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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: January 01, 2010, 09:17:04 AM
i also bumped my score by another 1k since the last post.  finishing up asscreed 2 and getting a handful of different games put me over the top.  i just need to get the box hooked up to get it online.
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hankering for a western so its back to Juarez for me on: December 31, 2009, 07:34:34 PM
i'd recommend coj 2.  i liked that one quite a bit, the gun fights were very satisfying and it looks great too.  the story is not pitch perfect, but still enjoyable and you get two different play styles like in the first, but both are fun, likable characters.
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Two Worlds: The Temptation now Two Worlds 2 on: December 31, 2009, 07:30:15 PM
i still have the copy i bought when it first came out but i haven't yet tried it on x64 win7.  got about a third of the way through the map before wandering off into some other game.  it did have a great atmosphere and fun combat, despite its idiosyncrasies. 

the sequel is on my short B list. 
7284  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 31, 2009, 05:42:27 AM
that civ 4 bundle is looking enticing.  this whole sale is making me regret buying them on d2d.  could have saved a bunch of money on about half the stuff i have bought.
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Saboteur on: December 30, 2009, 03:09:42 PM
I think the only one this works for is the car collections.  I know the rdx upgrade for blowing ip 3 tanks does not as I had already destroyed one of those wulf tanks beforehand. 
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Annual Christmas Loot Thread on: December 28, 2009, 06:04:58 PM
not much loot from the family;

JJ's Star Trek on Blu-ray
Transformers 2 on Blu-ray
a couple of puzzles to work on
some stuff for the grill
a couple of sweaters
a gift card to a nice seafood joint
i did get myself a couple of games during the sales. 

really, this year more than most was about the kids.  we got our daughter a great castle playroom and some stuff to outfit it with and the usual assortment of kids movies and toys.  my dad got my son a pretty cool 2-year old proof train set that he seems intent on 'stress testing'. 

the nicest thing was having both parents and my sister together for xmas.  it's been longer than i can remember that it's always been separate parties, and my sister has only recently begun talking to any of us.  tbh, that's all i could hope for as i always figured the next time my sister saw our dad would be at his funeral.
7287  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 28, 2009, 05:51:17 PM
damn, i missed zombie driver for super cheap.  knew i should have checked the site yesterday.

Quote from: TheMissingLink on December 27, 2009, 06:47:50 PM

Damnit, should have gotten Torchlight at that price.

same here TML. 
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Saboteur on: December 28, 2009, 05:49:21 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 13, 2009, 07:34:13 PM

Quote from: Pharaoh on December 13, 2009, 07:10:42 PM

Got all the Level 2 perks like Ceekay, with some gold sprinkled in. The terror sniper rifle is absolutely god like, and while difficult to achieve, the Lvl 3 perks really do give you tangible rewards (not passive junk like most games). The game has stayed fun, although playing it in chucks is a must, as there are times where you need contraband to move forward, and running around the city to blow up Nazi installations can get annoying.

I kinda cheeses it and bought the 'Luck o' the Irish' from the black market to unlock a level 3 perk.  the one I bought one was the one that gave you the terror sniper rifle, but it seems a bit hard to control for now (the rate of fire is insane) so I re-loaded to get my money back..  what I want to know is about Skylars mission to the cemetary:

Spoiler for Hiden:
what's in the box?!?  OK, I don't really want to know until I'm done with the game and hopefully they tell you, but I needed to make the Se7en reference.

according to the stuff i have read, the best silver and gold perks to buy are the car collection ones from the mechanic list.  both are a huge pita as all of the nazi vehicles apparently are not on the streets until later in the game, plus it's a bitch staying alive on the higher alert levels where those vehicles appear.  i've been able to get 5 of them so far, but those armored ones are tough to steal.

hint for the sniper gold perk.  where do you commonly see two nazis standing still side by side, almost inviting you to line up their heads in a row?

and for the 5 generals perk, note that the pistols all have very good range and are perfectly accurate.  don't forget, nazis, like some dogs i hear, can't look up unless you get their attention first. 

i had a damn fine run last night, getting a great spot on a AAA gun which was shielded from ground fire but still had a good view of some streets, so i was able to get three perks done without much fuss, even though i was only going for 1.  '20 kills with one vehicle' just took time and patience, but i got the 'terror squad' done, plus the '5 with one blast' on the same kill. 

