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3961  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 11, 2011, 09:24:38 AM

Quote from: Ridah on March 11, 2011, 03:37:30 AM

How come I can't access The Hanged Pub or whatever it's called where I'm supposed to talk to the dwarf? The area is grayed out and won't let me go there via the fast travel map. Am I supposed to run there directly?

When you try to go there via the map, it actually tells you what you're doing wrong. You have to go there via another location, which it specifies. Once you've been there once, you can travel there directly from then on.
3962  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: March 10, 2011, 02:52:46 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 10, 2011, 02:26:12 PM

I don't get it.  How is it suddenly tiny if it is playing at the size of the old DS screen?  It's the same size...it just doesn't take up the entire new screens.  I'll play old games in that second mode and not worry about this at all.

Because higher resolution doesn't necessarily mean a larger screen size. If you display the games at their original resolution on the new screen, they'll actually be smaller than on the original DS, by a large margin as well. Judging by the resolution facts above, a DS game will be just a little wider than half the upper screen on the 3DS.
3963  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 09:52:42 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 09, 2011, 09:47:39 PM

Quote from: Jag on March 09, 2011, 08:37:20 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 09, 2011, 07:56:59 PM

Actually, the Witcher did a good job of this too. Feeling good, doing good, and I find out later that I just f***ed over half the town.   

Except in Witcher, you could actually f*** half the town as well.
Bonus!  icon_lol

And you got boobie cards! Gotta collect 'em all!
3964  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 09:16:14 PM
I like decisions with consequences. In an interview with Bioware they mentioned that feedback would come quickly from these things though, which isn't quite as cool as the way The Witcher did it (you could make decisions in the early game and have them come back to punish you with the consequences in the later parts. This made your decisions much harder because you knew you couldn't just reload and change your mind). Is this accurate, or do some decisions actually take their sweet time before rewarding or punishing you?
3965  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Best Novel(s) with a Tabletop RPG or Boardgame Setting on: March 09, 2011, 04:07:33 PM
Yeah, but all of those except D&D started as a novel. When a novel can inspire that kind of licensing, it's bound to be "best", which is unfair competition for stuff like Eisenhorn. slywink
3966  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 03:47:15 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 09, 2011, 03:38:51 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 09, 2011, 03:08:33 PM

Just wanted to go on record as another person who is glad they took away the tediousness of having to equip each and every party member.  I mean, we all know DEF of 5 is better than a DEF of 4, right?  I always just put the best armor on for each character.  Now I don't have to waste time trying to do the obvious.  Leaving just the jewelry is good because in DA, that is really where you can customize a character ( a little in armor, but mostly in jewelry).  To me, it just relieved me of a menial task and I thank them for it so I can get to the real meat, which is story, dialogue, and combat.

I didn't mind equipping the party members when I initially played Origins but when I came back to it last week after a long time off, I found I had zero desire to mess with outfitting any of my party members other than the lead character.  Not sure how I'll feel about the new system when I actually play DA2, but I don't have any objections in principle to what they are doing. 

I don't really object to it either. It worked well enough in Mass Effect 2, for example. The problem is that the system in Dragon Age wasn't designed for this. The armor you find is just like it was in Dragon Age Origins, with tempting stats that would increase the combat efficiency of your party members. The only change is that you are no longer allowed to make them wear it, for no good reason at all. They didn't streamline the process, they added an artificial limitation.
3967  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 02:58:55 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 09, 2011, 02:30:02 PM

TiLT, your assumption is that all "party based systems" means you control everyone at all times.

Party based system : play D&D (party based system) and tell the guy next to you what to wear.

What the heck are you talking about? In my weekly D&D-sessions, everybody controls one character each, and nobody tells the others what to wear. They also don't select each other's characters and command them around. You're continuing your faulty analogy. It would be a better one if this was Neverwinter Nights (the first one) where you actually only controlled one character and any others in your party were either henchmen or other players. But no, this is Dragon Age. The characters in your group are there because you told them to be in the group. They have a very rudimentary AI, but you can (and will) tell them what to do at any time. Hell, you even give them a script to follow when you're not paying attention. If I played D&D this way, I'd never be invited back to the next session.

This game is party based because you control the entire party. If a game's developers say it's party based, but you actually only control one character, they are lying. Show me an example of a game where this happened.
3968  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 01:11:51 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 09, 2011, 12:54:25 PM

Quote from: morlac on March 09, 2011, 12:22:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 08, 2011, 07:58:58 PM

Quote from: morlac on March 08, 2011, 05:02:59 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 08, 2011, 07:42:22 AM

Didn't see this anywhere, and thought it was nice to know - 10 things you should know about DA:2

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/03/04/10-things-you-should-know-about-dragon-age-ii.aspx?PageIndex=5

The first 5 are not doing a good job at making me want the game.

