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7081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: March 01, 2010, 06:02:06 PM
i am currently wandering around the southern part of the broken valley and am now strong enough to take on mobs that once saw me run for the hills.  what a difference a couple of levels make.  i was ok with any of the undead mobs, but the black seers/rangers/sergeants would just kick my butt.  i was only able to get into the little cul-de-sac nw of the tower by kiting them and then picking them off at range. 

the bow is a very effective way to survive early on.  i got some cheap kills by plinking them, jumping back and repeating and also by jumping on top of rocks to take out fighters.  it doesn't last though as even the fighters start to have some form of ranged attack eventually and of course, you start to face more mages and rangers who would absolutely destroy you should you perch on a rock.

i am unsure if i want to go 2h or dw.  i've found some awesome weapons which make either option doable.  i also rescued someone from a pit and after the fight, he gave me his bow.  nothing any of the merchants sells even comes close.  i really love the things you can discover off the beaten path.   this game rewards you for exploring. 

here's a few tips i'd like to pass along. 

you definitely want to check out the baker's house in the first village.  he's got an interesting tenant, if you will. 

you can safely pick up just about everything you see as it doesn't appear people care if you take their stuff;  very helpful for the food items as you don't start out with healing potions. 

if you haven't found out what to do with the body parts you find, check the area around the burnt chapel.  it makes it easier to handle large groups. 

you can use the quest items for some of the bounty contracts, but you lose them when you turn it in.  the rewards haven't matched the item you lose. 

i found a great merchant out in the wild who sells very rare items.  nothing i can use just yet though. 

once you have what you need for the bandit camp, make sure you call in the cavalry; it makes the camp sequence far more manageable.  not sure if you can deal with them another way though.  it's doable at level 10, and you get a number of great weapons too.  the second sequence is much more difficult though, and rife with traps.  there's a trick to making it through the area though, and if you look hard enough, a path will become visible.  spoilers in sequence of how much detail is given away regarding this portion.
Spoiler for Hiden:
seems there's a lot of bodies around, aren't there?
Spoiler for Hiden:
notice how some of them bled?
Spoiler for Hiden:
if you follow the blood, you won't get poisoned

7082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PlayStation 3 = Hacked on: March 01, 2010, 05:33:12 AM
damn, that's stupid.  really professional there, sony. 

as i have a 60gb model, i'm guessing i have this going on too. 
7083  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tsunami Warning in Hawai'i on: February 27, 2010, 09:45:44 PM
The anticipation is worse when you can watch it live. Hope everything ends well. 

It should make it's appearance up here by 3.
7084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 27, 2010, 07:37:25 PM
I am enjoying it so far, after about 6 levels in. The mix of abilities you get is nice and it feels like a game where you can play it the way you want wthout being tied to one character type.  It does reward specialization though, as I don't see a way to respec.

The technical jiggles are noticeable though and the game seems to hiccup fairly regularly; not game-breaking but annoying that it happens so often.

Played up through the first big event and the dragon seems interesting but not as smooth as other games where you controlled a dragon.

Glad I picked it up on sale.
7085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 26, 2010, 06:49:05 PM
yeah, i got that too.  one of his aspects that made him my favorite character of the crew. 

i did like the last crew member you recruited though and was not expecting it.  could be an interesting set up for me3
7086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: February 26, 2010, 06:46:16 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on February 26, 2010, 06:37:56 PM

Level Cap is 61.  Download is 1.7gigabytes.  It's pretty big.

that's got to be the biggest dlc outside of the gta iv episodes.  cool

thanks for the update on the level cap.  i knew it went to 61, but i pretty much anticipated them going to an even number for level cap.
7087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 26, 2010, 06:40:26 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
so it's more one of those character building aspects then.  pretty damn effective as i actually worried about whether it would help or hurt.  

