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6761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (01/18) on: January 18, 2010, 03:09:24 PM
That's crazy that you can essentially get DV for free like that. Not sure if I should be interested in playing it now or not. It's in the mail from gamefly, so I should know by the end of the week.
6762  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Dark Void impressions thread on: January 18, 2010, 03:04:42 PM
Looks like I'm getting this from gamefly as I got email that they shipped it this morning. The demo was interesting enouh despite what others have said about it elsewhere.

So, anybody else going to pick this one up?
6763  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: Original Bioshock, Fable 2 on: January 17, 2010, 08:51:32 PM
Too bad you didn't get the urge last month; Steam had it for $5.

I wonder how much it's going for used these days.  I'd sell you mine, but it's the CE version and I kind of want to hold on to it. 
6764  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Windows 7 deals? or sites? on: January 17, 2010, 08:47:40 PM
You don't need the full install version. Install the upgrade version, but don't enter in the serial key until after you have finished with the os. You can even run without activation for quite a while if you want to check out the 64 bit version with your games and programs for compatibility issues first. Just google 'slrearm win7'. One thing to note regarding drm'ed games; most cp drivers included with the disc do not work in 64. I had to install a 64 bit Tages driver to get beyond good & evil working, and I wouldn't be surprised if the others had 64 drivers as well.   
6765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell Conviction lives! on: January 16, 2010, 07:42:20 PM
Not surprised in the least, sadly. This just got moved to the B list:  red dead redemption is out that month and will be what gets my attention. 
6766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alpha Prime on: January 16, 2010, 07:39:50 PM
One of my "oh damn, did I actually buy the whole damn pack" steam snafu. Yet to be experienced, but I intend to force myself to play every last damn game in the pack to both see if anything is worth a damn and to remind myself of the dangers of rushing through late night purchases.

From the looks of the screenshots on this ones page, I could tell it was a boring sci-fi fps clone. 
6767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Void on: January 16, 2010, 07:33:42 PM
Demo impressions are all over the map, ranging from 'mediocre' to 'crap', so I am not holding out much hope for this on any platform. Targeting is sloppy and the whole thing comes off as kind of 'meh'. I'll try it out later and see if it's worth renting.
6768  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek Madness 1-12-10: King's Bounty games 75% off! on: January 13, 2010, 06:03:43 AM
sounds like a great package, i am torn on whether to pull the trigger.  so many games as it is now, so little time.
6769  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Crayon Physics Deluxe - Pay What You Want Sale on: January 12, 2010, 06:03:07 AM
wow, i just ran through about a dozen levels or so and the game is as fun as it looks.  great music too.  honestly, i think this is probably the best implementation of free drawing physics game and a whole lot more fun than line racer.  if you haven't got this yet, give it a try.
6770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] How many times has your Xbox 360 died? on: January 12, 2010, 05:03:44 AM
twice, but i don't want to be touched by a scary clown.  time to wrap my xbox up in long johns and put it next to the furnace.

both elites, one less than a year, one more than a year.  this one is plotting against me though as i just know it's destined to die right after the three years is up.  probably just in time for red dead redemption too.
6771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock 2 - Sea of Dreams on: January 11, 2010, 08:14:24 PM
They made the decision to get the CE easier for me.  I don't have record player and they aren't including a big sister figure or the proto Daddy, so I can skip this one. Too bad, the BD from the first one will stay by himself on my desk for a while longer.   
6772  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Cryostasis 12.99 on: January 11, 2010, 08:40:51 AM
it's  in my backlog.  Got it on clearance for ~7 bucks a while ago.
6773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (1/11) on: January 11, 2010, 08:37:56 AM
Nada.  Likely nothing until next month.  Still undecided on ME2
6774  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: January 04, 2010, 09:13:57 PM
well, i'm slightly annoyed at both steam and myself, and my isp too tbh.  i bought the meridian 4 package from steam when i only intended to get the shadowgrounds pack.  my isp has had connection problems the last two weeks and has been intermittent throughout the sale, so i missed many of the one day deals.  well, with yesterday being the last, i stayed online until past 1 so i could get some of the encores and other sale items i was interested in.  i did get a handful of games in one transaction, then remembered a few others, so i tried for those too.  keep in mind, the whole time, my modem keeps dropping and refreshing the connection, sometimes a few cycles of trying this before i was able to get through a purchase, so i was very careful to get the transaction done in time before a dropped connection reset my shopping cart.  to top this all off, i have been fighting off a sinus infection and had taken an advil and a benadryl earlier.  (in hindsight, probably not a good thing to do before shopping on-line)

