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9841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 [Hints and Spoilers thread] on: October 30, 2008, 07:26:48 PM
without turning up another thread on this, i'm kind of curious how everyone is building their character up.  

i went S4 P7 E5 C6 I6 A7 L5 with Small arms, repair and lockpicking as my tagged skills and am building up for a conventional small arms user, with enhanced criticals and a few other perks for survivalist.  i'll have the list up later, but i need a clarification.  19 perk points or 20?  i count 19 as you don't get one for level 1, but knowing this for a fact will help.  

i need to check my list at home as i have forgotten which ones i scrapped and have more perks than i have points.  

also, does dogmeat require the animal friend perk to befriend?  that makes a huge difference to me and i respec'ed my character with that perk in mind.  arkon answered this, and you do not need it.  i think i have a good and viable build now.

my perk plan.  designed partly for my main combat profession and the benefits of increased skill points which will go into my secondaries, sneak and possibly energy weapons.  depending on how good the non-powered armor is, i might try to stay out of it and just keep my distance.  there's 9 other perks that could be useful or fun, but this is what i have in mind right now.

Gun Nut    Level 2, IN 4, AG 4    3
Thief    Level 2, AG 4, PE 4    3
Educated    Level 4, IN 4    1
Comprehension    Level 4, IN 4    1
Lead Belly    Level 6, EN 5    1
Gunslinger    Level 6    1
Commando    Level 8    1
Scrounger    Level 8, LK 5    1
Finesse    Level 10    1
Animal Friend    Level 10, CH 6    1
Silent Running    Level 12, AG 6, Sneak 50    1
Sniper    Level 12, AG 6, PE 6    1
Action Boy (Girl)     Level 16, AG 6    1
Better Criticals    Level 16, PE 6, LK 6    1
Grim Reaper's Sprint    Level 20    1
9842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 30, 2008, 07:02:27 PM

Quote from: Arkon on October 30, 2008, 03:51:54 PM

I would just like to state....I now have Dogmeat following me around!


i haven't read this definitively, but do you need the perk to get him as a companion?  i restarted last night with that one in mind, just in case, but i haven't looked through the massive guide to see (avoiding any spoilers).  that guide did help me redesign my character though and i have had more fun since doing so all blind before.
9843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 30, 2008, 06:49:36 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 30, 2008, 05:46:28 PM

I dunno. I really became attached to my dad during the opening. To the point where I'm still lugging the bb gun around even though it takes up precious weight...

i have that, the baseball bat, ball and glove with me too, as well as the baseball cap (which actually helps your perception, great for exploring).  i plan on putting all of those things in whatever house i end up using as my main.
9844  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: October 30, 2008, 06:31:18 PM
+1   to crumsteel     
+1    to WalkingFumble

both for fast payment.
9845  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 [Hints and Spoilers thread] on: October 30, 2008, 03:01:30 PM
power armor drops must happen pretty commonly:  i've found one outside megaton, near the collapsed overpass.

i saw it go down too, but i didn't know anyone bought it until i crossed over and found the carnage. 1 dead deathclaw, 1 dead sister of the outcasts and 1 dead merchant (drat on this one, i was going to sell him the bandit stuff i had collected)

too bad i'm loaded up to the gils and now need to truck it all back to megaton (or find a better stash i suppose.)  maybe the junkie's house?

9846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: October 30, 2008, 12:40:52 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 30, 2008, 12:28:26 AM

ugh.. mandatory mini-games.  Yahtzee just saved me 60 bucks.

they aren't that bad really.  certainly, you aren't pressing a QTE every time you want to hijack a car and for the most part it's mini games in the sense of gta's taxi, cop, or ambulance missions.  they also carried over a number from the first one if you played that.  the new ones are pretty funny and especially in co-op.  nothing too serious though and you don't have to worry too much about qte style stuff or random button mashing.  the one i recall isn't mandatory and can be skipped completey, as really all of the rest can be in favor or gaining respect in other ways.  hate the races, you can skip them.  you also don't have to spend huge chunks of time driving about as most missions are pretty close to their origin and not like gta's "travel about 3/4th of the map and back" missions.

really though, if you liked sr1 and the genre, you can't go wrong with it.  it's better than the first one and mercs 2 and as good in it's way as gta was. 
9847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 10:39:58 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 29, 2008, 10:28:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 29, 2008, 10:21:37 PM

but how long could Oblivions main quest be finished in?

