I wish I could turn off the music, though, it's really getting on my nerves. Several of the conversations have made me LOL, one exchange took place at the Inn where your character is told the daughter is running the show today because her mother is sick and "No, that is not a hint for a quest to go get medicine for her. You adventurers are all alike.". Or the first time I found a "small bomb" in a box by a bed and thought "a bomb? there?" and then your character asked the same question.
Looks to be lots of things you can do to your weapons to improve them, some are slotted for upgrades or 'monsters' you can add, plus there's cards you can use to improve them and your skills. Kind of odd to me that, so far, all of the wandering monsters on the map use the same small blue imp-like figure, it's not until you actually get into combat that you know what you are actually going to be fighting. Just got to the first "dungeon" (the... Dark Spire, I believe) and it's the first time I have to worry about healing during combat, before that all of the random field encounters have been pretty easy and since you replenish HP and MP when you level up, that was working for me before this.
All kinds of odd healing things around to find and use... caffeine pills, a hamburger, cayenne pepper, acetylsalicylic acid, liger balm, milk, fried shrimp to name a few.
Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 30, 2009, 02:29:17 PM
Well, now I'm suprememly annoyed. Apparently, the only game that installed was Soviet Assault. WTF?! I have to go through the whole download again, now.
Next time, after the install when it asks if you want to keep or delete the 'temporary' files, tell it to keep them. They are what you can reinstall the game from or burn to media and save all that downloading again. Unless you're saying that was all that was downloaded?
Interesting. That's the same guy that wrote the preview comments that I mentioned in the "What are you buying" thread when I went looking for information on the game. He used the word "complicated" more than once but seemed ok with the game, for example:
If there's one thing I can tell you from my limited time with the turned-based Cross Edge, it's this: it's extremely complicated. That's not a bad thing, but after approximately two hours of play, I still have no idea what's happening.
These reputable companies came together to create a "dream RPG" that acts as a massive dose of fan service for PS3 owners. Even though my experience with the game is sparse, I'm already intrigued to see where things are going and I'm eager to master the game's neat, albeit confusing, battle system.
I've just barely scratched the surface of Cross Edge, but I'm excited to keep playing. Sure, the game uses low-res sprites but they're animated well and you'll be able to collect new costumes for all the characters which change their appearance and portrait. It should keep folks busy for awhile.
Now, if you'll excuse me, it's time for me to continue analyzing a battle system that's more complicated than a fusion reactor's design schematic.
I guess once he spent more time with it, he became less... excited.
The PS3 has predictive text and does a good job with the word you are typing. However, not sure how exactly the 'next word' part works, mostly seems to be driven by what you've typed in the past after the word you've just entered.
I'd forgotten that Sucker Punch games actually start when you press the Start button, if you want the menu you have to press Select. And with the way this game starts it's almost as if you blow up the city. Gah! What the?
So... silly question. Does the pack he wear, which I assume is from his bike messenger days, serve any actual in-game purpose? Or is it just there to highlight the 47 man months they put into their new Strap Physics Engine?
Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 25, 2009, 04:48:31 PM
I installed it in a fit of nostalgia a few months back and don't recall having any issues under Vista. Perhaps I just don't remember... guess it's time to try and find the disks again and see. Too bad it's not at GOG.
I don't know what in the hell I thought I was remembering, but I can't get this farking thing to run under Vista.
Seemed to work unpatched, but I only watched the intro and went to the menu. Patched to 1.70 and... nothing. Lots of disk and cdrom activity... nothing. Got a cracked "XP" executable, back to starting with that and running in XP SP2 compatability mode. However, going to 'New Campaign' gets me the big finger pointer, the "X" to quit and a black screen. Tons of posts from people in the same boat out there in the wild, it seems. It works for some, however, so maybe there is hope for others but it doesn't seem to be in the cards for me.
