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4041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 08, 2012, 06:09:20 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 08, 2012, 01:26:35 AM

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on March 08, 2012, 12:19:52 AM

Quote from: JCC on March 07, 2012, 09:35:49 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 07, 2012, 06:51:35 PM

Installing doesn't mean you don't need the disc.  You always have to have the disc in for whatever disc you are on at the time.  All installing does is cut down load times (and makes your XBox run quieter if you have an older one that has a noisy drive).

If true, I think that stinks. If they handled the disc swap like ME2 did, where I basically swapped discs once during the entire game, then that's one thing. But if I am going to have to keep swapping every time I veer from main to side quests and vice versa then that's just piss poor.

You'll do it a few times in the beginning, then not for a long time, and then inexplicably once more for the final areas.   It's because Microsoft doesn't trust you...

been reading a lot of complaints about this,seems some people are saying all the N7 missions are on disc 2..some people even going to lengths talking about Multiplayer taking up the disc space that is therefore making them swap discs so often in the single player,or some suggesting the Multiplayer should of been on a third disc...i myself think Multiplayer probably doesn't really take up that much space to make any kind of difference

I'm guessing then that there is more game here than Mass Effect 2,because some cutscenes/missions were on both discs which i found out when i died once in ME2 and didn't have to change discs again to play a certain mission

As a PC user I'm kind of happy to see this happening. Not because I enjoy seeing those playing the game on the 360 suffering from the problem, but because it means that this time the story wasn't designed around the limitations of the 360.
4042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 07, 2012, 09:31:19 PM
Enemies placing down turrets brings a smile to my face, because that's the moment where I turn the tide of the battle by using Sabotage.  icon_twisted
4043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 07, 2012, 03:11:47 PM

Quote from: Maggot on March 07, 2012, 03:03:29 PM

Only played for like two hours but liking it so far, although the melodramatic moments has not worked at all and been rather laughable.

They were a little off for me too. Like they were trying too hard. About an hour in there was a
Spoiler for Hiden:
dream sequence
that I felt was way over the top and felt just wrong for the setting. It didn't really add anything either. It was just going the extra mile to really hammer home a particular scene in the intro mission that Bioware really wants us to feel something from. Good scenes don't need to be hammered in. They work on their own.
4044  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 07, 2012, 02:59:16 PM
Speaking of skills and starting at level 30... I may be mistaken, but I think the skill points spent automatically at the start of the game were the exact same ones I had spent in ME2. The game didn't make any choices for me. On the other hand, late in ME2 I bought skills I never used simply because I had surplus points. With the two additional levels every skill has in this game I would have made different choices. It's a good thing we can respec.
4045  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [VITA] Help me pick other game on: March 07, 2012, 02:41:57 PM
Do you have to buy a second game? Both the ones you listed have received pretty poor reviews.
4046  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 07, 2012, 02:29:56 PM

Quote from: Asharak on March 07, 2012, 02:17:43 PM

My Adept continues to be entirely awesome as well. Even carrying a heavier pistol, I still have sub-three-second cooldowns on Lift, Throw and Warp (the attack animations take nearly that long to run anyway), so I'm hurling people about constantly. Unless something goes wrong (i.e., we pick bad cover locations), I get through most fights without ever firing my gun

Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good sniper rifle at your side, kid. I'm still early in the game, but every unshielded enemy I've met has died from one headshot with my rifle, as an Infiltrator.
4047  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Hot Shots Golf on: March 07, 2012, 05:59:37 AM

Quote from: Teggy on March 06, 2012, 10:30:43 PM

I know how to do it from the older versions - I imagine it is in the digital manual, though.

It's not. That's my biggest problem with the game: It doesn't explain the advanced concepts at all, which means you have to be told about them to even know they are there and how to pull them off. The text that is there is vague at best.
4048  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 06, 2012, 10:02:46 PM
I'll say one good thing about Origin (which is a bad thing from EA's perspective, but who cares what they think anyway). It's easy to circumvent their release day check with a proxy. For some reason the store I ordered the game from sent it out three days early (they usually send two days early), and it took one day to reach me. Instead of waiting two whole days with the game already installed, I set up a proxy to the US, started ME3, and it all worked flawlessly at that point. Now that the game has been unlocked, it doesn't check to see if I'm in the US any more. Steam is much, much better at stopping these kinds of shenanigans.
4049  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 06, 2012, 07:09:51 PM
ME3 imports my saves just fine, but for some bizarre reason it can't recognize my character's facial data, which means I had to reconstruct his looks.