tagged for your protection

HR loves to hit you with those moments, and i love it for doing so. 
7088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: February 26, 2010, 06:36:32 PM
how big is the new area?  i'm wondering if i should grab this now or wait for the gold release.  level cap goes to 70, right? 

was it designed to be a whole new hub with a bunch of new missions or is this more of a way to expand 2nd/3rd playthroughs with new stuff and levels?
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 26, 2010, 06:32:04 PM
i've only played as far as just past the butterfly, and man that section was annoying for control reasons.  playing on normal, but sometimes those button sequences just come up with little leeway for error.  i was actually surprised i pulled off one action scene without flubbing a single move.  good thing too as it could have been fatal. 

not reloading anything at all, even fatal mistakes.  it increases the tension of any scene and makes it less of a game as any mistakes made are mine, even the control ones. 

now, spoiler specific stuff.  ethan - 'what he wore', about 2 days in.

Spoiler for Hiden:
does anyone think that remembering what color clothes shaun was wearing will have any bearing on the ending?  this scene more than most hit home for me.  one of a parent's greatest fears is losing a child, and to sit there and not remember what color clothing he was wearing when i just played the scene made me realize how easy it is to lose track of important details, things that could help an investigation or completely derail it. 
7090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where can I find a Microsoft branded rechargeable Battery Pack? on: February 26, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
wow, that's really odd that there aren't any batteries for sale w/o the cable.  i'll keep my eyes open as i think my batteries are nearing EoL and need charging more and more. 
7091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/26/10 on: February 26, 2010, 06:15:01 PM
finish up heavy rain and consider lending the game and system to a ps3-less friend and fan of quantic dream so i have someone in RL to talk to it about.

forge on in bioshock 2.  despite my admiration with rapture and the whole concept, i haven't played enough to get the addiction i had with bs1.  

divinity 2.  got this due to the best buy sale and it's a welcome rpg change from bioware.  

hope my 360 doesn't die on me, or at least dies before the 3 year is up.  game freezes during ME2 and BS2 are into the 20's now.
7092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Growing Pains actor missing in Vancouver. on: February 26, 2010, 05:16:50 AM
If I ever go to Vancouver, remind me not to visit that park.

I'm surprised there wasn't a huge amount of badly worded headlines about this.
7093  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 25, 2010, 12:21:14 AM
haha, 50 and slight rain. 

no heavy rain for us, this year.
7094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 24, 2010, 03:53:01 AM
Afaik it's a price drop to 40 with a sale to 30.
7095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 24, 2010, 01:20:01 AM
cool, thanks for the follow-up.  i just finished up ME2 and i'd like a little something different from dragon age before i give that another shot. 
7096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: February 24, 2010, 01:17:29 AM
after the poorly reviewed euro review in eurogamer, i was firmly in the 'wait and see' camp.  i just traded for the pc version, so i will be sitting this one out, but i am curious if the extra few months was enough to polish this up. 
7097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number (updated 2-19-2010) on: February 23, 2010, 04:42:46 AM
don't worry about the weight loss over much.  it's normal for them to lose a lb at first.  both of my kids did that and it takes a little while to build it back up.  before you know it, you'll be wondering how he got so big so fast. 

if your wife isn't able to produce, make sure she understands it's not her fault or any kind of failing on her part.  women can tend to feel like they let their kids down if they can't keep up with breast milk, but it's not anything she should feel guilty about. 
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands Impressions incoming! DLC on it's way! on: February 23, 2010, 03:55:21 AM
I'll pick this up again when the usual gold pack arrives. It was a really fun ride.
7099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 23, 2010, 03:47:26 AM
So, is the consensus on this one that it's a good game with a few warts, but still worth the effort?  I'm considering it due to the sale.
7100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Aliens vs Predator on: February 23, 2010, 03:42:42 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 23, 2010, 02:50:00 AM

Back on topic here, good for Rebellion standing up for their game.  I hope Sega has see through the media bs and green light them a worthy sequel.

