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7081  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 on: October 19, 2009, 03:58:35 AM
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The server community is what's made us. It's what defined us.

IW.NET is getting the PC community to turn into consoles. You're trying to re-write our history.

Is this Braveheart or video games?
7082  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: 2009 NFL Season has started! on: October 18, 2009, 11:15:02 PM
Poor Pete.
7083  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what has been your worse game this gen? on: October 18, 2009, 10:12:18 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on October 18, 2009, 02:35:54 PM


i was quite disappointed in Kameo,as it was an early RARE game for the 360,i was expecting fireworks in a box,and i just didn't get into it at all...same with Project Dark zero ...however Viva Pinata i loved,LOL




Oh yeah, Kameo blew. I can't believe I bothered finshing that game.
7084  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 18, 2009, 09:58:44 PM
Finished today and it also took me just shy of 12 hours on normal. I absolutely LOVED this game. Better than U1 for me. Is it the best single player game of all time? I don't know, that's kind of a hard thing to say about any game, but I won't begrudge anyone who wishes to place that honor on this title.

What I will say (and others have said similar), is that this is the most cinematic game I have ever played. The tension, action and emotion in the segments, combined with perfect camera angles and clever scripted events gave me the feeling of a tightly paced summer blockbuster action movie. And the voice acting, facial expressions and mocap were perfect. Someone else already mentioned the exchange between the two characters that happens at the end of the game - I have to agree that that was incredibly sweet and well acted and I was smiling through the whole thing.

All of these parts of the game
Spoiler for Hiden:
Helicopter attack in the city
Helping the camera guy
Running with Elena through the streets
Train ride
Tank siege
Convoy
Escape from Shambhala
(and I'm sure there were others I am forgetting) really felt like controlling a movie, not just like playing a game. This should have been an Indiana Jones game.  Turn Nate into Indy, Elena into Marion and the bad guys into Nazis. Could you imagine?

I actually didn't have any problem with the last boss fight. It took less than ten minutes. I figured out what I was supposed to do very quickly (and was playing on normal). Uncharted 1's endgame was significantly harder, including the approach to the actual "boss". Based on what Kevin said, it sounds like they eased up the difficulty this time around, although I found normal to be quite comfortable for me. I died occasionally, but never got frustrated. I do think that it is interesting that they have a "very easy" setting besides "easy". Can you even die if you choose that?

I think the game did peter out a bit in the last 1/4 or so, particularly because it lacked the big action sequences and scripted events (like those I mentioned in my spoiler above). I don't know if this is because the setting didn't allow for that kind of gameplay, they didn't have time to implement some other segments, or they just blew their ideas on the earlier part of the game. I didn't find it to be bad, but it felt more like Uncharted 1, which I didn't think had the tension and excitement that this game has.

Regarding the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Guardians: I was wondering if something like that would appear. I didn't really like the Descendants in Uncharted 1. They were just another version of The Flood, which I am not fond of, and seem to be copied by many games. Somewhere late in a game, you get surprised by the introduction of a brand new enemy, which tends to be genetically altered in some way, great in number and attacks wildly. They did this in Gears of War 2, Uncharted and some other games that are escaping me at the moment. When I saw the Yeti, I thought to myself that this was going to turn into yet another version of the Flood, but it wound up not being too bad. You only fought them 5 or 6 times, and as someone mentioned, once you realized the crossbow killed them quickly, it wasn't a big deal. So I won't say I loved them, but I will give ND a pass this time. And the fact that the Yeti are actually guys in suits was a cute touch.

EDIT: added some more thoughts and fixed grammar, since I originally wrote this on my phone.



7085  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: what has been your worse game this gen? on: October 18, 2009, 12:54:48 AM
Too Human. I bought it because I saw a review that made it look very intriguing, but it turned out to be pretty poor. I am still interested in the sequel, though, because I'm hoping they fix all the problems.
7086  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 17, 2009, 01:31:00 PM
Oh yeah, definitely make sure to go through all the pages in Nate's journal. smile
7087  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 17, 2009, 03:16:15 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 17, 2009, 02:31:44 AM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 17, 2009, 02:25:01 AM

Co op in this game ROCKS.

