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4361  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.
4362  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.
4363  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.
4364  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
4365  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.
4366  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.
4367  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.
4368  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.
4369  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
4370  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.
4371  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.
4372  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.
4373  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.
4374  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.
4375  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.
4376  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.
4377  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.
4378  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
4379  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.
4380  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.
4381  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.
4382  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.
4383  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?".
4384  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.
4385  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.
4386  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.
4387  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.
4388  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.
4389  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Demo Out Today on: February 28, 2011, 07:42:47 PM
It seems the one million downloads have been reached, and the items have been unlocked for everyone. Now they've added a new challenge instead. The bastards.  icon_razz

Too bad this new challenge will actually require me to advertise Dragon Age 2 on Facebook, something I simply will not do due to my concerns about the game's design.
4390  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 3 on: February 27, 2011, 11:52:35 PM
I just played through the majority of the campaign in split-screen co-op with a friend. It was great fun and worked very well. The second player gets to play as one of the characters from Killzone 2 who never appears in KZ3's singleplayer mode, though he still doesn't appear in the cutscenes.

The stealth section was particularly satisfying this way, much to my surprise. Carefully coordinating so that we both shot different enemies at the same time so as to not alert them was very rewarding.
4391  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Demo Out Today on: February 27, 2011, 10:39:22 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 27, 2011, 04:50:54 PM

I wouldn't worry about it. The demo is still off limits to XBL silver accounts. Come tuesday it should get over 1 million easy.

Come tuesday, the challenge will be over. The downloads have to be BEFORE March 1st.
4392  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Demo Out Today on: February 27, 2011, 04:19:26 PM

Quote from: Beer Goggles on February 27, 2011, 03:55:45 PM

Quote from: Greggy_D on February 25, 2011, 01:10:44 PM

There were over 1,000,000 downloads of the demo.  Looks like we get our two items!

The counter got reset so it is at 848,092 now.

Er... why? Was the counter bugged previously and only now corrected, or did we pass 1 million downloads and the counter itself got bugged?
4393  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which old(er) games need to be sequeled / remade? on: February 27, 2011, 01:11:42 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 27, 2011, 02:09:54 AM

Quote from: TiLT on February 27, 2011, 01:20:53 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 27, 2011, 12:59:15 AM

Quote from: KC on February 26, 2011, 08:52:55 PM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned a proper remake of X-Com. 

I thought it was happening?..or do you mean a proper sequel sticking to its roots?

You do realize what the word "remake" means, right? slywink


so what is the upcoming Xcom game then...a sequel?

It's a reimagining or reboot, not a remake. At least not from the way these words have been used about games traditionally.
4394  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which old(er) games need to be sequeled / remade? on: February 27, 2011, 01:20:53 AM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 27, 2011, 12:59:15 AM

Quote from: KC on February 26, 2011, 08:52:55 PM

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned a proper remake of X-Com. 

I thought it was happening?..or do you mean a proper sequel sticking to its roots?

You do realize what the word "remake" means, right? slywink
4395  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Which old(er) games need to be sequeled / remade? on: February 27, 2011, 01:19:54 AM
Star Control 2 needs a (new) sequel, ignoring the events of Star Control 3! Toys for Bob (ie. the same people who made the first two games in the series and the ones who own everything in the Star Control universe but the name itself) have been trying to gather support for this game for years, but it doesn't seem like they've been able to get anywhere.

At least SC2 got remade (with a new name: The Ur-Quan Masters) as a free, downloadable game, and I got to be part of the team that remixed its music. Yay! smile
4396  Non-Gaming / Forum and Site Feedback / Re: How to bigimg on GT forum? on: February 25, 2011, 11:30:32 PM
Just wrap the regular image code within a hyperlink. In other words:

{url=www.myurl.com/mypicture.jpg}{img width=x height=y}www.myurl.com/mypicture.jpg{/img}{/url}

Replace the curly brackets with square ones. Width and height can be omitted, but are nice since they make it easier for the browser to build the page layout before it gets around to loading the image itself. The code above creates a clickable image that leads to the full version of itself.
4397  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: The Hobbit finds a director on: February 25, 2011, 08:18:59 PM

Quote from: metallicorphan on February 25, 2011, 08:04:14 PM

Quote from: Nonnahob on February 25, 2011, 05:44:50 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on February 25, 2011, 05:39:58 PM

Maybe they'll add in Tom Bombadil with a scene shown after the credits of the second movie are done rolling.

That'd fit in LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring. He doesn't do anything in The Hobbit!

Also, this was one of the most disappointing omissions for me. Bombadil is one of my favorite characters from Tolkiens library.


I wasn't that fussed about Bombadil,but his wife sounded as though i would of liked to of seen her icon_wink...oh and i would of liked to of seen the Barrow-Wrights...but the 'Burning of the Shire' is still the most disappointing omissions for me,what a great end to the book and a great mini comeback for Saruman..the film ending was limp to say the least

Meh, I never felt like the Scouring worked very well. The main plot in the story is already over and done with at that point, so these extra two chapters just end up diminishing the climax at Mount Doom. It wasn't even a significant part of the book, just a very small detour at the end, yet I've seen tons of people complain that it was "half of Return of the King", which is nonsense. I realize why Tolkien wrote this part, but I just don't feel like it works very well.
4398  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Demo Out Today on: February 25, 2011, 02:39:52 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 25, 2011, 02:35:38 PM

Most games you see that are PC only, are such only because they don't lend to being played on consoles. But you can bet that they would love to get on consoles. Mostly you'll see established franchises; Diablo-likes, which aren't on consoles only because no one has really tried, but that Torchlight 2 is making headway into. There's also strategy/wargames, also difficult to put on consoles, but developers have been trying, and MMOs which by their nature are difficult to put on consoles, but once again, people try.

Won't argue with you there, but you said:

Quote
The sad reality of AAA development right now is that no AAA game will be made without some form of console versions.

... which I showed was false. That there's reasons why these games are PC exclusive doesn't change that fact.
4399  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dragon Age II - Demo Out Today on: February 25, 2011, 01:40:12 PM

Quote from: Turtle on February 25, 2011, 01:20:04 PM

The sad reality of AAA development right now is that no AAA game will be made without some form of console versions. Also, the console and PC versions are much more alike now.

Neither of those two points are correct. To take the second point first: All cross-platform titles with PC versions look much, much better on the PC these days. There's no competition. There are also many AAA titles being developed exclusively for the PC. To mention the ones I can think of from 2011 alone:

- Diablo 3
- Guild Wars 2
- Shogun 2
- The Witcher 2 (we haven't had any announcements about a console version yet, at least)
- SW: The Old Republic
- Might and Magic Heroes VI
- Darkspore
- Game of Thrones: Genesis
- Stronghold 3

... among other titles I'm less familiar with.
4400  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Killzone 3 on: February 25, 2011, 09:05:46 AM

Quote from: skystride on February 25, 2011, 01:17:41 AM

Just finished it and my impressions have gone much further south.  The last few levels are... yuck.  It felt like I was just going through the motions.  Same enemies as when the game started even on the last level. 

That's simply not true. Yes, there are a few grunts like the ones you meet early on, but they are the exception rather than the rule. Instead you meet many enemies that you either haven't met or have met as minibosses before. The final levels require a much larger degree of firepower to get through than the early ones, but isn't necessarily much harder (which I consider a good thing. Artificial difficulty increases as a game progresses is one of my biggest pet peeves in gaming and a habit I hope eventually all developers shake off). There are also environmental issues you have to deal with at the same time, keeping things fresh.
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