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7921  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: June 23, 2008, 06:06:34 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 23, 2008, 05:57:33 PM

chances are good that most of them won't have it until tomorrow, but I'd call around.  Usually they can get it in today if the manager goes and picks up the shipment.

Well I preordered and I don't need it today, just wondering if it would show up today instead of tomorrow.  I don't preorder very often - I think the last time I preordered from this store was for MVP 2005 (yes, that long ago) and I think they surprised me by calling late in the work day the day before I expected to get it.  Maybe that will happen again, maybe not.
7922  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: June 23, 2008, 05:00:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 23, 2008, 04:49:46 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 23, 2008, 04:42:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 23, 2008, 04:35:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 23, 2008, 04:33:36 PM

1. There is an achievement for using a parachute - I thought there were not parachutes in the game?

They're not in the multiplayer, but as a guess perhaps there's a part in the SP storyline involving a parachute.

The achievement says "(Online) Glide in the parachute for 3 seconds". 

A bit of a bummer - they finally revealed what you need to do to get free weapon #4 - you have to have played a previous Battlefield game, which I have not. It is an assault rifle, which is not too big of a deal, as I expect to spend most of my time as Support and Demolitions. The developers have also hinted that they will likely free up all the find-all-five weapons somewhere down the line.

I believe it's called Darwin's Parachute because there is no parachute.  They want you to freefall to your death from high enough for 3 seconds of hang time.

Oh, and there is no street date for this title so nobody broke anything (combined with the fact that the release date is the 23rd anyway)

Smartasses - I wonder if the laser designator bug still exists in the retail copy.  You, know, the one were you can spawn on someone's bomb as it's falling from the sky?  Could get that achievement no problem smile

My bad on the release date -  I thought it was tomorrow.  Does that mean Gamestop should have it today?  I haven't gotten a call.
7923  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: June 23, 2008, 04:53:34 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 23, 2008, 04:49:09 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 23, 2008, 04:42:59 PM

A bit of a bummer - they finally revealed what you need to do to get free weapon #4 - you have to have played a previous Battlefield game, which I have not.

Wha?  How are they checking that?  I've played plenty of 1942, V, and 2, but how in the world would I prove it to Bad Company?

You can also use CD keys.
7924  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: June 23, 2008, 04:42:59 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 23, 2008, 04:35:20 PM

Quote from: Teggy on June 23, 2008, 04:33:36 PM

1. There is an achievement for using a parachute - I thought there were not parachutes in the game?

They're not in the multiplayer, but as a guess perhaps there's a part in the SP storyline involving a parachute.

The achievement says "(Online) Glide in the parachute for 3 seconds". 

A bit of a bummer - they finally revealed what you need to do to get free weapon #4 - you have to have played a previous Battlefield game, which I have not. It is an assault rifle, which is not too big of a deal, as I expect to spend most of my time as Support and Demolitions. The developers have also hinted that they will likely free up all the find-all-five weapons somewhere down the line.
7925  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC (Now not the demo) on: June 23, 2008, 04:33:36 PM
Now that I sufficiently strung ATB along, I can reveal that I did, in fact, reinstate my preorder for this. The single player looks fun, so I figured I would take a chance that the multiplayer becomes more consistently fun for me.  I can always Goozex it if not. Plus I will have a whole 5 days of having a better score than ATB to enjoy - 4 days during which he won't have access to his XBOX and 1 day for him to catch up.

I'm surprised that people have copies already - you'd think EA would care about online retailers breaking street date the same as b&m.

For Hark and anyone that has the game already:

1. There is an achievement for using a parachute - I thought there were not parachutes in the game?
2. How does the picture taking utility work?
7926  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War - "casual" or "hardcore" for first time through? on: June 23, 2008, 02:58:33 AM
Just a little followup on this. After finishing the game on Casual, I have slowly been completing it on Hardcore. I played the first act on Hardcore after finishing it on Casual, then wanted to get the first Dom achievement, so joined someone playing on Hardcore. Turned out they were at the end of the game, so I got RAAM out of the way on co-op.  Went back this weekend to finish up acts 2-4 on Hardcore. It was challenging, but not un-fun, barring some places where I expected a struggle, like the final mansion fight.

