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6601  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: True Crime 3 - reboot imminent on: March 10, 2010, 09:33:36 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 10, 2010, 08:54:30 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on March 10, 2010, 08:19:45 PM

How do suck games like this get sequels and Gladius never did and Beyond Good And Evil does/doesn't/does/doesn't/does over 7 years?

Gladius = niche, BG&E = niche, True Crime = mainstream potential.

precisely. How big is the market for gta clones vs. quirky adventure games?  Even though we've been flooded with gta-likes over the last few years, they still sell solid numbers. if JC3 makes it this year, it will be the 5th that I can think of off the top of my head.   I don't expect any of those other 4 to do poorly and I wouldn't be surprised to see two of them sell like gangbusters.

For reference, those would be Yak 3, JC2, crackdown 2, and red dead redemption.   
6602  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / True Crime 3 - reboot imminent on: March 10, 2010, 08:18:21 PM
EG has some screenshots and a small blurb from the reveal

open world in hong kong with an undercover cop with an emphasis on hand to hand combat and counter attacks ala batman, cover based shooter and a dash of free-running on foot. 

they are looking to pull aspects of the genre from many sources, but can they make it work where the first two muddled about in gta's shadow?  we'll find out around the end of the year
6603  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 10, 2010, 08:06:56 PM
hands-on preview from EG


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hijacking aeroplanes is fairly novel, as is flying them upside down into fuel containers and bailing just in time to grapple a nearby Humvee and ride around on its roof while the driver panics.


sounds like fun and this also sounds like it has enough of the spontaneous moments that get people talking about it long after we've stopped playing. 

two weeks to go. 
6604  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 10, 2010, 06:45:50 PM
So other than the M1, it won't matter to most people as they'll have already unlocked the kits by the time EA gets it all sorted out. Assuming they don't drop the servers any more.
6605  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 10, 2010, 05:50:48 PM

Quote from: msduncan on March 07, 2010, 07:30:49 PM


You just reminded me of Prototype which I have yet to play.   I liked inFamous, so maybe I will like Prototype?

fwiw, while i played and beat infamous and i enjoyed the first 2/3rds of prototype, it began to sour on me when they threw one of those boss battles of bad design at me.  a guy who blocks 90% of your attacks, hits you for a quarter of your health at every turn and puts you into a timed battle without the benefit of a timer.  i must have played that fight a dozen times before i sent it back to gamefly.  just not fun.
6606  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 10, 2010, 05:46:06 PM
ug.  i just created a bf heroes character and i will boot up bc1 mp to get that marked down as well.  hope to get some more time in today with bc2;  yesterday i tried and nobody was in during the day.  wasn't able to play last night. 

had a blast on monday night though.  got a win on rush when they all swept us up in our base and were tearing us to shreds as we spawned.  that is until some of us circle around them and knocked out both crates with 20 seconds of each other.  i would have loved to hear the chatter on their side after that match. 
6607  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 09, 2010, 10:27:26 PM
hehe, that's great.

[img width= height= alt=]http://bfbc2.elxx.net/sig/clean1/360/kasei%20vallis.png[/img]

yech on my k/d, but damn, they really need to add in support actions and points per death.
6608  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Square Enix & Eidos Week: Day two: Battlestations and Order of War on: March 09, 2010, 08:38:30 PM
i already have BS:P from the d2d five buck sale, so i won't be getting this one. 
6609  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 08, 2010, 07:38:47 PM
what, they didn't expect a full on assault by those with nothing better to do and access to massive zombie-nets at their disposal? 
6610  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 08, 2010, 06:20:57 PM
yeah, the dialog is definitely grade B cheese, but i'm ok with it.  i really love the base jumping videos out there.  some awesome stunts to pull off.
6611  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/08) on: March 08, 2010, 06:19:32 PM
tempted by yak 3, but i haven't given the demo a proper test yet.  decided to hold off on ff13 as i doubt i'd even finish the first disc.
6612  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 08, 2010, 06:14:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 08, 2010, 05:42:32 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on March 08, 2010, 04:54:14 PM

So I haven't seen this mentioned, but apparently the kill-cam in MP shows the person that killed you in real-time, rather than rewinding and showing what they were doing up to shooting you (like in MW2), right?  The first few times I watched it I couldn't figure out what was going on.  And there's no way to change the camera angle to view them from behind (and see what they're looking at) instead of from the front?  Not sure what the point of that is, I always used the kill-cam as a teaching tool to show me the mistakes I made, and this is rather useless for that purpose.

