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8681  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/24) on: August 26, 2009, 09:30:55 PM

Quote from: JayDee on August 26, 2009, 01:44:53 PM

Batman: Arkham Asylum for the 360 purchased as *growly voice* Wal-Mart for $39.

that the normal price?  if so, that's awesome and i will try to get one there tonight.
8682  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 25, 2009, 09:27:46 PM
Spoiler for Hiden:
well, i found the off-the-beaten-path area, but it slides an invulnerable barrier behind you after you pass through it.  there's a armor pickup not far from it, but not a whole lot else.  i'll look around some more when i get home.  thanks guys
8683  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 25, 2009, 09:24:18 PM
and no copy for me with that tru deal.  damn.  i guess i'll have to use the RZ coupons on i have saved up.  stupid luck
8684  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 25, 2009, 05:17:00 PM
i've hit a weird snag trying to get up a wind tunnel.  there's a huge fan above and two vents at the top on either side you are able to get into.  i know how to get up using what i have, but the aiming is wonky when i try to get up the left side.  instead of aiming at the wall, i aim at a point just in the background so i can't ascend.  there's a grenade pack on the right side, but it's a dead end.  i found a trapdoor further past this point, but it's all red doors and dead end tunnels.  blue line is pointing up the way with the fan.   what am i missing?
8685  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Batman : Arkham Asylum on: August 25, 2009, 05:11:22 PM
why the F are they doing a sale on batman until only 2pm?  that's damn stupid.  now i have to run during my lunch break.  damn that's annoying
8686  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/24) on: August 25, 2009, 04:59:14 PM
batman 360 at tru, assuming i can get there and get a copy.  assuming that, i'll then turn around and get layton with the card.
8687  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PSP]MGS: Peace Walker on: August 20, 2009, 04:32:58 PM
you didn't play far enough in then.  that's the oddest game in the whole series once it gets to the second half.

but you have to admit, mgs 3 getting set as a prequel is pretty odd too, but nevertheless, completely awesome.  i would recommend you grabbing 3 and playing it.
8688  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 20, 2009, 04:29:45 PM
so i started this up last night around 10 and got completely absorbed in it until 1:30 this morning, then woke up early to play another hour before leaving for work.  i have just acquired the foam gun and some extra ammo cans for it.  ~40% items found so far, at least that much explored.

it's been an awesome game all around so far and even though i would love for the camera to zoom out or pan when enemies are off-screen, otherwise it's pretty much the perfect example of a 2d -vania game.  hell, considering how often we get these (damn near never, nowadays), this could be the last great 2d -vania's we ever get on a console.  

the controls are very responsive and i have never died due to it, as i did so often with bc: re-armed.  the graphics are sharp and detailed and even though you do see a lot of the military-industrial pallet, it's perfectly suited.  you do get some awesome outside vistas and some interesting indoor ones as well.  the indiana jones inspired moment is a great set and doesn't feel tacked on.  enemies are pretty fun to fight with and there is a good mix of easy 'ambush kills' and straight up firefights.  the bosses have been easy so far though.  either they are just a 'big guy with lots of health' or they are the puzzle type.  the puzzle aspect has not been all that difficult to figure out either, so that's good/bad.  except for one such battle, that part of the fight has also been optional, so you don't feel forced into one type of combat.

i really love the genre and have played most of the gba/ds generation of both the metroid and the castlevania games, so finding items is pretty easy and the flashlight helps immensely.  i anticipate going through for the 100% and 15% found achievements on this one.  it's too bad they didn't allow you more than one save game though, so that's a bummer.  

this ranks as one of the best games of the year and if it doesn't get the credit it deserves and a sequel, i will be very disappointed.  
8689  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 19, 2009, 07:33:23 PM
it will be hard to charge me twice for this game,  i only had 1300 points when i bought it.  in your face, ugly bug!

8690  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 19, 2009, 05:44:36 PM
John Wayne
8691  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 19, 2009, 05:41:05 PM
downloaded this morning while i tried out the batman demo.  i'll post impressions tomorrow after i've had a chance to play it.

this marks the second time i have bought an xbla game without trying the demo first.
8692  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Slim: Real or Prank? on: August 18, 2009, 09:12:48 PM
one other aspect to the slim, and this time it's a negative.  for the 2 people who used the 'install other OS' option, know that the slim will not have it.  which kind of sucks, in a way, but eh, if i was going to put linux on the ps3 i have, i would have done it already.  

i do think it could have been cool though.

any comparison shots of this vs the ps2 slim?  i could get that one standing up under the ledge of my tv stand.
8693  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: August 17, 2009, 07:11:48 PM
can't wait until wednesday.  been looking forward to it and even more so since the high reviews hit.
8694  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/17) on: August 17, 2009, 07:10:00 PM
Shadow Complex.  it just got a 9 from Eurogamer
8695  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: August 15, 2009, 10:25:53 PM
yeah, i don't think you are supposed to bend that way
8696  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon - Trials HD - $10 on: August 15, 2009, 08:31:24 PM
nuts. i would have grabbed it for $10
8697  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: John Hughes has passed away on: August 07, 2009, 04:45:12 AM
i heard this as well earlier.  damn shame.  his movies more than anyone else's make up the 80's and early 90's. 

