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9841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: First review of 'The Dark Knight' on: July 03, 2008, 05:36:02 PM
can't. friggen. wait.

i will be missing a bit of work that day.

well, i wouldn't call it "missing" slywink
9842  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Alone in the Dark impressions (processing) on: July 02, 2008, 08:21:33 PM
i have put in a few hours with this one and have passed the first two episodes.  (basically, AitD is split up like a tv series and actually allows you to fast forward and reverse the gameplay sequences, although you don't get the gs points for skipping)

the first is definitely better, with a healthy amount of cool scripted moments and a fair mix of puzzles and action.  you don't get a ton of macgyver-esque stuff to do as a lot of your inventory is found through specific set pieces which act as a basic tutorial.  they also do this in the first parts of episode three.  the basic gist of the level is to escape a building as it is torn to pieces by the supernatural evil being you are somehow connected to.  i say somehow because you start with the classic amnesiac character who is wanted by people you don't remember.  the opening has shades of cod4's oddly enough with a 1st person-in-a-cutscene aspect and a similar theme. 

once you get about on your own, it throws a number of things at you, mainly how odd the control scheme is at first.  in third person, you walk and turn your body with the left stick and turn your head with the right.  think "limited range of motion camera angle".  whenever you pick up an object, the right stick controls your hands, such that you can swing a pipe above your head or to the side, then back again to swing through.  similar to godfather's blackhand controls, except you move the entire motion, not just enough to trigger it.  this is used in a few puzzles.  not bad, but different.  if the scene has an important area of interest, it will pan out to show you when you walk near it.  (jumping, scaling, etc.  used a lot as you make your way around the face of the building.  also a cool moment to watch, btw)

first person is available whenever you don't have a heavy object in your hands, and it works much better for navigating around as the turn speed in 3rd person is slow.  (in 3rd person, you can also click the left stick and you'll spin around quick.)
your aim with the gun does a small amount of auto tracking, which helps if you need to shoot something moving or in the distance.  no manual zoom afaik.  you can also hold a second item in your left hand, like a flashlight, or a throwable item.  this is true of all of your pocket-able items as well, which i'll get to in a moment.

you end the episode with a driving sequence, which isn't bad, just not great.  it is at least suitably unsettling.  the second episode is not so much fun, but a great scene to watch.  it's like they based it off of one of the levels in stuntman ignition, minus the direction of course.  took a few tries to get it right, but at least it doesn't last long.

you get introduced to the main characters in the 3rd episode, as well as the bulk of the item customization.  that much is pretty simple, but you will begin to hate the character's inventory limitations.  basically, you can carry one gun, one flashlight or maybe knife, 5 small items like batteries, bandages, tape, lighter, ammo, and 4 larger items like spray cans and bottles.  even in the first area, you need to decide what to take as you hit the limit pretty fast.  i do like the flexibility to create some uncommon items, like a glowing molotov cocktail that bounces, or one that breaks, and technically impossible ones like flaming bullets.  you also have a degree of multi use items like the bandages and medical spray, which can also be used as wicks and ghetto flamethrowers. 

for instance, once you have an explosive filled bottle, you can then:
combine with a wick for a molotov cocktail
combine with sticky tape and a flare for a grenade
combine with sticky tape and a safety light for a lit bomb/cocktail to lure light happy creatures to it before it explodes
combine with sticky tape and attach it to monsters/items.
throw it and shoot mid-air
puncture it and light the gas trail on fire
you can also fill it with punctured gas tanks and combine it with other half full bottles to get bigger explosions.

it all comes in use as the only way to kill the main baddies is through fire.  you can hit them with a burning chair or two-by-four or one of the improvised ways to kill them.  sadly, they are ultimately invulnerable to every melee and ranged weapon, including swords and guns. 

the graphics are pretty good, but not great.  what makes the game look good is the fire effects.  wood burns in this game and it doesn't just go from normal to burning, it catches on the point of contact, spreads over the top and burns through to cinders and ash.  the first time you see a door burning is pretty cool to watch as the parts slowly fail and the door falls apart.  you also see the environmental destruction when you batter a door down.  you can also shoot the door knob off or blow the whole damn thing up with a bomb.  it's so cool to pull off you wish they had done this with more of the environment.  hard to have a game structured that way i guess.