After I finished up the Hardcore achievements, I figured I would try out Insane.  I have to tip my hat to anyone who has completed the game on this level. On the second chapter it already felt harder than the hardest levels on Hardcore. I think I'd have as much fun trying Insane as playing COD on Veteran - no fun at all.  You people have some real patience to work through that.
7927  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DEMO IS UP: Battlfield: Bad Company Friday Night on: June 20, 2008, 05:31:08 PM
I'd like to know how well the suitcase nuke performs.
7928  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Anyone else playing the BF:BC Demo? on: June 20, 2008, 12:47:50 AM
I have found there to be a surprising amount of team killers in the demo. Particularly guys who want to use the artillery and shoot the guy in the seat, but others that are also just being jerks.  Not sure if there is a kick function, but at least there are the Live controls so you can avoid playing with that person again.
7929  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Our favorite, once-in-a-while guilty pleasures... on: June 19, 2008, 08:42:00 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 19, 2008, 07:13:21 PM

I bought a whole box of these:


I love em

Nerds come in boxes with only one flavor?
7930  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [XBOX Live stats] COD4 is a juggernaut on: June 19, 2008, 08:32:11 PM
Get it? "Juggernaut"?  ninja

Anywaaaaaay, GTAIV managed to be the be the #1 played game on Live for a whole 4 weeks before relinquishing its spot back to COD4 (and Halo 3). The Battlefield demo is pretty impressive coming in at #4 for two weeks straight, which implies it may take over the top spot for a little while.  But I have a feeling COD4 will take the top spot back again. Personally, I think COD4 is a much easier (and enjoyable) game to pick up and play for a quick session without friends, and I think that's why it will continue to be people's go-to game.

http://majornelson.com/archive/tags/Top+10/default.aspx

7931  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Our favorite, once-in-a-while guilty pleasures... on: June 19, 2008, 05:03:28 PM
Hostess fruit pies, usually lemon.  Also known as "death pockets" (don't read the nutrition info on the label), hence the "once-in-a-while".

Oh, and the cereal that actually needs a warning label is corn pops.  I know more than one person that has started bleeding from the mouth while eating those things.
7932  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 19, 2008, 12:44:50 AM

Quote from: Gratch on June 18, 2008, 11:45:49 PM

Um, they jumped out of a airplane on a liferaft in Temple of Doom and were fine.  Remember, only badguys have problems with heights.  slywink

Yeah, a parachute-like raft onto snow. Completely plausible smile 

Even if I give you the waterfall, the nuclear blast was just ridiculous. 
7933  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 18, 2008, 08:28:10 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on June 18, 2008, 03:35:58 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 18, 2008, 03:29:45 PM

Firstly, we're discussing believability.  IMO, just because there are stories about a mythical ark or cup, it does not make it any more believable than surviving a nuclear blast.  I'm sorry.  It just doesn't work that way.

Sure it does.

Magic voodoo relic does things from magic voodoo power, so magic voodoo eye closing or whatever is a plausible defense in the film's world.

There's no magic voodoo behind the nuclear bomb in the movie, just like there's no magic voodoo behind the bullets fired from the guns.  Indy has the knowledge to combat hexes, curses, and other assorted oddities from ancient lore but he can't speak an incantation to stop bullets or nuclear explosions.

Exactly - certain things are accepted of the world that Indiana Jones lives in. Primarily these revolve around the truth of legends. It's the same as if I go to see Star Wars - I don't care that Darth Vader can strangle men without touching them because it is accepted that the force exists in that world.  But people die in the Indiana Jones world from typical things that could kill you in our world - bullets (all the movies), falls from great heights (Temple of Doom), propeller blades (Raiders), etc. These are the rules of the world that the previous movies have laid the groundwork for. So when the movie suddenly breaks those rules it has created, the audience member feels disoriented.
7934  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 02:27:09 PM

Quote from: ATB on June 18, 2008, 02:04:40 PM


I think it was the original Max Payne- but there was this sort of platforming level with invisible floors or something. It was awful.



