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4321  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: November 01, 2010, 09:02:58 PM
I just did Riders on the Storm with the bass on Hard. I'm new to music games, so this was one of my first attempts going above Medium. Man, that song was torture! The bass is just repetition over and over again, and it requires enormous finger dexterity. I was sweating and cramped up in my thumb after finishing it with 3 stars. Only afterwards did I learn that The Doors didn't even use a regular bassist for that song, they used a keyboardist. Bastards! Tongue
4322  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: November 01, 2010, 08:06:18 PM
I'm waiting for Poets of the Fall (you know, the guys behind the themes to Max Payne 2 and Alan Wake) to release some DLC for the game. I know they've been working on it for a while, so it's probably not far away. smile
4323  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: November 01, 2010, 08:44:07 AM
About fucking time! It took them nearly two months.

Still looking forward to trying it out, but my expectations have been lowered by the way this was all handled. At least we'll probably get the november patch at the normal time, which means we get two patches in quick succession.
4324  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (11/1) on: November 01, 2010, 07:21:38 AM
Nothing this week. I'm still happily playing Rock Band 3 and Fallout: New Vegas.
4325  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: October 30, 2010, 10:04:23 AM
Is there a way to have multiple bands in RB3? I can't see an option for it.
4326  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 30, 2010, 10:01:39 AM
There's also a very different feel to the setting between the two games. Fallout 3 was set in a bleak, destroyed and deserted landscape. You could walk for ages without finding civilization, and you could even walk straight past a group of friendly people because their town was so hidden. When you visited the city itself, it was nothing but ruins, with only madmen staying within the city borders. Communities were few and isolated, never having much to do with each other.

In Fallout: New Vegas it feels like you're wandering around in an area where the nuclear war has become a memory and civilization is on the rise again. There's communities everywhere, and they often interact with each other regularly. New Vegas itself is bustling with activity and people. The big, nasty critters are mostly hidden away, and they'll stay there until you wander into their nests. I've been hoping for a Fallout game with less super mutants since Fallout 2 (you destroyed their source in the first game, after all), and this one seems to be it. I haven't even seen a super mutant yet, and I'm level 14. The people you meet are all more concerned about each other than about the wildlife. For the first time in a while, it feels like the Fallout setting is changing and that something of importance is happening again.
4327  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The Force Unleashed II on: October 29, 2010, 08:37:34 PM

Quote from: PeteRock on October 29, 2010, 08:30:49 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on October 29, 2010, 03:57:51 PM

....and so far there have been no "kicking ass with the Force" moments.....

 saywhat

But isn't that the entire point of the game?  That was my biggest issue with the first.  You were supposed to be ridiculously powerful with the force, but then you'd meet enemies with force-resistant suits on who could resist your force powers, making you no more powerful than a run-of-the-mill Jedi.  If reviews indicate that FUII isn't even as good as the first, then perhaps I don't really need to see how things end all that badly. 

It doesn't even end, from what I've been told. It just leads almost directly into another sequel.

I miss the days when any game Lucasarts made was an instant classic.
4328  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Dark Knight Rises on: October 27, 2010, 04:26:56 PM
I'm disappointed that it's not about the Riddler, but I'm sure Nolan will make a stunningly good movie anyway. smile
4329  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [revisit] Neverwinter Nights on: October 27, 2010, 04:06:58 PM
The main NWN campaign was one of the absolutely worst D&D campaigns we've seen on the computer, both in terms of gameplay and story, so I'd skip it and play the much more fun expansions instead. Or download some of the excellent mods available (or try mine).
4330  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 27, 2010, 01:52:04 PM

Quote from: Razgon on October 27, 2010, 01:49:01 PM

Nope - I told one to wait outside a place I knew he would try to tear up if I took him with me...I know exactly where it is - The other one waited outside a tent, where I was told I had to enter alone - both of them had the order to "wait here"...

both are just..gone

That should teach you to treat your employees better! Tongue
4331  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Rock Band 3 on: October 27, 2010, 12:29:40 PM
The release date for this thing is tomorrow here in Norway, but I have no idea whether any of the instruments will be available at that point. Most online stores I've looked at report not getting any instruments (including the keyboard+game bundle) until early to mid November.

I haven't played a Rock Band game before but I'm getting somewhat excited for this one. Wish I knew when I can play it though...
4332  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A clever way to steal in Fallout New Vegas on: October 26, 2010, 07:04:32 PM
Giving it a bit further thought, I do have to admit it's damned clever. It's still cheating though. slywink
4333  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: A clever way to steal in Fallout New Vegas on: October 26, 2010, 06:12:42 PM
Sure, it's clever if you like cheating. Can't say the concept appeals.

