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7281  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Up soundtrack (free 12/3/09) on: December 04, 2009, 12:40:58 AM

Quote from: Purge on December 03, 2009, 08:55:02 PM

Not in Canada it isn't. frown

tried an anonymous proxy?  worth a shot, otherwise you should be able to get the tracks from youtube vids.  that's how i listened to some of the tracks already.
7282  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 2: The Witcher $19.95 (updated daily!) on: December 04, 2009, 12:39:10 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 03, 2009, 09:01:01 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 03, 2009, 06:16:54 PM

Quote from: Chaz on December 02, 2009, 07:07:24 PM

So yesterday's ornament was Witcher, and that's the game on sale today.  I suspect that the ornament is a preview of the next day's game.  Interesting.

Who has two thumbs and was right? This guy!  biggrin


Careful you don't hurt yourself patting your own back Caine  Tongue

you don't read so well, do you?  Tongue
7283  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 03, 2009, 05:59:14 PM
almost grabbed all of the glyphs last night, but decided to snag all the feathers wherever i went and grabbed a map.  man, some of them are pretty much only going to get noticed one time during the game and i would have never found them without help.  there's one on the back wall of a church viewpoint location way out in the middle of nowhere in tuscany that would have either taken hours to stumble upon or would have been the last one i couldn't track down in that area.

at least i was able to get a decent system to track all of them in the big towns, even if it means i have to hit every location again.  it's better than looking at all of venice at one time and knowing that you still have half of them to get.  would almost have been better to not grab any of them at all without the map, so at least you know what you got.
7284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rogue Warrior on: December 03, 2009, 05:31:46 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 03, 2009, 03:31:05 PM

Quote
Just over two hours of solo gameplay at full price

yeah, pass.  even if they paid me to play it I'd still pass just on general principle.

if that's accurate, they deserve to fall flat on their ass in every way imaginable.  how do you not get at least 5-6 hours out of a shooter?  what, did you run out of ideas for why your mercenary needs to kill everything with a pulse within a 5 block radius of some random dilapidated building in the middle of town? 
7285  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF] Accessory to piracy. on: December 03, 2009, 01:34:31 AM

Quote from: Punisher on December 02, 2009, 07:10:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 02, 2009, 01:11:04 AM

this is 1/2 of the reason why i tell people to lock down their wifi connection and not leave it open to anyone within range.  the other half being child porn. 

you have a damn hard fight to prove it wasn't you who downloaded the crap.  meanwhile, you get the joy of spending your own money and time in court with no financial recourse if you win. 

i'm surprised this didn't get abused earlier, actually.

I always say that if your neighbor connects to your network and does something illegal, the police go to your door. You now have to try to prove that you didn't do something and it is hard to prove a negative...

yup, especially as absence of proof is not proof of absence, merely suggestion that you destroyed the evidence.  hey looky, another thing to charge you with. 

at least it isn't as bad as it just got in spain.  their version of the riaa just got handed the keys to the kingdom; they only need suspicion that you are sharing media to lock your access, no proof needed.  same goes for websites too.  it makes the mandatory media tax they have on anything capable of infringing CR. 
7286  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Terminator: Salvation impressions on: December 03, 2009, 01:30:16 AM
you know it's bad when amazon puts the blu ray version of this on sale for $16 the week of release.  i'll put this in the dollar kiosk rental bucket.

the part about the visuals makes me wonder considering how blasted everything looked in the first 2 movies' future sequences.  what, you guys couldn't get the visual studios to get a wholly destroyed city as a cgi backdrop?
7287  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scrubs returns tonight! on: December 03, 2009, 01:25:03 AM
that would have been awesome.  of course, the temptation to take rowdy would have been too much. 
7288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 02, 2009, 11:53:55 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 02, 2009, 09:07:29 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 02, 2009, 08:56:39 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 02, 2009, 08:52:44 PM

Yeah, that's the thing- I also only found one clue.  I still don't know how I was supposed to figure it out.

What's funny is that I looked at the strategy guide and I think they had the same problem- most of the other glyph solutions offer up an explanation on how you could solve it in addition to the actual solution itself.  For the bunker they didn't even bother and just put the solution in and nothing else. 

for others who may be stumped by it here is the way to solve the Bunker without me telling you what the code is:

Spoiler for Hiden:
apparently each straight line in a symbol is how you tell what number it corresponds to.  the < = 2, the diamond within another diamond = 8 and the square with a slash in it was 5, etc etc. if there was anything curved it didn't match with anything.

