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1281  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 3.... Skipped for Half-Life 3? on: April 28, 2012, 02:47:37 PM

Quote from: Turtle on April 28, 2012, 11:44:32 AM

Not a bad concept. I mean, 4 resistance fighters on the run after the destruction of City 17, dealing with all sorts of half-life monsters and trying to make it to the next lambda room.
Now give one of the four members a portal gun and another a gravity gun and you've sold me.
1282  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: April 28, 2012, 05:20:46 AM
I didnít play very long tonight but my initial impressions are that itís Risen 1 with pirates.  If you enjoyed Gothic/Gothic2/Risen then you will like this.  If you didnít this wonít change your mind.  Combat is a little different but itís still in the mold of the previous games.  You are supposed to suck at combat early on in these games; that is just how they are balanced.  Instead of invisible walls the games put enemies you have no hope of beating in your way to guide your where it wants you to go.  Spamming melee works against animals but it will get you killed against humans.

Other than that the interface is a little better than it was in Risen, the textures are better and the animations are a bit worse.  Story seems better as well but I havenít gotten far.
1283  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Alan Wake Download on sale on: April 27, 2012, 09:11:50 PM
I had never played the 360 version but was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the PC version.  Highly recommended.
1284  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: More interesting kickstarter games on: April 27, 2012, 09:09:48 PM
Republique looks very interesting.  I pledged them $15 for the PC version.
1285  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Risen 2 on: April 23, 2012, 03:45:54 PM

Quote from: Morgul on April 23, 2012, 12:36:17 PM

So, thumbs up or thumbs down?  Not allot of information out on this one that I can find.

Too early to say for sure but I loved Risen 1.  That said these games will never have the wide appeal of say Skyrim.  Although, in my opinion they beat out the Elderscrolls games in every way possible except graphics.  I have it preordered.
1286  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How the heck are you people playing all these games? on: April 22, 2012, 07:10:47 PM
I play games with the intent of finishing them.  The story/characters, setting and feeling of advancement is what I enjoy so I play most games on normal or if it’s a game where all difficulty does is make enemies have more HP I set it to easy.  I don't care about a challenge and I've never understood the the feeling of accomplishment people get from beating
hard" games.  If I get stuck I look up a solution. 

That plus I haven’t watched normal TV in probably 3 years.
1287  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Banner Saga on: April 19, 2012, 11:53:22 PM
I was really hoping they would hit the $700,000 mark but it looks like they will fall a bit short.

1288  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: April 13, 2012, 10:28:27 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 13, 2012, 10:05:25 PM

1.3 millions sold in the first month, not counting digital sales. 

that's a lot of hearts broken  icon_twisted
A lot of people I know managed to return it.  I think it was Amazon that was accepting returns no questions asked.
1289  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: New Crimson Skies...could it be so? on: April 13, 2012, 10:26:32 PM
I loved the original on PC but the console "sequel" didn't seem like it was in the same continuity and I didn't enjoy it nearly as much.  Regardless, I will happily support a Crimson Sky Kickstarter.
1290  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Old school Dungeon crawl: 'Legend of Grimrock' on: April 12, 2012, 05:21:12 AM
Seem to be able to res multiple times; at least on normal difficulty. Iíve never played a game of this type before but enjoying it more and more as I get further down; currently on level 4.  It reminds me most of Arx Fatalis, a game I loved.  I wish it had just a bit more story but for a $10 title thatís hardly a complaint.
1291  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Old school Dungeon crawl: 'Legend of Grimrock' on: April 11, 2012, 10:01:14 PM
I picked it up mostly because it was cheap but Iím liking it a lot more than I thought I would.  A few more hotkeys for map and quick save would have been nice but no big deal.  Is there any way to bring people back from the dead though? 
1292  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: April 05, 2012, 08:53:19 PM
Cross posting from OO since there seemed to be more interest here.
Someone traded me the Dead Kel DLC for a bunch of TF2 hats so Iíve got some impressions!

Since I have already finished the main campaign and pretty much maxed out my character as a mage I decided to respect entirely as a rogue. It would have been really nice if the DLC has raised the level cap a bit since Iím sitting at 39 but not much can be done there. The DLC can be done any time after level 10 provided youíve already made it to the human capital since thatís where it starts.

You meet up with a wonderfully incompetent shipís captain and soon find yourself marooned on a very hostile island. I highly recommend exhausting the captainsí dialogue options; many of the stories she tells are hilarious.

The basics of the DLC are mostly more of the same but this definitely feels much more fleshed out story and character wise than even the faction quests from the main game. Also, so far it seems like most of the Scottish speaking people are gone, replaced with mostly accent neutral voice actors. I bring it up because I know some people had a hard time taking the original actors seriously. Theyíve also expanded on the house ownership portion of the main game and have added some fun options for animal ownership and further improvements to your keep.

