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6881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 13, 2009, 04:18:05 PM
due to the will of the gaming gods, i am going to end up with two copies, in a way.  i have my bought copy coming eventually, (last note was it was backordered) which is hugely bumming, and then i ended up with gamefly sending me a copy as i put off changing that around in time.  i don't expect to play this until the weekend, but at least it should be here in some form.  looking forward to it. 
6882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend ..reviews coming in! on: October 12, 2009, 11:56:14 PM
Eurogamer liked it, although not as much as most.

8/10

this part stood out
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zip about in a flame-splattered Epona stand-in called The Deuce, a fat-tyred roadster which can be upgraded by Ozzy Osbourne himself as the game progresses, until it's a low-riding white-trash Batmobile, tearing across the landscape with gatling guns, homing rockets and flames shooting out of side-mounted exhausts.

beware, there is a small spoiler on page two regarding the RTS side.  skip ahead if that's an annoyance
6883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You've lost that loooovin' feeeeelin'...whoa....that looooovin' feeeeeeelin' on: October 12, 2009, 08:05:21 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 12, 2009, 08:01:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 12, 2009, 07:44:51 PM

pete, what do you have that you are willing to trade atm?

That was going to be my suggestion. batman is one of those games that most folks aren't going to play over and over once they've beaten it, so someone here must have a copy they'd be willing to part with.

yeah, i might know something about that slywink
6884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF?] 4-month old baby declared obese, denied insurance coverage on: October 12, 2009, 08:03:35 PM
i like how it's now possible to be past 100 percentile.  "this kid goes to 11!"

unless this kid has the cholesterol of a retired truck driver and a double bypass, then there shouldn't be a problem here.  this is just the sad SOP of insurance companies and their $ over coverage priority.
6885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You've lost that loooovin' feeeeelin'...whoa....that looooovin' feeeeeeelin'... on: October 12, 2009, 07:44:51 PM
pete, what do you have that you are willing to trade atm?
6886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend ..reviews coming in! on: October 12, 2009, 06:55:21 PM

Quote from: Devil on October 12, 2009, 06:45:53 PM

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damn ron, that's lame.  maybe you should change every mention of brutal legend with something else and post it as a review of 'barbie horse adventure' or something.

That would cause Lockdown to become furious with the site and question Ron's integrity because, have played through "Barbie Horse Adventure" multiple times, he would take issue with the review.

at least it would make for a fun thread.  and who knows, maybe captain caveman would be enticed enough to post here again.
6887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You've lost that loooovin' feeeeelin'...whoa....that looooovin' feeeeeeelin'... on: October 12, 2009, 06:54:18 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 12, 2009, 06:52:51 PM

11-10-09.

Thread over.

of course, there is that. but i think pete needs a boost right now.  plus, don't torment him with another new game to add to the backlog.  biggrin

btw, mw2 is going to kick ass on all fronts, so you must get this one too.
6888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You've lost that loooovin' feeeeelin'...whoa....that looooovin' feeeeeeelin'... on: October 12, 2009, 06:52:37 PM
now, take for granted that i skimmed the last third of your post, but from what i read, i can completely understand what you are facing as i was in the same boat, employment wise (just not as long).  gaming did take a rather dull sheen right then, and yeah, i felt guilty when i could be looking for a job.  but take this in stride; you are not going to get considerably further in your job search if you treat it like a 12 hour job every day.  you'll burn out on searching and likely end up depressed.  not a good state of mind when you're looking at job listings.  if you haven't got yourself listed with temp agencies, you should look into it.  while IT is a much different beast than geological studies, you'll have someone else with a lot more resources keeping you in mind when a job does surface. 

as for gaming, you've got a pretty good list, but if you take out the guilt factor of not finishing every game you buy, you will end up a lot better for it.

Bioshock, Fallout 3, W@W SP, Gears of War 2, GTA IV, The Orange Box Half Life 2, Far Cry 2

out of these, if you haven't played portal, you should.  one, it's not terribly long, maybe a few hours if you take your time.  two, it's a different game than everything else on your list (all shooters, pretty much) and it's also pretty humorous.  i've been in your position before and an enjoyable game like portal would be exactly where i would start on your list. 

if you have played it, and regardless of which game you want to start with (really, they are all good) take the time to start one and specifically ignore the others unless you end up completely turned off on it.  give it a good solid commitment of a couple days at least.  knowing that you have a backlog of great games shouldn't be a burden which ends up sapping your will to play any of them.  beyond that, playing half a game now and getting back to it later is also not a bad thing.  i just revisited far cry 2 myself and beat it after at least 6 months of shelf dust on it.  same with saints row 2 and now fallout 3.  nothing wrong about it at all as our tastes change from time to time.  sometimes you want to shoot mutants, sometimes it's nazis and sometimes it's just generic south american mercs.  it's your call who you want to shoot slywink

