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161  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Nissan Leaf on: January 14, 2013, 03:21:41 AM
A friend has one, and he loves it. Said its the best car he has owned in the past several years.
162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Looks like Used Games are going away next gen on: January 04, 2013, 09:27:16 AM
I've always been of the perspective that the used games market is stealing from the developers and publishers. I dont want to open a can of worms, that is just my opinion. When I briefly worked at a GameStop back in the day, I always felt bad at how many times we churned those used copies of various games, especially when you are instructed to drive customers to the used games.

IMHO, used game shops should pass on a portion of those profits to the developer. every time I see a person sell Call of Duty X to GameStop for $25 credit, and then 30 seconds later the Gamestop is selling it used for a paltry $5 discount below full retail, it bothers me.
163  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Attack site? Badware? Huh? on: December 29, 2012, 11:46:13 PM
ATB performed some investigative journalism and concluded the Russian mob is after Knightshade for refusing to review that adult-only game. I'd back you guys up, but I'm part French, so that won't be happening. (actually I'm Irish. And it's the weekend. So Im too drunk to help. But if this ever happens on a weekDAY, heads will roll!). <belch>
164  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Firefox popped up with a 'Reported Attack site' message on GT on: December 29, 2012, 11:34:14 PM
Damn, Knightshade, just review their porn game and give them whatever else they want!! I'm stuck using Safari on a tiny-ass iPhone 4 screen!!! And if THEY are listening in, I've already pre-ordered the limited edition with the edible underwear!!!!!
165  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / (Vita) *Unopened* Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Collector's Edition on: December 29, 2012, 01:07:23 AM
My GF bought me this for Christmas without realizing I had already purchased it for myself. Problem is, she is now past the return window.

Just looking to see if there is any interest here before I ship it off to Amazon or ebay, where it is now selling for $95-$120. I'm just looking for MSRP, which is $70. I'd be happy with:

-iTunes cards
-Steam Wallet Cards
-Amazon e-mailed gift cards

Item would be shipped with delivery confirmation.
166  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I need your opinion on whether or not to run a review on: December 29, 2012, 12:54:02 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on December 28, 2012, 06:31:29 AM

Quote from: gellar on December 28, 2012, 12:08:55 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 27, 2012, 10:13:01 PM

My personal feeling on it is "It's a product.  I review products.  Somebody out there wants to know whether or not this game is worth their cash" - it's more the community reaction I'm worried about.   The review itself will fall off the front page in a day or two and fall to obscurity with a news push or two.   I just don't want somebody tearing me a new ass because their kid read it or something.

Ahahahaha no.  This isn't a game.  The only reason to 'review' it is to drive traffic to the site via controversy.  Other than that it isn't worth any time at all.

I would argue that this is as much of a game as The Walking Dead is.  It's a series of choices leading to some conclusions in a story, with zombies instead of boobies.  And that bunch of quicktime events is winning GOTY from a bunch of places.  slywink

Having said that, in all seriousness I would just consider that reviewing this product is not really going to do anything positive for the site, its readers or you.

I agree with this. In terms of mechanics they are similar, so by that measuring stick the Walking Dead falls into the same family as this title. In terms of content, well.....

I say play it, see if it has actual redeeming qualities, and then perhaps inform he community. But I probably wouldn't make a full fledged review. I do wish gaming would get to the maturity level that sex, lust and love could be expressed with maturity, but I imagine that day is generations away.
167  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Plasma TV on: December 28, 2012, 09:38:31 AM
I own two of the most expensive TVs from Samsung and Panasonic. The Samsung is LCD and the Panasonic is a plasma. Without a doubt, I would choose the plasma over the LCD any day of the week. And if you professionally calibrate the difference becomes even more pronounced.My recommendation is that you go to the AVS forums and download the static image slideshow onto a USB drive (not a DVD!!!) and let it loop for about two days when you aren't using the TV. Also keep brightness below 50 for the first week or so. I've never had image retention or burn in. Ever. At least with Panasonic, there are so many technologies built into the system that you need to be trying to destroy the TV before you actually get burn in. And by that I mean brightness to 100, contrast to 100, static screen left on for hours, and auto-dimming turned off.

Uninformed People tend to think the static screens (radar, for example) on games are somehow the kiss of death, but in reality the image is broken up enough by saving screens, loading screens, menu screens etc, to refresh the TV.

