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3761  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: June 25, 2012, 06:57:23 AM
What, we need a save from before attacking the
Spoiler for Hiden:
Cerberus base?

Isn't that at least two whole missions before the end sequence? Two HARD missions? I'm not sure I want to replay that much content.
3762  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 25, 2012, 06:40:26 AM
You're all missing the point! Prometheus makes it very, very clear that this isn't the same planet by having the events differ from what we see in Alien in ways that have been pointed out numerous times in this thread already, and by immediately afterwards letting us know that there were

Spoiler for Hiden:
numerous other ships.

If anyone can't add up 1 and 1 and end up with 2 after all that, they really aren't trying. The ONLY reason people get confused is because they walk into the movie expecting this to be the same planet. If they didn't, they'd never even consider the possibility of the two planets being the same.
3763  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 24, 2012, 11:12:16 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 24, 2012, 10:42:08 AM

Quote from: Lockdown on June 24, 2012, 10:20:02 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 24, 2012, 02:11:48 AM

Mystic Knight is my favorite class in the game. ...I hope capcom makes Dragons Dogma a franchise.

My favorites are the plain ol' Strider and Assassin.  And I also hope it becomes a franchise - game is too much fun.


same favourites for me as well

How easy or hard are Escort missions?,i have seen them on the notice boards but i hate escort missions and i have been leaving them there on the notice board,are there any i really should do?,or do you think it will be fine to ignore every one of them? ninja

The escort missions are generally pretty high-risk. The people you escort are very vulnerable, so if you get attacked by something large you can't just use your normal tactics. As far as I understand, doing escort missions raises your affinity with that particular NPC. I think that can affect prices if they sell you stuff, and it can also lead to them becoming your romantic interest.
3764  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 24, 2012, 08:21:28 AM

Quote from: Ralph-Wiggum on June 24, 2012, 04:38:48 AM

Slight spoiler requested:

Spoiler for Hiden:
I just killed the cockatrice and now the duke's dude wants me to go on another quest. He states something like "you likely be gone for awhile, so make sure to do everything you want before starting. Two questions:

1) Will accepting this quest cause me to lose any non "kill-30-foozles" quests?

2). I recently switched vocations from a maxed up Mystic Archer to a now 3rd level Mystic Knight. Is this going to be a quest where I'll want to be at my best? That is, should I switch back to my Mystic Archer vocation before beginning the quest or will I be able to manage with my low level Mystic Knight skills?

1) No
2) Yes
3765  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 23, 2012, 09:40:07 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 23, 2012, 09:33:38 PM

From what I've seen there are 7 different endings, 4 of them "true endings".  This YouTube playlist has video of them.  My problem is that even though there are points where you can tell you may have choices, it's completely unclear what they are and will lead to.

Yeah, the way the dynamic parts of the story are handled is very bad. In addition to the different endings, there's also a romance subplot that you are supposed to have control over but which I never noticed until I was suddenly and inexplicably paired up with a member of my character's same gender. This was a character I had barely interacted with during the game, but which was now telling me she wanted to move in with me and was part of big, dramatic moments as if I was supposed to care about her. It fell flat and managed to compete with Fahrenheit/Indigo Prophesy for the #1 WTF romance in gaming. Just to add another layer of WTF to the whole thing, one of the romances you can get is supposedly underage. Very underage.
3766  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 23, 2012, 09:23:57 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 23, 2012, 09:18:15 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 23, 2012, 09:13:46 PM

Man, this game has mad endings.  I wish the final warning had been a bit more clear about "not coming back to this place" meant that world entirely, and not just that area that I was totally sick of by that time.

You might be misunderstanding.  You still have access to the entire world pretty much.

I don't think he's talking about the transition to post-game, but the end of the game itself. At that point you will no longer have access to the world without starting NG+.
3767  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 23, 2012, 09:22:20 PM

Quote from: EngineNo9 on June 23, 2012, 09:13:46 PM

Man, this game has mad endings.  I wish the final warning had been a bit more clear about "not coming back to this place" meant that world entirely, and not just that area that I was totally sick of by that time.