I canít speak for the length yet but the island seems pretty large and the scenery is very enjoyable to explore. Iím not sure itís worth $10 but it was definitely worth a bunch of hats.  $5 would probably be ideal.
1293  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: April 04, 2012, 05:02:30 PM
Yep, I persevered past my previous wall as well.  Something to keep in mind as the missions go on is that itís in your best interest not to try to rush through the quest log.  If you do so and only build the bare minimum you are going to find yourself stuck later on because the missions keep your persistent bases. 

I learned that the hard way in the last set of missions where I was able to complete an objective but didnít have enough income potential which completely screwed me when the enemy started attacking my trade ships as soon as the task was completed.
1294  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Avatar the Last Airbender sequel! Legend of Korra on: April 03, 2012, 04:55:35 PM
The first episode is very good. 
1295  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: April 03, 2012, 04:47:49 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on April 02, 2012, 10:29:32 PM

The documentary Being Elmo is available on Instant Watch and very good in my opinion.  Any fans of the Muppet or Henson would probably enjoy it.
Watched this last week.  Highly recommended.
1296  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Amazon THQ PC Download Sale starts 4-1 on: April 01, 2012, 03:51:00 PM

Quote from: stimpy on April 01, 2012, 03:20:25 PM

Whats the better game, Stalker or Metro?
Stalker is open world and features wide open fire fights, exploring and quick save.  Metro is claustrophobic, linear and is check point save only.  I liked them both but Stalker quite a bit more.
1297  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mount & Blade Warband: Napoleonic Wars on: March 30, 2012, 11:23:33 PM
I really loved Mount and Blade back when it was still in its beta and probably played 50+ hours with it.  Despite having purchased every iteration since I donít think Iíve played more than an hour or two total.  They really need to get a new engine and work on fixing some of fundamental problems instead of rehashing the game with a slightly different setting again.
1298  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Remake Topic]Stephen King's Carrie on: March 29, 2012, 02:42:23 PM
I read Carrie last year having never seen the movie.  I remember a lot praise for the movie itself but when I finally watched it I was very disappointed because it didnít match the tone or message of the book at all.  I had the same problem with the Shining actually.  On their own they might be good or even great movies but they pale in comparison to the books theyíre based on.

So hereís me being hopeful for the new adaptation!
1299  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: March 29, 2012, 01:00:26 AM
Crap!  Iím on the last set of missions in the campaign and things have become ridiculously complicated. I have 6 trade routes transferring goods between 4 islands and anytime there is a shortage of goods somewhere I get a feeling of dread while I try to rearrange supply lines.  Things were going great until the game insisted I keep both Eco and Tycoon civs happy at the highest tier AND build a large military force.

Looking at the complexity of the path of goods distribution I think Iím playing Spacechem nowÖ
1300  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Kid Icarus: Uprising: Who's In? (3DS) on: March 28, 2012, 08:16:12 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on March 28, 2012, 01:59:56 PM

The game has a "Works With Circle Pad Pro" logo on the box, but the only functionality is for lefties.

As Lordnine mentioned, there is an option to use the buttons in place of the stylus.  Why the hell did they not allow the CPP to be used in the same way?  This game would be great and comfortable to play!

Seriously?  I just assumed it would play perfectly with the Circle Pad Pro.  Does it only let you use it for movement instead of aiming?  If so that is a shameful missed opportunity.
1301  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: March 28, 2012, 02:38:36 AM
An interesting update this week.  They just started a global multiplayer event.  Looks like everyone got three new free missions and everyone in the world is working together to achieve a goal.  As people complete the missions they earn points to a global pool and if enough points are raised everyone is rewarded with career points which you can reinvest into your faction for better upgrades and promotions. 

Seems like a very cool way to incorporate multiplayer interaction into a single player game to add to the feel of being a faction architect.

Big image of the event.
Spoiler for Hiden:
1302  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [3DS] Mickey Mouse + Paintbrush +3DS = Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion on: March 28, 2012, 02:21:31 AM
Castle of Illusion was a lot of fun.  I think that may have been the very first game I ever finished.  I also enjoyed Monster Tale so here's hoping!
1303  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Kid Icarus: Uprising: Who's In? (3DS) on: March 27, 2012, 11:22:24 PM
Lengthy impressions cross posted with OO
Spoiler for Hiden:
I picked this one up because it was on sale for $30 on release day and Iím glad I did because aside from one serious flaw (Iíll get to that) this could be a system seller.  For those unfamiliar with the title it has almost nothing in common with its side scroller past. 