But with pixel orbiting (wobbling), intelligent auto dimming, screen savers, pixel wash, etc, you really shouldnt worry.  Enjoy your TV, BUT walk her for the first few days.

edit---yes, minimize letterboxing if you are a perfectionist for the first few days.
168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (12/17) on: December 17, 2012, 08:49:01 PM
Stranger's Wrath for the vita?!?! That game was incredible on the original Xbox. If the HD version for Vita is well done, it's an insta-buy. I had no idea it even existed.
169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3/Vita] Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault on: December 02, 2012, 07:17:40 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on December 02, 2012, 05:45:20 PM

Thanks, Bicker Twins.

Now, has anyone actually played this game?
I have it. it really is Ratchet and Clank: Tower Defense. there are some light platforming elements, and some basic exploration, but the meat of the game revolves around collecting bolts to build defenses. Then you also need to bring the planetary defenses back on line, so you'll be traveling into enemy territory to throw a few switches.

The usual RnC humor is present, but the graphics have been downgraded, along with story elements and platforming. But the combat is still fun and chaotic.

Try the demo. I think the game is worth $20.
170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012 Gaming Character of the Year? on: November 29, 2012, 05:06:36 AM
Geralt from the Witcher 2 would be high on my list. I agree that Handsome jack was a great character, but I would have preferred some more interaction with him other than the audio logs for 95% of the game. Developers still don't understand how to create and utilize truly great villians.
171  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [vita] Persona 4 Golden on: November 29, 2012, 12:58:24 AM
The page goes down a few times a day, but there is some great information here for first-time players of Persona 4. He gives lots of bullet points and what to do and not do:

www.beforeiplay.com/index.php?title=Persona_4
172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallen Enchantress on: November 29, 2012, 12:51:49 AM
Having come from a CIV background, I find it very strange that wandering monsters and bandits don't attack my cities when I leave them undefended. They just stroll through the area, and keep on ramblin'.....
173  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Would You Buy From This Online Merchant? Scam of Legit? on: November 28, 2012, 09:23:42 PM

Quote from: ATB on November 28, 2012, 09:02:05 PM


5/5

1/5

5/5

1/5

lol...
174  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Would You Buy From This Online Merchant? Scam of Legit? on: November 28, 2012, 07:55:31 PM
About 95% of my online shopping for the holidays is done through Amazon, and I rarely stray from their excellent customer service. But a couple items I need aren't listed on Amazon.  This particular website has a few items that are about $75-100 cheaper than elsewhere. However, the site looks slightly....amateur. Just curious if you guys would buy a relatively high ticket product from them (~$500)

http://www.qualitymatters.com/

http://www.qualitymatters.com/aboutus.asp
175  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Nathan Drake makes a surprise return to Vita in December! on: November 25, 2012, 08:40:05 AM
I can't believe the amount of hate this game is generating of the Playstation forums. Its only 5 dollars, and the developers keep repeating that a skeleton crew made this game while work is being completed on something much larger. If anyone ever creates a Halo card game the fanboys will probably burn down the nation's capital.
176  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [vita] Persona 4 Golden on: November 25, 2012, 08:32:10 AM
Its an absolute shame that Persona 4 Golden has absolutely no traffic on this site. One of the best games on the Vita, and we are up to 4 posts.

<sigh>
177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Wii U]ZombieU on: November 21, 2012, 10:56:30 AM
I hate how the wii u has that stupid in-game animation that prompts you to look down at the handheld screen. nothing like playing a horror game, and a Nintendo 'bobble head' appears on the center of the screen, instructing you to look in your hands. Talk about an immersion killer.
178  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [vita] Persona 4 Golden on: November 21, 2012, 10:49:36 AM
Best.game.ever.

I'm a Persona whore, so YMMV. But this is the definitive version.
179  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Hitman 5: Absolution on: November 19, 2012, 10:49:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 19, 2012, 06:20:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on November 19, 2012, 06:18:29 PM

Steam pre-load is up, and that is a good thing:

Holy crap! I was thinking of getting this for the 360, I wonder if it comes on multiple disks?

I believe the game comes on one disk, but I've seen a few comparison playthroughs on Youtube, and the console version is still very respectable. I'd equate it to Witcher 2 or Metro 2033 on the console. They did a great job keeping up with the PC versions in both of those titles. I was also happy to see that the console version of Hitman managed to keep almost the same number of NPCs on the screen as the PC version, in high density places like the dance club.
180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Game Collector or Game Churner? on: November 19, 2012, 02:21:32 AM
I'm a big fan of RPGs, so the longer gameplay makes it a little easier to justify buying those games at a higher price.  The same is true of strategy games. But Call of Duty, Halo, Need for Speed, etc, are the types of games that I always wait for a price drop. Since multiplayer isn't my thing, I can no longer justify $50-60 price tags for 6 hours of gameplay.