Yes but that doesn't tell you which part to line the wheel up with.

Spoiler for Hiden:
  That's what confused me- You can clearly see the < in the pictures but in the others puzzles of that type there was typically another number for you to equate it to and I never could find one in that puzzle.

yeah, the damn bunker was the last one i attempted last night. i got the same hint ceekay points out but even with that in mind wasn't able to brute force the lock the way the others were. 

for the most part, the glyphs were either pretty well done (picture rotation or puzzle grouping) but those damn wheels just got annoying and the hints they give you were pretty hit or miss. 

Quote from: Kevin Grey on December 02, 2009, 05:28:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on December 02, 2009, 05:24:32 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
i still think ezio should have finished off the spaniard, and that given how many times you could have done so earlier kind of comes off as a c--ktease when you don't actually do it. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
  That would have been kind of hard to finagle.  Borgia didn't die until 1503 and had the symptoms of a fever.  They could have had Ezio poison him to fit in with the historical record but that would have been kind of anti-climactic. 

Spoiler for Hiden:
yeah, that makes sense then.  i hadn't realized he was a historic figure with a proven DOD.  still, it rankled that he lets him go twice, despite being totally capable and motivated to knife the bastage. 
7289  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drives 24 days of X-Mas: Day 2: The Witcher $19.95 (updated daily!) on: December 02, 2009, 10:28:03 PM
i would be interested in risen and torchlight if that pans out.  maybe arma2 if the price is right, so i can sell my dvd copy.
7290  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Scrubs returns tonight! on: December 02, 2009, 05:35:03 PM
so three of the original main cast are there and the others are basically making cameos?  not sure how long this will last, kind of like the 70's show without foreman or kelso. 

scrubs was always about the characters and their quirks and interactions.  with so many gone, i think the chemistry they had is gone as well.  if the writers can pull this off, it will be a surprise.
7291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: December 02, 2009, 05:24:32 PM
yeah, the last two tombs were a pita, as was the third round of the ctf match you get shoved into.  there's just not enough precision to have timed sections like that with ezio not being as exact as altair was.  i have skipped all of the races except one and i probably won't bother with them as they will probably just annoy me.  i will do most of the side quest assassin/beat up missions now that i have finished the game. 

i still need to track down and solve 3 glyphs and find the damn feathers (55 so far, but the rest are going to be a pita as well, i'm guessing).  and i've had a hell of a time getting the sand and sweep achievements due to always getting interrupted before i can get enough enemies affected.  i also need to climb the last few viewpoints i somehow missed the first time.

"WTF" spoiler
Spoiler for Hiden:
i picked up on the fact she was talking to desmond pretty quickly, but it was still pretty cool that they went that way.  not sure i like the new meta story element, but that's mostly due to what i already know about the whole magnetic pole switch problem they threaten you with.  i thought the last sequence was interesting and like that you get to use the same trick played on altair.  i still think ezio should have finished off the spaniard, and that given how many times you could have done so earlier kind of comes off as a c--ktease when you don't actually do it. 

i also like the way they played the credits and how they ended the game this time.  it does seem pretty odd though that they hook you up in the van.  if the equipment was so easily used that way, why not just drive around and access the animus that way instead of going to the trouble of finding a location you expect to be found eventually? 

i am also looking forward to the dlc as it gives them a chance to fill in the missing sequences and also hints at some pretty cool events to take part in. 
7292  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [WTF] Accessory to piracy. on: December 02, 2009, 01:11:04 AM
this is 1/2 of the reason why i tell people to lock down their wifi connection and not leave it open to anyone within range.  the other half being child porn. 

you have a damn hard fight to prove it wasn't you who downloaded the crap.  meanwhile, you get the joy of spending your own money and time in court with no financial recourse if you win. 

i'm surprised this didn't get abused earlier, actually.
7293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Phantasy Star 0 on: November 30, 2009, 08:38:38 AM

