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1161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 10, 2010, 06:09:43 PM

Quote from: Tscott on September 10, 2010, 11:38:01 AM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm pretty sure there was something after me at this point, but I somehow got really lucky and escaped without ever seeing it, and it never seeing me... whenever before in a game have I considered missing out on a enemy a good thing?

Spoiler for Hiden:
There is something in the cellar. But don't worry it'll be back for you later in the game.
1162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Getting a PS3 Soon... on: September 10, 2010, 02:32:31 AM
Will 3rd Uncharted (#2 at least) and Pixeljunk Shooter. Will also reccomend Zen Pinball (PSN) if you like pinball. And I would imagine Batman is just as good on the PS3.
1163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Amnesia: the Dark Descent on: September 09, 2010, 06:41:45 PM
I put a few hours in to this the other day and am loving it. The little tips from the developer at the beginning of the game explaining how the game is better played as an experience driven game than just getting through as quickly as possible really set the right tone for creating an immersive experience.

I never did care for Penumbra as I quickly became bored by it and just stopped playing. Having the right expectation of how to play these games should help. I'll have to go back and try those games again with this mindset.

In any case if you played the demo it isn't too long before the game will veer away from where the demo takes you. It was nice to see how quickly new material is presented. Later you'll visit another one of the demo areas and then a bit later still the last part with the water - which goes on a bit longer than what was in the demo.

My favorite moment so far was when I was looking around a room with a closet and I heard the door in the adjacent room bust open. Some text popped up warning me I should hide as I can't fight whatever it is. So I jump in the only hiding spot, the closet, and close the doors and wait. And wait.

I don't hear anything but at this point in the game I was playing so long that i was fully immersed the game. I was actually afraid to open the closet doors to find something lurking in the room. Great stuff.

All puzzles I've run across have been logical or just something I missed.

The story you uncover as you piece together your history and the current state of things has me interested and I can't wait to see how it all turns out.

So far the game is a winner.
1164  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 07, 2010, 06:33:46 PM
Finished off the first season of Nip/Tuck. Awesome show. I can't stand watching the surgeries but love the characters and the writing. I found the show pretty dark overall but there is some really nice wit on display too. The stories typically do not go where you think they are going to go. I loved being continually surprised and often stunned when the show went from the unexpected to over the top.

Highly recommend the show if you haven't seen it. If the surgeries bother you they become less prominent a few episodes in where they are reduced to a 30 second music montage.

I read the show starts losing steam during Season 4 and then after that it gets worse. But hell if there are 4 seasons around the quality of S1 I'll be happy.
1165  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (09/06) on: September 07, 2010, 06:00:02 PM
Amnesia tomorrow and Recettear later in the week. Both games won me over with the demos.

Also purchased the RE5 DLC content which was half-off this week (360). 560 points for the bundle.
1166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath remake coming to PS3! on: September 03, 2010, 09:00:27 PM
This was one of the last games I got on the original Xbox and loved it enough to finish it. It was basically Borderlands lite in a western setting. Not sure how it stands up against today's FPS. Hopefully they price it at $40 or less.
1167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: September 02, 2010, 12:00:40 AM
Just a heads up. Netflix added 1,000 plus movies to their streaming service today. I'd use FeedFlix to sort through them all: http://feedfliks.com/streaming

A lot of forgettable stuff in there but a few keepers as well. Actually a lot of the stuff I'm adding are these old horror flicks I haven't seen since I was a kid/teen like "The Food of the Gods" and "Subspecies". 
1168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what games do you regret not finishing? on: August 31, 2010, 06:43:24 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 31, 2010, 12:38:24 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on August 31, 2010, 12:19:54 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on August 31, 2010, 11:56:42 AM

Mass Effect.

I loved the sequel and it would have been nice to go into it with a carry over character and my own backstory.

I stopped playing because I wasn't having fun. And playing games is a hobby, not a job.



+1

I've tried multiple times. Just can't get into it. The combat system is super awkward.

Same for me, though it wasn't exactly the combat.  It's just "something" that has never clicked.  I'm actually still trying to get through it, hopefully before the GotY edition of the second one comes out (or whatever they'll call the one that has all the DLC).

