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961  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Evil Genius + Bastion on: November 01, 2011, 06:59:46 PM
Bastion is my game of the year and there have been a lot of great games this year.  It just did everything right.  The narrative was compelling, the graphics were wonderful, the gameplay was fun and the world was unique and imaginative.  On top of all that it was also one of only a handful of games to ever pull off an emotionally charged storyline without coming across as corny or artificial.   
962  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Evil Genius + Bastion on: November 01, 2011, 06:07:22 PM
Go buy Bastion, NOW!
963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Trine - Trine 2 on it's way! on: October 29, 2011, 05:01:28 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2011, 02:24:06 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 28, 2011, 12:42:33 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 28, 2011, 03:51:13 AM

you can now pre-purchase Trine 2 on Steam, and you'll get beta access to two levels of the game.
Just to be nitpicky, it's two multiplayer (co-op) levels of the game.  icon_smile
http://store.steampowered.com/app/35720/

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?s=370d5717a1676b035507cc524119adde&t=2201779

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Basically the Beta should work quite well in multiplayer, and you can have others join and leave during a game session at any point.

that makes it souind like it is MP enabled but you can play it solo.

The beta is the first two levels of the full game.  Fully playable single-player.  Really fun in co-op but a bit buggy.  My general impression is that they did a much better job balancing the classes.  With Trine 1 I most just stuck with the Thief because she was highly mobile and better at combat than the Knight but all three have a lot more necessity this time around.
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie]Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on: October 26, 2011, 05:01:12 AM
I found the first surprisingly enjoyable if not particularly remarkable.  This one looks like it will be on par.
965  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Bryan Singer to return to direct X-Men:First Class on: October 23, 2011, 06:32:28 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 23, 2011, 05:51:16 AM


For instance, when Shaw/Schmidt first kills Erik/Magneto's mom so Erik rages and destroys a room and kills a couple guards, but then is just happy to have Shaw put his arm around him and doesn't even try to harm him.  He then dedicates the rest of his life to trying to kill him, instead of just taking the gun from him right then.  Or shoving the bell through his head.  Or crushing him with a table.  Or trying a single thing.

This I agree with.  It probably wouldn't have worked but he should have done something.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 23, 2011, 05:51:16 AM


Or when Magneto was first chasing that sub and getting pulled along in the water, why didn't he just use his powers to screw up the propellers?  Or open the hatch?  Or ground the sub?  Or shove that bigass anchor through it.  Or just crush the whole damn thing and stop the movie right there.

As it's shown later in the movie Magneto really hadn't mastered his powers yet.  He was good with manipulating small things but large objects like the satellite dish proved a problem. 

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 23, 2011, 05:51:16 AM


And near the end of the movie when the the ships are getting ready to shoot at the beach, why didn't Charles once again just take control of the captain of the ship and stop the orders like he had done five minutes before? 
In the first encounter Charles had had a lot of time to seek the captain.  With his location changed and under stress of the situation it is believable that he wouldn't have been able to find him in time.

Quote from: EngineNo9 on October 23, 2011, 05:51:16 AM

Or in the end when Charles is watching Magneto get ready to shove the coin through that dude's head...the only reason Magneto could do that was because Charles had him in a mind-controlled trance!  Let him go for a second you fucktard. Or tell him to move.  Or anything other than letting your friend slowly shove a coin through his cranium. 

I think the basic idea is that only the two of them together could actually stop the guy.  If Charles broke his focus then he would have been able to absorb the force of the coin and probably use it break free and kill Magneto.
966  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] Your Highness on: October 19, 2011, 05:05:43 PM
I watched about 20 minutes of this before turning it off and I don't think it was worth that.  Awful juvenile crap. 
967  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Blackhawk Down + Deus Ex: Human Revolution - Batman Sale on: October 18, 2011, 08:32:52 PM
Also note that you can now preorder Arkham City for $40 if you own either of the other two. 
968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 2: Retribution - Solo Last Stand! Free to Play Weekend! on: October 16, 2011, 01:59:51 AM

Quote from: Homard on October 15, 2011, 11:31:57 AM

If you want to see campaigns, don't bother wasting the 4GB download like I did.  It's unadvertised, but the free weekend is multiplayer only.  Playing multiplayer without the benefit of some single player practice is a joke.
DoWII Multiplayer is nothing like the single player so that wouldn't help much.
969  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Max Payne + THQ Week - Tomb Raider Sale - Baconing on: October 14, 2011, 07:28:06 PM
Chaos Rising is a more refined campaign than the original with a better storyline and none of the filler defend generic power node missions.  They also did away with most of the boss battles at the end of mission.  Personally, it’s my favorite of the three campaigns. 

