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7121  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 11, 2009, 05:04:46 PM
F N crappy net connection would last long enough to see an update was required, but not actually download the damn thing.  every time i tried, it would just sit and eventually dump back to the dashboard.  getting a stupidly frustrating message about certain options not being available to live, but mp should work.  well, that's all fine and dandy except when you have a forced update system.  after screwing around with the damn router and modem for a while, i called it quits and played the sp up past the ultimate 'flag waving from' moment IW retook from treyarch.  that was a great level due to the trick they played, but at the end, i thought, 'damn, haven't i done this before?"

i didn't find rio too annoying once i got the layout.  it's not really a spawn closet kind of thing, but the enemy does work to flank you quite effectively.

i really enjoyed the levels in the blizzard and i also like the nods to red dawn.  hits a bit close to home, so IW did a good job with that. 

i can definitely tell which levels will be a huge pita on veteran though.  some of those were tough on regular.  the game does seem to have more checkpoints then before, so that will help.

hope to get in some mp tonight, but i tried to get the patch this morning and ran into the same problem. 
7122  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: The IP you'd like to see developed into an MMO... on: November 10, 2009, 11:09:14 PM
i'd love a space mmorpg set in Ben Bova's current universe, with corporations (and corporate warfare, espionage), scientists and religious organizations working against each other to unseat the balance (religious zealots working to disrupt scientific experiments, scientists looking to dispute the tenets of the religions), all set within this solar system.  give us every planet and moon and map them out with all sorts of potential discoveries, ancient relics, alien life, valuable resources etc.  you have a subset of Eve with a more detailed and concentrated realm.
7123  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: What is it about movie comedians getting stale? on: November 10, 2009, 10:37:53 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on November 10, 2009, 07:56:43 PM

Quote from: Ridah on November 09, 2009, 05:38:46 PM

Now you have guys like Seth Rogan (and his fatter, uglier look-alike from Superbad whose name I forget)

Umm... Seth Rogen.

i think he means the kid, jonah hill. 

not all of the current crop of comedies are based around bodily functions.  some of them have drugs as a central point and have been very good.  i think it's shallow to throw out this generation's comedies though as there have been many great ones.  i think the old group has missed the ride though and should probably resign themselves to the past instead of trying to prove how funny they are.
7124  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 10, 2009, 09:16:17 PM
anybody pick up the madcatz controller?  i was tempted by it but i held back until i get some favorable forum impressions.  same goes with the throat mic.  could be a good alternative for long mp sessions

both were given good reviews on kotaku
7125  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 10, 2009, 08:04:20 PM

Quote from: spigot on November 10, 2009, 08:00:27 PM

Quote from: kathode on November 10, 2009, 07:59:00 PM

The blood effect sure does look like tasty jam.

It certainly looks gooey enough to lick the screen.

hmmm, dusty
7126  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 10, 2009, 07:36:13 PM
sounds like some of the flaws of veteran mode snuck into regular this time.  one reviewer said it took him 7 hours on hardened, which is considerably less than it took me through my w@w hardened run and a drop in the bucket compared to my half run of mw1 on veteran, so i'm confident i'll be ok here.  

has anyone tried sp on hardened/veteran?  i am curious if they really tweaked it the way they said they would or if you still get 30 enemies at each little checkpoint from their clown car-esque huts and one room buildings.

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 10, 2009, 07:33:23 PM

Surely a developer of IW's pedigree can create an intense experience without resorting to AI cheats and monster closets.

totally agreed SL.  at least they didn't abuse the doom 3 model of spawning them in behind you every step of the way.
7127  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 10, 2009, 05:32:12 PM
it was totally killing me that i wouldn't be able to make the midnight launch, and now i only wish i had pushed myself out of the door despite the hour long drive, long lines and crappy weather to come in to work late and then fight off sleep until later tonight.  

the game sits, sadly unopened in my glovebox and i didn't have to fight anybody off to get it and got it for $50 to boot.  i was tempted by the two other versions, and even saw someone buying the nvg edition, but $30 is a lot to pay just to get cod1, when it's totally likely i wouldn't even finish a play through with it. hell, i even pondered the super deluxe edition, the one with an xbox in it, but the wife would probably use it to bludgeon me into a stupor.