Same issue with the original Mass Effect. Stopped playing it after awhile and didn't touched it until Mass Effect 2 was sitting there in the shrink wrap. Instead of popping in ME2 I willed myself to put the original back in and complete it knowing if I didn't do it then I likely wouldn't later. With setting the goal of focusing just the main mission and not getting caught up in side-quests or crew relations I was able to finish the game in two or three days of playing. But I almost stopped right from the get go as my last save started at a driving mission. Ugh.

I'm glad I went through the process of finishing the first game. There were quite a few good moments in there and by the end I was pumped to play the sequel to see how the decisions I made played out.

I think I can say it would be difficult to go back and play the original after the sequel. The interface and gameplay is clunky and slower paced which would be an adjustment.
1169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Borderlands - Reviews, impressions and discussions on: August 30, 2010, 06:04:37 PM
I tried Zombie Island at L39 (2nd play through) and the monsters started at L42. So about half-way through to get in the L41/42 range to do this seems about right.
1170  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Quiet Radeon 5850's on: August 28, 2010, 09:47:12 PM
I ended up going with the ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850 DirectCU card which was both overclocked by default and seemed to be the quietest 5850 card out there. I'm pretty impressed as it was a nice performance upgrade to the RealTek 4850 and is a hell of a lot quieter. Can barely hear it.

For those that are interested I also did a PSU upgrade for the Dell XPS 420. The power supply fits in the XPS case fine but there's a small gap at the back of the computer. The Asus video card fits perfectly in that case. I was slightly worried as some of the 57xx and 58xx card deisgns the fan basically sits right under that huge CPU shroud. Not good for cooling. The Asus DirecCU design has the fan sitting well near the front and well out of the way of the CPU shroud allowing for plenty of air flow.

I had two hang ups during the PSU install. Mainly it was a bitch to pull the cables under the CPU shroud area. Then of course after I had the PSU installed I read in the XPS manual that shrould comes off pretty easily. That would have saved a lot of time and hassle if I read that first.

The other hang up was my new PSU seemed to be missing this 4 pin connector for the processor power. There was a plug that looked to fit in there but it had 4 extra pins. After my wife read the manual she saw that the pin snapped apart to make 2 4pin 12V connectors. Probably wouldn't have caught that for days.

Total damage: $388

Corsair CMPSU-650TX 650-Watt     - $69 after mail-in rebate
ASUS ATI Radeon HD 5850 DiretCU - $319
1171  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Why zombies? Have they jumped the shark? on: August 21, 2010, 01:06:34 AM
It's not at the point of saturation yet but getting very close for me. I'm definitely not readily seeking out zombie films or books like I was a year ago. I'm becoming more selective.

Zombie computer games are pretty much at the point of saturation now and I imagine in the next year the likelyhood of putting zombies in games will not automatically = $$. Just type in the word Zombie in the Steam search and you have 44 entries - about 20 of which are dedicated zombie games. That's quite a bit. I saw an add for a game titled Zombie Pirates where the game looked like it was probably a straight up pirate themed game but they stuck the word Zombie in the title to ride the zombie gaming sales wave.

For gaming the zombie theme has basically become the equivalent to what the WWII theme was for FPS's. I'll still be there for L4D3 but won't be putting money toward B style zombie games like a Zombie Driver 2 or what have you. 

I'll still be there for the Walking Dead show and World War Z movie but don't see myself regularly seeking out some lesser known zombie flicks that make their way around.
1172  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: August 20, 2010, 06:50:31 PM
Got around two watching the two Stargate SG-1 TV movies:

Ark of Truth - crap
Continuum - Not bad. It picked up in the last 25-30 minutes and ended up being ok.

Another recommendation:

The Visitor - This one stars the father from 6 Feet Under. A quiet film but I really like the interaction between the two main characters.

Not recommended but its so batshit crazy you might want to watch it anyways:

Zardoz - A very 70's sci-fi movie staring Sean Connery. In this one a giant flying stone head tells a bunch of wastelanders "The gun is good! Penis is evil!" I wasn't quite sure what was accomplished by the end but this film is just a culmination of WTF moments anyways.
1173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] The Last Exorcism on: August 20, 2010, 06:34:00 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 19, 2010, 10:37:29 PM

I tried chat roulette for the first time the other day with my netbook. First peson that popped up was a guy whacking off  disgust

He was exorcising.The ad campaign works!
1174  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: August 19, 2010, 07:39:25 PM
That's a good write up on the Lair experience in the game and pretty much mirrors my own.