so, i found that both shadowgrounds games were bundled for a buck more than the sequel, so i got that one plus zombie driver and was going through the purchase when my dsl dropped again.  after a few minutes, i was able to get back in, nothing in the cart.  very quickly (or too quickly if you prefer) i had gone through the search page, got zombie in there, then again for shadowgrounds.  when i went to click the bundle, i apparently mis-clicked in my haste and put the complete package instead and didn't notice it until i had sped through the rest of the screens.  i actually saw it as i clicked through 'accept' even as my drowsy mind saw the total and thought, 'wait, it's supposed to be ~10 or 11 bucks, top, not almost 35?!' but was too late to do anything about it. 

so, now i am the unwitting owner of a bunch of games i have either a) never heard of, b) never intended to play, and c) have such a backlog already that they will probably sit in my uninstalled steam games list until the end of time.

are any of these worth playing, or did i just end up with the most expensive way to buy shadowgrounds survivor?

Shadowgrounds, Gumboy - Crazy Adventures™, RIP - Trilogy™, Vigil: Blood Bitterness™, Alpha Prime, Shadowgrounds Survivor, Space Trader: Merchant Marine, Pacific Storm, Pacific Storm Allies, Penguins Arena: Sedna's World, Obulis, Larva Mortus, Chains, Nikopol: Secrets of the Immortals, Crash Time 2, Tank Universal


looking at some of those, the pacific storm games seem interesting, although not necessilarly my cup of tea (and already in a category where i have battle stations pacific), crash time looks great, but is an unknown, and a few are puzzle games that should be worth a try.  the rest are all ?? though.   
6775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Your Game of the Decade 2000-2009 on: January 04, 2010, 07:13:27 PM
GTA 3 would have to be mine, as of all the greats, few spawned and defined a genre as well as this one has.  RB/GH do it for music, but no other companies have seen much success with their attempts.  GTA is the template that all sandbox games start from.  It influences games outside it's genre; SSX 3, Tony hawk's proving ground, burnout paradise, just by the proof that 'yes, it can be done'.  Many SB games are just as good as 3 was, and some are better; some are on this list aready. 

It also made a huge impact socially and brought to life that not gamers were more than just teenagers. 
6776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Darwinia is coming on: January 04, 2010, 06:13:47 PM
I might, as long as they don't price it too high.

I hope this means that their other games are coming eventually.
6777  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Deal of the Week 1-1-2010: Rise of Flight 50% off on: January 01, 2010, 09:26:11 PM
tempting again.  had i known it would be on sale today, i would have held off getting euphoria yesterday with that $5 credit.

6778  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2010- Console and PC on: January 01, 2010, 09:00:50 PM
Reserved for future

