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7001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 25, 2009, 03:40:50 AM
Some fun with multiplayer...

Tossing a propane tank at the enemy (sadly, this did nothing other than make for a big flash)


I came upon 3 enemies huddled at the hill and tossed a grenade


You better scatter!


One managed to get far enough away, but two were caught in the blast


They went flying (I love that you can see the guns get tossed)


I also got the MP medal for stealth pulling an enemy off a roof while I was on a ladder. Very fun biggrin
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 25, 2009, 03:32:55 AM
Pretty much every case where it is getting a 7, they say it's a good-to-great game but it's just not very different from the other games, and that's why they are docking points.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 25, 2009, 12:23:26 AM

Quote from: Turtle on October 24, 2009, 10:12:31 PM

So what's the final single player skin that you get for free if you platinum?

You get Marco Polo. I thought it would be funny to run around looking like some foppish italian guy, but it's actually what Marco Polo would look like today. That is, he's a skeleton in Marco Polo's clothes. That's kind of fun, too.

Oh, wait, that's MP. I didn't look to see if there was a new SP skin.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 24, 2009, 10:03:33 PM
Platinum, BAM! smile

7005  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Holiday Guide - A Different Approach on: October 24, 2009, 06:02:59 PM
Uncharted 2
Uncharted 2
Uncharted 2
Uncharted 2
Red Faction: Guerrilla

biggrin
7006  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: October 24, 2009, 06:01:04 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 24, 2009, 02:41:23 PM

Did you expect them to arrange it into a pagoda or something?  icon_razz

I thought they would make it look a little more thought out, like by putting something in between each patty. smile
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 24, 2009, 05:59:38 PM
Woohoo! Crushing has been crushed! And I did the final boss fight totally legit, which was completely frustrating, but in the end more satisfying.

Only thing left for platinum are the GAU kills, 10 steel fists in a row and finishing a co-op match (which I should already have  icon_mad )

I can't believe I have played this game 3 times in a row. I have never even come close to doing that with another game.
7008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 24, 2009, 02:40:49 AM
Trucking through my crushing run. Some things have been tough, as expected
Spoiler for Hiden:
chapter 4 (the ambush in the jungle), the early monastery fights

Some things have been harder than I expected
Spoiler for Hiden:
the train

Some things have been easier than I expected
Spoiler for Hiden:
Cat and Mouse

Still apprehensive about two upcoming fights
Spoiler for Hiden:
The big arena fight where you come across the guardians battling it out with the mercs, and of course the final boss battle.

When I finished my second playthrough I think I was at 74 treasures. I am using a guide to get the remaining ones. About half I feel stupid for missing, the other half are pretty cleverly hidden. One in the monastery I can't believe anyone found, especially considering it takes an absolutely perfect jump to reach it and many would think that you aren't supposed to go there after you fell to your death a couple of times.

7009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: October 23, 2009, 09:02:53 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2009, 08:53:31 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 23, 2009, 08:13:09 PM

Wait, so this doubles as a LIVE headset? How does it mix audio chat with the game sound? I usually turn my tv down so I can hear what people are saying on my headset.

Part of the A40 system is a headphone amp that doubles as a sound mixer for your XBL voice chat. You can dial in the balance you wan between voice and game sounds.

Discounted if you buy it with the A40 headset, but you can also buy it separately and it works well with other brands.

Hm. But to get the benefit of hearing people walk around you it would seem you'd need to have the sound up. But then to hear chat you'd have to have the sound down. Do any of them have a feature where the game sound is lowered when someone speaks over chat?
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 09:01:00 PM
Cute. (the first video) http://blog.us.playstation.com/2009/10/it-only-does-great-games/
7011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 08:44:31 PM
Insomniac was definitely paying attention:

http://www.videogamer.com/news/insomniac_fans_believe_resistance_2_was_a_failure.html
7012  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 08:34:07 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 23, 2009, 08:29:00 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2009, 06:40:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 23, 2009, 05:04:22 PM

Well, I'll see if my Gamestop is doing a midnight launch. If not, maybe I'll switch the day.

Don't forget we need a good 24 hours for Hark to explore every corner of every map in a solo private room so that he can tell us the best strategies and we can mishear him or ignore his advice entirely and die and make him frustrated and make us laugh and someone will start swearing and oops didn't realize my mic was off this whole time and now we need to get everyone in a new lobby because he teamkilled too much again and look we already said 20 times there's a guy covering that door!