Teg and I were playing with some random and it was awesome...until he decided to stop playing so we couldn't advance and had to forfeit.

<sigh>
What are the coop missions?  Are they new stuff that's coop only?

They are mini missions with the characters - they have mini storylines, short cutscenes and full voice work. Very cool. I'm not sure how many of them there are, but I don't think there are more a few. The downside to them having a little more production value (unlike Resistance 2, where they had quite a few, but it was only text for the story). As SL also mentioned, they lack a kick feature, and since all players are required to get past the checkpoints (you meet up in an area and hold triangle), you can get stuck. I think we were pretty much at the end, too, so it was lame.

I totally dig the competitive MP. It has the nice cover system you get with Gears, but is much faster moving, and of course you get the ability to climb up and down into all sorts of interesting tactical spots. I hope we can get a bunch of people playing.

Oh, there is also a Horde-like mode, but we didn't try it. I also haven't tried any of the other MP types other than elimination and deathmatch. People seem to be talking a lot about Plunder mode.
7088  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:40:20 PM
I played a few more chapters and found the majority of the treasures. It was just those two Borneo chapters I didn't find any. They must have been hiding under leaves slywink (I'll go back or look it up after I finish one playthrough).
7089  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 08:39:31 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 16, 2009, 08:35:07 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 07:05:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 16, 2009, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM

2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)


I've made a couple attempts to get into the first Fallout and failed, but that hasn't impacted my enjoyment of Fallout 3 in any way.  No matter how you feel about the originals, I strongly recommend the third! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

Yeah, I know I don't really have to play the other two games in order to play the third, but I just kind of want to.

Lol, don't worry, Teg - I never even thought about the fact that there must be a Fallout 1 and 2.  My only excuse is that I'm console-only... but really, what game starts with THREE!   Roll Eyes


How about all those people who played Section 8 without playing Section 1 through Section 7? slywink
7090  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Share your urban myths on: October 16, 2009, 07:53:41 PM

Quote from: YellowKing on October 16, 2009, 07:40:46 PM

My mom also told me as a child that if I put salt on a bird's tail it wouldn't be able to fly and I could catch it. So I would happily spend hours in the yard trying to get close enough to a bird to put salt on its tail. Once I got old enough to see through this ruse, she laughingly explained it was just a trick to get me out of the house. The punchline being, of course, that if you can get close enough to a bird to put salt on its tail, then you can catch it anyway.

Sounds similar to the "Snipe hunt". My wife burst out laughing at this in "Up", but I had never heard of the concept.
7091  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 07:05:30 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 16, 2009, 06:46:34 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM

2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)


I've made a couple attempts to get into the first Fallout and failed, but that hasn't impacted my enjoyment of Fallout 3 in any way.  No matter how you feel about the originals, I strongly recommend the third! thumbsup

-Autistic Angel

Yeah, I know I don't really have to play the other two games in order to play the third, but I just kind of want to.
7092  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 07:02:48 PM
Now there is some claim that there is video of the kid climbing in the balloon. Until I see that I'm thinking this whole thing is bull. And if not a complete hoax, then the parents were just idiots for thinking the kid was in the balloon and telling people that he was.
7093  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 06:04:47 PM
OK, now that there is video of them releasing the balloon, this story now makes no sense at all. Yesterday the report was that the balloon broke free and the brother saw the kid get into the balloon. Now we see that the parents were there when the balloon broke free, and we can see that it doesn't even look like it's possible that a kid could even get in the balloon. Why did anyone think that the kid could be in the balloon and why was that reported to the news?
7094  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 06:00:38 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on October 16, 2009, 05:59:49 PM

Quote from: Ridah on October 16, 2009, 05:55:35 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 11:37:50 AM

You know the other thing I forgot to mention - during the first two chapters I was finding treasures everywhere, but since then (I just started chapter 6) I haven't found any. I've been checking every nook and cranny, too. I'll have to look into that after I finish the game. I figure that I must have missed a bunch already.

