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7001  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [music] Any fans of The Get Up Kids? on: October 28, 2009, 07:34:07 PM
Going tonight. Super excited. smile
7002  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 07:12:27 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 28, 2009, 06:45:23 PM

the camera control got a little wonky a couple of times

I don't know if I'm just not remembering the last game, but I was finding the camera rests a little bit too low behind the character at times for my taste.
7003  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 07:10:13 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 28, 2009, 06:48:22 PM

I'm using the default setting and I use the L2 button to "lock" into a strafe for shooting at enemies.  I'm also using R1 to fire instead of O this time and it makes moving while shooting so much easier.  For ToD I used O to shoot and I wasn't able to be as mobile.

Oh yeah, I am a hopping, strafing fool when I play R&C and you need R1 for that.
7004  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 28, 2009, 06:43:13 PM
You people are all a bunch of spoiled brats.
7005  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 06:40:26 PM
I'm curious, which control scheme are people using? I like the standard scheme because of the lock-on - that's what I used in the last game. I know there used to be a scheme called "lock strafe", which I think is what they now call "shooter". There's also "classic", but it's been so long since I played the old games I don't remember what that is, other than the fact that I think that you had to shoot with one of the face buttons.
7006  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 28, 2009, 05:34:41 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 28, 2009, 05:24:20 PM

What's amazing is how much butt you kick in MP.  I'm up for some coop tonight if you're game. Teg too maybe?

Would love to but I am going to a concert tonight. I think that they count co-op kills in K/D, so people look like they have much better stats than they do. I know mine are wrong. I am probably running around .6-.7 K/D in competitive MP. I usually come in with about 1 or 2 less kills than deaths, although I have improved. Also, the modes other than deathmatch are not too good for K/D.
7007  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 28, 2009, 05:30:16 PM

Quote from: Turtle on October 28, 2009, 05:22:37 PM

Finally finished one of the co-op campaigns, the village.  There's a nasty segment in there where it pits you against 2 minigun armored guys, and then 3 normal armored guys with not enough heavy firepower in the area.  You basically have to loot the previous area of its ample firepower to make sure you can take on that segment.  It's pretty awesome though, it's amazing what they accomplished in co-op multiplayer, that many enemies and scripted events.

I need to play the other 2 co-op missions. Lettuce, I played the same one we got stuck on (I think that is the Village, too) to get my trophy and we were literally at the end. All we had to do was trigger that last group checkpoint and it was over. Dumb guy dropped out right before it was over.

By the way, apparently what happens with the difficulty level is that it always drops to the lowest one set on one of the players. So if 2 guys have crushing enabled and one guy has easy, it uses easy. You can go into custom matches, though, if you want to have only 2 players. There is an in-game medal for finishing a scenario on crushing with only 2 players. That's got to be really hard, because unlike the SP, the co-op seems to constantly throw guys at you from behind.
7008  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 03:35:18 PM

Quote from: semiconscious on October 28, 2009, 04:06:35 AM

'mr. zurkon needs no nanotech. mr. zurkon lives on fear...'

Mr. Zurkon is great biggrin
7009  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty 4 Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 03:33:45 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 28, 2009, 03:25:52 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 28, 2009, 01:50:18 PM

Ah, I misread it.  You're not missing anything then. 

That's the sense that I had as I was playing it...

Parts of the last mission of WaW were some of the worst offenders of the CoD checkpoint system. At the start you are approaching a building and have to make it up the stairs and you basically have to find the right things to duck behind so you can finally get far enough forward to stop the spawning. It was hell on hardened, I can't imagine what it was like on veteran. In the very end of the level you have to make it through a choke point at the top of a narrow stairway that comes out on the back end of the "Dome" MP map (the part you can't get to when playing MP). Those corridors on the sides - that's where guys keep pouring out unless you can manage to get forward far enough.

The very end is kind of cool, though
Spoiler for Hiden:
You are heavily injured (and seemingly dying), but Gary Oldman lets you limp to the front of the building and plant the Russian flag.
7010  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 28, 2009, 02:44:30 PM
I played the campaign three times in a row and never had a crash or got stuck. The one thing that happened a couple of times is that Drake would be jumping for a ledge and he'd start swimming in the air a bit before falling.
7011  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time - Reviews and Impressions on: October 28, 2009, 03:20:22 AM
I put in just short of 3 hours. Lots of stuff to do. I didn't play the Clank demo, so the new record/play stuff was a surprise. A nice change from the old gadgebot stuff.

I'm really glad they didn't tie the trophies to skill points. I've always found the skill points a bit frustrating, because the descriptions are at best vague and at worst a complete mystery.
7012  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.
7013  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!
7014  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.
7015  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.
7016  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.
7017  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.
7018  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.
7019  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
7020  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
7021  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?
7022  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.
7023  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.
7024  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
7025  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.
7026  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.
7027  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.
7028  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.
7029  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.
7030  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 26, 2009, 01:30:50 PM
Ratchet & Clank
7031  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.
7032  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.
7033  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
7034  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.
7035  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.
7036  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

7037  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
7038  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
7039  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.
7040  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.

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