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3801  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Odin Sphere graphics + turn-based RPG = Grand Knights History on: April 01, 2011, 11:19:05 PM
Ugh, can't stand the Manga style. I wish the Japanese could make themselves draw in different styles once in a while, or at least make their heroes look like they're older than 12.
3802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars on: April 01, 2011, 08:03:39 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on April 01, 2011, 07:55:36 PM

This is an excellent game, but not a genre that usually grabs me, unfortunately.  I'm only three missions in.  I also feel like I have to have enough time (and attention) available for the whole mission, and that just hasn't happened enough.

I tend to keep my 3DS in sleep mode with Ghost Recon active. I'll start a mission, play a few turns (perhaps enough to reach an objective), then close the lid and take a break. Later I'll open it up again, play a few more turns, then close it. Sometimes I play longer sessions. I find the game works really well for this kind of approach. You can also save mid-mission if you want to play something else.
3803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: April 01, 2011, 07:39:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2011, 07:31:54 PM

has anyone else found their vision acting funny after playing?  it's weird, things seem to look sharper after finishing an extended play session.

Yeah, my vision is different after playing the 3DS. I had the same thing back in the days when I used to look at autostereograms. The difference from your experience is that my vision grows blurry afterwards, and I keep seeing 3D where there is none, such as with the text I'm writing right now. It tends to last a few hours before going away.
3804  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: April 01, 2011, 06:37:03 PM
One thing I haven't figured out, though I haven't really looked at it in any depth: In the Augmented Reality game, the only card it seems to accept is the ? card. How and when do you get to use the others?
3805  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: April 01, 2011, 03:20:25 PM

Quote from: The Grue on April 01, 2011, 03:09:56 PM

Funny comic, but I definitely don't really have a problem keeping the DS in its sweet spot when I play.  I was worried about this from impressions the gaming sites were writing up, but turned out to not be much of an issue for me.  I also have found I can put the 3D all the way up now that I have gotten used to it.

Yeah, I haven't turned the 3D up all the way to max again yet, but I haven't gotten any headaches after my last few play sessions, unlike the first few times.
3806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop Buying Impulse & Spawn Labs on: April 01, 2011, 02:56:54 PM

Quote from: Purge on April 01, 2011, 02:37:19 PM

Quote from: Bob on April 01, 2011, 01:43:46 PM

Would we have have weekend-deals and Xmas sales if Steam was the only game in town?

I think so. There are many multiplatform games that threaten PC gaming.

Not to mention that people have different price points where they are willing to fork out for a game. By providing bargain deals Steam taps into a much larger potential customer base, even if they are completely alone in the market.
3807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars on: April 01, 2011, 02:52:56 PM
Still playing and enjoying the game, even if nobody else bothers to talk about it. slywink

I think I'm 6 or 7 missions in now, and I'm still at the Elite difficulty (the highest). It's getting tougher, but nothing ever feels impossible. The last mission I was on was the first one where I ended up aborting and retrying because I chose a bad strategy, but once I tried a different approach, what seemed like nearly impossible suddenly got much more manageable. The enemies I was up against were about level 11, while my own men were level 4 or less, so Elite certainly doesn't skimp on the challenge.

I'm at the point in the campaign where I have access to all 6 squad mates, and I'm able to start unlocking the second "tier" of abilities for each of them. I'm even able to call in air strikes under certain conditions. Everyone except my sniper now have secondary attacks. These are mostly grenades (handy!), but one has a portable rocket launcher and my scout has a knife that deals insane damage. Upgrading is done through stars that you earn for achieving objectives. Most of the stars I've earned so far have been through objectives that were mandatory for mission success, but there's the occasional one that is awarded for achieving secondary objectives. For example, one mission I was on had me taking down two mobile SAMs in an occupied town. A small group of policemen were holding the town hall against the invaders, but they were going to get slaughtered quickly on their own. My secondary objective was to help them survive, which forced me to move far more quickly through the town than I otherwise would have and yet I still only made it in the nick of time. It was worth it since I received a star for my effort, and the surviving policeman even joined me as a playable character for the rest of the mission.