First impression is that it feels a bit clunky initially, but so did the other two games. The graphics are underwhelming so far, and the story begins very linearly. I'm sure it'll pick up the pace soon enough though. smile
4050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 06, 2012, 03:09:45 PM

Quote from: Blackadar on March 06, 2012, 02:59:18 PM

Still, yeah, if that's the case Bioware should be slammed for that decision.

They should be slammed for allowing multiplayer to influence singleplayer in the first place. I hope this is the first and last time anyone ever does that kind of crap.
4051  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 06, 2012, 02:45:43 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 06, 2012, 02:44:01 PM

I'm a bit miffed you didn't mention that its pretty much impossible to get a good ending without having to play multiplayer, to get a multiplier for your War Asset ratings.

Is this speculation or something you've been told by people who have actually played the entire game?
4052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 06, 2012, 10:56:00 AM
I don't know if anyone posted this before in this thread, but this is too good to pass up. Some guy made two videos showing what happened in ME1 and 2 (including the important DLCs), but the great thing is how well edited his videos are. I got chills watching them. Now I'm excited about ME3 again. smile

Mass Effect 1 in 10 minutes
Mass Effect 2 in 10 minutes
4053  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 06, 2012, 09:20:12 AM
Checking Metacritic for reviews (all of which are glowing so far, I'm pleased to say), I stumbled upon this gem. After reading merely the first paragraph I feel like punching the writer in the face. Here's the review blurb:

What is so unique in this game is how the presence of its conclusion feels like the existential dread that infuses the characters that make up its universe. The paradox of the game becomes painfully prescient as it draws inexorably towards its conclusion.

What the fuck is this? The Matrix Reloaded?
4054  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: March 06, 2012, 06:08:49 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 06, 2012, 12:43:44 AM

I think this completely borked up my save file as well, since the game is now expecting me to interact with her, and she isn't there.  As if I needed another reason to quit this game...     icon_lol 

Just restart the chapter.
4055  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Motorstorm RC - It's FREE for the Vita! on: March 05, 2012, 08:23:49 PM
Eh, every Vita PSN purchase seems to be nearly half price here in Norway anyway. Everyone I've heard from is very pleasantly surprised, and the retail chains simply can't compete. To translate roughly to US terms, the most expensive games on PSN for the Vita right now are at about $35. Most are at $25 or less. Motorstorm was at roughly $5.
4056  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Motorstorm RC - It's FREE for the Vita! on: March 05, 2012, 07:16:13 PM
Oh, that Motorstorm RC game? I tired of it two weeks ago. slywink
4057  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: March 05, 2012, 03:11:13 PM

Quote from: Teggy on March 05, 2012, 02:45:35 PM

Has anyone found that some of the exploration paths just end in dead ends - the next hand or foothold breaks off and you have nowhere to go? I wasn't sure if I just wasn't being fast enough or they are there as red herrings.

The only situations in which I've seen this happen are when you're revisiting an old area and are trying to move in the direction you went the last time you were there. In other words, you've already been where you're trying to go when the path collapses in some way.
4058  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/05) on: March 05, 2012, 07:25:28 AM
Mass Effect 3 on the PC and hating myself for it.
4059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 05, 2012, 06:07:02 AM

Quote from: jersoc on March 05, 2012, 03:39:31 AM

couldn't you just use a proxy to unlock it on the 6th? I got skyrim mad early using an australian one.

If it's me you're asking, that's not really what I'm looking for. I was mostly just looking for the release date on the Origin site, and still haven't found a single trace of it. I do have access to a US proxy, but probably won't be going that route.
4060  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita selling great in North America/Europe on: March 04, 2012, 02:20:15 PM
As for myself, every single evening since I bought the Vita has seen me completely absorbed in it for multiple hours. This is the first handheld that feels like a real console in your hands.
4061  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 04, 2012, 02:05:28 PM
Holy hell, the Origin site is beyond bad! I can't for the life of me figure out what launch date it operates with for Norway, a date that varies depending on who you ask. My hate for EA over this whole Origin travesty is extreme at this point. I'm invested in Mass Effect and will purchase the game (on DVD of all things, just so EA will be left with as small a portion of my money as possible) to see how the story ends. After that I'll uninstall Origin and never use it again. I'll also tell my friends about how crappy this whole thing is, hopefully influencing them to avoid the system too.

