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4561  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: What are you buying this week? (05/10) on: May 10, 2010, 12:07:17 PM
Alan Wake, quite possibly. Because I live in Europe.  nod
4562  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 09, 2010, 06:36:42 PM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 09, 2010, 04:54:07 PM

Here's a question I read somewhere else:

How does Widmore know who the Candidates are?

Jacob may have told him back when Widmore was the leader of the Others. Ben didn't really know much, but then again, Jacob may have wanted to keep him at arm's length.
4563  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 08, 2010, 09:13:29 PM
This game's ranking system hates me. Just when I was starting to get the hang of things and got my win rate above 40% in ranked matches, I'm suddenly being tossed up against opponents with WAY more battle points than me, and they crush me easily.

Vega obviously got a boost since the last edition btw (I think he was considered the weakest character in SF4). I've fought him once now (during my victory streak) and I was barely even able to control my character. Vega just kept hitting me from all kinds of unexpected angles and at such speed that I was completely unable to react. He had more than 90% health left in both rounds of the match. It was... humbling.
4564  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 3 announced! on: May 08, 2010, 08:58:44 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 08, 2010, 08:19:29 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 08, 2010, 11:12:05 AM

I love that cover. It shows so much of what is wrong with the Gears of War style. I can imagine the chick shouting "What the fuck? Stop posing for the goddamn camera and do your damned jobs! We're under attack!"

That kind of style is one reason I like the Gears games.  They don't waste time with over dramatic dialog. I like it better than characters going off on long inane diatribes while they are being shot at.

What the hell are you talking about?

The little dialogue that is in the Gears of War games (and yes, they do speak during combat) is inane, juvenile poorly written and overacted. With so little dialogue to create, you'd think the developers would actually want to make it compelling. Come on, how many of you got teary-eyed during that "sad moment" in Gears of War 2 (you know the one I mean)? Nobody? Yet you can probably tell that the developers wanted you to be, right? What does that tell us about their writing skills?
4565  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Hitchhiker's Guide point-and-click remake on: May 08, 2010, 07:13:32 PM
Or the "no seriously, there's nothing of interest in this room!" puzzle. I can't imagine this working out very well.
4566  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet 2 Announced on: May 08, 2010, 04:51:35 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 08, 2010, 03:53:54 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on May 08, 2010, 03:07:36 PM


My point was that the text of the review implies that they don't think it's a "decent to good" game, either.

Eh, guess I disagree- their closing line even says:

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Almost equally fun and frustrating whether played in co-op or in single-player mode, it's a game you'll both love and hate in the same breath.

So clearly they a lot of positives as well.  

If there's a turd in your porridge, you're not going to enjoy it even if you eat around it.
4567  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 08, 2010, 04:35:49 PM
I think I've finally passed the brick wall for this game. I'm winning every other online match now with Guy, and even if I lose I give my opponent a real challenge. Tip if you're fighting against Guy: Don't jump, even if you're on the other side of the screen. slywink
4568  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Lost Planet 2 Announced on: May 08, 2010, 02:48:07 PM
Joystiq convinced me when they mentioned what on screenshots looks like an awesome boss battle takes AGES, is annoying, and when you finally think you've won, the boss launches a unique attack that instantly kills you and which can't really be avoided unless you know about it in advance, forcing you to replay the same long battle again.
4569  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 08, 2010, 02:33:18 PM
I ended up in a Guy vs Guy fight today, and it was the craziest thing I've ever seen in Street Fighter. We were bouncing around each other like crazy, mostly anticipating each other's moves before they could be pulled off. A low sweep would be jumped across in order to attack from behind, which in turn was countered or dashed away from. Most attacks were blocked, even the ones that usually take other players by surprise when they play against Guy. We barely damaged each other for the first 20 or so seconds. Then things escalated and we kept exchanging blows once in a while when we got close enough to actually touch each other. I won in the end, but it was a hard-fought victory. I saved the replay for later. smile
4570  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Gears of War 3 announced! on: May 08, 2010, 11:12:05 AM

Quote from: leo8877 on May 08, 2010, 12:59:57 AM

GI cover

I love that cover. It shows so much of what is wrong with the Gears of War style. I can imagine the chick shouting "What the fuck? Stop posing for the goddamn camera and do your damned jobs! We're under attack!"