I just finished it today too. I feel like I missed out on some major plot developments at the end, but the game gave me no hints on how to find them. I've heard people talking about certain important events, such as

Spoiler for Hiden:
rescuing the Duke's wife when she's kidnapped, and quite possibly overthrowing the Duke as well (though I may have misread that one)

but they never occured in my game. Instead certain plots were left hanging, unresolved.

New Game+ is a bit weird so far. The enemies are very easy compared to what you faced at the end of the game, and you're given a bizarre mix of quests where some give you so little xp and money that they aren't even worth the time you spend reading the quest description (ie. their rewards are the same as they were when you came across them the first time around), while others give massive amounts of cash for no apparent reason. It makes me unsure of what to expect. Perhaps we're just supposed to rush through it to get to the post-game section again?
3768  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 23, 2012, 06:43:15 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 23, 2012, 06:11:29 PM

anyone else notice that after long play sessions some times NPC's don't appear right away?  I had an odd experience where I left the inn in Gran Soren and none of the nearby vendors were in their stalls right away, and they popped into existence about 30 seconds later.

It's just the game cache lagging behind what you're doing. This is most likely to happen when you're sprinting around inside towns. For those of you who think the current generation of consoles is adequate, look at this kind of stuff to see why it's not.
3769  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: "An add on for this website failed to run" on: June 22, 2012, 11:15:49 AM
I'm not seeing any error messages, but loading the front page (not the forums) makes Opera completely hang for several seconds. I don't experience that with any other website I visit, so something is seriously wrong with how it is set up.
3770  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 19, 2012, 06:06:49 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 19, 2012, 02:03:22 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 15, 2012, 03:30:23 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 15, 2012, 03:14:27 AM

LOL, killed my Jarrod's pawn tonight.  I was being attacked by Snow Harpies in a canyon, and I blasted one of them with the 10-arrow shot.  well, just as I let loose I though 'hey, it looks like it is carrying something.......'  moment later her icon is a skull, and there was no way for me to get to her as the body fell down the canyon.  as I was laughing another harpy tried to snatch me, and even got me off the ground before I wiggled the thumbstick enough to get loose.

Poor Jarrod pawn  icon_frown

I'll poor a 40 for the homies

the funny thing is that I went back to the same cave/canyon area last night to find some documents, and I had the same group of pawns, and I lost his pawn again.  I'm not sure how, halfway through the area the pawn was just gone.  no skull on the map or anything.  I know I had everyone when we got attacked by Saurians, and then some harpies flew in and then finally some ghosts got mixed in, so the battle was pretty chaotic.

The pawn probably fell off a cliff (perhaps carried off by a harpy). They don't get skulls when that happens, but are instead immediately forfeit.

In other news, I just got to the part of the game where it stops being Oblivion and turns into Dark Souls.   eek crybaby
3771  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Re: Quick Warhammer 40K lore question on: June 18, 2012, 09:20:04 PM
No, it's not a prequel. There are hundreds of stories set in this setting, and few of them relate to each other beyond taking place in the same galaxy. This is one of, if not the, richest game universes available today. Check the link I posted. It contains plenty of information.

Sent from my HTC One X using Tapatalk 2
3772  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick Warhammer 20K lore question on: June 18, 2012, 09:02:48 PM

Quote from: Autistic Angel on June 18, 2012, 08:48:00 PM

There aren't really any "good guys" in the 40K universe, but consider Chaos to be among the worst of the bad guys.

Well... once the Tyranids and the Necrons start pouring into the galaxy in enough numbers (which is still a few hundred years after the plot in Space Marine, I believe), Chaos will be the least of everyone's problems. slywink

3773  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Quick Warhammer 40K lore question on: June 18, 2012, 08:28:06 PM
It's Warhammer 40k, not 20k. The WH40k mythos is so old and well-established at this point that few stories try to explain everything. For a game like Space Marine you may just have to accept that there's something called Chaos Daemons and leave it at that, but if you truly want to learn more, there are plenty of sources online. You could try worse places than the Lexicanum for example, though it's got one of the most dreadful color schemes in the history of the Internet and is run by people who think constructive criticism is a mortal insult.
3774  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (06/18) on: June 18, 2012, 08:16:30 AM
I've still got a bit of a backlog from recent purchases, so I'm getting nothing this week. I'll probably get Sid Meier's Civilization V: Gods & Kings at some point, but not right now.
3775  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: June 17, 2012, 05:53:37 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on June 17, 2012, 03:29:55 PM

And as for the "fun" setting, it only served to highlight Max's dark mood by contrast.  This actually happened quite a bit in classic noir films.

