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7081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 23, 2009, 04:41:58 PM
played through about 4 of the flashback sections and i like that the stuff you pick up also unlocks stuff for you as you go.  much nicer tooling around the city after that happens the second time.  you can ignore many of the little firefights that way as you can get across a zone to the gate before they can gang up on you. 

playing on normal, but i would love to get through a whole game on legendary through co-op like i did with halo 3.  could be a lot more fun that way. 

aside from the loner sections as the rookie, i still feel like the mc most of the time.  you aren't overly limited due to the health as long as you can retreat back and let your 'shields' regen and you aren't restricted from carrying around those huge mounted guns like you did in halo 3.  as noted before, the visor is pretty much required during the rookie sections, but off during many of the flashback scenes.

so far, the flashbacks have played like a 'greatest moments' collection from the previous games.  good small squad battles, large, open area vehicle combat, dense urban tank combat, dogfighting against wraiths in a cavernous facility.  tbh, if they don't cap this off with a battle against a scarab or two, i'll be disappointed.

so far, it's a great side story experience and reminds me of what i liked about halo to begin with.
7082  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Thexder returns! on: September 22, 2009, 11:05:53 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on September 22, 2009, 05:35:32 PM

YES!!! More Thexder!!!  Now if only they would bring back Silpheed too (and not in the way it was done on the PS2....)

i still have the sequel on the sega cd.  man, those were futuristic graphics.
7083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: ODST Impressions? on: September 22, 2009, 08:10:37 PM
surprised that TRU had so many copies in stock when i went down there and glad they did.  not surprised that they ran out of the figure about 10 minutes after opening, but it's no big thing.  i won't be able to post any impressions until tomorrow as i still have this whole 'work' thing going on.
7084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: M&L Bowser's Inside Story impressions on: September 21, 2009, 07:52:06 PM
looks like this one is falling off the radar for most people.  i've put in more time with it and really, the only issue i have with it is how specific the timing is on defense.  one boss i am currently stuck on gets about 5 chances per round to attack you, and i've been unable to get through a round without taking any damage.  what makes it worse is this one is a multi stage boss, so you really only do damage in the second stage, so if you get all banged up, you end up using all of your turns to heal or revive instead of attacking.  i may need to retreat and grind for a bit, which is annoying as the enemies don't respawn until you leave the level. (usually, a good thing.  not so when you want to grind) 

still, i have enjoyed everything so far.  best handheld rpg i've played in a while
7085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / M&L Bowser's Inside Story impressions on: September 16, 2009, 04:44:37 PM
anybody else picked this one up yet?  i went in hoping to snag a copy of scribblenauts at TRU ($15 GC) and it hadn't arrived.  i was on the fence about this one until i read a pretty favorable review, but the clerk had a deal with it and bumped the gc to 15 as well. 

played about two hours so far and it reminds me of the previous mario rpg's in many ways, which is not a bad thing as 1000 year door was pretty damn awesome and paper mario was fun in it's own right as well.  it's an action rpg melded with a turn based rpg, so you have to do more than just select attack and sit back.  defense is also handled this way and you can either avoid an attack altogether or even get a counterattack.

graphics are pretty slick for a ds game, which is unsurprising considering it's a first party title as is the rest of the presentation.  even the voice work is well done, what little of it you get.  the writing quality is also well done and pokes fun at the series and pop culture. 

you can swap control between M&L and bowser at any time once the story picks up, and what one does in their realm affects the other, like powering up bowser's muscles to lift heavy objects or drinking water to allow the bros to swim around the level.  one boss fight involved both groups, which was pretty cool. 

i've played far enough in to see there's going to be some backtracking as you get powers which open up new areas in both realms, but they have made it fairly quick to get around.  not sure how long the overall game is, but it apparently has a lot more to do than just the main quest as there's item collection and challenge areas to fight in. 

this pretty much came out of nowhere for me as i haven't really played many ds games lately and don't follow much that isn't mentioned here.  this is pretty fun so far and is a great portable alternative to the lite iphone games i have been playing mobile
7086  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 10, 2009, 04:46:08 PM
yeah, 'the sign' is probably one of the worst songs of all time.  tell me you have that on you to torture terrorists or something

and now it's wormed it's way into my head.  thank you and good night, i'm off to go kill myself with a screwdriver and a hammer as that's the only way you can prevent this from looping in your head.  sorry grim, but it's a horrible song, just horrible. 
7087  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: TRU - $10 GC for M&L, $15 GC for Scribblenauts on: September 10, 2009, 04:03:08 PM
they also have a 20 gc with Halo ODST and an action figure.  i'm sure that will be gone soon after opening though.  at least it's not some stupid 'only until noon' deal like it was with batman

