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7281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:43:00 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 02, 2010, 10:38:23 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 10:02:15 PM

IW is out of the cod business

I doubt it.  They are probably earmarked for a CoD title for 2012 (MW3 perhaps) and I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't targeted for a next gen platform or two (I'll be shocked if someone doesn't launch by Holiday 2012). 

perhaps, but their contract was up this year, and without the two heads, whom i fully expect to recruit their colleagues for a spin-away studio, i wonder if whomever is left in charge of IW will be keen to re-up the contract.

although from the looks of the press release, i wonder if they won't just dissolve iw and pick out the cream of the crop to make up the new cod unit.  

either way, i don't see IW as an entity any more.  
7282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:02:15 PM
IW is out of the cod business

Quote
As previously announced, Activision will release a new Call of Duty game from series co-developer Treyarch, responsible for Call of Duty 3 and Call of Duty: World At War, this fall. Developer Infinity Ward is still scheduled to release two map packs for Modern Warfare 2 this year.

In 2011, Activision will release another new Call of Duty game from Sledgehammer Games, the recently formed studio lead by Dead Space creative leads Glen A. Schofield and Michael Condrey. The title will "extend the franchise into the action-adventure genre."

yay, action adventure land with a brand-new developer.  looks like treyarch gets shoe-horned in to making what will be the last proper cod sequel.  no resolution for mw2's storyline


Quote
It plans to expand the Call of Duty brand "with the same focus seen in its Blizzard Entertainment business unit" with a focus on "high-margin digital online content and further the brand as the leading action entertainment franchise in new geographies, new genres and with new digital business models."

ugh, this sounds like cod online with expansion packs instead of sequels.  new genres?  do we need a cod ala endwar and hawx?

btw, i love the pic accompanying the next article on kotaku.  it also tells us that it was the handling of treyarch's games that started this whole mess. 
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 09:55:16 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 09:53:27 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 09:51:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 09:39:41 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 09:38:10 PM

yeah, it's going to be a whole different game without hark killing us with impunity when we luck out on a team.  


not fond of the kill the sniper comment.  even those people who are after kills instead of objectives contribute to the effort by making it harder for the enemy to take the points.  it's when you end up in a pug with a team 90% committed to sniping.

i didn't get time with the beta to tell, but how are the lmg's in bc2?  i've always loved setting up in a good location, but with a wide open destructible environment, i won't be getting as many opportunities to set up.  are they effective enough vs smaller firearms?

LMG is light-machine gun right?  The medic had one and it was awesome-city mowing down dudes.

yeah, but a medic with an lmg just seems odd.  as long as i can get a good pkd or m60 setup, i'll be good.  holding off the horde is always a great thrill in modern era games.  ww2 was awesome for carbines and that great mix of semi-automatic power and range.

it makes me somewhat sad i never picked up 1943 for the garand. 

I do believe the medic had an M60 as an unlock.  Not sure if other classes can use it.

sounds like medic it is then.  will be good for a change.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 09:54:10 PM
sounds like the old days of pc gaming with moddable mp modes.  you never knew how far off normal the game would be until you played.  makes it worse when you have persistent stats.
7285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 09:51:55 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 09:39:41 PM

Quote from: Caine on March 02, 2010, 09:38:10 PM

yeah, it's going to be a whole different game without hark killing us with impunity when we luck out on a team.  


not fond of the kill the sniper comment.  even those people who are after kills instead of objectives contribute to the effort by making it harder for the enemy to take the points.  it's when you end up in a pug with a team 90% committed to sniping.

i didn't get time with the beta to tell, but how are the lmg's in bc2?  i've always loved setting up in a good location, but with a wide open destructible environment, i won't be getting as many opportunities to set up.  are they effective enough vs smaller firearms?