Retributions campaign is just a hair worse than the original campaign but it does have the most variety of the three when it comes to objectives.  As an added bonus you can complete the campaign as any of the races and each one has their own unique interparty dialogue and reasons for completing said missions.  The Ork campaign in particular is over the top awesome.  Retribution is also a standalone expansion that replaces GFWL with Steam so if you only want to play multiplayer that is the one to buy.

Here is a clip of the ending Ork cut scene from the first mission in Retribution.  Highly recommended viewing.
970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: October 13, 2011, 01:08:19 AM

Quote from: rittchard on October 12, 2011, 06:19:55 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on October 11, 2011, 09:39:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2011, 03:58:46 PM

I'd be interested to know the percentage of D2 players who are actually dedicated enough to continue on after the base game and play the Hell and Nightmare modes.  Outside of the hardcore crowd (which many on here would fall into), my guess is that it's actually pretty small, at least compared to the total number of people who buy the game. 

As a somewhat casual player who doesn't have any interest in playing at the higher levels or min-maxing builds, I think the skill system sounds very cool.
I really dislike the change to the skill system and I’m a casual player.  My favorite part of the game was leveling up and getting cool new abilities little by little, I really didn’t care about the loot.  With the new system there will be very little to drive me forward aside from new locations and story so they better be interesting!

If you really are a casual player, you will still have the same effect, getting cool new abilities little by little.  Approx. every level til 30 you'll get access to a new active skill (you don't get access to all of them at once if that was what you were thinking), and at 10/20/30 you can choose from a bank of passive skills.  At levels 6, 12, 18 and 24 you unlock another slot for an active skill.  My guess is it will be balanced so that a single/casual playthrough through the game will take you to around level 30 and unlock the entire basic skillset for a single class.

Check out the skill calculator:

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/

But it's the skill upgrading I like.  Where is my ability to put 5 pts in skeleton upgrading so that I have 5 skeletons running around, one more every level? Or Whatever ability.  This just seems like you get the skill and then you're done.
971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: October 11, 2011, 09:39:48 PM

Quote from: Gratch on October 11, 2011, 03:58:46 PM

I'd be interested to know the percentage of D2 players who are actually dedicated enough to continue on after the base game and play the Hell and Nightmare modes.  Outside of the hardcore crowd (which many on here would fall into), my guess is that it's actually pretty small, at least compared to the total number of people who buy the game. 

As a somewhat casual player who doesn't have any interest in playing at the higher levels or min-maxing builds, I think the skill system sounds very cool.
I really dislike the change to the skill system and I’m a casual player.  My favorite part of the game was leveling up and getting cool new abilities little by little, I really didn’t care about the loot.  With the new system there will be very little to drive me forward aside from new locations and story so they better be interesting!
972  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Ancients of Ooga + THQ Week - Duke Nukem Forever on: October 11, 2011, 05:05:19 PM
Duke Nukem Forever was $10 about two weeks ago as well.  You could also get the collectors edition with the statue for $20.  I'm definitely waiting for $5. 
973  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Afterfall InSanity for $1? on: October 11, 2011, 12:21:56 AM
You should clarify that you might not get the game for $1.  I signed up for it and this is what I got.  For a dollar I don't really care but some people may.

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Your one dollar will be exchanged for a brand new game as soon as we collect at least 10mln pre-orders. However, do not worry! If we don’t succeed in our goal the income will be donated to the charity. So go and spread the word about our campaign, give us a ‘like’ on Facebook and keep in mind that we need your help to achieve our aim. The only way we can sell you the game for one dollar is if we don’t spend thousands of them on the promotion. We also encourage you to keep an eye on new press releases which can be followed on our website, facebook or twitter
974  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Ancients of Ooga + THQ Week on: October 10, 2011, 07:12:01 PM

Quote from: Moliere on October 10, 2011, 06:32:08 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 10, 2011, 05:12:23 PM

day one: Metro 2033 $5.00

Any opinions about this one?

Very good game marred by one fatal flaw.  Checkpoint only saves.
975  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Orcs Must Die! on: October 06, 2011, 07:00:32 PM
Played the demo.  It's fun. Not sure about long term enjoy ability but if you like this type of game I doubt you will be disappointed.  My one complaint is that it appears to be single player only.  After having fun with Sanctum in multiplayer it seems like it should have been a nobrainer here.
976  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: September 26, 2011, 05:21:44 PM
High heels on superheroes/villains is awful. I hope there is a scene where she tries to…do anything…falls and promptly disposes of the shoes.
977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Wasted on Steam (calculates your Steam stats) on: September 22, 2011, 03:47:24 AM
I think I win on played time...

