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4841  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.
4842  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.
4843  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.
4844  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.
4845  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
4846  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.
4847  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:
4848  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.
4849  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.
4850  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.
4851  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
4852  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.
4853  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.
4854  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?
4855  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.
4856  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.
4857  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
4858  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.
4859  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
4860  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.
4861  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.
4862  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.
4863  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.
4864  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.
4865  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.
4866  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
4867  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.
4868  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.
4869  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
4870  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).
4871  Gaming / Console / PC Gaming / Re: [Official Review] Alan Wake on: May 06, 2010, 07:36:34 AM
Red Dead Redemption.
4872  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
4873  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.
4874  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
4875  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.
4876  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.
4877  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?
4878  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.
4879  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
4880  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.
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