all in all, it's a very creative game hampered with wonky at times controls and some annoying design choices.  at this point, i would rate it about a 7-8 as i have adjusted to the controls and i can see the good parts through the bad.  other than tweaking the 3rd person turn speed and giving you more inventory to play around with, i don't see what they plan to do with the ps3 version.  no bugs so far.
9843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: July 02, 2008, 07:33:31 PM
not bad, but i was expecting him to pick apart bf:bc or alone in the dark. 
9844  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rainbow Six Vegas 2 on: July 02, 2008, 05:07:13 PM
saw the email about this one as well.  i haven't played in quite a while, so i have no idea how large the population is now. 
9845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Hancock trailer (previously known as Tonight he Comes) on: July 02, 2008, 04:51:28 PM
damn shame.  thanks for the write up pete.  this is going to be firmly in the cheapy rental queue. 

maybe they'll have a CE version with the extra plot included.
9846  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Looking for things to do in Maui on: July 02, 2008, 04:45:34 PM
+1 to the biking down the mountain.  we did that during our honeymoon and it was great.  just be sure not to go off the beaten track as it can cost you ($100 fine per person for walking outside the trail).  it's great to see the climate change as you drop in elevation and once you reach the eucalyptus grove, it's a pretty interesting moment. 

you will ride down almost all of the mountain, with only a small stop for lunch. 

road to hana is ok, but like they said, it's more about the small stops along the way. 

snorkeling/scuba diving has been covered pretty well, so i won't add anything other than reinforcing the awesome aspects of doing it. 

old lahaina luau, and make sure to go see the banyan tree.  nothing quite like it. 

it's been 6 years since we were there, so my memory of exactly what restaurants we went to is fuzzy.  we went to a few of the more noticeable restaurants, and they were all pretty good.  expect to pay a bit for the view though.

we did see a comedy show down in kaanapali, but i have no idea if it's the same guy.  i do remember great drinks. 

we would go back there tomorrow if not for the money and what to do with the kids.  great memories.
9847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Perry Bible Fellowship guys on: June 30, 2008, 07:09:21 PM
ah, good old pbf.  always good for a darkly comedic moment.

Quote from: ChrisGrenard on June 27, 2008, 02:17:50 PM

I find this comic to be very clever but not hilarious.

+1 to this

Quote from: wonderpug on June 27, 2008, 02:20:28 PM

There's also that post-apocalyptic army comic (in a very different format) that sort of touches the same dark humor region of the brain.

the twisted family circus with nietzche quotes was pretty funny in a dark way, as was the silent garfield comic, at times anyways.
9848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Positively scary....... on: June 30, 2008, 06:55:04 PM

Quote from: TC Weidner on June 30, 2008, 04:28:37 PM

as for global warming, I believe, but it is not earths problem, its a manmade problem which is going to screw many of mankind.  Karma baby.  But giving the human capacity to not care,  it will just be more poor people being fucked, and more people for the rest of us to ignore.

don't you mean less people?
9849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Boy violates children's rights by not inviting entire class to party on: June 30, 2008, 04:50:01 PM
jesus that's stupid.  what the hell is wrong with people?  if i don't give you an invitation, it's not discrimination, it's because I DON'T LIKE YOU.

and i thought this country was full of overly sensitive pansy ass people. 
9850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Wife Issue (Advice?) on: June 27, 2008, 09:14:29 PM
+1 to mcnutt.  this is the tip of the iceburg you just ran into.  look under the surface before you end up freezing to death.
9851  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: The Official GT Trader Feedback List (updated 4/08) on: June 27, 2008, 09:00:38 PM
+1 to gratch for good price and shipping on okami. 
9852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Need a new house / wife? on: June 26, 2008, 08:20:16 PM
first the aussie selling his life and now this. 

and yet i still cannot buy a baby online.  ??
9853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Alone in the Dark impressions (processing) on: June 26, 2008, 05:06:50 AM
thought i would start this thread off as there isn't much interest in it after the lukewarm reviews, and i still had it in my gamefly queue, and it was shipped out today.  with any luck, i'll have a few hours with it before this weekend is over. 

any one pick this up despite it's apparently cloddy control scheme?  is it actually scary?  how does the maguyver in the park premise work out?  or is it all just a could've been? 

stay tuned for impressions.
9854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: RIP George Carlin on: June 25, 2008, 05:20:40 AM
one of the few famous people who's passing brought tears to my eyes. 

i always liked this one
9855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (6/23) on: June 23, 2008, 02:57:36 PM
i should load up the bf:bc demo and see if i like it despite having a falling out with the game during the beta.  just not my cup of tea i guess. 