Lordnine

Has logged 2782.1 hours of playtime — that's 115 days, 22 hours, and 6 minutes worth
Has spent the most time playing Warhammer® 40,000™: Dawn of War® II, which accounts for 33.0% of their playtime
Has played 130 games, while 118 remain untouched frown you can also view unplayed and played games
Owns 248 games for a total worth of $2890.98 (at the games' current prices)
Eleven games Lordnine currently owns are on sale. View all of them?
Their overall account cost per hour of gametime of the games list below is $1.04
978  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Has anyone's broadband connection replaced cable TV? on: September 14, 2011, 12:17:45 AM
I Signed up for basic cable when I switched to Comcast last year but I only turn it on maybe once a week and usually turn it off within the hour.  I find I don't have the patience to hunt for shows I want to watch or to deal with  commercials so everything I watch is on DVD or Netflix.
979  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect Vs Mass Effect 2 on: July 31, 2011, 02:20:36 AM
I had to grind my way through Mass Effect 1.  Hated the Citadel and once I was able to leave I think I only came back once.  The characters were dull; the only two I liked were Tali and Wrex.  If it wasn't for the knowledge that Mass Effect 2 was coming out I never would have finished it.  And since someone will ask why I bothered with the sequel if I didn't enjoy the first; I played Dragon Age BEFORE playing Mass Effect and held it as one of the best RPG's I had played in many years.  My assumption was that ME2 would build on what I loved from DA.

While it was nothing like DA I loved Mass Effect 2 for the very first minutes.  The Citadel was finally fun and interesting, characters were unique and almost universally excellent and the world felt much more unique and alive.
980  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS price cut to $169.99 on: July 28, 2011, 02:54:08 PM
Actually, these games probably will be in 3D if excite-bike was any indication.  The fewer games that use touch or motion controls the happier I will be.  Overall I think this is the first great thing Nintendo has done in a long time and I expect 3DS will fly off the shelves this Christmas.
981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Collectors Editions? on: July 21, 2011, 10:44:25 PM
I have between 5-10.  I don't really care about in-game DLC because you usually forget about it 10 minutes into the game but I do like hardcover art-books and well made collectibles.  I had stopped buying them for a while because I've switched over to only buying games on Steam but I was happy to see that the Fallout: New Vegas CE used Steam works so I'll probably get suckered into buying them again as more games pickup the trend.
982  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Netflix Instant Watch recommendation thread on: July 11, 2011, 04:32:53 PM
Grave of the Fireflies is extremely well made and effective storytelling yet I still can't recommend it.  When I finished watching it I felt like I was in a stupor for quite a while afterwards.
983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Internet has ruined movies on: July 09, 2011, 01:54:39 AM
Am I the only one who likes spoilers?  While I don't look for specifics I generally try to find out the overall arc of something, especially for TV shows.  If something sounds like it was handled badly or that I would enjoy the ending I don't waste my time by watching it.
984  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My weekend was assassinated by Minecraft on: July 01, 2011, 04:16:32 AM
Hey! I WANT them to pilfer more idea from Terraria.  In-fact lets just give the licence to the Terraria team and see what they can do with a 3D engine.   icon_biggrin
985  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deal 6-29 Frontlines: Fuel of War + SUMMER SALE! on: June 30, 2011, 07:20:21 PM

Quote from: Turtle on June 30, 2011, 06:16:18 PM

Well, right now that's 7.99 for the 3 versions of Elven Legacy, multiple Majesty 2 expansions, and a random game thrown in. About 3.39 each.

But yeah, I see games drop down to $1.79 by later in the sale. I've already got hydrophobia prophecy to try.

Majesty 2 was a huge disappointment for me and I loved the original.
986  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best. Gaming Chair. EVER on: June 26, 2011, 01:56:35 AM
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Capacity
User: 250 lbs max. (113 kg)

That seems a like a major oversight for its target demographic.
987  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Cars 2: It stinks! on: June 24, 2011, 07:05:35 PM
I had no interest in the original Cars and only ended up seeing it because Amazon had the Bluray on sale for about $10 last Christmas.  That said, having actually watched it I don't think it deserves the hate it receives.  It IS my least favorite Pixar film but I still found it quite enjoyable.  Cars 2 on the other hand looks downright embarrassing.
988  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: How do you feel when playing the "evil" path in games? on: June 19, 2011, 03:20:28 AM
I dislike games that define it as Good and Evil.  Just because you want to have absolute power and rule the world doesn't necessarily make you evil.  Maybe you're just good at it! Maybe power is a means to an end; a way to stop social injustice and remove the true corruption. 