The speed record is something like 10 minutes slywink  I find those kinds of measurements are largely useless.  If you tear through the game with blinders on, I suspect you could get through it less than 10 hours.  But how anyone could play that way, particularly on a first run through, completely eludes me.  I seriously doubt anyone playing for enjoyment will be able to finish the main quest in under 20 hours.  Maybe I'll give you 15, but I don't think it would be less than that.  Everyone does play differently though, and I just think there are too many different ways to go about experiencing the game to give a lot of weight to a measurement like that.  There's tons and tons of gameplay in the game - the 450+ page guide should be testament to that smile

10 minutes?! 

geezus, why not just have a big button in the jail cell that pops up "you won. game over" and be done with it. 
9848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I'm a new dad again!!!!! on: October 29, 2008, 06:54:10 PM
congratulations J.  he's a good looking boy there.  very happy for you man.
9849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 06:43:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 29, 2008, 02:54:52 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 29, 2008, 12:30:12 PM

Quote from: Destructor on October 29, 2008, 05:41:38 AM

Having problems charging spells? I have two solutions:

1) Raise Dead. I always kept that on Tier 1. I toss that towards somebody and the AI wants to kill them and generally ignores you.
2) Slow Time. I always kept that on Tier 2. Takes only a second to charge, and between that and Raise Dead, the AI ignores me long enough to easily get a Tier 4 fired off.

The guide recommends both of those with either Inferno or Storm (or whatever the electric one is called) as the primary.  Looking at the stats, I went with electricity.  It seems to do more damage and stuns the enemy.

yeah, I use Slow Time in order to get my level 5 Inferno off.  Last night I made it through the Spire...

Spoiler for Hiden:
where's my 10 years of back rent?  Tongue

also, I read that the seasons change on their own.  has anyone had this happen by just wandering around?

yeah, i was a little bummed about that spoiler too.  at least you could
Spoiler for Hiden:
get a bunch of money back from investing in the thesaurus guy though.  and get a pretty cool little town sprung up as well
9850  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 29, 2008, 05:54:48 PM
this was on my watch list, but it's been bumped to bargain status in lieu of everything else.  i'll queue up the demo, but i don't think i'll even play it for a while.
9851  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Awesome Gogamer sales: Far Cry 2, Saints Row 2 on: October 29, 2008, 02:12:45 AM
thanks and damn.  could have saved a nice chunk with this sale.   icon_confused
9852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Resistance Fall of Man on: October 29, 2008, 02:09:53 AM
i will be going for the gamefly route, but i doubt i will luck out with it this late in the game.  oh well.  i have a friggin' nightmare of a backlog right now, and that's just the current stuff  eek
9853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 02:06:27 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 29, 2008, 01:31:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 29, 2008, 12:20:18 AM

Is there any way to charge up a spell without standing around like a mannequin and letting baddies whomp on you?  I've maxed out Inferno, but rarely use it because it takes so damn long to charge and I hate being used as a tackling dummy while it's revving up.

That is supposed to be the trade off for using more powerful spells (similarly for the melee charge attack).  The easiest way to handle that may be to have a force push or time slowdown at a lower level so you can use that and then while the enemies are trying to recover you can charge up your big spell.  I'm not a full-time caster, but that seems like the logical solution to me.

i only end up using inferno at higher levels when i first start out a fight.  i can stand up to a few hits if they still need a moment to approach me.  beware though, because despite what the game says, i have been knocked back (and out of a spell charging) with a power attack. 
9854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 02:04:05 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 29, 2008, 01:41:02 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 28, 2008, 09:46:51 PM

so i would also like to know the answer to this one,as i have seen both are gonna be for sale come this Friday..i am in England so i was wondering if i should part ex another game to make up for the CE strat guide

I can't recall the specifics but Kathode laid out the changes IIRC so maybe do a search of his posts?  From what I remember of his description, the CE has a lot of really, really great bonus material and background.  It was enough to get me to order it. 

yup.  exactly what i did

relevant quote
Decided to purchase the special Pre-War Collector’s Edition? Then, aside from a Hardback cover and a bigger map poster, you get an extra section packed with exclusive art, team interviews, additional team tactics, easter egg information, a half-dozen “Wasteland Wanderers” showcasing the entertaining and sometimes frightening way some of Bethesda’s team cultivated their characters, all finished off rather pleasantly by an Afterword by Moira Brown. Who’s she? Owner of the Craterside Supply, don’t you know.