So far I highly recommend this game. There's been a lot of criticism over the lackluster launch titles for the 3DS, but Ghost Recon certainly delivers.
3808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: April 01, 2011, 02:15:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on April 01, 2011, 02:10:04 PM

Crysis 2 seems to be like The Witcher was on release:  you can either have it run with zero problems or if you get one bug you get them all.

Yeah, but like The Witcher it's still a great game even with bugs. smile
3809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gamestop Buying Impulse on: March 31, 2011, 10:02:42 PM
I guess this will scare away a lot of Impulse's customers and further cement Steam's position as market leader.
3810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: MagicKa - Diablo style Coop Mage Action :) on: March 31, 2011, 09:33:28 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 31, 2011, 09:29:05 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 31, 2011, 09:25:04 PM

just saw on the Steam forums that Vietnam is due out April 12th for $4.99.
I'm holding out for "MagicKa D-Day Normandy" or "MagicKa Korean War" myself.  Roll Eyes I still find the idea of doing a "funny MageCaster hack'n'slash" in the Vietnam War era a little bizarre to understand. It doesn't offend me (very little ever does), it just puzzles me. confused

That's exactly why they did it. It's bizarre, makes no sense, and is funny. Okay, it's not THAT funny, but you get my point. slywink
3811  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 31, 2011, 02:10:49 PM

Quote from: Misguided on March 31, 2011, 01:56:54 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 31, 2011, 01:52:21 PM

Thanks for the heads-up! I've had two crashes so far, both while playing Ghost Recon. One of them resulted in the famous bit of text, the other just ended up with a black screen and nothing else. If turning off wi-fi helps, then at least we've got a temporary solution. I would also be very surprised if this can't be fixed through new firmware. It really doesn't sound like a hardware fault.

Just curious, but when did that plain black screen occur?

As in when during gameplay? In the middle of mission 5 after crossing a bridge covered by a sniper. I had awakened the unit from sleep mode just a few minutes earlier. I'm not sure when exactly in the turn it happened, but it might have happened during a transition between my turn and the opponent's.
3812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 31, 2011, 01:52:21 PM
Thanks for the heads-up! I've had two crashes so far, both while playing Ghost Recon. One of them resulted in the famous bit of text, the other just ended up with a black screen and nothing else. If turning off wi-fi helps, then at least we've got a temporary solution. I would also be very surprised if this can't be fixed through new firmware. It really doesn't sound like a hardware fault.
3813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dirt 2/ Dirt 3 on: March 31, 2011, 11:26:37 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 31, 2011, 11:07:45 AM

Do the Dirt games have a navigator calling out the severity of turns?

I never played the first one, but Dirt 2 has a map reader during certain kinds of races. He or she will keep you updated on turns, their severity, bumps in the road, which side of the road you should stay on, and so on.
3814  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! Live Action Fan Film revealed on: March 31, 2011, 06:11:40 AM

Quote from: Asharak on March 31, 2011, 01:52:27 AM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 30, 2011, 05:16:46 PM

The best line, about having to actually set up a custom command to get your companions to heal themselves (and equally applicable to DA:O, as well): "potions are like After Eight mints and everyone is too polite to take one".

I thought the illustration for that one was great. IIRC, the NPC is being handed a healing potion and says "I really shouldn't...", which pretty much sums up my experience with trying to hand them the stuff. biggrin
3815  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 31, 2011, 06:06:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 31, 2011, 03:23:11 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 30, 2011, 05:20:15 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 03:46:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 30, 2011, 03:44:19 PM

I know that when i de-cloak while hidden behind things,they just start shooting my way..and then when i cloak again,they stop..it IS a bit silly

Yes!  I got shot while I was underground because I de-cloaked  retard

I think the enemy uses heat scanning from the air at several points in the story.

If that were the case then I would be ok with it, but this was very early in the story, at the part before you go on the overpass to deliver the tissue sample, and there was zero mention of any heat scanning.