Absolutely. The dream sequences. The ones in Max Payne 2 were not nearly as annoying, although they seemed pretty unnecessary.
7935  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 18, 2008, 01:56:17 PM

Quote from: rickfc on June 18, 2008, 01:36:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on June 18, 2008, 04:11:46 AM


I'm not one to let something like the fact that they wouldn't survive those waterfalls bother me.  If I can believe in aliens and arks of the covenant, I can believe they would survive a waterfall.

 

Exactly.  I don't see how that's any less believable than a magical box that kills anyone with their eyes open, a cup that heals any ailment and provides immortality, albeit limited, but immortaility nonetheless, or a dude that can pull out your beating heart and still keeping you alive long enough to burn you to death.

Yeah, the notions of surviving 3 waterfalls or a nuclear explosion are so farfetched compared to the above... Roll Eyes

Because all of the things you mentioned are rooted in fantasy/bible-lore and a waterfall and a nuclear bomb are reality. We are ok with Mola Rahm (sp?) ripping someone's heart out because he is supposed to be some sort of shaman who is granted powers from Kali and the magic stones or whatever. The grail/ark have stories behind them. A nuclear bomb, however, is a nuclear bomb.  There is nothing provided in the story or history to make us believe that Indy has the power to survive a nuclear blast.
7936  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: worst parts of great games. on: June 18, 2008, 01:49:05 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on June 18, 2008, 01:13:16 PM

Final boss battle in Gears of War. 

+1.  I think this is one of the worst boss battles I have played.  Story-wise it's bad because we don't really even know who General RAAM is.  He shows up in 2 cutscenes the entire game to do nothing more than kill someone.  Never says a word, and his name isn't even spoken, I don't think.  Gameplay-wise, every other boss battle in the game required you to solve a puzzle - make the Berzerker break stuff so you can use the Hammer of Dawn on him, shoot the Corpser in a certain spot to expose his mouth, etc.  But here, all you have to do his shoot the guy a bunch of times, and there isn't even any indication of how close you are to finishing him off.  You can hardly even see if you've done any damage to him, save for an occasional blood spray if you are zoomed in the the sniper rifle. Horrible.

Very surprised they left out Xen.

Totally agree on the Flood, with the exception that their intro scene in the original Halo is really a great moment in gaming.

Didn't realize there was so much hate for the Water Temple.  That is exactly where I got stuck when I played OOT on VC, and I haven't gone back to finish it off.
7937  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 17, 2008, 08:54:55 PM
BTW, there is a very subtle yet important difference between "baby's daddy" (or "babies' daddy") and "baby daddy", the latter of which she didn't say.
7938  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Gore endorses Obama on: June 17, 2008, 06:17:42 PM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on June 17, 2008, 02:38:38 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on June 17, 2008, 02:13:07 PM

Quote from: cheeba on June 17, 2008, 07:25:54 AM

"Michelle Obama's babies' daddy?"



 Roll Eyes

Agreed with the rolley eyes.  The second you start quoting Fox News and their ilk you lose the argument.

Actually, Fox News referred to Michelle Obama as "Obama's baby mama."  Michelle actually referred to Obama as "her babies' daddy" in an intro she made to one of his speeches.
7939  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: DEMO IS UP: Battlfield: Bad Company Friday Night on: June 17, 2008, 04:40:28 PM
Oh yeah, I killed Jarrod a couple times last night.  That was pretty fun.
7940  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [MLB] Willie Randolph gets the boot on: June 17, 2008, 03:33:22 PM
Can't argue with that. It was really odd.  Maybe Willie has some friends on the West coast and Omar wanted to give him one last free plane ticket.
7941  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Indy IV: thoughts, reviews, spoilers galore!! on: June 17, 2008, 03:25:25 PM
Finally saw this on Sunday. I agree with most of the sentiments here, with the exception of the "omgz Spielberg/Lucas raped my childhood" posts.

