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7841  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: God of War 2 Impressions on: November 03, 2008, 04:10:27 PM
Temporarily bringing this thread back from the dead as I finished this game this weekend. Final impressions:

1. The game was great, but about 2 hours too long. I really enjoy the GoW gameplay, but with the exception of a few puzzle bits, it's a fairly non-stop action game, and that can start to feel a little repetitive after 10 hours or so. I think 10-12 hours is good for a game of this type, and I think I wound up over 14 hours. I finally took up the offer to go to easy mode during the final boss fight because I was ready to be done.

2. Boss fights in normal seemed out of balance at times - they were actually too easy. Now, as the resident boss-battle hater, I didn't have a huge problem with this, but it seemed odd. In the first GoW, I remember repeating the boss battles many times. In this one, I don't think I ever fought a boss more than twice (with the exception of the final one). In a lot of cases, the game seemed to offer you many chances to recover health during the battle, and the bosses didn't do much damage. I had a lot more trouble with the instances where you get walled in and have to fight a bunch of enemies to proceed (such as the aforementioned "ramp" battle).

3. Thanks to the developers for leaving out the spinning blades.
7842  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 9 on: November 03, 2008, 01:14:24 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on November 03, 2008, 12:55:19 AM

Quote from: Teggy on November 02, 2008, 10:44:31 PM

Why is Brad Johnson still at QB for the Cowboys?  headbang3 <--me banging my head against a wall.

Because Bollinger is better?   icon_confused

I think you should be more concerned with the lack of pass protection and the inability to block for the run.  Obviously Johnson is no Romo, but would you honestly rather have Bollinger at QB instead? 

I was really referring to today's game. Johnson looked completely lost with the passes he was throwing.

The team just blows right now. The number of stupid penalties they make alone is an embarrassment.
7843  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 9 on: November 02, 2008, 10:44:31 PM
Why is Brad Johnson still at QB for the Cowboys?  headbang3 <--me banging my head against a wall.
7844  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: October 31, 2008, 08:44:00 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on October 31, 2008, 08:40:35 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on October 31, 2008, 06:36:17 PM

Speaking of NC, has anyone seen anything more despicable than Dole's attack ad on Kay Hagen?  Fucking pathetic....I hope she's bounced out on her ass.

Which ad?  This one, or is there another?

-Autistic Angel

yes.

and campbell brown is a milf
7845  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Is it just because I live in a 'battleground state' or...? on: October 31, 2008, 07:55:51 PM
Yeah, I grew up in a dark blue state (NY) and have lived in an even darker blue (MA) one for the last 10 years. My mom's justification for finally ceasing to try and get me to vote for McCain was that Mass would never go red anyway. I'm hoping to get the last laugh, as my parents are voting in their first presidential election since they moved from NY...to Virginia.
7846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 31, 2008, 07:42:35 PM
I can't remember where I read it, but this game did not begin development as a Banjo title, so it is not surprising that it is not exactly like the original games. Personally, I never had an N64 and have always wanted to play the original Banjo games. I preordered to get the free arcade download, so at $37 it's fairly low risk for me. I love platformers, but I know this isn't going to be exactly a classic platformer. I may wind up being pleasantly surprised. On the other hand, I loathed the gummi ship parts of Kingdom Hearts and pretty much hated Kameo, so this may wind up on Goozex quickly. We'll see.
7847  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Klonoa games on: October 30, 2008, 11:32:34 PM
surprised they didn't strap machine guns to his hands.
7848  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout 3 impressions thread on: October 29, 2008, 04:58:26 PM
So here's my $60 question - if I couldn't really get in to Oblivion, should I bother trying this, or is it significantly different? I'd say the things I didn't like about Oblivion were:

1) the combat - melee combat with one single swinging move, so it relied mostly on your weapon and stats and not on your skill (as opposed to say, God Of War style combos and evasion)
2) too much exploration - you could go into a lot of large dungeons that had no purpose other than to provide loot