Quote from: depward on November 30, 2009, 06:17:03 AM

4) The story isn't terrible but it ain't great either. There are some memorable moments plus a particular character I liked. But you don't play Phantasy Star games for the story, anyway.

his is a great entry for the Phantasy Star series.

to me, this is an unfortunate effect of the whole PSO style games.  phantasy star always had a decent plot to follow along and it was more than just a dungeon crawler in space. 

so much for this being a prequel of any kind to ps1 or 2.  bummer.
7294  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [PC/360/Ps3]Far Cry 3 impressions. GT review page 3 on: November 24, 2009, 10:34:07 PM
Kotaku (i know, i know) has forwarded on a comment by one of the guys behind fc2 that #3 is 'looking pretty exciting'.  of course, in typical rumor mill style, no details were given at all.  

so, this begs the question, what would you like to see in fc3?  where should it be set?  given that the end of fc2
Spoiler for Hiden:
kills off every single named mercenary and the jackal, it means it's unlikely to have anything to do with fc2, unless they re-write some of it.

personally, i would love to have some form of aircraft to fly around in, even an ultralight.  expand the setting so we get more than jungle and desert and make it so more than just the grass and trees catch fire.  hell, let the buildings burn and collapse, and stay persistent.  make the night time a dangerous time to be outside and have wildlife that can and will hunt you down.  have more than just enemies in the world and implement some form of mercenaries' disguises so you can actually drive around without being everybody's target.  or working factions at the least.  as for setting, how about eastern europe, possibly a similar state to boznia, with the threat of usa/russian involvement.  or maybe indonesia.  as for the weapons, let us mod them somehow.  

oh, and dump the malaria angle.  that was interesting, but annoying.
7295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Play a shooter? See you at The Hague! on: November 24, 2009, 10:16:24 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on November 24, 2009, 10:04:32 PM

Well using anti-armor weapons like RPGs on human targets is against the Geneva Convention, but it has been going on for quite some time.
How many movies, songs and books violate these same principles?

There are many forms of media, video games is just one of them.

Not directing this at you, just the idea itself.

yeah, john rambo is in trouble.  remember the explosive arrow?
7296  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knightshade, I must embarrass you a bit [Promotion] on: November 24, 2009, 10:13:09 PM
first order of business, rename the position from manager to 'Lord of the support engineers"  it has a nice ring to it.  besides, it allows you to wear a crown to work and order your minions (engineers) to do your bidding.

gratz, kd. 
7297  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] New Moon! OMFG! on: November 24, 2009, 10:07:17 PM
of course, if the stuffy boring angst crap is too thick, you never bother to get to the action as you've already tossed the book in the recycle bin.  (hello anne rice)
7298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Play a shooter? See you at The Hague! on: November 24, 2009, 10:04:09 PM
yeah, i don't think IW or any other dev is going to adhere to virtual conventions.  maybe somebody should have told them, "it's just a game"

what's next, war crime charges for genocide against mario for his continual assault against the goomba people?
7299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My last console was an Atari 2600 on: November 24, 2009, 09:51:02 PM
my mom does, but she's a wow addict.  hard core, too with multiple alts and high level characters.  she was so addicted to it, she stopped playing anything else except the occasional flash game.
7300  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy = Awesome on: November 24, 2009, 09:44:46 PM
i would love a 2d ds metroid game and would by it day one.  a 3d version wouldn't be bad, but i think a kickass 2d metroid would be better.
7301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Just finished F.E.A.R. - Somebody explain something to me. on: November 24, 2009, 08:49:59 PM

Quote from: Tscott on November 24, 2009, 08:37:44 PM

FEAR was a great game.  My favorite level was that one in that office building.

yeah, cubicles are an awesome environment.  i really loved what they did with the coffee nooks too.  just like i was there.
7302  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 24, 2009, 07:46:32 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on November 24, 2009, 06:45:08 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 24, 2009, 06:36:58 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on November 24, 2009, 06:35:28 PM

Just picked this up... so much for my backlog  crybaby

I can tell you from experience that my backlog hasn't even seen daylight since I picked up MW2.  I had to force myself to play my GT Madden league game with Captain Cavement despite countless invites to play MW2 MP but immediately following our game I was back on the battlefield. 

