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4721  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 03:25:09 PM

Quote from: KePoW on March 11, 2010, 03:13:44 PM

Quote from: Scraper on March 11, 2010, 12:24:20 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 11, 2010, 10:45:43 AM

Okay, I'm all set up. This console is noisy like hell!

My gamertag seems to be TiLT42.


Welcome to the world of Microsoft hardware. Jet like noises, RROD, and Disk Read errors are a part of the 360 gaming experience.

Not the new Jasper models.

Tilt, you got the new Elite bundle right?  It shouldn't be that noisy at dashboard.  If you're talking about in-game, then I highly recommend that you install every game you play to the HD... when you do that, the console is very quiet.  Do you know how to do that?

It's not excessively noisy at the dashboard, but enough that I can hear it. I played a little Fable 2 and couldn't believe how loud it got though.

I didn't initially know how to install games to the harddrive, but I do now. It'll probably help a lot. I'm finding the 360 interface to be confusing for someone who's used to the PS3 so far (and the bizarrely placed left thumbstick is giving me all kinds of finger issues). I was surprised I needed to fork out extra to make the controller rechargeable.

Got myself a really cheap 13-month membership to Live Gold, but dunno when I'll actually start taking advantage of it. I've got a bad cold right now which would make online communications even more awkward than usual. slywink

Just finished downloading Shadow Complex and will give it a try. I'll welcome all friend requests. smile
4722  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: GTOfficial x360 Live Gamertag REQUEST THREAD on: March 11, 2010, 10:46:33 AM
I'm TiLT42.
4723  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 11, 2010, 10:45:43 AM
Okay, I'm all set up. This console is noisy like hell!

My gamertag seems to be TiLT42.
4724  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: F1 2010 on: March 11, 2010, 10:09:01 AM
Excellent! I love both GRID and DiRT 2, and the F2/F3 sections in GRID were very interesting and different from the other racing types. I guess I'm in the minority, but I'm hoping they don't overdo the sim aspect so that people like me can get into it a bit more easily.
4725  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: March 11, 2010, 07:08:39 AM
Looks like they kept the overall style of the old graphics too.
4726  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 10, 2010, 10:10:59 PM
I will figure out the gamertag when I pick up the 360 tomorrow. I'll probably enjoy achievements, but I'm so much invested in trophies that I don't think I can get my heart into another system where I'll never be able to become competitive. I mean, look at this:



icon_smile
4727  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: March 10, 2010, 05:38:13 PM
Mass Effect 2 actually handles the romance/sex aspect much better than most of Bioware's games, yet it's a long step away from dealing with the subject in a mature and realistic way. The sex scenes in Dragon Age are just embarassing.
4728  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 10, 2010, 05:31:17 PM
Received Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST today in the mail. Should get the 360 as well as Fable 2 and Gears of War 2 tomorrow. I'm getting excited. smile
4729  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Monkey Island 2 getting re-made? on: March 09, 2010, 08:48:07 PM
I don't think remakes of the third or fourth game are necessary or even wanted. They look good enough as they are (well, at least the third game. The fourth can rot in hell).
4730  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Teen Angst, Japanese Style. The FFXIII Impressions Thread. on: March 09, 2010, 06:45:42 PM
Man, the title for this thread had me going for a second. I thought someone was going to make a thread with a more critical look at the game so that I could feel at home, but noooo. Tongue

So just in order to say my piece and then let you continue enjoying the game: I can't understand what people see in this game. Watching the crappy acting and hopeless characters in the GameTrailers review caused me physical pain and mental anguish. With a completely linear experience with nearly no say whatsoever on how to reach the end, and the only part where you do requiring endless grinding... well, it makes me really understand why I can't make myself play JRPGs.

Having said that, I can appreciate that tastes differ, so don't let me be a spoilsport.

Phew, I feel better now.  icon_razz
4731  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 08, 2010, 09:36:16 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 08, 2010, 09:30:38 PM

Quote from: jersoc on March 08, 2010, 09:25:43 PM

Quote from: Geezer on March 08, 2010, 08:54:49 PM

Quote from: Huw the Poo on March 07, 2010, 10:42:07 PM

Wow.  From that article:

Quote
Well, as it turns out, when the Ubioft severs go down, no one can play their games and Ubisoft customers get very upset. At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games. Fast forward ten hours and it seems that the problem still hasn't been resolved, despite the assurances from a Ubisoft representative that the servers were 'constantly monitored'

(Emphasis mine)

Unable to play a single-player game that you bought because of a server being down?  That would really piss me off.  Fuck Ubisoft.