i really love how you can clear out an area of occupation in small doses, so you can take out a whole base on one side and return later for an easier approach.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekly Playlist - Year End Holiday Loot Special Edition - 12/25 on: December 28, 2009, 05:34:20 PM
picked up saboteur last week when it was on sale and i am wading through the buckets of spilled nazi blood running down paris' streets.  it's sad that this was their last game as they finally hit the mix of action, stealth and open world atmosphere that they have been crafting since the first mercs game. 

other than that, i still plug away at loz: trainz, despite my growing annoyance with the train and flute playing aspects so i can call it finished (damnit, i don't want to practice the damn tune 50 times just to open up the next section of game world)

i've also got a number of new games from the downloadable pc sites sales blitz going on. 
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/28) on: December 28, 2009, 05:24:36 PM
div 2, once it hits the cheaper shelf.  my plate of current games is too full to pick up any rpg's right now, despite how much fun i had with the first one.  and i got that one quite late into it's life as well, so i might as well keep the tradition going. 

i will be looking at the games d2d is offering and deciding which one to use the $5 credit i have on it.
7291  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: The Steam Holiday sale is live! Daily deals too! on: December 24, 2009, 02:03:19 AM

Quote from: Moliere on December 24, 2009, 01:34:01 AM

It looks like they are beating their Thanksgiving price by putting Chronicles of Riddick Escape from Butcher Bay AND Assault on Dark Athena on sale for $6.79!   icon_eek


actually, assault on dark Athena always included EfBB.  It's the one with updated graphics.  It was 5 bucks back during the D2D sale, but the steam price is still the best you could find outside of a late clearance deal.

Does the steam versions of the stalker games allow mods?  I haven't been able to retrieve my old account; does anyone know if you can merge accounts if I do get my old one back?  The email I used way back is dead, my first purchase was hl2 on steam so I don't have the serial key and I haven't been able to guess what my account name was.     
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finding a missing person on: December 23, 2009, 01:25:19 AM
wow man, that's a tough situation. 

pull her myspace, facebook, twitter page or whatever social site she's on and see if she's posted.  go to the cell phone provider and have them check call logs/gps coords.  call onstar if she has a vehicle equipped with it. 

tell them to remain calm (i know, but a full blown panic will not make this easier) and have faith that she'll come home on her own.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 23, 2009, 01:18:42 AM
yeah, i wouldn't blindly recommend a purchase as what you see in the demo is what you get.  the levels are longer, but the gameplay doesn't get much deeper than 'shoot the aliens, search for ammo, hit the button'  2 player on harder difficulty might be fun, but i haven't been able to try it yet.
7294  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 23, 2009, 01:16:13 AM

Quote from: frost on December 23, 2009, 01:02:24 AM

weren't they just recently giving away tex murphy 1 and 2? 

wasn't that for mean streets and martian memorandum?  technically, those were the first two tex games.  UaKM, PD and OS were the later ones from '94-98 with fmv and the lead producer acting.  mean streets and martian... were old school point and click adventure games.

7295  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 03:30:46 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 22, 2009, 01:23:24 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM

anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.

I've played a bit of Overseer on W7 x64 with no problems.

awesome.  I never gt to play that one or pandora when hey first came out.
7296  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse Christmas Sale Dec 20-26th: Fallen Earth 50% off, all Meridian 4 60% on: December 22, 2009, 06:41:58 AM
small note that AYIM has some heavy graphical corruption on win7 x64 with no word on a fix.  it renders the screen either completely invisible or leaves out large chunks of the texture work in lieu of a white graphic.  i had the luck to try a few levels only before it got too borked to continue.
7297  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: 20 - 40% off nearly everything at GOG on: December 22, 2009, 06:38:26 AM
anybody have any luck with the fmv tex murphy games on win7 x64?  those three are very tempting, but i wonder if they will work.  after picking up beyond good and evil and hitting a wall with it, i am a little more hesitant now.
7298  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 20: Dawn of War 2 $19.95 (updated daily on: December 22, 2009, 06:19:22 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 21, 2009, 03:24:40 AM

Quote from: mirage775 on December 21, 2009, 12:49:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 20, 2009, 10:31:46 PM

todays ornament is Machinarium.