The "problem" with PC gaming is that Steam has conditioned me to a point where I now feel like I'm simply pissing money away if I don't wait for a sale extravaganza. To the dismay of many developers, I'm guessing this is a growing trend. I don't have quite this same urge to wait with console games, even though their prices drop reasonably fast. I think part of that is because console games rarely fall to the obscenely low prices you see for PC games.

I'm trying very hard to change my collector habits to only Strategy and RPG games. There is always a bigger and better Call of Duty or Gears of War-esque game on the horizon.
181  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Game Collector or Game Churner? on: November 18, 2012, 11:14:52 PM
I'm curious how many of you here play and churn games vs those of you that also build up a 'library' of your favorite titles.  My friend falls into the former category. He either grabs the game from Redbox, or buys it from Gamestop and quickly plays through it and returns it for the highest trade-in value.

I tend to collect games, but my backlog is so high that I'll usually wait until they hit the $30 price point, and then I'll add it to my library. If its a game I truly want to support (the new XCOM, for example) I'll buy on the release date. I'm not really sure WHY I collect these games, however. I keep telling myself I'll go back and play them, but invariably I never do. There is just too much new content coming out that always keeps me occupied. But I somehow cling to this romanticized idea of returning to these previous games for a trip down memory lane.

Anyway, I guess my point is that I'm a collector, but I really shouldn't be one. I'm just too busy, I have too much of a backlog, and something great is always around the corner. What about you?
182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/Ps3] Hitman 5: Absolution on: November 18, 2012, 09:14:25 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 18, 2012, 06:05:37 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on November 18, 2012, 06:01:57 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on November 18, 2012, 05:00:03 PM


You made the point "Save system supports careful gameplay balances progress without harsh punishment". What if your gameplay isn't that careful? Say, if you wander about a bit on the map, trying different approaches? Do you end up at the very beginning of the level each time?




Well, you can use the one save point however you wish, but you can only activate it when guards aren't on high alert.  If you want to slaughter everyone on the level wholesale and you die, yea, you'll end up at the beginning of the level.  If you kill half and save, well, then you'll end up there.  smile

Excellent Review! This will be the first Hitman game I've ever played. I love the stealth genre, and have worked my way through Deus Ex, Metal Gear, Dishonored and Splinter Cell. I'm hoping this game lives up to the hype. People on a few forums have been bashing it relentlessly for straying from the 'hardcore' design school, but from your review it sounds like the developers did a good job creating difficulty levels for ALL gamers. Nothing wrong with that.

Very happy to see the inclusion of adjustable difficulty. On more than a few games I never would have seen the ending if it wasn't for that feature. I love playing on 'difficult' normally, but sometimes that can make specific bosses an absolute grind and chore to pass.
183  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Recommendation for new Vita owner? on: November 10, 2012, 05:15:04 PM
If you like Uncharted on the consoles, grab the Vita version. It is excellent.

Persona 4 is due out this month. That is a must have for RPG fans.

New Little King's Story is great if you enjoyed the 1st game on the Wii.
184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Halo 4 on: November 05, 2012, 05:19:42 AM

Quote from: th'FOOL on November 05, 2012, 02:33:43 AM

Looks like Tom Chick figured out how to drive up the hits this week....

I'm not going to link to it- you all likely know where to go.

I can pinpoint the exact moment he stopped playing the campaign. It's pathetic.

yeah, I don't understand his score of 1 star. That equates to 20%, which to me would be a game that is inherently broken or completely buggy and unfinished. I haven't played Halo 4, but I'm certain it has amazing graphics, competent controls, a relatively long single player mode, coupled with strong multiplayer aspects, wrapped up in mostly bug-free gaming. How can that possibly equate to 1 star? I can see a 2.5 or 3 stars, but ONE? My first inclination was shaking the tree just because he wanted to generate some buzz.
185  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Win 8 available tomorrow on: October 30, 2012, 01:20:23 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 29, 2012, 10:35:55 PM

I'm just curious if you guys who are using it really like the Metro/box interface, and if you are using it on a touch screen.  I tried the customer preview a while back and really did not like it at all; I just jumped to the desktop as soon as I could.  This was not on a touch screen though.  Also in terms of new/better features, are there specific ones that would be good even if you only used the desktop interface?

