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4841  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 14, 2010, 06:09:36 AM

Quote from: EddieA on May 14, 2010, 05:59:53 AM

Quote from: Maggot on May 14, 2010, 12:04:37 AM

Wow I did not notice this at all

I still didn't notice it slywink - What is it that we're supposed to be seeing?

That he seems to dissolve in the water. Notice how black the water becomes.
4842  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 13, 2010, 08:13:31 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on May 13, 2010, 05:36:14 PM

Thanks

I'm still in Dwarven starting land.. guess I need to find my way to Bree slywink

Don't rush. Your quests will tell you when it's time to go to Bree. It will probably happen somewhere between level 13 and 15. There's not really much reason to go there earlier, and the tokens will still be accepted for a while, I think.
4843  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: May 13, 2010, 07:09:47 PM
I would think I'd have noticed choppy framerates myself, but never noticed anything at all.
4844  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 13, 2010, 04:39:23 PM
I read that thing but I don't buy that she was the smoke monster for a second. If she was, how come she could get stabbed and die later in the episode? Her body was found by the Losties centuries later, further proving that it wasn't just a trick.
4845  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 13, 2010, 09:35:33 AM

Quote from: McBa1n on May 13, 2010, 08:47:22 AM

Quote from: Ironrod on May 13, 2010, 01:48:59 AM

Quote from: LoneStarSpur on May 13, 2010, 12:33:01 AM

And why the hell didn't they give him a friggin' name! What was the point of not giving him a name?

His name is going to figure into the Big Reveal. I'm not very confident that it's going to be Esau, though. This episode didn't fit that theory.

Lucifer, the Light Bringer?

I thought I saw somewhere that Esau was his name. I could be wrong.

That's just a name used by those who think of the two brothers in biblical terms. It does not come from the show's creators.
4846  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Dead Space 2 on: May 13, 2010, 08:15:37 AM
I thought the framerate was pretty damn smooth on the PS3. What did I miss?
4847  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 13, 2010, 08:00:36 AM

Quote from: Vidiot on May 13, 2010, 04:36:50 AM

I think it was the smoke monster that pretended to be mib's mother and lead him down that path.

Unlikely. The show has already established that dead characters on the Island can interact with living ones without the smoke monster getting involved, and in this case it hadn't even been activated yet. More likely his mother acted on what she thought was right, misguided as it turned out to be.
4848  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 10:46:57 PM

Quote from: rittchard on May 12, 2010, 10:34:38 PM

Quote from: rshetts2 on May 12, 2010, 10:18:38 PM

Typical Lost,  instead of actually giving us any answers of substance they just give us more questions.  I did not care for this episode and felt that it was a waste of an hour this close to the series finale.  Sure we now know the origions of Jacob and the man with no name  (apologies to Clint ) but thats all we know.  Nothing else was really explained.  Oh it did make Jacob look like a douche and confused us even more about his brother.
 I guess all we can hope for is that this episode provides some background to help fill out the great reveal.......  naw,  theyll probably end the series leaving us more confused than we are now.

I'm pretty much in agreement on this episode, definitely a letdown in terms of what could have been revealed.  The only tangible thing they gave us was that Smokey *really* wants to leave the island (and has always wanted to).  Which we pretty much already knew. Oh yeah, and the reveal of who "Adam and Eve" were, I guess that was new info.  Now I do wonder if the magic light spot where Smokey originated is also the critical EM spot that Widmore and Tina Fey are searching for, perhaps it will tie in to his plan for Desmond.  If they can link that all up, I'll give them a higher mark for this episode.

That is very likely. The heart of the Island is a strong electromagnetic field from everything we've seen so far. Since Widmore tested Desmond specifically for resistance to such fields, it's only natural to assume that he'll want him to enter that cave (or whatever it is now) to do something there. Continuing this line of thought, it's quite likely the finale will give us a good view of what's in there that is worth manipulating.
4849  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 09:11:40 PM
I agree about Jacob's attitude to the Smoke Monster (I was about to type that in my post, but forgot in the heat of the moment), but I do think that it truly took over all his thoughts to the point where it can even believe it's actually the brother.

Though now that I think about it the various people the monster has "consumed" are to certain degrees apparent in its personality. It seems to be very protective of Claire (which would be Christian's personality), has elements of Locke ("Don't tell me what I can't do!") and of course a large amount of Jacob's brother's personality. Yet its greatest motivation appears to be to leave the Island, and this is exactly the same thing the brother wanted.
4850  Non-Gaming / Off-Topic / Re: Lost: The Final Season (spoilers not tagged) on: May 12, 2010, 08:27:20 PM
My impression of the events at the end of the episode was that Jacob's brother actually died completely and never came back. But Jacob fucked up in the grief over his mother's death and did something stupid: He threw his wounded brother into the heart of the Island, polluting and darkening it and giving the darkness within it a mind to make it sentient. The Smoke Monster is now merely a copy of Jacob's brother, possessing the same memories, thoughts and instincts.
4851  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Mass effect 2 Launch and impressions (the REAL One) on: May 12, 2010, 03:47:53 PM

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 12, 2010, 02:00:28 PM

Quote from: Turtle on May 12, 2010, 02:47:16 AM

More about those spoilers:
Spoiler for Hiden:
If you recruit Legion, as opposed to leaving him inactive, it gives you 1 more mission before it start killing your crew. Otherwise, you'll have only 1 mission before it does.

