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4161  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: My Great Steam Experiment! on: January 14, 2011, 11:08:19 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 14, 2011, 10:37:03 PM

Quote from: Appollo on January 14, 2011, 10:14:08 PM

Just picked up the 2 Riddick games for 5 bucks on sale which is cool as I havn't ever played it and always wanted to  thumbsup
it's worth it for butcher bay alone.

I just couldn't finish that game. I ended up encountering too many sections where it looks like you're supposed to sneak past and you're heavily punished for not doing so, yet the enemy is placed in such a way that getting past undetected is next to impossible.
4162  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: January 14, 2011, 11:06:29 PM

Quote from: whiteboyskim on January 14, 2011, 09:17:53 PM

I'm only at chapter 2 bu I'm really enjoying it. The game is gorgeous, I love the creature design, it's fun to play and you can seriously bring the hurt. It also nails the tone and feel of a Castlevania game despite not being in a castle at this point. Really cool. And I don't mind that it rips off so many other games (Shadow of the Colossus being the most egregious example up to this point) because there's so much energy to it that I'm willing to run with it and have fun. Hopefully the rest is just as good or better.

The great thing is that where other games lose their luster after the first few levels, Lords of Shadow remains fun and interesting until the very end. It's always got some new, awesome sight, a new enemy type, a new boss or a new gameplay mechanic to keep things varied. The game also paces itself well, with stretches of continuous combat punctuated by a puzzle or two, followed by a bit of exploring and a cutscene. Combine all of this with a well-told story that'll keep you guessing until the final cutscene, and you've got a winner.
4163  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: January 14, 2011, 10:59:36 PM
There are several factors that need to be taken into consideration:

- PS3-games are huge! They can easily reach a size of 50 GB or so, if I'm not mistaken. That's not easy or convenient to pirate.
- Sony supposedly has a system built into the PS3 that sends reports about your recently launched applications and some other simple information via PSN, even if you're not signed in or have a PSN account! This means that as long as you have the PS3 connected to a network, it will report to Sony that you've used the hack. The only way around this that I know of is to not be connected to the internet with the hacked PS3 at all.
- Sony can supposedly remotely shut down and disable any PS3 that is connected to the internet. They've never done so to this point, probably to avoid bad press and innocent console owners getting tossed out with the garbage, but they could change their mind if the hack gets too popular. Combine this point with the former, and you've got a disaster brewing for anyone using the hacks with an internet-connected PS3.
4164  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: January 13, 2011, 07:44:58 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on January 13, 2011, 05:40:10 PM

Saw the trailer for this at Kotaku last night. It's looking really good! I might pick it up even though I've not played the original.

Play the original! It's dirt cheap by now and still very, very good.
4165  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: January 12, 2011, 05:35:51 PM
I would expect Frodo to be reading There and Back Again, essentially serving as a narrator for the movie.
4166  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [Movie] the Next Bond Movie has been Cancelled on: January 12, 2011, 07:27:48 AM
I think this new movie was always intended to be the final part of a trilogy dealing with the Quantum organization, so it has to be a direct sequel unless they want to drop that plot completely.
4167  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 5 Reasons to Own a Playstation 3 in 2011 on: January 11, 2011, 10:25:29 AM
Sony has posted a list of 20 exclusive games coming for the PS3 this year, with descriptions and screenshots of every one of them.
4168  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Best Fighting game on a PC on: January 11, 2011, 07:45:00 AM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 11, 2011, 12:55:11 AM

One Must Fall: 2097

Best. Fighting game. Ever!
4169  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 05:25:26 PM

Quote from: Blackhawk on January 10, 2011, 05:04:52 PM

The Elder Scrolls series is known for games built around the modding community.  Morrowind, Oblivion, even Fallout 3 and NV thrived on it.  Is it possible they'll abandon that?  Sure, anything's possible, but it would kill the thing that makes their games so unique, the thing that makes them stand out from all the others out there.  It could happen, and if it does I'll shed a tear, pour out a Cyrodilic brandy on the curb, and move on to something else.