I think that there is a large part of the player base that does not like kill-cams because it gives away hiding spots. By only showing the player real time and from a rear-facing angle, the BC killcam 1) gives a hint as to the location of your killer without totally giving it away, 2) gives you something to look at while you wait for respawn and 3) avoids exposing lag issues with the game. I understand people's desires to not have a killcam, but it can get extremely frustrating to not have one at all when you are chain-dying. This seems like an okay compromise.

i do like the kill-cam here much better than mw2.  sure, it doesn't have the same opportunity to teach you what you did wrong, but that almost always boiled down to being exposed or having a slower trigger finger.  and it always made your job as a sniper (or concealed mg'er like me) harder.  it's one reason i always played hc in w@w.  

now you at least have an idea where to look, but it doesn't give you an exact location.  and if you let a hill unguarded (or let the foliage remain, you deserve to be sniped).  

now, if they can just patch up the wall-hacks and do something about the damn invulnerable lighthouse, they'll have a great game on their hands.

and sp was fun but as i played through a chunk of the first one's campaign (during bc2's network issues) i hope they go back to a more open world environment and keep some of the improvements from bc2.  i missed being able to carry two weapons of my choosing, having to swap out my knife after a melee, not having an easy grenade key and having to hold down L3 to run.  

the story was fine, even though they ripped the last level off of mw and the ending was wrapped up as a cliffhanger.
6613  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: March 08, 2010, 05:47:32 PM
i'm not impressed by the update to the engine through the pics, but i am looking forward to what obsidian does with the story and what they add in
6614  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Machinarium collector's edition on: March 07, 2010, 05:22:08 AM
does anyone else find it odd that the items in the picture are all cgi?

for what i paid for it, i'm not complaining about not getting the extra stuff.  would be nice to get a new batch of wallpaper images though.
6615  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who exactly decides which stories get on the front page of Yahoo? on: March 06, 2010, 05:32:43 PM
Yeah, there's no reason to get fired up about it.
6616  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 11:45:10 PM

Quote from: Kagath on March 05, 2010, 11:27:37 PM

So I finally opened my BC2. Do I need to play the first game SP to follow this one's SP? I'll probably just jump to MP right now.

i didn't play the first one and so far, there's been all of one reference to someone in the first game.  more than half way through the sp.  

regarding the story, mass effect 2 this is not.  the main plot revolves around what you see in the first 30 minutes.
6617  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: March 05, 2010, 09:38:38 PM
sounds like fun.  looking forward to it.
6618  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 3-4-2010: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising 75% off on: March 05, 2010, 07:01:30 PM
Glad I waited. Insanely good price on this.
6619  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/5/10 on: March 05, 2010, 06:59:53 PM
Re: dead space. Unless they fixed it you couldn't upgrade from the dlc suit to another one so eventually you get access to better ones than it and can't use them. I dl'ed it but never used it as I didn't want to be stuck later on. I need to go back to it some day.
6620  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: March 05, 2010, 06:52:16 PM
So the first shows what happened to AS' main facility and a portal to another one. GladOS 2.0, backed up and running new experiments. Sounds like MotS to me. I'm hoping for some more exploration outside the walls and some in-game tie to HL2.

 
6621  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 05:43:28 PM
have you ever been heavy into mp games?  are you good at fps with consoles?  if you don't expect to be interested in mp then you really don't have a reason beyond a few exclusives. 

now, if you can hang out with a 360 owning friend and play online for a while, i would do so.  give it a chance without laying down the cash for an unknown.
6622  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 05:34:42 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 05, 2010, 05:00:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2010, 04:49:31 PM


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That being the case, while you can install all three discs to hard drive for a seamless experience, there really is little point over and above the convenience and noise-reduction elements. Disc-swapping on Xbox 360 is kept to an absolute minimum and has next to no impact on the experience of playing Final Fantasy XIII.

All of that (especially "seamless experience") seemed to imply that an install let you bypass the swapping.  Now, it could be that they were making an assumption, of course, but the article went into so much depth about everything else, that it seems odd if that were the case.

Well, except for the part where it says that disc-swapping is kept to an absolute minimum.  That means there will be disc swapping.  Kept to a minimum means that you probably will only have to do it twice, which is what happened in Mass Effect 2.  For some people, this is the most horrible thing ever and they will buy the PS3 version to avoid it.

i think it was poorly worded, but intended as "seamless experience" OR "disk swapping kept to a minimum", not both.  i still think it's incorrect though as ms has never allowed a multi-cd game to play off just one disc that way.  i wonder what he implied by seamless though.  does the install have a noticeable effect on load times? 

