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8841  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.  
8842  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!

8843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tropico Reloaded Giveaway on: August 19, 2009, 05:44:36 PM
Suckitupistan
John Wayne
8844  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.
8845  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.
8846  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.
8847  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
8848  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
8849  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
8850  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.
8851  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.

8852  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.
8853  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. 
8854  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.
8855  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.
8856  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.
8857  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.
8858  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.
8859  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
8860  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. 
8861  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.
8862  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.
8863  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? 
8864  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. 
8865  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.


linky

out first on apple's platforms, then 'other handhelds'.  perhaps an xbla/psn release is on order too.  this could be pretty damn cool.
8866  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. 
8867  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
8868  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?
8869  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.
8870  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
Batman
Borderlands
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
8871  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.
8872  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.
8873  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. 
8874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA]Shadow Complex on: July 28, 2009, 04:28:12 AM
i was really hoping they would shuffle the games again and get this one out instead of the others.  of the 5, i'm looking forward to this one most.  it's still 3 weeks off though.
8875  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (Updated July 27th, 2009 08:07 PM) on: July 28, 2009, 04:23:47 AM
+1 to El-Producto for fast payment for gow 2
8876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lord of the Rings Extended Edition Blu Ray news on: July 28, 2009, 12:20:29 AM
sadly, this is one group of films that will benefit from blu ray, enough so that i might re-buy them.  but definitely not the regular edition nonsense. i am not going to be sold the same move three fricken times, despite the extras it comes with. 
8877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (7/27) on: July 27, 2009, 05:47:56 PM
nothing.  i was hoping that sci fi side scroller -vania game would be out on xbla this week. 

i did pick up dead space for my collection with a cheap deal last week, so i have that to dive in to.
8878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell and Red Steel 2 delayed on: July 27, 2009, 05:45:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 27, 2009, 04:47:40 PM

Splinter Cell delayed AGAIN?

this was supposed to be out what, fall 07?, then spring 08, then 'when it's done', then didn't it get bumped to fall 09 from spring earlier this year?

delays like this one has seen do not make me very confident in the dev atm. 
8879  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: 360 Games wanted on: July 26, 2009, 07:18:54 AM
i have gow2, but have already played the games you have for trade.  lmk if you have anything else or are open to buying it.
8880  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Weekend Deal(s) Velvet Assasin, Men of War, X3 Terran Conflict on: July 25, 2009, 05:12:37 PM
terran conflict actually added a bunch of stuff to spruce up the campaign side of the game, iirc.
Quote
X: Terran Conflict is a brand new, stand-alone game set in the universe of X. It is the culmination of the X trilogy, with a grand finale that takes us all the way back to Earth's own solar system. Gamers can take on the roles of different characters in the X universe, or of a Terran military pilot, and experience a multitude of stories in the largest X universe ever featured - for X: Terran Conflict will offer more missions than any other X game before. Meanwhile, X: Terran Conflict will pose questions such as: How has Earth changed in all these years? And how will relations between Earth and its counterparts in the X universe develop?

it also has the same galaxy spanning openness as the previous games, so you can get empire building as well.  i played 2 and 3, but not 3:tc, so it's tempting to get this one just for the sp stuff.

you get to pick different starting roles as well, so you aren't just set loose with no direction.  very much a targeted subset of space sims, but it does what it does very well.


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