That looks interesting

It's a pretty cool game.

between this and trine, i should be all set for quirky 2d platformers. 
7299  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamersgate Weekend: Trine, Insecticde, Faces or Battlefield 2 Complete 50% o on: December 19, 2009, 05:42:16 AM
looks like the changed the price for trine to 9.95 to match the description.  oh well.  looks like d2d gets my money instead.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: ffviii now up on psn! on: December 18, 2009, 05:50:40 PM
i didn't last long enough to see the third disc, so i can't imagine the direction it took in the fourth.  i had higher hopes for it than i did for vii, but that's due to my getting a ps1 just to play vii after it released and was reviewed so highly.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 18, 2009, 05:47:21 PM
true, and i love that they do that, but in the end, i'm not losing out on points as long as they keep releasing something worth buying.  i'm just banking them.  when i get a deal on them, i feel the trade off is worth it.  

now, even if they had done this for wii, i wouldn't have done the same thing as i had little dedicated interest in playing straight ports of old console games.

amazon is pretty good with sales too, although i haven't got any that way yet.  
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Most Anticipated Game 2010 on: December 18, 2009, 05:41:32 PM

Quote from: Big Jake on December 18, 2009, 12:00:07 AM

Quote from: denoginizer on December 17, 2009, 04:10:28 PM

The shooting controls were abysmal.

This statement being said about a capcom game?  No way!   icon_lol

I quit very early on where I discovered they made every attempt to make the game a chore to play.  Fun for the first ten minutes of killing zombies, then the gun battle, then the assault vehicle & convicts, then out of my machine and back on my shelf.

+1 to all of this.  i made it to the second fight with that a--clown and said to hell with it.  with that and the horrible ai of the other survivors, it was a pita to play.  i was able to get three of them grouped together for a run back to safety, outfitted all of them with sledgehammers and got all of us to the door to the outside.  zone in, one of them stayed inside and went down pretty quickly.  then i tried to take the other two through the park area with those G-Damned convicts and lost one to them and the other to zed, despite having outfitted pretty well.  i tried to wait until morning so the jeep wouldn't show up and they died anyways.  it was like the game was saying "you are screwed either way, so we are going to make it so you won't even bother."

the damn boss battles and the convicts also used the classic cheat.  i can kill a zombie with a plate, but i can't kill three unarmored humans with a shotgun blast to the face or a burst from an uzi, nevermind the bosses who soak up bullets like wolverine. 

rant over, but my most anticipated game is either mafia 2 or red dead redemption.  both are in my genre of choice, and i always love getting into a new open world and exploring it. 
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 18, 2009, 05:10:13 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on December 18, 2009, 01:18:14 PM

I don't buy them because I refuse to buy XBL points.  If they sold them for cash, I would probably buy some.

Quote from: Clay on December 18, 2009, 01:38:21 PM

I'm with you there. I hate the point system and has prevented me from buying at least 5-6 games. I don't pay enough attention to it to know how the points translate into dollars and I refuse to buy something when I don't know how much I'm paying for it.

i think i must be the only one who likes the points system, especially for how they abstract the value of them.  if they simply said $20 like the psn and wii cards, you wouldn't see near as many sales on them, imho.  at least none that i've ever seen.  as it is now, once a year target and toysrus either drop the price, give you a gift card, or make them eligible for 2for1 deals.  if the damn tru site had let me order it, i would have been able to grab 4800 points for $40.  that would have dropped the purchase price of anything i got with it by a third.  instant sale price.
7304  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 17 Resident Evil 5 $24.95(updated daily)) on: December 18, 2009, 04:57:12 PM
well that's good news at least.  as long as it's as cheap as it is on gamersgate, i'll get it through d2d.

