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7881  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mercenaries 2 impressions thread on: August 30, 2008, 12:33:13 AM
I just saw Owain playing it - one more to bug for impressions...
7882  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 29, 2008, 04:44:00 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 29, 2008, 04:40:04 PM

Quote from: DamageInc on August 29, 2008, 03:41:52 PM

The issue is that it seems to affect leveling as I am already on a pace to hit level 40 with the Champion

This doesn't make sense.  You don't get an XP penalty for dying and you would fight the same number of creatures as any class.  I wonder what would make the difference?

Well, when you die you kill your combo level, and don't you get experience bonuses for having a high combo level? So if you stayed alive you would be getting more XP per kill.
7883  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 29, 2008, 04:42:07 PM
Still slogging through the 2nd area (I am only playing 1hr or so at a time). They really need to improve the save system - I saved after a significant battle the other night, but when I continued the campaign, I had to fight back alone through a significant number of areas to get back to where I saved.

I saw on one of the forums there are threads for people trading loot.  How is that done?

If you go back and redo earlier areas, do the monsters stay the same or do they scale up to your level?  I know there are achievements for completing the areas without dying, and I couldn't imagine being able to do that without being overpowered vs. the enemies.
7884  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Max Payne Trailer on: August 29, 2008, 02:11:10 AM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on August 29, 2008, 01:26:24 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on August 29, 2008, 12:56:10 AM

Quote from: Daehawk on August 29, 2008, 12:50:54 AM

New trailer is out. 2:30 long.

http://ve3d.ign.com/videos/35630/PC/Max-Payne

those are some pretty cool drug hallucinations.

if they aren't hallucinations, so help me...

It's like they are trying to go out of their way for people to get the wrong impression about the movie, what with the guy talking about god and the devil and valkyries. 

Well, there's the part of the game where they overdose him with Valkyr, so the part where the building roof is burning off and he's seeing all the valkyries could be that part. The part with the guy getting pulled out the window does appear to change as the camera pans past the building wall, as if you are moving from Max's point of view to the guy's point of view - Max sees the guy jumping out the window, while the guy is high and thinks he is being pulled out.  Hopefully that's what's going on.

I forgot that the Aesir Corporation was from Max Payne - it's also in Too Human. Both games have references to Valkyries as well.

Ah, MP has lots of Norse references, which is of course the basis of Too Human.
7885  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: prince of persia gameplay video on: August 28, 2008, 04:22:29 PM

Quote from: disarm on August 26, 2008, 06:43:35 PM

i have to disagree...WW had some great platforming, even if you didn't care for the 'attitude' of the game.  personally, i thought the Dahaka sequences were a very cool idea...didn't even mind the Godsmack music that swelled up every time i reached one.  it's not the best of the series, but i still think it's worth playing.

I had the exact opposite reaction to the Dahaka chases. The first few fairly short and fun, but later they became longer and required you not only to memorize a long sequence of moves but to also perform them without error. It's what made me put the game down.
7886  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 28, 2008, 02:06:54 AM

Quote from: Dante Rising on August 28, 2008, 01:50:33 AM

Quote from: Teggy on August 28, 2008, 01:28:04 AM

I have been working on the 2nd area over the last two nights (in fairly short bursts - I've probably spent about 2.5 hours on it) and wow, have I been getting mauled.  There were a couple of areas I was getting killed practically right after respawning - I wound up breaking a few pieces of purple armor that I had crafted. When I hit level 13, that opened up access to a few nice weapons, and that has helped. I also noticed that

Spoiler for Hiden:
when you got to the big suspended disc, you could break the cylinders on the edges and drop it, killing all the monsters at once - at least I think that's what happened.

What level were people during the second area?  I think I made it to 14 before I stopped, but I'm not sure how far into the area I am. I was wondering if maybe I was having so much trouble because I didn't combo enough in the Hall of Heroes and was a lower level than the designers expected when I started the second area (I think I was only at 9).

The second area is a bitch for just about everyone, especially depending upon your class.  Good drops helped ease my pain significantly the second time through.

Yeah, I probably should have mentioned I'm playing Commando.  The low health rating probably doesn't help.
7887  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 28, 2008, 01:28:04 AM
I have been working on the 2nd area over the last two nights (in fairly short bursts - I've probably spent about 2.5 hours on it) and wow, have I been getting mauled.  There were a couple of areas I was getting killed practically right after respawning - I wound up breaking a few pieces of purple armor that I had crafted. When I hit level 13, that opened up access to a few nice weapons, and that has helped. I also noticed that

Spoiler for Hiden:
when you got to the big suspended disc, you could break the cylinders on the edges and drop it, killing all the monsters at once - at least I think that's what happened.

