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3801  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: May 26, 2011, 09:13:19 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 26, 2011, 09:08:24 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 26, 2011, 09:01:31 PM

Russel quits.  no details, but hopefully it's something like 'I want to maintain my crediibility, and with Wahlberg as Drake I can't.'

Or maybe it was like, "I want Drake's dad and crazy uncle" and the studio was like "the fans will hate that" and he walked. Bring in Spielberg!

Either way, we win! Even if that means no Uncharted movie.
3802  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale on: May 26, 2011, 09:11:46 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 26, 2011, 09:07:32 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 26, 2011, 08:56:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 26, 2011, 08:53:30 PM

I guess regarding the pricing, can you give an example of a comparable game (for $5 as you suggested) if I want hack and slash, loot, multiple character classes and co-op multiplayer?

How about Neverwinter Nights? It's $10, but considering how much better it is, that shouldn't really be an issue.

Well... comparing it to old classic titles that were originally full priced games is really not fair either, is it?  NWN was developed an A-list (or at least a full price) title at the time it came out.  I'm thinking more along the lines of games that released as budget titles, like Torchlight (which released at $20 on PC and $15 on XBLA) or maybe Deathspank.  I can't think of any off the top of my head that came out with MP. 

Considering NWN's age, the comparison is apt. There's a reason why it's so cheap these days, yet even so it's an infinitely better purchase than Daggerdale. It also fulfills all the things you wanted from the game. If Daggerdale is to be a success, it actually has to compete against NWN. If it can't do that so many years later, it wasn't a good idea to release it in the first place.
3803  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dungeons & Dragons: Daggerdale on: May 26, 2011, 08:56:45 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 26, 2011, 08:53:30 PM

I guess regarding the pricing, can you give an example of a comparable game (for $5 as you suggested) if I want hack and slash, loot, multiple character classes and co-op multiplayer?

How about Neverwinter Nights? It's $10, but considering how much better it is, that shouldn't really be an issue.
3804  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: I am buying a new boardgame in the morning... on: May 26, 2011, 11:51:07 AM
Of those games, I've only played Twilight Imperium (all three editions with all expansions). If you want that game, buy it! It's really good, and the third edition was specifically made to feel complete without any expansions (in fact, most people were pretty surprised when FFG released one anyway). Just one thing: If you play without expansions, make sure you print the rule fix to the completely broken Imperial Strategy Card. It's available on the Fantasy Flight Games homepage. I have never played with the original version of the card, and I never wanted to. It's so horrible that I can't imagine what FFG was thinking when they made it.

In any case, I can't imagine a more epic boardgame. This is Master of Orion in non-electronic form.
3805  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum slow today? on: May 24, 2011, 06:33:40 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on May 23, 2011, 08:46:40 PM

Stay tuned.  I've got some fixes coming up in about a week that should resolve this issue on a permanent basis.

Will this fix the issues I'm having with Tapatalk? 9 times out of 10 I can't even access GT through Tapatalk, though access through the web is unaffected. It just times out.
3806  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 22, 2011, 08:41:30 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 22, 2011, 04:14:03 AM

yeah, glad I'm playing a borrowed copy and didn't pay for this, I'd be ticked off otherwise.  I love how Aard knocks the knights with the shields to their knees and then you can't damage them.  Yrden doesn't seem to work as advertised either, I thought it said the sign was supposed to immobilize targets but they seem to be moving even when I can see they've tripped it, and I'll be damned if I've seen Axii work even on the least powerful enemy.

They all work, but not very effectively at the start of the game. Axii has given me breathing room many times, even if the enemies don't outright attack each other yet, at least they ignore me for a while. Yrden definitely immobilizes enemies for a few seconds, but I guess they get a save against the effect. I've not used it much, but I've seen it work against Nekkers. As for the Aard thing... you're still attacking from the front? It's not that simple. It also seems each sign has a level, and they may improve with use or something. I'm not sure how it works, but I notice my Axii sign is level 3, for example.

