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961  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: My friend's 4-hour stop-motion animation Lego film on: February 21, 2012, 07:12:25 PM
The animation quality is actually pretty great but the video quality and audio mixing could use some work.  Also, I made an hour long live action video for my college portfolio and people thought I was crazy.  4 hours?   icon_eek
962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 21, 2012, 07:02:15 PM
I think it depends how you try to play the game.  I came to the conclusion pretty early on that the developers never intended for you to play even half of the side quests in an area.  Instead you should pick up a couple and complete them on the way to the primary quest line.  Given how much better written and content intensive the main quests are I don’t think you would want to do anything else anyways. 

The same could be said for the crafting skills.  If you do every quest in an area and salvage every item you find you will probably break the game but you’re also forcing your character to level up faster than they would with just the normal progression of the game.  Also, don’t over explore.  Creatures in a new area are set roughly to your level when you enter it the first time.  I’m not a fan of this convention but it’s better to know about it in advance.
963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 18, 2012, 08:21:24 PM
Just finished the House of Ballads and I’m curious about alternate endings.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose to rule alongside the Maid of Windermere despite her being the villain. Of the characters she seemed the most sympathetic; basically forced by fate to play the villain and always destined to lose. She chose to rise above the nature of her people and change her fate, which is admirable in my opinion.

Anyways, I think the Maid and I are married and co-ruling tyrants now. I also received the Iconoclast Twist of Fate card. I’m hoping the cards you receive are different based on your choices…
964  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Great shows that lasted only one season on: February 16, 2012, 04:15:18 PM

Quote from: Mithridates on February 15, 2012, 09:00:11 PM

Better Off Ted comes to mind, although it made into at least part way into a second season.  Regardless, I'm including it anyway.
Not sure if you're aware but you can watch the complete second season on Netflix instant watch.  It was never aired or even released on DVD.
965  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: the top 50 best endings in games(get ready to call BS) on: February 16, 2012, 04:06:41 PM
I donít mind that there are so many modern games but there are some really bizarre choices there.  Multiple Super Mario games? Force Unleashed II over the original?  Fallout 3 over New Vegas?  An Elderscrolls game?  The ending in those are so unsatisfying they always let you keep playing.   icon_razz
966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: February 15, 2012, 12:18:03 AM
My impressionsÖ

Environments and character models look great but animations are weird.  Itís possible Iím not remembering ME2 properly but lip synching seems worse. Also, Femshep runs funny, kinda like she just got off a horse.
Story elements seem very strong and well done again.
Nice branching level up system.
Was nice to see Wrex in action again.

Origin breaks my internet and prevents any other devices from working while itís runningÖ
967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Diablo III on: February 11, 2012, 01:16:36 AM
I don't think the "not having to drink a potion" thing is really fair since they changed the dynamic of the game to include health orbs so that you wouldn't have to drink potions.  It makes me wonder if the difficulty is just a matter of perception.  If they removed health Orbs but but made twice as many potions drop would people say it was harder or the same?
968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 06, 2012, 11:17:36 PM
You didnít.  Or maybe you did; I guess that depends if EA or Valve takes a bigger piece of the revenue.  But they took a chance by releasing it on Steam and if no one buys it there they might not release their next game on the platform.  Either way Origin becomes more powerful and while I canít say for certain I highly doubt EA will continue to discount their games if they find people flocking to their service. 

969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 06, 2012, 10:23:32 PM
Personally I thought it was worth an extra $9 to not have to use Origin.  The Steam version is the only one that doesnít register with Origin.  I also wanted to show support for the developer who chose to self-publish on Steam against EAís wishes.
970  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: January 29, 2012, 07:59:03 PM
Really really like the demo.  Itís like Gothic/Risen and Fable had a beautiful and polished baby.  I went from knowing nothing about it to considering a preorder.

Also, Iím still bitter that Mass Effect 3 wonít be on Steam so this made me smile.  "All PC versions of Reckoning, except for the Steam version, require a one-time authentication through Origin and the Origin client. If you purchase Reckoning through Steam, you only need to authenticate the game through Steam."
971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur demo on: January 29, 2012, 07:56:49 PM
I played the PC demo.  Itís like Gothic/Risen and Fable had a beautiful and polished baby.  I went from knowing nothing about it to considering a preorder.

Also, Iím still bitter that Mass Effect 3 wonít be on Steam so this made me smile.  "All PC versions of Reckoning, except for the Steam version, require a one-time authentication through Origin and the Origin client. If you purchase Reckoning through Steam, you only need to authenticate the game through Steam."
972  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Alien Hallway on: January 23, 2012, 09:33:27 PM
Alien Hallway has one of the worst trailers I've ever seen for a game.  From what I could tell you stand perfectly still while holding down the fire button and very SLOWLY kill enemies who walk into your bullets.

