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7081  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Best" Buy Managers violate price match, get bonuses on: March 28, 2009, 12:45:35 AM
i've had various levels of success with matching at the area best buy's.  in one, cc had a sale + gift card for assassin's creed the week of release (ah, the good old days of sales) and a discount on the guide. 

i fully expected to get the game at cc's 'before gc' price and the guide matched, but they knocked the sale price to the after price.  all was good.

at a different one, i couldn't even talk sense into a drone when attempting to price match max payne 2 3 days after i bought it.  i 'bought' the pre order bonus and the game at the same time: they lowered the game by the price of the pre-order item and charged me for it instead.  $10 pre order + 10 off $50 game.  when i went back in on sunday, they had the game for $35 so i went back to get my $15 back.  no matter how i laid it out for the clerk, she couldn't get why her offer of $5 back was a true price match in spirit.  it's like the pre order item was it's own thing and not part of the deal, despite if i had bought the pre-order weeks before and came in, then i would have had the game for $25.  her 'manager' agreed, without so much as a word to me.  it really felt like that seinfeld moment with the car rental. 

now that cc is gone, bb can say 'get bent' to everybody.  cc was the only store who really had launch week deals.
7082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit] Freedom Fighters on: March 28, 2009, 12:32:46 AM
i kept this game just for the soundtrack.  i was going to go the hard way to record all of the music when i just decided to search youtube for them instead.  some great stuff and it's rare these days when you get full orchestral soundtracks in games.  especially this well done.  the soundtrack ranks up there in my top 5 of all time

i enjoyed the game quite a bit too and it's really a shame we got kane & lynch instead of a sequel from this team. 

7083  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated March 8th 2009 12:20:18 PM) on: March 28, 2009, 12:24:54 AM
+1 to Kathode for quick shipping and a great price for chrono trigger.
7084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Professor Layton & The Diabolical Box on: March 26, 2009, 03:03:51 AM
great news
7085  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT: Resident Evil 5 (360) on: March 26, 2009, 02:44:29 AM
if for some reason kadnod changes his mind, i'll trade you gow2.
7086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: March 25, 2009, 02:40:22 PM
the game is not without it's problems, no doubt.  i think kathode's assessment sums it up nicely in that regard, but the question is, how much does that stuff bother you vs how much do you enjoy the good stuff? 

i haven't beaten it yet, but i intend to finish it soon as the missions later on seem interesting.

i have had one occasion with a save being unloadable but i didn't lose much time as i keep my saves separate.  2 per mission phase and 2 sets of backups, plus one at a certain mission point from early on.
7087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: March 25, 2009, 02:29:15 PM
so it's a good thing that i wandered all over DC last night and never found the starting point for the pitt.  i did get the weird marker pointing up north however.  and seems like most everybody, i haven't gone far enough north yet. 

hey kathode, you think the fix will be done today? 
7088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Far Cry 2 on: March 24, 2009, 03:29:26 AM
and be prepared to suffer through the first hour or so.  it's not that it's bad, but once you get past the opening missions, it gets a bit more hectic and instead of a handful of enemies in a mission are, you can get a dozen, not counting those you will encounter on the way.  i was pretty  dismayed by my early experience and how tough the game seemed to be.  part of it is attributed to your less-than-great starting weapons and part of it comes from what i call the 'CoD' mentality.  that will get you killed in far cry 2, and after a month and change of playing nothing but cod:waw, it took a bit of adjustment to fc2's combat nuances.

one thing that i learned the hard way is that you aren't given a single path to beating a mission.  change of day/night, different paths, different tactics and approaches, combined with some very different weapon loadout options means you aren't limited by the usual constraints. 

starting out, i wouldn't take the main missions right away.  do some assasssination missions for diamonds, some weapon dealer missions to open up more weapons, and i'd even recommend doing some of the buddy quests.  you don't get anything tangible, but it raises your rep, one of fc2's unique aspects.  the higher it gets, the less likely it is that all of the enemies will rush you.  yes, they will be more cautious of you as your renown for causing and surviving mayhem grows.  i've even had a number of them flat out run away from me after watching their buddies go down. 

oh, and fire is your friend.  your machete is not, sadly.  (it's not counted as a silent weapon, no matter how carefully you approach your enemy)

i am currently around 30 hours into it and i still have about 35% to go according to the stats screen.  even though replaying it won't give you a substantially different experience, i intend to play through again down the road. 
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Henry Hatsworth [DS] on: March 24, 2009, 03:11:28 AM
i hadn't even heard of this.  i need to check it out as pq:g didn't get the proper ds treatment to fulfill my mobile puzzle fix.
7090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 24, 2009, 03:09:25 AM
you can get your way on to the roof in some situations, but i haven't found a camera that way before i destroyed it, so i can't confirm you can smash it with guns/melee.

