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6801  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. 
6802  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.
6803  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
6804  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)
6805  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
6806  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.
6807  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.
6808  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.
6809  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. 
6810  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.
6811  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.
6812  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.
6813  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. 
6814  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.
6815  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.
6816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 23, 2009, 04:33:42 PM
i was able to get in a bit of gaming this morning and got the soldier to level 4.  the loot is a strong draw, and i'm enjoying the missions and the promise of something new.  the special of the day from the vendor is a pretty odd feature, but i like it.  makes it feel like you might be able to snag a great piece of equipment now and again. 

i'll have more time in game this weekend and hope to play the mp a lot.
6817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands stuff on: October 22, 2009, 09:31:25 PM
some places have broken street date on it, probably due to the fact that there was a delay to the pc version and some people didn't notice.

but don't go out and bother trying to play it just yet.  apparently the retail copy also only unlocks on the release day as well.

in other news, pirates will be playing this before you will, no doubt. 
6818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:30:11 PM
the thread on CAG about this is pretty hot.  i'll skim through later and see if anything is mentioned.
6819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:15:54 PM
and even better, the $20 gc is good on both hardened and regualar versions.  this makes the hardened version a lot more affordable.  now i just need to decide if i want to go that route. 

steel book + art + cod1.  worth the extra $20. 

i really hope the eca codes get going again soon.  that would make up the difference that amazon wants for tax + shipping
6820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 07:22:37 AM
well, i got hit with the level 25 freeze bug, pretty much as soon as the last line nate says about it all being clear.  lucky me. 

at least it autosaves.  i hadn't saved since midway through level 22.  i also found that the assault shotgun does wonders against all enemies.  man, that just tears them apart.  pretty much one shot on normals and two or three on the body armored guys. 
6821  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 22, 2009, 04:06:38 AM
the top one was easy, it had the little iconic guy in the upper left corner.  the bottom was easy as that particular combination of colors and shape was easy to place as rtcw. 

you got any others?
6822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony on: October 22, 2009, 04:03:07 AM
yeah, that pretty much ensured that i won't be buying this.  i'll rent it whenever the rush of new games is done and gamefly sends it to me.  i'm not paying for tlad twice just to get what should be part of the freaking download.  what, you guys can't figure out how to get it in the dlc package without bloating the download? 


 finger rockstar.  way to piss off your fan base. 
6823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 21, 2009, 07:03:38 PM
Run, Ronnie, Run!  a movie disowned by both it's writers.  so bad they didn't even want to be paid for it.

Quote
Ronnie Dobbs, (David Cross) a redneck petty criminal whose scams were caught on tape by a Cops-like television show called Fuzz, is noticed by failing infomercial personality/inventor Terry Twillstein (Bob Odenkirk), who sees Dobbs's popularity with lowbrow viewers. He promotes the idea to television executives for a show, "Ronnie Dobbs Gets Arrested" in which he is arrested in a different city each week. The show becomes phenomenally successful, making Dobbs rich and famous and changing his life dramatically.
6824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 21, 2009, 04:31:28 PM
i'd have to google him anyways as i've gotten kind of fuzzy on how uya ended and i'm not sure if the one in mind is from that or tod. 

either way, r&c has always been an awesome series, even though i consider #2 the high point, gameplay wise. 
6825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Coralled heat, round two. on: October 20, 2009, 11:45:20 PM
if you remember the sordid tale of a former citizen of one Enumclaw WA, known after death as 'he-who-sleeps-with-horses', you might wonder, did they ever make it against the law to have sex with horses?  that would be a yes, although it didn't stop other men so interested from finding greener pastures. 

this one in particular, adding new meaning to the phrase "hiking the appalachian trail" moved to a new state to get his wild oats sown.  now he's being charged with animal cruelty, which is at least better than the trespassing charge he picked up the first time. 

There’s nothin’ in life that’s worth doin’, if it can’t be done with a horse…

6826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 11:21:32 PM
well, i have to wonder what 'dynamic situations' could entail other than the random battles, which this does seem to have.  tbh, i'd rather have a host of designed missions now and again, or you end with 20 variations on the same 'kill x of y' quests, which also seems to be the case here. 

i think the idea of random generation = gaming nirvana doesn't necessarily hold up any more. 
6827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 20, 2009, 11:14:57 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 20, 2009, 11:07:11 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 20, 2009, 07:38:54 PM

I came so close to finishing today.  And now I'm not really going to get to play for several days.   crybaby

I'm loving the game, but as someone who didn't love the combat in the first one, I'm finding the fights getting a little too much as we near the end.  I've had to restart several multiple times and was growing frustrated a few times.

I was in the same boat, I was disappointed at how they basically rammed combat down your throat the last third of the game. The environment/climbing puzzles grew frustrating towards the end as well.

if you take out the combat and the environmental platforming, what's left to do?   Tongue
6828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Spider-man 4: Sam Raimi learns his lesson on: October 20, 2009, 10:01:40 PM
i would really love for a riddler/harley quinn in the next one with batman regaining some of his public trust, then hold azrael/bane for the 4th movie.  they could end the movie with him broken and that would be great. 

and zsazz had such a small part in bb that i don't even remember him being in there.