Ready your coffee table for reinforcement; the Pre-War Collector’s guide clocks in at 498 pages.

relevant link
9855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 28, 2008, 09:04:31 PM

Quote from: kathode on October 28, 2008, 08:12:43 PM

Quote from: Caine on October 28, 2008, 06:27:03 PM

i totally missed the lockpicking tuturial...  hope it's in the manual or guide. 

There are a long series of help pages in the menus (hit escape) that should have this info if you missed it.

thanks kathode.  i read through the page in the manual, but i got a feeling this is one of those "learn by doing it" kind of things.  at least it isn't entirely up to your stat.  reminds me a bit of thief's style, actually.
9856  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: some 360 games for $10 each on: October 28, 2008, 09:01:05 PM
yup.  ygpm.
9857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 08:14:28 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 28, 2008, 08:03:24 PM

I put about 45 minutes in and I'm finding the introductory sections to be a bit long.

yeah, i have to agree with you there SL.  of course, i missed something while going through it (lockpicking) and of course, you don't have to redo it unless you want to thanks to the respec option, so it's not too much a pita.
9858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 28, 2008, 07:52:10 PM
sorry daehawk, that's the art book, not the manual.  that one's inside (but still good imo)
9859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 28, 2008, 07:13:39 PM
i pointed it out in the other thread, but i am impressed they put as much detail into the manual as they did.  good job on bucking the 4 page reference card dressed up as a manual trend.   thumbsup
9860  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / 360 games for $10 each. 1 left! price lowered! on: October 28, 2008, 06:30:04 PM
$10 per, shipping included.  paypal preferred

PoTC: at worlds end - take this for 8 bucks!

samurai warriors empires 2(sold)
conan (sold)
fight night round 3 (sold)
tomb raider legend (sold)
earth defense force 2017 (sold)
godfather (sold)
saints row 1 (sold)
more to come.
9861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: October 28, 2008, 06:27:58 PM

Quote from: frost on October 28, 2008, 08:53:12 AM

another +1 to Caine for another great trade

and a +1 to frost for fast payment.
9862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 Impressions PC Edition on: October 28, 2008, 06:27:03 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2008, 04:05:42 PM

Quote from: Arnir on October 28, 2008, 03:59:33 PM

How does lockpicking work in the PC version?  I just skimmed the 360 review here and I had forgotten about Oblivion's lockpicking.  I have truly lousy physical dexterity.  I suck at shooters, etc.  One of my pet peeves is adding "twitch" factors into a RPG.  I know I am in a minority here, but that's what the stats are for!  Of course, that is why I usually dislike action-rpg/action-adventure games.  The thought of (the 360 version) of using 2 thumbpads to pick a lock means that I will never finish the game.  I hate the concept.

In the tutorial you run across a lock, and there's a splash screen that explains it, but it appears you use the mouse to move one pick and the keyboard to move the other.  unfortunately I clicked past it by accident and ended up using 3 bobby pins before it unlocked, but I'm not sure exactly what I did.  there's also a chance you can force a lock.

i totally missed the lockpicking tuturial...  hope it's in the manual or guide. 
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 06:20:55 PM
that is pretty cool then.  i figured i would try it out on an alt and see what happened, but due to the lack of specific save files, i wasn't about to try it with my main.  of course, now it will split time with fallout, but i think i can get through the last half of the game before the lure of fo3 draws me back in. 

poor far cry 2.  it will be keeping saints row 2 company on the shelf for a while now.
9864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 06:13:57 PM
well, despite my intentions, i did in fact get this last night and put in about two hours worth (eyes drooping as we speak)  due to a late night shopping trip that my wife cooked up at 11pm.  i waited until her plan was good and solid and then sprung the "btw, i think i'll pick something up while i'm out" on her.  all told, i got about 3 complete rotations of her eyes last night, but it was worth it.  stood in line about 15 minutes before they started off and was the 4th person buying it.  good timing.  