6889  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 Games For Sale (Price Drop) on: October 12, 2009, 06:01:32 PM
yeah.  i really enjoyed it as well.  if it were one of the other two, i would have grabbed it, especially for that price.
6890  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend ..reviews coming in! on: October 12, 2009, 05:57:27 PM
damn ron, that's lame.  maybe you should change every mention of brutal legend with something else and post it as a review of 'barbie horse adventure' or something. 
6891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 12, 2009, 04:16:13 PM
it was pretty good, and SL, you can skip to the section on the mp stuff only.  sounds pretty damn cool and i am looking forward to the spec ops missions.  breach n clear sounds like a good swat 4 style mode and should be a ton of fun. 

put simply, this is the reason i am not buying dragon age, despite how cool it looks.  i don't need another massive rpg in my backlog.
6892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 360 Brutal Legend ..reviews coming in! on: October 12, 2009, 04:13:17 PM
cool.  i had some reservations about reserving this, but i snagged it up with the TRU deal as a maybe swap for something later.  glad to hear it's a kick-ass game to boot.
6893  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: BORDERLANDS Poll - Which System? on: October 12, 2009, 04:11:25 PM
if the co-op has any legs, then it's 360 for me. 
6894  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/12) on: October 12, 2009, 04:10:20 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on October 12, 2009, 02:04:58 PM

Quote from: KC on October 12, 2009, 10:51:35 AM

I'm going to get Uncharted 2 and Brutal Legend as part of the ToyRUs B2G1 sale.  I just need to find a third.

This.  I'm still undecided on the 3rd game as well.

thirded, but i do have a third game, opflash 2.  i ordered online, so while i don't have a shot in hell of actually playing any of these three this week, i won't have to deal with the shenanigans from the tru's in my area nor take a chance on them running out of the games i want.
6895  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us B2G1 sale 10/11 - 10/17 on: October 11, 2009, 07:05:33 AM
well, even if i can't get an exchange later, i still was able to get uncharted 2, brutal legend and opflash 2 for less than half price.  pretty damn sweet, and i didn't even have to make the trip to the store to fight over the likely low quantities.
6896  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA} Hydrophobia on: October 11, 2009, 05:35:10 AM
sounds interesting and i will want to see how this water effect they have modeled works out.  real water effects would be pretty damn sweet in a game as i don't think any game has really pulled it off before.
6897  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: EDGE's 50 Best iPhone/iPod Touch Games List on: October 11, 2009, 05:31:59 AM
my personal best wth flight control is 52, but i don't play it as much as i do harbor master.  for one, since i have bought it, they've added in like 3 new ports, with not just another layout, but different takes. (specific colors to specific ports, mixed color cargo ships, pirate attacks you repel with a cannon, sea monster attacks you tap to defeat).  out of all of the games i have (32 paid, umpteen free during sale) it gets updated the most.

my list so far:

traffic management
1) Harbor master - .99 + Lite
2) Flight Control

Dual stick shooters
1)  Isotope - 1.99 + Lite.  Geo wars graphic style, many ships with various weapons.  lots of upgrades and many missions.  Most played game of all i have
2) Alive4Ever - 1.99 + Lite.  take left 4 dead, make it a top down shooter with upgrades and different objectives.  fun, but imo, it burns out fast.  
3) Minigore .99.  great style, but short on options.  very much a basic entry in the genre.

Shooter
1)  Space Invaders Infinity Gene 4.99.  has the potential for unlimited levels via music mode.  (it generates new levels from your music)  in actuality, these levels aren't all that different, but it's still pretty fun.
2) Dropship - free.  side scrolling gravity based shooter/rescue ship.

Tower Defense
1) Defender Chronicles - Side view tower defense with character levels, weapons and upgrades.  recently upgraded to add more levels in story mode.  note, i cannot seem to pull this one up in the app store.

misc puzzle
Stone Loops of Jurassica. .99 + Lite.   it's a zuma clone with a ton of levels in two modes.  great value

Ynth 1.99 + Lite.  - unique take on a block puzzle with you as a lady bug trying to cross a pit of quicksand in various chaped blocks.
Radial 50 1.99 + Lite.  360 degree break-in.  