alone in the dark is in my gamefly queue, so we'll see if i get lucky with it.

otherwise, nothing else.  i do want to play a topspin demo though. 
9856  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Great Console Catastrophe of 2008 on: June 23, 2008, 04:12:42 AM
when i sent back my system, it was gone for just shy of a month.  didn't help that it took 9 days each way in shipping.

hopefully, yours will be back much sooner.
9857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: RPG - Good News and Deals on: June 21, 2008, 08:52:54 PM
got the same error with the same install from impulse, but it worked.

not sure i like that another covenant declared war on me for no FN reason, and with my only friend in the camp a lvl 1 newb, we were wiped out pretty quickly.

and the best part?  no way to make peace.
9858  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: F/S: Okami, FFVII: Crisis Core, Oblivion, Planescape:Torment, more on: June 21, 2008, 02:22:15 PM
ooh, okami.  i'll take it.
9859  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 10:23:56 PM
damnit.  i had the stupid firefox plugin on the last two days and had no problems.  today, i kept getting delayed page refresh issues and outright no access so i turned it off.  problems went away, and of course, i miss the damn boc. 

not my day.  time to go home.
9860  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 04:29:05 PM
had i not spent 1100 bucks on my car yesterday, i would have been tempted.  now, not so much.

surprised the tripod sold out that fast.  i wanted to see how tall it was before i bought it, and when i hit the button, they were gone.
9861  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP: 3 PC games series you'd like on it on: June 20, 2008, 04:27:28 PM
i have played starflight via the sega genesis emulator.  much fun although it really would benefit from a proper refit graphics wise. 

best part is i could still use my old paper maps/notes i took back in '92
9862  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 20, 2008, 04:25:22 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on June 20, 2008, 02:26:36 PM

Quote from: EddieA on June 20, 2008, 01:04:09 AM

Driving around Haven City in Jak 2 was horrible.  The streets were so overclogged with other vehicles that you sometimes just had to sit there and wait for them to move in order to get past.  Since you had to drive all over the city between missions, it became a chore to play.  All they had to do was decrease the traffic by half, and the game would have been great.  Thankfully, that's just what they did for Jak 3, and that was one of the best games of the previous generation.

I didn't play Jak 3 for exactly that reason.  After how good Jak 2 COULD have been, I didn't want to get burned.

i quit jak 2 and was almost in the same boat as you are.  i got it cheap on the recommendation of someone here and i was very surprised.  it's a much better game than 2 was.  i really want them to make a ps3 sequel
9863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Bioshock - I'm at that part again .... on: June 20, 2008, 04:15:50 PM

Quote from: Zarkon on June 20, 2008, 03:33:44 PM

Oh, and there's also the old 'Make them think you're a Little Sister' trick.  use the ability that makes them follow you, and then make someone else (preferably another Big Daddy) fight you.  Massive fun insured.

i used this one a few times early on, when you still have a limited inventory.  i actually liked that part of the game more than the later parts as it forced you to improvise rather than just spray them with the electric gel gun. 

don't forget that you can stun them with the electric power.  then run up on them with the shotgun and hit em point blank.  keep all of your special ammo for the daddies.  (armor piercing, electric)  before you engage them, load your shotgun and your smg with the special ammo.  even the pistol with AP hurts them.  use any turrets you come across, and make your first attack a stun.  the daddy won't need much time to kill the turret, so make the most of them.  after a few hits, stun them again. 

if you can find a hidey hole of your own to use, or some cover, use it to your advantage.  i was able to dance around the melee type in the first encounter and only got hit once by jumping over a bar.

9864  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: WOOT OFF on: June 20, 2008, 03:43:08 PM
ok, wth is this?!

oddly enough, i am actually considering this as a gag gift for my dad's birthday.
9865  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 19, 2008, 08:08:42 PM
i loved the title and what it was inferring, but then i find that the title is also the name of a pub in camden. not sure if it's another apolycptic film, or just a movie about drinking.  either way, i can't wait to see it.
9866  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Escapist: Zero Punctuation on: June 18, 2008, 07:29:28 PM
pretty good review.  good song selection.
9867  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery (FOUND) on: June 18, 2008, 05:15:18 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 18, 2008, 04:25:59 PM

Pandora should actually be safe from bricking- IIRC the whole way it came about is because it was Sony's method of fixing bricked PSPs. 