Ah, good times to be had.

heh, I probably will not be posting the maps to help out this time.  they only helped so much slywink  You guys and your run-n-gun mentality!

Aw come on, I need a green x to tell me where I am supposed to stand to get shot.
7013  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft-No Xbox live Price hike in the next few months!! on: October 23, 2009, 08:32:18 PM
Oh, this was Pachter? Why does anyone listen to Pachter? The guy is never right. But he must be a genius, because he's the only guy who's managed to get hired by a firm as a video games industry analyst and is therefore the only "analyst" that anyone can talk to.
7014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Gaming Headphones on: October 23, 2009, 08:13:09 PM
Wait, so this doubles as a LIVE headset? How does it mix audio chat with the game sound? I usually turn my tv down so I can hear what people are saying on my headset.
7015  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: I Had My First Whopper this past week on: October 23, 2009, 08:07:01 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on October 23, 2009, 06:56:37 PM

That's not a WhopperTM, THIS is a WhopperWindows 7 Style...
 drool

Windows 7 Whopper Conquered in Japan on Video
http://jkontherun.com/2009/10/23/windows-7-whopper-conquered-in-japan-on-video/
Quote
We told you about the promotion that Burger King and Microsoft are running in Japan. The Windows 7 Whopper has a staggering seven patties onboard, weighing in at almost two pounds. A video has appeared today that shows one brave silly soul actually eating the entire burger. I believe hes likely in the emergency room as we speak.

They just stacked 7 burgers on top of each other. That thing looks ridiculous.
7016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 07:36:19 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on October 23, 2009, 07:17:36 PM

Recon by Hadron Smasher is so much fun!   nod  icon_lol

You'll be holding the riot shield this time.
7017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 23, 2009, 06:48:04 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 23, 2009, 06:42:39 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on October 23, 2009, 05:53:33 PM

Finished the game and loved it.  My first platforming/action game as I skipped all the Tomb Raider stuff.  Is it worth getting UC1 or have I been too spoiled by the sequel to enjoy it?  Quite the good first experience on the PS3. 

Random thoughts:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I almost tried the crossbow on the blue meanies a few times and now I'm kicking myself for not following through.  Me feel dumb.  The final boss fight was not enjoyable and raised my blood pressure quite a bit.  In hindsight, though, I really should be able to handle one tough boss fight without throwing a hissy fit.  Still, I think it went on at least one explosion too long.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) yeah, you screwed up smile . took me most of one battle to figure out, & made them a helluva lot easier to deal with from then on...
2) i don't know why, but i beat the boss on my first try (even without knowing you could just shoot him as well as the sap) - i just kept running away like a mf smile . but i agree, it wasn't fun, & (just as in the first game - tho please don't let this stop you from playing it! smile ) was likely the low-point of the whole experience for me...

Spoiler for Hiden:
You first get access to the crossbow at the beginning of the tank fight and can use it to one-shot lots of mercs. Shame on you for not realizing the peaceful denizens of that mountain village would only choose to use the most kick-ass weapon available. smile
7018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 06:22:17 PM
I am daring MW2 to beat out Uncharted 2 as my GOTY. You hear me IW? I dare you!
7019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 23, 2009, 05:57:34 PM

Quote from: iloveplywood on October 23, 2009, 05:53:33 PM

Finished the game and loved it.  My first platforming/action game as I skipped all the Tomb Raider stuff.  Is it worth getting UC1 or have I been too spoiled by the sequel to enjoy it?  Quite the good first experience on the PS3. 

Random thoughts:
Spoiler for Hiden:
I almost tried the crossbow on the blue meanies a few times and now I'm kicking myself for not following through.  Me feel dumb.  The final boss fight was not enjoyable and raised my blood pressure quite a bit.  In hindsight, though, I really should be able to handle one tough boss fight without throwing a hissy fit.  Still, I think it went on at least one explosion too long.

The first game is a lot lighter on the set pieces, but definitely well worth playing, especially at the price.
7020  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Sean Hannity is a douche (2nd in a series) on: October 23, 2009, 05:54:51 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on October 23, 2009, 05:47:53 PM

This country was founded on freedom of religion.  Anything less than tolerance for any and all or none at all is un-American.  That is irrefutable.

