You've been pretty thorough in your search for the problem, but I don't see any mention of RAM in your post. From my experience, RAM is the second most common reason why computers fail the way you describe (after the power supply). Have you tried scanning it? Tried removing all but one chip, then cycling between them to see if the computer works at any point?
So, I just finished the game properly on my second playthrough... sort of. I seem to have accidentally unlocked a secret mission after the credits at the end which will take me some time to complete. I did every single mission I was given over the radio in the game, as well as a few extra things (the only exception was the poker mission. I just didn't have the time nor the wish to play through a round of Texas Hold'em against three computer opponents. It just feels so random and unsatisfying, and you can play it for 15 minutes then lose everything in 5 seconds just because you had bad luck. And you get pretty much nothing for it anyway). Completing all those missions was extremely taxing, and I could never relax and play around. I always had to focus on the mission at hand or I'd run out of time. I'm currently at level 44, and I do feel a lot more powerful than in the early game.
The story, despite being cliché (on purpose), is actually very well told and executed. I was always looking forward to the next part. Some nice twists, though a few of them were predictable.
Now that I'm becoming a reasonably high level (25+), the psychopath fights are actually becoming fun and not at all too hard. Being able to dodge is vital though. It's almost surprising you didn't start with that ability, considering how vital it is. You really need it to defeat the guy on the motorcycle, for example.
The problem with that boss isn't that he's difficult, it's that he's so hard to read. You don't really get much feedback about when to attack and when to stay the hell away from him. Once you know how to do those two things, he's actually relatively easy.
How to defeat him (IIRC):
Spoiler for Hiden:
- There are three stages to the fight. Take your time at the beginning. This is the easiest part. Once you've taken him below a certain amount of health, the next part of the fight will trigger. - During this part he will take cocaine and become a raging maniac. If you've done certain missions the right way in another part of the game (befriended Steven Heck, I believe), the cocaine will be poisoned and he won't get its effects. This makes the fight MUCH easier. - When you see him take cocaine, RUN! Keep running. He's almost invulnerable when high, is faster than you, and can decimate you with his melee attack. NEVER attempt to fight him in melee. - He'll eventually fall over and teleport away. Don't attack! It's useless. Get into cover in preparation for the next part. - He'll be aiming at you with an SMG while three thugs attack you. These thugs appear at alternating sides of the room. The first wave comes from the left side (when looking at the stage), and the second from the right. Kill the thugs as quickly as you can. You have about 10-15 seconds. - The boss will appear on your level again. This is your opportunity! You only have a couple of seconds, so use them! Shoot at his head as much as you can until you see him snort his cocaine again. When he does, you should start running. Repeat this procedure until the next phase: - In the third part of the fight, once he's below 20% health or so, he'll stop teleporting and stop calling in thugs. He'll just be on your level. Once you've gotten to this part you shouldn't have any more problems as long as you're reasonably careful. He'll still alternate between running at you with his knife and shooting at you with his SMG. When he runs at you, you run as well. This is just as important as before. When he pulls out his SMG he's vulnerable, and this is where you should take your shot.
As you can probably see, it's really hard to figure out all of this on your own. I could barely touch the guy when I tried on my own. Once I looked at a walkthrough I took him on my first attempt without cheesing.
Not that you mention what point in the story your spoiler was going to spoil. Had to click to see. Thankfully it didn't spoil anything of much significance even though I'm not there yet.
A good way to take down psychopaths is to use knife blades in combination with painkillers (heals you and reduces damage you take considerably for a while). That might work that the battle you're in as well.
Man, trying to do everything is tough! I've gotten to chapter 2 on my second playthrough now and have managed to do every subquest I've heard about plus taken down a psychopath who wasn't advertised until he hit me in the back of the head, but several times I've reached my goal with only seconds to spare (literally!). The game suddenly got a lot more tense.
Ran into the first real bug I can think of so far. One guy I was trying to rescue told me to kill all the zombies in close proximity before he would join me. The only problem was that he was standing on the only two zombies nearby and he wouldn't move. I also had less than a minute left to get him to join before the mission was canceled, so it was a bit frustrating. I had to hit him repeatedly so he'd get away from the zombies and let them stand up, and by the time I had him on my team he was at less than 20% health. At least I got him back to the safehouse.
Just finished my first playthrough of the game and immediately started another. Got a C-ending, whatever that means. Ended up at level 23, and I now feel confident enough to actually attack psychopaths. Only killed one on my first playthrough, and that was only because I had stumbled upon a cache of assault rifles and shotguns just before. Zombrex becomes less of an issue on the second playthrough. You can gather at least four doses within minutes if you know what you're doing, and even more if you've saved up money from the first round. Since I spent my final few hours gambling big money in a casino, I have a bit of money stashed away for safekeeping.
My weapons of choice are now the bowie knife + boxing glove combo for small groups of enemies, and nails + MMA gloves for larger groups. Works very well. Trying to figure out a way to earn PPs fast, as I notice I'm not getting much at the beginning of a new game. At least I've already managed to gather a few of my choice weapons, two Zombrex and two painkillers before even handing in the first Zombrex dose.
My impression is that you're not really supposed to fight the psychopaths on your first playthrough. You just haven't got the skills or the combination items needed at the point unless you know exactly what you're doing. You later get access to a dodge skill that should help a lot, btw.
Leave the psychos alone and take your revenge when you start over.