some of the missions have been pretty damn awesome.  i had one using an ambulance which was fun and used the touch screen for a new take on the usual 'save the dying man' mission.

best one though involved helping a trigger happy maniac in the bed of a pickup truck as we drove around town looking for enemies. 

i'm just waiting on a tip off for a coke buyer as i have been accumulating a large supply of it pretty cheap. 

still wish the roaming drug/weapon vans had a bigger payoff though, especially for the weapons vans.  i unloaded a full clip and a half into a weapon van just to get the driver to bail out and only got a clip for my trouble.   drool

i hope the warehouse raids open up soon.  should be fun.
7091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/22) on: March 24, 2009, 02:57:41 AM
my 'purchase' this week goes to a used copy of chrono trigger.  i look forward to it after i get my fill of gta china town wars.

btw, isn't this the week for 'the pitt'?  i am going to grab that one as well.
7092  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Sacred 2 for me :( on: March 21, 2009, 08:50:19 PM
cool.  maybe the may date is just a long term placeholder and they are close enough to go gold for mid april. 
7093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sony: Average session of Home is 55 minutes on: March 21, 2009, 08:48:29 PM
i had no idea wait times for the mini-games were that bad.
7094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PQ Galactrix impressions thread on: March 21, 2009, 08:44:39 PM
i also went with the pc version a while back and while it won't be quite the addiction that the original was, it's a lot of fun.  i'll make the changes to the leapgates once i start getting annoyed by the timer and overly long combos.
7095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Galactic Adventures on: March 21, 2009, 07:20:56 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 21, 2009, 02:44:25 PM

IGN has a mini-preview up for this expansion.  I'm hoping it makes the space portion of the game more enjoyable, as that's where I fizzled out when I was playing the game.  having to run back home every 5 minutes to defend the place stopped being fun.

that and having one ship for your entire race vs enemies capable of supporting multiple ship fleets and having to provide all of the economic trading as well.  so much wasted potential.  oh, and add in useless ally ships that exploded at the first sign of battle despite being more than capable of somehow defending themselves. 

yeah, i'm a tad bitter at how the end game was designed. 
7096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 21, 2009, 06:44:19 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 21, 2009, 06:33:45 PM

Haven't had a chance to play in the last couple of days.
I haven't seen one of the cameras yet.
Hoping to get back to it soon, but now that I've made Galactrix playable on my PC (take that, you damned leapgates!) I've been playing it nearly nonstop.

i can send you the link of the cameras i have seen so far.  (great feature by the way)

closest one i can remember is behind a gas station one block S and one block W of your starting garage, near an armor pickup.  i think that was the gas station you are directed to in one of the early missions btw.
7097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 21, 2009, 06:32:47 PM
as the show is now over in every form that counts, can we dispense with the spoilers? 

i really wonder what kara is.  not an angel or anything.  it's pretty obvious she was actually dead as nobody just disappears like that, and i don't think it was just a case of running off really fast.  she must have been in limbo and brought back as a prophet of some kind by the same god that a-six and a-baltar refer to.  their reveal makes some of the earlier stuff they spouted make perfect sense now. 

it was a good finish i think and i am sad it's over.  everybody did their part to the end very well, although i think galen's actions were too impulsive.  he damn near caused everyone's death by snapping right there.  i do think it was justified though, and like tigh said, i would have done the same. 

now, as the 3 remaining 'final five' have already had a long lifetime by normal standards, i wonder just how long they would have lived and whether some of our earlier myths could by attributed to such a person.  same with the remaining skin jobs.  i'm a little bummed that leoben didn't have much of a part in this, and that the boxed cylons didn't make an appearance.  at least the doctor had a few moments.  it does seem like the other bad guy was under-used though.  no lines i can remember.

and finally, why did cabel go out the way he did?  he never seemed the type to give up. 

i had totally forgotten about 'the plan' though.  we'll see if they can make something good happen with it.  caprica is a pretty looking show, but from the previews, it comes off a bit underwhelming.  so, we get a storyline about the ethical considerations of cloning someone?   Roll Eyes

what a trip it was though.  i will start up re-watching the series in a week or so.
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 21, 2009, 06:08:04 PM