#3: [condensed] You don't get to dress up your party members, just your own character.

You like having to dress everyone up? I can understand why sometimes you'd like to (oo, I found item A for member X that would help out!) but if the game isn't designed to drop stuff not for you, then that shouldn't matter. I sometimes find getting everyone dressed is a tedious task.

I absolutely love it.  Finding new loot to put on your characters is one of the dangling carrots of RPG's.  Stripping that away and claiming it is improving the inventory system is nonsesne.  There is plenty of ways they could have Actually improved the inventory system without taking away dropped items.  That just makes zero sense to me.  It's kind of like saying we improved character classes by stripping away all the options to make them unique...

You and I and CeeKay are an adventuring party. CeeKay is the party leader (yes, we're going to die).

Does he dress you in the morning? Thing is, when it comes right down to it you can (and will) have strained relations with your party members in DA - personally I'd be leaving a party IMMEDIATELY if someone told me what to wear. This may not sit well with you, and I get that. To say it makes zero sense isn't accurate though (IMHO).

It would be nice to influence them, but I'm not interested in playing Dark Ages Dress-up. My 2c.

You don't "tell them what to wear" in the same way you don't tell them what to wield or what rings or belts to wear. It's a party-based RPG, which means you control the entire party. Your logic is faulty because it applies to something this game isn't.
3969  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 09, 2011, 12:31:31 PM

Quote from: morlac on March 09, 2011, 12:22:22 PM

Quote from: Purge on March 08, 2011, 07:58:58 PM

Quote from: morlac on March 08, 2011, 05:02:59 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 08, 2011, 07:42:22 AM

Didn't see this anywhere, and thought it was nice to know - 10 things you should know about DA:2

http://www.gameinformer.com/b/features/archive/2011/03/04/10-things-you-should-know-about-dragon-age-ii.aspx?PageIndex=5

The first 5 are not doing a good job at making me want the game.

#3: [condensed] You don't get to dress up your party members, just your own character.

You like having to dress everyone up? I can understand why sometimes you'd like to (oo, I found item A for member X that would help out!) but if the game isn't designed to drop stuff not for you, then that shouldn't matter. I sometimes find getting everyone dressed is a tedious task.

I absolutely love it.  Finding new loot to put on your characters is one of the dangling carrots of RPG's.  Stripping that away and claiming it is improving the inventory system is nonsesne.  There is plenty of ways they could have Actually improved the inventory system without taking away dropped items.  That just makes zero sense to me.  It's kind of like saying we improved character classes by stripping away all the options to make them unique...

There's also a more subtle drawback to the DA2 way of handling this: Extra armor. If you play a mage, almost all armor you find is going to be absolutely useless now. The bonus armors I got from Bioware are just going to be sold because my character can't use them. Keeping two superb armor sets around is pointless since you'll only ever need one of them. It needlessly devalues a specific kind of loot and leaves me frustrated because while I do have the equipment needed to make my sidekicks more powerful, the game is arbitrarily limiting me from doing so.

This is another design decisions they stole from Mass Effect 2 without thinking it through. It works there because armor only has minor effects in that game and is more for looks than anything else. In Dragon Age on the other hand, armor is extremely important.

By the way, I watched the GameTrailers review this morning. They repeated what other reviewers have said: The environments are very cookie-cutter. You'll enter the same warehouses and dungeons so many times that you soon know exactly where to find the quest goals and where you'll encounter opposition.
3970  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Best Novel(s) with a Tabletop RPG or Boardgame Setting on: March 09, 2011, 06:20:51 AM
Is this a thread about novels based on RPGs/boardgames, or vice-versa? There's a huge difference between the two.

Anyway, if it's the former I give Eisenhorn a solid vote. It's the kind of novel that shows writing a book set in a licensed universe isn't necessarily a bad thing. On Amazon, 43 out of 54 customer reviews rate it 5 stars.
3971  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Impressions Incoming! on: March 08, 2011, 04:19:05 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on March 08, 2011, 03:59:14 PM

Everytime Bioware make a new RPG I can't help but think what they could do with a new over head view one like their old Baldur's gate. I mean I love these new ones. Own and played them all . KOTOR is probably my facorite. But with them and today's tech I think they could go back to their roots and make Baldur's Gate 4 and do it from over head view and blow people's minds.