For the record, I've played through both games and enjoy the gameplay. I just don't enjoy the characterization at all.
4571  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: X-Com Returns to the PC on: May 08, 2010, 09:00:29 AM
Those concerns sound exactly like what I expected when I first read about the game. Features are added to give the illusion of tactics or choice, but there is none of either. This game will be totally mediocre, mark my words.
4572  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 07, 2010, 04:12:07 PM

Quote from: USMC Kato on May 07, 2010, 04:09:09 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 07, 2010, 03:37:13 PM

Woo, just won my first ranked match! That's an accomplishment for a crappy player like me. Looking at my own playstyle with critical eyes, I've decided that my main weakness is my lack of skills at punishing the opponent's mistakes. It's hard to use the Training mode to prepare for that.

Good job.  Now you're ready to fight against the GT crew!

Hah, I don't think many of you are using the PS3 version like I am, so that may be difficult.
4573  Non-Gaming / Political / Religious Nonsense / Re: Defend this human garbage on: May 07, 2010, 03:48:23 PM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 07, 2010, 02:42:00 PM

In most states, inmates given the death penalty end up on death row for years. So most of the time, one's not going to get Death Wish-style instant justice, no matter how heinous and unforgivable the crime.

Which just makes the death penalty even more pointless.
4574  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 07, 2010, 03:37:13 PM
Woo, just won my first ranked match! That's an accomplishment for a crappy player like me. Looking at my own playstyle with critical eyes, I've decided that my main weakness is my lack of skills at punishing the opponent's mistakes. It's hard to use the Training mode to prepare for that.
4575  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 07, 2010, 08:47:53 AM
Some useful tips there, thanks. I did watch the video when it was first posted.

I'm having real trouble getting your crouching LP to Target Combo working. The timing seems to be extremely precise in order to combo from the crouching LP to the standing MP. I can do it, but far from reliably.
4576  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Civilization 5: Now Steam powered! on: May 07, 2010, 06:31:31 AM
Don't forget that the game being integrated with Steamworks probably means your saves will be on the Steam Cloud and you'll get achievements. smile
4577  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Champions Online (Cryptic's new MMO) on: May 07, 2010, 05:52:51 AM
There are exceptions. Both LOTRO and WoW were polished at launch, though both have changed considerably since.
4578  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 06, 2010, 08:54:50 PM
One nice thing about my online matches today was that I did fight against a reasonably varied assortment of characters. Having said that, the most common opponent BY FAR was Ken. Still, it's way better than with SF4 where 6 out of 7 matches were against Ken (I ragequit once after I ran into the 7th Ken in a row). Now it's "only" like 1/3 of the matches.

I also gained a large appreciation for Hakan when watching other players use him. He seems to kick ass. I should try to teach myself how to play him.
4579  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 06:51:35 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 06, 2010, 05:12:35 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 06, 2010, 05:44:50 AM

Quote from: rittchard on May 06, 2010, 12:23:45 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 05, 2010, 08:55:13 PM

It is hard for me to feel too sad about Jin and Sun knowing that they are still alive in the other timeline.  I don't think the Island timeline will end up being the base timeline, or real timeline.  

Next week's episode is titled "Across the Sea" but the one following is, more ominously, "What They Died For" - which does seem to give the implication the alternate timeline will be "saved" or preserved or folded/merged into.

You should be careful with mentioning the names of upcoming episodes. You'd get banned from Lostpedia for this post, because it's considered a spoiler.

luckily our thread has "spoilers not tagged" in the title!

That's for spoilers about episodes that have aired. I'm sure you wouldn't have been very happy if I came across spoilers for the final episode and shared them openly in here.

Not that it matters much at this point. Thanks to this week's episode, these episode titles are no longer as spoilerific as they used to be. And for the record, I was already familiar with them. slywink
4580  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 06, 2010, 06:27:21 PM
So I got the game today, finally. Chose Guy as my new main and immediately started learning his special moves and combos. Got myself up to level 22 (of 24) in the Challenges before I decided to tackle multiplayer, figuring that if I was able to pull off all those moves in the Challenges section (I sucked at that in the original SFIV) I would at least stand a chance.

