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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 07:08:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 09, 2009, 07:07:34 PM

Why are there no reviews out btw?

yeah, it's odd that they are all embargoed.  you'd think one of the big sites would have paid top dollar to be the first live review.
6682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 07:07:49 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 09, 2009, 07:05:07 PM

Hmmm.. wait to pick it up at Gamestop where it is already paid off or go to the small mom & pop store and pick it up, since rumor has it they have their shipment and are selling them....  Decisions... Decisions...

easy one.  buy it from the mom & pop and then get a refund.  the small chain gets the $, you get the game.

or, you could try convincing gamestop to start selling early like they did in nyc.  not much chance of that though unless the manager is cool
6683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/09) on: November 09, 2009, 06:07:40 PM
sure thing pete.  we'll need all the practice we can get before getting killed by hark from some impossible-to-get-to hiding spot he already knows about.
6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 06:05:55 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2009, 05:50:04 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 09, 2009, 05:37:26 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2009, 05:33:50 PM

here's what happens when you combine too many negative factors into one situation... epic fail

LOL you can be killed by the drops themselves?

there's a challenge to get the final kill in a match by dropping a crate on an enemy. O_o
that's freaking awesome

damnit, i feel a cold coming on. 
6685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/09) on: November 09, 2009, 05:05:47 PM
MW2 - 360 (of course)

there is no other game i've wanted to buy this year as much as this one.  i won't be able to do the whole midnight crazy thing as the closest store is a good distance away, so i'll just stay out of the thread until i get finished with the sp.
6686  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Shooting at Fort Hood on: November 05, 2009, 11:18:19 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 05, 2009, 11:04:00 PM

From the Twitter feed: "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says that officer who did shooting was upset about being deployed to Iraq."

and also a sociopath?  it takes more than just being upset to go and shoot up your fellow soldiers, especially those who've just returned.  why couldn't he just take the cowards way out and skip the end of the FMJ scene in the bathroom?

can you say 'firing squad'? 
6687  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBL points deals? on: November 05, 2009, 09:48:29 PM
any points deals that i have found are always listed on cheapassgamer's forums.  the last one was the tru b2g1f deal on accessories;  live cards fall under that category there.  before that, it was a $5gc with the $20 card at target.  from my experience, there are only a few times each year that you can easily get deals on cards, and i doubt there will be any more for a while. 

cag is good for the random highly ymmv deals, usually clearance deals, and i've never been able to get them that way.
6688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 04, 2009, 10:45:01 PM
unless one of the local stores does a big release day sale, i'll hold out for the rental.  not worth paying full price for it when it's likely going to be my 'Live is down, no MW2 mp' stand in game.
6689  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Black Friday 2009 on: November 04, 2009, 06:48:15 PM
walmart is starting this early and is trying to make the whole month a sale instead of just one day.  

starting off with a 46" plasma for under 800, an xbox arcade with a $100 gc and a blu ray for 150.  

seeing as how my 2nd refurb xbox seems to be failing in an non rrod way, i am highly tempted.
6690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: November 03, 2009, 08:51:58 PM
yeah, i can definitely say that i'm having fun as the soldier.  i've upped my sniper skill enough to reduce the weapon sway and i actually use that a fair amount, even without perks, as it percs all the time with incendiary attacks.  closer up, i swap to an AR (157 damage, 45 in the clip, no natural weapon sway) for crit shots.  if i'm even the least bit protected, i can take out most enemies in 1 burst, badasses in two.  i have a kickass mg Hark gave me that holds almost three hundred rounds for crowd control and a unique shotgun (damage 300+, fires 6 rounds all at once) that shreds anything that gets close.  i barely use the turret any more except as a diversion.  throw it down and flank.  once i get more points to spend, i'll improve it again. 

