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1  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Confessions of an Xbox One addict on: July 03, 2014, 07:20:49 PM
Didn't really give a shit about either, nothing has happened in the last seven months to change that.  The only XBone game I really wanted, Dead Rising 3, is now coming to PC.  PS4 hasn't impressed either, but my assumption is when I do buy a new console it will probably be first.

Not trying to rain on anyone's parade though, just a personal preference.  Glad to hear most are getting their money's worth.  I have no doubt that eventually I'll end up with both, just probably won't be any time soon.
2  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wii U on: May 01, 2014, 06:56:37 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on April 18, 2014, 05:38:03 PM

I am always a little puzzled when I hear about people having network problems with their WiiUís.  Maybe I just got lucky but I have never had trouble getting them to sync up instantly, even when Iíve brought it to other peopleís houses.  My router also has two walls between it and the console so Iím not sure why distance is a problem for you unless you live in a lead bunker.

Same here, my WiiU is upstairs on the opposite side of the house and I've never had a problem.
3  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 25, 2014, 02:16:41 PM
Great review Ron, much more even-keeled than others I've read.  Played through the prologue on master thief difficulty and really like it so far.  Had to head off to work, otherwise I'd still be playing.  The cut-scenes are a little rough at times, plus the game definitely doesn't perform as well as DX:HR.  Minor complaints though, really looking forward to diving back in tonight after my daughter's swim meet.
4  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 02:08:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on February 25, 2014, 02:00:05 PM

Quote from: Glycerine on February 25, 2014, 11:33:01 AM

Interesting point about Nintendo needing to innovate more.  I was just thinking, when was the last totally original IP they came up with?

Wii Music.

Yep, that sounds about right.  smile
5  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 11:33:01 AM
Yeah, no doubt that Nintendo really screwed the pooch with this launch.  I don't regret my purchase, and I still don't see myself getting either of the others any time soon.  I was leaning towards a PS4 when my PS3 dies, but since there is no backward compatability I probably will just get another PS3.  I honestly think it's because I have yet to see a single exclusive game for either console that I give a shit about.  Plus I have a pretty decent gaming rig, which definitely helps.  The Wii-U, on the other hand, has all the games both I and my family love and want to play.  I just couldn't justify it to myself to spend that much money for something that I really don't even use that much now.  I could easily buy both, but for what?  So they sit and collect dust?  The Wii-U gets pretty much daily use around here, PS3 is mainly for blu-rays and Netflix (with an occasional game played every once in awhile), 360 gets turned on maybe once or twice a week.  For my family, it really was a no brainer.  For other people that game online daily, are really excited about the exclusives, I can definitely understand going PS4 or XBOne instead.  All it will take for me is one game I have to play that I can't get on PC, then I'll pick one up.  Haven't seen or heard about anything as of yet though.

Interesting point about Nintendo needing to innovate more.  I was just thinking, when was the last totally original IP they came up with?
6  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2890 Days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: February 25, 2014, 01:49:29 AM
Still not feeling it with either console, so I don't see myself getting one any time soon.  I guess I'm one of the very few minority that bought a Wii-U instead.  Don't really get all the hate for it, big hit with the family in my house.  Super Mario 3D World has now dethroned the original SNES as my all time favorite Mario game ever.  Can't wait to pick up the new Mario Kart and Smash Brothers.  Hopefully Nintendo will get off their dead asses and announce a new Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Metroid.  Why these titles didn't ship at launch, and why we are over a year later with no announcement is beyond me.  Even still, lots of other good stuff I'd like to pick up like Wonderful 101, Monster Hunter 4, and X whenever it gets released.