Edited to add: Not quite sure what made it work, but an uninstall followed by a reinstall, patch, compatability mode and hardware acceleration off in game now (as before) has it working for me. Bumped up the resolution to 1600x1200 (enabled via regedit) and just like Gycerine everything works except there's no in-game menu text. The buttons and sliders are there, but they're not labelled. Read somewhere it doesn't have a working font for the higher resolutions...
I've read a couple of Wilson's books too. I re-read one a few years ago. I think. It was set in the 80s or so in New York. What with all the Pendergast books I read last year and then trying to remember this one, well I think I'm cornfused.
But, I'm a sucker for recurring characters (Jack Reacher, Harry Bosch, etc), so maybe I'll revisit Repairman Jack (though I think in the book I read, he wasn't known as Repairman Jack). Thanks for the reminder!
Know the author but for some reason hadn't heard of this series that I recall and in poking found this is a fairly long and still ongoing series. Just what I need, yet another series where I might plow through what's out there and then wait for the next one... and wait... Song of Fire and Ice, anyone?
By the time I reached the end of The Tomb, I realized I had a series character. I didn't feel I was ready to write a series then, so I left him bleeding to death at the end. But the guy wouldn't die. The Tomb never went out of print, and through the years it amassed a huge following. So after 14 years of pleas from readers, I wrote a second Repairman Jack novel. Legacies was so much fun I had to do another, and itís been a book a year since then.
But this is not an open-ended series. I will not run Jack into the ground. I'm figuring on ending his saga in 2011 with book fifteen.
Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 25, 2009, 10:17:37 PM
The Surrogates and Sherlock Holmes trailers looked really good.
True! Was shocked to see new trailers, usually it's ones I've seen before. And while the Surrogates trailer was playing, before they put up the graphic novel connection, I was wondering... is this yet another movie made from a Phillip K Dick novel?
I saw it earlier today, there must have been about a half dozen people in the theater with me anyways, I liked it, but one thing that occurred to me is this: why do the machines need keyboards? couldn't they, like , just plug in?
We're still pretty earlier on in their genesis, so I'm assuming this is leftover stuff from the peoples who built them.
Quote from: msteelers on May 25, 2009, 06:11:16 PM
Quote from: MonkeyFinger on May 25, 2009, 04:54:15 PM
Overall I enjoyed it as well. Not a big Christian Bale fan but still... it's a Terminator movie.
Spoiler for Hiden:
Quote from: msteelers
As for my complaints on the plot, Skynet tells Marcus that he was programmed to lure John into their base because their previous attempts to go back in time and kill him have all failed...
Honestly, I don't recall any mention of time travel or I would have thought the same thing. Didn't they just say "their previous attempts" and something about no-one had been able to do it before?
Spoiler for Hiden:
That could be, as they didn't specifically say that they went back in time. But I don't think it's that far of a stretch to say that when they mention their previous attempts to eliminate John Connor, it brings up memories of the previous Terminator films. Plus, why is Kyle Reese the #1 priority on the Skynet death list unless they realize that he is John Connor's father?
Spoiler for Hiden:
I agree, it's not a far stretch at all to think of the previous films at that point. However, as I think you noted earlier Kyle is too young at this point in the timeline, so I'm assuming that particular attempt has yet to happen. And I got the impression we got to see the very first "I'll be baak" T800 come off the line, or at least the first one any humans had seen. Just checked and unless they've totally porked the timeline, this movie takes place in 2018 and an older, captured T800 goes into the past from the year 2029. They certainly do seem to know that he is John Conner's father, hence the #1 spot on the death list, this just seems to be another in a long line of failed attempts to kill John and now Kyle, ultimately leading up to the 'leap' back in time to prevent him from being born by killing his mother.
Quote from: Autistic Angel on November 30, 2008, 12:49:42 AM
I'm in the midst of reading The Last Wish which is an English translation of the Polish book that inspired The Witcher. So far it seems more like a collection of short stories than a novel, but I've enjoyed the 1/3rd or so that I've read so far.
Just stumbled across the sequel or at least the book 'following The Last Wish' as it says on the back: Blood of Elves 'starring The Witcher'.