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7001  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 07:50:52 PM

Quote from: msteelers on October 27, 2009, 07:42:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 27, 2009, 07:29:00 PM

Quote from: msteelers on October 27, 2009, 07:26:08 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2009, 07:17:06 PM

Wow, I can't believe they put that in a game with someone that you are actually controlling.

Why? GTA has been doing it for years.*

*I reserve the right to change my tune once I see the level in the context of the overall story.

Spoiler for Hiden:
GTA is more cartoonish and tongue in cheek, and while you are at times a bad guy, you never play an honest-to-goodness terrorist.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'll give you the cartoonish and tongue in cheek points, but not the other one. If the point of the controversy is not that innocent people are getting murdered by the player, and instead that the player is a terrorist, then all I can do is tear. Or if we are sensitive about the airport setting, then that can also be matched in GTA. While players might not be able to make it inside the airport, can't you use rockets to blow up airplanes? Or am I making that up?

Either way, IW doesn't seem like the type of people that would put this into the game just to be controversial. After some incredibly powerful scenes in COD4, I think they have earned the right to be given the benefit of the doubt here. If not from the mainstream media, then at least from the gaming community.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Yes, you can go to the airport and blow stuff up, but the story does not require you to do so. Sometimes you are asked to take out some pizza guy or somebody's cheating husband, or rob a bank and wind up killing cops, but you are never put in the shoes of an enemy of the government and are required to kill innocents. I just think the feel is very different. But yes, we should wait and see exactly what it is before passing judgement.

Regardless, I'm sure Jack Thompson is filing suit as we speak.
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 07:29:59 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 27, 2009, 07:19:22 PM

yep, THAT video was pretty disturbing... anyone have a link to the full context of what you're doing and why?

Phew! I know being unemployed can make people bitter, but I thought we had lost you there!
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 07:29:00 PM

Quote from: msteelers on October 27, 2009, 07:26:08 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2009, 07:17:06 PM

Wow, I can't believe they put that in a game with someone that you are actually controlling.

Why? GTA has been doing it for years.*

*I reserve the right to change my tune once I see the level in the context of the overall story.

Spoiler for Hiden:
GTA is more cartoonish and tongue in cheek, and while you are at times a bad guy, you never play an honest-to-goodness terrorist.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 07:13:28 PM
It's also posted on The Escapist.
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 07:00:03 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on October 27, 2009, 06:54:17 PM

I just watched the whole video and I didnt' see anything even remotely controversial.  Was Takedown not the mission you guys are talking about?  Nothing shocking or jarring in the slightest in this one.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I don't know the name of the mission, but the video I saw had you acting as a terrorist and shooting civilians in an airport.
7006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 06:59:14 PM
Holy crap, yeah, this is not going to be good unless I am really misunderstanding what is going on.
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 27, 2009, 05:20:51 PM

Quote from: JayDee on October 27, 2009, 05:18:19 PM

I just saw a leaked video of the first mission in MW2. I have a feeling this is going to make a lot of people uncomfortable. It's in another language so I didn't get the context, but it's pretty shocking.

It's not clowns, is it? Please tell me it's not clowns.
7008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 27, 2009, 05:01:28 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 27, 2009, 04:53:41 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 27, 2009, 04:46:55 PM

Apparently if you have a ToD save on your drive you will get a discount when buying weapons.

I think I am actually going to start my game on hard. If there's one franchise where I feel I can do that, it's Ratchet and Clank. Generally my MO is to get so overpowered in the game I can beat the final boss in about 5 seconds biggrin

Perhaps I shall give this a try, too!

It's all about grinding for the RYNO smile
7009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 27, 2009, 04:46:55 PM
Apparently if you have a ToD save on your drive you will get a discount when buying weapons.