There's also really nothing "fun" about it. Anyone who thinks that must have either just watched previews or haven't been paying attention. Everything Max gets involved with in this game is bleak as hell, even if it happens in sunlight (which is much more rare than you'd think by watching previews. Most of the game happens at night or inside dark buildings). Even parties are dark affairs as seen through Max's eyes, where he's surrounded by false, possibly dangerous people and lots and lots of cheap booze, which he readily uses to dig himself a hole to feel sorry for himself in.
3776  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: June 16, 2012, 09:40:10 PM
There really wasn't anything for Max Payne to do in New York any more. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that every single named character from Max Payne 1 and 2 (except Max himself) is dead when the credits roll in the second game.
3777  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3? on: June 16, 2012, 06:34:24 PM

Quote from: Ridah on June 16, 2012, 06:03:48 PM

The gameplay mechanics were decent but at times mediocre. Coming from a huge fan of the first two games

The game I've played through the most times ever is Blade Runner. The next two games in that list are Max Payne 1 and 2. I've played through each of them AT LEAST 5 times (probably a handful more. It's been a while), with the last being less than 2 years ago. I can tell you that the game mechanics in Max Payne 3 are nearly identical to the previous two games, with just a few tweaks. As a huge fan, you're probably blinding yourself from remembering the other games properly, or confusing your feelings about the game mechanics with your feelings about the story treatment.
3778  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is ending, onward to Season 3! on: June 15, 2012, 05:04:51 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on June 14, 2012, 09:23:35 PM

Quote from: Isgrimnur on June 14, 2012, 09:06:19 PM

Pick them up.  The first three are very enjoyable.  The next two, while not to the same exalted standard, are still pretty good.  

Even inf Martin fails to deliver them before he joins the Jordan club, there's no doubt that someone else will pick them up and soldier on.  

I heard he had laid out the outline for the remaining books to HBO,so they knew how it would end if he did indeed pass on

From what I've seen in interviews, this isn't true. IIRC, he has revealed a few snippets of information about where the series will end up, such as the eventual fates of one or two characters, but he has not given anyone an outline of the remaining plot (except his wife, I suppose).
3779  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sv: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 14, 2012, 06:59:29 AM

Quote from: Razgon on June 14, 2012, 05:13:47 AM

You will get a quest about a griffin that is one of the finest quests i ever tried in a game.

I thought it was the shittiest quest I've played so far in the game, so tastes differ. It was glitchy, had unclear objectives that require you to do things you might not even be aware that the game allows you to, and asked you to run pretty much from one side of the map to the other while NPCs magically teleport there (when out of sight. Until you go away they just stand there). Then there's the way it takes away camera control from you during a certain section, forcing you to run at full speed while only being able to see 1-2 meters in front of yourself (with a conveniently placed pit at the end of the run which could plunge you to your death), and a scripted series of events that make you wonder if you're supposed to be attacking the enemy at this time or just wait for a specific event to occur (it's mostly the latter).

I was glad when it was over.
3780  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: June 14, 2012, 05:07:10 AM
What's next? "No witches in the neighborhood"? "Cellar cleared of cursed books"? "Monster-free residence"?

I thought we lived in the 21st century. Guess I should have known better.
3781  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 12, 2012, 05:06:15 AM

Quote from: hepcat on June 12, 2012, 03:53:11 AM

Unfortunately she then proceeds to run 12 miles, jump like an Olympic medalist and dead lift three times her weight.  It was ridiculous at that point.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I got the impression that she was sprayed with some kind of tissue regeneration substance at the end of the procedure. While I could see the stitches later, I saw no signs of a scar or a wound.
3782  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 12, 2012, 05:04:05 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 11, 2012, 11:12:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on June 11, 2012, 07:45:38 PM

According to an interview with Ridley Scott I read a few days ago, there will NOT be a director's cut of Prometheus. Instead you'll get access to deleted scenes from the main menu of the DVD/Blu-ray.

from yesterday:


Yes, that's exactly what I was saying, except in the interview I read Ridley Scott made it clear that these would be accessible only from the menus. Deleted scenes != Director's Cut.
3783  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 on: June 11, 2012, 08:20:44 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 11, 2012, 07:58:22 PM

oh yeah that, well if that happens and you die before you can spin back around then you fucked up and shouldn't have been in that situation.  I didn't have a problem with it.  It's basically giving you a last second chance to stay alive but if you are either out of ammo in the gun (can't reload during that sequence) or looking the wrong way, then you're done.