Yeah, once I got to Nepal I pretty much forfeited my aspirations as a treasure hunter.

I'm about 95% through and I thought I was doing a crazy good job of going slow and finding everything and I only have 52 treasures.  I can't imagine what I missed.

Were you using the shovel? I think it's on R3.




slywink
7095  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which five games are at the top of your "backlog list?" on: October 16, 2009, 05:23:43 PM
Well, I will consider games that I have wanted to play for a long time but have never managed to finish and would really like to. A few I will group together for obvious reasons.

1. Baldur's Gate 1 & 2
2. Fallout 1 & 2 (especially since then I'll be willing to play Fallout 3)
3. KOTOR
4. Resident Evil 4 Wii Edition
5. Final Fantasy XII
7096  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 16, 2009, 04:06:02 PM
Maybe they'll put War mode in MW2 and he won't be able to resist padding his K/D.   ninja  slywink
7097  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 16, 2009, 03:08:09 PM
So the family goes on the Today show this morning and the kid starts vomiting during the interview. WTF?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGhIQP801fc
7098  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Weekend Playlist - 10/16 on: October 16, 2009, 02:47:21 PM
Uncharted 2.
7099  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Out of Work Folks - Gearbox is hiring, might be worth looking... on: October 16, 2009, 02:16:37 PM

Quote from: mytocles on October 15, 2009, 08:00:21 PM

I actually remembered that you are a "geology guy,"  Pete (yay, me!)


When Pete watches "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown", he doesn't understand why Charlie Brown gets upset every time he gets a rock in his bag. <rimshot>
7100  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: We need a better way to coordinate our MP gaming efforts on: October 16, 2009, 01:58:02 PM
They do this on Goozex (well, they used to, it seems they have slacked off). They kept a Google calendar and planned events usually every Wednesday and Friday night (with others in between as desired). You could look on the calendar and see what was going on that night and show up. Now, I think they have a bigger overall membership, but the group here might be more committed.

If you page back to August, you can see how it worked. I think they took September off but are supposed to be putting up new dates soon:
http://www.google.com/calendar/embed?src=fj63ar6ukp0ipfv55h8otkftss%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York

The other thing I have mentioned before that I would like is a group of "co-op buddies". There's a bunch of games that I would love to play through co-op (Gears of War 2, Army of Two, Mercenaries 2, etc.) but I've never tried to find other people who wanted to do it or were willing to try and sync up schedules.
7101  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 01:33:38 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on October 16, 2009, 01:17:58 PM

I decided to play MP after all. I still suck.

http://www.naughtydog.com/stats/index/SensuousLettuce
7102  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 01:29:56 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 01:27:01 PM

Quote from: MonkeyFinger on October 16, 2009, 01:22:54 PM

He obviously had a past relationship with Flynn but this was the first time meeting Chloe.

Nope.  Watch the beginning cutscenes again- Chloe walks up, Drake recognizes her, is about to say her name but then Chloe introduces herself, basically telling Drake to play it like they are strangers so Nate plays along while he tries to figure out what's going on (that's what the second scene in Chapter 1, with Chloe and Nate in the bedroom makes clear). They have a past relationship (Drake walked out on her) but Flynn doesn't know about it.  Watch the body language and expressions in that first scene- phenomenal job by Naughty Dog in making play differently once you know the truth.  

Yeah, I was about to say this. It's pretty clear he has a history with Chloe.
7103  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 12:48:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 16, 2009, 04:20:25 AM

Quote from: Teggy on October 16, 2009, 02:32:44 AM

I think it was Andrew that said that he was a little turned off by casting Nathan as a thief.  That's funny, I had the exact same reaction. I thought that Drake was a fortune hunter or a tomb raider, for sure, but I never got the impression in the first game that he was ever involved in crime. I think it would have been better if they had made him turn down the job on principle at first, and then had the potential historical find be so big, so important, that he was willing, just this one time, to cross the line.