TRU has been beating the hell out of BB and Frys when it comes to launch day sales. 
7088  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FS: Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box [DS] on: September 09, 2009, 05:24:53 PM
interested.  pm sent
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What is is true of you, re: video game addiction? on: September 09, 2009, 05:14:49 AM
i get addicted to a game as long as it usually takes for me to finish it, like with batman, rfg, ghostbusters, puzzle crack, prof lyton, picross, or those that i rack up so many hours that i feel like i've got my money's worth out of before i finish it. fo3, far cry 2, oblivion.  i rarely finish the second group in fact as it's rare that i go back to them after a long hiatus.  i try to get as many games on sale/clearance and sell or trade them once i finish if i feel burnt out on them and have no desire to revisit them.  the lower prices we've seen lately means my collection is full of stuff i've put in less than 5 hours worth.  you can see those ones in my game history as they all have less than 250 points. 

i try to play as many things as look interesting as i know once the game has aged a bit, i will not likely play it at all. 

i should break down and just sell the bulk of em, but i'm reluctant to part with them just yet.
7090  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Cold Feet? on: September 09, 2009, 05:06:47 AM
i tend to ignore the big name hype games until the last freaking minute.  it happened with both halo 3 and odst.  i knew they would be fun, i knew i would enjoy them, but secretly wanting to not get them, only to buckle under the peer pressure to play the damn things with everybody else the first week.  too hard to miss out you know?  i've put back plenty of games that i was interested in, but i also think that if it's not something i'm that interested in, i can always sell it after the honeymoon period. 

gamefly helps with the launch day urges during the busy season though.  regret level goes down when i know i can get it without spending up front. 
7091  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: "Most annoying song ever" game on: September 09, 2009, 12:23:42 AM
my dad's GF has what i consider to be one of the worst pieces of horrid musical vomit as her 'calling in' song, you know, the one that plays in your head when you call her.  to make matters worse, my dad has one too, and he never even has his phone on him when he gets home, so you have to call her to get a hold of him.  

what is this pile of garbage you ask?  i'd tell you, but i have been very successful getting it wiped out of my head today and wouldn't dare thinking about it.  it's one of those "i'm coming out as a lesbian" theme songs you hear plastered on easy listening radio trashcans (and their commercials).  now there's a genre worth wiping out wholesale.  
7092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 9 on: September 09, 2009, 12:14:18 AM
yet another movie that i would love to see in the theater but will end up watching at home long after the dvd hits.  been a bad year for me going out to see anything. 

this looks pretty damn cool and i have the theme on my XB dashboard. 
7093  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for iPhone 3G - anyone upgrading to 3Gs? on: September 03, 2009, 05:01:03 AM
just wanted to chime in that the phone from devil has really been a solid piece of work.  and draining my wallet a dollar at a time every time a new game hits the sale bin. 
7094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Freespace series on: September 03, 2009, 04:58:18 AM

Quote from: cheeba on September 01, 2009, 07:38:46 PM

I thought Echelon was awful and perhaps the worst game purchase I've ever made. It was incredibly buggy and difficult, and you don't even have chaffe to defend against missiles. If anyone shot missiles at you, you were pretty much instantly dead and there was nothing you could do about it.

The Freespace series, however, is all sorts of awesome. It's worth getting a joystick for. You'll never really feel like you're flying with the mouse and keyboard.

i remember having only a smattering of fun with it and that was due to the low level flight and the ground effects you got from flying nap-of-the-earth.  i never got very far with it though, and even with the patches, it was definitely a very flawed game.  sad, it had potential too.  i also grabbed the sequel for a few bucks some years later, but didn't get much out of it either.  the community was pretty memorable though, and i still remember how pissed everyone got when the sequel was announced while we waited for the promised 'uber' patch.  also one of the biggest regrets and sadly a recurring thing with many early eastern european games.
7095  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: September 01, 2009, 06:56:05 PM
a new addition to the top down dual stick shooter came out a while ago and i am enjoying it a lot more than minigore or idracula

alive 4 ever takes it's inspiration from one of the big games of last year and uses many of the same types of enemies.  it also has co-op, which could be very useful. 

