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7321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: no more NPDs? on: October 13, 2010, 04:21:08 AM
that blows. 
7322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OMG OMG OMG!! 2112 is in Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock! on: October 13, 2010, 04:20:33 AM
GI has given this an 8.  basically, silly but fun.  a huge difference between its focus and rb3's (GI gave it 9.25 and praised everything about it.)

where RB3 gives you the definitive path from plastic to electric, GHWoR gives you power-ups, boss battles and character progression. 
7323  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed II on: October 13, 2010, 04:12:40 AM
just got GI and they rated it 7.75. 

they are labeling it one of 2010's biggest disappointments. 

pros:  better, more fluid combat and enhanced force powers.  mind trick is fun as hell.  displays of the Force are bigger than ever.

cons:  the story falls below the bus, peters out on the ending and lacks excitement.  levels are not as varied or as good as the first.  boss fights are by the numbers and the end boss fight is too easy and drags it's feet. 

i was in the rental camp by way of money but now am going to stick to it until i see favorable impressions here.
7324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: October 13, 2010, 04:04:15 AM
a little disappointed the review wasn't in this month's GI.  they have reviews for other games that haven't hit yet, even TFU2 and that's a week after.  odd
7325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed II on: October 13, 2010, 03:55:15 AM
the first port also had the unfortunate trait of including the voice over work for every supported language in one installer, meaning if you bought it online it was a huge ass download. 

plus the broken part of the port and overly console-itis. 

as much as i liked the first, i will be gameflying the second.  just too damn much this year and some games have to be bumped down to rental.
7326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: October 13, 2010, 03:52:25 AM
played the first mission of the single player campaign.  it was pretty dull and basically broke down into a dull series of house sweeps and occasional ambushes.  nothing remotely interesting and they managed to rip off a game mechanic from mw1 in the first mission.  it's the last fight of the mission before you see the cutscene.  the mechanics are decent but not as visceral as mw nor as large in scale as bc2.  

that said, i do like a few aspects of it so far.  they added in the ability to lean, somewhat awkwardly, but it's passable in the situations you encounter so far.  looks like you can't go prone though.  playing on hard and wow, after playing Reach on legendary, mw1 on veteran, and [email protected] on hardened, this isn't even close to being as hard as those games so far.  no infinite spawn of aim-botted mini gods jumping out of every window and you don't die from a single round.  until i hit a wall with it, i'll probably play through the whole game this way.

haven't tried mp yet, but that's because all of you were on mw2 instead.  i'll post some impressions once i have enough of a feel to compare it to mw2 and bc2.
7327  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2010, 06:30:50 AM
probably been posted, but what the hell?
7328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 12, 2010, 01:24:07 AM
7329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/11) on: October 11, 2010, 08:51:24 PM
I was on the fence until seeing everyone picking it up but will get MoH now.

If you have a Kmart (I know, I know...) get it there.  They are giving you a $25 credit in future games.
7330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Medal of Honor: Modern Warfare on: October 11, 2010, 08:45:34 PM
In as well, but not until tomorrow night.
7331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Enslaved on: October 11, 2010, 07:44:33 AM
ok, the damn chase sequences are annoying.  a dozen attempts to hit every boost pad or you fail the sequence plus they went and added orbs into the section too, just to add extra annoyance.  two of them so far and i am really glad they don't have any more of them.  i am now stuck in a puzzle where i can't proceed according to how the solution is set up.  either i've locked myself out of the right way or the game is buggy as trip isn't responding to the commands i am giving her. 

combat is much better once you get your skills upgraded.  damn mechs block a lot of your attacks so having the wide stun is vital.  and focusing on the specials is important.  the staff is good in a pinch and to soften up a squad of them as they run into the fight. 
7332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/11) on: October 11, 2010, 07:39:12 AM
afaik, arcania is next week.  not the brightest move going against fo:nv, of course, but that's what gamefly is telling me. 