Quote from: CeeKay on December 17, 2009, 08:47:36 PM

I was all excited for it to be rise of flight too  crybaby

i would have been too.  RoF is just the kind of game i could get in to. 
7305  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Xbox 12 month + textpad + headset for $30 on: December 18, 2009, 04:51:43 PM
yeah, that sucks.  i would have grabbed one of these, if nothing else for inputting in the 12 month card. 
7306  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Impulse: Today Only: Demigod 75% off on: December 17, 2009, 11:17:17 PM
i've also seen a copy on clearance at target for 12.50 if you want the option to resell it should it not be your thing.
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone find they don't buy downloadable titles (XBLA, WiiWare, PSN) anymore? on: December 17, 2009, 08:00:29 PM
i've actually bought more DL games this year than any year before.  sometimes, it's the sale priced offerings on psn like flower and prince of persia, and sometimes it's the anticipated game of the moment like shadow complex, splosion man, shooter, and alien breed.  hell, i still haven't played the last guy, even though it's been over a year since i bought it.  i'd have to check my catalog for what i bought this year, but as long as the game looks like fun, i'll give it a chance.

the biggest change though is this; i used to have the xbox set to download every trial game automatically.  now, i don't bother unless the game looks good.

i should add that in the three-ish years i had the wii, i never bought anything off the wii store.  a few reasons for that, despite all the good stuff available.  i bought a 360 6 months after the wii and stopped playing any wii games except big titles.  most of the games early on were either ones i had played or those i had no interest in, and all were quite expensive to boot. 
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alien Breed coming to XBLA! on: December 17, 2009, 06:22:33 PM
i downloaded this and unlocked it once the trial was over.  i was impressed by how well it controls and it feels like a top down version of shadow complex in some respects.  very responsive so far and i've gotten adjusted to using the bumpers for camera control.  first full level (of 5) took me about 50 minutes, and i was searching every side room for loot.  level was pretty linear, with a number of backtracking (not more than a few rooms away though) and had you mainly working to shut off the reactor.  everything in this level looked like you'd expect an engineering area to look.  second level is on medical, and there are more lighted rooms, lots of medical equipment, etc.  there are a number of items i've found, two grenade types, med kits which take more than a second to apply and gun turrets.  so far, i've seen 4 weapons, with the shotgun being my favorite.  it takes down a drone in one hit up close. 

on the downside, it highlights the biggest downside so far.  the aliens are pretty stupid and seem to have two states:  static guard or head-on run at you.  if you time it right, you can take down multiple enemies two feet away with the shotgun.  also, the scripted elements are pretty easy to anticipate after the first half hour or so.  there are not a randoms roaming around so after a while, the tension you felt at first fades out a bit. 

the other drawback is how easy it is to game the spawns.  most of the time, they all occur in one room, so you can back up into the last room and wait for the doors to open.  i'd have preferred it had there been more of an alien presence already roaming around that reacted to gunfire and came to attack you.  i hate to say it, but towards the end of the first level, i felt more like the orkin man than a survivor.  i hope the difficulty on epic is more to my liking as the middle difficulty level isn't much of a challenge so far, or that the game introduces some smarter enemies later on. 

still, i like what i see so far, and even though it won't be the goty material i hoped for, still fun.  i would love to get a co-op run through epic as well. 
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Zelda : Spirit Tracks announced for DS on: December 16, 2009, 12:56:57 AM
i picked this up last night due to the sale and put in just enough time to get the spirit train and sent off to the first part of the map.  so far, the presentation and style are what's making this game enjoyable.  i wonder if i'll end up liking the ship in PH more though, as the train is obviously limited in movement.  looking to put more time into it.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: December 16, 2009, 12:48:55 AM

Quote from: Razgon on December 15, 2009, 10:05:35 PM

Bah, its just oblivion with Sixshooters...

fallout with cowboys and indians.

the wildlife aspect they talked about sounds pretty cool too.  if you are alone in the wild west, you should have a bit of fear about attacked by animals. 

i hope they give you some method of starting a campfire out there.  mostly useless, but it would amp up the atmosphere and also give you an option should you wind up a long ways off from town. 

this just moved up from my b list. 
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alternate End of Year Awards on: December 15, 2009, 10:14:19 PM
best cinematic experience in video game form:  Uncharted 2
best art design, console:  Batman
best art design, download: tie between PJ shooter and Flower

contenders for 'of all time'
best use of a movie license:  Ghostbusters
best use of a comic license:  Batman AA (easy win for lifetime imo)

7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 'Call of Pripyat' on: December 15, 2009, 06:56:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 15, 2009, 03:28:35 PM

gah!  February 2nd!  I was hoping for a late February release due to Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2 and possibly Star Trek Online....

yeah, that means this will likely see a small delay until i get it, failing any deals early on.

i've loaded up the first two with mods to get a romp around the zone until then. 
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 08:40:33 PM

Quote from: Teggy on December 14, 2009, 08:12:57 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on December 14, 2009, 08:00:05 PM

end of 2006: 9730
end of 2007: 13395 (+3665)
end of 2008: 17940 (+4545)
end of 2009: 22275 (+4335)

When did the 360 launch? November 2005?