I'm loving how this game forces me to use tools I normally ignore in these kinds of games. I fought a couple of enemies last night that more or less forced me to be prepared. I drank a few potions that would help against their particular attacks, set up traps in recognizable places I would be able to lure them across, used oil on my silver sword and used my signs during the combat itself. It made a world of difference. A nearly impossible fight became easy with the right preparations. I've managed to play the entire game on Normal so far, and I'm some way into chapter 1 so far.
3807  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 21, 2011, 08:28:24 AM
It looks like the majority of the long cutscenes are in the prologue anyway.
3808  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 20, 2011, 12:55:39 PM

Quote from: Gratch on May 20, 2011, 12:50:10 PM

I know I'm probably missing out on many of the game mechanics because the damn tutorials would flash up so quickly during the prologue (often during the middle of combat) that I would accidentally click out of them before getting a chance to read it.  Yeah, yeah... RTFM! 

All the tutorials can be accessed from your journal at any time (hit J), as well as some more general gameplay info. I'd still recommend reading the manual, as the in-game help seems to skip some vital stuff (such as what each sign does.
3809  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 19, 2011, 07:44:15 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 19, 2011, 07:42:39 PM

A thing to keep in mind, I only remembered at the end - If you are having trouble, the game comes with a gameguide, which will..well, guide you through how to do things in case you are stuck. For GOG owners, it can be downloaded the same place you get the game :-)

That same guide is available for the Steam version too. You can download the extras by going to Steam's tools section. I'm not going to touch the guide until I finish the game, unless I become truly stuck.
3810  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 19, 2011, 07:34:03 PM
I just completed the game's first true boss fight in chapter 1, and it was extremely challenging (normal difficulty). It also underlined one of the reasons why Dragon Age 2 failed so hard.

Both games seem to have boss fights against huge monsters that require attack memorization to win against. The difference is that where Dragon Age 2's boss fights could easily last 20 minutes where almost all of that time was spent slooooowly chipping away on the boss' hit points, the one I came up against in The Witcher 2 lasted about 3 minutes, tops. Pretty much every time I died, it happened in the first minute, which made replaying the battle much more appealing and reduced the annoyance factor of death considerably. The boss had a hit point bar, but the game more or less ignored it. There was never a need to chip away at hit points. There were instead smaller goals to accomplish during the battle, and completing each of these goals resulted in the boss dying. It never felt like a grind.
3811  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie to Hollywood-I told you i would be Back!! on: May 18, 2011, 03:22:18 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 18, 2011, 02:40:27 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 18, 2011, 05:16:21 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 17, 2011, 10:37:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2011, 08:40:20 PM

Well, I guess he has now firmly locked himself out of his political career, which means he'll have to rely on his career as an actor from now on. Hooray! smile


Oddly enough he had this kid before he ran for Governator.

I don't really see what's odd about it. It's amazing that he's managed to keep it secret for so long though. The fact that he comes out with it now shows that he has no aspirations of continuing his political career.

I don't think there was much to continue anyways  icon_biggrin

Yeah, I agree. It's good that he's able to see the same thing, unlike many other politicians that go on far longer than they should have a right to.
3812  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 18, 2011, 03:19:16 PM
I think they're trying to add a bit more atmosphere to the concept of potion drinking in this game compared to the vanilla RPG style. Remember that a witcher's potions are poisonous to most people, and even witchers seem to have to concentrate not to die from them. I assume that's why you have to sit down and mediate, so that the poison doesn't overwhelm your systems. That, and downing a potion in the middle of a swordfight is ridiculous, something we only accept because it has been a standard in RPGs for ages. Even the 4th edition of D&D started moving away from the potion concept.
3813  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 18, 2011, 03:09:35 PM
Must be embarrassing for Sony to have that happen right now. It's not a real security problem though, as nobody can use this to get into your accounts. They can just block you from accessing it with your old password, which means you have to use the new one you get via email instead. At least as far as I can tell.
3814  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Erase Selected Files Securely on: May 18, 2011, 06:09:28 AM

Quote from: Caine on May 14, 2011, 03:52:14 PM

There is usually a restore disc that comes with a new computer which should format and reset the system back to factory defaults.  I would check there if you want to go the full route. 