They never mention it, and it seems to happen mostly at the start of the story. You get to hear voice chatter from the people scanning the area updating their people on the ground on what they see you doing, even if you're cloaked. I would hear them say stuff like "He's moving across the bridge" or "Be adviced, Prophet has just entered the sewers" in the typical surveillance manner.
3816  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 31, 2011, 06:01:56 AM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 31, 2011, 02:51:41 AM

Quote from: Vidiot on March 31, 2011, 01:48:08 AM

Quote from: msduncan on March 31, 2011, 12:51:07 AM

Quote from: The_Man on March 30, 2011, 12:08:34 PM

This thing has far exceeded my expectations.  Super Street Fighter is amazing.  The AR cards are mindblowing and every little feature seems to do something neat.  So glad I got one.  One thing I might have missed.  With the DSI and DSI XL, you could immediately post any pictures you took to facebook.  Did they take this feature out?

Is the 3D effect nice on SSF?    The backgrounds have depth and stuff?

I still dont have a game, and have been discouraged by the mediocre reviews thus far and so haven't purchased one.

So far Ghost Recon has sucked me in.  I do wish there was a hibernate option to save the state of one game and play another.  The missions get a bit long at times (for a portable) and while you can close it at any time and come back later I am still in the "show off" mode and switching apps constantly.

I played a bit of Street Fighter but I'm not very good and probably should have just got Ridge Racer with my 50% off at TRU.  Pilot Wing is fun, but not as addicting as GR.

Doesn't Ghost Recon have save anywhere?  I've only played it for one brief session but I saved my progress mid-mission when I quit. 

Yeah it does, but it's well hidden so I had the same impression as Vidiot initially. It seems you can save as often as you want mid-mission.
3817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! Live Action Fan Film revealed on: March 30, 2011, 05:31:06 PM

Quote from: Soulchilde on March 30, 2011, 05:16:46 PM


LOL! Perfect!  icon_smile
3818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 30, 2011, 05:20:15 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 03:46:53 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 30, 2011, 03:44:19 PM

I know that when i de-cloak while hidden behind things,they just start shooting my way..and then when i cloak again,they stop..it IS a bit silly

Yes!  I got shot while I was underground because I de-cloaked  retard

I think the enemy uses heat scanning from the air at several points in the story.
3819  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 03:19:21 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 03:11:08 PM

The only epic fail is that our society still thinks it's ok to keep these intelligent marine mammals (and dolphins, etc) in captivity for amusement.  In the wild, these animals live in lifelong family groups that travel thousands of miles.  It's like keeping a person in a closet for their entire lives.  It's sick and disgusting.  

Actually, these whales become very fond of their handlers and the public, and enjoy social interaction very much. The whale from Free Willy for example, when it was set free it migrated to a Norwegian fjord and stayed there until it died because people would come to see it. It had symptoms of depression whenever people weren't nearby to play with it.
3820  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 02:51:57 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 30, 2011, 02:42:53 PM

I agree with this, but swimming with that whale honestly doesn't seem like fun to me  icon_wink

Riding a motorcycle doesn't seem fun to me, but then again, we're all different.
3821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 02:34:27 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 30, 2011, 02:28:35 PM

I wouldn't even jump in the water with that thing wearing King Arthur's body armor. LOL

Good, because that armor would drag you under and cause you to, you know, drown. Like the person who died in the whale accident. Not bitten to death. Not even bitten in the first place. The whale was playing with the trainer, not trying to kill him/her.
3822  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 01:52:11 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 30, 2011, 01:10:03 PM


Quote
You go ahead and convince yourself of that.

Quote
Why the need for the insulting tone? I didn't attempt to offend you in any way.

You know why. Don't act like you don't.

No, I really don't.
3823  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 12:56:38 PM

Quote from: Zekester on March 30, 2011, 12:33:04 PM

You go ahead and convince yourself of that.

Why the need for the insulting tone? I didn't attempt to offend you in any way.

Quote
I know I wouldn't be getting anywhere near it again.