I had my first kid May 2006, my gamerscore has suffered ever since.

How are you figuring out your score at the end of each year? I just happened to write my down last year.

not sure about the rest, but i'm just going off of what i remember last year, which was wrapping up gow2's campaign to break 20k not long before new years.
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Another year, another 10,000 Gamerscore on: December 14, 2009, 07:33:33 PM
great thread idea.  i'll have to go back to the list and see what i've accumulated.  i too have had a habit of shooting for over 10,000 points per year and i've actually done it in less than the three years i've had the system so my x0,000 moment happens around the end of the year. 
7315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 07:30:00 PM
well, i wouldn't be honest if i told you my refurb experience was good.  i started this gen with an elite when those hit the market and that unit lasted a year.  it's replacement, one built not much later than mine, went rrod less than a year after i got it, something like 7-8 months.  current model is over a year as well, but it too is a refurb and i fully expect it to die just after my three year warranty is over, so may-june or so.  although, tbh, i wouldn't be surprised if it went and died sooner.  it's a few months 'younger' than the last one, but still well before they brought out jasper.  the heatsink is supposedly better than stock due to the refurb, but if that's all it took to make the older models run without issue, we wouldn't hear so many stories of perennial failures.

the only solid model (so far, at least) is the jaspers.  smaller cpu/gpu, less heat and noise = lower chance of failure.
7316  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 13 COH: Tales of Valor $7.50(daily sale) on: December 14, 2009, 05:56:02 PM
while it's probably a moot point anyways, target had coh:tov on clearance a while back.  might be worth a visit to see if any copies remain in the wild.

as for tiger woods 08, does ea kill the servers for pc games once the newer version is released like they do on console?  not a huge thing for a golf game necessarily, but if you are interested in the mp side, it is.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/14) on: December 14, 2009, 05:53:15 PM
going to snag a live points card for alien breed and hopefully get zelda: ST on the cheap due to the target sale.
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First trailer for Pixeljunk 1-4 (Shooter) on: December 14, 2009, 05:52:27 PM
that's too bad then.  that means it's what, 20 levels or so?  those stages can be pretty short if you know what you're doing. 

oh well.  i hope they do well enough to release another level pack, especially if they are as smartly designed as these ones are.

at least i'll have it wrapped up in time for alien breed, i guess.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (Xbox 360) 2 Refurbs or 1 New? on: December 14, 2009, 05:48:31 PM
two issues here.  refurb systems are generally either older generation and more prone to burn out even after a refurb.  you can't polish out design flaws when it's the cpu/gpu size that's the root cause.  i wouldn't take a chance on a used system without full proof, in person, that it could play games online, not after that mass Live banning that just occurred a month or so back.  plus, you have the problem of MS not allowing you to transfer the warranty on a used console, so if it goes TU two months after you get it, it's a full price repair. 
7320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I finally understand the hate for the Sci Fi channel.... on: December 14, 2009, 05:42:45 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 11, 2009, 09:07:24 PM

LOL, I wasn't paying attention to the number of episodes listed and so many series I watch lately are only 10-13 episodes so I was thinking at 6 episodes I was halfway done, but Farscape has proper seasons so I'm delightfully a third of the way through the first season.

oh, how i envy you the experience of watching this the first time.  were it possible to inflict brain damage related to just watching this show, i would be tempted, just to get to see it again for the first time. 

glad you stuck with it through the opening season stumbling blocks.  had i not know how good it would get, i would have dumped it myself after disc 2.  luckily, they tightened up the storylines and introduced their best characters/story arcs, not to mention, drop that bad habit of fully orchestrating every scene like it was a george lucas movie. 
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