What level were people during the second area?  I think I made it to 14 before I stopped, but I'm not sure how far into the area I am. I was wondering if maybe I was having so much trouble because I didn't combo enough in the Hall of Heroes and was a lower level than the designers expected when I started the second area (I think I was only at 9).
7888  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 27, 2008, 06:20:31 PM

Quote from: The Grue on August 27, 2008, 04:45:19 PM

Yeah, my big complaint is I have a berserker but I never used dual wield swords because I always had a two hander that appeared to do more damage.  There is no proof that I can find in game that the sword hits twice for every hit of the two hander and so I can't prove whether I do more damage or not.  It didn't seem to in game.  It seemed like I finished monsters off quicker with the big weapons.  Now, one benefit I could think of with the two swords is that I get more hits and therefore maybe build my combo meter up quickly.  Again, no way to know for certain. Dyack likes to say people don't get it, but it would help if the mechanics in the game were explained somewhere.

If you press right on the d-pad, you can bring up the hitpoint indicator, so you could try and test it out that way?
7889  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360] Too Human Impressions on: August 26, 2008, 09:55:17 PM
Question: if a specific weapon is listed as for a different class, is it safe to jettison it? Or is there a way to transfer that to a different character?
7890  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Fostering a pup. on: August 26, 2008, 09:49:42 PM
That's funny, my SIL went through a very similar situation (although with a different ending). She is the administrator of an animal specialty hospital (although was a vet tech when she was younger) and one day a guy came in with a Vizsla that he had literally just bought and then had been hit by a car. He couldn't afford the surgery because he had blown all of his money buying the dog. As it happened, my SIL and BIL were considering getting a Vizsla to add to their 2 Whippets, so she offered to take the dog off his hands. Unfortunately, the dog was a little hard to train and didn't get along with the female Whippet. After doggie therapy and everything else they could try, they finally gave up. They found a home for the Vizsla on a big farm where he apparently is having the time of his life, but they felt frustrated that they couldn't get it to work out.
7891  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [XBL/PSN]Star Wars :The Force Unleashed demo Impressions on: August 25, 2008, 06:16:37 PM
Played through the demo this weekend - the one thing that struck me was that Psi-Ops had better controls for telekinesis. The fact that both the left and right stick control left-right movement felt very awkward, and lining up the shots correctly was difficult. I'm sure that more playtime would help get used to it, but that was my initial impression.

The game does look very cool, and I'll be interested in the reviews.
7892  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / The "no-penalty" death trend on: August 25, 2008, 04:45:18 PM
Too Human is the third recent game (that I know of - the others being Bioshock and Bad Company) to use the "no penalty" death. That is, dying has no significant effect other than to bore you with an animation or force you to run some distance back to the place where you died. All enemies that you killed are still dead, any damage you have done remains. You can even die during a boss battle and simply come back and keep whittling it down.

I have been known to get stuck in games, so at times I welcome this feature, but I can't help feel that I have lost a sense of accomplishment when playing a game like this. I can't come up with a good reason for a developer to use this mechanic other than they made the game too hard and needed a way around it.

What do people think about games going this route?



As an aside, sometimes developers need to give the players a break, too. I was playing F.E.A.R. this weekend, and came to the end of a chapter where I was forced to use up all of my health packs and managed to escape with a sliver of health.  When I started the next chapter, I was given nothing - no health packs, and I wasn't even healed! I joined up with my team on a helicopter - no one could heal me up? So I am on the 4th chapter and basically screwed.
7893  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Um...Bigfoot body?! on: August 22, 2008, 06:28:54 PM
There was another version of the article that mentioned that the police officer was being fired. Idiots.
7894  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 21, 2008, 07:37:35 PM

Quote from: Unagi on August 21, 2008, 07:27:20 PM

Trust

That's Martin Donovan in the background.

