (assuming you played Persona 3 and/or 4)?
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Wouldn't have pegged you as a Dead or Alive fan for some reason.

Speaking of fighting games, did you play Persona 4 Arena (assuming you played Persona 3 and/or 4)?

 

Yeah, I liked Persona 4 Arena.

 

I also enjoyed KOF XIII which was definitely an improvement over KOF XII, though still not as good as KOF XI. Arcana Heart 3 was also fun, so I'm looking forward to AquaPazza. That and the next BlazBlue installment, though admittedly I've never been that into BlazBlue for some reason, at least not nearly as much as I was into Guilty Gear. Just something about it... feels a bit too much like it's consciously trying to imitate Guilty Gear rather than do its own thing. I guess.

 

But yeah, I'm a 2D fighter-type person. 

 

I really miss Melty Blood. AFAIK there hasn't been anything since Actress Again? In college 2D fighters were practically all I played, along with "shmups" (R Type, Ikaruga, Rez, etc.) and Beatmania IIDX. I still have my copies of IIDX Red and Gold lying around along with some controllers. Ah the memories.

 

Dead or Alive is one of the few 3D fighters I like, and only because of the characters. Sure the ladies are blatantly over-sexualized, but it's a guilty pleasure I guess. Hell I even own Xtreme Beach Volleyball. Ayane is a babe. Got a statue of her 'n' everything. LOL. There's some crossover because I like the Ninja Gaiden series too. Tecmo is a'ight. I know as far as 3D fighters go Virtua Fighter IV+ is supposed to be the "real deal" with like a bajillion moves based on real fighting styles or something, but I just find the characters boring.

 

As for the current crop of 2.5D fighters like Street Fighter IV, Marvel v. Capcom 3, etc. I'm a little underwhelmed, though I do really like some of the newer characters like Juri. Okay... so mostly just Juri. I'm also tempted to pick up "Ultra" because it has Elena. Really though, Capcom is falling back into their worst habits and then some with this stuff. They kinda deserve all the hate they're getting right now.


Edited by MuppetFace - 9/6/13 at 4:19pm
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I play both DOA 5 and P4A. Got a Hori RAP 2 stick for both. I main Hitomi in DOA 5 and Naoto in P4. Love Naoto's traps (hurr hurr), tough character to learn, but it keeps things interesting. Lotta fun, but Street Fighter IV is still (by far) my fave fighter this gen. Really lookin forward to Guilty Gear Xrd.

On the horizon for me is Beyond, Rain, Puppeteer, Wonderful 101, A Link Between Worlds, GTA V, and Second Son. Really jazzed about Beyond. The mocap tech that Quantic Dreams utilizes is just peerless. I caught a chunk of the TriBeCa footage and nothing I've seen comes close in terms of capturing tiny, believable nuances. I just hope Cage's writing holds up over the course of the game. Ellen Page seems to be quite taken by the script so I'm hopeful. Writing quality aside, QD definitely has a knack for engineering some very uncomfortable, panic stricken scenarios; some of the scenes in Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy rank right at the top of my list for most exhilarating experiences in gaming.

GTA IV still has one of the better open worlds I've seen this gen. Most of these sandbox games just feel really barren and empty to me. They don't exactly succeed in feeling like a living world, SR included. SR is just instant gratification, as it cleverly sidesteps some of the more cumbersome aspects of GTA (wanna hijack a car? How about flying from 20 feet away and smashing through a window to land in the driver's seat?). What I liked about GTA though, was the draw of wanton violence. The game discourages you from being too reckless with its "Wanted" system, as it's very tough to shake the cops with just a 3 star violation. It hinges more on risk/reward in that sense, cause with the odds stacked against you, the thrill of lashing out and narrowly escaping the cops is something you can't really get from other franchises.

V also seems to have a cornucopia of awesome looking side missions. The map is just gargantuan, and coupled with GTA Online, I'd imagine that you've got an entire year's worth of content in this game
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