i am on the fence on whether to pick up moh this week.  didn't touch the beta but i know enough that it's similar to bc2 but not a clone.  sp could be good fun and i think i could get decent trade in value for it so the cost is only temporary. 
7333  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 11, 2010, 04:20:41 AM
oh look, free frog.  they go good with salad.
7334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/08/10 on: October 11, 2010, 03:39:28 AM
hit a wall in scott pilgrim (last damn boss, wth!?) so i have resorted to farming for money.  back into enslaved and i am working my way through (more of a slog really) and at least i have been able to progress in the story.  almost 2/3rds finished and hope to have it mostly done by the time moh arrives.

didn't touch dr2 and i am not really inclined to go back.  it's my anti-game.  everything i should love but just can't get past the annoyances.
7335  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New York Comic-Con 2010 Cosplay (potentially NSFW) on: October 11, 2010, 12:18:13 AM
pretty sure that's a dude.  the top one is nice though. 
7336  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Bejeweled 2 Free! 10-10-10 until 10pm on: October 10, 2010, 11:59:37 PM
this is cool.  thanks for posting this up bullwinkle.
7337  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: PC hangs at boot on: October 10, 2010, 05:18:20 PM
This won't fix your DVD problem, but could be helpful if you find yourself without a drive and need to install:  windows 7 can be installed from USB. As long as you have a 2nd machine to set it up of course. I looked into it a while back when I had a suspect drive. In my case, the connector in the MB went out.

edit: fookin iphone spell checker. 
7338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Enslaved on: October 10, 2010, 07:53:11 AM
Ugh, just ran through two whole levels without trip's help or ability to upgrade. I am now banking almost 400k in points once they let me use them. Really wish I had buffed up a bit first as the endless stream of mechs became a huge PITA. It might not really be endless, but after the third wave rushed me right after the checkpoint, I decided to just run past into a climbing sequence. It took a bit of luck to get past the groups later on. If it weren't for the masses, the level itself would be very short.

Still, I have been able to get past by most of the mobs. The story just took a darker turn which should be quite interesting to see develop. Only half way through the chapters.
7339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Enslaved on: October 10, 2010, 12:57:19 AM
well, i managed to get past that boss i was stuck on after the third try.  it helped knowing exactly what to do and to get in the groove for this type of combat.  still wish the camera was better though.

played through the next 3 chapters pretty quickly and i appreciate them not throwing a hard boss at you every end of level (so far).  i think the backdrop for chapter 5 is pretty awesome.  i have been pooling my points until i see what works.  any tips for picking the best upgrades?  i've buffed health and regen, combat awareness and counter attack.  i should get used to using it as any group of enemies really put up a fight, nevermind the potential for reinforcements.  i am glad you can interrupt that but really wish the timer was longer on hard.  by the time i hear the warning from trip and ID the mech i get enough time for two shots at it, tops.  never been able to hit the mech in time when it's up close, save the time i got the achievement for 1 second to go. 
7340  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Books Read in 2010 on: October 10, 2010, 12:51:36 AM
bought and finished Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman in the course of two days.  really good read if you like his other modern fantasy kind of stories.  i especially liked that it didn't drag its heels.  i'll probably pick up bad omens the next time i hit the store. 
7341  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what should George Lucas do? on: October 09, 2010, 05:42:16 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 09, 2010, 05:27:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2010, 03:36:33 PM

re-make Episode IV with the alternates who tried out for it originally but didn't make it.  Christopher Walken as Solo!

Oh how I would love to see that.

"...get in there, you...big, furry oaf. I don't care what you... SMELL."
"Great job... kid. Now let's blow this thing and... GO home."