AFAIK, Daggerfall and Area weren't all that modable. Morrowind and Oblivion (and the two Fallout-games) shared the same engine which had good mod support already from Morrowind's release. Since Skyrim is using a brand new engine, there's no guarantee that it will be easy to mod.

However, I would be very surprised if Bethesda doesn't release powerful mod tools. Modding wasn't the Elder Scrolls-series original strength, but it has become so over time and is the main reason why people still buy and play Morrowind and Oblivion.
4170  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 05:15:15 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on January 10, 2011, 05:04:46 PM

Quote from: TiLT on January 10, 2011, 04:38:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 10, 2011, 04:25:04 PM

This list tells me that sony has made a lot of new game announcements (or has pushed back a lot of holiday games) while microsoft hasn't made too many announcements yet.

Wouldn't matter much if that was true. Companies don't generally announce games and release them in the same year. If Microsoft has something big up its sleeves that hasn't been announced, chances are we won't see it in stores until 2012.


That's not really true.  Nintendo's the one from this year that sticks out in my mind, but they had a ton of exciting new announcements. Metroid Other M, Kirby's Epic Yarn, Epic Mickey, Goldeneye, Donkey Kong Country Returns.  All out this year.  Only the new Zelda game was announced as 2011.

Sure, I'll concede on that, but you can't really use Nintendo as an example for anything. They operate by their own rules.
4171  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 04:38:08 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 10, 2011, 04:25:04 PM

This list tells me that sony has made a lot of new game announcements (or has pushed back a lot of holiday games) while microsoft hasn't made too many announcements yet.

Wouldn't matter much if that was true. Companies don't generally announce games and release them in the same year. If Microsoft has something big up its sleeves that hasn't been announced, chances are we won't see it in stores until 2012.

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Also, since it's been six years since the 360 came out, I bet this year we'll see an announcement for a new generation of consoles for 2012.

No chance in hell! Tongue Microsoft just launched Kinect, and Sony launched Move. These are very obvious attempts to extend the current generation's life cycle. I do believe we're going to see the first announcements in 2012 or perhaps as late as 2013 though, but I don't think there's even the slightest chance that we'll see anything this year as both companies want to keep their new brands going strong (particularly during the next holiday season).
4172  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 02:07:28 PM

Quote from: Morgul on January 10, 2011, 02:01:43 PM

What a shitty list of games.  Nothing of interest coming out this year at all...

Gaming is dying imo..

Please tell me you're joking.
4173  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 11:26:32 AM

Quote from: jersoc on January 10, 2011, 11:23:01 AM

diablo 3 this year  icon_lol

That's actually very likely to happen, since Blizzard doesn't have anything else of major importance lined up this year that I know of.
4174  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / 2011 Release Chart on: January 10, 2011, 11:18:47 AM
I sure hope this hasn't been posted before. Couldn't find anything, so here goes...

I stumbled upon this handy chart yesterday, though I have no idea where it's from (which also means I can't vouch for its accuracy). It lists the big releases of 2011 divided into consoles and PC, letting us see at a glance what is exclusive or limited to which systems.

(click the chart for the big version)


We can more or less just ditch the Wii from this discussion already. Man, what a poor year it's going to have. Ignoring that however, it also seems the 360 is going to have a pretty damn lousy year compared to the PS3 and the PC. Only 3 exclusive titles compared to the PS3s 20 isn't very assuring, and there are even a few multiplatform games that will appear on the latter but not the former. The opposite is only true for one game: XCOM. The 360 probably has a few promising XBLA-titles up its sleeve though, but they fall outside the scope of the chart.

The chart should also put to rest any speculation that the PC is dying as a gaming platform. smile
4175  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 07:07:17 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 10, 2011, 05:42:21 AM

another thing I saw that may have been mis-read:  they say you get one perk per level, but then they also say there are 50 levels.  so either they have to come up with an insane number of perks or everyone is going to be the same at 50?