6623  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 05, 2010, 05:18:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2010, 05:08:51 PM

I was flying a blackhawk last night and getting repaired from a non-gunner in the back.

Imagine having a pilot, gunner, and repairman in a Blackhawk, each from a different squad so the whole rest of the team can spawn on the heli and parachute down to the objectives while the Blackhawk team rains down death and spots targets. 

too bad the method to switch chat channels isn't easy enough to pull off quickly in game.  you could take the squad leaders and party up, then use their squad chat to coordinate the whole thing.  

this would be awesome to set up.  
6624  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony develops degrading demos on: March 05, 2010, 05:24:10 PM
this sounds like an opening line in a piracy argument, but how many demo abusers would buy the game if it started degrading? 

i guess i'm more confused by people who can buy the full game deciding to forgo buying it and stick with the same map instead. 

with mp demos, i have to say it's probably for the best if it means demo players shouldn't be using up large amounts of server resources that would be better suited for paying customers. 

i am curious about the numbers though.
6625  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 05:13:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 05, 2010, 05:05:56 PM

I looked on 360voice - the release of BC2 hardly put a dent in the number of people playing MW2. That was surprising.

as long as you don't have to wait for a game to start due to painfully low numbers, i'm ok with this.  if bc2 has a rep for being less noob-friendly and not as 'cool', then it keeps the game from degrading into 14-yo smacktard land. 
6626  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 05, 2010, 05:10:35 PM
i fired this up before bc2 last night and it reminds me of saboteur in a sense.  open world, destruction limited to enemy emplacements and levels of control tied to enemy assets. 

it's very hard to play this and not see some of the heavy weaponry just obliterate structures though, especially after red faction guerrilla and bc2.  i was expecting it to happen, but still held out hope they would adopt some level of rfg's fully destructible environments.  damn, that game really did change the way i appreciate open world games. 

this takes the chaos and mayhem up a notch and improves on everything from the first one.  i played the first one and enjoyed it then. 

it's a good time for sandbox games. 
6627  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony develops degrading demos on: March 05, 2010, 05:01:50 PM
this was done before with both l4d demos and then again with bc2 but it was a complete shut off. 

not sure what the purpose of this is though.  it's not like you take anything from the demo into the full game anyways. 

other than pre-release, who plays a demo more than a few times anyways?  once the game hits, if i liked the demo enough to play through twice, i'll buy the game. 

Sony. Never too late to make a another bad decision. 
6628  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 04:58:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 05, 2010, 04:41:09 PM

You could repair Blackhawks in-flight in BF2. It was glorious, as long as it wasn't happening to you.

Quote from: Boudreaux on March 05, 2010, 04:26:54 PM

So how does the leveling/XP progress compare to MW2?  I ask because after several matches over the last couple of days, I'm barely halfway to the first rank (Private Lvl 1).  I've unlocked the ammo crates for the Assault class and the repair tool for the engineer, but that's it.  I'm barely getting 500-600XP per match.  

I'm not necessarily saying that the initial rapid advancement of MW2 is better, but I have to wonder if there are tasks or objectives that I'm missing somehow that provide more XP.  Or is ranking up really this slow?
I think I ranked up at least 2-3 times Tuesday night. (And don't forget you start out at rank zero, I believe. Are you spotting enemies for your team?  Spawning on your squad? (You get extra points for team activities if you aid your squad and not just your team.)

that's odd.  i was pulling in about 2-3k per round last night, with the exception of the round i joined on the last two objectives.  i got over 700 though.  i ranked up in about 2 hours, mostly playing the medic with small stints as a sniper.  spotting nets you 20 or so if someone kills them while your marker is alive.  you get 20 or 30 i think from assists and 50 from kills.  if you get more than 7 kills with the same weapon, you get 100.  so far, it's been quite a bit slower to rank up, but i've already bumped up my medic to unlock the saw, med kits, and a shotty (class-free i believe).  

i do like the slower pace compared to mw2 though as you don't necessarily face an opponent with uber weaponry; they need to work as the class to get the class benefits rather than a general rank that unlocks X.  compared to the first night of mw2 where i ranked up like 8 times.  