i was able to play a bit, while skipping the manual (of course).  glad to see that you get the 11th hour respec ala oblivion just before you leave the vault.  i may do that once i have read up in the manual.  kathode, please give a big thank you to whomever was responsible for making the manual and for those who decided to make it as large as it was.  big  thumbsup

i loved the "first sight of the outside" world moment.  nice touch.  i had a huge grin when i heard who was on the enclave radio station.  awesome choice right there.  view distance is very nice and as a future sniper/stalker, appreciated.  found a few small details on my trek over to megaton and it is a great looking game, putting it right alongside gta4 in overall immersion.  small loads into buildings and little to no loads back out.  not perfect, and i would have loved to see seamless buildings in the outside world at least as i feel the split from outside/inside breaks the immersion.  

took two quests while in the town and watched the sun set.  man it does get nasty dark at night and i didn't feel well equipped to be out by myself right then, but i did not find the right person to rent a bed for the night.  i did go out slightly before dawn and found my first quest target.  i see several ways that bit could be resolved which is a huge improvement over oblivion.  not just a black and white choice either, but multiple methods to get the job done.  sweet.

i found a few scattered enemies and with my perception at 7, able to choose my encounters.  too bad it couldn't improve my own perception as by the time i approached the second quest target, i was spotted by a demon dog and a rifle toting bandit.  i think they were fighting each other, but the dog made me as an easier target and attacked me instead.  i backpedaled from the bandit while firing off rifle shots (which all missed due to me running like mad) and i was finding it hard to select either the pistol or my trusty baseball bat and taking a lot of damage.  i popped a stimpack (these things will be critically important early game) and thought i could turn it around.  well, apparently, the bandit's buddy was coming back from a hunting trip or something as he caught me by surprise and promptly turned me into the wasteland's newest piece of burnt corpse with his flamethrower.  oh well, at least the dog had a hot meal.  
9865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 28, 2008, 12:27:15 AM

Quote from: mikeg on October 27, 2008, 11:36:40 PM

Saving Dead Space, Fallout, Resistance, Gears, and Mirror's Edge for some vacation time coming up.  Won't even crack them open before them. 

Sick I know.

that's some serious will power there mike.  i don't think i would last a week with all that gaming awesomeness wrapped up.  hell, i tend to open the games in the car just to glance through the manual, which i definitely plan on doing with fallout.  i may even put the bobble head on my dash board. biggrin
9866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 27, 2008, 11:24:41 PM
after long last, it is finally here.  a chance to see whether kathode should be praised or brazed.  slywink  personally, i haven't been this existed for an rpg since the other bethesda game, and i expect to get as much game time out of this as i did in that one. 

of course, when oblivion was released, we didn't have the glut of other triple A games to contend with, so the addiction could be more painful this time around as the other games get neglected while we all wander around dc in power armor. 

so, who's doing the midnight launch madness?  no go from me, even though the lure is high.  make sure to take a break this time and give the rest of us something to read (and drool over) until we get our copies in the morning or later. 

(yeah sure, call this lame, but no one else has got a console thread yet and the pc version is almost to page two!!!)
9867  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: In which I pimp the new Fallout 3 site on: October 27, 2008, 11:18:01 PM
i won't be able to do the midnight opening thing, and sadly, i'll have to wait until tomorrow night to pick it up, wednesday to play it as i don't get much game time when the wife is home.  at least the slow pace shipping option i chose for the massive strat guide will mean it gets here while i still have the new game scent in the box and can restart if i missed something uber.
9868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 27, 2008, 11:14:00 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 27, 2008, 11:05:40 PM

You can make a new character using the same Gamertag by just going to New Game.  No need to have multiple Gamertags.

true, but you end up saving over the existing character.  at least that's my impression.  without a way to load a game other than "continue" if only seems to have one savegame per profile.

please correct me if i'm wrong.

9869  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Kmart on: October 27, 2008, 11:08:49 PM
i played a bit of it back in the summer.  basically, if you like the demo or the max payne style of gun combat, you can't go wrong with stranglehold.  i would actually buy the ps3 version if i could find it to get the movie cheap.

VP party animals isn't really the same game though, so keep that in mind.
9870  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: What's Behind (and Ahead for) the Plunging Price of Oil on: October 27, 2008, 10:43:19 PM

Quote from: jament on October 27, 2008, 04:14:34 PM

Yeah, I don't know...