Have you been sleeping in class? Dragon Age 1 was exactly that game.
3972  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Max Payne 3 Announced on: March 08, 2011, 01:04:58 AM
I seem to recall there being a somewhat public statement that Max Payne 3 was delayed because of quality concerns.
3973  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II on: March 07, 2011, 07:21:49 PM
Looks like anyone who had the Blood Dragon Armor DLC in the first Dragon Age will get it in the sequel as well. It unlocked just a few hours ago. Also, I got Ser Isaac's Armor for all platforms even though I bought Dead Space 2 on PS3 and never redeemed any code. Strange.
3974  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II on: March 07, 2011, 03:42:44 PM
I wouldn't be surprised if the texture pack is in the 3-5 GB range and the extra character around 1.5 GB. It seems to be in line with recent DLC from Bioware, at least.
3975  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: March 07, 2011, 03:39:25 PM

Quote from: Roman on March 07, 2011, 03:06:01 PM

I am not following. I am far from an Oscar hound - I like movies for what they are. I was entertained by Transformers 2 - plain and simple.
It answered some questions and made sense to me.

Colour me different I guess.

Roman

The story and the effects were decent enough (in my opinion. I've heard a lot of criticism of the whole resurrection thing, but I don't see that as problematic). It's the juvenile humor and borderline racism that rubs people the wrong way. Supposedly Transformers 3 will have neither.
3976  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: First Mass Effect 2 teaser video on: March 07, 2011, 03:36:57 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 07, 2011, 03:31:50 PM


You know, sometimes just posting the link simply isn't enough. You could have included some important keywords like, you know, "delayed" or "canceled". I mean, this isn't Twitter. slywink
3977  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/06) on: March 07, 2011, 10:19:24 AM
Already pre-ordered and pre-loaded Dragon Age 2 on Steam. I hope I won't regret it.
3978  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [3DS] Zelda: Ocarina of Time on: March 06, 2011, 10:46:56 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 06, 2011, 10:12:29 PM

Quote from: Scraper on January 20, 2011, 04:55:40 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 20, 2011, 03:13:36 PM

here's a preview from Joystiq.  they're just slapping a new coat of paint on it instead of doing a thorough re-make.  still, I haven't played Ocarina yet so I can live with that.

Dude, please hand in your gamer card and walk away in shame. That's blasphemy.

I've never played it either, mainly because I'm not a fan of the series at all.  The next Zelda game I enjoy for more than a couple hours will be my first.

Thank god! I thought I was alone in this. I love the basic concept of Zelda, but I can't stand the execution. I'm cautiously hoping this will be good, though I disliked Twilight Princess the more I play it. I kept thinking "Goddamn you, game! Just decide already, are you an epic drama or a fucking comedy for kids?" or something along those lines.
3979  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: March 05, 2011, 06:18:31 PM
Martin says that he expects the third book to be split into two seasons because it's so big.
3980  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts April 17th! on: March 04, 2011, 05:35:56 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 04, 2011, 03:19:20 PM

Yeah, Littlefinger does look perfect.  I was also happy to see them hint at how they're going to connect the main continent storyline to Dany's.  I wasn't sure how tv audiences would accept a plotline that was so far away from really converging with the main one, but if they tie them together as in the trailer it looks like it'll work just fine.

Actually, I think all the dialogue you're referring to in the trailer is in the books as well.
3981  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 04, 2011, 05:34:13 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 04, 2011, 05:17:12 PM



That would have been more fun if the quote was correct. Tongue
3982  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Move game bought in impulse into steam? on: March 04, 2011, 05:28:56 PM
Steam only updates its own games, but you can add more or less any game you want there, including Impulse games. You'll actually even get the Steam overlay in the games you add that way.
3983  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: March 04, 2011, 02:27:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 04, 2011, 01:18:23 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 04, 2011, 06:31:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 04, 2011, 05:46:51 AM

Well you can die partway through the game and I suppose they count that as finishing.

Uh, no. You can't.

To clarify, characters may die, but the game always gets to the end in roughly the same time. You may lose a couple of scenes, but the difference is negligible.

Oh, I thought there was a way for Ethan to die partway through. I was going for the good ending so I didn't let anything like that happen to him smile

Spoiler about when Ethan can first die in the game:
Spoiler for Hiden:
Ethan actually can't die until the final scene. Up until then, the only risk in his scenes is whether or not he gathers enough clues to even reach that scene. Even though it looks like he's in mortal danger, he'll just end up running away or otherwise escaping if you fail a scene before that.
3984  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: March 04, 2011, 11:46:38 AM
I think there are supposed to be only two more books after this one.
3985  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: March 04, 2011, 06:39:39 AM
If they use those two titles (which I approve of), I'd hope they use them in the opposite order from what you listed, CeeKay.

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey followed by The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The titles make more sense that way.
3986  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: March 04, 2011, 06:37:08 AM
Yeah, that and the Mereeneese Knot he ended up struggling with for a large part of the time. I'm hopeful that with it being resolved, the remaining books will be easier and faster for him to write.
3987  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: March 04, 2011, 06:31:28 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 04, 2011, 05:46:51 AM

Well you can die partway through the game and I suppose they count that as finishing.