I think I am actually going to start my game on hard. If there's one franchise where I feel I can do that, it's Ratchet and Clank. Generally my MO is to get so overpowered in the game I can beat the final boss in about 5 seconds biggrin
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBLA/PSN]Matt hazard: Bloodbath and Beyond on: October 27, 2009, 01:13:46 PM
Is the original worth playing at all? At a bargain price, maybe?
7011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 27, 2009, 03:09:44 AM
Finally got to try out plunder. It's basically Halo's oddball, but you can toss the treasure pretty far, and since there is cover, you can be more strategic about covering the carrier. Very fun. I also played chain reaction, which is similar to war in CoD. The round went really fast, and I'm not sure that;s because the map isn't laid out well or the other team just didn't know what they were doing.
7012  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 27, 2009, 02:55:27 AM
The week has been advanced - got the message this evening.
7013  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 26, 2009, 08:54:40 PM
Yeah, I'm in a bye week biggrin
7014  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 08:22:51 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 26, 2009, 07:54:57 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 26, 2009, 07:47:24 PM

That final big battle *does* have never ending spawns.  I'm not sure what trigger it uses.

I'm pretty sure there's an invisible trigger to the left.  My first playthrough I stayed up on the top platform, and went through all my ammo, then went to the right, killed a ton more guys, and eventually got killed by a grenade or something.  Tons of guys the whole time.  Second try, I immediately went left, and had half or less the number of guys.

One of the guys at work thinks that the fight has an enemy spawn cap that's very high, but that you can cut that off if you hit certain points.  I don't know what the real story is, but that fight definitely seemed shorter when I went left right away.

I think that this is right - this happened to me on my crushing run. I went right, got behind a pillar at the far end, took out
Spoiler for Hiden:
a guardian
, picked up a crossbow and started pushing my way towards the opposite end. I thought I was doing great until I noticed that I didn't seem to be putting a real dent in the enemy count.
7015  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 26, 2009, 05:21:57 PM
Playing Uncharted 2 on crushing made me appreciate that a hard mode can actually be fun. Except for when the boss throws 5 grenades at you at the same time. At least when CoD drowns you in grenades, they come from different soldiers.
7016  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Metroid Prime Trilogy = Awesome on: October 26, 2009, 04:41:35 PM

Quote from: Eel Snave on October 26, 2009, 04:34:59 PM

Yeah, I had some problems with the controls on the Cube, especially when it came to switching beams and visors.  On the Wii?  Not an issue.  Top-notch work all around.

I thought changing beams and visors was a lot easier on the Gamecube controller. The rest was better on the Wii, though.
7017  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 26, 2009, 03:03:24 PM

Quote from: Chaz on October 26, 2009, 02:25:42 PM

A few months ago, I decided to try a replay of the campaign at hardened difficulty.  That didn't last long.  I kept getting slaughtered in the second mission.  It was fairly embarrassing.  

In the review for the game on X-Play they said that for the true experience you had to play the game on hardened. So, of course, I kept repeating the training course until it told me that I should play the game on hardened. I finished it, but there was a lot of pain.
7018  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 26, 2009, 02:51:05 PM

Quote from: Thin_J on October 26, 2009, 02:13:40 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 26, 2009, 12:18:43 PM


I was going to cry foul when I first read the headline, but it looks like they separate the ranked playlists by your camera preference, forcing it one way or the other and not allowing mixing in ranked games. That seems like a good way of doing it. Allows people to have their options without letting the third person people peek around corners in games against first person people. It really would put the first person players at a disadvantage.

I am intrigued. But if I play that way I will get frustrated that I can't get into cover and pull people off of rooftops.
7019  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 26, 2009, 01:30:50 PM
Ratchet & Clank
7020  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 02:33:17 AM

Quote from: TheMissingLink on October 26, 2009, 02:02:00 AM

Congrats on the platinum, Teggy. Took you just 9 days, well done. I've been thinking about giving it a whirl...

I'm not sure I could take crushing difficulty, though. Normal was hard enough!!

Thanks - I think I put in something like 38 hours on SP, so I was hooked over those 9 days! You'll have to play hard just to get crushing, and playing on hard does help. Crushing was definitely harder than hard, but playing the game multiple times really lets you get to know the tricks to most of the fights and where you can go stealth. You also really get to know the weapons and how effective blind fire can be.
7021  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 26, 2009, 01:14:36 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 26, 2009, 01:13:43 AM

The mp is now unquestionably fun.


I hope you are playing more than just elimination now.
7022  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
7023  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.
7024  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.
7025  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

7026  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
7027  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
7028  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.
7029  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.

7030  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?
7031  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/
7032  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
7033  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.
7034  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.
7035  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.
7036  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.
7037  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.
7038  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
7039  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!
7040  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.
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