the biggest problem i have is in the arenas as you don't get enough places for good cover and many of the baddies have explosive launchers.  i scraped by the final round of the second arena even though it was rated 4 levels below me.
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 03, 2009, 01:18:02 AM
wow, that does sound like the back of a choose-your-own-adventure book from 1985, doesn't it? biggrin
6692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/02) on: November 02, 2009, 04:58:53 PM
probably nothing as even though da:o sounds pretty cool, i doubt i'll get it via gamefly, and in any case, it would only get pushed to the side next week.
6693  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS - Prof Layton 2, Scribblenauts FS on: October 30, 2009, 08:22:33 PM
i should have been clearer.  i didn't finish it, i'm just not into it that much and have no desire to go back to it.  that said, you should be able to get a lot of playtime with it, as there's a ton of levels and two modes to play through.  puzzle, where you are given some objective to complete, and speed, where you only need to get to the star.  after that, there's an advanced mode for each level where you get 3 rounds in the level and cannot reuse any items, which could boost creativity.
6694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III teaser video on: October 30, 2009, 07:05:54 PM
tempting, if nothing else to go with my gta strongbox with the big daddy standing on my fallout lunchbox on my monument to geekiness (aka my bookshelf)

were it not for the price tag, i would be in.  as it is, it will be hard to foot the extra cash on this with the wallet meltdown this year has been.
6695  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS - Prof Layton 2, Scribblenauts FS - SOLD on: October 30, 2009, 04:37:59 PM
finished up with these.  looking for $15 each, shipping included.  paypal please

both have been sold.
6696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 30, 2009, 04:33:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 29, 2009, 09:08:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 29, 2009, 09:02:32 PM

I find it funny that in a places like Australia and Europe they'll show lots of boobs but don't like violence and over here we're exactly the opposite.

Don't get too excited now. It's mostly just Australia and Germany. Places like Scandinavia for example are very accepting and will allow just about anything that isn't illegal. Neither violence nor nudity bothers us much at all.

really?  are you accepting immigrants at this time?  biggrin
6697  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If You were an uber dork, and were going to take time off for a game release on: October 30, 2009, 04:29:21 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 30, 2009, 03:23:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 30, 2009, 02:58:12 PM

F. Go to midnight release and play tuesday morning so that, for one small moment in time, you could have a higher MP rank than Harkonis.

Doubtful, Hark plays in his sleep.

i hear he's already in the top 5 players for mw2
6698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 30, 2009, 04:26:00 PM
had some good loot drops last night and finally got to upgrade.  i'm kind of surprised the second area has so many quests.  am i right in thinking it's the last area as well or does it open up a whole new hub base after new haven?  i leveled up to 31 with my soldier and aside from the last fight in the arena, i've been able to handle everything the game throws at me.  i've pretty much dumped my turret points in favor or straight on damage with assault rifles and mg's, but i might spec out a few turret lines after my others are maxed. 

co-op with the nyge last night and we ran through a pretty good chunk of quests.  damn, melee fighters really own the bruisers up close. 
6699  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: forum people impressions on: October 29, 2009, 09:45:06 PM
soulchilde was granted the name in ancient times, by nomadic hunter gatherers for his penchant for devouring the souls of bad children. 
6700  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / AssCreed 2, $9 off console, $8 off pc plus $10 gc at Amazon on: October 29, 2009, 08:00:43 PM
they are at it again, making it very hard for me not to pick this up, especially tied with the other offers they've run

360 link, plus easy switch to other platforms
Use coupon code AMZNACII for an extra 5 bucks off

they also have $10 off the deluxe edition of the strategy guide link

use the gt link for extra help

* fixed the code.  thanks chaz
6701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: forum people impressions on: October 29, 2009, 07:53:35 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 29, 2009, 07:30:37 PM

Same back atcha, Raven!  The rig is still going strong, we added a few bits and bytes here and there, but it's stood the test of time very well.   nod

mytocles, known for her bad memory, often forgets the topic of the thread.  Tongue
6702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DSi LL/XL on: October 29, 2009, 07:49:05 PM
tempting, just for the extra real estate.  really though, they need to consider a next gen version instead.  bring in a better hardware spec to compete on the same level of the psp, graphically, and you have my full interest.
6703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 29, 2009, 07:05:09 PM

Quote from: Kossak on October 29, 2009, 05:35:50 PM

wow that's right, wonder if TiLT or Caine know it? smile

yeah, a classic, and with the full screen, it's a gimmee for anybody who ever played it or saw it.  same with the black and white one above with the face and brickwork.  hell, i still have the mousepad that you got when you bought the game

it's also definitely true what TiLT said, if you played it, you will easily recognize it.  i had a different guess on the last one, but even with the guess, i don't recognize it. 