Also, bring on Colonial Marines!  I hope the flashlights are a little brighter, though!  paranoid
I came in here to read about everyone's HS grading scales, not about some game.

Now, I find that a B is pretty good if it can average out. There have been some great B games.
7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 23, 2010, 03:36:30 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on February 23, 2010, 02:48:02 AM

Quote from: godhugh on February 22, 2010, 01:42:32 PM

Yay, Chocolate (Heavy) Raaaaiiiiinnn is on it's way to me from Gamefly. Looking forward to trying it out.

Gamefly loves me as well, Heavy Rain is INC!

same here. Should be wondering WTF??!??  by the end of the week.
7102  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Actors You Wish Had Made It Bigger on: February 21, 2010, 04:51:20 PM
David Morse is the ultimate 'oh, that guy' there is right now.  you wouldn't know him by name until you saw his picture.  he has a great amount of roles as supporting characters. 
7103  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number (updated 2-19-2010) on: February 20, 2010, 08:23:53 PM
awesome news dude.  gratz from all of us over here.  your son and mine share the same birthday (and mine is the day before, or was, until Eli came along)

nothing is as awesome as the first time you hold a newborn son/daughter, especially after such earlier hardships. 
7104  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: specific PC & 360 games (to trade, not buy) on: February 20, 2010, 05:48:25 PM
Arma2 for Risen?
7105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Far Cry considered a hard game? on: February 20, 2010, 06:24:50 AM
still have very fond memories of fc1.  even though i enjoyed the sequel, it doesn't match the great mix of gameplay in the first one.  i also think you really need to play up past the introduction of the 2nd enemy to a mission where you emerge from a facility into the starry night and see the mercs fighting the 'others', and your only goal is to get as far away from it as possible.  one of the greatest levels in any shooter imo. 

you really got a good variety of shooter genres in fc1 depending on who you fight and where. 

7106  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2010, 04:49:27 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on February 18, 2010, 08:26:21 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on February 18, 2010, 08:13:06 PM

Space Miner is awesome and it's down to $2 (from $5) for a limited time. You want this game. Yes, you.

I second this post.

i third it, so far.  first game i've bought in months.  i've downloaded a number of them though, thanks to the freebie sales that come up.
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom on: February 19, 2010, 04:45:09 AM
wow, it means i actually skipped the last two versions of settlers without even realizing it.  i vaguely remember #5 but if it were a quiz show, i couldn't guess at when the last game in the series actually released.
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metro 2033 on: February 19, 2010, 04:43:16 AM
waiting on reviews, but it looks and sounds pretty damn cool and would be a nice alternative to skulking around cherynobyl. 
7109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 7 on: February 19, 2010, 04:42:20 AM
i liked w@w, so if they don't screw it up, i'll be in for this as our yearly cod mp fun. 
7110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5 on: February 19, 2010, 04:40:25 AM
either way, it was digital crack.  i'll love me some civ v if there's more to it than what's in civ iv + bts + mods. 

7111  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: ARMA2 - FS Price dropped on: February 19, 2010, 04:35:26 AM
bump for drop
7112  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: For Sale: XBOX 360 20GB w/accessories on: February 19, 2010, 04:32:37 AM
yeah it is, especially if it's a jasper.  i'd love to swap out the aging machine i have now, but don't have the cashola.
7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Aliens vs Predator on: February 18, 2010, 12:39:20 AM
That last one sounds fun. Wasn't there a similar mode in halo?   
7114  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 17, 2010, 07:10:02 AM
yeah, the opening AR's are really crappy at range.  you don't notice it so much until you scope it.  not recommend on the ak's btw.  just awful.  you can watch the shots drift out into a huge pattern while scoped, even when crouched.  of course, you can mod it for accuracy, but you'll find better stuff before too long.  i grabbed a great AR (a 92 or some such) but it's 5 bars damaged, so i'm holding it until later.

