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6681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA} Hydrophobia on: February 02, 2011, 05:01:04 AM
bought it, haven't loaded it up yet.  went on the instant backlog along with the expansions for red dead and minerva's den for bioshock 2. 

6682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3! (and maybe 360?) on: February 02, 2011, 05:00:14 AM
even worse, it wasn't because of anything they have against the dev or the sight of a former ms game getting released by a third party.  it was that the file size was over the magical limit of 2gb for downloadable addons/arcade games.  anyone with a brain pointed it out that most of the xbox originals were over that size and of course the 360 games on the marketplace are usually much larger than that.  MS still doesn't get it. 

oh well, i still have my copy from the steam sale and at a lot cheaper than a xbla release would ever be.
6683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: February 02, 2011, 04:55:21 AM
nice choice of pictures there pug biggrin

btw, that dss unit is a huge improvement over the non-amped sound.  very happy with it.  i do wish i had spent the extra coin for another cable and a switchbox though as swapping out the optical for the ps3 and xbox is a pita.  too bad the dss doesn't have an optical out as that would have made things easier. 

6684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Halo 3 REPLAY on: February 02, 2011, 04:49:12 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on February 02, 2011, 04:43:45 AM

I'd love a new one. Maybe remnant battles or a new alien menence...or perhaps an old one seeking weakness in the new break up. But I want more squad stuff. I don't like being alone in Halo games. Heck I'd like to see Halo given the Fallout Tactics treatment. BTW the Halo games need MORE WEAPONS.
yeah, it's a shame they never made another halo game after 3. biggrin

you need to get Reach and play through on the higher difficulty levels at least once after you have finished it.  a solo legendary run is pretty bad ass once you finish it as you never expect you can make it alone.  it is a great way to fine-tune your tactics.
6685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: February 02, 2011, 04:46:18 AM
that does.  i want in as well once the snow has settled.  i have a few unique ideas for some structures i want to build.
6686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico 4 on: February 02, 2011, 04:45:09 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 07:19:34 PM

Looks like this is due Q2 2011. I guess I should get around to playing 3 soon.

i have it on both the console (not bad, but the ui can be irksome) and on the pc due to a cheapy sale on d2d with the expansion.  despite my intention, i think it will end up at the back of the backlog though, as with many of my recent games. 
6687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the Steam is a changing: Steam screenshot feature! on: February 02, 2011, 04:41:29 AM
that's pretty cool.  even better if they integrate it into your review/recommendation so you can host them on steam somehow. 
6688  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBLA Deals for Week of 1-24: Dance Central DLC + Rocktar/ 2K sale on: February 01, 2011, 04:25:42 AM

Quote from: EddieA on February 01, 2011, 04:18:43 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 03:30:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 01, 2011, 01:01:22 AM

Quote from: Pyperkub on February 01, 2011, 12:56:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 25, 2011, 11:06:16 PM

I could kiss you Eddie. I'm all over the Red Dead sale.

What's the difference between the two RDR Undead packs?

RDR Undead Collection is the Undead Nightmare pack plus the other 2 packs (Legends & Killer plus Liars & Cheats), while the non-collection pack is just Undead Nightmare.  Of course I believe the sale is over now.

actually it looks like they're still up.

The Rockstar/2K sale didn't start until last Tuesday, so it should run until the end of the day on Monday.
confirmed, it's still on sale.  

now to decide if the whole deal is worth the 1k points.  pretty decent discount from retail but i haven't felt the urge to play it lately


eh, what the hell, i already got 400 points in the bing program for free so it's a damn good deal as it is.
6689  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: February 01, 2011, 02:38:07 AM
Good BJ. Other than batman and Harry potter, how many good guys has he played?  All I can think of is his bad guy roles.
6690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/31) on: January 31, 2011, 08:46:00 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 31, 2011, 08:44:11 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 31, 2011, 07:01:42 AM

360:
Call of Duty: Black Ops - First Trick (XBLA)

not getting i, but I believe that's 'First Strike', not 'trick'.  A First Trick is something a whore does for money.



or candy.

nah, it's just activision's newest crossover with tony hawk.
6691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 31, 2011, 05:04:12 AM
i am up to level 16 now and have got some killer gear which decimates pretty much anything that comes near me.  still using the freebie armor you get by that code as i haven't found anything better than leather at this point.  what makes it hard is you can't see your total armor coverage so it's hard to tell if the single armor is better than having the individual parts.  do you add them all up or is the suit of armor equivalent to each piece?  who knows, the book is pretty much silent on this (or possibly, in german). 