mp. tonight.  
can't! freaking! wait!
7128  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands-Massive Font Bug on: November 09, 2009, 11:02:55 PM
the thing is, it seems odd that even 1 more line would actually work for all items.  hell, most of the uniques have a red line for commentary, then the stats, but it seems like they should have more than that based on some of the rare weapons i have found. 

i found an odd one recently that acts differently when zoomed in.  assault rifle with the usual 3 round burst zoomed out and empties the clip when i zoom in.  it's awesome against brutes as i can get the put the full clip into their head while they stagger and burn due to the incendiary ammo and low recoil.  if they aren't moving around too much, i take them out in one burst.
7129  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 10:49:54 PM
i just found out that instead of a late night wednesday at work, it was moved up to tomorrow.  bum deal for release day, but i think i'll leverage that into coming in late tomorrow and using that time to get the game when the store opens.
7130  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Poll on: November 09, 2009, 08:16:14 PM
definitely bigger than anything else this year.  up there with gta4, fallout 3 and ME this generation though.
7131  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 08:13:53 PM
yeah, same here.  mostly, it's just the amount of time i have before the bulk of the group moves on.  having kids and a job does harsh things to one's gaming time.  at any rate, i'll have december off, so that may help me push forward enough before the annual post xmas "CoD crashing Live" event to get close this time.
7132  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: November 09, 2009, 08:10:39 PM
darn, i will have sent the game back to gamefly by then. 

in fact, tonight's the last night for me.  i have to have it in the mail to hopefully get l4d2 next week.  it's make it or break it time for level 50 and that damned "why is this so freaking hard?" mario achievement to complete the game.
7133  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 08:09:05 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on November 09, 2009, 08:03:32 PM

Quote from: MrDuck on November 09, 2009, 08:01:15 PM

I thought you played to slaughter all those that opposed you Hark slywink

NO, he watches 25 hrs of pre vid, studies the maps and ballistics information of the wapons and takes time off of work to slaughter all those who oppose him. slywink

hark took mw2 so seriously, he laid himself off.  

(wow, that sounds dirtier than i thought i would be.)

joking aside, i hope he gets something stable.  

joking back on, i'm in the same boat come december 1st. sure, it's not off for mw2, but i am after all, not as hardcore about it. slywink
7134  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 07:27:28 PM
officially, you won't get the ban if you have the game legitimately.  i think i'd be a little wary myself though as it puts you in their radar. 
7135  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 07:08:44 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 09, 2009, 07:07:34 PM

Why are there no reviews out btw?

yeah, it's odd that they are all embargoed.  you'd think one of the big sites would have paid top dollar to be the first live review.
7136  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 07:07:49 PM

Quote from: Owain on November 09, 2009, 07:05:07 PM

Hmmm.. wait to pick it up at Gamestop where it is already paid off or go to the small mom & pop store and pick it up, since rumor has it they have their shipment and are selling them....  Decisions... Decisions...

easy one.  buy it from the mom & pop and then get a refund.  the small chain gets the $, you get the game.

or, you could try convincing gamestop to start selling early like they did in nyc.  not much chance of that though unless the manager is cool
7137  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/09) on: November 09, 2009, 06:07:40 PM
sure thing pete.  we'll need all the practice we can get before getting killed by hark from some impossible-to-get-to hiding spot he already knows about.
7138  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: November 09, 2009, 06:05:55 PM


Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2009, 05:50:04 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 09, 2009, 05:37:26 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on November 09, 2009, 05:33:50 PM

here's what happens when you combine too many negative factors into one situation... epic fail

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ridutF6Qi9Q

LOL you can be killed by the drops themselves?

there's a challenge to get the final kill in a match by dropping a crate on an enemy. O_o
that's freaking awesome

damnit, i feel a cold coming on. 
7139  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/09) on: November 09, 2009, 05:05:47 PM
MW2 - 360 (of course)

there is no other game i've wanted to buy this year as much as this one.  i won't be able to do the whole midnight crazy thing as the closest store is a good distance away, so i'll just stay out of the thread until i get finished with the sp.
7140  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [NEWS] Shooting at Fort Hood on: November 05, 2009, 11:18:19 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on November 05, 2009, 11:04:00 PM