I'm not judging the game, mind you, just saying what fits within my playing style. Is this basically Oblivion with guns or something different?
7849  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Banjo Kazooie Nuts & Bolts on: October 29, 2008, 02:41:50 PM
well, it is already somewhat budget priced - $37 plus you get BK1 if you preorder.
7850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 8 on: October 22, 2008, 09:28:27 PM
The Cowboys make me cry  crybaby
7851  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Crazy lost pants lawyer guy is back for his appeal on: October 22, 2008, 09:19:55 PM
Will this guy never learn?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081022/ap_on_re_us/67_million_pants_5
7852  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [10/20] How I Met Your Mother - Spoilers on: October 22, 2008, 01:29:00 PM
Put me in the camp of people who think that this season hasn't been as good up until this episode. It seemed like they were trying too hard to come up with gags akin to the "crazy-hot scale" and so on and they were just falling flat. Big Bang Theory started slow in its first season, became very funny, and has continued consistently this season.
7853  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 6 on: October 12, 2008, 08:43:23 PM
This Dallas-Arizona game is high-school quality.
7854  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] What's the word on "Fringe"? on: October 06, 2008, 09:37:19 PM
I've got the first 5 or so episodes on Tivo but unwatched. Is it JJ Abrams quality? Proceed or delete?
7855  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Brewers Win! Brewers Win! on: September 29, 2008, 02:57:43 PM
I hate you.
7856  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Say what you will about FOX News... on: September 24, 2008, 03:53:34 PM
No, it's a great movie.
7857  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Say what you will about FOX News... on: September 24, 2008, 11:22:44 AM

Quote from: Canuck on September 24, 2008, 08:24:49 AM

Quote from: Creepy_Smell on September 24, 2008, 01:57:45 AM

Here is their follow up shot:




 ninja

a little too much yeast perhaps?


That's popcorn.
7858  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise update out on: September 23, 2008, 02:25:05 AM

Quote from: Xmann on September 23, 2008, 02:20:21 AM

i'm getting an error code repeatedly when trying to update.

anyone else get that?

I did, so I erased the file off my drive (instead of just downloading over it) and downloaded it again, and then it worked.
7859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Burnout Paradise update out on: September 23, 2008, 12:22:20 AM

Quote from: naednek on September 23, 2008, 12:11:08 AM

is it free?

yes
7860  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 22, 2008, 01:43:41 AM
The continued inability of the Dallas defense to complete a sack is driving me crazy. But I am having a much better feeling about the O-line and defense this week.
7861  Non-Gaming / Trading Forum / Re: LF: PS2 on: September 22, 2008, 01:33:41 AM
YGPM
7862  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 3 on: September 21, 2008, 10:23:57 PM
I have no real interest in it other than some FF points, but this Denver-NO game is very entertaining.
7863  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 09 impressions on: September 21, 2008, 08:22:10 PM
This guy cracks me up. He's done a ton of youtube videos highlighting Madden 09 oddities. They can go on a little too long, but are funny.

The legend of judo stiff arm
7864  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360 + PS3]LucasArts 'Fracture' on: September 21, 2008, 01:19:56 AM
Demo is out on Live. Kind of short but lets you try a lot of the weapons and play with the deformable terrain. I'm intrigued.

The one thing I was a little concerned with was the lack of feedback when shooting the enemies and the way they blended in with the environment.
7865  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Burnout Paradise update out on: September 20, 2008, 11:19:41 PM
The motorcycle update is out. Not a huge change in gameplay, but it adds some nice additional content. Had some fun online this afternoon.
7866  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 07:08:18 PM

Quote from: Scraper on September 18, 2008, 07:06:50 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 18, 2008, 01:17:47 PM

Quote from: Teggy on September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM

No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.

I'm cranky today, so you get my English lesson, Teggy.

Less is used when you're talking about an unquantifiable amount.  For example, "Less Filling."

Fewer is used when the quantity can be defined with a number.  For example, "Fewer calories"  or "Fewer games."

There is a site to check compatibility (http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus), but, yeah, you're out of luck with the 40GB.

