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4041  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 21, 2012, 02:31:37 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on March 21, 2012, 02:28:06 PM

yeah i have the guide and even with every side mission,and planets where there is random crap on there for your galactic readiness is not enough for the 4000 you need for the best ending

There's another ending tier unlocked at 5000 supposedly, which is the one I referred to with my math above. That means there are two whole tiers of endings locked away even from people who grind every bit of single player content.
4042  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 21, 2012, 02:10:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 21, 2012, 02:05:58 PM

Guys, you don't have to play the multiplayer.  Everything I have read about this says there are more than plenty of points to accrue doing side missions and scanning and such to counteract the 50% readiness you would have by not doing multiplayer.  Most people that play RPGs are super anal about doing every piece of side content and so should be easy to accomplish.  So, quit getting angry and go play all the single player content.  You'll get the best ending.

That's what Bioware said, but it's wrong. I did every single mission available to me and got alliances with every single race in the game, yet my final score was 3500. That's 1500 below what is needed for the best ending. The "progress bar" in the game implies that the maximum is 3000, but it lies.
4043  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 21, 2012, 11:53:57 AM
This is the second game in a row that Bioware has managed to mess up mostly because of economic decisions. The core game is still great, but it is diminished compared to the previous ones. Where are the more complex decisions we could make before? Why is every one of them now reduced to a choice between Paragon and Renegade and nothing else? Why is everything so formulaic? Why do I have to either play multiplayer or buy into Bioware's additional platforms (iOS, for example) just to get access to the best endings, and grind dull, meaningless content as punishment for not playing MP? Why do I have to have an EA account to play unless I want to avoid DLC altogether? Why must one of the most dramatically surprising NPCs in the series be kept away from me unless I buy day 1 DLC? Why do I need to read the novels and graphic novels, play ME2's DLC and follow the marketing to know who some of these NPCs are and what all these situations I come upon are all about?

I swear, if Bioware hadn't stuck closely to the core formula that worked with ME2 (unlike what they did with the transition from Dragon Age: Origins to Dragon Age 2), I'm sure the core gameplay would have sucked too. I enjoyed the majority of the game, but it felt like it was all too carefully laid out according to the wishes of a committee, and the amount of truly interesting choices in the entire game could be counted on one hand with fingers left over. For most of the game the choices were either "show empathy by clicking the dialogue option in the upper right corner" or "be an asshole by clicking the dialogue option in the lower right corner". Other choices would just add more dialogue before you were returned to the same choice. There wasn't even any need to read the text as I knew what the choices were about before they even showed up. I might as well have enabled the option that had the game pick dialogue for me for all the impact my own decisions had.

Speaking of choices, I also got the distinct impression that as long as I was reasonably consistent in my choices I would never get punished. There was always something that would balance your choices out. Did you decide to protect a civilian fleet instead of focusing on a military operation? Okay, the civilian fleet will be stronger and the military fleet will be weaker. Did you decide to focus on the military operation instead? Okay, the military fleet is stronger and the civilian fleet is weaker. The overall numbers are exactly the same. Did you protect the Destiny's Ascension in the first game? Okay, it'll be there to help you out but humanity's fleet is reduced. Did you let Destiny's Ascension burn? It won't be there to help you, but humanity's fleets are stronger. Same numbers.

Where's the impact? Am I playing the game, or is the game playing me?
4044  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: March 21, 2012, 06:33:32 AM

Quote from: Gratch on March 21, 2012, 12:27:44 AM

Do they have a level 7 for me?

I'm not sure how I should feel about not only listening to, but also composing music in the genre at the very bottom of the list. slywink

If you guys enjoy the Fallout music, you all belong at the bottom along with me. So there!
4045  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 20, 2012, 02:41:27 PM

Quote from: Roguetad on March 20, 2012, 02:33:43 PM

Quote from: Turtle on March 20, 2012, 02:22:01 PM

Oh man. You're in for real disappointment.