Well, unfortunately, ever since someone got freaked out by the "red menace" and stamped "in god we trust" on our dollar, we've been retconned into a Christian nation.
7021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 05:27:55 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 23, 2009, 05:20:39 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 23, 2009, 05:18:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 23, 2009, 05:08:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2009, 04:37:32 PM

Better to take a day off on release day or the day after?  I'm thinking the latter.

it'd be ironic if XBL crashed that day  icon_twisted

Ironic? Expected. At least there's single player.

true, but then what are you going to do after lunch?

Take a dump, just like I always do. Why do you ask?
7022  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 05:18:43 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on October 23, 2009, 05:08:50 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2009, 04:37:32 PM

Better to take a day off on release day or the day after?  I'm thinking the latter.

it'd be ironic if XBL crashed that day  icon_twisted

Ironic? Expected. At least there's single player.
7023  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 05:04:22 PM
Well, I'll see if my Gamestop is doing a midnight launch. If not, maybe I'll switch the day.
7024  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 04:40:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on October 23, 2009, 04:37:32 PM

Better to take a day off on release day or the day after?  I'm thinking the latter.

You mean because of lag? Well, I've never gone to a midnight release, so I thought it might be fun (watch, my Gamestop won't be doing a midnight launch).
7025  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Sean Hannity is a douche (2nd in a series) on: October 23, 2009, 04:32:51 PM
I don't generally post in R&P, but the Fox News folks have been making my blood boil lately.

Hannity claims that pro-Christian ads in NY subways would spark OUTRAGE. Despite the fact that such things have existed forever.

And if someone wants to start a "Keith Olbermann is a douche" thread, I will defend your right to do so. smile
7026  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 04:03:32 PM
Well, I had a floating holiday I needed to use. 11/10 it is. I officially have a video gaming problem  icon_lol
7027  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 23, 2009, 03:48:26 PM
Heh. What's the "Call of Duty-est" town in America?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html/ref=amb_link_85832251_3?ie=UTF8&docId=1000440291&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-3&pf_rd_r=1XGPX8QYDMYTWB4M8ENB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=496374051&pf_rd_i=468642
7028  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 03:24:28 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 23, 2009, 03:19:36 PM

It's basically a playable level that is modeled on their offices.  Usually  has neat stuff about their history. 

Yeah, in previous versions they also included half-finished ideas you could play with and development tools they used, like increasing slopes so you could see what Ratchet was able to climb vs. when he would start to slide off. I think the one in Going Commando had a pirate-bot vs. ninja-bot display.
7029  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 03:14:11 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 23, 2009, 02:49:48 PM

As much as I hate to, I'm going with Gamestop this time for the Insomniac moon access.  I know you can unlock it in the other versions but I doubt I'll spend the time that it requires to do so.  

I think there's usually there's two ways to get in, a hard way and a trick way. I know in one of the games you could get in by getting enough skill points or, as an alternative, you could go to a particular warp pad at a very early hour of the day (which you could get around by changing the system clock on your PS2).

EDIT: according to Gamefaqs it was getting all weapons and upgrades, but same difference. smile  I also found out there were 2 R&C cellphone games that I didn't know about.
7030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Microsoft-No Xbox live Price hike in the next few months!! on: October 23, 2009, 02:37:57 PM
Those are very ominous words. "next few months". I'd probably pay an increase, but it might push more people to play PS3 online, which would be a good thing.
7031  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Awesomely Bad Movies on: October 23, 2009, 03:55:11 AM

Quote from: WorkingMike on October 22, 2009, 12:25:19 AM

I give you Superfuzz

Man, I saw that movie a ton of times on HBO in the 80s. It was great!
7032  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 02:12:14 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 23, 2009, 01:55:35 AM

Just got an email from sony with a code for $5 off the game at Amazon using the code: RATCHET3

http://playstation.innovyx.net/v?xlWWnvnEHWcPnnlHHvlJ

I got this too. I was already ordering through Amazon so I cancelled and redid my order.
7033  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 01:48:38 AM
X-Play gave it a 5 out 5 and called it "a return to form". Although I didn't think the series had ever gone wrong.
7034  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:44 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 23, 2009, 12:59:31 AM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 23, 2009, 12:51:27 AM

the (enormous) clank demo's now available (as is trine, finally)...