No such luck. I truly suck at this game. I've got several awesome combos I can pull off, but I never get into a position where they are workable. Certain fighters are giving me a hell of a lot of trouble too, in particular Blanka (I've always struggled against him because his hitbox is so much lower down in the terrain that I can barely hit him).
4581  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 06, 2010, 07:36:34 AM
Red Dead Redemption.
4582  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 05:45:41 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 06, 2010, 12:41:33 AM

Quote from: rittchard on May 06, 2010, 12:23:45 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 05, 2010, 08:55:13 PM

It is hard for me to feel too sad about Jin and Sun knowing that they are still alive in the other timeline.  I don't think the Island timeline will end up being the base timeline, or real timeline.  

Next week's episode is titled "Across the Sea" but the one following is, more ominously, "What They Died For" - which does seem to give the implication the alternate timeline will be "saved" or preserved or folded/merged into.

is the finale going to be called '..and Found'?

Hah, there's already an episode with that name. Tongue
4583  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 06, 2010, 05:44:50 AM

Quote from: rittchard on May 06, 2010, 12:23:45 AM

Quote from: Roguetad on May 05, 2010, 08:55:13 PM

It is hard for me to feel too sad about Jin and Sun knowing that they are still alive in the other timeline.  I don't think the Island timeline will end up being the base timeline, or real timeline.  

Next week's episode is titled "Across the Sea" but the one following is, more ominously, "What They Died For" - which does seem to give the implication the alternate timeline will be "saved" or preserved or folded/merged into.

You should be careful with mentioning the names of upcoming episodes. You'd get banned from Lostpedia for this post, because it's considered a spoiler.
4584  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 07:28:25 PM

Quote from: Scraper on May 05, 2010, 07:24:12 PM

Quote from: KePoW on May 05, 2010, 06:09:43 PM

Also, what melee class is the best soloer and most fun?

You can solo a hunter and a champ fairly well. I really cant say which one is more fun, but there certainly seems to be a lot of hunters in the game so people must like that class.

Since when did Hunter become a melee class? slywink
4585  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 07:27:11 PM

Quote from: KePoW on May 05, 2010, 06:09:43 PM

Also, what melee class is the best soloer and most fun?

There's a lot of melee in this game, so you've got a bit of choice. Personally I love the Captain to death, though some would call it a bit slow. It's a very flexible class that can handle moderately large groups of enemies with ease, and everyone loves having a Captain in their group because of the buffs and its versatility. I'm every bit as at home with healing as I'm with melee combat (in fact, my best heals come from killing enemies or doing critical hits in melee combat with certain attacks), and I can off-tank easily. The class' only problems is that it has very low DPS compared to other classes (on the other hand, try to find a hunter who can handle a group of 4 on-level enemies in a crowded, hostile camp!) and isn't as interesting at low levels as it becomes later.

I wouldn't swap him for any other class though. smile

As for servers, I'm stuck on the European side of things, so there's no chance of us playing together anyway. Still, the server I'm on is Laurelin, the roleplay server.
4586  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 04:36:39 PM
On the other hand, Hunters are the most commonly played class in the game by a large factor, so you'll have an even harder time finding groups when you need them.
4587  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 05, 2010, 04:32:35 PM
I thought the episode made these things obvious. When Locke started shooting, he did so in order to merely waste time and keep him clearly visible and close to the Losties so they'd panic and flee as soon as he came running back.

He couldn't just let them get on a rigged plane because the bomb would have failed to explode. Jack has clearly shown us that he can't be killed, just like Richard, and this probably also goes for the other Candidates. The only person who got hit by gunfire in the firefight (except for Locke) was Kate, and she's not a Candidate any more. For them to die they have to be killed by another Candidate. Suicide may be an option, but if their situation is the same as Richard's, then I don't think so.

Locke had built up a certain amount of trust to get to the point he was at this episode, so when he told the Losties that the plane was unsafe, they trusted him immediately, particularly when he presented them with the bomb he found inside. What's to stop Widmore from placing more bombs there, after all?
4588  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 04:04:20 PM
The problem with the Rune Keeper is that it contradicts the things Tolkien wrote about Middle Earth, so if the lore is important to you I say choose something else. Also, there seems to be a certain group of players (dunno how many they are, but I've seen a lot of them) who refuses to group up with Rune Keepers for the aforementioned reason. Keep that in mind.
4589  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 05, 2010, 02:28:55 PM
Appealing as that sounds, I don't think it's going to happen that way, mostly because the show's creators have said recently that the ending will resolve the alternate reality thing, and I don't see how your idea for the ending would do that.