It's pretty vital to story and Nate's character development IMO.


Well, I'll reserve my final judgement for after I finish the game, but unless this turns out to be a prequel (and I think Sully already made some comment that indicated it wasn't) I will still say that a robbery went against Nate's characterization in the first game.
7104  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 11:37:50 AM
You know the other thing I forgot to mention - during the first two chapters I was finding treasures everywhere, but since then (I just started chapter 6) I haven't found any. I've been checking every nook and cranny, too. I'll have to look into that after I finish the game. I figure that I must have missed a bunch already.
7105  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 03:16:49 AM
Saw this on the ND site:

Quote
So we’ve seen some concern about the frequency of updates for those choosing to use Uncharted 2’s twitter support.  Some reviewers have had early access to the game and selected the option to update their twitter accounts as they completed each chapter of the game.  This has resulted in some twittter feeds being updated multiple times an hour.  We obviously want to provide the best experience for everybody so for the time being we’ve disabled twitter updates on chapter completions.  The option will still exist in the menus when the game ships on 10/13, but if activated, it will do nothing.  Some time after the game has shipped, we’ll release a patch to reactive the feature, but with a limit on the frequency of updates.  We’re certainly sorry for any inconvenience, but I guess that’s the risk you run when trying to blaze a new trail in the complicated world of social media!
7106  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 16, 2009, 02:36:45 AM

Quote from: Eco-Logic on October 16, 2009, 12:57:22 AM

Hey you all,

Are there any openings left?  I just got Madden recently and would love to participate.  Please let me know if there are any slots available, and if there are let me know which teams are available. 

Eco

Yup, lots. Just search for the franchise "GamingTrend". I believe the password is "GTFootball" (make sure to use the caps).
7107  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 16, 2009, 02:32:44 AM
OK, I played through chapter 5 tonight. I had the same problem with chapter 2
Spoiler for Hiden:
but I gave up on the rail kill early because it didn't seem like they wanted you to do it. You couldn't even take cover on the wall. I wound up weaving through the whole area knocking out everyone until only the 3 guys on the raised walkway were left. I charged the guy on the stairs, which triggered my partner to jump over the railing and charge the guy all the way at the end of hall. Of course, this left the railing guy still there! I took him out and was then able to move on. A little weird.

Which leads me to a gripe - I don't think they improved the cover system at all since Uncharted 1. You'll often find surfaces that you can't use for cover, and jumping from cover to cover can often be messy, sometimes moving you to a spot you didn't intend to go to our pulling you out of cover altogether. I know the gears method of showing exactly what your cover move is going to do at the bottom of the screen isn't as immersive, but at least you feel good about what is about to happen.

Overall though, I'm really enjoying it. I already loved the Uncharted gameplay and the stealth kills are a great addition.

I think it was Andrew that said that he was a little turned off by casting Nathan as a thief.  That's funny, I had the exact same reaction. I thought that Drake was a fortune hunter or a tomb raider, for sure, but I never got the impression in the first game that he was ever involved in crime. I think it would have been better if they had made him turn down the job on principle at first, and then had the potential historical find be so big, so important, that he was willing, just this one time, to cross the line.

Oh yeah, and the game has built in Twitter support! How funny is that?
7108  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Uncharted 2: Among Impressions Threads [Hide the spoilers well!] on: October 15, 2009, 10:09:45 PM
Woohoo! My Goozex Exchange order already came. I only had about 20 minutes before I had to run out to a doc appt, but the intro bit I have played has been fantastic.
7109  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:40:34 PM
Well, its down and there doesn't seem to be any kid in it and no one seemed to be concerned about getting a kid out of it, which means the emergency people knew something we don't.
7110  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:34:21 PM
There is some speculation that he actually fell out at some point. I don't even understand that thing - there's no windows.
7111  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The boy in the balloon on: October 15, 2009, 07:23:29 PM
Anybody following this thing? Who knows what that kid is experiencing.
7112  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 06:17:45 PM
The one other item I forgot to mention was the screen size. I wish they had made the screen size the same as a mass market paperback page. I think that would it make it a bit more comfortable to read.
7113  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 04:28:05 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on October 15, 2009, 04:26:30 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 15, 2009, 04:09:35 PM

- I think the page forward takes a little more effort than it should, and it would be good to have a page back on the right side, although I probably won't use it often.