Uh, no. You can't.

To clarify, characters may die, but the game always gets to the end in roughly the same time. You may lose a couple of scenes, but the difference is negligible.
3988  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 2 on: March 03, 2011, 06:25:00 PM
AFAIK, The Black Emporium is free for all who purchase the game new.
3989  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: March 03, 2011, 03:12:23 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 03, 2011, 03:01:39 PM

Yeah, but for several years now he's been hinting about a release 6 months away every couple months.

Quite possibly, except this time he stated it as "I was two weeks from finishing the book last month, but got sick. Otherwise I would have announced it was done already." - Not with those exact words, but the point was the same. The timing he presented with this message made people assume we'd see the book by early summer or late spring. Turns out they were correct.
3990  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Could it be? A Dance with Dragons is completed? on: March 03, 2011, 02:46:57 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 03, 2011, 02:23:23 PM


Woot! Not a big surprise though, as Martin has been hinting about a summer release since late last year. smile
3991  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 03, 2011, 02:42:54 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 03, 2011, 02:18:48 PM

Eh, I'm sympathetic for the guy who said aerodynamic. The reality a certain type of vocal minority is all out over any mention of the word streamlining.

It's not the word. It's the concept. That he packages it differently doesn't make it any easier to swallow, and even gives the impression he takes us for fools.
3992  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 03, 2011, 07:39:04 AM

Quote from: Razgon on March 03, 2011, 06:46:09 AM

Scanning will henceforth be a minigame you play on facebook which ties into ME3 with all sorts of wonderfull things you can do.

No, no! Scanning will be more "aerodynamic", so you no longer have to actually do anything while scanning. Entering a planet's atmosphere means waiting for 5 minutes while the game slooooowly scans the planet for you.
3993  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II on: March 03, 2011, 06:39:30 AM

Quote from: theohall on March 03, 2011, 04:36:03 AM

To me, Dragon Age 2 should actually be a sequel, not an alternate storyline in the same time frame.

It is a sequel, actually. Only the first part of the game takes place at the same time as the Blight, AFAIK.
3994  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Game of Thrones TV series starts April 17th! on: March 02, 2011, 09:06:57 AM
I don't think it's a German Shepherd. It's a special dog bred to look wolf-like without actually being part wolf. There are strict regulations about working with wolves, so they have limited options. I suspect the direwolves will become CGI in later seasons, but for this one they're still very young.
3995  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: March 02, 2011, 09:00:03 AM
I heard about the feces stuff in an interview, where the guy being interviewed was talking enthusiastically about it. It's one of those random, incredibly juvenile things that suddenly become funny when you encounter them in the game, I suspect. To a large part because when you pick up the turd, Duke says: "Why the hell am I doing this?".
3996  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 3 on: March 01, 2011, 06:15:36 PM

Quote from: pr0ner on March 01, 2011, 06:02:01 PM

Anyone having any issues with the game not triggering a checkpoint/cutscene like it should?

Only once during co-op play when both players were blocking an important NPC from reaching a trigger point. Moving out of the way solved that.
3997  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 3 on: March 01, 2011, 05:42:47 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 01, 2011, 05:20:02 PM

Maybe it's just me, but I can't stand Rico.  

I thought he was one of the worst written video game characters ever in Killzone 2, but in Killzone 3 he's almost believable and never really rubbed me the wrong way. Maybe it's just because he gets so much flak for his actions in the previous game this time around.
3998  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Transformers: Dark of the Moon! 7-1-2011! on: March 01, 2011, 08:26:27 AM

Quote from: PeteRock on March 01, 2011, 01:33:12 AM

Never read the comics, only grew up with the G1 animated series.  Regardless, I have the utmost faith in Michael Bay's ability to dumb down a movie to groundbreaking levels.  Despite believing Revenge of the Fallen to be the pinnacle of idiocy, I am sure he will once again outdo himself in a way only he can.  What's worse is I will probably watch it.   icon_redface 

I'm a bit more optimistic than that, particularly since Michael Bay actually has publicly said that he's going to cut down on the silliness and make a darker, more serious movie.
3999  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Half Life 2: Episode 3.... Announcement imminent? on: February 28, 2011, 08:24:06 PM
Yeah, this isn't news. It's widely known that even Portal 1 ties into HL2:Episode 3, so that Portal 2 ties in as well isn't really surprising.
4000  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Charlie Sheen rushed to Hospital on: February 28, 2011, 07:48:07 PM
Man, I haven't seen him on the screen for a long time, so seeing him again now is kind of shocking. I dare say it's almost easy to see that he's a long-time drug user. His skin is gray and stretched, and he seems all jittery and tense.
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