If EA continues requiring Origin for Bioware titles, then this is the last Bioware title I'll ever buy. Ever. Considering how Bioware has changed these last two years, I don't think it's such a big loss anyway. They're no longer the kings of CRPGs.

All this shit merely because EA discovered they'd have to pay royalties to Steam to sell DLC on that platform. Greedy corporate assholes! The customer always comes first, except in computer gaming apparently.
4062  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: March 03, 2012, 01:54:52 PM

Quote from: DonD on March 03, 2012, 01:23:03 PM

I suppose for each collection you complete you get a trophy?

Yup. There's also a little bit of history related to each item you can collect, as well as some voice from Drake on the most rare items. They are just a way to extend people's enjoyment of the game if they're into collecting stuff and/or getting the platinum trophy. You can get all the collectibles from playing the levels (though you'd have to play the game several times to stand a chance of completing the sets) or by using Near.
4063  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: March 02, 2012, 01:53:58 PM

Quote from: Gratch on March 02, 2012, 12:09:36 PM

but the production values are off the chart.

That's why it's called "Uncharted".

Thank you, thank you! I'll be here all night.
4064  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: March 01, 2012, 03:05:33 PM
Adjust the options to turn off gyro aiming if you're struggling. That's what I did, and I was getting headshots soon after. It's all about those small adjustments using the joysticks and making sure you're not exposed too long while aiming. Remember that if you hide behind cover after aiming, you'll still be aiming at the same spot when you aim the next time.

As for the balancing minigame, you need to hold the Vita in front of you, its screen vertical instead of parallel with the floor. If you tip the Vita carefully to the sides in that position you shouldn't have any problems keeping your balance.
4065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Blizzard Entertainment to Layoff 600 Employees on: March 01, 2012, 01:54:20 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on March 01, 2012, 01:31:34 PM

I'd think "Don't you see the irony that you work in tech support for one of the few big PC games-only companies and yet you don't want to play games on PC anymore?"  confused

Perhaps it's the same kind of thing where someone who works at McDonald's doesn't want to eat there any more? slywink
4066  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: March 01, 2012, 05:50:25 AM
There's a Bioshock game coming, not a Bioshock Infinite game. Unless something has changed that is, but the article in the previous post clearly says that they don't want to do a Bioshock Infinite game or an underwater Bioshock game on the Vita.
4067  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Star Trek 2 on: February 29, 2012, 09:12:13 PM
Add me to the growing list of people who had no problems at all understanding Nero's motivations. The Star Trek movie never confused me for a second. For the record, I never cared much about Star Trek before this reboot and have never seen more than one episode of the show. All I had was a vague understanding who Spock was.

In short: Anyone who claims that Nero is impossible/hard to understand in this movie automatically loses the argument in my eyes, since my own experiences disqualifies him.
4068  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita selling great in North America/Europe on: February 29, 2012, 06:13:31 PM

Quote from: Purge on February 29, 2012, 06:10:48 PM

... and the 3DS had dropped almost 40% in price due to lackluster sales.

I'm not sure that your comparison is making the point you intended. slywink

No it hadn't. He's talking about the launch week for each console, not last week period.

I'm not sure that your mocking is making the point you intended.
4069  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 29, 2012, 01:57:29 PM
The core issue here is that the Vita isn't meant to be a complete entertainment center. Sony learned their lesson with the PSP, a system that was heavily marketed as just about anything except a game console, with the result that few people even knew what the damned thing was. The PSP had no product identity. Sure, the Vita has basic support for browsing, watching videos, viewing pictures and playing music, but it's not particularly good at any of them. This may change in the future, but I strongly suspect this isn't even remotely close to being a priority for Sony. Their focus is games, and rightly so.
4070  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 29, 2012, 01:41:26 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 29, 2012, 01:38:30 PM

Doesn't a good portion of YouTube use html5 now due to the iPhone (which also doesn't use flash but can use YouTube)?