I'm not exactly sure why I can't get excited about the other two.  I think it's because I've seen this so many times before that I'm just burnt out on it.  I think this will be the first generation that I don't own the new console by Sony, Microsoft, or both.
7  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PC/XB1/PS4/360/PS3] Thief on: February 24, 2014, 07:04:09 PM
Bought it from GameFly during the sale, pre-loaded and ready to go.  I really don't give a shit what most of these so-called reviewers think.  From what I've read, and admittedly I shouldn't be that surprised, is that it's not exactly like the original so it sucks.  I find it strange that some reviewers are talking like its a bug-ridden mess, while others barely mention having any problems at all.  Methinks it's because those same reviewers really do not like the fact that's it's not a carbon-copy of the original, so they've decided the game sucks and made it their mission to rip it as much as possible.  I've played all the others and, to be honest, I thought they were really good but not this holy grail of gaming that some people make them out to be.  My thought is that MANY people are looking back fifteen plus years through their rose-colored glasses and remembering a far different game than what I played.

Also:  I watched Total Biscuit and a few other streams and I don't see any of the shit others are talking about as far as boken AI, corridor level design, etc.  Honestly looks quite a bit like the original, albeit with a new coat of paint.  Admittedly I haven't spent a whole lot of time looking at previews, so I guess I'll reserve judgement until <GASP> I actually play it!  Cool concept, eh?
8  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 18, 2014, 12:51:04 AM

Quote from: jztemple2 on May 28, 1974, 07:09:24 PM

Wow, I would never have thought of even trying that. I have always gone through alien research before plasma. Maybe I'm playing the game wrong? I do know I'm always out of money right after I get my budget; I must be spending too much on facilities early on.

I had similar troubles in my last game, so this time I did some reading and went in with a plan.  This last game I took Europe as my starting location mainly for the workshop bonus.  Right off the bat I tunneled down to the second level, built a workshop and satellite facility, started clearing out the first level.  I planned ahead to make sure I had room to build the facilities that have synergy right next to each other:  workshop on one side with opening for a MEC lab later, satellite on the other with room to build more all around it.  Power is pretty much a requirement  next, so I built one up in the far corner.  If you get lucky and have a steam vent close you may be able to build that first.  I also left spots open around it so I could build more and get the same bonuses.  Research wise I think I went alien materials first, then the early weapons one next that I can't quite place, seemed like beam weapons was pretty close after that.  Took engineer bonus for abduction missions so I could ramp up the workshop.  Also started building satellites themselves as soon as I could since they take forever, even if I didn't have the ability to launch them yet.  Plus did what others have already mentioned, like waiting to launch sats after the initial first few until a country had high panic.  It was like balancing spinning plates for the first couple months, trying to do whatever I could to keep a country from going in to full panic with many others so teetering close.  I noticed it helps to so the miscellaneous requests when they come up, as they reduce panic I think.  Most important thing of all is base design, at least in my opinion.  If you keep in mind what facilities get bonuses from each other it really adds up.  I'm at the end of the game and I don't think I've used half of my space yet, last game I remember almost running out.

My A-team squad now is all colonels; Support, Assault, Sniper, Heavy, and two MEC troopers with different abilities.  Every one but the MECs gene modded with something that would complement their role.  Slow and seady seems to work best for me.  I try to only move enough to keep most on Overwatch, except a couple to scout.  I've also tried to keep them together, only splitting up into a minimum of three man teams and never get too far away.  Bad things always happens when I split everyone up, someone gets killed and I have to reload.  I don't let team members did if I can help it.  I guess I think of it as a learning experience that's telling me I need to try a different tactic.  They still get injured, a lot in fact, so I made sure I grabbed the healing bonus from OCS as soon as I could. Oh, and explosives.  I use lots and lots of explosives; grenades and rockets galore.  If I can blow their asses up, you bet I will.