Looking foward to playing with you.   ninja2

I tried to resist, I even finished a few games that had been sitting around in my backlog, but I can't hold back any longer.  My gaming time has decreased immensley since COD4, so I'll be casual at best, probably only play with GT'ers.

What's the word on Support Gunners?  How do the BIG guns fair?

i stick with the rpd on any large map and fair pretty well, especially with the forward grip attachment.  it takes a wild burst and steadies it so it barely moves.  once i got Bling, i added in a sight with it for big maps and it really helps.  the biggest advantage is not having to worry about ammo shortages.  biggest downfall with bling over sleight of hand pro is slower ads speed means you end up spraying more in short sudden fights.

after getting hit hard with the flu last week, i'm hurting to get back in and i'll probably be rusty as hell once i do, nevermind the loss of leveling time.
7303  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Trade offer. Windows 7 Ultimate for PS3 games? on: November 20, 2009, 09:05:02 PM
If:

I was actually able to find a copy of DS anywhere and not out this week with the flu, I would take you up on this.
7304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? (Now with Impressions - starting on pg 2) on: November 20, 2009, 07:35:28 AM
I've only been able to play for a short while, up past witnessing the act which inspires your vengeance (and it's a doozy, isn't it?)

they've really done a great job of making advancements from the first one and I am loving all of the little things they've added in.  I didn't expect a three-way tie for goty, but this has the potential to be it.
7305  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The GT/OO reality show on: November 19, 2009, 09:08:09 PM

Quote from: Moliere on November 19, 2009, 07:18:17 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on November 19, 2009, 06:00:39 PM

in any comedy ensemble you need someone to play the 'straight man', a person that doesn't provide comedic propulsion or bears the brunt of the other character's antics in a sitcom.

Can one house handle a goat, a duck, hepcat's hair, and PeteRock competing with rittchard to see who can be the most fabulous? It's going to be like a GT/OO version of The Young Ones.

if that's the case, then I'll be their Jerzei Balowski and show up to grief the crew.
7306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rogue Warrior on: November 19, 2009, 04:05:39 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 18, 2009, 11:32:01 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on November 18, 2009, 06:45:16 PM

The game has flown too far under the radar for me not to think it is a ninja turd about to be released to the world.

LOL, ninja turd.. I'm gonna have to remember that one.
"silent, but deadly?"
7307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 19, 2009, 02:50:11 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2009, 02:32:59 AM

does missing the chance to hit a button during a cutscene have any effect? there were a couple I missed because I had set the controller down while watching but as far as I can tell it hasn't had any negative effects.
in the 1st one, there was an achievement tied to it, but otherwise nothing was missed. I don't think there's anything like that this time around.
7308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Square Enix + PopCap = Gyromancer on: November 17, 2009, 06:36:36 PM
Well, PQ galactrix was the next game, but it bombed pretty badly.  I enjoyed it for a while, but it wasn't addicting like the first one was and the DS version was pretty bad, and that's where I spent most of my time.  I'll be watching this one, but I don't expect picking it up for a while.
7309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 16, 2009, 08:27:01 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on November 16, 2009, 07:23:07 PM

Looks like a demo voucher code for Splinter Cell: Conviction is in the box for 360 version

http://www.joystiq.com/2009/11/16/rumor-splinter-cell-conviction-demo-voucher-in-xbox-360-assass/

damn, i was hoping it was on the disk so i could try it out.  i'll see if a friend who's getting it is at all interested in sc and snag it from him.
7310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I will probably play 100+ hours of MW2, but my GOTY is going to be... on: November 16, 2009, 07:06:18 PM
uncharted 2's sp is freaking amazing, and all signs point to a healthy and fun mp side as well.  mw2's sp is fun, but it doesn't have the legs (5.5 hours would have been soundly panned without the mp years ago) and comes off as a not-quite-there attempt to one up the first one.  

batman is also a great game, as was rfg.  i the end, i think uncharted takes the lead for the sp action with batman getting the nod for best overall sp experience.  rfg perfectly created an environment and the tools to bring it all down.  warning nailed it; it changed the way we approach other games.  it was revolutionary in that regard (pun intended, fully appropriate)
7311  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age is looking good! on: November 16, 2009, 05:28:52 PM
it would have been cool to see them take the helmet off at the start of the cutscene. 

i played past the post joining section yesterday and into the first village.  i'm seeing a number of different ways to go about many of the non fight encounters, and i've already reloaded it a few times to see what changes. 