The Vita solves that problem by not supporting HTML5. Tongue
4071  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning announced on: February 29, 2012, 01:06:32 PM
Yes, because more landmass and quests is exactly what we need and want with this game. saywhat

At least Bethesda realized that adding more landmass wouldn't be quite the right thing to do with Skyrim (there's more than most players will ever have a chance to see already), so they're focusing their DLC efforts on different types of content.
4072  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: Transfering save games from PSP to PS3 to Vita? on: February 29, 2012, 11:58:12 AM
Yes, it's easy. I did this myself. Just connect the PSP with your PS3 through an USB cable as usual and transfer over your saves using the PS3's interface. To transfer these over to the Vita you need to connect the PS3 and Vita with a USB-cable and use the Vita's Content Manager. It should be fairly self-explanatory.
4073  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: February 29, 2012, 07:30:04 AM
One thing I believe I forgot to mention in the original post above is that the music in Golden Abyss is probably the best in the series history. The music occasionally sticks out more than we're used to from the Uncharted games, but in a good way.
4074  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: February 28, 2012, 08:43:14 PM
Since we're talking about how the game looks, I believe Uncharted, like several other launch titles for the Vita, runs at a lower resolution than the system supports and is then upscaled. This means the graphics look a bit less detailed than they otherwise would, but since this is a common practice on the bigger consoles as well, it doesn't really bother me that much. Rich graphics design is way more important than the resolution.
4075  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita selling great in North America/Europe on: February 28, 2012, 08:18:02 PM

Quote from: Ridah on February 28, 2012, 08:13:37 PM

I love my Vita, and it's cool that port jobs are being done right, but we need to start seeing some original content soon.

If we're talking about what needs to happen for the Vita to succeed, I strongly disagree. Original content isn't what makes Nintendo's consoles a success. What the Vita needs is more stuff like Uncharted. With Killzone, Little Big Planet, Resistance and similar big-name titles on the way, the Vita's popularity may continue to rise. It's extremely hard for original content to turn into system sellers.

If you're talking about things you'd personally like to see, I agree however.
4076  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: [Vita] Uncharted: Golden Abyss on: February 28, 2012, 08:10:45 PM
I wouldn't know as I never played the demo. The game feels smooth and sharp to me though. The only times it's not smooth is during grenade explosions, and then only occasionally.
4077  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 28, 2012, 08:08:30 PM
I'm sad to have to conclude that everyone in my friends list who plays Super Stardust Delta is a goddamn wimp! Yes, that includes you, Hetz! slywink I'm looking at the quick high score lists and seeing some rather high scores among you guys, thinking that you're all doing rather well and that I need practice despite my Super Stardust HD experience. Then I go to the real high score lists which reveal the difficulty people play on, and see that every single damn one of you is playing on casual. I mean, what's this? Preschool? Tongue

The game may say that some of you technically beat me in pure score, but I refuse to accept this as long as you play on a difficulty level designed for wimps. Now get back to me once you man up!
4078  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita sucks-in Japan on: February 28, 2012, 04:07:55 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 28, 2012, 03:52:34 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 28, 2012, 03:49:28 PM

Quote from: Hetz on February 28, 2012, 01:24:49 PM

Quote from: Teggy on February 28, 2012, 01:45:11 AM

I want my 10 free PS1 games for being an early adopter.


No, we need 10 free PS1 games and 10 free PSP games....that would make it equal to the 3DS bribe err...."ambassador" program. smile

It's not a bribe if you already bought it!

It's a bribe to make sure you didn't return it and get it for cheaper! smile

4079  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Point and Click Adventure Games on: February 28, 2012, 08:17:15 AM
Cross-posted from Octopus Overlords:

Blade Runner is one of my all time favorites too. Sadly, I can't think of any other point and click adventures with the same kind of game design behind it. You'd actually come closer playing Fahrenheit or Heavy Rain than trying to replicate (pun intended) the experience with other point and click adventures.
4080  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: February 28, 2012, 08:14:12 AM
Why are you using the analog sticks for a platformer in the first place? I need the precision of the d-pad for games like these.
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