9  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PC/PS3] XCOM: Enemy Unknown - Enemy Within expansion! on: January 17, 2014, 04:18:24 PM
Hope to finish up my Normal play through this weekend.  Full satellite coverage, all research completed (no Edison achievement, it's bugged in EW) ready to do the final mission.  Those first few months are downright brutal, but after I got everything up and going it became almost too easy.  For this game I focused on getting laser weapons and satellites before anything else.  I also did not even capture a live alien until I had plasma weapons and titan armor.  It seemed to work okay, only lost one country and it was Nigeria.  Next time I may try it on Classic, but no way am I even messing with Ironman mode.  I play games to have fun, and to me that would be a exercise in frustration.
10  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS - 4GB 360 /w Skyrim, Halo 4, and Minecraft on: December 27, 2013, 03:20:41 PM
I have a black 4GB 360, one controller, less than 3 months old.  It comes with Skyrim, Halo 4, and Minecraft.  Looking for $175 shipped to anywhere inside US.  PM me if interested.
11  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 30 days until launch. Which system are you getting? on: October 19, 2013, 10:44:02 AM
Neither at launch.  Honestly haven't seen anything yet that impresses me, nor does it seem like much of a graphical leap from the current generation.  That said I will eventually end up with both, but it won't be for a few years.  I'll pick up the inevitable much later, newer, better designed PS4 after my PS3 dies.  XBOne doesn't really interest me at all, even with the new Dead Rising.  I know I will eventually get one, but again it won't be a first run machine.  Got burned on that before, not doing it again.  Looking forward to impressions though!  Maybe the temptation will be too much for me and will break down and grab the PS4 when Kingdom Hearts 3 comes out.

So for all those that are in on day one, what's the first game you throw in that shiny new console once it's hooked up?
12  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS/T - Grand Theft Auto V (360) on: October 16, 2013, 06:59:18 PM
Finished it, looking to unload it since I'm planning on getting the PC version next year.  It is of course brand new, in pristine condition, and comes with a unused pre-order bonus code for the blimp.  Looking for $55 shipped, PayPal or Steam cash would work.  Might consider a trade for Diablo III on 360.  PM me if interested.
13  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [PS3] Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix - Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD a possibility! on: September 11, 2013, 08:36:23 PM
Picked this up yesterday and have been enjoying it so far.  The HD graphics are crisp, controls are responsive, and the game is just as good as I remember.  My only minor complaint would be the fact you can't turn off the subtitles.  Other then that it's been a pretty good ride for the first few hours I put in.  Here's hoping we see Kingdom Hearts 2 HD Final Mix before the end of the year.
14  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: August 27, 2013, 02:43:14 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on August 27, 2013, 01:23:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on August 27, 2013, 02:19:58 AM

No one makes a $500 purchase trivially.

I disagree wholeheartedly. I know one person who makes $500 purchases on a whim so often you could call it a hobby. Yesterday it was closer to $700 with the XBOne, Gold card and Forza Limited.

$30k I'll give some thought to beforehand. $500 isn't going to impact the bottom line.

I'm still happy to argue all day about why the PS3 controllers sucks and I am suspicious of claims that xbox 360 controller fans prefer the PS4 controller, but in the end I will end up buying both assuming the PS4 comes up with something I have to own. I bought the PS3 for the Uncharted games and I loved the first 2, but I am over it. They need something new to grab me. I am sure it will come.

Uh yeah, I think I'm with the majority here in that $500 is a pretty big expense.  I've got a 17 year old heading off to college next year, and two 15 year olds in 8th grade.  Needless to say dollars that could be spent on one or both consoles are going elsewhere.  I'll probably wait until next year after the inevitable price drop.  I'm leaning more towards PS4 first, XBOne possibly some time later when I actually give a damn.  Right now I don't see anything for either system that says "Must have now!".

And, lets be honest here, most people that spend that kind of money on a whim are putting it on the good old credit card.  Nothin like racking up another 500-700 on top of the thousands already owed.  It is the American way, right?  Not my way, I will be totally debt free in less than 2 years.  Man I cannot wait, and I'm not about to start racking up more debt to pay off for something of such low importance.  (Hell, I barely play the two I have now, difficult to justify going out on day one ans spending another 1000 just to have them sit there and gather dust.). If nothing else, I am looking forward to the new systems for price drops on the old stuff!  Woo hoo!  Cheap games and accessories for everyone!
15  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: How are you feeling about your pre-orders now? on: August 22, 2013, 12:15:46 PM