LMG is light-machine gun right?  The medic had one and it was awesome-city mowing down dudes.

yeah, but a medic with an lmg just seems odd.  as long as i can get a good pkd or m60 setup, i'll be good.  holding off the horde is always a great thrill in modern era games.  ww2 was awesome for carbines and that great mix of semi-automatic power and range.

it makes me somewhat sad i never picked up 1943 for the garand. 
7286  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 09:46:28 PM
i haven't been following along in the uber mw2 thread, but the glitches really got out of hand?  what kind of stuff was being abused? 
7287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 09:38:10 PM
yeah, it's going to be a whole different game without hark killing us with impunity when we luck out on a team.  


not fond of the kill the sniper comment.  even those people who are after kills instead of objectives contribute to the effort by making it harder for the enemy to take the points.  it's when you end up in a pug with a team 90% committed to sniping.

i didn't get time with the beta to tell, but how are the lmg's in bc2?  i've always loved setting up in a good location, but with a wide open destructible environment, i won't be getting as many opportunities to set up.  are they effective enough vs smaller firearms?
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Battlefield Bad Company 2 Impressions on: March 02, 2010, 07:09:32 PM
Eurogamer liked it - 9  the sp is good too, for those of us in the sp focused camp.


sweet.  i will be grabbing this on my way home assuming those gamestoppos don't deride me for not pre-ordering a copy and deny me getting one on launch day (how dare i buy a game the day it's released without buying it in advance?)

i'd go elsewhere (TRU has a sweet deal on it, but i'm not likely to get there in time) but i have have some unused gift cards.
7289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: March 02, 2010, 12:39:21 AM
Spoiler for Hiden:
I'll have to look it up for you as I don't remember where I found the item he's looking for. I stumbled on it before I visited him him.
7290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: March 01, 2010, 06:02:06 PM
i am currently wandering around the southern part of the broken valley and am now strong enough to take on mobs that once saw me run for the hills.  what a difference a couple of levels make.  i was ok with any of the undead mobs, but the black seers/rangers/sergeants would just kick my butt.  i was only able to get into the little cul-de-sac nw of the tower by kiting them and then picking them off at range. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PlayStation 3 = Hacked on: March 01, 2010, 05:33:12 AM
damn, that's stupid.  really professional there, sony. 

as i have a 60gb model, i'm guessing i have this going on too. 
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tsunami Warning in Hawai'i on: February 27, 2010, 09:45:44 PM
The anticipation is worse when you can watch it live. Hope everything ends well. 

It should make it's appearance up here by 3.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 27, 2010, 07:37:25 PM
I am enjoying it so far, after about 6 levels in. The mix of abilities you get is nice and it feels like a game where you can play it the way you want wthout being tied to one character type.  It does reward specialization though, as I don't see a way to respec.

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

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

Glad I picked it up on sale.
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: February 26, 2010, 06:49:05 PM
yeah, i got that too.  one of his aspects that made him my favorite character of the crew. 

i did like the last crew member you recruited though and was not expecting it.  could be an interesting set up for me3
7295  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: February 26, 2010, 06:46:16 PM

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

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


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

thanks for the update on the level cap.  i knew it went to 61, but i pretty much anticipated them going to an even number for level cap.
7296  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 26, 2010, 06:40:26 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
so it's more one of those character building aspects then.  pretty damn effective as i actually worried about whether it would help or hurt.  

tagged for your protection

HR loves to hit you with those moments, and i love it for doing so. 
7297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: February 26, 2010, 06:36:32 PM
how big is the new area?  i'm wondering if i should grab this now or wait for the gold release.  level cap goes to 70, right? 

was it designed to be a whole new hub with a bunch of new missions or is this more of a way to expand 2nd/3rd playthroughs with new stuff and levels?
7298  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 26, 2010, 06:32:04 PM
i've only played as far as just past the butterfly, and man that section was annoying for control reasons.  playing on normal, but sometimes those button sequences just come up with little leeway for error.  i was actually surprised i pulled off one action scene without flubbing a single move.  good thing too as it could have been fatal. 

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

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

Spoiler for Hiden:
does anyone think that remembering what color clothes shaun was wearing will have any bearing on the ending?  this scene more than most hit home for me.  one of a parent's greatest fears is losing a child, and to sit there and not remember what color clothing he was wearing when i just played the scene made me realize how easy it is to lose track of important details, things that could help an investigation or completely derail it. 
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Where can I find a Microsoft branded rechargeable Battery Pack? on: February 26, 2010, 06:17:31 PM
wow, that's really odd that there aren't any batteries for sale w/o the cable.  i'll keep my eyes open as i think my batteries are nearing EoL and need charging more and more. 
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 2/26/10 on: February 26, 2010, 06:15:01 PM
finish up heavy rain and consider lending the game and system to a ps3-less friend and fan of quantic dream so i have someone in RL to talk to it about.