you can pay people to take you about the zone, or if they happen to go somewhere, you can tag along for free (awesome option btw).  afaik, the whole zone is load free and there's only a latter section that's 'point-of-no-return' story related.  you get an option to free play afterwards, but i;m not sure how that works.  one of the guys on the official forums has 3 months in game already.  of course, he's got 3+ months in clear sky and a whopping 8 months in-game in soc.   icon_eek with snow capped hills and all sorts of random ai encounters.  he's also shown what he's accumulated and it's pretty crazy how much you can get your hands on. 

i've found a few caches and it's easily one of the most improved aspects beyond the first two.  you can actually find good loot in them without having to do a mission/pay for location, just by stumbling around and thinking like a stalker.  'if i wanted to hide this, where would i do so without making it obvious?'

i need to finish up with the console games so i can get back into the zone.
7115  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 17, 2010, 12:24:31 AM
I can't knock the emmissions too much; one of them occurred as I was heading back to the ship, so I stayed inside with others and waited for it to pass. I took a few peeks during the worst of it to see the pretty lights and it's definitely not anything you want to be exposed to. After it was over I found 10 dead stalkers around the ship and got some damn nice loot, including a better scanner and a great AR. Too bad all the ammo is 7.62 and not 5.45. I didn't sell much but it's worth noting that you can get the tech to lower his repair prices and get some cash from selling 3 and 4 bars damaged guns.

Too bad I'd like to revert the save to before that mission you talked about, but I think I'm going to see where the bandit side leads this time.

There are a lot more artifacts in non-obvious places this time around. Love that and having a personal storage locker. 
7116  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft to become the Sequel Factory on: February 15, 2010, 04:52:28 PM
i wonder about the integrity of the teams working on these franchises.   when has a post-mortem ever been written where the devs say 'wow, i'm happy that we didn't get an extra six months to work on it'?  never mind the effect on turnover due to unrealistic demands and hectic schedules.

i also wonder how long they expect to keep it up should reviews start pointing out how quickly the games were made and how certain features were cut, unpolished x was, etc.
7117  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (2/15) on: February 15, 2010, 04:48:52 PM
nothing at all, as avp's scores have really cooled my anticipation for it.  i'll wait for a rental, but i'm in no hurry.  i have to kill myself to finish me2, bioshock 2 to dive into and last week bought stalker: call of pripyat to haunt my monstrous pc backlog.

7118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: February 13, 2010, 09:26:02 AM
ok, i am having a blast with it so far.  the ai is much improved, i like the open world aspect that soc lacked and it's not as bloody difficult as cs was.  sure, the opening was jarring, and the overall mission seems like an expansion pack so far, but i really enjoy the environment and the attention to detail that gsc puts in. 

one major snafu though needs mentioning.  my card is a 1900xt, a great dx9 card.  with this game supporting dx10/11, they changed the initial renderer and cop doesn't load at all.  i found the solution online, which would absolutely kill the normal buyer.  edit the D:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\stalker call of pripyat\user.ltx (or wherever that file resides in a retail install) and change:

renderer renderer_r2.5
renderer renderer_r1

only after doing that would anything, even the splash screen load.  i'd get a black screen for a minute and then an error message saying i had to turn down the gfx to run it.  problem is, there isn't a gui for settings outside of the game itself.  just this ltx file.

otherwise, it ran pretty well at decent res/settings and no crashes.
7119  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Deal of the Week 2-12-2010 plus Valentine Sale on: February 13, 2010, 02:41:39 AM
awesome price on fo3:goty but if i get a third copy of it while the shrinkwrap is still on the 360 goty i have, my wife will take my head off.
7120  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: [360 & Wii] Games for Sale on: February 13, 2010, 02:40:04 AM

Quote from: Azhag on February 12, 2010, 09:59:24 PM

Someone grab Blue Dragon and Tomb Raider for that!

huge +1 for tomb raider.
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