As for whoever goes through the pipes surviving, just make sure they're loyal and that they're a tech expert, and that whoever you have commanding the other fireteam is also loyal, and is a good leader.  Choosing a loyal tech expert is easy enough, but sometimes people confused about actual leadership ability for the second fireteam. Don't choose who you think can just get a lot of kills, choose someone you know who can lead soldiers.

What likely happening is that you're choosing the wrong fireteam leader, meaning they don't give proper suppressing fire and get your tech expert killed.

Well

Spoiler for Hiden:
I chose legion the first time. He's loyal and a tech expert.  I chose Zaeed as my fire team lead.  Fire team came through fine.  Legion hacked the door and it got stuck as it was closing and he got shot in the head.

The second time, I chose Tali and Miranda as the fireteam.  Same exact scenario occurred, with Tali getting shot in the head while the door hung up.  Problem is, Tali is not loyal because I sided with Legion during their faceoff.

I think I might be stuck.


Spoiler for Hiden:
You made two different mistakes here, which ended up leading to the same results.

Your first time you chose a poor leader to lead the second squad. This led to Legion getting killed.

The second time you chose someone who wasn't loyal (Tali) to do the specialist mission.

Try using Legion and Miranda. That will work as long as both are loyal.
4852  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 11, 2010, 08:03:47 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 11, 2010, 07:47:48 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2010, 07:23:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 11, 2010, 07:16:39 PM

I'm on ps3 - have 3 friends who are on PS3, and with the better graphics (for me, no hdmi on my xbox) its a clear choice.

Yup, while most people at Gaming Trend will say that the 360 is the way to go because of the multiplayer, the truth isn't quite that simple when you live in Scandinavia where the PS3 is the stronger of the two consoles. smile

Tilt - will you be getting it on PS3 as well? I cant remember if I have you on my friends lists though...I figure the more the merrier in this game :-)

Considering that I a few posts earlier in this thread mentioned how I'm waiting to see which version is better... I guess you can figure out the answer. Tongue

Yes, I'm on your friends list.
4853  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: gaming on 64-bit Windows 7? on: May 11, 2010, 08:00:11 PM

Quote from: Daehawk on May 11, 2010, 07:12:43 PM

Next up...128 bit that will address 16 gigs of ram.

Your math skills leave quite a lot to be desired.

64 bits will theoretically let you use 16 exabytes of RAM. That's 16 million GB, for reference sake.

My 12 GB don't even register as a blip on the limits of 64-bit.
4854  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 11, 2010, 07:23:28 PM

Quote from: Razgon on May 11, 2010, 07:16:39 PM

I'm on ps3 - have 3 friends who are on PS3, and with the better graphics (for me, no hdmi on my xbox) its a clear choice.

Yup, while most people at Gaming Trend will say that the 360 is the way to go because of the multiplayer, the truth isn't quite that simple when you live in Scandinavia where the PS3 is the stronger of the two consoles. smile
4855  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 11, 2010, 06:51:12 PM

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 11, 2010, 06:43:23 PM

Quote from: TiLT on May 11, 2010, 06:39:44 PM

Is there any information on possible differences between the two versions yet? I've got both a 360 and a PS3 now, so I'd like to be able to make an educated choice. I'll get the PS3 version if the differences are small or nonexistent.

Cheapy from Cheap-Ass Gamer got some info from a "trusted source" that the PS3 version had significant issues compared to the 360 version. 

Duly noted, though I don't trust their "trusted source" for a second. slywink Still, it's enough that I'll keep an eye out for actual reports instead of blindly rushing to the store on the first opportunity. The game comes out a couple of days later here anyway.
4856  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 11, 2010, 06:40:54 PM
Dunno. I only played one character to level 59 in WoW, and that was years ago. LOTRO felt like it took shorter for the early levels, but that may just be because I found LOTRO to be much more fun than WoW:
4857  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Red Dead Redemption gameplay trailer on: May 11, 2010, 06:39:44 PM
Is there any information on possible differences between the two versions yet? I've got both a 360 and a PS3 now, so I'd like to be able to make an educated choice. I'll get the PS3 version if the differences are small or nonexistent.
4858  Gaming / Multiplayer Madness (MMO or otherwise) / Re: Lord of the Rings Online enters the Third Ag- um.... Year. on: May 11, 2010, 05:30:28 PM

Quote from: El-Producto on May 11, 2010, 04:58:31 PM

So I rolled a Dwarven RK, and I'm loving the game so far.  Seems like a perfect class for me, the attunement system is neat.  Up to level 7 in a short first session, and I'm a bit dissapointed that the skirmish system which has gotten me so excited to play LOTRO isn't avail until I'm level 30!!!

How long can I expect to take to get to 30?

Not long. Those levels fly by and you'll have more than enough quests to keep you busy.
4859  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: Super Street Fighter IV on: May 10, 2010, 03:19:24 PM

Quote from: denoginizer on May 10, 2010, 02:37:16 PM

Maybe a dumb question...

I there a way for me to be on the right side of the screen against the CPU? 

It may sound silly but when I try to play online I am always on the right side, when I play the CPU I'm always on the left.  I still have yet to win an online match with Abel.  I think I am like 0-15. 

If you want to be on the left side during online (ranked) matches, just play Arcade mode with fight requests turned on. As far as I can tell, you'll always be the host and on the left side in these situations.
4860  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
4861  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.
4862  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.
4863  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?
4864  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.
4865  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:

Quote
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.
4866  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
4867  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.
4868  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
4869  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.
4870  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.
4871  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.
4872  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.
4873  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.
4874  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.
4875  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
4876  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.
4877  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.
4878  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
4879  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).
4880  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 06, 2010, 07:36:34 AM
Red Dead Redemption.
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