I basically play the game with my wife and as a duo we can usually move through the lair slowly but typically at some point it just becomes impossible for two to complete.  So you end up trying to get a group together. Typically there's a few people that want to try it but don't have the quests or you can't share the quests with them. That means they either leave right away or once the run turns bad (which there's usally a point) they leave meaning you gotta pack it up or go at a snails pace.

It's unfortunate because some of these Lairs have pretty neat ideas or layouts but the shortcoming are preventing people from going through them. So like mentioned in the article we either skip the lairs or give it a half hearted try just to see the design.
1175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: August 19, 2010, 07:26:36 PM
Great news there. Loved the original. The original wasn't even on my radar until after it was released and was discussed here. After 15 minutes of the demo I purchased it and played it exclusively until finish. Not too many games do that for me.
1176  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Monsters on: August 18, 2010, 11:49:17 PM
Looks like a different trailer popped up on the Apple site today: Monster Trailer
1177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii] The Amazing Race announced on: August 18, 2010, 11:38:49 PM
Almost worth it to get this just to see Phil's browsie when you step on the mat.
1178  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: [Steam] Foreign Legion or Dogfighter 50% off/ Borderlands 66% off til Thursday on: August 18, 2010, 06:59:42 PM
I am weak.

Borderlands and DLC purchased.  icon_frown
1179  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Quakecon Sale Day 3: Fallout 3 GOTY 50% off on: August 15, 2010, 12:44:47 AM
I put in 45+ hours in to the GOTY edition DLed from Steam and can hardly recall crashing. Finished the main game and did a fair portion of the DLC content (Pitt/Point Lookout/Broken Steel). I did not install any 3rd party mods.
1180  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Quakecon Sale Day 1: Oblivion 60% off on: August 12, 2010, 07:27:00 PM
Bah. Wasn't going to purchase any more games for awhile but $9 for all the Oblivion expansions and DLC I can't pass up even though I probably won't bother playing it for quite some time.
1181  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Everquest Next on: August 09, 2010, 11:34:05 PM
Depends on what they do with the PvP. If the implementation is similar to Warhammer where you have the option to level up entirely without touching PvP and the death penalty for PvP is almost non-existant than I'll likely give it a whirl.

EQ 2's strong point was the PvE so I hope they don't lose focus on that. Still some of my favorite dungeon runs come from EQ2.
1182  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: GoGamer Madness Alan Wake, Mass Effect 2, Alpha Protocol, etc. on: August 06, 2010, 07:09:44 PM
Metro 2033 is tempting at that price. I just can't justify purchasing any more games for a bit. It seems like the last few months between Amazon and Steam sales I've purchased a boat load of games I haven't played yet or only played a few minutes of.

The sad part is if it appeared on Steam for that price or lower I'd have a more difficult time avoiding purchase temptation.
1183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Velvet Assasin - what happened to it? on: August 06, 2010, 06:56:50 PM
If you have Gametap you can play it on there too.
1184  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Quiet Radeon 5850's on: August 03, 2010, 06:43:10 PM
Anyone have an experience with Radeon 5850 cards and the noise level they produce? I'm currently using a RealTek 4850 card which is pretty noisy. I'm planning to upgrade to a 5850 but would like to choose one that isn't so loud.

The other interesting piece about this is I'm adding this to a Dell XPS 420 computer which has a mini-tower case. After a lot of searching I found only a single person that put a 5870 card in their XPS 420 (it fit!) but it was recommended to use a new power supply which I had already planned on doing. Will be interesting to see how this works.
1185  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Beatles Rock Band $16.99 (360 / Game Only) on: July 30, 2010, 12:01:20 AM
Just noticed today Amazon has the 360 version of Beatles Rock Band for $16.99.

PS3 and Wii versions are at $19.96

This is the lowest I've seen it for the 360. It was at $20 for some time so not sure how much more it will drop.