Spoiler for Hiden:
the good:

The action - several Indy-worth action bits, like warehouse/rocket fight, the school chase and the jungle chase (with the exception of the monkey swinging. What were they thinking?)

The humor - it didn't take itself too seriously and was definitely in the "Last Crusade" mold. I am surprised that some people don't like "Last Crusade". I've always thought it was a solid number 2 (maybe even 1a) in the series.  It's extremely entertaining and it has held up very well (just watched a couple of weeks ago). I never liked "Temple of Doom" much and watching it recently, it felt so sloppy and really dragged at points.

The nostalgia - having Marion in the movie was great.

the bad:

The exposition - this has been mentioned.  If you go back and watch the older movies, you don't find a lot of scenes where there is just talking. If you remember the early scene with Indy and the govt reps at the school, Indy gets up on the chalkboard and draws up the lost ark story so we have a good idea of what he is talking about. Even in Temple of Doom (which I am not a big fan of), the story of the Thugee cult is interspersed within the dinner scene, so it doesn't drag.  However, several times in this movie, people are just sitting around talking. The scene in the diner where Mutt tells his life story was particularly bad, because he starts talking about "the Ox", almost like we should know who this character is.

The suspension of disbelief - there are plenty of fantastic things that happen in the Indiana Jones movies, but some of the events in this one were too much to not roll your eyes at. Falling out of a plane on a raft is one thing - you could conceive of it working. They even tried it on MythBusters.  Falling over three successive waterfalls in a row? You know they should be dead, if not from being crushed by the duck boat, then by crashing on the rocks. Mine car race - not likely, but at least a little believable. Surviving a nuclear blast? No way. They just went overboard.

The nostalgia - the other side of this is the things that were not done well. I like Marion when they first introduced her, but for the rest of the movie she just kind of hung out there with this weird grin on her face.  She should have been harder edged like the original Marion and warmed up slowly to Indy as the movie went on. I thought the Connery bit was awkward.  It almost implied that Connery himself were dead, instead of just the character.  And I agree that Denholm Elliot bit was poorly done.  Wouldn't it have been better if we saw the car crash into the statue from the statue's rear and then pan up to see it was Brody who saved Indy, even in death? Why cut his head off?

The crystal skull - that prop was huge and looked awful, especially being lugged around. I don't have a problem with an aliens plotline, but it could have been done a lot better.  I still don't understand that if the skeletons of 13 aliens have the power to take off in a spaceship, how exactly did they allow one of their heads to get stolen?


Overall, I enjoyed it, but it felt...clunky.  I went in with lowered expectations, but it was hard to really enjoy it, because you just have higher standards for Indiana Jones.
7942  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / [MLB] Willie Randolph gets the boot on: June 17, 2008, 02:37:59 PM
About time.  Omar should be next. Willie was no great leader for the Mets, but it's Omar's fault that the 2007 team had no bullpen and still doesn't.
7943  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 15, 2008, 01:40:21 AM

Quote from: ATB on June 14, 2008, 07:43:23 PM

I don't know how you got through the whole game and only reached level 20.  I think I reached the level cap my first time through....or the high 40s at least.

I can think of a number of reasons why this might be the case.

1. I gave up on the escort missions pretty early on, although a bunch of times I got the points for having survivors join my party but let them go off to get eaten because I couldn't be troubled with babysitting them.

2. I only killed 2 psychopaths that weren't required by the storyline:
Spoiler for Hiden:
the fat female cop and the cult leader

3.
Spoiler for Hiden:
I didn't discover the car and motorcycle until the bomb case, where the game leads you to them. If you have access to them early in the game you can run down a whole lot of zombies.

4. I spent the last 9 hours or so of game time literally standing on the helipad.
Spoiler for Hiden:
the few times I tried venturing out in the mall I was quickly captured by the soldiers, so I gave up.  I left the XBOX on and did some chores and came back in time to watch the aforementioned buggy ending.