Considering there are no classes any more and skills advance as they're being used, I suspect there will be only minor differences between characters in different playthroughs anyway.
4176  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 10, 2011, 05:32:21 AM
Will they? I haven't heard anything about modding yet, and this is a new engine.
4177  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Nintendo 3DS or Nintendo's 3D House of DS on: January 08, 2011, 09:29:39 PM
Do we know if it will be possible to buy and download the games online?
4178  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: China flexing it's military muscle on: January 08, 2011, 05:37:52 PM

Quote from: morlac on January 08, 2011, 05:34:19 PM

Well then we will be forced to crank it to 11 and go with this:


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philadelphia_Experiment

Ah, one of the major inspirations for Lost. Love it! smile
4179  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: China flexing it's military muscle on: January 08, 2011, 05:33:14 PM
And here we have yet another thread in which people, for no reason whatsoever, attack and ridicule Zekester even though he's this forum's master of cohesive and well thought out arguments. When shall we all learn that when Zekester speaks, we listen? How can there be a flaw in his arguments? Even he sees this as he never stoops to your level by attempting to answer your pitiful concerns about his arguments. You should know better! Yet you all take it one step further by attacking Zekester's impeccable reputation and his flawless sources. How dare you? HOW DARE YOU?
4180  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim on: January 08, 2011, 11:49:11 AM
It sounds absolutely horrible, and like a textbook example of why you shouldn't implement level scaling. If quests are always custom-tailored to my abilities, why should I bother leveling up at all?

Edit: I'm curious. The article says that level scaling is coming back. Did anyone actually like the level scaling in Oblivion? Anyone? I don't understand why they implement a feature that leads to so much bad press?

Double edit: "Scaling is similar to what we had in Fallout 3" is the latest from Bethesda about this. I thought the scaling in Fallout 3 was just about as bad as the one in Oblivion. Moving through the wilderness in the starting area was a completely different experience at high levels than at low levels, which makes no sense whatsoever and just leads to frustrations as leveling feels pointless. Can't they take a cue from Fallout: New Vegas, which did things so well that people can't even tell if level scaling was involved?
4181  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: Forum slow today? on: January 06, 2011, 06:53:03 PM
Yeah, it's been a bit slow for me as well.
4182  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Kotick Opens His Mouth About....: an Ongoing Series on: January 06, 2011, 04:49:05 PM
Whine whine we now have to pay taxes like everyone else whine whine
4183  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: You Don't Know Jack on: January 05, 2011, 05:54:48 PM
I've tried the YDKJ flash games that have popped up (like the one just above), and my impression is that this is way too USA-specific. I'm about as fluent in English as Norwegians get, but several things in these have passed straight over my head, such as questions that assume that you're part of a US culture. An example is questions about imperial units, but there are other questions obviously made to place the player in a comfortable setting before the main question that ends up just confusing players outside of the US and making them focus on the setting more than the question. An example of this was the question in the latest flash game about the mascots.

The presentation is cool. I just wish they'd make it more... international.
4184  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: January 05, 2011, 11:31:35 AM
You're forgetting one important point here: Sony has never advertised or marketed that feature in any way. It has just been there.
4185  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PS3 has been hacked/jailbreaked on: January 05, 2011, 07:29:05 AM

Quote from: Destructor on January 05, 2011, 06:05:01 AM

Quote from: Turtle on January 04, 2011, 09:00:16 PM

To be honest, it's a bit silly to think that people weren't working to crack the PS3 even while it had linux. If you think about it, they could use any piece of hardware these days as a box to do all sorts of stuff. Home theater PCs, even building their own small form factor device. No, hacking consoles is more a hobby, linux support or no and people were doing it anyway. The main reason why linux was removed was because they were hacking the PS3 with the linux support. So honestly, what would you do?

With that said, it's something to think on that the PS3's protection scheme lasted for this long before a full (and easy) software based crack was released. Five years, which is actually a normal console cycle. The 360 was cracked a while ago, but thanks to XBL it's piracy impact was lessened too, but then again you've got Live watching over your shoulder.