Quote from: Turtle on November 16, 2009, 02:23:00 AM

I think you're giving yourself too much credit.  slywink

Paul on OO already posted on how that exact same premise has been used in fiction for a very long time now.  Lovecraft loved using that premise.  But plenty of other video games also use the premise, with games like Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and more.  Heck, every RPG known to man probably has "A Town With A Secret".

fallout 3's instance of this was particularly notable.  hell, they had a few of them. 
7312  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/16) on: November 16, 2009, 05:15:10 PM
gamefly is sending asscreed2, so i have that to look forward to for next weekend.  no word yet if they'll send me l4d2 as well, but that wasn't my main game this week anyways.

and l4d2 now as well.  hopefully we can get a mp game going now and again as an alt to mw2 full party nights.
7313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 13, 2009, 09:53:21 PM
yes, those were bad, especially the flag hunt races.  not because i found them too hard or anything (i know that was one complaint a lot of people had) but that is was so out of place.  if a trained assassin came to me and asked me to climb up and run across the roofs to pick up scattered crap because he was too incapable, i'd would have been laughing while i knifed him myself. 

at least the pick pocketing mini mission made sense and fit the character. 
7314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 13, 2009, 09:49:24 PM
i take it that's more from the explosive splash damage and kinetic impact?

thanks for the update on the drive transfer.  i may need to find a used official memory card to do the transfer.  not willing to lose 2 1/2 years of save data.  odd that the kit didn't work.  why hard code something when it's a good possibility that there might be a retail 250 gb drive in a year or two?  (guessing as i don't have proof or anything)
7315  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Wave - Invites and the GT Wave on: November 13, 2009, 07:56:08 PM

Quote from: Razgon on November 13, 2009, 07:26:17 PM

You are invited Caine - it may take a short while before you get the actual invite though :-)

awesome, thanks Raz.  you are now the coolest dane i know biggrin
7316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Modern Warfare 2 Impressions [And official GT Review] on: November 13, 2009, 07:54:35 PM
i'm somewhat tempted to get the mw2 xbox myself, just for that chip, but i am wondering if there will be a sale on them this month.  my warranty will be up soon and i don't know if it will even fail with a rrod this time; it acts odd, but not like the others did.

the upgrade from the 120gb drive is a bonus, as is the extra controllers, but i wonder how easy it will be to transfer the data over considering they aren't easy to find (the transfer cables)  these days. 
7317  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Google Wave - Invites and the GT Wave on: November 13, 2009, 05:33:41 PM
my email is tied to my profile and available, if anyone has a spare invite.  tia
7318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age Countdown on: November 13, 2009, 05:29:50 PM
well, that's good to hear then.  it's a bit of a bummer that the ranged combat is off, but i think i'll make the mage handle that and just work to being a dual wield master and keep stealth up to get that bonus.  the poisons sound fun too. 

it sounds like there are a bunch of group members you can have in your group, so you have a lot of flexibility on how to build your group.
7319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassin's Creed 2 interest? on: November 13, 2009, 05:17:40 PM

Quote from: JayDee on November 13, 2009, 04:26:58 PM

I liked the first one until about the 4th time I had to spend 15 minutes riding my horse from the top of the mountain down into one of the cities, just to do the same laundry list of missons all over again. That's when the game got removed from the 360 and traded back to EB. There was about 30 minutes of gameplay repeated over and over again. I'm out for the second one.

yeah, that was definitely a pita and only partially improved once they let you skip that part as you still had to ride down to the start of that area to get the option, then had to ride down from the zone in section wherever you started from. 

i'm like the grue with this though.  if you stacked up all the good against the bad, it's almost comes off as a deeply flawed game with some interesting sections, and yet i played through it all the way.  my gamercard is filled with games which could be described the same way that i stopped playing due to their flaws.  for some reason, ac just had something to keep me going.  hoping ac2 has the same effect.
7320  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist 13/Nov/09- Modern Warfare Edition on: November 13, 2009, 05:11:36 PM
devoted to nothing but mw2 this weekend, even if the damn network goes 2012 on us. 
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