5. As already mentioned, I am simply not as awesome as ATB.
7944  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 03:52:02 PM
I decided to give this another chance this morning (rather than give up on it forever). I went to
Spoiler for Hiden:
Creslip's
which I didn't do my first time through and found some weapons that I had never used before. There was some entertainment there, but when I went back to try some of the escort missions, they were just as unfun as before.  I finished my first game at level 20, so I think if I do go back and play it again I will just do the cases and psychopath bits
Spoiler for Hiden:
as well as running down zombies in the car
.
7945  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 03:36:33 AM

Quote from: onnel on June 14, 2008, 03:13:43 AM

I'm playing this through for the first time and loving it.  Is there anything non-spoilerish you can tell me to avoid the same problem.  I'm in the middle of day 2, just got back from getting medicine for the wounded agent and am level 18 or so.

Assuming you are planning to complete all the cases, just don't save your game after you get an ending unless you see that you've unlocked "overtime mode". So as not too spoil, I will let you figure out on your own what needs to be done to get to that point.

I was stupid and saved after I watched the ending and I could only start the game over again.  No, let me pass the buck and blame Capcom for only giving one save slot. I guess I understand why there is only one save slot, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

I liked the game enough, but I basically gave up on the escort missions once the hallways got crowded with zombies - I'm still not clear on how those are supposed to get easier, but I guess I could look at a guide.  I also thought the shooting controls were absolutely horrible and made the psychopath fights more frustrating than fun. I also apparently completely missed some of the more powerful guns.
7946  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / [Dead Rising] Capcom has crappy QA on: June 14, 2008, 01:45:27 AM
Well maybe not, but they didn't think one of the Dead Rising endings through at all.  I got through all the cases and went to the heliport at noon on the third day.  The one thing I didn't do was
Spoiler for Hiden:
go back to Isabela after the last case, which I was apparently supposed to do.  No wonder I had nothing to do for so long!
But regardless, I was there when the helicopter was supposed to pick me up.  But instead, I get this lame cutscene that shows that I was not at the heliport.  What?!

I didn't really care to play the whole game over again, so I just watched all the cutscenes on YouTube.
7947  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: If men no longer know what they're looking at... on: June 12, 2008, 09:13:52 PM
Quote
When the last eagle flies
Over the last crumbling mountain
And the last lion roars
At the last dusty fountain
In the shadow of the forest
Though she may be old and worn
They will stare unbelieving
At the Last Unicorn...
7948  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Reasons you don't play certain genres on: June 12, 2008, 02:39:48 PM
RTS - I am not quick enough. If I had a dollar for every time I have installed Starcraft and not gotten past the 5th or 6th mission...

4x/complex TBS/anything involving micromanagement - I just don't have the patience. There's only so much micromanagement I can do before I get ADD. Perfect example from 2 nights ago. I loaded up Icewind Dale because I had never installed it and felt like playing something on the PC.  Found out that it forces you to create 6 characters.  I figured out to autoroll the stats but I still had to choose names and voices and had to do all 6 characters separately.  I wound up naming them things like "Fighter Guy" and "Ranger Gal".  The only TBS I have ever gotten anywhere with is Combat Mission, because it only requires you to do one thing, and this is tell your guys where to fight.  No resource management, no politics, no nothing.
7949  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Help with Niagra Falls vacation on: June 12, 2008, 02:15:07 PM
Well, I don't have a great deal to offer, but I can tell you that when my wife and I stopped in Niagara for a couple of nights on the way back from our wedding, we stayed at the Sheraton Fallsview on the Canadian side.  Rate was reasonable and if you are staying on the appropriate side of the hotel (you can ask for it) you get a great view of the falls.  They also allow dogs on one floor, which was important to us, but you probably don't care about that smile
7950  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / New Mexico is for aliens on: June 11, 2008, 04:56:13 PM
This is an...interesting ad campaign.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=65SPG0_a7qo
7951  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which is a bigger waste? on: June 11, 2008, 01:33:42 PM
I picked shorter game, mainly because I can then trade/sell that game if it's not a "keeper". Games that I don't finish tend to languish in my backlog serving very little utility.  Although I am getting better at cutting games loose that I think I will never get to.
7952  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 12:26:57 PM
Yeah, I've got it set to "wide" and the tv reports that it is receiving the 480p signal. I've read some things suggesting that some HDTVs have a 16:10 ratio, and that's what causes the space on the sides, but according to the Vizio site my tv is native 16:9.
7953  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 02:17:34 AM
I just put 10 or so minutes into Resident Evil 4.  It filled the same amount of screen as Madden, but looked a bit better. Still quite a big jaggy in spots.
7954  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / using the Wii with a 16:9 tv? on: June 11, 2008, 01:47:26 AM
I bought a new tv a little while back for my consoles (a Vizio 32" LCD).  My 360 looks great on it and HD signal looks great on it. SD looks crappy, but that's ok, because the TV is really going to be used primarily for video games.