Finished
Dark Void - got the 1k on it too.  great B game in execution and story.  very under-rated imo, but it does have it's warts
Saboteur - 1k on this one too.  sad that this is both Pandemic's last and best game.  as if one needed another reason to hate EA.
ME2 - despite what it lacks, it makes up for it with all the new stuff it does and how well it does it.  more proof that bioware rocks
BF BC2 - loved the sp campaign and the mp too.
SC Conviction - good stealth action game, if nothing too much like the other SC games.
Just Cause 2 - really loved the destruction. 
Red Dead Redemption - my personal goty
Terminator Salvation - admittedly, an easy 1k and not worth playing beyond that point
Sacred 2 - after a year of time off, i went back to beat the main quest.  pretty addictive at times
Winterbottom - decent take on the time-twist puzzler
Transformers WFC - enjoyed this despite some rough spots in the campaign
Crackdown 2 - the grooves wore of of this tired retread.
Mafia 2 - not up to the standards of the first but enjoyable while it lasted
Darkstar 1 - 1k'ed it, more due to stubbornness than real enjoyment
TC HAWX 2 - not as good as the first.
Brothers in Arms: HH
Halo Reach - finished twice
Medal of Honor - not my favorite sp experience, but decent enough.
Enslaved - played half of it, stalled, came back and finished it. 
Force Unleashed 2 - half baked sequel with too much flash and not enough substance
Turtles in time - nice enough for a distraction and a good view on how much has changed.
Call of Duty: BlOps - short and decent sp campaign.
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood.  awesome all the way through and worthy of the end of year praise

still to be won:
FONV - not likely to finish but i'll have a good time while it lasts
Scott Pilgrim - damn last boss with his weak attacks
Divinity 2 - much harder to hold my attention now that the pc version has been improved.

Shelved:
AVP - motion sickness is rare for me in games, but this one had me up for hours after i played it.
Bioshock 2 - the sequel no one wanted when it was announced gets to prove how wrong it was to count it out.  
Stalker: Call of Pripyat - finally, the vision of stalker we were always promised, 5 years after we all drooled over the previews.  
Fable 3 - not impressed with the new direction.
Dead Rising 2 - despite how much i should like this game, it doesn't hold my interest.
6779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: January 01, 2010, 09:17:04 AM
i also bumped my score by another 1k since the last post.  finishing up asscreed 2 and getting a handful of different games put me over the top.  i just need to get the box hooked up to get it online.
6780  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hankering for a western so its back to Juarez for me on: December 31, 2009, 07:34:34 PM
i'd recommend coj 2.  i liked that one quite a bit, the gun fights were very satisfying and it looks great too.  the story is not pitch perfect, but still enjoyable and you get two different play styles like in the first, but both are fun, likable characters.
6781  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: December 31, 2009, 07:30:15 PM
i still have the copy i bought when it first came out but i haven't yet tried it on x64 win7.  got about a third of the way through the map before wandering off into some other game.  it did have a great atmosphere and fun combat, despite its idiosyncrasies. 

the sequel is on my short B list. 
6782  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 31, 2009, 05:42:27 AM
that civ 4 bundle is looking enticing.  this whole sale is making me regret buying them on d2d.  could have saved a bunch of money on about half the stuff i have bought.
6783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Saboteur on: December 30, 2009, 03:09:42 PM
I think the only one this works for is the car collections.  I know the rdx upgrade for blowing ip 3 tanks does not as I had already destroyed one of those wulf tanks beforehand. 
6784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Annual Christmas Loot Thread on: December 28, 2009, 06:04:58 PM
not much loot from the family;

JJ's Star Trek on Blu-ray
Transformers 2 on Blu-ray
a couple of puzzles to work on
some stuff for the grill
a couple of sweaters
a gift card to a nice seafood joint
i did get myself a couple of games during the sales. 

really, this year more than most was about the kids.  we got our daughter a great castle playroom and some stuff to outfit it with and the usual assortment of kids movies and toys.  my dad got my son a pretty cool 2-year old proof train set that he seems intent on 'stress testing'. 

the nicest thing was having both parents and my sister together for xmas.  it's been longer than i can remember that it's always been separate parties, and my sister has only recently begun talking to any of us.  tbh, that's all i could hope for as i always figured the next time my sister saw our dad would be at his funeral.
6785  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 28, 2009, 05:51:17 PM
damn, i missed zombie driver for super cheap.  knew i should have checked the site yesterday.