30 miles from where I live, we have 4 wind farm projects.  The first phase is done, about 10 miles from the coal-fired power plant where they'll put that electricity generated from the first 60 turbines on the grid.  Eventually, there will be around 300 wind turbines in that area.

Each turbine requires hundreds of yards of concrete, brought in from 60 miles away.  Each turbine, blade set and tower is brought in from the east coast by rail and trucked the last 300 miles to the site.  Each turbine requires that 6 semi-trucks (1 for turbine engine, 2 for blades, 3 for tower) and twelve pilot cars make that 600-mile round trip.  So, 10,800 miles per turbine on the highway and thousands of miles by diesel-powered rail.  Then there's the energy required to engineer, manufacture and produce each unit - impressive pieces of machinery, to be sure.

The first phase, according to the utility, will provide 16.8 megawatts of power when fully functional, enough to power an average of 4,300 households per year and the turbines are projected to last for 25 years.  That's some pure, clean, renewable energy.  So clean that if we consider the carbon footprint of the manufacture and installation of each turbine, if they operate trouble-free for 25 years, we could actually break even.

It's schadenfreude.

pitifully sad when you put it that way.  don't forget the carbon footprint of all the people who designed, manufactured, delivered, installed, operate and maintain the site. 
9871  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: So... other candidates besides McCain and Obama? on: October 27, 2008, 10:36:03 PM
or the Bradley effect is bigger than most people suspect/realize/like to admit...
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 27, 2008, 09:31:02 PM
not under the same profile, no.  it does allow you to start a new character without screwing up the other one if you change profile.  did this on saturday to show someone the intro.
9873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fable II Impressions thread on: October 27, 2008, 07:43:29 PM
first time in a while where i felt connected to a game world, enough so that after ignoring the temple of lights pleas for help and finding out what that did to them, i bought a house there, married and had a kid.  for some reason, i feel responsible for this village since i let them down.  i also played music for the baby, just because.  i wonder how long they take to grow up, i have a dolly for her and some new presents for both her and her mom. 

demon door related:
Spoiler for Hiden:
i also unlocked the demon door in that region and found the sweet little house inside.  i plan on moving them inside it as it should be "safer" there and it looks a heck of a lot nicer too.

sadly, with fallout hitting this week, i will be taking a break from it.  not enough time to do this game justice imho.  i will be buying up as much real estate as i can though, just so i have a nice fat bonus when i get back in.  smile
9874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Knightshade Tonsilectomy on: October 27, 2008, 06:13:09 PM
tell your wife to pull the night shade and let sleeping dragons lie. 

or something.  btw, this moment of horrible punniness is brought to you the letter Y
9875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: xkcd is awesome on: October 27, 2008, 06:10:19 PM
is that Yahtzee?  if so, cool.  if not, color me confused.
9876  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Evil Gamefly on: October 27, 2008, 06:05:32 PM
i did that last week hoping to score either fable or far cry and ended up with ninja gaiden 2.   icon_confused

i think this year will be the last one for me once they do their yearly sale.  always a good bargain to be found (assuming it's not broken like dead rising was)

had pretty good luck with launch day games, but once it's out, forget about it.  i could have nothing but the one game i want and still end up with something 10th on my list.
9877  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Poll] Fallout 3 - PC or Console - You choose!! on: October 27, 2008, 05:58:08 PM
360 now, pc later.
9878  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 broken street? here we go again. on: October 27, 2008, 05:55:42 PM
i don't think the west coast has ever had a big broken street release, so i am not going to bust my balls to check every store "just in case".  plus, i have the 360 ce on pre-order. 
9879  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/27) on: October 27, 2008, 05:30:27 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 27, 2008, 01:48:10 PM

Fallout 3
Meteos Wars (XBLA)  - Maybe
Penny Arcade Adventures: On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness Episode Two (XBLA) - Someday

what he said...

and i will be putting the amazonian strat guide of doom on order today, but i won't be doing 1 day shipping just yet. 
9880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Fallout 3 broken street? here we go again. on: October 26, 2008, 05:24:08 PM
heard rumors that it was being spotted early at walmart, ps3 version that is.  anyone out there find a snag a copy or is this another one of those "some guy i know heard another guy talking about something he read on kotaku" kind of deals?

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