Ju just gawt pwned.

 crybaby
7867  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 18, 2008, 04:05:57 AM

Quote from: Thin_J on September 18, 2008, 03:49:00 AM

Well maybe he was just saying it was hard for him to do. I'm not crazy fan here. I don't know who does what voices. I didn't even see whatever interview it was (or wasn't, as it were) said in. I heard the story from a friend that's a far bigger fan of the show than I am. It's a fun show. I watch it on DVD. That's about where it stops. I've never actually seen an episode on cartoon network. I work nights, when the show's being aired so I had to catch season 3 on the adult swim website.

I thought you might like to know at some point someone said they might bring back a similar character. Sue me  Roll Eyes

I loved the bit in one episode where they describe him as the guy who sounds like Ray Romano. The perfect solution would be to get Ray Romano to voice a new henchman.
7868  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS2 games on the PS3 on: September 18, 2008, 03:32:56 AM
No, none of the 40GB versions have backward compatibility.  The 60GB version has hardware BC, and the old 80GB version has software BC (which supports less games than hardware BC).  The 80GB version that is now being released has no BC. It's very frustrating for people contemplating a purchase in the near future (like myself) who want BC.
7869  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Stinky situation at work. What to doo. on: September 17, 2008, 11:54:14 PM
Are you friendly with anyone in HR or do you know anyone in HR? My office has 1 mens room and 1 womens room that have about 6 stalls each, and then 2 unisex bathrooms that are handicap accessible. These latter 2 I like to call "the dump rooms" and are the type this guy should be using so as to have some privacy and not offend.  One day I went into one of the dump rooms and someone had left their used tampon on top of the TP dispenser. Seriously. I didn't want to deal with it so I went on my way. The next day, there was a sign up in that bathroom that said "please remember to clean up after yourself when you use the bathroom". So someone told someone about it. You need to find the person willing to tell.
7870  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Venture Brothers....going downhill? on: September 17, 2008, 05:22:55 PM
well, looking at the episode list, I guess sealab devolved pretty quickly.  The early episodes were pretty coherent, like the one with the kid from the make-a-wish foundation and Debbie interviewing people to father her baby, but then you got in to stuff like the Bizarro episode and the one where the captain is playing golf through the station. That stuff was funny at times but often had me shaking me head.

Brak went bad when they changed the Mom's voice. That was really jarring.
7871  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The NFL says come armageddon, come on: September 17, 2008, 02:19:46 AM
This has to be the worst example of handpicking lyrics to suit an ad that I've ever seen.

An NFL commercial with a cover of Morrissey's "Everyday is Like Sunday"
7872  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Review] Star Wars: The Force Unleashed on: September 16, 2008, 11:35:37 PM
X-Play skewered it and gave it a 2 out 5, saying you were better off saving your money and watching the cutscenes (which they found to be the best part of the game) on Youtube.

They showed onscreen that the last level's bonus goal was "default text". KD, was that in your copy? I am wondering if that was in the final release or just their review copy.
7873  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 03:39:01 PM
I was definitely pleased by the outcome of last night's game, but I can't say I was impressed by the Dallas defense. They are still making a ridiculous amount of stupid penalties and seemed unable to make a tackle at times. The amount of pressure they put on McNabb definitely improved as the game went on, but I have concerns. Offense and special teams look good.
7874  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 02:03:29 AM
Let McNabb read the paper and have a cup of coffee in the pocket, why don't you?   icon_evil

...and learn to make a freaking tackle. Good grief, are 5 guys not enough to pull one guy down?
7875  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:53:43 AM
Well, that was close to Leon Lett stupid, but you kind of knew that it would be a TD anyway. The defenders really dropped the ball (no pun intended) by not picking it up.
7876  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:48:18 AM
Well, this game is nothing if not entertaining.
7877  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:30:21 AM
Wow, someone pulled out the voodoo dolls all of a sudden.
7878  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:24:33 AM
Some very messy officiating so far - completely missed the facemask against Dallas and then blew the pass interference call.
7879  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 01:15:36 AM
Man, the Cowboys really should try to eat up some of the clock...
7880  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: NFL Week 2 on: September 16, 2008, 12:48:52 AM
And Desean Jackson drops the ball  Tongue


...and T.O. didn't drop his  icon_biggrin
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