No, fuck pirates.  While I can acknowledge that, as a practical matter, legit users are being hosed, I continue to be amazed that there is so much ire directed at Ubi when the pirates *are the one causing the problem*.



psst buddy, pirates aren't your customers. why should a legit customer be punished for because someone else decided to not to purchase the game legally?

Precisely.  Now who, exactly, is preventing legitimate customers from reaching the Ubi servers?  

Would you appreciate it if you were shopping for groceries using cash widthdrawn from an ATM and the clerk told you he can't accept it because your bank is currently being robbed, since your bank has issued a rule that says nobody is allowed to use cash from their bank if the bank isn't available on the phone? The bank may be in the process of being robbed, but that shouldn't have anything to do with whether or not you can use the cash from their ATM machines.
4732  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 08, 2010, 02:44:20 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2010, 02:39:17 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on March 08, 2010, 01:59:56 PM

Quote from: The Grue on March 08, 2010, 06:02:06 AM

Finished this up tonight.  Very much enjoyed it.  I have a couple of questions:

Spoiler for Hiden:
1) I understand why Scott goes after the dad after he gets almost drowned in the car, but not sure why he bothers asking questions about the son when he knows he's the killer.  I would think the most likely thing he'd do is just scare the old man to leave him alone and that would be it.

2) If Scott escapes, does that count for getting the trophy if they all live?  Jayden had knocked him off and I bother to help him up again and still got Scott killed in the grinder thingy.  What did you have to do to keep him alive?

Spoiler for Hiden:
  1)  The son is a copycat killer.  At the beginning of the game Scott knows there is one Oragami killing that he personally didn't do so he is out to investigate who the copycat is and why they are doing it. 

2) Scott doesn't have to live.  I'm not sure who exactly the four heroes are- three of them are Ethan, Madison, and Norman and the other is either Ethan's son or Lauren so you need them alive too for the trophy.  Also, Ethan has to be present in the warehouse at the end- if he's sitting in jail for the finale it doesn't count.

Spoiler for Hiden:
1)  Ah, I knew all that, but I guess I didn't connect it.  Thanks.

2) Weird.  I had everyone except Scott survive and Ethan saved Shaun.  I didn't get the trophy.

Spoiler for Hiden:
Did Lauren survive? I think she's the fourth person.
4733  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 08, 2010, 11:10:43 AM
Didn't know that. Oh well, doesn't bother me too much. Also, I didn't say I didn't want those two games. I almost bought Pure for the PS3 a year ago, and I've wanted to try one of the Lego games for a while (though I do know Batman is one of the less fun ones).
4734  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 08, 2010, 08:25:12 AM
So I gave the whole thing a little more thought and ended up forking out for an Elite bundle (with Lego Batman and Pure. Not two games I would have bought standalone, but both of them still appeal to me) with a few games and some extras (like the damned wifi kit). The ironic thing is that I bought my PS3 before its price drop, and I still ended up paying less for that one than I did for the 360. Tongue

The first few games on my list of things to play on it: Fable 2, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST and Shadow Complex. (Update: And Gears of War 2)
4735  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 08, 2010, 07:22:00 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 08, 2010, 07:20:15 AM

Quote from: Razgon on March 08, 2010, 07:06:48 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 08, 2010, 07:03:40 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 07, 2010, 03:03:15 PM

As for getting a new hobby... do you mean something like boardgaming? I have about 30 different boardgames in my shelf. Roleplaying? I have tons and tons of RPG books and I'm DMing a 4th Edition D&D campaign. How about something non-gamey, like composing music? I've got a reasonably beefy home studio for that already, thank you very much. slywink

Umm...actually I remembered you lived in Scandanavia. I was thinking one of the those eXtreme nordic sports where you do some major endurance skiing and pack around an arsenal of weapors, or maybe Reindeer breeding.  icon_razz

I do believe its illegal to have sex with Reindeers even in scandinavia!