i haven't tried it yet, but seeing as it's free, it deserves a plug here for everybody.  car jack streets is a top down gta clone and looks pretty cool, very reminiscent of the first two gta's
6898  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the bloody Red Baron will be flying once more! (like at GOG) on: October 11, 2009, 04:40:49 AM
too bad they couldn't get their hands on wings of glory too.  it was campy as all hell, but it was pretty fun and the graphics were great for its time.
6899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What was the last good game manual? on: October 11, 2009, 04:37:05 AM
the manual for red baron was so in depth that i actually used it as the starting point for a history class report on wwi.  it had huge bits of interesting trivia in it.

recently, i would have a hard time thinking of any actual manual that wasn't just a 'EA special' (8 pages with 5 of them dedicated to credits and warnings)

ARMA 2 wasn't too bad, but it would have been considered light by old standards. 

not sure which one i'm thinking of, but one of the squad shooters (rainbow 6) had a lot of useful stuff on room clearing procedures that you wouldn't expect to get in a game. 
6900  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/09 on: October 09, 2009, 09:40:41 PM
finishing up with chronicles of riddick:  assault on dark athena on the 360 after enjoying my 3rd playthrough of EFBB.  i might also give my militaristic side a kick with ArmA 2 just to see if it will fill the gap from not having ofp2 to play. 
6901  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GOG Weekend Sale 10-9 Ishar/Robinsons Requiem $5.98 on: October 09, 2009, 04:31:02 PM
yeah, isn't RR the game that will kill you if you get a scratch
6902  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Beneath a Steel Sky - Remastered on iPhone on: October 08, 2009, 06:01:01 PM
game is up on the app store now at $5.  i haven't taken the plunge yet, but with a few more reviews, i'll probably go in and check it out soon.  the new work by gibbons looks great and the original stuff doesn't look too bad either.  very much an old school look, but updated with a higher res, as far as i can tell.
6903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Nice shirts, just don't wear these to the bathroom on: October 08, 2009, 05:14:29 PM
in the same vein as the zombie shirt rigged up a while back, someone's designed real 'working' portal shirts.



pretty cool, but it's expensive.  i could totally see buying this with a co-worker for halloween or something, but i wonder how durable it could be.
6904  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Update on: October 08, 2009, 04:25:44 PM
no copies of crysis at either store i have checked.  one copy of lotr: moria and two copies of coh: tales of valor (had it, but changed my mind at the last moment) and a copy of both endwar and hawx.  not a whole lot on the 360 worth mentioning, mostly terminator salvation and gi joe, both 24. 

i did snag the last copy of cryostasis and a 3 pack with scratches and penumbra overture as those have sounded somewhat interesting recently.
6905  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us B2G1 sale 10/11 - 10/17 on: October 08, 2009, 03:53:49 PM
i forgot about that.  thanks.  then it's definitely a go for borderlands later, uncharted 2 (assuming the bastages have it in stock this time) and maybe ofp2
6906  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Toys R Us B2G1 sale 10/11 - 10/17 on: October 08, 2009, 04:52:23 AM
yeah, it's a great time to do a deal there.  not sure i want the same games you do though, so i have to see what's interesting.

i really wish this deal was about a month or so away instead of next week.
6907  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Target Update on: October 06, 2009, 11:22:08 PM
i'm going to drop by one today on my way home.  i'll get one if i see one for you.
6908  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on: October 06, 2009, 05:36:20 PM
yeah, you didn't miss a thing with cod3.  treyarch's initial foray into a full game fell on it's ass, which makes it pretty surprising considering how much better cod w@w was. 

what gets me about the delay is this, it's supposedly due to piracy issues, as they are probably trying to make it that much harder for them to play it, but in the end, all it does it delay the start of cracking season by two weeks as you know they'll get it eventually.  so, why bother making it much harder than usual if all it does it delay them by a week? 
6909  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If you thought your GOD prices were silly on: October 06, 2009, 05:22:11 PM
this would be troublesome for the resell market if all you had to do was buy the game, download it digitally, then sell off your physical copy.  i'm not sure the game companies would be ok with that as it would remove one of the biggest barriers from the resale market.  hell, if that was the case with everything so far, my game shelf would be about half of what it is now and anything i ever anticipated playing would be installed already.  and you would have to figure out some way to force uninstallation, but i don't see how.  it's like a pc game with no drm; once it's installed, you can't enforce the disc in the drive if you never designed it that way from the beginning.  it's the same way with the current 360's method of downloading to the hd.  their copy protection is the disc.  perhaps randomly wanting to 'insert disk' to play when using the digital copy would do it, but then it also negates the backup solution. 

this is slightly different than the current blu ray + digital copy as the digital copy isn't nearly as high quality as the disc (obviously) but with a game, it would be 1:1.