Correct.
7895  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: prince of persia gameplay video on: August 21, 2008, 04:45:07 PM
There's no rewind, though, right?  I'm going to miss that.
7896  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 21, 2008, 04:43:01 PM
7897  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Name that movie on: August 21, 2008, 04:31:31 PM
Trainspotting
7898  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [TV] - Parking Wars on: August 21, 2008, 04:30:45 PM
A reality show that follows around meter maids and tow trucks? Really?  Will people just watch anything these days?
7899  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Pre-order Banjo Kazooie N&B, get original free on: August 21, 2008, 02:38:13 PM
I think I'll have to do this.  I was definitely going to get the arcade title (I'm a sucker for 3D platformers and I never had an N64), so doing so would basically give me N&B for what, $25?  Pretty low risk.
7900  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had My First Twinkie in More Than Decade Yesterday on: August 18, 2008, 10:01:01 PM
When I am in the south, I always make sure to get some of these



(moon pies)

Every time I have tried to introduce another northerner to them, however, it always fails to impress.
7901  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Had My First Twinkie in More Than Decade Yesterday on: August 18, 2008, 07:37:31 PM
It has been a while since I have had a lot of the pre-packaged treats.  I guess I've been trying to be healthy. It probably has been quite a while since I've had a Twinkie (are they receiving a resurgance due to "Wall-E"? Maybe not, if people expect a cockroach to be inside.) Also a big fan of Ho-Ho's, partcularly frozen ("fro-Ho's").

I've always enjoyed the Drake's/Hostess rivalry, with all the similar cakes with different names. Ding Dongs/Ring Dings, Ho-Ho's/Yodels, Cupcakes/Yankee Doodles, fruit pies, etc.  From a little poking around it seems they actually merged for a time. Or still are. Not clear.

They had Tastykake in NY when I was younger - I remember the jingle (Nobody bakes a cake as tasty as a tastykake).  I don't think I ever had any, though.
7902  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Xbox 360 disconnects from Live every 5 minutes on: August 13, 2008, 08:52:31 PM
Did you just get a new phone or make any changes/additions to your network?  Are your pc and ps3 also wireless?

7903  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: LucasArts Embargoes "Clone Wars" Reviews on: August 13, 2008, 07:21:22 PM
I had initially heard that the film was the first 3 or 4 episodes of the series, and if you didn't see it in the theater you could just wait a month or so for it to air on tv. Is that correct?
7904  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Madden 09 impressions on: August 13, 2008, 05:51:56 PM
I noticed something strange in the "manual" last night.  You can only strafe with DBs/CBs (left trigger, I think) if you are playing the lower 2 difficulty levels. Isn't strafing "in the game"?
7905  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Olympics] China's doing a bang up job... on: August 13, 2008, 04:46:18 PM
From what I understand, the age rule was intended to protect younger gymnasts from extreme physical strain while their bodies are still growing. Sort of like not allowing kids to throw curve balls until a certain age.
7906  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Madden 09 impressions on: August 13, 2008, 12:22:35 AM
Got it for the 360 and have played through the test and one game so far. I can't say if it's good or bad, but here are some initial impressions.

The test is a cool idea, but I think it needs some tweaking.  I got all-madden difficulty for rush offense and rookie difficulty for rush defense. I know I am not that good at rushing, and when I played my first game I was lucky to get a yard on a rush.  Now, the good thing is that over time it will adjust down, but it seems the test was a little flawed.

The controls are overwhelming.  This has been a problem for me with more recent Madden games, and it's gotten worse.  I'm not saying that it is bad that there is that level of detail in the game, but I wish there was a good way to learn them. The virtual trainer doesn't seem as good a way to learn the controls as they training camp was, although I am now remembering I didn't look at what was under the mini-games menu, and maybe there is something good in there. But I would really like it if there were ways to easily do drills and learn how to do the lead blocking, total receiver control, highlight stick, weapons, shifts, audibles, etc. It's going to take a lot of patience for me to learn the game.

The first game was in the rain and there was a good amount of stuttering during the "cutscenes". I started up a game without rain and there was still some, but not as bad.  I'm curious if other people experience that.  I'm running at 720p.

Overall, I know I have barely scratched the surface of the game - there are so many modes that I'm looking forward to try out.

7907  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [photos] My dog goes to Michigan on: August 11, 2008, 06:38:03 PM

Quote from: cheeba on August 11, 2008, 06:15:21 PM

Great pics! That at Sleeping Bear Dunes?

No, but not too far south of there. My wife's family runs an inn called Watervale there, and the daytime shot is taken from the top of a dune called "Old Baldy" which is on the land.
7908  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden '09 Online League on: August 11, 2008, 05:39:56 PM
I'm definitely a fan of "straight play", like Pete. As I said, I have always liked Madden, but have never gotten good at it. I'm sure the talent level will be mixed. Waiting until the end of August to start sounds like a great idea, since then we'll have a little time to get comfortable with the game. Heck, maybe I'll finally learn to use hot routes, audibles and defensive shifts.
7909  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: [360] Madden '09 Online League on: August 11, 2008, 05:07:25 PM
Me, please (even though I will go 0-16, no doubt). I'd like Dallas if possible.
7910  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [photos] My dog goes to Michigan on: August 11, 2008, 04:14:57 PM
I am whatever comes below amateur when it comes to photography, but I liked these pictures we took of my dog while on vacation...