Dangit I don't think I can resist....I must play!

It's like 5 days! Resist! Play more Uncharted!
7035  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 23, 2009, 01:23:01 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 22, 2009, 09:44:25 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 22, 2009, 08:07:13 PM

Almost the whole game you have an AI partner, it makes perfect sense. Have them take different routes sometimes, like in Gears, use each other to hoist over obstacles, like in RE5, etc.[/spoiler]

Man I hope not.  While I appreciate the extremely competent AI partners that were in so much of Uncharted 2, what separates Drake from everyone else are those moments that he does what no one else will.  Levels like
Spoiler for Hiden:
The train, convoy, the extreme platforming in various sections would lose something if it wasn't just Drake doing that stuff.  Plus I'd think a level like Chapter 15 when he is beat to crap in the snow would lose a lot of effectiveness if you had a partner.  Even Chapter 16 would lose something with a partner. 

I appreciate that people love their co-op but mandating it for the entire singleplayer is too limiting to me. 


Ah, I see your point. But there were many times in the game I thought it would be great if I had a real partner and I would like to see what they can do. The co-op that they included in this game is definitely very fun.
7036  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Didn't get your Gamefly game? Mystery solved. on: October 22, 2009, 09:42:24 PM
A Philly area USPS worker intercepted 2200 Gamefly mailings and then traded them in at Gamestop.
7037  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 09:14:27 PM

Quote from: skystride on October 22, 2009, 08:57:13 PM

Instead of a sequel, I think I'd rather see ND use a similar approach on something completely new.  They are brilliant at dialog and acting, why not use that to tell a different story (i.e. not Indiana Jones).

Um, because then there wouldn't be a trilogy? Everything has to be a trilogy these days. smile

I do wonder, if they were to make a new Jak, would they incorporate some of the set piece action sequences?
7038  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 22, 2009, 08:07:13 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 22, 2009, 07:48:08 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 22, 2009, 07:00:54 PM

Quote from: naednek on October 22, 2009, 06:56:10 PM

Spoiler for Hiden:
I was kinda hoping Elena would have died, not that I didn't like her character, but they could use that to make another game, Uncharted 3: Nates Revenge

Spoiler for Hiden:
 I'm glad that she didn't die not only because she is a great character but because for the most part they seem to have avoided cheap melodrama in the series (Chloe I thought was even more likely to die just to generate some emotion).  

However it certainly brings an interesting dilemma to how to handle the next game.  Breaking them up again just won't work.  So either they perhaps give her a dire injury to serve as Nate's motivation for the next game's artifact (as I think Turtle speculated) or perhaps they do that rare thing and just write them as a happy couple that enjoys adventuring together.  I kind of hope it's the latter just because it's so rare that anyone attempts it it any medium and I think Amy Hennig is probably up to making it work.  

Spoiler for Hiden:
I think this is the likely option. Elena has shown herself to be a viable counterpart to Nate without making things boring. She's often even one step ahead of him, challenging him to deal with situations in ways he might not expect, though they do think very much alike.

Also, killing her off would have made the game way too dark, and that doesn't suit Uncharted in my opinion.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Next game should be drop-in/drop-out co-op for the whole game with Nate and Elena. Almost the whole game you have an AI partner, it makes perfect sense. Have them take different routes sometimes, like in Gears, use each other to hoist over obstacles, like in RE5, etc.
7039  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 22, 2009, 07:59:45 PM
Next game will be a cover-based shooter with platforming.  ninja

Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised if this went the way of Spyro. Which would be unfortunate, because I loved the original Spyro games and, while I haven't played them, have never heard that any of the non-Insomniac sequels were anything but mediocre. The more recent ones, while getting somewhat better reviews, are supposedly a lot more actiony. Insomniac went a lot further with this franchise than Spyro, we should at least be grateful for that.
7040  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank "ratchets" up the pre-order silliness (har har) on: October 22, 2009, 06:49:18 PM
Wow, I thought this stuff was bad? If you don't pre-order the new Army of 2 game, you can't play one of the co-op multiplayer modes until a month after the game is released.
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