It's not a glitch or anything, it's just how it is.

It's a glitch because you are given the slo-mo treatment when it serves no purpose.
3784  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 11, 2012, 07:45:38 PM
According to an interview with Ridley Scott I read a few days ago, there will NOT be a director's cut of Prometheus. Instead you'll get access to deleted scenes from the main menu of the DVD/Blu-ray.
3785  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 on: June 11, 2012, 07:44:05 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 11, 2012, 06:43:11 PM

I don't recall bullet time engaging automatically except in scripted situations.  Also you can cancel bullet time by hitting the button that starts it if you find you're not facing the right way.

He's talking about what happens if you get killed while still having painkillers left. If that happens, one of them is consumed and you get a few seconds to kill your attacker. If you manage to do so, you'll survive. If you don't, you die. The problem happens when the game's physics makes it impossible for you to actually aim in the direction of your attacker, either because of momentum or because of some scenery object that blocks your arms. It can also occur if you're out of ammo. If that happens, you have to wait until the game decides you're really dead before you can do anything. I've certainly experienced that a few times, and it feels a bit glitchy.
3786  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: June 11, 2012, 05:43:55 PM
PR_GMR, while your ideas are interesting, they seem to conflict with the vision Ridley Scott has for the movie's theme, which is that of
Spoiler for Hiden:
a benevolent creator race that nurtures humanity towards its peak, then gets cold feet when we start dabbling with things we shouldn't. This isn't the origin story of the Alien. It's the origin story of humanity, though it isn't complete yet.
3787  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 on: June 11, 2012, 06:18:51 AM

Quote from: Ridah on June 11, 2012, 06:12:41 AM

Oh. My. Lord. The gameplay is so atrocious at times I'm in stark disbelief that the game received proper QA testing.

I'm referring to chapters 12 and 13 or somewhere around there (not to mention many earlier chapters as well), on the boat and now on the building being demolished.

This game does NOT deserve the metacritic score it's sitting on. I can't remember the last time I played a game that was so fucked up mechanically.

What exactly are you struggling with? It might be that you're trying to play the game in the "wrong" way compared to what the developers expect.
3788  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 10, 2012, 08:31:18 PM
I have somewhere around 35-40 hours of playtime in this game so far (haven't checked) and have hit level 39. It's still going strong and I'm enjoying it. It's a long game with plenty to do, even if the map itself is somewhat limited in scope (there are only two towns, for example).

Thinking a bit about it, I'd describe the game somewhat like this: If a team of Japanese developers were given a quick rundown of Gothic and asked to recreate it without having played it beforehand, Dragon's Dogma is what they'd end up with.
3789  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / [Vita] Little Big Planet on: June 08, 2012, 08:55:24 AM
Couldn't find a thread about this game, so I'm starting one. It has the potential of becoming the biggest title for the Vita for a long time to come. They're integrating the game with Little Big Planet 2 for the PS3 too. You can use the Vita as a controller for it, adding functionality that wouldn't be available to regular players. This includes stuff like control panels on the Vita display while the gameplay happens on the PS3, or going down a hole on the PS3 and appearing on the Vita screen. Or you could have two players playing multiplayer, one of them on the PS3 and the other on the Vita. One example that has been shown has the Vita player controlling a space ship in a shooter action game, while the PS3-player is controlling a sackboy on board that ship. When the Vita player tilts the ship, this also affects the environment on the PS3. Watch this video to see some of this stuff in action. It's really impressive.