We'll just have to wait and see. Not long now. smile
4590  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 02:23:15 PM

Quote from: Jag on May 05, 2010, 02:15:42 PM

Quote from: ydejin on May 05, 2010, 12:51:53 AM

Quote from: KePoW on May 05, 2010, 12:44:59 AM

So how has this game come along since launch?  I thought it was pretty solid back then, but haven't played since that time.

Is the majority of the game soloable now (similar to WoW)?  Other than dungeons of course.

Eminently soloable.  I'd say I've soloed 95% of my time running 1-65.  Even more soloable now, given the fact that the Epic Quests have been redsigned to allow players to do it either in a group or solo.

I had no idea the Book quests were now soloable. That was the sole reason for quitting because I wanted to play through the storyline, but could never get groups for it.

I haven't tried this myself, but supposedly the content is exactly the same, only you get a massive buff if you try the group content (in the main storyline only) solo. The quests are also somewhat more challenging this way, I'm told.
4591  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 11:37:29 AM

Quote from: El-Producto on May 05, 2010, 11:22:52 AM

Alright I'm resubbing, and have the original plus Mines of Moria.

Do I need the Siege of Mirkwood expansion?

Only if you're planning to go past level 60. As far as I remember, Siege of Mirkwood only adds a new area (Southern Mirkwood with the fortress of Dol Guldur) and the ability to level from 60 to 65.

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I will be soloing 99 percent of the time, with the odd PUG.  What classes are fun?

In WoW my favorite char was Shadow Priest.  I also like casters.


All the classes are fun, both solo and in groups. Pick whatever seems more fun to you. The game even has videos for each class to show off how they work. Sounds like you might like the Minstrel class though, so give that a look.
4592  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 05, 2010, 05:16:35 AM

Quote from: Blackjack on May 04, 2010, 11:00:05 PM

Depending on your class type, skirmishes can be fun or they'll constantly pound your face in the dirt and have you cursing yourself for ever giving MMOs a chance.  icon_razz

I thought I'd love 'em but some of them are numbingly difficult to get through, or the kind where you get through 97% of it and then they throw 3 bosses are you and your allies drop, and BOOM.

Sorry, I just wanted to spoil the good cheer. Besides, a benefit of being lifetime on LOTRO is I can put it down as much as I want cause they've got all the money from me they'll ever get (subscription wise).  icon_smile

What people are saying is that skirmishes at Tier 1 are very easy, and my impressions back this up. There's not really a big challenge there. It only gets challenging if you up the tier to 2 or 3, or you try doing content at your own level without leveling up your soldier first (he begins at approximately level 29).

On the other hand, there seems to be a bug with duo skirmishes right now. They are pretty much exactly the same as small fellowship skirmishes, only with less rewards. This should be fixed for the next big patch, but it's worth keeping in mind. A friend and I started our skirmishing experience playing duo, and it was extremely challenging even 3 levels below mine. We still won though. slywink Playing solo I have no problems at all, rarely even dropping below 75% morale as a Captain.
4593  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 04, 2010, 08:40:20 PM
I can only speak for myself, but I like exploration and discovery. I would only touch a strategy guide if I had already played the game to the end, and at that point I pretty much never feel that it's worth it.
4594  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: May 03, 2010, 07:14:16 AM

Quote from: CeeKay on May 03, 2010, 06:50:45 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 03, 2010, 06:09:37 AM

OMG!  Spoilar!

icon_twisted

it's not like I came out and said that it's Captain Anderson.

Now THAT would have been cool!
4595  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: May 03, 2010, 05:44:03 AM

Quote from: Turtle on May 02, 2010, 08:58:22 PM

Revealed later.

You sure about that? I think I've got all slots filled out in my group after I got Kasumi.
4596  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 03, 2010, 05:42:46 AM

Quote from: jblank on May 03, 2010, 01:38:52 AM

Anybody buy this for the PS3? I don't have anyone from the forum to play with, but I would love some people to "spar" against and hopefully talk strategy and information. I'm no good, but I'm not a cheap player and I don't mind getting my ass kicked, but I have a mic and I'll gladly play whenever I can.