However, tonight I finally got around to hooking up my Wii to it, using the component cables.  I set the output to "ED 480p" and widescreen.  The menus looked pretty low resolution, but I figured that could just be the menus, but then I put in Madden 07 and it looked really crappy.  Incredibly jaggy and the picture didn't fill in the whole screen. Not like it was at 4:3, it was wider than that - the picture looked like it had the right dimensions, but it left about 2 inches of black on the left and right.

Does anyone know if I missed a setting somewhere, or is this just how the Wii looks on HD?
7955  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Tom Clancy's End War Beta signup for the 360 on: June 10, 2008, 02:29:59 PM
Does that mean I didn't get in? frown
7956  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Saint's Row (360) or Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii)? on: June 09, 2008, 11:28:14 PM
Godfather it is...
7957  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Saint's Row (360) or Godfather: Blackhand Edition (Wii)? on: June 09, 2008, 08:50:46 PM
Looking to spend some Goozex points on a GTA clone.  Which should I go with?
7958  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Recharging health - Yay or Nay? on: June 09, 2008, 06:27:09 PM
I agree with what most people here are saying about regen and fancy spells or tech in sci-fi/fantasy settings.  Realistic settings are more of a quandry. I have always disliked the idea of health packs in modern/real history games - it's not like if I was shot I could find a box filled with medical supplies and I'd be ready to go in seconds. Regen suffers from the same problem in that it is unrealistic. Towards the other end of the spectrum you have the Xbox-style Rainbow Six games where you get about 4 shots before dying, and the older PC Rainbow Six games where you might get partially incapacitated with a shot and often one-shot killed.  In order to have a one-shot kill game the enemies can't act in the same way that they do in COD4, so it's paced a lot differently. If you want a game where there is a lot of running and gunning, you just have to put up with the unrealism.
7959  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: How much of your life have you lost to Gaming Trend? on: June 09, 2008, 01:31:21 PM
12 days, 15 hours and 19 minutes, but I am guessing it counts me logged in if I just have a tab open and I'm not even looking at the site, no?
7960  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official GTA4 impressions thread on: June 09, 2008, 01:28:10 PM

Quote from: Travis on June 09, 2008, 06:33:34 AM

Quote from: Teggy on June 03, 2008, 06:18:36 PM

Well, I think the important thing to remember is that the badguys are really not very aggressive.  There are a few cases where you'll suddenly find yourself getting flanked and not understand how, but in most cases, if you stay behind cover you can take your time picking guys off. In most cases you don't need to rush.  Even in cases where you appear to be chasing someone through a building, the guy is programmed to stop and let you catch up, then start moving again when you hit a trigger point.  This helped me a lot with the gun battles.

That's good to know.  I am in the same boat.  First GTA game, and I am sucking badly.  The get in a car and chase missions are just killing me.  I usually end up damaging myself to no end or the opponent gets away...I really do wish there were save spots or an option to save in mission.

Yes, the chase missions do require you to go at a faster pace then you'd like at times. In a lot of cases, though, if you just start off slow and concentrate on not hitting anything, it's ok if you are not right on the guy's tail.  You can always catch up on straightaway after following the radar.  In almost all of those chases, the target will reach a point at which they will crash or leave the vehicle, so I concentrated on just staying close enough to keep the mission going. You'll also get to see some fun scripted events if you do the whole chase, and you'll get better at the driving.
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