-edit- Oooo apparently it's supposed to be quasi tower-defense-ish.  I thought it was an action game... That may be an even bigger failing of the trailer.
973  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Glee Season 3 on: January 20, 2012, 12:30:54 AM
I was surprised to enjoy the first season but completely hated the second with the exception maybe 3 episodes.  Is season 3 more like the first or second season?
974  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [kickstarter project] From the makers of the Trebuchette on: January 19, 2012, 09:57:50 PM
Those are actually pretty cool.  I would donate if the Starter Pack was $30. 
975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fast food menu items you miss on: January 19, 2012, 09:53:04 PM
The Flaminí Spicy Chicken strips from KFC. 

And a similar but less good item, the Chicken Kickers from Dominos.  The things they replaced them with are AWFUL.
976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Pushmo on: January 17, 2012, 10:47:26 PM
Just picked this up today after seeing all the positive reviews on Metacritic.  Pushmo takes a very simple concept (push + pull blocks to solve puzzles) and turns it into a very fun and addictive game. Along with basic platforming and pushing and pulling skills you also have the ability to reset the whole puzzle or rewind time if you screw but don’t need to start over.  The simple mechanics hide really complex solutions once you get past the tutorial levels.  I’m now to level 2 puzzles and it’s taking multiple tries to find a solution.

It's probably difficult to understand what type of game it is from just my impressions.  Check out the trailer.

Worth a look at $7.

Anyone else pick it up?
977  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: January 15, 2012, 05:43:30 PM
That makes me think of this...

Spoiler for Hiden:
978  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Halo Reach Collectorís Edition DLC on: January 11, 2012, 05:55:56 AM
Recently was given the Halo Reach Collectorís edition which comes with two sets of specialty DLC. I have no intention of playing the game online so it would be wasted on me. Iíve seen them go for ridiculous amounts of money on Ebay but I donít want to bother with that.

If you will legitimately use them make an offer and they are probably yours.

For clarification the items are:
Recon Helmet
Flaming Helmet
Elite Armor
Falcon Avatar
979  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: LF Nintendo DS on: January 08, 2012, 04:26:58 AM
I see someone is selling a 3DS in the trade forums.  The 3DS has had a string of good games released in the last couple months and has a promising future now that sales are up.
980  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Looking for Rayman Origins Xbox 360 on: January 08, 2012, 03:06:09 AM
You can also get it for $20 at Toys R Us.
981  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MagicKa - Diablo style Coop Mage Action :) on: December 27, 2011, 05:01:19 PM
I love Magicka but it's really not a single player game.  Most of the enjoyment comes from accidently doing something awesome and inadvertently exploding your friends in the process.

As an aside, "The Stars are Left" is recommended.  It's about 2-4 hours of content and includes a whole new story-line complete with in-game cut-scenes, lots of new humor and even some light puzzle solving.  It may also interest people to know that only one person in a group needs to own it to play.  However, in order to find all the new weapons you need to be wearing the robe that is only available if you do own the exspansion.
982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GT Community: Pick your favorite PC game of 2011 on: December 26, 2011, 03:41:30 PM
Bastion.
983  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The "what should I ask for the holidays" thread on: November 29, 2011, 03:02:43 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on November 28, 2011, 11:29:54 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on November 28, 2011, 08:14:15 PM

Can't go wrong with gift cards

Yeah, who doesn't want a gift that says "I couldn't be bothered to pick something out for you, so go shopping yourself." I think they're ok for people that you don't know very well though.


Thatís a horrible way of looking at it.  If people insist on buying me a gift I feel much better knowing that it will be used for something I actually want instead of knowing they wasted money on something I will never use.
984  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: [Video Series] Extra Credits on: November 15, 2011, 06:16:19 PM
Really enjoy this series.  I discovered it a few months ago.
985  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: Free Steam codes for ARES and Sanctum - from indie royale deal on: November 15, 2011, 06:10:37 AM
Not sure about allowed but itís a lot easier since every game has an individual Steam key.
986  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.   
987  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Deals Thread: Evil Genius + Bastion on: November 01, 2011, 06:07:22 PM
Go buy Bastion, NOW!
988  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.
989  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.
990  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.
991  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. 
992  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. 
993  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.
994  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.
995  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.
996  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 Iím a casual player.  My favorite part of the game was leveling up and getting cool new abilities little by little, I really didnít 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!
997  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. 
998  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
999  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.
1000  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.
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