I'm using it on a full-blown i5 powered Samsung touch screen slate, and I think it is marvelous. Great cloud support. They are really going all out on a seamless look between Windows 8 PC, Windows 8 phones, and Xbox. Smartglass is very cool, along with Xbox music. In particular, Xbox music allows for free streaming of their entire archive of 350,000 songs.  A subscription garners you extra bonuses. But overall, it simply feels and acts like a "shell" placed over Windows 7. But a very well designed shell. If it wasn't for its exclusive games, I could easily see myself discarding the ipad.


On the desktop side I haven't noticed much change, but I haven't dug deep. Many of my programs now use between 5-25% less resources, however.
186  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [PSP/Vita] Corpse Party on: October 28, 2012, 06:47:31 AM
Play with headphones! You MUST play with HEADPHONESSSSSS!!!!!
187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 27, 2012, 08:00:18 PM

Quote from: Misguided on October 27, 2012, 07:57:00 PM

1) you must have one REAL point in the skill (and a cool thing in B2 is when you look at the skill, it will tell you there are bonus points you are not receiving...don't think the first had that)

2) yes, afaik. The first game was like that. You should see the higher level reflected in the skill effect info.



Thanks. Didn't realize it told you about bonuses you aren't receiving.
188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] Borderlands 2 on: October 27, 2012, 07:45:30 PM
I've got a few question about the perks such as Metal Storm, Duty Calls, Impact, etc. Certain mods give you a +1 or higher bonus to these perks, but I'm uncertain about two aspects:

1) Do you need to have first unlocked and spent points on a perk such as Metal Storm before the bonus mods will work? In other words, can I still get the +2 to my impact skill if I haven't placed skill points into that tree yet?

2) Skills go up to level 5. If I'm already at Sentry level 5, and then get a +2 Sentry mod, does that aggregate to a +7 and go above the normal skill limit?


Thanks!
189  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Zero Escape (999 sequel) [3DS/Vita] on: October 27, 2012, 09:19:06 AM
This game is exceptional. If you enjoyed 999, you simply must purchase Zero Escape. So far I'm enjoying it as much as the first title, and the production values are much higher. It is a brilliant addition to the Vita library.

I tried the 3DS and Vita version. The Vita version is superior. You also avoid the game-killing bugs found in the 3DS version, that corrupt your save file.

190  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Windows 8 - 10/26/2012! on: October 26, 2012, 04:35:26 PM
I upgraded to Windows 8 on my Samsung Series 7 slate late last evening via the $40 upgrade. A few general thoughts:

-upgrading was simple and flawless. Everything carried over properly and I've had absolutely no conflicts or issues moving up from Win7 Professional.

-My legacy programs all appear to be working properly and in many cases they are using less system resources. For example, Media Player Classic Home Cinema is now using 12% less resources when playing 1080p MKV video.

-You can immediately switch back to the "old" Windows 7 desktop screen via a massive button located prominently on the Win8 start screen. So I'm not sure why so many people are gnashing their teeth over the lack of a normal desktop. But....the desktop appears to be slightly more difficult to use, as the "Start" button is now gone. So I'm still trying to determine how to quickly open programs via the standard desktop now, without going into Explorer, or pinning them to the task bar.

-Navigation is as fluid as the ipad. Swiping is very responsive, and jumping between programs shows no delay or stuttering.

-The new app store is easy to use, but still lacks for true content. Hulu, Netflix, and Kindle are all available, so I'm happy. The apps also seem to be getting added at a fairly quick pace.


Overall I'm happy with the upgrade, and for my tablet it was a good decision.




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191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mistwalker's The Last Story and Xenoblade on: October 23, 2012, 06:40:00 AM
I'm really enjoying The Last Story, but much like Xenoblade Chronicles, I keep wishing the game had been released on the 360 or PS3. The art direction is good, but the graphics are simply godawful on 60" plasma TV. I actually dropped down and started playing it on my 24" LCD, where the smaller screen makes things bearable. The Wii U can't get here soon enough. smile

Anyway, there isn't much depth to the battle system or RPG elements, but the story and cast of characters keep things entertaining.
192  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: October 02, 2012, 05:58:09 PM
I'm buying both the PC version and the 360 version. Enjoyed the demo and want to support further development of games like this. Give us Terror From The Deep next!