Was this worth an entire thread, btw?  icon_confused
4334  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Telltale Games-Back to the Future(no 360 version) on: October 26, 2010, 03:50:09 PM
I think the reason Telltale doesn't release this for the 360 is because Microsoft isn't offering a good way for people to preorder episodic content as an entire season at once. Sony was very forthcoming with this kind of functionality on the other hand.
4335  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 25, 2010, 06:23:54 PM
You can choose between several different categories when browsing your inventory (also while shopping), but I agree that there could have been more.
4336  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 25, 2010, 11:48:44 AM

Quote from: Gratch on October 25, 2010, 11:29:28 AM

Ooooooookay...   saywhat

I have no idea what that is either. Looks like a sloppy LSD-trip of a poorly done GIF-animation.
4337  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/25) on: October 25, 2010, 10:29:07 AM
Nothing strikes me as a must-have right now. I might just get Rock Band 3 at some point, but not this week. Despite playing and enjoying Fable 2, Fable 3 just doesn't sound interesting from the previews I've read. The Force Unleashed 2 needs to have seen some major fucking improvements from the first game for me to consider it.
4338  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 25, 2010, 04:51:14 AM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 25, 2010, 04:09:38 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 24, 2010, 01:24:28 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 22, 2010, 01:19:46 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM

Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.


It's being tested in a widespread way right now and it's a fix people used with previous versions of this game engine with great success.  Best of all, if it causes problems you simply delete the file. 

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't something one person tried and liked - it has some history.


I just tried it myself after experiencing some choppiness while turning around in the game. Didn't improve anything, but I noticed the first graphical anomaly within a minute: With the alternative DLL-file, the game can't render the blur effect through transparent textures. Made a plant look like a box while I was in dialogue. Exited the game, deleted the DLL and tried again, and everything looked normal.

So in short: Avoid.


Didn't work for you, oh well.  Works fine for me and a lot of others both on the official forums and other boards.  Still worth trying for people who are having issues.

What I'm saying is that it causes changes in the graphics rendering that people may not want. So if people get faster framerates with it, it's probably because they've essentially turned down the detail level without being aware of it.,
4339  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 24, 2010, 01:24:28 PM

Quote from: Sarkus on October 22, 2010, 01:19:46 AM

Quote from: TiLT on October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM

Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.


It's being tested in a widespread way right now and it's a fix people used with previous versions of this game engine with great success.  Best of all, if it causes problems you simply delete the file. 

I guess what I'm saying is that this isn't something one person tried and liked - it has some history.


I just tried it myself after experiencing some choppiness while turning around in the game. Didn't improve anything, but I noticed the first graphical anomaly within a minute: With the alternative DLL-file, the game can't render the blur effect through transparent textures. Made a plant look like a box while I was in dialogue. Exited the game, deleted the DLL and tried again, and everything looked normal.

So in short: Avoid.
4340  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitman 5 on: October 23, 2010, 10:24:33 PM
There's usually only one or two "perfect" ways of solving a mission, but most missions in the later games have multiple satisfying ways of winning. Coming up with clever ways to deal with a problem is the best part of this series.
4341  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 22, 2010, 11:46:35 AM
Woot, the game has now unlocked in Europe! I tried it for an hour and half before work today. Built a character with high charisma and intelligence, as well as the traits that give him better accuracy at the cost of firing speed, and better social skills at the cost of combat skills. Playing on hardcore.

Love it so far. It was very refreshing from a Fallout perspective to actually order some squirrel stew in a bar and eat it, where in Fallout 3 that would just have counted as junk in my inventory. Love the effects certain types of consumables have on the hunger/thirst/sleep counters too.