From the Twitter feed: "Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison says that officer who did shooting was upset about being deployed to Iraq."

and also a sociopath?  it takes more than just being upset to go and shoot up your fellow soldiers, especially those who've just returned.  why couldn't he just take the cowards way out and skip the end of the FMJ scene in the bathroom?

can you say 'firing squad'? 
7141  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: XBL points deals? on: November 05, 2009, 09:48:29 PM
any points deals that i have found are always listed on cheapassgamer's forums.  the last one was the tru b2g1f deal on accessories;  live cards fall under that category there.  before that, it was a $5gc with the $20 card at target.  from my experience, there are only a few times each year that you can easily get deals on cards, and i doubt there will be any more for a while. 

cag is good for the random highly ymmv deals, usually clearance deals, and i've never been able to get them that way.
7142  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 04, 2009, 10:45:01 PM
unless one of the local stores does a big release day sale, i'll hold out for the rental.  not worth paying full price for it when it's likely going to be my 'Live is down, no MW2 mp' stand in game.
7143  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Black Friday 2009 on: November 04, 2009, 06:48:15 PM
walmart is starting this early and is trying to make the whole month a sale instead of just one day.  

starting off with a 46" plasma for under 800, an xbox arcade with a $100 gc and a blu ray for 150.  

seeing as how my 2nd refurb xbox seems to be failing in an non rrod way, i am highly tempted.
7144  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: November 03, 2009, 08:51:58 PM
yeah, i can definitely say that i'm having fun as the soldier.  i've upped my sniper skill enough to reduce the weapon sway and i actually use that a fair amount, even without perks, as it percs all the time with incendiary attacks.  closer up, i swap to an AR (157 damage, 45 in the clip, no natural weapon sway) for crit shots.  if i'm even the least bit protected, i can take out most enemies in 1 burst, badasses in two.  i have a kickass mg Hark gave me that holds almost three hundred rounds for crowd control and a unique shotgun (damage 300+, fires 6 rounds all at once) that shreds anything that gets close.  i barely use the turret any more except as a diversion.  throw it down and flank.  once i get more points to spend, i'll improve it again. 

the biggest problem i have is in the arenas as you don't get enough places for good cover and many of the baddies have explosive launchers.  i scraped by the final round of the second arena even though it was rated 4 levels below me.
7145  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 03, 2009, 01:18:02 AM
wow, that does sound like the back of a choose-your-own-adventure book from 1985, doesn't it? biggrin
7146  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/02) on: November 02, 2009, 04:58:53 PM
probably nothing as even though da:o sounds pretty cool, i doubt i'll get it via gamefly, and in any case, it would only get pushed to the side next week.
7147  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: DS - Prof Layton 2, Scribblenauts FS on: October 30, 2009, 08:22:33 PM
i should have been clearer.  i didn't finish it, i'm just not into it that much and have no desire to go back to it.  that said, you should be able to get a lot of playtime with it, as there's a ton of levels and two modes to play through.  puzzle, where you are given some objective to complete, and speed, where you only need to get to the star.  after that, there's an advanced mode for each level where you get 3 rounds in the level and cannot reuse any items, which could boost creativity.
7148  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War III teaser video on: October 30, 2009, 07:05:54 PM
tempting, if nothing else to go with my gta strongbox with the big daddy standing on my fallout lunchbox on my monument to geekiness (aka my bookshelf)

were it not for the price tag, i would be in.  as it is, it will be hard to foot the extra cash on this with the wallet meltdown this year has been.
7149  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / DS - Prof Layton 2, Scribblenauts FS - SOLD on: October 30, 2009, 04:37:59 PM
finished up with these.  looking for $15 each, shipping included.  paypal please

both have been sold.
7150  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 30, 2009, 04:33:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 29, 2009, 09:08:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 29, 2009, 09:02:32 PM

I find it funny that in a places like Australia and Europe they'll show lots of boobs but don't like violence and over here we're exactly the opposite.