Quote from: msduncan on August 22, 2013, 12:07:25 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on August 22, 2013, 11:21:02 AM

I have both pre-ordered from Amazon.  The XB1 is almost paid off as I've been applying online gift cards at regular intervals.   I am thinking about flipping the PS4 for a profit or I could give it away to my older brother as a Christmas gift if he can't secure one (Honestly, I'm leaning this way, but his wife disdain his gaming habit and it causes great drama in their household)

Why do some women loathe a gaming habit?    He should, for a period of a month, pick up golf and hunting.   He would be spending hundreds of dollars a month and wouldn't be there on Saturday or Sunday most weekends.   Maybe then she would rethink her opposition to having her husband at home gaming.

Those type of women, at least in my experience, are the needy ones who can't stand when attention is not entirely focused on them.  Sports, outdoors, gaming, it doesn't matter.  They have a deep psychological need and crave attention.  My ex-wife was like that, thank god my current one isn't.  Ironically enough my first marriage didn't last 4 years, yet I've been with my current wife for seven. The right women makes all the difference in the world.
16  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 06/07/13 on: June 11, 2013, 02:40:46 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 10, 2013, 02:25:07 AM

All in all, a good final weekend before twin-ageddon.  smile

Congrats!  I have identical "mirror" twin daughters who will be 15 in August.  You are in for a whole lot of fun, and work of course, but lots of fun!  Congratulations again!
17  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 5/24/13 -- Memorial Weekend edition! on: May 26, 2013, 12:22:02 AM

Quote from: Greg Wak on May 24, 2013, 05:38:20 PM

Dark Souls. Trying to find a way to beat the Black knights and the Gargoyle

For the bell gargoyles there's a nice spot on the left side of the bell tower where it's harder for them to get you.  Also I think they are weak vs lightning iirc, so use a pine resin if you have one.  I sent you a PM with my gamertag if you want some help.

As for my gaming this weekend it will most likely be split between playing three different characters on Veteran in Torchlight 2.  Just got the Berserker to act 3, Outlander and Embermage are not far behind.  It's starting to get tough, I don't even want to think about how bad Elite must be.  Also some Force Unleashed (the original), and maybe a little Payday thrown in.  And most certainly some Halo, Ultimate Alliance 2, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, WWE 13, Kinect, and Mortal Kombat with my three teenage daughters.  They're 14, 14, and 17 now so they'll pretty much play anything.  Maybe some Diablo III with the wife if she has time.
18  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Coming to the PC! on: May 22, 2013, 12:26:51 AM
You really need to play this game with a controller, and that's coming from someone who prefers a mouse.  I've finished it twice with both endings and I honestly don't think I would have made it very far if I had stuck with a mouse.  A standard wired 360 controller works beautifully.

A couple things:

- Install the latest version of DSFix, google for the link as I am posting this from my phone.

- Mages have it really easy in this game, melee classes are much harder.  I've never played a ranged character so I can't comment either way.

- Get a good shield and learn to use it no matter which type of character you play.  A shield is absolutely vital to survive, along with investing in the stamina points to take hits.  Try and train yourself to drop your guard between attacks to regenerate it quickly.

- The game will allow you to wander into areas you may not be ready for, but that also allows you to also find good gear early on which can make things easier.

- To really take advantage of that, pick the Master Key when you create your character as it will get you in to some places early and open shortcuts in others.  I can think of a really great shield you can get within 5 minute of hitting Firelink Shrine.

- Keep an eye on your equipped weight, and unless you want to move like a lumbering giant keep it under 50%, or 25 if you want to roll and move really fast.  Remember you can carry an unlimited amount of stuff, it's only what you equip that matters.