Quote from: Teggy on September 29, 2010, 01:06:09 PM
Edit: regarding the file being corrupted/issue with backups - there are a lot of posts on the internet about this particular file (tcpmon.ini) being corrupted and also with people having the backup error, which led me to believe it was a Vista issue.
If it's a common issue with Vista, then that puts the whole thing in a different light. It's just that I do support for a large amount of Windows users at work, and I've never heard of issues like yours outside of harddrive failures. If you scanned the HD and the results were clean, you probably don't have anything to worry about.
In an unusual twist of events, according to the GameSpot review the PS3 version has a smoother framerate than the 360 version, which suffers from occasional hiccups during action sequences and cutscenes. It's the first time I've heard about differences between the two versions.
Quote from: Teggy on September 28, 2010, 11:16:20 PM
My wife has a Vista Home Premium machine. The thing is acting up (files corrupt over and over, refuses to create restore points) so I want to upgrade it to Windows 7. Will she have the same capabilities with Home Premium, or do I need to spend the extra money on Professional?
Home Premium is fine. However, there's one thing that strikes me as odd here: Windows shouldn't corrupt your files over and over. That sounds more like a problem with the harddrive to me. Are you sure this is a software problem?
From what I've heard the brake assist can actually be more of a hindrance than help. With it on you start braking earlier before turns. With it off you can brake at the last second, gaining valuable time in the process.
Quote from: disarm on September 26, 2010, 05:28:04 PM
Quote from: Bullwinkle on September 26, 2010, 04:54:09 PM
Watching other people use a computer.
the guy who drew that missed the fact that Google usually discourages using quotes around your search terms because you'll get better results without them...
Nonsense! That's only true if you're not 100% sure that your phrase is the exact one you're looking for. Using quotes can mean the difference between several million hits and half a dozen, with the latter option being the good one.
I just played and won my first game. Cultural victory in 1963 AD. Achieved a rating of Winston Churchill (#5) and a score of 1892. Played as Greece. Warlord difficulty. Standard sized map with the Continents style.
It sure was different from how I would have played earlier Civilization games. I had to rethink my habits. I stopped expanding when I had four cities in total, and when I invaded a pesky neighbor at one point, I set up his three cities as puppet cities. When I later had to destroy another neighbor's military capabilities just because she was getting hostile, I burned the three cities she gave me to the ground. The two of us had a massive continent almost to ourselves in the end, but less than half of it was actually settled, with me in the minority.
When going for a cultural victory, you get punished hard if you expand too much. It's going to be interesting to see what people end up considering the sweet spot when it comes to the number of cities. As it is, I didn't do too bad, but accumulating culture was a slow process. In the end I was getting more than 650 culture points per turn, and it still took 10 turns per policy.
My policy choices ended up giving me a whole crapload of Great Artists too. After building half a dozen monuments I just started using them to trigger golden ages. I think I spent nearly 1/4 of the game in golden ages. I had as much as 40 happy faces at one point, but it varied a lot depending on my trade agreements.
City states weren't terribly important in this match. Most of them (at least on my continent) were out of the way and didn't present any kind of an obstacle. My neighbor started attacking enough of them near the end that all the city states in the world declared war on her. I think she did it just to spite me. Most of the city states in the world were allied to me, something that was easy to accomplish when playing Alexander and earning plenty of gold. The missions they gave me were usually very hard to accomplish since I'd be tasked to kill barbarians in the middle of other civilizations' borders or defending a city state on the other side of the continent.
Great fun, all in all. The game took me about 12 hours to complete, so I think I need a little break now before I go at it again with a random leader.
I've played through 4 of the 5 tutorials so far (just got home from work, and the game didn't unlock until today), and the game runs smooth as butter with everything on high and 4xAA at 1680x1050. Load times are near instant, and the intro movie can be skipped almost immediately. Very pleased so far.
My computer specs: Intel i7 2.67 GHz 12 GB RAM Regular HD (no SSD) GeForce GTX 275 Windows 7 x64
Quote from: Morgul on September 24, 2010, 01:21:38 PM
I downloaded "risen 2" in the background last night while playing civ 5 like a fiend. I figured I would try it out tonight. But, for some reason, I am itching to just restart the witcher again and try it from a different angle.
When you're done with your time machine, do you mind if I borrow it?
I see much more enthusiasm here than for the Kinect, so at least there's that.
I'm cautiously optimistic about the Move. Its way of controlling things is a known quantity through the Wii, only it's better implemented here and with a much better console. I think we're going to see a lot more sales of the Move once there's a larger library of good games for it. Right now there's so little available that you'd take a bigger risk by by purchasing it than if you wait a little longer.
Quote from: Daehawk on September 23, 2010, 08:26:10 AM
The only racing sim I've ever really liked was Forza 3 and I still hardly play it. I like upgrading though.
And that is relevant to this thread how? Come on, we know you play games, but you don't have to tell us your racing game history unless it relates in some way to what the thread is about. This isn't Forza.
Quote from: Zinfan on September 20, 2010, 11:08:15 PM
Well after disabling AVG it still won't work. Again I can get onto the help section using my known account name and password but neither the main steam page nor the stand alone log in program will accept the same account name and password. This is why having to use Steam even with a physical copy sucks, I'd rather have to keep the DVD in the drive, at least that works for me.
Uh, don't you need a separate account for the help section? It sounds to me like you registered for the help section and are trying to use that account to log into Steam itself, which won't work.