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7041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: March 05, 2010, 09:38:38 PM
sounds like fun.  looking forward to it.
7042  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Weekend Deal 3-4-2010: Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising 75% off on: March 05, 2010, 07:01:30 PM
Glad I waited. Insanely good price on this.
7043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/5/10 on: March 05, 2010, 06:59:53 PM
Re: dead space. Unless they fixed it you couldn't upgrade from the dlc suit to another one so eventually you get access to better ones than it and can't use them. I dl'ed it but never used it as I didn't want to be stuck later on. I need to go back to it some day.
7044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: March 05, 2010, 06:52:16 PM
So the first shows what happened to AS' main facility and a portal to another one. GladOS 2.0, backed up and running new experiments. Sounds like MotS to me. I'm hoping for some more exploration outside the walls and some in-game tie to HL2.

7045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 05:43:28 PM
have you ever been heavy into mp games?  are you good at fps with consoles?  if you don't expect to be interested in mp then you really don't have a reason beyond a few exclusives. 

now, if you can hang out with a 360 owning friend and play online for a while, i would do so.  give it a chance without laying down the cash for an unknown.
7046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 05:34:42 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 05, 2010, 05:00:36 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2010, 04:49:31 PM

That being the case, while you can install all three discs to hard drive for a seamless experience, there really is little point over and above the convenience and noise-reduction elements. Disc-swapping on Xbox 360 is kept to an absolute minimum and has next to no impact on the experience of playing Final Fantasy XIII.

All of that (especially "seamless experience") seemed to imply that an install let you bypass the swapping.  Now, it could be that they were making an assumption, of course, but the article went into so much depth about everything else, that it seems odd if that were the case.

Well, except for the part where it says that disc-swapping is kept to an absolute minimum.  That means there will be disc swapping.  Kept to a minimum means that you probably will only have to do it twice, which is what happened in Mass Effect 2.  For some people, this is the most horrible thing ever and they will buy the PS3 version to avoid it.

i think it was poorly worded, but intended as "seamless experience" OR "disk swapping kept to a minimum", not both.  i still think it's incorrect though as ms has never allowed a multi-cd game to play off just one disc that way.  i wonder what he implied by seamless though.  does the install have a noticeable effect on load times? 

7047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 05:27:46 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 05, 2010, 05:18:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 05, 2010, 05:08:51 PM

I was flying a blackhawk last night and getting repaired from a non-gunner in the back.

Imagine having a pilot, gunner, and repairman in a Blackhawk, each from a different squad so the whole rest of the team can spawn on the heli and parachute down to the objectives while the Blackhawk team rains down death and spots targets. 

too bad the method to switch chat channels isn't easy enough to pull off quickly in game.  you could take the squad leaders and party up, then use their squad chat to coordinate the whole thing.  

this would be awesome to set up.  
7048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony develops degrading demos on: March 05, 2010, 05:24:10 PM
this sounds like an opening line in a piracy argument, but how many demo abusers would buy the game if it started degrading? 

i guess i'm more confused by people who can buy the full game deciding to forgo buying it and stick with the same map instead. 

with mp demos, i have to say it's probably for the best if it means demo players shouldn't be using up large amounts of server resources that would be better suited for paying customers. 

i am curious about the numbers though.
7049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 05:13:57 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 05, 2010, 05:05:56 PM

I looked on 360voice - the release of BC2 hardly put a dent in the number of people playing MW2. That was surprising.

as long as you don't have to wait for a game to start due to painfully low numbers, i'm ok with this.  if bc2 has a rep for being less noob-friendly and not as 'cool', then it keeps the game from degrading into 14-yo smacktard land. 
7050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 05, 2010, 05:10:35 PM
i fired this up before bc2 last night and it reminds me of saboteur in a sense.  open world, destruction limited to enemy emplacements and levels of control tied to enemy assets. 

it's very hard to play this and not see some of the heavy weaponry just obliterate structures though, especially after red faction guerrilla and bc2.  i was expecting it to happen, but still held out hope they would adopt some level of rfg's fully destructible environments.  damn, that game really did change the way i appreciate open world games. 

this takes the chaos and mayhem up a notch and improves on everything from the first one.  i played the first one and enjoyed it then. 

it's a good time for sandbox games. 
7051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony develops degrading demos on: March 05, 2010, 05:01:50 PM
this was done before with both l4d demos and then again with bc2 but it was a complete shut off. 

not sure what the purpose of this is though.  it's not like you take anything from the demo into the full game anyways. 

other than pre-release, who plays a demo more than a few times anyways?  once the game hits, if i liked the demo enough to play through twice, i'll buy the game. 