- Every boss has a different set of attacks to learn, but one common thing I've noticed for the bigger opponents is to get in close under or behind for best results.  It's also very important to pay attention to the environment and how it can be best used to your advantage.
19  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2012: GOTY/GOAT of the year? on: November 28, 2012, 10:26:36 AM
GOTY:  Assassins Creed III, without a doubt.  It's glitchy at times, but a blast to play and I really love the Revolutionary War as a backdrop.  I've read all the bitching and complaining, but really didn't have any of those problems.  Several people were screaming about one particular mission where you have to chase down a courier, to the point that I was dreading even attempting it.  I easily tackled the guy in less than a minute when I played first on 360.  It took about 10-20 seconds on PC, and I even managed to get the optional objective that time.  I honestly don't have a fucking clue why so many people had trouble with that.

RUNNER UP:  Borderlands 2, but it was pretty close.  I loved everything about the sequel; the new classes, gameplay changes, areas, enemies, humor, and bad ass system.  It ran a little long for me, as I didn't even finish all the side quests in the last area.  I was also disappointed that they didn't have more vehicles, I really wanted to try one of those bandit flyers dammit!

GOAT:  Diablo 3, hands down my biggest disappointment.  After playing it's predecessor on and off for 10 years, I was really psyched for this one.  Not sure what it was, but the game just didn't get its hooks in me.  I liked the new ability system, but didn't like how they dumbed it down.  Part of the allure of Diablo 2 was coming up with different builds, and this just isn't the same.  I did manage to finish it once, but lost interest after that.
20  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: RNC on: August 31, 2012, 01:55:34 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on August 30, 2012, 07:51:53 PM

$5 trillion is new debt that is.

Not that it matters, since you seem to live in fantasy land, but:

But I'm sure it's fine by you to spend a trillion dollars killing brown people in other countries, right?  You really will believe anything these assclowns say, won't you?  I mean, even your almighty FoxNews is calling bullshit.  How people like you get through a single day without hurting yourself or others is beyond me.
21  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Diablo III Battle.Net tags. on: May 26, 2012, 10:29:02 AM
22  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / FS: Mass Effect 3 /w Online Pass (360) on: March 15, 2012, 09:27:44 AM
It's in pristine condition and comes with an unused online pass.  I'm looking to finish up this weekend, so I'd like to line up a buyer.  $50 shipped, PM me it interested.
23  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic announced on: January 19, 2012, 03:49:07 AM
I've dabbled in a smattering of different characters over the last month:  32 Powertech, 21 Sith Sorcerer, 17 Sith Marauder, 12 Operative, 21 Scoundrel, and 20 Jedi Shadow

All of them have been fun to play, though the Bounty Hunter is probably still my favorite.  I'm not feeling the Operative and will probably start up another agent so I can go Sniper instead.  I'd also like to start a Trooper as well, but have put that on the back burner for now.  My major complaints:

- Ability to actually use the high res textures I've heard about, not just medium labeled as high
- Farther grass draw distance, seeing it pop in front of me even on max detail is annoying
- Shuttle point that goes straight back to my ship
- LFG system similar to WoW
- A UI that isn't so horribly outdated, really need more than 2 windows and ability to resize
- Quest items that can be triggered without having to drag them into the hotbar
- Something to do with commendations for earlier planets
- More varied quest design and flow that doesn't take every single class to the exact same areas
- Heroic or group space missions
- Ability to switch advanced classes for a price

I'm sure there's more but that's all I can think of right now.  I've already got my money's worth, but still plan to subscribe.  Really enjoying the game and plan on sticking around for awhile to see where it goes from here.
24  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: So I got a PS3 for Christmas... now what? on: January 09, 2012, 12:58:11 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on January 03, 2012, 05:57:26 PM

Bizarre is preferring to not play with your friends.

Bizarre is trying to tell someone else how they should be playing their own system.  I know this may come as a shock to someone that is dependent on a 360 for all their social interaction, but there are people out there that *GASP* don't play anything multiplayer!  icon_eek  Can you believe that?  A few of my friends don't even HAVE an internet connection!  Oh the humanity!