6829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 07:28:58 PM
seeing it's two player offline.  maybe someone with the game can confirm

from co optimus

 Co-Op Information   
Local Co-Op:    Yes
Number of Players Offline:    2 Players
Online Co-Op:   Yes
Number of Players Online:    4 Players
LAN or System Link:    Yes
Number of Players via LAN or System link:    4 Players
Splitscreen:    Yes
Playable Online with Splitscreen:   No
Number of Players Online with Splitscreen:   0 Players
Drop-In / Drop-Out:    Yes
Co-Op Specific Content:    Yes
Single player content available in Co-Op:    Yes
6830  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly's annual used game sale. on: October 20, 2009, 07:16:00 PM
doh!  sorry about that.  forgot i had it logged in

and fixed now
6831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: NPD Sales Sept. 09 - PS3 Tops Chart for the 1st Time!!! on: October 20, 2009, 07:02:46 PM

Quote from: kronovan on October 20, 2009, 06:59:16 PM

I'm not surprised about CoD being the top shooter in the decades top 10 - it's multiplatform and Halo isn't. I'm actually surprised any Halo game made the list, but Halo 2 didn't have much competition back in 2004. I suspect no Madden game making the list after Madden 08 (2007) is a result of the decline of the PS2 as a platform of choice for sports gamers.

LOL about Wiiplay - it's really an example of Nintendo's savvy at marketing peripherals. I'm always amazed that MS and Sony haven't attempted a similar ploy.

yeah, but how do you pack in a game with the chatpad?

btw, they did do this with the camera, although with notable niche games.
6832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 07:00:19 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 20, 2009, 06:47:28 PM

So... this doesn't really sound like something a 'single player only' person should be picking up? Seems to be a little weak in that department.  icon_neutral

yeah, so far it does seem to be a co-op over sp focused game.  

for any others wondering, here are the relevant parts:

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single-player in Borderlands is entirely valid, and fun. But the sense remains that there's something missing. This is filled when you start playing co-op, because one of the most obvious mechanisms in the game suddenly makes sense.    

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Co-op is arguably how Borderlands is meant to be played. While the quests in the single-player are adequate to the task of keeping you occupied and entertained, the ludicrous ramping of enemy numbers and power when friends join makes the experience far, far more chaotic, and therefore more entertaining.

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With four players, it's a riot, and they can drop in and out as you go.
6833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I have joined the Fraternity (360). on: October 20, 2009, 06:55:56 PM

Quote from: TK-421 on October 20, 2009, 06:23:48 PM

Send it back to them in a PS3 box.

they'd just keep it

damn that sucks.  my replacement elite was almost as old as the one i bought and it makes me nervous every time i turn it on these days.  makes me glad i have uncharted to take up the gaming focus for a bit.  can't have it die so soon before mw2
6834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 06:44:46 PM
eurogamer 8/10

overall, he liked it, but did touch on the repetitiveness of the game and the drawback of sp.

most importantly, the four classes seem to be pretty much able to survive the higher levels with their specials, although the bird is somewhat less effective at higher levels.
6835  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Gamefly's annual used game sale. on: October 20, 2009, 06:25:01 PM
this has just started so if you are looking for some decent used games, it's a good place to look.

here's the top 25 i pulled to give you a look.  prices updated

360
PS3
Wii

Gears of War 2      $19.99
NBA 2K9    $19.99
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 09    $19.99
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock    $19.99
Guitar Hero: Metallica    $19.99
Resident Evil 5    $19.99
Left 4 Dead    $19.99
Fight Night: Round 3    $14.99
Skate    $17.99
Battlefield: Bad Company    $17.99
WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009    $14.99
Skate 2    $19.99
Devil May Cry 4    $19.99
F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin    $12.99
GRID    $19.99
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed    $14.99
Godfather 2    $12.99
LEGO Batman    $17.99
Ninja Gaiden 2    $17.99
Guitar Hero World Tour    $19.99
Halo Wars    $14.99
NBA Live 08    $9.99
H.A.W.X.    $11.99
Mirror's Edge    $9.99
Brothers in Arms: Hell's Highway    $14.99
6836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 20, 2009, 06:11:26 PM
sweet news.  i won't have to buy this now.  gamefly is sending it out. 
6837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Discussions, previews and interviews on: October 20, 2009, 04:29:53 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 20, 2009, 04:21:51 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on October 20, 2009, 04:06:20 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 19, 2009, 11:49:54 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 19, 2009, 11:10:51 PM

damn, that's not reassuring.  the kotaku review called it bore-derlands in sp and the game really only shines with co-op.  are you getting that impression too?

Say it ain't so, I'm probably going to be doing a lot of SP not co-op.

It's the same game in either mode.  More players just means more/tougher enemies to shoot.  Nothing more.

Right, but plenty of boring games have been made more amusing when played co-op.  Mario Party and Smash Bros. are perfect examples.

exactly.  you shouldn't need the presence of other people to make a game fun.  saints row 2 for example was still awesome in sp.  i'm hoping for some more fleshed out impressions before i buy this. 
6838  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 20, 2009, 04:23:00 PM
almost finished it last night, up to a section in level 22 where you have a couple of towers and snipers to take out. 

i really enjoyed the battle back in the last town and the level after that.  such a cinematic experience (yeah, overused phrase, but what else would you use?). 

i haven't even noticed, but there are stealth bonus items?  or do you mean the stuff you pick off of the bodies when you get them? 

i really liked the opening to the last section where you get access to the only ranged silent weapon.  made for a nice head start on the battle.

that comic reminds me of the hl2 comic 'Concerned' and how he wrote the combine soldier's moments. 
6839  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Discussions, previews and interviews on: October 19, 2009, 11:10:51 PM
damn, that's not reassuring.  the kotaku review called it bore-derlands in sp and the game really only shines with co-op.  are you getting that impression too?
6840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Borderlands] Which class are you planning to play? on: October 19, 2009, 08:56:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 19, 2009, 08:25:20 PM

I wish they had had the balls to put in an achievement for collecting every weapon in the game. I wanted to see some achievement whores cry.

yeah, that would have been awesome.
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