even though i have explored most of the main island, i haven't gone further than the first chapter so at least this much is true; the game is long, if not as epic as the first one in scale.  i really loved that aspect in TW1, of being able to explore areas that were so much different from the ones you start out in.  the closest to that recently would be sacred 2, but of course, that a diablo clone isn't anywhere near as immersive as an oblivion clone.  i do wish they had used both lands for the main game.  i understand why they did it, but seeing that huge area up north and knowing it's set aside for the co-op campaign bums me out. 
6692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/28/11 on: January 31, 2011, 04:56:25 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 07:59:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

I'm not sure, but I think I see Uranus In the bottom right.

i have these on my plate, but no way i will get to them all
two worlds 2
lbp2  slim but probable
dead space 1 and 2 in order. never finished the first despite enjoying the first few hours.


pretty much nothing but TW2.  i really love the combat in this one and nothing feels quite so bad ass as revisiting an area where you were getting your ass handed to you and re-making that scene from star wars episode 2 where anakin wipes out a village without getting a scratch. 

didn't touch the others at all, but i did let the kids play around with the new kinect we got.  i really hope those millions of sales mean good games start coming out for it or it will be the wii fit all over again. 
6693  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: PS2 DVD remote/controllers (CHEAP) on: January 30, 2011, 08:25:17 PM
I do. It's a third party piece with an attachment you have to connect up but it worked well enough in the day. It's yours once we figure out shipping. Pm your addy and I'll ship it out to ya.
6694  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: In Case You Missed Ricky Gervais on: January 30, 2011, 03:37:50 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 30, 2011, 03:01:37 AM

For me, it's humility.  No matter what I believe, the idea being that, of almost 7 billion people on the planet and all those that have lived before, somehow I'm the one that has it right.  It's the ultimate in self-centered thinking.

anyone who is surprised by his comment obviously never watched his routines before.  it would be like getting pissed at your own roast. 
6695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Support Your Local USMC Kato on: January 30, 2011, 03:34:37 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on January 29, 2011, 11:01:31 PM

I'm surrounded by savages  paranoid
savages?  i think we were being quite nice, all things considering. 



so, how fast were you going at the time?
6696  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld Strangers Wrath and Munch's Odyssey PC; Abe being Re-Made! on: January 30, 2011, 03:30:26 AM
i wonder if they'll upgrade the copies we already bought on steam.  not likely, but one can hope eh?
6697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 09:12:11 PM
np.  i've sent some of the ones i remember.  i just have to resist the urge to go mine the other autocomplete sites for good searches. 
6698  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! Now coming to the PS3! on: January 29, 2011, 09:10:54 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 29, 2011, 08:12:57 PM

shhhhh....  I'm trying to spend Morgul's money  icon_twisted

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 07:56:05 PM


i highly recommend picking it up anyways.  i just think the ign article is a fluffer piece.

there, better?   biggrin
6699  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 29, 2011, 09:09:05 PM
i put fonv aside after my last session and after having boone die on me for the umpteenth time while fighting off mutant bees or something.  i went to heal him and his health was -3500/265 and as soon as i gave him a stim he fell.  i guess that was the final straw that broke his back. 

i needed a change from the wastelands.
6700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 08:14:44 PM

Quote from: rickfc on January 29, 2011, 12:53:44 AM

Quote from: Caine on January 29, 2011, 12:20:45 AM

As long as you have the bit about the parrakeet, you'll be fine.

I'll check it out whenever I hit that thread.


Parakeet?  icon_confused

submitted.  surprised you haven't heard of this one yet.
6701  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 1/28/11 on: January 29, 2011, 07:59:10 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 11:11:24 PM

I'm not sure, but I think I see Uranus In the bottom right.

not surprising though, you see an anus in everything.

Tongue


i have these on my plate, but no way i will get to them all
two worlds 2
lbp2  slim but probable
dead space 1 and 2 in order. never finished the first despite enjoying the first few hours.
6702  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 teaser and stuff! Now coming to the PS3! on: January 29, 2011, 07:56:05 PM
"best value" does not compute when we apply a little thing we call "math".  take that $60 ps3 copy vs the $20 copy (or cheaper if you got it during the steam sale) and compare what you get.  same game, but you get a few of the extra dlc included with it.  great, except you don't get all of them apparently and even if you did, you may not have had to pay for all of them if you got them during the last xbla sale.  so if you had waited you could definitely have a more "complete" package on 360 for just over half of what a new copy would cost you on ps3. 

and their own article comments on how the new engine isn't all that different to begin with. 

hooray for poor journalism masquerading an ad sheet.   Roll Eyes

now, if you had no alternative way to play it, i highly recommend picking it up anyways.  i just think the ign article is a fluffer piece.
6703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 29, 2011, 07:44:07 PM

Quote from: mytocles on January 29, 2011, 06:39:50 PM

I didn't like the demo of the first game at all, so I never played TW - but I find myself getting interested in TW2.  I suspect I'll end up on the "What are you buying this week" thread saying "Two Worlds 2." 