You get used to the refresh.  I thought it was going to be a huge issue (and it held me off buying an e-reader for a long time) but I don't even notice it anymore. 



Not the refresh - I don't think that's a big deal. The amount of resistance the button has.
7114  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Amazon Kindle on: October 15, 2009, 04:09:35 PM
OK, I got my refurb yesterday. As far as it being a refurb, I couldn't tell the difference. It looks brand new and was in all new sealed packaging. Kind of odd packaging - you have to pull on 3 or 4 different pull strips, like a priority mail envelope, to finally get it open.

My first impressions:
- I was surprised at how dark the background was. I guess that will take some getting used to.
- The fact that you can get a reflection of overhead light on the screen is a little weird. It's easy to overcome, but not an experience you ever have with a standard book.
- I seem to be having some trouble getting it to sync with my iPhone Kindle reader. Not for all books, but some.
- I love how thin it is, and I put it right into the "official" cover so it is sort of like holding a book.
- I think the page forward takes a little more effort than it should, and it would be good to have a page back on the right side, although I probably won't use it often.
- I LOVE the dictionary. There was a period of time where I would read books with a dictionary next to me so I could learn new words, but it became tiresome and I just worked on understanding things in context going forward. Being able to just move next to a word and see the definition is great.
-That said, the cursor stick isn't great. I wish it was a little trackball, because it takes a lot of effort to move around the screen.
- I need to figure out how to use the clippings and bookmarks correctly. Good features, but I was trying to delete things and wound up duplicating them instead. I like the way the iPhone bookmarks work, I was surprised to find that they were more low-tech on the actual Kindle.

The are lots of obvious benefits like having a lot of books and instant purchases and I'm sure I will enjoy it. I think I definitely need more time with it to learn. I was just surprised I wasn't instantly blown away by it.
7115  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Recession ends in 79 metro areas! on: October 15, 2009, 03:56:22 PM
It looks like based on that info that my area is in recovery (although much of MA is not). I don't exactly understand how a decrease in employment of over 3% in August equals recovery, though.
7116  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 15, 2009, 03:49:16 PM
Regarding the swim moves, I do believe if you push left or right on the right analog, the defender will make moves. At least that seems to happen when I do it.
7117  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden 10 Online Franchise - Week 6 on: October 15, 2009, 03:39:49 PM

Quote from: IkeVandergraaf on October 15, 2009, 03:11:37 PM

Apparently I'm to play ForsakenPenguin's Broncos this week.  I can pretty much make myself free any time this weekend after the TX-OU game on Saturday afternoon if I get a little lead time to let the gf know I'll be busy.  Otherwise my week is kind of spotty.  Tonight is out.  Tomorrow I can probably play late.

Also, did you guys know there's a neat iphone app to manage your team, etc.?

Is that finally out? It was supposed to be out with the game, but it had been so long I finally stopped searching to see if it was released.
7118  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 confirmed! [Now with hands on!] on: October 15, 2009, 02:43:22 PM
Oh man, I predict that Commando perk is going to annoy a lot of people.
7119  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Dow back at 10,000 on: October 14, 2009, 09:57:20 PM

Quote from: Moliere on October 14, 2009, 09:47:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on October 14, 2009, 07:46:12 PM

Let's hope it's for real.

What does this mean? Do you think we're on the road to permanent upward prosperity?

There was no hidden meaning. Depending on what you read, some think it is a valid recovery, others think it's a speculative bubble. I'm hoping it is a valid recovery.
7120  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: World of Goo 'Pay what you want' sale on: October 14, 2009, 07:49:01 PM
Isn't this the game that had something like a 95% piracy rate? It probably wasn't that high, but I remember it being high.
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