Sony. Never too late to make a another bad decision. 
7052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 04:58:09 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 05, 2010, 04:41:09 PM

You could repair Blackhawks in-flight in BF2. It was glorious, as long as it wasn't happening to you.

Quote from: Boudreaux on March 05, 2010, 04:26:54 PM

So how does the leveling/XP progress compare to MW2?  I ask because after several matches over the last couple of days, I'm barely halfway to the first rank (Private Lvl 1).  I've unlocked the ammo crates for the Assault class and the repair tool for the engineer, but that's it.  I'm barely getting 500-600XP per match.  

I'm not necessarily saying that the initial rapid advancement of MW2 is better, but I have to wonder if there are tasks or objectives that I'm missing somehow that provide more XP.  Or is ranking up really this slow?
I think I ranked up at least 2-3 times Tuesday night. (And don't forget you start out at rank zero, I believe. Are you spotting enemies for your team?  Spawning on your squad? (You get extra points for team activities if you aid your squad and not just your team.)

that's odd.  i was pulling in about 2-3k per round last night, with the exception of the round i joined on the last two objectives.  i got over 700 though.  i ranked up in about 2 hours, mostly playing the medic with small stints as a sniper.  spotting nets you 20 or so if someone kills them while your marker is alive.  you get 20 or 30 i think from assists and 50 from kills.  if you get more than 7 kills with the same weapon, you get 100.  so far, it's been quite a bit slower to rank up, but i've already bumped up my medic to unlock the saw, med kits, and a shotty (class-free i believe).  

i do like the slower pace compared to mw2 though as you don't necessarily face an opponent with uber weaponry; they need to work as the class to get the class benefits rather than a general rank that unlocks X.  compared to the first night of mw2 where i ranked up like 8 times.  

had a lot of fun playing in a pug last night, except for one stint as a bradley gunner when the driver couldn't drive worth a damn.  all in all, i don't think i lost a match once.  

it's been annoying to see a uav up on your side and not getting the benefit of spotting though.  my first and only turn on the nfl box i was spotting as many enemies as possible during cooldowns.  it really helps cut down on flanking maneuvers, so it's pretty annoying when you got someone who camps up and stays beyond visual range.  

looking forward to more mp.  
7053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 01:36:38 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 05, 2010, 01:25:32 AM

FF13 has to be one of the strangest game releases of this generation. Every review seems to shit on it but finish with deeming it a good game.

addition by subtraction?

yeah, it's odd.  i'll probably get this in the end, but i'm not going to jump on it day one.  it's more due to my lukewarm reception of jrpg's as a whole and not necessarily anything about ff13

btw, the review is damn near spoiler free, and even then it's nothing like what you'd expect from a spoiler in typical ff sense.  more of a global turn in the story sense. 
7054  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 05, 2010, 12:58:33 AM
EG 's review is up - 8/10

The Final Fantasy series, with its lengthy cinematics, stubborn style and carefully prescribed limitations, can never hope to please everyone. So it's strange to see it try, and no surprise that the result is not a total success. It's cautious, narrow, far too slow to get going, and is stripped down to such a bare naked form that even some FF traditionalists might find it off-putting.

What's left, though, is faultlessly accomplished, gorgeous to behold and, in the long run, thoroughly enjoyable. For better or worse, it's another new beginning, and that's one Final Fantasy tradition that should never be changed.

7055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 04, 2010, 11:54:01 PM
damn, this is evil.   

i'd give $55 at least. icon_twisted
7056  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on: March 04, 2010, 06:52:59 PM
a shadow complex/metroidvania would totally work, especially as they could draw on prince of persia to do the puzzle elements.  i'd love to see it happen, but i doubt this is what the are working on.
7057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 04, 2010, 06:49:50 PM
35 sq miles in a demo! eek

30 minute timer  icon_frown

comparison to RFG  icon_biggrin

chaos and destruction in a massive world.  day 1 purchase and with red dead delayed, i'll have more than enough time to save the islands.

i'll be getting this as soon as i get home.
7058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 3/5/10 on: March 04, 2010, 06:43:33 PM
BC 2 until leo's eyes bleed. 

sadly though, i've been drafted into MiL's plan and have become Morgan Freeman to her cranky old annoyance so that she can go visit with her friend and gamble 70 miles from home.  meanwhile, teh wife is planning to spend her time (and money) sweeping through over-priced 'discount' outlets of stores that exist not more than 20 minutes from where we live. 

