Quote from: wonderpug on November 01, 2007, 01:21:19 PM
Political threads have a high chance of degrading into their too-familiar and ugly script, but then again so does every discussion that even hints about comparing the 360 to the PS3, every discussion that involves a fun Nintendo game that has "kiddie" graphics, and every discussion involving Pete Rock's manly navel ring.
I don't want us to ban discussion about cross-console analysis, Nintendo games, or the minimum gauge of steel necessary to ensure that your belly button ring is manly, and I don't want us to ban political discussion. All of these subjects can be discussed civilly, though I admit it might seem like that's a rare occurence.
I personally think it's usually pretty easy to pinpoint an exact post (or poster) that initiated the downward spiral into flames, and would rather see swifter stricter moderation of those posters than just have us avoid the potentially controversial subjects. But I know many people greatly dislike a heavy-handed forum moderation style, and respect whatever method the administration chooses to be the best way to keep the peace.
I just know that when people do stay respectful, some of the most interesting discussion can come out of these kinds of subjects, even if at the end nobody has convinced the other side to defect.
it must be nice to have a breakout hit like Portal.
I hope the WCC isn't going to get all Hollywood, start forgetting it's friends, and like totally hanging out with Paris and Brittney. Next we see tabloid photos that it's stopped wearing panties, it gains a ton of weight, and ends up dancing with Dennis Rodman on some goofy reality show.
Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 01, 2007, 02:53:25 PM
Quote from: ATB on November 01, 2007, 11:55:35 AM
Bioshock reset my expecations for a game.
I'm genuinely jealous. I wish I felt that way about Bioshock. Unfortunately, it was a huge disappointment for me that only gets worse as I think back on it. At this point I don't even think it will make my top ten list for the year. ME should have no trouble being a better experience for me.
I ahve to agree with Kevin about Bioshock, but right now The Witcher has reset mine for RPG's.
man, after The Witcher being so good (better than I was expecting) and Hellgate London grabbing my attention after I had zero interest in it until I played the beta plus the unexpected 'wow' of Crysis ME is going to have to grab me by the balls in order for me to get in serious playtime anytime in the near future.
Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 01, 2007, 02:29:50 PM
The lack of torches so far is kind of weird but it also kind of makes sense because, until you get a Silver Sword, I don't think you could hold a torch and still use Witcher Styles since the steel swords require two hands. You could use one of the other alternative weapons, I suppose, but I don't think I'd want to fight a monster without the Witcher styles available.
I got the Silver Sword last night and haven't figured out any way to use both a torch and the sword at the same time. Imprtant tip (which may be kind of obvious): don't ignore your Silver styles even though you don't have one. trust me, it can come back to bite you in the rear.
Re: fighting in the dark- I don't think there is a penalty, I just find it a pain in the ass. I fought those weird ass, growing out of the ground things, in the City Walls Cave Quest and I couldn't even see them in a couple of sections of that cave so I was just blindly clicking in spots.
odd- that part wasn't overly dark. did you turn your gamma down a few notches? I've been using the default setting and places like the crypt were pitch black but that cave wasn't.
Different weapon setups can also be mapped to F1-F4, which is great.
plus when you do that it removes them from your inventory list, freeing up some more room
When the servers were down last night I played some SP and noticed the NPC's ramble on like they did in the beta, where as in MP they don't say much for some reason. Also, in SP it seems like I'm levelling quicker- I hit level 2 before even getting to the first station. Granted, it was the very last monster I killed in that section but before I never hit level 2 until I was doing the Holbrook quests. The whole section where you go after Werts leg gave me enough XP for another level too.
I did have one crash last night, but it was video driver related according to Vista.
I wish they had a way to randomize the opening section. After playing the beta and setting up 3 characters for MP it's going to get old soon.
heh, I did the crypt quest without buffs or light it mentioned using a torch but at that point I hadn't found one (which seems kind of odd) and as far as I can tell you get no penalties when fighting in the dark.
I did encounter 2 annoying fights last night (which I was up playing until 4am ) and one of them took about an hour to get past. the other kinda gimped you in a fairly stupid way.
Here's a tip about allied NPC's- I'll spoiler it but it will save you alot of hair pulling but it's non-specific to anything plotwise:
Spoiler for Hiden:
unless you are on an escort mission a friendly NPC who is with you in a combat will not die if they go down. of course this is playing on Normal- hard mode may handle things differently.
Quote from: Kevin Grey on November 01, 2007, 01:24:25 PM
Quote from: EngineNo9 on November 01, 2007, 01:22:19 PM
I think Olyphant can be good in certain parts but a cool, dispassionate assassin is not one of them. He has too much of a smirky nature or something.
I thought the same thing based on his roles in Go and The Girl Next Door, but he was completely different (and still awesome) in Deadwood so I think he has a pretty decent range. He was merely okay in Live Free or Die Hard but that was more of a script issue- he didn't have a lot to work with.