Although I would imagine with Walken in the lead, Han Solo would have been a little more menacing and not quite so rogue-ish.
it also would have made the one-liners achingly bad. Any of han's lines in ESB would have just gone flat. 
7342  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: October 09, 2010, 04:09:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2010, 03:55:47 PM

Quote from: ScubaV on October 09, 2010, 03:51:40 PM

Except they've said it's a new IP.

wouldn't a game called 'World of Starcraft' technically be a new IP since it doesn't exist?  kinda along the lines of what Irrational pulled with their 'new ip' being Bioshock Infinite'?

that's what i would expect too.  "it's new because we haven't made a sci fi mmo yet".  actually, i would expect kotick to come out and say something along the lines of "we're calling it a new IP, so if you geeks can't accept this isn't a new IP, then you can go suck it."
7343  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Assassins Creed Brotherhood on: October 09, 2010, 04:02:32 PM
this sounds better and better, especially given how bad my first impression was of the mp-esque section of ac2 was (the games).  i imagined a whole game around that sort of stuff and cringed.  this sounds much better and especially with the ability to blend in to the crowd.
7344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: October 09, 2010, 05:58:04 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 09, 2010, 03:14:18 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 09, 2010, 03:12:02 AM

Quote from: MaxSteele on October 09, 2010, 02:24:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2010, 03:26:41 PM

it doesn't look like Diablo 3 is getting much love at Blizzcon 2010.  unless I'm missing something they're only giving 3 hours of presentations on it aside from the demo

3 hours of presentations is enough time for a release date announcement!

A release date would make me cry with joy and give me a reason to live.  Provided it isn't 12/31/69  icon_twisted

the first act of the Barbarian class will be released in 2012, with every act (5 of them total) for every class (5 of those) being released every 18 months.
how much for the deckard cain expansion?
7345  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty:Black Ops ? on: October 09, 2010, 05:56:03 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 08, 2010, 09:46:57 PM

Why would CoD 2011 suck?

I asked the same thing about CoD 3 when they announced IW wasn't doing it.

yeah, and if you sub in cod 2 and 3 for mw2 and cod??? ridah's statement makes just as much sense.  the new dev (to cod at least) will have to prove themselves able to handle the franchise, just like treyarch did.  it probably means the first game from the new guys will be lacking in some ways, nevermind when comparing it to the main dev. 

it could be fun to see guess at other devs taking the reigns.  imagine what a dev could do with the license.  personally, i would love to see a good eastern european dev take the game and give it a good spin. 
7346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 10/08/10 on: October 08, 2010, 09:27:34 PM
I might fire up halo reach and see if any of the challenges look fun or doable but it seems most of my friends list has moved on. I will continue on with scott pilgram until I finish it then go back to enslaved and dead rising 2 to see if I should keep them or send them back.
7347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Question: Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)? on: October 08, 2010, 03:35:26 PM
Good joke. I'll leave it to someone else to dig up the relevant snopes article.
7348  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 07, 2010, 06:23:04 AM

Quote from: Enough on October 06, 2010, 03:38:22 PM

It's the circle of life.

this right here illustrates 99% of my wilderness deaths in red dead redemption.
7349  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Iron Man 2 on: October 07, 2010, 03:34:26 AM
i wouldn't go that far atb.  while it wasn't as strong in the plot department as IM1, it's certainly no transformers 2. 

oddly enough, i will probably get it on blu ray for xmas and then have it sit on the shelf unwatched, just like the first one. 
7350  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [XBLM] Mass Effect2 DLC Sale Next week! on: October 07, 2010, 03:27:36 AM
it has also been confirmed that the deals of the weeks are eligible for the "buy 2400 points worth, get 800 back".  of course, they dragged their damn feet and i missed getting toy soldiers last week.  

i haven't decided to get overlord as at this point, it might be quite a while before i get back to me2, if ever.  i never did the extra freebies they gave you either.
7351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Halo: Reach Impressions thread on: October 07, 2010, 03:25:17 AM
finished it up on legendary.  was a lot easier than i anticipated actually and areas that gave me grief on heroic didn't hang me up too long.  some of them i was able to get past in one or two loads instead of the multiple attempts on heroic.  it really forces you to change your tactics and use the right weapon for the job and be aware of your surroundings.  i hope that IW and treyarch take the same approach to veteran difficulty that bungie uses instead of the "30 guys spawn in a 1 story house, know exactly where you are at all times and have perfect hip shooting aim" as this was infinitely more enjoyable than my veteran runs through mw1 and the hardened playthrough of [email protected] and mw2. 