we should make this a regular thread like it has been before, and i like the cropped bits and pieces take on it. 
6704  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 03:57:42 PM
the level that pissed me off the most was the damn sniper duel.  where you had only a few places to hide, he had a dozen, and no matter where you tried to hide, he always knew where you were.  while you would die in one shot (he apparently was running an aim bot), he could be shot 3 times without slowing down.  if you took too much time to line up a headshot, you were killed.  you basically had a second to either shoot or get out of the way or you were dead.

i don't have fond memories of the sp and that's due to how damn frustrating it is to play on the higher difficulties.  after my attempt at cod4 on veteran, i pretty much quit playing it. 
6705  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 27, 2009, 10:57:22 PM
you definitely get a better game experience on normal.  despite pushing myself through w@w on hardened, i started to regret it later on.
6706  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 10:55:43 PM
i was expecting something twisted in the campaign, but that wasn't what i expected. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
they hinted at it though, in the first trailer without anything but voices, and in one of the later ones, you see it first hand, albeit not first person.

still, i can't wait to see what they did here.  the nuke level in cod4 was intense and shocking, especially considering how they wrap it up after the blast goes off. 
6707  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 27, 2009, 10:46:12 PM
i don't think a level gap of 3 over is certain death, except early on when your equipment is pretty shoddy.  i wouldn't attempt taking anything 5 or lower into a 10+ game based on that, but yes, if you can stay away from the mobs and not get yourself killed, you should be ok.  best bet early on is to get in back and grab all the loot the higher-ups don't want.

when i joined up with glycerine and doopri on friday night, i was 5 levels below glycerine and only had problems against some of the big groups, especially those damn bugs.  i wasn't cannon fodder though and was able to hold my own pretty quickly.

always up for mp, either with my soldier level 26 or starting off anew.
6708  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Best Buy B2G1 sale 10/25 - 10/31 on: October 27, 2009, 03:54:42 PM
that probably depends on whether they do the pricing like tru, where the last game of equal value gets price changed to $0 or if they all get dropped by $20.  if the former, you should likely have no problem exchanging any of them (although, i wouldn't put a trade option as the free game, just to be safe).  if the latter, you might have a problem. 

maybe ericb could answer this? 

i would search cag here, but it's blocked
6709  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 27, 2009, 03:51:38 PM
no, but really, it's not like you can max your points in everything, so as a difference to doopri's soldier, i took a wider variety of areas to spec in initially, so i was using the turret every time it made sense to do so and it had a pretty good effect.  at higher levels, i could see how a fully spec'ed out turret soldier could rock.  but you can also be a kickass machine gunner, which is where i think i'm headed, with boosts to fire rate, clip size and damage, and buffing your shields out.

with 50 levels max, you can only max out one complete line, that is, 9 skills.  obviously, if you skip the turret stuff with the line you match closest, you can dump those into some of the others.  but basically, you won't end up like you did in fallout, where damn near every skill is maxed out (and likely was after the level cap was raised)
6710  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: I suggest we start a "Be nice to your fellow forum-goer day" on: October 27, 2009, 12:20:17 AM
alright, a better idea.  'be nice to everyone except ceekay' day.  that would get a lot more participation, especially if you redirect every bad comment at him instead.  biggrin
6711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 26, 2009, 11:08:49 PM
that's totally due to the way mp is handled.  in other games, it's either a discrete game mode with different options or a twisted subset of the sp mode.  here, it's just having another person doing the exact same stuff you do, and then giving you a few extras, like all of the mp skills. it just works, both sp and mp.  granted, mp is definitely more fun, but a lot of that is due to the interactions with other people.  covering, saving their bacon, healing, and coordinating weapons against big bosses is why mp is great.  but now that i have spent as much time in sp as in mp, i have to disagree with the early reviews picking at it.  i'm enjoying the hell out of this game, either way.
6712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands Impressions incoming! on: October 26, 2009, 11:03:12 PM
you can also find the healing kits in the world and from drops.  you'll know them because they aren't red iirc and they have a $ value.

also, as a soldier, there is a mod for you turrets that heals.  can be very nice.