Don't get too excited now. It's mostly just Australia and Germany. Places like Scandinavia for example are very accepting and will allow just about anything that isn't illegal. Neither violence nor nudity bothers us much at all.

really?  are you accepting immigrants at this time?  biggrin
7151  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: If You were an uber dork, and were going to take time off for a game release on: October 30, 2009, 04:29:21 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 30, 2009, 03:23:59 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 30, 2009, 02:58:12 PM

F. Go to midnight release and play tuesday morning so that, for one small moment in time, you could have a higher MP rank than Harkonis.

Doubtful, Hark plays in his sleep.

i hear he's already in the top 5 players for mw2
7152  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: October 30, 2009, 04:26:00 PM
had some good loot drops last night and finally got to upgrade.  i'm kind of surprised the second area has so many quests.  am i right in thinking it's the last area as well or does it open up a whole new hub base after new haven?  i leveled up to 31 with my soldier and aside from the last fight in the arena, i've been able to handle everything the game throws at me.  i've pretty much dumped my turret points in favor or straight on damage with assault rifles and mg's, but i might spec out a few turret lines after my others are maxed. 

co-op with the nyge last night and we ran through a pretty good chunk of quests.  damn, melee fighters really own the bruisers up close. 
7153  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: forum people impressions on: October 29, 2009, 09:45:06 PM
soulchilde was granted the name in ancient times, by nomadic hunter gatherers for his penchant for devouring the souls of bad children. 
7154  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / AssCreed 2, $9 off console, $8 off pc plus $10 gc at Amazon on: October 29, 2009, 08:00:43 PM
they are at it again, making it very hard for me not to pick this up, especially tied with the other offers they've run

360 link, plus easy switch to other platforms
Use coupon code AMZNACII for an extra 5 bucks off

they also have $10 off the deluxe edition of the strategy guide link

use the gt link for extra help

* fixed the code.  thanks chaz
7155  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: forum people impressions on: October 29, 2009, 07:53:35 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 29, 2009, 07:30:37 PM

Same back atcha, Raven!  The rig is still going strong, we added a few bits and bytes here and there, but it's stood the test of time very well.   nod

mytocles, known for her bad memory, often forgets the topic of the thread.  Tongue
7156  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo DSi LL/XL on: October 29, 2009, 07:49:05 PM
tempting, just for the extra real estate.  really though, they need to consider a next gen version instead.  bring in a better hardware spec to compete on the same level of the psp, graphically, and you have my full interest.
7157  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What game is it? on: October 29, 2009, 07:05:09 PM

Quote from: Kossak on October 29, 2009, 05:35:50 PM

wow that's right, wonder if TiLT or Caine know it? smile

yeah, a classic, and with the full screen, it's a gimmee for anybody who ever played it or saw it.  same with the black and white one above with the face and brickwork.  hell, i still have the mousepad that you got when you bought the game

it's also definitely true what TiLT said, if you played it, you will easily recognize it.  i had a different guess on the last one, but even with the guess, i don't recognize it. 

we should make this a regular thread like it has been before, and i like the cropped bits and pieces take on it. 
7158  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 03:57:42 PM
the level that pissed me off the most was the damn sniper duel.  where you had only a few places to hide, he had a dozen, and no matter where you tried to hide, he always knew where you were.  while you would die in one shot (he apparently was running an aim bot), he could be shot 3 times without slowing down.  if you took too much time to line up a headshot, you were killed.  you basically had a second to either shoot or get out of the way or you were dead.

i don't have fond memories of the sp and that's due to how damn frustrating it is to play on the higher difficulties.  after my attempt at cod4 on veteran, i pretty much quit playing it. 
7159  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 27, 2009, 10:57:22 PM
you definitely get a better game experience on normal.  despite pushing myself through w@w on hardened, i started to regret it later on.
7160  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 10:55:43 PM
i was expecting something twisted in the campaign, but that wasn't what i expected. 
Spoiler for Hiden:
they hinted at it though, in the first trailer without anything but voices, and in one of the later ones, you see it first hand, albeit not first person.

still, i can't wait to see what they did here.  the nuke level in cod4 was intense and shocking, especially considering how they wrap it up after the blast goes off. 
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