Back on topic:  I would recommend Metal Gear Solid 4 if you liked the others, Heavy Rain, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and Heavenly Sword.
25  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Star Wars: The Old Republic Screenshot thread on: December 24, 2011, 04:28:06 AM

Rune, 16 Sith Marauder on board my brand new ship.  Really loving the game so far, thinking about starting up a Bounty Hunter next.
26  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which JRPG should I play? on: December 20, 2011, 12:38:05 AM
I ended up going with FFXIII, just made it to chapter 4 today.  I'm bouncing between it and Metal Gear Solid 4, otherwise I'd probably be quite a bit farther.  One thing I'm doing different is actually taking the time to read all the backstory in the Data Log, which has really helped me understand more about what's going on in the story.

I played Eternal Sonta back when it was first released, but didn't get very far before burning out.  Not sure what it was, but for some reason I just didn't get into it.  I also have Infinite Undiscovery on 360 and The Last Remnant on PC, anyone have any thoughts on those two?
27  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which JRPG should I play? on: December 17, 2011, 05:42:05 PM
The linearity wasn't enough to make me quit playing, just a bit disappointing considering previous games.  I honestly was having a good time with it, just got sidetracked by something else and never got back to it.

Not much for the opinion of critics these days.  Since gaming has become more mainstream, I've found myself turning less to the so-called "pros" and more to actual real gamers like yourself who aren't just playing something to get a paycheck.  Tom Chick is a professional game reviewer, and his opinions are so jaded and ass backwards that I often wonder how anyone can take him seriously.
28  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Which JRPG should I play? on: December 17, 2011, 03:48:20 PM
I've finally got the time for it, so I wanted to play through one of these.  I've had them both for awhile now, just can't decide which one to play through first.

Final Fantasy XIII - Played up to chapter 7 and then let it sit for over a year.  Really enjoyed it, but the linearity was a bit of a downer.  I plan on starting over because I don't remember much about the story or the ins and outs of the combat system.

White Knight Chronicles 2 - The plan is to play through the remastered version of 1 included, then import over once I'm done.  I haven't played it much past the first 15 minutes or so, but liked what I saw.

With Christmas coming I don't have the cash for anything new, so which would the GT crew recommend?
29  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Is Anyone Else Here Unable to Enjoy the Assassin's Creed Games? on: December 14, 2011, 02:09:58 AM
Finished the first two and loved every minute of it.  I have Brotherhood and was into it at first, but got sidetracked and now can't seem to get interested in it.  Revelations seemed like a quick cash in with added gameplay elements that didn't make sense.  Seriously, how did tower defense end up in an Assassins Creed game?  Admittedly I've never played it or read any reviews, so for all I know it may actually be good.
30  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Impressions, tweaks and more! on: November 18, 2011, 07:00:26 PM
Finally settled on playing one character, so I've actually made some progress. I give you Lassider de Vez, Listener of the Dark Brotherhood and Thieve's Guild Master:

Overall I think they really knocked this one out of the park.  By far the best Elder Scrolls to date, over 30 hours in and I've barely even started the main quest.
31  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: September 09, 2011, 10:20:13 AM
Even on normal trying to run and gun the bosses without the right augs is very frustrating.  Grenades, mines, and the typhoon are for stealth/hacking builds, so make sure to stock up if that's how you intend to play.  If not, be prepared for frustration.

Here's how I managed on hard as a pacifist:

Boss 1
Spoiler for Hiden:
For the first boss I immediately grab cover behind the boxes as soon as the fight starts.  While he is shooting and walking forward I tossed out four frag mines, then ran up and hit him with the typhoon.  Even on hard that was enough to kill him.  You could probably substitute grenades or the explosive canisters.

Boss 2
Spoiler for Hiden:
The second boss fight is a breeze if you have dermal armor and EMP shielding.  Again, mines and grenades work wonders.  The stun gun will also stop her for a few seconds if you can get close enough.