That would be understandable and your choice, but still is no fault of the whale itself. Keeping it locked away because you're afraid of it and because the park failed to observe proper safety procedures isn't really a very humane thing to do.
3824  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Killer Whale may get the chance to kill again on: March 30, 2011, 12:27:10 PM
How is that an epic fail? From what I've read the whale had little fault for the death, whereas SeaWorld put its trainers in dangerous situations that could have been avoided.
3825  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The destroyer of threads thread - A Warning on: March 30, 2011, 06:08:59 AM
Pfft! Use a real browser! Opera survived. smile
3826  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 30, 2011, 05:57:51 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 30, 2011, 12:09:47 AM

Man WTF is up with the enemy AI...if you uncloak and an enemy is in sight lines, even if they are forever away, they all start shooting at you.  It's so ridiculous.

It's actually a little more nuanced than that. You can uncloak in front of an enemy, shoot him with a loud weapon that makes everyone on the map hear you, then cloak again and nobody will be any wiser. They'll probably come investigate, but they won't start shooting. It also takes enemies a moment to spot you from a distance. You'll notice this on your threat meter when it rises slowly as an enemy looks towards you. They'll see you instantly at close range, of course.
3827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 09:20:41 PM

Quote from: Lordnine on March 29, 2011, 09:09:23 PM

My first impressions are a bit mixed.  It's probably just me but the 3D doesn't work as well as I expected.  On the one hand I can clearly see a lot of depth looking into the 3DS but nothing has really appeared to POP out for me yet.  That aside I'm not disappointed. 

The 3D isn't supposed to pop out as that won't work well on such a small screen. I've seen it work only once within my few hours with the system. Power poles and the cables running between them were lifted slightly off screen. If these objects intersected the edge of the screen, the effect collapsed and I got vaguely uncomfortable looking at it. The 3D you should be expecting is things going into the screen, not out of it.

After a few hours with my 3DS tonight I feel slight pressure in my head, as if I'm just about to get a headache. I'm not sure if this is just a transition stage before I get used to the effect or if this is how it's going to be.

I discovered a fun, somewhat subtle thing about the system however: It actually defaults to surround sound, and it works since you'll have your head in one place because of the screen anyway. By doing certain tricks with the sounds it can make your brain think they are coming from all kinds of directions (one of the main menus had birds twittering off to the right, and the sound really felt like it was coming from the windows in my apartment). If you're playing in 2D mode, you might want to set your 3DS to stereo mode so you won't get sound artifacts.
3828  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Futuristic Stain Remover on: March 29, 2011, 08:14:05 PM

Quote from: ibdoomed on March 29, 2011, 07:43:56 PM

You can see the video 'hiccup' and the lighting changes between mixing and picking up/putting back. I'd say it's some sort of hardening goo that they mix up, let dry, put back, yadda yadda. It's definitely a scam.

Then explain how the video shows the goo being picked up, put down, smeared out a bit more, shoved with a different tool (that just smears it further across the surface), then picked up again?

I'd say the "scam" part of this is more related to the product probably only working well on a very limited subset of surfaces.
3829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars on: March 29, 2011, 08:11:06 PM
I've played through the tutorial mission as well as the first 3 regular missions in this game now, all on the highest difficulty. It's been a lot of fun so far. You never seem to be fully aware of your objectives at the start of a mission, and receive them only after certain criteria have been met. For example, in the second mission your only objective as you start is to have your only troop, a medic, reach cover in an empty house before a bunch of soldiers converge on her and kill her. Once you get there, you get a new objective: Defend the house and stay alive. Once the attack has been stopped, a specific soldier in your team must plant a bomb at a certain spot on the map. Once that is done, all your troops must escape the map in a certain direction. All the missions I've played so far have been like this, with additional goals popping up depending on circumstance (for example: in one mission my heavy trooper was wounded, and I received a secondary goal to heal him fully, which earned me a star to spend on unit upgrades after the mission). The whole thing is very tactical and requires careful planning, at least on the highest difficulty.

The people who say that the 3D effects don't add anything to this game are jaded as hell. The graphics are bland in 2D mode but look a lot more compelling in 3D. Effects like dust blowing through the air suddenly look a whole lot better when that dust clearly isn't just dragged around a 2D-terrain but actually flies above it. Cover and heights are easy to spot with a third dimension available to you.