That's not good enough, as it won't really erase anything, except parts of the files that are overwritten by new one.

Eraser is a good, free tool for this purpose.
3815  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie to Hollywood-I told you i would be Back!! on: May 18, 2011, 05:16:21 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 17, 2011, 10:37:28 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2011, 08:40:20 PM

Well, I guess he has now firmly locked himself out of his political career, which means he'll have to rely on his career as an actor from now on. Hooray! smile


Oddly enough he had this kid before he ran for Governator.

I don't really see what's odd about it. It's amazing that he's managed to keep it secret for so long though. The fact that he comes out with it now shows that he has no aspirations of continuing his political career.
3816  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Arnie to Hollywood-I told you i would be Back!! on: May 17, 2011, 08:40:20 PM
Well, I guess he has now firmly locked himself out of his political career, which means he'll have to rely on his career as an actor from now on. Hooray! smile
3817  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 08:28:29 PM
Well, I just finished the prologue in The Witcher 2, which took me about 4 hours. It was pretty damn linear, but I don't think that goes for the rest of the game. After those four hours, the game finally took pity on me and displayed "Chapter 1" on the screen. slywink

The production values are through the roof. The story itself is full of mystery and is pretty grounded for a fantasy story, not unlike A Song of Ice and Fire actually. The combat is very, very challenging, at least when you're up against groups of enemies. I went straight for the skill upgrade that allows you to parry attacks from all directions, and it has helped a lot. Parrying seems to be vitally important, but it seems to drain from the same reserve that you use to cast spells, so it's not truly safe to rely too much on. Rolling and dodging only gets you so far, as the enemy will recover before you have a chance to strike back, unlike with a parry. Enemies with shields are fearsome because they require you to wait for an opening or make one with a parry. If you're surrounded by enemies, you really don't have such opportunities. It seems potions will become very important to survive. Spells too. The one that gives you 30 seconds of physical protection has saved my ass numerous times.

The game does a lot of fade-ins and fade-outs between and during cutscenes. It can be a bit weird at times.

The comparison with A Song of Ice and Fire is interesting, as I was just talking to a friend earlier today about the way succession works in that setting and how bastards fit into the whole thing. Lo and behold, The Witcher 2 seems to dive into the same kind of theme with the same kind of issues.
3818  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 05:59:12 PM

Quote from: hepcat on May 17, 2011, 01:44:19 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 17, 2011, 08:47:17 AM

There's no bluffing, no planning, no trickery, no gambits, no clever moves.


and no need to even play the dice games if you don't mind missing out on some inconsequential quests, if the first witcher's use of the dice games set the precedent.   icon_wink

I kind of liked the dice games.  gambling is a game of chance and makes perfect sense in the game's setting.

But that's exactly my point! The game doesn't make sense in the setting since everyone talks about it as if it's a game of skill, with you hunting down better and better opponents in a game where there can be no such thing. It destroys the illusion that you're in a real, living world (though it's a minor thing, admittedly).

It also annoyed me to go through all those dice throws in the original Witcher against a computer player that cheated, in a game where nothing I did would improve my chances at winning, all just so I could finish every quest in the game. Dice Poker added nothing but frustration to the game, and was a puzzling game design concept from a team that should know the difference between random chance and skill contests.
3819  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 09:49:37 AM
The game just unlocked on Steam a few minutes ago. Servers are too busy to let me start the download, but I'm sure it'll get better pretty fast. smile
3820  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 17, 2011, 08:47:17 AM
So, I was just reminded of Dice Poker, which apparently is back in this game. Is anyone else kind of annoyed about that? It completely rips me out of the world they've designed when everyone talks about strategy and mastery of a game which has no strategic or tactical elements whatsoever. There's always only one best move to make, and it's always obvious. There's no bluffing, no planning, no trickery, no gambits, no clever moves. It's just the rolling of dice. To make matters worse, the original Witcher would cheat (ie. give the opponent better die rolls) to make later opponents seem stronger. It just goes to figure that even the developers realized at one point that there was no other way to make an opponent seem more skilled in a game with no skill.
3821  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts now! on: May 16, 2011, 08:35:00 PM
There's supposedly at least one other gay character in the book too, but it appears he has been cut from the series. They may write him in at a later time, but I suspect they'll just merge him with another character. There's also a bit of lesbian action going on in a few places.