Really? And here I was believing all that talk about Norway being liberated and all.  Tongue

I think the reindeer would consider themselves pretty liberated. slywink
4736  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 08, 2010, 07:18:57 AM

Quote from: kronovan on March 08, 2010, 07:03:40 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 07, 2010, 03:03:15 PM

As for getting a new hobby... do you mean something like boardgaming? I have about 30 different boardgames in my shelf. Roleplaying? I have tons and tons of RPG books and I'm DMing a 4th Edition D&D campaign. How about something non-gamey, like composing music? I've got a reasonably beefy home studio for that already, thank you very much. slywink

Umm...actually I remembered you lived in Scandanavia. I was thinking one of the those eXtreme nordic sports where you do some major endurance skiing and pack around an arsenal of weapors, or maybe Reindeer breeding.  icon_razz

Well, we don't tend to pack weapons, but we do go skiing. In fact, that was the point of this weekend, except last year I tore a couple of ligaments in the knee that are still bothering me (operation pending). I let the other people do the skiing this time while I did the drinking.  ninja
4737  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 07, 2010, 03:03:15 PM
Oops, sorry for dropping out of the thread for a few days. I was on a trip with my coworkers and getting absolutely hammered. Tongue

I don't want to buy anything frivolous and certainly not an iPad. The mention of Shadow Complex is very, very enticing though. That's a game I was really envious that the 360ers got, but I had later forgotten about it. Crackdown is also interesting, particularly since I liked Prototype a lot (and way better than what I consider to be one of last year's most overhyped games: inFamous). Some of the other downloadable games mentioned in this thread are already available for the PS3 or will be in the very near future (and with games like Castle Crashers, the PS3-version should be superior).

As for multiplayer, I've had a rocky relationship with the concept. I used to be absolutely awesome (yes yes, I'm bragging) at the Quake games, but then I tired of the concept. I had a brief period where I played a bit of Unreal Tournament 2004 (which might be what KePoW is referring to. Thanks for the compliment, btw smile ) with the #gonegold IRC channel. I've really soured on the concept since though. I haven't even bothered to try the MP in MW2, and I gave Uncharted 2's MP about 3-4 hours of my time before retiring it. It's not that I don't think it's fun. It's just that I find most MP games these days way, way too repetitive. The process of spawning, running to a conflict point, exchanging a few shots, dying, respawning and so on is just tiring to me. I like more variety, and simply fighting different human opponents or playing on different levels isn't enough (and speaking from experience: Most games end up with 90% of the MP matches being played on one single map anyway). For reference, I'm the kind of MMORPG player who likes being in a living, breathing world full of real people, but who'd rather adventure solo than join a group. It doesn't help that English isn't my native language, making in-game conversations awkward.

As for getting a new hobby... do you mean something like boardgaming? I have about 30 different boardgames in my shelf. Roleplaying? I have tons and tons of RPG books and I'm DMing a 4th Edition D&D campaign. How about something non-gamey, like composing music? I've got a reasonably beefy home studio for that already, thank you very much. slywink I don't need more games, but I enjoy video games too much for me to feel comfortable about ignoring a whole platform (ie. the 360). If I am to do so, I at least want to give it a fair chance, hence this thread. As I said, the economic aspects aren't all that important. I've got a well paid job that I'm not in any real risk of losing (the economic crisis didn't really hit Norway) and I'm single, giving me lots of opportunities to spend money on myself and a whole lot of spare time to do so. slywink

None of my closest friends own 360s, btw (neither do they own PS3s for that sake, even though the PS3 is slightly stronger over here). If I were to join a community of players for gaming online, it would be with you guys.

I'm still not sure if I'm going to buy a 360 or not. You've all given me a lot of interesting arguments in both directions. I think I'm leaning a bit more towards the "buy it" side though. Thanks for all the input!
4738  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 02:31:19 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:26:39 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 05, 2010, 02:20:55 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:20:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 05, 2010, 02:18:28 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:15:00 PM

Given all that you describe I would say don't get one.  Save up for the next video card upgrade on your PC I guess.

Well, it's not like my PC needs an upgrade in the near future. I bought a really beefy one last fall... smile


Buy your wife a present?



Single. slywink

I guess I'm confused by your question.  

You aren't interested in the 360 exclusives.  You don't play multiplayer, aren't interested in Netflix, and use your PS3 for multiplatform games.

You don't need a 360.  

Unless you are just dieing to spend $300 on something you seem to not want.

My wallet is indeed itching, but I posted this thread simply because I'm not sure what I want. I was looking forward to Alan Wake on the PC btw, but with that out of the question it becomes an important part of the argument when I could get it for the 360.