The game is broken up into chapters with each chapter being composed of both a flight mission and a land mission.  The flying sections of the game are pure rail shooters; enemies fly at you and you shoot them while dodging projectiles.  These levels are really a joy to behold being fast, fun and quite pretty.  The land based sections feel like range focused Zelda.  You do have a melee attack but most enemies are easier dealt with from far away.  Oddly enough, despite the protagonist having wings there doesnít appear to be any way to jump.

The gameplay is energetic and fun and the story is delightfully cheesy and completely self-aware.  An interesting design decision that I love is the fact that the game features fully recorded audio and the characters NEVER stop talking.  The protagonist carries out conversations with his patron god or AI sidekicks you pick up as you travel and either fill in backstory or comment on things you encounter.
The game also features TONS of collectible items and equipment.  After the 2nd level you pick up about 5 different types of weapons and it looks like down the line you can upgrade them directly or even combine multiple weapons into super weapons. 

Graphically the game is also excellent and looks on par with the best looking games on the Wii or even a little better.  In the flying sections the 3D is also quite good but it will likely to make you sick in the land based sections.
All this sounds good right?  WellÖone problem.  The controls, oh god the controls!   First off some personal bias.  I hate the stylus and any sort of motion/touch controls in general.  Unless the game uses touch controls exclusively, such as Professor Layton, I donít want them included at all!  The default control scheme for Kid Icarus fails here by requiring that you hold the 3DS with your left hand, use your left thumb for the joystick with your pointer for the trigger button while targeting enemies with the stylus in your right hand.  ARGHJSAKJHDSFJKSDFJK.

Now to the games credit that is just one of many control schemes that are available to you.  Most of the controls can be remapped and after fiddling with things a bit I found a solution that while not ideal is quite functional and makes it so I donít have to use the stylus at all.  Basically I changed it so that the buttons on the right control the camera like a second joystick and it works pretty well.

So my final thoughts:
If they ever end up bundling the game with the Circle Pad Pro or add a second joystick with a remodeled 3DS this is a must own.  Otherwise I would say your enjoyment will depend entirely on if you can look past the awkward controls.
1304  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 27, 2012, 08:39:46 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on March 27, 2012, 02:00:08 PM

I could live with ghost boy and the stupid 3 choices ending, if they actually showed me that all the work I did building alliances, scanning all the planets and getting all of the resources for that final fight mattered.
This is where I stand as well.  Many of my favorite game endings donít have spectacular visual endings but they reinforce the game by showing that your actions mattered.  Endings like in Fallout1/2/Vegas and Dragon Age all do this wonderfully and encourage additional play throughs.  The Mass Effect 3 felt more like the ending belonged in a straight up action game.
1305  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Indie Royale Ninja 'Lightning' Pack on: March 25, 2012, 05:55:46 AM
I picked this up.  The games all seem like fun and have some interesting ideas but they are clunky and lack polish.  Cloning Clyde defaults to a really low resolution and you actually need to edit an .ini file to change it. 
Still, if you don’t mind some rough edges they are probably worth the money.
1306  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 23, 2012, 03:31:50 PM

Quote from: Sparhawk on March 23, 2012, 01:06:40 PM

You don't like hard games but you invested money in what is considered one of the hardest games in the world and then proceed to shit on it when you can't play it because of the difficulty? The fuck?

"I don't like hard games."


Wow! People are bitter and aggressive here!  I had actually abandoned the thread but now I feel under direct attack!

Firstly, I never said the game was bad.  I said I didnít like it and it wasnít for me.  My response was to the fact that someone claimed the game could only be enjoyed with one mindset, which I donít believe.  People mod features into games all the time.  Think of all the mods that completely alter games like Skyrim and Oblivion.  Or, think back to Farcry1, it shipped with no quick save feature and it was the first thing people moded into the game.  Sometime after that the developers patched quick save into the game proper.  Is it only cheating if you used quick save before the patch?

On the subject of cheating; how do you cheat at a single player game?  Who are you cheating exactly?  Games are meant to be fun.  If something allows you to enjoy the game more than shouldnít you use it?  Iím not saying that Ďcheatingí will improve the game for everyone.  What I am saying is people enjoy different things in games.

Why do I play hard games? I like to see what all the fuss is about.  If there is a way for me to enjoy them I do what I can to have fun with them.  If not, I move on to something more entertaining.  Simple Really.  nod
1307  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 22, 2012, 03:57:48 PM
Itís just a difference in opinion on whatís fun.  Like when I played Amnesia I discovered early on that there was something you could do to remove the monster from the levels entirely except for some scripted events.  So on starting every new area I would remove him from play and then explore at my leisure.  Playing like this Amnesia was in my top 10 games last year; playing normally I never would have finished it.
1308  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 21, 2012, 10:55:47 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 21, 2012, 10:00:53 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 21, 2012, 09:22:58 PM

Now if someone were to mod in quick save support I might actually play it!