4342  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 22, 2010, 11:02:21 AM
Yeah, but I thought you meant reshooting it for The Lord of the Rings, which I think is unnecessary.
4343  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 22, 2010, 10:34:18 AM
They don't have to reshoot it. Ian Holm looks very similar to Martin Freeman in that scene.
4344  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas - Impressions Incoming! on: October 21, 2010, 09:50:11 PM
Speaking from personal experience with Direct3D development, I'd be careful replacing that file. It takes the version of Direct3D that the developers have been developing on (most likely) and replaces it with what I assume is an earlier version. This can have very bad results, mostly for stability. If the game tries to do something that this version of the DLL doesn't support, or if a function has changed its parameters or return values in a version change, things can and will go wrong.
4345  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LotRO goes Free to PLay on: October 20, 2010, 07:16:36 AM
I think you can only use that horse in a limited part of the map (thank god! Talk about immersion breaker), and it's super rare.
4346  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 19, 2010, 11:08:44 AM
I think you'd get the best experience from Hardcore mode if you use it on your first playthrough. On your second playthrough you'll know where to find the resources you need to survive, which sort of defeats the point of having to scavenge for your life.
4347  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 19, 2010, 04:50:56 AM
At least Peter Jackson actually directed the entire Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles, instead of just 2 minutes. Tongue
4348  Gaming / Analog Gaming / Re: Total new person/people/everyone to DnD on: October 19, 2010, 04:46:55 AM
Are you asking for advice on how to run Gamma World or advice on D&D 4E?
4349  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What happens in New Vegas.... The FO:NV impressions thread on: October 19, 2010, 04:43:20 AM
I think the joke is being taken way too far now. People might end up not buying the game and never visiting these threads again if they take the joking seriously. It was funny the first few times. This isn't the first few times.
4350  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 18, 2010, 08:58:51 PM
"Hott Fuzz star", eh? That's a bit of a stretch, considering he was in the movie for like 2 minutes. slywink
4351  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The KINECT launch line-up is a joke on: October 18, 2010, 07:23:52 PM

Quote from: The Grue on October 18, 2010, 06:48:34 PM

Quote from: TiLT on October 18, 2010, 06:36:02 PM

look like a total retard. 


Look like a total retard to who?  Are there people in your house that judgmental?

Me. I'm my own harshest judge. Tongue
4352  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: The KINECT launch line-up is a joke on: October 18, 2010, 06:36:02 PM
I still can't imagine any kind of conventional game that would be enhanced enough by Kinect for the price to be worth it. The only argument I've heard is leaning. Using only Kinect (no controller) I can't see how you'd control any kind of traditional game, while using the regular controller your interactions with Kinect are pretty limited again. What's the point?

The problem Kinect has compared to the Wii and the Move is that it hasn't shown us any significant way in which it will be a benefit to hardcore gamers. I can't even begin to imagine any way in which the Kinect would be useful to me. Voice commands? Bleh! I'd rather use the menus than talk to my TV and look like a total retard. Gestures? Sure, gestures can be a nice addition to gaming... if you have buttons as well! Without them it just becomes so limited as to be pretty much useless.
4353  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 18, 2010, 04:45:50 PM
I particularly like the "face painting" part.  icon_biggrin
4354  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: October 18, 2010, 01:51:42 PM
I'd say it's a good thing. It means the story has a good chance of having impact and won't feel generic. I'm also happy to see that they're showing the effects of your actions. The way this was handled in Fallout 3 was just insulting.
4355  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow on: October 18, 2010, 01:49:36 PM
You need to do the ground punch, not the forward punch. Press and hold both L2 and Triangle (on the PS3) at the same time, if I remember correctly. You don't need to purchase anything.
4356  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (10/18) on: October 18, 2010, 06:12:16 AM
I've had Fallout: New Vegas preordered on Steam for nearly a month now. smile
4357  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fallout: New Vegas Announced on: October 17, 2010, 04:29:59 PM
If I may ask for a small (big) favor for the coming days, please don't discuss spoilers openly, even about the opening parts of the game. At least not for the first few days. Those of us in Europe get the game on Friday instead of Tuesday, but I'd still like to read everyone's impressions. If the thread gets spoiler-heavy, I'm just going to have to stay away from it this week until my Steam copy is unlocked.
4358  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Temple of Elemental Evil on: October 17, 2010, 09:16:13 AM
That tower in the moathouse may be safe from enemies, but it's not safe from disease. I've had characters grow sick from sleeping there, so you should limit the amount of resting you do.
4359  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: This Is Fun Pt 3: This Time It's Personal! (possibly NSFW) on: October 16, 2010, 11:49:01 PM

Quote from: ATB on October 16, 2010, 10:21:10 PM

Roll Eyes

I'm pretty sure what's great about it is the streetfighter component.  Of course I can't speak for rick and we know he's a sick sumgun.

Also, why so serious tilt?

As long as you mock other people's head injuries in public, you can be damn sure I'm going to be serious. Some things are just not meant to be funny, and the fact that you can't even recognize this worries me.

If you can't see why I'm so serious about it, may I recommend therapy?
4360  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: October 16, 2010, 12:20:18 PM
Radagast was briefly involved in the Fellowship of the Ring movie, though he was never mentioned by name and he never appeared in person. He was the one who sent the great eagle to pick up Gandalf from Orthanc.

There were two other Istari (Wizards) present in the world. These were Pallando and Alatar, both of the color blue. They were in the far east during the events of The Hobbit and LOTR, and they had grown somewhat mad over time. The only Istari who seemed relatively sane was Gandalf.
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