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

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

hope my 360 doesn't die on me, or at least dies before the 3 year is up.  game freezes during ME2 and BS2 are into the 20's now.
7301  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Growing Pains actor missing in Vancouver. on: February 26, 2010, 05:16:50 AM
If I ever go to Vancouver, remind me not to visit that park.

I'm surprised there wasn't a huge amount of badly worded headlines about this.
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: February 25, 2010, 12:21:14 AM
haha, 50 and slight rain. 

no heavy rain for us, this year.
7303  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 24, 2010, 03:53:01 AM
Afaik it's a price drop to 40 with a sale to 30.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 24, 2010, 01:20:01 AM
cool, thanks for the follow-up.  i just finished up ME2 and i'd like a little something different from dragon age before i give that another shot. 
7305  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen:Could it be a surprise hit? on: February 24, 2010, 01:17:29 AM
after the poorly reviewed euro review in eurogamer, i was firmly in the 'wait and see' camp.  i just traded for the pc version, so i will be sitting this one out, but i am curious if the extra few months was enough to polish this up. 
7306  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number (updated 2-19-2010) on: February 23, 2010, 04:42:46 AM
don't worry about the weight loss over much.  it's normal for them to lose a lb at first.  both of my kids did that and it takes a little while to build it back up.  before you know it, you'll be wondering how he got so big so fast. 

if your wife isn't able to produce, make sure she understands it's not her fault or any kind of failing on her part.  women can tend to feel like they let their kids down if they can't keep up with breast milk, but it's not anything she should feel guilty about. 
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands Impressions incoming! DLC on it's way! on: February 23, 2010, 03:55:21 AM
I'll pick this up again when the usual gold pack arrives. It was a really fun ride.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Divinity 2 on: February 23, 2010, 03:47:26 AM
So, is the consensus on this one that it's a good game with a few warts, but still worth the effort?  I'm considering it due to the sale.
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3]Aliens vs Predator on: February 23, 2010, 03:42:42 AM

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

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

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

Now, I find that a B is pretty good if it can average out. There have been some great B games.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: February 23, 2010, 03:36:30 AM

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

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

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

Gamefly loves me as well, Heavy Rain is INC!

same here. Should be wondering WTF??!??  by the end of the week.
7311  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Actors You Wish Had Made It Bigger on: February 21, 2010, 04:51:20 PM
David Morse is the ultimate 'oh, that guy' there is right now.  you wouldn't know him by name until you saw his picture.  he has a great amount of roles as supporting characters. 
7312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 22 is such a nice number (updated 2-19-2010) on: February 20, 2010, 08:23:53 PM
awesome news dude.  gratz from all of us over here.  your son and mine share the same birthday (and mine is the day before, or was, until Eli came along)

nothing is as awesome as the first time you hold a newborn son/daughter, especially after such earlier hardships. 
 thumbsup
7313  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: specific PC & 360 games (to trade, not buy) on: February 20, 2010, 05:48:25 PM
Arma2 for Risen?
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Far Cry considered a hard game? on: February 20, 2010, 06:24:50 AM
still have very fond memories of fc1.  even though i enjoyed the sequel, it doesn't match the great mix of gameplay in the first one.  i also think you really need to play up past the introduction of the 2nd enemy to a mission where you emerge from a facility into the starry night and see the mercs fighting the 'others', and your only goal is to get as far away from it as possible.  one of the greatest levels in any shooter imo. 

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

7315  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: February 20, 2010, 04:49:27 AM

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

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

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

I second this post.

i third it, so far.  first game i've bought in months.  i've downloaded a number of them though, thanks to the freebie sales that come up.
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom on: February 19, 2010, 04:45:09 AM
wow, it means i actually skipped the last two versions of settlers without even realizing it.  i vaguely remember #5 but if it were a quiz show, i couldn't guess at when the last game in the series actually released.
7317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metro 2033 on: February 19, 2010, 04:43:16 AM
waiting on reviews, but it looks and sounds pretty damn cool and would be a nice alternative to skulking around cherynobyl. 
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 7 on: February 19, 2010, 04:42:20 AM
i liked w@w, so if they don't screw it up, i'll be in for this as our yearly cod mp fun. 
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5 on: February 19, 2010, 04:40:25 AM
either way, it was digital crack.  i'll love me some civ v if there's more to it than what's in civ iv + bts + mods. 

7320  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: ARMA2 - FS Price dropped on: February 19, 2010, 04:35:26 AM
bump for drop
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