I have both LBP-games for the PS3, and this is going to be a must-buy for me when it comes out. It's supposed to be released in Q3 2012, according to Wikipedia.
3790  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dark Souls Coming to the PC! on: June 07, 2012, 07:01:44 AM
It doesn't surprise me, considering the stuff I've seen from other Japanese developers before. They often seem amazingly clueless to the realities of programming for the PC, doing rookie mistakes that even most fresh developers learn to avoid within days of starting their first game project. The result is that PC-games developed by Japanese studios tend to be bloated in terms of file size and sluggish in execution, with clunky design choices.
3791  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 07, 2012, 06:53:27 AM
If there's one thing I don't like about this game, it's how you quickly peak in power within your vocation. In order to continue gaining new abilities you have to change to a different vocation that you might not want to actually play, and suffer a dramatic reduction in power for a considerable amount of time. That's not fun.
3792  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is ending, onward to Season 3! on: June 06, 2012, 01:48:31 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 06, 2012, 12:50:33 PM

Quote from: Razgon on June 06, 2012, 12:25:59 PM

Aye, we may FINALLY get to see some boobs!

egads man, you may have naught for sight!

There was aught to see in the way of breasts!

Quick, someone take Dragon's Dogma away from this man before it's too late!
3793  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is Here on: June 06, 2012, 10:07:48 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on June 06, 2012, 08:56:57 AM

dammit, that could be annoying.  there was an event I was very much looking forward to next season, and I cannot quite remember when it happens in book 3:

Spoiler for Hiden:
Joffrey getting his 'comeuppance'  icon_twisted

still (it may have already been mentioned), I'm pretty sure parts of book 3 appeared in the 2nd season, so the event I mention may happen sooner than later.

I'm pretty confident that won't happen until season 4 since it happened very late in book 3, and there's another very huge event that is going to serve as the climax for season 3 anyway.
3794  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [E3 2012] Watch Dogs on: June 06, 2012, 06:26:23 AM

Quote from: USMC Kato on June 05, 2012, 06:09:54 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on June 05, 2012, 01:49:10 AM

Wow. Forget the next 'Grand Theft Auto'. This looks.. even better than the real thing. New game from UbiSoft. Very impressive.

The Xbox and the Playstation 2 had some really great looking titles at the end of their generation cycle.  Seems like Watch Dogs is squeezing everything that the 360 and PS3 has. 

I seriously doubt that demo was running on a 360 or a PS3. They just have too large limitations for that to work. What you saw was probably running on PC.
3795  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is ending, onward to Season 3! on: June 05, 2012, 02:39:46 PM

Quote from: corruptrelic on June 05, 2012, 01:04:17 PM

I guess I'm kind of lucky I haven't read the books, so I don't have to worry about them doing something "wrong" or criticizing everything that drifts a bit from the books.

For the record, my post above wasn't criticizing the show, but was instead criticizing the critical thinking of the average book readers. slywink
3796  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 05, 2012, 12:23:09 PM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 05, 2012, 11:48:41 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2012, 11:30:48 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 05, 2012, 11:15:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2012, 05:16:10 AM

here's my main character and pawn (to the left. The one on the right is a random pawn I picked up). Rufus is his name
the one of the right has tits, that's rufus?  retard

You clearly have problems with your reading comprehension. slywink

likewise on your 'typing for the ease of other's understanding' I guess.  Had you said, the one of the right is some random pawn and the one on the left is my pawn, Rufus.  It would have been so much more clear.  However, since English probably isn't your first language, we can let it all slip.

 icon_twisted

The parenthesis signifies that the information within isn't a part of the sentence. I would never follow up something inside parentheses with information on the outside that built directly upon the former. It makes sense if you imagine that anything within a parenthesis isn't there, or that it's more of a footnote. I use too many parentheses in my sentences, but that's a different matter altogether.
3797  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 05, 2012, 11:30:48 AM

Quote from: Harkonis on June 05, 2012, 11:15:13 AM

Quote from: TiLT on June 05, 2012, 05:16:10 AM

here's my main character and pawn (to the left. The one on the right is a random pawn I picked up). Rufus is his name
the one of the right has tits, that's rufus?  retard

You clearly have problems with your reading comprehension. slywink
3798  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones - Season 2 is ending, onward to Season 3! on: June 05, 2012, 06:20:11 AM
Considering that the events in the House of the Undying left out what some (most?) people consider one of the most important sections in the books, I've just got to get a rant off my chest. The stuff in the spoiler tags below may or may not be actual (minor) spoiler material for those who haven't read the books, but the point I'm going to try and get across is that I don't think it is.