I guess I can rephrase the question like this: Is there something important among the things I haven't mentioned in this thread that could sway me in one direction or the other? Is there a kickass exclusive I'm forgetting. Is there an upcoming exclusive that I'd like? Are there any good downloadable titles that are considered must-haves? The economic aspects here aren't important, but I don't want to pay for something I won't use much. Still, if I can get just a few great gaming experiences out of it, I'd consider it a good purchase at the price it's currently at.


4739  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 02:20:55 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:20:15 PM

Quote from: TiLT on March 05, 2010, 02:18:28 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:15:00 PM

Given all that you describe I would say don't get one.  Save up for the next video card upgrade on your PC I guess.

Well, it's not like my PC needs an upgrade in the near future. I bought a really beefy one last fall... smile


Buy your wife a present?



Single. slywink
4740  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 02:19:47 PM

Quote from: coopasonic on March 05, 2010, 02:16:57 PM

Maybe games on XBLive that you can't get on PSN? An extension of the exclusives question really.

Yeah, that's one of the things I'm curious about. The 360 has had a lot of really tempting downloadable exclusives, but it seems most of them have been ported to PSN later. Are there any good ones you can recommend?
4741  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 02:18:28 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on March 05, 2010, 02:15:00 PM

Given all that you describe I would say don't get one.  Save up for the next video card upgrade on your PC I guess.

Well, it's not like my PC needs an upgrade in the near future. I bought a really beefy one last fall... smile
4742  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Convince me that I need a 360 on: March 05, 2010, 02:11:58 PM
Even when I don't care about multiplayer?
4743  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Convince me that I need a 360 (Update: Convinced) on: March 05, 2010, 02:05:35 PM
So I started thinking today... Why not buy a 360 Elite? They're cheap enough that I'll barely notice the dent in this month's finances and it'll fill out my collection of modern gaming consoles (I've got a solid PC, a PS3, PSP, DS and Wii already). I found a site that sold it for cheap and then looked at the games available.

Nothing really called out to me.

I mean, I've got every multiplatform title I care about for the PS3 already. The most interesting 360-excusives (such as the Mass Effect games) I already have for the PC. Games like Fable 2, Halo 3 and Gears of Wars 2 all look moderately interesting, but nothing screams "must-have" about them. I would normally care about Forza 3, but my Logitech Momo steering wheel won't work with the 360 as far as I can tell, and I don't want to pay out my nose for hardware that Microsoft wants their share of money from. I've also already got NFS:Shift, Grid and Dirt 2 to keep me busy on the PC. If I want to hook the 360 up to my wireless network I have to buy another piece of hardware that costs a criminal sum of money compared to what I get for it.

So why should I buy the 360? Convince me! I'm not into multiplayer and video rental services are probably not available for it here in Norway. There's just nothing exclusive on the 360 that I can see that would appeal to me in the same way as Uncharted, Heavy Rain or Little Big Planet.
4744  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Hypothetically if there were a Menzoberranzan MMO would you play? on: March 05, 2010, 09:13:04 AM
An Underdark-focused MMORPG would become niche simply because the setting doesn't hold anywhere near the same kind of universal appeal as the Forgotten Realms in itself does (and the Underdark in no way requires even being in that setting. The Underdark exists in nearly all modern D&D settings). The only ones who would be really interested in an Underdark MMORPG would be those who are fans of the Drizzt novels, I suspect, and those aren't a large enough market by far.
4745  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Heavy Rain - PS3 on: March 05, 2010, 07:12:54 AM

Quote from: Harpua3 on March 05, 2010, 06:33:09 AM

I wanna play this but I dont wanna lose my saves crybaby. I am waiting for THE patch crybaby...

Eh, almost everyone gets through it just fine without losing their saves. If you're that nervous about it, just make sure you quit to the main menu and let it stay there for 5 minutes before turning off the console.
4746  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 05, 2010, 05:04:28 AM
I wouldn't be so sure. Nothing has so far indicated that Nemesis even knows there's an alternate dimension. Keep in mind that the events that led up to its creation were orchestrated by Jacob alone as his means to prepare for his coming death (see last season's finale).