Quote from: kathode on March 20, 2009, 08:47:36 PM

The drug-dealing aspect of it is INSANE.  I was showing someone today and his mouth just dropped.  First of all you've got the buy and sell screen that shows all of the real-world drugs you can buy (coke, acid, downers, weed, etc).  Then I showed him how it showed me profit and loss indicators, or stars for someone offering a great price.  Then I opened up the entire PDA drug interface, complete with profit/loss charting, a turf map indicating which gangs prefer which substance, drug tips about who's buying or selling at killer prices, and a complete history of my drug transactions.  Then I finally exited out and the deal turned out to be a bust and I had to run from the cops!  Completely amazing.  I'm currently running around with about $15k worth of acid and terrified about getting busted by the cops.

i have made a crazy amount of money from the trade, and i've only advanced the story far enough to get the option to hijack drug vans.  after all of the dough i have made, it's a bit of a let down to only get a handful of packets from a van, but it's worth it just for the fun and the pure profit.  over 180k in profit and i can pretty much buy any property, but i only have one per island right now so i can stockpile large amounts from the heavy buyers.  i got really lucky with a huge sale on the more expensive stuff on more than one occasion and even though it was a bust, i made it out of there and eventually made over 40k on that one deal alone.  smashing the cameras seems to help cut down on the chance of a sting op though;  i've smashed a dozen and not been in a sting in a while. 

this is simply one of the best handheld games i've played and i really hope some of the things introduced here make their way back into the genre. 
7099  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MADCATZ Saitek Aviator Flight Stick for Xbox 360 and PC on: March 20, 2009, 04:44:31 AM

Quote from: Jag on March 19, 2009, 07:22:03 PM

Wow, too bad they dont have that for PS3.

when i was there, it looked like they did.  maybe the clerk was just mistaken.  there was a second  stick near the first, but i didn't take a good look at it. 

the clerk was also under the impression that the 360 one would work for the pc and vice versa, so i am going to chalk up most of his spiel as hearsay until confirmed elsewhere. 
7100  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Chrono Trigger DS FS or FT on: March 20, 2009, 04:39:36 AM
cool.  thanks kathode.  looking forward to it. sorry to you jsl and no problem to godzilla and goonch. 
7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] The Bourne Conspiracy on: March 19, 2009, 06:43:45 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 19, 2009, 06:28:43 AM


so, gamefly saves me yet again from actually spending money on a piece of crap.  OM fucking G this game is boring.  all the fights seem to be block clock block, then attack attack attack which is usually met with a block block block ad naseum until you manage to get enough hits to be able to hit the B button and let the game win the fight for you.  add in levels with obstacles that block your path that a drunken circus midget could get over plus boss fights that take longer than an 82 year old man trying to take a crap after eating a wheel of cheese and you get a game of epic FAIL not unlike McCain-Palin 2008.

i warned you.  how long did you put up with it? 

even when i saw this in the clearance aisle for maybe ten bucks, i wouldn't touch it again.  it and that blacksite game will always stand as the pinnacle of garbage for me this gen.
7102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP Natasha Richardson on: March 19, 2009, 06:40:13 AM
damn, that's sad.  i had heard of the fall, but not of her dying. 
7103  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: MADCATZ Saitek Aviator Flight Stick for Xbox 360 and PC on: March 19, 2009, 05:58:40 AM
i got a chance to play hawx with this in fry's the other day.  it was marked $50.  it was also a pretty good joystick, with the sole exception being a hokey trigger block and odd d pad placement.

has anyone played that sylpheed game from a while back with a stick?  wondering if it would help me not get turned into char-broiled and frozen human kibble so soon.
7104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Chrono Trigger DS FS or FT on: March 19, 2009, 05:55:42 AM
i'll take it for 20.  pm me your paypal.
7105  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [GoGamer]Little Big Planet $21.90 on: March 18, 2009, 06:13:19 AM

Quote from: Kagath on March 18, 2009, 05:07:13 AM

Beware. I was just reading on the Arstechnica site that the import may not work with the DLC. Don't have the game so I don't know what there is to that.
that would pretty much kill any reason to get that version whatsoever.  still, at 25 + shipping, that comes in well under my 'buy it price'
7106  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS - Dragon Quest V [DS] on: March 18, 2009, 06:09:53 AM
if for some unimaginable reason KC changes his mind, i'll take it
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars (DS) on: March 18, 2009, 04:42:23 AM
got my copy today at target.  they had about 6 or so at 6:30 pm and the fry's i stopped at had dozens. 

looking forward to this and i logged in specifically to see reviews before i opened it (i admit i was hesitant about controls and the like.)

did they say how long it is?
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Maw demo out on: March 15, 2009, 05:49:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 14, 2009, 06:24:47 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 14, 2009, 05:00:28 PM

played it on the 360 and it isn't all that deep.  not a bad game by design, but it's over too quick and feels like the first part of an episodic game. 