hell, the end sequence only took 3 attempts before i had the pattern down cold and beat the game. 

awesome experience and i enjoyed the challenge (even while i cursed it up and down til i was blue in the face for yet another unexpected death)

now, that damn "they came to hear me beg" achievement can go suck my [email protected] though.  dozens of attempts and 5 successful assassinations but the damn code didn't know i would die had i missed.
7352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Enslaved on: October 07, 2010, 03:17:33 AM
yeah, the camera is pretty bad.  i am fighting the first boss and i cannot judge from the view when the best time to roll away is and have died a bunch of times on hard, even though i have buffed up life and the shield (which i doubt will help in this fight).  i got close one time where he started sparking but he hit me with his strong attack and killed me.  had i been able to see him properly, i would have been able to get out of the way. 

so far, i like this mix of exploration and combat but the damn camera really kills the big fights.  if i can't get past this guy i will have to restart and go to an easier difficulty. 
7353  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley on: October 07, 2010, 12:57:32 AM
Hmm, maybe it's better I ended up with Scott pilgrim.  The difficulty of their last game eventually got the better of me. I'll wait until there has been some more impressions for now.
7354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands on: October 06, 2010, 06:56:19 AM
don't get your hopes too high just yet...
The previously rumored Prince of Persia Trilogy 3D for the PlayStation 3 has been confirmed by publisher Ubisoft today, stuffing three PS2 games onto one Blu-ray disc, which will only be available in Europe.
7355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/04) on: October 06, 2010, 03:28:09 AM
i picked up some points for the xbla deal and bought scott pilgrim after the trial.  i kind of broke my own rule and jumped at it instead of waiting to try comic jumper.  good fun so far.
7356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands Impressions incoming! Level Cap going up. on: October 06, 2010, 03:25:39 AM
that has to be the oddest combo match up since burger king made games.  not sure i will bother with the goty version though as i have the two better expansions and the current used price is cheaper than half the new price. 
7357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/04) on: October 04, 2010, 01:35:18 PM
Hoping enslaved will be on the way soon and I am going to pick up a few poons cards for comic jumper and another for that xbla points deal.
7358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: new 360 dash preview program on: October 01, 2010, 03:38:02 AM
what i really want is a way to see what full games i own and a quicker way to download and play them vs trial.  i wiped a few a while back in preparation for moving to a slim and kind of forgotten which ones i own.  i also want a faster way to swap between game and party chat as it's a huge pita to do so during any gaming, mostly due to the fact the damn dashboard takes so freaking long to load up it's useless. 
7359  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: October 01, 2010, 03:20:23 AM
yup, $250 is the best price i think we can expect on this for a while.  however, i also expect that most retailers will try the same crap they did when the last major systems hit and force you into a bundle with a game and some overpriced accessories. 

i really wish they had just announced the US price at the same time.
7360  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Direct2Drive Summer Sale Day 30: Sims 2 Double Deluxe or Manhunt 2 on: October 01, 2010, 03:10:20 AM
np.  i had nothing better to do until today anyways.  biggrin 

btw, i got paid today for 4 hours where i sat in a cube and read kotaku and GT and whatever i felt like as there was absolutely nothing to do.  (karma made up for it though in the second half where i and 3 other people sat in a single desk office facing the sun with no AC and powered up 300 laptops to check the MAC address)  yay for being employed again i guess. 

i only bought the tropico 3 + expansion the one day they lined up and also because i got them both for ~10 bucks.  i wasn't overly tempted by much else though.  it will be a long wait until steam's year end sale.
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