Now, can we all stop obsessing about the gay stuff? (not really aimed at GT, but at the Internet reactions to the episode)
3822  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/16) on: May 16, 2011, 07:00:15 AM
L.A. Noire for PS3 and The Witcher 2 for PC.

What a great week! As if that wasn't enough, next week starts with a bang with the release of Grid 3.
3823  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 08:31:41 PM
Since the PSN store won't be open until the end of the month, it's a bit premature to expect announcements about it just yet. You never know though.
3824  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 06:09:04 PM
Still down in Norway. Not that I care much. I pretty much never play multiplayer anyway.
3825  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN - Now coming back online on: May 15, 2011, 03:12:50 PM
Michael Pachter talks about the PSN situation in this week's Pach Attack. While he isn't privy to much insider information, he does know the legal stuff and economics.
3826  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: May 15, 2011, 07:27:42 AM

Quote from: Gryndyl on May 15, 2011, 12:02:43 AM



Been there, done that, laughed our asses off. smile
3827  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings - Now with Saviors of the Queens! on: May 14, 2011, 09:41:47 PM

Quote from: jersoc on May 14, 2011, 06:44:20 PM

this didn't cost hundreds of millions to make, remember they are a Polish company. Plus they probably didn't blow half their budget on marketing like some other publishers do.

If they didn't do that, they're fools. Them being based in a country with a cheap work force makes it even more likely that they've spent 50%+ of their budget on marketing, and that's how it should be, from a business perspective.
3828  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2K announces Duke Nukem Forever for 360, PS3 (and PC) 2011 on: May 14, 2011, 09:38:09 PM
I suspect MP isn't the main focus for this game, as they barely talked about it at all during the looooong development. I fully expect the SP to be awesome. Duke Nukem says so, and he's awesome too.
3829  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mortal Kombat returns on: May 14, 2011, 08:36:29 AM

Quote from: ATB on May 14, 2011, 07:21:37 AM

How do you select alternate costumes once you unlock them?

Instead of selecting a fighter in the normal way, hit Start when the cursor is pointing at him.
3830  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The countdown is on.... on: May 13, 2011, 06:50:31 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on May 13, 2011, 06:31:26 PM

Quote from: spigot on May 13, 2011, 06:26:14 PM

Doesn't Skynet become self-aware when CK-Bot hits 50k?

I think CK IS Skynet.

Well, at least it's harmless then.
3831  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Official Rock Band DLC News, Impressions, and Comments Thread on: May 13, 2011, 03:04:48 PM
In for Mouth of War, if nothing else because it reminds me of the glorious days of playing Doom. smile Too bad This Love wasn't included.

3832  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 05:26:50 PM
Like I said, with the deadline at the 31st of May, the original information was correct. My source was a different (Norwegian) news site that interpreted the Sony statements correctly.

As for the multiplayer being up within the next few days, that's from the same source. The idea was for Sony to bring up multiplayer last week, but with no Playstation Store. They missed that deadline, but announced that they were in the final stages of testing their solution. That should mean they're just days away, unless something unexpected happens.

But don't let me stop you all from panicking. What would be the fun in that?
3833  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 10, 2011, 04:56:14 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 09, 2011, 05:55:27 PM

May 31st is the new target date.  I'm just hoping they don't decide to cut corners in order to have things back up by E3.