Boss 3
Spoiler for Hiden:
The third boss is basically a repeat of the first:  grab cover, toss out mines and grenades until he's dead.  Or if you have the typhoon, stun him first then run up and let loose.  I think he is EMP shielded, so not sure if those work.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I managed to talk the shut down code out of Darrow, so when the fight started I immediately ran to the center and disabled all the security.  After that I just opened up with my upgraded assault rifle, which was really the only time I used it.
32  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: September 04, 2011, 04:05:47 PM
Just finished on hard, managed to get both pacifist and no alarm achievements.

Spoiler for Hiden:
In the end I self destructed the facility, but went back and looked at two of the other endings.  Overall I think Darrow's would be the best.  I didn't get Sarif's because I never went and talked to him before the end.  Last two boss battles were a breeze with upgraded dermal armor and the typhoon.  For the third one I tossed out several frag mines, the hit him the typhoon.  The last boss was easy after using Darrow's shut down code and then blasting Zhou.
33  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: September 03, 2011, 11:33:49 AM
I'm probably 3/4 way on my hard/pacifist/no alarms run, which was my third restart by the way, and Steam says I have 37.2 hours.  On this game I have literally went everywhere I could go, took everything that wasn't bolted down, hacked every device (even tried to get every data store, but ended up missing a few here and there), and talked to just about everyone.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Just got back to Heng Sha for the second time.  I actually managed to save Malik without anyone getting killed, but damn if it didn't take quite a few reloads.  I tossed all my gas grenades, then ran around cloaked with the stun gun.  When the bot dropped I tossed an EMP and managed to drag one guard away from the explosion.  After it was all over I went around to each one and made sure they were knocked out and not dead. 
34  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Impressions and stuff! [Official Review too!] on: August 24, 2011, 01:27:21 PM
I've spent about 7 hours so far and absolutely love it.  Everything about this game oozes Deus Ex, it's obvious the designers are fans.  From hacking into people's computers and reading completely irrelevant e-mails, to uncovering hidden areas far off the beaten path, it's Deus Ex for 2011.  I ran across a cool little secret relating to a particular side quest:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Anyone find the little drug stash in the airducts at Sarif Industries?  There's a vent you can go through that takes you into an air shaft with a ladder, at the bottom of which is their stash and some other stuff.

Likewise, while attempting to complete it:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't really look to see exactly which apartment building, so I broke into the first one I found by climbing up the fire escape.  I break into the first apartment I come across, hoping to find the evidence on his computer.  I hack into it fairly quickly, only to find an e-mail from some guy's brother asking how he likes his new place?  Uh whoops, looks like I got the wrong apartment.

So far no crashes or problems, just a tiny bit of slowdown when the loading icon pops up.  I'm running at 1920x1080 with all details maxed out.  I've got to echo the fact that the loadings times are pretty ridiculous though.  Hopefully that will be addressed with the first patch.  I've played through the first level twice now, once to get a feel for the game and then the second time to try a discreet approach.  I managed to make it through the entire first level without ever being spotted or killing anyone, but it's not something I plan on continuing.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I talked Zeke out of killing his hostage, but also let him go in the process.  Was anyone able to fight him and not get her killed?  I didn't even try it, probably will on the next run though.

For those on the fence, if you liked the first game then you absolutely must own this one.
35  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: July 06, 2011, 10:22:49 AM
Typical Pete, as always it's the game's fault that he sucks.  slywink

Seriously though, it can be brutal when you first get out of the vault.  Once you get some decent gear things do get easier.  I did the MegaTon quests until I got the house, after that I used it as homebase and started working my way out into the wasteland.

I played about half way on 360 before trading it off, then picked up the GOTY version awhile later on PC.  I have to say the PC was vastly superior.  I managed to finish the main quest and have since started on the DLC.  Stick with it, even if you have to lower the difficulty all the way down.  It's an amazing game, no doubt about it.
36  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terraria- Minecraft type game, sideways, and more game. On Steam now. on: July 02, 2011, 01:13:15 PM
I've been playing this almost obsessively for the last week.  I just wrapped up my first medium sized world and started a new large one.  I've already built a tower fortress and started on a mine going straight done to the bottom so I can mine hellstone and obsidian.  A very addictive game, can't wait to see where they take it from here.