i didn't notice how, but at one point last night, after riding around in the buggy for a long time, i had a lot more health getting out then i had going in.  not sure how.
6713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 26, 2009, 09:35:59 PM
the biggest change i have seen is this.  when you are sp, you can change inventory and heal during fights.  try that during mp and you'll be seeing red in no time smile  very useful when you have boss fights as you can swap out your weapon loadouts for shields/armor and heal up.  obviously, once you get all 4 slots for weapons, it's not as bad, but the ability to heal has saved my butt a few times.
6714  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NCIS LA on: October 26, 2009, 06:17:37 PM
yeah, that's been my take on it as well.  the cast hasn't built up the chemistry, but i expect they will if they get a few years in.  all in all, the characters are not as likable as the ncis group and i don't get why they picked linda whats-her-name for the lead boss; she's more of a den mother than anything and doesn't hold a candle to lauren holley. 

nobody on ncis:90210 is as good a fit as harmon is in their role. 
6715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 26, 2009, 05:23:10 PM
i played through cod4 on normal, then up to the end of the 2nd pripyat mission in veteran.  damn, that was ungodly irritating and so when i got cod5, i just went through on hardened.  that's difficult enough for me, thankyouverymuch.  not overly difficult like an hour per section in veteran, but definitely harder than on normal.  that IW changed it up for mw2 has me hopeful that a veteran playthrough won't be the controller smash inducing experience the first one was.  

if they just made the damage equal for both you and the ai, it would have been much better.  you couldn't take more than two shots, but i'll be damned if they couldn' take half a clip to the face before dying.  and then you got to repeat that with 30 of his clones.
6716  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 26, 2009, 04:51:43 PM
yeah, part of the problem is not finding anybody to play with, it's finding anybody in the same level range.  i look and the closest level character is 5 levels above me, pretty much constantly.  it's not that you can't have fun that way (my first mp night was with glycerine, level 12 vs my level 7) but the area's you end up in.  once you get out of the badlands, you get access to a bunch more quests and it limits you unless you have reached that area yourself. 

i really loved the mp saturday night though with doopri.  we both went up more than 10 levels and cleared out a ton of quests. 

assault rifles kick ass btw.  nothing like a 100+ damage, highly accurate burst with a good scope that you can easily target their heads with.  i can take out those big ass bruisers that way no problem, and half the time, they get interrupted by the critical shots, so i can take on the next group without retreating. 

the metal storm is pretty cool too, especially if you get a good class mod and mg.  100+ rounds at 80 damage and as soon as i kill one, it becomes a freaking minigun.  great crowd control.
6717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 26, 2009, 04:39:40 PM
thankfully, nothing, which gives me enough time to hopefully catch up on the last three games i got. 

or failing that, at least it's more time with borderlands.  damn, that's addicting.
6718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 25, 2009, 06:33:17 PM
i've generally had good use of the turret, but i think i'm going to respec some later on and amp up the damage/rounds it fires.  the elemental damage is pretty awesome when you can get it matched up right.  i had a room full of those elder 'big ass M-F'ers', all level 15 and 16 basically trying to smear my guts onto the cave wall when i dropped a turret down.  it took down two of them at full health and seriously F-ed up a third one, plus gave me enough of a health boost to survive.  it's also the reason i was able to solo the final round of the combat arena against that big ass 19 fire breathing beast, even though i had forgotten to change it's elemental attack, so it actually healed the damn thing. 

found a pretty kick ass weapon last night.  a shotgun 'that shoots F-ing rockets!'  it's sadly not that great as a shotgun though as it's aim is wild.  it did lead to a pretty funny moment though when it missed the raider and instead blew up some container behind him, which actually melted the guy .

i've also seen a bit of the over-leveled combat effect when a level 3 attacked.  with my old regular shotgun, the blast took out his torso and sent both his arms flying back about 30 feet from where his legs were. 
6719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 23, 2009, 09:36:27 PM
i think we are veering off too far from the 'so bad it's good' region into "pure crappitude", but i digress.  in that latter group, i firmly plant stephen king's dreamcatcher.  this was so bad it tainted the book with it's backflow of crap.  i'm so burned by that garbage i have resolved to never read the book.
6720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 23, 2009, 09:32:08 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 23, 2009, 09:29:23 PM

The thing that annoys me more than anything else is that "hold-x" is used both for sucking up ammo, which I always want to do, and replacing your current gun with what you're highlighting, which I never want to do.  I'm only level 11 and I've probably switched my gun by accident 20 times or more.

so that's what that was.  that is annoying.  i got this as a rental and no manual, so if it was explained at some point on screen, i missed it.  beyond that, i kind of find the requirement to look directly at the ammo to pick it up somewhat annoying too.  if it picked up anything within reach, i would be much happier.
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