where's Jeff Gillooly when you need him?  i'd even pay for that craigslist guy to come hit me if it got me out of this drudgery. 
7059  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 04, 2010, 05:29:37 AM
army of darkness. 
7060  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Smurfs...they're back! on: March 04, 2010, 05:28:50 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 04, 2010, 05:05:16 AM

arise to some DOOGIE!

why do you have to bring this crap up?  i'd almost managed to wipe its horrible horrible existence from my mind. 

and i almost thought chaosraven had returned to boot. 
7061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: This generation's "Must Play" games. on: March 04, 2010, 04:59:15 AM
definitely heavy rain and red faction guerrilla.  they both do something not done quite the way other games have and fine-tuned it.  that being emotionally investing you to the characters and making other games' environmental destruction look last gen.
7062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 04, 2010, 04:55:46 AM
damnit i love the war tapes sound mode.  makes it feel like cod 1 with the deafening explosions.

i also love the spas and lmg.  it's going to be good once i get familiar with it.
7063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 04, 2010, 04:53:45 AM
yup, one of the previews i read pointed it out based on the first 6 hours or so.  you are running from something, have no idea what it is while everyone around you seems to be totally unfazed that the langoliers seem to be chasing you and you don't even reach a town during this portion.  if you get something you want to sell, you can pretty much do it whenever you want. 

the guy who wrote it seemed to think it was actually a good thing, but it definitely takes the ff mold and breaks from it so completely it makes me1 >> me2 look like an expansion pack. 
7064  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Gaming Trend Gives Back] BLUR BETA KEYS (1000 of them) on: March 04, 2010, 04:49:44 AM
not sure where i would have an activision account, so i should be good

and ceekay, you be careful.  if he said 'meaningful' posts, you'd still be3 shy of the requirement.  Tongue
7065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Final Fantasy XIII Site Launched on: March 04, 2010, 12:17:57 AM
hell, i haven't even decided if i'm even interested in a ff game at this point.  sure, the initial buzz and imps thread will be full court pressing my wallet to open, but tbh, i haven't played a jrpg since lost odyssey and the last ff and in both cases, i stalled out quickly.  in LO's case, before the first disc had finished. 

not sure what it is, but jrpg's don't do it for me like they did in the old days. 

compare that with my 99+ hours in ff7.  had achievements/trophies been around then, i would have gone for all of them. 
7066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: March 03, 2010, 10:22:15 PM
it's been delayed to May 18th.


here's hoping they don't bump it even further. 
7067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 03, 2010, 10:08:11 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 03, 2010, 10:04:54 PM

I think you're right. It looks like it came with veteran status.

I'm reading that if you want a free path to veteran status you can dowload the free Battlefield Heroes game and play a character for a sec.  Just make sure it's on the same EA account you have your console tied to.

that's awesome.  thanks for the tip pug.  the m1 will be mine. 
7068  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: March 03, 2010, 05:11:18 PM
it's on my rental list, but that's more due to my upcoming stint in 'unemployment job hunter' mode.  very few games will be bought for a while.  hell, i never finished the first one due to the bugs that plagued later levels on the pc.
7069  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamestop 50% trade in bonus on: March 03, 2010, 05:05:48 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 03, 2010, 04:44:42 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on March 03, 2010, 04:30:19 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on March 03, 2010, 03:32:56 PM

So... do they list prices anywhere online or do I need to check in store?

Gamestop doesn't, but there are other resources available that provide this info.

according to that 7 days ago they were giving 16 bucks for The Saboteur, yesterday they offered me 17 including the 60% trade in bonus.  thumbsdown

there was also a brief time in the beginning where you could trade in me2 for almost full price if you had the card.  sadly, they have since lowered the value to 30 or so. 
7070  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Midweek 3-2-2010: Indie Game Madness on: March 03, 2010, 05:03:15 PM
hmmm.  any time they have a bundle like this, i always end up with several already bought.  i only have bob, but i think i got it from d2d, so i'll end up with two copies i think.  too bad you can't buy the bundle and give away parts of it.  i'd have the same problem with any of those deals that give you copies of red faction guerrilla. 
7071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 03, 2010, 04:57:37 PM
played up past the flashback level and up through part of the next.  i'm really liking the destructible environments and how it allows you to take out entrenched enemies and how it forces you to be mobile.  it seems like a nice take on the idea and you don't have to worry about the wall falling over and hurting you ala red faction.  it's great that heavy gunfire whittles down concrete barriers.  i took out a guy that way. 

i have a feeling that bc2 will be the game to rrod my ailing machine though.  it sounded loud enough to need tower clearance.  not even ME2 got it that loud. 
7072  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 03, 2010, 01:10:51 AM
wow, that's great.  what happened to the all the beta servers they had going?  should have been easy to get them up and running for launch. 

at least there's sp. 
7073  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 03, 2010, 12:25:30 AM
short term gains over long term stability is how business is done these days.  it means they are in a much more precarious position than they want their shareholders to realize. 