Here's a shot of home base, along with the beginnings of the mine below:

37  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Weekend Playlist -- 06/17/11 on: June 17, 2011, 03:49:51 PM
Hopefully finishing up The Witcher, other than that it's Ultimate Alliance 2 and various fighting games with the kids.  If I have any extra time I'll try and squeeze some inFamous 2 in.
38  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 11, 2011, 01:32:04 PM
Quote from: TiLT
I really, really don't understand how people can call this game gorgeous. It looks like it could have been made several years ago, and it falls in the MMORPG-trap of level design (wide open spaces everywhere) that makes it feel even more empty and unrealistic.

Not sure what your problem is, but the game looks gorgeous to me.  I think you may be in the minority here, but to each his own.  Do you have the hi-res texture pack, plus all the settings maxed out?

Quote from: TiLT
The graphics fall apart both on a macro- and micro scale. Everything from the streets, to the towers, and even to the stairs all over the city (there are way too many small steps. It'd be really hard to walk fast, let alone run, up those stairs in real life. This is nitpicking, but it's also an example of the micro scale I mentioned above). Lighting is drab and flat despite the self-shadowing and otherwise fancy effects, and animations are stiff and lifeless.

It just feels like the technology is there, but the art design just doesn't live up to it. The only part of the graphics that impresses me so far is closeups of faces, and even then only if you ignore the hair.

Every time I read posts like this it makes me want to laugh, and I also have to disagree with you completely on all points.   Honestly, that crap is the same arm-chair game developer nonsense I see all over the Internet.  Again, you are certainly entitled to your opinion.  I've spent many hours with the game now, and having always been a stickler for near perfect graphics, I'll still say it's gorgeous to look at.
39  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 11, 2011, 12:18:55 PM
After the initial disappointment that it wasn't going to be just like the original, I finally came to my senses and realized it is Bioware and they have yet to do me wrong. So I picked up the PC version, then downloaded and installed the hi-res texture pack as well as the DLC. So far I'm really enjoying it, and the fact that it's drop dead gorgeous doesn't hurt. I was initially worried that the combat had devolved into a button mashing action affair, but color me surprised that it's not much different. I can still pause to give orders, and with auto attack I don't have to constantly click. Story and characters seem interesting so far, but I haven't played very far because I've started each class.  So far I think the mage is the most fun, even though I haven't even made it to the city yet with him.

I'm liking the new skill trees now, although at first I wasn't impressed.  I still don't like how they removed lockpicking as a skill, but oh well.  The combat abilities and spells I've used so far have all been useful, but I'm not keen on the cooldown levels for some of the spells.  The healing spell especially seems way too long.  I can use it once, but combat is almost always over before the cooldown resets.

Performance is pretty good in DX11, provided I use the beta drivers from NVidia. Using the latest release drivers gave me all kinds of problems, but everything fixed if I switched to DX9. Unfortunately it won't let you set the detail any higher than medium, so I bit the bullet and installed the beta drivers. Even still I can't quite crank the AA all the way up, but everything else is maxed out at 1920x1080 with no slowdown as of yet. I'm running an i7, 8GB, GTX 570.  Here are some screenshots of my characters; 1920x1080, 4xAA, 16xAS, all details  maxed:

Raistlyn is the mage, complete ass in every conversation and really doesn't care much for anyone but himself.

Lassider is my rogue, a wiseass who enjoys pointing out the obvious and is never short on wisecracks.

Rune is my warrior, always looks out for his friends and strives for the greater good
40  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Marvel vs Capcom 3 on: February 14, 2011, 12:42:39 PM
360 version pre-ordered.  I'll have to blow the dust off of my SF4 pad since it hasn't been touched in months.  Really looking forward to it, as MvC2 is one of my favorites.
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