Having said that, I'm very disappointed that there won't be any maps where your home base is attacked. I absolutely loved the need to defend your headquarters in the original game. It added an extra level of tension when you realized the aliens were absolutely willing and able to bring the fight to your doorstep.
193  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Sony struggling to get 3rd parties for PS Vita - encouraging fewer console ports on: September 29, 2012, 04:17:16 PM
If the Vita dies, its because there are a couple hundred topics, across multiple forums, all lamenting the death of the Vita. This stops potential new customers from buying, and skittish publishers from getting on board. Self-fullfilling prophecy.

194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 10, 2012, 05:46:02 PM

Quote from: Caine on September 09, 2012, 07:50:32 PM

Quote from: forgeforsaken on September 09, 2012, 02:16:14 PM

This game is great, everyone should at the very least check out the trial.

Agreed.  Great art style, fun gameplay and you can play it how it suits you.  Really digging this and am amazed it isn't getting more love from MS itself.  This should have been the headliner for the summer promo.

Absolutely agree. This is the best release of the year so far on their service, and I saw Microsoft Studios on the splash screen. you would think they would be pumping this title up.
195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA] Mark of the Ninja on: September 09, 2012, 04:34:15 PM
Awesome! Thanks Bullwinkle! This looks fantastic and it wasn't even on my radar. Any idea how long the game lasts?
196  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Countdown - something TWEWY related on: August 28, 2012, 04:13:40 AM
Fail. The port to ios is out.

It's $20
It's not universal.

So much for TWEWY in all it's iPad glory....
197  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: FT- Sleeping Dogs (xbox360) on: August 27, 2012, 10:33:14 PM
sorry, already played through it!
198  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FT- Sleeping Dogs (xbox360) on: August 25, 2012, 11:58:55 PM
Played for about 4 hours. The game is not for me. It comes complete, and is in excellent condition. Will ship with delivery confirmation. Looking for the following games, also in "Like New" condition:

360:

Darksiders 2
Max Payne 3
199  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 25, 2012, 09:46:41 PM

Quote from: jztemple2 on August 25, 2012, 06:30:18 PM

I myself am stuck at the Club Bam Bam mission. I can't get past it icon_frown. And there are no unlocked police missions left to attempt, so I'll play around with the game some more but then it's back to the store for a trade-in tear.

On a happier note, I did lay my hands on a sub-machine gun and for a while I was raising hell and grabbing lock boxes like nobody's business nod... till I ran out of ammo crybaby

I had the exact same problem, and the checkpoints on that mission suck! I finally got through it by:

1. Getting power ups from vendors for increased protection, life bar regeneration, and increased "heat" meter. (can't remember what they call it in the game)
2. immediately after the bouncers quick time event, just jump over the railing down to the first floor. you can avoid fighting them altogether.
3. Disarm the guy with the knife and use it.
4. Wait for your health bar to regenerate before entering the bathroom. That grappler can do massive damage.

I'm really not liking the combat as much as Batman, as it seems to be ALOT less forgiving during quick-time events. For example, I keep hitting "B" but the grappler still hits me for big damage. combos also seem harder to pull off.

If the fights in later parts of the game have more stages and enemies than club Bam-Bam, I may call it a day. That sequence had about 30 guys to take out. right now I'm trying to increase my health via shrines.
200  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sleeping Dogs Review is up! on: August 25, 2012, 01:42:10 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on August 25, 2012, 01:15:05 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 25, 2012, 05:51:19 AM

I'll chime in as one of the people who is simply not enjoying the game yet. I'm having some difficulty with the melee combat, and the checkpoints are horrendous. There is nothing worse than fighting through 3 waves of enemies, getting killed by the last one or two of them, and being sent a significant way back. Plus, any power-ups you bought are lost when you replay the checkpoint. So if you had increased attack and decreased damage power-ups, they are gone when you need to reload a checkpoint. NOT cool.

I've also not seen any really interesting characters or character development yet. I've only played the first few cop missions, and up to Club Bam-Bam. But nothing really stands out.



I agree with your first comment, but not the second.  The character development is on par with this type of sandbox game.  It's one of the reasons I keep playing it.

I like it despite my frustration with the combat.  I'm at the same spot you are, BTW.

I agree that the development is about on par with other games. I was anticipating something a little more colorful, similar to the characters in GTA Chinatown. I guess it would be more correct to say that the dialogue is rather bland, and that diminishes my interest in the characters. I'll give it a few more missions and see if the combat clicks.
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