Sadly, most games don't share this view point.  The only game in recent memory to allow this was Fallout: New Vegas where I was able to achieve absolute power for myself and still bring peace and prosperity to the wasteland.
989  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dawn of War 3 on: June 17, 2011, 03:30:06 AM
The Ork campaign in Retribution is actually almost as good as the other two campaigns and a whole lot funnier so you may not want to write it off entirely.   Tongue

 Find a friend to play through them in co-op and your enjoyment of all of them will increase tenfold.
990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Samuel Jackson reads audiobook "Go the F*ck to Sleep" on: June 15, 2011, 10:19:44 PM

Quote from: Exodor on June 15, 2011, 03:31:54 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on June 15, 2011, 01:14:29 AM

Holy hell...first you have to figure out if you have an amazon account, then you have to download their proprietary music player, then you have to install it, then you have to download the file, then you have to register the player. All for a 6-minute sound clip.  finger

It was worth it, though.   thumbsup

Yeah, I "bought" it but I'm not installing their crapware just to listen to it.

At least, not on my home PC.    ninja

I've downloaded lots of files from Amazon and never had to do all that.  Let the file down loader run and then open the folder on your computer where it downloaded it.  C:\Users\NAME\Music\Amazon MP3 by default on Windows 7.
991  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: American Gods Coming to HBO on: June 15, 2011, 10:15:23 PM
I imagine each episode could focus on a particular god with lots of flashbacks to when they were in power. That would allow for the series to occupy a much longer time period and deliver more background on each character without a lot of wordy exposition.

There is very little Gaiman has done that I haven't enjoyed.  Loved Stardust and Mirrormask and thought Coraline was very good as well.  Little known fact, Gaiman also helped with the script/translation for the English version of Princess Mononoke.
992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sidescrollers on: June 08, 2011, 08:52:15 PM
Trine is my favorite sidescroller of the last few years but its more platformer than combat oriented.  It's also on sale on Steam right now for $4.50.

Edit: After clicking your links Trine isn't what you're looking for at all.
993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeon Siege 3 on: June 08, 2011, 03:00:05 AM
Played the demo.  Felt like it might be fun on consoles if you were playing with a group of friends but as a PC game it's pretty lackluster.  Controls felt awkward with mouse and keyboard, voice acting was awful and the story was uninteresting enough that I just skipped it.  The one thing I really liked is that when I finally leveled up there were about 3-4 different screens worth of customization for my character. 
994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Tornado's... on: May 26, 2011, 08:54:51 PM
Strangely enough there is a tornado watch in Burlington Vermont as well.  That's not supposed to happen here!
995  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: OnLive Warhammer 40K Space Marine Deal on: May 26, 2011, 06:41:09 AM
Any chance this can also be activated on Steam like the PC versions?  Would be a fairly brilliant move if it could to get people to try out the system. 
996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout:New Vegas and Steam........WTF on: May 23, 2011, 05:07:51 PM
I love games that use Steamworks.  I refuse to buy a retail game that I can't activate over Steam because it's just so convenient if I ever want to reinstall a game or switch computers.

That said technically you only need to be online once to activate the game, after that you can run in offline mode if you really want. 
997  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 20, 2011, 05:31:18 PM

Quote from: Dreamshadow on May 20, 2011, 04:33:38 PM

Quote from: rickfc on May 20, 2011, 04:00:31 PM

Quote from: Purge on May 20, 2011, 03:25:06 PM

I don't get it.

Bad senior photo. More

My eyes!!
Some of those look awesome compared to some in my yearbook.  Whatever possessed the school to not only let students design the yearbook but also to submit any pictures they wanted is beyond me.
998  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Terraria- Minecraft type game, sideways, and more game. Not out yet. on: May 16, 2011, 07:52:34 PM
Out on Steam right now.  Anyone interested in a 4-pack?
999  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Daily Deals: 5-16-2011 Operation Flashpoint Dragon Rising on: May 16, 2011, 07:49:27 PM
Swords and Soldiers HD is also on sale for $5.
1000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Real Steel on: May 12, 2011, 12:22:05 AM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 12, 2011, 12:02:07 AM

Maybe it'll be good, but it's hard to imagine audiences rooting for a tin can in a boxing ring.
Hmmm
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