PSN name - PhobosofMars

I'm getting it for the PS3, but it's been delayed in Norway so I won't have it until Thursday or Friday. My PSN name is TiLT42.
4597  Non-Gaming / Hardware / Software Hell / Re: Random 100% CPU while playing Games on: May 02, 2010, 05:20:01 PM
Does the CPU usage stay at 100%, or does it go down again after a few seconds?

I had a similar problem a few years ago. Turns out it was the wireless card that was looking for wifi signals. Peaked the CPU for a few seconds while it did its thing. I eventually just removed the card from the computer as I didn't use it anyway.
4598  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: LOTRO - State of the game on: May 02, 2010, 11:43:26 AM
I have no problem with microtransaction in MMORPGs as long as you can't buy things that give a direct advantage in normal gameplay. Champions Online has the right idea. There you can buy new costume sets, action figures, emblems for your costumes, extra character slots, retconning of stats, renaming of characters and access to extra costume slots. Many of these are really cool to own, but nothing is vital and nothing gives anyone an advantage over the other player when actually playing the game.

For LOTRO I could see the same thing happening. Buying unique mounts (I can accept them being as good as the reputation mounts, but there should be some kind of drawback to compensate if so), unique clothing or armor (not powerful armor, but armor to use for cosmetic changes to your character), and so on. If they started letting people buy customized legendary items (to skip the process of random chance) or powerful weapons, I'd start protesting though.
4599  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 02, 2010, 10:59:02 AM
I did log in again for the first time in ages, perhaps even a year. Got me hooked again right away. smile Did my first few skirmishes in duo mode with a friend of mine, and we found them to be really fun and challenging, though perhaps a little long. It's nice that you can configure the experience so freely to suit your needs. You can set the level you want the enemies to be (especially nice if there's a gap in levels in the fellowship), the overall challenge of the skirmish (3 different ranks), and how many players it should be balanced for (1, 2, 3, 6 or 12), and what skirmish you want to play. They generally seem to come in two types: Offensive and defensive.

In the offensive ones you clear an area of enemies before claiming a flag. Once you do, there's a very high chance that the enemy will immediately launch a massive counterattack which you have to defeat. When that is done, you own that control point and move on to the next one. This repeats until you control all points.

The defensive ones have you simply defending one or more spots. For example, in the Siege of Gondamon, you defend a dwarf fortress that is being attacked from three sides. You need to pay attention to messages telling you where the next attack is coming from, then run there and deal with it. You lose if the dwarf in the middle of the fortress dies, which can quickly happen if you don't pay attention. In the end there's usually some kind of boss to defeat before victory can be claimed.

You get to create and level your own soldier NPC to follow you into skirmishes. I'm using a Herbalist, who specializes in healing and restoring power, but can't attack. If you want to do well in skirmishes, you'll spend most of the skirmish points you earn to level up this NPC, and that soon gets expensive. There's a whole load of things you can spend these things on, including weapons, armor, jewelry, cosmetics, and even stuff to help out in crafting (mass producing of ingots comes to mind. One recipe you can buy lets you create 25 ingots at a time instead of the usual 1, IIRC).

Another nifty thing with skirmishes is that you can have a fellowship all fight in one without having to meet up. You just hit Ctrl+J anywhere in the world and get instantly teleported to the skirmish. When it's over, you get teleported back. Really easy.

I'm also having fun with the Mirkwood area. It's pretty large and very solo-friendly, and it has some unusual quest types for MMORPGs ("patrol this road", "scout this orc camp for weak spots", "gather 10 boar meat"... oh wait. slywink ).
4600  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: [movie] Batman 3 on: May 01, 2010, 04:05:22 PM
I wouldn't be so sure that Dent is dead. Don't forget that both Batman and Gordon wanted to hide what had happened to him from the general population. They may have stowed him anonymously away in Arkham Asylum and held a fake funeral to give people closure. The last thing they'd want is for someone to find Two-Face and start asking him those uncomfortable and dangerous questions.

Also, why couldn't Dent survive that fall when Batman got away unscathed?

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