Thankfully, you'll be playing one of the best games of the generation until that point.
Wow...the ending is worse than anything I speculated?  No wonder people are upset.  I'll just have to experience it firsthand and then report to the spoilers thread.  I think I'm just past the halfway point, so I will continue to enjoy the experience, and then go into the ending expecting a WTF moment.   

Have you read any classic sci-fi, like say, anything by Arthur C. Clarke? If you're familiar with the kind of stuff that happens in those stories you might not have any issues with the ME3 ending, but if you're a a sci-fi virgin (Star Wars doesn't count) the end may feel a bit... random.

I liked it, but I can see why others wouldn't.
4046  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: New iPad tops 3 million sold in first 3 days on: March 20, 2012, 10:19:23 AM

Quote from: Hetz on March 19, 2012, 09:46:14 PM

Highest sales numbers for the iPad ever at launch.

Sony and Nintendo have got to be pissed/scared. The iPad is a sales monster.

Nintendo might be worried since their focus is on the casual/family market, but I seriously doubt Sony has any concerns about the iPad. Their markets barely overlap at all.
4047  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age 3 on: March 20, 2012, 10:15:01 AM
I hope they keep all my favorite Bioware features in this game:

- Day 1 DLC that feels central to the game, is included on the disc, and costs $10.
- Tons of moral choices, but they're all strictly black and white. Shades of gray are for losers.
- Half a million preorder packages offering you extra powerful equipment for buying from specific retailers.
- Origin exclusivity.
- High cost for the base game.
- DLC that resolves important plot points.
- Mobile apps, Facebook apps, Facebook Likes, Twitter subscriptions, email lists, all of which can have a dramatic impact on your single player game.
- Show the single player fans who's the boss by denying them the best endings if they don't play multiplayer with all the cool guys.
- So much merchandise that even manic collectors will feel overwhelmed.
- A message at the end of the game reminding you to purchase DLC.
- Required EA login. Extra bonus: If you lose your internet connection your DLC is disabled, because you're a filthy thief who doesn't deserve to be happy!
- Much loved NPCs from earlier games in the series who suddenly change personality 100% and turn into the least liked NPC in the series. Oh, hello Anders! Didn't see you standing there, all sullen-like.
- Characters and storylines that make absolutely no sense unless you've read all the books and comics and played all the DLC for the previous game, as well as watched all the marketing campaigns.

Hmm, suddenly this sounds much worse now that I've written it down. Maybe I'll have to reconsider...
4048  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 19, 2012, 03:02:36 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 19, 2012, 02:55:47 PM

I'm thinking we're going to see how the xenos are "created".

Yeah, the trailer definitely implies this.
4049  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 19, 2012, 02:51:42 PM
There must be a xenomorph, or at least a facehugger, in this movie. We already know from Alien that the space jockey was infected and had a chestburster force its way out of it. 
4050  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (03/19) on: March 19, 2012, 07:32:32 AM
Nothing, and thank god for that. There's been way too much gaming this last month. I need a break.

Interestingly, this is also the first time in ages that I'm not excited about a Resident Evil game. RE:Operation Raccoon City just doesn't have the right feel from the videos I've seen, and multiplayer holds no interest to me.
4051  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 18, 2012, 07:05:59 PM
I'm going to go out on a limb and guess what's going on in this movie right here, right now:

Spoiler for Hiden:
An alien race (the space jockeys) is trying to exterminate all races it considers a potential threat to itself. A signal is sent across the universe to attract those races advanced enough to seek it out. Once they arrive, the aliens do something to obtain the location of their home planet (probably some kind of brain extraction) and then sends a warship laden with bioweapons in the form of xenomorphs to wipe out the entire planet. The crew on the ship sent to seek out the alien signal discovers the plan and desperately tries to stop the ship before it can reach Earth. In the end they deliberately free one of the xenomorphs, which kills the space jockey and crashes the ship on an unknown, barren planet. The survivors then head home and tell their story, which leads directly into Alien, where Weyland-Yutani is trying to rediscover the location of the planet where the ship crashed to obtain the xenomorph for themselves.