30 levels (pretty much the same layout, sadly) with both primary and bonus objectives.  those bonus objectives give you special equipment (extra clip, hp, attribute, etc).  you earn money to buy better weapons (4 main, 1 sub and 3 levels of each) and xp to upgrade your abilities (ammo, crit %, hp, and 'curing', 20 points of each) and 4 characters to play.  each starts with a boost to one of the 4 attributes and a different starting weapon. 

so far, it's been a pretty fun little game and not just a one trick pony like many of the dual stick shooters out there.

it's still a buck for now with a rising price to $4 by the end of the month.  get it while it's cheap. 4.5 stars with 492 reviews so far. 

rise of lost empires is a traditional 2d rts game which reminds me of warcraft 2.  i haven't put much time into it yet, but it's doing fairly well review wise and is also at a buck for now.  a free version is available too.

2079 is a pretty little geo wars style shooter, but not as deep as isotope.  free for a while at least.
7096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 27, 2009, 06:55:36 PM
sorry bout that guys.  really.  i was pretty excited about it and i swear i read about those in the previews.  icon_redface
7097  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 27, 2009, 04:27:02 PM
picked this up and played quite a bit last night.  i just faced
Spoiler for Hiden:
bane and made my way through the bat cave.
 hard to believe it's just 18% finished.  i take my time in most sections to hunt out the puzzles after taking down the henchmen.  i have to agree this is one of the best games of the year and i'm also getting the bioshock buzz at times with the creepy environments, except this time, i'm the big daddy.  this game gives you the SC buzz if you want or the stand up brawler if you just want to mix it up.  

i'm having a great time so far and i'm looking forward to getting more time with it.

found the riddler maps in two sections so far, and it's implemented just perfectly.  just enough info to point you in the right direction, but not giving you the answer either.  

sorry for unintentional spoileridge.  backing out of the thread now.
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 26, 2009, 10:51:04 PM

Quote from: Teggy on August 26, 2009, 10:07:26 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 26, 2009, 09:37:19 PM

unfortunately, the level 20 revealed map (awesome, if not too late to really help) doesn't have any of the card spots marked, so it will be a long hunt to find it.

Not sure why you'd say that. They are definitely on the map.

i hope i missed it then.  i only remember seeing two items on the map, but i didn't spend a huge amount of time on it. 
7099  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 26, 2009, 09:37:19 PM
finished this up last night.  one of the best games of the year.

got all but 1 missile pack, one passcard and the last piece of armor.  unfortunately, the level 20 revealed map (awesome, if not too late to really help) doesn't have any of the card spots marked, so it will be a long hunt to find it.

i did get the gold bars, so i'll be prepared for a hardcore run. 

i'll be looking at the dlc when it comes out and i look forward to a sequel.  just a great game.
7100  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/24) on: August 26, 2009, 09:30:55 PM

Quote from: JayDee on August 26, 2009, 01:44:53 PM

Batman: Arkham Asylum for the 360 purchased as *growly voice* Wal-Mart for $39.

that the normal price?  if so, that's awesome and i will try to get one there tonight.
7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 25, 2009, 09:27:46 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
well, i found the off-the-beaten-path area, but it slides an invulnerable barrier behind you after you pass through it.  there's a armor pickup not far from it, but not a whole lot else.  i'll look around some more when i get home.  thanks guys
7102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 25, 2009, 09:24:18 PM
and no copy for me with that tru deal.  damn.  i guess i'll have to use the RZ coupons on i have saved up.  stupid luck
7103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 25, 2009, 05:17:00 PM
i've hit a weird snag trying to get up a wind tunnel.  there's a huge fan above and two vents at the top on either side you are able to get into.  i know how to get up using what i have, but the aiming is wonky when i try to get up the left side.  instead of aiming at the wall, i aim at a point just in the background so i can't ascend.  there's a grenade pack on the right side, but it's a dead end.  i found a trapdoor further past this point, but it's all red doors and dead end tunnels.  blue line is pointing up the way with the fan.   what am i missing?
7104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 25, 2009, 05:11:22 PM
why the F are they doing a sale on batman until only 2pm?  that's damn stupid.  now i have to run during my lunch break.  damn that's annoying
7105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/24) on: August 25, 2009, 04:59:14 PM
batman 360 at tru, assuming i can get there and get a copy.  assuming that, i'll then turn around and get layton with the card.
7106  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]MGS: Peace Walker on: August 20, 2009, 04:32:58 PM
you didn't play far enough in then.  that's the oddest game in the whole series once it gets to the second half.