Yeah, but for $10 I didn't think it was a bad deal at all.  You can get a few hours of fun out of it, which can't be said for everything out there.

no doubt about that, but it felt so short with so little replay value.  it's certainly better bang for your buck than a lot of others, but it's no where near the value of some of the other $10 games available for download.
7109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: It was all Rihanna's fault............. on: March 14, 2009, 05:21:44 PM

Quote from: Jaddison on March 14, 2009, 11:10:21 AM

I would say the male was at fault here wouldn't you?

"Details of the alleged attack on Rihanna by her boyfriend Chris Brown have been revealed via Los Angeles Police Department detective notes.

The notes say that Brown shoved Rihanna’s head against the window of his car, repeatedly punched and bit her and put her in a headlock so that she almost lost consciousness.

He also reportedly yelled at her "I'm going to beat the **** out of you when we get home. You wait and see."

The alleged attack happened after Rihanna read a text message from a woman on Brown’s phone. He tried to push her out of the car, a rented Lamborghini, but she was wearing a seatbelt. He then assaulted her, reports Fox News."

that last part just screams 'attempted murder'  if he was driving faster than idle speed. 

hooray for teen role models!  maybe he just wants to re-brand as a real gangsta rapper and this is how he'll get his time (and also a deep seated hatred for authority and 'the man' who held him down)  Roll Eyes
7110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Maw demo out on: March 14, 2009, 05:00:28 PM
played it on the 360 and it isn't all that deep.  not a bad game by design, but it's over too quick and feels like the first part of an episodic game. 
7111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable 3 kinda announced on: March 14, 2009, 04:57:46 PM
i played through fable 2 and did so much of it that i think i overdid it.  when i was looking at my shelf of games, it struck me that i didn't have the desire to play through again, even as an evil character. 

it was a great ride while it lasted though.
7112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: No Sacred 2 for me :( on: March 14, 2009, 04:52:47 PM

delayed again?  this is what, the 3rd big delay since being slated for a q1 2009 release? 

it's beginning to slip off of my radar as delays do not make me confident in the developer's ability to code it for the 360 without port issues.  (see two worlds for a prime example)

my fear is that they will push back until it hits the magical no-mans land of summer and then decide to bounce it to november. 

back to godfather 2 then. 
7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best GTA style sandbox game and why on: March 14, 2009, 04:42:32 PM
damn, it's hard to pick just one from the list (where are mercs, far cry 2 and scarface, btw?) and like many others, some aspects of one game top everything else, while taking a back seat based on another. 

gta 3, vc had great atmosphere and offered a well balanced mix of sandbox vs missions. 
gta sa had a huge world (with tons of stuff to do) to run around in that hasn't been topped in any SB game since. 
gta4 had a finely detailed city with a great immersion factor and some of the best SB shooter controls ever.
crackdown gave you a city at war and the super powers to tackle enemies in fun ways.  also had a great co-op mode.
sr1 took the SB concept and turned it into a parody of it's serious counterparts, and works in damn near every level.  sr2 refined the concept and added full co-op to boot.
mercs 1 brought the ability to destroy buildings using an ever increasing scale of heavy weaponry, a feature only duplicated in it's sequel which also added full co-op too.  mercs 2 has the biggest user controlled explosive ordinance in any game.  a plus goes to it's implementation of vehicle camouflage (hide in an enemy vehicle to infiltrate their base)
godfather 1 simply kicked ass in the hand-to-hand fighting department and had shooting controls which influenced gta4.  integration with the movie is also a plus for fans.  the sequel is looking to take this all up a notch and add some grander gameplay options appropriate for a godfather.
scarface had a different take on earned money (you had to launder it at the bank before it stayed yours:  if you died with dirty money, it was lost) and a strong emphasis on empire building which seems to have influenced godfather 2. 
far cry 2, while not a third person SB game, also has some impressive aspects, namely the effect on flammable objects you have and it's enemy AI's environmental awareness. 
mafia had such a great story that it's remembered by most of the gaming community long after it's gone, and also had a great control scheme and memorable environment.
7114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How many games do you buy (How often) on: March 11, 2009, 04:40:45 AM
mostly, it depends on the sales and what might come through the trade forum.  i picked up 3 games sunday for about 30 bucks, so pretty good value for the money but have passed on some others.  right now, i am holding back from all of those games i might like, but not enough to get addicted to or play long term. (sf4, hawx, halo wars, re5)

my next big game will be sacred 2 and godfather 2, but i might try to gamefly rent them to get them cheaper. 