And if it matters the AC/DC Rock Band track pack for the 360 is down to $9.74
1186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: StarCraft 2: Wings of Liberty: It's Out!!!! on: July 29, 2010, 06:49:16 PM

Quote from: kronovan on July 29, 2010, 06:10:08 PM

How are people finding the performance of this game - especially those with less than bleeding edge gaming rigs? I've noticed the stated minimum system requirements are very low, but I'm skeptical.

Techspot has a good article on performance for lower and higher end systems here: http://www.techspot.com/review/305-starcraft2-performance/
1187  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: EQ2 goes free to play also on: July 28, 2010, 06:30:49 PM
So the two benefits of paying $15 for the extended server access over the regular server access comes down to the ability to purchase rare gear and not paying for Sentinel's Fate?  Seems silly and over complicated.

They should just bring the free access as they have listed here over to the main servers then offer those free users the ability to purchase new features/areas/whatever and they can pick and choose what they wish to buy in to. Then just keep the standard subscription fee going for those that want to use that.
1188  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Kindle Virgin - Please advise on: July 23, 2010, 06:51:56 PM
For zombie books I'd recommend the As the World Dies books trilogy by Rhiannon Frater. I don't recall seeing anyone mention these books here. They're pretty inexpensive on Kindle compared to the print version cost so the investment is pretty minimal. I can easily say these books are some of my favorite zombie books, right up there with World War Z. The covers of the books look like they are for young adults but you quickly find out they are not.

Well written characters, constant fights for survival, some good laughs, some bleak moments and a satisfying ending round out this fantastic trilogy.
1189  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Walking Dead stroll onto AMC on: July 20, 2010, 06:19:58 PM
Well I like what he said about wanting to eventually veer off from the comic story. After the first book (not sure what issues that covers) the story became stuff we've already seen or read before in other zombie books/movies. The books have a good cast but not sure the writer knew exactly what to do with them except kill them off, drive them insane, or maim them.
1190  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Inception, Nolan's latest film on: July 18, 2010, 04:49:27 AM
Definitely loved the film. My only (minor) complaint was the architect team member contributions seemed under utilized. I figured with as much time as they spent with that character they would use some of those maze/optical illusion like talents. I can only recall two instances where their talent came in to play. I was anticipating some crazy crap going on but I guess there was plenty of strange things going on to throw even more in there.

BTW saw this at a Muvico theater which was an interesting experience. Muvico is this upscale movie theater. It has a VIP balcony where you can reserve seats. You pay a premium for it but get some benefits along with it. The main benefit being are these oversized "love seats". They are the most comfortable movie theater seats I've sat in ever. It basically sits two people with some room to spare . There's also a nice gap between seats so your not too aware of anyone else near you - other than your loved one. It almost made it seem like a private showing. As mentioned you pay a premium for it ($16 a ticket) but damn if it wasn't well worth it for this film.

If you have one of these theaters near you its worth checking at out least once.
1191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - now Steam powered! on: July 16, 2010, 06:47:48 PM
The artwork looks good for that. But will try and hold off for the Game of the Year edition (or whatever they'll call it) so I don't buy the game twice like I did F3.
1192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haunted House returns on: July 16, 2010, 06:44:43 PM
I never had it either but played it a few times in either JC Pennys/Sears/etc. I didn't understand the game by just playing it in the store so begged the parents for it.

You can play the original Haunted House, as well as other A2600 games, online here: http://www.2600online.com/hauntedhouse.asp
1193  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trapped Dead on: July 16, 2010, 06:37:03 PM
This could be fun. Been awhile since I've tried a Commando's style game.

Still not sure why no one has made a good action/stratgey zombie game where you have to forage for resources and can build/upgrade defenses. Maybe its just me wanting one of those.
1194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Haunted House returns on: July 14, 2010, 07:10:42 PM
Neat idea. Initally I was thinking they should do this with more Atari 2600 classics but as I look through the list there isn't really any I would get too excited about seeing an update. Maybe the Artillery Duel/Chuck Norris Superkicks pack.
1195  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Guy beats the Price is Right on: July 13, 2010, 05:55:03 PM
Timely on the Press Your Luck on. I think that story may be on this/next weeks This American Life podcast so will be interesting to hear how that came about.
1196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Miss your old SNES or Sega Genesis? Then this is for you! on: July 07, 2010, 06:31:28 PM
Quote from: morlac
Yea, if you don't have to blow on or lick the cartridge to get it to work then you arn't really playing smile

I think you may be thinking of something other than cartridges.