According to the hacking team that did the latest hack, they've openly said that they started looking at ways to go into the PS3 once the Other OS was disabled (so 9 months or so, if not less). So, yes, nobody really was looking at how to get into the PS3. It was a good thing that Sony left that in, as otherwise the protection would've been broken in less than a year, just like the 360/Wii/PSP.

I don't put too much faith in what they say they did. This is a group of people who often do the things they do simply to prove a point, and that point becomes stronger if they claim to only have started after the OS install option was removed.
4186  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 Pro Keys on: January 04, 2011, 02:47:31 PM

Quote from: DragonFyre on January 04, 2011, 02:26:55 PM

Quote from: sparkorama1 on January 04, 2011, 12:59:40 AM

Ok I'd also like to weigh in with my opinion.  I have played and taught (real) keys for over 30 years and still love a new challenge.

How do you feel the charts on expert translate to real keyboard charts for the song?

(Disclaimer: I've tried a few songs that I can do but they're really really basic songs like Werewolves of London, The Con, and Roundabout by Yes. Werewolves sounded fairly accurate.)

I think he already answered that:

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As far as the accuracy of the kbd. parts vs. the recordings go - even on expert - there's major differences.  Apart from the one-handed thing some of the parts are an amalgam of numerous things going on in the original recording.  Bottom line - in many cases nobody in the original recording session EVER played what the chart is asking you to play.  Face it, most piano players use 2 hands.

The chart is very compressed. I've noticed situations where playing notes lower on the keyboard actually produces higher pitched notes, and vice-versa. For example, playing Imagine you'll end up doing finger gymnastics that would never have been necessary in the original.
4187  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gearbox Owns the Duke! Duke Nukem Forever WILL BE RELEASED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1! on: January 03, 2011, 04:16:12 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on January 03, 2011, 03:53:30 PM

an annual tradition resumes for at least one more year.

Your post combined with the initial part of the article can be confusing. DNF is still slated for release this year.
4188  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass Effect 2 DLC question on: January 01, 2011, 11:18:59 PM
Simple answer: Do them whenever you want to. They aren't intended to be played at specific points in your quests.
4189  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Games Finished in 2011- Console and PC on: January 01, 2011, 12:04:52 PM
I finished 31 games last year, it looks like. Played several more. Some are nearly done, such as King's Bounty. Last year's post is here.

Games Finished in 2011

PC
  • Just Cause 2
  • Dragon Age Origins - Awakening
  • Dragon Age 2
  • Back to the Future Episode 2
  • Crysis 2
  • Mass Effect 2 - Arrival
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Portal 2
  • Duke Nukem Forever - Yeah, believe it or not.
  • The Witcher 2
  • Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis - Decided I wanted to replay this classic.
  • James Bond 007: Blood Stone
  • Dungeons of Dredmor - Killed Lord Dredmor in Dwarven Moderation Mode and with Permadeath.
  • Risen - Second playthrough. This time as a bandit.
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Deus Ex - Yes, the original.
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim - Finished the main quest anyway.
  • Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos - Hadn't played it since the 90's, so the recent GOG re-release made me play through it again.
  • Rage
  • Trine 2


PS3
  • Killzone 3 - Used Move for the entire playthrough.
  • Dead Space 2
  • Little Big Planet 2
  • Stacking
  • Mortal Kombat - It's a fighting game, so you can't really "complete" it, but I did at least finish the lengthy story mode.
  • L.A. Noire
  • Uncharted 3
4190  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK it's Dec 30th.... Game of the year thread. on: December 30, 2010, 03:43:20 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on December 30, 2010, 03:35:26 PM

I'm going to have to go with Tales of Monkey Island.  played through all five parts in five days straight over the summer and loved every minute of the game.