Also, there's only going to be one reality from mid-season unless we're being lied to.
4747  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: what was your first DVD? on: March 03, 2010, 09:01:25 PM
Event Horizon.
4748  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: March 03, 2010, 06:42:53 PM
Ever since the Backgammon episode in early season 1 people have been predicting that there would end up being a war between two sides, one light (Jack) and one dark (Locke). And now people are surprised when it finally happens? slywink
4749  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: March 03, 2010, 05:26:11 PM

Quote from: CeeKay on March 03, 2010, 03:39:42 PM

of course you could rent it or buy it used and enjoy it while seeing Ubi doesn't get a cent from the sale/rental.

Two problems: Renting games isn't possible where I live (there's not a big market for that kind of thing in Norway) and used games are few and far between (and I prefer new anyway).

Make that three problems: Ubisoft would still see activity from me on their DRM servers, showing them that I'm someone who has accepted the DRM. I don't want to do that. I'd rather flaunt a pirated copy in their face to make a statement. At the moment I'm leaning more towards not getting the game and just waiting it out to see if they remove the DRM later, and then immediately buying the game to make a better statement than the piracy one.
4750  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Splinter Cell: Conviction on: March 03, 2010, 01:56:26 PM
Same with me. I have never played a Splinter Cell game before and was planning on making this my first, but as long as the Ubisoft DRM is there I won't buy it. As stated in the DRM thread, I'll pirate it on principle if I have to, but I'd rather just stay away from the game entirely.
4751  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 10:10:33 PM
The CoD trademark is going to crash and burn within the next 2 years, mark my words! I can't think of any games outside of sports games where regular, annual releases of a game within a very specific genre could keep the public's interest. Activision seems to be doing everything they can to destroy their own brand through oversaturation.
4752  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Ubisoft unveils new copy protection system: on: March 02, 2010, 09:49:47 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 02, 2010, 06:52:55 PM

Quote from: Razgon on March 02, 2010, 06:49:07 PM

Quote from: Punisher on March 02, 2010, 06:44:21 PM

There are rumors that AC2 is cracked already, albeit without the option to save. The game works and runs, just no saves at this point....
No confirmations though

It is...

Haven't seen any confirmations yet myself, besides, it CAN'T be cracked already... This is Ubi's Uber DRM that is here to help us paying customers and stop the pirates....Surely they wouldn't force something this obtrusive on us if it could be cracked this easily.... No, I say it's just a rumor....

You seem to assume that the Ubisoft devs are smarter than the crackers.
4753  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Infinity Ward studio heads no longer with the company on: March 02, 2010, 05:00:04 PM

Quote from: Roman on March 02, 2010, 04:36:32 PM

Quote from: leo8877 on March 02, 2010, 04:14:59 PM

Quote from: ras752000 on March 02, 2010, 04:12:28 PM

Crazy . . . All I can think is that iw was trying to muscle treyarch out of the mix???
Proof that a license to print money doesn't solve everything.

I think it was more of IW being forced to continue to make CoD games and nothing else.  The rumors are that they said no and this is their reward.

I am more apt to think that they are being let go for the amount of glitching / lack of QA on the product over all. The customer base is upset - there have been many an outcry. Activision as part of their role to the shareholders is to make decisions in order to protect the share price - easy enough to understand.

based on the horrible QA and end product delivered - considering the pedigree of this title - I would think that they are more than justified to have let these 2 guys go. They proved that they were unable to take care of the product deliverable post release and have suffered tons of backlash.

I really, really doubt that. No publisher I've heard of has ever fired the heads of developer studios because of what accounts to minor bugs (yeah, the bugs in MW2 are *minor*, even if you feel they spoil your MP experience). Nor have they ever been fired over major bugs that I've seen. Activision doesn't care about bugs enough to get rid of their best people. At this point I'd imagine they even see minor MP bugs as a positive as it will encourage players to move over to the next game when it comes out in the hopes that the bugs won't be there.

Leo's theory is most likely correct or very close to the truth. There were already stories going around near MW2's release that the developers were in opposition to Activision because the latter wanted them to make a particular style of game. IIRC, MW1 barely even got made the way we know it because Activision wanted them to make a WW2 game instead.

The devs going "We refuse to make the game you're asking us to make! Either you fire us or you let us do what we think is best for the company." and then being fired fits well with the facts (particularly the insubordination claim).
4754  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fat PlayStation 3 = No Games. Movies OK (Updated) on: March 02, 2010, 08:04:50 AM

Quote from: Kagath on March 02, 2010, 07:58:11 AM

Quote from: TiLT on March 02, 2010, 07:08:42 AM

While this incident is something that should never have happened, I'm amazed at the "outrage" I'm seeing on the web over it. It's just one day of downtime, and nobody lost anything. Even I am able to do something else than play on my PS3 once in a while. Tongue
Actually, some people apparently lost some Trophies. If that's your thing you may care.