Don't spread misinformation now. It's already coloring the opinions of several posters here, judging from the last few posts. May 31st isn't the target date, it's the deadline to bring the entire PSN network back up. Since they are willing to give us a deadline date, they probably intend to be done earlier than that. Furthermore, they do expect parts of the network to be up very soon. The multiplayer portion, for example, should be up in the next few days.
3834  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 08, 2011, 08:09:41 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 08, 2011, 06:33:43 PM





has this scene been released 'officially' yet?..i have seen most of it on Youtube,but i think this could be one of the 'new' deleted scenes on Disc 8 of that Blu-Ray set,as well as that lightsaber construction scene from Jedi that was seen last year

IIRC, there were three deleted scenes, presented in full, on a Star Wars CD encyclopedia that was released in the mid- to late 90s. One of them was the scene where Luke meets Biggs Darklighter just before they take off for the Death Star attack. This scene was later added to the actual movie. Another scene was the one where Luke, along with a simple droid, watches the battle between the two ships next to Tatooine at the beginning of A New Hope through a set of binoculars. The third and longest scene (I seem to recall it was nearly 10 minutes or so) was the one in your screenshots. It featured Luke and his local friends (including Biggs) hanging out at what appears to be a set of abandoned buildings (though that may just be because no special effects were added to liven the scene up) and talking about life in general. Biggs takes Luke aside and tells him that he has decided to jump ship with a group of people from the Academy and join the Rebel Alliance. I can easily see why this scene was cut, as it's quite long and dull at a moment when the audience is expecting to see more about the droids and Vader's hunt for them.

So in short: I don't think that scene has been released as DVD extras, but it has been released officially as part of a commercial Star Wars product.

It's funny how the original version of A New Hope featured Luke getting completely bummed out when Biggs dies during the attack on the Death Star. The audience hadn't even seen the guy before that battle, and they had no way to tell whether or not Luke knew him. Turns out all his scenes were cut, including the ones that explain how he's Luke's best friend, who grew up with him on Tatooine and practiced piloting with him. Biggs was the main reason why Luke was so eager to join the Academy (and later the Rebel Alliance). When you know this, Biggs' death suddenly ends up having quite an impact.
3835  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 07:54:33 PM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 07:20:07 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.

http://www.tfw2005.com/transformers-news/transformers-movie-just-movie-31/brand-new-upgraded-twins-in-transformers-3-169687/

Sounds like speculation based on just seeing two cars to me. Here's a more relevant article, from the 15th of April: http://www.comingsoon.net/news/movienews.php?id=76485

The interesting parts are

Quote
Don't expect the "twins" from "Revenge of the Fallen," that's for certain.

followed by

Quote
"There are two small characters. They start off a bit goofy, but they have a huge comeback. One of them is a new character."

So it sounds like either just one of the twins is back, or none. In their place is a different duo (with maybe one of the old twins in reimagined form) that is less silly and has a more important role to play in the plot.
3836  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 03:32:18 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2011, 03:17:14 PM

Until KeePass gets hacked.

Wouldn't make any difference. My passwords are still protected in a secret place by a secret password. They aren't stored on a KeePass server.
3837  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PSN down...forever? SOE hit now too!? on: May 08, 2011, 02:52:42 PM

Quote from: JCC on May 08, 2011, 02:17:05 PM

I am talking about the people whose credit cards were stolen off of PSN.

You say that as if it was fact. There is little reason to believe any actual credit card numbers were stolen in the attack. If they were, they would have been used by now, as their value would have been reduced for every hour that has passed since the attack happened due to people being aware of the breach.

No, you should be much more concerned about your username and password. Hackers gaining access to my info doesn't worry me in the slightest since I have different, random passwords for every site I visit. I highly recommend that you follow this practice too. By using an application like KeePass Password Safe, this becomes much easier than it sounds.
3838  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: May 08, 2011, 08:00:50 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on May 08, 2011, 05:48:47 AM

The Twins are back, because, you know they were so awesome the first time.

I'm going to need a citation for that one, particularly since Michael Bay specifically said that this movie wouldn't have the Twins.
3839  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Star Wars Blu Ray! on: May 04, 2011, 08:49:40 PM
Regardless of the cover, this is a must-buy for me. I can't wait to see both trilogies in HD, even though The Phantom Menace is hard to stomach.
3840  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Good single system multiplayer & co-op games, indie and otherwise? on: May 01, 2011, 07:21:16 PM
The two games that immediately come to mind are Killzone 3 and Resident Evil 5. Both support playing through the entire campaign split-screen.
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