Any better theories? smile
4052  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 - Impressions Incoming! on: March 18, 2012, 05:04:48 PM
I finished the game yesterday, having completed every single mission and task that was ever assigned to me during the game. In other words, when I started the final mission that was the only active entry in my mission journal, and I had no failed missions. Playing as a paragon who did things pretty damn well, I had an effective strength of exactly 3500 in the end. I won't touch the MP even if I get paid for it. To know that even with all the time I spent maximizing my military strength (total playtime was about 45 hours) I still had two possible ending permutations completely out of my reach infuriates me. It also further shows that my decision to boycott Bioware from now on is the right one. Under EA they have become way, way too focused on the money, doing everything in their might to squeeze just a few more dollars out of us and making sure we're continually told in the SP game that we haven't bought into their agenda enough yet (through the readiness stat).

On the other hand, I actually sort of like the ending. I can see why others might not, but for me it worked. This may be because I've read quite a bit of classic sci-fi, and stuff like what happened in the end of ME3 is very typical of that genre. It was surprising, but it also made sense, was alluded to in all three games (even though that was probably accidental for the first two), and tied everything together without revealing too much about the fate of the galaxy (trying not to go into spoiler territory here).

What probably caught people off guard is that Mass Effect's story (all three games) is honestly quite weak and clichéd, whereas the ending suddenly turns everything on its head and goes into the realm of philosophy. What works so well with this series is the character development and the characters themselves. Remove them and you're left with a story that is paper-thin. Games like Freespace have a very similar story that is told much, much better (again, apart from the characters).

I can honestly say that if the ending to the game was what everyone probably expected, in other words:
Spoiler for Hiden:
the Reapers being destroyed by the MacGuffin and Shepard probably dying,
most of us would have been left bitterly disappointed (or at least I hope so). An ending you can see coming even before a game begins is not a good ending.
4053  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 16, 2012, 11:40:01 PM

Quote from: hepcat on March 16, 2012, 11:34:52 PM

They were space marines, not the joy luck club.

I don't care who they were. If they annoy and repulse me as a viewer while the director wants me to root for them as heroes, something has gone wrong at some point in the process. There are great movie characters that are likeable, and there are great movie characters that are unlikeable. Aliens has great characters that are likeable and a much larger amount of shitty characters that are unlikeable. They just suck all the fun and energy out of the movie for me.

I honestly don't see what the big appeal is with Aliens due to my issues with the characters and certain other aspects of it. When I rewatched the movie I was actually looking forward to giving it a new chance with a reasonably fresh perspective, but it took less than 30 minutes for me to hate almost every single character's guts again, and not in a good way.
4054  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 16, 2012, 11:20:20 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 16, 2012, 11:13:51 PM

Unlikeable characters????  * head explode *

The only likeable ones were the people still left alive during the queen fight. The rest were complete douchebags.
4055  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Prometheus (previously Alien the Prequel) on: March 16, 2012, 10:57:07 PM
I rewatched the three first movies a month or two ago (I've seen all of them at least 3 times each by now, though I lost count ages ago). It reinforced my opinion that Alien is the best of the three, followed by a distant Alien 3 and an even more distant Aliens. I just never could stand Aliens. It's filled with almost nothing but unlikeable characters (the best part about them is watching them die just so I don't have to listen to their shit any more), incredibly weak sound effects and aliens that suddenly aren't anywhere near as frightening as the one in the first movie. The section with the queen is good (and the first 15 minutes or so of the movie), but I had to suffer my way through the rest of the movie to get there.

Yeah I know. You don't agree. Deal with it. This is my opinion, and I'm sticking with it.