"Look over here!  shiny, shiny profits! now! no, don't look over there right now, we'll get to it."
7074  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 shortage? Come ON you pompus executive b*stards! on: March 03, 2010, 12:22:59 AM
sweet news.  demand > supply = the ps3 is raising in value, sony wins.  biggrin

unless it's a phat though.  had to do something to get people to buy a slim.   icon_twisted
7075  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 11:14:29 PM
i never played bc1 outside of the demo and a brief stint in the beta.  how was the sp?  the EG review said it was ok, but is improved in every way with bc2.  is it worth it to go back and play the sp in #1?
7076  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:57:11 PM
that's a great bit of info.  thanks bullwinkle.  

so IW may still live, but in what form?  if the contract is nullified, will they be free to walk?  what of the two founders?  tbh, that whole ousting, when it's known that IW isn't wholly owned, seems unusual.  
7077  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 10:48:59 PM
hey guys, can we just agree that raz has a different take on how to deal with lamers and move on?  we don't have to agree with the method, but we all can agree about the annoyance.  and in the end, if we all play on the same side, we can avoid people who aren't playing to win?

and raz, while i think your tactics aren't the best method for dealing, i have to ask, were you being serious or more expressing your frustration with these players how you would have liked to deal with them in the past?  i think everyone has had some issue with other people in-game before, so i totally understand wanting to vent about them.
7078  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:43:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 02, 2010, 10:38:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 10:02:15 PM

IW is out of the cod business

I doubt it.  They are probably earmarked for a CoD title for 2012 (MW3 perhaps) and I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't targeted for a next gen platform or two (I'll be shocked if someone doesn't launch by Holiday 2012). 

perhaps, but their contract was up this year, and without the two heads, whom i fully expect to recruit their colleagues for a spin-away studio, i wonder if whomever is left in charge of IW will be keen to re-up the contract.

although from the looks of the press release, i wonder if they won't just dissolve iw and pick out the cream of the crop to make up the new cod unit.  

either way, i don't see IW as an entity any more.  
7079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:02:15 PM
IW is out of the cod business

As previously announced, Activision will release a new Call of Duty game from series co-developer Treyarch, responsible for Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World At War, this fall. Developer Infinity Ward is still scheduled to release two map packs for Modern Warfare 2 this year.

In 2011, Activision will release another new Call of Duty game from Sledgehammer Games, the recently formed studio lead by Dead Space creative leads Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey. The title will "extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre."

yay, action adventure land with a brand-new developer.  looks like treyarch gets shoe-horned in to making what will be the last proper cod sequel.  no resolution for mw2's storyline

It plans to expand the Call of Duty brand "with the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit" with a focus on "high-margin digital online content and further the brand as the leading action entertainment franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business models."

ugh, this sounds like cod online with expansion packs instead of sequels.  new genres?  do we need a cod ala endwar and hawx?

btw, i love the pic accompanying the next article on kotaku.  it also tells us that it was the handling of treyarch's games that started this whole mess. 
7080  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 09:55:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 09:53:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 09:51:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 09:39:41 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 09:38:10 PM

yeah, it's going to be a whole different game without hark killing us with impunity when we luck out on a team.  

not fond of the kill the sniper comment.  even those people who are after kills instead of objectives contribute to the effort by making it harder for the enemy to take the points.  it's when you end up in a pug with a team 90% committed to sniping.

i didn't get time with the beta to tell, but how are the lmg's in bc2?  i've always loved setting up in a good location, but with a wide open destructible environment, i won't be getting as many opportunities to set up.  are they effective enough vs smaller firearms?

LMG is light-machine gun right?  The medic had one and it was awesome-city mowing down dudes.

yeah, but a medic with an lmg just seems odd.  as long as i can get a good pkd or m60 setup, i'll be good.  holding off the horde is always a great thrill in modern era games.  ww2 was awesome for carbines and that great mix of semi-automatic power and range.

it makes me somewhat sad i never picked up 1943 for the garand. 

I do believe the medic had an M60 as an unlock.  Not sure if other classes can use it.

sounds like medic it is then.  will be good for a change.
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