true that.  i should have mentioned that the previous ways of upgrading (lumines, liberty city stories) were potential brick makers.  pandora solves all. 
9868  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: OO off line for a short time on: June 18, 2008, 05:07:20 PM
not to put on the dunce hat, but did you refresh your dns locally?
9869  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSP Homebrew. What are the must haves? on: June 18, 2008, 04:36:42 PM
a few i have tried.

psptube - youtube videos on psp,
pmp mod - support for pmp videos (smaller video files, better compression)
pmp vlc - still in development, but it will bring a known media player with lots of media support.
XBMC Remote Music Interface - control an xbox media center with your psp.
psp maps.  cache google maps on your psp to use away from net access.
ir shell.  Control your infrared based electronics (Phat-only), multitask between UMD games and/or homebrew, listen to mp3ís while in game, snap screen shots, etc. 
digiplay - flash file player
pspvnc - control vnc enabled pc's with your psp.

emulators - s/nes/n64/gba, genesis/sega cd/game gear, mame, scumm

agreed that the best use is to copy your umd's to the memory stick and to have emulation on the go.  it's dead simple with m33 cfw.  set your iso mode to umd, connect to the pc, and copy the iso.  disconnect, reset iso mode to ms, connect and copy back.  voila.
9870  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Gamefly used game sale on: June 18, 2008, 04:20:53 PM
it's probably until they run out of spare copies, like most of their previous sales.  ie, if you want the game, don't put it off too long. 
9871  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery (FOUND) on: June 18, 2008, 04:19:10 PM
as long as you follow the steps exactly, your chance of bricking is only as big as bricking for installing the official firmware.  my brother in law had the update from socom 2 brick his just purchased psp the day he bought it. 

once you are running the cfw, you can play every current game you would with ofw.  the old days of waiting weeks to get an update are pretty much done.  now, you can get an update within a few days.
9872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 04:13:55 PM
a few more that royally suck.

forced stealth sequences in action games with instant death penalties for being seen.  add this with having crappy silent ways to get past guards.  luckily, i haven't played anything like this recently.  Viking could have been in this category but it's still possible to recover from being caught, and getting the whole camp after your butt is pretty easy to avoid.

timed sequences combined with checkpoints.  i quit bourne conspiracy for this one. 
9873  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 04:46:46 AM
gamesradar had a great article about this, and i agree with every example to one degree or another.

so, they mention these games/series:
kingdom hearts
gta 4
legend of zelda
dead rising
mass effect
mario kart

see which ones you will already know about first hand.  i knew about all but kingdom hearts.  what other turds in the pool have  you all seen in other games?

i'd add gotcha traps in the tenchu series.  nothing like being forced to replay an entire level because a GD pitfall was hidden in a cave on the way to the exit.
9874  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 Firmware 2.40 - Ingame XMB! on: June 18, 2008, 04:34:47 AM
confirmed......again.  and with trophies.

in fact, it's the next big update, coming "soon", after a minor and potentially useless 2.36. 

9875  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Spore Creature Creator to be released on June 17th (PICS!) on: June 18, 2008, 12:30:48 AM
damn.  that is a seriously cool download method.  my hat is off to whomever came up with that one.
9876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Firefox 3 is released! on: June 17, 2008, 11:29:44 PM
any list of extension compatibility yet?  i am temptd, but there's a few extensions that i have grown so fond of that vanilla firefox is actually hard to use.
9877  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery on: June 17, 2008, 11:23:13 PM
unfortunately, it looks like i was wrong about that part.  there's a few different places to find good info about it, so i'll pm you the details.

as for what i was remembering, it's this.  you can mod the memory stick without requiring a modded system, but you will still need a pandora.  you might try to find some clearance/used batteries to mod or use your existing one and buy one of the newer ones.  i seem to remember that the newer ones are pandora proof.
9878  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking to borrow PSP Pandora Battery on: June 17, 2008, 11:06:29 PM
any idea what fw the one you are getting is at? 

i have been off the psp mod pages for a bit as i haven't really used it for a while, but i think it's possible to mod your battery to a pandora without damaging it and then modding back after you have a custom fw installed.

i'll see if i can find any good info to confirm this.
9879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Melaleuca on: June 16, 2008, 10:38:07 PM
jack's burning revenge?

never heard of em.
9880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stan Winston RIP on: June 16, 2008, 10:37:14 PM
sad day for cinema.

just curious though, did anyone check to make sure it's really him in there? 
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