had a lot of fun playing in a pug last night, except for one stint as a bradley gunner when the driver couldn't drive worth a damn.  all in all, i don't think i lost a match once.  

it's been annoying to see a uav up on your side and not getting the benefit of spotting though.  my first and only turn on the nfl box i was spotting as many enemies as possible during cooldowns.  it really helps cut down on flanking maneuvers, so it's pretty annoying when you got someone who camps up and stays beyond visual range.  

looking forward to more mp.  
6629  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 01:36:38 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 05, 2010, 01:25:32 AM

FF13 has to be one of the strangest game releases of this generation. Every review seems to shit on it but finish with deeming it a good game.



addition by subtraction?

yeah, it's odd.  i'll probably get this in the end, but i'm not going to jump on it day one.  it's more due to my lukewarm reception of jrpg's as a whole and not necessarily anything about ff13

btw, the review is damn near spoiler free, and even then it's nothing like what you'd expect from a spoiler in typical ff sense.  more of a global turn in the story sense. 
6630  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 12:58:33 AM
EG 's review is up - 8/10

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The Final Fantasy series, with its lengthy cinematics, stubborn style and carefully prescribed limitations, can never hope to please everyone. So it's strange to see it try, and no surprise that the result is not a total success. It's cautious, narrow, far too slow to get going, and is stripped down to such a bare naked form that even some FF traditionalists might find it off-putting.

What's left, though, is faultlessly accomplished, gorgeous to behold and, in the long run, thoroughly enjoyable. For better or worse, it's another new beginning, and that's one Final Fantasy tradition that should never be changed.

6631  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 04, 2010, 11:54:01 PM
damn, this is evil.   

i'd give $55 at least. icon_twisted
6632  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on: March 04, 2010, 06:52:59 PM
a shadow complex/metroidvania would totally work, especially as they could draw on prince of persia to do the puzzle elements.  i'd love to see it happen, but i doubt this is what the are working on.
6633  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 04, 2010, 06:49:50 PM
35 sq miles in a demo! eek

30 minute timer  icon_frown

comparison to RFG  icon_biggrin

chaos and destruction in a massive world.  day 1 purchase and with red dead delayed, i'll have more than enough time to save the islands.

i'll be getting this as soon as i get home.
6634  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/5/10 on: March 04, 2010, 06:43:33 PM
BC 2 until leo's eyes bleed. 

sadly though, i've been drafted into MiL's plan and have become Morgan Freeman to her cranky old annoyance so that she can go visit with her friend and gamble 70 miles from home.  meanwhile, teh wife is planning to spend her time (and money) sweeping through over-priced 'discount' outlets of stores that exist not more than 20 minutes from where we live. 

where's Jeff Gillooly when you need him?  i'd even pay for that craigslist guy to come hit me if it got me out of this drudgery. 
6635  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 04, 2010, 05:29:37 AM
army of darkness. 
6636  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: March 04, 2010, 05:28:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 04, 2010, 05:05:16 AM

arise to some DOOGIE!

why do you have to bring this crap up?  i'd almost managed to wipe its horrible horrible existence from my mind. 

and i almost thought chaosraven had returned to boot. 
6637  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This generation's "Must Play" games. on: March 04, 2010, 04:59:15 AM
definitely heavy rain and red faction guerrilla.  they both do something not done quite the way other games have and fine-tuned it.  that being emotionally investing you to the characters and making other games' environmental destruction look last gen.
6638  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 04, 2010, 04:55:46 AM
damnit i love the war tapes sound mode.  makes it feel like cod 1 with the deafening explosions.

i also love the spas and lmg.  it's going to be good once i get familiar with it.
6639  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 04, 2010, 04:53:45 AM
yup, one of the previews i read pointed it out based on the first 6 hours or so.  you are running from something, have no idea what it is while everyone around you seems to be totally unfazed that the langoliers seem to be chasing you and you don't even reach a town during this portion.  if you get something you want to sell, you can pretty much do it whenever you want. 

the guy who wrote it seemed to think it was actually a good thing, but it definitely takes the ff mold and breaks from it so completely it makes me1 >> me2 look like an expansion pack. 
6640  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Gaming Trend Gives Back] BLUR BETA KEYS (1000 of them) on: March 04, 2010, 04:49:44 AM
not sure where i would have an activision account, so i should be good

and ceekay, you be careful.  if he said 'meaningful' posts, you'd still be3 shy of the requirement.  Tongue
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