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 27, 2009, 06:47:50 PM

Damnit, should have gotten Torchlight at that price.

same here TML. 
6786  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Saboteur on: December 28, 2009, 05:49:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 07:34:13 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on December 13, 2009, 07:10:42 PM

Got all the Level 2 perks like Ceekay, with some gold sprinkled in. The terror sniper rifle is absolutely god like, and while difficult to achieve, the Lvl 3 perks really do give you tangible rewards (not passive junk like most games). The game has stayed fun, although playing it in chucks is a must, as there are times where you need contraband to move forward, and running around the city to blow up Nazi installations can get annoying.

I kinda cheeses it and bought the 'Luck o' the Irish' from the black market to unlock a level 3 perk.  the one I bought one was the one that gave you the terror sniper rifle, but it seems a bit hard to control for now (the rate of fire is insane) so I re-loaded to get my money back..  what I want to know is about Skylars mission to the cemetary:

Spoiler for Hiden:
what's in the box?!?  OK, I don't really want to know until I'm done with the game and hopefully they tell you, but I needed to make the Se7en reference.

according to the stuff i have read, the best silver and gold perks to buy are the car collection ones from the mechanic list.  both are a huge pita as all of the nazi vehicles apparently are not on the streets until later in the game, plus it's a bitch staying alive on the higher alert levels where those vehicles appear.  i've been able to get 5 of them so far, but those armored ones are tough to steal.

hint for the sniper gold perk.  where do you commonly see two nazis standing still side by side, almost inviting you to line up their heads in a row?

and for the 5 generals perk, note that the pistols all have very good range and are perfectly accurate.  don't forget, nazis, like some dogs i hear, can't look up unless you get their attention first. 

i had a damn fine run last night, getting a great spot on a AAA gun which was shielded from ground fire but still had a good view of some streets, so i was able to get three perks done without much fuss, even though i was only going for 1.  '20 kills with one vehicle' just took time and patience, but i got the 'terror squad' done, plus the '5 with one blast' on the same kill. 

i really love how you can clear out an area of occupation in small doses, so you can take out a whole base on one side and return later for an easier approach.
6787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly Playlist - Year End Holiday Loot Special Edition - 12/25 on: December 28, 2009, 05:34:20 PM
picked up saboteur last week when it was on sale and i am wading through the buckets of spilled nazi blood running down paris' streets.  it's sad that this was their last game as they finally hit the mix of action, stealth and open world atmosphere that they have been crafting since the first mercs game. 

other than that, i still plug away at loz: trainz, despite my growing annoyance with the train and flute playing aspects so i can call it finished (damnit, i don't want to practice the damn tune 50 times just to open up the next section of game world)

i've also got a number of new games from the downloadable pc sites sales blitz going on. 
6788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/28) on: December 28, 2009, 05:24:36 PM
div 2, once it hits the cheaper shelf.  my plate of current games is too full to pick up any rpg's right now, despite how much fun i had with the first one.  and i got that one quite late into it's life as well, so i might as well keep the tradition going. 

i will be looking at the games d2d is offering and deciding which one to use the $5 credit i have on it.
6789  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 24, 2009, 02:03:19 AM

Quote from: Moliere on December 24, 2009, 01:34:01 AM

It looks like they are beating their Thanksgiving price by putting Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay AND Assault on Dark Athena on sale for $6.79!   icon_eek

IN!

actually, assault on dark Athena always included EfBB.  It's the one with updated graphics.  It was 5 bucks back during the D2D sale, but the steam price is still the best you could find outside of a late clearance deal.

Does the steam versions of the stalker games allow mods?  I haven't been able to retrieve my old account; does anyone know if you can merge accounts if I do get my old one back?  The email I used way back is dead, my first purchase was hl2 on steam so I don't have the serial key and I haven't been able to guess what my account name was.     
 