Wasn't that game released in the second half of last year?
4191  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: OK it's Dec 30th.... Game of the year thread. on: December 30, 2010, 03:23:33 PM
Mass Effect 2. If that game doesn't win most Game of the Year awards this year, it's only because it was launched so early that people have forgotten its impact on them.
4192  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 29, 2010, 12:18:21 PM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 28, 2010, 06:06:49 PM

Thankfully.. no big temptations for me today! Maybe 'Crysis', but I heard the tech requirements of that high are so high, I might not wanna bother with it for that reason.

They were high... in 2007! It's not a new game.
4193  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: December 29, 2010, 12:09:09 PM

Quote from: envy24 on December 29, 2010, 11:50:58 AM

Quote from: PR_GMR on December 29, 2010, 12:18:24 AM

Quote from: SkyLander on November 30, 2010, 12:35:22 AM

Nathan Fillion would of been so much better.

I hate to burst people's bubble.. but Nathan Fillion ain't gonna get this role.. because Nathan Fillion ain't a movie star. No studio will spend upwards of a 100 mill to have a movie carried by Nathan Fillion. He's a TV star.

Watch Serenity  icon_wink

And Slither. Nathan Fillion has carried movies before, and he's certainly got the fanbase to be able to carry bigger ones.
4194  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG is in Cyprus? Foreign Transaction Fee? on: December 29, 2010, 12:05:05 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on December 28, 2010, 11:16:09 PM

Quote from: Razgon on December 28, 2010, 11:12:42 PM

LOTRO has stated they will have to charge for VAT now according to the new UK laws, so perhaps some general new tradelaws are being passed around the world?

We've been paying VAT on "digital goods and services" for nearly a decade now.  The recent notice from Codemasters about LOTRO was advising that we in the UK will be charged more from next year because VAT is going up.

This is incorrect. Everyone will be charged the extra VAT. Supposedly we've always been charged VAT for LOTRO in Europe, but it's happened behind the scenes. The previous VAT was 17,5%, so our price is going up only slightly, and only for people with new subscriptions after the implementation date.

It's quite annoying for us Norwegians. We're not members of the EU, but we're still being charged as if we were.
4195  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: GOG is in Cyprus? Foreign Transaction Fee? on: December 28, 2010, 10:53:11 PM
Foreign transaction fee? What kind of archaic nonsense is that? I've paid for stuff all over the globe from here in Norway and never been charged any extra.
4196  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Uncharted to the big screen on: December 28, 2010, 10:28:09 PM
According to Joystiq, Mark Wahlberg isn't anywhere near to being confirmed as Nathan Drake, which makes it puzzling why he'd go out in public and claim the opposite. The game director seems to be well aware that Nathan Fillion is the fan favorite for the role. Also, the whole thing about the "family dynamic" in the movie is supposedly just hogwash.

I'm desperately clinging to the hope that everything we've heard about the movie so far is false. At least this last bit of news gives some slight hope.
4197  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Dungeons and Dragons Novels on: December 28, 2010, 11:02:36 AM
I tried reading the chronologically first Drizzt novel and was bored to tears, so I wouldn't start there.

On the other hand, I've been reading several different Warhammer and Warhammer 40k novels recently, and they've all been excellent.
4198  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 26, 2010, 10:31:28 AM
I've found that my download speeds from Steam have been slow during the sales, but if I completely close and restart Steam, I get to download at 2 MB/s or more immediately.
4199  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Steam Holiday Sale 2010 - IT'S STARTED!!!!1! on: December 24, 2010, 02:56:08 PM

Quote from: earicci on December 24, 2010, 02:35:10 PM

I was a big Gothic fan up until Arcania (didn't buy it based on poor reviews). I understand Risen is much like Gothic. Anyone think Risen is worth the $15 tag?

Definitely!
4200  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Are Asian Americans easily offended? on: December 24, 2010, 09:06:43 AM

Quote from: TiLT on December 19, 2010, 09:08:03 PM

The saddest thing about this whole ordeal is that Zekester isn't going to learn anything from it.
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