7911  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (8/11) on: August 11, 2008, 02:11:54 PM
Madden for the 360. I expect my IQ to be in the "vegetable" range.
7912  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Harry Potter Trailer Out on: July 31, 2008, 03:39:46 PM
well they did decide to split the final movie into two parts.
7913  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / The new Mummy movie is...maybe not so good on: July 31, 2008, 01:08:23 PM
13 reviews so far, all negative. The drive-in near my vacation spot is showing this with the Incredible Hulk, and we were thinking about making that an activity one night. Maybe not.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/mummy_tomb_of_the_dragon_emperor/?name_order=asc#mo
7914  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: July 30, 2008, 08:47:25 PM
So they just added the "Millionaire's Club" to the web site - you become a member by accumulating over $1 million during the course of playing the game, and the faster you did it, the higher on the list you are. You don't have to have it all at once - anything you gain at any time counts toward the total.  Turns out I gathered up over $1.3 million when I played.  The section has some little easter eggs, but nothing major.  The also have multiplayer stats working, although I'm not sure if they started working at an earlier date.
7915  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Macbook Pro battery go boom :( on: July 30, 2008, 04:48:41 PM
Hey, look on the bright side, at least it didn't catch on fire.
7916  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Setting up a wireless network with a computer that doesn't have wifi on: July 30, 2008, 03:49:30 PM
What kind of access point do you have? If you have a wireless router and not just an access point, you can plug the computer into the router.
7917  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Resident Evil: Extinction trailer on: July 30, 2008, 03:38:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on July 30, 2008, 03:07:25 PM

I heard they are thinking about a 4th one in the series, which would make sense considering how Extinction ended.  I'm looking forward to multiple naked Milla's on screen at once  slywink

Yeah, although the idea of an army of Alices assaulting Umbrella's home base seems a little a silly to me. There was talk of continuing the Claire storyline if Mila wasn't interested in doing another film (which she said at one time).

I am however very interested in Resident Evil: Degeneration, the CGI film with Claire and Leon.
7918  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: New Resident Evil: Extinction trailer on: July 30, 2008, 03:03:59 PM
Finally caught this on Starz HD. Actually not that bad. I really enjoyed the first movie because of all the fan service and how it could plausibly fit in the timeline of the games, but I thought the second one was a big mess. This one certainly lacked the claustrophobia that I would associate with Resident Evil, but I thought the story was focused and well paced and it had quite a few cool zombie chopping scenes. It ended a bit abruptly, though IMHO.  Not a great movie, but I was entertained.
7919  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The GTA4 impressions thread (that has no impressions) on: July 29, 2008, 05:10:35 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 29, 2008, 02:30:10 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on July 28, 2008, 04:29:09 PM

Quote from: hepcat on July 27, 2008, 10:13:55 PM

FINALLY got it.  Took me about 23 tries.  Cripes was that frustrating.  I promised myself I was trading the game in for something else right before my last (and successful) attempt.   icon_lol

Spoiler for Hiden:
now do the other option,LOL

 icon_lol  I actually might!

Man, looking back at this weekend's gaming sessions with GTA I have to laugh.  I was so frustrated at one point that I put down my controller after one failed attempt, calmly walked into the kitchen, poured myself a glass of water...then threw it back in sink while cussing up a storm.   icon_lol

I believe "revenge" was the easier of the endings (the second half of the mission is slightly, but significantly different). Well, the last mission, because the actual "revenge" mission I found harder than the "deal" mission. So if you did the "deal" ending, then you shouldn't find the final mission that hard to repeat. But you'll have to do the actual "revenge" mission, which is pretty hard, but nothing more than an extended firefight.
7920  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: WTF? Activision Drops Ghostbusters, Brutal Legend, Riddick and Others for... on: July 29, 2008, 02:44:50 PM
Tim Schaeffer (or however you spell his name) can't catch a break.  There's no way someone won't publish Ghostbusters. The game was written by the original crew and all their voices are already recorded. I'm not even clear how a huge IP like that doesn't fit in with their strategy.
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