Where have you heard that? From what I've read, trophies earned during the downtime work perfectly well even now.
4755  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Fat PlayStation 3 = No Games. Movies OK (Updated) on: March 02, 2010, 07:08:42 AM
While this incident is something that should never have happened, I'm amazed at the "outrage" I'm seeing on the web over it. It's just one day of downtime, and nobody lost anything. Even I am able to do something else than play on my PS3 once in a while. Tongue
4756  Non-Gaming / Steals and Deals / Re: Spirit Engine 2 free now on: March 01, 2010, 09:46:40 PM
Cool! I collaborated with the composer for a while when he made the soundtrack. He later claimed that I gave him some ideas that he ended up using in the music, but what do I know. I should buy it and see how it all turned out. smile
4757  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 01, 2010, 05:23:51 PM

Quote from: spigot on March 01, 2010, 04:04:34 PM

Some other questions I had about the story, I probably missed a cutscene or some dialog about it:

Spoiler for Hiden:
After Shelby torches his place and Madison gets out, she calls Jayden to tell him the details. How did she know of him? When did they ever meet? She walks past him after she completes her night club scene but I don't recall them ever speaking or her knowing of his involvement in the investigation.

Kramer had no idea that Shelby was John Sheppard's brother?

In his final ARI sequence, I analyzed the video of him being attacked at the night club and got the clue that the killer was wearing a gold police watch. Is the only option at this point to give up the investigation or accuse Blake? This seems kind of lame. I guess the only way to bring Jayden back into the final encounter is to have Madison call him up?

Shelby sticks around when Lauren and all the families of his victims now know he's the killer? It would've been fun to see him relaxing on a beach somewhere (or anywhere sunny and without rain) thinking he got away with it all, then Lauren showing up and exacting justice.


What I think: (big spoilers as always)
Spoiler for Hiden:
There are plenty of implications in the story, but they aren't always spelled out clearly.

Madison probably knew about Jayden from the press conferences on TV. If you went to the press conference at the police station you'd hear a journalist asking about an FBI profiler joining the case, so it'd likely be big news.

Why would Kramer know about Scott? I don't think he knew the family, but he simply felt guilty that a kid had died at his construction site. He probably knew there was a brother but didn't pursue that any further.

You can do more than just accuse Blake or give up. By combining the watch with the gas station tickets you may get when Jayden goes to the nightclub, you'll be able to figure out who's the killer.

Scott didn't know that Lauren had figured him out. He probably thought he got away, depending on the ending you got. He also seemed to honestly care about her, which turned into his weakness in the end.

As for the finger scene I used the big knife in the kitchen wall. It seemed like the cleanest option. If you want to try something "fun", use the saw. It's horrible. You even get a trophy for it. Remember to disinfect the wound afterwards. Tongue
4758  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 01, 2010, 01:37:22 PM
I think the idea is to go back to the main menu before quitting.
4759  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Heavy Rain Impressions [Everything Spoiler Tagged] on: March 01, 2010, 07:26:07 AM
End-game speculation about Jayden:
Spoiler for Hiden:
The more I've played this game, the more I'm convinced that Jayden's addiction isn't actually to the triptocaine but to ARI. Notice how the "butler" is very vague when talking about the addiction ("You shouldn't overindulge on you-know-what. It could be dangerous."). I think ARI has a large negative effect on Jayden and that the triptocaine helps him deal. However, taking too much of it will render him even more vulnerable to ARI's effects.

There are two scenes in particular that help cement this theory:

- In the end, if Jayden survives, ARI will start seeping into his real life. This can also be seen during one of his addiction scenes where his surroundings quickly alternate between the two worlds.
- During his final attempt to locate the killer through ARI, Jayden will start to bleed from his nose. Eventually, if you take too long to figure out the killer's identity, Jayden will actually collapse and die on the spot.
4760  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: PlayStation 3 = Hacked on: March 01, 2010, 07:10:56 AM
Why is the title for this thread "PlayStation 3 = Hacked"? That has nothing to do with the actual contents.

I was planning on booting up my PS3 tonight to get the final few trophies I miss for Heavy Rain, but I guess I'll play some DIRT2 or something on the PC instead.
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