Sigh...  Add to the backlog?  Sure, why not?!   icon_neutral


fwiw, i think you would enjoy it mytocles.  it's got a lot of personality and has a huge (if not as large as it seems) world with lots of stuff to do and it looks great to boot.  you may need to wait for ceekay to pick up the pc version though so you can see how good that version can look.  the 360 may not be up to snuff but it's still damn pretty to look at. 
6704  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Site] Stupid Autocomplete on: January 29, 2011, 12:20:45 AM
As long as you have the bit about the parrakeet, you'll be fine.

I'll check it out whenever I hit that thread.
6705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tonight. We dine. In HECK! on: January 29, 2011, 12:18:35 AM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on January 28, 2011, 11:21:36 PM

*pours out a 40 in honor of our honored member, CrayolaSmoker, now missing over two years.

I got a bit giddy when I saw his name pop up in the unread posts list until I realized it was thread necromancy.
6706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charlie Sheen rushed to Hospital on: January 28, 2011, 05:10:05 AM
oh, i've seen that episode.  the go to the doctor and she insults alan for being a chiropractor, right?
6707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fastest Internet Service in the US! on: January 28, 2011, 05:08:12 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 28, 2011, 02:03:05 AM

wait.. Amazon plant?  they're building Amazon's down there? icon_wink

of course, they have to make up for the new super-super-super walmart soon to be near brazil, right next to where chile used to be.
6708  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Old Spice Commercial on: January 28, 2011, 05:04:22 AM
glad to see he's back.  much better than the other one and random nfl guys.  (although the wtf one ceekay posted was rather odd)
6709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dropbox - anyone here use it? on: January 28, 2011, 12:29:04 AM
I just learned that you can get another 768mb free by linking your social sites to it.

I'll need to confirm the link, but iirc, it's dropbox.com/free

that sugar sync sounds useful too. You have to muck about with symlinks to get that freedom with dropbox.
6710  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 28, 2011, 12:23:30 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on January 27, 2011, 10:56:36 PM

Is this a direct successor to the first Two Worlds? Or can someone jump into this game without preamble? The first game (PC version) is sitting on a shelf unopened, so I can always fire it up if necessary.

Most of the buzz about the game says the PC version is significantly better that Two Worlds. I'm curious to see if the same is true for the 360 version.
never played the first one on console, but I hear it was a pretty rough port by a team with little console experience. I know the pc version was pretty fun though. It was labeled "oblivion light" and I've heard similar lines leveled against TW2 but I am enjoying this one a lot and while it didn't reach the high level of polish, it has got damn close. It also has a lot of things going on that you don't usually get in a single rpg, let alone one with a large and diverse map to explore with Gothic levels of things to find and all without significant flaws.

Also, it has a bunch of mp modes with persistent characters (in co-op for sure, not sure how the tdm works). When's the last time you got that in a full non mmo rpg?

   
6711  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 27, 2011, 12:58:22 AM
Everything I have seen had the release date yesterday, at least in the states. 
6712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: January 27, 2011, 12:47:40 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 26, 2011, 09:43:59 PM

Yeah, I'm tempted to get the 360 version but I know there's a lot the community might do with the pc version.

If the mod community takes off, I'll consider picking it up again on a steam sale. I also figure that my older pc wouldn't do this game justice either.

Want some free loot? Of corse you do. Here's mid level gear that might help you along:

Dragon Armor - 4149-3083-9823-6545
Elexorien (Sword)- 3542-3274-8350-6064
Scroll - 6972-5760-7685-8477
Hammer - 6231-1890-4345-5988
Axe - 1775-3623-3298-1928
Anathros(Sword) - 6770-8976-1634-9490
Lucienda (Sword) - 9122-5287-3591-0927
6713  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 27, 2011, 12:42:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 26, 2011, 03:47:17 PM

Quote from: hepcat on January 26, 2011, 02:35:07 PM

Quote
the hotkeys also shit according to your stance and equipped weapon.

Well, I'm out...


party pooper.

I'm not sure that wasn't intentional. :p
"shift" was the word I was looking for.

Played through the first world (the oceans are beautiful btw. Reminds me of some areas I've seen IRL.)
the next one is in the savannah and the wildlife you can hunt makes me feel like I'm playing a mod for Far Cry 2. That is until the giant ants jumped out at me. The difficulty is not scaled with the mobs either and I've got the reload count to prove it.  I do wish there was a better way to see a mob's threat level though. I was killed in two hits from a goblin looking thing that looked exactly like the ones I had been equally matched against and that was still on the first island.