6790  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finding a missing person on: December 23, 2009, 01:25:19 AM
wow man, that's a tough situation. 

pull her myspace, facebook, twitter page or whatever social site she's on and see if she's posted.  go to the cell phone provider and have them check call logs/gps coords.  call onstar if she has a vehicle equipped with it. 

tell them to remain calm (i know, but a full blown panic will not make this easier) and have faith that she'll come home on her own.
6791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 23, 2009, 01:18:42 AM
yeah, i wouldn't blindly recommend a purchase as what you see in the demo is what you get.  the levels are longer, but the gameplay doesn't get much deeper than 'shoot the aliens, search for ammo, hit the button'  2 player on harder difficulty might be fun, but i haven't been able to try it yet.
6792  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 23, 2009, 01:16:13 AM

Quote from: frost on December 23, 2009, 01:02:24 AM

weren't they just recently giving away tex murphy 1 and 2? 

wasn't that for mean streets and martian memorandum?  technically, those were the first two tex games.  UaKM, PD and OS were the later ones from '94-98 with fmv and the lead producer acting.  mean streets and martian... were old school point and click adventure games.

6793  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 03:30:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 22, 2009, 01:23:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM

anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.

I've played a bit of Overseer on W7 x64 with no problems.

awesome.  I never gt to play that one or pandora when hey first came out.
6794  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse Christmas Sale Dec 20-26th: Fallen Earth 50% off, all Meridian 4 60% on: December 22, 2009, 06:41:58 AM
small note that AYIM has some heavy graphical corruption on win7 x64 with no word on a fix.  it renders the screen either completely invisible or leaves out large chunks of the texture work in lieu of a white graphic.  i had the luck to try a few levels only before it got too borked to continue.
6795  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM
anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.
6796  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 20: Dawn of War 2 $19.95 (updated daily on: December 22, 2009, 06:19:22 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 21, 2009, 03:24:40 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on December 21, 2009, 12:49:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2009, 10:31:46 PM

todays ornament is Machinarium.

That looks interesting

It's a pretty cool game.

between this and trine, i should be all set for quirky 2d platformers. 
6797  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend: Trine, Insecticde, Faces or Battlefield 2 Complete 50% o on: December 19, 2009, 05:42:16 AM
looks like the changed the price for trine to 9.95 to match the description.  oh well.  looks like d2d gets my money instead.
6798  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ffviii now up on psn! on: December 18, 2009, 05:50:40 PM
i didn't last long enough to see the third disc, so i can't imagine the direction it took in the fourth.  i had higher hopes for it than i did for vii, but that's due to my getting a ps1 just to play vii after it released and was reviewed so highly.
6799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 18, 2009, 05:47:21 PM
true, and i love that they do that, but in the end, i'm not losing out on points as long as they keep releasing something worth buying.  i'm just banking them.  when i get a deal on them, i feel the trade off is worth it.  

now, even if they had done this for wii, i wouldn't have done the same thing as i had little dedicated interest in playing straight ports of old console games.

amazon is pretty good with sales too, although i haven't got any that way yet.  
6800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game 2010 on: December 18, 2009, 05:41:32 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 18, 2009, 12:00:07 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 17, 2009, 04:10:28 PM

The shooting controls were abysmal.

This statement being said about a capcom game?  No way!   icon_lol

I quit very early on where I discovered they made every attempt to make the game a chore to play.  Fun for the first ten minutes of killing zombies, then the gun battle, then the assault vehicle & convicts, then out of my machine and back on my shelf.

+1 to all of this.  i made it to the second fight with that a--clown and said to hell with it.  with that and the horrible ai of the other survivors, it was a pita to play.  i was able to get three of them grouped together for a run back to safety, outfitted all of them with sledgehammers and got all of us to the door to the outside.  zone in, one of them stayed inside and went down pretty quickly.  then i tried to take the other two through the park area with those G-Damned convicts and lost one to them and the other to zed, despite having outfitted pretty well.  i tried to wait until morning so the jeep wouldn't show up and they died anyways.  it was like the game was saying "you are screwed either way, so we are going to make it so you won't even bother."

the damn boss battles and the convicts also used the classic cheat.  i can kill a zombie with a plate, but i can't kill three unarmored humans with a shotgun blast to the face or a burst from an uzi, nevermind the bosses who soak up bullets like wolverine. 

rant over, but my most anticipated game is either mafia 2 or red dead redemption.  both are in my genre of choice, and i always love getting into a new open world and exploring it. 
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