Spoiler for Hiden:
I'm talking about the prophecy that Dany sees during her visions in the House of the Undying. It's been a while since I last read the books, so the details elude me right now. I remember things like "the prince that was promised" and the dragon with three heads, and other vague stuff like that. The thing that truly surprises me is that the vast majority of A Song of Ice and Fire fans seem to swallow this bait hook, line and sinker, assuming that it's the key to the entire series. In a book series where the author is specifically uprooting traditional fantasy clichés, do you really think he'd keep the most clichéd fantasy trope of them all (ie. a prophecy)? Shouldn't the fact that nobody can truly agree what the prophecy is about clue someone in? Anyone?

In most other regards, I find discussions about A Song of Ice and Fire to be very intelligent and thoughtful, but it all comes apart once the prophecy enters the picture. I think I've only seen one person EVER express any doubt regarding its authenticity. Have I been reading the same books as these people?

It's my belief that George R. R. Martin planted the prophecy as a red herring to mess with fantasy tropes, but he probably never expected that people would take it so seriously. His intent with it may be to show that once you believe in some kind of vague, quasi-religious text, almost anything can be used to "prove" that it's true as long as you've got blind faith in it.

I'm fine with some people believing in this prophecy. I just wished there was more variation in opinion about it, instead of having 99% of fans blindly accepting it. That the entire prophecy was skipped in the TV series should perhaps clue someone in that it's not important, but sadly I don't think it will. They'll just assume that the show's creators dropped the ball.

Rant off.
3799  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [360/PS3] Dragon's Dogma on: June 05, 2012, 05:16:10 AM
Well, if we're sharing screenshots, here's my main character and pawn (to the left. The one on the right is a random pawn I picked up). Rufus is his name, and I've spent quite a bit of time outfitting and training him, as well as making sure his priorities are correct. Initially I messed up and turned him into a Guardian/Medicant, which meant that he was mostly hiding behind my back. Now he's a Guardian/Scather, which means he charges into combat and takes on the most powerful enemies, but breaks off immediately if I am in danger and need help. He's getting good reviews and is at level 28 or 29 right now. If you've got the PS3 version, pick him up today! slywink

3800  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 on: June 04, 2012, 11:24:49 AM
Finished the game this weekend on PC. It follows the old Max Payne design very closely, to the point where some players may get very frustrated with it. In comparison, the Crushing difficulty in Uncharted 2 and 3 is comparable to the Medium difficulty in MP3. You'll die quickly and often. You'll pass a corner and be immediately peppered with bullets that take away all your health before you have even the slightest chance to react. You'll find yourself facing impossible odds, with enemies flanking both sides of your rather lackluster cover. But then something clicks, and you suddenly start to feel powerful. You find yourself being able to overcome these impossible odds without taking any damage. It takes a bit of effort, but it's very satisfying.

I struggled with the early parts of the game, taking too much damage even during encounters that should have been easy. I also found that my bullet time meter hardly ever filled up even halfway, which made me struggle even more. When I discovered my mistake the game suddenly became a whole lot easier. The secret was to stop shoot-dodging. I was doing it all the time, but that's a really bad idea. Do it only when you're under fire and away from cover, and try to dodge in a direction that gives you cover when you land. Use your bullet time meter for actual bullet time instead, which is far more useful. When you pop up from cover, activate bullet time and take out 2-3 enemies, then deactivate it and hide again. Repeat. Take out enemies QUICKLY! You haven't got the luxury of time in this game. Go for headshots at all times. Use blindfire if you're under a lot of pressure, but keep in mind that even that won't keep you safe from damage if you keep doing it for too long. If you're struggling with an encounter, try rethinking it. There's almost always more than one way to deal with difficult situations, and the best ones might not be obvious at first.

As for the story and setting, it felt very much like Max Payne to me, and that's coming from someone who has finished each of the two previous games at least 5 times each (including on the highest difficulties). The story is well told and lengthy. You'll be spending almost as much time watching cutscenes as you will be actually playing the game, but it works very well. It's dark and bleak, and in typical Max Payne fashion the people he interacts with tend to die horribly whether he wants to or not.
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