VERY much looking forward to Prometheus.
4056  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: March 16, 2012, 06:26:09 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 16, 2012, 02:41:43 AM

Ow, careful with the spin there! Someone might get hurt. slywink

It's not HBO's best selling DVD. What HBO says is that the Game of Thrones DVD has the best sales numbers in its first week of any HBO show ever. I suspect it's got a long way to go before it can claim to have sold more copies in total than the other shows.
4057  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: inXile Wasteland Kickstarter coming! on: March 15, 2012, 02:07:52 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 15, 2012, 01:52:46 PM

Well., 980K by now so yeah, apparently they had the name and backing they needed. This is after one friggin day! Awesome!

It's actually been two days, but who's counting. slywink
4058  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Double Fine Job Application: The Game on: March 15, 2012, 01:50:19 PM
Brilliant! It actually had me chuckling. smile
4059  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: I shall partake in the Mass Effect Experience (TM) - who is with me? on: March 14, 2012, 06:28:21 AM

Quote from: ATB on March 14, 2012, 01:53:31 AM

I did not run into a single bug in ME2 that I recall.

I have a hard time believing that you didn't have your character stuck in the terrain (followed by hovering) at least once, forcing you to reload. Everyone experienced that, most of us multiple times.
4060  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: inXile Wasteland Kickstarter coming! on: March 13, 2012, 03:13:40 PM
I pledged $30 for now. Might up it later. I'd have paid more just for a new soundtrack by Mark Morgan, which makes the whole thing worth it on its own. smile
4061  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [TV] Game of Thrones on: March 13, 2012, 08:00:44 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 13, 2012, 06:48:23 AM

19 days to go!  time to start re-watching season 1 on HBO Go.

Even better: Buy the DVD/Blu-ray and show HBO just how much we all love this show! smile
4062  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hardcore Tactical Shooter Kickstarter on: March 10, 2012, 04:24:58 PM
I can't see this working out too well. This kind of game isn't well suited to community funding since the amount of money needed to make it sufficiently good is a lot higher than what Kickstarter has done so far, and we're already flooded with FPS-games. I can't imagine how they're planning to make this with so little money.
4063  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: XCOM: Enemy Unknown on: March 09, 2012, 10:40:19 PM
I'm definitely not liking the new focus on a tiny group of elite soldiers in each mission, each with their own special ability. It's just about the polar opposite of what I'm expecting from an X-Com game, and it could end up breaking it for me.
4064  Gaming / Portable Gaming & Apps / Re: PS Vita, Impressions! on: March 08, 2012, 09:46:59 PM
Yes, but not through the initial setup wizard, which is bugged. Set up a temporary account like it tells you to, download the update, then sync with your regular PSN account manually afterwards.
4065  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 3 on: March 08, 2012, 02:44:48 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on March 08, 2012, 02:40:23 PM

The unintended chat triggers were in the game dialogue sections. 

Choice 1: "I will save them all"
Choice 2: "I will destroy all humans"

wife: "destroy all humans?  that's a weird--"


Suicide Booth: "Please select mode of death. Quick and painless or slow and horrible."
Fry: "Yeah, I'd like to place a collect call?"
Suicide Booth: "You have selected slow and horrible."
Bender: "Great choice!"
4066  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sim City V!!!! on: March 08, 2012, 02:39:16 PM
To me it's more about EA's attitude than about the quality of Origin. I refuse to support companies that treat me like shit, which means both EA and Ubisoft currently get the middle finger from me. I'm continually amazed at how many people proclaim that you should "vote with your dollars", yet almost nobody has the backbone to actually follow through. I do, and I will.
4067  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Sim City V!!!! on: March 08, 2012, 06:13:12 AM
Bah, if this is going to be an Origin exclusive I'm out. Too bad. It could have been a good game.
4068  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.
4069  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
4070  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.
4071  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.
4072  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.
4073  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.
4074  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.
4075  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.
4076  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
4077  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.
4078  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?
4079  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
4080  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?
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