He game is huge btw. After i left the island via a portal, I zoomed back to see how far away I gone and it was the far end of the map on a second continent altogether. It's not the same half of the world as in the first either afaik.

Once you get in DS let me know and we can test out the mp.
Here are some codes for special items that have been posted: 

Dragon Armor - 4149-3083-9823-6545
Elexorien (Sword)- 3542-3274-8350-6064
Scroll - 6972-5760-7685-8477
Hammer - 6231-1890-4345-5988
Axe - 1775-3623-3298-1928
Anathros(Sword) - 6770-8976-1634-9490
Lucienda (Sword) - 9122-5287-3591-0927

they are not unique and none where immediately useful to my level 5 character but it gives me something to look forward to.
 
6714  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wing Commander's bar done in Lego on: January 26, 2011, 05:34:37 AM
ea still pisses me off with this.  why don't they let gog get the rights to put those games online? 
6715  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Two new Matrix movies on the way? on: January 26, 2011, 05:33:16 AM

Quote from: ravenvii on January 25, 2011, 05:26:38 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on January 25, 2011, 04:53:42 PM

But, gah, the Wachowski Brothers seemed to be a one trick pony (Speed Racer? Really?), and I wouldn't blame them at all for just returning back to their one moment of greatness, to try to revive their careers.

Not necessarily - I did enjoy V for Vendetta.

i had forgotten that was them.  i also enjoyed that one quite a bit.
6716  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dropbox - anyone here use it? on: January 26, 2011, 05:32:33 AM
thanks for that link.  i have been at 2gb for quite a while now. 
6717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: January 26, 2011, 05:31:50 AM
that pretty much sums up my impressions on the 360 version too.  i took a break to post it but am getting back in now. 

it's pretty much taken me out of playing FONV for now.  too many drab environments for now.  need a break as the friendly ai was pissing me off last night.

TW2 is pretty fun so far.  i do wish you could sneak and use the bow at the same time though. 
6718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First LittleBigPlanet 2 details on: January 26, 2011, 05:27:13 AM
played through the first two and half zones and enjoying it so far, even if some of my control annoyances are resurfacing.  i did play a handful of the player levels and enjoyed them, the biggest being the twin stick shooter.  by the time i ended for the night i had placed #52 on the leaderboards for that one.  fun little distraction. 

it's going to take some time to get all of the puzzle pieces as there are definitely areas that i have seen them hiding but was unable to see how to get to them.
6719  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/24) on: January 26, 2011, 05:23:23 AM
picked up TW2 and have DS2 coming in via gamefly. 
6720  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Two Worlds 2 Impressions on: January 26, 2011, 05:21:48 AM
I stopped and picked this up on the way home and so far, I like what I see.  Sure, parts of the manual are in German, but everything is pretty easy to pick up after the tutorial.  it does hand hold you ever so slightly, but after that you are on your own.  I went out walking and spent a good chunk of time killing the local wildlife and looting their corpses. 

they added in quite a bit this time around but took out the weapon buff method from the first one.  instead, you can break down items into their component parts at any time and use them to upgrade the others.  that's skill dependent of course as is the alchemy you can do.  they wisely made it so you don't have to backtrack to camp to do this stuff, but made that easier if you wanted to.  same with magic spell creation. you can mix and match the spell type and form whenever you want and assign whichever you want.  it's not as packed with hotkeys as sacred 2 but it's more than enough.  the hotkeys also shit according to your stance and equipped weapon.  if you sheath your weapon, you can sneak around for a backstab as well.  there are a handful of skills in the three branches and you can respec at certain vendors.  i have also been granted skill points for picking locks and after killing a number of enemies. 

the lock pick mini game is different.  it's a timing game where the pick must hit the groove in a set of descending rings.  the pick rotates on its own but you can swap direction whenever you want.  from the looks of it, the skill level ties in to how long you can hold your hand steady so you can't get the higher level locks as easily. 

combat is pretty hectic and you can be swarmed if you aren't careful.  you can kick off an aoe spell or a crowd sweeper move if you have the right weapon.  you could also use an arrow as distraction to split them up, traps to snare them or hurt them, multi-arrows to hurt more than one at a time and should you get the chance, the ability to kill them silently with a backstab. 

graphically, it's pretty nice to look at.  lots of good shadow and lighting work, little environmental details that add to the views and none of the technical issues that plagued the original.  it also seems to have a rather expansive world with minimal amounts of oblivion-esque load zones.  decent voice work all around and i like the ability to pan around during conversations. 

i haven't even tried the mp yet, which offers the usual competitive modes plus a separate co-op campaign, horde mode and the quirky village mode.  could be interesting. 

anybody else pick this up today?
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