What's the point? You'd be left with a mediocre and short RPG with no personality. The way the game mechanics work right now is exactly what Dark Souls is about. If you can't accept that, then I guarantee you that you'll never like the game, even with quicksave added.

Thatís not very flattering for the title then is it?  ďOur game is short and has no personality but you should play it to prove youíre hardcore!Ē

I played Demon Souls for a while and thought it has some cool ideas and moments but it didnít take me long to realize it wasn't for me because of the difficulty.  I donít like hard games.  I play pretty much every game I own on the easiest setting because I want to relax and explore the world or enjoy the story.   I just want to be entertained.   Not everyone enjoys games the same way.
1309  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Possible on the PC on: March 21, 2012, 09:22:58 PM
Now if someone were to mod in quick save support I might actually play it!
1310  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Spoilers/Ending (Now with Spoiler Tags) on: March 20, 2012, 09:08:40 PM
Can we just have someone mod these endings in?

Tali Romance Ending
Liara Romance Ending
You failed and Reapers win ending

Basically a good example of the bittersweet ending Bioware claims the game has as opposed to just a bitter one.
1311  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Unstoppable Gorg + LA Noire - Orcs Must Die - Anno 2070 on: March 18, 2012, 05:32:12 AM

Quote from: Chaz on March 16, 2012, 01:19:59 AM

Want Anno, but with that DRM in place, I can't make myself spend more than $20 on it.

I read on the forums that they made a change to the DRM recently.  Even if you use up your 3 activations one gets reset automatically every 90 days. 

And for what itís worth Iím enjoying the game quite a bit.  The tutorial is a bit dense and the voice acting could be better but otherwise I donít have much to complain about.
1312  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Chernobyl Diaries on: March 18, 2012, 04:24:42 AM
Iíve seen too many documentaries about people going to the real modern day Chernobyl.  While you could definitely make an awesome movie on the same subject that just looks silly.  In fact, the paranormal stuff they find is probably just as fake but if you have Netflix instant watch look for the episode of Destination Truth in which they go to Chernobyl.  At the very least they actually go to the site and the atmosphere is probably creepier than anything in the movie.
1313  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anno 2070 on: March 16, 2012, 11:21:16 PM
I only have about an hourís playtime but I have to say the presentation of the game is awesome. I love games that put you in control as opposed to watching the person in control and this game has that in spades. The last game that really gave me this feeling was Alpha Centauri. 

Gameplay seems complex enough that I donít really know what Iím doing but not in a bad way.  The tutorial is rather vague at times, not to mention that the game throws you into the command seat and doesnít give you a tutorial until you start the first mission.  Graphics are gorgeous but the voice acting is not very good which is made worse by repetitive quotes.  Still, Iím very intrigued by the game.

On the negative side of things it took me three tries to get the game to even start.  The Ubisoft launcher failed to patch and was continuously crashing. 
1314  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: (PSN) Journey, from the makers of Flower on: March 16, 2012, 12:05:01 AM
Just completed (the) Journey.  While I feel that $15 for under 3 hours is a bit pricey I don't regret buying it at all.  Not really much can be said about it other than it's more of an experience than a game.  I was actually sad when my first "friend" got separated from me and I never saw him again. 
1315  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: March 11, 2012, 03:44:58 AM
Actually, Iíve never played Diablo with random internet people, only with friends in closed games.  It never occurred to me that people would want to fight with other people.  Being a loot based game, skill wouldnít enter into the fight; whoever had played the most wins.
1316  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: March 10, 2012, 09:02:54 PM
There was PvP in previous Diablo games?
1317  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2012, 03:49:53 PM

Quote from: cheeba on March 09, 2012, 01:53:22 PM

The ending... bad. Really bad. The game was so awesome and they fucked up the ending. Will never understand why people can't end things well.

The ending actually makes me angry.  So much so that it sours the whole series for me.
1318  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sim City V!!!! on: March 08, 2012, 12:42:50 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 08:43:35 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 07, 2012, 08:26:23 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 07, 2012, 06:53:46 PM

Probably an Origin exclusive. Better get your torches and pitchforks ready!  Torches and Happiness!

and every other building will probably need to be bought as DLC.  those nuclear reactors you saw in the trailer?  $3.50.
EA will charge you a penny per SimCity person. Overpopulation could be expensive!  smirk

May not be that far off.
1319  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Stronghold Kingdoms on: March 01, 2012, 03:50:46 PM
I tried this out with a friend the day it became available.  I love the idea but we both agreed that it failed in execution.  You have to fight the menu the entire time, parts of the tutorial are unclear and itís just not very fun to play. 
1320  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: February 29, 2012, 06:11:00 PM
That gif. makes me want to avoid nature even more.
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