good bye and good rest John.  you will always be remembered.
8698  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] The Witcher: Enhanced Edition Directors Cut 30% off on: August 06, 2009, 04:52:30 PM
iirc, after the ee version hit, the soundtrack and extra music were available to dl straight from their site.  that's how i got them. 

if i didn't already have the regular version, and a stalled game in chapter 2 to fall back on, i would be all over this.

8699  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated July 27th, 2009 08:07 PM) on: August 06, 2009, 04:49:05 PM
+1 to MikeG for great deal and fast shipping on lbp.
8700  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 04, 2009, 04:43:55 PM
tell em you have a large 'extended family', and i'll help you mail them out.  i live down the hill from you crusis, so if an undead plague ever hit the region, it's a fair chance that we'd see each other (at least over the sea of dead eyes and blood-stained corpses)

if i could get the damn iphone to sync up to kindle, i'd plan on buying it that way.  i would love to put it on the shelf next the other zombie fiction i have though. 
8701  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: There is a special circle in hell meant for cars salesmen (rant) on: August 04, 2009, 04:32:59 PM
send this to the consumerist.  nothing like a huge goose egg of bad PR to get attention these days.
8702  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Jobless graduate sues her college for $70,000 on: August 04, 2009, 04:22:36 PM
hell, i know many who fell into this kind of predicament.  a double major in econ and philosophy grad bank teller (much better now, but it wasn't quick or easy).  a pre med student who washed out and now works in a movie theater.  a mechanical and materials science grad who was let go after 5 years and is still looking, 6 months after.  a drafter with ~10 years experience, let go after the firm he worked for scaled back into hibernation mode and only exists as a business entity.  a commercial designer laid off from a big corporation, still looking for anything she's qualified to do.  a pharmacy tech who saw the demand drop off while the pool increased, still looking 18 months later while doing odd jobs.

it's a hard life and lesson to learn, but you need a dose of reality.  an education does not guarantee you a career, and in a recession, nobody is immune.  learn this now or get on the next shuttle to the sun.
8703  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nation Red on: August 02, 2009, 08:55:37 PM
looks good, but i would love to see more variety in the zombies.  there's a screenshot posted where the same two zombies are repeated 4 times.  kind of takes you out of the game a bit when you notice it.  they even have the exact same pose. 

i'll give the demo a try and see how it plays.
8704  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Have mint copies of LBP and Siren Blood Curse and looking for... on: August 02, 2009, 05:31:55 AM
dibs on lbp if you don't get a trade on it.
8705  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alien the Prequel on: August 01, 2009, 07:40:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 01, 2009, 07:11:49 PM

Quote from: Caine on August 01, 2009, 05:23:00 PM

really though, it will be interesting to see if they can come up with a story not too similar to the other movies.

maybe they can make the aliens appear to be misunderstood, that where they came from biting you in the face and impregnating you is actually the equivalent of saying  'hey, how are you doing?  how's the wife and kids?'.

play this in your head with the family guy bit.
8706  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: HOLY CRAP IT'S BABY WEEK! on: August 01, 2009, 07:32:25 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on July 31, 2009, 03:30:58 PM

Quote from: Laner on July 31, 2009, 03:09:50 AM

Geez... 'tis the season to be breeding smile 

Congrats again tiktokman!

Mine is due in a month. When the economy is down we turn to cheaper forms of entertainment... in the end they may not be so cheap. slywink

yeah, don't you wish you had just gone to a movie instead? 

it's harder to breed in there
8707  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: See you all in 6-7 months!!! on: August 01, 2009, 07:26:02 PM
damn that sucks.  you'll be home in time for cod waw 2.  stay safe, keep your head down and your wits about you.  we'll keep all the half wits over here just to give you that extra boost. 
8708  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 'Splosion Man 'splodes today! on: August 01, 2009, 07:20:59 PM
i think i am at 2-5 or so.  yeah, some of the levels are wicked hard while others i pass on the first attempt.  still no closer to target times though.  those are going to be madness. 

i like the achievement you get for blowing up a lot in a level. 

anybody unlock anything other than the first gamerpic?  i wonder how much stuff you get from this one.
8709  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Alien the Prequel on: August 01, 2009, 05:23:00 PM
if they make it a different take on the whole alien one aspect where a research ship finds the space hulk and then has their own survival/destruction story ala alien with the ending being crashlanding the hulk onto the planet, then it could be good, if a bit trite. 

or they could rehash alien 4 with a research ship working on the alien as a weapon and stupidly let it loose. 