but you have to admit, mgs 3 getting set as a prequel is pretty odd too, but nevertheless, completely awesome.  i would recommend you grabbing 3 and playing it.
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 20, 2009, 04:29:45 PM
so i started this up last night around 10 and got completely absorbed in it until 1:30 this morning, then woke up early to play another hour before leaving for work.  i have just acquired the foam gun and some extra ammo cans for it.  ~40% items found so far, at least that much explored.

it's been an awesome game all around so far and even though i would love for the camera to zoom out or pan when enemies are off-screen, otherwise it's pretty much the perfect example of a 2d -vania game.  hell, considering how often we get these (damn near never, nowadays), this could be the last great 2d -vania's we ever get on a console.  

the controls are very responsive and i have never died due to it, as i did so often with bc: re-armed.  the graphics are sharp and detailed and even though you do see a lot of the military-industrial pallet, it's perfectly suited.  you do get some awesome outside vistas and some interesting indoor ones as well.  the indiana jones inspired moment is a great set and doesn't feel tacked on.  enemies are pretty fun to fight with and there is a good mix of easy 'ambush kills' and straight up firefights.  the bosses have been easy so far though.  either they are just a 'big guy with lots of health' or they are the puzzle type.  the puzzle aspect has not been all that difficult to figure out either, so that's good/bad.  except for one such battle, that part of the fight has also been optional, so you don't feel forced into one type of combat.

i really love the genre and have played most of the gba/ds generation of both the metroid and the castlevania games, so finding items is pretty easy and the flashlight helps immensely.  i anticipate going through for the 100% and 15% found achievements on this one.  it's too bad they didn't allow you more than one save game though, so that's a bummer.  

this ranks as one of the best games of the year and if it doesn't get the credit it deserves and a sequel, i will be very disappointed.  
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 19, 2009, 07:33:23 PM
it will be hard to charge me twice for this game,  i only had 1300 points when i bought it.  in your face, ugly bug!

7109  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 19, 2009, 05:44:36 PM
Suckitupistan
John Wayne
7110  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 19, 2009, 05:41:05 PM
downloaded this morning while i tried out the batman demo.  i'll post impressions tomorrow after i've had a chance to play it.

this marks the second time i have bought an xbla game without trying the demo first.
7111  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Slim: Real or Prank? on: August 18, 2009, 09:12:48 PM
one other aspect to the slim, and this time it's a negative.  for the 2 people who used the 'install other OS' option, know that the slim will not have it.  which kind of sucks, in a way, but eh, if i was going to put linux on the ps3 i have, i would have done it already.  

i do think it could have been cool though.

any comparison shots of this vs the ps2 slim?  i could get that one standing up under the ledge of my tv stand.
7112  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 17, 2009, 07:11:48 PM
can't wait until wednesday.  been looking forward to it and even more so since the high reviews hit.
7113  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/17) on: August 17, 2009, 07:10:00 PM
Shadow Complex.  it just got a 9 from Eurogamer
7114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 15, 2009, 10:25:53 PM
yeah, i don't think you are supposed to bend that way
7115  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - Trials HD - $10 on: August 15, 2009, 08:31:24 PM
nuts. i would have grabbed it for $10
7116  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: John Hughes has passed away on: August 07, 2009, 04:45:12 AM
i heard this as well earlier.  damn shame.  his movies more than anyone else's make up the 80's and early 90's. 

good bye and good rest John.  you will always be remembered.
7117  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Directors Cut 30% off on: August 06, 2009, 04:52:30 PM
iirc, after the ee version hit, the soundtrack and extra music were available to dl straight from their site.  that's how i got them. 

if i didn't already have the regular version, and a stalled game in chapter 2 to fall back on, i would be all over this.

7118  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated July 27th, 2009 08:07 PM) on: August 06, 2009, 04:49:05 PM
+1 to MikeG for great deal and fast shipping on lbp.
7119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 04, 2009, 04:43:55 PM
tell em you have a large 'extended family', and i'll help you mail them out.  i live down the hill from you crusis, so if an undead plague ever hit the region, it's a fair chance that we'd see each other (at least over the sea of dead eyes and blood-stained corpses)

if i could get the damn iphone to sync up to kindle, i'd plan on buying it that way.  i would love to put it on the shelf next the other zombie fiction i have though. 
7120  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is a special circle in hell meant for cars salesmen (rant) on: August 04, 2009, 04:32:59 PM
send this to the consumerist.  nothing like a huge goose egg of bad PR to get attention these days.
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