now, if digital copies were priced comparably and the console titles went on sale as the pc market often does, then at least there would be some parity between the prices.  xbla and psn have at least taken this step on occasion and both reduced prices permanently or during their deal of the week.  but afaik, neither have taken this into account for most of their full retail games (sole exception being warhawk)

kotaku did a quick check of the top 10 psp games, comparing best 'like new' copy against the psn price and in all cases except one, it was much cheaper to get the physical copy, and that's only due to the one being a limited print niche game (disgaea) where price was affected by market commodities and demand.  i would believe that this is the case for any download vs physical copy comparison.  download is higher, usually due to the seller's perceived notion of 'convenience', at least on console anyways (sale prices notwithstanding).  
6910  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint:Dragon Rising..anyone in? on: October 06, 2009, 04:51:36 PM
i grabbed the latest patch after i bought it and never had any crashes or anything.  mostly, it just took some tweaking to get a playable fps without making it look like opflash 1.  my biggest problem though was due to a failing wireless keyboard. 
6911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GTA IV: The Ballad of Gay Tony on: October 06, 2009, 04:48:32 PM
it might be a while until i get a chance to play this, but it does sound interesting and now that i have sold saints row 2, gta is the only modern sandbox game i have now. 
6912  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Operation Flashpoint:Dragon Rising..anyone in? on: October 06, 2009, 04:39:07 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on October 05, 2009, 11:53:13 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 05, 2009, 11:21:11 PM

gutted about them taking out the rain

Didn't Ben Folds Five record that?  slywink

I think the best commentary I heard about this game was a preview on Gamespot. He notes that OFDR doesn't have all the weapons, the options or the bells and whistles of ARMA II. On the other hand, he notes, OFDR actually will run smoothly on a PC and isn't bug ridden. Also it's more fun to play than ARMA II.

Again, this interview give me hope that it's a game for people like me who aren't twitch shooters and don't mind spending some time to learn how to play the game effectively.


so this could be seen as a slightly trimmed down version of ARMA II?  i didn't think it was going to be developed as a leaner alternative, but as a total alternate to the bis developed games.  interesting.  in any case, i hope the 360 version is enjoyable as my limited run with ARMA II wasn't everything i hoped it would be.  i think i need to give it another shake though and see if it has legs.
6913  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 - Batman, FC2 FS on: October 06, 2009, 04:30:12 PM
game in perfect condition.  i just don't think i will be revisiting them any time soon.

looking for $40, shipped.  paypal preferred.  

halo 3 odst is sold.

also have for sale

360
far cry 2 - $15
6914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/5) on: October 05, 2009, 04:32:16 PM
hoping i can get opflash 2 via gamefly, but that's a pretty slim chance as i inadvertently kept one of my rentals late thinking opflash was next week.  doh!

in any case, i want to hear how it fairs on the console anyways as ArmA 2 didn't get me addicted like i was hoping it would.
6915  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So what's gonna rock your tober? on: October 05, 2009, 04:27:06 PM
borderlands and possibly op flash 2

now, with tru and the b2g1 deal, i'll be holding out for borderlands and uncharted 2 with a possible on brutal and ofp2.  alpha would be a contender too, but i don't think it's going to come out this year.  call it a hunch
6916  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zombie Driver on: October 04, 2009, 05:43:09 AM
this looks like fun.  nice visuals too.  reminds me of that ds gta game with better graphics. (not knock on it btw)
6917  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: October 02, 2009, 08:00:08 PM
looking forward to it as the next (and only) console rpg now that risen seems to be a bad, bad port. 
6918  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: October 02, 2009, 07:58:22 PM
ugh, that is bad.  with the way that oblivion and fallout 3 looked, even two worlds for that matter, i can't believe how ugly that screen looks on console.  they hacked most of the detail right out of it.  maybe they can salvage it in the next few months they've delayed, but damn, i think i'll just wait to grab the pc version.
6919  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Add me to the list of people that got laid off... on: October 01, 2009, 06:55:01 PM
that sucks, man.  i was also lucky enough to get a job a few weeks after i got laid off back in feb.  sadly, it's a contract position with a group with a very shaky budget.  i've been working my 'last month' here since july.  now it looks like going through november will be a 50/50 shot with much narrower odds through november. 

luckily, they don't stop you from double dipping up here in wa.  too bad you don't get squat on ue though.  but between that, my vacation and severance, i actually made more during those 4 weeks than i did in the previous months.  and the old job has called me so much on a per hour basis, i've made over a grand off of them since then. 

not a bad year in all, except for the massive hit to my health insurance, sick leave, vacation, etc. 

best of luck to you.  even the health care industry is getting hit now.  wife's hospital is talking layoffs and reduced staffing. 
6920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Shadow Complex - Need Help (spoilers) on: September 30, 2009, 07:28:53 PM
iirc, the dampener is the speed boots. 
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