The former practice I've heard of but not the later.
1197  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: June 29, 2010, 03:07:46 AM
For $7 and 30-days access you're not wasting anything. The game is a lot of fun with all the different powers but its lacking content and after awhile the quests are more of the same. But I think for 30 days you should have a lot of fun with it. If you play somewhat frequently I'd say at the 60-day mark the game will feel a bit stale.
1198  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: STEAM - choosing where to install games on: June 29, 2010, 02:59:14 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 28, 2010, 11:25:11 AM

Quote from: greeneggsnham on June 28, 2010, 11:08:32 AM

https://support.steampowered.com/kb_cat.php?id=3&t=qanda

I did this over the weekend. Seemed to work fine, been installing some of the new purchases to a larger drive and all the old stuff is working fine also.

ah, this is what I was thinking off - but didnt have time to search the forums myself :-)

I went through this process awhile back moving my steam games to a new drive. It wasn't all that bad. Although it took forever to copy all the installed games from one drive to another. But it was a one time thing - or at least an infrequent process - so no biggie. Didn't run in to any issues afterwards.
1199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Overlord/Overlord 2 on: June 26, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
The first Overlord was great. Its similar in play to Pikman. I liked the humor to it too and how it poked fun at fantasy games.

I'll also mirror that using a controller is the way to go to play this one.

Overlord 2 is more of the same with better graphics but I didn't find it as fun to play as the original for some reason. It started off good then kinda lost its charm. If you enjoyed the first one its certainly worth getting cheap but just don't go in to that one expecting a better experience. Plenty of good gaming in the original and the add-on though.
1200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Onlive beta on: June 26, 2010, 05:00:10 AM
I got in on the founders thing so played the service some tonight. Overall feeling of the service is that its ok. You definetly play games through it but from the three games I tried its a bit hit or miss.

First off I have a cable connection and am playing this through an ok Desktop. It can run Crysis on high graphics (but not ultra) and what not. The first game I tried was the Harry Potter Lego demo. This worked the best out of the bunch. Controls were responsive and it looked decent. The graphics were stuck at running at 1280x800 (or something along those lines) so on my 1680 x 1050 native resolution mointor graphics looked a bit muddy at times. Certainly not the sharpness I would get if run at native. Also because it was running at that resolution there were black bars above and below the play screen.

There was no way I could see to change monitor resolution. I'm not sure if they plan on changing that in the future.

Anyways the game ran fine and was responsive and fun to boot (I'm a Harry Potter fan). I liked that the game started right up without a need for an install. So for an initial impression I was pretty positive.

The second game I tried was Just Cause 2. I never played the game but knew from reading here and elsewhere the graphics are supposed to be amazing. I wasn't blown away with what I was seeing here. The graphics looked slightly muddy...worse than Harry.  I also noticed a split second delay in movement. And when I would spin around there was noticible clipping. But I got used to it pretty quickly and just continued on.

The game was playable but I felt like I was being denied the entire experience due to the muddy graphics. It was particularly apparent when looking at things in the distance. The further away things were the more muddy they got.

One thing that was fun was the alert telling you that someone is watching your game. This was actually kinda neat as I figured I'd try and put on a good show and get a bit reckless with the firefights. Unfortunatly one person spectated as I was trying to figure out how to select then throw some C4 which took a good 2 minutes. So I kinda like the addtion of the spectator mode as you feel like you need to up your game.

The final game I tried was Dirt 2. I'm very familar with this game and it runs, looks, and plays fantasticly on my computer. My experience with this game on OnLive was almost unplayable. The graphics were so muddy that it was hard to see when corners were coming up. You end up crashing a lot or have to stay on the CPU's ass so you can tell when a corner is coming up.

The controls seemd fine. I didn't notice the delay but was using the Xbox controller for this game so that may have hidden it some. But yeah the muddy graphics killed it.

I'll still give the service a try throughout the year and hopefully there are some improvements along the way.
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