compare it to the last 4 months of 2008 and i had quite a few, and i also rented 4 others which might have been purchases.  it's actually better than last year when i got a few games and rock band

mercs 2
fable 2 - resold
fallout 3
far cry 2
endwar - sale w/headset
gow2 (via trade)
7115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (3/9) on: March 09, 2009, 06:01:29 PM
as i bought world of goo, galactrix and mr robot for the pc yesterday, i doubt i will get anything this week.  the peggle demo will definitely be played though.
7116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Battlestar Galactica Season 4.5 Starts Tonight! (SPOILERS!!!) on: March 09, 2009, 03:18:53 AM
i guessed this would be a start to the finale, and it was.  too bad they couldn't make it more exciting, but whatever.  so close to the end of new episodes, i'll watch what i can.  looks like they are going to scuttle the ship, but the preview hints at another possibility, although it makes little sense considering the state of things. 

good to see that boomer felt guilty at the end, when hera was calling for her.  serves you right, stupid.  hope athena puts a bullet in your head the next time she sees you.  the only way she should live is if she somehow saves hera or kills cabel. sp?

funny comment of the night from the wife:  bsg sure seems to have a thing against the black cylon.  haven't seen him in ages, let alone heard him speak. 

btw, where the frak is kera's cylon buddy?  after earth, he upped and disappeared again. 
7117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Watchmen on XBLA:No comments? on: March 07, 2009, 09:58:21 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on March 07, 2009, 06:59:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 07, 2009, 06:28:40 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 06, 2009, 01:59:55 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 05, 2009, 10:11:06 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 05, 2009, 08:46:20 PM

As Caine mentioned, the graphics and controls are decent enough.  The repetition killed it for me, though.  I was bored way before I got to the end of the demo.  And for, what $20?  $30?  It just didn't seem worth it to me.

Yup, as I posted in the PC gaming thread on this the cost is far too much for me. Just no way a 3-4 hour arcade game is worth that amount of points. I might, and I emphasize the might, have bitten if it was only 800 pts.

3-4 hrs is bad,i had my suspicions when i saw one of the Achievements was to finish the game under 80 minutes

geez, that's less time than the movie. 

yeah, i think i'm out for a while. 

Well you do realize that you can finish most "classic" games in even less time, right?  Super Mario Bros, Ninja Gaiden, etc, can all be beaten quickly and we paid $50 for those back in the day.  They just made them extremely difficult so you had to keep starting over.

Not that this is a classic game, but the demo seemed pretty good for a modern Streets of Rage-style beat-em-up game. 

i remember, but that doesn't mean i'm not conscious of the price of the game vs length these days.  i may pick it up later, but i don't feel the rush of hype to get this right now.l
7118  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Watchmen Trailer on: March 07, 2009, 07:36:21 PM
i wholly look forward to this today.  glad to hear it's that good, even if the reviews have been all over the map. 
7119  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: POS PS3 on: March 07, 2009, 07:04:40 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 07, 2009, 06:59:55 PM

Quote from: Kagath on March 07, 2009, 06:54:45 PM

When did they stop making the 60gb? I think mine is from March 07.

Because they removed one of the hardware components responsible for the backward compatibility in order to cut costs, resulting in the 4 USB port 80GB model. The second hardware component was later removed for the 40GB, 80GB w/ 2 USB, & 160 GB models.

not sure when they stopped making them, but i have a feeling mine is about the same age as yours.  i bought it august 2007, right around when the 80gb software bc only models first started hitting the shelves.
7120  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Why, screw you Walmart. And you too, Valve. And BTW, Steam sucks. on: March 07, 2009, 06:59:49 PM
i second the consumerist site if you cannot get an exchange at another walmart. 

i hate the whole 'register your boxed copy to play' bs so much that i haven't even bought a pc game in 6 months.  this also pissed me off when i tried to update the witcher with the EE stuff and it required a connection to do so. 

unfortunately, with a game like this, a bunch of the value of buying it comes from the mp side or i would just say to go off to your nearest crack site and find one, as you just know it's already out there on pirate sites.
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