really though, it will be interesting to see if they can come up with a story not too similar to the other movies.
8710  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: August 01, 2009, 05:13:42 PM
i'd actually be happier buying it from you directly.  you get the money up front and get a larger share of the gain.  are you still in the city you so carefully destroy, or did you get uprooted to somewhere safer? 
8711  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win a copy of my zombie novel! on: July 30, 2009, 07:16:02 PM
too cool.  did you get it released into old B & M's?  i'd love to hunt down a copy if it's out locally. 
8712  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Beneath a Steel Sky - Remastered on iPhone on: July 30, 2009, 05:37:25 PM
yup.  and not only that, it's going to be getting art by dave gibbons.  name not familiar?  he's the artist who penned Watchmen, among many others.


out first on apple's platforms, then 'other handhelds'.  perhaps an xbla/psn release is on order too.  this could be pretty damn cool.
8713  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Weekend Deal(s) Velvet Assasin, Men of War, X3 Terran Conflict on: July 30, 2009, 05:13:47 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 27, 2009, 02:43:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 25, 2009, 05:50:30 PM

I've heard Men of War is crazy challenging/difficult.  True?

I didn't think it was crazy challenging, but it is challenging at times.  the same could be said for soldiers.  you just need to reload a save game and try a new tactic when you get stumped.

i picked this up during the sale and played a bit.  it definitely looks and feels like s:HoWW2 and that's a great thing in my book.  the difficulty can be quite high if you have never tried one though.  it helps to save before any major action in case you end up getting wiped out.  the first mission has a few spots where you can also do insanely well against larger forces if you play your cards right. 

at one point, i had two MG'ers in a well situated house facing out and loaded down with ammo.  they were supported by the other riflemen and smg's arrayed nearby and for covering fire.  while i took the tank up in manual control (god, that is fun btw) and cleared out the campers, they held their own admirably.  i didn't lose a man and when i rolled up with the tank, they had swapped to their backup weapons.  the pile of bodies all around them was huge. 

in comparison, on a previous attempt, i let their armored car do too much damage and the whole team was wiped out. 
8714  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Deep Discount's 25% off sale! on: July 30, 2009, 05:06:32 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on July 30, 2009, 02:04:49 PM

152 for the complete series is SO tempting.

I wonder if we should wait out one of those super Amazon price drops though...

i hear ya man.  i would have bought it in a heartbeat if i didn't already have all but season 4 on dvd now

maybe i can convince the wife it's a good deal.  i mean it is only ~60 more than the price of season 4 and 4.5
8715  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: InFamous Movie? on: July 30, 2009, 05:03:04 PM

Quote from: Turtle on July 30, 2009, 07:01:59 AM

What's his name, the guy from the transporter?  If he can do an American accent he'd be good for the role.

you mean this guy?

jason statham would be great for the part and i wouldn't even mind if he stayed with the accent.  hell, port it london or nyc for the subways and real locations.  who would play the big bad guy though?
8716  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 30, 2009, 04:25:51 PM
if you haven't tried it, space invaders infinity gene is pretty damn cool.  play levels created from your music tracks.  somewhat expensive compared to most iphone games these days, but well worth it and still a great deal.

also on sale for now
radial 50  - breakout within a circle. pretty fun
kids vs zombies - free the last time i checked and not a bad game to boot.
spore origins, also for a buck, and if you haven't got it, pretty fun for a while.
star hogs.  bought, dl'ed and haven't played much.  worms-style tank game with a campaign and upgrades, plus mp.
8717  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: We're almost to the Fall Run, what's on you're buy list? on: July 30, 2009, 04:17:57 PM
Dragon Age
AC 2
Modern Warfare 2

rental/maybe on
Saboteur 360
Operation Flashpoint: Dragon Rising - 360
Alpha Protocol

maybe if it actually releases this year
mafia 2
8718  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Scorpion Disfigured on: July 28, 2009, 04:42:03 AM
pretty sure the dev has nothing to do with stalker directly, maybe the pub does, at least as a euro distributor.

stalker was by deep silver and gsc gameworld. 

beyond that, it doesn't really have much in common with stalker outside of the character models for the zed heads.  it's a corridor shooter with discrete levels and some semblance of enemy ai. 

oh well.  i was worried they would dilute themselves too much with this and the next stalker game.
8719  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Microsoft Store...leaked info....kicks Apple Store ass? on: July 28, 2009, 04:34:17 AM
if and when they open one around me, i'll definitely want to check it out.  should be one very close by, i am guessing.
8720  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: iPhone/iTouch app and game thread on: July 28, 2009, 04:32:28 AM
stoneloops is .99 for a while.  well worth the price, even though i feel a bit burned by getting it a few days earlier at 3 bucks.  zuma on the iphone, and not a hobbled app either.  7 levels, 2 different gameplay modes it controls pretty damn well. 
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