Even though I get somewhat dizzy from playing with the 3D on for a while, I can't see myself turning it off.
3830  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 07:40:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 29, 2011, 07:34:41 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 29, 2011, 07:33:19 PM

In other news, why is TiLT the only person putting their friend code in the code thread?  I would like a proper friend list, please. smile

I don't recall seeing anything on the 3DS about a friends list, but I may not have hit all the icons yet.

It's the fourth icon in the upper row on the Home screen.
3831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 07:29:10 PM
The hinges on mine are "loose" in that the upper part of the console might wobble if I shake the whole thing... but I don't do that, so it's not a problem at all. I didn't even notice it until I checked. I've also played through 4 levels of Ghost Recon without having any of the reported crashes. The first two missions were played before the system update, and the last two after.
3832  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3, aka Dark Knight Rising on: March 29, 2011, 05:08:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 29, 2011, 04:15:28 PM

according to Gary Oldman, the ending of the film isn't in any script being handed out.  He says Nolan is verbally telling the actors about it in an attempt to keep it secret.

let the speculation begin!

Catwoman is Batman's father!

You heard it here first.
3833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 04:34:56 PM
I'm impressed with the tiny speakers in the 3DS. There's a lot of oomph in them compared to what I remember from the DS. The thing actually vibrates in my hands during the brass themes in Ghost Recon.
3834  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Jurassic Park & Back to the Future by Telltale! Back to the Future Facebook game on: March 29, 2011, 02:42:52 PM

Quote from: spigot on March 29, 2011, 02:41:33 PM

it's getting a little disappointing to see the same tiny area of Hill Valley ad nauseam.

To be fair, the movies did the exact same thing.
3835  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 02:02:10 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 29, 2011, 01:56:14 PM

How well does the 3d camera work?

It works and is in 3D. It's pretty low quality as pictures go, but the 3D effect is unique and fun to play around with. More of a novelty than anything else. Took a couple of pictures with it, and they feel very real in a way that ordinary pictures don't.
3836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 29, 2011, 01:53:57 PM
Bought a 3DS today, and I'm pleased with it so far. The 3D effect was a little weird at the beginning (in the same way as when you watch a 3D movie in the theater). It takes a few minutes to get used to it.

I only got Ghost Recon for it and have played through just the first mission on the highest difficulty, which was fun. I'll save my impressions of that particular game for its own thread though. smile

The 3DS feels a lot more complete as a system than the DS ever did. The new way to use friend codes means it can be set up to have online functionality in much the same way as any other console, and the functionality in the system itself is expandable and flexible. I can't wait to see what else they do with it over time.
3837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions! Mods! Live Action Fan Film revealed on: March 29, 2011, 01:14:51 PM
Don't be afraid to buy a bunch of respec potions from the Black Emporium to try different skill sets too. Each of your characters may be very effective on his or her own, but that is far less important than having them be effective together.
3838  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: 3DS Friend Codes on: March 29, 2011, 10:46:58 AM
4038-6015-8692
3839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Finally a REAL way to determine which country is best! on: March 28, 2011, 06:24:42 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 28, 2011, 06:17:29 PM

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of the average dick size map.  I bet we'd win that one easily.

Here you go!
3840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Crysis 2 on: March 28, 2011, 06:06:38 PM
I think I figured out the lost nano catalyst bug btw, though I haven't been able to test it. When you quit the game, your nano catalyst count isn't reset to 0. It's set to the sum you had... negative. So when I quit (crashed actually, though it was my computer overheating, not the game) with 10 000 catalysts, the game probably thought I had -10 000 when I started up again. I saw this most clearly in action when I quit with 80, started up with 0 (or so the interface said), and after picking up 200 catalysts had a grand total of 120.

If none of you others are seeing this bug, it might be that it's caused by some regional setting that Crytek failed to test for. Just speculation, but I've seen worse things happen from that kind of stuff.
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