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7121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just Cause 2 demo now up on: March 08, 2010, 06:20:57 PM
yeah, the dialog is definitely grade B cheese, but i'm ok with it.  i really love the base jumping videos out there.  some awesome stunts to pull off.
7122  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/08) on: March 08, 2010, 06:19:32 PM
tempted by yak 3, but i haven't given the demo a proper test yet.  decided to hold off on ff13 as i doubt i'd even finish the first disc.
7123  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 08, 2010, 06:14:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 08, 2010, 05:42:32 PM

Quote from: Boudreaux on March 08, 2010, 04:54:14 PM

So I haven't seen this mentioned, but apparently the kill-cam in MP shows the person that killed you in real-time, rather than rewinding and showing what they were doing up to shooting you (like in MW2), right?  The first few times I watched it I couldn't figure out what was going on.  And there's no way to change the camera angle to view them from behind (and see what they're looking at) instead of from the front?  Not sure what the point of that is, I always used the kill-cam as a teaching tool to show me the mistakes I made, and this is rather useless for that purpose.

I think that there is a large part of the player base that does not like kill-cams because it gives away hiding spots. By only showing the player real time and from a rear-facing angle, the BC killcam 1) gives a hint as to the location of your killer without totally giving it away, 2) gives you something to look at while you wait for respawn and 3) avoids exposing lag issues with the game. I understand people's desires to not have a killcam, but it can get extremely frustrating to not have one at all when you are chain-dying. This seems like an okay compromise.

i do like the kill-cam here much better than mw2.  sure, it doesn't have the same opportunity to teach you what you did wrong, but that almost always boiled down to being exposed or having a slower trigger finger.  and it always made your job as a sniper (or concealed mg'er like me) harder.  it's one reason i always played hc in w@w.  

now you at least have an idea where to look, but it doesn't give you an exact location.  and if you let a hill unguarded (or let the foliage remain, you deserve to be sniped).  

now, if they can just patch up the wall-hacks and do something about the damn invulnerable lighthouse, they'll have a great game on their hands.

and sp was fun but as i played through a chunk of the first one's campaign (during bc2's network issues) i hope they go back to a more open world environment and keep some of the improvements from bc2.  i missed being able to carry two weapons of my choosing, having to swap out my knife after a melee, not having an easy grenade key and having to hold down L3 to run.  

the story was fine, even though they ripped the last level off of mw and the ending was wrapped up as a cliffhanger.
7124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: March 08, 2010, 05:47:32 PM
i'm not impressed by the update to the engine through the pics, but i am looking forward to what obsidian does with the story and what they add in
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Machinarium collector's edition on: March 07, 2010, 05:22:08 AM
does anyone else find it odd that the items in the picture are all cgi?

for what i paid for it, i'm not complaining about not getting the extra stuff.  would be nice to get a new batch of wallpaper images though.
7126  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Who exactly decides which stories get on the front page of Yahoo? on: March 06, 2010, 05:32:43 PM
Yeah, there's no reason to get fired up about it.
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 05, 2010, 11:45:10 PM

Quote from: Kagath on March 05, 2010, 11:27:37 PM

So I finally opened my BC2. Do I need to play the first game SP to follow this one's SP? I'll probably just jump to MP right now.

i didn't play the first one and so far, there's been all of one reference to someone in the first game.  more than half way through the sp.  

regarding the story, mass effect 2 this is not.  the main plot revolves around what you see in the first 30 minutes.
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Portal 2 on: March 05, 2010, 09:38:38 PM
sounds like fun.  looking forward to it.
7129  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.
7130  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.
7131  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.

7132  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.
7133  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? 

7134  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.  
7135  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.
7136  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. 
7137  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. 
7138  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. 
7139  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.  
7140  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. 
7141  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.

7142  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
7143  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.
7144  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.
7145  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. 
7146  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 04, 2010, 05:29:37 AM
army of darkness. 
7147  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. 
7148  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.
7149  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.
7150  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. 
7151  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
7152  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. 
7153  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. 
7154  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. 
7155  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.
7156  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. 
7157  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. 
7158  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. 
7159  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. 
7160  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."
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